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LEBANON, OH. - Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight harness racing victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time. Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip. As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pole, Miller moved the winner into second-over position but still had four foes to pass. Advancing one spot to fourth on the outside at the 1:23.2 third stanza, Eliza Dushku N saved her best work for last. Swinging three-wide at the head of the lane the 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight wore down pacesetter Newsday (Tyler Smith) and fellow closer Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) to complete her 1:53.2 triumph. The John Ackley trainee, who races for the CT Stables LLC, paid $13.80 to win. Coupled with Colorful Sky, the exacta was worth $87.60, while the 50-cent trifecta including Newsday paid $180.20. The first leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 claiming mares split into two divisions and Ron Burke stablemates Danikova and Johns Baby Girl stole the show, with driver Chris Page sitting behind both winners. Danikova topped Model (Trevor Smith) and favored Atlantic Star (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 in the first division. Johns Baby Girl bested Part Time Hanover (Jason Brewer) and Velocity Lana (Jeremy Smith) in 1:54.2 in the second split, but the winner will be racing for new trainer Michael Hitchcock in the second leg via the claim box. Four divisions of $12,500 horses and geldings also got their Claim To Fame series underway on Friday night. Six other Claim To Fame classes will get underway over the next four days of racing at Miami Valley. From Miami Valley Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.   LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double. In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ticket. The 33-year-old Indiana reinsman then followed that up with a solid favorite, Buff's Image, in the second race returning just $2.80. The daily double kicked back a healthy $172.20 payoff.   E R Betty allowed LeWayne his third trip to the winner's circle in the seventh race trot, returning a $7 mutuel to her faithful.   Trevor Smith matched Miller's back-to-back victories with scores of his own in the third and fourth races of the day. Pence Hanover ($8.20) was the first tally for Trevor, the 23-year-old younger brother of Tyler Smith. Next up was Mystical Charger, another longshot who rewarded backers with a $24.60 return.   Ufpfortydevensgirl completed Smith's hat trick when she upset a field of condition claiming mares from a second tier start. Her $69.20 mutuel payoff was the highest of the day.   Brett Miller notched victories with Ilooklikeanallstar ($11.20) in the fifth, Mountain High ($10.80) in the tenth, and Latenite Trick ($10.20) in the nightcap.   All three catch drivers with the hat tricks notched their wins for three different trainers.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good. Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday's $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus and Circle City stakes. For her career, she has 18 victories in 25 starts and has finished worse than second only twice. She has earned $575,900 and is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. "She's done very well for us," said Miller, who co-owns, trains and drives Grand Swan. "She's a big, strong mare. I really don't feel like we've seen the best of her just because she likes to race against someone. She's not one that will draw off and win by five; she waits on other horses to chase her. "I really don't know how good she is. There were a few times when you thought she was beat, they'd come eye her up, and then she would take off with them." Grand Swan faces nine foes in the Crossroads of America. The field includes The Ice Dutchess, a multiple Grand Circuit winner coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, and $10,000-supplemental entry Pure Chance, who brings her own four-race win streak to Friday's race. A daughter of stallion Swan For All, Grand Swan is out of the mare Queen Mum. Joe Yoder, who is part of the Grand Swan Racing ownership group, bought Queen Mum in foal with the filly and trained Grand Swan down at age 2 before turning her over to Miller. She won eight of 12 races last season and continued to blossom after turning 3. "She grew up a lot and matured a lot," Miller said. "Last year I didn't feel comfortable getting locked in or sitting with her for a long time, she just got a little too anxious last year. This year training her down we trained her to help her with that and she really learned from it. "Her manners (are her best attribute). She's very professional and takes care of herself. In the post parade and scoring down she's nice and relaxed. When you ask her to go, she goes. She does whatever you want to do." Following the Crossroads of America, Grand Swan is eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would take Grand Swan out of Indiana for the first time. "We're planning on that," Miller said. "Then we'll turn her out and bring her back (next year) and see how she is. We're probably going to stake her to some of the aged races. We want to be careful because it's a tougher transition from 3 to 4, so we'll probably pick our spots." Friday's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park also includes the $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, $220,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, and $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2019- Sophomore harness racing pacing colts & geldings were back in the spotlight and as predicted, turned in ultra-competitive stakes performances on Friday, September 13 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening featured two $49,000 divisions in leg seven of eight Indiana Sire Stakes legs for the division as the horses prepare for the upcoming Stakes Super Finals next month. Each division produced slight upsets with victories from Shamwow and Tellmeaboutit. In division one, Shamwow turned in a gritty performance to get the victory over rival Rockie Got Framed. After finishing second to Rockie Got Framed in his last two starts, Shamwow was able to turn the tables and stop the timer in 1:50, just a tick off his lifetime best, for trainer Melissa Essig. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockie Got Framed with Ricky Macomber Jr. quickly grabbed the lead, as they were looking their third consecutive stakes win. Alwaysasweetvictory with Todd Warren settled in second while Shamwow with LeWayne Miller waited patiently in third, poised to attack through the opening quarter in :27:0. At the half in :55:3, Miller guided Shamwow to the outside and urged him to the front to grab the lead from Rockie Got Framed who was content to sit in the pocket. Ima Real Ladys Man with Michael Oosting began pressuring the leader at the third quarter in 1:23:4 and was able to stick a nose in front as the field turned for home. The top trio matched strides in the stretch and it appeared to be anyone's race. Using a :26.1 final quarter, Shamwow fought back gamely to stick a nose in front and reach the wire first, followed by Rockie Got Framed in second and Shamwow in third. Shamwow paid $5.20 to win at the betting windows. "I knew I wanted to be forwardly placed," driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "We've been trying to teach him how to race and that was a big mile tonight by him. He raced really strong." Shamwow, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero, has won five of eight lifietime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. Unraced as a two-year-old, Shamwow now sports a lifetime bankroll of $96,875 for owner, breeder Cornerstone Stock Farm. Not to be outdone, division two was the fastest division of the night as Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting found the winner's circle after a sizzling 1:48:4 effort. The 1:48.4 time was a new lifetime best for sophomore colt and just one-fifth of a second off of the current track record for three-year-old pacing geldings. Pure Rock with Rick Plano used their customary front-running tactics to grab the lead from the coveted post five. Jagger Rocks with Sam Widger followed in second while Tellmeabout waited patiently in third. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :25:4, but just before the half Jagger Rocks was given the green light and grabbed the front position at the half in a snappy :53:2. Tellmeaboutit began his attack on the leader when Oosting moved him second-over and he was able to take the lead just before the third quarter in 1:21:4. Tellmeaboutit used the long quarter-mile stretch to bolster his lead on the field, and ultimately crossed the wire three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit                                                                 --Linscott photography Little Rocket Man with Trace Tetrick rallied from well back for second while Ollie's Ztam with Ricky Macomber Jr. dug in for third. Tellmeaboutit paid $8.20 to win for his betting backers. "I've always known he's a nice colt," trainer Alvin Miller revealed after the victory. "We're just trying to keep everything together. He's got a little bit of an ornery streak in him. I always knew he could go that fast, just wasn't sure how far." Tellmeaboutit is the son of Tellitlikeitis-Portia Blue Chip and has now won nine of 23 lifetime starts. Bred by Lavon Miller, he now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $186,930 for owners Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 14. The evening's live racing card will feature both a $20,000 Open Pace and a $20,000 Open Trot. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 20, 2019--Harness racing driver LeWayne Miller has had his share of big nights in his young driving career at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino but on Wednesday, June 20, Miller had one of his biggest. Not only did Miller score five driving wins on the evening's 14-race card, he also recorded his 1,000 career driving win. In addition, three of the five victories were recorded with horses also trained by Miller including Gotwuteverittakes in the co-featured event of the evening, the second division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:55.2. Heading into the evening's program Miller needed two wins to reach the 1,000 win milestone and he went right to work, capturing the first race of the night behind Last Mission, a horse he also trains. Miller reached the 1,000 win club in the fourth race of the evening after scoring from off the pace with another horse from his stable, Madeline's Cray Cray. Stopping the timer in 1:53.4, Madeline's Cray Cray recorded her second consecutive win of the season and provided a career milestone for the 32-year-old reinsman. "I tried not to think about it but I felt like I had a good chance to reach 1,000 coming into tonight," Miller said with a smile. "I had a bad week last week, I felt like I had a monkey on back so it feels great to have that one under my belt and even better to do it with one of my own that I train. That's pretty special to me." In just his tenth season as a driver, Miller began his driving career under the direction of trainer Erv Miller in 2009 and had 25 recorded drives with seven trips to the winner's circle. Since, Miller has lined up behind the gate over 8,000 times and surpassed the $12 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 158 races and earned over $2.2 million in purse earnings. For the past six consecutive seasons, Miller's earnings have