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ANDERSON, Ind.-August 26, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin turned in a dominant performance to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, her split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, August 26. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated sloppy, Seventimesavirgin recorded her fifth consecutive win at Hoosier Park and remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin grabbed an early spot along the rail in second while Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.1. DeLong gave his filly the green light down the backside and she ranged up to take the lead just past the half in :56.4. At the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1, Seventimesavirgin's looked strong and the front as her lead was ever increasing. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin began to put her talent on display and pace away from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Seventimesavirgin finished six lengths in front of Dalianna and LeWayne Miller. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her eighth victory of the season from nine starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $239,740 lifetime while winning 13 of 21 lifetime outings. DeLong also captured the first division of the stakes action for sophomore pacing fillies behind Can't Touch This for trainer Roger Welch. In a near gate to wire effort, Can't Touch This dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before kicking home in :27.4 to win in 1:53. Also sent off as the post time favorite, Can't Touch This returned $5.80 at the betting windows. Owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, D. Riccolo, and J. DeLong, the daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika recorded her fifth win from ten seasonal starts. Can't Touch This has now bankrolled $262,005 lifetime while winning 12 of 26 career outings. With the victories, Seventimesavirgin and Can't Touch This earned their spots in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies slated for Friday, September 2 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with a $200,000 Super Final for each division at Hoosier Park on October 15. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 27 with a 13-race card that will start at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Chicago in concert after live racing. Saturday's 13-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 25, 2016 - Air Strike turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle on Thursday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, the Dylan Fagan trainee made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action after an eye catching maiden breaking victory in 1:51.4 in his elimination last week at Hoosier Park. A field of ten lined up behind the gate to do battle and a battle it was from the word go. The 6-5 post time favorite Rock N Tony was given his marching orders from driver Trace Tetrick as he left alertly from post nine to get the first call. On The Virg and Eric Goodell also left for early position from post seven but settled along the rail in second while Air Strike and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected their rail position and were following along closely in third. In what would be the first of many lead changes, Air Strike was up to grab command from Rock N Tony just past the half in :55.1. Just as soon as Air Strike settled in on the point, Goodell had On The Virg out and taking aim at the leader. On The Virg was matching strides with Air Strike at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and as the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open. On The Virg looked to be up to the task but Air Strike wasn't finished. Wrenn Jr. asked his mount for more late in the lane and Air Strike found a :28.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith employed an impressive late closing burst to get up for second place honors while Meadowbrook Tiger and LeWayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. As the 5-2 second choice, Air Strike returned $7.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Well, the trip didn't work out quite like I thought," Fagan said after the victory. "He's a grinder and that's a great quality to have especially after a busy mile like that. He's a very nice colt and has done everything right since we've had him in the barn." Owned by Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the son of Always A Virgin-My Best Girl has now won two of five lifetime starts with only one off the board finish. Air Strike has now earned $53,200 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing will continue on Friday, August 26 with a 14-race card that features two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 24, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 24 card with a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and it was Hoosier Park's leading harness racing driver, Trace Tetrick, who teamed up with trainer Erv Miller to sweep both divisions. It was the third round of five $75,000 preliminary finals offered throughout the stakes season for the freshman fillies. Hah ChaChaCha made amends for last week's second place finish in the eliminations to pull the 7-1 upset and score in a new lifetime best of 1:53.3 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Hah ChaChaCha did the rest to finish two lengths in front of her next closest competitor. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Hah ChaChaCha settled along the rail in sixth while Amazing Arya and John DeLong were setting the early tempo. Amazing Arya dictated fractions of :26.4 and :55.2 but Jason Dillander had the heavy post time favorite, Firstup, out and firing. Firstup grabbed the lead just before the third station in 1:24.3 but her lead would be short-lived as Hah ChaChaCha made a sweeping move to the lead and never looked back. Always Giggling and Andy Shetler staged a determined rally late in the lane but would have to settle for second place honors while Pretty Image and Dale Hiteman were third. Hah ChaChaCha returned $16.