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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

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 27, 2019 - Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino capped off a week of Indiana Sires Stakes action on Saturday, July 27 with the highly competitive group of harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies who took to the track in two $48,000 divisions. It was a nice night for driver Mike Oosting as he steered both divisional winners. While the betting public was backing Lady Capulet in the first division, it was a different Shane Bowermaster trainee, Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting in the sulky, that made her way to the winner's circle. Once the gate opened, Elektra King with Ricky Macomber Jr. grabbed the lead and were followed intently by Incredible Show with Sam Widger, who was looking for back-to-back stakes victories. Elektra King led through the first quarter in :27:2 but her lead would be short lived as Incredible Show made her way to the front just before the half in :56:0. Once the field hit the third quarter in 1:24:2, John De Long began to move even-money favorite Lady Capulet to apply pressure from first-over with Fully A Virgin grabbing the cover and waited patiently to strike from second-over. When the fillies hit the stretch, the field tightened and the stage was set for a serious stretch battle to the wire. Employing a final quarter of :27:1, Fully A Virgin tipped off her cover and paced strong to the wire to stop the clock in 1:52:1 and win by nearly two lengths, leaving behind a four-horse battle for place. Sage Ivy and Trace Tetrick rallied for second while Pure Maid with LeWayne Miller fought gamely for third. Fully A Virgin paid $6.00 to win. "I knew we'd either be first up or second over," driver Michael Oosting revealed after the victory. "I knew we needed to be up close when we hit that stretch. We raced her the opposite way last week and it really got to her, but she raced really well tonight." The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Of Gold now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $143,805 and his owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm. This is the filly's sixth lifetime win from 22 starts. The second division's field was equally competitive and Oosting found the winner's circle once more with the longest shot on the board, Majestic Virgin, who lit up the tote board paying $64.20 to win. Utilizing a ground saving trip, Majestic Virgin got up in the final strides of the mile to record the third win of her sophomore season from 11 outings. Play For Pay and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call and grabbed the early lead, hoping to once again best Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals Champion and 1-5 favorite Rockin Nola and Joey Putnam. Play For Pay dictated opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:0 while the rest of the field sorted out early racing position. When the fillies reached the third quarter in 1:24:0, Play For Pay was joined on the outside by Rockin Nola and the top pair were matching strides turning for home. While the leaders were battling it out on the front, Majestic Virgin was working her way up the inside with a full head of steam. With a final quarter of :27:1, Oosting urged Majestic Virgin forward and she responded gamely to upset the field as the longest shot on the board and stop the clock at 1:52:0. Play For Pay was forced to settled for second while Rockin Nola took third. Majestic Virgin With the win, Majestic Virgin brought her lifetime earnings to $81,635 for owner Jerry Graham. The 1:52 clocking also equaled a new lifetime best for the daughter of Always A Virgin-Fox Valley Tulip who is trained by Tom Simmons. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, July 30 with one $65,500 division for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings and three $45,000 divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 26, 2019 - Continuing a week of Indiana Sires Stakes action, it was the three-year-old pacing colts & geldings turn in the harness racing spotlight and they took center stage at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 26. Two $50,500 divisions were the featured attraction on the evening's 12 -race card and both divisions provided for exciting performances with victories from Rockie Got Framed and Shamwow. The first division had all eyes on Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick as they were going for their third straight stakes victory. When the wings of the gate opened, Egomania with John De Long went straight for the lead from the outside post nine while Rockin Medicine with Peter Wrenn settled in second from the rail. Egomania led the field through middle fractions of :26:2 and :54:3 while Little Rocket Man moved up to second to challenge the leader. Egomania held onto his lead through the third quarter in 1:22:1, while Tellmeaboutit with LeWayne Miller were applying pressure first-over with Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. poised to strike from second over. Tellmeaboutit was able to wear down Egomania but his biggest threat was still behind him. Utilizing a :27:0 closing quarter, Rockie Got Framed powered home to get the win and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Tellmeaboutit was second and Thuban with Ross Leonard rallied for third. "We've taken our time with him," trainer Jamie Macomber noted in the winner's circle. "I'm teaching him to be patient and how to manage his speed. He's so hard on himself, so I've found it's