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Bridge To Jesse's will be at home in Friday's $220,000 Carl Erskine Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotters at Hoosier Park, but he faces a difficult road to victory. The winner of 21 of 27 career races --- with all but one of the starts coming at Hoosier Park --- Bridge To Jesse's will leave from post No. 1 in an Erskine field of 10 that includes newly minted Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping as well as Breeders Crown finalists Sutton and Waitlifter K. Sutton finished third in this year's Hambletonian while Waitlifter K was fourth. Another Hambletonian finalist, Milligan's School, also is in the Erskine. "The race is a local race in our own front yard so we staked to it hoping it would come up a little weak maybe," said a laughing Roger Welch, who trains and co-owns Bridge To Jesse's with William "Bo" DeLong, Patrick DeLong, and Ray DeLong. "This is his chance to step up. The rail definitely helps us try to get a little crumb anyway. "It'll be fun to see what he can do," he added. "Maybe he'll be like the other Indiana-breds who have stepped out. We'll see if Jesse can. He's done quite well for us. Both last year and this year he's been real good to us." Last season, Bridge To Jesse's won 10 of 12 races and earned $309,093. He was the Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male trotting champion and a track-record-setter at Hoosier Park. This year, he has won 11 of 15 races and earned $247,102. He had a six-race win streak snapped on Oct. 15 when he finished fourth in the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male trotters. He enters the Erskine off a second-place finish to Milligan's School in a division of the Circle City on Oct. 28. "He got a bad trip in the (Indiana Sire Stakes) final, but that's the only bad trouble we've had all year," Welch said. "He's got a great attitude. That's what I like most about him. And he's always been a strong, sound horse. He shows up to race every week. He tries a 110 percent. Those kind are hard to find and hard to replace. "On Saturday from the rail I know he'll try real hard. It's the end of the season, he's getting a little tired, but they all are. He's not a big horse, but he's got a big heart. He'll try. Hopefully he can hold his own and sniff a check out." Bridge To Jesse's is a son of stallion Jailhouse Jesse out of the mare Bridge To Nowhere. He was purchased for $28,000 at the 2014 Indiana Premier Yearling Sale and his family includes multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award-winner Peaceful Way and stakes-winner Toocool Forschool. "He's got a license to be a nice little open horse," Welch said about the gelding, who has a career-best win time of 1:53.4. "He'll trot more next year. We've babied him this year. He doesn't have the flashy record, but when you do a breakdown of what the (1):53 miles are at Hoosier Park compared to somewhere else you can tell what his potential is." This will be Bridge To Jesse's final start of the year. "He's done everything we've asked him to do," Welch said. "I'll bring him back to my farm and let him grow and fill out and hopefully have a good 4-year-old and aged career. As of today, that's the plan. The option is there to sell him if anyone is interested, but we really haven't put him on the market. We'll pull his shoes off in the paddock and he can come home to the farm and have a little vacation." Bar Hopping is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Erskine; Bridge To Jesse's is 12-1. Hoosier's card also includes the $200,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $115,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Check Six, one of five horses from the stable of Ron Burke in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown and Check Six was third. Earn Your Wings, who finished fourth in the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 favorite in the Crossroads of America and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin is the 8-5 favorite in the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Complete entries for the races may be found at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2016 - Freshman trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Wednesday, October 5. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Jesse V staged a valiant stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo for win in 1:58.2 and notch his third consecutive harness racing victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, Jesse V was away a worrisome seventh while a host of others left for early position. Herbies Wild Child was hustled off the gate by driver Rick Farrington to get the first call in :27.4 but Rick Plano also had Swan Chase out and firing. Swan Chase reached command at the half in :58 but things continued to be eventful on the front end as Darrell Wright had Striking Warrior on an assignment to the front approaching the final turn. Swan Chase continued to call the shots at third station in 1:28 but the rest of the field was steadily closing in. Don Harmon had My Uncle Cuz well placed second-over and he ranged up to engage the leader as the field straightened away for home. My Uncle Cuz was able to put a nose in front of a tiring Swan Chase but his biggest challenge was coming from behind him. Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard found late racing room up the passing lane but Macomber Jr. tipped Jesse V to the outside and the gelding surged to the wire to prevail in a tight photo. My Uncle Cuz had to settle for second place honors while Double A Goldrush held on for third. As the post time favorite, Jesse V returned $5.20 for the victory. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa's Victory scored the third win of his young career from twelve starts, incidentally all three of his career victories have been in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P'Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now amassed $155,000 for his connections. With the win, Jesse V solidified his spot in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 6 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 1, 2016 -- Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1. With a final time of 1:54.1, Bridge To Jesse's notched his third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and equaled his lifetime best. Leaving from post eight in the field of ten, Bridge To Jesse's left aggressively for early position but a host of others also left alertly. Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1 while Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick grabbed an early pocket seat. DeLong eased Bridge To Jesse's back along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. J-S Livethedream was able to slow the tempo and dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4 while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were the first to apply pressure, first-over. As the field turned for home, J-S Livethedream continued to call the shots but was bracing for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. Tetrick tipped Fly Jesse Fly to the outside and he made a bid at the leader but it was Bridge To Jesse's who utilized the passing lane to get up in the final strides and win by length. Topville Avatar staged a big rally late in the lane to take home second place honors while J-S Livethedream held on for third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's returned $3.40 to his backer's at the betting windows. "The trip never works out like you think it's going to," DeLong noted after the victory. "I didn't know what Sam (Widger) would do with his horse because I know he likes the front but it ended up working out for us in the end. My horse felt great tonight, he had a lot of trot and was strong at the wire." Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $473,024 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Bridge To Jesse's has now won eight of ten seasonal starts and has only two off the board finishes this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card also features the return of 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the $21,000 Invitational pace slated as race 9 on the program. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2016 - Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to score in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Fly Jesse Fly was sent away from the gate firing but he would have to work for his position as Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream also left aggressively. J-S Livethedream found the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but Fly Jesse Fly continued his mission to the front and grabbed command at the half in :57.1. J-S Livethedream benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in fifth. Fly Jesse Fly went unchallenged to the third station in 1:25.2 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Bridge To Jesse's was underway with Lil Day Drinkin and Walter Haynes Jr. in tow but he would have his work cut out for him. Tetrick asked Fly Jesse Fly for more and he responded with a :28.4 final quarter to finish three lengths to the good. Bridge To Jesse's rallied nicely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors while Lil Day Drinkin rounded out the trifecta. As the 5/2 second choice, Fly Jesse Fly returned $7.00 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his fourth win from eight starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $85,275. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won seven of 21 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts also produced a mild upset on the evening as On The Virg and Eric Goodell scored in 1:53.2, a new lifetime best. Also using gate-to-wire tactics, On The Virg notched his second lifetime victory and made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts after scoring in his elimination last week. Saddled with the outside post nine, On The Virg left aggressively but would be caught wide as Always A Shark and Doug Rideout protected their inside position. On The Virg would reach the front at the opening quarter of :27.1 and dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before coasting home a winner. Using a :27.4 final quarter, On The Virg coasted to the wire to win by a length over Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. Incredible Shark and Sam Widger also rallied gamely in the lane to round out the trifecta. On The Virg returned $12.80 for the win and Meadowbrook Tiger, the heavy betting favorite, was off the ticket. Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A. Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi scored his second win in 2 lifetime starts. On The Virg has now earned $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Fly Jesse Fly and On The Virg also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 8 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old pacing fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2016 - Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ajessia broke her maiden in fine fashion as she used a perfectly timed rally to pull the slight upset and best nine other rivals in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Trained and driven Doug Rideout, Ajessia scored her first career victory from just two lifetime starts in 1:57.3. Leaving from post three, Ajessia left just enough for position but a host of others also had the same idea. Trace Tetrick had Foxy Swan out and firing from post five and the duo grabbed the early lead in :27.4. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Ajessia continued her mission to the front and grabbed command just past the half in :57.1 but would yield the lead back to Foxy Swan approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Foxy Swan looked strong on the front but the field was starting to close in at the third station in 1:27.3. LeWayne Miller had Satin Dancer well placed along the rail in third but Ajessia was looming large in the pocket. Rideout tipped his filly to the outer flow and she dug in gamely to track down the leader and finish four lengths to the good. Satin Dancer rallied nicely in the lane to finish second while Foxy Swan held on for third. As the 7-1 choice, Ajessia returned $17.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She can be a little tough to handle," Rideout noted of his filly. "She's fast, that's for sure but she is a handful and you just have to be careful with her. She threw her head last week so I let her have her way this week. I've always known she was fast, we just have to be careful with her." With the win, Ajessia not only scored her first career victory but also scored the first victory for her owners at S&R Racing who are new to harness racing this season. Purchased for $55,000 at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Atia has now earned $39,900 lifetime for her connections. With the win, Ajessia also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. J-S Jesses Girl and Sam Widger also used a big rally late in the lane to score at odds of 5-1 in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 2:00.1, the two-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Whatsyourpleasurek scored her first career victory from five starts for owner Jack Myers Racing, LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Rose Run Parker endured a brutal first quarter but rolled on to a harness racing victory -- his fourth straight -- in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Rose Ron Parker was three wide for most of the 27.1 opening panel and didn't clear to the lead until the three-eighths. But once he settled in for Dave Palone, he held off the late charge of his stablemate, I Know My Chip, and downed him by a length in 1:52.3 Trustworthy Kid, who lacked racing room, finished third. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding who now boasts $664,240 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke and Palone each enjoyed four wins on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Rose Run Parker took the lead at the quarter and coasted to his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Rose Run Parker and Dave Palone let the dust settle before attacking the leader, Tamarind. The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding made the point easily at the quarter and jogged home without a serious challenge. The 1-2 favorite scored in a career-best 1:52.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Tamarind, with the first-over I Know My Chip third. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $652,990, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and William Haas, Jr. Eric Goodell collected three wins on the 15-race card. In other news the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that it is donating $2,000 to the horsemen affected by the March 16 fire at the South Florida Training Center.   “It’s unfortunate that this situation has happened again, right on the heels of the fire in Ontario earlier this year,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock.  “It’s something you never want to hear, as we know all too well here at The Meadows, after our tragic fire years ago.  We know what our friends in Florida are going through, and we are happy to be able to send some assistance their way.”   Funds will be donated through the GoFundMe account set up by Michael Carter of the Post Time with Mike & Mike show.  The funds will then be sent to the Florida Standbred Breeders and Owners Association for distribution to the affected horsemen.    For more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/SouthFLTrainingCtr   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

