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ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and The Trent Stohler Stable have announced "The Ultimate Name Game", a Twitter competition to name the final foal from the standout harness racing open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373). The contestant that submits the winning name will win a VIP Certificate to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino compliments of the connections of Ultimate Velocity. Ultimate Velocity tragically passed away following complications from surgery after delivering her second foal only one day earlier. Ultimate Velocity's second foal, sired by Bettor's Delight, arrived healthy and full of life on March 18, 2015. This competition will honor the legacy of his dam and her prolific racing career. Ultimate Velocity raced 33 times, resulting in 19 wins, four seconds, and two thirds. While she did earn victories in multiple stakes, she was most known for her gritty efforts in the open mare events on the Indiana racing circuit. Sired by Western Ideal, Ultimate Velocity's lifetime mark was only one fifth of a second off of the track record at the time. She was also race timed in 1:49.2. Bred by brothers Kenneth "Dave" Stohler and Merrill Stohler, Ultimate Velocity was the second filly from their homebred mare, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070). Among the highlights on Extreme Velocity's resume was a victory in the $288,000 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares in 1998. "We thought this would be a fun, unique way to remember Ultimate (Velocity)," trainer, driver Trent Stohler noted. "She was a great mare so this foal is going to need a great name. I would like the name to include the word 'velocity' in some way, but I am looking forward to seeing all the names submitted." All are welcomed to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit their name suggestions from now until 11:59 p.m. on April 24 via Twitter. Using #NameGame, contestants will send their submissions to Trent Stohler on twitter, @TrentStohler. Stohler along with his father Dave will select their favorite name for the colt on Saturday, April 25. All names must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 10, 2015 - The reigning three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Color's A Virgin, returned to harness racing action on Friday, April 10 and made her 2015 debut a winning one as she captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Color's A Virgin scored her first victory against older mares in 1:53.3 and gave driver Trace Tetrick one of six wins on the 13-race card. Leaving from post four in a talented field of six, Color's A Virgin and Tetrick resumed their previous racing tactics and raced from off the pace early, to secure a spot along the rail in fourth. Tim Curtain sent Wings away from the gate firing and the duo reached the first quarter in :27.4. Stable Eyes and Tim Clevenger benefitted from a pocket trip while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn were next in line, third. Pertty Music and Ed Hensley, back to back winners at this level, sat at the back of the pack for much of the mile. Wrenn gave Miss Millie the go-ahead down the backside and she secured the lead just past the half in :57. Unable to wait any longer, Color's A Virgin began her first-over bid approaching the final turn with American Girl and Sam Widger in tow. As the field reached the third station in 1:25.3, Color's A Virgin had worn down the tiring leader and began to put her talent on display as she paced away from the field. Using a :28 final panel, Color's A Virgin coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick to finish a length in front of American Girl who was a game second. Miss Millie rounded out the trifecta while Pertty Music had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for fourth. As the heavy betting favorite, the Dan Patch award-winning mare returned $3.60 at the windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought," Tetrick noted after the race. "I didn't want to be first-up for her first start back but that's the way it worked out and she overcame it. She did everything I asked and was well within herself at the wire." "Brian (Brown) told me she came back well," he continued. "Tonight, I could tell she's matured and handled the lay-off well. She's just a great, great mare." Color's A Virgin won 13 of 18 starts in 2014 and earned $532,622 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. She captured seven of her last eight starts, including the $178,862 Jugette on September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Trained by Brian Brown, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color now sports a lifetime bankroll of $754,822. The winner of 19 career outings has been nominated to races such as the TVG Mares Pace, The Lady Liberty and The Golden Girls for her four-year-old campaign. Tetrick noted Color's A Virgin would likely make her next start at Hoosier Park before heading to Miami Valley Raceway. The victory was one of six wins for Hoosier Park's current leading driver, Trace Tetrick and four training wins for Brian Brown. Brown and Tetrick also teamed up to score with Fits Well and Win The Gold early in the card. Tetrick also found the winner's circle with Landonfitz for trainer Charlie Stewart and Pleasing Paisley for trainer Tyler George. The Brown, Tetrick combination would strike once more with Do U Mind in the last race of the evening for the Emerald Highlands Farm. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, April 11 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 4, 2015 - On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 4. Each of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week. Kicking things off for the evening, Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker sat patiently along the rail in fourth through fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 set by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder before making a move. Using a :27.4 final panel, Rose Run Parker set his sights on the wire and wore down Lady Blitz late in the lane. Ed Hensley and Bloodstockshalltab staged a late rally but had to settle for second place honors. Escuela and Jason Dillander rallied nicely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 to his backers. