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ANDERSON, Ind.--October 4, 2019 -- Indiana's top three-year-old colt trotters and two-year-old colt pacers wrapped up their harness racing preliminary rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, October 3. With two divisions for each featured on the evening's card, the divisional stars padded their division leading point totals and looked primed heading into Indiana's biggest night of racing. With over $2 million in purses on the line, the Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate on Friday, October 11 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. In the opening division of the stakes action, two-year-old pacing colt Clever Character continued his winning ways and used a gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:53. With Dale Hiteman in the bike, Clever Character left assertively from post nine and stayed game all the way to the wire to record his fourth straight stakes victory. "He really is getting better with every start," Hiteman noted. "I think it's easier on him on the front but he can race any way really--he makes it look easy." Trained and owned by Timothy Smith, the gelded son Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight has now won six starts and has yet to finish worse than second in eight lifetime starts. With the win, Clever Character now sports a lifetime bankroll of $162,875. Not to be outdone, Odds On Osiris turned in a decisive performance of his own to capture the second division for the two-year-old colt pacers and deliver as the heavy post time favorite. With driver Peter Wrenn in the bike, Odds On Osiris moved first-over and employed a :25.2 final panel to get the win by two lengths in 1:53. "He was pretty good tonight," Wrenn noted. "His blood was off last week and I think he lost a little bit of his edge but he was much better tonight. That was a big effort. I feel pretty good going into next week." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Odds On Osiris sports a 8-5-1-1 record while earning $188,145 in purse earnings this season. The son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover is owned by Odds On Racing. A total of 15 sophomore trotting colts and geldings squared off in two $47,500 divisions. What A Swan and Casey Leonard turned a pocket trip into a 1:55.2 victory in the opening division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Using a :27 final quarter, What A Swan tracked down Swan On A Mission and John DeLong to get the win by a neck. Trained by William Crone, What A Swan recorded his fourth win from 18 trips behind the gate this season. Owned by John Barnard, the son of Swan For All-Tanya's Legacy sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. In the second division, Swandre The Giant and David Miller looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as they powered away from the gate and never looked back en route to a 1:54 victory. The Ron Burke trainee used a :26.4 closing kick to get the win by a length and a half over the pocket-sitting Martini Show and Sam Widger and record his second straight stakes victory in doing so. "I think he gets over this track a little better than other places," Miller noted after the win. "He's pretty handy. He gets out, he can rate his own mile and he does his job well." Swandre The Giant With the win, Swandre The Giant recorded his fifth win of the season from 13 outs. With the win, the sophomore son of Swan For All-Adagio pushed his lifetime bankroll to $520,743 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and H.A. Taylor. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a stakes-filled 14-race card on Friday, October 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 1, 2019- Freshmen trotters of both sexes made their last grab for points in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, October 1 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The harness racing evening's card was highlighted by two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts & geldings. While the evening saw impressive performances all around, May Baby stole the show by lowering the freshman trotting filly track record in the first stakes race of the night. Also finding the winner's circle through the night was Rock Swan, TJ's Top Pick and Emma Town Bud as the freshman completed their eighth and final round of the stakes action. The $250,000 season culminating Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals are slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In the opening division, May Baby triumphed in a track record-setting performance for trainer, driver James Yoder. In an impressive gate-to-wire show, May Baby stopped the clock in 1:53:2, lowering the previous track record for two-year-old trotting fillies set by Phaetosive during the Breeders Crown eliminations in 2017. May Baby grabbed the lead once the wings of the gate opened, followed closely by La Nancio with Jared Finn and then Pretzel Party with Trace Tetrick. May Baby led the field through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:1 as the trotters remained in straight formation. After the third quarter in 1:26:1, May Baby began to bolster her lead on her competition. With a lead of sixth lengths, May Baby trotted strong to the wire. When she crossed the wire in track record-time, she was eleven lengths to the good. Pretzel Party staged a late rally to get up for second, while La Nancio held on for third. May Baby paid $2.10 across the board at the betting windows. "It really has been a long season, but this is what we've been training for all year," trainer, driver James Yoder noted in the winner's circle. "The preparation for next week won't change-she'll be doing what she's been doing, sticking to her normal schedule." May Baby is the daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling and was bred by Oakwood Farms. In just her freshman career, she has now won six of seven lifetime starts and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $154,990 for owner Cheyenne Yoder. The other division for the fillies brought fellow heavy favorite Rock Swan to the winner's circle for her fourth straight Indiana Sires Stakes win. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, the filly gamely rebounded from the Kentuckiana Stallion Management two weeks prior and returned to her winning ways in 1:55:4. It was Rjz First Lady with LeWayne Miller who took the lead from the start and through an opening quarter of :28:3 while J-S Miss Carly with Alex Udell sat in second and Rock Swan waited patiently in third. Just before the half in :58:3, Tetrick moved Rock Swan into the front position, remaining unchallenged as the horses turned for home, clocking a third quarter of 1:27:3. Rock Swan looked to be maintaining a two-length lead, but a fast-charging Rjz First Lady dug in on the inside. Rock Swan held her ground, crossing the wire first and leaving Rjz First Lady in second with J-S Miss Carly in third. Rock Swan paid $2.60 for her betting backers. Rock Swan, the daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica now sports a lifetime bankroll of $229,480 for owners S&R Racing Stables and Anthony Lombardi. The Erv Miller trainee was bred by Bobby Brower and Debra Garland and has now won seven of nine lifetime starts. Favorites continued to shine once the colts & geldings took to the track when Trace Tetrick drove TJ's Top Pick to victory for trainer Jeff Cullipher. The track record holder surged past the leading Brigotto in the final strides, making this win seven of eight for the gelding. When the gate opened, Osprey Hanover with Deshawn Minor took the front position and held it through the first quarter in :28:2. Not long after that first fraction, Sam Widger urged Brigotto, who sat in second, out to attack and claim the second spot just in time to record a half time of :57:0. Brigotto held his lead through the third quarter in 1:27:0. When Brigotto reached the stretch, Tetrick urged TJ's Top Pick to dig in and rally for the win. While Brigotto appeared strong on the front, it was TJ's Top Pick who rushed up the grandstand side, crossing the