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ANDERSON, IN -July 31, 2018- Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 31 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Swandre The Giant and driver, trainer Brandon Bates continued their winning ways in the second round of stakes action as they scored their fifth consecutive victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Swandre The Giant was another open length winner scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Swandre The Giant left alertly from post six but would grab a pocket seat behind Lite Years Away and LeWayne Miller. Lite Years Away dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.2 while Swandre The Giant waited patiently in the pocket. Lite Years Away continued to call the shots reaching the third station in 1:26.3 but Bates gave Swandre The Giant the green light and he ranged up and was matching strides with the leader turning for home. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, Swandre The Giant was able to track down Lite Years Away and hold off a late surge from It's a Herbie and Verlin Yoder to get the win by nearly two lengths. "That's kind of what expected as far as the trip is concerned," Bates noted after the victory. "That other horse showed early speed and he (Swandre The Giant) trains off a helmet at home. He just has unbelievable manners, he will let you do anything you want with him-he's a professional in every sense of the word." With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in five starts this season. Owned by Panic Stable, T. Ehardt, B.Hochman, R. Barone, the son of Swan For All-Adagio has now amassed an even $100,000 in lifetime purse earnings. On the filly side of the stakes action, Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller followed suit and continued their winning ways in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, scoring in 1:55.4. With the win, Grand Swan made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action and recorded fourth consecutive victory. Leaving from the trailing position, post ten, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Ricky Macomber Jr. had the post time favorite, Measuredperfection, pointed to the front and she quickly grabbed command from post nine. Measuredperfection clicked off fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Savannah's Lucy and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow with Grand Swan in tow. As the field turned for home, Miller tipped Grand Swan out from behind cover but Measuredperfection appeared to be up to the task. Grand Swan dug in gamely late in the mile and took advantage of a costly break by Measuredperfection to coast on to the wire six lengths in front of Tatiana Romanova and John DeLong. As the betting publics' second choice, Grand Swan returned $5.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought so we had to go to plan b," trainer, driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "I thought we had too much ground to make up turning for home but as soon as I asked her she found another gear." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her fourth seasonal win from six lifetime outings. The 1:55.4 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $97,625 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Leslie G. Cahn. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 1 with a stakes filled 14-race card. Wednesday's live racing program will feature six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old competitors. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2018 - Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, stole the show on a stakes filled harness racing card on Wednesday, July 25 after powering home a winner in 1:48.4 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to re-establish the track record for three-year-old pacing geldings for the second time this season. Notching his tenth win of the season, Always A Prince used a sharp, front-running effort to capture his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Always A Prince established the previous record of 1:49 on June 29, breaking a record that stood for three years. The 1:48.4 victory was a new lifetime best for the sophomore colt and equaled the fastest mile over the Hoosier Park oval this season through 82 nights of live racing. Leaving from post six, Tetrick wasted no time as he sent the heavy favorite straight to the front but he would have to work for the lead as Just N Ace and Ricky Macomber Jr. also left for position. Always A Prince grabbed command just before the first quarter in :27 and clicked off splits of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Do Work Son and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home but Tetrick had yet to ask Always A Prince. Utilizing a :26.2 final panel, Always A Prince kicked away from the rest of the field and finished five lengths to the good under a hand drive from Tetrick. Do Work Son got up for second while Just N Ace held on for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Always A Prince returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Always A Prince recorded his 10th seasonal victory from 12 starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess is trained by Tyler George. Owned by Carl & Melanie Atley, Always A Prince sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Always A Prince was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm who also swept the four $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies on the program with Glorious Virgin, Pure Maid, Fully A Virgin and Lady Capulet. All of the evening's elimination winners will return for the next round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals slated for August 1 at Hoosier Park. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 26 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