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in 2015 from three starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy pushed his lifetime bankroll over the $600,000 mark for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. On the pacing side of things, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory with a final time of 1:51.4 in the $21,000 Invitational pace. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Night Pro dictated fractions of :27.1, and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Let's Drink On It and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow as they began their first-over bid approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3, Night Pro began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Night Pro cruised home with a :27.1 final quarter to finish two lengths in front of Let's Drink On It. Latest Desire and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta ticket. As the public's choice, Night Pro returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "This is going to be a great summer with this group of horses," Peter Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "My horse has had a few starts and he's really sharp right now. He did that tonight just like it was a training mile. He was well within himself at the wire and did everything like he was supposed to. He's a great, great horse." Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. With the win, the five-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel pushed his career earnings to $473, 512. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 7 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Photos: 1) Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. score their second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. 2) Night Pro and Peter Wrenn a decisive winner in the featured pace at Hoosier Park. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 3, 2015 - Pertty Music and Ed Hensley found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp effort to capture the harness racing featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 3. Using her customary late charging tactics, the five-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage and bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 over a track rated good. Leaving from the outside post seven, Pertty Music was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while the rest of the field battled for position. Wings and Tim Curtain were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a brisk :26.3 but Sam Widger had the heavy betting favorite, American Girl out and firing down the backside. American Girl was able to slow the tempo and reached the front at the half mile mark in :57. Igottafeelinfran was given the green light from driver Jack Dailey and reached the leader's wheel approaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:27. American Girl was able to put away a menacing Igottafeelinfran but would have her work cut out for her as Pertty Music was just beginning her rally. Just as American Girl began to tire on the front, Pertty Music found another gear and exploded past her rivals halfway down the stretch. American Girl held was able to hold on gamely for second place honors while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn rallied for third. As the public's second choice, Pertty Music returned $7.40 to her backers at the window. The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-My Metallica notched her fifth win from just nine seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $46,235. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 4 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 2, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will celebrate the return of live harness racing action with Fan Appreciation Days beginning on Thursday, April 2. Hoosier Park will invite guests to enjoy all that it has to offer with four big days of fan appreciation - free offers, exciting giveaways, great discounts, and much more in a weekend-long celebration. "The fans are a major part of our success here at Hoosier Park and what better way to celebrate than with numerous activities dedicated to them," Hoosier Park's Race Marketing Manager, Cliff Fraser noted. "We hope everyone will come out and enjoy our four days of celebration and the return of live racing." The fan appreciation festivities will kick-off on Thursday, April 2 with Club Centaur members receiving three times the points. Guests are encouraged to visit Club Centaur before playing from 10 am to 11:59 p.m. to earn the triple point fun. Guests can also enjoy a $5 buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Prime Harvest Buffet. The fan appreciation activities will continue on Friday, April 3 with a free Hoosier Park t-shirt give-away starting at noon while supplies last. Racing fans will also receive a free mystery voucher with the purchase of a live Hoosier Park racing program that could be worth up to $250. During live racing, Fan-tastic Fridays will feature $1 dogs, $1 programs, $1 drafts & $1 bets through the end of live racing. With a post time of 5:15 p.m., Friday's 14-race card will feature the $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares. The night will end with a free performance by Eliot Lewis in the Terrace Showroom starting at 10 p.m. When the doors open at 4 p.m. at Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 4, racing fans will be greeted by Hoosier Park's harness racing drivers signing autographs. Racing fans can also pick-up a free Superfecta wager for the live Hoosier Park racing card from 2 to 6 p.m. at Trackside Club Centaur. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing meet. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. The Nashville's Next concert series will round out Saturday night's activities with a live performance by Natalie Stovall in the Terrace Showroom at 10 p.m. Presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and WFMS, all of the Nashville's Next shows will be free and open to the public ages 18 years or older. On Sunday, Aril 5, guests can enjoy an Easter Brunch in the Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for only $24.95 as part of the fan appreciation celebration. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day meet will be conducted through November 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; - March 31, 2015 - Nationally acclaimed horse racing analyst and commentator Peter Lurie has joined the harness racing broadcast teams at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Lurie will make more than one dozen appearances throughout 2015 with the first appearance this weekend at Hoosier Park beginning Friday, April 3. "We are beyond excited to have someone of Peter's stature joining our team in Indiana," said Jim Brown, president and chief operating officer of Centaur Gaming and general manager of Indiana Grand. "Peter is well respected all over the world in horse racing and having his insight into our racing product on a regular basis is phenomenal." Lurie brings in more than three decades of experience in both the television and horse racing fields. He has been on the sidelines covering many major races, from the prestigious Saratoga meet to the Florida Derby. Lurie has interviewed racing's finest participants over the years, including Tom Durkin, Bob Baffert, Kent Desormeaux and more recently the team behind 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. He also served as a host for HRTV's syndicated weekly show, "Across the Board," which had viewership all over the world, including Dubai and Europe. Lurie has covered both the Indiana Derby and the Dan Patch Invitational at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park, respectively, for the past four years and is very familiar with racing in the Hoosier State. He has also provided past support to some of the major Quarter Horse stakes in the state of Indiana, showing his immense versatility and expertise in racing. "Being able to continue my love of horse racing at two great facilities in the Midwest is wonderful," said Lurie. "I believe Centaur Gaming is on the cusp of something truly special and I feel very fortunate to be asked to be part of its growth. I'm looking forward to assisting them in taking their racing signals to the next level in the Thoroughbred and the Quarter Horse racing industry as well as in the harness racing world." In addition to special appearances throughout the racing season, Lurie will provide daily handicapping for the live production at Indiana Grand. His selections may be found in both the live racing program as well as Indiana Grand's website. In addition, he will provide frequent call-ins and video to both facilities as well as conduct interviews and additional television coverage while on property during the season. "Adding Peter to our team is a great way to kick off our 2015 racing season," said Rod Ratcliff, chairman and chief executive officer of Centaur Gaming. "Peter (Lurie) will enhance our current broadcast by expanding our on-air coverage of our racing programs, something we continue to strive for at both locations. This is another example of our commitment to racing in the state of Indiana." Lurie will provide support to the current broadcast team of Emily Gaskin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Steve Cross, announcer, at Hoosier Park. He will also bring his expertise to the broadcast team at Indiana Grand, which consists of Bill Downes, announcer, Rachel McLaughlin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Nancy Ury-Holthus, paddock analyst. In addition to his work in horse racing, the multi-talented Lurie will continue to lend his voice to numerous projects including animated series, commercials and video games in the Los Angeles area. He has served as an actor for more than 30 years and brings characters to life with his voice over work, including Leatherhead from the popular "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" television series. Live harness racing is now underway at Hoosier Park through Saturday, Nov. 14. Racing is conducted Tuesday through Saturday with a first post of 5:15 p.m. EST. Emily Gaskins

I wonder if Balmoral Park is working on a sign to put outside its harness racing office that reads: “Horses Needed.” If that’s the case maybe they should get another that says: “Driver’s Wanted.” (Availability on Saturday’s Preferred). With the opening last night of Hoosier Park it didn’t come as a surprise to see the all-ready shrunken local horse population take another substantial  dip. The lure of bigger purses could make the longer drive to Indiana worthwhile for some trainers. There are at least 20 local horses on Hoosier’s Saturday card and a number of others who competed Friday evening. The reduction of our driver’s colony was a little more than most of us anticipated  The Balmoral Park Driver’s Board listed not available to drive Saturday night: Sam Widger, Dale Hiteman, Kyle Wilfong and Tim Curtin. All are competing at Hoosier Park.   