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 email@example.com. 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.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 223 were treated to an up close and personal look at harness racing on Monday evening (Nov. 8) at Indiana Downs. The group, from William F. Loper Elementary School in Shelbyville, Ind., met members of the Indiana Downs drivers colony, participated in winner's circle pictures and received rides in the starting gate throughout the program.
It was an evening of extreme speed and thrills during Dan Patch Night Saturday, June 26. Presented by the membership of the Indiana Standardbred Association, numerous activities took place, including a BBQ contest before the races and an extreme motorsport prize, which was won by Anderson native Michael Stohler.