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She had to work hard tonight off of that trip," Tetrick noted after the victory. "We made a bridle change after her elimination last week and she responded gamely tonight. There was a head wind and the conditions weren't ideal but she raced great." With the win, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm notched her fifth victory from nine lifetime starts. Owned by Shim Racing LLC, Hah ChaChaCha has now bankrolled $73,313 for her connections. Coming off the victory in the pacing filly final, Miller and Tetrick were holding a hot hand in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies and Foxy Swan delivered as the 3-5 post time favorite. Foxy Swan solidified her divisional dominance in the two-year-old trotting filly ranks as she scored an easy two length victory and second $75,000 final win on the season. Driving confidently from the start, Tetrick pulled Foxy Swan just past the half and she maintained a clear advantage all the way to the wire. Stopping the timer in 1:58, Foxy Swan used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late charge from Doug Rideout and Ajessia. Donnas Dream and Robert Taylor rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.80 at the betting windows. "She raced great," Tetrick said. "She got to sit in for a good portion of the trip and was strong all the way to the wire. Erv (Miller) and his team have been doing a great job keeping them sharp all season." Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won four of seven lifetime outings. With the win, Foxy Swan sent her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark as she has now amassed $107,286 lifetime. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Three $20,000 eliminations for the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters will also compliment the 14-race card for Thursday. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 4, 2016 - Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong who steered 6 winners on the 14-race harness racing program. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Love To Win and Trevor Smith were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy-favorite Fawn De Savage was away a worrisome sixth in the early stages of the race. Naughty III continued to call the shots through the second split in :57.2 but Andy Shetler had Fireball's Prayers out and pointed to grab the lead approaching the final turn. Fireball's Prayers was still in command at the third station in 1:25.4 but Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger were first-over taking aim at the leader with Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith in tow. Fireball's Prayer's was able to put away Nothing But Nice but Naughty III was desperate for racing room. DeLong found the late room he needed up the passing lane and Naughty III used a :28.4 final quarter to find the wire nearly a length in front of Ooh La La La. Nothing But Nice held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Naughty III returned $8.40 at the betting windows. "She raced awesome," DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "She's a really nice filly and everything worked out for us. I didn't know if I was going to get through but when things opened up, she was game. She raced really big tonight." The victory was a new lifetime best for the Melanie Wrenn trainee. Naughty III notched her second victory from six seasonal starts and seventh lifetime victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Msnaughtybynature has now amassed $206,078 lifetime for her owners, The Kales Company and Wrenn Racing LLC. The victory was one of six winners on the program for DeLong who won half of the races in which he competed this evening. DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time on the 14-race card in the opening leg of the pick-4 sequence, race 3, behind Cinderlane Jade for trainer Trent Stohler. DeLong then went on to capture the next three races in the pick-4 sequence with FF Big Show, Siskel, and Starry Skys, respectively. His next victory came after a near gate to wire victory with McKinley Ivy who broke his maiden in 1:56 for trainer Karlee Roach. "Well I certainly didn't expect to win six of 12," DeLong noted with a smile after his victory in the featured race of the evening. "You always want to have a good night but you have to have a little luck and things have to go your way-tonight, they did. All the horses I had to drive raced really well tonight." The Wisconsin native started his career at the Illinois fair circuit in 2005 and now at the age of 27 has over $11 million in career purse earnings. Last year, in his first full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $2.4 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, nearly doubling his stats from previous years. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2016 with 170 wins behind Trace Tetrick who leads all drivers with 199 trips to the winner's circle. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 5 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 3, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 3 card with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman colt and filly trotters and it was Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. It was one of three wins on the evening's 14-race harness racing card for Tetrick and back to back upset victories in each of the stake races. In the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, Tetrick utilized a patient drive to guide Foxy Swan to the winner's circle in 1:57. It was the second consecutive victory for Foxy Swan after she was victorious in her elimination at Hoosier Park last week and the 1:57 mark was a new lifetime best. Leaving from the coveted rail position, Tetrick eased Foxy Swan off the gate to find a pocket seat while a host of others battled for early position. Satin Dancer and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but their lead would be short-lived as Doug Rideout would have the even money favorite, Ajessia, pointed to the front. Ajessia dictated middle fractions of :57.4 and 1:28 before Robert Taylor and Donnas Dream were applying pressure first-over on the outside. Donnas Dream was able to put away Ajessia but Foxy Swan loomed large in the background. Tetrick tipped Foxy Swan to the outside and she utilized a :28 final quarter to trot on to the wire nearly two lengths in front of Satin Dancer. Donnas Dream held on to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Foxy Swan returned $7.