After an impressive victory in his elimination last week, Swandre The Giant continued his winning ways in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 14. With Brandon Bates in the bike, Swandre The Giant was able to overcome outside post nine to stop the timer in 1:55.3 and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Bates sent Swandre The Giant away from the gate firing but he would have to work for position as Lite Years Away and Lewayne Miller protected their rail position to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.2. Smooth Aceleration and John DeLong were well placed in the pocket with Swandre The Giant finding a spot in third. Approaching the second station in :58.1, Lite Years Away made a costly break and Smooth Aceleration inherited the lead. His lead would be short lived as Bates gave Swandre The Giant the green light and he quickly grabbed command just before the three-quarters in 1:28.1. As the field turned for home, Swandre The Giant began to put his talent on display as he trotted away from his competitors. Using a :27.2 final panel, Swandre The Giant coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish five lengths in front of It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Smooth Aceleration and John DeLong rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Swandre The Giant returned $3.00 at the betting windows. Trained and driven by Brandon Bates, the son of Swan For All-Adagio remains undefeated in three starts. Owned by Panic Stb, T. Ehardt, B. Hochman, R. Barone, Swandre The Giant has now amassed in $52,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 17 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -Egomania turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, on Thursday, July 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Scoring in 1:51.4 with John DeLong in the bike, Egomania recorded his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park and made a clean sweep of the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The 1:51.4 clocking established a national season's mark for two-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the rookie pacer. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Egomania away from the gate firing but Elliot Deaton and elimination winner Tellmeaboutit were a step quicker to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Egomania settled in second but not for long, DeLong gave him the green light and he was back out and firing approaching the half in :56. Egomania led the field through the third split in 1:24.3 with Alway's Close and Trace Tetrick beginning the first-over attack approaching the final turn. Tellmeaboutit tipped from the pocket late in the lane but Egomania was able to put him away and hold off an impressive late rally from Outloud and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a head. Meadowbrook Crown and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Egomania returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He's been nice all winter," said Shane Bowermaster, who handles the training duties for the Indiana contingent of the Brian Brown stable. "But after his qualifier, we knew we had a nice colt. He's really laid back, versatile, and easy on himself." Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera, Egomania has now amassed $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude is now two for two in 2018. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 13 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

In conjunction with two of Emmis Communications' FM radio stations, 1070 The Fan and B105.7, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program has launched three fun, yet educational videos, highlighting the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit and harness racing in Indiana. The three videos, which feature personalities from the two sister stations, were released as part of a marketing campaign spurred by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission's aim to promote grassroots horse racing in the Hoosier State. In the first video, 1070 The Fan's "Tony at the Track" visits a different kind of racetrack when he learns more about harness racing at the horse racetrack. Tony D interviews drivers Matt Rheinheimer and Jordan Ross to learn the intricacies of harness racing, followed by speaking with program coordinator Rachel Klotz to learn more about what goes into organizing the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit. (Video: https://youtu.be/8FgmJdE5hg0) The second video pits the boys from 1070 The Fan's "Espresso" as they get firsthand experience of harness racing. Joey Mulinaro and Ben Polizzi take a trip around the Indiana State Fairgrounds' historic one-mile dirt track in two-seater carts, then try their hand at calling a race with help from veteran race caller Rick Upell. (Video: https://youtu.be/55CJb8MbPfI) And, finally, B105.7's "Sean in the City" shows what happens when a neophyte to horses learns how to bathe a racehorse. (Blog and video: https://www.b1057.com/blogs/sean-city/sean-does-your-job-horse-grooming#//) The videos are being used to promote a VIP Fan Experience for four to watch the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit State Finals on August 9. Both radio stations will give away a four pack of tickets and parking pass to the Indiana State Fair, VIP seating in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand for the Finals, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Speed Barns and food and drink vouchers. Listeners are encouraged to register online and the winners will be chosen the first week of August. "The videos were so much fun to put together, and we really appreciate Emmis, and our drivers and owners for working with us," says Klotz. "We hope this not only encourages more fans of harness racing at the fair circuit, but of horse racing in general throughout Indiana." Indiana Sired Fair Circuit action can be followed on social media by following #ISFC18 on Twitter or Instagram and the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program Facebook page. For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

