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Louisville, KY --- When he received the call about a 2-year-old trotting filly that was for sale, Frank Bellino was in no mad rush to sign a check. His reluctance to purchase Muscle Baby Doll had nothing to do with her family tree or the fact she commenced her career on the Iowa fair circuit. He simply had already acquired a filly of the same age and gait that was also staked to the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. “I had just bought You’re Majestic,” said Bellino. “The connections are from Louisiana, but bring their horses to Ohio to sell them. I got her after she won her first start very impressively at Northfield. I was also looking for something that was eligible to the Ontario program. “Since I already had that filly, I did not need another one for the same conditions and although she (Muscle Baby Doll) was a $5,000 yearling, the price the Huffmans (the filly’s former owners) wanted was much, much more than that. “I finally made the move to get her because I loved her pedigree. (Jimmy) Takter trained her mother (Have You Ever) and made over $200,000 with her. I have purchased Iowa fair circuit horses before and done quite well with them. They were not stakes horses but performed great in overnights. Also, I really liked her races. It impressed me she beat older horses on a fair track as a 2-year-old. Even after I bought her, I still thought You’re Majestic would be the better filly.” While You’re Majestic has certainly not disgraced herself as she has amassed just over $200,000 in her short career, Muscle Baby Doll was a quality filly last year and dominated the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit this year. She defeated Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown victor Wild Honey in their $26,250 Elegantimage elimination on Sept. 11 at Mohawk Racetrack and captured seven consecutive races before losing the $307,040 final. With Bellino deciding not to supplement Muscle Baby Doll to the Breeders Crown and You’re Majestic also being ineligible, he decided to ship his fillies to Hoosier Park to compete against one another in the $140,000 Crossroads of America on Friday (Oct. 30). Muscle Baby Doll, fresh off a track record performance of 1:53.1 in her $46,750 division of the Circle City over the same surface last week, will leave from post position two in what is carded as the 10th race. David Miller will be holding the lines and the filly is the 5-2 morning line selection. You’re Majestic drew the 10 hole with Yannick Gingras at the controls and is rated at 15-1 off her seventh place finish in the first division of last week’s Circle City. Although both fillies are conditioned by Tony O’Sullivan, they will race under Trent Stohler’s name this weekend. “Both of them have raced at Hoosier Park before and done well,” Bellino said. “Tony pointed out to me that ‘Baby Doll’s’ race was a track record when he showed me the winners’ photo. I planned on supplementing her to the Breeders Crown, but that performance in the Ontario Sire Stakes final (10th) can be thrown right out. Something got her all worked up behind the gate, she broke and everything just went wrong for her, which is not like her at all. After what happened in the Breeders Crown, Tony and I were Monday morning quarterbacks because we were saying, ‘what if we had put her in’ but hindsight is 20/20 and she was excellent at Hoosier last week. I expect her to race well this weekend. “With You’re Majestic, we just thought she would perform a bit better. Not that she has been bad at all, but she is definitely not as strong as ‘Baby Doll’ and just did not seem to advance from two to three.” Muscle Baby Doll is a daughter of Muscle Mass and the Yankee Glide mare Have You Ever. She is the third foal from her dam, who won a $103,938 Simcoe Stakes division in 2004, was third in the Buckette, and fourth in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $325,000 Delvin Miller Memorial. She was sold to Swedish interests after this filly was weaned. In her two years of competition, Muscle Baby Doll has collected $387,720, compiled a record of 22-13-4-2 and a mark of 1:52. She has been a model of consistency and a very pleasant surprise for her connections. She really illustrated an incredible amount of potential with a strong second place finish to Danielle Hall in last year’s Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Muscle Baby Doll’s equipment was broken, but she still managed to charge to the line to just miss. This year she rolled along on that win streak until she had an off night in the Elegantimage and came home eighth. She was then second in a $78,750 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and 10th in the Super Final after some unknown disturbance. You’re Majestic has been entered in the same events as her stablemate and while trotting steadily, has been nowhere near as flashy or accomplished. The daughter of Majestic Son and You’re Adorable has earned just under $77,000 in 2015 while coming home fourth in the Super Final and fifth in the Elegantimage. Her lone win of the season came in a non-winners contest in June. “Tony thinks she (Muscle Baby Doll) slipped through the cracks,” said Bellino, who is recognized as a pacer man due to the success of such horses as Rock N Roll Heaven and Pet Rock. “She went really late in the sale and he thinks people just were not paying attention to her. It does happen, but trust me we paid a lot more than $5,000 for her. “Actually we’ve been offered quite a bit of money for her, but I wouldn’t sell. After the season ends though, I need to sell one of these fillies. It looks like that will be You’re Majestic, but she does get over a half (-mile track) well and Yonkers goes for really good money. “We have had an offer from individuals in Sweden for Baby Doll, but I really need to think about it. Tony absolutely loves her and does not want me to sell her, but it’s hard for a 4-year-old to race against males and other older horses. Look how good Bee A Magician is and what her 4-year-old season was like. I have a lot to consider and plan on thinking long and hard about what to do. Especially since we don’t normally part with many horses, especially if they are stakes horses.” How Carroll and Rick Huffman came to take Muscle Baby Doll home for only $5,000 remains a mystery, but Bellino knows one thing, he is thrilled he took a chance on her. “I think she can compete with anyone,” he said. “If we don’t sell her to the Swedish interests we will keep her and breed her. Her pedigree is outstanding and she has already proven her class and toughness. When I told Tony I bought her, he asked me if we were now in the 2-year-old trotting filly business and was not sold on her, but now she is his favorite trotter out of all he has had. I didn’t think I wanted her and she showed me I was wrong.” The Crossroads Of America PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-I'm So Fancy-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3-1 2-Muscle Baby Doll-David Miller-Trent Stohler-5-2 3-Smokinmombo-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-10-1 4-Livininthefastlane-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8-1 5-Fox Valley Yoko-John De Long-Curt Grummel-30-1 6-Churita-Trace Tetrick-Matt Rheinheimer-8-1 7-Armatrading-Mark O'Mara-Mark O'Mara-30-1 8-Speak To Me-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-6-1 9-Bright Baby Blues-Tim Tetrick-Bob Stewart-4-1 10-You're Majestic-Yannick Gingras-Trent Stohler-15-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 25, 2015 - Everyone knows ladies come first and it was no exception on Saturday, (October 24) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the facility hosted four divisions of the Madison County Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotting lads and lasses and two divisions for their pacing colleagues. Naughty III, a veteran performer over the Anderson surface, was the first participant to be feted in the winners' circle after capturing the second race, which was a $39,250 split for the diagonally gaited. Guided by Tyler Smith and conditioned by Melanie Wrenn, the daughter of Here Comes Herbie and the outstanding Indiana performer Msnaughtybynature was content to lead the field through the first quarter mile in :28, yielded to Cash All for the second panel and then regained the top position at the three quarter pole. From there was never much doubt Naughty III would collect her fourth career triumph to improve her record to 12-4-4-1 and boost her bankroll to over $150,000 as the overwhelming public choice by stopping the clock in 2:00. Owned by the Kales Company and Wrenn Racing, the filly was followed home by Catch All and Maeve Quaider. The payouts were $3.40, $7.00 and $2.00. The fifth race was the $77,300 opportunity for 2-year-old pacing fillies to strut their stuff in the Madison County Stake and that is exactly what Can't Touch This did. The daughter of Rockin Image and Fox Valley Monika, who was the wagering public's second selection, was steered by Dan Shetler and is trained by Roger Welch. Shetler placed her in the garden spot shortly after the break and the Indiana champion remained settled in that position through three quarters of the mile with fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.2 until her pilot gave her the green light. That's when Can't Touch This overhauled post time favorite Roll With Dreams and poured it on the stretch to hit the wire four lengths the best. The final time for the contest was 1:56.1, the win improved the filly's record to 15-6-1-2 and she now has more than $150,000 in the bank. Owned by William C. DeLong, William P. DeLong and Douglas Riccolo, Can't Touch This paid $7.60, while Kak's Shark Attack provided $4.60 and Roll With Dreams offered $2.80. "She is a treacherous horse in that pocket spot," Shetler said. "She is a tempermental filly but tonight she stayed in there and was patient. Then again, that's not surprising. She's like all other women and they generally do not put up with too much." The second $39,250 trotting split of the Madison County Stake was race seven on the card and Just Jess dominated her competition to have her picture taken as the Anderson oval's latest stakes victress when she tripped the teletimer in 1:59.3. Sent off at odds of 9-2, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse and Glide Sally Glide, was guided through her mile by her trainer Doug Rideout. Owned by Alan White and Julie Rideout, Just Jess was sent to the lead from the third spot after a :28 first panel and her driver never experienced an anxious moment for the rest of the mile. "I knew when I pulled her out and Hot Curry was not gaining on us she was gone," he said. "I still had a ton of horse left and did not even have to ask her." Love To Win was second and Cindy Lane got up for third. The payouts were $5.00, $8.20 and $2.10. Just Jess's record now stands at 15-8-2-1 and