Along with the recent retirement of Dave Magee to become a steward at the Indiana track, the number of drivers available on the Chicago circuit is undersized and will likely remain that way without legislative help from Springfield to bring purses up to somewhat a competitive level with nearby other Midwest states. Saturday’s Taurus Bomber, the first scheduled ICF stake race of the season, is a no-go because of an insufficient the number of entries. Only two 3-year-olds, Dakota Roadster and Dixie’s Boy entered. No word yet if the $8,000 event for ICF pacing colts and geldings will be contested at a later date or is cancelled. Saturday’s “Winner’s Over” for pacing colts and geldings did fill but just barely with five horses going postward in the fourth race co-feature. Trying to stop the 8-5 morning line favorite Fort Silky (Casey Leonard) from a third consecutive triumph in the $9,400 race are Iam Bonasera (9-5, Travis Seekman), runner-up the last two Saturday’s, Firstclassallthway (5-2, Mike Oosting), Best Man Hanover (6-1, Todd Warren) and Ricky Bobbie (12-1, John De Long). The fifth race “Winner’s Over” trot landed seven starters headed up by the outside trio of Justice Jet (programmed 8-5, Ryan Welch), Fox Valley Veto (7-2, John De Long) and Celebrity Hercules (5-2, Mike Oosting), with the 5, 6 and 7 slots, respectively.. Justice Jet’s five-race winning streak was snapped a week ago by the front-stepping Celebrity Hercules with a 1:55 clocking. It was the second straight for the 9-year-old Jim Ellison trained trotter who was put on Lasix three races ago. Justice Jet had missed a month of racing before last week’s outing. The 4-year-old Indiana bred also got off to a sluggish start and was 13 lengths behind at the :28.1 first quarter and 30 seconds later at the half still trailed the winner by almost 10 lengths. The Roger Welch trainee trotted a 55 last half when he came up third, beaten by three-quarters if a length. Curt Grummel’s Fox Valley Veto is riding a streak of four consecutive second place finishers. The now 4-year-old ICF trotter pulled own almost $150,000 as a 3-year-old that included stake victories in the Kadabra, the Mike’s Mystery and at Springfield. Looking to pull off an upset in the first leg of the track’s $1 Pick 3 wager are Fall Creek Bandit (12-1, Casey Leonard), Ants Iner Pants (8-1, Ryan Anderson), Trottin On Over (8-1, Todd Warren) and Master Of Excuses (6-1, Brian Carpenter). By Mike Paradise

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 27, 2015 - Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner's circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the harness racing season. Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Pertty Music was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth as the rest of the field battled for early position. Tyler Smith had The Bomb Dottie forwardly place and they were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. The pace slowed just a touch as Hensley gave Pertty Music the green light and the duo reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :57.4. Their lead would be short-lived as Peter Wrenn and Miss Millie were out and firing approaching the final turn with the rest of the field closing in. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3., the field was tightly packed and the race appeared to be wide open turning for home. Using a :27.2 final panel, Pertty Music exploded from the pocket and was able to hold off a late charge from Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score the win. American Girl and Sam Widger overcame a tough, first over trip to round out the trifecta as the heavy betting favorite. Pertty Music returned $7.00 to her backers at the window. "I was a little unsure how the trip would work out for us," owner, trainer, driver Ed Hensley noted after the victory. "She's a great mare to drive and the trip ended up working out in our favor. I wasn't sure if we were going to hold them off down the lane but she fought all the way to the wire." The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet-My Metallica notched her fourth win from just eight seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $35,235. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photo: Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 26, 2015-The stage is set for the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the 22nd season will kick off with a 14-race card on Friday, March 27. Featuring a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the opening evening will be highlighted by the $21,000 featured event for fillies and mares. "I could not be more pleased with the response of the horsemen in the number of entries for opening weekend," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Being able to offer full 14-race cards on both Friday and Saturday will provide a great positive start to our 2015 meet!" The beginning of the live racing season marks not only the start of a variety of new promotions but also marks the unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well. Racing fans will have the opportunity to enjoy several new dining options for the 2015 racing season. Along with updated menu items in both of the Homestretch restaurants, Hoosier Park has added three new dining offerings in the lower level of the Grandstand. Dog n Suds is an American, Midwest classic famous for their Coney dogs, burgers and root beer floats. Tommy J's Pizza Café will feature made-from-scratch Italian breads, salads, calzones, pizzas and savory pasta dishes. Additionally, The Shoe will feature light snacks, soft drinks and a full assortment of beers, wines and liquors. Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed "Fan-tastic Fridays", will once again feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the 'Beat the Big Guy' promotion for a chance to win up to $750. At the conclusion of live racing, guests can also enjoy a free, live performance by Corey Cox in the Terrace Showroom at 10 p.m. Hoosier Park has once again partnered with Twinspires.com and will be pulling out all the stops for its opening weekend, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Hoosier Park is offering TwinSpires.com players the opportunity to compete for their share of 2 million elite points and one of two seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). Both Friday and Saturday night, 1 million points and a WHHC seat will be on the line in separate contests. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information. Hoosier Park is also excited to announce a partnership with Derby Wars for the 2015 harness racing season. Racing fans will now have an opportunity to play for $500 on Friday, March 27 through www.derbywars.com. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 24, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, now in its 22nd season of live harness racing, will host a social media luncheon for all participating drivers, trainers, and owners with hopes to raise awareness and engagement around this year's live racing season that is set to begin on Friday, March 27. With an estimated start time of 12:30 p.m., the luncheon will be held in Hoosier Park's Homestretch Restaurant and will provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of leading social media sites and technologies to help generate visibility and buzz for a variety of events and purposes at the track. This year, the luncheon will feature key-note speaker Scott Wise. Wise is the President and CEO of Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for the multi-successful restaurants Scotty's Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, which are located throughout the state of Indiana. Using his "unfiltered" personality, Wise has blazed the trail for social media marketing and business building. Allison Conte, Social Media and Publicity Manager for the United States Trotting Association, will also be speaking on the implementation of social media in the harness racing industry. Using a variety of online platforms, she will be demonstrating positive social media practices and basic tips for beginners. "The world continues to push forward at warp speed and the use of social media has now become mainstream whether it involves breaking news or the way we communicate in general," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Hoosier Park is committed to making harness racing a focal point of this on-line conversation." Utilizing the hash tag #PlayHP, Hoosier Park has asked all industry professionals to use social media as a way to reach both the serious and casual racing fan with information about the harness racing industry. Racing fans will also have the ability to become part of the conversation like never before. Racing fans can ask questions, post comments and participate in the nightly production and promotions using social media. Hoosier Park broke ground with social media last season, driving substantial interest and awareness using the multiple social media platforms but is hoping to double its efforts in 2015 with the help of industry participants and racing fans. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 14, 2015. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist    

Harness racing driver Kyle Wilfong is off to an excellent start at both tracks on the local circuit. The 25-year-old Illinois native currently sits atop the Balmoral Park standings and is third at Maywood Park, only a few wins from the top spot. Wilfong has some live drives on tonight’s program but this will be the last Friday he’ll be competing on the circuit’s half-miler, perhaps for a long time. “I’m leaving to drive at Hoosier Park starting with the opener next Friday,’ revealed Kyle. “The way things are going in Illinois, it just seemed to be the right time to make the move. “I love driving here and I hope to be back on Sundays at Balmoral as long as I can get some lives on that day. I also plan to be back for the stakes.” Kyle is behind a trio of his father Brett’s horses on this Friday night’s card: Imagine This in the third, Some Heart Throb in the tenth and Innocent Victim in the co-featured ninth race. Innocent Victim is back from Woodbine where he had a second and a third before he was done-in from the Canadian track’s 10-hole on March 5. The 5-year-old homebred will open at 3-1 odds from the 4-slot behind Desperado Alibi (5-2, Brian Carpenter). “That’s a good post for Innocent Victim,” said Kyle. “He can race on or off the pace and he likes Maywood. The horse has a quick move and you can use it at the start if you want to race him that way. He’s very handy.” Innocent Victim is 3-for-3 thus far this season at Maywood. Imagine This also returns from Canada. The 4-year-old homebred comes off a front-end win at Flamboro Downs. He left Illinois after an eye-brow raising victory at Maywood on February 5 when he won by a dominating 19 and 1/2 lengths in 1:57.2 on the front-end. “That was the horse’s very first start on a half-mile track but he did train on a half-mile track at my parent’s farm in Donovan (IL). Imagine This always came up a little short at the end of a mile on a big track so we decided to give him a try at Maywood. He got the front that night and he sure knew what to do with it.” Imagine This opens at 7-2 behind Vague Traces (2-1, Lavern Hostetler) and Fox Valley Cupid (5-2, Bobby Smolin) in race three while his stable-mate Some Heart Throb is programmed as the 3-1 top choice in race 10. “He’s a nice horse with a mark of 1:50.4. He can do everything fine expect he doesn’t leave well. We’ve tired just about everything to change that. If the horse does get the front, he’s tough, really tough. “It looks like we’ll have a take our shot racing either first or second over with him Friday.” Some Heart Throng drew the second tier 9-hole but he starts behind Silver Devil who can get away from the starting gate in a hurry and has been best on a half-mile track. The 5-year-old Some Heart Throb is son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere out of the former Illinois multi-stakes winner Oneinamilliongirl. “Dad bought him at a sale at the end of his 2-year-old season,” added Kyle. By Mike Paradise

ANDERSON, Ind.-February 17, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and equine related fields. The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment. Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments. This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings. This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park's 22nd season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27 and be conducted through November 14. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to: Cliff Fraser

