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Yesterday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. published a story regarding an alleged abuse of a race horse. The newspaper has since retracted the original article due to its inaccuracies and issued a new article regarding the incident. Contrary to the original article, the alleged animal abuse incident was an isolated event that did not happen on Hoosier Park property. Hoosier Park officials are cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "We maintain a high level of integrity with expert security protocols in place," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "The safety of our human and equine athletes is Hoosier Park's number one priority." In addition to on-track security measures, Hoosier Park is a loyal advocate for animal welfare and supports a wide array of organizations related to the well being of animals. "From supporting the Animal Protection League right here in our own community to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which gives race horses a bright future once their time on the track is complete, we avidly share the responsibility of promoting the care and well being of all animals," said Moore. "Our job is never done and we will continue to find new ways to support these efforts."  

Anderson, Ind.-November 12, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively. Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 89 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish. Jamie Macomber, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but it truly is a team effort," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 372 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000. "It's certainly an honor and a great accomplishment," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after accepting the trophy from Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming's chairman and chief executive officer. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, IN-Nov. 10, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2016 live harness racing season with a 14-race card on Saturday, November 12 alongside annual Veterans Day and Fan Appreciation specials starting Friday, Nov. 11. On Friday, Nov. 11, service men and women with military identification can enjoy a special Veterans Day lunch buffet for only $5 at Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service men and women are also encouraged to visit Club Centaur Rewards to receive $5 in free slot play as a thank you for their service to our country. Hoosier Park will also give away patriotic Hoosier Park hats to the first 500 guests starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Club Centaur Rewards. Plus, guests can enjoy free live music both nights in The Terrace Showroom following live racing. Corey Cox performs on Friday, Nov. 11 and Danny Frazier performs on Saturday, Nov. 12. In addition to Veterans Day appreciation efforts on property, Hoosier Park will host Veterans on a charter bus trip to Downtown Indianapolis for Veterans Day festivities on Friday, Nov. 11. The bus will depart from Hoosier Park at 8:30 a.m. for Tyndall Armory for coffee, donuts, live music and a memorial service. Following the service, Veterans will be able to attend the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:45 a.m. The bus will depart from Indianapolis following the parade with a complimentary box lunch during the trip back to Hoosier Park. Spots are still available for the charter bus trip, and reservations can be made by calling (765) 609-4609. "At Hoosier Park, we want to honor our Veterans and show gratitude to those who currently serve and have served in the armed forces," said Michael Facenda, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of gaming. "Our Veterans Day specials are just a small token of our appreciation and we salute our country's service men and women for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make on a daily basis." On Friday, starting at 4:30 pm, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a free mystery voucher worth up to $500 as part of the Fan Appreciation Days. Hoosier Park will also offer the final "Fantastic Friday" of the live racing season where guests can enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 programs, and $1 beers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will offer racing fans the chance to win a brand new hi-def television. Racing fans can enter to win at the Indiana Standardbred Association table located near the winner's circle on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. First post time for both Friday and Saturday is 5:45 p.m. The Saturday night program will wrap up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind. November 4, 2016 - Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the harness racing spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 4 to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2. Dayson continued to call the shots at three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter of a length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I wanted to be a lot closer than I was but my colt almost ran in the first turn so I had to be careful," Tetrick, who won last year's edition of the Carl Erskine behind Crazy Wow, noted after the victory. "He fought it out and went a great trip. He has been close all year racing the best colts in the country and he deserves the big wins that he's got. I'm just happy to be a part of it." Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Grand Circuit stakes action continued in the very next race of the program and it was Check Six who went gate to wire in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Check Six stopped the timer in 1:51 to win by nearly two-lengths over stablemate Manhattan Beach and Matt Kakaley. With the win, Check Six recorded his tenth win of the season and became the sport's newest millionaire. As one of five Ron Burke trained horses in the field, Check Six left alertly from post two to grab the early lead in :26.4. Manhattan Beach also left aggressively but was content to sit in the pocket for much of the mile. Gingras was able to slow the tempo a touch to dictate middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Stablemate Downthehighwy and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow and had reached the leader's wheel as the field turned for home. Manhattan Beach looked poised to strike from the pocket but Check Six was strong on the front. Check Six used a :26.3 final quarter en route to a near two length victory over Manhattan Beach and a hard charging Mystical Rock and Andy Shetler. As the 3-5 favorite, Check Six returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "I definitely expected some speed from the outside but when the gate opened, there were only two of us leaving out of there so I was happy about that," Gingras, who has two previous victories in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, noted in the winner's circle. "I had control of the race and I was able to rate the mile so when we turned for home I didn't think they were going to beat me from there. My horse went a brutal trip in his last start but he was very game again tonight, he is super sharp right now." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Switala, and J. Martin, Check Six recorded his 14th win from 30 lifetime outings. Now sporting a bankroll of $1,070,304, the Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna colt has won 10 of 21 seasonal starts. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacers kicked off the Grand Circuit Stakes action earlier in the card in impressive fashion. Gingras found the winner's circle for the first time of the evening behind Flowers N Songs in the $115,000 Crossroads of America stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Rich Gillock trained filly dug in gamely in the stretch to get the win by a head in 1:54.3. "Hats off to her connections for her keeping her on the top of her game all year," Gingras said. "Rich Gillock has the filly this week but Paul Reid has done a great job with her. She's raced week in and week out and traveled all over the country, and she proved again tonight that she is a very nice filly." Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs recorded her 11th win from 31 seasonal outings. Owned by Robert Key, the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song pushed her seasonal bankroll to $499,314. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin found herself back in a familiar place, the winner's circle, in the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. After going undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season, Seventimesavirgin was handed her first loss in nine starts in Grand Circuit stakes action last week at Hoosier Park but rebounded gamely to score tonight in 1:52.1. Leaving from the rail, Seventimesavirgin left just enough to secure a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras. DeLong was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before making his move in deep stretch. While the rest of the field was fanning out across the track, DeLong moved his filly to the passing lane and she exploded passed her rivals to get the win by three and quarter lengths. Can't Touch This, also an Indiana Sires Stakes winner, rallied gamely for Todd Warren to get up for second place honors. Time On My Hands and Trace Tetrick rounded out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 for the win. "We've just been doing what we've done all season and stuck to our plan," said DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly. "She raced really good last week too, they can't win every week and we were not disappointed at all but I am glad she's going out a winner, she deserves it." "This was her last start of the year, she's pretty easy on herself and those breaks in between stake races really helped us out," he continued. "She's going to get some well deserved R&R and hopefully be back for more next year." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven ended her sophomore campaign winning 13 of 15 starts while amassing $411,100 this season. Owned by Jesse J. DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won 18 of 27 lifetime outings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 3, 2016 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will make its way back to Hoosier Park for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, November 4 and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:45 p.m. With purses approaching $1 million, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the $115,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old trotting fillies and the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time this season in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour colt, whose seasonal earnings just surpassed the $1 million mark, has won 8 of 17 seasonal outings while also recording wins in the $522,210 Canadian Trotting Classic and $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Bar Hopping will play the role of morning line favorite at 3-5 in the Carl Erskine Trot and start from post two with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace which has been slated as the 12th race on the evening's program. Check Six, one of five horses from the Burke Stable in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach who has been enlisted at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown Final and Check Six was third. Burke has trained three of the last four winners in the previous editions of the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park. "Check Six has been racing tough all year racing week in and week and out," Burke noted. "He went a brutal trip last week in the Breeders Crown final so if the trip works out a little better for him in the Monument Circle, I think he will be sharp." Burke also has two chances to win the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday with Yankee Moonshine and Dime A Dance. Dime A Dance has won four of 16 seasonal outings while earning $237,510 in purse earnings and will start from post ten with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras drew post six. The Burke pair will look to upset the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who will start from the coveted rail position. Seventimesavirgin went undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season but had her 9-race winning streak snapped last week in Grand Circuit stakes action at Hoosier Park. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will host "Fantastic Fridays" and feature $1 beers, $1 dogs, and $1 programs during live racing. At the conclusion of live racing, the popular Corey Cox Band will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

