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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

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2015 - In a turn of events that left those in the winners' circle as well as the stands simply staring at the tote board and wondering what just transpired in the evening's 8th race, Fawn De Savage hit the wire at 65-1 without feeling even a whisper from the whip to triumph in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly trot. Fired out from post nine by her harness racing pilot Dan Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage and the Master Lavec mare Ms Mastercraft went straight to the lead and never looked back. As she cruised around the Anderson oval, the Kristin Shetler trainee, established splits of :29, 59.1, 1:29.3 and stopped the clock in 1:57.3, a new lifetime mark. In what was the second victory of career, Fawn De Savage, who is owned by Jacob Hartline, now sports a resume of 10-2-0-1 and has a bankroll of $56,100. Despite trotting a 26.1 last panel, post time favorite Miss Tootsie Hall had to settle for second, with the public's third choice Nothing But Nice rounding out the trifecta. Fawn De Savage rewarded her backers with a $132.80 payoff, with the exacta paying $862 and the trifecta $2,401.40. "She has always had good manners," Shetler said. "But she has been very immature. She needed to grow into herself and we knew she had the ability. It was just always tough to keep her straight, but that certainly was not a problem tonight." Just when the Hoosier betters were ready to reject the chalk, Bridge To Jesse's illustrated why he is a force to be reckoned with anytime his nose is on the gate. Sent to the front in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot (Race 11) by reinsman John De Long just before the half mile marker, the 1-2 favorite took over the lead from Jinah Bluegrass to set fractions of :58.2, 1:28.3 and ended the mile in 1:56.2. Owned by William De Long, William Patrick De Long, Roger Welch and Ray De Long, the son of Jailhouse Jesse and the Angus Hall mare Bridge to nowhere, Bridge To Jesse's was never asked for his best and was just off his lifetime speed badge of 1:56. Conditioned by Roger Welch, the gelding has now captured nine straight races, has a record of 10-9-0-0 and has amassed $205,500 in his young career. The only time he has not had his picture taken was his first start. Although he is accustomed to the winners' circle, Bridge To Jesse's, doesn't seem to enjoy his time there, as he has developed a habit of bucking while his blanket is being put on. He paid $3.00 to win with Late Bid Tom and Milford's Z Tam chasing him to the finish line. The exacta paid $13.40 and the trifecta $60.80. "He is a push button horse and never does anything wrong," Welch said. "The only time he does is in the winners' circle and it seems like every time he comes back to it he just gets worse. We have not staked him to anything else and will continue to race here in Indiana." Welch collected his second $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final (Race 12) right after he brought Bridge To Jesse's back to the barn with the 2-year-old pacing lass Can't Touch This. With Dan Shetler holding the lines, the daughter of Rockin Image and the Incredible Finale mare Fox Valley Monica, who is owned by William De Long, William Patrick De Long and Douglas Riccolo, wrested the lead from Diamondtequilashot after a first quarter in :27.1, then fended off a first over bid from post time favorite Seventimesavirgin before repelling that rival heading to the top of the stretch with a half mile of :55.4 and a three quarter time of 1:24.2. As Can't Touch This continued to the wire, Diamondtequilashot took another shot at her, but again the 2-1 second choice put her away and hit the wire in 1:53.2, which was just shy of her career best. Her record now stands at 12-5-1-1 with three of her last four races resulting in her posing for pictures. Her bankroll now stands at $86,760. Can't Touch This paid $6.40 to win with Diamondtequilashot nailing down the show spot and Shady Stella closing late to finish third. The exacta was $164.40 and the trifecta $1,859.40. "She is coming into herself right now and exhibited her mental toughness tonight by not allowing those other fillies to go by," Welch said. In the fourteenth and final race on the Hoosier Park card, Downthehighway outlasted Tough Mudder by a neck and Legere by a head to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 2-Year-Old Pacing colts and geldings. The son of Dontgetinmyway and the Dr Drew mare Happy Tears is trained by Robert Taylor and was steered by Jason Dillander. Racing as a homebred for Mack Racing Stables, the colt led the field through a first quarter in :27 before 3-5 favorite Matrix Of Luck took control to set fractions of :55.2, 1:25.2. Downthehighway bided his time in third position before he, Tough Mudder and Legere, inhaled Matrix Of Luck in deep stretch with all three horses right together on the wire. With the triumph, Downthehighway upped the purse money he has earned to $132,225 and his record to 11-3-4-2. His time of 1:53 is the swiftest of his young career and he paid a respectable $7.80 to win off his 5-2 odds. Tough Mudder and Legere were second and third with the exacta paying $82.20 and the trifecta paying $236. "He's a nice horse that has been right there and has been competitive for all of his races," Dillander said. "He raced as well as I thought he would tonight and we are very happy with him." By: Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2015 - On a chilly night in Indiana, the stakes action heated up at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 19 as Hoosier Park played host to Hoosier Champions Night, the fifth and final round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Homicide Hunter and Hannelore Hanover shared the harness racing spotlight as they both overcame tough trips to score in their respective finals for the three-year-old trotting divisions. Homicide Hunter, with John DeLong in the bike, kept his perfect sophomore record in-tact as he earned his 13th straight victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:55. For the second consecutive week, Homicide Hunter was handed post position nine along with an imperfect trip but was able to overcome it all to find the winner's circle and remain undefeated. DeLong sent Homicide Hunter away from the gate but a host of others also left aggressively. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.1 but their lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had Hominy Hill pointed to the front. Hominy Hill continued to call the shots through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:27 while Homicide Hunter was unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front. Homicide Hunter reached the leader's wheel as the field turned for home and the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Just as soon as it looked like the taxing mile was beginning to take its' toll, Homicide Hunter found another gear to put away Hominy Hill and hold off a late charge from Bluebird Reverend who finished second. Using a :27.4 final quarter Homicide Hunter dug in gamely to get the win by three parts of a length. As the heavy favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.20 at the betting window. "That's two weeks in a row this horse has overcome a bad trip," DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "He's just unbelievable. There's no way he should have won that race tonight off that trip but, he did because he's an amazing animal." "They've all done such a great job with him the entire season," DeLong continued. "Everyone, they've done a perfect job managing him, taking care of him, everything. He's a professional and an absolute pleasure to drive; I can't say enough good things about him." With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 13 starts this season while earning $257,050. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the homebred son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 16 of 23 lifetime starts. In the three-year-old trotting filly division, Hannelore Hanover staged her own gutsy performance to score her fifth consecutive victory, tonight in 1:54.2 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score her sixth win of the season and put an end to Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Churita's undefeated sophomore season. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate to settle along the rail in sixth while Sloane Elise and Peter Wrenn carved out the first quarter in a snappy :26.4. Trace Tetrick didn't wait long as he sent the overwhelmingly favored Churita to the front and she grabbed the lead just past the half in :57.2. Hannelore Hanover began her long, first-over journey to the front just past the half and she was able to reach the leader's wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1. Churita appeared strong on the front but Hannelore Hanover wasn't through. Macomber asked his mount for more and she responded to kick home and get the win by three lengths over Churita. As the 6-5 second choice, Hannelore Hanover returned $4.40 at the betting window. "We expected a good race tonight," assistant trainer Jamie Macomber noted after the victory. "It actually was a great drive by Ricky (Macomber), he deserves all the credit. She can't be rushed off the gate and he did the right thing by letting her get settled in and then moving her when he did." "She's just been really green all season," she continued. "We've spent all summer teaching her how to race and figuring her out but she loves what she does and she's pure class. She's finally starting to put it all together and figure this racing thing out." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading conditioner, Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her sixth win from 17 seasonal outings. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Haas, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $198,387 lifetime. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 22 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Louisville, KY --- For a horse that has yet to taste defeat this season Homicide Hunter sure has not received his fair share of ink. The gelded son from the first crop of Mr Cantab and the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer has mowed down his harness racing rivals with pinpoint accuracy on 12 occasions this season and seeks to extend his victorious ways on Saturday (Sept. 19) in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park after one of the most grueling contests he has performed in. “He fought back in that race,” said Curt Grummel, the horse’s conditioner, of his win in the Sept. 11 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. “The transformation this horse has made since last year is unbelievable. He showed how much courage he has by coming back on after he was passed. He really wants to win.” Homicide Hunter has constructed a season any trainer or owner would dream of. Owned and bred by Patrick Graham, the handsome gelding has morphed from a boy into a man after chasing Airman Batten around the Anderson, Ind., oval as a freshman. That campaign netted him $86,736 with a record of 10-3-2-3, which is certainly not shabby for a horse that needed to grow into himself, but in 2015 he has pushed his rival to the side and exceeded any expectations that were ever associated with him. The gelding is a perfect 12 for 12 this year, has earned just under $220,000, tied the track record at Hoosier Park for his age, sex and gait (1.53.4) and flown under the radar due to the presence of pacing sensation Freaky Feet Pete. Churita is another undefeated colleague Homicide Hunter must share the spotlight with, so only the Hoosier Park faithful may really know what this trotter has accomplished. In Saturday’s contest, Homicide Hunter is handicapped with the nine hole in the 13th race on the card, but is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line after defeating the talented Hominy Hill by a half-length on Sept. 11 in a $24,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. He will have the services of his regular pilot, John DeLong, for his mile. “Other trainers probably would not agree with me,” Grummel said. “But I just jog the heck out of him all the time between races and it seems to work for him. I have not changed a thing since the season started. All I do is listen to what John tells me and as long as he is happy with the horse, there is no reason to change anything we do with him.” Besides being a state champion and gliding through a season that will forever be memorable, Homicide Hunter is an absolute pet. He was a barn favorite long before he commenced this season’s campaign and everyone associated with him could not be more pleased with the world seeing what kind of horse they care for on a daily basis. “He was tough last year training,” Sis Arnold, Grummel’s assistant trainer, said. “He would jump at anything when you hooked him up to the jog cart and just do the opposite of everything you wanted him to do. But he has always been the teddy bear of the barn. You can do anything you want with him