wire first in 1:55:0. Brigotto held on for second and R Fromoutacherry staged a late rally for third. TJ's Top Pick paid $2.60 to win. "I liked everything in his video, but I didn't think we'd buy him," owner Tom Pollack revealed in the winner's circle. "Jeff really liked him, but I had my eye on another trotter. We ended up getting him, though, since he was Jeff's 'top pick.'" TJ's Top Pick is the son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd and was bred by Freeman Jay Bontrager. He now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $177,870 for owners Pollack Racing LLC, Jeff Cullipher and Trace Tetrick. The betting public's second choice took a win in the fourth and final stakes race of the evening when Emma Town Bud with Michael Oosting provided a slight upset over Swan In Motion with Ricky Macomber Jr. The Byron Hooley trainee grabbed back-to-back stakes wins and established a new lifetime best of 1:54:4. Hungry for another stakes win, Emma Town Bud went straight for the lead when the gate opened and carried it through the opening quarter in :27:3. After the half, Katkin Morgan with James Yoder took the lead while the field went nose to tail through the half in :56:3 and the third quarter in 1:26:1. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud and Swan In Motion began to match strides in a stretch battle, but it was Emma Town Bud who ultimately prevailed and crossed the wire one length ahead of his competitor. Swan In Motion accepted the second spot while J-S Jasper dug in for third. Emma Town Bud paid $7.00 to win at the betting windows. Emma Town Bud, the son of Big Stick Lindy-Centerfold Lady was bred by Mervin Lehman. With this being the third win of 10 lifetime starts, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $110,045 for owner Summit Pacing Acres LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, October 2 with two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The evening's live racing card will be highlighted by the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 19, 2019-- Fresh off a big night of Grand Circuit harness racing action, two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 21. The sophomore pacing fillies have now completed seven rounds of their eight round series. The Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the $250,000 Super Finals for each division on October 11. In the opening division, Play For Pay and driver Brandon Bates switched up their tactics and opted for a trip off the pace and came charging late in the lane to score in 1:51.1. Dojea Rita and Charlie Conrad were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding the lead to Lady Capulet and Michael Oosting just before the half. Lady Capulet clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2 and when the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage, Play For Pay tipped off tiring cover and used a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head. Pure Maid and LeWayne Miller finished second while This Peach Rocks and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Play For Pay returned $13.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Michael Arnold, Play For Pay recorded her fourth win from 15 starts this season. The daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Fox Valley Ivy now sports a lifetime bankroll of $162,335 and is owned by Ira Steinberg. Fully A Virgin and Michael Oosting used similar tactics to get up in the final strides of the mile and capture the second division of the stakes action in 1:50.1. Utilizing a :25.4 closing quarter, Fully A Virgin tipped off cover and powered home a winner to stick a nose in front of stablemate Pansy's Image and Trace Tetrick. Rockin Nola and Joey Putnam also rallied well late to finish third. The 1:50.1 clocking was a new lifetime best for the Shane Bowermaster trainee and the third win from her last four outs. With the win, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Of Gold recorded her sixth win from 14 starts this season. Owned and bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, Fully A Virgin has now amassed $205,180 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 24 with an 11-race card. 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 17, 2018-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off a busy week of live racing action on Tuesday, September 17 with two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the two-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters. After tasting defeat in their last stakes engagements, TJ's Top Pick and Brigotto rebounded impressively to score in their respective divisions and deliver as the heavy post time favorites. The freshman trotting colts have now completed the fifth preliminary round of their six round series as they look toward the $250,000 Super Finals slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. After making an uncharacteristic break in his last start, TJ's Top Pick looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite this week, going gate to wire in 1:54.2. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, TJ's Top Pick went straight to the front and clicked off fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a four length lead and used a :28 closing quarter to coast on to the wire in front of Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "Last week, he was just too keyed up," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted of his stable standout in the winner's circle. "He tied up and it just wasn't his night. Tonight, he was much better. He's pretty straight forward when it comes to maintaining him." With the win, TJ's Top Pick pushed his lifetime bankroll to $145,871. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now won six of seven lifetime starts and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto was a two-move winner in 1:55.4. With driver Sam Widger in the bike, Brigotto was eased off the gate through the opening panel in :28.1. When the field hit the half in :58, Widger gave Brigotto the green light and he ranged up to take the lead before yielding to Dude Included and Verlin Yoder. Dude Included led the field through the three-quarters in 1:27.1 but Brigotto found late racing room up the inside and surged past his rivals late in the lane. After All Paul and Doug Rideout also rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Simply Swan and Joe Putnam finished third. As the even money favorite, Brigotto returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's a very handy little horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's getting better and stronger with every start and really learning to be a race horse." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his second win from eight lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto is trained by Rodney Debeck and has now earned $75,441 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, September 19 with a 12-race card. The evening's 12-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2019- Sophomore harness racing pacing colts & geldings were back in the spotlight and as predicted, turned in ultra-competitive stakes performances on Friday, September 13 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening featured two $49,000 divisions in leg seven of eight Indiana Sire Stakes legs for the division as the horses prepare for the upcoming Stakes Super Finals next month. Each division produced slight upsets with victories from Shamwow and Tellmeaboutit. In division one, Shamwow turned in a gritty performance to get the victory over rival Rockie Got Framed. After finishing second to Rockie Got Framed in his last two starts, Shamwow was able to turn the tables and stop the timer in 1:50, just a tick off his lifetime best, for trainer Melissa Essig. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockie Got Framed with Ricky Macomber Jr. quickly grabbed the lead, as they were looking their third consecutive stakes win. Alwaysasweetvictory with Todd Warren settled in second while Shamwow with LeWayne Miller waited patiently in third, poised to attack through the opening quarter in :27:0. At the half in :55:3, Miller guided Shamwow to the outside and urged him to the front to grab the lead from Rockie Got Framed who was content to sit in the pocket. Ima Real Ladys Man with Michael Oosting began pressuring the leader at the third quarter in 1:23:4 and was able to stick a nose in front as the field turned for home. The top trio matched strides in the stretch and it appeared to be anyone's race. Using a :26.1 final quarter, Shamwow fought back gamely to stick a nose in front and reach the wire first, followed by Rockie Got Framed in second and Shamwow in third. Shamwow paid $5.20 to win at the betting windows. "I knew I wanted to be forwardly placed," driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "We've been trying to teach him how to race and that was a big mile tonight by him. He raced really strong." Shamwow, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero, has won five of eight lifietime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. Unraced as a two-year-old, Shamwow now sports a lifetime bankroll of $96,875 for owner, breeder Cornerstone Stock Farm. Not to be outdone, division two was the fastest division of the night as Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting found the winner's circle after a sizzling 1:48:4 effort. The 1:48.4 time was a new lifetime best for sophomore colt and just one-fifth of a second off of the current track record for three-year-old pacing geldings. Pure Rock with Rick Plano used their customary front-running tactics to grab the lead from the coveted post five. Jagger Rocks with Sam Widger followed in second while Tellmeabout waited patiently in third. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :25:4, but just before the half Jagger Rocks was given the green light and grabbed the front position at the half in a snappy :53:2. Tellmeaboutit began his attack on the leader when Oosting moved him second-over and he was able to take the lead just before the third quarter in 1:21:4. Tellmeaboutit used the long quarter-mile stretch to bolster his lead on the field, and ultimately crossed the wire three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit                                                                 --Linscott photography Little Rocket Man with Trace Tetrick rallied from well back for second while Ollie's Ztam with Ricky Macomber Jr. dug in for third. Tellmeaboutit paid $8.20 to win for his betting backers. "I've always known he's a nice colt," trainer Alvin Miller revealed after the victory. "We're just trying to keep everything together. He's got a little bit of an ornery streak in him. I always knew he could go that fast, just wasn't sure how far." Tellmeaboutit is the son of Tellitlikeitis-Portia Blue Chip and has now won nine of 23 lifetime starts. Bred by Lavon Miller, he now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $186,930 for owners Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 14. The evening's live racing card will feature both a $20,000 Open Pace and a $20,000 Open Trot. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 11, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action on Wednesday, September 11 as the evening's 13-race card featured one $92,000 division for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies. It was the freshman pacing filly Grace Rocks who stole the show as she continued her divisional dominance in the two-year-old pacing filly ranks and scored her sixth straight victory. With driver Sam Widger in the sulky, Grace Rocks made her game winning move down the backside en route to a decisive 1:52.4 score. Unhurried from the gate, Grace Rocks settled along the rail in fifth while Atoritotell and Dale Hiteman carved out fractions of :27.3 and :56.2. Widger gave Grace Rocks the green light down the backside and the filly ranged up and cleared to the lead just before the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field turned for home, Grace Rocks looked strong on the front and used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths over Odds On Melanie and Peter Wrenn. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong rallied late in the lane to get up for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Grace Rocks returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's just a sweetheart," Widger said after the victory. "She does everything right. You can race her any way you want. She's just a nice filly in every aspect." Trained by Ronnie Roberts, Grace Rocks recorded her sixth straight lifetime victory from seven outings and fourth straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. Owned by Howard Taylor, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace became the sport's newest $100,000 winner with the win. Grace Rocks was bred by Victory Hill Farm. In the second division of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies, Foxy Rigger rebounded gamely with a 1:51.1 score. After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, Foxy Rigger finished nearly four lengths in front of her competition and established a new lifetime best in the process. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Foxy Rigger left alertly to grab a spot in third through the opening panel in :26.1. Flirtinwithtrouble and Sam Widger grabbed command but yielded the lead to Foxy Rigger just before the half in :54.4. Foxy Rigger led the field to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 before sprinting to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of a fast-closing Somebodyslilly and Mike Oosting. Rocksann and John DeLong utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. As the betting publics' second choice, Foxy Rigger returned $6.80 at the betting windows. "There was a lot of movement early but I wanted to get good position," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's maturing a lot. We've made some equipment changes in her last few starts and it has seemed to really help her." With the win, The Brian Brown trainee recorded her sixth victory from seven lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, L&H Mgmt Services & Lombardo, Green Racing & T. Lane, Foxy Rigger now sports a lifetime bankroll of $122,875. The daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel was bred by Wilker Family Farms. In the lone $92,000 division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies, Grand Swan turned in an impressive performance of her own to score and make amends after an uncharacteristic break in stakes action last week. Driven and also trained by Lewayne Miller, Grand Swan was able to overcome a first-over trip and track down the heavily favored Measuredperfection late in the lane to score and equal her established best of 1:53.1. Leaving from post position eight, Grand Swan left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth through the opening quarter in :27.3. Miller waited patiently while Measuredperfection and Trace Tetrick clicked off middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader from first-over. Using a :28.3 final panel, Grand Swan was able to wear down Measuredperfection and hold off a late surge from Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by a length. As the 2-1 second choice, Grand Swan returned $6.40 at the betting windows. "I changed her shoes last week and I don't think she liked it too well," Miller noted after the win. "I changed her back, qualified her and she was back to normal. She actually likes that trip--she likes to chase horses so it worked out for us." With the win, Grand Swan recorded her sixth win from eight seasonal outings and sports a lifetime record of 20-14-4-0. The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum is owned in partnership by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable and has amassed $360,250 in lifetime purse earnings. Grand Swan was bred by Larry E. Miller Jr. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will roll on at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 12 with two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing action 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 at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind. - Just when it seemed on upset trend was forming on the evening's 11-race card at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 10, the harness racing favorites prevailed in the featured races of the evening, two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies. A total of 15 Indiana sired trotting fillies lined up behind the gate to square off in the fifth round of their six round series. After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, May Baby rebounded gamely with an impressive 1:54.4 victory. With trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby turned in a near gate to wire effort to win by open lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post six, Yoder sent the 1-5 favorite away from the gate but John DeLong and RJZ First Lady were a step quicker. RJZ First Lady grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding the lead to May Baby just before the half in :57.2. May Baby went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:27.2 and when the field turned for home, she was on top with an ever-increasing lead. Using a :27.2 closing kick, May Baby coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Pretzel Party and Trace Tetrick. RJZ First Lady held on for third. As the heavy favorite, May Baby returned $2.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "We made a few changes after her last start," Yoder mentioned. "We changed her shoes and it seemed to help her tonight. She was back to her old self. She was strong tonight." Owned by Cheyenne Yoder, May Baby recorded her fifth win from six lifetime outings. With the win, the daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling sent her lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark. May Baby was bred by Oakwood Farms. In the second division of the stakes action, Rock Swan turned in an impressive performance of her own to score in 1:55.4 and deliver as the 1-9 post time favorite. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock Swan overcame a first-over trip to record her fourth straight stakes win. After racing on the front in her last few starts, Tetrick switched up his tactics and opted for a trip off the pace. Leaving from post seven, Rock Swan eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while Collettes and LeWayne Miller did the heavy lifting on the front. Collettes clicked off fractions of :28 and :58.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:27.3, Tetrick had Rock Swan out and applying pressure to the leader first-over. Turning for home, Rock Swan appeared to find another a gear as she quickly tracked down the leader and trotted strong to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of her competition. Collettes held on for second while Bluebird Ladyluck and Dan Shetler rallied well for third. As the heavy post-time favorite, Rock Swan returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She loves to chase horses down," Tetrick said after the win. "She can race either way and is getting more versatile every start." Trained by Erv Miller, Rock Swan has now won six of seven lifetime starts. With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica pushed her lifetime bankroll to $143,731 for owners S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 11 with one $92,000 division for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $69,000 divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies highlighting the evening's 13-race card. The pick-4 went unsolved on Tuesday and with a carryover in excess of $4,000, Wednesday's live racing action will also feature a $20,000 Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6. The Guaranteed Pick-4 will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. The guaranteed wagers are made possible by Harrah's Hoosier Park in partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 30, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a harness racing stakes filled card on Friday, August 30 as the Indiana Sires Stakes season pressed on with two $50,500 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 13-race card. Familiar faces found the winner's circle and it was a good night for favorites as all of last week's divisional round winners repeated in their respective divisions and three of the four winners delivered as the heavy betting favorite. In the opening division of the stakes action, Rockie Got Framed turned in another gritty performance to record back to back stakes wins in the three-year-old pacing colt division in 1:49.3. With regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky, Rockie Got Framed moved first-over around the final turn and used a :26.2 to hold off the post time-favorite, Shamwow and LeWayne Miller, and get the win by a head. The pace-setting Tellmeaboutit and Mike Oosting held on for third. Sent off as the publics' second choice at 2-1, Rockie Got Framed returned $6.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "The trip didn't work out at all like I thought it would," Macomber Jr. noted after the victory. "The last few starts though, he's showed that he loves to fight horses off. We made a few equipment changes in the last few starts and he's really turning into a tough race horse. He loves to fight them off." With the win, Rockie Got Framed posted his fifth win from his last six starts and eighth victory from 16 starts this season. Owned in partnership by Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stable, the gelded son Rockin Image-Carousel upped his lifetime bankroll to $166,606. The 1:49.3 clocking equaled the lifetime best the Jamie Macomber trainee established against stakes company last week. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Odds On Osiris kicked off the stakes action for the two-year-old competitors and won with authority as he stamped himself as one of the top freshman colts in the Hoosier state. With driver Peter Wrenn in the sulky, Odds On Osiris turned a pocket trip into a 1:51.4 victory and made good on his 1-5 post time odds. Employing a :26.2 final panel, the Melanie Wrenn trainee finished two lengths in front of Always And Again and Trace Tetrick to record his third straight victory. Stellar BB and Robert Taylor utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. Odds On Osiris returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's really coming into himself," Wrenn said. "He's starting to get really handy. You never know with these young colts going these big miles week in and week out but as long as he keeps coming back with these type of miles, that's what you want." Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Fox Stake Champion, has now won three of five starts this season as he pushed his lifetime earnings to $89,365. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover is owned by Odds On Racing and was bred by Merlie Schwartz. Little Rocket Man looked every bit the part of a 6-5 favorite as he used a gate to wire effort to capture his split of the Indiana Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and stop the timer in 1:49.1. Driver Trace Tetrick sent Little Rocket Man away from the gate firing and dictated the pace before fighting off a late surge from White Hair Rocks and John DeLong to get the win by a head. Pure Rock and Rick Plano utilized a pocket-trip to round out the trifecta. Little Rocket Man returned $4.40 at the betting windows. "Well, I didn't necessarily want to be on the front," Tetrick admitted after the win. "That's the way the race worked out and it ended up working out for us. He did all the work. He raced super again, he shows up every week." Trained by Melissa Essig, Little Rocket Man recorded his second straight stakes win and tenth victory from 13 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $125,380 with the win. Unraced as a two-year-old, Little Rocket Man was bred by Victory Hill Farm. Clever Character used similar front-running tactics to capture the final split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings in dominating fashion for driver Dale Hiteman. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Clever Character left alertly from post six to grab the lead just before the half and never looked back. Kicking home in :26.4., the Timothy Smith trainee held off a fast closing Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Sawyer's Desire was forced to settle for second while High Impression and Sam Widger used a pocket trip to finish third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Clever Character returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "He's the type of horse that makes you look good no matter how you drive him," Hiteman said in the winner's circle. "He's got extreme speed and, knock on wood, has been healthy all season." With the win, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight posted his second consecutive stakes victory and fourth trip to the winner's circle in six starts this season. Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character now sports a lifetime bankroll of $95,375 and was bred by Freedom Hill Farms. Friday's stakes action wrapped up a week's worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park. The two-year-old competitors have now completed round four of their six round series while the sophomore division has completed round six of their eight round series. All of the evening's divisional winners earned valuable points for the season-culminating $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, August 31 with a 12-race card. 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 29, 2019-- A pair of Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were showcased at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 29 and brought forth impressive performances from the freshman fillies. Priceless and Grace Rocks each won their respective $69,500 divisions and did so with authority to deliver as the favorites. After suffering the first loss of her young career in stakes action last week, Priceless rebounded gamely and was the fastest divisional winner with a 1:51.4 open length score. With driver, trainer Brandon Bates at the lines, Priceless converted a pocket trip into a three and half-length victory to establish a new lifetime best. Leaving from post two in the competitive field of 11, Bates sent Priceless away from the gate and would win the early tussle for position to grab the lead in :26.4. John DeLong was offensive minded with Seventimesacharm and she would grab command just before the half in a snappy :54.3. Seventimesacharm hit the third station in 1:23.4 and when the field turned for home, Trace Tetrick had the slight post time favorite Foxy Rigger applying pressure from first-over. With an undefeated streak on the line, Foxy Rigger appeared to be up to the task but Priceless was looming large in the pocket. Utilizing the passing lane and a :27.3 final brush, Priceless powered home to finish in front of Foxy Rigger. Sombodyslilly and Mike Oosting got up for third place honors as one of the longest shots on the board. Sent off at odds of 9-5, Priceless returned $5.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She scoped sick last week," Bates noted in the winner's circle. "We took care of that and scoped her yesterday and she was perfect. Tonight was the best trip she's had in a while; she loves to race off a helmet and loves to chase horses." With the win, the daughter of Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine recorded her fourth win from five lifetime outings. Priceless pushed her lifetime bankroll to $88,662 for owners Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung. In the second division of the stakes action, Grace Rocks continued her winning ways and turned in another dominant performance to score in 1:53.2. With Sam Widger in the sulky, Grace Rocks switched up her tactics and opted for a trip off the pace to deliver as the heavy 1-9 favorite. Unhurried from the gate, Grace Rocks eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth while a host of others left aggressively. Bluebird Love and Todd Warren were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.3 before yielding the lead to Flirtinwithtrouble and Brandon Bates just before the half in :55.2. Kickin Up My Heels and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and Widger quickly grabbed the cover with Grace Rocks. As the field reached the three-quarters in 1:24.3, Kickin Up My Heels was able to put away Flirtinwithtrouble and the rest of the field was also closing in quickly. Widger tipped Grace Rocks and the filly appeared to cruise to the wire with ease finishing two lengths in front of Kickin Up My Heels. Flirtinwithtrouble held on for third. Grace Rocks returned $2.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She just does everything that she's asked," trainer Ronnie Roberts noted of his filly. "She's a sweetheart. Not only is she a pleasure to train, but she's a pleasure to be around as well." With the win, Grace recorded her fifth straight victory and third straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. The daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace has five wins and one second from six starts this season. Owned by Howard Taylor, Grace Rocks now sports a lifetime bankroll of $90,250. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30 with two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and two $50,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool on the last race of the program. 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 28, 2019- A competitive field of sophomore harness racing trotting fillies provided for an impressive stakes performance on Wednesday, August 28 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening's program was highlighted by one $91,000 division for the three-year-old trotting fillies in round six of Indiana Sires Stakes Action. While the fight to the wire was a gritty one, it was Measuredperfection, driven by Trace Tetrick, who dug in for the win and with it, took home back-to-back Indiana Sires Stakes victories. When the wings of the gate opened, Sam Widger pointed Kota's Swan to the lead from post six. Sophia Lia with John De Long grabbed the pocket seat while Measuredperfection landed along the rail in third. The field continued in straight alignment through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:0 while Measuredperfection waited patiently to make her game-winning move. Once the fillies reached the third quarter in 1:26:0, Measuredperfection was out applying pressure to Kota's Swan first-over while LeWayne Miller grabbed the cover and was second-over with Grand. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan looked poised to strike but made a costly break, seemingly leaving it to a determined Kota's Swan and a fast-charging Measuredperfection. While Kota's Swan wasn't going to give up her lead without a fight, Measuredperfection dug in gamely late in the mile with a final quarter of :29:0: and crossed the wire just under a length ahead of the pack in 1:55:1. Utilizing a late charge, Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates powered home to get up for second while Kota's Swan held on for third. Measuredperfection paid $3.20 to win for her backers at the betting windows. "We got a really good position," driver Trace Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She was first up past the half but she still dug in late. It helps that she's handy and does well no matter where she ends up. It doesn't matter to her-she'll race either way." Measuredperfection is the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated and was bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC. The Ron Burke trainee has now won eight of 18 lifetime starts and boasts a bankroll of $279,890 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 29 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 27, 2019-- It was a good night at the office for trainer Erv Miller as he made a clean sweep of the harness racing stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing on Tuesday, August 27 and had a total of three training wins on the evening's 10-race card.  