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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

With an impressive showing by Indiana's three-year-old trotting fillies last evening at  the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in stakes action, their male counterparts were not to be outdone in their turn of Indiana Sires Stakes on Thursday, July 23. A field of ten sophomore trotting colts lined up behind the gate in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and once again, the race left no doubt as to who was the best on this night. With a seven race win streak on the line, Homicide Hunter continued his divisional dominance to score impressively in 1:53.4. With regular driver John DeLong in the sulky, Homicide Hunter equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with the win and remains undefeated in his sophomore campaign. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Homicide Hunter was unhurried in the early stages of the race to settle along the rail in fifth. Shawnee Valley and Jason Dillander left the gate firing to rattle off splits of :27.1 and :56.4 while Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip. As the field approached the final turn, DeLong gave Homicide Hunter the green light and he quickly engaged the leader at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2. Homicide Hunter reached the lead as the field turned for home and simply sprinted away from the field to cruise on to the wire under a hand drive, winning by five lengths. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Hominy Hill rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.00 at the betting window. With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2015. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the homebred son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 11 of 18 lifetime starts. The stakes action opened up for the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander used a well-timed rally to score their second consecutive victory, this time in 1:53.2. Downthehighwy was able to track down the pacesetting Granite and Peter Wrenn before holding off a late charge late in the lane from Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith to get the win. The victory was the second of the season from five tries for the son of Dontgetinmyway-Happy Tears and a lifetime best effort. Trained by Robert Taylor, Downthehighwy has now earned $70,375 for his connections at Mack Racing Stables, LLC. Emily Gaskin

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

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Tuesday, June 23 as the 14-race card featured six divisions of harness racings $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old trotters. With two divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of trotting colts, the 2015 crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion. Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler kicked off the stakes action for the evening with a decisive maiden breaking win in 2:00.3. Trained by Kristin Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft used a well timed rally late in the lane to score her first lifetime victory in her career debut. In the very next division, Double D Angel and Rick Plano used a pocket trip to find the winner's circle in 2:00. Trained by Dan Perdue, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Paloma Hanover scored her first career victory in just her second start. Just a few races later, the freshman trotting colts would not be outdone by their female counterparts in their four eliminations. Justice As began his career impressively as he surged late in the lane to score in 1:59.3 in his split of the stakes action. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora As used a :27.3 final quarter to score his maiden breaking win. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As is trained by Anette Lorenzton. Sixty Minute Man and LeWayne Miller delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the second elimination for trotting colts, scoring in 1:59.2. Sixty Minute Man used a gate to wire effort to score his maiden breaking victory in his first career start. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Swan For All-Anna Nicole is owned by the Erv Miller Stable and Diamond Creek Racing. The fastest division of the evening came as Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano crossed the wire in 1:58.4. Using similar gate-to-wire tactics, the Ron Otto trainee scored his second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park from two career outings and gave Plano a driving double on the card. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae is owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto. In the final division of the stakes action, Dreamstyle Herbie and Ross Leonard pulled a big upset to score in 2:00. Dreamstyle Herbie found late racing room in the stretch and used a :28.1 final quarter to score his first career victory. Trained by Dave White, the gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Deean Dream is owned by James Myers and William White. Each of the winners from the six Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations tonight earned a spot in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Friday, July 3 at Hoosier Park. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 30, 2015 - On a night where Indiana's brightest harness racing stars were out in full force, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors on Saturday's 14-race card. The rain didn't seem to inconvenience Wiggle It Jiggleit as he posted his tenth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory to remain undefeated in ten career starts. Leaving from post seven in a talented group of ten, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent away from the gate firing by driver Montrell Teague to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26. As heavy rain continued to fall, the rest of the field sorted out early position with Rockin Ron and Rick Plano grabbing a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite. Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to dictate fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were the first to pose a threat as they were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front after being parked for the much of the mile. Freaky Feet Pete would finally find the rail as he was able to tuck in behind the leader rounding the final turn but would have his work cut out for him with Wiggle It Jiggleit inching away with every stride. With Freaky Feet Pete now on his back, Teague asked Wiggle It Jiggleit for more and the colt responded with a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by a length. Freaky Feet Pete turned in his own impressive performance to grind out a second place finish after a very taxing mile. Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall rounded out the trifecta. "The weather didn't bother me; you've got to race in all kinds of weather," owner George Teague Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "Good horses you don't have to make excuses for and we didn't have to for him tonight, he was able to overcome it." "He's had two great races now and did everything we wanted him to," he continued. "Now, he can go on to those other races and hopefully earn some respect against the other horses. He seems to travel well and be easy on himself so we'll head to the North America Cup and see how it goes up there." Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $142, 242 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover. Wiggle It Jiggleit  The action-paced night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Churita looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as she overcame the outside post nine to score in 1:55. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita dictated fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26 before cruising to a five length victory. The 1:55 victory was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and her second consecutive victory in 2015. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 10 of 12 lifetime outings. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $310,725 lifetime. Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in a gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:52.2, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her third victory of the season. "She has matured quite a bit from last year and tonight she was all business," owner, trainer Marlin Fry noted after the win. "She is doing now what I thought she might always be capable of. Jason (Dillander) has done a great job with her." Nora Rockwell is a homebred daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell. She has now won seven of 22 lifetime outings while earning $81,072. While the stakes action switched gears, the weather did not. Rain continued to fall on the Hoosier Park surface but Homicide Hunter and John Delong seemed unbothered as they scored a decisive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts. The 1:55.1 was a lifetime best performance and the second consecutive win from two seasonal outings for the Curt Grummel trainee. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Homicide Hunter was able to avoid traffic trouble and early breakers to put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile. Using a :27 final quarter, Homicide Hunter held off the heavily favored, Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington, late in the lane to win by four lengths. "It wasn't exactly how I thought the race would play out but the trip worked out for us," Delong noted after the race. "We made a couple of adjustments after last week and tonight he was awesome. He's a perfect gentleman to drive and he does everything you ask of him. He really raced great tonight." Homicide Hunter sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won five of 12 lifetime starts. Each of the four stakes winners from tonight's program have now earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 2 with a 14-race card. Emily Gaskin

Aby hosted seven divisions of the Euro Classic for harness racing four year-olds today Friday the 3rd of May at Aby, three divisions for fillies and four for males.

The first foal of new Indiana trotting stallion Mr Cantab 3,1:53.3 ($139,419) was born at Ruddick Stables in Scipio, Ind., on Feb. 6. Farm manager Stacey Ruddick noted, 'Many harness racing people would rather have a colt. However, given the good fillies on both sides of the pedigree, we are pleased to have a filly from this mare.'

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