ANDERSON, IN -  Custom Cantab used an impressive gate to wire effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 4, and lower the track record in the process. With Peter Wrenn at the lines, the pair trotted in 1:53, taking one fifth of a second off the previous track record for three-year-old fillies on the trot, a record previously held by Muscle Baby Doll, Sunshine Delight, and Meadowbrook Grace. The 1:53 victory marks the fifth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval in 2018. Leaving from post eight in the talented field of ten, Wrenn wasted no time and sent Custom Cantab to the front through an opening panel in :27.3. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller grabbed a pocket seat while Southerntucky and Dale Hiteman followed along intently in third. Custom Cantab lead the field through splits of :56.3 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Meadowbrook Grace applying pressure first-over as the field rounded the final turn. Custom Cantab utilized a :27.3 closing quarter to put away Meadowbrook Grace and hold off all other challengers. Red Rose Swan used a ground saving trip to finish second while Meadowbrook Grace had to settle for third place honors. As the publics' second choice, Custom Cantab returned $7.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a perfect filly to drive," Wrenn noted after the victory. "She seems to be getting stronger with every start and really just a pleasure to drive-she does everything you ask of her." After a win in the elimination last week, the Chris Beaver trainee made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and fourth seasonal win from five outings. The daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model established a new lifetime best with the win and recorded her sixth lifetime win from 17 starts. Custom Cantab has now bankrolled $288,286 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, July 5 with a stakes filled 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana-sired three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Mildrix, with Sam Widger in the bike, used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo and pull the 15-1 upset in the featured event of the evening. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Mildrix established a new lifetime best and the victory was one of three winners on the program for Widger. Starting from the coveted rail position in the competitive field of ten, Mildrix was unhurried from the gate to get away a worrisome sixth. Elliot Deaton gave Neverforgetwhour her marching orders and she quickly grabbed the lead from post eight through the opening panel in :26.3. Virgin Eyes and Michael Oosting grabbed a pocket seat with Gate Speed and Brandon Bates followed along in third. Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick, the heavy post time favorite, settled along the rail in seventh. Neverforgetwhour dictated middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2 before being joined on the outside by Always Woggy and Peter Wrenn who had Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick in tow approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Neverforgetwhour was bracing for the cavalry charge to the wire and a cavalry charge it was. Horses began to fan out across the track but the biggest threat was to the inside. Sitting last at the top of the stretch, Widger utilized the passing lane to find late racing room and Mildrix found a :27.1 final panel to get the win by a head. Two lengths separated the top seven finishers. Neverforgetwhour held on valiantly for second place honors while Let Me Fly Low and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well for third. Mildrix returned $33.40 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained, owned and bred by Kelly Goodwin, Mildrix recorded her first win of the season from three starts and second lifetime victory. The daughter of Real Desire-Didrickson has now amassed $57,100 in lifetime purse earnings. "We weren't expecting to go in the sires stakes in just her third start of the season but she raced really well the previous week," Goodwin mentioned after the win. "She can be a little tough, she has her own way of doing things but she's a nice filly and we're really happy with her." The upset trend continued in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies as Trace Tetrick steered Always Curious to victory at odds of 12-1. Stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Always Curious used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Jeff Cullipher trains and co-owns the daughter Always A Virgin-A Loskoz Bluegrass with Tom Pollack. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 30 with an 11-race card featuring a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 Pool. The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday, resulting in a $7,503 carryover for Saturday's program. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12% with a 20 cent minimum wager. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Katkin American, with James Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:52.3 in the second round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, June 28. The 1:52.3 mark was a new lifetime best for Katkin American and re-established the previous record by nearly a full second, a 1:53.2 mark that was held by Swan Chase and Fly Jesse Fly. In just the fourth start of his sophomore campaign, Katkin American turned in a dominant performance to finish 14 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and record his second win of the season. His 1:52.3 victory also marked the fourth track record that has been re-established or equaled at Hoosier Park through 63 nights of live racing in 2018. Leaving from post two, Katkin American grabbed an early pocket seat behind Wham Bam Guccio and Lewayne Miller through the first quarter in :28.2. Unable to find a seat along the rail, Doug Rideout had Northern Skyway pointed to the front and he grabbed the lead just before the half in :57. Yoder gave Katkin American the green light and the colt did the rest, exploding to the front approaching the final turn. Reaching the third station in 1:25, Katkin American began to put his talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final panel, he coasted on to the wire under a hand drive. Wham Bam Guccio had to settle for second place honors while Batting Stats and Sam Widger rallied late to round out the trifecta. Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won two of four lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $24,500. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American successfully earned a spot in the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for Friday, July 6 at Hoosier Park. All On Black and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy favorite in the second split of stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening's 13-race card. Utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, All On Black was able to wear down the leader late in the lane to stop the timer in 1:54.4. Trained by Jenny Melander, the three-year-old gelded son of Swan For All-Right on Renee is owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN .-June 2, 2018-It was a good week to be Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's leading driver Trace Tetrick as he made a clean sweep, winning all four divisions, of the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Tetrick completed that feat after he steered Dee Rocks to victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Saturday, June 2. With a final time of 1:51.2, Dee Rocks staged an incredible rally late in the lane to score her first win of the season and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Saddled with the outside post nine, Dee Rocks was unhurried from the gate and got away a worrisome eighth in the field of ten. Virgin Eyes and Michael Oosting protected their rail position to reach the first quarter in a blistering :25.4. Skyway Royalty and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Always Woggy and Peter Wrenn were next in line third. Always Woggy wanted her turn on the front and she grabbed the lead just past the half as the torrid pace continued through middle splits of :54.2 and 1:23.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Sam Widger had LA Always A Martini applying pressure first-over with the post time favorite Voom Or Bang and Dale Hiteman well placed second-over. The quick fractions began to take its toll on Always Woggy and just as she began to retreat, Dee Rocks was winding up to strike from the back of the field. Tetrick tipped Dee Rocks three-wide and she utilized a :26.4 final quarter to get the win by a length and a half over Voom Or Bang. Gate Speed and Brandon Bates also rallied well late to round out the trifecta. As the publics' third choice, De Rocks returned $10.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I think the start last week helped tighten her up," Tetrick noted after the win. "They made some equipment changes that made her a little handier tonight. I thought it was best to take a trip and try to see who I could follow. I knew they would carry us a long way, she's a very talented filly and did the rest." Trained by Dossie Minor, the homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won 12 of 16 lifetime outings while sending her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark with the win. The win capped off a great week for Tetrick who won 13 races on the week, including the three other divisions of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals earlier in the week. "I'm just very appreciative to be able to drive good horses for great people," Tetrick noted of the accomplishment. "Everything worked out for us this week and the horses really showed up." Along with the stakes action, two track records were re-established on Saturday as horses sizzled over the Hoosier Park oval. Cue Hall, driven by LeWayne Miller, turned a pocket trip into a 1:52 score in the Open Trot to re-establish the track record for older trotting horses. The previous mark of 1:52.1 was set by Crescent Fashion and Ricky Macomber Jr. in 2017. Trained by Rod Boyd, Cue Hall recorded his second win of the season and establish a new lifetime best. The six-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue is owned by Robert J. Key. Just a few races later, Carol's Z Tam and Michael Oosting used similar pocket sitting tactics to blow past their rivals and stop the timer in 1:49, a new track record for older pacing mares. The previous mark of 1:49.2 was established in 2017 by Au D Lox Bluegrass. It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for Carol's Z Tam and a new lifetime best. Trained by Jamie Macomber, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 12 of 42 lifetime. Owned by Z Tam Stables LLC, Carol's Z Tam has bankrolled $307,954 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN.-June 1, 2018-Sophomore pacing colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Friday, June 1. After tasting defeat for the first time eight starts in his elimination last week, Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in 1:49.2. The 1:49.2 clocking was a new lifetime best and equaled the fastest mile of the season over the Hoosier Park oval through 44 nights of racing. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Always A Prince changed up his front-running tactics to settle along the rail in fifth. Jeopardy and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn, the slight post time favorite, were pointed to the front down the backside and grabbed command just before the second station in :54.3. Shnitzledosomethin was still calling the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1 but Always A Prince was on the attack, first-over with Gerardo and Luke Plano in tow. Shnitzledosomethin looked strong on the front but Tetrick asked his mount for more and Always A Prince found another gear. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Always A Prince edged past a game Shnitzledosomethin to get the win by a length. Gerardo rallied well to round out the trifecta at 57-1. Always A Prince returned $4.80 at the betting windows for the victory. "He was as sharp as I've ever seen him tonight," Tetrick said in the winner's circle. "I obviously wanted a helmet to follow but that's not the way the race worked out. He's a true professional. He acts like an aged horse; you can do anything you want with him. He loves his job and is an extremely talented colt." It was the type of performance that surely would have put a smile on recently departed trainer Bill Dailey's face. With the win, Always A Prince recorded his eighth seasonal victory from just nine starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess is owned by Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley and has now amassed $78,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Earlier on the evening's 13-race card, Ricky Macomber Jr. steered Rocky's Z Tam to a 1:49.2 victory to record the fastest mile of the 2018 season at Hoosier Park. It was one of three winners on the program for trainer Jamie Macomber and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. who also found the winner's circle with Just N Ace in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and Sir Mammo in a conditioned pace. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

