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ANDERSON, Ind.-September 5, 2019-Sophomore trotting colts & geldings took to the harness racing track in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday (Sept. 5) Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In the sixth leg two $46,500 divisions brought heart-charging performances from lukewarm favorites Martini Show and It's A Herbie. The first division brought a gate-to-wire victory from three-way favorite Martini Show with Sam Widger. The duo stopping the clock in 1:54:3 to take home his first Indiana Sires Stakes win of the season. From the start of the race, Martini Show took the lead from the outside post six, while Sign Here N Here with Brandon Bates trailed closely behind. The horses recorded opening fractions of :28:2 and :58:2, with the leaders unchallenged and Dg's Caviar with Andy Shetler sitting in third. Just after the third quarter in 1:27, the field began to open up.. Martini Show began moved toward the grandstand side, seeming to open up the race for the now fast-charging Sign Here N Here. In a tight finish, Martini Show reached the wire first with Sign Here N Here finishing second while Dg's Caviar held on for third. Martini Show paid $6.00 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's good gaited and is a good size," driver Sam Widger noted in the winner's circle. "He likes when he gets his way, but it doesn't really matter to him. He can race fast fractions or slow fractions." Martini Show, the son of Swan For All-Barmaid, was bred by Steven Mast and has now won five of 24 lifetime starts. He now sports a lifetime bankroll of $160,890 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. Cullipher also trains Martini Show. The second division placed 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final winner, It's A Herbie with Verlin Yoder in the spotlight. The previous year's rivalry between It's A Herbie and Swandre The Giant was put to the test, but it was It's A Herbie that came out ahead again in 1:54:1. The betting public was backing Swandre The Giant with Ricky Macomber Jr., so it was no surprise that he went straight to the front when the wings of the gate opened. Swan On A Mission with John De Long followed in second while Lite Years Away with Rick Plano took the third spot. The colts remained in straight formation through the first quarter in :28, with the leaders unchallenged through the half in :57:2. The field opened up a bit just after the third quarter in 1:26:2 when Swan On A Mission made a costly break and It's A Herbie made his move for the lead. With a final quarter of :27, It's A Herbie dug in gamely and launched himself ahead of Swandre The Giant, leaving his rival in second by a head. Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick rallied for third. It's A Herbie paid $4.00. "There isn't really a way he races best," said owner/driver/trainer Verlin Yoder. "He just loves to fight and win a race." It’s A Herbie digs in for his fifth consecutive stakes win.              --Linscott Photography It's A Herbie is the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image and was bred by David Schmucker. He has won 10 of 20 lifetime wins and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $389,125. While there won't be any stakes action in Friday evening's card, Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue on Saturday (Sept. 7) at with two $49,000 divisions for the 3-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 3, 2019-It was a night for longshots and inquiries on Tuesday, September 3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening's harness racing card was highlighted by two $64,500 divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings in round four of Indiana Sires Stakes Action. Early in the card brought an upset over a heavy favorite from Emma Town Bud while later fans saw After All Paul turn in a determined effort and overcome one of the many inquiries of the night. The first upset brought Emma Town Bud to the winner's circle for the second time this year. The Byron Hooley trainee was able to find the wire first through some rough traffic and established a new lifetime mark of 1:57:1. The victory was the two-year-old colt's first lifetime stakes win. When the gate opened, Michael Oosting sent 16-1 Emma Town Bud to the front of the pack with heavy favorite Tj's Top Pick with Trace Tetrick following closely in second. Emma Town Bud held off the challenger through an opening quarter of :29:0, but Tj's Top Pick was poised to attack and made a move for the lead at the half in :58:4. Just after the half, Tj's Top Pick made an uncharacteristic break and opened up the race to the rest of the field. At the three quarter clocking in 1:29:1, Emma Town Bud reclaimed his spot as the leader with a fast-charging Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. The trotters were matching strides down the stretch, but Emma Town Bud held his lead and reached the wire first, paying $34.00 for the upset. Swan InMotion held on for second, while J-S Jasper rallied for third. Due to interference in the stretch, J-S Jasper was placed seventh and in turn, Maple Grove Grady was placed third. "I didn't expect the favorite to make a break, but thankfully my horse kept trotting strong," driver Michael Oosting noted in the winner's circle. "The wind helped, along with the fact that he can race from just about anywhere." Emma Town Bud, the son of Big Stick Lindy-Centerfold Lady, was bred by Mervin Lehman. The Byron Hooley Trainee has now won two of eight lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $75,690. The upset trend continued with a win from 14-1 After All Paul and trainer, driver Doug Rideout, who survived after the leader was taken down due to a pylon violation. Not to be discounted, though, After All Paul provided an impressive performance going gate to wire in a maiden-breaking victory where he established a new lifetime mark of 1:56:3. R Fromoutacherry with Andy Shetler grabbed the lead as soon as the race began while Anchors Away with Trace Tetrick tracked the leader down in second. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :28:3. At the half in :58:1, Anchors Away made a move for the lead and held it through the third quarter in 1:27:4. The stretch proved to be a cavalry charge, as the field began to close in. R Fromoutacherry regained his lead while After All Paul began to rally on the leader. R Fromoutacherry crossed the wire first, ahead by only a neck, with After All Paul in second. However, after the judges reviewed the race, R Fromoutacherry raced inside the pylons and incidentally was placed second. After All Paul claimed the first spot, paying $31.80 to win with R Fromoutcherry in second and Brigotto with Sam Widger using a ground-saving trip for third. After All Paul now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $48,354 for owners Julie Rideout, Pete Schmucker Jr and Glider Stables. The son of Swan For All-After Jesse was bred by Bobby Brower and the Mystical Marker Farms. After no winners in Tuesday's Hoosier High 5, Wednesday will feature a $25,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. The pool will be kick-started with $7,818.68 in carryover money. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 5 with a12-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 24, 2019--A trio of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the featured harness racing attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 23 and wrapped up the third round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics' choice delivered in all three divisions. The 2019 Fox Stake Winner Odds On Osiris looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as he continued his winning ways and captured the first division of the stakes action in gate to wire fashion with driver Peter Wrenn in the bike. Stopping the timer in 1:51.2, Odds On Osiris was the fastest divisional winner of the night and established a new lifetime best in the process. Wrenn wasted no time and sent Odds On Osiris away from the gate but Buddy's N Virgin's and Jared Finn were a step quicker to grab the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. Wrenn had Odds On Osiris back out and firing just before the half and the colt quickly grabbed command to lead the field through middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Odds On Osiris opened up on the field with a seventh length lead. Using a :26.3 closing kick, the colt kicked home impressively under a hand drive from Wrenn to finish nearly eight lengths in front of a hard-charging Nassau Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. Northern Cadillac and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to finish third. Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He went a big mile last week in The Fox Stake," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "I was glad to see him come right back and race really well. He's a very manageable colt that is getting better with every start." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Rockin Image-Antiqua Hanover recorded his second lifetime victory from four trips behind the gate. Odds On Osiris has now bankrolled $51,000 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character was able to overcome a first-over trip to get up in the final strides of the mile in 1:52.2. Sent off as the 4-5 co-favorite with Dale Hiteman at the lines, Clever Character used a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Leaving from post four, Clever Character eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. Peter Wrenn gave Vivaldi Hanover his marching orders and the colt grabbed the early lead through the opening quarter in :27.1. High Impression and Sam Widger wanted their turn on the front and ranged up to grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.4, Hiteman had Clever Character out and applying pressure to the leaders from first-over. Clever Character was able to wear down the leader and hold off a late surge from Family Recipe to get the victory. Straight Up Cool and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Clever Character returned $3.