ANDERSON, Ind.—August 5, 2014—A field of nine will be sent post-ward in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 8. In what may be the most accomplished field ever assembled, the 21st installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that begins at 5:15 p.m. The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes finals, sending the purse money to be distributed throughout the evening over the $500,000 mark. The 2014 Dan Patch field boasts combined career purse earnings over $10 million and includes four millionaires, three previous Dan Patch winning drivers, two Hall of Fame drivers, and one Hall of Fame trainer. Bettor’s Edge, Heston Blue Chip, Sweet Lou, and Thinking Out Loud will make their way to Indiana boasting career earnings over the $1 million mark. Ricky Macomber Jr., who visited the Dan Patch winner’s circle in 2000 and 2002, will drive Bettor’s Edge from post seven while Peter Wrenn, who won the 2012 installment of the Dan Patch, will start from post three behind Night Pro. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce, who was victorious in the 2005 Dan Patch Invitational with Maltese Artist, has been enlisted to drive the 4-5 morning line favorite, Sweet Lou from post five for North America’s leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke. With over $2.9 million in career earnings, the five-year-old horse is the richest horse in the field and is currently riding an eight race win streak, most recently victorious in 1:47.2 in the US Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands. Harness racings’ all time leading money winning driver and Hall of Famer, John Campbell, will make his way to Hoosier Park to compete in his second Dan Patch Invitational and has been enlisted to drive Thinking Out Loud for Hall of Fame trainer, Robert McIntosh from post two. Throughout his career, Thinking Out Loud has amassed more than $1.5 million with a record of 44-14-7-10. Also joining the stellar cast of entrants as a main contender for the 2014 Dan Patch title is State Treasurer, with Jody Jamieson at the lines from post eight. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee has been tabbed as the 4-1 morning line second choice. A winner of over $750,000 lifetime, the five-year-old horse recently set a 1:48.1 Canadian seasons record at Mohawk and is the 2014 Molson Pace Champion. Night Pro will play the role of local favorite from three for trainer Dale Decker. Night Pro, a former Indiana Sires Stakes champion, enters Saturday’s race after posting seven consecutive wins in the Invitational pace at Hoosier Park. The four-year-old gelding has won 22 of 30 career starts and has amassed over $350,000 in career earnings. The 2014 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: 1. Dancin Yankee Tr: Amber Buter Dr: Tyler Buter 8-1 2. Thinking Out Loud Tr: Robert McIntosh Dr: John Campbell 6-1 3. Night Pro Tr: Dale Decker Dr: Peter Wrenn 20-1 4. Carol’s Comet Tr: Ron Potter Dr: Aaron Merriman 15-1 5. Sweet Lou Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ron Pierce 4-5 6. Heston Blue Chip Tr: Linda Toscano Dr: Corey Callahan 15-1 7. Bettor’s Edge Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 10-1 8. State Treasurer Tr: Ian Moore Dr: Jody Jamieson 4-1 9. Our Lucky Chip Tr: Jason Miller Dr: Trace Tetrick 30-1 Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch Invitational card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for Hoosier Park’s signature event is 9:30 p.m. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-3 will also be made available to racing fans in races seven through nine as part of the East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge. The East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a three-race challenge with the winning team going home with their share of the $20,000 prize. The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up “Team Midwest” with the top five drivers from the East driving for “Team East”. In what is being called the “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will be a concert by the Grammy-award winning group, Little Big Town on Saturday, August 9 as part of Hoosier Park’s summer concert series line-up. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist
ANDERSON, Ind.-August 4, 2014 - The best in the sport of harness racing will once again take to the racetrack at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 8. However, for the first time, not only will some of the best horses in the country go to post in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational but the best drivers will be in the spotlight in the inaugural $20,000 East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge. The East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a three-race challenge with the winning team going home with their share of the $20,000 prize. The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up "Team Midwest" with the top five drivers from the East driving for "Team East". Each team will have five participants in three consecutive races of the challenge and will be awarded points based upon their placings. At the conclusion of the third race of the challenge, the points will be tallied and one team will be crowned the winner. Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, has inherited the responsibility of recruiting the best drivers to compete in the inaugural edition of the event. The East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge will compliment one of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. All of the drivers competing in the East Meets Midwest challenge will kick off the evening with an autograph session near Hoosier Park's winner circle beginning at 4 p.m. Hoosier Park will provide fans with a commemorative poster featuring the drivers of the challenge while supplies last. Racing fans will also have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered for the East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge with a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-3 Pool. The wager will offer 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 In what is being called the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend", Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will be a concert by the Grammy-award winning group, Little Big Town on Saturday, August 9 as part of Hoosier Park's summer concert series line-up. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-August 2, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce a renewed partnership with HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, to provide exclusive coverage for the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 8. Now in its' 21st edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace sets the stage for the top rated pacers in North America to convene on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval seeking a lucrative $250,000 purse and a spot in Hoosier Park's history. HRTV will be on property throughout the weekend to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews on the HRTV programming from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park. HRTV's national on-air host, Peter Lurie, will return to Hoosier Park for the fifth consecutive year to cover another Hoosier Park signature event. For the last four years Lurie has not only covered the Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park but also the Indiana Derby at Indiana Downs. Lurie will provide commentary and handicapping throughout the Friday program alongside Hoosier Park's Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Hoosier Park's signature harness racing event has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch, an invitational race, not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil. Hoosier Park's headline event is part of a special weekend tagged "Dan Patch Festival Weekend". The entire weekend will be filled with extreme racing, extreme entertainment, extreme wagers, giveaways and fun throughout the Hoosier Park property. The 'extreme' theme will take center stage on the track as ten of North America's fastest Standardbreds go to post for the Dan Patch Invitational, slated as the twelfth race on the program with an estimated post time of 9:30 p.m. In what may be the most competitive field ever assembled, the 21st installment of Hoosier Park's featured event will highlight the 14-race program that will boast lofty purses. The 2014 installment has no shortage of talent as racing fans can expect to see not only the sport's top rated older pacers but the best drivers in the sport of harness racing. The weekend will also be complimented by The East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge which will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, against five of the top drivers from the East in a three-race challenge with the winning team going home with their share of the $20,000 prize. The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up "Team Midwest" with the top five drivers from the East making up "Team East". Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered exclusively for the Dan Patch Festival weekend. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available as part of a special Strategic Wagering Program introduced through the United States Trotting Association. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents, and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-3 pool will also be available to racing fans for the three races of the East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge. The Pick-3, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the seventh race and will continue through the ninth race. Post time for the first race on the 14 race card is 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2014 - In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday, July 29. The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park's backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility began in the spring of 2014 and was completed just in time for Hoosier Park's signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, on Friday, August 8. Half of the facility has been made accessible to any licensed Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) member and will provide numerous amenities including computer work stations, restrooms, flat screen televisions, a lounge area, and wi-fi access. The one-story structure also houses two offices for the Indiana Standardbred Association representatives. The remaining half of the facility will serve as a locker room and lounge for the full-time drivers at Hoosier Park. Featuring both a men and women's locker room, this section of the facility features individual lockers, showers, washing machines and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions. "It's second to none," driver Trent Stohler noted after a tour of the building. "I don't think we could have designed it better ourselves and I think I speak for everyone on the backside when I say we really appreciate what Hoosier Park has done with this." The doors of the building were officially opened at a lunch ceremony on Hoosier Park's backside attended by both Hoosier Park team members and horsemen. Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, led the ceremony and welcomed guests to tour the new facility. "The opening of this facility not only signifies our commitment to all the people that make Hoosier Park a great place to race but Hoosier Park's commitment to racing in the state of Indiana," Moore noted. "This lounge is a place for everyone racing at Hoosier Park to call their own and a place we are proud of. I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this facility possible." The horsemen's lounge will be maintained by Hoosier Park employees and available to horsemen during the live racing schedule. 