good for him mentally to take a couple of weeks between races." Rockie Got Framed paid $11.80 to win at the betting windows. The son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $112,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stables. Rounding out the stakes action, morning line and post time favorite Shamwow made his stakes debut a winning one for trainer Melissa Essig. Once the race began, Feherty and Peter Wrenn took command with Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger waiting in the pocket. Jagger Rocks wanted his turn on the front and pressed on to the lead through the opening quarter in :26:4 to get ahead of Feherty. The leaders remained in their positions through the half in :54:4. Shamwow Once the field hit the third quarter in 1:22:0, Shamwow and LeWayne Miller were on the attack first-over and ranged up in third. In heart-charging final quarter in :27:0, Shamwow powered home a winner to stick a nose in front of Jagger Rocks while Pure Rock with Trace Tetrick utilized a ground saving trip to get up for third. Shamwow hit the wire in 1:49:4, establishing a new lifetime best, and paid $3.60 to win for his betting backers. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero Takara is owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm and now holds a lifetime bankroll of $37,000. Shamwow recorded his third lifetime victory from four trips behind the gate. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 27 with two $48,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 12 race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Trot. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2019 - The evening's 14-race harness racing card provided an action-packed evening of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 25. Both the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took to the track, with the three-year-old competitors in their fourth round of stakes action and the two-year-olds in their second round. With a variety of favorites and prices, the night saw victories from Swan On A Mission and It's A Herbie for the three-year-old colt trotters and Always And Again, High Impression and General Doug A for the two-year-old colt pacers. Kicking off the stakes action, Swan On A Mission with John De Long found the winner's circle in the first $47,500 division, pulling the 11-1 upset in the field of 3-year-old trotters. The race began with Smooth Acceleration and Ricky Macomber Jr. reaching the lead through an opening fraction of :27:3, while Swan On A Mission followed in second. Morning line and post time favorite Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick sat patiently in third before reaching the lead at the half in :57:1. Wow Lester held the lead through the third quarter in 1:26:0 while Smooth Acceleration and Swan On A Mission followed close behind. The battle began when the horses hit the stretch. The race appeared to belong to Wow Lester, but Swan On A Mission came charging on the outside and trotted strong to the wire to get the victory. With a final time of 1:54:2, Swan On A Mission paid $25.20 in the upset to win. "We made a few changes on him and now he's moving forward," trainer Roger Welch mentioned after the victory. "He never really filled out, but he makes up for it by being a good, solid trotter on the track. He can be a little wild and crazy colt off the track so he makes my job challenging. Tonight, he got a good spot early and finished strong." Swan On A Mission, the son of Swan For All-Lisa Mission, brought his lifetime earnings to $106,307 for owners William De Long, Patrick De Long and David Heniger in his third lifetime win. The 1:54.2 clocking also established a new lifetime best by nearly three seconds for the sophomore trotter. In the second division for the three-year-old colt trotters, Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final champion It's A Herbie padded his lifetime bankroll with another victory for owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder. The betting public's second choice, Martini Show with Sam Widger, went to the front once the wings of the gate opened, followed by Rockyroad Aldo with Trace Tetrick through the first quarter in :28:3. The field remained in straight formation through the half in :58:2, which was when It's A Herbie moved to the outside. By the time the trotters hit the third quarter in 1:27:3, Martini Show held onto the lead with Rockyroad Aldo in second, but It's A Herbie was on the attack. In a heart-charging stretch battle that was almost too close to call, It's A Herbie was able to track down Martini Show by just a neck in 1:56:0. He was followed by Martini Show in second and Curry Palm with Dale Hiteman in third. "It doesn't really make a difference where he's at," driver, trainer Verlin Yoder noted after the win. "Sam got out first and I stayed back because I didn't want to get into a bad situation. He knows his job and he does okay; We'll take it race by race and hope for the best." It's A Herbie returned $2.20 for his betting backers and brought his lifetime earnings to $341,875 with eight lifetime wins. Verlin Yoder owns the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image who also recorded his fifth straight Hoosier Park victory. It was a good night for trainer Ernie Gaskin as he took home two of the three stakes wins for the two-year-old colt pacers. The victories began with the first $46,000 division when Always And Again with Trace Tetrick in the bike found the winner's circle. Stopping the timer in 1:52.4, the freshman pacing colt recorded a new lifetime best. When the race began, My House with John De