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Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male harness racing pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style. "I call him The Big Boy," said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. "He's kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He's the big, strong, grinding type. He's had very few clunkers, he just gives his all every time." Endeavor has won 19 of 49 races and $419,905 in purses for Pollack and Cullipher since they purchased the son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond privately in May 2018. He rose through the conditioned ranks to compete on the Grand Circuit, winning last year's Potomac Pace to go with a second in the Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and third in the Dan Patch Stakes. On Saturday, Endeavor races in the preferred at The Meadowlands. He won his seasonal debut on Jan. 4 at the Big M after finishing an outside-trip second in his 2019 finale. "He's been sharp, and you hate to shut him down," Pollack said. "We're giving him until he tells us (to stop) and then he'll have a month or two off before we get into the stakes season." Last year, Endeavor raced in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, now called the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but is unlikely to head to Yonkers Raceway for this season's event. "We probably did him a disservice putting him in the Levy," Pollack said. "He's a bigger horse and runs in some in the turns. It's not that he can't get around Yonkers, he won a leg of the Levy, but that's not really the best place for him." Endeavor caught Pollack's eye two years ago when he won a preferred handicap at The Meadowlands. Four months later when the horse became available, he made the purchase. Endeavor was sent to Harrah's Hoosier Park and worked himself up the class ladder. After a seventh-place finish in his debut for his new connections, he won six of his next seven. That included a five-race win streak in which he won each start in 1:49.2 or faster. "Jeff did a great job with him," Pollack said. "(Endeavor) took a liking to Hoosier Park and our program. He went on a heck of a run. That's when we knew we were really on to something. Since then, he's been a top-class horse. Capping the year off winning the Potomac Pace was really cool. "We thought we were buying a nice conditioned racehorse. He just got super sharp and confident and was able to maintain that. It's been great. You love to have horses like him. He gives it his all every time out. There's no cheating in him, that's for sure." For his career, Endeavor has won 32 of 110 races and $673,937. Pollack said he expects Endeavor to have a limited Grand Circuit schedule similar to 2019, minus the series at Yonkers. "He's in the class," Pollack said. "He's probably still a little 1A-ish, but we're looking forward to this year. A lot of the free-for-allers retired so we're going to give him shots, especially on the five-eighths and the mile-track races. "We'll see how he does this year. We know that as age creeps in it gets tougher. But based on how he's racing now and how he raced at the end of last year he's still got tread on the tires for sure." Another of the Pollack-Cullipher duo's stakes-winners will be in action Friday at The Meadowlands. Wisdom Tree, a 5-year-old female pacer who was a 2018 New York Sire Stakes champion, is in a conditioned race for fillies and mares. She has won 18 of 49 races and $618,181 in her career. "We're probably getting ready to shut her down for a little bit," Cullipher said. "We won't be at every (stakes) dance, but we're going to try to hit our share." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 harness racing upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland's Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the 7-year-old gelded son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond found his way back to the winner's circle, taking the $25,000 featured high-range conditioned pace in 1:50.3 over a track rated 'good' with a -1 variant. On a night when a majority of the races saw winners on the lead or close to it, driver Jim Marohn Jr. moved Endeavor out of the three-hole after the quarter and moved to the top before the half, stopping the clock at that station in :55.1. Endeavor continued to move well over the soggy track, hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4 while clear of the pocket-sitting Shoreview and first-over American Boy N. Through the stretch, Endeavor drew clear of those foes, hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing 6-5 favorite Franco Totem N. Keystone Phoenix closed ground late for third. As the 8-5 second choice, Endeavor returned $5.40 to his backers and has now won 32 of 110 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $673,937 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. "I was very confident in him coming into tonight," said Cullipher. "After the Potomac, right before the TVG, he popped a quarter crack. It was somewhat minor but it put a damper on things because I had him really good. It's completely healed now." Is Endeavor good enough to take on the older male pacing division's best during 2020? "He may not go in every single one of those races," said Cullipher. "But we'll take our chances in some of them." Endeavor REPLAYS ON TVG: To see the replays of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday races, tune in to TVG at 10 a.m. Monday morning. A LITTLE MORE: Fall Meeting leading driver Dexter Dunn, recently named the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year, was up to his old tricks, visiting the winner's circle five times on the program. ... Joe Bongiorno had a driving triple, Ron Burke a training double. ... Wagering was strong in the track's two popular multi-leg puzzles. A total of $63,798 was poured into the 50-cent Pick-5 pool while $94,701 was pushed through the windows in the 50-cent Pick-4. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $94,800. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race card was $2,744,633. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Southwind Chrome shrugged off a late challenger once again on the way to winning a second straight Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for trotters. Last week, the Jeff Cullipher trainee had to deal with Muscle M Up from the far turn to the finish but dug in determinedly to win in a snappy 1:51.4. On Friday night, the 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe had to deal with Melady's Monet in the latter stages, but once again proved up to the challenge. Southwind Chrome was asked for speed from the gate from driver Dexter Dunn and provided it, racing wide around the first turn before tucking into the three-hole as JL Cruze hit the quarter in :27. Shortly thereafter, Southwind Chrome was back on the outside moving toward the leader, clearing the top just after the three-eighths and leading at the half in :55.1. Melady's Monet, the 9-5 favorite, was activated first-over at this point and gradually made up ground on the leader but was still 1½ lengths behind when they turned for home. Through the stretch, Southwind Chrome maintained his edge in a thoroughly dominant performance, hitting the wire 1¼ lengths in front of Melady's Monet. JL Cruze held on for third.   