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DAYTON, OH. - Battle lines have been drawn for Friday's $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby as well as the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The seventeen harness racing horses in the combined fields have accumulated a whopping 376 victories and amassed over $20 million in career earnings. Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Dayton Trotting Derby, based largely on his impressive runnerup finish in the recent Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. The former Ohio Sires Stakes champion by Manofmanymissions, trained by Ron Burke, seeks his fifth win of the season and will surpass a quarter million dollars in earnings with any check in this race. Manchego (Dexter Dunn), one of two mares in the elite field, will open at 7-2 odds for trainer Nancy Johansson. The 4-year-old $1.7 million earner by Muscle Hill was a Breeders Crown winner and two and Hambletonian Oaks champion at three. Speeding Spur N (Brian Sears) has been assigned a 4-1 morning line. By far the oldest horse in the race, the 8-year-old by Pegasus Spur captured the $148,000 Crawford Farms stake at Tioga six weeks ago for trainer Linda Toscano. Others descending on Dayton on Friday are Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman, 9-2), Fiftydallarbill (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Two O B Wonkenobi (Brett Miller, 8-1), Bridge To Jesse's (David Miller, 10-1), I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith, 12-1) and Elmo Blatch (Jason Beattie, 15-1). McWicked (Brian Sears) got the ever-so-slight 5-2 favorites nod over 3-1 This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) and 4-1 Western Fame (Dan Noble) in the Dayton Pacing Derby. McWicked tops the eight combatants with $4.6 million in lifetime earnings, although five of the other seven have earned over $1 million, too. McWicked, trained by Casie Coleman and now 8, has won a host of the sport's most prestigious races including the Breeders Crown, Canadian Pacing Derby, William Haughton Memorial, Progress Pace and the Adios. His 2019 triumphs include the Jim Ewart Memorial, the Roll With Joe and the Gerrity Memorial. This Is The Plan copped the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in his most recent start. Western Fame paced the second fastest mile in Dayton Raceway history (1:48.1) in his local tune up. 2018 Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice (Brett Miller, 9-2) is sure to be heard from in this contest, as are Filibuster Hanover (Matt Kakaley, 6-1), defending champion and Dayton track record holder Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick, 8-1), Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron, 10-1), and Endeavor (Sam Widger, 12-1). In total, the Dayton Pacing Derby field has visited 168 winner's circles and banked over $13.2 million. Post time for the stellar Friday night card at Hollywood Dayton is 6:15 p.m. Estimated post time for the Dayton Trotting Derby is 9 p.m. with the Dayton Pacing Derby slated for two races later at approximately 9:40 p.m. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica is proud to announce the harness racing schedule for Hoosier Pacing Derby night on Friday (Sept. 20) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The duo's broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. and run until 11 p.m., covering races 7-12. Mike and Mike will be joined by former analyst Jessica Otten, DRF contributor Garnet Barnsdale, and regular contributor Taylor Johnston. Otten will co-host and offer insight throughout the program, with Barnsdale sharing his in-depth analysis, and Johnston providing pre- and post-race interviews. The stakes laden program at Hoosier Park has a first post of 6:30 p.m. and will feature some of North America's top pacers and trotters. The mare Hannelore Hanover will take on the boys as she did in 2017 when she finished second. The Caesars Trotting Classic (Race 12) is a loaded field, which features Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder, Hambletonian Maturity and Cashman winner Crystal Fashion, and Kentucky Futurity champion Six Pack. The Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby features 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked who comes back to town to try to avenge his loss in the Dan Patch Stakes in August. He will face nine others including Iowa superstar Jimmy Freight and This Is The Plan, who has put together a strong 2019 campaign. Post Time would like to advise listeners that Thursday's (Aug. 19) show has been canceled in lieu of the show on Friday night. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live on Friday by visiting www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, from Post Time  

The man with the best seat in the house says Lazraus can get better even after he downed many of North America’s best pacers again over the weekend. The former Kiwi pacing hero led throughout in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby to hold out his new arch rival McWicked in the Indiana race on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). In a near replay of his US debut four starts ago, Lazraus showed blistering gate speed and led and while he didn’t have much in reserve at the line he had done all the work early and into a strong wind down the back straight to stop the clock at 1:48.8 That victory takes Lazarus’s record to two wins and two seconds in four North American starts and while he is already beating the best free-for-allers up there, driver Yannick Gingras says Lazarus can go faster. And will need to. “After having a virus a few weeks ago I am sure he is still getting back to his best,” said Gingras. “He felt good but he can feel better still. He really is a very, very good horse.  “He looks like having some pretty regular racing coming up in the next six weeks and that should see him improve even more.”