Bridge To Jesse's will be at home in Friday's $220,000 Carl Erskine Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotters at Hoosier Park, but he faces a difficult road to victory. The winner of 21 of 27 career races --- with all but one of the starts coming at Hoosier Park --- Bridge To Jesse's will leave from post No. 1 in an Erskine field of 10 that includes newly minted Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping as well as Breeders Crown finalists Sutton and Waitlifter K. Sutton finished third in this year's Hambletonian while Waitlifter K was fourth. Another Hambletonian finalist, Milligan's School, also is in the Erskine. "The race is a local race in our own front yard so we staked to it hoping it would come up a little weak maybe," said a laughing Roger Welch, who trains and co-owns Bridge To Jesse's with William "Bo" DeLong, Patrick DeLong, and Ray DeLong. "This is his chance to step up. The rail definitely helps us try to get a little crumb anyway. "It'll be fun to see what he can do," he added. "Maybe he'll be like the other Indiana-breds who have stepped out. We'll see if Jesse can. He's done quite well for us. Both last year and this year he's been real good to us." Last season, Bridge To Jesse's won 10 of 12 races and earned $309,093. He was the Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male trotting champion and a track-record-setter at Hoosier Park. This year, he has won 11 of 15 races and earned $247,102. He had a six-race win streak snapped on Oct. 15 when he finished fourth in the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male trotters. He enters the Erskine off a second-place finish to Milligan's School in a division of the Circle City on Oct. 28. "He got a bad trip in the (Indiana Sire Stakes) final, but that's the only bad trouble we've had all year," Welch said. "He's got a great attitude. That's what I like most about him. And he's always been a strong, sound horse. He shows up to race every week. He tries a 110 percent. Those kind are hard to find and hard to replace. "On Saturday from the rail I know he'll try real hard. It's the end of the season, he's getting a little tired, but they all are. He's not a big horse, but he's got a big heart. He'll try. Hopefully he can hold his own and sniff a check out." Bridge To Jesse's is a son of stallion Jailhouse Jesse out of the mare Bridge To Nowhere. He was purchased for $28,000 at the 2014 Indiana Premier Yearling Sale and his family includes multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award-winner Peaceful Way and stakes-winner Toocool Forschool. "He's got a license to be a nice little open horse," Welch said about the gelding, who has a career-best win time of 1:53.4. "He'll trot more next year. We've babied him this year. He doesn't have the flashy record, but when you do a breakdown of what the (1):53 miles are at Hoosier Park compared to somewhere else you can tell what his potential is." This will be Bridge To Jesse's final start of the year. "He's done everything we've asked him to do," Welch said. "I'll bring him back to my farm and let him grow and fill out and hopefully have a good 4-year-old and aged career. As of today, that's the plan. The option is there to sell him if anyone is interested, but we really haven't put him on the market. We'll pull his shoes off in the paddock and he can come home to the farm and have a little vacation." Bar Hopping is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Erskine; Bridge To Jesse's is 12-1. Hoosier's card also includes the $200,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $115,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Check Six, one of five horses from the stable of Ron Burke in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown and Check Six was third. Earn Your Wings, who finished fourth in the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 favorite in the Crossroads of America and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin is the 8-5 favorite in the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Complete entries for the races may be found at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2016 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, Oct. 22 and it was Trace Tetrick who raced away with top honors, winning his choice of a dream prize-$10,000 cash, an exotic vacation, or an "always wanted to have" toy. Tetrick, a 30-year-old, Illinois native earned three wins and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 79 points to secure the win. As predicted, round two was a race to the finish and came down to the last race of the challenge to separate the drivers. After the last race, Tetrick garnered six points to win by six points over John DeLong. Sam Widger, who was victorious in round one of the challenge, finished third with a final total of 71 points. With points from round one carrying over to round two, Tetrick started with 26 points and kicked things off with a win in the opening race to earn 15 points driving G's High Shooter to victory for trainer Tyler George. Tetrick also teamed up with George for another winner in the third race of the challenge behind Westport to record another 15 points. After three races, Widger narrowly held the lead with 65 points while John DeLong was a close second with 63 points and Tetrick was closing in on the leaders with 58 points. At odds of 15-1, Tetrick masterfully drove Worldly Doll to victory for trainer Alvin Miller and with the win, moved in to the lead of the challenge. Tetrick secured his dream prize with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind White Fish Flash for trainer Grant Wilfong. White Fish Falls and Tetrick were on the front for much of the mile but couldn't hold off Always Kenzer and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane. Tetrick's six points were just enough to clench the victory. "I felt really good about my horses coming in to tonight," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The win with Worldly Doll was a bit of a surprise but she raced really strong tonight. I've driven her before so I knew a little bit about her before we went to the gate. These races were very competitive fields but all my horses raced really