Southwind Chrome paid $7.40 to win as the second choice in the wagering after completing the mile in 1:52.1. He now has 11 wins from 31 lifetime starts and earnings of $196,085 for owners Pollack Racing and Cullipher. "I would say he was better tonight than last week," said Cullipher. "When he broke three starts ago, we'll just leave it as a driver's error. He's a little funny with his mouth. He can't stand to be pulled on too much." As for Southwind Chrome's future, Cullipher has high hopes. "(Owner) Tom (Pollack) and I are going to sit down at the beginning of the year and discuss what we are going to do. I think we are going to try many of the older trotting events, races like the Graduate, during 2020." A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dunn upped his win total at the meeting to 37 after winning five times on the program. ... The Ettore Annunziata-trained Mister Truth pulled off a 78-1 shocker in the eighth race with Vinny Ginsburg driving, keying a 50-cent Pick-4 that came back $3,528.40 in the first of two Toys For Tots Finals (this one for a TrackMaster rating 74.5 or less on the pace) on the program. Piercewave Hanover took the other (for non-winners of $6,500 on the trot). ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,210,198. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Anderson, Ind.--November 9, 2019--Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 26th season of live harness racing with a 13-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his sixth consecutive and eighth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who is also currently the fourth leading driver in the country by wins, was officially recognized as the 2019 leading driver with 328 victories while amassing over $4.4 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 303 victories with John DeLong in third with 256 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $55 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. This season, Tetrick recorded his 5,000th career victory earlier in the year and also posted his fourth consecutive season with earnings over the $5 million mark. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I'm always focusing on one race at a time and my goal is to win that race. I've had great horses to drive all season and have been lucky to be in the right spots at the right time. I am going to take a few weeks off and take a little vacation before getting back to work at the first of the year and of course, look forward to being ready to go back here in March." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "My wife Sandy and I are extremely lucky--we welcomed our daughter Chloe this year--and we are surrounded by a lot of great people." Jeff Cullipher, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2017 and 2018, was officially recognized as the leading trainer of the 2019 season. The Cullipher Stable had an impressive 108 wins and amassed over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Peter Redder finished second in the leading trainer standings with 62 wins while Jamie Macomber finished third with 61. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher has not looked back. In 2019, the Henderson, Kentucky native has doubled his stats from the past two seasons and is in the midst of his best season to date. Cullipher has sent out 167 winners and surpassed the $3 million mark in purse earnings this season. "I have to thank the people around me," Cullipher said. "My family, the owners, and all of my employees have gotten me to this point. My owner--Tom Pollack--keeps me sharp and has always keeps fresh horses in the barn. There is no off-season, we will continue to work hard and hopefully improve off of this season next year." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans, bettors and horsemen who helped make the 2019 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "As we bring down the curtain on the 26th season of harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment and thank everyone who contributed to another amazing race meet," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And a special thanks to our horsemen for putting on a show each and every night that we were proud to send out to over 500 wagering outlets. As I say repeatedly the racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park is as good as you will find in all of North America." "Best wishes to all as we head into the off-season," he continued. "We are already looking forward to 2020 and in particular the return of the coveted Breeders Crown!" For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 9, 2019- With earnings of over eight million dollars and 601 lifetime training wins, the name Jeff Cullipher is synonymous with harness racing and success at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Whether it's holding leading training titles or sending his horses into Grand Circuit action, Cullipher is in the midst of his best season to date as a trainer, on track to nearly double his 2018 earnings. As Indiana gets ready to host its biggest night of harness racing on Friday, October 11, it's only fitting that Cullipher is sending out six horses, the most of any trainer, into the $2 million card for the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. "The season really starts at the sales," Cullipher revealed. "You start training the babies down to make sure they're ready to go. It's like they're starting first grade and you're hoping to get them ready to graduate by this time next year." Even with the nature of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, Cullipher doesn't favor stakes horses to race horses. "I love the race horses because you get to race them every week. Yes, the stakes horses are fun, a little bit because racing for that kind of money tends to be a bit more fun. You have to have the race horses to have the stakes horses." It's no secret that the Indiana Sires Stakes program breeds some strong rivalries throughout the season, and Cullipher is no stranger to that concept. He spent three-year-old trotting filly Kota's Swan's sophomore season trying to give her a chance to split battling rivals Grand Swan and Measuredperfection. While those two continue to hold the favor of the betting public, Kota's Swan has held onto second place in the points standings, taking home victories in the third, fourth and fifth legs. The daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick has won nine of 29 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $220,346. Kota's Swan will be the first Cullipher contender to grace the track Friday night guided by regular pilot Sam Widger in the sixth race on the evening's 14-race card. "I had Kota's Swan as a baby, and she's done a complete 180 on her maturity level in the last year," Cullipher had to say about the filly. "She's pretty hot and spunky, and she's much more versatile this year. I didn't get the best post position with her, but I chose to take her off Lasix for the final with the hope she'll get back to those strong finishes she's accustomed to." Trying to best another set of rivals is three-year-old trotting colt Martini Show. While Cullipher didn't train him during his freshman campaign, he's hoping this will be the year Martini Show can overcome heavy rivals Swandre The Giant and It's A Herbie. In fact, the son of Swan For All-Barmaid finished third behind the battling pair in last year's super final. This year, he hopes to pad his current lifetime bankroll of $196,515. "I think I've got Martini Show going at the right time. He's such a big colt but he's finally developed into himself, even though he's a big kid all the time. With both him and Kota's Swan, I'm hoping the heavy rivals will get