East Rutherford, NJ --- After stinging Opulent Yankee and Uva Hanover through a :26.4 initial quarter, Can Do ($31.20) emerged from traffic in the final eighth of Friday (Jan. 15) night's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at Meadowlands Racetrack, vaulting around a weakening pace for a 14-1 upset on an evening where harness racing favorites tasted defeat in the first nine events. Anthony Napolitano wasted no time with the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, gunning him to the fore in company with Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and 3-5 favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick). After ceding the lead to Opulent Yankee at the end of a :26.4 first quarter, Can Do was relegated to third as Uva Hanover pushed clear with five-eighths of the mile remaining. Uva Hanover maintained a fast tempo through a :54.4 half, but struggled to sustain after facing first-over pressure from Cash Me Out (Brett Miller) through the far turn. As the outer flow developed, Can Do was shuffled to fifth, but able to angle off the pegs just at the eighth pole as Uva Hanover was finally engulfed. Napolitano angled Can Do to the four-path, and the pair surged to the winning post, prevailing by a half-length over Cash Me Out in 1:53.1. Opulent Yankee saved third from his pocket trip, staying on once wedging between foes in deep stretch. Uva Hanover ultimately faded to fifth after facing a barrage of pressure throughout. Owner Jody Riedel trains Can Do, now a 30-time winner. Can Do In the sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Trot, Detroit Rapper ($7.40) loosely chased live cover on approach to the far turn, catching up to the first-over B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) a quarter-mile from home before kicking cover in mid-stretch for a narrow 1:54.1 triumph over pocket rival Allerage Star (Andy Miller). The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding also had the benefit of a pressured pace in front of him, as B Yoyo provided stern pressure to 2-1 favored pacesetter Hyway Marcus through a quickening :28.1 third sectional before the two were ultimately engulfed. Jim Marohn Jr. drove Detroit Rapper to his 20th career win for the Harmon Racing Stable, LLC and trainer Patti Harmon. Detroit Rapper Heading to Saturday (Jan. 16) evening's 14-race card, the seventh race Jackpot High 5 will have a carryover of $4,720, while $60,069 will carry over into the closing-race variety of the 20-cent wager. Total handle for the evening was $3,053,776, an increase of $474,166 over the corresponding Friday night in 2015. The trio of guaranteed-pool horizontal wagers attracted a combined $161,353, well surpassing the guaranteed numbers. Saturday's first race is due off at 6:35 p.m. (EST). For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at The Meadowlands, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

Louisville, KY --- From the moment she was born, Just Jess’ connections were excited about her future and are still pinching themselves that their filly is a harness racing Indiana champion. “We bought her dam Glide Sally Glide and she is such a nice mare,” said Alan White, Just Jess' co-owner and breeder. “She made over a $100,000 for us and we had a couple Swan For Alls from her before this filly came along. They were nice looking horses, but they were a little big so we thought maybe he was not a good fit for her. That’s when we chose Jailhouse Jesse and when this filly came along, right from day one she was just perfect. She has a beautiful conformation and always had an excellent attitude.” Just Jess is owned by White and Julie Rideout. She is conditioned and steered by Julie’s husband Doug, who is also Just Jess' co-breeder. In 15 trips to the gate last year as a 2-year-old, she collected eight victories, two seconds, one third and just over $250,000. She established her lifetime mark of 1:57 when she captured the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes championship on Oct. 10 at Hoosier Park and completed her freshman campaign with three consecutive triumphs. Although the filly competed primarily in the Hoosier State's Sire Stakes, she also annexed her $37,200 division of the Standardbred Grand Circuit stake at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by a neck and her $39,250 division of the Madison County Stake with a powerful performance. “Unfortunately, she was battling sickness over the summer,” Doug Rideout said. “She had some allergies, but we just treated that and allowed the illness to run its course. When she started feeling better she really came right along. I think she was 100 percent for the first time at Delaware and since then all she has done is improve. We never had to do anything with her because she really is the entire package.” Just Jess broke her maiden in her first start, a $3,000 event at the Converse Fair on June 4. Rideout then qualified her twice at Hoosier Park before she came home fifth in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination on June 23. She rebounded the following week with a triumph in the $75,000 final at odds of 25-1. From her next six starts she collected