Celebrating the grassroots of harness racing in Indiana, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission are proud to announce the dates for the 2018 Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit. The Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit is for Indiana-Sired and Bred Standardbred horses, meaning they were foaled (born) in Indiana and their sires stand in the state of Indiana. Races are held for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, and horses are nominated by their owners each year they race. Throughout the summer, the racehorses compete to earn points from each stop. The top eight in each division are invited to compete for the Indiana State Fair Championships, held during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis August 9, where the winners take home $20,000 in purse money. The horses ranked ninth through sixteenth will compete earlier in the day in the consolations for purse money totaling $8,000. The first set of county fair races will commence June 6-7 (4 p.m. post time) and June 13-14 (11 a.m. post time) at the Converse Fairgrounds in Converse, Indiana. All races are open to the public. “Indiana’s harness racing program began with racing at its county fairs,” says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “Racing at these venues can be traced back to the early to mid-1800s, and we are excited that our Fair Circuit program continues that tradition and continues to get stronger every year.” The remaining Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit racing schedule is as follows: June 18 – Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (11 a.m. post time) June 21-22 – Harrison County Fair, Corydon (1 p.m. post time) June 27-28 – Shelby County Fair, Shelbyville (4 p.m. post time) July 2-3 – Clinton County Fairgrounds, Frankfort (1 p.m. post time) July 7 – Jayland Trotting Association, Portland (10 a.m. post time) July 9-10 – Clinton County Fairgrounds, Frankfort (6 p.m. post time) July 14 – Noble County Community Fair, Kendallville (10 a.m. post time) July 14 – Newton County Fair, Kentland (12 p.m. CDT post time) July 17-18 – Shelby County Fairgrounds, Shelbyville (11 a.m. post time) July 21, 23, 24 – Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Goshen (11 a.m. post time) July 30-31 – Fayette County Free Fair, Connersville (11 a.m. post time) August 4 – Jayland Trotting Association, Portland (10 a.m. post time) August 8-9 – Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis (Grand Circuit on 8/8 with 6 p.m. post time, ISFC Consolations on 8/9 with 11 a.m. post time, ISFC Championships on 8/9 with 6 p.m. post time) Point standings will be updated after each set of races and posted on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s website: https://www.in.gov/hrc/2524.htm (A list of all eligible horses can also be found here.) “The fair program is a vital piece of the racing program in Indiana because of the opportunity it gives trainers to develop young horses (2- and 3-years-old) into racehorses,” says Dwayne Rhule, Chairman of the Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board. For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

ANDERSON, IN.-May 30, 2018-Indiana's 2017 two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Meadowbrook Grace, pulled off a series sweep to retain her perfect two-for -two sophomore record after she captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 30. Scoring in 1:53.3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike, Meadowbrook Grace recorded her second seasonal victory in the opening round of the stakes action and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Meadowbrook Grace was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while a host of others left alertly for position. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn followed the wings of the gate out from post eight to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.3. O So Easy and Verlin Yoder were also involved in the early mix from post nine and pressed on to the front to grab command just past the half in :56.4. Custom Cantab was content to sit the pocket with Southerntucky and Dale Hiteman following along in third. O So Easy was still calling the shots through the third station in 1:26 but Meadowbrook Grace was on the attack first-over with Sarabi As and Elliot Deaton in tow. Using a :27.2 final panel, Meadowbrook Grace was able to wear down O So Easy and hold off a late surge from Sarabi As. Custom Cantab utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Meadowbrook Grace returned $4.00 for the victory. "She's come back really strong and sound this season," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She's very handy and is really easy to manage for a trotting filly. There was a pretty good head wind in the stretch tonight but good horses go right through it and that's what she did tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her sixth victory from 12 lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace pushed her lifetime earnings to $223,450 for owners Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6. Free past performances for the sequence will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 25, 2018-The Hoosier state's three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 25 to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Each colt was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 1 at Hoosier Park. In the opening division, Rockinbeach utilized a ground saving trip to hand Always A Prince his first loss of the season. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rockinbeach used a :26.1 final quarter and the inside passing lane to track down the pace-setting Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick late in the lane to score in 1:50.2. With the win, the Jamie Macomber trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best in the process. The biggest upset of the night came in the very next division when Real Peace and Mike Oosting staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:53.2. Around The Horn LD and Trace Tetrick did much of the heavy lifting on the front and as the field turned for home, Real Peace found another gear and kicked home in :27.1 to get the win. Trained by Mike Brink, the three-year-old gelded son of Real Desire-Peace notched his first win of the season from three starts and sixth lifetime victory from 15 outings. Shnitzledosomethin looked every the bit the part of a 3-5 favorite as he used a gate to wire effort to score his first victory of the season, in his first outing, in 1:51.1. Driven by regular pilot Peter Wrenn, Shnitzledosomethin left aggressively from post two to dictate fractions of :28.4, :56.3, and 1:23.4 before cruising home to a two length victory. Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand bankrolled $355,337 throughout his two-year-old campaign, including a second place finish in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for two-year-old pacing colts. In the final division of the night, Jeopardy and John DeLong turned a pocket trip into a 1:51.2 score. Romantic Interest and Trace Tetrick set splits of :26.1, :54.4, and 1:23.4 before feeling pressure from the rest of the field. Jeopardy found a :27.1 final quarter to surge past his rivals by nearly two lengths. Trained by Erv Miller, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Gottagetoutmore recorded his first win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark with the victory. It was also one of four wins on the evening's 13-race card for driver John DeLong. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 26 with three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies. Saturday's 11-race card will also feature a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool with $5,338.30 in carryover money. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 13, 2017 -  The top harness racing performers in the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program converged at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 13 for the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes season. It was a night primarily ruled by upsets as the post time favorite failed to deliver in five of the eight divisions in the stakes action. The cool October weather didn't seem to slow the tempo on the track as the evening was also highlighted by a track record and a track record equaling performance. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies and it was Meadowbrook Grace guided by Trace Tetrick who sprung the slight 6-1 upset. Stopping the timer in 1:54, Meadowbrook Grace worked out ground saving trip from post nine before utilizing a :27 final quarter to track down the heavily favored O So Easy and Verlin Yoder to get the win by a head. "Of course when I saw the draw, I was concerned with post nine," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's a competitive filly, she's had her share of issues but she is a nice filly. I knew I had to give her a trip and she was strong tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her fourth win from ten lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace established a new lifetime mark and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $185,950. Meadowbrook Grace is owned in partnership by Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Erv Miller-Trace Tetrick combination would find the winner's circle yet again a little later on in the program, this time with Rock N Tony in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Rock N Tony refused to lose late in the lane. Holding off a strong rally by the post time favorite, Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., Rock N Tony got the win by a head in 1:51. "He got sick on us a few weeks ago," Trainer Erv Miller noted in the winner's circle. "It has taken us a long time to get him over it but I was confident he would be better tonight. He's a very tough horse; he tries hard every time he's on the track." With the win, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious improved his seasonal record to 15-6-3-3. Owned by Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo, Rock N Tony has amassed $485,312 in lifetime purse earnings while winning 12 of 18 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Trainer Brian Brown would also visit the winner's circle twice on the evening's 14-race card, first with the two-year-old pacing filly, Always Woggy. Driven by Peter Wrenn, Always Woggy dug in gamely late in the mile to prevail in a tight photo at odds of 6-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:53, Always Woggy tracked down the pacesetting Voom Or Bang and John Delong before holding off a serious rally by Rock On Ladys and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Divisional leader and heavy post time favorite, Dee Rocks and Sam Widger, made a costly break in the first turn. "She wasn't 100% last week," trainer Brian Brown noted of his filly. "We took her blood, made some changes and I think it really helped her. It was unfortunate that the other filly (Dee Rocks) made a break, she was definitely the best filly in the field but I have to give Peter (Wrenn) credit, he drove her perfectly." Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Soggy Woggy recorded her fourth win of the season from eight starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. Always Woggy has now earned $184,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Brian Brown-Emerald Highlands Farm swept the two-year-old pacing divisions as Always Bet De Grey and Trace Tetrick bested nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals for two-year-old pacing colts. In track-record equaling fashion, Always Bet De Grey utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane to find the wire first in 1:50.3 over divisional leader Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn. Always Bet De Grey's 1:50.3 clocking established a new lifetime best for the rookie colt and also equaled the track record set by World Champion Freaky Feet Pete in 2014. "This colt is special," Tetrick noted after the win. "He's fresh right now and he loves his job. He's a professional and he has only had a limited amount of starts. This is the type of colt that will come back even better as a three-year-old." Always Bet De Grey now has four wins to his credit and has yet to finish off the board in seven lifetime starts. With the win, Always Bet De Grey sports a lifetime bankroll of $175,250. Tetrick had four winners on the program as he also guided Churita to a decisive victory over the heavily favored Hannelore Hanover in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. Utilizing a pocket trip, Churita stopped the timer in 1:52.4 to establish a new lifetime mark for trainer Matt Rheinheimer and owner Jackie Porter. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Swan Chase proved his divisional dominance yet again with a 1:55.1 victory as the 3-5 post-time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Utilizing his customary front-running tactics, Swan Chase grabbed the lead just past the half and never looked back, winning by four and a half lengths. "Obviously I wasn't crazy about our post position but it ended up working out for us," DeLong said in the winner's circle. "He has really come into his own these last few months and we've tried to take good care of him." With the win, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his 13th win from 19 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won 16 of 30 lifetime outings while bankrolling $378,543 in lifetime purse earnings. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts DeLong followed suit in the very next race of the program, scoring with the heavily favored All On Black in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Using much the same strategy, DeLong moved All On Black down the backside and he trotted away from the rest of the field, winning in 1:54.2 by four and quarter lengths. The 1:54.2 clocking shattered the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park, a mark which was previously established in 2015 by Bridge To Jesse's scoring in 1:56. "He was a little too fired up last week," trainer Jenny Melander noted in the winner's circle. "We made some changes, of course having a recall at the start made me nervous tonight, but I figured he would be better. This is a big win for us, one of the biggest of my training career." Owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc., All On Black has now won six of eight lifetime outings. With the win, the son of Swan For All-Right On Renee pushed his seasonal purse earnings to $211,750. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Carol's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies as the 7-2 post time choice. With a final time of 1:52, the Jamie Macomber trainee grabbed command just before the half and held off a late rally from stablemate Always A Z Tam and Sam Widger. "I am a very happy guy right now," owner Bill Matz noted in the winner's circle. "These are the wins you live for and I have to thank the whole team-they all do such a great job." With the win, Carol's Z Tam notched her seventh win from 20 seasonal outings and ninth win from 31 lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle has now amassed $269,664 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The final upset of the evening proved to be the biggest as Furiette and driver Peter Wrenn pulled off a 55-1 upset in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:56.2, Furiette found a :28.1 final quarter to surge past the heavily favored Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the final strides of the mile. The Henry Lunsford trainee was able to overcome the outside post nine to establish a new lifetime best. "I told Judy (Lunsford) in the paddock, maybe post nine isn't a bad spot for her," Wrenn said. "We were able to pick up the pieces, I am actually glad I wasn't on the inside with her. She felt strong coming around the last turn, I didn't know if we could get the win but I felt good about it." The homebred daughter of Valley Speed-Donven Fury is owned in partnership by Judy Lunsford and Michael Bishop. With the win, Furiette notched her fourth seasonal win from 21 trips behind the gate and has now earned $181,630 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 14. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The evening's program will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and an $11,674.55 two-day carryover in the pick-5 sequence. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Columbus, OH --- They both equaled or established a new Hoosier Park track standard in the same week, are diagonally gaited and hail from the same harness racing barn but other than sharing these similarities, Indiana champions O So Easy and Natural Herbie could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. Each horse, one a new arrival on the scene and another who has established his presence over the course of six years, endeavor to enhance their impressive seasons with victories at Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 13) when they compete in their respective Indiana Sire Stakes finals in rein to their conditioner, Verlin Yoder. “I’ve always said with this filly (O So Easy) she was either going to kill me or I was going to kill her,” said Yoder, who co-owns the 2-year-old daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover in conjunction with Eleven Star Stables. “I knew her mother and that was why I was interested in her and I also knew her mother was a strong mare, but this filly would toss herself on the ground the minute you went to buckle the harness on her. All trotting fillies have their quirks though but this one required a lot of patience.”   Linscott Photography O So Easy has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. Scheduled to perform in the evening’s second race, which possesses a purse of $220,000 and includes 11 other rivals, O So Easy will leave from post position six and is the morning line favorite at 6-5. From her brief career she has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. In this field only Custom Cantab, the second selection at 4-1, has amassed relatively the same amount of purse money ($190,486) and trotted close to the same lifetime mark (1:55.3). O So Easy, until recently, was also the track record holder for her age, sex and gait (1:54.3), which she posted on Sept. 12 with a facile triumph in a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final. That record was rewritten on Sept. 22 when Basquiat lowered that standard to 1:53.4 in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes over the Anderson oval. That filly returned to capture a $58,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile on Oct. 6. “People always ask me why I put her on the front end,” Yoder said. “It is not because she is speed crazy or doesn’t come back to me, but with 2-year-old trotting fillies you just have to try to keep them out of trouble and she is still very green.”   