focused on a battle and we can catch them at the end. He's absolutely getting better and better so I'm hoping to see him firing on all cylinders in the final." Martini Show will hope to finally best the trotting rivals for the first time in Friday's 11th race with Sam Widger at the lines. Cullipher's third sophomore contender, pacing gelding Rockin TJ, will be the last of the barn representatives in stakes action in the 13th race with Dale Hiteman in the sulky. Cullipher's current superstar is two-year-old trotting colt Tj's Top Pick. Cullipher purchased the son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd with co-owner Tom Pollack at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale for $40,000. While Cullipher and Pollack weren't overly impressed with his pedigree, his video stuck out to them like no other had. "We weren't even going for trotters, but we felt so strongly about Tj's Top Pick, so clearly it was meant to be," Cullipher laughed. "When we were training him down this winter, I liked the way he trotted all along, but it wasn't until we got moved into Hoosier Park that he really found his stride." Piloted by co-owner Trace Tetrick, Tj's Top Pick will play the role of morning line favorite in race 9, as he looks to cap off his impressive stakes season by winning the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final. With the exception of one miscue earlier on in the season, TJ's Top Pick has won seven of eight starts this season, including a track record-setting performance in stakes action. Tj’s Top Pick will look to cap off his stakes season with a Super Final win       --Dean Gillette Photography Cullipher's other freshman gelding, My House, will attempt to best a competitive field of pacers in the 10th race with John De Long in the bike. Five-year-old pacing gelding Incredible Shark with Sam Widger will take on a field of aged horses in the 12th race as Cullipher brings him back to his home track. Cullipher has a total of six going into Friday's card, including one aged competitor. Each has its own racing style and traits that make it a great horse but if asked to pick a favorite, Cullipher gravitates toward one of the new kids in the barn. It just happens to be the favorite that has made $177,871 in their sophomore season and has won seven of eight lifetime starts. "I've got to go with Tj's Top Pick. I wish he was the only one in on Friday. I also with it was the first race so I could get it over with so I didn't have to stress, which I know my family would also appreciate. I don't know if it's his personality that made me love him or if it's because he's so good, but he's a dream horse. He's in a different league." Cullipher believes in the necessity of patience and management skills when it comes to being a trainer-skills Cullipher no doubt possesses as he's won the leading trainer title at Harrah's Hoosier Park in both 2017 (tied with Jamie Macomber) and 2018. He also moved some of his horses out east this year to get them racing on the different tracks, and has been seeing success on the Grand Circuit as well. "I feel fortunate to have the other stable. If one horse is struggling out east, I can always bring it here. I do have to attribute a lot of my success to Tom Pollack, though. He's second to none for owners," he noted. "I also couldn't be where I am without my family, who is incredibly supportive." Even with the appeal of racing somewhere new, Cullipher has no plans to leave Indiana in the rearview mirror, especially not with the Indiana Sires Stakes program. "It's a great program, though at the start of the year I wasn't sure of the new format. Obviously I don't mind it now that I'm doing well, but I'd like to see something where every horse is getting what they deserve and not just the top ones. But the bottom line is, Indiana is home for me and this is the place that made me." So while Cullipher has already established an impressive repertoire for himself at his Hoosier Park home, Friday could be when he finally secures his spot in the Indiana Sires Stakes record books. First post for Hoosier Champions night at Harrah's Hoosier Park is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 with a 14-race card. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $270,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

YONKERS, N.Y. – Wisdom Tree’s first three starts at Yonkers all yielded the same results. The then 2-year-old filly started from outside posts and make breaks late in her miles, failing to earn a check in New York Sire Stakes company, including the $225,000 final October 14, 2017. Since that race, the Betterthancheddar daughter is perfect at the Hilltop in four tries and made amends for her freshman defeat with a 1 1/2-length score in the NYSS final for 3-year-old pacing fillies last fall. Wisdom Tree will look to run her Yonkers streak to five when she starts in the $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Friday night. It will be the Jeff Cullipher-trainee’s first start in the Yonkers distaff feature. “I think she gets over (Yonkers) very well,” Cullipher said. “She’s just really easy. She can leave, she’s very versatile, she can do anything. She’s great-gaited, that helps. She’s just a medium to small horse, she does everything right for a half-mile track.” Wisdom Tree went 11-for-18 last year and earned $436,111 for Cullipher and co-owner Tom Pollack. The pair bought Wisdom Tree out of the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $28,000. Out of the Artsplace mare Wisdom, Wisdom Tree caught Pollack’s eye as a half-sibling to Rich Wisdom. “Me and Tom Pollack, we go (to the sale) with a budget and she was within that. Tom actually had a brother to her and that’s how we originally noticed her,” Cullipher said. “We always try to get a couple of New York breds, we like the New York Sire Stakes. That wasn’t our forte, but we knew eventually we would branch out that way.” Cullipher, leading trainer at Hoosier Park in 2017 and 2018 and currently topping the standings, has branched out east as intended. He has about 20 horses at White Birch Farm in New Jersey and Wisdom Tree now races out of his stable when she treks east, having previously gone to Ed Hart. “Before, we would only send two, three out and we always sent them to Ed and everything always worked out good. Now, I’m enlarging my stable of my own,” Cullipher said. After Wisdom Tree’s NYSS final win last September, Cullipher took her to the Red Mile where she finished second a division of the Tattersalls in 1:48.2 October 6. She raced three more times through October 26, but only mustered two thirds and a fifth. Cullipher decided to give the filly a break. “We got pretty tough on her. We took her to Lexington and she went a huge mile, paced 48-and-2. That took a lot out of her,” Cullipher said. “We raced her a couple more times and she just wasn’t herself. She’s been good to us, so we just gave her extended time off and tried to shoot for this year.” Wisdom Tree returned with victories a pair of qualifiers at Hoosier Park in early May. Although she’s now 4, Cullipher sees much the same filly he did working with her at 2.  “She’s actually still the same today as she was training her down as a baby,” Cullipher said. “She never did anything flashy, but always did everything right. That’s still her today.” Wisdom Tree started 2019 posting a :25.3 final quarter to finish second in a distaff open at Hoosier Park May 22. She won her next start in 1:50.4 in the same class a week later, but made a break next out June 8. “She laid over those horses. The night she made a break, she came from last and was blowing right by them, but she did it coming off the turn and I think she was just going so fast she took a little dive in and overpaced herself,” Cullipher said. Wisdom Tree returned to her winning ways in her next start June 22, taking another Hoosier distaff feature in 1:50.4. After a local win in a $30,000 overnight July 5, Cullipher took Wisdom Tree to the Grand Circuit.  Wisdom Tree finished ninth with a tough trip in the Golden Girls July 13, fifth in the Lady Liberty while individually timed in 1:48.0 on Hambletonian Day, and fourth in the Artiscape in her last outing August 18. Year to date, she’s 3-for-9 with $62,971 earned. “Obviously, she’s made good money, but she’s just a tick below what she needs to be to really compete with Shartin and Caviart Ally. We’ll continue to give her a chance. She’s not getting embarrassed,” Cullipher said. “The money’s not on her card like we would like for it to be. That’s why when we can, we’re going to hit spots like Yonkers and hopefully we can do OK going for good enough money there to get some money on her card." In her return to Yonkers, Wisdom Tree will start from post two and face six rivals. Unlike in her 2- and 3-year-old seasons when she had 13 different drivers, Cullipher has tried to keep a consistent presence in the bike this year. Sam Widger drove in each Midwest start while Dexter Dunn got the call in her last three starts on the East Coast. Dunn will drive again Friday night. “I liked when Dexter called and said he would come and drive. It made me feel a lot better that he had the confidence in her,” Cullipher said. “That’s made things a lot easier this year. She’s been so easy, and easy to drive, so everybody seems to get along with her.” Apple Bottom Jeans is also dropping out of stakes company for trainer Dylan Davis. She finished second in the Rainbow Blue June 28, third in the Golden Girls, second in the Barton at Plainridge July 28, and paced 1:47.4 when fourth in the Lady Liberty. She is 5-for-18 this year with $272,015 earned and will start from post six with Corey Callahan in the sulky.  Alexa’s Power won this Open in her last start two weeks ago and drew immediately outside of Wisdom Tree for Jim Marohn, Jr. and Jim Campbell. Last week’s winner Betterb Chevron landed post four after starting from the seven last out. Jordan Stratton has the return call for Lance Hudson. Miss You was second to Betterb Chevron last week, but drew post seven this time. Feelin Red Hot was third behind Alexa’s Power and Dibaba in her last outing and will start from post five for George Brennan and Ron Burke. Nine-year-old mare Mach It A Par will start from an assigned post one. “I’m going to leave it in Dexter’s hands, but I think it’s going to work out very well. She’s versatile enough that she can do whatever she needs to do and I have the confidence in Dexter to have her in the right spot,” Cullipher said. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

CHESTER PA - The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, combined with trainer Jeff Cullipher to win Friday's two featured harness racing events at Harrah's Philadelphia with promising Hoosier Park shippers. In the $17,000 distaff pace, Quite A Sight went to the lead late on the first turn and put early numbers of :26.4 and :55.3 on the board. Past the half favored Believe In Me went up to challenge the pacesetting second choice, and they were engaged in battle towards the 1:24 three-quarters. That contest lasted all the way just past midstretch, where Quite A Sight finally claimed a definite lead for good, winning by a length over her rival in 1:52.1, the fastest clocking she's ever posted. Trainer Cullipher co-owns the victorious daughter of Camluck with Pollack Racing LLC, and they saw their mare boost her lifetime earnings into six figures, now resting at $105,703. The Tetrick / Cullipher-sponsored sophomore Horns For Three got three breaks go in his favor while winning a $16,000 trot - but the second one almost ruined all the good luck. Lapped By Lindy, a winner of 4 of 6 starts lifetime, made a break at the start, and Tetrick was able to get the victorious altered son of Credit Winner to the lead before the :28 quarter. The pair then ceded the lead to Chapter Fashion, who took the field to the half in :56.4, but that one then turned over the lead to a brushing Capt Chaps Hanover just before the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Tetrick was alert to avoid Chapter Fashion when he went to a run on the turn and was able to maintain inside position, then got his best break of all when Capt Chaps Hanover lost composure at headstretch, giving Horns For Three a straight shot up the inside to complete a 1:55.4 victory, his quickest ever. Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC also own the developing three-year-old. Both Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr. had superb showings Friday at Philly as they continue their battle atop the dashwinning standings - Napolitano won five times, Tetrick four, to make the 2019 count Tetrick 71, Napolitano 68. After Cat Manzi won the first sulky win title in 2006, the only drivers to wear the crown at season's end are Napolitano and Tetrick. It's little surprise that Tetrick put on a fine showing at Philly today, because one of his favorite days of the year is coming up here Sunday - the Super Sunday card of three $100,000 Invitationals. In 11 previous editions of each, Tetrick has won the Betsy Ross Mares Pace six times and the Maxie Lee Trot five times, so he knows the way to Victory Lane in the track's signature event. And he may even add the Commodore Barry Pace, in this fifth edition, to his trophy case, behind the talented Donttellmenomore, in addition to having defending champion Shartin N in the Betsy Ross, and Guardian Angel AS in the Maxie Lee. Captain Crunch will also be on the fantastic card Sunday in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

When it comes to reasons for admiring a horse, Wisdom Tree checks all the boxes for Tom Pollack. "She is one of my favorites," said Pollack, who owns the 4-year-old female pacer with harness racing trainer Jeff Cullipher. "She can race on any sized track, she is handy, she is tough, and she is fast. She is one of those horses that does everything right. It's hard to not love her." Last year, Wisdom Tree won 11 of 18 races, including the Nadia Lobell Stakes and New York Sire Stakes championship, and earned $436,111. On Wednesday (May 22), she will make her first start of 2019 against eight rivals in the $20,000 open for pacing fillies and mares at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Wisdom Tree, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, will start from post five with driver Sam Widger. Pollack and Cullipher had hoped to race Wisdom Tree earlier this month in the Sam "Chip" Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway, but the mare's return to action was delayed because of illness. "It took maybe a couple extra weeks to get her back," Pollack said. "We just took our time. She's qualified twice and she was sharp in both of those (winning the first in 1:54.1 and the second in 1:52.3, both at Hoosier). She's refreshed and good and ready to go." Wisdom Tree is a daughter of Betterthancheddar out of Wisdom. She was purchased for $28,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. Pollack co-owned Wisdom Tree's half-brother Rich Wisdom, who was a stakes winner, and her family also includes stakes-winner Allamerican Captor. As a 