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 meet will offer an extended stakes schedule be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 3, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 21st season of harness racing, will kick start summer weekends with a mix of 'family fun' promotions, free fireworks, entertainment and harness racing as part of the annual "Back to the Track" campaign on July 4 and 5. Hoosier Park, in conjunction with the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), United States Trotting Association (USTA), will offer racing fans dining specials, handicapping contests, various entertainment, live racing, and prizes on Friday and Saturday in an effort to bring fans back to the track. The USTA has coordinated the Back to the Track event with its member racetracks and horsemen across the United States to make it a national event. The campaign is designed to promote harness racing and encourage occasional or former race fans to come Back to the Track for an exciting night of entertainment. When the doors open at 4 p.m. at Hoosier Park, racing fans will be greeted by Hoosier Park's harness racing drivers signing autographs and handing out free, quick pick wagers to the first 200 guests. Also, Harness Racing Bingo is back by popular demand and is free to racing fans with prizes totaling more than $250. Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed 'Fan-tastic Fridays', feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the 'Beat the Big Guy' promotion for a chance to win up to $500. The popular 'I Win, You Win' promotion is back featuring all of Hoosier Park's champion drivers. Guests can enter each night during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card after each race. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the Friday night festivities with an estimated start time of 10 p.m. "Hoosier Park is proud to offer racing fans the chance to be part of a national horse racing campaign," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "It's a weekend that harness racing fans have come to enjoy, and hopefully, they will invite their family and friends to join them here at Hoosier Park." On Saturday, Hoosier Park has partnered with the Indiana Standardbred Association to provide fans an opportunity to win gas cards, hats and t-shirts while supplies last. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' will return Saturday and continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. In addition to the Back to the Track activities on Saturday, the evening will be highlighted by a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two and three-year-olds. Eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned on the program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana program. The first race will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Westfield, IN - Renowned author Victoria Howard will be visiting Hoosier Park on June 13 on the same evening that Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) will be hosting the annual Girl Scout Open House. The event gives more than 300 young women the opportunity to see live racing and learn more about various facets of the racing industry as well as get up close time with horses. Ms. Howard will be autographing copies of her delightful children's book The Adventures of Max and Molly which tells the story of friendship between a dog and a Standardbred racehorse. She has been involved with harness racing for more than 35 years as an owner and breeder and has published 10 books. Susan Askren, ISA Promotion Committee Chairman said "We heard about Ms. Howard's book and thought a special appearance by her might provide another highlight for the scouts. This book illustrates the really positive elements that a horse can teach to kids who are animal lovers." Ms. Howard is "really excited about visiting Hoosier Park" as she enjoys every opportunity to share her excitement about harness racing. She recently visited The Meadowlands to promote her latest writing effort Roosevelt Raceway: Where It All Began which is due out this fall and chronicles the history of the historic track in Westbury, New York. Hoosier Park's racing action will begin 5:15PM and Ms. Howard will be available for book autographs to the general public throughout the evening. (For further information about this release, contact Ellen Taylor at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation 317.867.5877.)
ANDERSON, Ind.-June 4, 2014- The 14-race card slated for Thursday, June 5 at Hoosier Park will be highlighted by the $17,500 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares with a full field of 10. Ron Burke's Unefoisdansmavie will look to score back to back wins in the top spot after she made her first Hoosier Park start a winning one in last week's edition. With a carry-over in excess of $1,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to remind racing fans of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager on Thursday, June 5 and every Thursday throughout the entirety of the live racing meet. Two long-shot winners in Wednesday's Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover of $1799.80 and will be added to the pool for Thursday. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The Daily Racing Form's website. The Pick-4 wager on Thursday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners. "Hoosier Park would like to thank the Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association for again partnering on the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4, which has become such a popular wager among horse racing fans," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore noted. "The pick-4 wager has been popular amongst our horseplayers and racing fans and we are proud to offer it on Thursdays. With the guaranteed pool, we feel that it offers remarkable value to the horseplayers." by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of five one-day educational horsemanship programs to its summer schedule. HHYF will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on June 17, and has added four programs in Maine. June 30, July 1 and July 3 programs will be held at the Cumberland, Maine fairgrounds, while July 2nd, a program has been added in Cornish, Maine. In addition, on July 4, HHYF will visit Scarborough Downs with post parades by Sweet Karen and an opportunity to meet both Sweet Karen and Royal Attire on the tarmac during the late afternoon card. Applications and compete details for these programs, which typically run from 9 AM to 3 PM and are open to youths age 11 and up, are located at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. Workshop fees are$25. The deadline to apply for these programs, as well as the previously announced HHYF summer program schedule is May 15. "Our Maine connections are very much looking forward to HHYF's return after a few years absence. With several locations now scheduled, we hope that many kids will be able to participate and get excited," said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. "And with our office located just north of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis worked in just before our East coast departure. This event, cosponsored by the Indiana Standardbred Association, will include live fair racing as part of the day's schedule." The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Submitted by HHYF