A $34,889 Jackpot 6 carryover awaits Friday night Cal Expo harness racing players, with that bet being one of four wagers on the program that come with a reduced 16% takeout rate. The other wagers with the lower takeout are the Hi-5, which like the Jackpot 6 is a 10-cent minimum bet; the 50-cent Pick 5; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool. The Jackpot 6 finds 70% of the net pool paying out to tickets with the most winners and with 30% of the net pool designated for the carryover. If there is one unique ticket selecting six winners, the entire net pool and the carryover is paid to the holder of the ticket. If that should happen Friday night, they would receive the entire net pool and a cool $34,889 as a bonus. By the way, the 50-cent Pick 5 on last Sunday’s program returned a healthy $6,975 for a 50-cent investment. The reduced takeout resulted in each ticket being worth $748 more than the $6,227 it would have paid with the regular takeout rate. If you’re looking to turn a small investment into a nice payday, be sure to check out these reduced takeout wagers that are sprinkled throughout the program. El Azteca gets top billing in featured Trot El Azteca, who has been having some great battles with Its Not Over at the head of the class this season, gets away from that rival Friday and looms strictly the one to beat in the $5,000 Open II Handicap Trot. A 10-race card is on tap Friday night with a first post of 6:40 p.m. The headliner will go as the third race on the program with a companion $5,000 Open II Handicap Pace occupying the fourth-race slot on the evening. In an attempt to level out the playing field for the Trot, racing secretary Robin Schadt has assigned El Azteca the No. 10 post position, while breaking from the inside four slots are Winsom Kelly, Flight of the Kiwi, A Crown for Lindy and Silence Son. El Azteca is a 6-year-old son of Panama Hanover out of the Jonathan Lobell mare Jonathan’s Girl who is owned, trained and was bred by Marco Rios with James Kennedy in his usual spot in the sulky. He comes into this assignment with $140,000 in his bank account and a 1:54 3/5 mark that was set last year at Hoosier Park. He captured half of his 18 trips to the post last season and is perfect in four appearances this year. Leaving from the assigned No. 10 post position for the second straight time in his most recent outing, El Azteca settled last of the six for the opening half-mile. He was out and moving on the final bend, ignited when the question was asked with a :27 2/5 final quarter and showed the way home by a half-length over his arch-rival Its Not Over. Looking ahead to Saturday’s program, there will be a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing colts headed by Hi Ho’s Little Rev and Uringoodhands and an Open I Pace that has lured Windsong Jack, A real Miracle, China King, J C Onthebeach and St Lads Lotto.  By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

ANDERSON, Ind.—February 9, 2015 — Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to begin the 22nd season of live harness racing on Friday, March 27 with several new and important changes to the stakes schedule.  One of the most highly anticipated days on the 2015 harness racing calendar will take place on Friday, August 14 as the Dan Patch takes center stage once again. Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race but will take on a new format beginning in 2015. Historically, the Dan Patch has been an invitational race with Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, inheriting the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. However, when the Dan Patch returns for its 22nd edition in 2015, it will be raced under a new and improved format. In conjunction with the Hambletonian Society, The Dan Patch will now be raced as an early closer, which requires a nomination and sustaining payment the same year in which the race will be contested. By making the switch and increasing the purse, Hoosier Park is hoping to attract the top pacers in the country that may not have previously considered racing in the Dan Patch. To begin, a nomination fee of $500 is due on February 15, 2015 for all horses wishing to compete in the 2015 Dan Patch. After the initial fee, the nominated horses will be eligible to be sustained to the 2015 edition of the race by making a $2,000 payment on March 15. The purse for the 2015 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners.  Once the field is established, an entrance fee of $2,500 will be required. "By making the Dan Patch a paid-in event, Hoosier Park is taking the next step in elevating what is already a great race and increasing it in purse and stature,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “We feel the race will now reach a point where it will stand side by side with the Canadian Pacing Derby and the William Haughton Memorial Pace as the elite races for aged pacers." Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil.  The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 21 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella. In 2014, racing fans watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational. For the second consecutive year, the winner of the 2015 Dan Patch Invitational will get an automatic nomination to the 2015 edition of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, October 30, 2015 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch Invitational has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration. In addition to the changes to the Dan Patch, Hoosier Park will once again host the Jenna’s Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old colt pacers but feature an increased purse of an estimated $100,000 for the 2015 edition. Slated for Saturday, September 26, the field will be comprised of the top ten lifetime money earners. A $20,000 consolation will also be contested on Saturday, September 26. For more information on the 2015 stakes schedule and a complete list of upcoming events at Hoosier Park, please visitwww.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist Emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com

