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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

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 17, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete continued his divisional dominance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17 as he cruised to his ninth straight victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths in front of his closest competitor and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. John DeLong had Swing City on a mission to the front and the Erv Miller trainee dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :54.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light just past the half and the sophomore colt appeared to do the rest on autopilot. Ima Full Time Job and Jason Dillander were first to commit to the outer flow but were unable to gain on the leader. Freaky Feet Pete reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:22.2 and by the time the field turned for home his lead was ever-increasing. While the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and used a :26.2 final quarter to find the wire first. American Virgin and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied for second while Kelly D and Dale Hiteman rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 at the betting window. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick said after the victory. "I didn't want to get tangled up with anyone early so I just wanted to float out of there and catch cover. I asked him a little around the last turn and that's really all I had to do. He did the rest. He's a great horse and loves what he's doing out there." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his 18th career victory from 20 lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $482,100 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, who incidentally celebrated a birthday today with the win. Rheinheimer's star pupil will now be aimed for the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 26 for his next engagement. "I paid the supplement so we will go to the Jenna's Beach Boy next week," Larry Rheinheimer said after the win. "As for the rest of the season, we will take it one start at a time. We'll get through these next couple of starts here and go from there but we'll do whatever is best for the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. We haven't changed anything so far and it seems to be working." The $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace will be part of a star-studded card slated for Saturday, September 26 at Hoosier Park. The evening's 14-race card will also include the $275,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes trot and pace and the $225,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Photo: Freaky Feet Pete scored his 9th straight victory at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sires Stakes action. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

After winning the opening round of the 2015 Champion Drivers Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 25, Trace Tetrick would find the winner's circle once more on the evening as he guided Freaky Feet Pete to a stunning 1:48.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete extended his win streak to five, established a new lifetime best, and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old pacing colts in the process. The previous mark of 1:48.4 was established by Always B Miki and Peter Wrenn in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2014. Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried off the gate through opening splits of :26.1 and :55 set by Gallipolis and Tyler Smith. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light down the backside and the three-year-old colt quickly took command just past the half. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance at the three-quarter-clocking in 1:22.1, it was clear the race belonged to Freaky Feet Pete as he effortlessly opened up on the field with a six length lead turning for home. Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.3 final quarter, under no urging from Tetrick, to overpower his competition by nine lengths "He's an amazing animal," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said of his star pupil. "He amazes me every time he is on the track." "We always knew we had a nice colt but I don't think any of us dreamed of him being this nice." Freaky Feet Pete notched his fourth win from five outings this season with his only defeat coming from Wiggle It Jiggleit in the opening round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals earlier in the season. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now won fourteen of sixteen lifetime outings while amassing $387,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 18, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the harness racing winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 18 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to three in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire eleven lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.3 and notch his fourth win of the season. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming favorite to the front from post seven in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete dictated fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:22.3 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Rockin Ron and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Supreme Z Tam and Ross Leonard began the first over attack down the backside. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display with still no urging from Tetrick. With a six length lead turning for home, Freaky Feet Pete used a :28 final panel to coast on to the wire. Vague Traces and Sam Widger rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Rockin Ron held on for third. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window. "That's what he does," Tetrick said after the win. "He's a professional. He's grown up this year and loves his job. Tonight, he did what he does every time he races, he raced giant again." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his thirteenth career victory from fifteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $349,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Skim The Top and Dale Hiteman took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:53 for trainer Krista Harmon. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Skim The Top dug in gamely to hold off Caviart Skyler and Tyler Smith. With the win, the son of Geartogear-Schmoley notched his third win of the season from nine outings. Skim The Top has now earned $73,913 for owner Gary Clark. Royal Rex and John Delong pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Delong tipped Royal Rex late in the lane and he used a :27.1 to win by a head. Trained by Roger Cullipher, Royal Rex scored his second win of the season from 13 starts. The son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go has now earned $40,919 for owner Nathan Sea. All three of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the third $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for Saturday, July 25 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin  

