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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

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 3, 2019--Grand Swan continued her winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, the first division of the $46,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, on Wednesday, July 3. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4, Grand Swan claimed her fourth straight stakes win and remains undefeated this season for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates dictated first half fractions while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Grand Swan made her game winning move down the backside and was able to reach the front just before the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. staged a big rally late in the lane and Miller would have to ask his mount for more but Grand Swan responded. Utilizing a :28 final quarter, Grand Swan dug in gamely to get the win over Haylie Ivy. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "She's a professional in every sense," Miller noted. "She can get a little lost on the front at times so that's why I had to ask her a little more tonight coming for home but she loves her job. Everyone in the barn loves her, too." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded the fourth win of the season from four starts and 12th lifetime victory from 16 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $278,875 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was the heavily favored Kota's Swan and Sam Widger who turned in decisive gate to wire victory to score in 1:55. Widger sent Kota's Swan to the front and she dictated fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Kota's Swan edged away from the field winning by nearly two lengths over Morairtime and John DeLong. As the 4-5 favorite, Kota's Swan returned $3.80 at the betting windows. "The trip worked out great, I wasn't sure what to expect in there," Widger noted. "She did her job. She can be a little testy at times so you have to be careful with her but we get along well. She has grown up and has gotten a little stronger this year." Kota's Swan                                            --Linscott Photography Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Kota's Swan recorded her second win from six seasonal outings. Owned by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, the daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick recorded her sixth win from 22 lifetime starts. The victory was also one of four winners on the evening's 14-race card for Hoosier Park's current leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 4 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm. Thursday's 11-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. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also host their annual Fire It Up on the Fourth celebration on Thursday, July 4. The first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Caesars Rewards will receive a free, patriotic cooler bag sponsored by the Indiana Standardbred Association. Free, family fun activities, interactive games and giveaways will begin at 5 p.m. The evening will also feature a free performance by Flynnville Train and an over-the-top, thirty-minute fireworks show choreographed to a wide selection of classic and summer music hits Flynnville Train will perform a free concert beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m., following the last harness race of the evening, and the choreographed fireworks show will follow at 10 p.m. A variety of outdoor food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 28, 2019-- Two harness racing divisions of the $25,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlined the 14-race card at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 27. While they used opposite strategies to find the winner's circle, both winners turned in career-best efforts. In the first division of the stakes action, What A Swan and driver Mike Oosting staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and score in 1:55.0. After a costly break in stakes action last week, Oosting eased What A Swan off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh. Lite Years Away and Sam Widger dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.1 before breaking stride at three-quarter pole. The heavy favorites Otsego and driver Peter Wrenn inherited the lead turning for home but they would have their work cut out for them as the rest of the field was closing in. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Oosting tipped What A Swan to the far outside and he powered home to get the win by a neck over Airman Kelly and Trace Tetrick. Foxy Trottin Stick and Todd Warren "I didn't want to rush him out of the gate," Oosting noted. "Last week, he just got too fired up trying to leave. I knew if I could get him settled and around the last turn okay, he would trot home. He notices everything but when he puts his mind to it, he's got speed." Trained by William Crone, What A Swan recorded his second win from eight seasonal outings. The son of Swan For All-Tanya's Legacy is owned by John Barnard and has earned $44,768 lifetime. The 1:55 clocking was a new lifetime best. In the second division, Martini Show and Sam Widger used a front-stepping effort to find the winner's circle in 1:54.1 for trainer Jeff Cullipher. Martini Show left alertly for the lead as the publics' second choice and grabbed the top spot through the opening quarter in :27.4. Peter Wrenn and Never Say Uncle, who were sent off as the post-time favorite, also wanted their turn on the lead and would get it through the second splits of :57.3 and 1:26.1. Martini Show                                                 ---Linscott photography As the field turned for home, Widger had Martini Show back out and firing and he trotted strong to the wire to the get the win by nearly two lengths. Never Say Uncle had to settle for second while Trump This and Lewayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. "We've made a few changes here and there every week," Cullipher noted. "He's still very green and still putting things together. He was a nice colt last year and we bought him for this very reason. We figured he would be very competitive with the three-year-olds here in Indiana this year. He definitely has the speed and ability--just needs to put it all together." Cullipher, in partnership with Tom Pollack, purchased the three-year-old son of Swan For All-Barmaid from the Meadowlands Mixed Sale in January. Since joining the Cullipher barn, Martini Show has only finished off the board once in seven seasonal outings. With the win, Martini Show established a new lifetime best and improved his lifetime stats to 19-4-4-4 with $98,390 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 28 with an action-packed 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by two divisions of the Star Destroyer Stakes for both the sophomore filly and colt pacers. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. A host of longshots were victorious on Thursday's card and produced a carry-over of $9,749.18 that will kick-start Friday's $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, 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. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 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

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 26, 2019--With all eyes on harness racing's 2018 two-year-old trotting filly of the year Woodside Charm making her seasonal debut, it was the Indiana-sired trotting filly, Grand Swan, who stole the show at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 26. Grand Swan, with driver, trainer LeWayne Miller in the bike, sat the pocket and trotted strong to the wire to nose out Woodside Charm and score in 1:53.1 in the featured race of the evening, the $40,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. With the win, Grand Swan remains undefeated this season and handed Woodside Charm the first loss of her career in eight starts. Leaving from the outside post nine, Woodside Charm and driver, trainer Verlin Yoder used their customary front-running tactics and quickly grabbed command through the opening quarter in :27.1. Miller also sent Grand Swan away alertly from post six and she was able to grab the coveted pocket-seat with Kota's Swan and Sam Widger tracking from third. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Brandon Bates had the 46-1 shot Rush Lane out and applying pressure to the leader at the half in :56. As the field turned for home, Woodside Charm was able to put away Rush Lane but Grand Swan loomed large from the pocket. Miller found late racing room up the passing lane and Grand Swan utilized a :28.1 final panel to get the win by three-parts of a length. Woodside Charm dug in gamely to hold on for second while Pure Chance and Jason Thompson rallied well late in the lane for third. As the 5-2 second choice, Grand Swan returned $7.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I've never really left that hard with her before," Miller noted after the victory. "Coming around the last turn I thought she would be good, I didn't think I would have enough to go by Woodside Charm but she tries really hard every start." "She's grown up a lot this year," Miller continued "I think she's grown into herself, she's a lot more versatile this year. She has all the Indiana stakes and we also staked her to the Bluegrass Stakes and a few things down at The Red Mile this year so we will see how it goes." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her first win in Grand Circuit company. It was also the third win of the season from three starts and eleventh lifetime victory from 15 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $255,625 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. Grand Swan is expected to make her next start in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, July 3. Live racing action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, June 27 with two divisions of the $25,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 14-race card. Thursday's live racing action will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in races 3-6. 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

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 22, 2019--Indiana's top three-year-old pacing colts and fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 to square off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and did so in impressive fashion. The evening's 14-race card featured three $34,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Feherty and Peter Wrenn kicked off the action packed evening and delivered as the heavy post time favorite, scoring in 1:50.1 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Feherty tipped out from behind the pace-setting Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger late in the lane and paced strong to the wire to record his third consecutive victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "It's a long season and we've taken our time with him. He's still very green but he's figuring things out with every start. He raced great tonight, I was very happy with him." Unraced at two, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Cambeth has now won four of five lifetime starts and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Feherty has amassed $42,850 in lifetime purse earnings and is owned in partnership by Dana Parham and Eleven Star Stables. The three-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Mike Oosting and Fully A Virgin who got up in the final strides of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3. Slightly dismissed at odds of 7-1, Oosting opted for a trip off the pace. Turning for home, Fully A Virgin tipped off cover and utilized a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head in a four-horse photo. Trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., Fully A Virgin recorded her second win of the season from seven trips behind the gate and established a new lifetime best in the process. With the win, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Full of Gold pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark for owner, breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. In the very next race, Little Rocket Man, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his winning ways to score in 1:50.1 by nearly two lengths for trainer Missy Essig. Little Rocket made a powerful move down the backside and then dug in gamely nearing the wire to record his second consecutive win and establish a new lifetime mark. "Roger Cullipher trained him this winter and deserves a lot of credit for this colt," Essig noted after the win. "When we started the season we weren't sure if he was going to be a stakes colt but we knew he was a nice horse. He loves his job and takes really good care of himself. He has a great attitude and that will take him a long way." With the win, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal improved his lifetime stats to 9-7-0-1. Unraced as a two-year-old, Little Rocket Man has now earned $50,130 for his owners Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. Following suit, Play For Pay and Brandon Bates used similar front-running tactics to score in the second and final division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Bates sent the Michael Arnold trainee to the front and she was able to hold off the heavy favorite, Rockin Nola and Joey Putnam, to get the win by three-parts of a length. The 1:51.3 was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. Trained by Michael Arnold, Play For Pay recorded her second win of the season from eight starts and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Play For Pay and Brandon Bates                      --Linscott Photography The daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Fox Valley Ivy has now won four of 21 lifetime outings. Owned by Ira Steinberg, Play For Pay has accumulated $90,815 in lifetime purse earnings. Fresh off a decisive win last week, Egomania turned in another gritty performance to take home top honors in the final division for three-year-old pacing colts. With regular pilot John DeLong in the bike, Egomania went gate to wire and held off all challengers to score in 1:50.2. Trained by Brian Brown, Egomania recorded his third consecutive victory and fourth win from five starts this season. "I knew I wanted to be up close," DeLong noted after the victory. "He's very versatile and always has been but he's really grown up from two to three. He covers a lot of ground and this year he's really got the will and wants to win." Egomania                                                                     --Linscott Photography Sired by Always A Virgin, Egomania is owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera. With the win, Egomania pushed his lifetime bankroll to $262,725. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, June 22 with a twelve race card featuring a $20,000 Open Trot and $20,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will play host to the $35,000 Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge. For more information on the Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge, upcoming entertainment, or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Trenton, NJ — As he looks ahead to his 2,500th career driving win, harness racing driver John DeLong also took time to look back on a year of extreme highs and lows; and feels blessed to be back on a big-time high. On June 2, 2018, DeLong and fiancée Tabby Canarr had what John termed “a life changing experience,” in a good way when their baby Jessica was born. Just over five months later, DeLong was on the opposite end of the emotional scale when he suffered what could have been another life changer in a truly bad way. Fortunately, a worst-case scenario never occurred. There was a seven-week bout with pain and apprehension and, while that was certainly unpleasant, it was not life-altering enough to end the talented driver’s career. He has recovered with a vengeance and currently is tied for first place with Sam Widger in the Harrah’s Hoosier Park drivers’ standings with 113 wins. He celebrated Jessica’s first birthday 19 days ago and is just nine victories shy of getting halfway to 5,000. “Things are really good for me right now,” DeLong said. But for a seven-week stretch, an uncertain future loomed due to an incident that occurred while working in his Anderson, Ind. barn last Nov. 6. “We were putting hobbles on a yearling for the first time and I got kicked in the face,” DeLong said. “It was just kind of a freak deal. I’ve trained colts ever since I can remember. Me and my three brothers all trained colts with my dad (Jay) growing up. That’s just the risk you take, I guess. It actually caught us by surprise. Well, me anyway. I was picking up a back leg, and got cow kicked. I got hit on the left side of the face, broke my cheekbone and the orbital bone in my left eye.” With some such mishaps, the pain is so severe a person goes into shock and doesn’t feel it, or at least is knocked unconscious. DeLong had no such “luck.” “I didn’t get knocked out and I didn’t get a concussion, but the pain was unbelievable,” he said. “I had that pain all the way to the hospital. It was pretty bad.” Upon arriving at the emergency room, he was referred to an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Until that visit, 1,000 thoughts ran through John’s mind. “When I first got hurt, I was pretty down for a while,” he said. “My eye was swollen shut. But after my appointment with the doctor, I felt a lot better. I really didn’t know what was going to happen there for a while. I had quite a bit of damage.” That’s like Warren Buffett saying he has quite a bit of money — a huge understatement. DeLong underwent surgery to have two plates and eight screws inserted into his face and a very tender eye. There was ample nerve damage and he needed to have all his sinuses rebuilt (he goes back to the doctor in three weeks to see if another surgery will be needed to remove a plate). Once the operations were completed, DeLong was confined to his home for a month, “because they said I had the chance of losing my eye if it got infected.” Shortly before Christmas, John