eclipsed the $1 million mark. "I never dreamed I would be here," Miller continued. "As a kid I used to come watch the drivers at Hoosier Park but never thought it would be possible for me to be out here competing with them. Tonight was one of those nights you don't forget. It feels pretty awesome." After notching win 1,000, Miller went on to win the very next race with Karefree Kara for trainer Dylan Davis and visited the winner's circle again a few races later with Alwaysasweetvictory for trainer Ken Rucker. Miller's final win of the evening came after steering Gotwuteverittakes to victory in the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Gotwuteverittakes captures the second division of the $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. --Linscott Photography Sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite, Miller had the son of Bluto-Raysofgrace De Vie perfectly positioned second over turning for home and the colt used a :27.4 final quarter to record his second win of the season. Miller also co-owns Gotwuteverittakes with Last Chance Racing Stable and C11 Racing. "He's got a lot of talent," Miller noted after the victory. "He has his share of problems but he is a nice colt. He's still learning and I don't think he was 100% tonight but we made some changes after his last start and they really seemed to help him. I enjoy training these young horses and watching them develop." One race that Miller did not win was the first division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder continued their winning ways and delivered as the heavy favorite, going gate to wire in 1:55. Owned, trained and driven by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory this season and his sixth win from 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com .   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 23, 2019--Tell Me Its Summer and driver, trainer LeWayne Miller continued their winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after capturing the $18,000 Go On BB Series Final on Thursday, May 23. Tell Me Its Summer prevailed in a tight photo to score in 1:50.3, extending her harness racing win streak to six and also remains undefeated this season. The 1:50.3 clocking established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. After drawing to the outside in her last three starts, Tell Me Its Summer left from the coveted rail position in a talented field of ten. Unhurried from the gate, Miller settled the filly along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Kinda Like Kori on a mission to the front and she dictated snappy, first half fractions of :25.3 and :53.4. Lady Capulet and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and began their long, first-over grind just past the half. Miller quickly grabbed the cover and had Tell Me Its Summer in perfect striking position, second-over. As the field reached the third station in 1:23.1, the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Lady Capulet had reached command turning for home and braced for the cavalry charge behind her. Tell Me Its Summer tipped out late in the lane and was able to put a nose in front as four fillies hit the wire together. Sage Ivy and Dale Hiteman came storming home to get up for second place honors while Lady Capulet battled gamely to hold on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Tell Me Its Summer returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I really wasn't sure how the race was going to work out," driver LeWayne Miller said after the victory. "I knew she would fight them off if she had to but the trip ended up working out perfect for us. I didn't think they would go that much but she loves to race off a helmet." "Her last start she really impressed me," Miller continued. "It was a sloppy night and she went a big mile. She has her issues but she gets better with every start and I still think there is room for improvement with her." With the win, Tell Me Its Summer increased her lifetime to bankroll to $34,250. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred filly is owned by Victory Hill Farm. Tell Me Its Summer is scheduled to make her next start in Indiana Sires Stakes action which is set to kick-off next at Harrah's Hoosier Park next week. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 24 with a 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-4 sequence sparked a carryover of $10,772.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Friday. A $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High-5 pool will also be offered in Race 14 on Friday's card. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of harness racing longshots that did not win preliminary legs of their respective Claim To Fame Series did capture championship finals at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) over a sloppy strip dulled by warming temperatures followed by a persistent chilly rain. Winwood Scout (LeWayne Miller) proved best in the $15,000 trotting split, besting favorites Undercover Strike (Kayne Kauffman) and Mikey Hanover (Brett Miller) in 1:56.3. Miller got away fourth with the 9-year-old son of Keystone Nordic before moving into the outer flow just prior to the halfway juncture. Still third at the three quarters station, Winwood Scout was steered wide at the head of the stretch to engage and ultimately wear down the more highly regarded frontrunners. Although the series finalists staggered home following taxing fractions over the sticky track, Winwood Scout showed the most resolve in the final strides. Jana Cromer claimed the winner of the $27,500 final just a week ago and entrusted him to Charles Stewart to prep for the series championship. Winwood Scout returned an $18.40 mutuel, despite the fact he was dispatched as the betting favorite in both of the preliminary legs. A purse of $17,500 was on the