 ANDERSON, Ind.-May 23, 2015 - Indiana's three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 23 to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their harness racing series in impressive fashion. Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit, considered two of the top pacing colts for 2015, both delivered in their respective eliminations. Making his 2015 return to the races, Freaky Feet Pete picked up right where he left off as he found the winner's circle in his sophomore debut, winning in 1:50.3. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a :27.2 final panel to coast home a winner by two lengths. Freaky Feet Pete settled well off the early pace, retreating to fifth while the rest of the field battled for early position through first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4. Freaky Feet Pete began his quest to the front just past the half and reached the leader's wheel approaching the final turn. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1, Freaky Feet Pete found his best strides late in the lane and cruised home to notch his first victory of the season. The 1:50.3 final time equals his career best. "I think his best attribute is that he's very versatile, on the front, off the pace, it doesn't really bother him," driver Trace Tetrick noted after the race. "Great horses do great things and that's what he is. He's come back great, he's fresh, he's ready to race, and he loves his job." Voted Indiana's two-year-old pacing colt of the year, Freaky Feet Pete has now won 10 of 11 career starts and earned $271,950 for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer. In the very next division, Wiggle It Jiggleit, fresh off his world record setting performance, made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one to remain undefeated in nine starts. With regular pilot Montrell Teague in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggleit made a powerful move down the backside and cruised to the wire seven lengths in front of his competition in 1:50.3. The world champion took off the speed early in the mile, but made a controlled move to the lead and cleared just before the half-mile mark through fractions of :27.1 and :55.3. Wiggle It Jiggleit led the field through the three-quarter split in 1:23.3 before beginning to put his talent on display. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Wiggle It Jiggleit was racing the clock. Finishing well within himself at the wire, the son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire with his earplugs still in-tact. "I don't want to put him on the front every time, he's versatile and I think he can go any way," driver Montrell Teague noted in the winner's circle. "I could have taken him back to last and he probably would have done the same thing. Racing him off pace just teaches him that he has to calm down a little bit, and now, hopefully, we'll be ready for next week." "He's awesome, his attitude, his intelligence, he just does everything right," Teague continued. "It's a pleasure to be around a horse like him and to go those kind of miles every week. I didn't even pop the earplugs tonight." Wiggle It Jiggleit became the fastest-3-year-old pacing colt on a half mile track in history when he romped to a 1:49 victory at Harrington Raceway on May 11. He is conditioned by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague Jr. With the victory, Wiggle It Jiggleit's career earnings surpassed the $100,000 mark. Trainer Jon Anderson teamed up with driver Rick Plano to double up in the other two divisions of the stakes action. The Anderson-Plano scored first with My Buddy Ninkster in the opening split and followed up with Rockin Ron scoring in the final division. After finishing second in his last two outings, My Buddy Ninkster rebounded to find the winner's circle when it counted in 1:51.1. Benefitting from a pocket trip, My Buddy Ninkster was able to overcome the tempo-setting Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall late in the lane. Sired by Dali, My Buddy Ninkster recorded the fourth victory of his sophomore campaign while establishing a new lifetime mark in the process. Owned by John and Mary Krasnican, the son of Dali-Sporty Ellie has now earned $46,553 lifetime. In the final division of the stakes action, Rockin Ron kept his winning streak alive as he recorded his 5th consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in 1:51.2. The Jon Anderson trainee dictated fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before powering home a winner. The son of Real Desire-Im All A Roan is now 5 for 5 this season and six for 15 in his career. Owned by Ronald Phillips, Louis Leinberger and Jesse Ferge, Rockin Ron has earned $58,300 lifetime. All four of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 23, 2015 - Trainers, breeders, and owners all dream of seeing a horse start his career so freakishly brilliant that his potential appears unlimited. While horses of this caliber may be few and far between, an extraordinarily talented and aptly named colt burst onto the Indiana harness racing scene in 2014. Freaky Feet Pete made his racing debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on July 3, 2014 when he won a maiden race for freshman pacing colts in 1:55.1 by six lengths. Driven by Trace Tetrick, who would be his regular pilot for all 10 of his starts, Freaky Feet Pete handled his first start like a true professional. It wasn't until his second career start that Freaky Feet Pete showed just how fast of a horse he was. In his first Indiana Sires Stakes test, Freaky Feet Pete passed with flying colors and set a national season's record in the process with a final time of 1:51.4. While that may have been the start that garnered the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori a plethora of outside attention, his connections knew they had something special long before the colt went to gate. "He trained great all winter," trainer Larry Rheinheimer noted of his star pupil. "I don't know if we knew how good he was when we were training him down, but I knew he was going to be a nice colt someday. He just knows how to take care of himself and is all business when he is on the track." Freaky Feet Pete quickly made winning races his business. The freshman colt ended his 2014 campaign winning nine of ten races with his only defeat coming in a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final where he finished fourth. His final race of the season seemed to serve as a reminder of his talent as Freaky Feet Pete dominated the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final winning by 11 lengths in 1:50.4 over a track rated good. "We ended his two-year-old season just like we wanted to, on a good note," Rheinheimer said. "We didn't want to push him and have to ship to other places because we were happy with what he had already done. We wanted to take care of him and let him have some time to mature." Hailing from the highly touted first crop of Rockin Image, Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal of the ultra-prolific broodmare, Skyway Lori. While she was a decent racehorse in her own regards, Skyway Lori's biggest accolades came as a broodmare. With eight foals of racing age, she is a 100% producer and responsible for five $100,000+ winners and two $200,000+ winners. Freaky Feet Pete remains her fastest son with his 1:50.3 mark taken in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park. "He's wintered real well, he's grown up a bit and filled out in some places," Rheinheimer continued. "He's not a big horse but he seems to be doing good and be himself." Indiana's two-year-old pacing colt of the year will make his three-year-old debut at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 23 and will start from post eight in race 11. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete has been enlisted as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the field of nine. "If all goes well, we will be right here all summer," Rheinheimer said. "We staked him to everything at Hoosier Park and a few outside races but we stuck to the races that were close. It's just fun being a part of a horse like him." Emily Gaskin  

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