2-year-old, Wisdom Tree went off stride in three of her first six races, but then had three wins and a second in her last five starts of the campaign. Her only misstep during that span came when she made a break from post eight in the New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. She ended her season with a win over 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.4 at Hoosier. "You could tell she had it in her, she just made a few breaks at the wrong times," Pollack said. "We kind of knew (after her season finale at Hoosier) that if she matured, she would be something to be reckoned with. Sure enough, she was." At 3, Wisdom Tree debuted with a seventh-place finish before reeling off four consecutive victories. The win streak came during a five-month span that saw Wisdom Tree, who spent her time in New York with trainer Ed Hart, capture 11 of 13 starts overall. After winning the New York Sire Stakes championship, she finished second in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial and third in both the Courageous Lady and a division of the Pegasus. The season concluded with a fifth-place finish in a division of the Circle City. "She cut the mile (in the Garnsey) that went (1):47.3 and it took a lot out of her, I guess," Pollack said. "The last start at Hoosier she really was tired and told us so. In hindsight, we went a little too far with her. But overall, she was a wonderful horse and it was a fun ride for sure." Pollack is hoping for another fun ride this year. Wisdom Tree is staked to several Grand Circuit races, including the Lady Liberty and Golden Girls at The Meadowlands and the Allerage Mare Pace at Red Mile. "There are some good mares, and good 4-year-old mares out there, so it's going to be a competitive bunch," Pollack said. "She's going to have to step up her game for sure. But if she can compete at a relatively high level, we'll definitely keep going with her." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

Anderson, IN -- Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 25th silver anniversary season of live harness racing with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 10. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fifth consecutive and seventh leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2018 leading driver with 309 victories while amassing over $3.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 259 victories with John DeLong in third with 248 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $50 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. Tetrick is also ranked among the top 10 drivers in the country with 469 victories and counting. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Without them I wouldn't be standing here today. I am going to take a few weeks off and enjoy this and then will most likely be racing in Ohio for a few nights a week during the off season." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." After tying with trainer Jamie Macomber for the leading trainer title last season, Jeff Cullipher took the next step and secured the 2018 leading trainer title outright. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just four wins separated the top pair. Cullipher secured the title after winning with Wings Up and Inverse Hanover in their respective races. Cullipher ended the season with 119 victories with Jamie Macomber finishing second with 116 trips to the winner's circle. Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 47-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher is on track to record his best season to date in 2018 as his stable has already amassed over $1.5 million in purse earnings and 124 wins. Cullipher's stable earned over $1.3 million in purse earnings at Hoosier Park this season. "It really is a team effort," Cullipher said. "It's a lot of hard work but I've got a great team and some great owners who helped make this possible. Owners like Tom Pollack have been a dream come true for a guy like me--it's an honor to have the caliber of horses I've been able to train all season." "We are going to take a little bit of time off," Cullipher continued. "We will keep a stable here in Indiana for the winter and we are also looking to have a stable in New Jersey starting in December so next year will be exciting." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2018 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "I want to tip my hat to everyone at Harrah's Hoosier Park who made this 25th season of harness racing so special and memorable," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And to our partners, the horsemen, who night in and night out make racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park the best there is in North America. We couldn't be more proud. We'll catch our breath and then get back to the drawing board to make 2019 even better!" For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Without question, Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher's filly pacer Wisdom Tree has been dominating throughout much of her sophomore season. She has won nine of twelve races as a 3-year-old, with five of those wins coming against New York Sire Stakes competition. She also has a Grand Circuit triumph to her credit. Bred by Winbak Farm, Wisdom Tree is out of the first crop of Betterthancheddar, and out of the dam Wisdom. "She (Wisdom Tree) was a half-sister of a horse I owned with Randy Bendis called Rich Wisdom," said Pollack. "We had some success with him, and he ended up getting hurt." Rich Wisdom won over $142,000 as a two-year-old. "We saw Wisdom Tree was kind of a looker out of a new sire (Betterthancheddar) and we decided to take a swing." Pollack, along with co-owner Jeff Cullipher purchased Wisdom Tree at the Lexington Select Sale for $28,000. Things didn't start well for the Jeff Cullipher trainee. After a pair of winning qualifiers, she had to wait until her 8th career start to break her maiden in a New York Sire Stakes event at Monticello. "We knew she had a ton of talent, but were concerned about her getting around the smaller ovals," Pollack said. She went on to win 2 of her next 3 starts, but finished a tough luck 7th in the NYSS Finals at Yonkers. "We drew the 8 post, and she was actually loaded with pace in the lane," said Pollack. "Her driver that night (Tim Tetrick) said she could've easily finished 2nd or 3rd if she could've stayed on her feet. She was just going too fast." As great of a 3-year-old season as she has had to this point, it didn't get off to a good beginning. "She got kind of sideways behind the gate in her first start of the season, and I thought 'oh man' here we go again," said Pollack. "Jeff (Cullipher) assured me this was different. Then she went on to catch fire." She went on to win 7 of her next 8 races, including the Nadia Lobell, a Grand Circuit event at Hoosier Park. As far as what's next, co-owner Tom Pollack maybe eying a potential Breeders Crown appearance if all goes well. "We have actually kicked around discussions of supplementing her to the Breeders Crown. We are thinking about it," said Pollack. Her next start will be at Yonkers for the last leg of the New York Sire Stakes, followed by the finals a few weeks later. She is staked to three events at Hoosier Park through October (Pegasus, Circle City, and the U.S.S Indianapolis), as well as the Matron in November at Dover Downs. Wisdom Tree's half-sister Smart Girl will be selling (Hip #239) at the upcoming Lexington Sale in October. by Mike Bozick for the Mike & Mike Show