line when the $8000 claiming mares championship went postward. The race resulted in the largest win payoff of the day when driver Josh Sutton steered Turnitdownforwatt to a 1:55.1 victory despite the disadvantage of starting from post nine. The 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover mare was ducked when the gate swung open, but moved early into the outer flow. With live cover, Sutton moved the ultimate champion up to fourth at the :56.2 half and third at the 1:25.2 third timer. With good momentum, Turnitdownforwatt collared even-money favorite Dolly's Girl (Trace Tetrick) in mid-stretch. Fellow longshot Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) closed with resolve to grab the sizeable show dough. Turnitdownforwatt paid a whopping $80.40 to win while the exacta with Dolly's Girl returned a handsome $263.20 return. Larry Finn trains the winner for owner Joseph Baron. A $25,000 Open Trot was also presented with All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) returning to his winning ways for the first time in two months. The 6-year-old Swan For All gelding bested Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) and Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in 1:55.3 for his fourteenth career victory, increasing his earnings to over $168,000 for owners Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas. The 5-2 second choice of the betting public is trained by Ken Rucker. Four $6000 divisions of the first elimination round of a Survivor Series for bottom level $5000 claiming mares resulted in the field being reduced in half. The top five finishers in each of the four races advanced to round two next week when the purses jump to $7500. The top five from those eliminations will compete in a $15,000 championship a week later. Winners in Week One were Grimalkin (Brett Miller), Bugatti Beauty (Dan Noble), Friskie Teddy (Noble) and Star Of Our Show (Travis Seekman). The 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 at Miami Valley, contested over races ten through fourteen, went unsolved on Monday afternoon and now features a $4793 carryover into Tuesday (Feb. 5) afternoon's program. In conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering program, the Pick 5 pool will feature a $10,000 guarantee. Post time for the tenth race is usually around 5 p.m. on a matinee at Miami Valley. From the Miami Valley Media Department

ANDERSON, IN - August 21, 2018- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, outside post nine, Grand Swan turned in another dominant performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, who also trains the freshman filly, Grand Swan used a sharp, front-running effort to score the victory in 1:57.1 over a sloppy rated track and extend her win streak to six in the process. Miller wasted no time and sent Grand Swan to the front from post nine but she would have to work for position as a host of others also left for position. Verlin Yoder and Kissesforall were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.3. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. were content to grab a pocket seat while Pink Tulip and Doug Rideout were next in line third. Grand Swan grabbed command just before the second station in :59.1 and continued to call the shots uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:29.1. As the field turned for home Sam Widger had Kota's Swan applying pressure first-over and she was quickly matching strides with the leader. Miller asked his mount for more and Grand Swan dug in gamely, putting together a :28 final quarter to get the win by a length. Kota's Swan had to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall held on to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She always fools me a little bit," Miller noted after the victory. "She's so laid back so it's hard to tell how she feels but she loves to fight them off. I had to ask her a little bit when we turned for home but I knew she would fight them off if she could. She's getting better and stronger with every start." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her sixth seasonal win from eight lifetime outings. It was the sixth consecutive victory for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $145,125 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday as they play host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 13 race card will also offer several signature wagering opportunities. The Pick-4, Pick-5 and Hoosier High-5 all went unsolved on Tuesday's program and will feature carry-overs for Wednesday's program. Along with the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10, Hoosier Park will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5, with a carry-over in excess of $6,000. The Pick-4, which is featured in Races 3-6, will be kick-started by a $3,881.36 carryover while the Hoosier High-5 will be highlighted in the last race of the evening with $4,006.91 in carryover money up for grabs. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -July 31, 2018- Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 31 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Swandre The Giant and driver, trainer Brandon Bates continued their winning ways in the second round of stakes action as they scored their fifth consecutive victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Swandre The Giant was another open length winner scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Swandre The Giant left alertly from post six but would grab a pocket seat behind Lite Years Away and LeWayne Miller. Lite Years Away dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.2 while Swandre The Giant waited patiently in the pocket. Lite Years Away continued to call the shots reaching the third station in 1:26.3 but Bates gave Swandre The Giant the green light and he ranged up and was matching strides with the leader turning for home. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, Swandre The Giant was able to track down Lite Years Away and hold off a late surge from It's a Herbie and Verlin Yoder to get the win by nearly two lengths. "That's kind of what expected as far as the trip is concerned," Bates noted after the victory. "That other horse showed early speed and he (Swandre The Giant) trains off a helmet at home. He just has unbelievable manners, he will let you do anything you want with him-he's a professional in every sense of the word." With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in five starts this season. Owned by Panic Stable, T. Ehardt, B.Hochman, R. Barone, the son of Swan For All-Adagio has now amassed an even $100,000 in lifetime purse earnings. On the filly side of the stakes action, Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller followed suit and continued their winning ways in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, scoring in 1:55.4. With the win, Grand Swan made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action and recorded fourth consecutive victory. Leaving from the trailing position, post ten, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Ricky Macomber Jr. had the post time favorite, Measuredperfection, pointed to the front and she quickly grabbed command from post nine. Measuredperfection clicked off fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Savannah's Lucy and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow with Grand Swan in tow. As the field turned for home, Miller tipped Grand Swan out from behind cover but Measuredperfection appeared to be up to the task. Grand Swan dug in gamely late in the mile and took advantage of a costly break by Measuredperfection to coast on to the wire six lengths in front of Tatiana Romanova and John DeLong. As the betting publics' second choice, Grand Swan returned $5.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought so we had to go to plan b," trainer, driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "I thought we had too much ground to make up turning for home but as soon as I asked her she found another gear." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her fourth seasonal win from six lifetime outings. The 1:55.4 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $97,625 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Leslie G. Cahn. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 1 with a stakes filled 14-race card. Wednesday's live racing program will feature six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old competitors. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana-sired freshmen trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 10 as the evening's 12-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $20,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Grand Swan, with LeWayne Miller in the bike, was able to overcome the outside post position nine to find the winner's circle in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final and make a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action. After scoring in 1:56.4 in her elimination last week, Grand Swan turned in another dominant performance to stop the timer in 1:56. Miller sent Grand Swan away from the gate but would have to work for position as a host of others also left alertly. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr., the heavy post time favorite, were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but eventually yielded the lead to Grand Swan who was unable to find a spot along the rail. Grand Swan pressed on the front and led the field through splits of :57.4 and 1:27.4 before being tested. As the field turned for home, Macomber Jr. tipped Measuredperfection out from behind the leader and she quickly trotted up to engage the leader. Just when it looked like Measuredperfection may have the edge, Miller asked Grand Swan for more and she dug in gamely to get the win by a length. Measuredperfection was forced to settle for second place honors while Sea Swan and Verlin Yoder utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Grand Swan returned $10.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I knew I had to leave to get some kind of position," Miller, who also trains and co-owns the filly, noted after the win. "I had to use her quite a bit getting to the front but she's pretty special. She's a special filly." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her second seasonal win from four lifetime outings. The 1:56 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $50,125 for owners LeWayne Miller and Joe Yoder. One of the biggest upsets of the evening came in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies when Savannah's Lucy staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile to score as the longest shot on the board. With Andy Shetler in the bike, Savannah's Lucy returned $96.40 to her backers at the betting windows and stopped the timer in 1:58.1 to record her maiden breaking victory. Trained and owned Aaron Stutzman, the daughter of Guccio-Seductive Lady has now amassed $10,375. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 11 with the first of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool with $6,686.61 in carryover money.* The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park with a 20-cent minimum wager and features a reduced takeout of 12%.With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park      