got his doctor’s clearance and the first thing he wanted to do was work on a trotting filly named GD Lone Survivor, who he had invested ample time in before the accident. Her maiden start came on the day he got kicked in the face, and her first few races were not up to DeLong’s expectations. Armed with a newly designed mud apron to help knock down some of the dirt in his face, he trained GD Lone Survivor at his farm. “I wanted to make sure if I took some dirt to the face a little bit, I would be able to take it,” he said. “I didn’t want my face to be sore or tender. Then I went to Cleveland (Northfield Park) and drove her and she finished second, trotted three seconds faster than she had been so I was pretty happy about that. It was good to get that out of my system and kind of get back on the horse.” He was not rushing into anything, however, and took it easy through the winter. Upon returning to driving, DeLong opened in Ohio. “I had a slow start when I first started back,” he said. “It probably isn’t the best stock over there but it’s OK. I wanted to ease myself back into racing so when we got to Hoosier I was ready to roll. It’s been good so far, no complaints. Stakes season is starting to get going here. Hopefully we’ll catch a couple good colts.” John DeLong drove Homicide Hunter, the future world-record-setting trotter, at ages 2 and 3.      (Linscott Photography). In 639 driving starts this year, DeLong has won 116, placed in 93 and finished third in 82. In 55 training starts he has nine firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds. There have been few remnants to remind him of his misfortune. “To be honest, it’s a lot better than I thought,” he said. “I had a very good doctor; he was very confident in what could be done.” As for his impending milestone, John was low key when asked if they mean something. “The big ones do,” he said. “I’m the first person in our family to race horses professionally as a full-time career. These are something that probably down the road I’ll sit back and be pretty proud of what I’ve done. Right now it’s just kind of day by day and night by night. You just have to do the best you can. Every night you get in the truck and go to the track. If things are going good and you’re doing things right, those things will come.” They have been coming in bunches since he made the move to Hoosier Park four years ago. A Wisconsin native who grew up learning the ropes under his dad, DeLong got his first win in 2005 driving Fox Valley Bono, a horse trained by his uncle “Bo” (William). He won the driving title at Running Aces during its inaugural 2008 season at the ripe old age of 19. After making a name for himself at the Chicago area tracks, John moved to Indiana in 2015 and built a 36-stall barn and a half-mile racetrack on 35 acres that sits just two miles from Hoosier Park. He and Jay owned two stellar horses that encouraged him to make the move. “Homicide Hunter was a 3-year-old and he was one of the driving forces in getting me to do it,” said DeLong, who drove the future world-record-setting trotter at ages 2 and 3. “I knew if I had a good horse to follow and get me going I should do it. Seventimesavirgin was a 2-year-old then, and when Seven was a 3-year-old, it just launched.” Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. (Dean Gillette photo). Seventimesavirgin, a DeLong family homebred, won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship as a 3-year-old and was a Breeders Crown starter at age 4. She is racing this year and will then begin breeding. Since driving predominantly at Hoosier Park, DeLong has won more than 1,200 races and $14 million. Needless to say, he’s happy to have made the move. “Absolutely,” DeLong said. “I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing at this point if I hadn’t moved down here. I bought a farm, built a track and a barn and I live right on the farm. It’s kind of everything coming full circle. When I was a kid, I always wanted my own farm and wanted to catch drive and stuff like that, and now I’m doing it all.” Can it get any better? Sure it can. On Nov. 16, the Saturday after he is done racing for the season, DeLong and Tabby will be getting hitched. Which will be a lot more fun than it was getting kicked just one year earlier. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 20, 2019--Harness racing driver LeWayne Miller has had his share of big nights in his young driving career at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino but on Wednesday, June 20, Miller had one of his biggest. Not only did Miller score five driving wins on the evening's 14-race card, he also recorded his 1,000 career driving win. In addition, three of the five victories were recorded with horses also trained by Miller including Gotwuteverittakes in the co-featured event of the evening, the second division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:55.2. Heading into the evening's program Miller needed two wins to reach the 1,000 win milestone and he went right to work, capturing the first race of the night behind Last Mission, a horse he also trains. Miller reached the 1,000 win club in the fourth race of the evening after scoring from off the pace with another horse from his stable, Madeline's Cray Cray. Stopping the timer in 1:53.4, Madeline's Cray Cray recorded her second consecutive win of the season and provided a career milestone for the 32-year-old reinsman. "I tried not to think about it but I felt like I had a good chance to reach 1,000 coming into tonight," Miller said with a smile. "I had a bad week last week, I felt like I had a monkey on back so it feels great to have that one under my belt and even better to do it with one of my own that I train. That's pretty special to me." In just his tenth season as a driver, Miller began his driving career under the direction of trainer Erv Miller in 2009 and had 25 recorded drives with seven trips to the winner's circle. Since, Miller has lined up behind the gate over 8,000 times and surpassed the $12 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 158 races and earned over $2.2 million in purse earnings. For the past six