she has amassed more than $250,000 in her first season of racing. In race nine, it was time for the colts and geldings to perform in their respective divisions. Downthehighwy led the sole group of pacing participants in their quest for the $76,700 purse. The son of Dontgetinmyway and Happy Tears is owned by Mack Racing Stables and had the services of Jason Dillander, who won four races over the course of the evening, in the bike. Trained by Robert Taylor, the colt was the easiest of victors as he literally led from wire to wire through fractions of :27.3, :57.3, 1:25.4 and 1:54 to increase his career earnings to just shy of $175,000. Downthehighwy now sports a resume of 14-4-4-2 and provided his backers with $3.80 to win. Mystical Rock raced well to be second and paid $2.20, while Winwood Mac nailed down the show spot. He was $2.10 to place. "The wind has definitely picked up enough where you have to work a little bit harder on the backside of the mile," Dillander said. "But that really was no problem for him tonight. He felt very strong throughout the entire mile." Late Bid Tom has trotted some huge miles in this last four races and really was appearing to come into his own. In race 11 the son of Jailhouse Jesse and Whisk Hanover rewarded his connections' faith in his ability as a youngster by annexing his $37,600 division by a head over Victor's Hall. Leaving the gate as the 9-5 top choice, the gelding, who is conditioned by Jeff Cullipher and was in rein to Jason Dillander, raced in third through fractions of :27.4, :58.1, 1:28.3 before making his move at the top of the stretch to mow down Victor's Hall and surpass him by that very scant margin at the finish line. Treasure Keys K rounded out the trifecta. "We have always thought very highly of him," Cullipher said. "We thought he had a lot of ability right when we first got him, so we always expected to him to be a nice colt. We are very pleased with how he has been performing and how he raced tonight." Owned by Randall Bendis, Thomas Pollack and David Lewis Linker, Late Bid Tom paid $5.60 for the triumph and now has a slate of 12-3-3-2 with purse money earned standing at $127,800. Victor's Hall provided $5.00 and Treasure Keys K was $3.00 to show. Race 13 featured the final $37,600 division and Macy's Big Boy claimed the prize. The son of Donato Hanover and Macy Lane only had four trips to the post in 2015 and this performance broke his maiden, as he had hit the line once in second place and another in third. Driven by Dan Shetler and conditioned by that same individual, the colt is owned by Silver Linden Farms. Placed in sixth position off the gate, Macy's Big Boy remained in that spot for the first panel of the mile, advanced into fifth at the half mile marker and improved his position to third at the top of the lane. As he trotted to the wire, he increased his lead over all but a determined Emerald Chip who had tons of trot. That rival closed from fifth to just miss at the finish line. Here Comes Rocky was up for third. Macy's Big Boy increased his career earnings to more than $40,000 for his brief campaign and rewarded his backers with $10.80, while Emerald Chip paid $2.80 and Here Comes Rocky offered $5.20. Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2015 - They sure do have a lot in common. Barryscourt and Emerald Chip reside in the same barn, are the same age, possess the same gait, were purchased for exactly the same price as yearlings, have collected more than $100,000 in purse money, are gelded and will be major contenders in their respective divisions of the Madison County Stake at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 24. Despite the numerous similarities, these two youngsters are also vastly different. "Barryscourt is a big, strong horse," said Bobby Brower, their conditioner. "With Emerald Chip you just rub your chin and then your head wondering how such a little horse can do what he does out there. He looks like a nice-sized animal from behind, but when you get a real good look at him you can see how petite he is. He's my wife's pet and she spoils him. He's the type of horse that will eat tons of the same thing for about three days and then give you that look telling you he won't touch that now. It's time for something else." Barryscourt will make the first appearance of the duo in race 11 and will leave from post position seven with LeWayne Miller holding the lines. Emerald Chip competes in race 13 and will start trotting from post position five with Darrell Wright managing the driving duties. Both horses are the 2-1 morning line favorites in their respective races and will be vying for a purse of $37,600. Owned by Mystical Marker Farms, Brower, Ben Graber and Victory Hill Farm, Barryscourt is by Northern Kid and out of the Conway Hall mare Katie Hall and was brought home from the 2014 Blooded Horse sale for $15,500. He joined his older half sibling Petticoat Affair (Valley Victor, t, 2, 1:56.4, $292,336) as a freshman Kentucky Sire Stakes champion on August 30 at The Red Mile. His connections feel he has the potential to live up to what his sister accomplished, as she was champion at ages 2 and 3. "He has been what you refer to as a good surprise," Brower said. "Dennis Lakomy of Mystical Marker Farms was looking through a catalogue for that February sale and he tipped me off he was in. Stacey Ruddick keeps all my mares and horses that are rehabbing. She always goes to that sale, where I don't, so I told her if he looked straight to buy him. We actually bought the full sister to Petticoat Affair (Kayte On The Go, t, 3, Q1:58.4, $14,165) while this horse was still a weanling, but she never amounted to anything. I didn't know if he was going to either, because he had ability but absolutely no desire to pass other horses while he was training down. That final in Kentucky had me wowed because the way he won that race by going away was something I had never seen from him before and that's when he knew he could be a really nice horse." At this juncture of his brief career, Barryscourt sports a record of 5-3-1, has earned $140,116 and his swiftest mile is 1:56.1m. The only time the gelding has failed to hit the board was in the second leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes when he struggled home sixth and he definitely had an excuse. Otherwise he captured his division of the $60,400 American-National Stake at Balmoral Park by a neck and was second by a half-length in a $50,000 Standardbred stake on Jug Day. "He was really sick for that race down in Lexington," Brower said. "My vet was out of town, so I went to Dr. Andy Roberts. He said it was the flu, because I was trying all kinds of antibiotics and nothing worked. He gave him a flu rhino vaccine on a Thursday, I had it done by another vet the next day and then my vet on Monday. It was all gone within 48 to 72 hours. At Delaware, he has never been on a half mile track and he's a big horse, so he struggled a little bit with the turns. If he had a little more ground he could have won because he was coming back on that horse. The American-National was another good surprise. Bob Stewart's horse (Waitlifter K) was heavily favored and was supposed to be much better than the rest of the field, but this guy won again." Emerald Chip is a son of Chip Chip Hooray and the Conway Hall mare Emerald Myway. Owned by VIP Stables, Josh Sutton and Mystical Marker Farms, he was procured at the 2014 Ohio Selected Jug Sale based upon Brower's intuition. He has a resume of 7-2-3-1, a bankroll of $115,815 and a speed standard of 1:59.1. The only time he has not picked up a check is when he was fifth in his debut on July 24 at Northfield Park. The gelding has raced nearly exclusively in the Ohio Sire Stakes program except for a second place finish in a salty $10,000 contest at The Red Mile on October 8. Emerald Chip was only beaten by a neck and trotted the fastest last quarter in :27.2. "Everyone else wanted a pacer, but I went to the sale looking for trotters," Brower said. "I wanted a Pilgrim's Taj but he went for too much money and I didn't like the look of the Triumphant Caviars. That's when I sat back and started looking through my book. I came across this horse. He was small, but I like the back class he has in going back to Bonefish. The price was right so I bought him. He really is such a nice little trotter. He just got beat at Scioto by getting locked up on the inside and at Delaware his owner, who drives him, got a little greedy with him and sent him a little too soon. I've known Josh since he was a kid and my wife loves him. I'm always telling him to just keep him back then let him trot through to the wire. A consistent trotter is always going to be better than just a fast one." Barryscourt and Emerald Chip will both be turned out for the winter after Hoosier Park concludes its meet. Each will follow a path similar to what they embarked on this year and remain in the Midwest. While they receive a vacation a new addition to Brower's barn will begin to learn her lessons. "We bought Emerald Chip's full sister (Emerald Of Oz)," Brower said. "She's out at the farm right now and she is already at least two to three inches bigger all over than he is. We are thinking she's going to be a nice horse too." The Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old trotters and pacers will highlight the 14-race card on Saturday at Hoosier Park. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 14. Kimberly French

