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ANDERSON, Ind.-October 13, 2017 -  The top harness racing performers in the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program converged at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 13 for the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes season. It was a night primarily ruled by upsets as the post time favorite failed to deliver in five of the eight divisions in the stakes action. The cool October weather didn't seem to slow the tempo on the track as the evening was also highlighted by a track record and a track record equaling performance. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies and it was Meadowbrook Grace guided by Trace Tetrick who sprung the slight 6-1 upset. Stopping the timer in 1:54, Meadowbrook Grace worked out ground saving trip from post nine before utilizing a :27 final quarter to track down the heavily favored O So Easy and Verlin Yoder to get the win by a head. "Of course when I saw the draw, I was concerned with post nine," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's a competitive filly, she's had her share of issues but she is a nice filly. I knew I had to give her a trip and she was strong tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her fourth win from ten lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace established a new lifetime mark and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $185,950. Meadowbrook Grace is owned in partnership by Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Erv Miller-Trace Tetrick combination would find the winner's circle yet again a little later on in the program, this time with Rock N Tony in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Rock N Tony refused to lose late in the lane. Holding off a strong rally by the post time favorite, Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., Rock N Tony got the win by a head in 1:51. "He got sick on us a few weeks ago," Trainer Erv Miller noted in the winner's circle. "It has taken us a long time to get him over it but I was confident he would be better tonight. He's a very tough horse; he tries hard every time he's on the track." With the win, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious improved his seasonal record to 15-6-3-3. Owned by Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo, Rock N Tony has amassed $485,312 in lifetime purse earnings while winning 12 of 18 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Trainer Brian Brown would also visit the winner's circle twice on the evening's 14-race card, first with the two-year-old pacing filly, Always Woggy. Driven by Peter Wrenn, Always Woggy dug in gamely late in the mile to prevail in a tight photo at odds of 6-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:53, Always Woggy tracked down the pacesetting Voom Or Bang and John Delong before holding off a serious rally by Rock On Ladys and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Divisional leader and heavy post time favorite, Dee Rocks and Sam Widger, made a costly break in the first turn. "She wasn't 100% last week," trainer Brian Brown noted of his filly. "We took her blood, made some changes and I think it really helped her. It was unfortunate that the other filly (Dee Rocks) made a break, she was definitely the best filly in the field but I have to give Peter (Wrenn) credit, he drove her perfectly." Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Soggy Woggy recorded her fourth win of the season from eight starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. Always Woggy has now earned $184,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Brian Brown-Emerald Highlands Farm swept the two-year-old pacing divisions as Always Bet De Grey and Trace Tetrick bested nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals for two-year-old pacing colts. In track-record equaling fashion, Always Bet De Grey utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane to find the wire first in 1:50.3 over divisional leader Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn. Always Bet De Grey's 1:50.3 clocking established a new lifetime best for the rookie colt and also equaled the track record set by World Champion Freaky Feet Pete in 2014. "This colt is special," Tetrick noted after the win. "He's fresh right now and he loves his job. He's a professional and he has only had a limited amount of starts. This is the type of colt that will come back even better as a three-year-old." Always Bet De Grey now has four wins to his credit and has yet to finish off the board in seven lifetime starts. With the win, Always Bet De Grey sports a lifetime bankroll of $175,250. Tetrick had four winners on the program as he also guided Churita to a decisive victory over the heavily favored Hannelore Hanover in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. Utilizing a pocket trip, Churita stopped the timer in 1:52.4 to establish a new lifetime mark for trainer Matt Rheinheimer and owner Jackie Porter. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Swan Chase proved his divisional dominance yet again with a 1:55.1 victory as the 3-5 post-time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Utilizing his customary front-running tactics, Swan Chase grabbed the lead just past the half and never looked back, winning by four and a half lengths. "Obviously I wasn't crazy about our post position but it ended up working out for us," DeLong said in the winner's circle. "He has really come into his own these last few months and we've tried to take good care of him." With the win, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his 13th win from 19 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won 16 of 30 lifetime outings while bankrolling $378,543 in lifetime purse earnings. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts DeLong followed suit in the very next race of the program, scoring with the heavily favored All On Black in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Using much the same strategy, DeLong moved All On Black down the backside and he trotted away from the rest of the field, winning in 1:54.2 by four and quarter lengths. The 1:54.2 clocking shattered the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park, a mark which was previously established in 2015 by Bridge To Jesse's scoring in 1:56. "He was a little too fired up last week," trainer Jenny Melander noted in the winner's circle. "We made some changes, of course having a recall at the start made me nervous tonight, but I figured he would be better. This is a big win for us, one of the biggest of my training career." Owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc., All On Black has now won six of eight lifetime outings. With the win, the son of Swan For All-Right On Renee pushed his seasonal purse earnings to $211,750. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Carol's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies as the 7-2 post time choice. With a final time of 1:52, the Jamie Macomber trainee grabbed command just before the half and held off a late rally from stablemate Always A Z Tam and Sam Widger. "I am a very happy guy right now," owner Bill Matz noted in the winner's circle. "These are the wins you live for and I have to thank the whole team-they all do such a great job." With the win, Carol's Z Tam notched her seventh win from 20 seasonal outings and ninth win from 31 lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle has now amassed $269,664 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The final upset of the evening proved to be the biggest as Furiette and driver Peter Wrenn pulled off a 55-1 upset in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:56.2, Furiette found a :28.1 final quarter to surge past the heavily favored Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the final strides of the mile. The Henry Lunsford trainee was able to overcome the outside post nine to establish a new lifetime best. "I told Judy (Lunsford) in the paddock, maybe post nine isn't a bad spot for her," Wrenn said. "We were able to pick up the pieces, I am actually glad I wasn't on the inside with her. She felt strong coming around the last turn, I didn't know if we could get the win but I felt good about it." The homebred daughter of Valley Speed-Donven Fury is owned in partnership by Judy Lunsford and Michael Bishop. With the win, Furiette notched her fourth seasonal win from 21 trips behind the gate and has now earned $181,630 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 14. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The evening's program will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and an $11,674.55 two-day carryover in the pick-5 sequence. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Columbus, OH --- They both equaled or established a new Hoosier Park track standard in the same week, are diagonally gaited and hail from the same harness racing barn but other than sharing these similarities, Indiana champions O So Easy and Natural Herbie could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. Each horse, one a new arrival on the scene and another who has established his presence over the course of six years, endeavor to enhance their impressive seasons with victories at Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 13) when they compete in their respective Indiana Sire Stakes finals in rein to their conditioner, Verlin Yoder. “I’ve always said with this filly (O So Easy) she was either going to kill me or I was going to kill her,” said Yoder, who co-owns the 2-year-old daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover in conjunction with Eleven Star Stables. “I knew her mother and that was why I was interested in her and I also knew her mother was a strong mare, but this filly would toss herself on the ground the minute you went to buckle the harness on her. All trotting fillies have their quirks though but this one required a lot of patience.”   Linscott Photography O So Easy has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. Scheduled to perform in the evening’s second race, which possesses a purse of $220,000 and includes 11 other rivals, O So Easy will leave from post position six and is the morning line favorite at 6-5. From her brief career she has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. In this field only Custom Cantab, the second selection at 4-1, has amassed relatively the same amount of purse money ($190,486) and trotted close to the same lifetime mark (1:55.3). O So Easy, until recently, was also the track record holder for her age, sex and gait (1:54.3), which she posted on Sept. 12 with a facile triumph in a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final. That record was rewritten on Sept. 22 when Basquiat lowered that standard to 1:53.4 in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes over the Anderson oval. That filly returned to capture a $58,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile on Oct. 6. “People always ask me why I put her on the front end,” Yoder said. “It is not because she is speed crazy or doesn’t come back to me, but with 2-year-old trotting fillies you just have to try to keep them out of trouble and she is still very green.”   USTA/Mark Hall photo Natural Herbie won the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers. The same cannot be uttered in regard to Natural Herbie. The 7-year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Ljanearl has earned $1.12 million, sports a resume of 102-38-20-12 and has captured contests such as the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers in what was then a world record time of 2:24.4 for the 1-1/4 mile event. Despite the horse not traveling as frequently to Grand Circuits events as he once did, Natural Herbie did finish second in last year’s $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs behind Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado and was a fast-closing third to world champions Homicide Hunter and Hannelore Hanover on Sept. 22 of this year in the $240,000 Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park. While Hannelore Hanover returned to become the fastest female trotter in history (1:49.2) at Red Mile on Oct. 7 with Homicide Hunter in her immediate wake, Natural Herbie won a $20,000 sire stakes elimination at Hoosier Park on Oct. 5. He also equaled the track record of 1:52.1 for older trotting geldings, which he shares with I Know My Chip, on Sept. 16 in a Hoosier Park Invitational. Natural Herbie’s seasonal record stands at 17-6-3-3 and he has not been worse than third in his nine trips to the post since July 25. Four of his six 2017 trips to the winner’s circle have come since Aug. 26. Natural Herbie will have earned more than $100,000 in each of the six years he has competed if he finishes first or second in Friday evening’s fourth race, which is a $50,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for older horses and geldings. The gelding is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind Bridge To Jesse's (5-2, post position five, John DeLong) and will begin trotting right beside the favorite from post four. “He is finally getting back to himself,” Yoder said. “I had three vets tell me to stop with him because he had a suspensory injury in his left rear hind. They said he could never come back and be the same horse. “It was so rewarding