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a nice filly," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She seems to be getting better with every start and is getting good at the right time." Trained by Erv Miller, Foxy Swan has now won three of five lifetime starts while bankrolling $67,050. The daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click is owned by The Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi. In the very next race on the card, Tetrick used the same patient tactics utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to guide Bumblebzbuzz to victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:58, Bumblebzbuzz staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the 8-1 upset for trainer Tom T. Tetrick. Tetrick eased Bumblebzbuzz off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh while the battle was on for early position as soon as the wings of the gate folded. Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington left alertly to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but Jason Dillander and Time To Travel also wanted the front. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the next to take command as they called the shots through middle fractions of :58.3 and 1:29.0. As the field turned for home, it appeared to be a wide open race. With the horses on the front beginning to fade, Tetrick tipped Bumblebzbuzz around the tiring cover and the three-year-old gelding coasted to the wire with a :27.4 final quarter. My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon rallied nicely for second place honors while Swan Chase and Rick Plano finished third. Bumblebzbuzz returned $18.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "I always thought he was a nice colt training down," trainer Tom T. Tetrick, who also co-owns the gelding with Ervin Wickey, noted in the winner's circle. "He's had some issues and we've had to work through them but he is a nice colt. I wasn't sure how tonight would work out but we got lucky that the trip worked out for us and the horse raced really well." It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and second career victory from five starts for the son of Pinetucky-Bumblebzannie. Bumblebzbuzz has now earned $52,500 lifetime for his connections. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photos: 1) Foxy Swan and Trace Tetrick capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park. 2) Bumblebzbuzz and Trace Tetrick pull the 8-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 2, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled harness racing card on Tuesday, August 2, and it was an evening ruled by favorites The 14-race card featured five of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old divisions and the post time favorite delivered in all five divisions. This marked the third round of the $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the freshman competitors. Fresh off a convincing win the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination action last week by four and a half lengths, Firstup and Jason Dillander turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. In near gate to wire fashion, Firstup was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in third before ranging up to take the lead. She dictated middle fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.4 before cruising to the wire under a hand drive. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Firstup finished three lengths in front of Always Giggling and Andy Shetler. As the heavy betting favorite, Firstup returned $4.40 at the betting windows. Trained by Robert Taylor, the two-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Sand Pleasure notched her third consecutive Hoosier Park victory and third lifetime victory from six starts. Owned by Bumkum Valley Stable, Mack Racing Stables, and D. Riccolo, Firstup has now earned $60,000 lifetime. Not to be outdone by her 2-year-old counterpart, Seventimesavirgin also turned in a gutsy victory to score her fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin benefitted from a pocket trip to score in 1:50.2, a new lifetime best performance. Rockalina and Mike Peterson dictated fractions of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23.1 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket. As the field turned for home, the fractions began to take its toll on the leader and DeLong gave Seventimesavirgin the green light. She exploded with a :26.4 final quarter to finish five lengths in front of Can't Touch This and Eric Goodell. As the 3/5 post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's been so great," DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "She loves pacing home and the trips have worked out for us these last few starts. It's been a lot of fun." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her seventh victory of the season from eight starts and is undefeated in three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old pacing fillies this season. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $229,740 lifetime while winning 12 of 20 lifetime outings. Fly Jesse Fly didn't disappoint as the post time favorite as he went gate to wire in his assignment in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:53.3. Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick used their customary front-running tactics to dictate fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:25.1 before ever feeling a threat. Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were applying pressure to the outside as the field straightened away for home but Fly Jesse Fly didn't waiver. Bridge To Jesse's made a costly break late in the lane and Fly Jesse Fly coasted home to win by two lengths. The Ron Otto trainee returned $3.00 for the victory. "He's a very nice horse," Otto noted in the winner's circle. "He takes great care of himself, he practically trains himself. He rests when he needs to rest and is all business when he needs to be. He's been a pleasure to have in the barn." With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his seventh win from 11 starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $139,962. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won 10 of 24 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was up next and after an eventful mile, it was Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick who delivered as the 6-5 post time favorite, winning in a new lifetime best of 1:52.3. On The Virg, driven by Eric Goodell, and Man of Excess, driven by Brandon Bates were the early breakers and scattered the field through the early stages of the race. Rock N Tony was third along the rail through the opening panel in :27 but Tetrick was unwilling to take any chances and sent his colt to the front. Rock N Tony grabbed the lead just past the half in :56.2 but Unofficial Business and Tyler Smith were quickly applying pressure to the outside. As the rest of the field closed in, Tetrick asked Rock N Tony for more and he responded gamely with a :27.2 closing quarter to get the victory by two lengths. Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished a game second while Ponda's Prospect and John DeLong rallied nicely to finish third. Trained by Erv Miller, Rock N Tony notched his third lifetime victory from four outings. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious has now earned $63,500 for owners Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings rounded out the stakes action for the evening and produced an exciting stretch duel won by the heavy post time favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler. The 1:50.3 victory was not only the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for Bourbon Chase but also a new lifetime mark. LeWayne Miller sent Mystical Rock away from the gate firing to set the early tempo of :25.4. Shetler made his game winning move down the backside as Bourbon Chase grabbed command just past the half in :54.3 and never looked back. As the field turned for home, Enoch and Terry Cullipher were gaining ground first-over on the outside while Duel of Truth and John DeLong were also a staging a big rally in the passing lane. Using a :27.4 final quarter, Bourbon Chase withstood all challengers to get the victory by a half length. "I always knew he was a nice colt," Shetler noted in the winner's circle. "Maybe not this nice, but he's always been a good colt. He's still very green but he just keeps getting better with every start. He's getting race smart and has a lot of ability." Owned by Kristin Shetler and Dan Shetler, the three-year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty has now won seven of nine lifetime starts. Unraced at two, Bourbon Chase has now earned $101,350 lifetime. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 3 with a 14-race card that will feature two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old trotters. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Guaranteed Wagers on Wednesday at Hoosier Park With a carry-over in excess of $4,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool for Wednesday, August 3 along with a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the 14-race card on Wednesday that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Two long-shot winners in Tuesday's Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $4,042.62 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Wednesday. The 14-race card slated for Wednesday will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:25 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association and Hoosier Park websites. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. The Pick-4 wager on Wednesday will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners. The $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the first race of the pick-5 sequence each Wednesday night. On a 14-race card, the guaranteed trifecta will be offered in the tenth race of the program with an approximate post time of 8:45 p.m. No superfecta wagering will be available on the race featuring the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment of live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2016 - Paver Jack used a strong stretch rally to pull the 28-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9. Skillfully driven by Tyler Smith, Paver Jack avoided an early speed dual to score in 1:51, recording a new lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds. Mike Peterson sent Matrix of Luck away from the gate firing as they grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.1 with Paver Jack leaving just enough to grab a pocket seat. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in third but quickly made a move to the front. Ville Valo reached the lead at the half in :54.4 and was quickly joined on the outside by Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander who were heading the first-over attack. The heavy betting favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler, were well placed second-over at three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3. Ville Valo continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but there was a cavalry charge behind him. Ville Valo was able to put away Downthehighwy but Paver Jack and a host of others were looming large in the background. Bourbon Chase tipped off cover just as Duel of Truth and John DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane. Smith also found late racing room and Paver Jack used a :26.4 final quarter to prevail in a tight photo. Bourbon Chase rallied nicely to finish second while Duel of Truth rounded out the trifecta. As the fourth longest shot on the board, Paver Jack returned $59.00 for the victory. "I knew I didn't want to get in too much of an early speed battle," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "After driving him last week, I knew this was a really nice colt. I didn't know if I had enough to hold off the horses on the outside but he raced really well tonight. He's a nice colt and Tyler (George) has got him really sharp right now." Trained by Tyler George, Paver Jack notched the third win of the season from 14 starts while bankrolling $72,597 in 2016. Owned and bred by Leroy Slabaugh, the son of Panspacificflight-Not Home Yet has now won 4 of 20 lifetime outings. With the win, Paver Jack also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Live racing action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 12 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 8, 2016 -- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to congratulate the connections of the Indiana-sired horses, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit on their recent success in Grand Circuit racing action. The 