ANDERSON, Ind.-March 28, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off the 21st season of live harness racing on Friday, March 28, with a new daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With 11 races on the card, the evening will be highlighted by the $22,000 featured event for fillies and mares. On the track, the racing competition is starting to take shape with the return of 2013's leading driver champion, Tyler Smith. Smith, who holds the record as the youngest driver to reach 1,000 wins, took home top honors last year at Hoosier Park with 262 trips to the winner's circle and is back seeking his second leading title during this year's 160-day all harness racing meet. Hoosier Park's three-time leading trainer and North America's current leading trainer, Ron Burke, has also returned to Indiana with a powerhouse stable headed by assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker. The Burke stable amassed more than $2.5 million in purse earnings in 2013 with 108 wins, besting by more than double his closest competitor. Hoosier Park will welcome fans back to the track with a family-friendly themed opening weekend celebration offering guests live entertainment, specialty dining options, and multiple giveaway promotions. The opening week of live racing, labeled "fan appreciation week" will also be fan-centric. Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will feature dining specials, wagering vouchers, and giveaways. Brand new to the 2014 wagering format, Hoosier Park is proud to offer racing fans a pick-5 wager covering the last five races on the card during live racing. With a 50 cent minimum, the pick-5 offers remarkable value to the horseplayers. Guests are also encouraged to enter the handicapping contests that will be taking place weekly throughout the entirety of the meet. Both Friday and Saturday night, 1 Million Points and a WHHC Seat will be on the line in separate contests. Entrants must wager on the last 10 races from Hoosier Park each night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information. Hoosier Park has once again partnered with Twinspires.com and will be pulling out all the stops for its opening weekend, Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. For the first time-ever, Hoosier Park is offering TwinSpires.com Players the opportunity to compete for their share of 2 Million Elite Points and one of two seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) at the brand new Meadowlands Racetrack. "With the introduction of the pick-5 wager, along with our Twinspires.com promotion, Hoosier Park is committed to giving the horseplayers the best wagering opportunities available," Hoosier Park's Race Marketing Manager, Cliff Fraser noted. "We have worked hard in the off-season and are looking forward to the 2014 live racing season now more than ever." Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed "Fan-tastic Fridays", will once again feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the 'Beat the Big Guy' promotion for a chance to win up to $500. Hoosier Park live racing will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 15, 2014. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—November 21, 2013—At a time when many tracks are struggling with the status quo of maintaining handle from year to year, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 27% during the 2013 live harness racing season from the previous year’s numbers. Under a new format described as one breed, one track, Hoosier Park solely hosted Indiana’s Standardbred racing during a 160-day meet while Indiana Downs hosted a 120-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. Originally designed as a Standardbred track, this change to all harness racing produced encouraging gains on all fronts. The progress is also attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. This year’s meet also saw a notable advancement in the quality of racing. Each race card featured fuller fields, averaging 9.1 betting interests per race, adding to the overall competition level in each event. In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly debuted Trakus, a state-of-the art wireless tracking system that enabled racings fans to more easily follow their horse instantaneously throughout a race this season. Upon the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park became the only Standardbred track in North America using the Trakus system. This initiative was a partnered effort between Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) and without the support and financial commitment of the ISA this project would not have been possible. The Trakus project was one of the biggest marketing initiatives in the history of Indiana harness racing and is a direct reflection of the strong and successful partnership between Centaur, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association “The one breed/one track concept proved to be an unequivocal success as witnessed by the 27.5% growth in handle over last year’s combined Hoosier Park/Indiana Downs meets,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Our success would not have been possible without the good judgment and foresight of the Indiana General Assembly, which enacted legislation that provided us with the opportunity to implement the one breed/one track concept, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, which cooperatively and proactively assisted Hoosier Park in its implementation. I would also like to thank our partners at the Indiana Standardbred Association and our Indiana horsemen for their unwavering cooperation in putting together a most competitive product on the track that proved to be so very popular with racing enthusiasts around the country.” Hoosier Park’s premier Standardbred race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Saturday, May 25. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 20th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the introduction of an added $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. As with Dan Patch Night, the bettors again came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. The total handle for the night was up 44% over the previous year’s number and the handle on the Dan Patch race itself was up 39% over the previous year. Hoosier Park also witnessed its’ fastest season to date as 25 track records were re-established this season. Uncle Peter lowered the overall track record for older horses on the trot to 1:52.3 in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 21. Tyler Smith led all forces on the track and took home the 2013 leading driver title with 262 victories throughout the season. Smith also reached harness racing history at Hoosier Park as he become the youngest driver to record 1,000 career wins at 20 years-old. “Hoosier Park has done an outstanding job in nearly every facet of the industry,” Smith noted. “Through an improved track surface, all the marketing efforts, and a constantly improving quality of horses that race here every night, it has been a pleasure to compete here. The horseman, my fellow drivers, and the entire Hoosier Park staff make my job enjoyable. This track is an example of a place that is doing things right.” For the first time in its’ 20 year history, Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit racing action and welcomed the top-rated horses in North America to compete in the $286,500 Carl Erskine, the $250,000 Monument Circle, and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The bettors came out in full force to watch the harness racing superstars compete at Hoosier Park as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering and produced the biggest handle night of the season. The 2013 meet also saw horses like the 2012 Pacer of the year and World Champion, Captaintreacherous, world record holder, A Rocknroll Dance, and multiple World Champion, Pet Rock visit the Hoosier Park winner’s circle. Weekends during the meet encouraged fans to enjoy live racing and numerous entertainment opportunities throughout the venue. Each weekend was highlighted by ‘Fan-tastic Fridays,’ a 14-race card night of racing featuring $1 customer specials including beer, hot dogs, wagers, and racing programs. Saturdays at the track, designated as ‘Family Fun Days,’ featured live entertainment, kid-friendly outdoor games and activities, winner’s circle giveaways, and dining specials. Each family-friendly Saturday was bolstered with a free fireworks show at the conclusion of the night’s race card. Enhanced promotions, offered weekly, added to the fan experience throughout the meet. by Emily Gaskin Gaskin for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 22, 2013—At a time when most tracks consider the status quo to be a great accomplishment when it comes to maintaining handle, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of 27% through the first 140 days of the meet. Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live harness racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, Hoosier Park has been grabbing the attention of bettors throughout the country. In its’ 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park is in the midst of its’ fastest season to date. Hoosier Park’s track surface continues to sizzle as 24 track records have been re-established this season. Uncle Peter recently lowered the overall track record for older horses on the trot to 1:52.3 in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 21. Drivers including Ed Hensley, Tyler Smith and Trace Tetrick have been leading the way. Smith also reached harness racing history at Hoosier Park as he become the youngest driver to record 1,000 career wins at 20 years-old. “The track has been phenomenal this season,” Smith noted. “The horses have responded really well to the new surface and I think it shows in the number of track records we’ve seen this year. Hoosier Park has done a great job of not only promoting the sport but promoting me as well. It has been a pleasure to race here all season.” The 2013 meet has also seen horses like the 2012 Pacer of the year and World Champion, Captaintreacherous, world record holder, A Rocknroll Dance, and the 2013 Dan Patch Invitational winner Bolt The Duer, visit the Hoosier Park winner’s circle. Fresh off his win in the 2013 Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous heads the list of nominations for the 2013 edition of the $250,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old colts and geldings slated for Friday, November 1 at Hoosier Park. “These results have really exceeded my most optimistic expectations,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “It’s almost unheard of in this day and age for a track to post double digit increases, especially for a meet stretching from Spring to Fall. We would like to thank everyone involved in our successes, most importantly our partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, our horseman, our drivers and our customers for their contributions to making this our most successful meet to date.” Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—September 20, 2013—When Captaintreacherous lines up behind the starting gate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 21 he will be racing for more than just the lion’s share of the $50,000 purse in the “Jenna’s Beach Boy” Invitational for 3-year-old male pacers. The defending Pacer of the Year will start from post six in the seven horse field and will be racing for a chance to help other animals in need. While looking to score his eighth win of the season, the connections of the harness racing superstar have agreed to donate 20% of Captraintreacherous’ earnings from Saturday’s race to assist the Animal Protection League, a local non-profit organization that finds homes for unwanted animals in the community. “We decided to name this race the “Jenna’s Beach Boy” Invitational pace because when Jenna’s Beach Boy raced at Hoosier Park he brought national attention to Hoosier Park,” noted Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore. “Captaintreacherous is doing that once again. This horse is not only a great athlete; he is a great ambassador for the sport. His appearance and the generosity of his connections to donate a portion of their earnings to so many animals in need places an additional spotlight on a night that already promises to be a special one in the history of Hoosier Park.” The evening will also be complimented by the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic and two $138,000 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. In addition to the open stakes, the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts will be contested on the card. The purse money to be distributed throughout this action packed Saturday night of racing will topple over the $750,000 mark. Along with the action taking place on the track, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wagering opportunity offered exclusively for the September 21 card at Hoosier Park. In a partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool on races 8 through 11. If you or someone you know would like to donate to the Animal Protection League Shelter, please contact (765) 356-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. by Emily Gaskin
ANDERSON, IN—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue the Standardbred season as they host FarmTastic, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event is free to the public, and will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Yard, concluding with a fireworks presentation. Sponsored by the White River Heritage Antique Association, the event will feature an antique tractor exhibit, with more than 50 antique tractors on display. FarmTastic will also include children’s activities, live Standardbred racing, farm food favorites, live entertainment, and giveaways. The farm food favorites will include barbeque, ice cold beverages, and lemon shake-ups. Free sweet corn and watermelon will be available while supplies last. Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun’ Saturdays will also continue on Sept. 7 with pedal tractor games, a bounce house, face painting and more. The family friendly atmosphere will feature designated areas and activities to accommodate all guests. Schedule of Events: Antique Tractor Exhibit 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Live Standardbred Racing 5:30 p.m. First Post BBQ, Farm Food, Beverages 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kids Activities 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tractor Competitions Starting at approx. 6:30 p.m. Also making a special appearance on the evening will be Hoosier Park’s All-Star drivers. All 12 of the All-Star drivers will put their talents on display and compete in a pari-mutuel race slated as the sixth race on the evening’s 14-race card. Each of the All-Star Driver’s will be competing to earn money for their respective charities. In conjunction with all the action taking place on the track, the Indiana Standardbred Association will also have a booth located in the Yard and will hold drawings for farm and home themed prizes throughout the evening. Guests can also enter to be a part of the popular “I Win, You Win” promotion. Just as it sounds, the “I Win, You Win” promotion gives patrons the chance to win a $25 Hoosier Park gift card if one of the All-Star Drivers wins a race on the Friday or Saturday night’s card. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.-July 27, 2013-The buzz and excitement of live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of an additional of $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool this week on Tuesday, July 30. In a partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool on the 14-race card slated for Tuesday, July 30 and then again on its' regularly scheduled day, Thursday, August 1. Two long-shot winners in the Saturday Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover in excess of $1,000 and fueled the increase on Tuesday to $10,000. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. QApproximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:10 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website. The Pick-4 wager will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners on Tuesday. "We are very excited for the addition this week," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. "We want to thank our partners, The Indiana Standardbred Association and The United States Trotting Association, for their continued support and willingness to increase the guarantee this week. The pick-4 has now become the in-wager as far as the racing industry is concerned and we're proud of its' success here at Hoosier Park." The 14-race card slated for Tuesday, July 30 will be highlighted by the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Mandy's Mattjesty, will return to defend her title from post eight for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the second round of the guaranteed $5,000 Pick 4 Wednesday, May 25. The harness racing promotion is part of the U. S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program, which now includes specialty wagers at 10 racetracks across the United States.
Several harness racing members of the Indiana Standardbred Association and the Celebrity Standardbred Drivers associated with the Fab Five promotion at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will lend a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity Saturday, May 7.