Two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured on the evening's 10-race card as the fillies were squaring off in round four of the six round series. Rock Swan was able to take advantage of a costly break by the post-time favorite to go gate to wire in the opening round of the stakes action to score in 1:56.1 The undefeated filly, May Baby, had her four race win streak snapped after she made an uncharacteristic break behind the gate. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Rock Swan left alertly from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :29.1 while RJZ First Lady and John DeLong secured the coveted pocket seat. Rock Swan looked comfortable on the front and went uncontested through middle splits of :59 and 1:29. As the field turned for home, May Baby had recovered and was up to engage the leader. RJZ First Lady also tipped from the pocket to take aim at the leader but Rock Swan was up to the challenge. Using a :27.1 closing panel, Rock Swan kicked away from the lead and kept her challengers at bay to get the win by a length. RJZ First Lady trotted evenly for second while May Baby rallied well late but was forced to settle for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rock Swan returned $7.20 at the betting windows. "That's the best she's raced all year," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She was good on the front and when those other horses came to her, she trotted right on. She was strong all the way to the wire, she wanted to win tonight." With the win, Rock Swan recorded her third straight victory and second straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. The daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica recorded her fifth win from six lifetime outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Rock Swan also pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark for owners S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi. Trainer Erv Miller would find the winner's circle in the very next race on the program and then went on to record his third consecutive victory on the evening's program in the second division of the stakes action after Woodside Datendiva and Ricky Macomber Jr. were able to avoid traffic issues and pull the 22-1 upset. In a race ruled by miscues, Woodside Datendiva stayed on task and trotted evenly to the wire to score in a new lifetime best of 1:56.3. Trace Tetrick had the even money favorite, Collettes, pointed to the front and she dictated early fractions of :28.1 and :57.4. La Nancio and Jared Finn were the benefactors of a pocket trip while Woodside Datendiva was content to track from third. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:27.2, Collettes was joined on the outside by I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. Turning for home, Collettes made a costly break and took herself out of the race and as soon as I'd Rather Be Red inherited the lead, she also went off-stride. Macomber Jr. kept Woodside Datendiva on task and avoided the breakers to reach the wire in front. Bluebird Ladyluck and Dan Shetler also avoided the traffic issues to finish second while La Nancio rounded out the trifecta. As the second longest shot on the board, Woodside Datendiva returned $46.80 for the victory. "Sometimes it pays to be lucky," trainer Ricky Macomber Jr. noted after the victory. "This filly raced really well tonight but we got lucky and didn't have any issues with all the breakers. She's a very nice filly to drive." With the win, Woodside Datendiva recorded her third win of the season from eight trips behind the gate. Owned in partnership by Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Robert McCormick, the daughter of Guccio-Cantab's Choice pushed her lifetime bankroll to $49,832. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 28 with one $91,000 division for two-year-old trotting colts. The evening's 12-race card will also a feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 21, 2019-- TJ's Top Pick, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:53.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of the $64,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, August 21. The 1:53.3 mark was a lifetime best for the freshman colt and also re-established the previous track record for two-year-old trotting geldings by nearly a full second, a 1:54.2 mark that he equaled in the last round of stakes action. In just the fifth start of his two-year-old season, TJ's Top Pick turned in a dominant performance to finish nearly five lengths in front of his next closest competitor and remain undefeated this season. His 1:53.3 victory also marked the seventh track record that has been equaled or re-established at Hoosier Park through 102 nights of live racing this season. Leaving from post seven in the field of seven, TJ's Top Pick left just enough to grab a seat along the rail in fourth. Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor would grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.4. As soon as the field got straightened away down the backside, Tetrick gave TJ's Top Pick the green light and the colt quickly took command at the half in :57.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a five length lead while the rest of the field was struggling to stay within striking distance. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick found another gear and trotted away from the field with a :27.4 closing kick. Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting finished third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "He's just so versatile," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted after the victory. "He really started to come around when we shipped into Hoosier Park in March and he's just been getting better every week. He's one of the smartest colts I've ever been around and I think he gets a little stronger every start." With the win, TJ's Top Pick became harness racing's newest $100,000 earner. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd is undefeated through the first three rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto broke his maiden in impressive fashion and pulled the 15-1 upset. Driven by Sam Widger for trainer Rodney Debeck, Brigotto staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:55.3. Leaving from post four, Brigotto found a spot along the rail in fifth and would let the dust settle before making his move. Simply Swan and Joe Putnam were on top through the opening quarter in :29.1 but would yield the lead to the heavily favored, Dude Included and Verlin Yoder just before the half. Dude Included led the field through middle splits of :58.4 and 1:27.4 but Brigotto was on the attack and tracking intently from first-over. Widger was patient with Brigotto through the final turn and when they straightened away from home, Brigotto dipped down to the inside and utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a length. Dude Included finished second while Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn finished third. As the second longest shot on the board, Brigotto returned $33.60 at the betting windows. "He tries really hard," trainer, owner Rodney Debeck noted after the victory. "He made a break in his last start but he's still figuring things out so you have to expect that. He trained down great." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his first win from six lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto has now earned $35,201 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with three $47,000 divisions for two-year-old filly pacers highlighting the 13-race card. The 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 20, 2019-- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, trailing post ten, May Baby turned in another dominant performance to capture the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of $66,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 20. With driver, trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby avoided traffic issues and came charging late to score the victory in 1:56.1 over a track rated good. With the win, May Baby extended her win streak to four and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Leaving from post ten, May Baby settled along the rail in sixth and avoided early confusion behind the gate after a break by Phabaj and Jared Finn in post position one. Robert Taylor sent Givemeonemoretry to the front from post six but the young filly made a costly break just before the first quarter in :28.2. Collettes, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, inherited the lead and she led the field through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. J-S Miss Carly and Alex Udell were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front first-over and Yoder quickly grabbed the cover with May Baby. As the field turned for home, Yoder tipped May Baby off cover and she went to work. Using a :28.3 final quarter, May Baby trotted strong to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of Deswanslittlelorie and Michael Oosting. Collettes held on for third. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, May Baby returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "The trip didn't go at all like I wanted but she was able to overcome all of it," Yoder noted after the race. "We trained her all winter off a helmet so she is used to it. She's pretty much all business when the race gets going." With the win, May Baby pushed her lifetime bankroll to $83,250 and has now won all four of her lifetime outings while remaining undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling is owned by Cheyenne Yoder and was bred by Oakwood Farms. In the second division of the stakes action, Rock Swan turned in a dominant performance of her own to find the winner's circle in 1:57. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock Swan made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back. Leaving from post three, Rock Swan left just enough to protect her position and found a spot along the rail in second. RJZ First Lady and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :28 but yielded the lead to La Nancio and Jared Finn down the backside. Just before the half in :58.1, Tetrick gave Rock Swan the green light and the filly quickly ranged up to take command. Rock Swan led the field to the third quarter in 1:27.1 before she began to distance herself from the rest of the field. Using a :29.2 final quarter, Rock Swan trotted evenly to the wire and finished nearly five lengths in front of I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. RJZ First Lady held on for third place honors. As the 3-5 betting favorite, Rock Swan returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "I pushed her out of the gate to get a good spot," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She's a very handy filly who has a good mindset and really likes her job." Trained by Erv Miller, Rock Swan has now won four of five lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Jessica has now amassed $79,481 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, August 21 with two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 17, 2019- It was a winning night for trainer Shane Bowermaster on Saturday, August 17 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as fillies from his harness racing stable swept both $49,000 divisions of the fifth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. With wins from Fully A Virgin and Pansy's Image, both fillies provided upsets over the heavy favorites in their respective divisions. The first upset came when Fully A Virgin and Michael Oosting surged past the field to cross the wire first and pay $16.00 to win. Stopping the time in 1:50.2, the sophomore filly used a valiant stretch rally to get up in the final strides of the mile and established a new lifetime mark with the win. Leaving from post eight in the talented field of nine, Fully A Virgin was unhurried from the gate and found a spot along the rail in eighth. The heavy favorite Rockin Nola with Joey Putnam and Tellitsassymae with Sam Widger battled for the early lead. When the field reached the first quarter in :26:3, Tellitsassymae claimed the front with Rockin Nola following closely from the pocket. The field continued in straight formation through the half in :54:4 before Rockin Nola was on the attack, first-over. Tellitsassymae and Rockin Nola were matching strides past the third quarter in 1:22:3 and when the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open. Oosting had Fully A Virgin well placed second over and when he tipped her to the outside, she dug in gamely and surged past her competitors to get the win by two lengths. She was followed by another Shane Bowermaster trainee, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetirck, who utilized a ground-saving trip for second while This Peach Rocks with Ross Leonard got up for third. "She's been easy to handle since day one," Bowermaster noted in the winner's circle. "She's really easy on herself. It helps that she's filled out since last year-she's built like a tank. We took a headpole off tonight which seemed to help, that and having them out in the field last week-it really freshened her up." Fully A Virgin, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Of Gold, has now won seven of 23 lifetime starts and brought her lifetime bankroll to $168,555. Fully A Virgin is owned by the Emerald Highlands Farms, who also bred her. Bowermaster's second win of the night came when Pansy's Image and Sam Widger utilized a pocket trip to pull the 8-1 upset in the second division of stakes action. Following the trend from her stablemate earlier in the night, Pansy's Image also established a new lifetime mark with tonight's win, stopping the clock in 1:51:2. When the wings of the gate opened the post-time favorite Play For Pay with Brandon Bates grabbed the early lead but Widger also had Pansy's Image forwardly placed from post seven. At the first quarter in :26:1, Pansy's Image had reached the front but relinquished the lead to Play For Pay just before the half in :55. At the third quarter in 1:23:4, Queen Lagertha with John De Long moved first-over into second and began to engage Play For Pay for the lead. With the wire in sight, the top three were matching strides and pacing hard to the wire. Pansy's Image found late racing room up the inside and utilized a :27.1 final panel to get the win, crossing the wire three lengths to the good. Play For Pay held on for second and Queen Lagertha fought for third. Pansy's Image paid $19.20 to win. "She's really easy on herself too," Bowermaster revealed after the win. "I didn't really tell Sam what to do, but I knew if she was covered up she'd still be right there. I think fresher is better with these fillies, so we're planning on giving them a week off between stakes legs and make sure they are ready to go for these last few legs of the sires stakes." Pansy's Image is also owned and was bred by the Emerald Highlands Farms and has won five of 20 lifetime starts. She now sports a lifetime bankroll of $119,680, surpassing the $100,000 mark with tonight's victory. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, August 21 with an 11-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Tuesday's card will also feature a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 11. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 16, 2019--Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 harness racing divisions were sent postward on the evening's 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective divisions after tasting defeat in their last starts. After an off-the-board finish in his last Sires Stakes engagement, Little Rocket Man bounced back impressively to score in 1:49 with driver Trace Tetrick. Sent off as the heavy post-time favorite, Little Rocket Man came flying late in the lane and got up in the final strides of the mile to establish a new lifetime mark. When the gate opened, Peter Dalt and Andy Shetler grabbed the lead while Pure Rock and Rick Plano also left quickly and looked to be in-line for a two hole trip. Opting out of the pocket seat, Pure Rock moved to the front through the opening quarter in :25:4 while Little Rocket Man was along the rail in sixth. When the field reached the half in :53:0, Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger took command and held their position through the third quarter clocking in 1:20.2. As the field turned for home, Pure Rock was upset minded and tipped from the pocket to engage the leader. Brooklets Banner and Dale Hiteman were also on the attack, first-over with Little Rocket man in tow. As the quick pace began to take its toll on the leaders, Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man around tiring cover and surged forward. Using a final quarter of :27.2, Little Rocket Man dug in gamely to win a four-horse photo. A head separated the top three finishers in the field as Ollie's Ztam and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late for second and Pure Rock held on for third. Little Rocket Man paid $2.80 to win at the betting windows. "We really didn't know what we were getting into with him at the start of the season," trainer Melissa Essig noted in the winner's circle with a bit of a laugh. "We had no idea he would be the colt that he is today. He's very active but I'll be honest, he sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. He's just turned into an awesome colt." Little Rocket Man has now won nine of 12 lifetime starts and sent his lifetime earnings over the $100,00 mark with the win. The son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and was bred by Victory Hill Farm. The second division of stakes action brought a win home for Team Macomber as Rockie Got Framed used similar off-the pace tactics to score his third Indiana Sires Stakes win in a row. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Rockie Got Framed provided a slight upset over the heavily favorited Melissa Essig trainee, Shamwow. When the wings of the gate opened it was Shark Play and Sam Widger who were the first to get a call and powered to the front. Shark Play was followed closely by Tellmeaboutit with Dale Hiteman while Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position just enough to settle along the rail in third. The field continued in straight formation through opening fractions of :26:2 and :55:0. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:22:4, Todd Warren had Shamwow on the attack first-over while Rockie Got Framed was waiting for the homestretch to make his game winning move. Shamwow was able to overtake Shark Play turning for home but the rest of the field was looming large in the background. Employing a :26.1 final panel, Rockie Got Framed launched up from fifth to find the wire first and stop the clock in 1:49:3. Shamwow held on for second while Tellmeaboutit found late racing room and got up for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rockie Got Framed paid $7.00 for his betting backers. "I wanted to be up close but I didn't want to have to use him too hard too early," Macomber noted after the victory. "He's been racing incredible. He raced great last week but just had too far to come. I knew if I could catch a breather tonight, he would pace hard to the wire, he always does." Rockie Got Framed, the son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won seven of 25 lifetime starts. With the win, he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and the Eleven Star Stables. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The victory was one of two training wins on the program for Jamie Macomber and one of four driving wins on the evening for Ricky Macomber Jr. Trainer Dylan Davis also had a training victory on the evening's 13-race card to record his 2,000 career training win. With 1,999 training wins to his credit heading into the program, Jin's Shark was able to find the winner's circle in the evening's sixth race on the card and give Davis win number 2,000. Davis recorded his first training win in 1996 and has since trained the winners of over $22 million in purse earnings. With 29 wins through 99 nights of live racing action, Davis is among the top ten trainers at Harrah's Hoosier Park this season. Davis also trains Castle Flight who equaled the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 score in the Open Pace earlier this season. 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. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 15, 2019- The harness racing stakes season continues to roll on in the Hoosier state and saw favorites prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday, August 15 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The night featured two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the betting public was heavily backing last year's trotting rivals It's A Herbie in the first division and Swandre The Giant in the second. Both provided strong performances in their respective divisions, each stopping the clock in 1:54:0. Kicking off the stakes action, It's A Herbie captured his sixth consecutive victory for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder and set a new lifetime mark of 1:54:0. With the win, It's A Herbie has captured victories in four of the five legs of stakes action for his division. Smooth Acceleration and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the quickest off the gate to grab the lead and were followed by Swan On A Mission and John De Long. It'A Herbie left just enough to grab a spot along the rail in fifth and the field remained in straight formation through opening fractions of :27:2 and :57:1. Just after the field passed the half, It's A Herbie was on the attack, first-over. Smooth Acceleration continued to call the shots through the third quarter marker in 1:25:4 but It's A Herbie had ranged up and was ready to take on the leader. When the field reached the stretch, It's A Herbie utilized a :27.4 final quarter to take the lead by a length, and stopped the clock in 1:54:0. Swan On A Mission held on for second while Sign Here N Here with Sam Widger staged a late rally for third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, It's A Herbie paid $2.60 to win. "He doesn't care where he's at," trainer, driver Verlin Yoder explained after the victory. "Chasing horses down is his best game, though. Honestly, he just loves to win." With the win, the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image has now won nine of 19 lifetime starts. Bred by David Shmucker Jr. and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $365,875 in just his sophomore season. In the second division of stakes action, Swandre The Giant returned to his home state for the second time this season and returned to his winning ways in impressive fashion. Hall of Fame driver David Miller steered Swandre The Giant, who looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite, to an open length 1:54 victory. When the wings of the gate opened, Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick grabbed the front and Swandre The Giant took a pocket seat. The top pair held their positions through the first quarter in :27:2 but approaching the half in :57:3, Swandre The Giant made his move for the lead. With the third quarter clocked in 1:27:3, Swandre The Giant began to bolster his lead from the pack. Using a :26.4 final panel, Swandre The Giant trotted strong to the wire and finished under a hand drive from Miller two lengths to the good. Martini Show and Sam Widger fought gamely for second while Wow Lester held on for third. Swandre the Giant paid $2.10 across the board. "He raced very well-He was really strong," driver David Miller noted in the winner's circle. "Tonight, felt great. He got off on the right foot, and the fractions were really easy. He was strong all the way to the wire." Swandre The Giant, the Ron Burke trainee, now sports a lifetime bankroll of $461,618 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor. The son of Swan For All-Adagio was bred by Dm Stables and has now won 12 of 21 of his lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 with a 13-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. Friday's card will also be highlighted by a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High 5 pool in race 13 and the weekly Fantastic Fridays promotions. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

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