Long took the lead and were followed by Candys Image Rocks with Michael Oosting. The leaders remained in straight formation through the first fraction in :28:0. When the field hit the half in :56:1, post-time favorite Nassau Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr., who were looking for back-to-back stakes wins, took the lead. Nassau Desire continued to call the shots through the third quarter in 1:25:4, but Always And Again was winding up to strike. Tetrick urged Always And Again and he took the lead in the stretch, powering home in 26:4 to get the win by a head. My House was second and Leon David with Peter Wrenn rallied strong in the lane for third. Always And Again paid $7.00 to win. "After last week's break, we changed just about everything," trainer Ernie Gaskin stated in the winner's circle. "I was hopeful he would behave but you just never know with young colts. He's been a nice colt from the start and is coming along very well." The son of Always A Virgin-Kiss Me Once Again, who is owned by Andrew Berg and In The Red LLC, now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $28,000. Always And Again has now won two of three lifetime starts. Gaskin's second victory came after High Impression with Sam Widger found the winner's circle in the second division of stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts. High Impression rallied from off the pace and dug in gamely late in the lane to get the victory. Skyway Artimus with Todd Warren went right to the front once the wings of the gate opened, followed by Clever Character with Dale Hiteman and High Impression through the opening fraction in :28:1. Just before the half in :57:3, Cache All The Way and Michael Oosting moved to the front, but their lead was short lived as Clever Character wanted the front by the third quarter in 1:26:4. At the three quarter pole, High Impression began to make his move for the lead, and engaged Clever Character in a battle for the victory down the stretch. Noses apart, it was High Impression who crossed the wire in front in 1:54:1 followed by Clever Character and Life Is A Highway with Trace Tetrick in third. High Impression paid $5.80 for his backers at the betting windows. "He was strong last week and came out of the race great, so I didn't need to make any adjustments," trainer Ernie Gaskin noted after the victory. "I leave the driving to Sam. I just make sure the horse is the best he possibly can be and let Sam do the rest." With the win, the son of Rockin Image-Happy Becky is now three for three in his young career. High Impression now holds a lifetime bankroll of $46,250 for owners Robert Rubin, Warren Emery, Ronald Krodel and Riparian Retreat. High Impression In the final division of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the night, General Doug A went gate-to-wire and recorded the fastest stakes time of the night for two-year-old pacing colts in a maiden-breaking win for driver, trainer Dale Hiteman. General Doug A took the lead as soon as the race started, followed by Power Of Tell with Todd Warren and Sawyer's Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr. The order remained unchanged through fractions of :28:1 and :57:2. At the third quarter in 1:26:1, Sawyer's Desire was advancing well and began to challenge General Doug A. While the top pair was matching strides down the lane, General Doug A fended off all challengers to finish two lengths to the good in 1:53:3. Beachmaster Two with LeWayne Miller charged home to finish second and The Candyman Can with Sam Widger also rallied well late for third. Dismissed at odds of 11-1, General Doug A paid $25.80 to win. "He made a break last time out but he was dealing with some issues here and there," driver, trainer Dale Hiteman explained after the victory. "The time in between stakes races helped to give him some rest and freshen him up. I didn't expect any kind of breaks tonight so I was able to be aggressive with him." The homebred son of Tellitlikeitis-In The Red is owned by Ada Jean Ackerman. With three lifetime starts, General Doug A has now acquired a lifetime bankroll of $25,750. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, July 26 with two $50,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts & geldings. With an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm, Friday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 12. At the conclusion of live racing, Diana Ross will perform as part of the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin  

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 13, 2019 -- Indiana-sired harness racing two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 13 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $65,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotting colts. TJ's Top Pick and Trace Tetrick stole the show after they recorded a national season's record for two-year-old trotting colts with a 1:54.2 clocking in the first division. With the win, the Jeff Cullipher trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best. Leaving from post seven, Tetrick sent TJ's Top Pick away from the gate just enough to grab the pocket seat behind the pace-setting Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting. Emma Town Bud led the field through splits of :27.3, :57.3, and 1:26.3 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud appeared to be up to the task but TJ's Top Pick was winding up. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, TJ's Top Pick coasted on to the wire to finish four lengths to the good under a hand-drive from Tetrick. Dude Included and Verlin Yoder rallied late in the lane to get up for second while Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. Owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC, TJ's Top Pick is now two for two this season. The son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now earned $37,500 in lifetime purse earnings. In the second division of the stakes action, Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor turned in a gate to wire effort to deliver as the betting favorite. Scoring in 1:59.1, Osprey Hanover recorded his maiden breaking win in just his second lifetime start. Leaving from post six, Minor sent Osprey Hanover to the front and he dictated fractions of :28, :59.3 and 1:30.2. Turning for home, Osprey Hanover was still calling the shots but a host of trotters were closing in. Jekyil N Hyde and Trace Tetrick found late racing room up the inside and came storming home but were forced to settle for second. Osprey Hanover held off all challengers to the get the win by a quarter of a length. Classy Prince and Verlin Yoder finished third. Osprey Hanover returned $4.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Dewayne Minor, the gelded son of Swan For All-Oaklea Opal is owned by Brookside Stables. Osprey Hanover now sports a lifetime bankroll of $35,000. Osprey Hanover Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 16 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 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator  

ANDERSON, Ind.-- July 5, 2019 -- The Hoosier state's top harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were on display at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 5 as two $51,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes were featured on the evening's 14-race card. As predicted, the sophomore pacing colts were impressive in their round of the Indiana Sires Stakes action. Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. prevailed in tight three-horse photo to capture the opening division of the stakes action in 1:49.4. With the win, Rockie Got Framed established a new lifetime best and recorded his second straight Hoosier Park victory. Macomber Jr. switched up his tactics and sent Rockie Got Framed away from the gate firing to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26.3. Tellmeaboutit and LeWayne Miller grabbed a pocket seat but wouldn't sit long and took command just before the half in a snappy :54.3. Tellmeaboutit led the field through the three-quarters in 1:23.1 but Ima Real Ladys Man and Mike Oosting were applying pressure first-over turning for home. Tellmeaboutit was able to put away Ima Real Ladys Man but Rockie Got Framed was looming large in the pocket. Employing a :26.1 final quarter, Rockie Got Framed was able to put a nose in front of Tellmeaboutit and hold off a late charge from Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger. Slightly dismissed at odds of 6-1, Rockie Got Framed returned $15.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "I always leave the trip up to Ricky," trainer Jamie Macomber noted after the win. "We've been trying to teach this horse how to race. We've always known he's had the speed but we've just had to teach him how to manage it. Tonight--we graduated him to ear plugs rather than a full hood. He's figuring it out, putting it all together and getting better with every start." Owned in partnership by Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stables, Rockie Got Framed recorded his fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame has now won five of 22 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $87,106. In the second division, Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy favorite to score in 1:50.1. Working out a perfect, second over trip, Little Rocket Man powered home in :27.1 to get the win by nearly a length. Leaving from post six, Little Rocket Man was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Lying in Cash and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :25.4 but Sam Widger had Pure Rock out and firing. Pure Rock led the field through middle splits of :53.2 and 1:22.2 before being joined on the outside by Egomania and John DeLong with Little Rocket Man in tow. The quick pace began to take its toll on the leader and Little Rocket Man was winding up. Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man off cover and he powered home to get the win over Egomania. Boysrockthefarm and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late in the lane to get up for third place honors. As the post time favorite, Little Rocket Man returned $4.80 at the betting windows. "The trip couldn't have worked out any better," Tetrick noted after the victory. "They've done a great job maintaining him and teaching him how to race. He's very versatile, has great manners--everything you want to see." Trained by Missy Essig, Little Rocket Man recorded his eighth win from 10 seasonal starts. Unraced at two, the son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal has now amassed $75,380 for owners Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick Live racing continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 6 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator    