ANDERSON, Ind.-January 16, 2015 - Stall applications are now available for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino's race office by no later than February 6, 2015. Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area, as well as horsemen wishing to ship in to race at Hoosier Park. Horsemen receiving stalls will be notified of their allotment by mid-February. Building upon the successes of the 2014 live race meet, Hoosier Park's 22nd season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27, 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 14, 2015. Hoosier Park will solely host Indiana's harness racing action and offer an extensive stakes schedule throughout the 2015 season. Hoosier Park's signature event, the $300,000 est. Dan Patch, is slated for Friday, August 14. Horsemen should also be advised that Hoosier Park will offer several new overnight series for the opening months of the racing calendar. More information will be provided by the race office as it becomes available. The minimum claiming price for the 2015 racing season will be $5,000. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . For more information on the upcoming harness racing season and entertainment at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.- The 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which concluded on Saturday, November 15, produced encouraging gains on many fronts as well as sizeable gains in all-sources handle during the 160-day, all harness racing season. Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the positive trend in 2014 to report an all sources handle increase of 6.2% over the previous year's numbers. In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued its focus on all encompassing marketing efforts, facility enhancements and an increase in overall quality of racing. "We couldn't be more pleased with the results of the 2014 racing season," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The positive trend in handle that we experienced during the 2013 season carried over into 2014. Beyond handle, the competition on the race track continues to get even more spirited. Together, we are buoyed by the reception we have received throughout the simulcast market and look forward to building on these successes when we open the 2015 season in late March." For the first time in its 21year history, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino expanded its viewing public to include Australia in June of 2014. Through a partnership between Hoosier Park and the Australian racing broadcaster, Sky Racing, Hoosier Park harness racing became a regular morning feature on Thursday, Friday and Sunday on Sky Racing2 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Australian time. Hoosier Park's signature race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Friday, August 8. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational. On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the continuation of a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force to watch the harness racing superstars compete at Hoosier Park as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering and produced the biggest handle night of the season. The total handle for the night was up 25% over the previous year's numbers. Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action four different times this season and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in races like the $275,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $230,000 Carl Erskine, the $250,000 Monument Circle, the $193,000 Nadia Lobell and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Trace Tetrick led all forces on the track and took home the 2014 leading driver title with 289 victories and accumulated over $3.6 million in purse earnings throughout the season. Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 111 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 with 80 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this  Also new to the 2014 season, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino unveiled a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It was Lewayne Miller who not only took home the $5,000 first place prize in the opening round of the series, but was crowned the ultimate champion after winning the second round of the series and drove away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Weekends during the meet encouraged fans to enjoy live racing and numerous entertainment opportunities throughout the venue. Each weekend was highlighted by 'Fan-tastic Fridays,' live racing action that featured $1 customer specials including beer, hot dogs, wagers, and racing programs. Saturdays at the track, designated as 'Family Fun Days,' featured live entertainment, kid-friendly outdoor games and activities, winner's circle giveaways, and dining specials. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued the annual summer concert series in 2014 and welcomed a series of national headlining acts to the outdoor music center. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, fans enjoyed Grammy-Award winners, Billboard chart toppers and thrilling entertainers throughout the summer. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2014 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Moore continued. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." The 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to get underway on March 27, 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 14, 2015. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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