YONKERS, N.Y. – Trainer Jeff Cullipher got to know harness racing pacer Pistol Packin Mama well this spring at Hoosier Park. The 4-year-old mare raced against his star distaffer Au D Lox Bluegrass twice, once in the Filly and Mare Invitational May 19 and again in the Filly and Mare Preferred June 9. Pistol Packin Mama got the upper hand each time, including the latter start by a nose in 1:49.4.  Tragically, Au D Lox Bluegrass, a 17-time winner and earner of $377,339 died suddenly just after the pair’s final matchup. Soon after, Cullipher had the chance to purchase Pistol Packin Mama and he jumped on it with partner Tom Pollack. “We had a mare, Au D Lox Bluegrass, a very nice mare. Au D Lox, her last race she died just after she went across the wire,” Cullipher said. “Then an agent called us about Pistol Packin Mama and obviously we wanted to replace Au D Lox Bluegrass, so I paid up and got her.” An Ohio Sire Stakes Champion at 3 and a proven winner against older females already at 4, Pistol Packin Mama came to Cullipher sharp from the stable of Tyler George. However, Cullipher was surprised to find something familiar about The Panderosa daughter when he began working with her. “It’s unreal how two horses look alike, act alike, train alike, jog alike,” he said, referring to Au D Lox Bluegrass. “Pistol Packin Mama is a little smaller than the other mare was. Just a good horse. She’s professional about everything. Grabs a little, but nothing bad.” Pistol Packin Mama won her first start for Cullipher, taking a $20,000 Filly and Mare Preferred at Hoosier June 30. She posted a fourth, second, and third in her next three tries before earning an impressive win in her last outing August 4.  Pistol Packin Mama trailed the field as rivals She’s Heavenly, Rockin Racer, and Topville Cadillac battled three wide around the clubhouse turn. Pistol Packin Mama raced 7 ¾ lengths behind a :25.3 opening panel and a :53.3 half. Driver Trace Tetrick edged to the outside at the midway point and grabbed the second-over cover of Seventimesavirign.  Pistol Packin Mama swung three wide into the stretch with just 1 ¾ lengths to make up. Tetrick pulled the ear plugs and put her to a drive. Pistol Packin Mama took the lead with a furlong to race and drew away to score by 4 ¼ lengths. The 1:49.1 clocking is the fastest of her career. “Her last start was the highlight for us. She went 1:49.1,” Cullipher said. “She doesn’t seem to be a strong leaver. Trace Tetrick said at times she can leave and she’ll let you know when she wants to go. Other than that, try to get her in the right position and as soon as they turn for home, she knows the game.” Now 15-for-30 with another 13 seconds and thirds, Pistol Packin Mama sports earnings of $352,855. Despite her impressive performances at Hoosier Park, Cullipher decided to send the mare east to compete at Yonkers Raceway for trainer Ed Hart, eyeing a more consistent schedule and a chance at the big-time next winter. “There’s just not enough racing at Hoosier Park for her,” Cullipher said. “The Filly and Mare Open doesn’t go very often and we have a little relationship with Ed Hart, so we sent her out there to race at Yonkers for a couple different reasons. We wanted to test her a little bit on the half and next year when stakes season comes, the Matchmaker, that’s in the back of our minds right now.” Pistol Packin Mama arrived at Hart’s stable in good order about 10 days ago and will make her local debut in Friday’s (August 24) $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap. Matt Kakaley will drive the 5-1 shot from post six and off the three-week break, Cullipher expects the mare to stick to the off-the-pace style she employed at Hoosier Park. “I’m sure we’ll probably give her a trip,” he said. “I don’t know if she’s 100 percent tight just yet, but we’ll see how she goes around and make adjustments if needed and go from there.” The field assembled for Friday’s distaff feature also includes last week’s winner and runner up, Newborn Sassy and Tequila Monday, who will start from posts eight and seven, respectively. Mach It A Par finished fourth from post eight last time, but was assigned post five this week. Best Of Jenna enters off consecutive wins in the conditions and will start from post three. Annabeth, Angel’s Pride, and Lispatty complete the lineup. Friday’s 10-race card also features three $52,000 divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

ANDERSON, IN - Wisdom Tree returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and continued her winning ways in the featured event of the evening, the $142,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, July 6. With Sam Widger in the bike, Wisdom Tree turned in a sharp, front-running effort to stop the timer in 1:49.4 and establish a new track record for sophomore pacing fillies in the process. The previous record of 1:50.1 was established in 2016 by Rockalina and driver Mike Peterson. Widger had the heavy 3-5 favorite firing away with the wings of the gate but Ricky Macomber Jr. and Strong Opinion were a step quicker and grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in a snappy :25.3. Wisdom Tree was second but not for long. Widger gave her the green light as the field approached the half and she quickly grabbed command before the second station in :53.3. Michael Oosting and Double A Mint were next in line third and would begin the long, first-over attack just before the three-quarters in 1:21.4. The blazing speed continued but Wisdom Tree appeared strong on the front. Double A Mint was matching strides with the leader but Wisdom Tree wasn't going down without a fight. Utilizing a :28 final panel, Wisdom Tree was able to put away Double A Mint to finish a length and a half to the good. Reign on Me and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. Wisdom Tree returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "It was a little fast to the half," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "Looking at the program, I thought we were the best in the race and she has always been strong on the front. She's a really nice filly who knows her work. She just goes out there and does her job." Trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns with Thomas Pollack, Wisdom Tree scored her third consecutive victory and seventh seasonal win from nine outings. The 1:49.4 clocking was a new lifetime best as the daughter of Betterthancheddar-Wisdom pushed her career bankroll to $241,660. Wisdom Tree will likely be pointed to the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands for her next stakes engagement. The stakes action continued a little later on in the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for three-year old trotting and pacing colts. Katkin American and James Yoder followed suit to deliver as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:53, Katkin American made his game winning move down the backside to finish ten lengths in front of his next closest competitor. After a track record performance in his elimination last week, Katkin American recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory for trainer Verlin Yoder and owner, breeder, Brett Boyd. Katkin American was won his last three outings by a combined 27 lengths. "We are so thankful to so many folks that helped get this horse here," Boyd said of his prodigy in the winner's circle. "It takes a lot of people to get one here and we are so thankful to everyone who helped us along the way. I trained his mother and he reminds me a lot of her. We love this colt and the Yoders have done such a great job with him." Unraced at two, the son of Guccio-Katkin has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, Katkin American nearly doubled his lifetime purse earnings to push his career bankroll to $62,000. On the pacing side of things, Rockinbeach and Ricky Macomber Jr. converted a pocket trip into a 1:49.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Employing a :25.4 final quarter, Rockinbeach exploded to the wire to finish six lengths in front of Jeopardy and John DeLong. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Rockinbeach notched his fourth win from nine seasonal starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Miss Sandy Beach is owned by Wilbur Eash and has now amassed $168,940 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 7 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