for me when he equaled the track record after returning from that suspensory. He is a special horse and he loves to race so much, I did not want to take that away from him. So we gave him all the time he needed and it all worked out for him.” Throughout most of this year, Yoder, who is the sole owner of the gelding, kept steel shoes on him and made the switch to aluminum recently. “He has never went in under 1:54 unless he has aluminum shoes on,” he said. “Since I made that change he keeps improving. He was right there in the Centaur (Trot) and he had a great chance to win, but he just ran out of real estate.” Although Yoder easily describes some of the difficulties he had training down O So Easy, the same circumstances never applied with Natural Herbie. “He never wins by very much and I think the only time he did it was by like seven lengths,” Yoder said. “And that was because I tricked him. I tried to do it again when he was on the lead and started acting like he was race driving a ways before the finish by hooping and hollering at him. He just flicked his ears back at me and then forward again. He was onto me and it was like he was saying, ‘Are you kidding me? You think I’m going to fall for that from you again? You are not going to fool me twice.’ That’s what makes great horses; when they have their own personality and are that intelligent.” Yoder is certainly aware Hoosier Park will host the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, but his horses will more than likely be enjoying the sunshine in Florida. “I just said the other day I’m ready to head to Florida on Saturday morning (Oct. 14),” he said. “I checked into the Breeders Crown but decided 12 starts was more than enough for a 2-year-old trotting filly and Herbie is racing well now. We’ll turn out for a few months, then bring them back and hope they continue just as well next year.” To review the full fields, odds, post positions, drivers and trainers for the Friday card, which also includes 10 other sire stakes races and purses totaling more than $2 million, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 11, 2017 - The 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 13 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana stakes season. The annual Hoosier Champions Night will be part of a stakes-filled weekend as Grand Circuit racing action also returns to Hoosier Park for the fourth time this season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors. Fresh off her record setting performance at The Red Mile, Hannelore Hanover will be back in action in her home state of Indiana in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. With a 1:49.2 victory in the $136,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 7, Hannelore Hanover trotted the second fastest mile in harness history and became the first female trotter to ever breach the 1:50 barrier. The World Champion and Dan Patch award winner will start from post six in the field of seven with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the second race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old trotting fillies. O So Easy and driver, trainer, co-owner Verlin Yoder will look to continue their winning ways from post six as the 6-5 morning line choice. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover has won her last six outings while bankrolling $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings. Satin Dancer will also put her own winning streak on the line the in $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies in the eleventh race on the program. The Byron Hooley trainee has won her last seven Hoosier Park outings and 20 of 31 lifetime starts. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, Satin Dancer has been installed as the 6-5 morning line choice from post seven. To complement the evening's racing action, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, slated as the tenth race on the program. The wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4 as part of the Championship season programming. In addition to the Indiana Sires Stakes action, Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park this weekend as Thursday's 14-race card will feature the $73,600 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $68,800 Circle City for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $53,800 Madison County for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $50,000 Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. each night. The stakes filled weekend is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2017 - The Hoosier state's sophomore trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 6 as the evening's 14-race harness racing card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-olds. The evening's action kicked-off with the two-year-old trotting fillies and it was O So Easy who continued her winning ways and extender her win streak to six with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Sent off as the heavy 1-5 favorite, O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder in the bike, turned away a late charge from Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn late in the lane to stop the timer in 1:55.1 and get the win by a head. With the win, the daughter of of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover notched her ninth win from 11 seasonal outings. Trained by Verlin D Yoder, who also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables, O So Easy has now bankrolled $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings. The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were up next and it was Always Bet De Grey who turned in his own gritty performance to get the win the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Always Bet De Gray was able to track down the pace setting Rockin Beach and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to hit the wire in 1:51.2. With the win, the son of of Always A Virgin-Life Of Delight notched his 3rd win from 6 seasonal outings. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm and trained by Brian Brown, Always Bet De Grey has now bankrolled $65,250 in lifetime purse earnings. The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Voom Or Bang held off all challengers to score at 12-1 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With John DeLong in the bike, Voom Or Bang stopped the timer in a new lifetime best of 1:52.4 and ended the five-race win streak held by the heavily favored Dee Rocks and Sam Widger who finished second. Trained by Roger Welch, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover notched her 3rd win from 10 seasonal outings. Owned by William C De Long and William P De Long, the rookie filly has now amassed $122,500 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections. With the wins, O So Easy, Always Bet De Grey and Voom Or Bang solidified their spots in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for their respective divisions slated for October 13, Hoosier Champions Night, at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Champions Night will culminate the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program and feature eight $200,000 finals. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 7 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $3,202.24 carryover in the pick-4 sequence in races 3-6. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Thursday, October 5 harness racing program with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the sophomore trotting colts and pacing fillies and it was driver, John DeLong, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. The stakes wins were two of four wins on the evening's 14-race card for DeLong, who is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2017 season. Swan Chase continued his winning ways and turned in a gritty performance to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:54, the William Crone trainee recorded his fifth consecutive Hoosier Park victory. DeLong sent Swan Chase away from the gate to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.3 but would eventually yield the lead to the Bluebird Rambo and Sam Widger just before the half in :57. Bluebird Rambo continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home the stage was set for a battle down to the wire with Bluebird Rambo on the front and Swan Chase poised to strike from the pocket. DeLong sent Swan Chase up the passing the lane but Bluebird Rambo didn't go down without a fight. Using a :28 closing quarter, Swan Chase was able to stick a nose in front of Bluebird Rambo on the line. Ideal Jesse and Verlin Yoder rallied well to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Swan Chase returned $3.40 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his 12th win from 18 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won 15 of 29 lifetime outings while bankrolling $268,543 in lifetime purse earnings. DeLong would find the winner's circle just a few races later, this time scoring the 18-1 upset with Amazing Arya in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in 1:52.1, Amazing Arya found racing room late in the lane to prevail in a tight photo and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Owned in partnership by William C De Long., William P De Long, and Ray E De Long, Amazing Arya recorded her fourth victory from 16 trips behind the gate in 2017. The daughter of Rockin Image-Honey's Luck is trained by Roger Welch and has now won eight of 30 lifetime outings while earning $172,559 in purse earnings. With the wins, Amazing Arya and Swan Chase solidified their spots in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for their respective divisions slated for October 13, Hoosier Champions Night, at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Champions Night will culminate the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program and feature eight $200,000 finals. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 6 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action and a $4,980.74 carryover in the Hoosier High-5 wager which is offered in the last race of the evening. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2017 - For the second time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's seven-eighths mile oval, as the evening's 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, September 16 was highlighted by a track record performance in the featured of the event, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old colt trotters. Skyway Torpedo, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, established a new track record for two-year-old trotting colts when he powered home a winner in 1:55. The previous track record of 1:55.4 was established by Airman Batten and LeWayne Miller in 2014. The 1:55 clocking marked the sixth track record that has been re-established this season and also a new lifetime best for Skyway Torpedo. After a costly break by the publics' second choice, Fiftydallarbill, behind the gate, Wrenn wasted no time sending Skyway Torpedo to the front. River Otter and Robert Taylor also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Skyway Torpedo reached the front just past the first station in :27.4 and dictated fractions of :57 and 1:26 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, River Otter tipped from the pocket but Skyway Torpedo wasn't finished. Utilizing a :29 final quarter, Skyway Torpedo trotted strongly on to the wire finishing two lengths in front of River Otter. Jesmach Oasis and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 betting favorite, Skyway Torpedo returned $3.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's basically been push button from day one," Trainer Alvin Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's a very well mannered colt and takes good care of himself. He's everything you would want in a two-year-old trotting colt." "He was the one I knew I wanted when we went to the sale," he continued. "I've been impressed with him since we started training him. He's eligible to the Breeders Crown so we'll get through these next couple weeks of stakes races and hope for the best. We'd love to give it (The Breeders Crown) a shot." With the win, the son of Swan For All-The Magic of Paris became the sport's newest $100,000 earner and recorded his fifth win from 10 seasonal starts. Skyway Torpedo is owned in partnership by T. Comerford, T. Harts, J. Lee, and A. Miller. The evening's 12-race card kicked-off with a bang as Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder equaled the track record for older trotting geldings after a 1:52.1 score in the $21,000 Invitational Trot. Natural Herbie now shares the track record for older trotting geldings with I Know My Chip who established that mark earlier this season. Natural Herbie recorded his 37th win from 100 lifetime starts and his fifth win this season from 15 trips behind the gate. Trained, owned and driven by Verlin Yoder, Natural Herbie now sports a lifetime bankroll of $1,082,426. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 19 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 15, 2017 - Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a dominant performance to make a clean sweep of the final round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured 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 September 15. With a final time of 1:50.1, Beckhams Z Tam notched his second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and established a new lifetime best in the process. Unhurried from the gate, Beckhams Z Tam settled along the rail in sixth while Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick were on a mission to the front from post four. Air Strike and Peter Wrenn protected their rail position to grab a pocket seat while Southern Flight and Dale Hiteman were following intently in third. Rock N Tony clicked off fractions of :26.1 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Macomber Jr. gave Beckhams Z Tam the green light just past the half and he began his mission to the front with authority. Reaching the third station in 1:23.1, Rock N Tony continued to call the shots but Beckhams Z Tam was closing in with every stride. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and Beckhams Z Tam responded with a :26.4 final quarter to power on to the wire under a hand drive finishing four lengths to the good. Southern Flight utilized a ground saving trip to get up for second while Rock N Tony held on for third. As the 2-5 betting favorite, Beckhams Z Tam returned $2.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "I didn't want to be on the front this week," Macomber Jr. noted after the win. "I didn't really want to be first-up either but that's the way it worked out. I didn't have to pull the plugs until we got to Trace's horse (Rock N Tony) and once I did, he found another gear. He did everything I asked of him." Trained by Hoosier Park's second leading trainer, Jamie Macomber, Beckhams Z Tam recorded his tenth victory from 15 seasonal starts and tenth lifetime win from 21 outings. The three-year-old son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm is owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $212,044 with the victory. The victory was also one of three wins on the evening for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 16 with a 12-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 14, 2017 - Dee Rocks asserted her divisional dominance over the harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old filly pacers, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 14. With regular pilot Sam Widger in the bike, Dee Rocks went wire-to-wire in a 1:52.3 open length romp and with it, recorded her fourth consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. Widger took no chances and sent his 2-5 favorite straight to the front from post six. A host of others in the field also left aggressively but Dee Rocks would win the early tussle to grab command just before the first quarter in :27.1. Concertina's Image and Peter Wrenn benefitted from a pocket trip while GW Show Faith and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third. Dee Rocks clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Turning for home, Voom Or Bang and John DeLong were on the attack first-over but were no match for the leader. Utilizing a :28.1 final quarter, Dee Rocks coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish four lengths in front of Voom Or Bang. Concertina's Image finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Dee Rocks returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "She was very sharp tonight," Wider noted after the win. "Last week she had trouble with her hobbles and still got the job done. Tonight, she was perfect; I couldn't have asked her to be any better." Trained by Dossie Minor, the homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won ten of eleven lifetime outings while amassing $164,000 in lifetime purse earnings. Her only off the board finish came after a disqualification for interference. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, September 15 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 12, 2017 - O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:54.3 in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, September 12. After establishing a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 in her elimination last week, O So Easy bested that time to re-establish the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies, a mark of 1:54.4 set by Princess Aurora in Grand Circuit racing action last season. In just the ninth start of her freshman campaign, O So Easy used a gate to wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth consecutive win of the season. Her 1:54.3 victory also marked the fifth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park throughout the 2017 live racing season. Leaving from post eight, O So Easy left alertly with the wings of the gate but would have to work for position as Sam Widger and Lisa's Famous Filly also left for position from the inside. O So Easy would grab command just before the first stop in a snappy :26.4 and continue to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.4. As the rest of the field struggled with the quick fractions, O So Easy looked strong on the front and her lead was ever-increasing turning for home. O So Easy coasted on to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick who staged a big rally late in the lane but were no match for the winner. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn used a ground saving trip to secure third place honors. As the 4-5 heavy betting favorite, O So Easy returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was just going to try to float out of there but I asked her to go behind the gate and it took me a while to get her settled back down," Yoder, who also does the training duties, noted after the win. "She came back to me and I was able to get her quieted down so that helped. As soon as she heard those horses coming around the last turn, she took right back off." "I was just trying to get to the wire first," he continued. "I knew we were going a pretty good mile but I didn't think it would be a track record." The rookie filly has now won seven of nine lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $168,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, September 12 with a stakes-filled 14-race card. Wednesday's card will feature the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and also the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A field of nine is set to square off the in the 2017 edition of The Nadia Lobell Stakes and will feature two of harness racing's Top-10 ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Agent Q, currently ranked eighth on the poll, will start from post seven with David Miller in the bike for trainer Aaron Lambert. Blazin Britches, currently ranked tenth on the poll, will return to Hoosier Park and put her four race win streak on the line from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike for trainer Brian Brown. This will mark the first time this season these two fillies have met behind the gate. Blazin Britches and Agent Q share the mark for fastest win time by a 3-year-old female pacer this season, at 1:48.4. The Nadia Lobell Stakes, which has been carded as the 10th race on the program, will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. Grand Circuit action returns to Hoosier Park as part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 25, 2017 - Meadowbrook Tiger, with harness racing driver John DeLong in the bike, turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle on Friday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:50.2, the Erv Miller trainee made amends for his second place finish in the eliminations last week taking the fourth round of the stakes action for the sophomore pacing colts. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Meadowbrook Tiger away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind the pace-setting He's A Popper and Peter Wrenn. He's A Popper dictated snappy first half fractions of :25.3 and :54.2 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Luvnmysharkaway and LeWayne Miller were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the challenge the leader first-over as the field approached the final turn. He's a Popper continued to call the shots as the field reached the third station in 1:23 but the rest of the field was closing in quickly. Luvnmysharkaway was able to wear down the leader but the taxing mile began to take its toll. DeLong was able to find late racing room and Meadowbrook Tiger exploded from the pocket to surge past the leader. Using a :27.1 final panel, Meadowbrook Tiger was also able to hold off a late charge from Incredible Shark and Todd Warren to get the win by a head. Beckham's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., sent off as the heavy betting favorite, had too much to ground to make up at the end of the mile and were forced to settle for third place honors. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Meadowbrook Tiger returned $12.20 to his backers at the betting windows for the slight upset. With the win, the son of Shadyshark Hanover-Rain Dance Jessica recorded the sixth win from 12 seasonal outings and sent his seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Meadowbrook Tiger is owned in partnership by Ronald Michelon and The Kales Company and has now amassed $191,369 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, August 26 with a 12-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 23, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 23 harness racing card with a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and it was a night ruled by favorites as the post time favorite delivered in both divisions. It was the third round of the stakes action for the two-year-old fillies and fourth round for the three-year-olds in a series of five $75,000 preliminary finals. Satin Dancer, with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, scored in near gate-to-wire fashion to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and continue her divisional dominance. Stopping the timer in 1:57.3, Satin Dancer recorded her fifth consecutive victory and eighth seasonal win from 11 outings. Conditioned by Byron Hooley for the Summit Pacing Acres, Satin Dancer left from post three to find a spot along the rail in second. Ajessia and Doug Rideout were pointed to the front from post eight but their lead would be short lived. Satin Dancer grabbed the lead just before the half in a leisurely :59.3 and never looked back. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:29.3, Satin Dancer used a :28.3 final panel and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish nearly a length in front of a hard charging Ajessia. Wheels A Turning and Joe Putnam also rallied well late but were forced to settle for third place honors. As the 1-9 heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $2.20 to her backers. "As long as she's near the front, she's usually pretty happy," Hooley noted after the win. "She doesn't relax much, even at home, but I guess that's a good thing because I can tell when she's not feeling well. We try to keep her happy and relaxed and she does the rest." The victory gave the daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred her 17th lifetime victory from 27 career outings. Satin Dancer has now amassed $431,818 in lifetime purse earnings. In much the same fashion, Dee Rocks and driver Sam Widger used a sharp, front-running effort to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:53, Dee Rocks recorded her eighth seasonal victory from nine career starts. Leaving from post five, Dee Rocks wasted no time and grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in :27. Clicking off fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.1, Dee Rocks began to put her talent on display while the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance turning for home. Using a :27.4 closing quarter, Dee Rocks finished three lengths in front of her next closest competitor. As the 1-9 favorite, Dee Rocks returned $2.20 at the betting windows. "I am blessed to have the opportunity to drive a filly like this," Widger noted after the victory. "She's so easy to get along with and will do just about anything you ask of her. She did that pretty easy tonight; I never had to ask her for much." The daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is a homebred, owned and bred by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won eight of nine lifetime outings while amassing $116,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, August 24 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old trotting colts. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 22, 2017 - After cruising to an impressive 1:56.3 victory in her Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, O So Easy was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to score another decisive victory on Tuesday, August 22 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Stopping the timer in 1:55.2, O So Easy established a new lifetime best while recording her fifth win of the season for trainer, driver, and co-owner Verlin Yoder. Leaving from the outside post nine, O So Easy left just enough to get a spot along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Jim Pantaleano sent Lass A Rope away from the gate firing from the rail position to get the first call through a snappy :26.4 opening quarter. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn also left alertly to grab a pocket seat behind the early pacesetter. Lass A Rope was able to slow the tempo just a touch down the backside as she remained uncontested through the second split in :56.3. As the field approached the final turn, Yoder had O So Easy on the attack to the outside. Lass A Rope continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 but O So Easy was closing in with every stride. As the field turned for home, Yoder asked his filly for more and O So Easy responded with a :28.4 final quarter to surge past the leader and hold off a hard-charging Custom Cantab late in the lane. After a ground saving trip, Topville Martini and John DeLong rallied nicely to round out the trifecta. As the 3/2 favorite, O So Easy returned $5.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Yoder said after the victory. "The best thing about her is you can use her any way you want. She will come right back to me when I ask her. She continues to learn more and get stronger with every start." The rookie filly has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $121,150 in lifetime purse earnings. O So Easy Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 23 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 1, 2017 - The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the Hoosier state were in the harness racing spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 2 to battle it out in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals. Over $630,000 was up for grabs on the evening's 14-race card and featured six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings kicked off the action-packed evening and it was Swan Chase and driver John DeLong who found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week. After winning his elimination last week, Swan Chase used a ground-saving trip to best his rivals by a length, scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:55. Swan Chase sat third along the rail through splits of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.4 before utilizing a :27.4 final quarter to track down the heavily favored My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon late in the lane. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard rallied gamely late in the lane to round out the trifecta. "They gelded him a few weeks ago and I think that has really made a big difference in him," DeLong noted after the victory. "He is a little more manageable this way and seems to be getting better with every start." Trained by William Crone, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his sixth win from 11 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won nine of 22 lifetime outings while bankrolling $177,716 in lifetime purse earnings. Satin Dancer, driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., looked every bit the part of a 3-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, stopping the timer in 1:56.1. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Satin Dancer sat patiently through splits of :28, :57.3, and 1:27.1 before Wrenn Jr. gave her the green light. Utilizing a :28.3 final panel, Satin Dancer coasted on to the wire under a hand drive to finish a length in front of the front-running Ajessia and Doug Rideout. Trained by Byron Hooley, Satin Dancer recorded her fifth win from eight seasonal outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred is owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $368,808. The three-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Rockin Serena and Peter Wrenn who pulled a mild 10-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in 1:52.1, Rockin Serena held off her rivals late in the lane to prevail in a tight photo and establish a new lifetime best in the process. "I didn't know how things would go in here as far as the trip was concerned," Wrenn noted after the victory. "She's a classy filly, still a little green, but that was a great trip for her. She really raced great tonight." Owned in partnership by Kales Co., Dolne Fm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena notched the second victory from eight trips behind the gate in 2017. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has won four of 13 lifetime outings while earning $117,205 in purse earnings. Rock N Tony turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock N Tony was able to overcome a long, first-over grind to wear down the heavily favored Beckham's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane and stop the timer in 1:50.4. "He's all heart," Tetrick noted after the victory. "Not the ideal trip, they rushed me early and I had to pull. He was able to overcome it and grinded all the way to the wire. He's a very honest colt that loves his job." Trained by Erv Miller, the three-year-old gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious recorded his fifth seasonal victory and eleventh lifetime win from 17 starts. Owned by Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo, Rock N Tony pushed his lifetime earnings to $354,912 with the victory. The two year-old fillies were in the spotlight in the very next race and after a disqualification of the heavily favored Dee Rocks and Sam Widger, Ezpay and Brandon Bates were declared the winner in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:54, Ezpay found the winner's circle for just the second time in her young career and established a new lifetime best in the process. Trained by Pete Leu, who co-owns the filly with Heidi Estep, the daughter of Jereme's Jet-In The Red has now amassed $58,900 in purse earnings from five seasonal starts. The freshmen pacing colts rounded out the stakes action for the evening and with a winning streak on the line-Shnitzledosomethin delivered as the heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With regular pilot Peter Wrenn at the lines, Shnitzledosomethin turned a pocket trip into a 1:52.2 score. With the win, the rookie colt equaled his lifetime best and remains undefeated in four lifetime starts. "I knew I wanted to race him off a helmet tonight," Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "It couldn't have worked out any better for us. He's still learning and figuring everything out but he's a nice, nice colt." Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has now won all four of his lifetime outings. With the win, Shnitzledosomethin has bankrolled $67,250 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections of Bfj Stable, T. Lazzaro, E. Gold, and A. Basen. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, August 3 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 1, 2017 -  Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 1 as the evening's 14-race harness racing card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Custom Cantab and driver Peter Wrenn made a clean sweep of the second round of stakes action as they scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring handily in her elimination last week, Custom Cantab rallied gamely late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:55.3. In a race ruled by miscues, Custom Cantab sat patiently on the rail through splits of :27.2 and :56.4 before making her move. Verlin Yoder had the heavily favored O So Easy on the front just before the three-quarter mark in 1:26.2 and her lead was ever-increasing. As the field turned for home, Wrenn asked Custom Cantab for more and the filly utilized a :29 closing panel to track down O So Easy in the final stages of the mile and get the win by a head. "She's a perfect filly to drive," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "She's still a little green so the trip actually worked out perfect for us. She's not ready to be out there on the front but I think it will actually make her a better filly in the long run." Trained and co-owned by Christopher Beaver, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model recorded her second seasonal victory from 4 outings in 2017. Custom Cantab has now bankrolled $71,250 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. All On Black and John DeLong also made a clean sweep of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts-scoring tonight in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final in 1:56.2. With the win, All On Black established a new lifetime best and also remains undefeated in three starts in 2017. DeLong sent All On Black away from the gate to get the first call before yielding the lead to Skyway Torpedo and Peter Wrenn. Skyway Torpedo dictated fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:27.2 before feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane and All On Black responded with a :28.4 closing quarter to get the win by a head. Trained by Jenny Melander, the gelded son of Swan For All-Right On Renee has now earned $54,000 in lifetime purse earnings. All On Black is owned in partnership by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. "He was a little sick early on when we were training down," Melander noted after the victory. "That's why we missed the first round of the stakes action here but he's always been a nice colt we've just had to take our time with him." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 2 with a stakes filled 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 15, 2017 - River Otter used a strong stretch rally to pull the 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 15. Skillfully driven by Robert Taylor, who also does the training duties, River Otter avoided early traffic issues to stop the timer in 1:58.1 and record a new lifetime best in the process. Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Starlit Senditback away with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead in :27.1 with Uncle Leo and Doug Rideout grabbing the pocket seat. Taylor had River Otter well placed along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Brandon Bates had Mr Quaker up to engage the leader at the half mile mark in :58.2 and the top duo was matching strides through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3. With the field beginning to tighten, Taylor had River Otter in perfect striking position second-over as they turned for home. Starlit Senditback began to tire on the front and Taylor tipped River Otter to the outside. Utilizing a :29 final quarter, River Otter trotted strongly on to the wire and held off a late charge from the heavy betting favorite, Skyway Torpedo and Peter Wrenn. After experiencing traffic issues for much of the mile, Skyway Torpedo rallied gamely late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and was forced to settle for second place honors. Uncle Leo utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, River Otter returned $25.20 to his backers. "He's been a nice colt from day one," Taylor noted after the victory. "He was a little sick last week in his elimination and he also got a little aggressive so we had to re-rig him going into this week. He responded well to the equipment changes and was really sharp tonight." The rookie son of Mr Cantab-Cq Yankee recorded his second victory from three lifetime outings. With the win, River Otter has now earned $44,100 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Taylor Racing Stables, K. Schenk, and Bumkum Valley Stables. River Otter Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 14, 2017 - Indiana-sired freshmen pacing colts were the featured harness racing  attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 14 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. After winning his elimination last week, Shnitzledosomethin turned in another dominant performance to best nine other rivals, scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2. With driver Peter Wrenn in the bike, Shnitzledosomethin was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in fifth while a host of others left alertly. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had Bluebird Recon fired up to leave aggressively and get the first call through the opening panel in a snappy :25.4. Jeopardy and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while GD Western Joe and Ricky Macomber Jr. were following intently in third. Wrenn Jr. was able to get Bluebird Recon to relax on the lead but they quickly yielded command to Shnitzledosomethin just before the second station in :56.3. Shnitzledosomethin led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.2 but was joined on the outside by Tom's A Rockin and Sam Widger. Tom's A Rockin was matching strides with the leader as the field turned for home but Shnitzledosomethin wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27 final quarter, Shnitzledosomethin coasted on to the wire four lengths in front of his competition. Tom's A Rockin held on gamely for second while Letitrock and Todd Warren staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Shnitzledosomethin returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's an impressive colt," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed so I planned to race off the back but all these colts are so green I had to move down the backside. He was very strong at the wire." Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has now won both of his lifetime outings. With the win, Shnitzledosomethin has bankrolled $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections of Bfj Stable, T. Lazzaro, E. Gold, and A. Basen. Shnitzledosomethin New Talent winning the Invitational Emily Gaskin

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