Louisville, KY --- He has owned more than 800 horses during his several decades of being involved in the sport, but Philadelphia attorney Howard Taylor still can’t quite wrap his head around the fact he has eight in-to-go for Saturday’s (Oct. 24) Breeders Crown races at Woodbine. “Frankly I’m shocked,” he said. “I’m sitting here talking about it now and it still has not sunken in. The crazy thing is probably the best horse I have right now is not eligible and will be racing at Hoosier Park for $45,000. That would be Betting Exchange. He drew post nine against Wiggle It Jiggleit, but ever since we made an equipment change with him he has been terrific. I expect him to race really well.” The first occasion Taylor will have the opportunity to add to his collection of three Breeders Crown trophies is in the $250,000 Open Mare Trot, which is the very first race, with Handover Belle, a 5-year-old daughter of Andover Hall and the Lindy Lane mare Harbour Belle, who has earned just over $513,000 during her career. The mare was sixth in her 2013 Crown event and ninth in 2012. She will leave from post position 11 with Matt Kakaley in the sulky and Ron Burke as the trainer. Her competition includes Daylon Miracle, who is a relatively new acquisition for Taylor. The world champion offspring of Pegasus Spur and Daylon Marvel is now six. With a bankroll of just under $595,000, Daylon Miracle is conditioned by Rene Allard and will be guided from post position eight by Brent Miller. She is 15-1 on the morning line, while Handover Belle is 20-1. “Daylon Miracle is as tough as they come,” Taylor said. “I think she can trot with any of them and I have been very impressed with a lot of her races. She is always very competitive and has a shot to win. Handover Belle is doing well as of late and she is also capable of putting in a good effort.” Taylor’s next opportunity for a piece of hardware lies with Southwind Roulette in the $500,000 3-year-old filly pace which goes off as the fourth race. Despite finishing second in this year’s edition of the Jugette, possessing the 2014 title as the Keystone State’s 2-year-old pacing filly champ and amassing a $468,045 bankroll, the daughter of  Somebeachsomewhere and the Artsplace mare Southwind Rio, is 10-1 on the morning line. Like Handover Belle, she hails from the barn of Ron Burke and will be piloted by Yannick Gingras, who won four Breeders Crown titles last year. “You know what’s funny is she raced so hard last year and was a grinder,” Taylor said. “I wondered if she would come back as good this year at three. She hasn’t been as sharp, but she was super in the Jugette which surprised me. She always gives all she has and is right there. That’s why she deserves the chance. She may not have won a race this year, but she always picks up a check.” I’m So Fancy will represent Taylor in the $500,000 3-year-old filly trot which is carded as the sixth race. Bred by Taylor, the daughter of Donato Hanover is a half-sister to Handover Belle and despite being overshadowed by her superstar stablemate Mission Brief, she has managed to accumulate $133,141 in purse money in just one season of competition. I’m So Fancy will be driven by Matt Kakaley, is 30-1 on the morning line and will start from post position five. Burke is also her conditioner. “I have no illusions about her ability,” Taylor said. “But she is a nice that filly that does always try very hard, but she is no Mission Brief. That’s for sure.” The undefeated 2-year-old pacing colt Control The Moment may very well be Taylor’s best chance to collect his fourth Crown. Trained by Brad Maxwell who co-owns with Taylor, Ed Gold and Ben Mudry, the son of Well Said and Life’sliltreasure is a perfect 8-for-8, has earned $341,757 and will start pacing from post position three in the seventh race. The colt is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $600,000 contest and Randy Waples will assume his customary position in the bike. “I really think Well Said is going to make one heck of a sire,” Taylor said. “That’s one of the reasons I bought in on this colt and also brought Ed (Gold) in. Every time we are partners it seems to strike gold. Our first horse was Buck I St Pat (2009, 2010 Breeders Crown winner), then Ginger And Fred, Fred And Ginger and Economy Terror (2011 Breeders Crown winner). Everyone knows the story about our involvement with this horse, but he is exciting. Especially since Brad didn’t think he was much of anything until he qualified and then he called me up saying he thought he was really special.” Race eight brings about one of the biggest surprises, if not the number one shocker, that Taylor has ever experienced in the business. That would be the Ake Svanstedt trained Crescent Fashion, who just finished a strong second to divisional leader Pinkman in the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. The son of Muscle Hill and Fashion Feline is also owned by Laura Noren and Order By Stable. He will begin trotting from post seven with Scott Zeron holding the lines and is 12-1 on the morning line. “It was a good thing I was sitting down because I couldn’t believe my eyes when that horse not only finished second, but a strong second by holding off other horses in the lane,” Taylor said. “I have never been that shell shocked in my life at how well a horse has performed. We bought him for $13,000 as a 2-year-old and Ake all of a sudden had us supplementing him to everything, including the Hambletonian, which I wasn’t sure he was that quality of horse. He won at Yonkers impressively earlier in the year, but there were no real quality horses in there. “I thought at the top of the stretch (in the Futurity) he might be able to hold on and get a check for fourth place, but I could not believe my eyes with the way he finished. I’m fascinated to see how he performs in the Breeders Crown.” Kelvin Harrison trainee In The Arsenal will contest the $531,250 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, while 2014 O’Brien Award winner Lady Shadow, who is conditioned by Ron Adams, will participate in the $250,000 Open Mare Pace. In The Arsenal, a son of American Ideal and Ladyotra, would become a millionaire by finishing first or second in this event. He is always a threat within his division and will be steered by Brian Sears from post nine. He is a juicy 15-1 on the morning line as Artspeak, Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete received most of the attention. Lady Shadow, meanwhile, does not come in under the radar. The daughter of Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Lady Camella is 4-1 on the morning line by virtue of her continued consistency throughout her entire career. She will be in rein to regular driver Doug McNair and is co-owned by Taylor's BFJ Stable, as well as Ed Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway. “When she came up for sale, she had a pretty high price tag for an unproven horse,” Taylor said. “That’s when I called Ed (Gold) up and asked him if he wanted to buy a piece of her. He told me, 'She has a great pedigree so even if she doesn’t work out on the track, she is worth that as a broodmare. I’m in.' Then we go out and buy her, which I was still thinking she was too expensive and she made all the money back we paid for her in like three weeks. That never happens in this business and was certainly a first for me. She is another horse that always has a chance to win and she should be ready to go this weekend.” Taylor fosters no blind hopes that he will be traveling home with eight Breeders Crown trophies. He is just thrilled to have a quality stable that allows him to participate. “I could never have imagined it would work out this way,” he said. “It is like I have a wealth of riches and am just very fortunate to have the right horses at the best time. Of course I would like to win, but I also know what kind of horses they are up against. I’m just going to enjoy being able to be there with my wife and watch them race.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Louisville, KY --- It’s a tough question to answer summing up a human or horse’s personality in one word but harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood had no problem describing 2-year-old trotting colt Marion Marauder, who has had the misfortune of chasing Southwind Frank around the track frequently this season, with pinpoint accuracy. “He’s a terror,” said the colt’s co-conditioner. “He is constantly on the go, getting into everything and continuously trying to amuse himself. You have to watch him every minute and then when he decides something is not fun anymore, he’s out like a light. “Whenever he decides he is done -- and it can be in an instant -- he is sleeping. You can yell at him, make all kinds of noise and try to do anything you can to get him up, but it will not happen. He is so much fun to be around and has one of the best personalities I have ever seen in a horse.” Of which Wellwood has seen many. She is the daughter of the late Canadian Hall of Fame trainer William Wellwood and was responsible for guiding the careers of O’Brien Award winners Was It A Dream and Laddie. In conjunction with her husband, Michael Keeling, Wellwood also added to her O’Brien collection for the couple’s success with dual winner Elusive Desire. Keeling and Wellwood will seek to add another piece of hardware to their collection when they send out Marion Marauder on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Woodbine Racetrack to contest the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt and gelding trot. The colt will commence from post position three with Scott Zeron at the lines. This son of Muscle Hill and the 2000 Nova 2-year-old trotting filly champion Spellbound Hanover, was bred by William Mulligan and purchased for $37,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. His dam, who was second in the 2000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final, is by Donerail and out of the Super Bowl mare Sounds Swell. She has produced some top females in Spellyuptothebar (Malabar Man, 4,1:57.3h, $156,213), Sweetspellosuccess (Credit Winner, 3,Q1:58.4, $206,024) and Fifty Shades (Malabar Man, 3,1:59.2h, $205,659). “This is one very, very nice colt,” Wellwood said, with her voice full of pride over Marion Marauder. “He was really small when we first got him as a baby, but then he really grew up. He’s still not a big horse, but he is nice-sized and just oozes with all that character. We are extremely happy with him.” Marion Marauder closed swiftest of all with a last panel of :27.2 into a stiff headwind to come home second in his Crown elimination, five lengths behind division leader Southwind Frank. Pilot Scott Zeron was content to settle Marion Marauder in seventh in the early stages of the contest, then advanced to sixth by the three-quarter pole and fifth at the top of the stretch off Dupree’s cover, before he unleashed his closing kick on the far outside of the track. Although he packed a powerful late punch, the colt was no match for the winner who stopped the clock in 1:55.2. Marion Marauder started his racing career with a break behind the gate when leaving from post position nine in an $11,340 2-year-old conditioned event on June 23 at Mohawk Racetrack. The colt was fourth in his second engagement, which was a $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes race at the Meadowlands on July 3. He was then second in the next leg and third in the $100,000 final on July 17. Returning to his Canadian home-base, Marion Marauder was third in a $10,500 conditioned race at Mohawk and then fourth in an $88,055 Champlain Stakes race over the same surface on Sept. 4. He was second to Southwind Frank in a $22,500 William Wellwood Memorial elimination on Sept. 11 and also in the $283,480 final the following week. With that foe not a member of the field, the colt finally broke his maiden on Oct. 1 at Woodbine in a $12,160 2-year-old conditioned event directly prior to his Breeders Crown appearance. After his second in the elimination his record now stands at 10-1-4-2 and he has earned $107,392. “He had some problems early on in his career with breaking at the gate,” Wellwood said. “He’s not a bad mannered or bad horse, but when you would put him on the gate he would want to jab out at the other horses. We think it is something he will grow out of, but we worked with him so he doesn’t really do it anymore. We don’t want to take a chance though, so we never put him right on the