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ANDERSON, Ind.-May 15, 2014 - Ants Iner Pants, driven by Sam Widger, provided the 6-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $17,500 fillies and mares preferred trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 15. Ants Iner Pants scored her third win of the season, one length ahead of her rivals in 1:55.2, equaling her career best time. Widger elected to use off-the -pace tactics with Ants Iner Pans as he landed third in the early stages of the going with Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder calling the shots through the opening panel in :27.1. Lady Blitz continued to lead the field of ten past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 before ever feeling a threat. Walked Into Heaven and Tyler Smith sat patiently in the pocket while Ants Iner Pants followed intently in third. Around the final turn, Widger angled Ants Iner Pants off the pylons and was within striking distance of the tempo-setter at the top of the stretch. Ants Iner Pants continued to gain on Lady Blitz while a host of others began to close in from behind. Using a :28.3 final panel, Ants Iner Pants dug in gamely to hold off her rivals and win by a length. Lady Laker and Peter Wrenn staged a big rally late in the lane to finish second while the 7-5 favorite, Walked Into Heaven, rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Steven Searle, who co-owns the mare with Thomas Wisniewski, Ants Iner Pants has now won three of eight seasonal outings and 19 of 75 lifetime. With the win, the daughter of the Band's Gold Chip-Patient Dream increased her lifetime earnings to $174,071 for her connections. Racing fans are reminded of the special, matinee card of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 16 with post time set for 1 p.m. A total of 14 races will compliment the afternoon festivities showcasing exciting horse racing action, fan-friendly activities, and giveaways. The matinee card of live harness racing will be the prelude to a night full of entertainment as country music legend Clint Black will take Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom stage at 8 p.m. Emily Gaskin    

Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Ron Wrenn, 62, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, after battling with cancer. Mr. Wrenn was a member of one of Michigan's founding families of harness racing. Among others, he is the brother of Peter Wrenn, who is one of the sport's leading drivers and is also a member of Michigan's Hall of Fame. Ron Wrenn is also the father of Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who led the national dash standings in 2013 and is among the leading drivers in the sport again this year. In honor of his father, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be switching his driving colors from brown and white to those of his father, maroon and white. More details of funeral arrangements will be posted when available. (with files from Harnessracing.com)    

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 9, 2014 - Ritascape and Lewayne Miller pulled off a stunning upset in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 9. Dismissed at 24-1, Ritascape used a perfect pocket trip to score her fourth win of the season and second consecutive at Hoosier Park in 1:52. establishing a new lifetime best. Leaving from post two in the field of nine, Ritascape was hustled away from the gate just enough to protect her inside position. American Girl and Peter Wrenn fired from the gate and were the first to get a call at the first station in a snappy :26.3. Ritascape followed intently in third while Gran Gabriel and Mike Peterson were next in third. American Girl was able to slow the tempo just a touch as the field gapped out a bit down the backside through a second panel in :56. Up Front Kellie Jo and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the final turn and No Respect and Sam Widger quickly followed suit as the bettors' choice. American Girl reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:24 and braced herself for the cavalry charge that was about to ensue. While the top pair battled gamely on front, Ritascape loomed large In The Pocket. Using a :27.4 final panel, Ritascape tipped from the pocket to put a nose in front of American Girl at the wire. Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up on the end of mile and finished third. Tabbed as the publics' seventh choice in the field of nine, Ritascape returned $51.60 to her backers at the window. The victory was the first of two wins on the evening for driver Lewayne Miller as he also scored with Don't Tell Russ in the very next race for trainer Missy Essig. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Ritascape has now won 10 of her 21 lifetime outings while amassing $140,304 for her connections. The daughter of Artiscape-Rita J is owned by Connie and Homer Hochstetler and South of The Tracks Rac Inc. and has won four of her eight outings in 2014. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, May 10 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $22,000 Invitational Trot and Pace. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 2, 2014 - Always About Katey returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 2. After a third place finish at this level last week, Always About Katey used a gritty, gate-to-wire performance to win in 1:53.1 for driver Tyler Smith. Leaving from post four, Smith switched up his driving tactics this week and sent Always About Katey firing from the gate. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. also left alertly to secure a pocket seat while Ole Miss and Jason Dillander settled along the rail in third. Always About Katey was able to dictate early fractions of :27 and :56.1 while the field remained in single file order down the backside. Andy Shetler was the first to commit to the outer flow and had House of Pleasure out and firing approaching the final turn. American Girl and Peter Wrenn quickly grabbed the cover and were well placed second-over while No Respect and Sam Widger followed suit. Always About Katey, still three-parts of a length to the good, reached the third station in 1:25 while the rest of the field closed in. Blissful Romance tipped from the pocket and made a strong bid at the leader but Always About Katey dug in gamely to win by a nose. Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners, trailing the field at the top of the stretch, staged a big rally late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As the publics' choice, Always About Katey returned $5.40 to her backers. Trained by Roger Welch, the two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion won her 19th start from 33 lifetime outings. With the win, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Topville Cyberwave sent her lifetime earnings over the $700,000 mark for her connections of William C. DeLong, William P. DeLong, and Katey McClymont. The victory was the second win of the season and a seasonal best performance. Live harness racing continues on Saturday, May 3and will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:15 p.m. with an action-packed 13-race card. Additionally, Churchill Downs' full racing card will be shown throughout the Hoosier Park property. Racing fans at Hoosier Park can enjoy convenient wagering for all races held at Churchill Downs including the Kentucky Derby, a full simulcast race schedule, official Derby merchandise, and entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 25, 2014 - For the second consecutive week, No Respect earned her respect after she turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured harness racing event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect scored in 1:53.3 and extended her win streak to three. Using the same off the pace tactics as the previous week, No Respect was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in eighth. American Girl, driven by Peter Wrenn, and Igottafeelinfran, driven by Brad Hanners, were in a battle for early position as soon as the gate folded. American Girl reached the front through an opening panel in a brisk :26.3 but her lead would be short lived. Igottafeelinfran pressed on for the lead and reached the front at the second station in :56. Love This Place and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and the field began to tighten as they approached the final turn. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:25, Igottafeelinfran continued to call the shots and braced herself for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. As the field turned for home, Love This Place was able to wear down the tiring leader while a host of others closed. With much of the damage being done on the front, No Respect loomed large in the background. Tipping around tiring cover late in the lane, No Respect powered home in :27.4 to finish a length in front of her closest competitor. Love This Place held on gamely to finish second while Always About Katey rallied late for third. Dismissed at 10-1, No Respect returned $22.20 to her backers at the window. The victory was No Respect's 18th career victory from 56 lifetime outings. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fifth win of the season from 11 outings while increasing her bankroll to $58,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $282,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19 with an abbreviated eight race card at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Two-time Emmy winner and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin will perform at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's Terrace Showroom on Saturday, April 26 following the live racing card. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 24, 2014 - Up All Night made his second consecutive trip to Hoosier Park's winner circle as he scored in the $15,000 Jerry Landess final, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, April 24. After winning the second leg of the series last time out, the four-year-old horse notched his second consecutive victory of the season in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.4. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines for the first time, Up All Night left from post five as part of the Jim Arledge Jr. trained entry and was unhurried off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh. Likeavirgin and Trace Tetrick left for position as soon as the gate folded and reached the front through a snappy :26.1 opening quarter. Alwaysagoodthing and driver Dave Magee, the second-half of the Jim Arledge Jr. trained entry, benefitted from a pocket trip while Rattle On Howard and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. Likeavirgin was able to slow the tempo and dictate a half mile time of :55.1 while the field remained slightly gapped out down the backside. Tyler Smith gave Rattle On Howard the green light and they were the first to take aim at the leaders with Peter Wrenn and Always A Diamond in tow. While the outer flow pressed on, Up All Night used a ground saving trip and progressed nicely along the rail. Likeavirgin continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.2 as the rest of the field began to close in. Turning for home, Rattle On Howard reached the leader's wheel but the biggest threat was still behind him. Tipping around tiring cover late in the lane, Up All Night used a :28.1 final panel to win by three-parts of a length. Always A Diamond held on nicely for the second place finish while Ucanthandledatruth and Sam Widger rallied late for third. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 7-1, Up All Night returned $16.00 to his backers for the victory. Scoring his second win from 16 lifetime outings, the four-year-old son of Mantacular-Kickin Lass increased his lifetime earnings to $17,265 for owner, breeder Laura Baker. "I was a little worried when they opened up at odds of 41-1," winning owner Laura Baker noted with a laugh in the winner's circle. "They both have been nice horses for us and Ricky (Macomber Jr.) did a great job driving him tonight." It was a driving double for Ricky Macomber Jr. on the evening as he later went on to score with Cowgirl Hall in the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Featured trot in 1:55.1. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, April 24 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $22,000 Fillies and Mares featured pace. Live racing at Hoosier Park follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park                        

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 19, 2014 - In near gate-to-wire fashion, Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn captured the co-featured harness race of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 4-1, Good Sound Advice was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:55, just a tick off his career best. Leaving from post five in the eight horse field, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but Facing Justice, driven by Jason Dillander, left the quickest. Facing Justice secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :28 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Opting out of a pocket-trip, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice to the front and the top pair swapped spots going to the half. Good Sound Advice seemed to relax on the front and continued to dictate fractions of :58.2 and 1:26.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Good Sound Advice looked large on the front and began to trot away from the field. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty overcame a tough first-over trip to rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up. Using a :28.1 final panel, Good Sound Advice coasted to the wire to win by a length and a half. Final Breath finished a game second while Martz Time and Lewayne Miller also rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the publics' third choice, Good Sound Advice returned $10.40 to his backers. "He is so much better with a trip and I was really hoping someone would come cover me up," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted. "But the way the race worked out, I was able to give him a breather down the backside and when he got away from them he felt really good. He was good tonight." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his second win from six seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won eight of 62 lifetime outings while bankrolling $282,807 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms. On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:51.1. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :26.0, :55.4, and 1:24.0 before holding off a late charge from Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score his second win of the season. As the even money favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $4.20 at the betting window for the win. Nitro got up for the second place finish while Rustle's Chip and Don Eash battled gamely to round out the trifecta. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 18, 2014 - Dismissed at odds of 8-1, No Respect turned in a gutsy harness racing performance to take home top honors in the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her fourth win of the season in 1:52.2. Leaving from post three, No Respect was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded but found herself in an early battle for position with the heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn. No Respect was able to grab the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived. Ritascape and Frank Davis were well placed in the pocket as Wrenn sent American Girl to the front from their spot along the rail in third. American Girl reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :56.2 and continued to call the shots approaching the final turn with a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader with the Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Always About Katey and Tyler Smith in tow. As the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. The field began to fan out across the track and American Girl appeared to be up to the task as she fought off Blissful Romance. As the top pair battled on the front, Widger sat patiently along the rail in third but was desperately looking for racing room. Tipping three wide late in the lane, Widger asked No Respect for more and she responded gamely with a :27.2 final panel to grind out the victory. "She was really good last week and I knew I wanted to leave out of there to get position," Widger noted after the race. "Turning for home, I wasn't sure if she had enough to get the job done but as soon as I asked her for more she found another gear and paced all the way to the wire. I was really impressed with her tonight." As the public's fifth choice in the field of eight, No Respect returned $19.40 at the windows. Blissful Romance held on for second while Love This Place and Trace Tetrick rallied late for third. The 1:52.2 victory was No Respect's 17th career victory and just two ticks off her lifetime best. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fourth win of the season from 10 outings while increasing her bankroll to $47,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $271,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship. By Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 12, 2014 - Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip's 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval thus far. In a talented group of eight, Our Lucky Chip was hurried from the gate but settled along the rail in third. Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger also left alertly and were the first to get a call around the first quarter mark in :27.3. Tyber Tyke and Lewayne Miller protected their rail position and were nicely placed in second. Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and the duo reached the front at the half mile mark in :55. Royal Outlook and Peter Wrenn were the first to commit to the outer flow and Ideal Choice and Tyler Smith quickly followed suit. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Our Lucky Chip appeared to be up to the task. With a final quarter in :27.2, Our Lucky Chip easily paced on to the wire to win by three-lengths. Tyber Tyke rallied gamely for the second place finish while Jammin Joshua rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $4.20 to his backers. Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the horse with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll to $511,992. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art's Chip-Lady Moira scored his 24th win from 45 lifetime outings. The victory also marked win number five for Hoosier Park's current leading driver, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick scored his first win of the night with Lieutenant Steve for trainer Sandra Rose and then went on to score with The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. Tetrick doubled up in the evening's ninth and tenth race after he scored with trainer Erin Elliot's Firstclassalthway and Mark Riever's Justa Cowboy, respectively. Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 24 trips to the winner's circle. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 11, 2014 - On a night primarily ruled by upsets, Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 11. In true gate-to-wire fashion, Igottafeelinfran secured the front as soon as the gate folded and never looked back, winning by three lengths in 1:54. In an abbreviated field of six, Hanners sent Igottafeelinfran to the front from post four and solidified the lead at the first quarter mark in :27.4. Ritascape and Frank Davis benefitted from a pocket trip while House of Pleasure and Andy Shetler followed intently in third. The heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn opted for a trip off the pace and trailed the field in sixth. Igottafeelinfran went uncontested down the backside and dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1 while the rest of the field waited patiently in single-file order. Ross Leonard was the first to move to the outer flow as he sent Nutmegs Yankee on a long first-over bid. American Girl quickly grabbed the cover as the field began to tighten turning for home. Igottafeelinfran looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced herself for the stretch battle as the rest of the field closed in. Hanners asked the four-year-old mare for more and she dug in gamely with a :26.4 final panel to best her rivals. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. staged a huge rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nutmegs Yankee held on for third. As the publics' second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers. The win was the first of the season from two previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 11 of 27 starts while amassing $268,401 lifetime. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year. It was a driving triple on the night for driver Brad Hanners as he also scored with Always A Angel and Penn earlier on the card for trainer Bobby Brower. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Highlighting the evening will be a $22,000 Invitational pace and a $22,000 Invitational trot. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park              

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 5, 2014 -  Royal Outlook, guided by Peter Wrenn, turned in a sharp, gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, The $22,000 Jarrod Duncan Memorial Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 5. With a final time of 1:52.3, Royal Outlook was able to control the tempo throughout the race to score his fifth win of the season. Leaving from post five, Wrenn left no room for error and sent Royal Outlook to the front as soon as the gate folded. The six-year-old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty-Fresh Outlook seemed to relax on the front and was able to dictate fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before turning for home. Wilbur's Z Tam and Lewayne Miller tipped from the pocket as the field turned for home but were no match for top pair. As the rest of the field closed in, Royal Outlook found another gear and paced on to the wire with a :27.4 final quarter to win by a length. Lucky Jet and Jason Dillander staged a rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, Royal Outlook returned $7.40 for the victory. Trained by Terry Deters, Royal Outlook has now won five of seven starts in 2013 while earning $34,235. Royal Outlook pushed his career bankroll over the $300,000 mark for his owner, David Richard Hudson. The race was held in honor of the late Jarrod Duncan, who tragically passed away in March. Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and amassed over $1,238,111 in purse earnings. Duncan trained horses throughout the Midwest and was among the top trainers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the 2013 live racing season. Duncans' family and friends gathered on the race track to remember their special friend. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 4, 2014 - American Girl and driver Peter Wrenn found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front running effort to capture the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 4. In just her second start of the season, American Girl switched up her tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:55.1 over a track rated good. Leaving from post seven, Wrenn made his mind up early and sent American Girl firing from the gate while the rest of the field battled for early position. Securing the top spot, American Girl dictated early fractions of :27 and :56.3.while Sectionline Yankee and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. The publics' second choice, Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr., made a costly break around the first turn and were unable to recover. American Girl went uncontested down the backside as the field remained in single file order. Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4. Ross Leonard had Nutmegs Yankee well placed second over and the rest of the field began to tighten up turning for home. Igottafeelinfran appeared to be up to the task, but American Girl saved her best for last. Wrenn asked her for more and American Girl dug in gamely with a :28.2 final quarter to put a nose in front. Nutmegs Yankee rallied late in the stretch for the second place finish while Igottafeelinfran held on for third. As the odds-on favorite, American Girl returned $4.00 for the win. "She raced good last week," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in the winner's circle, "But she was really on her game tonight." Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 16th win from 57 career stars while amassing $392,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. The victory was also a driving double for Peter Wrenn on the evening's eleven-race card as he scored with Good Sound Advice in 1:57.4 earlier in the evening. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 28, 2014- American Girl and Peter Wrenn made their seasonal debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $22,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 28. After winning an epic stretch duel, the-five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the season. Leaving from post six, American Girl was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth as the rest of the field fought for position. Ed Hensley and Pacific Date were the first to get a call and reached the first quarter mark in :28.4. Nutmegs Yankee and Ross Leonard opted for a pocket trip while No Respect and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. Pacific Date and Ed Hensley were left uncontested on the front and leisurely strolled to a :59.2 second panel. Feeling the pressure of the slow fractions, Tyler Smith tipped No Respect from the rail and began a powerful first-over bid with Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. No Respect was able to clear to front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.2 but was quickly joined by Blissful Romance on the outside. As the field turned for home, Blissful Romance was able to put away No Respect but still had her work cut out for her as American Girl came charging from behind. Using a :27.3 final panel, American Girl turned in a gritty performance to get the victory. "What a race," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in winner's circle. "I didn't know if we would be able to make up enough ground off the slow fractions, but she wanted to win tonight. She did all the work." As the heavy betting favorite, American Girl returned $3.60 to her backers for the win. Blissful Romance was a hard fought second while Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 15th win from 56 career stars while amassing $381,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A nose, two heads and a neck. Sounds like a blanket finish but it's not. It's the margin of victory Beechwood Wayne has recorded in his past four starts. While Beechwood Wayne sure does like cutting it close it's proving to be a winning formula as the 7-year-old gelding is now a perfect 4-for-4 on the 2014 season with another narrow win in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb. 15).   Beechwood Wayne ($4.90) won this week by the slimmest margin yet, a nose. While the margin of victory may be narrow, the results are still the same...a trip to the winner's circle.   Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) scooted out from the gate and put up fractions of 29, 58.3, 1:28.3 but had Beechwood Wayne breathing down his neck In The Pocket to the three-quarter pole.   Salazar (Kevin Cummings), meanwhile, cruised three-wide down the back stretch and had the lead entering the lane. But driver Ron Beback Jr. managed to slip Beechwood Wayne to the outside and collared Salazar at the wire in 1:58.1 over the good track. Every Girls Desire (Billy Dobson) skimmed the pylons for third.   Trained by JD Perin and owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik, Beechwood Wayne (Western Terror-Sanskrit Hanover) has now earned $18,500 this season and $178,596 lifetime. It was his 13th victory since the start of 2013 and 28th victory in his career for Beechwood Wayne.   The harness action returns on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including replays, race results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Studio City needed every step of the mile to run down the front running Lutetium in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Feb. 7).   Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) set the fractions with marks of 29.1, 1:00 and 1:31 and tried desperately to make every step a winning one. He was close but no cigar.   Studio City and Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Billy Dobson had other ideas. Starting a first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Studio City ($7.10) began a slow but methodical grind in chasing down Lutetium. Then in the shadow of the wire, he managed to poke a head in front to capture the win in 2:01.2 over the good track.   Cedarridgetag (Peter Wrenn) took the show position.   It was the first victory in four starts for Studio City this season. He has now earned $9,135 in 2014 and $133,868 lifetime. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and is trained by Lisa Lederhouse.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Charles Stewart and his stable were looking for a place to settle down for the winter months with Hoosier Park closed during that time. His choice? Buffalo Raceway. It's a selection that has proved to be the right and a profitable one thus far. "I looked around and I thought the horses I had would fit very well into the conditions at Buffalo Raceway," Stewart said. "Hoosier Park is a 7/8-mile track but I have some horses with experience on a half-mile track like Buffalo so I figured it would be a good place to go. The purses are equal too, if not better, than at home (in Indiana). Remember driver Shawn Gray when he arrived from Maine a few years back? It took several weeks before harness racing fans locally began to sit up and take notice of Gray, North America's leading UDRS driver in 2011. A relative unknown in Western New York at first but winning races will make make you dig into his past credentials. The same could said about the 27-year-old Stewart. He's got a trainer's title under his belt already in Indiana and posted 365 career wins and $2.57 million in earnings through Sunday. An unknown in Western New York but now one to look for. As far as winning a trainer's title, "I don't really look at the awards but it's nice to have on the resume." He arrived in Western New York at Batavia Downs in mid-November and showed the move was the right one. At Batavia Downs, he started 31 horses with nine wins, five second place finishes and four shows for a 29 percent win average, a UTRS of .323 and $31,232 in earnings. When the racing switched to Buffalo Raceway, Stewart is a win behind current leader JD Perrin by one victory. Stewart, a trainer since 2006, had sent out 35 horses this far with 13 winners, seven second place finishers and three who took the show spot. That's a gaudy .511 UDRS and a 37 percent win average and $56,189 in earnings. Stewart has been helped by having Peter Wrenn come in and drive many of his horses."He's been driving probably 90 percent of my horses for the last four or five years. Pete told me just about everyone of my horses would fit in well here." Wrenn is benefiting from Stewart's success as he sits in second place in the driver's standings with 19 victories, 11 behind runaway leader Billy Dobson who has 30. But Wrenn isn't staying around all season like Stewart is. "He has a small stable he'll go back to in Indiana and I'll probably use Drew Monti and Shawn McDonough when Pete does leave. Drew and Shawn drove for me at Batavia." Stewart added, "I love the Buffalo Raceway paddock. It's head and shoulders above most others. The heated paddock is huge and it's really user-friendly. You need probably just two people to paddock probably five horses. It's a big plus." Right now, Stewart has 21 stabled at Buffalo Raceway and is always on the lookout for more. "I did get a horse from a local owner and would be willing to take on more." In the near future, he'll be losing five out of the barn with two going back to Indiana and three going to the Delaware Sales. About his stable, Stewart said, "I am set up for claimers. I seem to make more money with them...you get the money while you can." The frigid weather has made things a bit more difficult for Stewart but one the's handled as things came along. "You just don't keep them on the track as long and you try to keep them as healthy as possible. I went into the barn and there was three-to-four inches of ice in the water buckets so that takes some extra time to change that. And I've been warned to keep the horses' shoes sharpened keep them really corked." He added of his training routine, "I just blow them out and let them gallop. I think it's easier on their joints and you are using less equipment. I usually do one trip two or three days before a race." Will we ever see Stewart in the sulky during a race? Probably now. "I may only drive if a need to fix a problem with a horse, but otherwise, no." He then added with a laugh, "I am in this to make money and if I was driving I probably wouldn't make much...I'm not very good at it." As for the rest of the year, Stewart plans to stay at Buffalo until the end of the meet, journey back to Indiana, then come back for the 2015 meet at Buffalo. "That's the plan right now," he said. And Stewart goes by the motto many in the horse racing industry go by..."People don't like you when you are doing well and you are well liked when you aren't going well." It's not in a mean-spirited way though. It's almost like a superstitious routine. "I love that so I keep hoping people don't like me because that means I am doing well," he added jokingly. But thus far, Stewart and driver Wrenn have brought in some good horses that have made many people take notice of them and of Buffalo Raceway itself. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

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