consecutive seasons, Miller's earnings have eclipsed the $1 million mark. "I never dreamed I would be here," Miller continued. "As a kid I used to come watch the drivers at Hoosier Park but never thought it would be possible for me to be out here competing with them. Tonight was one of those nights you don't forget. It feels pretty awesome." After notching win 1,000, Miller went on to win the very next race with Karefree Kara for trainer Dylan Davis and visited the winner's circle again a few races later with Alwaysasweetvictory for trainer Ken Rucker. Miller's final win of the evening came after steering Gotwuteverittakes to victory in the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Gotwuteverittakes captures the second division of the $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. --Linscott Photography Sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite, Miller had the son of Bluto-Raysofgrace De Vie perfectly positioned second over turning for home and the colt used a :27.4 final quarter to record his second win of the season. Miller also co-owns Gotwuteverittakes with Last Chance Racing Stable and C11 Racing. "He's got a lot of talent," Miller noted after the victory. "He has his share of problems but he is a nice colt. He's still learning and I don't think he was 100% tonight but we made some changes after his last start and they really seemed to help him. I enjoy training these young horses and watching them develop." One race that Miller did not win was the first division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder continued their winning ways and delivered as the heavy favorite, going gate to wire in 1:55. Owned, trained and driven by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory this season and his sixth win from 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. 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

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 19, 2019--Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah's Hoosier Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 19 as they play host to the second round of the stakes action for the three-year-old harness racing competitors throughout the week. Indiana-sired sophomore trotting fillies were the featured attraction on the evening's 14-race card with two $47,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. In just her second start of the season, Grand Swan continued her winning ways to capture the opening division of the stakes action and deliver as the heavy betting favorite for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Stopping the timer in 1:54 over a track rated good, Grand Swan recorded her second win from two starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post eight, Miller took no chances and his sent his filly straight to the front. Grand Swan would have to work for position as Kota's Swan and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the lead through the opening quarter in :27.4 before relinquishing command just before the half. Grand Swan dictated fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.1 before being joined on the outside by Morairtime and John DeLong. Employing a :27.4 final panel, Grand Swan was able to hold off Morairtime and also a late rally by Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. As the 3-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting window. "I thought she might be a little short given the time off because I wasn't able to train her as fast as I would have liked but she raced tough tonight," Miller noted after the win. "It wasn't her ideal trip but she raced tough." "She likes to work and likes to train so I think with a few more starts she will be even better," he continued. "If she comes out of the race okay and everything checks out, we will probably try her in the Star Destroyer next week." The $50,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters is scheduled for June 26 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her second win of the season and tenth lifetime victory from 14 trips behind the gate. With the win, Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $235,625 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. The win was also career driving win number 998 for driver LeWayne Miller who is on the verge of reaching the 1,000 win milestone. The second division saw Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates spring the 13-1 upset and score in 1:55. Trained by Byron Hooley, Summit City Swan recorded her second consecutive win and recorded a new lifetime best. Summit City Swan pulled the 13-1 upset in the second division     --Linscott Photography Bates sent Summit City Swan away from the gate from post six to grab a pocket seat behind Kissesforall and Peter Wrenn who dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.3. Trace Tetrick pointed Woodside Chelsea to the front approaching the third station in 1:26.1 with Summit City Swan tracking intently from the pocket. As the leader began to tire, Bates found late racing room and Summit City Swan did her part, trotting home in :28.3 to get the victory. Sophia Lia and John DeLong rallied gamely for second while Savannah's Lucy and Todd Warren also closed well for third. Summit City Swan returned $29.80 at the betting windows. "She's one of those borderline fillies," Hooley noted after the win. "She's always been a nice filly but I wasn't sure if she was a top stakes filly. I knew she was capable and could be competitive if it worked out for her, I just wasn't sure if she could go with the rest of them." "She's been racing well. She is eating well and looks good so I thought we would give it a shot tonight. She's a really nice filly to be around and very easy to work with." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Earls Miss Muffit recorded her fourth win from ten seasonal outings. Summit City Swan now sports a lifetime bankroll of $82,033 for owners Summit Pacing Acres LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, June 20 with two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old colt trotters. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. 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