gate and back off with him. We don’t feel there is any sense in rushing him along, but because we do that with him he will never get away from there very fast.” Although Keeling has captured an elimination for a Breeders Crown with Elusive Desire and Wellwood one with Laddie, a triumph by this colt in the final would be the first title for this horse’s connections. “Coming into the stretch, I thought we would get fourth,” Wellwood said about the elimination. “Frank was long gone, but this horse loves to pass other horses and he loves a target. We even trained him down to race that way because he enjoys it so much. He saw those other two horses and he was going to get by them. It was a huge mile for him and I think he trotted the fastest last quarter of the night and he’s only a 2-year-old. We think he is a very talented colt, so we will just see how we do in the final. “We will always let him tell us, but he might have one more race after the Breeders Crown, depending on if he is sound and happy. We just think the world of him and that he has a very bright future. Fortunately, he is family owned, so he owes us nothing, so there is no need to rush him, but we do think his time will come.” $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt trot Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Muscles For Life - Doug McNair-Gregg McNair-30-1  2 - Deep Impact - Steve Condren-Brad Maxwell-20-1  3 - Marion Marauder - Scott Zeron-Michael Keeling-8-1  4 - Sliding Home - David Miller-Jonas Czernyson-15-1  5 - Southwind Frank - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2-5  6 - Lagerfeld - Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter-4-1  7 - Tony Soprano - John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-12-1  8 - Dupree - Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-20-1  9 - Milligan's School - Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15-1  10 - Will Take Charge - Paul MacDonell-John Bax-20-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2015 - The apron was packed, the harness racing winners' circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy as Freaky Feet Pete entered the winners' circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10) after capturing an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport's top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was as 'Pete' heard the roar of the crowd, as he certainly received overwhelming support from nearly all present at the Anderson oval, as he paced strongly through the lane to best his rival in 1:50.1. Vague Traces rounded out the trifecta. "They are both very good horses," explained winning pilot Trace Tetrick. "You can't take anything away from Wiggle It Jiggleit. I knew he has a history of coming back on the inside when he is headed, so I was patient and waited to pull my horse out. I knew when I saw the lights on the end of the toteboard that I had it. It is a terrific feeling to win a race like this with him, but he has just been so good all year long." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who left from post position three with Montrell Teague in the bike, was the post time favorite at 1-5 for his conditioner Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. He was sent immediately to the lead while Tetrick placed 'Pete' in second from post 10. The two geldings remained in that very same position through spits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.1 until Tetrick popped his horse from the garden spot midway into the stretch. Freaky Feet Pete drew alongside his rival, edged clear several hundred feet before the wire and placed a length and a quarter of daylight between him and the Little Brown Jug victor. The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $5.80 to win as the public's second choice and paced his last quarter mile in :26. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10 to show and Vague Traces provided $4.10 to his supporters for his third place finish. With the triumph, Freaky Feet Pete punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown and thrilled Indiana harness racing fans by illustrating he does indeed deserve the distinction of top ten status. His overall resume now stands at 22-19-2-0, with his 2015 record at 13-11-2-0, with his only defeats coming at the hooves of Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown," Rheinheimer said over the unabashed cheers from the throng around the winners' circle and with a smile that could not be larger. "We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us." "I never give Trace any instructions," he continued. "I told him before the race to just be safe and good luck. He has a done a terrific job with this horse all year long, I have to give him the credit for that and the season we have had. That is why I never need to give him instructions." By: Kimberly French

Louisville, KY --- When harness racing driver Tyler Smith hopped out of the bike and handed over the lines the smile on his face would be nearly impossible to replicate. And who could blame him? He just guided Topville Cadillac to victory in her $125,900 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stake at Hoosier Park and now the world knew this filly was for real. “Being on the front end was not the trip we had envisioned for her,” he said. “But that is how the race worked out. She is still very green and has a lot of maturing to do as far as figuring things out, but we have not reached the bottom of her. I think there is so much more yet to give as she learns her job.” Owned by her conditioner Alvin Miller as well as Twila Harts and Ted Comerford, Topville Cadillac is a 2-year-old daughter of Rockin Image and the top notch broodmare Topville Cyberwave. She will seek to add to her win total when she leaves from post position three on Saturday (Oct. 10) in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park. She was purchased for $95,000, which would make her the sales topper at last year’s Hoosier Classic Sale and comes from one of the finest female families in Indiana. She is a half-sister to Sapphire Martini (Dream Work, p,3,1:53.3, $137,173), Radar Contact (Dontgetinmyway, p,1:49.2, $967,846) and Always About Katey (Always A Virgin, p, 3,1:51.3s, $839,407). All three of these mares are Indiana Sire Stakes champions and this filly joined them with her 1:53.3 triumph in the same class and conditions on Sept. 4. “We actually had three or so horses picked out for the sale that we really liked,” Miller said. “We bid on them but did not end up bringing them home. She was our top horse, because of her pedigree for one thing, but she was last in the sale. It ended up working out that she was because since we didn’t get the other ones, we could get her.” The filly broke her maiden in her first trip to the gate on July 8 in a $6,900 non-winners event at Hoosier Park. She followed that up with another win in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stake elimination on July 17 at the same facility. Topville Cadillac then finished sixth and fourth, respectively, in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on July 24 and a $20,000 ISS elimination on Aug. 8 before regaining her prior form. She has now reeled off four straight wins with an overall record of 8-6-0-0 and purse money of $138,000. She set a new track record of 1:52.1 at the Anderson oval in her sire stake elimination on Aug. 28 and then reduced that standard with her gate-to-wire triumph in 1:52 in the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes on Sept. 26. Topville Cadillac fended off the likes of Darlinonthebeach, the regally bred first daughter of champion Darlin’s Delight and Lyons River Pride from the potent Ron Burke barn. That performance illustrated she is a force to be reckoned with in open company. “She was a real handful to break,” Miller said. “She was also tough to get to the races. She is afraid of everything. That’s why she wears the fly screen. When I qualified her I couldn’t even get her near other horses. She jumps at any little thing. Even though she has raced eight times she is still really green and has a lot to learn about racing.” Smith, who also steered her sister Always About Katey, claims the two siblings do not resemble each other in any way. “I did not get on Katey until she was older,” he said. “But she was always kind of lazy. You had to get into her to make her work. This filly is not like that. She is complete business when she is on the racetrack. She just really needs to learn how to do her job and it’s exciting to know there is so much more to come with her once she realizes what is going on out there. We really don’t even know how to race her the way she likes. We don’t know if she is better off a helmet or on the front end, but I don’t think she even knows that yet. She was just great (in the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes on Sept. 26) and was strong the entire mile. I think she has a really big future.” Miller, however, feels Topville Cadillac does have something in common with her older and to date more illustrious sibling. “She is really lazy training,” he said. “That’s why we just go really long with her all the time. It’s also hard to really get a gauge on her because she is this way. I always knew she had another gear to her and the engine is there. It’s just a matter of her recognizing it when she races.” The plan is for Topville Cadillac to compete on one more occasion in 2015 and then it’s time for a vacation. “We skipped the last elimination for the sire stakes with her because I did not want to race her too hard this year,” Miller said. “She will race one more time in the Indiana Sire Stakes and that is enough as we have put her in nine times. She will have a couple weeks off before the next race, but she showed in the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes she can train into a race then go well. I’m not worried about winning everything. She has already earned back what we put up for her. I just want to educate her and point her towards next year.” This filly will have quite the agenda for 2016, but Miller will provide her with ample time to prepare. “We’ll give her as much time as she needs, but we plan on giving her opportunities outside of Indiana next year,” he said. “We will stake her to several races. We have not decided which ones yet, but we have already discussed it. We do know if she is sound and healthy we will keep her eligible for the Breeders Crown. We would like to travel with her and have some fun. She can be difficult for sure but we are very excited about her and what the future holds in store.