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's still very green," Hiteman noted after the win. "I'm learning more about him each start and which way he likes to race best. He's got a lot of raw talent to work with though, that's for sure." Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, the son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight pushed his lifetime bankroll to $61,375. The final division of the stakes action went to Always And Again who split rivals late in the lane to get the win by a neck in 1:52.4. Sent off at odds of 6-5, the Ernie Gaskin trainee equaled the lifetime mark he established in the last round of stakes action. Tetrick let Always And Again coast away from the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. The Candyman Can and Sam Widger were the first to get a call and grabbed the lead through the first quarter in :27.2 The Candyman Can set splits of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before being joined on the outside by Alwaystellthetruth and LeWayne Miller. As the field turned for home, The Candyman Can was still on top but Tetrick had Always And Again perfectly placed second-over. Alwaystellthetruth was able to wear down the leader but Always And Again found late racing room and used a :27.2 final quarter to stick a nose in front. Alwaystellthetruth finished second while Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. came flying late for third. Always And Again returned $4.40 as the heavy betting favorite. Always And Again                           --Linscott Photography "He's a colt and we're still trying to teach him," trainer Ernie Gaskin noted in the winner's circle. "Trace has done a great job teaching him how to race and figuring him out. This colt has a lot of natural ability and wants to do well so that really helps." With the win, Always And Again recorded his third victory from five lifetime starts. The son of Always A Virgin-Kiss Me Once Again now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,000 and is owned in partnership by Andrew Berg and In The Red, LLC. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Saturday's 11-race card will begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm due to Reba McEntire in concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The country superstar will close out Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2019 Summer Concert Series in front of a sold-out crowd. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 22, 2019-Freshman stakes action continued on Thursday, August 22 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino when the two-year-old pacing fillies took to the harness racing track in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. It appeared that an upset trend was forming with victories from Seventimesacharm and Grace Rocks, but Foxy Rigger prevailed as the heavy betting favorite in the final division of the stakes action. The first division saw a slight upset from Seventimesacharm when driver, trainer John De Long guided her to the winner's circle for her first stakes win and second consecutive lifetime victory. Coasting past her competitors on the grandstand side, the full sister to Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin paid $13.40 to win. When the wings of the gate opened, heavy favorite Kickin Up My Heels with Trace Tetrick tried for the lead but Mamama Moonshine and LeWayne Miller also left aggressively, leaving the favorite to settle for the second spot through the opening quarter in :27:4. Also offense minded, Seventimesacharm left alertly from post eight to grab a spot along the rail in third. When the field reached the half in :56:2, Kickin Up My Heels wanted her turn on the lead and grabbed command with Mamama Moonshine and Seventimesacharm following. The pacers continued in straight formation through the third quarter in 1:24:2. When the field turned for home, Kickin Up My Heels was still on top but the rest of the field was closing in quickly. Mamama Moonshine tipped from the pocket to take aim at the leader but it was Seventimesacharm who surged past the leading pair from the grandstand side, stopping the clock in 1:52:2. Seventimesacharm finished three lengths in front of Rockinlikeastar with Ricky Macomber Jr. who utilized a ground-saving trip for second while Flirtinwithtrouble with Michael Oosting, also came charging late for third. Seventimesacharm is a homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven and is owned by Jesse De Long. She has won two of six lifetime starts and now sports a bankroll of $40,700. The 1:52.2 clocking marked a new lifetime best for the freshman filly. Division two provided another slight upset as Grace Rocks benefitted from a pocket trip to get the win over the heavily favored, Priceless and Brandon Bates. Driver Joey Putnam picked up a catch drive for the Ronnie Roberts trainee and drove her to a 1:52 victory to establish a new lifetime best mark. Priceless used her customary front-stepping tactics and immediately grabbed the lead through the opening quarter in :27.4. Grace Rocks took the pocket seat while Fancy Riggin with Trace Tetrick sat in third. Priceless dictated middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.0 as the field remained in single file order behind her. When the field turned for home, Priceless appeared to be up to the task but Grace Rocks wasn't finished. Putnam tipped Grace Rocks out and the two matched strides for a few lengths before Grace Rocks dug in gamely late in the lane to get the win. Priceless held on for second and Odds On Melanie with John De Long rallied well for third. Grace Rocks paid $8.60 to win. "Turning for home, I wasn't sure if she'd catch that filly on the front because she's been tough competition all year," driver Joey Putnam noted after the victory. "This filly has been racing extremely well too, though, and she raced really strong tonight. She's got a lot of pace." Grace Rocks, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace, has now won four of five lifetime starts and was bred by Victory Hill Farms. She now sports a lifetime bankroll of $55,500 for owner Howard Taylor. A favorite finally found the winner's circle in the third division of the stakes action after Foxy Rigger went gate to wire to score in 1:52.2 and keep her unbeaten streak alive. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, the Brian Brown trainee used her customary front-running tactics to score the fifth consecutive win of her career. Leaving from post three in the field of eight, Foxy Rigger left alertly but would have to work for position as Jd's Queen Lori with Andy Shetler also left for position through the first split in :26.2. Foxy Rigger was able to grab the lead just before the half in :54.1 while Elite Five with Dale Hiteman moved into the second spot and Jd's Queen Lori was relegated to third. Foxy Rigger remains undefeated in her freshman season.             --Linscott Photography Foxy Rigger began to bolster her lead through the third quarter in 1:23:4 while Elite Five tried to gain ground on the leader. Rocksann with John De Long were on the attack first-over but would have their work cut out for them. As the field moved into the stretch, Foxy Rigger had established a three length lead. With a final quarter of :28:3, she crossed the wire nearly five lengths in front of Rocksann. Jd's Queen Lori held on for third. As the 1-5 favorite, Foxy Rigger returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "I wanted to move forward and get a good position," driver Trace Tetrick shared following the win. "The fractions were a little hotter than I wanted, but she really dug in late. She's got great mannerisms, she can be a little headstrong but she's really figuring out the game." Foxy Rigger is the daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel and was bred by Wilker Family Farms. She now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $71,000 for owners Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services and Lombardo/Green Racing and Timothy Lane. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 23 with a 14-race card featuring three divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Friday's card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace, a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 14 and the weekly Fantastic Friday promotions. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 31, 2019-Freshman pacing fillies were the featured harness racing attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 31 in four $36,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Heavy favorites Foxy Rigger and Grace Rocks played their part in delivering in their divisions, but it was driver Brandon Bates who came home with the most stakes wins of the night with winning drives on Western Sierra and Priceless, with whom he also takes the training title. The first division kicked the night off with a win for Brian Brown trainee, Foxy Rigger who scored back to back stakes wins. Stopping the clock in 1:52, Foxy Rigger used a front stepping effort to establish a new lifetime mark. Foxy Rigger and Trace Tetrick went straight for the lead when the race began to establish the opening quarter of :27:0. Odds On Madison with Peter Wrenn also left alertly for position and were able to grab a pocket seat hoping to catch the leader. The fillies remained in their positions through the half in :56:1 and the third quarter in 1:25:3. Turning for home, Foxy Rigger and Odds On Madison engaged in a full-on stretch battle. The fillies were matching strides to the wire, but Foxy Rigger utilized a :26.2 closing kick and dug ahead by almost a length, stopping the clock in 1:52:0. Odds On Madison's effort paid off in a second place finish while Rocksann with John De Long rallied in the stretch for third. Foxy Rigger paid $2.40 to win. "She'll race well no matter where she's at," driver Trace Tetrick noted after the win. "She's a quality filly and they're doing all the right things with her. She was strong right down to the wire." Foxy Rigger is the daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel and is owned by Country Club Acres & L&H Management Services &Lombardo/Green Racing and Tim Lane. With tonight's win, Foxy Rigger now sports a lifetime bankroll of $41,250. She is undefeated in all three of her career starts. The second division brought Priceless with Brandon Bates to the winner's circle for back-to-back stakes wins. Sent off as the heavy 1-5 favorite, Priceless went right to the front and never looked back to notch her second consecutive victory and establish a new lifetime best. When the wings of the gate opened, Priceless defended her rail position and left alertly to grab the lead , followed closely by Always In Motion and Trace Tetrick. The field continued in straight formation through opening fractions of :26:4 and :56:3, where Priceless remained unchallenged by trailing horses. Once the fillies hit the third quarter in 1:25:4, Priceless began to distance herself from her competition, opening up by nearly four lengths throughout the stretch. By the time she crossed the wire in 1:52:1, she had a six-length lead over the field. Always In Motion held on for second while Townline Adios with LeWayne Miller fought for third. Priceless paid $2.40 for her betting backers. "She's a very tough and versatile filly," trainer, driver Brandon Bates revealed in the winner's circle. "She takes care of herself, lives her best and loves to eat. Her next start will be at the state fair next week but then she'll be back here for more Sires Stakes." Priceless, the daughter of Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $36,000. She is owned by Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung and is now undefeated in both of her career starts. Division three brought driver Brandon Bates to the winner's circle again when he guided Western Sierra to a maiden-breaking win. Slightly dismissed at 6-1, Western Sierra staged a big rally late in the lane to get the win. At the start of the race, heavy favorite Flirtinwithtrouble with John De Long went straight for the lead while Western Sierra patiently took a pocket trip. Through opening fractions of :26:4 and :56:3, the top two pacers remained unchallenged while the rest of the field swapped positions. After the third quarter in 1:25:3, Bates began to move Western Sierra to begin to apply pressure on Flirtinwithtrouble. By the time Western Sierra had crossed the wire in 1:53:2, she had established a three-length lead over Flirtinwithtrouble who held on for second. Full Moon Martha with Sam Widger paced evenly for third. In the slight upset, Western Sierra paid $15.40 to win. "In the stretch, she had the bit in her mouth and she was up and ready to go," driver Brandon Bates stated after the victory. "She has a real will to race-it's clear that she loves what she does and looks forward to it every week." Western Sierra delivers a slight upset, paying $15.40 to win.                  --Linscott Photography. Western Sierra is trained by William Crone. The daughter of Straight Shooting-Sierra Blue Chip now sports a lifetime bankroll of $34,745 for owner John Barnard. The fourth and final division brought home another favorite as Grace Rocks with Sam Widger powered home a winner for trainer Ronnie Roberts. Establishing a new lifetime mark of 1:52:1, Grace Rocks dug in gamely late in the lane to get the win. When the wings of the gate opened, Seventimesacharm with John De Long took the leading position followed by Odds On Melanie with Peter Wrenn. By the opening fraction in :27:1, Kickin Up My Heels with Trace Tetrick moved into the lead with Seventimesacharm and Odds On Melanie following closely behind. The field remained in straight formation through the half in :56:1. Grace Rocks began to make her move to the lead not long after the half and grabbed the front by the third quarter in 1:24:4. The stretch turned into a battle with the top four fillies nearly matching strides. With a :26.4 final quarter, Grace Rocks surged ahead of her competition, crossing the wire with a two-length lead. Odds OnMelanie grabbed the second spot and Kickin Up My Heels was third. Grace Rocks paid $2.60 to win. "I always like to hear what the trainer has to say before the race," driver Sam Widger mentioned in the winner's circle. "She's a nice filly who's well-mannered, which is important. She does what she's asked and she's versatile." Grace Rocks, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace, is owned by Howard Taylor. She now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $31,750 and has won three of her four lifetime starts. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 1 with a 14-race card. Thursday's card will be highlighted by a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool in races three through six and a $30,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High 5 pool in race 14 with $9,913.17 in carryover money to kick-start the pool. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 30, 2019-Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action continued at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 30 featuring the freshmen trotters with two $65,000 divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings and three $44,500 divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. While favorites primarily delivered in performances from Tj's Top Pick, Givemeonemoretry and May Baby, the night also saw a minor upset from Swan In Motion and an 11-1 upset from Fear This. The first division of stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings saw Tj's Top Pick with Trace Tetrick in the bike home a decisive winner in 1:54:2, tying the track record he previously matched a little over two weeks ago. TJ's Top Pick delivered as the heavy betting favorite to score his third consecutive victory in his young career. In a talented field of ten, Osprey Hanover with Deshawn Minor wasted no time and went straight to the lead. When the field hit the first station in :27:4, After All Paul and Doug Rideout took over for Osprey Hanover while Tj's Top Pick sat patiently in third. Tetrick gave Tj's Top Pick the green light down the backside and he quickly took the lead at the half to lead through middle fractions of :57:3 and 1:26:2. As the field turned for home, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a six length lead. TJ's Top Pick coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick to finish eight lengths ahead of his competition. Dude Included with Verlin Yoder rallied for second and After All Paul held onto his spot in third. Tj's Top Pick paid $2.20 to win. "I knew he'd have to be out a little bit to avoid the traffic trouble," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted in the winner's circle. "I've had a lot of nice horses but he's got to be right up there with the best of them so far. He's racing at the state fair next week and is staked to a few events in Lexington later in the year." Tj's Top Pick, the son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $70,250 for owners Pollack Racing LLC, Jeff Cullipher and Trace Tetrick. He is undefeated in all three of his lifetime starts. In the second division for the freshmen trotting colts, the betting public was backing Emma Town Bud with Michael Oosting, but Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. prevailed in the final moments of the stretch battle in a maiden-breaking win. When the wings of the gate opened, Emma Town Bud took the lead from the challenging post nine. Emma Town Bud continued to call the shots through first half fractions of :28:3 and 1:00:3 while by Classy Prince with Verlin Yoder followed in line second. At the half, Ricky Macomber Jr. moved Swan In Motion out for the attack, settling him into the second spot at the third quarter in 1:30:0. The final quarter of 27:0 proved to be a stretch battle between Emma Town Bud and Swan In Motion with the trotters matching strides turning for home. Just before the wire, Emma Town Bud made a costly break and Swan In Motion stayed on stride to stick a nose in front and stop the clock in 1:57:3 paying $6.00 for his backers at the betting windows. "We've always known he was a good colt, he's always done everything right," trainer Jamie Macomber revealed after the win. "He's very patient and cautious-I believe, and am hoping, he'll just get better with every start." The son of Swan For All-Keystone Sadie is owned by M&M Racing and Norbert Joseph Maza. Scoring his first career win, Swan In Motion brought his lifetime earnings to $42,000. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and it was Givemeonemoretry who went gate-to-wire for back-to-back stakes wins for trainer/driver Robert Taylor. Sent off as the even money favorite, Givemeonemoretry looked every bit the part of an even money favorite and followed the wings of the gate to the head of the field. She established her lead through opening fractions of :28:2 and :58:2 while the rest of the field battled for racing position. When Givemeonemoretry reached the three quarters in 1:27:4, the following horses had engaged in their own stretch battle while she began to distance herself from the rest of the field. Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick began to rally to try and take down the leader, but Givemeonemoretry was strong on the front and stopped the clock in 1:56:3, a new lifetime mark for the filly. Rock Swan's effort amounted in a second place finish while Phabaj with Jared Finn finished third. Givemeonemoretry paid $4.20 to win at the betting windows. "She likes to get out front and she's quick off the gate," trainer, driver Robert Taylor stated after the victory. "She's really maturing mentally and getting better with every start." The homebred daughter of Mr Cantab-Cameron Valley is owned by Kent Schenk, Taylor Racing LLC and Donnie Ray Taylor and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $50,950. She has won three of four lifetime starts. The second division for the fillies brought an upset by Fear This with LeWayne Miller who made her stakes debut a winning one after utilizing a ground saving trip to score in 1:58.3. When the race began, Netties Girl with Doug Rideout grabbed the lead and held it through the opening quarter in :29:1, followed by the betting public's pick, Skyway Tinacious with Peter Wrenn. Just before the half, Wrenn gave Skyway Tinacious the go-ahead and she reached the front at the half in :59:2. Skyway Tinacious held onto the lead with Netties Girl following closely behind through the third quarter in 1:29:2. Once the field hit the stretch, the race appeared to be wide open. With the leaders tiring on the front, Fear This found late racing room up the inside and surged forward to hit the wire first by a neck over Bluebird Ladyluck with Dan Shetler. Netties Girl held on to round out the trifecta. Fear This, the Aaron Stutzman trainee, paid $24.00 to win in the upset. "After last week, I was really confident going into tonight," driver LeWayne Miller revealed in the winner's circle. "I was hoping to get up close and get some room late and that's exactly what happened." The daughter of Whom Shall I Fear-Enlighten Me is owned by trainer Aaron Stutzman and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $22,500. Fear This scored her maiden breaking victory in just the second start of her young career. In the third and final division, May Baby took home back-to-back stakes victories for trainer, driver James Yoder and established a new lifetime mark in the process. May Baby turned in a decisive, front-running effort to deliver as the heavy favorite. When the wings of the gate opened, it was Act Of Faith with Dale Hiteman who took the lead while May Baby appeared to be in line for a pocket trip. Before the first quarter in 27:4, Yoder opted out of the pocket trip and had May Baby pointed to the front. Just after the quarter, Act Of Faith powered by to regain the lead, but May Baby grabbed it back just after the half in :57:4. May Baby padded her lead and remained mostly unchallenged through the third quarter in 1:28:0. Collettes with Trace Tetrick came charging late but May Baby was too strong. Utilizing a:27.4 closing kick, May Baby trotted strong to the wire to stop the clock in 1:55:4, leaving Collettes to settle for second while La Nancio and Jared Finn finished third. As the 1-9 favorite, May Baby paid $2.10 at the betting windows. May Baby remains undefeated, lowers lifetime mark to 1:55:4        --Linscott Photography "She's coming around really well," trainer,driver James Yoder noted after the win. "She's really versatile-she's mostly raced on the front but she also races off the helmet well too. That's how we trained her all winter." May Baby, the daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $50,250 for owner Cheyenne Yoder. With the win, May Baby remains undefeated in all three of her lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, July 31 with four $36,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 24, 2019--Grand Swan extended her streak of perfection at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, her split of the $47,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, on Wednesday, July 24. With a final time of 1:54.3, Grand Swan recorded her fifth straight stakes win and remains a perfect five for five this season for driver, trainer, LeWayne Miller. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Grand Swan coasted off the wings of the gate to settle along the rail in fourth. Infinity Stick and Sam Widger were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.3. Kissesforall and Peter Wrenn were forwardly placed and pressed on to the lead, reaching the front just before the half in :56.4. As the field approached the final turn, Infinity Stick was back on top but Grand Swan was just beginning her march to the front. Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader at third station in 1:26.2 before she began to put her talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Grand Swan coasted on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Infinity Stick and a hard-charging Sophia Lia and John DeLong. Grand Swan returned $2.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was content with where we were," Miller noted of his trip. "I figured the outside horses would leave a little bit so I waited to move her. She's just so easy on herself so that helps." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her 13th lifetime victory from 17 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $302,375 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was Kota's Swan and Sam Widger who turned in a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:54.2. Widger sent Kota's Swan to the front and she dictated fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:26.2 while the rest of the field followed in single file order. Using a :28 final panel, Kota's Swan trotted strong to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Morairtime and John DeLong. Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Kota's Swan recorded her third win from eight seasonal outings. Owned by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, the daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick recorded her seventh win from 23 lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $168,630. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 25. Thursday's 14-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two-year-old pacing colts. With a carry-over in excess of $7,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in Race 14. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

GOSHEN — Two lines from Elton John’s legendary song “Candle in the Wind” define a young lady that was honored during the 11-card harness racing program Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The lines are “Your candle burned out long before. Your legend ever did.” Those powerful words describe the legend and the legacy left behind by former Northridge High School teacher Crystal Brewster, who died Aug. 18, 2018, following a six-year battle with cancer. She was the granddaughter of Elkhart County Fair harness racing fixture Harley Yoder. Brewster was honored Saturday as the blanket sponsor for the eighth race was the Crystal Brewster Memorial. Harley Yoder, a member of the Indiana Harness Racing Hall of Fame, was recognized earlier in the day when the Harley J. Yoder Racing Stable was the blanket sponsor for the sixth race. “This has been an emotional day. It means a lot to have the fair president and a number of fair board members come out here to honor both Crystal and my dad,” said Dewayne Yoder, Crystal’s father and Harley’s son. “Steve Cross (harness racing announcer) read a nice tribute to Crystal. You think you are ready for this, but you are never fully ready.” Crystal was Harley’s oldest granddaughter and one of his biggest fans. Crystal attended harness racing at last year’s fair, not long before she passed away. “Crystal loved the races. She was her last year even though she was super sick. She never let on how bad she was and I don’t think any of us realized,” her sister Cory Fry said. “She was grandpa’s biggest fan. She went to her first harness race when she was six weeks old and I don’t think she ever missed one of grandpa’s races.” JESSE POPPER, driven by Alex Udell, won the Crystal Brewster Memorial Saturday. JESSE POPPER is owned and trained by Jack Myers of Bristol. Myers and Harley Yoder competed against each other for years at the fair. Myers after the win presented the blanket to Crystal’s oldest daughter Anastasia. “Anastasia may not realize it yet, but one day that blanket will mean a lot to her,” Fry added. “I have blankets that grandpa won and they mean a lot to me. When she gets older she will realize its value.” Brewster was a longtime teacher at Northridge High School in Middlebury. “I still have her former students come up to me and tell me about the impact she made in their lives,” Fry said. “She touched a lot of lives.” Crystal’s husband Ken Brewster also teaches at Northridge. “The school and the Middlebury community have been such huge supporters. I could not get through this without their support,” he said. “I try not to think about it other than trying to prepare for the milestones as they come along.” Kelsey Wagner, one of Brewster’s former students, was at the track Saturday filling in at the harness races this year for Brooke (Harvell) Gabriele, who gave birth to her and her husband Marco’s second child a week ago. Wagner kept the race program going and was in charge of presenting the blankets to the winning owners. Udell was the leading driver Saturday, taking first place in the second, fourth, fifth and eighth races. The only other driver with multiple wins Saturday was Joey Putnam in the third and 10th events. Myers had an excellent day with four winners coming from the Jack Myers Racing Stable. In addition to JESSE POPPER in the eighth, J-S MISS CARLY captured the top spot in the second, J-Z JASPER in the fourth and J-S IVAN THE GREAT in the fifth. Saturday’s card was delayed by one hour to give the crew time to work on the track conditions after overnight rains. That left some drivers pressed