USTA/Mark Hall photo Natural Herbie won the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers. The same cannot be uttered in regard to Natural Herbie. The 7-year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Ljanearl has earned $1.12 million, sports a resume of 102-38-20-12 and has captured contests such as the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers in what was then a world record time of 2:24.4 for the 1-1/4 mile event. Despite the horse not traveling as frequently to Grand Circuits events as he once did, Natural Herbie did finish second in last year’s $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs behind Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado and was a fast-closing third to world champions Homicide Hunter and Hannelore Hanover on Sept. 22 of this year in the $240,000 Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park. While Hannelore Hanover returned to become the fastest female trotter in history (1:49.2) at Red Mile on Oct. 7 with Homicide Hunter in her immediate wake, Natural Herbie won a $20,000 sire stakes elimination at Hoosier Park on Oct. 5. He also equaled the track record of 1:52.1 for older trotting geldings, which he shares with I Know My Chip, on Sept. 16 in a Hoosier Park Invitational. Natural Herbie’s seasonal record stands at 17-6-3-3 and he has not been worse than third in his nine trips to the post since July 25. Four of his six 2017 trips to the winner’s circle have come since Aug. 26. Natural Herbie will have earned more than $100,000 in each of the six years he has competed if he finishes first or second in Friday evening’s fourth race, which is a $50,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for older horses and geldings. The gelding is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind Bridge To Jesse's (5-2, post position five, John DeLong) and will begin trotting right beside the favorite from post four. “He is finally getting back to himself,” Yoder said. “I had three vets tell me to stop with him because he had a suspensory injury in his left rear hind. They said he could never come back and be the same horse. “It was so rewarding for me when he equaled the track record after returning from that suspensory. He is a special horse and he loves to race so much, I did not want to take that away from him. So we gave him all the time he needed and it all worked out for him.” Throughout most of this year, Yoder, who is the sole owner of the gelding, kept steel shoes on him and made the switch to aluminum recently. “He has never went in under 1:54 unless he has aluminum shoes on,” he said. “Since I made that change he keeps improving. He was right there in the Centaur (Trot) and he had a great chance to win, but he just ran out of real estate.” Although Yoder easily describes some of the difficulties he had training down O So Easy, the same circumstances never applied with Natural Herbie. “He never wins by very much and I think the only time he did it was by like seven lengths,” Yoder said. “And that was because I tricked him. I tried to do it again when he was on the lead and started acting like he was race driving a ways before the finish by hooping and hollering at him. He just flicked his ears back at me and then forward again. He was onto me and it was like he was saying, ‘Are you kidding me? You think I’m going to fall for that from you again? You are not going to fool me twice.’ That’s what makes great horses; when they have their own personality and are that intelligent.” Yoder is certainly aware Hoosier Park will host the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, but his horses will more than likely be enjoying the sunshine in Florida. “I just said the other day I’m ready to head to Florida on Saturday morning (Oct. 14),” he said. “I checked into the Breeders Crown but decided 12 starts was more than enough for a 2-year-old trotting filly and Herbie is racing well now. We’ll turn out for a few months, then bring them back and hope they continue just as well next year.” To review the full fields, odds, post positions, drivers and trainers for the Friday card, which also includes 10 other sire stakes races and purses totaling more than $2 million, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 11, 2017 - The 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 13 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana stakes season. The annual Hoosier Champions Night will be part of a stakes-filled weekend as Grand Circuit racing action also returns to Hoosier Park for the fourth time this season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors. Fresh off her record setting performance at The Red Mile, Hannelore Hanover will be back in action in her home state of Indiana in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. With a 1:49.2 victory in the $136,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 7, Hannelore Hanover trotted the second fastest mile in harness history and became the first female trotter to ever breach the 1:50 barrier. The World Champion and Dan Patch award winner will start from post six in the field of seven with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the second race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old trotting fillies. O So Easy and driver, trainer, co-owner Verlin Yoder will look to continue their winning ways from post six as the 6-5 morning line choice. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover has won her last six outings while bankrolling $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings. Satin Dancer will also put her own winning streak on the line the in $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies in the eleventh race on the program. The Byron Hooley trainee has won her last seven Hoosier Park outings and 20 of 31 lifetime starts. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, Satin Dancer has been installed as the 6-5 morning line choice from post seven. To complement the evening's racing action, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, slated as the tenth race on the program. The wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4 as part of the Championship season programming. In addition to the Indiana Sires Stakes action, Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park this weekend as Thursday's 14-race card will feature the $73,600 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $68,800 Circle City for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $53,800 Madison County for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $50,000 Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. each night. The stakes filled weekend is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. Emily Gaskin

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