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2015 - Although all harness racing fans, participants and bettors were still assessing the impact of Wiggle It Jiggleit's sensational triumph in Thursday's (Sept. 24) rendition of the Little Brown Jug, the anticipation for Wakizashi Hanover's trip to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy was at fever pitch. It was a contest of brother versus brother, one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and the measuring stick for just how talented 'Pete' truly is. Unfortunately, despite being valiant in defeat, Pete hit the wire second while Wakizashi Hanover took home the trophy, purse and blanket by a quarter of a length in 1:48.4. "If I would have had the nine hole and Trace and his horse would have six the hole, the result could very well have been much different," said winning driver, Tim Tetrick, in the winners' circle. "Pete is a very talented horse and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I also know my brother's driving capabilities. I know if I had the nine I would have to gun right out there just like he did. You aren't left with any other option. This horse, though, has little bit of everything. He has enough gate speed to leave to put himself in a good position and then has high speed when called upon to supply it. He paced the fastest last quarter of the night to win this. I'm very happy with his effort." There was certainly no drama, as the showdown in the 12th race commenced right when the field took their noses off the gate. Trace Tetrick drove right to the lead and dared Wakizashi Hanover and his sibling to go with them. Freaky Feet Pete traveled his first panel in 26.2 with is rival sitting in the garden spot directly behind him. After a half in 54.2 and three quarters in 1:22, Freaky Feet Pete was pulling away from Wakizashi Hanover at the top of the lane, but his competitor had plenty more to give. The North American Cup victor wore down the leader late in the homestretch for a score in his first appearance over the Anderson oval. "He's a wonderful horse," said conditioner Joanne Looney-King, of the son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about him on the racetrack or in the barn." His share of the purse money boosted Wakizashi Hanover to millionaire status during a sophomore campaign that included wins in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell, a second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, a third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and another third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, who is owned by Tri County Stable, paid $3.80 for those who backed him, while Freaky Feet Pete offered $2.10 and third place finisher Vague Traces paid $5.60. The winner's record now stands at 15-9-3-2 for the season and 21-11-6-2 for his career. He has banked more than $1.1 million. The competition between Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete was merely one component of an outstanding 14 race card with plenty of Grand Circuit action, such as Hoosier Park's most lucrative event for the diagonally gaited in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $207,000 Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes, and the $150,250 Elevation Pace. It was a short field comprised of only five 2-year-old trotting fillies, but Sunset Glider swiftly disposed of her rivals in the first division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes (race 2). In rein to Yannick Gingras, the daughter of Cantab Hall and the Yankee Glide mare Highland Glider, who is conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Liebfied, hit the finish line a head in front for her second win in five career parimutual trips. Her record now stands at 6-2-2-2 and the win lifted her earnings to more than $100,000 while tripping the timer in 1:56.1. She paid $7.20 to win with Woman's Will ($2.10) and Wildflower ($3.20) rounded out the trifecta. Topville Cadillac illustrated she is a force to be reckoned with beyond the Indiana Sire Stakes program, as Hoosier State's champion daughter of Rockin Image and the Electric Yankee mare Topville Cyberwave, went to the front and held off all challenges to lower her own track record and lifetime mark to 1:52 in her $125,900 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. Piloted by Tyler Smith for her co-owner and trainer Alvin Miller, the most expensive yearling purchase ($95,000) at last year's Hoosier Classic Sale is a half-sister to fellow Indiana champs Radar Contact, Always About Katey and Sapphire Martini. Also owned by Ted Comerford and Twila Hart, Smith placed this 2-year-old pacing filly right on the lead in the evening's 7th race where she led the field through fractions of 27.3, 55.4, 1:24.3 prior to entering the winners' circle. Although she was finishing swiftly at the end, Darlinonthebeach could not reel in Topville Cadillac who paid $5.60 to win and had to settle for second place. She paid $3.20 and third place finisher Lyons River Pride provided $2.10 to bettors. "I hope I didn't sound silly when I said earlier she was still green and there is still so much more for her to give," Smith said. "She really is still learning though and it seems like there is no bottom to her. I did drive her one sister, Always About Katey and you would have to push on her to do her work, but mentally she was sharper. This filly is very professional, she just needs to learn more. I think she is a very exciting horse and I'm thrilled to be driving her." Next up was Call Me Queen Be in her $127,150 division of the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl was sent off the post time favorite at 9-2 in the ninth race. Steered by Scott Zeron and trained by Ross Crogan, the filly, who is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham, was content to allow the other members of the field to do the heavy lifting as Can't Touch This led the way with fractions of 27.1, 56.4 and 1:26.3 before Call Me Queen Be exploded in mid-stretch along the pylons to win by a length in 1:54.4. She paid $3.00 for the victory, while Yankee Moonshine provided $3.00 for her second place finish and JK Fannie yielded $4.40 for her third. "Not many 2-year-olds would come up on the inside the way she did when they only have a few races under their belt," Zeron said. "She is just absolutely push button to drive though and two fingers. She does get worked up for the races, as she just about flipped over the in paddock before coming out on the track and she won't stand in the winners' circle, but she has a lot of ability. I think she will only improve with time." He was sent off the 3-1 selection in the $150,150 Elevation (Race 11), and American Passport illustrated why he finished second in his Metro Pace elimination earlier this season. The Tony Alagna pupil, who was driven by Scott Zeron, races as a homebred for Brittany Farms and is also owned by Alagna as well as Riverview Racing. It was 81-1 outsider Allie's Cruiser who established all the early splits of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:52.2. Just when it appeared to be bombs away, the faltering leader was overwhelmed by first Manhattan Beach, then Mindtrip and ultimately American Passport. The son of American Ideal and the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, tripped the timer in 1:52.2 for his maiden breaking victory. His resume now stands at 7-1-3-0 and he has collected $107,546. The colt was headed to Lexington after cooling out from tonight's performance and paid $8.00 to win. He was followed home by Mindtrip ($9.40) and Big Top Hanover ($6.00). "We always knew this colt had a tremendous amount of ability," Alagna said. "He trained down excellent and we were not surprised he was second in the Metro elim. Then he drew the 10 hole for the final and he has experienced some other things that are part of bad racing luck. But he also wanted to always go fast and kind of do what he wanted to do out there. He has really started to understand what is job is and you can rate him now so he can carry that speed. We are very excited about this win and look forward to racing him in Lexington. We are not sure whether he will race once or twice, that depends on how he does, but then it's the Breeders Crown after Kentucky." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 29 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit By Kimberly French

Delaware, OH --- There was no denying harness racing's newest super star Wiggle It Jiggleit. Seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague fought back in the final strides to win Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $677,000 Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers by a nose over Lost For Words in 1:49.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The closing moments of the Jug capped an epic duel between the event’s first-heat winners. Lost For Words, who got a quick lead and inside position in the decisive second heat, and Wiggle It Jiggleit raced side-by-side for nearly five-eighths of a mile in the one-mile race. Lost For Words appeared to be on his way to victory as the horses came off the final turn, opening up by more than one length on Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Wiggle It Jiggleit dug in and nipped Lost For Words at the wire. My Hero Ron finished third and Arque Hanover was fourth. It was the first Little Brown Jug victory for “Team Teague,” which is owner George Teague Jr., his son Montrell, and trainer Clyde Francis. The 24-year-old Montrell became the second-youngest driver in history to win the Jug. "I'm not nervous anymore, that's for sure," said Montrell Teague. "I don't know how he came back and beat the other horse. He raced so well, but like I said he is a tremendous animal. He's just special and does not want to lose. He just digs down deep within himself and always finds something more." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of stallion Mr Wiggles out of the mare Mozzi Hanover. George Teague owns both horses and raced both horses during their careers on the track. Mr Wiggles won the 2009 Hoosier Cup and finished second in the Breeders Crown and Adios. He finished sixth in the 2009 Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, has won 18 of 20 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.76 million with his victory in the Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s. Wiggle It Jiggleit's other victories this year include the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but his victory in the Meadowlands Pace permitted his connections to pay $45,000 to supplement to the event. He became the first of five supplemental entries to win the Little Brown Jug since supplements were introduced in 1999. Earlier in the day, Wiggle It Jiggleit defeated Artspeak with a sustained first-over battle in his first heat, stopping the clock in a track-record 1:49.2 for a 3-year-old gelding pacer. In the second heat, Lost For Words and driver David Miller went to the front and led the field to the quarter in :27. My Hero Ron was second, followed by Wiggle It Jiggleit, but Montrell Teague made his move with Wiggle It Jiggleit as Lost For Words brought the group around the second turn. From there, the race was on. Lost For Words and Wiggle It Jiggleit were matching strides when they hit the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. The battle continued around the final turn, setting the stage for the dramatic finish." "I thought he was beat," said George Teague. "I even dropped my eyes down because I didn't want to watch anymore, but then I was told he was coming back. I still cannot believe he won today. "I've trained a lot of horses but I have never seen one like him. He is actually much better with a target and why we have always wanted to race him from off the pace. It's like he thrives on it. "We will take him to Hoosier next. They actually wanted us to come there this weekend but this was the one I really wanted to win. He's an Indiana bred and they have been so nice about wanting us to come there. Now that he has done this it's time to go back." Only seven horses participated in the Little Brown Jug second heat after Split The House, who finished fourth in his first-round elimination, was scratched. -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak went toe-to-toe for much of the final half-mile of Thursday’s second $108,320 opening-round elimination of the Little Brown Jug for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and in the end Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away for a track-record 1:49.2 victory. Artspeak finished second followed by My Hero Ron and Arque Hanover as the top four finishers advanced to the Jug’s second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words won the first opening-round elimination and was joined by Yankee Bounty, Rockin In Heaven and Split The House in reaching the second heat. If the winner of one of the first eliminations is also victorious in the second heat, he is the Little Brown Jug champion. If a non-elimination winner captures the second heat, there is a three-horse race-off. Artspeak was able to take advantage of his inside starting spot, post one, to get the lead going into the first turn. Wiggle It Jiggle and driver Montrell Teague were content to sit in third place behind My Hero Ron as the field made its way up the backstretch for the first time on the half-mile oval, but began a first-over march prior to the half. Scott Zeron and Artspeak remained in front at the midway point, reached in :54.3, but the battle was just beginning. Wiggle It Jiggleit was able to pull in front by the time the leaders hit three-quarters in 1:21, but Artspeak fought back on the final turn to draw on even terms with his rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit pulled away in the stretch, though, to win by 1-1/4 lengths and equal Rock N Roll Heaven's stakes record of 1:49.2. The time set the track record for a gelding pacer, erasing Lucan Hanover’s mark of 1:49.4 set in 2013. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 races this year. "This horse has an incredible amount of spunk," said driver Montrell Teague. "To have a homebred be this kind of horse is something you never could imagine. "I don't think there is another horse that could come first over like that on a half-mile track in 1:49.2. I did not know how fast I was going and was just worried about not hooking wheels. I'm still shaking but I don't have time to be nervous because I have to do it once more." Lost For Words won the first of Thursday’s two $108,320 opening-round eliminations of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers, defeating Yankee Bounty by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rockin In Heaven finished third and Split The House was fourth as the top four finishers advance to the second heat later this afternoon. Lost For Words, the 1-2 favorite, went to the front from post one, but yielded the lead to Yankee Bounty as the field made its way through the first turn. Driver David Miller, though, fired Lost For Words back to the top prior to reaching the quarter in :27. He received pressure from Dude’s The Man on the outside at the half, timed in :55.3, but rebuffed the challenge and was unthreatened the rest of the way. A son of 2009 Little Brown Jug winner Well Said out of the mare Thou Shalt Not, Lost For Words is trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. Lost For Words’ first-heat victory gave the colt five wins in 12 races this year. "He was just so good last week and has been so good since the Adios," said Brown. "The only thing I was worried about were the fractions because I did not want him to have to go as fast as he did last week. "But you have to give David so much credit. He was so patient and was cool as a cucumber out there. He allowed Yannick (Gingras with Yankee Bounty) to go and let him cross over and then just waited and waited to make his move. He gets along so well with this horse. I just can't say it enough." The draw for the Little Brown Jug's $324,960 second heat was conducted after. 1 – Wiggle It Jiggleit – Montrell Teague 2 – Lost For Words – David Miller 3 – Artspeak – Scott Zeron 4 – Yankee Bounty – Matt Kakaley 5 – Rockin N Heaven – Trevor Henry 6 – My Hero Ron – Yannick Gingras 7 – Split The House – Tim Tetrick (scratched) 8 – Arque Hanover – Corey Callahan -- Kimberly French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  Lost For Words Wiggle It Jiggleit 

Delaware, OH --- French Laundry cleaned up in Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $126,000 Old Oaken Bucket for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, winning by 2-3/4 lengths over Andy Ray in a track-record 1:53.4. When the starting gate opened, Mesmerized went to the early lead from post five, leaving French Laundry and driver Yannick Gingras in second place around the first turn. Gingras moved French Laundry to the front quickly, though, clearing to the lead before reaching the quarter in :28. From there, it was all French Laundry. The colt reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. His winning time lowered the Delaware County Fairgrounds track record for a 3-year-old colt trotter, previously 1:54.2 by Triumphant Caviar in 2009, and was one-fifth of a second off the stakes record of 1:53.3 established by gelding Dennis in 2008. Andy Ray, named in honor of driver Andy Ray Miller, finished strong to edge Mesmerized, driven by Miller, for second place. Walter White finished fourth. French Laundry, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. A son of Muscles Yankee out of the mare Creamy Mimi, French Laundry has won four of 14 races this year and earned $212,038. For his career, the colt has won 11 of 26 starts, including the 2014 Kindergarten Classic championship, and earned $525,157. "This colt is definitely not as temperamental as (his dam) Creamy Mimi," said co-owner Marvin Katz. "She could be cantankerous and be a handful. This colt is not like that, but he does have her ability. He has showed that just by making half a million dollars. "This year he has just had some bad luck. That includes racing luck and some bad draws. Like the outside in the Hambletonian for instance. But we always knew he was talented and are very pleased with his win here today." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2015 - In a turn of events that left those in the winners' circle as well as the stands simply staring at the tote board and wondering what just transpired in the evening's 8th race, Fawn De Savage hit the wire at 65-1 without feeling even a whisper from the whip to triumph in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly trot. Fired out from post nine by her harness racing pilot Dan Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage and the Master Lavec mare Ms Mastercraft went straight to the lead and never looked back. As she cruised around the Anderson oval, the Kristin Shetler trainee, established splits of :29, 59.1, 1:29.3 and stopped the clock in 1:57.3, a new lifetime mark. In what was the second victory of career, Fawn De Savage, who is owned by Jacob Hartline, now sports a resume of 10-2-0-1 and has a bankroll of $56,100. Despite trotting a 26.1 last panel, post time favorite Miss Tootsie Hall had to settle for second, with the public's third choice Nothing But Nice rounding out the trifecta. Fawn De Savage rewarded her backers with a $132.80 payoff, with the exacta paying $862 and the trifecta $2,401.40. "She has always had good manners," Shetler said. "But she has been very immature. She needed to grow into herself and we knew she had the ability. It was just always tough to keep her straight, but that certainly was not a problem tonight." Just when the Hoosier betters were ready to reject the chalk, Bridge To Jesse's illustrated why he is a force to be reckoned with anytime his nose is on the gate. Sent to the front in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot (Race 11) by reinsman John De Long just before the half mile marker, the 1-2 favorite took over the lead from Jinah Bluegrass to set fractions of :58.2, 1:28.3 and ended the mile in 1:56.2. Owned by William De Long, William Patrick De Long, Roger Welch and Ray De Long, the son of Jailhouse Jesse and the Angus Hall mare Bridge to nowhere, Bridge To Jesse's was never asked for his best and was just off his lifetime speed badge of 1:56. Conditioned by Roger Welch, the gelding has now captured nine straight races, has a record of 10-9-0-0 and has amassed $205,500 in his young career. The only time he has not had his picture taken was his first start. Although he is accustomed to the winners' circle, Bridge To Jesse's, doesn't seem to enjoy his time there, as he has developed a habit of bucking while his blanket is being put on. He paid $3.00 to win with Late Bid Tom and Milford's Z Tam chasing him to the finish line. The exacta paid $13.40 and the trifecta $60.80. "He is a push button horse and never does anything wrong," Welch said. "The only time he does is in the winners' circle and it seems like every time he comes back to it he just gets worse. We have not staked him to anything else and will continue to race here in Indiana." Welch collected his second $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final (Race 12) right after he brought Bridge To Jesse's back to the barn with the 2-year-old pacing lass Can't Touch This. With Dan Shetler holding the lines, the daughter of Rockin Image and the Incredible Finale mare Fox Valley Monica, who is owned by William De Long, William Patrick De Long and Douglas Riccolo, wrested the lead from Diamondtequilashot after a first quarter in :27.1, then fended off a first over bid from post time favorite Seventimesavirgin before repelling that rival heading to the top of the stretch with a half mile of :55.4 and a three quarter time of 1:24.2. As Can't Touch This continued to the wire, Diamondtequilashot took another shot at her, but again the 2-1 second choice put her away and hit the wire in 1:53.2, which was just shy of her career best. Her record now stands at 12-5-1-1 with three of her last four races resulting in her posing for pictures. Her bankroll now stands at $86,760. Can't Touch This paid $6.40 to win with Diamondtequilashot nailing down the show spot and Shady Stella closing late to finish third. The exacta was $164.40 and the trifecta $1,859.40. "She is coming into herself right now and exhibited her mental toughness tonight by not allowing those other fillies to go by," Welch said. In the fourteenth and final race on the Hoosier Park card, Downthehighway outlasted Tough Mudder by a neck and Legere by a head to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 2-Year-Old Pacing colts and geldings. The son of Dontgetinmyway and the Dr Drew mare Happy Tears is trained by Robert Taylor and was steered by Jason Dillander. Racing as a homebred for Mack Racing Stables, the colt led the field through a first quarter in :27 before 3-5 favorite Matrix Of Luck took control to set fractions of :55.2, 1:25.2. Downthehighway bided his time in third position before he, Tough Mudder and Legere, inhaled Matrix Of Luck in deep stretch with all three horses right together on the wire. With the triumph, Downthehighway upped the purse money he has earned to $132,225 and his record to 11-3-4-2. His time of 1:53 is the swiftest of his young career and he paid a respectable $7.80 to win off his 5-2 odds. Tough Mudder and Legere were second and third with the exacta paying $82.20 and the trifecta paying $236. "He's a nice horse that has been right there and has been competitive for all of his races," Dillander said. "He raced as well as I thought he would tonight and we are very happy with him." By: Kimberly French

