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ANDERSON, Ind.-October 15, 2016 - The top harness racing two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 to battle it out in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a beautiful, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some spectacular harness racing battles and hard-earned divisional championships. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2016 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Fawn De Savage who turned in a dominant performance to score in 1:54.4. Trainer, driver Dan Shetler sent Fawn De Savage away from the gate firing from post five and she grabbed command through the opening panel in :28.1. Fawn De Savage dictated middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 while Naughty III and John DeLong were content to sit in the pocket. Tyler Smith gave Ooh La La La the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up to match strides with the leader. Just as the field turned for home it appeared that the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire, however Ooh La La La made a costly break and took herself out of contention. Fawn De Savage took full advantage and coasted on to the wire to win by open lengths over Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger. You Me and Rosie and Darrell Wright rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for third place honors. Fawn De Savage returned $6.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She had plenty of ability at two," Shetler noted in the winner's circle. "But like most fillies, just needed to grow up and mature. I always knew she would be a nice filly we just had to take our time with her." "I wanted to leave with her tonight without using her too hard," he continued. "I knew if I could get her out of there and they left her alone, she would be strong. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch but that other filly (Ooh La La La) is a nice filly too, when she made a break I knew we were home free." With the win, Fawn De Savage recorded her eighth win of the season from 19 starts and 11th lifetime victory. Owned by Fawn De Mon Farms, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has now amassed $320,396 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies The two-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Goose's Weedie and Sam Widger who pulled the first of many upsets on the evening in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Sent of at odds of 8-1, Goose's Weedie used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:54.4. John DeLong had Amazing Arya firing from the gate and she was the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2 before yielding the lead to Rockin Serena and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Serena led the field through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1 but was soon joined on the outside by the heavy post-time favorite, Hah ChaChaCha and Trace Tetrick. While the damage was being done on the front, the rest of the field was winding up to take aim at the leaders. Brandon Bates had Rock Me Gorgeous well placed second-over but the biggest threat was still behind him. Widger tipped Goose's Weedie past tiring cover and she responded to the find the wire a length in front of Rock Me Gorgeous. Sand Madeline and Brett Miller used a late surge to round out the trifecta. With the upset, Goose's Weedie returned $18.20 to her backers at the betting window. "This is a very special moment for me," trainer Mike Hollenback said after the win. "Being from Anderson and growing up around harness racing, this is as good as it gets for me." "It really was an ideal trip for her," he continued. "She's a small filly and doesn't seem to like the front-end too much so it worked out for us. She's always been a nice filly and she showed it tonight." Goose's Weedie notched just the second win of her career from 13 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The homebred daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Nonstop To The Top has now earned $141,650 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Charles Kline. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts The upset trend continued in the very next race of the program, the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as Ultimate Encore and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. found the winner's circle at odds of 9-1. The Jeff Edwards trainee was a decisive winner, winning by four lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:58. After a costly break by the heavy favorite Jesse V behind the gate, the race was a wide open affair. Trace Tetrick sent Bumblebzbuzz to the front to dictate first half fractions of :28 and :57.2. Herbies Wild Child was content to sit in the pocket while Swan Chase and Rick Plano were next in line third. Plano gave his mount the green light and he was matching strides with the leader at three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1. Swan Chase was able to put away Bumblebzbuzz but he would have his work cut out for him as Ultimate Encore was looming large in the background. Wrenn Jr. was well placed second and when he asked his mount for more, Ultimate Encore responded with a :29.2 final quarter to trot past his rivals well in hand at the wire. Swan Chase held on for second while Dream of Elegance and Dale Hiteman rallied nicely for third. With the upset, Ultimate Encore returned $20.00 at the betting windows. "I've never driven the horse before and didn't get a chance to talk to Jeff (Edwards) before the race," Wrenn Jr. said after the victory. "I looked at the program and knew I wanted to get a trip with him especially since the front end hasn't been holding up tonight. I was able to fall in line and come second-over and the colt responded. He really raced strong tonight, he's a very nice colt." Owned by D L Dennis, Dolne Farm Services, and J. Johannsen, Ultimate Encore has now won two of his 14 lifetime outings. With the victory, the gelded son of Encore Encore-Southwind Ultima has now amassed $145,400 in lifetime earnings. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Seventimesavirgin proved her divisional dominance yet again with a 1:50.3 victory as the 2-5 favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With the win, Seventimesavirgin notched her ninth straight Hoosier Park victory but more impressively, made a clean sweep of the stakes action to remain undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes this season. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin powered away from the gate to reach the first quarter in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Todd Warren gave Can't Touch This the green light and she grabbed the lead just before the half :55.3. Can't Touch This went uncontested through three-quarter clocking in 1:23.2 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket. Using a :26.4 final panel, Seventimesavirgin took the passing lane and paced away from the rest of the field to win by three lengths. Rockin Rum Springa and Ricky Macomber Jr. made up substantial ground late in the lane to finish second while Can't Touch This held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers. "We needed a trip this week," DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly, noted. "She's raced hard all year, she shows up every week and I couldn't have asked for the trip to work out any better for us tonight." "This is a special one for us," he continued while surrounded by family and friends in the winner's circle. "My mom is a cancer survivor and to have her here with us to enjoy this moment means the world to me. This is definitely a family affair." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her 12th win from 13 seasonal outings. Owned by Jesse J DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now bankrolled $426,140 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections while winning 17 of 25 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. followed suit to deliver as the 6-5 post time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Satin Dancer scored in 1:59.1 and extended her win streak to four in the process. Wrenn Jr. wasted no time as he sent Satin Dancer away from the gate from post two and she quickly grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. She went unchallenged through middle fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Intothelight and Rick Plano were the first to take aim at the leader approaching the final turn but Satin Dancer was strong on the lead. Jessi Lind and Rick Farrington were closing in quickly on the outside but Satin Dancer dug in gamely to win by a neck. Jessi Lind finished second while Hoosier Wiggles and John DeLong finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $4.60 for the win. "Anytime you have a two-year-old, you have to be nervous," trainer Byron Hooley said in the winner's circle. "She's been a nice filly all year, a fun filly to have in the barn. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) just started driving her a few starts ago; he's done a really great job with her. He gets along really well with her and said she's like a Cadillac to drive." Owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC, Satin Dancer recorded her eighth win from 15 lifetime outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred now sports a lifetime bankroll of $227,933. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Born To Thrive and driver, trainer Rick Plano pulled off the biggest surprise of the evening, prevailing at odds of 15-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4, Born To Thrive staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and establish a new lifetime mark in the process. John DeLong had the 1-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's on the front and he led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.3. Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick were on the attack first-over and at the top of the stretch was matching strides with Bridge To Jesse's. Fly Jesse Fly was able to put a nose in front but the taxing mile was beginning to take its toll. Just as the top pair started to fade, Plano tipped Born To Thrive to the outside and he kicked into high gear to surge past his rivals. Fly Jesse Fly held on for second while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman closed well for third place honors. "It's hard to be confident with the caliber of horses we were racing against in here tonight but this is a nice colt," driver, trainer Rick Plano commented. "I just bought him a few weeks ago, I made a few changes and he's really responded well to everything I've done. He's a nice colt that I think is only getting started." With the win, Born To Thrive has now won five of 28 lifetime outings and third win of the season. Owned by J.A. Campagnuolo, V.A. Contento, and M. Plano, the gelded son of Swan For All-Soxy Kosmos has now earned $141,933 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts On The Virg and Brett Miller turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:52.4, the Jim Dailey trainee dug in gamely to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score his sixth win of the season. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith left with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28.1 before yielding the lead to On The Virg just before the half. On The Virg dictated the tempo of :57 and 1:25 before Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Rock N Tony applying pressure to the outside first-over. As the field turned for home, Rock N Tony made a solid bid for the lead but On The Virg found another gear and drew away to win by two lengths. "Leaving the gate I could tell not a whole lot of people were leaving," Miller said after the race. "With the soft fractions I knew I had to make my move and when I saw the half mile time pop up, I had a lot of confidence in my colt." "The wind has died down a little and when we turned for home I was just hoping my colt could out sprint them," he continued. "He did. He's a very nice colt and paced strong all the way to the wire." Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A.Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, On The Virg recorded his sixth win from eleven seasonal outings. With the win, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi now sports a lifetime bankroll of $195,250. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts Brett Miller would find the winner's circle once more, this time with Uncmprmising Z Tam in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Using the same front-running tactics, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off all charges to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.2. Leaving from post five, Miller wasted no time as he sent the Wilbur Eash trainee to the front. Uncmprmising Z Tam led the field through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:22.3 before ever feeling a threat. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow but by the time the field rounded the final turn, Umcmprmising Z Tam's lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27.4 final panel, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off a late charge from Ricky Macomber Jr. and Downthehighwy to win by three lengths. Matrix of Luck and Trace Tetrick rallied from way back to round out the trifecta. As the 9-5 favorite, Uncmprmising Z Tam returned $5.80 for the win. With the win, Uncmprmising Z Tam notched his fourth win from 17 seasonal outings and seventh win from 26 lifetime starts. Owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC, the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover-Cosmic Grace has now amassed $231,288 for his connections. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, October 18 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. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 14, 2016 - He may not be a household name or a colt that people set a DVR to witness, but watch out world, On The Virg is on verge of stealing the harness racing spotlight all for himself. After all, who captures their first officially timed trip around an oval by the length of the homestretch and more? "He is such a nice colt," said conditioner Jim Daily. "You would not even know he is in the barn and he is so nice to drive. Josh Green called me after he won his first qualifier at Northfield by 40 lengths. I had a doctor's appointment that day, but after Josh called me up, I went up to Michigan and brought him home with me." Bred by Lavon Miller of Topeka, Ind., On The Virg is son of Always A Virgin and the Cam's Card Shark mare Modern Bobbi. Owned by Richard Lombardo, Howard Taylor, David Kryway and Eric Goodell, the gelding will attempt to place himself on center stage when he vies for the lucrative and prestigious victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on Saturday (Oct. 15). The 2-year-old will begin pacing from the coveted rail position as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Brett Miller gripping the lines. On The Virg will compete against a field of 10 rivals, but due to his previous performances, it appears only Rock N Tony (post two, Trace Tetrick, Erv Miller, 9-5) and Limited Edition (post 10, Sam Widger, Perry Smith, 5-1) have an opportunity to claim a championship crown as their own. "I have two very good colts and I'm not sure which one is better," Daily said. He was referring to Ohio Triple Crown victor Scotch McEwan, a son of McArdle and the Stand Forever mare Forever Ivy that has collected $213,462 on the racetrack. "They are just suit each program so well," Daily said. "On The Virg has so much speed and he is suited to a larger track like Hoosier." While the gelding has yet to net over $100,000 in career earnings, it appears to be only a matter of time before he leaves that milestone in his wake. On The Virg has banked $95,250 and sports a record of 10-5-1-1. His lifetime mark of 1:52, with a sparkling last quarter panel in :27 , was paced on Aug. 18 in an Indiana Sire Stakes elimination at Hoosier Park. "He is so fast it is easy to let him get into the race right off the gate," Daily said. "But you can do anything with him because he is so professional. He does not act like a 2-year-old. It's like he is an older horse. He behaves like a 4-year-old out there." With a premium draw and a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes triumph already on his resume, On The Virg is poised to place his name in the history books on Saturday night. "I think he is really going to show us something," Daily said. "He has a nice post and I feel like he is ready. He was a small horse when I bought him, but he has grown over the summer. He's still not a big horse, but he has filled out. He is a very talented colt and I'm looking forward to next year with him." The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts will be part of a stakes filled card at Hoosier Park on Saturday. With over $2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, 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 2016 Indiana stakes season. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Story by Kim French, on behalf of the United States Trotting Association.    