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2017 - Bluebird Jesse and LeWayne Miller pulled a stunning 47-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 31. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4., Bluebird Jesse used a well-timed rally late in the lane to hold off his rivals and in the process, lowered his lifetime mark by nearly two seconds. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bluebird Jesse was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Woodside Austin and Brandon Bates fired off the gate from post eight to get the first call through a snappy opening panel in :26.4. Swan Chase and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. opted out of a pocket trip and pressed on to reach the lead at the second station in :57. Swan Chase continued to call the shots down the backside but his lead would be short-lived as My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon also wanted a turn on the front. My Uncle Cuz led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3 but was quickly joined on the outside by Mystical Motor and Dale Hiteman. Mystical Motor was able to wear down the leader but his biggest threat was still behind him as Bluebird Jesse was perfectly poised to strike from second-over. As the rest of the field began to tire, Miller asked Bluebird Jesse for more and he found another gear. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, Bluebird Jesse cruised on to the wire nearly two-lengths in front of his next closest competitor. Swan Forever and Trace Tetrick rallied powerfully late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. After the disqualification of My Uncle Cuz due to interference on the backside, Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Bluebird Jesse returned $97.40 at the betting windows. "He's a great horse to be around," trainer, owner Keith Roth noted in the winner's circle. "He doesn't ship very well but that's about the hardest thing about him, other than that-he does everything right. LeWayne (Miller) gave him a perfect drive, that's the way he likes to race and he really raced great tonight." With the win, Bluebird Jesse recorded his fourth victory from nine seasonal starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bluebird Swandrful has now won five of 16 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $73,400. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, June 1 with a 14-race card featuring a $10,000 guaranteed pick-4 in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

The Undertaker buried his foes again Saturday night (March 26) capturing the $20,000 championship final of the harness racing George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway. The wire-to-wire triumph completed a three race sweep of the Williams series, which was open to non -winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime, for the four-year-old son of Rockin Image. Driver LeWayne Miller took no prisoners with the Don Eash-trained odds-on favorite, charging to the lead before the field hit the first turn and coasting through quarter-mile fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4 before crossing the finish line in 1:53. Brow Down (Jeremy Smith) came on strong in the final quarter to finish second with Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) garnering third money in the lucrative final, named after one of nine 'Lebanon Legends' being honored with commemorative series for the second straight season. Fancy Creek Elusiv was the 10-1 upset winner of the $20,000 Open I weekly feature pace. The six-year-old Sportsmaster gelding was parked without cover well past the halfway point in the race, but was still able to clear to the front nearing the three-quarter station and pace home in :28.2 to secure the victory. Leading driver Josh Sutton was in the sulky for owner Todd Rosenberg and trainer Billy Farmer as Fancy Creek Elusiv recorded his 23rd career win and pushed his lifetime earnings closer to the half-million dollar plateau ($482,137). Heavily-favored Astreos Love (LeWayne Miller) rallied in the final quarter to be second with Nitro (Chris Page) banking the show dough. Fastest mile of the night, however, belonged to E R Rudy (LeWayne Miller) who sped to a 1:50.4 score in the $15,000 Open II. The five-year-old by Art's Chip got away fourth from the rail starting spot, then moved first-up on the outside approaching the half. After moving to the lead heading to three quarters, E R Rudy widened the lead with each stride and sped home better than four lengths the best over Big Game Hunter (Tyler Smith) and Torrington (Jeremy Smith). The 1:50.4 clocking was just four-fifths of a second off Thisjetsabookin's 1:50 all-age track record. With the weather improving and the track recently reconditioned, it shouldn't be too long before Miami Valley records its first sub-1:50 mile. The 2016 meet ends of May 8 with a pair of Grand Circuit races for aged pacing and trotting mares scheduled for the season finale. Miami Valley will present a 14-race program on Easter Sunday with a first race post time of 2:05. Gregg Keidel

The Eash Racing Stable and harness racing driver LeWayne Miller teamed up for a night to remember on Saturday (March 12) at Miami Valley Raceway. Not only did Astreo's Love capture the $20,000 Open Pace for trainer Don Eash and Miller, but E R Rudy copped the $20,000 championship leg of a top conditioned late closing series, stable mate Undertaker triumphed in the $10,000 first leg of the George Williams Memorial late-closer for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 life, and E R Oliver capped off the 'Grand Slam' by winning a $10,000 conditioned race. Astreo's Love took full advantage of his first inside post position in six weeks and the scratch of his most serious threat (Mykindachip) to score in 1:50.4 over Nitro (Chris Page) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Kayne Kauffman). It was the fourth win of the year for the six-year-old son of Make My Day, but the first since early February. As the 3-5 favorite, Astreo's Love returned $3.20 to his backers. The winner has now banked $46,680 in seven seasonal