three wins, two seconds and a third. At the end of August, the filly began to show she was not at the top of her game and Rideout realized she was battling some type of health condition. “She was just full of mucus,” he said. “We knew it was allergies and even when she still wasn’t at her best, she went out there and tried her heart out. Even when she was sick, she still did not perform badly. She really is such a nice horse. She was only a 2-year-old, but she took everything in stride. She is so well-gaited and has such a good mind. She really is a pleasure and is two fingers to drive. I can’t say enough good things about her, because you want all of them to be like she is.” In her first three races in September, Just Jess was fourth twice in sire stakes completion and then sixth in another $75,000 final. Just three days later, the filly came storming down the Delaware stretch to claim her first win in a month and since then she has been a force to be reckoned with. “We were not sure how she would like the half-mile track at Delaware,” White said. “But we felt she would handle it nicely being that she is built so well. She really seemed to love it and it was so special to win a race there with her. That is one of the greatest venues in harness racing and to have one of your horses be in the winner’s circle there is something so exciting. When I saw that she was going to win that race, I was beside myself and was so overjoyed I was confused about how to get down to the winner’s circle.” Just Jess followed that performance with her triumph in the $220,000 Super final on Oct. 10. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the filly went to the top, relinquished the lead to Naughty III at the half-mile marker and trotted in second until kicking in down the lane to pass that rival in a sprint to the wire. Although her last quarter was in :29.3, the filly was well within herself and it appeared she could have trotted over the Anderson oval all over again. Her connections were absolutely beaming as the filly was positioned for her photograph, but Rideout was swift to give the horse all the credit. “She just really came around and we allowed her to develop at her own pace,” he said that evening. “We knew she had talent, but how easy she traveled tonight still has me kind of shocked. She was just so strong and had more to give if I needed to ask her for it. She is so easy on herself and I think that helps her tremendously when she is racing.” Just Jess terminated her season with another facile victory in her division of the Madison County Stake on Oct. 24. She assumed command at the half-mile marker and trotted smoothly home. The filly stopped the timer in 1:59.3 on a blustery evening in what appeared to be merely a training session. “She is just so good right now,” Rideout said that evening. “What else can you say? I leave it all up to her and she has exceeded all our expectations. My wife has always believed in her and Alan and I have too. It’s even more special for us because we did breed her. It definitely holds more meaning when you raise them from a baby and you have a nice horse.” Just Jess will continue to compete at Hoosier Park for her sophomore campaign, but the Rideouts and White may have different plans for several of her 2016 appearances. “We have discussed it,” White said. “She will definitely stay in Indiana for the Sire Stakes program. It’s just such a good system based on not only the money, but how the races are scheduled. You really don’t want to leave to race somewhere else and miss out on a Sire Stakes leg. “We are going to stake her to several other races though and she will definitely race at Delaware again. She has been such a blessing for us and we are just fortunate to have a filly that is as nice as her. All we needed to do was just have a little patience with her and she has rewarded us in more ways than we ever could have imagined.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2015 -- Seven Points Jesse moved powerfully first over to capture Wednesday's $15,200 Filly and Mare Conditioned Trot, the 2015 closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Seven Points Jesse was sitting fourth when John DeLong sent her after the leader, You're Majestic. The 4-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Seven Point wore down You're Majestic and had enough in the tank to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Boo's Party Girl and down her by a head in 1:55.4. Chez Mahmo rallied for third. Trent Stohler trains Seven Points Jesse, who triumphed for the 13th time in 62 lifetime starts, for Trent Stohler Stable and Benjamin Graber. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins -- three for trainer Brent Davis -- on the 16-race card while Brian Zendt fashioned a triple. After a break for the holidays, The Meadows kicks off its 2016 live season Monday, Jan. 4, first post 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Louisville, KY --- On a bone-chilling blustery evening at Hoosier Park, few harness racing fans were willing to brave the bracing air as Bridge To Jesse’s powered home to cap off an outstanding season on Oct. 10. Rather than discussing his dominance, however, his connections and track personnel were concerned with how he would behave in the winner’s circle. This mild-mannered gelding that aims to please, is a pleasure to paddock and a dream to drive, has developed the habit of bucking like a bronco when it is time to have his picture taken. “I had to start holding him towards the end of the year,” said Roger Welch, his conditioner and co-owner. “He did get better about it. He was like a kid. You could see it in his eyes and he was just trying to get away with something. When I held him though he knew he had to cut it out because it was like, ‘Uh oh, Dad is here now. I can’t do that kind of thing now.’” A son of Jailhouse Jesse and the Angus Hall mare Bridge To Nowhere, Bridge To Jesse’s was purchased for $28,000 by Wisconsin Hall of Famer William ‘Bo’ DeLong, his son Pat, his brother Ray and Welch at last year’s Indiana Premier Yearling Sale. Welch was not immediately sold on him, but Bo’s enthusiasm and his wife Amy’s opinion swayed him to convince himself and Pat the yearling was worth putting up the cash for. The gelding has proven those emotions to be spot on as he has collected more than $309,000 in purse money, compiled a record of 12-10-1-0, set a track standard of 1:56 and is a state champion. There was also another reason Welch felt the horse possessed potential. “Besides Bo really liking him and Amy falling in love with him the moment she laid eyes on him, ‘Jesse’ was bred by (Wilt Standardbreds),” he said. “The Wilts (Michael and Randy) do a tremendous job breeding and raising their horses at their farm down in Missouri. In fact, the horse that finished second in the final, Late Bid Tom, is turned out with him right now. They were foaled together, grew up together and finished one-two in the biggest race in their division. That speaks volumes for what the Wilts do.” After finishing fourth in his debut on June 23 in an Indiana Sire Stakes elimination, Bridge To Jesse’s showed the world what he was made of by annihilating his competition in the $25,000 consolation the following week. The gelding continued to hit the line ahead of all his colleagues for nine straight races, all over the Anderson oval, before finishing second in a $14,375 Indiana sired event on Sept. 30. “He really was not tight for that race,” Welch said. “We gave him some time off to get ready for the final. That was the goal and he went out there and did exactly what we expected of him. Actually, I think his last start was his best. When we started with him we just wanted to teach him how to race and let him come along at his own pace. As the year went on he continued to get stronger with each start. That is exactly what you want to see in a horse. I was very impressed with his race in the final.” Piloted by Ed Hensley for his first nine trips to the gate, Bridge To Jesse’s trotted to his track record on Aug. 15 and after three more pari-mutuel excursions, the lines were relinquished to John DeLong. “Ed went to Florida and I knew John would be an excellent fit for the horse,” Welch said. “Not only is he Bo’s nephew and Pat’s cousin, he has driven for me a number of years. He knew what to do with him and they get along really well.” With DeLong guiding the way, Bridge To Jesse’s stopped the clock in 1:56.2, 1:57.1 and 1:56.1. “He is such an easy horse to drive,” Welch said. “I’m also very proud of him trotting consistently right around (1):56 as a 2-year-old. “He does wear hobbles, but that’s only because he tends to get a bit rambunctious when he goes to the gate. He is perfectly gaited, but those are kind of like insurance just to make sure nothing goes wrong. “That extra energy comes from his gaining more confidence with every race. It is as if every time he races he becomes a bit more full of himself at the start. He knows he is winning and he enjoys every moment of it.” After his vacation has ended, Bridge To Jesse’s will return to Hoosier Park for his sophomore year to defend his crown. Welch sees no reason to venture outside state lines when such a trip could conflict with the gelding’s Sire Stakes engagements. “I am based in Illinois but when Balmoral closes shortly it appears there is no future here,” he said. “Amy and I have been looking for a house and farm in Indiana. We just have not found the right place yet. “Jesse was eligible to other races this year, but we decided it was better to just keep him on his Indiana schedule. With how some of the racing dates are set up it’s hard to take them somewhere else because of how everything is timed. “We are just looking forward to bringing him back next year and watching what he accomplishes. Hopefully he will be just as good, if not better.