 Lazarus is now being aimed at the US$150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in Ohio on Friday night (Saturday NZ time), although Gingras was not sure whether a start there was certain.  But the six-year-old has already been transferred to Kentucky where he will be based not only for the Dayton Derby but the feature open class mile at the lightning fast Red Mile track on October 6.  While Lazarus was embellishing his reputation in the US the last horse to nearly beat him in New Zealand, Dream About Me, made a long-overdue return to the winner’s circle in the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru yesterday.  Former stablemate Dream About Me, who pushed Lazarus to a half neck in the Ashburton Flying Stakes last October, made the most of a lucky break turning for home in yesterday’s $30,000 free-for-all to grab leader A G’s White Socks right on the line.  Dream About Me hadn’t won a race since the Auckland Cup 21 months ago and those who took the $1.80 yesterday wouldn’t have been feeling comfortable when she was parked early.  But after securing the one-one at the bell she was able to dive into the trail at the top of the straight when the trailer stopped, gifting her the passing lane run and the win in the latest step toward the New Zealand Cup on November 13.   Michael Guerin

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 21) with coverage of the 2018 Casears Trotting Classic, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana.   The Trotting Classic, which features 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is stacked with talent who will be trying to take down the $200,000 prize. Crazy Wow (Marcus Melander) draws to her inside coming off a strong victory in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Casears Trotting Classic beginning at 8:00 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be regular correspondent Jessica Otten, Garnet Barnsdale, and Robert "Goldsheet Bob" Eppich.   Patrons on track can will be greeted with a free hat giveaway and can receive them beginning at 11 am from Club Centaur. Also, beginning at 5:00 patrons can enjoy the all-new Fan-Tastic Fridays. There will be $1 programs, $2 drafts at select outlets, and $3 pints at Dan Patch Brewhouse.   Patrons can also participate in the Beat The Boss contest beginning at 5:00 for a chance at winning $250.00 Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   From Post Time with Mike and Mike

ANDERSON, IN -September 20, 2018- For many years, the name Jamie Macomber has been synonymous with some of Indiana's greatest race horses. An incredible stint as an assistant trainer to the sport's all time leading harness racing trainer, Ron Burke, saw Macomber guiding some of Indiana's most accomplished champions, such as the program's first millionaire, Go On BB, as well as reigning horse of the year, Hannelore Hanover, through the early stages of her career. Macomber has since started her own stable and again finds herself in the position of running a stable loaded with some of Indiana's hardest hitting champions such as Carol's Z Tam, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Wild Wanda and Rockinbeach. As the Hoosier state prepares for one of its biggest nights of the season on Friday, September 21, Macomber will send out four horses from her stable but it is her Breeders Crown champion, Beckhams Z Tam, who has taken her to new heights. Facing eight other rivals, Beckhams Z Tam has drawn post seven in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby which has been carded as the eleventh race on the evening's 14-race card. "He's awesome," Macomber says with a smile, speaking about her star pupil. "He makes you laugh and smile constantly. He wants to play all of the time, sometimes even all of the way to the track, but when I turn him the right way, he is all business." With lifetime purse earnings of $674,861, the son of Always A Virgin-Saras Lucky Charm has won 13 of 38 lifetime starts. While he has earned over $100,000 this season, the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion's four-year-old campaign has been a bit of a challenge for his trainer and has not gone according to plan. "It's been a bit disappointing," Macomber said, "We missed the first leg of the Graduate, so we missed the final, we have also struggled getting his (Beckhams Z Tam) blood right all year." However, Beckhams Z Tam has been trending in the right direction following the addition of lasix earlier this season with a 1:49:0 victory against invite competition on a very muddy Hoosier Park surface on August 3rd and a victory north of the border in the $152,000 Prix D Ete. While the year has been challenging, Macomber remains optimistic. "We are hopeful it will all work out; hopefully he peaks at the right time," Macomber continued. "He's staked to a number of open events later in the season so we will take it start by start." Assuming Beckhams Z Tam continues his upward trend, it is possible to see him in many more Grand Circuit events including The Dayton Pacing Derby at Dayton Raceway, The Allerage at The Red Mile as well as a trip to Pocono Downs this October and attempt to repeat in the Breeders Crown. The idea of winning some of the sport's most prestigious races is a "dream" for Macomber, though her modest nature makes her more excited for Beckhams Z Tam's owners, Wilbur Eash and the Z Tam Stables LLC. In fact, Wilbur Eash is part of what makes Beckhams Z Tam so special for Macomber. Eash, who trained Beckhams Z Tam until retiring from training last spring, may have handed the lines over to Macomber but still remains actively involved in the decision making. "Wilbur knew he had something special and still entrusted me to take over training him," Macomber noted. "Professionally I could lump all of the great horses I've been a part of together, but emotionally? I hold Beckham different than the rest." With Friday night's $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby showdown looming large, Macomber remains excited and positive. With her husband Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Beckhams Z Tam has been listed at 20-1 on the morning line. "As long as he races well, I'm happy," Macomber noted. "It's a privilege to have a horse like him and I am excited to race him again on the big stage in front of the