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 13, 2016 - The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 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 three-year-old trotting fillies. Fawn De Savage and driver, trainer Dan Shetler have been enlisted as the 5-2 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has won seven of 18 starts while bankrolling $133,109 this season. The sophomore pacing filly sensation Seventimesavirgin will put her 8-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trained and driven by John DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is undefeated in stakes action this season and will start from post three as the 4-5 morning line choice. Driver John DeLong will also look to keep a winning streak alive with Bridge To Jesse's who looks to notch his seventh consecutive victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Slated as the eleventh race on the 14-race card, Bridge To Jesse's will start from post eight as the even money morning line favorite for trainer Roger Welch. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts has been slated as the 13th race on the program and will provide an exciting conclusion to the evening's stakes action. Granite and driver Mike Peterson will look to score their second consecutive stakes victory against this group from post six for trainer Melanie Wrenn. The last time the sophomore pacing colts met behind the starting gate in stakes action, Granite pulled a 44-1 upset in the fifth and final $75,000 preliminary stakes final in September at Hoosier Park. "Hoosier Champions Super Finals Night has become a hallmark of the Hoosier Park racing season," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager or racing, Rick Moore noted. "It is with pride that we showcase the creame de la creame of Indiana Sired horses to the rest of the country and beyond. Who knows, several of these Indiana phenoms may soon follow in the footsteps of Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover." 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 as well. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. The annual Harvest Fest will celebrate the Fall season with annual favorites including an Antique Tractor Show, free hot buttered sweet corn, candy apples, a zip line, and free family activities. Free pumpkins and pumpkin painting will also be available while supplies last. Plus, racing fans can feast on Fall favorites including roasted butternut squash soup in the Homestretch Steakhouse, fresh harvest dishes in the Prime Harvest buffet and the season's best craft beers in the Dan Patch Brew House. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 12.   Emily Gaskin      

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2016 - Freshman 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 Wednesday, October 5. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Jesse V staged a valiant stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo for win in 1:58.2 and notch his third consecutive harness racing victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, Jesse V was away a worrisome seventh while a host of others left for early position. Herbies Wild Child was hustled off the gate by driver Rick Farrington to get the first call in :27.4 but Rick Plano also had Swan Chase out and firing. Swan Chase reached command at the half in :58 but things continued to be eventful on the front end as Darrell Wright had Striking Warrior on an assignment to the front approaching the final turn. Swan Chase continued to call the shots at third station in 1:28 but the rest of the field was steadily closing in. Don Harmon had My Uncle Cuz well placed second-over and he ranged up to engage the leader as the field straightened away for home. My Uncle Cuz was able to put a nose in front of a tiring Swan Chase but his biggest challenge was coming from behind him. Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard found late racing room up the passing lane but Macomber Jr. tipped Jesse V to the outside and the gelding surged to the wire to prevail in a tight photo. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush held on for third. As the post time favorite, Jesse V returned $5.20 for the victory. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the third win of his young career from twelve starts, incidentally all three of his career victories have been in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now amassed $155,000 for his connections. With the win, Jesse V solidified his spot in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 6 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. 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.-October 4, 2016 - Nothing But Nice and harness racing driver Sam Widger used a determined stretch rally to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 4. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to use the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage, to stop the timer in 1:56.4 over a fast track. After winning her elimination last week, Nothing But Nice made a clean sweep of the final round of the preliminary stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Nothing But Nice was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left for early position. Mayfair Kate and Earl Avenatti Jr. left aggressively and were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 while Rick Plano and Dont Ya also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Trace Tetrick was unable to find a spot along the rail with Let Her Go and was forced to press on to the front. Let Her Go reached the leader's wheel at the half in :57.2 but was unable to clear Mayfair Kate. Mayfair Kate continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who tipped out around a tiring Let Her Go. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 as the rest of the field was also closing in. Nothing But Nice was able to wear down Mayfair Kate but Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler were closing well on the outside. Nothing But Nice continued to rally and used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late surge from Playful Swan and Don Eash up the rail. Fawn De Savage got steppy late in the lane but held on to round out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $11.40 at the betting windows for the slight upset. "She always tries hard," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "She's a nice filly who gives it her all every week. She was very strong tonight." The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won four of 17 seasonal including the previous $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park in late August. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $216,385 while winning six of 26 lifetime outings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, October 5 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 10 on the card. 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. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2016 - The Hoosier state's top three-year-old pacing colts were in the harness racing spotlight on Thursday, September 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The evening's 14-race program was primarily ruled by long shots but it was Granite, with Mike Peterson at the lines, who converted a pocket trip and a break by the heavy favorite to pull the biggest upset of the night in the featured event of the evening. At odds of 44-1, Granite stopped the timer in 1:50.4 to win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post one in the talented field of nine, Peterson sent Granite away from the gate firing to protect their early position but would eventually relinquish the lead to the heavy favorite Duel of Truth and John DeLong at the first quarter in :27.1. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler also left well to grab a spot along the rail in third while Matrix of Luck and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third. Duel of Truth dictated middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.1 but was soon joined on the outside by Bourbon Chase with Matrix of Luck in tow. As the field turned for home, Duel of Truth and Bourbon Chase were matching strides and the stage was set for an epic battle to the wire. Duel of Truth appeared to be up to the task as he was able to put away Bourbon Chase half-way down the lane but Granite was looming large in the pocket. Just as Duel of Truth seemed to be pacing away from the rest of the field, he made a costly break and took himself out of the race. Granite inherited the lead and paced on to the wire to win by nearly two lengths and hold off a hard charging Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller. Bourbon Chase held on for third place honors. As the second longest shot on the board, Granite returned $90.60 to his loyal backers at the betting windows. The exacta including Granite and Uncmprmising Z Tam, at odds of 18-1, returned $836.80. "The trip worked out great, it actually couldn't have worked out any better for us," Peterson noted in the winner's circle. "I didn't know all that much about the hors because last week was the first time I had ever driven him but he raced really well last week too." "Coming around the last turn I knew he (Granite) had pace and I was just hoping to get a good check," he continued. "Every time I asked him though, he dug in a little more. He's a very nice colt." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Real Desire-Precious Stone notched his third win from 11 seasonal starts. Owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Granite has now won seven of 20 lifetime outings while bankrolling $145,252 in purse earnings in his career. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 16 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday's program will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and will also feature a $6,216.95 Pick-5 carryover beginning in Race 9 and a $3,896.24 Hoosier High 5 carryover in Race 13. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2016 - Foxy Swan, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, continued her divisional dominance as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With a final time of 1:57.2, the Erv Miller trainee made her game winning move down the backside to score by three lengths and notch her third consecutive stakes victory at Hoosier Park. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Foxy Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Intothelight and Rick Plano left alertly from post five to grab command at the first stop in :27.4 but would quickly yield the lead to Ajessia and Doug Rideout. Ajessia lead the field to the half in :57.3 but her lead would also be short-lived as Dan Shetler and Best Wishes wanted their turn on the front. Best Wishes was in command at the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.3 and as the field rounded the final turn, Tetrick had Foxy Swan pointed to the front. Foxy Swan ranged up to take the lead and as the field turned for home, her lead was ever-increasing. Using a :29.4 final panel, Foxy Swan coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths in front of Best Wishes. Intothelight continued to rally to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won six of nine lifetime outings, with five of those victories coming in her last six starts. With the win, Foxy Swan has now amassed $154,786 lifetime for her connections. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 14 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5 sequence, race 10. 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. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 10, 2016 - Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2., Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wins on the program. Leaving from post four, Widger sent Limited Edition away from the gate firing and he grabbed the early lead through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. On The Virg and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the heavy post time favorites, grabbed a pocket seat while Meadowbrook Tiger and Ross Leonard were next in line, third. On The Virg made his move to the lead down the backside and took command just past the half in :56. As the field reached the third station in 1:24.3, On The Virg continued to call the shots but Meadowbrook Tiger was applying pressure first-over with Rock N Tony and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. On The Virg was able to hold off Meadowbrook Tiger but his biggest threat was patiently waiting to strike from the pocket. Widger moved Limited Edition to the passing lane and he exploded past the leaders with a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by two lengths. Rock N Tony rallied for second while On The Virg held on for third place honors. Limited Edition returned $25.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's always been a nice colt," Widger noted after the victory. "We've just had some tough racing luck here and there. Tonight, the trip worked out perfect for us and he (Limited Edition) raced awesome." Trained and owned by Perry Smith, the son of Rockin Image-Modern Way notched his first victory from seven seasonal outings. Establishing a new lifetime mark with the win, Limited Edition has now amassed $56,550 lifetime. The victory was also one of four wins for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 13-race card. Widger pulled a 7-1 upset with Double A Cash Hall for trainer Scott Galloway in the $21,000 Invitational Trot earlier on the card. Widger's other two victories came in the 5th and 6th race behind The Right Move for trainer Tim Wilson Jr. and J-S Maple for trainer Jack Meyers, respectively. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 13 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. 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. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin solidified her divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, and remain flawless in stakes action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2. With a final time of 1:51, Seventimesavirgin coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths to the good and give driver John DeLong, who also trains the sophomore filly, one of his six driving wins on the program. Leaving from post three, DeLong eased Seventimesavirgin away from the gate to settle along the rail in third while Can't Touch This and Dale Hiteman got the first call through the first quarter in :26.2. Seventimesavirgin made her customary move to the front down the backside and when she reached the front at the half in :55, she never looked back. It wasn't until the three-quarter station in 1:24 that Seventimesavirgin began to separate herself from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin's lead was ever-increasing as Can't Touch This and the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Using a :27 final panel, Seventimesavirgin found the wire six lengths in front of Dalianna and Ross Leonard who rallied late in the lane. Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She's just awesome," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle after the victory. "She loves to pace home and loves her job. The ear plugs were still in at the wire tonight and she had plenty left in the tank. She's something special, not only to drive but for my family. We're lucky to have her." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her ninth victory of the season from ten starts. Her only loss of the season came earlier in the season in a conditioned event for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park where she finished fourth. Seventimesavirgin remains undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season and has now amassed $277,240 lifetime while winning 14 of 22 lifetime outings. The victory was one of six winners on the program for driver John DeLong who is currently second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park behind Trace Tetrick. DeLong also found the winner's circle with Im So Handsome for Hoosier Park's fractional ownership group, First Turn Stable. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Im So Handsome stopped the timer in 1:52.2 to notch his fourth win of the season from 27 outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 3 with a 14 race card highlighted by the $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invite Pace. 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, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 1, 2016 -- Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1. With a final time of 1:54.1, Bridge To Jesse's notched his third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and equaled his lifetime best. Leaving from post eight in the field of ten, Bridge To Jesse's left aggressively for early position but a host of others also left alertly. Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1 while Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick grabbed an early pocket seat. DeLong eased Bridge To Jesse's back along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. J-S Livethedream was able to slow the tempo and dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4 while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were the first to apply pressure, first-over. As the field turned for home, J-S Livethedream continued to call the shots but was bracing for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. Tetrick tipped Fly Jesse Fly to the outside and he made a bid at the leader but it was Bridge To Jesse's who utilized the passing lane to get up in the final strides and win by length. Topville Avatar staged a big rally late in the lane to take home second place honors while J-S Livethedream held on for third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's returned $3.40 to his backer's at the betting windows. "The trip never works out like you think it's going to," DeLong noted after the victory. "I didn't know what Sam (Widger) would do with his horse because I know he likes the front but it ended up working out for us in the end. My horse felt great tonight, he had a lot of trot and was strong at the wire." Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $473,024 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Bridge To Jesse's has now won eight of ten seasonal starts and has only two off the board finishes this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card also features the return of 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the $21,000 Invitational pace slated as race 9 on the program. 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. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 31, 2016 - After seven career starts, Jesse V made his first trip to the winner's circle in style as he captured the featured harness racing  event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Jesse V held off all challengers to win by a head and establish a new lifetime mark of 1:57.4 in the process. Starting from post seven in the field of ten, Macomber Jr. sent Jesse V away from the gate to the front but he would have to work for position as Time To Travel and Jason Dillander also left alertly for early position. Jesse V ranged up to take the lead just past the first station in :28 while Nutravictory benefitted from a pocket trip with Mr Powers and Doug Rideout content to follow along in third. Jesse V set the tempo of :58.3 and 1:28.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon were the first to apply pressure to the outside while Jesse Stone and Trace Tetrick were well placed second over. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and Jesse V responded gamely with a :29 final quarter to hold off all challenges and find the wire first. Time To Travel rallied nicely for second while Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington finished third. Sent off at odds of 7-2, Jesse V returned $11.00 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Mark P'Pool, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the first win of his young career from eight starts. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now bankrolled $72,600 for his connections. The stakes action for the evening kicked off with a 28-1 upset by Ideal Jesse and James Yoder in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:58.4, Ideal Jesse got up in the final strides of the mile to notch his second career victory and a new lifetime mark. Owned by James and Jesse Yoder, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Ideal Secret is trained by Verlin Yoder. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1 with a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. 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, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 30, 2016 - Nothing But Nice and harness racing driver Sam Widger used a valiant stretch rally to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 30. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to prevail in a tight photo in 1:56 over a sloppy rated track. After playing the bridesmaid in her last two outings, Nothing But Nice made amends this week to notch her second win of the season. After a break by the post-time favorite Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith behind the gate, John DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate and pointed to the front. Naughty III grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in :27.2 but wouldn't have the lead for long as Dan Shetler Jr. gave Fawn De Savage the green light just before the half in :57.2. Fawn De Savage continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who were the first to commit to the outer flow, first-over. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 and Naughty III was looming large from the pocket. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Naughty III found late racing room up the passing lane but Fawn De Savage wasn't giving it up without a fight. Widest of all, Nothing But Nice continued to rally on the outside and used a :28.3 final quarter to find the wire first. Fawn De Savage held on gamely for second place honors while Naughty III rounded out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $8.80 at the betting windows for the slight upset. "She's a very consistent filly," trainer Bobby Reeser noted in the winner's circle. "Every week she goes out and gives 110%. She may not be able to beat them every week but she's a nice filly who tries really hard. She's consistent and goes out and does her job no matter what. She's a pleasure to have in the barn." The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won two of 14 seasonal outings and established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $168,885 while winning four of 23 lifetime outings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 13-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 9 on the card. 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. Emily Gaskin

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

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