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2019 - Setting a new standard for harness racing horses of all gaits at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Castle Flight recorded not only the fastest mile in the country thus far this season, but also tied the overall track record of 1:47:2 at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 31. The 1:47:2 was originally established by Sweet Lou in 2014. Driven by LeWayne Miller, Castle Flight upset the competitive field of open pacers in Harrah's Hoosier Park's seventh race paying $58.20 to win for his betting backers. The Dylan Davis trainee recorded his sixth win of the 2019 season. The betting public had chosen Indiana Sires Stakes and Grand Circuit champion Always A Prince with driver Trace Tetrick as their winner. Always A Prince, trained by Tyler George, quickly settled into the second spot from the outside until the quarter in :26:2. Fan Of Terror, driven by John De Long, led the pacers until the half in :53:2. Always A Prince claimed the first position after the half and into the three-quarter 1:20:2, and remained there throughout the stretch. As the horses approached the wire, Castle Flight passed the heavy favorite, stopping the clock in 1:47:2, followed closely by Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. in second and then Always A Prince in third. With the win, the son of Panspacificflight-O Narutac Castle brought his lifetime bankroll up to $276,476. This was the gelding's 27th lifetime win for owner Michael Cassalino. Friday's 12-race card also featured four divisions of the first leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The division winners were Tellmeabout driven by LeWayne Miller in 1:49:2, Egomania driven by John De Long in 1:49:4, Rockin TJ driven by Michael Oosting in 1:51:1 and Feherty driven by Peter Wrenn in 1:50:0. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, June 1 with three $34,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The 14-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Trot For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin  

Therl Hensley wakes up every morning expecting to discover the past three months have been a dream. But he pinches himself each day and comes to the same conclusion. "The dream," he says, "is real." Hensley is the owner of Fan Of Terror, a 7-year-old male pacer he claimed for $30,000 in mid-February that has gone on to win at the top harness racing level at Harrah's Hoosier Park, knocking off horses such as past Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam in the process. Fan Of Terror has raced 11 times for Hensley and posted five victories, three seconds, and $71,125 in purses. "It's been an unbelievable experience," said Hensley, a 61-year-old lifelong dairy farmer from Daleville, Ind., about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. "I never thought we would own the kind of horse that would race in these kinds of races. We were looking for something to race in conditions and he's just got better and better. It's just been crazy. Every week is another thrill. "I literally found the horse I wasn't even looking for." Fan Of Terror is trained by Pete Redder, whose brother Ricky gets credit with finding the stable's new star. "He followed him all the way through the claiming ranks," Redder said. "Once we took a look at him, we all were on board. He had such a powerful move against the horses he was racing against. "I think we caught him on an upswing and he just kept getting better and better. He's getting stronger and stronger every week I train him." Fan Of Terror began this year with a four-race win streak, capped by a victory in the $32,500 Claim To Fame Series final at Miami Valley. He was claimed by Hensley and Co. in his next start. The first time the gelding raced for his new connections was nerve-wracking for Hensley. Fan Of Terror responded with a four-length win in the Open II at Miami Valley. "I was so nervous over this because I never spent this kind of money on a horse," Hensley said. "I said, literally, I'm putting my future in your hands. I about bounced off the walls when he raced. "I didn't think I could have a horse in the same race with these horses, let alone be competitive. It's been a whirlwind. It's the biggest thing I've ever been involved in." Hensley was introduced to harness racing by his wife, Sharla, whose father raced a few horses over the years. Hensley later got involved in owning horses with a friend but focused on lower-level claimers before investing in Fan Of Terror. "My wife is blown away," Hensley said. He then recounted the story about when Sharla discovered Fan Of Terror's price. "She said, how much did you spend on that horse? I said, I can't recall," Hensley said, laughing. "My wife said, I can read a program." Fan Of Terror, a son of Western Terror-Fans Bikini, has won 33 of 112 career races and earned $313,278. He makes his next start Friday (May 31) in the $20,000 Open at Hoosier Park, where he is 9-2 on the morning line. Always A Prince, the winner of 20 of 25 career starts including the May 17 Open, is the 8-5 favorite. The race also includes Beckhams Z Tam and another past Breeders Crown champ, Freaky Feet Pete. "He couldn't quite go with Always A Prince last time, but there is no shame getting beat by him," said Redder, a 42-year-old (celebrating his birthday today) who followed his father, Richard, into the sport and worked previously for trainer Ron Burke. "He's got a really good personality, really good to be around in the barn. He just has a real cocky attitude. He thinks he shouldn't lose to anyone. He goes out with all the confidence in the world every time he races." Hensley gets to spend a good deal of time with Fan Of Terror as he puts in several hours a day helping out at Redder's stable. A day that begins with him pinching himself. "We enjoyed (the sport) before this happened," Hensley said. "This is just like 10 inches of icing on the cake."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

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