5-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki captured the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a world record equaling mile of 1:47 while Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit finished a game second and third, respectively. The winning time equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou. With nearly 2 million in purses offered on the evening's 14-race card, the Sun Stakes Championship Night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono showcased arguably the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled on a single card thus far in 2016 and the results did not disappoint. Not only did the Indiana-sired horses complete the trifecta in what some were calling the race of the decade, Always B Miki is now the No. 1 ranked horse in the sport of harness racing's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly poll. Along with Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit and the Indiana-sired, aged trotting mare Hannelore Hanover are included in this week's top 10 rankings. "We are both elated and proud that these horses are representing the state of Indiana in such fine fashion on the national harness racing scene," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The fact that the state program continues to evolve and produce national champions speaks for itself." With hopes of another highly anticipated aged pacing rematch in their home-state of Indiana, all three of the Indiana-sired pacing superstars have been nominated and will headline the list of the 26 horses made eligible to Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. Just as it has in years past, Hoosier Park's 23rd edition of the Dan Patch has attracted some of the nation's top rated older pacers and will highlight the racing program on Friday, August 12. "On behalf of everyone at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, we want to congratulate these horses on their success and wish them the best of luck in future races," Moore continued. "Of course, we are hoping the Dan Patch Stakes will find all three returning to their home state of Indiana to continue this new found rivalry." Once again, the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 2016 harness racing season as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval seeking glory in Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, the purse for the 2016 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes action and specialty wagers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park will host "Thrillyard 200" featuring helicopter rides, zip-lining and a food truck festival for racing fans. Live racing on Saturday will be held at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for a free concert by country music legends Asleep At The Wheel in the Outdoor Music Center. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2016 - Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to score in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Fly Jesse Fly was sent away from the gate firing but he would have to work for his position as Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream also left aggressively. J-S Livethedream found the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but Fly Jesse Fly continued his mission to the front and grabbed command at the half in :57.1. J-S Livethedream benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in fifth. Fly Jesse Fly went unchallenged to the third station in 1:25.2 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Bridge To Jesse's was underway with Lil Day Drinkin and Walter Haynes Jr. in tow but he would have his work cut out for him. Tetrick asked Fly Jesse Fly for more and he responded with a :28.4 final quarter to finish three lengths to the good. Bridge To Jesse's rallied nicely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors while Lil Day Drinkin rounded out the trifecta. As the 5/2 second choice, Fly Jesse Fly returned $7.00 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his fourth win from eight starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $85,275. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won seven of 21 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts also produced a mild upset on the evening as On The Virg and Eric Goodell scored in 1:53.2, a new lifetime best. Also using gate-to-wire tactics, On The Virg notched his second lifetime victory and made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts after scoring in his elimination last week. Saddled with the outside post nine, On The Virg left aggressively but would be caught wide as Always A Shark and Doug Rideout protected their inside position. On The Virg would reach the front at the opening quarter of :27.1 and dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before coasting home a winner. Using a :27.4 final quarter, On The Virg coasted to the wire to win by a length over Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. Incredible Shark and Sam Widger also rallied gamely in the lane to round out the trifecta. On The Virg returned $12.80 for the win and Meadowbrook Tiger, the heavy betting favorite, was off the ticket. Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A. Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi scored his second win in 2 lifetime starts. On The Virg has now earned $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Fly Jesse Fly and On The Virg also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 8 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old pacing fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2016 - Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ajessia broke her maiden in fine fashion as she used a perfectly timed rally to pull the slight upset and best nine other rivals in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Trained and driven Doug Rideout, Ajessia scored her first career victory from just two lifetime starts in 1:57.3. Leaving from post three, Ajessia left just enough for position but a host of others also had the same idea. Trace Tetrick had Foxy Swan out and firing from post five and the duo grabbed the early lead in :27.4. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Ajessia continued her mission to the front and grabbed command just past the half in :57.1 but would yield the lead back to Foxy Swan approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Foxy Swan looked strong on the front but the field was starting to close in at the third station in 1:27.3. LeWayne Miller had Satin Dancer well placed along the rail in third but Ajessia was looming large in the pocket. Rideout tipped his filly to the outer flow and she dug in gamely to track down the leader and finish four lengths to the good. Satin Dancer rallied nicely in the lane to finish second while Foxy Swan held on for third. As the 7-1 choice, Ajessia returned $17.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She can be a little tough to handle," Rideout noted of his filly. "She's fast, that's for sure but she is a handful and you just have to be careful with her. She threw her head last week so I let her have her way this week. I've always known she was fast, we just have to be careful with her." With the win, Ajessia not only scored her first career victory but also scored the first victory for her owners at S&R Racing who are new to harness racing this season. Purchased for $55,000 at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Atia has now earned $39,900 lifetime for her connections. With the win, Ajessia also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. J-S Jesses Girl and Sam Widger also used a big rally late in the lane to score at odds of 5-1 in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 2:00.1, the two-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Whatsyourpleasurek scored her first career victory from five starts for owner Jack Myers Racing, LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 1, 2016 - White Metro returned to her winning ways as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 1 at odds of 6-1. After a third place finish at this level last week, White Metro and harness racing driver Jason Dillander staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3, just missing her lifetime mark established earlier this season. Sparks were flying early as Tyler Smith sent Rock The Look away from the gate firing but a host of others also left aggressively. Rock The Look got the first call but her lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite, American Girl, dialed in and aimed to the front. American Girl grabbed the lead just past the quarter in a brisk :25.4 and would continue to call the shots through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 while the field remained in single file order. Unable to wait any longer, Dillander gave White Metro the green light and she began the long first-over grind with Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. As the field turned for home, American Girl looked strong on the front but would have her work cut out for her down the long Hoosier Park stretch with the rest of the field closing in. Just as White Metro reached the leader, Wild Wanda tipped off her back and fanned out across the track. Dillander asked his mount for more and White Metro dug in gamely to wear down American Girl and hold of Wild Wanda to prevail in a tight photo. Despite her best efforts, American Girl was forced to settle for second place honors while Wild Wanda rounded out the trifecta. White Metro returned $14.80 to her backers at the betting window. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, White Metro scored the fifth victory from 12 starts this season while bankrolling $208,107 lifetime. Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the four-year-old daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie notched her 15th career victory from 49 outings. The evening also featured three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two and three-year-old pacing fillies on the 14-race card. It was the opening round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors and second round for the sophomores. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for their respective division slated for Friday, July 8 at Hoosier Park. Can't Touch This and Dan Shetler turned in the fastest division for the three-year-old pacing fillies as they took their split in 1:51.2. Trained by Roger Welch, Can't Touch This notched her second win of the season from four starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika has now earned $213,354 lifetime for her owners W.C. DeLong, W.P. DeLong, D.A. Riccolo. Hah ChaChaCha produced the fastest mile of the three splits of eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies after using a near gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:55.1 with LeWayne Miller in the bike. It was the second consecutive victory from two starts for the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm. Trained by Erv Miller, Hah ChaChaCha has now earned $15,000 lifetime for her connections at Shim Racing, LLC. It was also one of four victories on the evening's card for driver LeWayne Miller. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 2 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Saturday's 14-race card will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the sophomore pacing colts. In conjunction with the live racing action on Saturday, the 2nd annual Hoosierfest Community Carnival returns to Hoosier Park for three fun-filled, action-packed days of rides, games, fair food and amusement. The carnival is located in the South parking lot at Hoosier Park and all ages are welcome. Guests can enjoy full-day, unlimited ride passes for only $25. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the early stages of the 2016 harness racing season with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 4. The evening's 14-race harness racing card featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. With heavy rain in the area earlier in the day, the track was rated sloppy for the first seven races but was upgraded to good just before the stakes action got underway in the evening's eighth race. The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Oh La La La made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action as she overcame the outside post eight to score in 1:56.1. Driven by Tyler Smith, Oh La La La took advantage of a second-over trip and used a :27.4 final quarter to score her second consecutive victory by two lengths. Nothing But Nice and Ricky Macomber Jr. dictated fractions of :28, and :58.0 before Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler were applying pressure to the outside. Smith had Oh La La La were well placed second-over and when he tipped his mount to the outside, she responded gamely. Just Jess and Doug Rideout, who were sent off as the heavy betting favorite, rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Fawn De Savage maintained her position to round out the trifecta. Oh La La La returned $10.