for time to make the trip to Hoosier Park in Anderson for a 7 p.m. first race. Probably the driver who made the longest trip to race at the fair was Derek Hooley of Atlanta, Georgia. Hooley guided SUMMIT CITY SWAN to victory in the sixth race. The horse is owned by Summit Racing Acres of Fort Wayne and trained by Byron Hooley. Jay Cross of Middlebury drove CELEBRATE WINNING to victory in the seventh race and former Goshen resident Don Each, now of Greenfield, guided ER SAM to a win in the 11th. ER SAM is owned by Eash Racing Stables, The 11th race was the Classic XXIX for three-year-old pacers with a purse of $12,500. ER SAM finished in the day’s best time of 1:55 1/5 for the mile, which according to Cross is the fastest time turned in at the fair in a number of years. It was ER SAM’s fourth win of the season and 10th of his career. The colt’s career best time is 1:50 1/5. The 10th race was the Classic XXIX for three-year-old pacers with a purse of $11,400. That race was won by TELLAWOMAN drive by Putnam. Harness Racing Summary Race One (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, MISS SMEAD (Don Eash); 2, J-S MISS RUBY (Alex Udell); 3, SLEEPING JUDY (Doug Rideout); 4, MEGABUCKS (Gerald Miller); 5, H-AND-N JEZEBEL (Joey Putnam); 6, GIRLS LIKE YOU (Matt Rheinheimer). Winning time: 2:05 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Lamar Stutzman family. Race Two (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2md Division) — 1, J-S MISS CARLY (Alex Udell); 2, WHOM SHALL I LOVE (Don Eash); 3, NAMPARA (Doug Rideout); 4, Vel Princess (Jay Cross); 5, GOLDEN IMPULSE (Gerald Miller); 6, FINALTAB SWAN (Mike Peterson). Winning time: 2:04. 4/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Dr. Weldy’s Associates. Race Three (2-year-old Colt Pace, 1st Division) — 1, POP SECRET (Joey Putnam); 2, EXCONVICT (Doug Rideout); 3, ONEMORESWAN (Don Eash); 4, SECRET FORMULA (John Kieninger Jr.); 5, JLCOMEON KETCHUP (Alex Udell). Winning time: 2:07 3/5. Purse: 3,000. Blanket sponsor: Advance Affiliates. Race Four (2-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, J-S JASPER (Alex Udell); 2, SWANCOOL TREAT (Doug Rideout); 3, TROTSTAR (Don Eash); 4, AMOS H JESSE (Mike Peterson); 5, JL CHOOCHOOTRAIN (Mike Rheinheimer); 6, JUSTDOITFORUS (Robert Wyman). Winning time: 2;11 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Paul and Kathy Webb. Race Five (2-year-old Colt Trot, 3rd Division) — 1, J-S IVAN THE GREAT (Alex Udell); 2, QUAKER’S CREDIT (Doug Rideout); 3, BLUTO RIDGE (Don Eash); 4, INDIANCREEK BEE (Jay Cross); 5, ABC CHUCKIE (Robert Wyman). Winning time: 2:05 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Race Six (3-year-old Filly Trot, at Division) — 1, SUMMIT CITY SWAN (Derek Hooley); 2, HOOSIER MACIE (Jay Cross); 3, floaturhope (Matt Rheinheimer); 4, J-S LOONEY TOON (Alex Udell); 5, MISS LEXIE (Joey Putnam); 6, ER SOPHIA (Alex Udell). Winning time: 2:02 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Harley J. Yoder Racing Stables. Race Seven (3-year-old Fill Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, CELEBRATE WINNING (Jay Cross); 2, CHUCK N DIRT (Tim Roach); 3, DC LIZZY (Mike Peterson); 4, ER BETTY (Don Eash); 5, CHESTNUT ROSE (Driver Not Available); 6, GRACEFUL DANCER (Matt Rheinheimer). Wining time: 2:05. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Race Eight (3-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division — 1, JESSE POPPER (Alex Udell); 2, J-S SWANMAN (Mike Peterson); 3, GOLDEN WHEEL (Joey Putnam); 4, GO STRIKER (Don Eash); 5, TOWNLINE BLUE BOY (Gerald Miller); 6, PIGGIE POOH PINE (John Kieninger Jr.). Winning time: 2:01 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Crystal Brewer Memorial. Race Nine (3-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, SILVER STAR TITAN (Mike Peterson); 2, J-S POWER CHIP (Alex Udell); 3, KASHA’S BOY (Don Eash); 4, DANCE HALL BRAWLER (Joey Putnam); 5, JACKPOT Tim Roach); 6, PANTE VECCHIO). Winning time: 2:05. Purse: $3,000. Blanket sponsor: Loren A. Weaver, D.V.M. Race Ten (3-year-old Filly Pace, Classic Pace XXIX) — 1, TELLAWOMAN (Joey Putnam); 2, ROCKINATTHERYYMAN (Don Eash); 3, SARAH’S LILLY (Mike Peterson); 4, TIMELESS VIRGIN (Freeman Miller Jr.); 5, J-S PERFECT CACHE (Alex Udell). Winning time: 1:57 2/5. Purse: $11,400. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County Classic XXIX Filly Division. Race Eleven (3-year-old Colt Pace, Classic Pace XXIX) — 1, ER SAM (Don Eash); 2, E MODE’S DESIRE (Mike Peterson); 3, ALWAYS A LAW (Freeman Miller Jr.); 4, SHOOT TO WIN (Jay Cross); 5, GERTIE’S GORDY (Matt Rheinheimer); 6, J-S ALLNITELONG (Alex Udell). Winning time: 1:55 1/5. Purse: $12,500. Blanket sponsor: Elkhart County Classic XXIX Colt Division. By Greg Keim Reprinted with permission of The Goshen News Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is conducted annually in Goshen, Indiana and is one of the largest county fairs in the country. In 2017, 202,560 guests visited the Fair during the 9 day event. The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is known for its free grandstand entertainment and concerts.  

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 19, 2019--Sylph Hanover and driver Sam Widger saved their best for last as they stormed home a winner in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $150,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 19. Scoring in 1:50.2, Sylph Hanover rallied from well off the pace to make her Hoosier Park debut a winning and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in the talented field of ten, Sylph Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled off the pace in eighth. It was hotly contested opening quarter as a host of fillies fired away from the gate. Rockin Philly and Trace Tetrick, sent off as the heavy post time favorite, won the early battle for the lead and reached the first quarter in a snappy :25.4. Glorious Virgin and Brandon Bates benefitted from a pocket trip while the Ohio Sires Stakes Champion, Queen Of The Pride with Tony Hall in the bike, was next in line third. Queen Of The Pride wanted her turn on the front and she quickly marched up to grab the lead just past the half in :53.3. The quick pace continued as the field hit the third station in 1:21.1 with Queen Of The Pride still calling the shots. As the field turned for home, Sweet Heaven and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over with St Somewhere and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. Lady Capulet and Andy Shetler moved into the outer flow and were well placed third-over with Sylph Hanover waiting to pounce from fourth over. As the leaders began to retreat on the front, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Lady Capulet tipped off tiring cover to surge forward but it was Sylph Hanover on the far outside who would find the wire first. Lady Capulet had to settle for second place honors while Queen Of The Pride held on gamely for third. Slightly dismissed at 5-1, Sylph Hanover returned $13.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She felt really good tonight," Widger noted after the victory. "I had to nurse her around the turn a little but once she got straightened away and she got her head down, she really got going." Trained by Ron Burke, the three-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan recorded her second win of the season from 8 starts. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, W. Switala, J. Martin, and J. Critelli, Sylph Hanover pushed her lifetime bankroll to $448,311. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 20 with an 11-race card. Saturday's racing action will be highlighted by the first annual Empire of Hope event at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will launch this new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 17, 2019--On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, Caesars' racing properties will launch Empire of Hope, a new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. "Empire of Hope is a direct reflection of the appreciation and pride we have for the horses that participate in Caesars' racing program," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "Our equine athletes are the stars of our sport and we want to ensure that when they retire, they are placed in productive and loving environments to live out a long and healthy life." This year's event at Harrah's Hoosier Park will take place on Saturday, July 20 and is one of the highlights on the racing calendar. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will work to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Harrah's Hoosier Park is proud to announce Tito's Handmade Vodka as the presenting sponsor for the entire Empire of Hope event. Beginning at 11am, all Harrah's Hoosier Park guests donating $5 to Empire of Hope through the Caesars Rewards center will receive $5 in free slot play or a $5 race wager. All proceeds from the evening's charitable activities will be earmarked for the Standardbred Transition Alliance who will provide grants in funding of 501(c)(3) groups serving Standardbreds and ensure they utilize best practices for equine care and financial management through an accreditation process. Beginning at 6 pm, a red carpet racehorse fashion show will take place in the front side paddock Saturday evening and feature horses dressed up as celebrities. Guests can join in on the fun and buy tickets for $2 to vote for their favorite contestants. Additionally, all guests who purchase a ticket will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Diana Ross concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, will also join in the festivities and be available in the front paddock from 6:30-8pm. Guests who donate to Empire of Hope will have the opportunity to meet and take a picture with the legendary racehorse. Foiled Again                                                               Linscott Photography Drivers, trainers, and owners racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park are also giving back by committing a percentage of their nightly racing earnings to support the Empire of Hope cause. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park is hosting a stable fundraising challenge on the backside. The stable that raises the most money for Empire of Hope will win a $250 gift certificate to Midwest Harness Supply and a catered stable party. Along with winner's circle giveaways and entertainment, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption program will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, and sell merchandise. The always popular country duo, Cook and Belle, will perform a free show in between live racing in The Yard. Guests can also enjoy live racing, food trucks, activities, games, and variety of events for fans of all ages throughout the evening. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 16, 2019--With a carry-over in excess of $4,500, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for harness racing on Wednesday, July 17. The Guaranteed Pick-5 will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10 and the $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card on Wednesday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For the second consecutive night, the Pick-5 sequence carried over. Two long-shot winners in Tuesday's Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $4,650.68 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Wednesday. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 9:12 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Wednesday's 14-race card will feature three divisions of an Indiana-sired mini-series for two-year-old filly pacers and a $15,000 three-year-old filly trot. The three-year-old filly trot, slated as the ninth race on the program, will feature the return of Verlin Yoder's Breeders Crown champion, Woodside Charm in her second start of the season. Enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice, Woodside Charm will be aiming to score the first win of her three-year-old campaign from post seven with Yoder in the bike. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 6:30 pm. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Trenton, NJ — Jessica Smith attended last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg by herself for the first time. She was given a friendly reminder by husband Randy to purchase a trotter or pacing colt, since the Smiths already had several pacing fillies. So, of course, she brought home a pacing filly. “It was the first year my husband wasn’t with us picking out horses,” Jessica said. “I looked at all the babies myself. She really stuck out to me. When I first saw her, I was like, ‘Wow, oh my God.’ Just the look about her, she wasn’t too big, she wasn’t too small.” She was, however, a pacing filly named Sweet Style. “I kind of got a little bit of crap when I got her,” Smith said with a laugh. “My husband told me to come home with a trotter or a pacing colt. We already had a bunch of pacing fillies and I came home with a pacing filly sooo. . .” So, the $13,000 buy has turned out to be a pretty nice purchase if two races are any indication. On June 26, Smith’s first start as a trainer was Sweet Style’s first start behind the gate. It was an evening of sweet debuts as Mike Oosting drove the 2-year-old to a come-from-behind victory in 1:56 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Randy was not at the race but phoned in pre-race instructions to Oosting. “He had driven her in the qualifier, he kind of gave Mike a heads up on where she was at as far as experience wise,” Smith said. “She had one qualifier and we schooled her before. “With that he sent her off the gate, she got away real good out of the six hole. He got her in a hole, she paced along with the fillies that were leading, coming up the stretch he popped the hole. Trace Tetrick (driving Western Sierra) had a few lengths on her at the head of the stretch and she dug in and won by a neck. It was close, I didn’t even know at first that I had even won until it popped up on the screen. That was pretty exhilarating.” As it should have been, considering the circumstances surrounding the race, along with the fact that Smith absolutely loves Sweet Style, a Sweet Lou filly out of 2005 O’Brien Award winner Style. It got even better when the two made their second start together July 9, as Sweet Style won in 1:55.2. “She’s got some class in her pedigree,” Smith said. “I’m just a complete fan of Sweet Lous; I’d definitely buy another one. The work ethic, the attitude (of Sweet Style) is just amazing. She’s very tough on the track and she’s just a very, very nice filly.” And it didn’t take long for Randy to become a fan. “My husband and I have worked with her all winter,” Smith said. “We were taking things very slowly, trying to be very cautious so she doesn’t get injured or anything like that. Once we started training her down he was very happy for sure.” Just as Jessica is happy in her new career, which took root 10 years ago when she first met Randy. Prior to that, Standardbreds had always been an interest for Smith growing up in Maine. Her family owned several acres and Jessica grew up riding event horses in shows. While she enjoyed doing that, what really got her blood moving was when her mom took Smith to nearby Lewiston Raceway to watch harness racing and she fell in love with a horse. “I asked my mom about claimers, and she’s like ‘Yeah if you have the money, you put the money down and you claim the horse,’” Smith recalled. “I said ‘Well can you claim this one for me?’ I was probably 7 or 8 and I wanted a racehorse. I used to try to get her to claim that horse. It’s just one of those things that sticks with you.” Not surprisingly, her mom didn’t think claiming a horse for an 8-year-old was a good idea, and the dream drifted into hibernation. Jessica went to college and became a certified operating room nurse, and also continued to ride show horses. In 2009 she met Randy, a lifelong horseman who trained and drove Standardbreds. With horses as a common interest, the two started dating and Jessica’s urge to be part of the business resurfaced. She began helping Randy out and in 2016, the couple moved to Ohio in order to race year-round. Jessica got a per diem job at a hospital where she could select limited hours in order to help out more in the barn. Randy’s daughter Kristina — who also recently got her first training win — eventually left her dad to go out on her own. Jessica left nursing to begin working the stables full-time a year ago. It was basically a case of protecting her investments, as well as looking after her two children, ages 6 and 9. “When you own the horses, you don’t have a steady paycheck coming in and you’re more invested in trying to do well and making sure your horses are getting the right care,” Smith said. “You want to know that the overall barn management stuff is being taken care of.” Jessica got her trainer’s license last September and her driving license soon after. She finished third in her lone driving start so far, as her opportunities are limited due to managing the barn while Randy is away. The stable, under the moniker of Randy Smith Racing, is located at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. It contains 13 racing horses, three broodmares, two babies and a yearling. And while being a trainer might seem light years away from being a nurse, Jessica feels there are some common aspects. “I think that a lot of it is time management for both of them,” she said. “You’re trying to get through your day, making sure your I’s are dotted, you’re T’s are crossed. There’s a lot of similarities in handling an operating room and managing a barn.” But surely there is more pressure when someone’s life is in your hands? “Yes and no,” Smith said. “When you’re training a horse, you have to make sure they’re trained properly. You’re really putting that driver’s life in your hands and the other drivers on the track. You’ve got to make sure the horse is safe, that you’re rigged right. You need to pay attention to what you’re doing and know your horse. “The biggest thing is knowing your horses, where to put them, where to classify them. My husband and I talk about all the horses, get the team together and plan where is the best fit for this horse this week; and honestly where the best place we can make money. We don’t have owners, it’s on us. We don’t have an income coming in other than what we’re making.” Which is one of the big differences between nursing and training. “It’s definitely stressful when you don’t have a guaranteed paycheck coming in,” Smith said. “That can be completely stressful. As a nurse I know the hours I put in I’m getting paid for.” The bright side, of course, is that Jessica loves her life in the barn. “Most definitely,” she said.   by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 11, 2019- It was a good night of harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for trainer Ron Burke on Thursday, July 11 as he picked up half of the Indiana Sires Stakes wins for two-year-old pacing colts & geldings.  