Verlin Yoder raced the best horse of his career this season, the undefeated Breeders Crown champion Woodside Charm, but the filly was not alone in helping the 45-year-old owner/trainer/driver to the best season of his career. Yoder established highs of 31 wins and $1.38 million in purses as a trainer to go with a career-best $1.15 million as a driver. His 26 victories in the sulky were two shy of his career mark of 28 set last season. And while 2-year-old female trotter Woodside Charm contributed $521,658 in purses to this year's totals, Yoder still would have surpassed his previous highs of $571,162 as a trainer and $571,903 as a driver without her. "We just had the right horses in the right classes," Yoder said. "It worked out great." Yoder had three Indiana Sire Stakes champions: 2-year-old male trotter It's A Herbie, 2-year-old female trotter Kissesforall, and 4-year-old female trotter Compelling. Three-year-old male trotter Katkin American finished second to Fiftydallarbill in his Indiana Sire Stakes final. Those four horses combined for 18 wins, hitting the board 43 times in 50 starts, and $749,440. Compelling, claimed by Yoder last year, came back from a suspensory injury to find success. Katkin American was unraced at 2, but showed potential last winter while training with Yoder's millionaire trotter Natural Herbie. Driven by Yoder's son James, Katkin American was a Hoosier Park track-record-setter and finished worse than second only once in 12 starts. "I knew we had some decent ones coming out of Florida," said Yoder, who lives in the Sunshine State during the offseason and returns to Indiana to race. "We knew (Katkin American) was pretty nice. It was nice to have him and watch my son do well with him. "The Herbie colt, about the middle of March he showed me he had some real talent. We just took our time with him. He's a big growthy colt and I stuck to my guns and kept on trying to teach him. Every start, he got smarter about things. I was really excited about him. "Compelling was a very nice addition. I was going for a Hail Mary (when I claimed her last year) because I was kind of soft in the 3-year-old fillies. I took the gamble of keeping her and rehabbing her. I tried to do all the right things and she came back a hundred percent. It was the middle of February and the boys kept on telling me they're going to read about her. The farther we got down, the stronger she got." And then there was Woodside Charm, who on Oct. 27 capped a 7-for-7 campaign with her win in the Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. It was Yoder's first trip to the Breeders Crown. She joined Manchego as the only 2-year-old filly trotters to be undefeated Breeders Crown champions. "The way she did it is what impressed me about her," Yoder said about the filly's season. "She went to so many tracks and shipped all over, and every time I went to a different track she adjusted. She let me do what I had to do. "She's a fast, smart horse." Woodside Charm won her Breeders Crown final by 1-3/4 lengths over Simon Allard-driven When Dovescry, covering the mile distance in 1:54.1 on a cold rainy night. "I was going up the backside and she was cruising and I'm thinking, man, it can't be this easy," Yoder said. "I thought I better grab into her a little bit to make sure I had plenty left. Then when Simon pulled, I was waiting on him, I squawked at her and she was gone. "You're pinching yourself in the race. And then when you get done and get home and start thinking about what you did in the last couple weeks, it's pretty amazing. "It takes a lot of focus and a lot of hard work to pull something like that off. The biggest thing is staying focused on your work. To stay focused and do your job every day, and stay religious about it, that's the tough part. You set up a plan to lead to one direction. I wouldn't say that I'm proud of myself, but I was happy with myself to stay focused." Yoder also credited his wife, Rachel, with being instrumental to the stable's success. "This was the first year that my wife was able to help me in Indiana and it made a big difference," Yoder said. "We've always been a team, but the boys always went to school and she had to be in Florida and I was always trying to do it myself. When you have somebody that thinks the same way that you do and it's a team, it just works better." Yoder is already resettled in Florida, giving his horses some time off and contemplating next season. "Things went right; we did the right things and stuck to the plan," Yoder said. "Now we have to go back through the motions again. Hopefully we come back and do all right again." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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

ANDERSON, IN - October 11, 2018- Sending six horses into a $2 million dollar night of racing could cause nervousness for some trainers, but to Roger Welch, it's treated like just another night. The Illinois native, who has amassed $18 million in career earnings as a trainer, says this is what he aims for. "You coach the team, you've made it to the Super Bowl, and now you play in it," Welch noted. "We've done our job; now it's racing luck." Welch was born and raised into the harness racing industry. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather raised horses, so this is all that he's ever known. Now in 2018, his barn continues to operate as a family business as he works with his wife, Amy, and his son, Ryan. Welch has 34 training wins at Hoosier Park this season and his stable has amassed $540,410 in purse earnings through 138 nights of racing. Welch is looking to increase those numbers in the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals on Friday, October 12, as he sends six of his top horses behind the gate with the hope of meeting them in the winner's circle: Queen Lagertha, Bridge To Jesse's, Tatiana Romanova, Voom Or Bang, Gate Speed and Always A Vavoom. Bridge To Jesse's, a five-year-old trotting gelding, is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes stage. With 65 of his 66 lifetime starts at Hoosier Park resulting in 33 lifetime victories, he's a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion, winning his respective Indiana Sires Stakes final at ages two and four. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has bankrolled $768,055 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections W. De Long, W. De Long, R. Welch and R. De Long. "He's a barn favorite and a people's favorite. He's a defending champion, and a champion in our eyes," Welch noted. "He's only ever had to race in Indiana until a few weeks ago. We try to keep him fresh and he also gets every winter off." Another rising star in the Welch barn is two-year-old pacing filly, Queen Lagertha. Once Welch starts talking about the filly, it's clear she's one of the favorite in this trainer's heart. "She has been a sweetheart from the first time I set eyes on her at the farm," Welch laughed when asked about her. "I bought her as an anniversary present to my wife, but a week or so we sold half of her to some partners." The two-year-old pacing fillies have been competitive this year, but Queen Lagertha is not one that should be overlooked. She's named after a character in The History Channel's "The Vikings," due to her resemblance to the beautiful, tough queen. Queen Lagertha, the two-year-old pacing filly, has earned $55,786 this season while winning three of 13 starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Wondering Heart has drawn the coveted rail position with David Miller enlisted to drive in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. "I'm having a good time watching her race, and you always have to cheer for your wife's horse." According to Welch, the best quality a trainer can possess is patience. While he's careful not to reveal his hand, he says it's important for the horses to be as fresh at the end of the season as they are at the start. "That's the important thing. That's how you know you've been successful with a horse." "I love racing at Hoosier Park," Welch noted. "I love racing in these races. This is what we work for every year, and this week is no different than a few weeks ago." Friday's first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals on the evening's 14-race card. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. Friday will also feature a $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Handicapping Contest with a top prize of $2,500. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park  

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

ANDERSON, IN  - Oct. 10, 2018-The 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 12 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2018 Indiana stakes season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the third race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old pacing fillies. Divisional leader Glorious Virgin and Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick have been enlisted as the 8-5 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory is trained by Shane Bowermaster and has won seven of 10 starts while bankrolling $185,250 this season. Driver Yannick Gingras will venture back to Hoosier Park to steer the 4-5 morning line choice, Swandre The Giant, from post eight in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Now trained by Jimmy Takter, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in stakes action at Hoosier Park this season and is currently riding a two-race win streak. Swandre The Giant will be one of seven drives on the program for Gingras who is currently the second leading driver in the country based on wins. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts will feature an exciting match-up between rookie, divisional leader, Katkin American and the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion, Fiftydallarbill. Fiftydallarbill will play the role of morning line favorite and will start from the coveted rail position with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Katkin American will start from post five with regular pilot James Yoder in the sulky. The sophomore pacing sensation Always A Prince will put his five-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Tyler George and driven by Trace Tetrick, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has won 16 of 19 starts this season and will start from the trailing post position ten as the 4-5 morning line choice. In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. A $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will be offered for racing fans on-track with a top prize of $2,500. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. With a carry-over in excess of $6,500, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Thursday, October 11. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card was primarily ruled by longshots finding the winner’s circle over a sloppy rated track after heavy rains earlier in the day. In the last race of the evening, driver Andy Shetler guided Hypnotic Racer to a $17.80 upset. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season’s third biggest payout to date this season with a $12,775.94 winning ticket paid out in August. The $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 offers a 50-cent minimum wager. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (EST.). Free past performances for the sequences will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park’s website. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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

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

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