Columbus, OH --- He may not possess the physical frame, bankroll or the title of world champion which five of his nine harness racing rivals in Friday’s (Aug. 11) $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes can boast of, but Rock N’ Roll World can present his own credentials as to why he will be the horse standing in the winner’s circle in Hoosier Park’s signature event. He also represents the faith his connections have placed in him and the Indiana program. “He’s a small horse, but he takes such good care of himself,” said Tom Pollack, the stallion’s co-owner. “Jeff (Cullipher, trainer and fellow owner) was almost out of the business several years ago and it means a lot to us to have a horse that can compete in this race. We decided to supplement him (for $25,000) because we think he belongs, but it’s also an honor for us to have a horse in the Dan Patch, as well as be a part of this event at Hoosier Park.” Although Rock N’ Roll World might not be as tall as the rest of the field of 10, the 5-year-old stallion certainly can flaunt a pedigree that occupies a lofty position in the sport. Purchased by Pollack and Cullipher for $165,000 at this year’s Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty descends from a lineage pedigree experts would stamp with an excessively strong seal of approval. Rock N’ Roll World also has another item on his resume in addition to $647,902 in purse money, a record of 71-17-15-9 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. The most stellar mile of his career was acquired over the Anderson oval just five days (May 12) after taking up residence in his new barn and was the fastest mile of the season at that juncture. In his return to Hoosier Park after a two-month absence, the stallion will leave from post position seven with John De Long holding the reins. The duo is rated 10-1 on the morning line, with the swift All Bets Off (post two, Matt Kakaley) as the early favorite at 7/2. Recent Sam McKee Memorial winner Check Six is the second choice at 4/1 odds with Yannick Gingras in post nine, while 2015 North America Cup victor Wakizashi Hanover (post 10, Tim Tetrick, 9/2) is the third selection. “Tom and I talked it over and waited to see what horses would be coming,” Cullipher said. “We felt the horse deserved to be in and it’s home for him. I wish we would have drawn a little left of the car, but that’s why you race horses. He trained well (Tuesday) and we know he likes it here. We feel like it’s a wide-open race; anyone can win.” Their analysis of the contest is quite valid. The field also includes 2015 Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner (post one, Aaron Merriman, 15/1), the 2015 Breeders Crown winner Freaky Feet Pete (post four, Trace Tetrick, 8/1), 2014 O’Brien and Dan Patch Award-winner McWicked (post three, David Miller, 5/1) and Canada’s swiftest horse, Dr J Hanover (post six, 10/1). There is also the ever dangerous Rockin Ron (post eight, Ricky Macomber Jr., 6/1). “Ed Hart and Jeff have done a tremendous job with this horse,” Pollack said. “They deserve all the credit. If Jeff can be in the winner’s circle with him at Hoosier Park we needed to take the chance with the supplement. I’m just thankful I have the opportunity to participate in events of this level and it makes it more meaningful to work with these guys. I can only imagine how Jeff will be holding the horse if he wins the race. It would mean so much to him.” Always modest, Cullipher prefers to pursue a more divine course. “All you can do is race your horses and see what the good Lord has in store,” he said. “It’s really up to him.” The 2017 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: Dealt A Winner         by Cams Card Shark          Tr: Mark Silva                Dr:  Aaron Merriman    15-1 All Bets Off               by Bettor's Delight               Tr: Ron Burke                Dr:  Matt Kakaley       7-2 McWicked                 by Mcardle                          Tr: Casie Coleman         Dr:  David Miller         5-1 Freaky Feet Pete      by Rockin Image                 Tr: Marty Rheinheimer   Dr:  Trace Tetrick       8-1 Manhattan Beach     by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Walter Haynes Jr.   Dr: Sam Widger        30-1 Dr J Hanover            by Somebeachsomewhere    Tr: Tony Alagna            Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rock N Roll World     by Rocknroll Hanover           Tr: Jeff Cullipher           Dr: John De Long     10-1 Rockin Ron                by Real Desire                      Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 6-1 Check Six                  by Somebeachsomewhere   Tr: Ron Burke                Dr: Yannick Gingras    4-1 Wakizashi Hanover   by Dragon Again                   Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King    Dr: Tim Tetrick       9-2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 19, 2017 --  G's High Shooter made his second start for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's fractional ownership group, First Turn Stable, on Friday, May 19 and found the harness racing winner's circle in thrilling fashion to the delight of many of the First Turn Stable members that were in attendance. With driver John DeLong in the bike, G's High Shooter stopped the timer in 1:53.1 and established a new lifetime best in the process. G's High Shooter left alertly from post three to find a spot along the rail in sixth throughout the early stages of the mile while Frass Bluegrass and driver Todd Warren dictated early fractions of :26.4 and :56.2. As the field approached the third station, DeLong tipped G's High Shooter to the outside to grab a second-over seat behind the heavily favored Mike's Hope and Trace Tetrick. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, G's High Shooter surged past his rivals late in the lane to win by three parts of a length over Scary Harry and Ricky Macomber Jr. Mike's Hope held on to round out the trifecta. G's High Shooter returned $8.00 to his backers at the betting window. "What an amazing opportunity," First Turn Stable member, Art Small noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "The winner's circle is a beautiful place to be and we are so thrilled to be a part of this group." Trained by Jeff Cullipher, G's High Shooter recorded his second win of the season from 18 outings. The five-year-old son of Sand Shooter-High Season has now earned $67,494 in lifetime purse earnings. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable returned for a second season at Hoosier Park in 2017 and was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in. Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members. Gerries Sport winning on the night. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 20 with a 12-race card and an adjusted post time of 7:10 pm. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 12, 2017 -- Rock N' Roll World, with harness racing driver John DeLong in the bike, made an emphatic debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 12 winning the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and in doing so, recorded the nation's fastest mile of the young 2017 season. The 1:48.3 final time established a national season's record for aged pacers on any size track and also marked the fastest mile over the Hoosier Park oval in 2017 through 28 days of live racing. After fetching a cool $165,000 final bid at the Tattersalls 2017 Spring Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands just five days ago, Rock N' Roll World is making good on the investment for new owners Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher. Leaving from post seven, DeLong sent Rock N' Roll World away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite, Night Pro and Sam Widger. Night Pro dictated fractions of :26 and :54.2 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. New Talent and Todd Warren were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the final turn. Night Pro continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1 but Rock N' Roll World loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :26 final quarter, Rock N' Roll World exploded past Night Pro late in the lane to win by two and three-quarter lengths. Night Pro maintained his position to secure second place honors while Gerries Sport and Trace Tetrick rallied gamely to round out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Rock N' Roll World returned $16.60 to his backers at the betting window. "That one had me shaking a little bit," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted in the winner's circle. "He's a very nice horse, I don't know if I expected that much out of him in his first start for us but he's staked to quite a bit of things this year so we're really excited about him." A regally-bred five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover - Worldly Beauty, Rock N' Roll World recorded his fourth consecutive victory and has now won five of six seasonal starts. With the 1:48.3 victory, Rock N' Roll World shaved two seconds off his lifetime record while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $583,160. The win was also one of two wins for driver John DeLong and trainer Jeff Cullipher. The DeLong-Cullipher combination also found the winner's circle just a few races later with Shooter's Dream in 1:50 in a conditioned pacing event. Hoosier Park's reining leading driver, Trace Tetrick had five winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick leads all drivers with 77 wins on the 2017 season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, May 13 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The season is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Anderson, Ind. - January 5, 2017- In an effort to take harness racing fans from the grandstand to the winner's circle, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino launched First Turn Stable in the summer of 2016. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, the program was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and education for future ownership endeavors. Boasting an all-around successful inaugural season, as the 2016 Hoosier Park Standardbred season concluded, First Turn Stable's five-year-old gelding, Bet The Truth, made his final start of the season on Thursday, November 10. With a final time of 1:54.0, the 50 first-time owners not only celebrated a successful season but also marked their fifth trip to the winner's circle in 2016. "What a perfect race to end the season," trainer Jeff Cullipher said. "Even though we had many victories throughout the season, the wins with First Turn Stable meant the most to me. Meeting all the members in the winner's circle, I knew we had accomplished what we set out to do." Cullipher, who maintains a stable of 30 horses at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, had an impressive 60 trips to the winner's circle and accumulated over $750,000 in purse earnings during the 2016 season. "As a trainer, this experience has allowed me to not only do my job, but to bring 50 new owners into the winner's circle," Cullipher continued. "There's truly no better feeling." The new program, working under the name First Turn Stable, allowed harness racing fans the chance to experience horse ownership first-hand. For a one-time, $250 membership buy-in, racing fans got an insider's look at what it is like to own and race a Standardbred currently racing at Hoosier Park. In the first start of the season of July 2016, First Turn Stable secured their first victory with six-year old gelded pacer, Boogie Nights. On a card stacked with stakes races, it was the $12,500 claiming event that stole the show at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Boogie Nights and Jason Dillander crossed the wire in 1:51.4, a new lifetime best performance. For many of the First Turn Stable members, not only was this their maiden voyage with horse racing, it was their first time in the winner's circle. "Starting off the season with a strong race, we hit the ground running and didn't look back," Cullipher shared. "We had ups and downs throughout the season, but we were able to see we could always get the job done." Over the course of First Turn Stable's inaugural season, the first-time owners were able to work with four different horses and find the winner's circle on five separate occasions. "Our last horse (Bet The Truth) presented me with a challenge, but I knew we could get him to the winner's circle," Cullipher said. First Turn Stable presented experiences and learning opportunities to members through a variety of scheduled events. On Thursday mornings during the season, members were invited to visit the Cullipher stable on the backside of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. During their morning visits, the stable members met with Cullipher to discuss weekly training happenings and wish their horse good luck before the weekend's race Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials were shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources were also made available to the members. "We've been coming out to Hoosier Park and following State Fair races for years now, but we realized we wanted to be a part of something more in this industry," First Turn Stable member Jim Hays noted. "At first, we weren't sure what our next step looked like. First Turn Stable has helped narrow our focus on becoming full time owners; it was the perfect stepping stone for us, we have learned so much and really enjoyed our time with the stable. We actually purchased a yearling at the Hoosier Classic sale this fall!" At the end of the racing season, the horse's winnings and costs were calculated and any profit was split among the 50 owners. Hoosier Park will invite any previous members from 2016 to purchase a membership for the 2017 season and also look forward to extending memberships to other first-time participants. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all first-time owners and members who helped make the 2016 inaugural season of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success and look forward to another season with First Turn Stable in 2017. by Emily Gaskin,for Hoosier Park

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