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Anderson, IN--Dec. 6, 2018 -- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is underway with another holiday season of giving, benefiting local non-profit agencies all while providing a fun experience for its guests. Those who are looking for a unique way to give back over the holidays can participate in the annual $10,000 Charity Slot Tournament or the Gift & Game program this December. Guests have two more chances to play in Harrah's Hoosier Park's $10,000 Charity Slot Tournament, held on Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16. Tournament registration begins at 9 a.m. each day at the Total Rewards center, with 25 tournament sessions taking place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The top scorer of each session will receive $50 in free slot play. The top scorer of the day will win $1,000 in free slot play, and the second top scorer will win $500. Guests may participate with a donation of an unwrapped children's toy, valued at $10 or more, or a minimum cash donation of $10. Guests may play in the tournament more than once, and all donations are sent directly to local children's charitable organizations and toy drives, including Operation Love, Alternatives, Saint Vincent DePaul, The Salvation Army and Madison County Community Health Center. Guests may also participate in Gift & Game, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in December. Guests wishing to make a $10 donation will be awarded $10 in free slot play as a thank you for the contribution. Donations made through Gift & Game will benefit the Leadership Academy of Madison County's (LAMC) Season of Giving Gift Fair,and various local non-profits. The Season of Giving GiftFairis a project developed by the LAMC with a goal of bringing various organizations to one community exhibition. The annual fair gives shoppers a choice of charitable holiday gifts to honor family and friends while supporting local charities and non-profit organizations in a festive atmosphere. Harrah's Hoosier Park's fundraising match will directly benefit the organizations that participated in the gift fair. "Year after year, our guests demonstrate sincere generosity over the holiday season by making donations to our charitable programs," said Becky Young, vice president of marketing at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "Last year we raised more than $12,000 for local charities, and collected 1,099 toys to brighten the holidays for so many children. This is what the holiday season is all about, and we want our guests to know how grateful we are for their contributions." About Harrah's Hoosier Park Harrah's Hoosier Park, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Harrah's Hoosier Park, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2018 Caesars License Company, LLC. Kiersten Flint

Anderson, IN -- Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 25th silver anniversary season of live harness racing with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 10. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fifth consecutive and seventh leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2018 leading driver with 309 victories while amassing over $3.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 259 victories with John DeLong in third with 248 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $50 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. Tetrick is also ranked among the top 10 drivers in the country with 469 victories and counting. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Without them I wouldn't be standing here today. I am going to take a few weeks off and enjoy this and then will most likely be racing in Ohio for a few nights a week during the off season." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." After tying with trainer Jamie Macomber for the leading trainer title last season, Jeff Cullipher took the next step and secured the 2018 leading trainer title outright. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just four wins separated the top pair. Cullipher secured the title after winning with Wings Up and Inverse Hanover in their respective races. Cullipher ended the season with 119 victories with Jamie Macomber finishing second with 116 trips to the winner's circle. Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 47-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher is on track to record his best season to date in 2018 as his stable has already amassed over $1.5 million in purse earnings and 124 wins. Cullipher's stable earned over $1.3 million in purse earnings at Hoosier Park this season. "It really is a team effort," Cullipher said. "It's a lot of hard work but I've got a great team and some great owners who helped make this possible. Owners like Tom Pollack have been a dream come true for a guy like me--it's an honor to have the caliber of horses I've been able to train all season." "We are going to take a little bit of time off," Cullipher continued. "We will keep a stable here in Indiana for the winter and we are also looking to have a stable in New Jersey starting in December so next year will be exciting." 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 2018 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "I want to tip my hat to everyone at Harrah's Hoosier Park who made this 25th season of harness racing so special and memorable," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And to our partners, the horsemen, who night in and night out make racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park the best there is in North America. We couldn't be more proud. We'll catch our breath and then get back to the drawing board to make 2019 even better!" For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN  -The curtain will close on the 25th silver anniversary season of live harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, November 10 and will be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool. An action packed 14-race card will close out the 2018 season with mandatory payouts in the Pick-4, Pick-5, and Hoosier High-5 pools. First post is 6:30 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Friday's Pick-4 sequence at Harrah's Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $4,385.17 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Saturday. Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wagering opportunity in partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association. The Pick-4 begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick-4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. Saturday's 14-race card will feature several late closing series finals and a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Local fan favorite and Breeders Crown Champion, Freaky Feet Pete, will also be in action on the evening's 14-race card looking to score his second consecutive win in the $15,000 Open Pace with Trace Tetrick in the bike. In addition to the racing action, Hoosier Park will award the 2018 leading driver and trainer trophies. Hoosier Park's reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick, led the driving standings from start to finish and will add his seventh leading driver title at Hoosier Park to his resume. The title for leading trainer looks to be a race to the wire between trainers Jeff Cullipher and Jamie Macomber, who shared the leading trainer title last season, with only four wins separating the two heading into the final night of racing. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --Some of the sport's brightest harness racing stars descended upon Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, November 2 and as predicted, the stakes filled card delivered some outstanding harness racing battles. It was the final night of Grand Circuit racing action for the 2018 season. After finishing second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old colt trot last week, Met's Hall was out for redemption and delivered on his promise in the $256,000 Carl Erksine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming a poor position, Met's Hall turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the even money favorite in 1:53.2 with Andy Miller in the bike. With the win, Met's Hall sent his seasonal earnings over the $1 million mark. Miller sent Met's Hall away from the gate firing from post nine but he would have to work for position as Yannick Gingras also sent You Know You Do away from the gate aggressively. Met's Hall grabbed command just before the quarter in :27.2 and looked relaxed on the front while clicking off fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1. Maxus and Peter Wrenn were the first to apply pressure first-over but would have their work cut out for them as Met's Hall looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Miller asked his mount for more and Met's Hall dug in gamely to hold off Helpisontheway and Tim Tetrick to get the win by nearly two lengths. Hockey Hanover and Matt Kakaley found late racing room to round out the trifecta. Met's Hall returned $4.00 at the betting windows. "He can leave the gate as quick as any," Miller noted after the victory. "I wasn't sure if we would get to the front but when he did--I figured he would be good. He's just an amazing animal who loves his work; he works through his issues and shows up every week." Trained by Julie Miller, the three-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Met's Inn recorded his fifth win of the season from 14 starts. Owned by Story Inc. and The Andy Miller Stable, Met's Hall has now won 10 of 24 starts while amassing $1,278,494 in lifetime purse earnings. The stakes action kicked-off for the evening with the $137,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn who went gate to wire to score in 1:54.1. Custom Cantab left alertly from post five and held strong to the wire to hold off a hard-charging Seviyorum and Andy Miller. Looking For Zelda and Matt Kakaley utilized a ground saving trip to get up for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Custom Cantab returned $4.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a tough filly," trainer Chris Beaver noted in the winner's circle. "Even when she's not 100% she gives it her best. She's staked to The Matron Stakes so as long as she comes out of this race okay we will try her there." Indiana's champion three-year-old trotting filly recorded her 12th win and has finished no worse than third in 16 starts this season. Owned by Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson, and RBH Venture, the daughter of Mr. Cantab-Custom Model has now won 14 of 28 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $643,936. Not to be outdone, Youaremycandygirl turned in an impressive performance of her own to dominate her rivals with a nine and three-quarter length romp in the $113,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike, Youaremycandygirl seized the early lead and steadily drew away from the field to stop the timer in 1:50.1. Leaving from post six, Youaremycandygirl reached the front through the opening panel in :27.1 and never looked back. After recording middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.2, Youaremycandygirl began to pace away from the rest of the field and still had a :26.1 closing kick left in the tank. Solitary and Brett Miller were the best of the rest finishing second while Double A Mint and David Miller finished third. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Youaremycandygirl returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "She's just super-fast," trainer Ron Burke noted of his filly. "She's from Sweet Lou's family -- it's become the best maternal speed family in the country. A couple things haven't gone right this year so it's made for a longer year for her but she's a top filly." With the win, Youaremycandygirl recorded the eighth win from 16 seasonal outings. The millionaire daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane pushed her lifetime bankroll to $1,365,973 for owner W.J. Donovan. The stakes action concluded with the $190,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and after a disqualification of the first-place finisher Lather Up and Montrell Teague, it was Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick who came out victorious. The time of the mile was 1:49.1 Lather Up used his early gate speed to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding the lead to Dorsoduro Hanover and Matt Kakaley just before the half in :55. Tetrick gave Always A Prince the green light just past the half and he ranged up to engage the leader through the three-quarters in 1:22. While the top pair were battling it out on the front, Lather Up went off stride and although he came back pacing, was ultimately placed eighth for causing interference to trailing horses. Always A Prince was placed first with Dorsoduro Hanover placed second. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice, Always A Prince returned $7.20 for the victory. "He's just a great horse," trainer Tyler George said in the winner's circle. "He was a little tired after his last start so we gave him the week off to prepare him for this race. He doesn't get excited, he doesn't do anything wrong--he's just a great horse to be around." Indiana's champion three-year-old pacing colt recorded his seventh consecutive victory and 19th win from 22 lifetime starts. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Always A Prince was unraced as a two-year-old but has amassed $492, 875 in lifetime purse earnings. The action-packed evening was complimented by a special appearance from harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, who finished a very game second in the $15,000 Dick Macomber Memorial with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. "He's come to enjoy this," trainer Ron Burke noted of the fanfare that surrounds his superstar pacer. "A year ago, I don't know if he would have liked it but he seems to understand what's going and he really enjoys the attention and seeing all the people." Just an hour after pacing his mile in 1:51.4, Foiled Again visited the front paddock at Hoosier Park to meet many of his adoring fans. Foiled Again's appearance was one of the many stops of his 2018 Farewell Tour. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Saturday, November 3 with a 10-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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --Grand Circuit racing action will make its way back to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the final time this season on Friday, November 2 and with it, bring some of the top rated horses in North America to Harrah's Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card. With purses approaching the $1 million mark, Hoosier Park will host an action-packed 14-race card that includes the $256,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the $190,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $137,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old trotting fillies and the $113,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. The first race will line-up behind the starting gate at 6:30 p.m. Fresh off a win in the $530,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Dorsodoru Hanover look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time this season in the $190,000 Monument Circle Pace for trainer Ron Burke. The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss colt, whose seasonal earnings just surpassed the $1 million mark, has won 10 of 18 seasonal outings and currently leads the division in purse earnings for the season. Dorsoduro Hanover will play the role of morning line favorite at 9-5 from post eight with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Also making an appearance on the evening for the Burke barn is Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, who will be racing in the $15,000 Dick Macomber Memorial Pace as part of a stop on his farewell tour. A career-winner of more than $7.6 million, Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing before retirement. Foiled Again has made 21 starts this year at 14 different tracks, including several county fairs, and he's not done yet. In September, 2018, at the age of 14, and with only four months to go before his mandated retirement, his owners, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and JJK Stables, began the farewell tour to showcase the legendary pacer to racing fans across North America. As a three-time Horse of the Year, Foiled Again only got better with age. At age 8, he became the oldest pacer on record to have a million dollar year. By age 9 he had three consecutive million dollar-winning seasons and also won his first Breeders Crown title - the Open Pace at Pocono Downs - against a field of younger horses, and became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown. In addition to his race records, he also was named Pacer of the Year in 2011, Older Pacer of the Year three times, and Canada's Aged Pacer of the Year twice. He's won major stakes races at tracks around the US and Canada including three editions of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Harrah's Hoosier Park invites racing fans to join in saluting a true champion as Foiled Again will be available for a meet and greet in the front paddock after his race. Starting at 5:00 p.m., guests will also have the opportunity to enter to win a ride in the sulky with Foiled Again to lead the post parade for the first race. In conjunction with the racing activities, racing fans will have the opportunity to win a 55-inch smart tv by swiping at any promotional kiosk from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. One lucky winner will be announced at 9:15 p.m. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

After skipping the Breeders Crown at Pocono, Always A Prince will have the Breeders Crown come to him. Sort of. Always A Prince is among the 10 horses in Friday's $190,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier Park. The field features four of the top-five finishers from last Saturday's Breeders Crown final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including champion Dorsoduro Hanover and runner-up Lather Up. For the season, the Hoosier Park-based Always A Prince has won 18 of 21 races and $397,875. His victories include the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier, where he defeated Breeders Crown fourth-place finisher Shnitzledosomethin and Jimmy Freight. The gelding also has the Indiana Sire Stakes championship to his credit. "We were thinking of taking him to the Breeders Crown, but we decided to wait," said Carl Atley, who owns Always A Prince with his wife Melanie. "Now they all come here to Hoosier to race. That's his home ground, so maybe it's a little bit of an advantage for us. "But it's tough, tough horses coming to race against you. That's part of the game. If you have the purses, the horses will show up. It's nice that Hoosier has got this race. I'm just glad the horse is sound and ready to go in a race like this. We gave him a break last week so we would be prepared for this race." Always A Prince is trained by Tyler George, but was selected and developed by James "Bill" Dailey, who passed away unexpectedly in May at the age of 57. Each time Always A Prince races, it is a tribute to Dailey. "Absolutely," said Atley, who was a friend of Dailey's since childhood. "This is really special because this is his. "Bill was the greatest guy, the hardest worker, always great to be around. He was always so nice to everybody. He treated everybody with respect. It was fun to be around him." Always A Prince was unraced at age 2 because of soreness, but returned this year and won his first seven races, all in conditioned classes, before tackling the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. He finished second in his series debut, but has lost only once since in Indiana. His remaining defeat came in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park, where he was sixth from post eight. "As an owner, you always hope to get a horse like this," Atley said. "It's a dream come true. "His best quality is he takes care of himself. Some horses are so wild and crazy, they kick and carry on, but he goes in and lies down and takes care of himself. He's a well-mannered colt. We're very, very fortunate. He's had a great year. Just unbelievable." The Monument Circle will be Always A Prince's final start of the year. "He'll be turned out and come back next year as a 4-year-old," Atley said. "He'll probably go to some of the (stakes) events they have for just the 4-year-olds. There is a tough bunch of 3-year-olds this year. It's not just one or two horses dominating, there are three, or four, or five of them that are really good." Friday's Hoosier Park card also features the $256,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, the $137,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and the $113,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old female pacers. In addition, Foiled Again, harness racing's all-time richest horse with $7.60 million, will be in action in a division of the Dick Macomber Memorial, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky. The 14-year-old Foiled Again will retire at the end of the year and has won five of his past seven races, upping his career total for victories to 105, on his Farewell Tour. The Ron Burke-trained gelding has raced in Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Maine during that span and been driven by six different drivers - Montrell Teague, Chris Page, Chris Shaw, Jim Morrill Jr., George Brennan, and Mitchell Cushing. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

This Week: Carl Erskine Trot, Monument Circle, the USS Indianapolis and the Crossroads of America, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit remains at Hoosier Park this weekend as the track will have four stakes races on the Friday (Nov. 2) card. Leading the way is the $256,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old male trotters. Also on tap will be the $190,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, the $137,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $113,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Nov. 3), Meadowlands Racetrack will card the four Kindergarten Series finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. The 2-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $221,540, the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $236,060, the purse for the 2-year-old colt pace is $173,800 and the 2-year-old filly pacers will race for $148,700. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was in the Grand Circuit spotlight last weekend as the Pennsylvania oval hosted 12 Breeders Crown finals. McWicked was a 1:49.3 winner in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. Curtis Salonick photo. Favored McWicked ($3.80) moved to the lead at the five-eighths pole, easily putting away Lazarus N, and then opened up to win by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:49.3 in the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. Brian Sears drove McWicked for trainer Casie Coleman, as he won his third Breeders Crown trophy on the night. Early leader Filibuster Hanover rallied for second, while Donttellmeagain finished third. Mcwicked has now earned more than $3.7 million in his career after posting his 32nd lifetime win. "He's real easy to drive and he does everything you want. It's great to have the opportunity to drive such nice horses," said Sears. "I always think he's gonna be good," said trainer Casie Coleman, "but to think he is going to do what he did this year...I think he is better now than he was at three. He is a big team effort no doubt. I hope he is going to race next year, but that is not my call. It is up to Mr. James (owner Edward James of the S S G Stables.) I think he will be at stud, but I hope he will race, our team would really like that." Filibuster Hanover took the field to the quarter in :26.1, but Lazarus N was immediately out and winging, taking the field past the half in :55.2. McWicked pulled up the backside and easily disposed of his challenger, rolling past three-quarters in 1:22.2 before Sears took his foot off the gas in the stretch. McWicked is a 7-year-old bay horse by McArdle, out of the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara. He was bred by Andray Farm of Pennsylvania. Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) won back-to-back Breeders Crown trophies after capturing the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot. Caprice Hill (Brian Sears) was on the lead at the first :27.1 quarter, before being quickly overtaken by Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) just past that marker. Ariana G held the lead to the :56.4 half, trailed by Emoticon Hanover and Broadway Donna. Broadway Donna was up to engage her on the outside just past the half, but Ariana G held that lead to the 1:25.2 three-quarters before Ice Attraction came up on the outside to make a try for the lead. While those two were looking for the finish line, Emoticon Hanover came charging on the outside to pass them both for the win in 1:54.1. The winner is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Determination. "She's nice right now, she's good," said winning driver Daniel Dube. "We went to the passing lane last week, we went to the outside today. She does everything right, she is more relaxed. She is a special mare. I've known Luc (Blais) a long time, but mostly to see him in the paddock. Now we have got to know each other, which is good." Ice Attraction (Ãke Svanstedt) was second after a sweeping last to first bid and Caprice Hill was third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,432.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,370; 3. David Miller - 1,132.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 704; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 618.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,274.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,128; 3. Tony Alagna - 671.5; 4. Julie Miller - 451; 5. Jim Campbell - 437. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 274.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 273; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 256.5; 5. Marvin Katz - 229.1. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs as the Delaware track will host the Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits on the Thursday (Nov. 8) program. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

ANDERSON, Ind.--October 26, 2018-- Harrah's Hoosier Park played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 26 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at the seven-eighths mile oval for the fifth time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by nine divisions of The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and one division of the Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The three-year-old trotting fillies kicked off the evening's racing action and it was Pat Matters and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. who tracked down heavily favored Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn in the final strides of the mile to score in 1:53.3 over a track rated good. Custom Cantab did all the work on the front end while Pat Matters waited patiently in the pocket for her turn to strike. As the field turned for home, Macomber Jr. gave his mount the green light and she utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win and establish a new lifetime best in the process. As the publics' second choice, Pat Matters returned $11.40 at the betting windows. Trained by Paul Kelley, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Dibrizzi recorded her fourth seasonal win from 15 lifetime outings and also a new lifetime mark. Pat Matters is owned by Patricia Stable. In the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies, it was the lone Indiana-sired filly in the field, Red Rose Swan, who went gate to wire to capture the $28,600 event in 1:55.4 for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Using a :28.4 closing kick, Red Rose Swan was able to hold off a late surge from the heavily favored Hey Blondie and Tim Tetrick to get the win by nearly three lengths. The daughter of Swan For All-Red Rose Kosmos recorded her fourth win of the season and second consecutive victory for owners Last Chance Racing, LeWayne Miller, and C11 Racing. Red Rose Swan returned $8.60 to her backers at the betting windows. In the final split for three-year-old trotting fillies, Live Laugh Love and driver Peter Wrenn worked out a second-over trip and coasted on to the wire five lengths in front of the field, stopping the timer in 1:54.4. Sent off as the publics' third choice, Live Laugh Love returned $10.20 for the victory. Trained by Nifty Norman, the sophomore filly notched her seventh win of the season from 16 outings. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Shes Gone Again is owned by Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing. The upset trend continued through two divisions of The Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Jewels Forreal and driver Chris Page prevailed in a tight photo over a very game Aldine Hanover and John DeLong to pull the 8-1 upset in 1:53. Aldine Hanover, who was sent off as the post time favorite, went uncontested on the front through the three-quarters before being joined on the outside by Jewels Forreal. Aldine Hanover dug in gamely but Jewels Forreal ultimately came out on top to record her third win of the season. Jewels Forreal returned $19.20 at the betting windows for the upset. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Jewels Forreal has now won six of 27 lifetime starts. Voom Or Bang and John DeLong followed suit in the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies and staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the $14.80 upset. Voom Or Bang rallied well in the lane to surge past the heavily favored Wisdom Tree and Sam Widger and held off a late surge from Cult Icon and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to score in 1:53.3. Trained by Roger Welch, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover recorded her sixth win of the season from 17 trips behind the starting gate. Owned by W. DeLong, W. DeLong, Sth Blt, J. DeLong, and J DeLong, Voom Or Bang has now won nine of 29 lifetime starts. Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, the favorites came out on top in both divisions of the stakes action for the three-year-old trotting colts. After a costly break in stakes action last week, Scirocco Rob rebounded gamely to deliver as the post time favorite with Corey Callahan in the bike. Scirocco Rob made his game winning move down the backside and remained clear to the wire, scoring in 1:55.2 over Got The Groove and John DeLong. Trained by John Butenschoen, the son of Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties recorded his fourth win of the season from 20 outings. Scirocco Rob is owned by the partnership of Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. The recently crowned New York Sires Stakes Champion, Helpisontheway, continued his winning ways in the second division for three-year-old trotting colts, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Helpisontheway went gate to wire and held off a hard-charging Voss Volo and Corey Callahan to get the win by a head. Trained by Linda Toscano, the son of Chapter Seven-Porque recorded his ninth win of the season from 15 starts and third consecutive victory. Helpisontheway is owned by Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC, and Little E LLC. Wheels On Fire turned in his own dominant performance to continue his winning ways and deliver as the post-time favorite in the $42,650 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Wheels On Fire went gate to wire en route to a three-length victory in 1:50.3 over GD Western Joe and Chris Page. With the win, Wheels On Fire recorded his sixth consecutive victory this season and second consecutive Hoosier Park score. Trained by Ron Burke, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ab Fab recorded his 11th seasonal win from 17 outings for owner W.J. Donovan. Rockinbeach, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, worked out a perfect, second-over trip to capture his split of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts in 1:52. Using a :26.4 final quarter, Rockin Beach surged past his rivals late in the lane and held off a fast-closing Shadow Cat and Corey Callahan to get the win by a neck. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Rockin Beach has now won six of 20 starts as a sophomore. The son of Rockin Image-Miss Sandy Beach is owned and was bred by Wilbur Eash. In the lone division of the Madison County Stakes on the program, Magic Joe Lindy and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane to capture the $66,400 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:53.3. Magic Joe Lindy sat mid-pack for much of the mile and when Tetrick gave him the green light, he found a :26.3 closing quarter to get the victory by nearly two lengths. The son of American Ideal-Lindy's Bandita recorded his third win of the season from eight starts. Trained by Domenico Cecere, Magic Joe Lindy is owned and was bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Stakes action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 27 with a 14-race card highlighted by four divisions of the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old trotters and pacers. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN  - October 13, 2018- The stars of the Indiana Sires Stakes program converged on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night, October 12 for the track's annual Super Night program. Over the course of the 14-race card, trotters and pacers battled for over $2 million in purses and year-end honors in the state. On a night when rain and cold conditions leveled the playing field, the leaders turning for home had a difficult time reaching the winner's circle. Trainer Verlin Yoder was the big winner on the program, collecting three sires stakes finals. He was one of the few that turned a front-end trip into a winning effort, picking up a victory with Kissessforall in the $220,000 Super Final for two-year-old filly trotters. Starting from post five, Yoder sent the favorite to the front and clicked off fractions of :28.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 on a surface that started fast and turned sloppy. Turning for home, the Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie lass cruised home in :28.2 to win by five and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Measuredperfection followed in second and Kota's Swan raced third. "When I got to the half I was licking my chops," Yoder said of the trip and the fractions. "She usually comes home pretty good." The filly, owned by Yoder in partnership with Eleven Star Stables, added her fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Alvin R. Fry and sold for $14,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Kissessforall improved her seasonal earnings to $194,300. Yoder's biggest score came in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman trotting colts. Steering It's A Herbie from post two in the ninth race on the program, Yoder handed Swandre The Giant his first defeat in Indiana Sires Stakes action, trotting to a 1:56.1 victory. When the gate folded, the trainer sent his charge to the lead from post three and posted a :28 first panel. Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras moved from fourth on the backstretch, but had to move three wide around a stalled Airman Kelly to reach the front. Following the leader into the stretch, It's A Herbie overtook the favorite and hit the wire three parts of a length ahead of his rival. "I can't race that horse into the stretch, I had to race him the whole mile," Yoder said of the strategy employed with his colt against Swandre The Giant. "I was expecting him to come to me in the last turn. He came a little earlier than I had hoped." The Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image colt was bred by David Schmucker Jr. and purchased by Yoder for $22,000 last fall. Collecting his third triumph in 12 attempts, It's A Herbie's earnings now stand at $242,000. Churita's bid to add yet another $70,000 Super Final victory to her resume was foiled Friday night by Yoder and his second choice, Compelling. The veteran placed his Swan For All-First Lady Two four year old in perfect position in the last turn, and in the stretch, the trotter headed the leader and favorite before reaching the wire half a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Churita and Trace Tetrick settled for second while Diamond Dagger and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. Bred by Lavon Miller, Compelling earned her fifth win in 14 starts, and her seasonal bankroll is now $91,690. Yoder looked to add a fourth win on the program but had to settle for second best as Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick put away Katkin American in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore trotting colts. The William Crone trainee took advantage of a pocket trip before springing to a one-length victory, trotting the mile in 1:54.2. Owned by John Barnard, Fiftydallarbill picked up his eighth victory of 2018. The son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick, bred by John L. Miller, boosted his earnings for the year to $360,998. The colt's career earnings stand at $819, 948. Besides Yoder's hat trick, the feel-good story of the night came in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing fillies when 11-1 It's Time For Fun crashed the party with a 1:54 upset over favored Voom Or Bang. The victory was a family affair as the Skydancer Hanover-Irwin's Character filly was bred by Lynn Wilfong, trained by his son, Brett, and driven to victory by grandson, Kyle. Friends and family filled the winner's circle to celebrate. "This filly has a tremendous last eighth if you don't have to show her a ton of air," Brett Wilfong said of his filly. "When I saw him slide out second or third over, I thought, 'Oh boy.'" Making her 19 start of the year, It's Time For Fun settled in third along the rail through a :56.3 opening half. Kyle Wilfong would move the filly into the outer flow, third over as the field raced into the turn. Moving wide in the stretch, It's Time For Fun paced home in :28.2 to finish a length in front. It was the sixth win of the year, moving her earnings to $199,040. Always A Prince, one of the best stories of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, closed out the $220,000 final for sophomore pacing colts with his 17th win in 20 starts. Trained by Tyler George for Carl and Melanie Atley, the Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess gelding was unfazed by lining up in the second tier. Driven by Tetrick, Always A Prince raced fourth early on before Hoosier Park's leading driver sent him to the lead, reaching the half in :56.1. The favorite would carry a three-length lead into the stretch and cross the wire ahead by just over two lengths. Shnitzledosomethin and David Miller finished second followed by Just N Ace and Gingras. Unraced at two, Always A Prince has banked $379,500 for his connections. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, he was a $30,000 purchase at the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in 2016. Custom Cantab was much the best throughout the Indiana Sires Stakes campaign, and she finished in style, capturing the $220,000 final for sophomore trotting fillies in a 1:55.1 performance. The Mr Cantab-Custom Model mare, driven by Peter Wrenn, held off a closing Black Mamba As and Todd Warren late in the mile to win by a quarter length. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller finished third. The trotter is owned by trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. A $6,000 yearling purchase, Custom Cantab earned her 10th win in 13 trips behind the gate. She has earned $555,036 over the last two seasons, $340,550 of that coming in 2018. The mare was bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm and Fair Meadow Farm. Rockin Nola, at odds of 8-1, sprung the upset in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman pacing fillies. Guided by LeWayne Miller, the Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore filly dashed a :26.4 last quarter to win by less than a length, covering the mile in 1:53. Queen Lagertha and Lady Capulet followed in second and third. "She had talent right from the get go. We've been plugging away and she's raced good. We've had to have a little luck to get to this point, but she's had talent all along," trainer Joe Putnam said. "We've been getting closer and closer each week. She's been a finisher every week, so it kind of played into our hands a little bit." Trained by Joe Putnam, the filly notched her fourth win in 10 outings. Putnam owns the two year old in partnership with Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot LLC. Bred by Mahlon Lambright and sold for $15,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Rockin Nola now sports earnings of $141,850. Freshman Egomania and driver John DeLong used cover to their advantage and sprinted home to collect the $220,000 Super Final for pacing colts. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude kicked home in :28.1 to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in the night's 10th race, tripping the timer in 1:53. Always A Vavoom, 12-1, and Outloud rounded out the trifecta. Bred by Brittany Farms, Egomania is trained by Shane Bowermaster for Brian Brown. The colt, now a winner in five of 11 seasonal starts, is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and John Fodera. The victory pushed Egomania's earnings to $213,100. Trotting stalwart Bridge To Jesse's added yet another Super Final victory to his lengthy list of credentials. Trained by Roger Welch and driven by DeLong, The Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge to Nowhere five year old annexed the $50,000 final for aged stallions and geldings, completing the circuit in 1:54.3. Closing out the mile with a :27.3 last quarter, Bridge To Jesse's finished four lengths ahead of Bluebird Reverend, with Milford's Z Tam trotting third. "When we put him behind the gate, we know he's going to be there. He does everything we ask of him," said Bo DeLong, one of the gelding's owners. "He's good on a track like this. He got a good trip. John drove him perfect and didn't get excited." Owned by Welch, DeLong, Pat DeLong and Ray DeLong, Bridge To Jesse's won for the sixth time in 19 starts. The victory was the 34th in 67 career starts. Bred by Michael and Randy Wilt, the gelding now possesses career earnings of $793,055. Always Giggling left her connections in good spirits after claiming the $70,000 final for aged pacing mares. Brett Miller steered the Always A Virgin-Giggles The Clown four-year old to a 1:52.2 score, one length better than E R Hilary. Nick Surick trains the mare, owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Phil Wiley and J L Benson Stables Inc. The victory was the mare's fifth of the season. Tookadiveoffdipper and Tetrick took command in the stretch to win the $50,000 final for stallion and gelding pacers Friday night, holding off 62-1 Ideal Ace by a length in a time of 1:51.1. Sent off as third choice in the contest, the Always A virgin-Onceinabluemoon four year old racked up his sixth win of 2018. Trained by Virgin Morgan Jr., the gelding is owned by Jane Cross, Mark Cross, James Hepp and Mike Brink. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 13 with a 12-race card. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by James Platz, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - October 11, 2018- Sending six horses into a $2 million dollar night of racing could cause nervousness for some trainers, but to Roger Welch, it's treated like just another night. The Illinois native, who has amassed $18 million in career earnings as a trainer, says this is what he aims for. "You coach the team, you've made it to the Super Bowl, and now you play in it," Welch noted. "We've done our job; now it's racing luck." Welch was born and raised into the harness racing industry. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather raised horses, so this is all that he's ever known. Now in 2018, his barn continues to operate as a family business as he works with his wife, Amy, and his son, Ryan. Welch has 34 training wins at Hoosier Park this season and his stable has amassed $540,410 in purse earnings through 138 nights of racing. Welch is looking to increase those numbers in the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals on Friday, October 12, as he sends six of his top horses behind the gate with the hope of meeting them in the winner's circle: Queen Lagertha, Bridge To Jesse's, Tatiana Romanova, Voom Or Bang, Gate Speed and Always A Vavoom. Bridge To Jesse's, a five-year-old trotting gelding, is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes stage. With 65 of his 66 lifetime starts at Hoosier Park resulting in 33 lifetime victories, he's a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion, winning his respective Indiana Sires Stakes final at ages two and four. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has bankrolled $768,055 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections W. De Long, W. De Long, R. Welch and R. De Long. "He's a barn favorite and a people's favorite. He's a defending champion, and a champion in our eyes," Welch noted. "He's only ever had to race in Indiana until a few weeks ago. We try to keep him fresh and he also gets every winter off." Another rising star in the Welch barn is two-year-old pacing filly, Queen Lagertha. Once Welch starts talking about the filly, it's clear she's one of the favorite in this trainer's heart. "She has been a sweetheart from the first time I set eyes on her at the farm," Welch laughed when asked about her. "I bought her as an anniversary present to my wife, but a week or so we sold half of her to some partners." The two-year-old pacing fillies have been competitive this year, but Queen Lagertha is not one that should be overlooked. She's named after a character in The History Channel's "The Vikings," due to her resemblance to the beautiful, tough queen. Queen Lagertha, the two-year-old pacing filly, has earned $55,786 this season while winning three of 13 starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Wondering Heart has drawn the coveted rail position with David Miller enlisted to drive in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. "I'm having a good time watching her race, and you always have to cheer for your wife's horse." According to Welch, the best quality a trainer can possess is patience. While he's careful not to reveal his hand, he says it's important for the horses to be as fresh at the end of the season as they are at the start. "That's the important thing. That's how you know you've been successful with a horse." "I love racing at Hoosier Park," Welch noted. "I love racing in these races. This is what we work for every year, and this week is no different than a few weeks ago." Friday's first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. 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 on the evening's 14-race card. 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. Friday will also feature a $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Handicapping Contest with a top prize of $2,500. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park  

With the 2018 race meet starting to wrap up at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee, Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board and interested horsemen met on October 10 to look ahead to 2019. At the top of everyone's list for 2019 was to look at the signature Indiana Sires Stakes program and how to make improvements to this already lucrative series. Attendees discussed the current structure and agreed it was no longer meeting the needs of program participants. After much discussion, the Breed Development Advisory Committee approved a modification to the structure of the Indiana Sires Stakes program for 2019. Members of the Standardbred Advisory Board present also supported this modification. The new structure will be included in the Breed Development's annual recommendation to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and will feature: Six legs for 2-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Eight legs for 3-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Super Final participants finishing 6th through 10th will receive a $4,000 purse payout each for earning their way into the Super Finals. The revamped Sire Stakes program is estimated to pay out $8.5 million in purses during 2019, in comparison to $7.8 million distributed during 2018. When combined with additional opportunities for Indiana Sired and/or Bred horses, such as Late Closers, Indiana Sired Overnights, Fair Stakes and the Mini Series, the 2019 Standardbred Breed Development Program will offer more than $13.6 million in purses and incentives for program participants. "At the end of the day, this has a lot of upside," says horseman and committee member Joe Putnam. "The board knew that something needed to change to help our breeders and horsemen participating in the Indiana Sire Stakes program," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "The discussion was very helpful, and we appreciated hearing from the horsemen in attendance. We are excited to see how these proposed changes will help the program continue to flourish in the coming years." The 2018 edition of the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals night commences Friday, October 12 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, with the y state's top bred Standardbreds competing for more than $2 million in purses. For more information on the Indiana Sire Stakes or harness racing in Indiana, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

ANDERSON, IN  - Oct. 10, 2018-The 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 12 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2018 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 two-year-old pacing fillies. Divisional leader Glorious Virgin and Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick have been enlisted as the 8-5 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory is trained by Shane Bowermaster and has won seven of 10 starts while bankrolling $185,250 this season. Driver Yannick Gingras will venture back to Hoosier Park to steer the 4-5 morning line choice, Swandre The Giant, from post eight in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Now trained by Jimmy Takter, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in stakes action at Hoosier Park this season and is currently riding a two-race win streak. Swandre The Giant will be one of seven drives on the program for Gingras who is currently the second leading driver in the country based on wins. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts will feature an exciting match-up between rookie, divisional leader, Katkin American and the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion, Fiftydallarbill. Fiftydallarbill will play the role of morning line favorite and will start from the coveted rail position with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Katkin American will start from post five with regular pilot James Yoder in the sulky. The sophomore pacing sensation Always A Prince will put his five-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Tyler George and driven by Trace Tetrick, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has won 16 of 19 starts this season and will start from the trailing post position ten as the 4-5 morning line choice. 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. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. A $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will be offered for racing fans on-track with a top prize of $2,500. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. 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 visit www.hoosierpark.com. With a carry-over in excess of $6,500, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Thursday, October 11. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card was primarily ruled by longshots finding the winner’s circle over a sloppy rated track after heavy rains earlier in the day. In the last race of the evening, driver Andy Shetler guided Hypnotic Racer to a $17.80 upset. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season’s third biggest payout to date this season with a $12,775.94 winning ticket paid out in August. The $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 offers a 50-cent minimum wager. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (EST.). Free past performances for the sequences will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park’s website. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -The Hoosier state's freshmen trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 5 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old competitors. The evening's action kicked-off with the two-year-old pacing colts and it was Egomania who continued his winning ways to sweep the final round of the stakes action with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated good, Egomania went wide around the last turn but recovered well to get the win by a neck over a hard-charging Frontier Telephras and Lewayne Miller. As the public's second choice, Egomania returned $9.20 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, the son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude notched his fourth win from 10 seasonal outings. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Egomania sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win for his connections of Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera. The 1:51.4 clocking also equaled his lifetime mark established earlier this season in stakes action at Hoosier Park. The two-year-old trotting fillies were up next and it was Kissesforall who turned in her own gritty performance to get the win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. With trainer Verlin Yoder handling the driving duties, Kissesforall was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to track down the pace setting Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to score in 1:56.1. Yoder also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Kissesforall returned $5.20 at the betting windows. With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie recorded her second consecutive victory and fourth win of the season from 11 trips behind the gate. Kissesforall has now amassed $94,300 in lifetime purse earnings. The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Pansy's Image and Peter Wrenn pulled the 40-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the second longest shot on the board, Pansy's Image was uninvolved through the early stages of the race but found late racing room to track down her heavily favored stablemate, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick, to get the win by nearly two lengths. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, Pansy's Image established a new lifetime best and gave trainer Shane Bowermaster a training double on the evening's 14-race card. Pansy's Image lit up the tote board and returned $82.80 to her backers. The homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Pantidepressant has now won four of nine lifetime outings while pushing her career bankroll to $74,050. Pansy's Image is owned by The Emerald Highlands Farm. With the wins, each of the stakes winners solidified their spots in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night has been tabbed as "Hoosier Champions Night" and will serve as the richest night of racing offered this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. Four $50,000 finals for the aged competitors will also compliment the evening's program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 6 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Sophomore 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 Thursday, October 4. With James Yoder in the bike, Katkin American turned in a dominant, front-running effort to win going away in 1:53.2 and with it, notch his second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Last week's elimination winner and divisional rival, Fiftydallarbill, opted out of the Indiana Sires Stakes action and has been entered in an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity slated for Sunday at The Red Mile. With no Fiftydallarbill to contend with, Yoder sent Katkin American away from the gate firing from post eight in the field of ten. The duo would have to work for position as Robert Taylor sent River Otter to the front to the grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Katkin American pressed on to the front and took command just before the half in :57.2. Katkin American went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:26 but John DeLong had Got The Groove on the attack, first-over. As the field turned for home, Got The Groove was inching closer but Katkin American wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Katkin American coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Got The Groove. Admiral Dewey and Trace Tetrick rallied well late in the mile to finish third. As the 1-9 favorite, Katkin American returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He never quits trying," Yoder noted after the victory. "He really started coming around about April and has been improving with every start. He goes out there and tries hard every time he's behind the gate." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won five of 11 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $171,450. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:52.1 clocking in stakes action earlier this season. Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American secured his spot in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, October 5 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --September 25, 2018-- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host The Animal Protection League (APL) for the 5th annual Pet-Tacular Weekend featuring the start of a Give $10, Get $10 coupon booklet giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 6 featured by the FUR-long Walk in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 7. Sunday's walk will include family-friendly activities including a walk around Hoosier Park's 7-furlong race track, pet contests, pet adoption opportunities, live entertainment, beer garden and more. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6, guests over the age of 21 can visit Club Centaur Rewards to donate a minimum of $10 to The APL. In return, they will receive $10 in free slot play and a free 2018 Animal Protection League Awareness Booklet with information about our pets in need and valuable area coupons. Booklets will be available through the end of the year, helping promote the mission of The APL. The FUR-Long Walk in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 7 will start with registration at 11:00 a.m., and the walk will begin at Noon. The event will be located in The Yard and on Hoosier Park's race track. Guests, who are encouraged to bring their four-legged dogs, can register by making a donation to The APL or by registering for the walk on Sunday. Guests who make a minimum donation of $20 will receive a Pet-Tacular t-shirt. The FUR-Long event will also feature free kids activities including obstacle courses, bounce houses, Pet-Tacular booths featuring unique items for sale, silent auction, pet adoption opportunities, and pet contests with a share of $500 for best Halloween costumes and best tricks. Additionally, guests attending are encouraged to donate pet food, clay cat litter, or pine pellets. All donations will be matched pound for pound by Hoosier Park. Those wishing to make a donation directly to the APL can do so via www.inapl.org. "This annual program is something that our team is very passionate about and we've been honored to partner with The APL and others in this cause," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manger of racing. "Since we began this event and awareness booklet, we have been able to raise over $300,000 and we simply couldn't do it without the generosity and compassion of our guests at Hoosier Park." For the past six years, The APL and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have partnered in raising awareness and funds to improve the care, and increase the adoption, of animals in need. The Animal Protection League is located at 613 Dewey Street in Anderson. APL's mission is to make second chances possible with an aim to provide a compassionate, humane community for animals, and to celebrate the human/animal connection from a place of spirituality. For more information about APL visit http://www.inapl.org/. From Hoosier Park Racing and Casino

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

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