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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

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2015 - The apron was packed, the harness racing winners' circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy as Freaky Feet Pete entered the winners' circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10) after capturing an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport's top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was as 'Pete' heard the roar of the crowd, as he certainly received overwhelming support from nearly all present at the Anderson oval, as he paced strongly through the lane to best his rival in 1:50.1. Vague Traces rounded out the trifecta. "They are both very good horses," explained winning pilot Trace Tetrick. "You can't take anything away from Wiggle It Jiggleit. I knew he has a history of coming back on the inside when he is headed, so I was patient and waited to pull my horse out. I knew when I saw the lights on the end of the toteboard that I had it. It is a terrific feeling to win a race like this with him, but he has just been so good all year long." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who left from post position three with Montrell Teague in the bike, was the post time favorite at 1-5 for his conditioner Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. He was sent immediately to the lead while Tetrick placed 'Pete' in second from post 10. The two geldings remained in that very same position through spits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.1 until Tetrick popped his horse from the garden spot midway into the stretch. Freaky Feet Pete drew alongside his rival, edged clear several hundred feet before the wire and placed a length and a quarter of daylight between him and the Little Brown Jug victor. The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $5.80 to win as the public's second choice and paced his last quarter mile in :26. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10 to show and Vague Traces provided $4.10 to his supporters for his third place finish. With the triumph, Freaky Feet Pete punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown and thrilled Indiana harness racing fans by illustrating he does indeed deserve the distinction of top ten status. His overall resume now stands at 22-19-2-0, with his 2015 record at 13-11-2-0, with his only defeats coming at the hooves of Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown," Rheinheimer said over the unabashed cheers from the throng around the winners' circle and with a smile that could not be larger. "We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us." "I never give Trace any instructions," he continued. "I told him before the race to just be safe and good luck. He has a done a terrific job with this horse all year long, I have to give him the credit for that and the season we have had. That is why I never need to give him instructions." By: Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2015 - The top two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 10 to battle it out in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a chilly, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some outstanding harness racing battles and well-deserved divisional championships. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided an exciting conclusion to the 2015 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies and it was Just Jess and Doug Rideout who pulled a slight upset to find the winner's circle in 1:57, equaling her lifetime best. Rideout sent the homebred filly away from the gate firing from post five and she reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 before yielding the lead to Naughty III and Pete Wrenn. Just Jess was content to sit the pocket through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:27.1 and waited till the top of the stretch to make her move. Saving her best for last, Just Jess was able to overcome Naughty III late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter. "I didn't think I would be leaving but that's the way the race worked out," Rideout noted in the winner's circle. "She's a special filly, you can do just about anything you want with her and tonight, she really showed up. This is a special win for us." Trained by Doug Rideout, Just Jess notched her second consecutive victory and seventh win of the season from 14 outings. The homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide has now earned $232,583 for owners Alan White and Julie Rideout. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Topville Cadillac continued her winning ways and delivered as the heavy 1-5 favorite in the two-year-old pacing filly division as she scored her fifth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final in 1:53.2. Driven by Tyler Smith, Topville Cadillac made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back, finishing two and half lengths in front of a hard-charging Au D Lox Bluegrass and Trace Tetrick. Smith rated Topville Cadillac off the pace through first half fractions of :26.3 and :55.2 set by Dan Shetler and Can't Touch This. Topville Cadillac was given the green light just past the half and she reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Smith asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely to hold off all charges. "She's still green and doesn't really know what she's doing yet," Smith said after the victory. "She's raced some really nice two-year-old fillies this year and I think she is right up there with the best of them. She's still immature but she's raced tough all season long." Trained by Alvin Miller, the daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her seventh seasonal victory from nine outings. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cadillac pushed her lifetime bankroll to $238,000. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts Favorites continued to deliver as the stakes action continued with Bridge To Jesse's scoring a decisive victory in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as the 6-5 favorite. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Bridge To Jesse's finished four and half lengths in front of his competitors stopping the timer in 1:56.1, equaling the stakes record for freshman trotting colts. The victory gave driver John DeLong one of three wins on the 14-race card. Bridge To Jesse's was sent away from the gate firing to dictate fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27.2 before feeling a threat from Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander on the outside. As the field turned for home, Bridge to Jesse's looked every bit the part of a 6-5 favorite as he kicked home in :28.4 and trotted away from the rest of the field. "We got a new partner on this horse and it's been a lot of fun all season," trainer Roger Welch noted in the winner's circle. "We are really proud of him and John (DeLong) has done a great job with him. We put him in a pressure spot. He had to jump on the horse after Ed Hensley left for Pompano and I knew John could handle it. He did a great job putting him in position to win again tonight." With the win, Bridge To Jesse's scored his 10th seasonal victory from 12 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere pushed his lifetime bankroll to $309,093 for owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. DeLong, and R. Welch. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies In the next division of the stakes action Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. delivered as the 1-5 favorite in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring her seventh consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, Hannelore Hanover staged a big rally late in the lane to win by three lengths over Churita and Trace Tetrick. The 1:54 final time not only set a new lifetime best for the Ron Burke trainee but also re-established the stakes record for three-year-old fillies on the trot. Churita left aggressively to control the early fractions of :27.1 and :56.1 while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Hannelore Hanover began her long, first-over grind approaching the final turn and she was able to reach the leader's wheel at three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1. Churita appeared strong on the front but Hannelore Hanover wasn't finished. Using a :28.2 final quarter, Hannelore Hanover coasted to the wire under a hand drive from Macomber Jr. "She's been so green all season," Jamie Macomber, Ron Burke's assistant trainer noted after the win. "She's just figuring everything out and really learning how to race. She's loves her job and tonight, she really showed up." With the win, Hannelore Hanover recorded her eighth seasonal victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety sent her lifetime earnings to $305,574 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Haas Jr., and F. Baldachino. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts (By: Kim French) Parlaying a picture perfect trip to extend his skein of consecutive triumphs to 15, Homicide Hunter, captured the $220,000 Indiana Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The public's overwhelming selection at 1-9, the son of Mr Cantab and the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, commenced his journey from post position six in the 10th race on the card with regular reinsman John De Long at the controls. Content to settle in fourth after leaving the gate, Homicide Hunter, tracked the early pacesetter Shawnee Valley until the top of the stretch through fractions of 28.1, 57.4, and 1:26.4, then dispensed of that rival and left a game Hominy Hunter in his wake long before the shadow of the wire. The Hoosier State's latest champion trotted the mile in 1:55 in the easiest possible way. He paid $2.10 to win, with Hominy Hill, who was four lengths behind him, paying $4.00 and Call To Justice offered $9.20 to complete the trifecta. Trained by Curt Grummel and owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, Homicide Hunter is now 15 for 15 in 2015 and 25-18-2-3 from two seasons of campaigning. "It was just so nice to finally have a good trip for him," De Long, who won three Super Finals this evening, said. "He has had to do it from the nine hole several times and has had some really tough miles this year, but he's always been up to the task. You can't really ask anything of this horse he is not willing to give. He's absolutely perfect." Grummel realized Homicide Hunter possessed ability, but never imagined the gelding would construct this type of season. "We always knew he was a good horse," he said. "But we never would have imagined he would be 15 for 15 at this stage of the year. He also has not had it easy for sure, so we are very proud of him." Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies (By: Kim French) Following Homicide Hunter's tremendous win, Mystical Treasure shocked the majority of the Anderson faithful with a triumph in the $220,000 Indiana Super Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Real Desire and the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Sneakheravalentine was sent off by the wagering public at odds of 78-1 by virtue of only one victory from 14 trips to the gate this season. The filly amassed nearly $80,000, however, in purse money in 2014 for her owner Mystical Marker Farms. By virtue of her sophomore season, trainer Bobby Brower always had faith in her ability and her pilot, John De Long, definitely knows his way around the Hoosier Park oval. "We were patient with her and she rewarded us for that," he said. "She had some soreness issues early in the year, so we worked on those and had some vet work done. Then we just gave her the time to come around. We realized over the last couple weeks she was beginning to overcome those problems and were pleased with how she was coming into this race." After White Metro established a stinging first quarter of 25.4, Nora Rockwell wrested the lead from that filly until they reached the top of the stretch. That is when she was collared by race favorite Rockin Good, but the rest of the field was ready to pounce. As Can't Touch Her and White Metro surged to the front, it was Mystical Treasure on the outside of the track that was going best of all. She hit the wire in 1:52.3 with the other two fillies finishing second and third respectively. The filly paid $158.20 for the victory, with Can't Touch Her offering a healthy $12.60 return for her backers and White Metro providing $11.00 to show. Now an Indiana champion, Mystical Treasure has a career record of 23-4-4-2 and is 15-2-1-2 this year. She has collected more than $200,000 in purse money. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts (By: Kim French) Matrix Of Luck's supporters had some anxious moments as the 2-year-old son of Rockin Image and the Artsplace mare My Taylor's Maid appeared a little leg weary in the stretch, but he and pilot Tyler Smith were able to reach the finish line to annex his championship in the $220,000 Indiana Super Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Right after the gates sprung, Matrix Of Luck, who is trained by Roger Cullipher and owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill and Debbie Cullipher, was parked out in fifth while Mystical Rock led the way with a first quarter mile time of 26.1. Smith then brushed Matrix Of Luck to the leader and passed him with a powerful surge before the half mile marker. The colt then led the field the entire trip to the finish line with fractions of 53.4, 1:23.2 and 1:53. It was not quite as simple as all that, however, as Matrix Of Luck began to feel the effects of being used early in his journey and as he began to tire, his opponents were bearing down upon him. The margin of victory was a half-length but Tough Mudder and Legere were breathing down his neck with each stride. The colt's record now stands at 12-7-1-2 and more than $200,000 in the bank. "He was getting a little bit tired at the end," Smith said. "But he is one talented individual and I knew he had just enough left to get him home. I didn't expect for the first quarter to go that fast and I didn't want to get parked the entire mile, so I felt the best thing to do was keep him out of trouble. He is a very nice horse and with the season he has put together he deserves for me to place him in the right spot so he could win." Matrix Of Luck paid $5.20, with Tough Mudder offering $3.40 for his placing and Legere rewarding the bettors with $4.00 for their investment. By Emily Gaskin and Kimberly French  

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 9, 2015 - The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 10 with the $200,000 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 2015 stakes season. With purses in excess of $1.6 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 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 will return to seek glory in the $200,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000. Freshman stand-out Topville Cadillac will look to continue her dominance in the two-year-old pacing filly ranks from post three in race five, the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final for freshman pacing fillies. The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old pacing fillies after her 1:52 score in Grand Circuit action last week. Tyler Smith will be at the lines for trainer Alvin Miller. Homicide Hunter will put his 14-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With John DeLong in the sulky, the Curt Grummel trainee has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite from post six. In the three-year-old pacing filly ranks, Rockin Good and Jared Finn will also put a winning streak on the line against nine other rivals in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Rockin Image-Do Me Good has won five of 15 starts this season and set a new lifetime mark of 1:48 at The Red Mile earlier in the season. Starting from post six, Rockin Good has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice. The 2015 Little Brown Jug winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit will return to Hoosier Park seeking glory in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Slated as the thirteenth race on the program, Wiggle It Jiggleit will be driven by Montrell Teague and start from post three. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Freaky Feet Pete and driver Trace Tetrick will start from post ten in the field. "Hoosier Champions Super Finals Night has become a hallmark of the Hoosier Park racing season," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. "It is with pride that we showcase the crème de la crème of Indiana Sired horses to the rest of the country and beyond. And, the rematch between harness racing's top rated horse Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete is the icing on the cake of this most very special night of racing." 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. Starting at 10 a.m., racing fans can enter to win a 2014 Yamaha Grizzly at the ISA table located in the Terrace and at approximately 9:15 p.m., one lucky winner will be selected. Also, beginning at 3 p.m., the first 500 guests to visit the ISA table will receive a mystery voucher worth up to $1,000. Racing fans can also enter at the ISA table to win $100 gas cards and a variety of other prizes given away throughout the evening. 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. 14. Emily Gaskin          

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 8, 2015 - It will be a bit of a homecoming when harness racing's latest superstar, Wiggle It Jiggleit, returns to his native state of Indiana at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 10. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, will headline the list of entrants set to go postward during the 14-race card on Saturday that features the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. With purses in excess of $1.6 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2015 sires stakes season. Wiggle It Jiggleit will be making his first start since capturing the 2015 edition of the Little Brown Jug in most impressive fashion. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug - the sport's premier half-mile-track event for three-year-old male pacers, saw Wiggle It Jiggleit victorious in his elimination and then go on to deliver a 1:49.3 mile in the $324,960 second and final heat. "If I had to put that race into words, well, it made a grown man cry," trainer Clyde Francis noted of his Little Brown Jug Victory. "I really thought he was beat but to come back and do what he did, that was all heart and guts." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 18 of 20 races this year and has amassed $1.79 million in seasonal earnings. The world-record holding son of Mr. Wiggles is owned and bred by George Teague Jr. His resume includes wins in the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. Wiggle It Jiggleit was also victorious in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park earlier in the season. "No matter what size track you put him on, he just does it," Francis continued. "He's versatile and no matter the circumstances he always goes out there and gives 110%. I've never seen a horse with as much heart and guts as him." With regular driver Montrell Teague in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggle will look to continue his winning ways in the thirteenth race on the program from post three. Installed as the 2-5 morning line choice, Wiggle It Jiggleit will face a field of nine other three-year-old pacing colts and geldings including Indiana Sires Stakes champion, Freaky Feet Pete. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Freaky Feet Pete has been tabbed the morning line second choice at odds of 5-2 for driver Trace Tetrick. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete has been no worse than second in 12 starts this season and won 19 of 22 lifetime outings. The first race will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m. Along with the live racing action, the evening will be complimented by giveaways, dining specials and live entertainment at the conclusion of the live racing card. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Always B Miki made the first start of his 2015 campaign a winning one as he cruised to a dominant victory in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for aged pacing stallion and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 3. With trainer Jimmy Takter in the bike, Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:49 under wraps, finishing five lengths in front of his next closest competitor over a track rated good on a cold, windy night in Indiana. Leaving from the outside post nine, Takter took no chances and sent Always B Miki away from the gate firing. Always B Miki quickly crossed over and grabbed the early lead through the opening quarter in :26.1 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Always B Miki dictated fractions of :54.2 and 1:22.2 before he began to put his talent on display. As the field turned for home, Takter asked his mount for more and Always B Miki found another gear and began to pace away from the rest of the field. Always At My Place and Ricky Macomber Jr., the second betting choice, staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Always The Sun and Travis Seekman rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Always B Miki returned $3.20 at the betting window. "Scary good," Jimmy Takter said with a smile in the winner's circle. "No, really, he was scary good tonight. He raced as good as I could have hoped for." It was the first victory of the season for the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper who had his three-year-old season cut short due to an injury. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter, Always B Miki has amassed $936,866 lifetime. With the win, Always B Miki secured a spot in the $50,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the aged pacing stallions and geldings slated for Saturday, October 10 at Hoosier Park. Mykindachip and Peter Wrenn were victorious in the other elimination for aged pacing stallion and geldings, scoring in 1:51.3. Trained by Jim Dailey, Mykindachip scored the 10th win of the season and sent his seasonal earnings to $129,165 for owner Carl Atley. Color's A Virgin delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for aged pacing mares. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Brian Brown trainee was home a winner by three lengths, scoring in 1:52.1. Owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm, Color's A Virgin scored the sixth win from 16 seasonal outings and pushed her bankroll over the $100,000 mark for 2015 with the win. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 6 with a new, fall post time of 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, the 2015 harness racing season will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 2, 2015 - Three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the aged pacing divisions will highlight the 14-race harness racing card slated for Saturday, October 3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The elimination for the aged pacing mares division drew a field of twelve while nineteen entered in the aged stallions and geldings elimination and will be contested through two divisions. Making his 2015 pari-mutuel debut and headlining the list of entrants in the aged stallions and geldings division is pacing sensation, Always B Miki. With trainer Jimmy Takter enlisted to drive, Always B Miki will start from post nine and has been enlisted as the 4-5 morning line choice. He will face nine other rivals in the 10th race of the program. Always B Miki will make his return to Hoosier Park fresh off a world-record equaling qualifying victory at The Red Mile last week. He cruised to a ten and a half length victory, scoring in 1:48.2, with Jimmy Takter in the sulky. The time of the mile equaled the fastest qualifying mile in the history of harness racing, which was recorded by Shark Gesture over the Meadowlands Racetrack in June of 2010. Always B Miki was a winner of 12 of 19 starts at three with seasonal earnings in excess of $794,000 for Bluewood Stable and Roll The Dice Stable. In 2014, Always B Miki's victories included the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $275,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park and he had not finished worse than second in his last 12 starts. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper was the morning line favorite in the 2014 Breeders Crown final before being a late scratch due to a left hind pastern fracture and required surgery. As he was making his 2015 comeback for trainer Jimmy Takter, he fractured a right hind pastern in May and required another surgery. "He's just a lovely horse," trainer Jimmy Takter noted of the pacer. "I'm very happy with him. He's come back extremely well. Right now, we are taking it one week at a time with him but he seems really good and really sharp. He's an extremely fast horse, just a great horse to have in the barn." "The owners wanted me to drive," Takter continued. "I want to make sure everything is okay with him. We're pointing him to the Breeders Crown and we needed a couple of starts to prepare him for that. This should be a good race for him." The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 10 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals; the four finals for the aged competitors will compliment the 14-race card, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The top five finishers from the two eliminations in the aged male pace will return for the final while the top ten finishers from the aged mares elimination will make up the final. The aged trotting divisions did not require eliminations. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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