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Jessesjo has turned in two big efforts at this harness racing meeting following a 17-month layoff, finishing second to El Azteca on both occasions, but wont have that rival to worry about when he suits up for Sundays featured Open II Trot. Jessesjo is an 8-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse who is owned by Mark Anderson and races out of the Gordie Graham barn. He has really impressed his veteran pilot Chip Lackey, who had never sat behind the trotter before his October 24 qualifier. I was told he was returning from an injury and a long layoff and to see how he finished, Lackey related. I have to tell you, Ive driven some very nice trotters, but Ive never had one give me the acceleration he did in that qualifier. After easily capturing a second qualifier, Jessesjo has completed the exacta behind course-loving El Azteca in two clashes at the head of the class. He actually showed the way to deep stretch before getting collared in their meeting two weeks ago, then sat the pocket behind that rival at most recent asking through some pedestrian fractions and once again had to be happy with second money. He made a little break at the start in that first race, but it was mostly my fault because I tried to rush him away from there, Chip explained. Last time, I took a little hold for the first few steps to let him settle and he was away perfectly. El Azteca, who was leaving from the assigned No. 10 post for the second straight time, was able to make the top by the half in a crawling 1:01 for Luke Plano, with the pocket-sitting Jessesjo trying hard but unable to cut into the margin in the stretch. We got bottled up and never really got a clear shot, and he did come home in :26 and change, Lackey said. You cant ask for more than that. Open II Trot getting marquee treatment Jessesjo, who has raced in the shadow of El Azteca in his first two appearances at this stand, looms the solid favorite in Sunday nights featured Open II Trot. There will be a 10-race program presented under the Watch and Watch LLC banner with the headliner going as the sixth event. First post will be 6:10 p.m. Jessesjo is an 8-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse who comes into this assignment with $236,000 in his bank account and a 1:53 4/5 career standard. He will be making his third start since returning for 17-month layoff. Mark Anderson owns, he hails from the Gordie Graham barn and Chip Lackey will once again do the honors. In both his local tries he has completing the exacta behind El Azteca in solid efforts. He showed the way into the stretch in the first of those match-ups but was unable to contain the winner, then sat a pocket trip after being used early in their last meeting and could not overtake the favorite while holding off the rest. Flameon will give the Mark Anderson/Gordie Graham team two strong looks at the outcome Pat Galbraith handling the lines. The Angus Hall homebred took the measure of conditioned company two weeks ago, then put in a good mile to be third behind El Azteca and his stablemate in last weeks Open I Handicap event. Franks Best comes into Sundays main event with $230,000 in earnings and he has several Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle. Bob Johnson owns, trains and bred the son of Armbro Scribe and Mooney Svendsen will be in his usual spot in the sulky. Completing the field are Franky Provolone, who is making his second start on the comeback trail with Steve Wiseman guiding; and a pair from the Marissa Tyler barn in Claim Jumper and Quantum Uptown Boy. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

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

Four $40,000 divisions of sophomore fillies wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park Friday night. The events for trotting and pacing Buckeye-breds are part of the strong undercard alongside the featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. In the first of two trotting divisions (Race 2), Like Old Times hails from post five for trainer Don McKirgan. Bred and owned by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has earned $88,512 this season from 11 starts with eight wins and three seconds. Her top efforts came with a 1:57 victory in the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield and in an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 19 at Scioto Downs. A winner of $152,617 in her career, Like Old Times will be trying for her 12th lifetime triumph against seven rivals for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. She is a half-sister to the $236,257 earner and 19-race winner Cool Colby 6, 1:54.1f (by Jailhouse Jesse). Student Of Life, a Marty Wollam-trainee will leave from post two with Kurt Sugg aboard. The Full Count lass has five wins to her credit this season, including victories in her last two starts. She won a $9,900 Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 1 in 1:57.1 at Northfield and followed that up with a 1:57.3 score at Scioto in a $53,150 Ohio State Fair (OHSF) test. Bred by Marvin Raber, Student Of Life has $76,300 in season earnings and $141,406 in her career coffers from seven wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 18 trips postward. She is owned by Acadia Farms Inc, Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Wollam and Sugg team up again in the second OSS division (Race 7) of diagonally-gaited specialists with another daughter of Full Count-Dark Roast, from post two This winner of $98,288 lifetime has only been off the board once all season in seven starts-in her last when she made an uncharacteristic break in an OFS test at Scioto Downs on Aug. 7. Both of Dark Roast's two wins this year have come in OSS competition-the first on May 1 at Miami Valley, when she was clocked in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12, when she scored in 1:57.3. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, Dark Roast was bred by Marvin Raber. Lisa Jane, a Neely Dunn-Personal Trainer-Muscles Yankee daughter hails from post eight with Ryan Stahl at the lines for trainer Scott Cox. A winner of $45,205 this season from three wins in eight starts, Lisa Jane won an OSS at Northfield on June 12 in a career best 1:55.4, and one week later captured a $12,500 OBS at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH, Lisa Jane has $155,330 in career earnings. Lisa Jane was bred by Henry Burkholder and sold for $10,000 at the August 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Karlee Sue, a winner of $79,227 in her career, headlines the first (Race 8) of two OSS pacing divisions from the rail. Trained by co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, Karlee Sue has a trio of wins this season in ten starts. Her last triumph came on June 12 at Northfield, when she paced in 1:54.2 en route to winning the second leg of this series. Bred by Midland Acres, Tim Tetrick will pilot the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike, who was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Siebert Steele's Tolatetoapologize will leave from post six with trainer Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This daughter of Feelin' Friskie-Lord I Apologize-On The Attack has a trio of wins and $39,519 in seasonal earnings, including an Aug. 7 triumph in a $51,350 OSF at Scioto Downs, when she was clocked in a career best 1:54.2. Tolatetoapologize also captured a $4,049 OHFS on July 23 at Lebanon by 7½ lengths in 1:59. Bred by Timothy Lane, she was an $11,000 yearling purchase at the Aug. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, hails from post two for driver Dan Noble in the second (Race 10) OSS pacing division against seven rival fillies. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace will be trying for her third consecutive win. Crosswinds Cupcake comes into this OSS fresh off a $51,350 OSF triumph on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs, when she was timed in 1:51.4. One week earlier she had scored a 12-length victory at Sidney in a $7,994 OHFS, in 1:58. Crosswinds Cupcake has $104,254 in earnings from seven lifetime victories. Trainer Brian Brown will harness $228,190 winner Friskie Lil Devil from post four. America's leading reinsman, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in the sulky behind the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler as she looks for her third seasonal win and fifth lifetime victory. Friskie Lil Devil captured a $7,413 OHFS at Marysville on July 25 for the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, Friskie Lil Devil sold for $20,000 at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly A. Rinker

Indiana-sired freshman trotting fillies were the featured attraction at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 21 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Miss Tootsie Hall and Trace Tetrick made a clean sweep of the second round of stakes action as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. After scoring handily in her elimination last week, Miss Tootsie Hall rallied gamely late in the lane to score in a lifetime best of 1:58.1. The heavily favored Naughty III and Peter Wrenn, also winners in elimination action last week, dictated first half fractions of :28 and :58.1while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Unable to wait any longer, Tetrick made his move down the backside and began the long first-over bid approaching the third station in 1:28.4. As the field turned for home, Naughty III appeared to be up to the task as she matched strides with Miss Tootsie Hall who quickly joined her on the outside. Tetrick asked his mount for more and she responded gamely to overcome the leader in the final strides of the mile. With the victory, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Malibu Hall has now won three of five lifetime outings. Trained by Robert Taylor, Miss Tootsie Hall has earned $60,000 for her connections at Hoosierland Farm . The win by Miss Tootsie Hall also gave Tetrick, Hoosier Park's leading driver, one of his four wins on the evening's 14-card. In the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies, Just Jess and Doug Rideout returned to their winning ways scoring in 1:59.4. Just Jess, who captured the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies earlier this month, rebounded to score her third win of the season after finishing third in her elimination. Using her customary late charge, Just Jess was able to track down the pacesetter Lockwood Grace and Trace Tetrick late in the lane to win by three parts of a length. Trained by Doug Rideout, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide scored her third career victory and equaled her lifetime best in the process. Owned by Julie Rideout and Alan White, Just Jess has now bankrolled $54,900 for her connections. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, July 22 featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old filly trotters and two-year-old colt trotters. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Emily Gaskin

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