and he loves attention. I don’t harness him and take care of him all the time like Francie (his caretaker) does, and she does a tremendous job, but he has always been a favorite of mine. “I’m not ashamed to say I cried all over his face holding him in the winner’s circle after his last race. For him to win parked like that and to come back after he was beaten, showed why we love him so much. There are just some horses you get attached to and he is it.” It seems natural to feel a connection with Homicide Hunter. His coat glistens, his stride is near perfection and he would snuggle up to anyone that has a cookie. This boy loves his food, his time in the field and his contact with his caretakers. He is the epitome of what transpires when you have a happy horse, with ability and the perfect conditions. “He possibly has five more starts for the year,” Grummel said. “I’m based at Balmoral Park so we will take him back home, as I’m from Illinois, for the winter and turn him out and then plan for next year depending on what he tells us.” Although it was never discussed how his connections would feel should Homicide Hunter not be in the winner’s circle on any of these five ensuing engagements, Arnold summed it up succinctly. “Every horse gets beat,” she said. “If he loses it does not matter. Look at what he has already done. He looks like a million bucks, he contends with whatever he has to deal with and you know he is always going to do the best he can. He’s Hunter and no one can take away the money he has earned or his record or who he is to be around. He has earned it and his personality is just who he is.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 18, 2015 - Several of Indiana's finest trotters and pacers will be on display Saturday, September 19 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for Hoosier Champions Night, the fifth and final round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals. The Hoosier state will showcase its best two and three-year-old harness racing competitors and by the time the dust settles, eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned; two of whom already achieved their laurels this past Thursday. The three-year-old pacing colt superstar Freaky Feet Pete handily won his $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final in 1:49.4 and the three-year-old pacing filly White Metro was also victorious in the $75,000 three-year-old pacing filly final on Thursday. With the other six divisional finals now established, the 14-race card on Saturday will be a star-studded program with the top contenders from each division set to battle it out. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. The freshman filly trotters will kick off the stakes action for the evening with a talented group of ten in the $75,000 final. A Robert Taylor trained duo will headline the list of entrants with Lockwood Grace enlisted as the 5-2 morning line choice from the rail for driver Jason Dillander and Miss Tootsie Hall with driver Trace Tetrick the second choice from post five. In the three-year-old trotting filly division, sophomore standout Churita will look to keep her undefeated streak alive in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final from the coveted rail position for driver Trace Tetrick. The daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare has dominated the three-year-old trotting filly ranks in the state of Indiana as she has been flawless in nine starts this season for trainer Matt Rheinheimer. Most recently, Churita was victorious her elimination by six and a half lengths, scoring in 1:55.4. Bridge To Jesse's will also put a winning streak on the line in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts with driver John DeLong in the bike from the rail. Trained by Roger Welch, Bridge To Jesse's has won his last 8 outings and recently re-established the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting colts with a 1:56 score in earlier stakes action. Seventimesavirgin will look to sweep the final round of the stakes action with a score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven has found the winner's circle in five of ten lifetime outings while banking $64,440. With driver John DeLong in the bike, who also trains the filly, Seventimesavirgin will start from post three at odds of 2-1. Undefeated in 12 starts, Homicide Hunter looks to remain perfect in 2015 as he starts from post nine in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Trained by Curt Grummel, the gelding has earned just under $220,000 for the season and recently tied the track record at Hoosier Park with a 1:53.4 clocking in previous stakes action. Homicide Hunter, at morning line odds of 9-5, will be driven by John DeLong. Rounding out the stakes action for the evening will be the two-year-old pacing colt division featuring a talented field of ten set to go postward for $75,000. Matrix of Luck will play the role of morning line choice and rightfully so; the two-year-old colt has won six of 10 outings this year and most recently notched five consecutive victories against stakes company. Trained by Roger Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid will start from post six with Tyler Smith at the lines. 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 will offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment in the Yard throughout the evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. At the conclusion of live racing, Hoosier Park will welcome country music artist, David Ball, who will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom. The 2015 Indiana Sires 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 10 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 10 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 17, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete continued his divisional dominance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17 as he cruised to his ninth straight victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths in front of his closest competitor and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. John DeLong had Swing City on a mission to the front and the Erv Miller trainee dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :54.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light just past the half and the sophomore colt appeared to do the rest on autopilot. Ima Full Time Job and Jason Dillander were first to commit to the outer flow but were unable to gain on the leader. Freaky Feet Pete reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:22.2 and by the time the field turned for home his lead was ever-increasing. While the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and used a :26.2 final quarter to find the wire first. American Virgin and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied for second while Kelly D and Dale Hiteman rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 at the betting window. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick said after the victory. "I didn't want to get tangled up with anyone early so I just wanted to float out of there and catch cover. I asked him a little around the last turn and that's really all I had to do. He did the rest. He's a great horse and loves what he's doing out there." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his 18th career victory from 20 lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $482,100 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, who incidentally celebrated a birthday today with the win. Rheinheimer's star pupil will now be aimed for the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 26 for his next engagement. "I paid the supplement so we will go to the Jenna's Beach Boy next week," Larry Rheinheimer said after the win. "As for the rest of the season, we will take it one start at a time. We'll get through these next couple of starts here and go from there but we'll do whatever is best for the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. We haven't changed anything so far and it seems to be working." The $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace will be part of a star-studded card slated for Saturday, September 26 at Hoosier Park. The evening's 14-race card will also include the $275,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes trot and pace and the $225,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Photo: Freaky Feet Pete scored his 9th straight victory at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sires Stakes action. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 11, 2015 - Homicide Hunter turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle Friday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the final round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, extending his win streak to 12 in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:55.3, Curt Grummel's Homicide Hunter battled back gamely in the lane to win by a nose and remain undefeated in his sophomore season. Leaving from the outside post nine, driver John DeLong sent Homicide Hunter away from the gate firing but they would have to work for position as a host of others also left aggressively. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27 but were quickly joined on the outside by Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick. Hominy Hill cleared to the front at the second station in :57.3 and continued to call the shots to the three-quarters in 1:27. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Homicide Hunter continued his long, first-over journey to the front and reached the leader's wheel approaching the final turn. As the field squared away for home, Homicide Hunter was able to stick a nose in front but Hominy Hill wasn't going away. Just when it looked as if the taxing mile was beginning to take its' toll, Homicide Hunter found another gear and dug in gamely to get the win in the final strides of the mile over a track rated good. Hominy Hill held on for second place honors while Bluebird Reverend finished third. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.20 at the betting windows. The 15-time career winner has now amassed $304,886 for his owner Dr. Patrick Graham. With the win, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has earned his spot in the final $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Saturday, September 19 at Hoosier Park. The victory was also one of three wins on the 14-race card for driver John DeLong. Steal N Gas and Andy Shetler were victorious in the opening elimination of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, scoring in 1:57.3. Trained, owned and bred by Bill Cottongim, Steal N Gas scored his third consecutive victory and ninth lifetime victory with the win. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 12 with two divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts with an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin

Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, turned in another dominating performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4. With a final time of 1:53.3, Topville Cadillac used a near gate to wire effort to notch her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Topville Cadillac was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third wile Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong protected their early position to get the first call through the opening panel in 27. Smith had Topville Cadillac out and firing just out of the first turn and she quickly grabbed the front to remain uncontested through :56.3 and 1:25 splits. Seventimesavirgin continued to benefit from a pocket trip while Ricky Macomber Jr. and Aux D Lox Bluegrass were leading the first-over charge. As the field turned for home, Topville Cadillac began to put her talent on display as she put three lengths between her and the rest of the field Seventimesavirgin tipped from the pocket to make a bid at the leader but Topville Cadillac wasn't finished. Using a :28.3 last quarter, the Alvin Miller trainee coasted to the wire under a hand drive from Smith to finish four lengths in front of Seventimesavirgin. Shirley's Dream and Andy Shetler rallied gamely in the stretch to round out the trifetcta. As the even money favorite, Topville Cadillac returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She certainly gave us some anxious moments training down," trainer Alvin Miller noted after the win. "She wasn't the best student. I always knew she had a big gear but she has always been a handful." "She went through a little bit of a growth spurt so that's why we took our time getting her ready and getting her to the races," he continued. "She's still green yet, I don't think she has figured it all out but she continues to get better and that's all we can ask for." The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her fifth win from seven seasonal outings. Topville Cadillac, a $95,000 yearling purchase, is a half sister to former Indiana Sires Stakes Champions Always About Katey and Radar Contact. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cadillac has now earned $75,050 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 5 with a 14-race card. In conjunction with the live racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the FarmTastic event, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races. The event, which has quickly become a fan favorite, is free to the public, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Yard, with live racing beginning at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin

Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith 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 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at the harness racing meeting at  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3. With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and became the sport's newest $100,000 earner after the victory. Leaving from post two in a talented group of 10, Matrix of Luck was unhurried from the gate and found a spot along the rail in fourth while LeWayne Miller had Mystical Rock out and firing from post seven. Mystical Rock dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 while stablemate Legere and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket seat. Smith made his game winning move down the backside as he pointed Matrix of Luck to the lead approaching the final turn and the colt quickly grabbed command just before the three quarter clocking in 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Downthehighwy was the first to apply pressure from first-over and the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire. Matrix of Luck was able to put away Downthehighwy late in the lane but Mystical Rock loomed large in the pocket. Miller was able to find late racing room with Mystical Rock but Matrix of Luck wasn't done. Using a 28.1 final quarter, Matrix of Luck dug in gamely to get the win by a neck over Mystical Rock. Legere rallied strongly in the lane to finish third. As the publics' choice, Matrix of Luck returned $4.80 at the betting window. "He's a super nice colt to sit behind," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "I've got to thank his connections for letting me drive him. I've got a lot of confidence in the colt and they've done a great job with him all season. He just seems to get better every week; he always shows up and does his job." Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the fifth win of his young career from just nine lifetime outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid pushed his lifetime bankroll to $128,000. The victory was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Smith. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Friday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.                                                                                                                                    Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2015 - Bridge To Jesse's turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to seven with the victory, Bridge To Jesse's and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors with a final time of 1:56.3. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse's was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor's Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn. Victor's Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse's slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse's found another gear. Bridge To Jesse's was able to wear down a tiring Victor's Hall late in the lane while Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse's returned $4.20 at the betting window. "He's a pleasure to drive," Hensley noted in the winner's circle. "He's got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes, but all in all, he's a perfect colt to drive. I think he's better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again." After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse's has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Lockwood Grace used a strong stretch rally to pull the 20-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 1. Driven by Jason Dillander, Lockwood Grace avoided early traffic trouble to score in a lifetime best of 1:58. In a race ruled by miscues, Dillander had Lockwood Grace out of harm's way in the early stages of the race, sixth along the rail. Her stablemate and post time favorite, Miss Tootsie Hall, made a break behind the gate and took herself out of the race completely before the wings folded for driver Trace Tetrick. Naughty III, driven by Tyler Smith, made her customary move to the front through an opening panel in :28.1 but had trouble down the backside and was quickly passed on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Rick Farrington at the second station in :58.2. Doug Rideout and Just Jess also avoided the early traffic trouble and made a powerful move down the backside to take control just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:28. While the rest of the field sorted out positions, Just Jess put a few lengths between her and the rest of the field around the final turn. As the field turned for home, Just Jess continued to call the shots but was beginning to tire on the front. Just as Just Jess was retreating, Dillander had Lockwood Grace in perfect striking position second-over. Lockwood Grace was given the green light and exploded past her rivals using a :28.4 final quarter to win by three-parts of a length. Nothing But Nice held on for the second place finish wile Sunny Jeans and Rick Plano rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Lockwood Grace returned $43.60 at the betting windows. "I don't know what happened out there," Dillander noted of the race. "It worked out for us, but it was a crazy race, that's for sure. When we came around the last turn, I wasn't sure if I had enough to get to the wire but once we straightened out, she really started gaining ground. She trotted all the way to wire and showed up big tonight." Trained by Robert Taylor, the freshman filly is the daughter of Gymnasium-Montgomery Jewle. Lockwood Grace notched just the second win of her career from eight seasonal outings. Lockwood Grace has now earned $60,245 for her owners at Hoosierland Farm. "She's been a nice filly all year," trainer Robert Taylor noted in the winner's circle. "She's just coming into herself I think, maybe a little later than the others, but she's been a nice filly from the start. She's a super nice filly to be around and takes good care of herself too, so I think that will help her in the long run." Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 2 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

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