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's had a couple issues," trainer Jeff Smith noted in the winner's circle. "We've worked on those and she has really come around. We were really happy with her last week but she proved tonight she is a really nice filly." Oh La La La has now won 5 of 14 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $81,210. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust has won two of her three starts as a sophomore and is owned by Tdtrot LLC. Fresh off a win in his elimination last week, Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominant performance to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts with driver John DeLong. With a final time of 1:55.1, Bridge To Jesse's scored his second consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. DeLong sent Bridge To Jesse's away from the gate firing from post nine to grab the lead through an opening panel in :28.4. Their lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick gave Fly Jesse Fly the green light and they took control just before the half to set :57.4 and 1:27.2 middle fractions. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for the stretch battle. DeLong tipped Bridge To Jesse's to the outside from the pocket and the Roger Welch trainee did the rest. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Bridge To Jesse's trotted to the wire to finish four lengths in front of Fly Jesse Fly. Ktl's Lucky Strike and Robert Taylor rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. "Well, I knew we had to go forward off the gate from post nine," driver John DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "He's very versatile and is very well mannered. He's great racing off a helmet so the trip couldn't have worked out any better for us." With the win, Bridge To Jesse's scored his 12th lifetime victory from 14 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere was Indiana's two-year-old trotting colt champion and has now pushed his lifetime bankroll to $356,593 for owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. DeLong, and R. Welch. On the pacing side of things, DeLong found the winner's circle once again, this time with Seventimesavirgin in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:53.1, Seventimesavirgin staged a big rally late in the lane to remain undefeated in three starts in her sophomore campaign. DeLong left aggressively from post four and was able to grab the lead through an opening panel in :27.3. Rick Plano and Diamondtequilashot were the first to take aim at the leader and DeLong yielded command at the second station in :57.1. Diamondtequilashot continued to call the shots at the three-quarter mark in 1:25 but the rest of the field was closing in. While most of the challengers moved to the outside, DeLong moved Seventimesavirgin up the passing lane and she employed a :27.2 final quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. closed evenly to finish second while Au D Lox Bluegrass and Trace Tetrick were third. "She's a pretty special horse to us," DeLong noted of the homebred filly after the victory. "She's been perfect. We put her away on a good note last season so she is really fresh and sharp right now." "She's a big strong mare," he continued. "This weather changing all the time can be hard on her and she didn't have the best week this week but she raced awesome tonight. She is pretty special to us, my dad bred her and she was raised right in our backyard. She's as good as they come for us." Trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won eight of 15 lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven has now accumulated $132,190 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Jesse DeLong. In the very next race, Matrix of Luck and Mike Peterson delivered as the even money favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a final time of 1:51. Driven by Mike Peterson, Matrix of Luck made their game winning move down the backside to score their second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.1. Peterson gave Matrix of Luck the green light down the backside and he reached the front at the half in :55.3 and then on to the third station in 1:23.1. As the rest of the field started to close in turning for home, Matrix of Luck found another gear. Utilizing a :27.4 final kick, Matrix of Luck cruised to the wire three lengths in front of a hard charging Duel of Truth and John DeLong. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. "Last week was the first time I drove him and he was awesome," Peterson noted in the winner's circle. "He was pretty aggressive last week but he relaxed tonight and really raced liked a professional." "I knew everyone would be leaving for position so we settled off the gate but I also didn't want to get him in trouble so I had to move down the backside. He let me do what I want with him and really raced great. I'd like to thank his connections for the opportunity to drive him." Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the second win of his three-year-old season from just three outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid was the two-year-old pacing colt champion in the state of Indiana and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $$292,500 with the victory tonight. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 7 with a 13-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the early stages of the 2016 harness racing season on Saturday, June 4 with some of Indiana's finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been carded and will feature four $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors. The Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2016 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. "Our Hoosier Champions Night has become a much-anticipated event among horsemen and racing fans alike," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The Indiana Sires Stakes program continues to improve every year and we are excited to highlight another season of the best state-breds that Indiana has to offer." The three-year-old filly trotters will kick-off the stakes action for the evening and have been slated as the 8th race on the 14-race program. Indiana's reigning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Just Jess, will start from the trailing post position ten with trainer, driver Doug Rideout in the sulky. Just Jess will be looking to score her second consecutive victory of the season and has been entrusted as the 9-5 favorite. Owned by Alan White and Julie Rideout, the homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide has bankrolled $256,365 lifetime while winning eight of 17 career starts. A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. Bridge To Jesse's, Indiana's two-year-old trotting colt of the year, has been handed post nine for driver John DeLong. A winner in last week's elimination round, Bridge To Jesse's will have has his work cut out for him as Fly Jesse Fly puts a three race win streak on the line from the coveted rail position for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Ron Otto. In the three-year-old pacing filly ranks, Seventimesavirgin will look to remain undefeated from two starts in 2016 starting from post four for trainer, driver John DeLong. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven scored her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in the elimination round of the stakes action last week in 1:52.2 by two lengths. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts is the twelfth race on the program and will feature a talented field of ten. Matrix of Luck has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice and will look to score his second consecutive victory for the season after establishing a new lifetime best of 1:50.3 in his elimination last week. The son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid will start from the rail position with Mike Peterson in the bike. Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck has amassed $255,000 lifetime and won 8 of 14 career outings for owners Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher. Saturday's 14-race card is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' will return this Saturday and continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. At the conclusion of live racing, Kandis Chambers will perform live on the Terrace Showroom stage. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 and the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Matrix of Luck, the Hoosier state's two-year-old pacing colt champion, returned to his winnings ways to score in 1:50.3, the fastest division of the evening. With Mike Peterson at the lines, Matrix of Luck protected his rail position and was sent away from the gate firing through an opening panel in :27. Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Tyler Smith grabbed a pocket seat while Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander were next in line third. Matrix of Luck went uncontested through splits of :55.1 and 1:23.1 but saved his best for last. As the field turned for home, Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to commit to the outer flow and taking aim at the leader. Mgsperkg Bluegrass tipped from the pocket but Matrix of Luck was too strong. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Matrix of Luck finished four lengths to the good over Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Uncmprmsing Z Tam. Owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher, Matrix of Luck scored the first win of his three-year-old season from two starts and eighth lifetime win. Trained by Roger Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid also established a new lifetime mark with the win. In the next division, Bourbon Chase recorded his first stakes victory to remain perfect in three starts this season, scoring tonight in 1:51.2. Driven and trained by Dan Shetler, Bourbon Chase made his game winning move down the backside and used a :27.2 final quarter to secure the win over Shocking Image and Trace Tetrick. The homebred son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty was unraced at two but has won all three of his lifetime outings at three. Owned by Dan Shelter and Kristin Shetler, Bourbon Chase has now earned $20,500 lifetime. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a gritty, front-running effort to take the third split of the stakes action in 1:51.2. It was the second consecutive victory for the Ron Burke trainee who also established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and P. Collura, Ville Valo has now won three of seven seasonal starts while bankrolling $22,310 in 2016. The gelded son of Real Desire-Pleasantville has now won six of 17 career outings. Each of the divisional winners from the three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for June 4 at Hoosier Park. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 31 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. Emily Gaskin

The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 25 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination races showcasing the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the state. A total of 36 sophomore trotting fillies were entered in the opening round of the harness racing stakes action. In addition to the stakes races, racing fans are reminded of two signature wagering opportunities for Wednesday's 14-race card at Hoosier Park. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta has been added to the wagering menu and will be offered in the opening leg of the pick-5 wager every Wednesday night. In addition, Hoosier Park will offer a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers on Wednesday nights throughout the live racing season. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on Hoosier Park's website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website. The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday with the three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card schedule for Thursday, May 26. The three-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Friday, May 27 and the three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, May 28. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on Saturday, October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

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