Louisville, KY --- For a horse that has yet to taste defeat this season Homicide Hunter sure has not received his fair share of ink. The gelded son from the first crop of Mr Cantab and the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer has mowed down his harness racing rivals with pinpoint accuracy on 12 occasions this season and seeks to extend his victorious ways on Saturday (Sept. 19) in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park after one of the most grueling contests he has performed in. “He fought back in that race,” said Curt Grummel, the horse’s conditioner, of his win in the Sept. 11 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. “The transformation this horse has made since last year is unbelievable. He showed how much courage he has by coming back on after he was passed. He really wants to win.” Homicide Hunter has constructed a season any trainer or owner would dream of. Owned and bred by Patrick Graham, the handsome gelding has morphed from a boy into a man after chasing Airman Batten around the Anderson, Ind., oval as a freshman. That campaign netted him $86,736 with a record of 10-3-2-3, which is certainly not shabby for a horse that needed to grow into himself, but in 2015 he has pushed his rival to the side and exceeded any expectations that were ever associated with him. The gelding is a perfect 12 for 12 this year, has earned just under $220,000, tied the track record at Hoosier Park for his age, sex and gait (1.53.4) and flown under the radar due to the presence of pacing sensation Freaky Feet Pete. Churita is another undefeated colleague Homicide Hunter must share the spotlight with, so only the Hoosier Park faithful may really know what this trotter has accomplished. In Saturday’s contest, Homicide Hunter is handicapped with the nine hole in the 13th race on the card, but is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line after defeating the talented Hominy Hill by a half-length on Sept. 11 in a $24,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. He will have the services of his regular pilot, John DeLong, for his mile. “Other trainers probably would not agree with me,” Grummel said. “But I just jog the heck out of him all the time between races and it seems to work for him. I have not changed a thing since the season started. All I do is listen to what John tells me and as long as he is happy with the horse, there is no reason to change anything we do with him.” Besides being a state champion and gliding through a season that will forever be memorable, Homicide Hunter is an absolute pet. He was a barn favorite long before he commenced this season’s campaign and everyone associated with him could not be more pleased with the world seeing what kind of horse they care for on a daily basis. “He was tough last year training,” Sis Arnold, Grummel’s assistant trainer, said. “He would jump at anything when you hooked him up to the jog cart and just do the opposite of everything you wanted him to do. But he has always been the teddy bear of the barn. You can do anything you want with him and he loves attention. I don’t harness him and take care of him all the time like Francie (his caretaker) does, and she does a tremendous job, but he has always been a favorite of mine. “I’m not ashamed to say I cried all over his face holding him in the winner’s circle after his last race. For him to win parked like that and to come back after he was beaten, showed why we love him so much. There are just some horses you get attached to and he is it.” It seems natural to feel a connection with Homicide Hunter. His coat glistens, his stride is near perfection and he would snuggle up to anyone that has a cookie. This boy loves his food, his time in the field and his contact with his caretakers. He is the epitome of what transpires when you have a happy horse, with ability and the perfect conditions. “He possibly has five more starts for the year,” Grummel said. “I’m based at Balmoral Park so we will take him back home, as I’m from Illinois, for the winter and turn him out and then plan for next year depending on what he tells us.” Although it was never discussed how his connections would feel should Homicide Hunter not be in the winner’s circle on any of these five ensuing engagements, Arnold summed it up succinctly. “Every horse gets beat,” she said. “If he loses it does not matter. Look at what he has already done. He looks like a million bucks, he contends with whatever he has to deal with and you know he is always going to do the best he can. He’s Hunter and no one can take away the money he has earned or his record or who he is to be around. He has earned it and his personality is just who he is.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Louisville, KY --- Harness racing trainer Brian Brown and his ownership group had their eye on Spider Man Hanover long before he went through the ring at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, so they were thrilled to purchase him. Especially for the price. “We all really liked him and he was one of the top ones we wanted to bring home,” said Brown. “We loved his pedigree and then we were even more sold on him when we went to see him. We were prepared to go much higher for him as we thought he would go for at least $60,000, so we were very pleased we paid $40,000 for him. Actually we were in shock that’s all we had to give. The only reason I can think of that he didn’t go for more was he was on the smaller side, but he was very well built.” The son of Western Ideal and the Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip will seek to become a state champion when he competes on Friday (Sept. 11) in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He will have the services of regular pilot David Miller in the ninth race on the card at The Meadows and will begin his mile from post position four. Owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett and Milton Leeman, Spider Man Hanover is the fourth choice on the morning line at 5-1 behind Check Six (3-1), Big Top Hanover (7-2) and Ideal Jimmy (9-2). There certainly is a lot to like about this colt’s family tree as his dam earned just shy of $200,000 during her racing career. His granddam, the Presidential Ball mare Stasia’s Girl amassed $142,774 on the track and she foaled another $100,000 winner in Cascata by American Ideal, p,1:51.2s, $145,414). Spider Man Hanover is also a full brother to Stacia Hanover p,3,1:49.2 ($238,746), who was last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner and this year’s Shady Daisy champion. He is also a half-brother to Seashell Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, p,3,1:51.4f, $99,245) and an unnamed American Ideal weanling colt. “His family was what initially attracted our attention and then of course seeing how well his sister raced at two,” Brown said. “We knew he had ability right off and had high hopes for him right away.” Spider Man Hanover certainly has illustrated his potential. He won his first qualifying race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on June 10 and was second in his second trip to the gate over the same oval on June 19. The colt made his career debut in a $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars contest at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 3 and was just out-finished for the triumph by the heavy favorite Allie’s Cruiser. He broke his maiden on July 15 at the same facility with David Miller at the lines for the first time in a $53,548 Sire Stakes event. Then it was on to The Meadows on July 25 where Spider Man Hanover collected his second career win in a $43,548 Sire Stake. He followed that up by coming home eighth and last in an $81,113 Sire Stakes race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 20. The colt rebounded, however, with his third career triumph on Sept. 1 at The Meadows in a $70,714 Sire Stakes race. To date, he has banked $91,405, has a resume of 5-3-1-0 and a mark of 1:51.3f. “You can just throw that one race out,” Brown said. “He did not race well at all and David suggested some things after he came back with him, so we put a jaw cord on him and it was very helpful. Right from the start he tended to get a little aggressive when it was time to race and we have tried different things to help calm him down as well as focused on what he was doing. But with the jaw cord and him beginning to learn his job, we think he is headed in the right direction. He could tend to be pretty grabby and the equipment change helps David control him a bit better. We anticipate that he will race well on Friday.” After Spider Man Hanover’s championship engagement, he’ll begin his travels outside the Keystone State with Kentucky, Ontario and New Jersey on his itinerary. “We would like to race him twice in Lexington and then we plan on taking him to the Breeders Crown,” Brown said. “His last race will hopefully be the Governor’s Cup. We like that it’s at the Meadowlands and think that will be a great spot to end his season. “We really think a lot of him and are looking forward to how the rest of the year unfolds. He is not tremendously big, but he is well made and has the talent to be a very nice horse for us. We have high expectations for him and we think he will fulfill them.” Below is the field for the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for freshman pacing