hometown crowd." The field for the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby: 1. Split The House Dr: Scott Zeron 2. Western Fame Dr: Andrew McCarthy 3. Mcwicked Dr: David Miller 4. Donttellmeagain Dr: Tim Tetrick 5. Filibuster Hanover Dr: Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 6. Lazarus N Dr: Yannick Gingras 7. Beckhams Z Tam Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 8. Dealt A Winner Dr: Andy Miller 9. All Bets Off Dr: Matt Kakaley With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will be a part of a standout card that includes the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, and the $120,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. By Jacob Rheinheimer, Race Marketing Intern at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -September 18, 2018- Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 21 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in all of North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $120,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state for the first time this season to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic. The six-year-old Indiana-sired daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Caesars Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $3 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post four with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. The $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2018. The 2018 Dan Patch Stakes winner Lazarus N will return to Indiana to square off against eight other rivals including divisional leader, McWicked. After making his U.S. debut at Hoosier Park and defeating McWicked in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Aug. 10, Lazarus N was second to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 1. Lazarus N will start from post six for trainer Jimmy Takter while McWicked has drawn post three for trainer Casie Coleman. "From top to bottom a 14-race card that can only be described as terrific," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore noted. "Mix in the fact that we will be witnessing the rubber match between Lazarus and McWicked and the return of the Indiana trotting heroine Hannelore Hanover and you have an evening of harness racing that all of us at Hoosier Park could not be more proud to present." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta will be available in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta in the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, the first 1,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur beginning at 11 am will receive a free Caesars Trotting Classic hat. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $5,000 Grand Circuit Grand Prize Challenge on November 10. In conjunction with the racing action, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways. Guests of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are also invited to donate $5 to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation to receive $5 in casino cash on Friday. The goal is to raise funds to provide the HHYF to further their mission to provide young people and their families with information and experiences with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of fans and participants. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 22, 2017 - Harness racing's superstars were out in full force at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 22 as the evening's 14-race card featured over $1.4 million in purses for Grand Circuit racing action. A packed crowd gathered to watch and they were not disappointed as they received not merely one but four powerful performances in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for the two year old pacing fillies, the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Kicking off the stakes action, Closing Statement and David Miller made a big statement taking the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:50.4, Closing Statement recorded his third consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. Miller made his game winning move down the backside and Closing Statement dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off all challengers. The rookie son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton is trained by Joe Holloway and owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Theodore Gewertz. With the win, Closing Statement pushed his lifetime earnings to $138,264. The Joe Holloway-David Miller combination would find the winner's circle just a few races later as Rainbow Room turned in a gritty performance to take the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2, Rainbow Room was rated off the pace through the early stages of the mile through splits of :26.2 and :55.4. Double Mint and Yannick Gingras continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking of 1:24.2 but Rainbow Room was on the attack, first-over. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Rainbow Room showed her grit to get the win and finish three-parts of a length in front of hard-charging Majorsspeciallady and Tim Tetrick. "She's really something special," Holloway noted in the winner's circle. "She's the nicest filly I've had the opportunity to train. I don't have her shod for here so I think she was getting a little tired but she had her game face on tonight, she showed how much she wants to win." With the win, Rainbow Room pushed her seasonal earnings to $311,199 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Theodore Gewertz. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue has now won six of seven seasonal outings. In the very next race on the program, Huntsville and Tim Tetrick turned in a decisive, front-running performance to take the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy pace in 1:49.1 Leaving from post four, Tetrick sent Huntsville away from the gate firing. The Ray Schnittker trainee cruised the fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Art Scene and Scott Zeron were matching strides with the leader but Huntsville wasn't finished. Tetrick asked his mount for more and he responded to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Sports Column and Brett Miller. "When he's on his game, he is tough to beat," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Tonight, he was on his game. He had a few weeks off before his last start so he was a little short but he was back to himself tonight. He really raced tough tonight." Owned by R. Schnittker, T. Gewertz, S. Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show recorded his eighth win from 13 seasonal starts. With the win, Huntsville sports a 24-14-7-1 lifetime record and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,685,892. Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, a field of ten lined up behind the gate for the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and it was All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley who provided the slight 7-1 upset. Staging a big rally late in the lane, All Bets Off powered home in :26.2 to find the wire first in 1:49. As one of three Ron Burke trainees in the field, All Bets Off got away third while stablemates Rockin Ron and Check Six took turns on the front. Turning for home, the leaders were beginning to tire and All Bets Off was poised to strike. All Bets Off found another gear late in the lane to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Missile J and Tim Tetrick. "He's a tough horse," Kakaley noted in the winner's circle. "I think he's shown that his whole life. I am glad to see him get one of the big wins, he deserves it. He's right there every week racing with the best of them week in and week out." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Panhellenic Stable Corporation, All Bets Off recorded the fourth win from 20 seasonal trip's behind the gate. The six year old son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope has now won 26 of 97 lifetime starts. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2017 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the third time this season on Friday, September 22 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in North America. With purses topping the $1.4 million mark, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and the $125,000 Elevation Pace. First post is 6:30 p.m. Millionairess and World Champion, Hannelore Hanover will make the return to her home state to headline a field of ten in Hoosier Park's premier trotting event, the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. The five-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All will look to become the first horse in history to score consecutive victories in the Centaur Trotting Classic as she was victorious in the 2016 edition in 1:52.4. Hannelore Hanover has won six of 10 starts this season with lifetime purse earnings approaching the $2 million mark. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is scheduled to tackle the boys once again; starting from post six with Yannick Gingras slated to drive. Two-year-old World Champion and Dan Patch Award winner, Huntsville is set to make his Hoosier Park debut from post four in a field of eight in the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Ray Schnittker, Huntsville has won seven of 12 outings this season while amassing $1.6 million in lifetime purse earnings. His 2017 resume includes wins in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the $334,325 Cane Pace. Regular pilot Tim Tetrick has been enlisted to drive. The $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will feature another stellar match-up between the aged pacing stars of 2017. The 2017 Dan Patch Stakes winner Check Six will square off with nine other rivals and start from the coveted rail position with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Rockin Ron and All Bets Off from post two and three, respectively. "As we look forward to the main event the last weekend of October, this card could easily be called the Breeders Crown preview," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Having the spotlight shine on Hoosier Park this Friday evening gives the entire Hoosier Park team a deep sense of pride." Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, slated as the eleventh race on the program, and a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the $240,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the twelfth race on the program, both as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4. The popular harness racing podcast 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' will join in the racing festivities as they host a live remote at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Hoosier Park racing trivia, and more. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please click here. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 25, 2016 - The majority of the members of the Hoosier Park audience were in attendance to witness a show of superb speed and unrivalled power. They certainly received what they traveled to the Anderson harness racing oval to witness, as Always B Miki paced yet another tour-de-force in a facile triumph in the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. "I think he and Wiggle It Jiggleit are horses before their time," said David Miller, who steered the 5-year-old stallion through his mile. "They are just not like any other horses we have seen before. We will see other horses that come along like them as time goes on with their speed and how far they can carry it, but right now they stand alone." The overwhelming public selection at 1-9, Always B Miki and Miller left from the rail and went straight to the front. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were right on their heels from post position three as those two horses clicked off a first-quarter mile of :26.2. Miller and Always B Miki pulled comfortably away from Freaky Feet Pete to lead by a length at the half-mile pole in :55. At that juncture, Dealt A Winner with Aaron Merriman at the controls and Always At My Place in rein to Ricky Macomber Jr., made their bids for the front, with Dealt A Winner passing Freaky Feet Pete to take second and locking the 4-year-old stallion in the pocket. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, the six horse field entered in the stretch with Always B Miki and Miller still reigning supreme. As they were set down for the final push to the wire, Freaky Feet Pete's only option for victory was the passing lane, while it appeared Dealt A Winner and Always At My Place, had far too much real estate to cover to even draw even with the leader. Tetrick and Freaky Pete punched through the inside to give chase and despite a :25.4 final quarter panel on their part, it was simply not enough to relegate Always B Miki to their rearview mirror prior to the finish line. Miller and Always B Miki crossed the finish line in 1:48.2. Like Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki came home in :25.4, yet it appeared the stallion could have went much more swiftly if Miller had truly asked for what remained in reserve. After a valiant effort, Freaky Feet Pete was second with Always Bets Off rushing from sixth to claim the show position over the fading Dealt A Winner. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, world and Indiana champion Always B Miki, is conditioned by Christina's husband Jimmy. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper, paid a paltry $2.10 for a trip around the Anderson oval that truly demonstrated his hooves step in rarefied air, with the exacta paying $4.20 and the trifecta $18.00. After the winner's circle festivities were complete, Miller solemnly stated what over recent months is beginning to become very obvious. "I have driven a lot of very good horses over the years," he said. "I've been doing this for a long time, but this horse has to rank up there with the best of them and he may be the best." **By: Kim French, for Hoosier Park**

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2016 - On an absolutely perfect evening in Anderson, Ind. the teaming crowd packing the apron was anxiously awaiting the return of their beloved equine superstars in the co-featured $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the $220,000 Centaur Trot, but they received not merely one but three powerful harness racing performances in the $246,000 Kentucky Stallion Management Stake, the $140,000 Elevation Stake and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy from Idyllic Beach, Fear The Dragon and JK Will Power. Idyllic Beach commenced the action in the eighth race, the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stake. The 2-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Idyllic, was hustled out to the lead by pilot Yannick Gingras immediately after leaving the gate ahead of Always Giggling and established an initial first quarter-mile split of :27.2. The filly, who is conditioned by Jimmy Takter and possessed by his wife Christina, John Fielding and Brixton Medical Inc. and Marvin Katz, effortlessly glided around the Hoosier Park oval in quarter-mile times of :56.4, 1:25.2 and stopped the clocked in 1:52.2. While her rivals attempted to collar her, their efforts were in vain and Glassine Hanover despite a valiant pursuit had to settle for second, with Awash, who also made a strong move in the stretch, in third. "She does everything you want her to do," said Gingras, who scored four wins on the evening. With her latest victory, Idyllic Beach's record improves to 8-6-2-0 and her bank account increased to $449,132. The filly, the overwhelming public select at post time, paid $2.50 to her supporters, while the exacta was $4.20 and the trifecta $10.20. Fear The Dragon certainly served notice he is colt that bears some serious watching, as the 2-year-old son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon collected his sixth career triumph in the $140,000 Elevation Stake, which was the ninth race on the card. With David Miller in the bike, the Brian Brown pupil and even money favorite was placed on the lead in the beginning of the contest from post six, but was passed after the first quarter-mile, which went in a stiff a :25.2, by Every Way Out and Corey Callahan. Miller and Fear The Dragon were content to sit in the pocket seat, as Every Way Out set fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.4 before he was overhauled by Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick heading into the stretch. That is when Miller took action and pulled Fear The Dragon to pace for home. Although Ocean Colony and Yannick Gingras made a strong move of their own from third, the duo simply did not have enough punch to overtake the Bruce Trogdon owned colt, who hit the wire in 1:50.4. John De Long and Odds On Delray also closed strongly through the lane, but came home third. "I usually sell my colts," Trogdon said. "But I loved this colt right from the time he was a baby. His dam foaled Cinnamony ($501,394) who is an Art Official, and she has a yearling by McArdle, but she is back in foal to Dragon Again, because of this colt. We love this cross with Dragon Again and this colt has just been perfect all along. We also had high hopes for him and we are hoping we will back in the winner's circle here at Hoosier Park again with him." Fear The Dragon's resume now stands at 9-5-2-2 and he has amassed $212,016 in purse money. The colt offered $4.20 to win, with the exacta providing $15.20 for those with the correct wager and the trifecta paid $132.60. Not to be outdone by the youngsters' wins prior to his stakes engagement, JK Will Power made a statement of his own in the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy pace. With David Miller holding the lines, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Whats New Pussycat, trained by Ron Burke, was in fifth place in the first quarter-mile behind leader Don'tcallmefrancis who set the opening fraction of :26.2. Don'tcallmefrancis led the field through the half-mile in :55.1 until he was overtaken by JK Will Power shortly before the three-quarter pole with the tote board flashing a time of 1:24. From there, it was all JK Will Power who hit the wire in 1:51.2. Granite made a bid from last to finish second, with Mystical Rock pacing from second to last to be third. Owned by 3 Brothers Stables, the 3-year-old colt paid $5.20 to win as the even money favorite. He collected his sixth lifetime victory from 26 trips to the post. "He has not won a lot of races and usually finishes second or third," said Miller, who captured three races in his trip to Anderson. "But at the top of the stretch I knew I had plenty of horse and he would come home a winner tonight." The exacta paid $134.60 and the trifecta $3,710.40 to their respective supporters. **By: Kim French for Hoosier Park**  

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