starts, all at Miami Valley. Although he didn't win a preliminary leg of the late-closer, E R Rudy was sent postward as the third choice in the betting and Miller gave his supporters a picture-perfect drive to pull the minor upset in 1:51.4. The five-year-old Art's Chip gelding sat chilly in the pocket throughout as second choice Major Blue Chip (Josh Sutton) cut the fractions and favorite Stonebridge Adam (Chris Page) pressured first-up on the outside. When a seam opened between the two preliminary leg winners, E R Rudy shot through for the impressive 7-2 score. Undertaker gave the Eash-Miller combo their third triumph when he bested Gunny Wilson (Tyler Smith) and Goodtime Matt (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53.1 to stamp himself as the early favorite in the George Williams Memorial series. The four-year-old Rockin Image gelding now has 22 victories, all but four at Indiana county fairs. Startin Something (John DeLong) was an upset winner in the other William division, paying $25.00 following his 1:54 tally. Brent Tartar owns the Johnson Hill Jr.-trainee, who topped Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) and American Paradise (Chris Page). The icing on the Eash-Miller cake was E R Oliver's victory in a $10,000 conditioned race in 1:53. The five-year-old son of Total Truth surpassed the $100,000 career earnings plateau with the winner's share. With the four wins, Don Eash climbed from a tie for tenth in the trainer's standings to a tie for fifth place. Miller, who has had much success in his first foray into Ohio, is now tied for ninth in the driver's dash standings with 30 wins and over $300,000 in purse winnings. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Astreo's Love travelled from Greenfield, Indiana to Dayton, Ohio for the second straight week since his home base of harness racing's Hoosier Park closed and the result is he's now "2 in a row in O-Hi-O." The five-year-old son of Make My Day captured a top conditioned pace a week ago and promptly stepped up into open company this Saturday (November 28) with the same result. Driver Lewayne Miller sped the favorite to the front of the compact six-horse field, stopping the first two timer beams in :27.2 and :56.2 over a track rated sloppy due to persistent rain all day long. Sports Sinner (Dan Noble), assigned the outside post position off two straight open wins, ranged up on the outside and stuck a nect in front by the 1:24.3 three-quarter marker, but Astreo's Love battled back on the inside to regain the lead midway through the stretch and stop the clock almost a length to the good in 1:53. J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) was best of the rest. Trainer Don Eash's Eash Racing Stable owns the winner, who now sports nine wins in 2015 and seasonal earnings of $121,681. In other news, the Racing Department at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has been notified they beat six other departments at the facility in the company's second annual Dayton Food Bank drive. With the help of local horsemen, the Racing Department collected and donated a total of 732 pounds off canned goods and other foodstuffs to the Dayton Food Bank, a scant ten pounds more than the runnerup Facilities Department. For the generous effort, Hollywood Gaming will throw a free pizza party for the Racing Department and local horsemen on a designated night in December. Gregg Keidel

The top state-bred pacers in the Prairie State had the chance to strut their stuff on Saturday, August 22nd at Balmoral Park as a pair stake events shared top billing on a very strong Saturday night harness racing program   First on the docket were the state's top older pacers as a very evenly matched field of eight squared off in the $29,600 Big Tom Stake.   When the smoke cleared after a heated stretch drive it was Megan Rogers Racing Stable Inc.'s Unlocked who once again returned to the local scene in a big way, as he prevailed by a hard fought half-length in 1:49.4 for driver Lewayne Miller.   Given a perfect steer by Miller the four-year-old son of Duneside Perch used his inside post to save ground in third while the speedy Ice Scraper (Brian Carpenter) ripped through splits of 26.0, 54.0 & 1:21.1.   Engaging the pace setter with a first over bid as the field hit the top of the stretch these two prolific pacers battled tooth and nail through the lane before Unlocked finally forged to the front in the closing strides to notch his fourth win of the season. Ice Scraper was hard fought second while 66-1 outsider Cole Heat (Dale Hiteman) rallied to be third.   The win was the 16th in 45 career starts for the Erv Miller trainee who returned $4.40, $2.60 & $2.80 while upping his career bankroll to $310,692.   An overflow field of 11 distaffers, 3yo old and up, closed out the night's stake action as they lined up behind the gate for the $30,200 Parklane Powerful Stake.   Using an aggressive steer and a little "racing luck" to their advantage driver Robert Smolin hustled Jesse Ferge and Ron Phillips Fox Valley Aubry to the front and the speedy three-year-old made every call a winning one, hanging on gamely to score by a head in 1:53.2.   Sprinting away from post seven in the big field the daughter of Yankee Skyscaper--Assailed made the top without too much trouble leading the ladies through opening splits of 27.4 & 57.1.   That's when disaster struck for most of the field as a first over Joyful Game made a nasty break, taking herself out of the race and severely impeding seven of the trailing horses in this battle.   With things all her own way on the front end Fox Valley Aubry cruised by the three-quarter-mile mark with a two-length lead in 1:24.3.   