males, with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1 - Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1  2 - Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1  3 - Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal  - Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  4 - Spider Man Hanover by Western Ideal - David Miller-Brian Brown-5-1  5 - Yankee Artillery by Somebeachsomewhere -Corey Callahan-Aaron Lambert-6-1  6 - McDave by McArdle  -Andy Miller-Robin Cruise-10-1  7 - Ideal Jimmy by Western Ideal -Marcus Miller-Robin Cruise-9-2  8 - JK Will Power by Somebeachsomewhere  -Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Louisville, KY --- She may not possess the height, girth or breadth of some of her colleagues or capture any awards for her breathtaking beauty, but Armatrading has what it takes to be a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion. Her pilot and conditioner, Mark O’Mara, actually has a specific phrase for her personality and feels this particular trait sets her up perfectly to repeat that feat on Sunday (Aug. 30) at The Red Mile in the $175,000 final for 3-year-old filly trotters. “She has the “little man’s syndrome,” said the Florida Hall of Fame member. “She is not very big or flashy, but when it is time to go on the track she puffs up because all she wants to do is win. I think she wants to prove size doesn’t matter and with her it doesn’t. She always tries so hard.” A daughter of Groton Hall and the Dream Vacation mare Silver Thatch, Armatrading is co-owned by her breeder Atlantic Trot Inc. and Oscarsson Racing Stable. Although Silver Thatch was unraced and is not as prolific as Wonderbolt, the dam of Kentucky Sire Stakes champions Bolt The Duer (Ponder, p,3,1:47.4f, $1,828,995), Blue Claw (Jenna’s Beach Boy, p,4,1:49.4, $576,635) and Shanghai Lil (Jenna’s Beach Boy, p,2,1:51.2, $1,070,251), she has produced three Sire Stakes finals starters and one champion. Armatrading, the fifth of six foals from her dam, is the only one of her siblings to bring home the title, as she was the 2014 2-year-old trotting filly winner. Her half-brother Banco Solo (Master Glide, 4,1:53.4f, $264,852) was fifth as the second choice in 2012 as a freshman and his connections thought enough of him to race him in the Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Memorial and the American-National as a 3-year-old. Her other half-brother Scacco Matto (Master Glide, 4,1:55.4f, $121,434) was third in his edition of the 2013 2-year-old final as the favorite and second as the public’s second selection in his 2014 contest as a sophomore. This filly’s record may not be to the same level as her older brothers, but give it time. Last year as a freshman, Armatrading was 9-2-0-2, earned $111,184 and trotted in 1:57.4, which may not immediately grab peoples’ attention, but she was in top form throughout the summer and fall months. Previously trained by the now deceased Kenneth Oscarsson, Armatrading was brought along slowly by design to be in peak fitness for the Kentucky competition in both the Sire Stakes series and for the Grand Circuit at Lexington. The filly ended her campaign with fourth place finishes in an $84,250 division of the Bluegrass Stake and an $80,550 division of the International Stallion Stake. O’Mara is following the same program as Oscarsson, who thought highly of her last year, when Armatrading was a freshman. She has only gone to the gate on five occasions this year as a 3-year-old with two wins, a second place finish and $12,750 in the bank, but she has lowered her mark to 1:55.4. She also enters the final off a very sharp triumph in her $15,000 Sire Stakes leg on Aug. 20. This was when she set her new speed badge and it was a strong rebound from a costly break when she finished sixth in the same company on Aug. 9. “She came to my barn in April,” O’Mara said. “The Kentucky Sire Stakes final was the goal for her all along so I brought her along slowly. She raced at Hoosier but that was to prepare her for this very race. She has a very smooth stride and does not normally break. That night (Aug. 9), however, she was actually a little too fresh. She was full of herself and wanted to go right then, but she got right back on stride. In her last race she was so ready to trot I had trouble keeping her settled in the post parade. Hopefully, I have done my job and she will be prepared to race well on Sunday night.” Armatrading is unlike many of the other members of her age, gender and gait group, in that she has absolutely perfect manners and is very calm. “She is so quiet,” O’Mara said. “When she is in the stall it is like she is not even in the barn. We train at a fair track and the fair recently ended, but we had a lot of visitors come to our barn. They would go right up to her stall, because she is the one they were attracted to because of her demeanor and manners. She got all the attention.” After her campaign to capture her second Kentucky Sire Stakes title has been satisfied, Armatrading will follow the same schedule that was employed last year. “I am not sure if she is quite good enough to beat some of the best 3-year-old trotting fillies out there,” O’Mara said. “But she has the heart and wants to win so badly. She proved herself last year at The Red Mile meet so she is eligible to those races again this year and to the American-National. I am very much looking forward to Sunday night and to the rest of the fall with her to see if we did our job right.” $175,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final-3-year-old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1 - Jane Eyre by Groton Hall -Tom Jackson-Fred Grant      2 - Mama's Brokn Heart by Tsunami Ranger -TBA-John Duer      3 - Skeeter P by Master Glide  -Josh Sutton-Eric Patalan      4 - Wildcat Spirit by Groton Hall -Joe Putnam-Frank O'Mara     5 - Crime Wave Hall by Groton Hall -Luke Ebersole-Renee Houska     6 - Armatrading by Groton Hall -Mark O'Mara-Mark O'Mara by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent   

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 15, 2015 - Not to be outdone by their female counterparts in their respective $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on the evening of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, 3-year-old harness racing geldings Homicide Hunter and Freaky Feet Pete demonstrated their superiority over overmatched rivals as the 1-5 and 1-9 wagering selections. Homicide Hunter, from the first crop of Mr Cantab and out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, was content to allow 53-1 shot Jumpinthejailhouse to set the early pace and was trotting comfortably in fifth position throughout the first quarter mile which was clocked in :27.2. As the leader advanced to the half, however, in :56.1, the Curt Grummel conditioned gelding was given the green light by driver John DeLong to commence his advance. Responding with ease, Homicide Hunter cleared the field and headed to the top of the stretch with a length and a half advantage. After hitting the three quarter mark in 1:25.1, DeLong shook the reins at the gelding and the race for second was on. As the trotted to the wire, Homicide Hunter distanced himself from his pursuers and stopped the clock in 1:53.4, five lengths ahead of second place finisher Bluebird Reverend with Rockin Stein holding on gamely for third. The gelding, who is owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, now shares the track record for 3-year-old colts and geldings with Rose Run Parker, and when bettors cashed their tickets he provided $2.40. With the triumph Homicide Hunter increases his win streak to 10 for 10 in 2015. His career resume is 20-13-2-3 and he has amassed more than $300,000 in earnings. "Last year we had some problems with him trotting to the wire," DeLong said. "This year there is absolutely no problem with anything he does. Not only is his record perfect, he is perfect. There is not one thing you can say about him that is not praise. He is a very nice horse to drive because his manners are the best you could ask for. It's really a very special thing to be able to drive him and to see how he has matured from last year to this year." Once Homicide Hunter devastated his opponents with pinpoint accuracy, it was Freaky Feet Pete's turn to take aim on his next Indiana championship. The crowd at the Anderson facility was pressed up against the fence anxiously awaiting his performance and the energy was electric as regular pilot Trace Tetrick moved him toward the gate. Larry Rheinheimer's pupil left well, settled in third and allowed Vague Traces set a torrid pace of :25.4 in the first panel. At the same time the tote board lit up with a stiff time of :53.3 for the half, Tetrick simply moved his hands and in a flash the gelding had cleared Vague Traces. By the time Freaky Feet Pete hit the lane, he had placed three and a half lengths between him and his colleagues and paced three quarters in 1:21.0. From there on in it was simply the Freaky Feet Pete show. As he moved down the lane effortlessly, widening his advantage with every stride, the apron erupted with a loud round of applause for Indiana's champion. Freaky Feet Pete crossed the finish line in 1:48.2 and second place finisher Skim The Top was seven lengths in arrears, with Swing City just behind. The patrons in attendance this evening were awed by the performance because Tetrick never even popped the plugs and had a strong hold on him midway through the stretch. This horse, owned and raised by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, could have went much, much faster if ever was ever asked. The evenings are few and far between when a track record, which is what this time was is established with such sheer, breathtaking ease. Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.10 to his loyal backers and with this triumph improved his record to 8-7-1 for 2015 with just under $190,000 in purse money. For his career, the gelding has a record of 17-15-1-0, with his only loss coming at the hooves of Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial victor Wiggle It Jiggleit. He has now collected nearly $450,000 during his two years of competition. Larry Rheinheimer confirmed to Peter Lurie of HRTV the gelding would be a Breeders Crown participant. "Driving him is something unreal," said Trace Tetrick with a huge smile on his face. "He just does everything so easy and he comes from a great family as his dam is a 100 percent producer. He paces so well that it seems like he's going in 1:58 when he's going in 1:50 and it's like he has no idea he's going that fast himself. You never even have to ask him. I knew at the top of the stretch I would never even have to pop his plugs out, so I wrapped him and just sat there on the way home. He is a very, very special horse and having the opportunity to sit behind him is an indescribable feeling." Kimberly French  

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