Four $36,500 divisions for freshmen pacing colts & geldings highlighted the evening's 14-race card as they opened up their first round of stakes action. With a mix of prices and favorites, the colts & geldings provided an exciting night of racing with wins from Sawyer's Desire, High Impression, Clever Character and Nassau Desire. In the opening division of the stakes action, Burke found the winner's circle with Sawyer's Desire who made his first pari-mutuel start a winning one with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. Leaving from post four, Sawyer's Desire headed right to the front, but at the first quarter clocking in at 27:0, General Doug A with Dale Hiteman were determined to get the front. Post time favorite Always And Again with Trace Tetrick protected their rail position just enough to find a spot along the rail in third. Once the field reached the half in 56:2, Always And Again took the lead but made a rookie mistake and jumped it off approaching the third station. General Doug A inherited the lead but also made a costly break and took himself out of contention just before the three quarter clocking in 1:26:4. Unaffected by the breaking horses, Sawyer's Desire stayed on course and found himself on the front. Lickcreek Patrick and Sam Widger staged a big rally late in the lane but Sawyer's Desire fended them off to stop the clock in 1:53:0. Lickcreek Patrick was forced to settle for second while Odds On Osiris and Peter Wrenn also rallied well late to get up for third. Slightly dismissed by the betting public, Sawyer's Desire returned $20.20 for the victory. "Obviously, the trip went a little different than I expected. The rough traffic made it so I didn't want to be on the front," driver Ricky Macomber Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "Everything worked out though. He's very nice and did everything I asked him to." With the win, Sawyer's Desire's lifetime earnings were pushed to $18,000. The son of Real Desire-Ain't That Funny is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and David Wills. All eyes were on My House with John De Long in the second division, but High Impression with Sam Widger turned in a strong performance to provide a slight upset. When the gate opened, My House went right to the front from post five while Candys Image Rocks with Michael Oosting opted for a pocket trip. The horses remained in this formation through the first quarter in 27:4 while Power Of Tell with Todd Warren followed in third. Just before the half in 56:4, Widger gave High Impression the green light and he moved out aggressively to claim the lead and carried it through the third quarter in 1:25:3. When the field turned for home, the stage was set for a stretch battle between High Impression, My House and Candys Image Rocks, but ultimately it was High Impression who dug in gamely to get the win and stop the clock at 1:53:0. "He's obviously a super nice individual with a heart like a lion," trainer Ernie Gaskin expressed after the win. "He's not a real big colt but we've worked with him all year and he's coming around very nicely. I don't give the drivers any directions, other than letting them know how the horse trained. Sam did a great job." High Impression paid $11.20 at the betting windows and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $23,250. The son of Rockin Image-Happy Becky is owned in partnership by Robert Rubin, Warren Emery, Ronald Krodel and Riparian Retreat. The third division of the stakes action provided yet another price when Clever Character with Dale Hiteman beat even money favorite Highway Star with Trace Tetrick by just under a length. Stellar BB with Ronnie Gillespie took the lead from the start while Clever Character sat in the pocket seat through the first quarter in 27:0. Just before the half, Clever Character made his game winning move and took the lead through the second station in :56:4. When the field hit the third quarter in 1:26:3, Highway Star began to challenge from the second spot and The Candyman Can with Sam Widger were also ready to strike from third. The three battled it out in the stretch, only for Clever Character to hold off his rivals and stop the clock at 1:52:4, paying $15.20 to win. "He's been handy off the start," driver Dale Hiteman stated after the victory. "We got a good position. I knew he had plenty of power behind him." The 1:52.4 clocking was a new lifetime best for Clever Character and also the fastest division of the night. Clever Character is trained and owned by Timothy Smith. The son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight now sports a lifetime bankroll of $23,000 for his young career. Trainer Ron Burke would find the winner's circle once more as Nassau Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr. prevailed as the heavy favorite in the final split of the stakes action in 1:53.2. Mighty Little Joe and Dale Hiteman left alertly to find the front while Nassau Desire sat patiently in second through the first quarter in 27:2. Nassau Desire                                            -- Linscott Photography As the field headed down the backstretch, Nassau Desire made his move to the front, and hit the half in 56:3. He held onto the lead through the third quarter while a challenging Beachmaster Two with LeWayne Miller were applying pressure on the outside. With a final quarter of 26:4, Nassau Desire paced strong to the wire to get the win. Beachmaster Two finished second and Fort Apache Scout with Brandon Bates came charging late for third. "No one wanted to be on the front, so that's where I had to go," driver Ricky Macomber Jr. expressed after the win. "He's still trying to figure out what he's supposed to do, but he's really handy and does everything I ask him to do." Nassau Desire, a son of Real Desire-Nassau Loop, paid $2.40 for his betting backers. The colt is now two for two this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $23,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, July 12 with two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm, Friday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 12. At the conclusion of live racing, 3 Doors Down will perform as part of the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 10, 2019- It was the freshmen pacing fillies' turn in Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 10. Four $36,500 divisions for freshmen pacing fillies highlighted the evening's 14-race card as the fillies took to their first round of stakes action. After heavy rains in the area, the track was rated sloppy and the divisions provided a mix of favorites and prices with victories from Priceless, Foxy Rigger, Mystical Carrie and Flirtinwithtrouble. Kicking off the stakes action, post time favorite Priceless with Brandon Bates made her career debut a winning one after she turned in a gate to wire performance. Priceless went right to the front, closely followed by Rocksann with John De Long while Princess Sharktank with James Yoder sat along the rail in third. The field remained in single file order through fractions of 27:4, 57:4 and 1:26:1. With a final quarter of 27:0, Priceless coasted on to the wire with a five length lead and stopped the timer in 1:53:1. Rocksann finished second and Princess Sharktank rounded out the trifecta. "I figured I was going to step out and see how the race unfolded," trainer,driver Brandon Bates stated after the victory. "I put her on the front and she did the work. She does everything right and acts like an aged horse." "Kevin Miller trained her down this winter and then contacted me about taking her because he wanted her to be centrally located," Bates continued. "He did a great job with her." In her first lifetime start, Priceless paid $3.20 to win, and brought her lifetime earnings to $18,000. The daughter of Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine is owned by Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung. In the second division, the betting public was backing Foxy Rigger with Trace Tetrick and they were able to deliver a victory. Once the gate opened, Western Sierra with Brandon Bates went for the lead with Passionate Tigress with Odell Cross in second and Foxy Rigger following in third. By the first quarter in 27:2, Western Sierra came first-over and moved to the lead. Once the horses hit the half in 56:1, Foxy Rigger wanted her turn on the front and had taken the lead, leaving Passionate Tigress in second and Western Sierra in third. At the third quarter in 1:25:4, Foxy Rigger began to bolster her lead, two lengths ahead of the field. Stopping the clock at 1:54:1, Foxy Rigger had a five length lead on the rest of the field, while Western Sierra finished second and Elite Five with Kyle Wilfong finished third. "She can be a little tough at times," trainer Brian Brown expressed after the race. "We're going to add some equipment and go from there. I have to give credit to Tim Lane who trained her down all winter. He and his girls did a great job with her. We purchased her after her second qualifier. She's my kind of filly. She's a big, strong, beautiful filly." Post time favorite Foxy Rigger paid $2.60 at the betting windows. The daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel is owned by Country Club Acres & L&H Management Services & Lombardo, Green Racing and Tim Lane, and now boasts $23,250 in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's Sires Stakes card proved to be a good night for trainer James Eaton, who swept the final two divisions. Mystical Carrier and driver Mike Oosting staged a big rally late in the lane to find the winner's circle in 1:54.2 in their split of the stakes action. When the gate, opened, Kickin Up My Heels with Trace Tetrick went right to the front from post seven, while Seventimesacharm with John De Long followed in second. The field remained in straight alignment through fractions of 28:3, 58:2 and 1:27:2 with Mystical Carrie and Oosting waiting patiently in third. Once the pack reached the stretch, Mystical Carrie was given the green light and she ranged up to challenge the leaders. With a final quarter of 26:3, she paced strong to the wire to get the win over Kickin Up My Heels. Mystical Carrie paid $8.40 for the victory. Mystical Carrie rallies late at the wire       ----Linscott Photography. "Last week was her first start, so we were just getting a feel for her," driver Michael Oosting noted after the victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip-it was the perfect trip. She's a very nice filly." Mystical Carrie is trained by James Eaton. The homebred daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Mystical Victress brought her lifetime earnings to $20,500 for owners Mystical Marker Farms. Eaton would find the winner's circle once more on the evening in the last division of the stakes action as Flirtinwithtrouble and John DeLong bested their rivals in 1:54. Once the race began, Molon Labe with Dale Hiteman went right to the lead, followed by Townline Adios with LeWayne Miller and Always In Motion with Trace Tetrick occupying the third spot. When the field reached the first quarter, Always In Motion made a bid at the leaders and reached command by the half in 57:1. By the time the horses passed the three-quarter mark, Delong had Flirtinwithtrouble out and firing and she secured the lead turning for home. Flirtinwithtrouble paced strong to the wire to finish three lengths in front of a hard-charging Odds On Madison and Peter Wrenn. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Flirtinwithtrouble returned $8.40 at the betting windows. The daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Rock N Roan now sports a lifetime bankroll of $21,750 for owners Mystical Marker Farms, F Langley, James Eaton and John Schwartz. Flirtinwithtrouble is now two for two this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, July 11 with four $36,500 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts & geldings. The 14-race card will also feature the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 beginning in race 3 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2019- The curtain rose for two-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 9. With three $45,500 divisions, the freshmen trotting fillies took to their first leg of stakes races. The night provided impressive performances and the post time favorites delivered as May Baby with James Yoder, Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick and Givemeonemoretry with Robert Taylor all found the winner's circle. In the first division, May Baby went right to the front when the wings of the gate opened, closely followed by La Nancio and Jared Finn. The top two pairs held their position through the opening quarter in 29:1, and had Slick N Sassy with LeWayne Miller following in third the half in 1:00:2. The three remained in that formation through the three-quarter in 1:30:2. Once the field hit the stretch, May Baby distanced herself from the pack and crossed the wire 1:57:1, followed by La Nancio in second and Slick N Sassy in third. Powering home with a final quarter of 26:4, May Baby finished seven lengths in front of her competition and also recorded the fastest divisional time of the night. "I didn't really have a plan going into the race," trainer, driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "The front is where we ended up. She can be a little tricky to drive, but when she gets to the stretch, she's all business." May Baby paid $2.40 for her betting backers and brought her lifetime bankroll to $27,750 for owner Cheyenne Yoder. The daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling is undefeated in both of her pari-mutuel starts. The second division of the night started with Act Of Faith and Dale Hiteman heading to the front out of post nine. Act Of Faith remained unchallenged until Skyway Tinacious and Peter Wrenn came first-over just after the quarter in 29:0. Skyway Tinacious took command by the half in 1:00:0, but the morning line favorite Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick followed intently in third. After the three quarter in 1:30:0 with the wire in sight, Rock Swan left her comfortable rail postion, tipped out in the stretch and tracked down her competition. Stopping the clock at 1:58:0, Rock Swan finished four lengths to the good and paid $3.40 to win. Rock Swan was followed by Skyway Tinacious in second and Whom Shall I Love with LeWayne Miller in third. Rock Swan delivered as the post time favorite    ---Linscott Photography. With the win, Rock Swan brought her lifetime bankroll to $29,250 and has now won both of her lifetime pari-mutuel starts. The daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica is trained by Erv Miller and owned in partnership by the S&R Racing Stables and Anthony Lombardi. The third and final division of stakes action had all eyes on Givemeonemoretry and Robert Taylor. The pick of the betting public went straight to the front once the wings of the gate closed, followed closely by Pretzel Party with Brandon Bates and then Deswanslittlelorie and Peter Wrenn. By the time the trio hit the quarter in 28:1, Deswanslittlelorie moved into second, and a gap of three lengths had formed between Pretzel Party and the rest of the field. With middle fractions of 58:2 and 1:28:2, these three remained in this formation, holding onto their spots. The only challenger was a fast-charging Woodside Datendiva with Verlin Yoder but she couldn't reach Givemeonemoretry. Coasting on to the wire, Givemeonemoretry finished three-lengths in front, stopping the timer in 1:57:3. Deswanslittlelorie came in second, followed by Woodside Datendiva in third. "She's got good gate speed, so I wanted to get good position," trainer, driver Robert Taylor mentioned after the win. "She was a little bit of a headache training down, but she's getting better with every start. She's got a lot of heart and desire." Givemeonemoretry went gate to wire               ---Linscott Photography. Givemeonemoretry paid $3.00 to win at the betting windows. The win brought Givemeonemoretry's lifetime earnings to $28,700 for owners Kent Schenk, Taylor Racing LLC and Donnie Ray Taylor. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, July 10 with four $36,500 divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The 14-race card will also feature the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

CONVERSE – Zach Miller made enough money in one night to buy a new truck and pay for his entire four-year college education at Purdue University. And he did it one of the most unique ways possible. Harness horse racing. That's something the 29-year-old Miami County native has been doing his entire life. Before he was even in kindergarten, Miller was out at the track at the Converse Fairgrounds trotting his dad's horses. As he grew older, he made his way to the track every day after school and every weekend to help his dad – a farmer who started buying standardbred horses as a hobby. “He bought a few, and then a couple more and a couple more after that,” Miller said. “Pretty soon, he had a barn full of horses.” Miller got behind one of those horses riding a harness for his first official race at the Converse Fairgrounds when he was 18. He won. And he was hooked. “It was a pretty intense adrenaline rush,” he said. That same year, a horse he and his dad owned together made it to the biggest race in the state: the Indiana Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The winner received a $100,000 payout. Miller raced their horse, and he won. “No college debt and a new truck,” he said. “I paid for all of that in one night.” Today, Miller is a well-established owner, trainer and rider in the world of harness racing. He and his wife, Dessa, have full- or part-ownership of nine horses, who are all housed year-round at one of the barns at the Converse Fairgrounds. And that's where you could find him on a recent evening, racing four of their 2-year-old fillies and colts as part of the kickoff to the annual Converse Fair. Their names? Skyway Venus, Fishyriggins, Skyway Ballet and Rock My Sunday. The first horse up for the evening was Skyway Venus, who eked out a first-place win after another horse nearly pulled out in front just before the finish line. In a little over 2 minutes, Miller had won the $1,500 first-place prize. “I had no idea I was going to win that,” Miller said. “That was down to the wire.” For the last three years, the Converse Fairgrounds has become a second home to Miller and his wife. And in some ways, it's more like home than their actual house near Amboy. After all, they spend more time at the track raising and training their animals than anywhere else. “Most people, when you tell them about harness horses, they've heard of it, but that's about it,” Miller said. “Most people don't know how much work it is. My dad always compared it to milking cows. You've got to be out doing it every day, no matter what.” Harness racing wasn't always Miller's only job. After graduating from Purdue University, Miller sold seed and continued harness racing on the side. But after a while, that double life became too much. “It got to the point where there wasn't enough time in the day,” Miller said. “I didn't think I was doing either one as good as I should have because I was splitting my time. I decided to pick one and go with it. I picked raising horses. It's more fun than selling seed.” Today, Converse is their home track, where their horses get their first taste of harness racing. That's the case for most 2- and 3-year-old horses in the state because Converse is home to the first race of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit every year. “The horses here are all learning,” Miller said. “These first races are just as much about education as anything else. You can form a lot of good habits – or a lot of bad habits – early. You want to create a lot of good habits early. That makes your life a lot easier down the road.” Converse is where it all begins for most horses, but the hope is that it always ends at the final race at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Miller said. With a $200,000 total pot for the winners, that's where the real money is in harness racing. CARSON GERBER | Kokomo Tribune Reprinted with permission of The Journal Gazette Indiana

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