well and the trips worked out for me." Tetrick, who opted for the $10,000 cash prize option, secured his first driver challenge win at Hoosier Park and also had a total of six winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick is currently atop the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 332 trips the winner's circle and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016 - The top ten harness racing drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, Oct. 22 as they compete in a five-race challenge in the second and final round of the 2016 All-Star Driver Series. The All-Star Driver Series will once again pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge competing for the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 23. With a total of 49 points, Sam Widger took home top honors and walked away with the lion's share of the $5,000 prize after the opening round. With their points from the first challenge carrying over to round two, Widger will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by John DeLong and Dan Shetler who finished second and third, respectively. With eight of the ten spots determined after round one, Ross Leonard and LeWayne Miller will complete the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, October 15. In each of the challenges, the drivers selected the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park earlier this week. In the first race of the challenge, the top driver, Trace Tetrick, received first pick of the horse he wanted to drive and he selected G's High Shooter from post seven for trainer Tyler George. Next the No. 2 driver, John DeLong, selected and then continued through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order was inverted and the No. 10 driver, Dan Shetler, picked first and selected Big Better Best from post two for trainer Bernie Wolin. This drafting system continued through all five races of the challenge. On Saturday, points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. Should a driver's horse be scratched from one of the contest races, a driver will automatically receive five points. The challenge races will be five consecutive races, races six through ten, and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 22. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, not only will one driver be crowned the champion of the 2016 All-Star Driver series but also have their choice of a dream prize. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016  -  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012. Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening's card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner's circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings. Widger's first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner's circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD's Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening's program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season. "It's kind of euphoric for me," Widger said with a smile after win number eight. "Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers." Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner's circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday's 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park's leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 17, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce a reduction in pari-mutuel takeout on its pentafecta wager, the Hoosier High-5, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and continuing for the remainder of the 2016 harness racing season. With a reduced takeout of 12%, Hoosier Park will now offer the lowest takeout on the pentafecta wager of all harness tracks in North America. The Hoosier High-5 was approved and added to the wagering menu at the beginning of the 2016 harness racing season and has been well received by the betting public. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season's biggest payout to date in 2016 with an $18,431.42 winning ticket paid out in early July. "We have been very encouraged by the growth in wagering on the Hoosier High-5 as the season has progressed," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "We believe the lower takeout will provide the impetus needed to enhance the public's awareness of this most popular wager." Hoosier Park remains committed to giving fans and customers the very best racing experience to be found anywhere. The takeout reduction is being viewed as an "experiment" for the remainder of the season and Hoosier Park officials are confident that bettors will embrace the lower takeout with increased levels of wagering. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 15, 2016 - The top harness racing two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 to battle it out in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a beautiful, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some spectacular harness racing battles and hard-earned divisional championships. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2016 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Fawn De Savage who turned in a dominant performance to score in 1:54.4. Trainer, driver Dan Shetler sent Fawn De Savage away from the gate firing from post five and she grabbed command through the opening panel in :28.1. Fawn De Savage dictated middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 while Naughty III and John DeLong were content to sit in the pocket. Tyler Smith gave Ooh La La La the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up to match strides with the leader. Just as the field turned for home it appeared that the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire, however Ooh La La La made a costly break and took herself out of contention. Fawn De Savage took full advantage and coasted on to the wire to win by open lengths over Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger. You Me and Rosie and Darrell Wright rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for third place honors. Fawn De Savage returned $6.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She had plenty of ability at two," Shetler noted in the winner's circle. "But like most fillies, just needed to grow up and mature. I always knew she would be a nice filly we just had to take our time with her." "I wanted to leave with her tonight without using her too hard," he continued. "I knew if I could get her out of there and they left her alone, she would be strong. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch but that other filly (Ooh La La La) is a nice filly too, when she made a break I knew we were home free." With the win, Fawn De Savage recorded her eighth win of the season from 19 starts and 11th lifetime victory. Owned by Fawn De Mon Farms, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has now amassed $320,396 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies The two-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Goose's Weedie and Sam Widger who pulled the first of many upsets on the evening in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Sent of at odds of 8-1, Goose's Weedie used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:54.4. John DeLong had Amazing Arya firing from the gate and she was the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2 before yielding the lead to Rockin Serena and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Serena led the field through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1 but was soon joined on the outside by the heavy post-time favorite, Hah ChaChaCha and Trace Tetrick. While the damage was being done on the front, the rest of the field was winding up to take aim at the leaders. Brandon Bates had Rock Me Gorgeous well placed second-over but the biggest threat was still behind him. Widger tipped Goose's Weedie past tiring cover and she responded to the find the wire a length in front of Rock Me Gorgeous. Sand Madeline and Brett Miller used a late surge to round out the trifecta. With the upset, Goose's Weedie returned $18.20 to her backers at the betting window. "This is a very special moment for me," trainer Mike Hollenback said after the win. "Being from Anderson and growing up around harness racing, this is as good as it gets for me." "It really was an ideal trip for her," he continued. "She's a small filly and doesn't seem to like the front-end too much so it worked out for us. She's always been a nice filly and she showed it tonight." Goose's Weedie notched just the second win of her career from 13 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The homebred daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Nonstop To The Top has now earned $141,650 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Charles Kline. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts The upset trend continued in the very next race of the program, the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as Ultimate Encore and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. found the winner's circle at odds of 9-1. The Jeff Edwards trainee was a decisive winner, winning by four lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:58. After a costly break by the heavy favorite Jesse V behind the gate, the race was a wide open affair. Trace Tetrick sent Bumblebzbuzz to the front to dictate first half fractions of :28 and :57.2. Herbies Wild Child was content to sit in the pocket while Swan Chase and Rick Plano were next in line third. Plano gave his mount the green light and he was matching strides with the leader at three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1. Swan Chase was able to put away Bumblebzbuzz but he would have his work cut out for him as Ultimate Encore was looming large in the background. Wrenn Jr. was well placed second and when he asked his mount for more, Ultimate Encore responded with a :29.2 final quarter to trot past his rivals well in hand at the wire. Swan Chase held on for second while Dream of Elegance and Dale Hiteman rallied nicely for third. With the upset, Ultimate Encore returned $20.00 at the betting windows. "I've never driven the horse before and didn't get a chance to talk to Jeff (Edwards) before the race," Wrenn Jr. said after the victory. "I looked at the program and knew I wanted to get a trip with him especially since the front end hasn't been holding up tonight. I was able to fall in line and come second-over and the colt responded. He really raced strong tonight, he's a very nice colt." Owned by D L Dennis, Dolne Farm Services, and J. Johannsen, Ultimate Encore has now won two of his 14 lifetime outings. With the victory, the gelded son of Encore Encore-Southwind Ultima has now amassed $145,400 in lifetime earnings. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Seventimesavirgin proved her divisional dominance yet again with a 1:50.3 victory as the 2-5 favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With the win, Seventimesavirgin notched her ninth straight Hoosier Park victory but more impressively, made a clean sweep of the stakes action to remain undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes this season. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin powered away from the gate to reach the first quarter in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Todd Warren gave Can't Touch This the green light and she grabbed the lead just before the half :55.3. Can't Touch This went uncontested through three-quarter clocking in 1:23.2 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket. Using a :26.4 final panel, Seventimesavirgin took the passing lane and paced away from the rest of the field to win by three lengths. Rockin Rum Springa and Ricky Macomber Jr. made up substantial ground late in the lane to finish second while Can't Touch This held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers. "We needed a trip this week," DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly, noted. "She's raced hard all year, she shows up every week and I couldn't have asked for the trip to work out any better for us tonight." "This is a special one for us," he continued while surrounded by family and friends in the winner's circle. "My mom is a cancer survivor and to have her here with us to enjoy this moment means the world to me. This is definitely a family affair." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her 12th win from 13 seasonal outings. Owned by Jesse J DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now bankrolled $426,140 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections while winning 17 of 25 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. followed suit to deliver as the 6-5 post time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Satin Dancer scored in 1:59.1 and extended her win streak to four in the process. Wrenn Jr. wasted no time as he sent Satin Dancer away from the gate from post two and she quickly grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. She went unchallenged through middle fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Intothelight and Rick Plano were the first to take aim at the leader approaching the final turn but Satin Dancer was strong on the lead. Jessi Lind and Rick Farrington were closing in quickly on the outside but Satin Dancer dug in gamely to win by a neck. Jessi Lind finished second while Hoosier Wiggles and John DeLong finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $4.60 for the win. "Anytime you have a two-year-old, you have to be nervous," trainer Byron Hooley said in the winner's circle. "She's been a nice filly all year, a fun filly to have in the barn. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) just started driving her a few starts ago; he's done a really great job with her. He gets along really well with her and said she's like a Cadillac to drive." Owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC, Satin Dancer recorded her eighth win from 15 lifetime outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred now sports a lifetime bankroll of $227,933. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Born To Thrive and driver, trainer Rick Plano pulled off the biggest surprise of the evening, prevailing at odds of 15-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4, Born To Thrive staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. John DeLong had the 1-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's on the front and he led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.3. Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick were on the attack first-over and at the top of the stretch was matching strides with Bridge To Jesse's. Fly Jesse Fly was able to put a nose in front but the taxing mile was beginning to take its toll. Just as the top pair started to fade, Plano tipped Born To Thrive to the outside and he kicked into high gear to surge past his rivals. Fly Jesse Fly held on for second while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman closed well for third place honors. "It's hard to be confident with the caliber of horses we were racing against in here tonight but this is a nice colt," driver, trainer Rick Plano commented. "I just bought him a few weeks ago, I made a few changes and he's really responded well to everything I've done. He's a nice colt that I think is only getting started." With the win, Born To Thrive has now won five of 28 lifetime outings and third win of the season. Owned by J.A. Campagnuolo, V.A. Contento, and M. Plano, the gelded son of Swan For All-Soxy Kosmos has now earned $141,933 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts On The Virg and Brett Miller turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:52.4, the Jim Dailey trainee dug in gamely to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score his sixth win of the season. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith left with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28.1 before yielding the lead to On The Virg just before the half. On The Virg dictated the tempo of :57 and 1:25 before Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Rock N Tony applying pressure to the outside first-over. As the field turned for home, Rock N Tony made a solid bid for the lead but On The Virg found another gear and drew away to win by two lengths. "Leaving the gate I could tell not a whole lot of people were leaving," Miller said after the race. "With the soft fractions I knew I had to make my move and when I saw the half mile time pop up, I had a lot of confidence in my colt." "The wind has died down a little and when we turned for home I was just hoping my colt could out sprint them," he continued. "He did. He's a very nice colt and paced strong all the way to the wire." Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A.Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, On The Virg recorded his sixth win from eleven seasonal outings. With the win, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi now sports a lifetime bankroll of $195,250. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts Brett Miller would find the winner's circle once more, this time with Uncmprmising Z Tam in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Using the same front-running tactics, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off all charges to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.2. Leaving from post five, Miller wasted no time as he sent the Wilbur Eash trainee to the front. Uncmprmising Z Tam led the field through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:22.3 before ever feeling a threat. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow but by the time the field rounded the final turn, Umcmprmising Z Tam's lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27.4 final panel, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off a late charge from Ricky Macomber Jr. and Downthehighwy to win by three lengths. Matrix of Luck and Trace Tetrick rallied from way back to round out the trifecta. As the 9-5 favorite, Uncmprmising Z Tam returned $5.80 for the win. With the win, Uncmprmising Z Tam notched his fourth win from 17 seasonal outings and seventh win from 26 lifetime starts. Owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC, the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover-Cosmic Grace has now amassed $231,288 for his connections. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, October 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 13, 2016 - The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Indiana stakes season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the third race on the program with a field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies. Fawn De Savage and driver, trainer Dan Shetler have been enlisted as the 5-2 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has won seven of 18 starts while bankrolling $133,109 this season. The sophomore pacing filly sensation Seventimesavirgin will put her 8-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trained and driven by John DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is undefeated in stakes action this season and will start from post three as the 4-5 morning line choice. Driver John DeLong will also look to keep a winning streak alive with Bridge To Jesse's who looks to notch his seventh consecutive victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Slated as the eleventh race on the 14-race card, Bridge To Jesse's will start from post eight as the even money morning line favorite for trainer Roger Welch. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts has been slated as the 13th race on the program and will provide an exciting conclusion to the evening's stakes action. Granite and driver Mike Peterson will look to score their second consecutive stakes victory against this group from post six for trainer Melanie Wrenn. The last time the sophomore pacing colts met behind the starting gate in stakes action, Granite pulled a 44-1 upset in the fifth and final $75,000 preliminary stakes final in September at Hoosier Park. "Hoosier Champions Super Finals Night has become a hallmark of the Hoosier Park racing season," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager or racing, Rick Moore noted. "It is with pride that we showcase the creame de la creame of Indiana Sired horses to the rest of the country and beyond. Who knows, several of these Indiana phenoms may soon follow in the footsteps of Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover." In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track as well. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. The annual Harvest Fest will celebrate the Fall season with annual favorites including an Antique Tractor Show, free hot buttered sweet corn, candy apples, a zip line, and free family activities. Free pumpkins and pumpkin painting will also be available while supplies last. Plus, racing fans can feast on Fall favorites including roasted butternut squash soup in the Homestretch Steakhouse, fresh harvest dishes in the Prime Harvest buffet and the season's best craft beers in the Dan Patch Brew House. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 12.   Emily Gaskin      

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2016 - Freshman trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Wednesday, October 5. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Jesse V staged a valiant stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo for win in 1:58.2 and notch his third consecutive harness racing victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, Jesse V was away a worrisome seventh while a host of others left for early position. Herbies Wild Child was hustled off the gate by driver Rick Farrington to get the first call in :27.4 but Rick Plano also had Swan Chase out and firing. Swan Chase reached command at the half in :58 but things continued to be eventful on the front end as Darrell Wright had Striking Warrior on an assignment to the front approaching the final turn. Swan Chase continued to call the shots at third station in 1:28 but the rest of the field was steadily closing in. Don Harmon had My Uncle Cuz well placed second-over and he ranged up to engage the leader as the field straightened away for home. My Uncle Cuz was able to put a nose in front of a tiring Swan Chase but his biggest challenge was coming from behind him. Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard found late racing room up the passing lane but Macomber Jr. tipped Jesse V to the outside and the gelding surged to the wire to prevail in a tight photo. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush held on for third. As the post time favorite, Jesse V returned $5.20 for the victory. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the third win of his young career from twelve starts, incidentally all three of his career victories have been in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now amassed $155,000 for his connections. With the win, Jesse V solidified his spot in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 6 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 4, 2016 - Nothing But Nice and harness racing driver Sam Widger used a determined stretch rally to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 4. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to use the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage, to stop the timer in 1:56.4 over a fast track. After winning her elimination last week, Nothing But Nice made a clean sweep of the final round of the preliminary stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Nothing But Nice was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left for early position. Mayfair Kate and Earl Avenatti Jr. left aggressively and were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 while Rick Plano and Dont Ya also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Trace Tetrick was unable to find a spot along the rail with Let Her Go and was forced to press on to the front. Let Her Go reached the leader's wheel at the half in :57.2 but was unable to clear Mayfair Kate. Mayfair Kate continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who tipped out around a tiring Let Her Go. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 as the rest of the field was also closing in. Nothing But Nice was able to wear down Mayfair Kate but Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler were closing well on the outside. Nothing But Nice continued to rally and used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late surge from Playful Swan and Don Eash up the rail. Fawn De Savage got steppy late in the lane but held on to round out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $11.40 at the betting windows for the slight upset. "She always tries hard," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "She's a nice filly who gives it her all every week. She was very strong tonight." The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won four of 17 seasonal including the previous $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park in late August. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $216,385 while winning six of 26 lifetime outings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, October 5 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 10 on the card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. ' For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 4, 2016 - In conjunction with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has donated funds to save a race horse from slaughter. With the donation, Hoosier Park is not only helping the horse currently in need but hoping to raise awareness for the SRF organization who works diligently to provide race horses with homes after their harness racing careers are finished. Just two weeks ago, the Indiana-sired trotter Canwecheatumnwhen was found to be in imminent danger of shipping to slaughter. Canwecheatumnwhen is a nine-year-old gelding who amassed over $100,000 in purse earnings and 25 wins throughout his racing career. With the help of SRF, industry professionals, and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the trotting gelding was swiftly removed from harm's way. "For the third time in less than two years, Hoosier Park has stepped up to the plate to rescue a horse from a fate surely not deserved," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "It is our fervent desire that horses like Canwecheatumnwhen, who have given so much on the racetrack, find homes where they can live out the remainder of their time in a blissful manner. We wish our friend Canwecheatumnwhen nothing but the best in retirement!" The cost to take in one horse and provide all the necessary steps of paying their fees, shipping, quarantine, rehabilitation, veterinary care, and blacksmith and dental care is approximately $1,500. Hoosier Park's donation will be put towards the care of Canwecheatumnwhen until a permanent home can be secured. Canwecheatumnwhen will now head to a quarantine facility where he will be placed under a veterinary's care. Once his soundness and current health is determined, his future options will be explored including under saddle work. About the Standardbred Retirement Foundation: Founded in 1989, Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) is currently caring for more than 192 retired racehorses at boarding and training facilities around the country; all are available for adoption. SRF is unique as it never relinquishes ownership and requires the veterinary of every adopted horse to provide a follow-up report semi-annually to insure each horse remains happy and healthy, for life. The program relies on tax-deductible gifts, and fund raising events such as the donation of lifetime breedings to prominent stallions, single breeding donations, and other fund raising efforts. In complement to finding them loving homes as companion horses, their program also focuses on retraining that gives them second careers in police work and therapy programs. SRF retires them with the dignity they deserve and provides them with full care for the remainder of their lives. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 3, 2016 - The Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events valued at $5.8 million, will race over two nights in the fall of 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana. The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the events, and Hoosier Park management have chosen a traditional October weekend for their Crown showcase, with the Crown races to be held Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Eliminations, if necessary, would be raced the weekend prior, Oct. 20 and 21. Hoosier Park, home of harness racing in Indiana, has made enormous strides in establishing the state as home to champion Standardbreds, competitive overnight racing and host of world class racing. The Indiana breeding program has produced such stars as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, Breeders Crown champions Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki and top-ranked mare trotter Hannelore Hanover, among many others prominent on the national stage. "Over the next twelve months, our team at Hoosier Park and Centaur Gaming will be working diligently as we prepare to welcome thousands of racing fans and members of the horse racing industry to our property, as well as showcase the best in harness racing to thousands more across the world," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. In addition, Hoosier Park takes the spotlight in 2017 as the presenting sponsor of the Dan Patch Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Dan Patch Awards are for top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year honors, as well as the first introduction of the newest member(s) to the Hall of Fame. The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in 1994 and is now owned by Centaur Gaming, is the 31st racetrack to host the Breeders Crown. It is the final host track featured in a three-year agreement announced in 2014 by the Hambletonian Society that saw Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto set a Canadian Standardbred record handle of CDN $5,748,950 for the 13-race card at Woodbine Racetrack in 2015; The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ will host the 2016 Breeders Crown events on Oct. 28 and Oct.29, as the historic New Jersey oval celebrates its 40-year anniversary; and Hoosier Park becomes the latest track to host the Breeders Crown for the first time in 2017. Hoosier Park will also be the first track to host the event in the Midwest since 1995 when it was last held at Northfield Park and the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. "The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America," said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society. "Hosting the 2017 Breeders Crown is an honor and certainly a recognition of the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Legislature, Indiana Standardbred Association and all of our partners in the racing industry," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer. "Centaur Gaming is fully committed to the success of the 2017 Breeders Crown in hopes that Hoosier Park will continue to share the responsibility of hosting the events for years to come." The 33-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $180 million in purse money has been disbursed over 370 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America and been raced as single night and multiple night events. Emily Gaskin

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