Through the lane the Bob Phillips trained miss continued to show the way while bracing for the challenge of the pocket sitting Just By Design (Dale Hiteman). With the lead starting to evaporate in the final sixteenth of a mile, Fox Valley Aubry dug in gamely keeping Just By Design at bay just long enough to record her third victory of the year. Just By Design was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role on this night while Financial Effort (Casey Leonard) turned a ground saving trip into the show dough.   The third choice in the wagering Fox Valley Aubry returned $10.80, $6.20 & $4.20 while running her lifetime record to 14-5-5 in 32 starts with earnings of $67,714.   Live racing continues on Sunday, August 23rd at Balmoral Park. Once again all the action gets underway at 7:10pm on Sunday night and as always the $1 Pick 4 (races 7-10) features a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The 10-cent Hi Five (race 10) also features a guaranteed pool of $15,000 while the highly successful trifecta guarantee on race nine will give fans the chance to play into a $25,000 guaranteed pool. Tom Kelley

It was typical Thursday evening at  the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park with a series of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations, but the crowd, horsemen and employees alike awaited the 11th race with bated breath for there was a particular black colt they had waited for nearly 10 months to see. He had not been in Anderson since his second place finish in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for his age, sex and gender last October, but Airman Batten swiftly dispelled the drama and resoundingly responded to any inquiries about his current form. Last year's state champion assumed command at the three-quarter pole and promptly returned to where he belongs: the winners' circle. "Obviously we were disappointed we could not start with him a little earlier in the year," said Erv Miller, the colt's conditioner. "Towards the end of last year he had a knee that was bothering him and then we found a suspensory problem behind." "It was not a tear, but he had some problems with the fibers." "We just gave him the time off and we took it really slow, but he came back great." "He's actually bigger and stronger than he was last year and we are looking forward to the rest of the year with him." A son of Swan For All and the Yankee Glide mare Ladylike Volo, Airman Batten is owned by Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman and Greg Gillis. At age two, he compiled a record of 14-10-2-2, earned $296,760 and trotted in 1:55.4s. Although he competed primarily at Hoosier Park, the colt did take his show on the road by competing in the Kindergarten series at The Red Mile and Vernon Downs, where he came home third in the $240,500 final. On Friday (August 14) Airman Batten is targeting his 16th career triumph and his second Indiana crown when he leaves from post position seven in his $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Despite the long lay-off, he is 7-2 second selection on the morning line behind only Homicide Hunter (3-5), who is a perfect nine for nine this year, and his regular driver, LeWayne Miller, will be in the bike. The race is the ninth on the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes card with the field scheduled to be sent from the gate at 8:25 p.m. "He has such a nice mind and excellent manners," (Erv) Miller said. "He's also beautifully gaited and has never been a problem since his first day in the barn." "The only thing we ever had to do with him is give him time, but good horses are always worth that kind of wait and with the season he had last year, he deserved anything we could do for him." So just how talented is this handsome young man? Well, he's pretty close to being undefeated as all four of his losses can be accounted for. His first loss was in his second pari-mutuel contest, coincidentally in a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final, on July 5, 2014. He broke stride prior to the start and got away ninth. In a display of sheer ability, Airman Batten immediately recovered, steadfastly trotted home and finished a strong third after the miscue. He did not taste defeat again, as he won seven straight, before finishing an outstanding second to Whataworkout in $10,000 Kindergarten leg at The Red Mile on September 18, 2014. The winner paid a whopping $99.60 and the reason Airman Batten did not have his picture taken was due to interference from a breaking horse in the first quarter mile. The next occasion he failed to visit the winners' circle was on October 18, 2014, when he was a close second to Quiet Hall in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final and his final loss, a third place finish, was in the aforementioned Kindergarten Final. "He was really running out hard on the left line that night in Indiana," Miller said. "After he raced at Vernon Downs is when we found out he was sore in that knee, so that's when we shut him down and pointed him towards this year." After Airman Batten competes in this upcoming engagement, he will likely remain in Anderson for the remainder of 2015, much to the chagrin of his respective rivals. "He is eligible to the Gault and several other local stakes in the Midwest," Miller said. "The money right here in Indiana is so good though, there really is no reason to take him anywhere else." " He can stay home and make a nice living." "We have confidence in him and although the late start was not ideal, we are excited to race him the rest of the year." Airman Batten's $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be part of the star studded card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday that features the 2015 installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The entire racing card will be part of a special weekend tagged as the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.hoosierpark.com.  Kimberly French

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