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ANDERSON, Ind.-May 24, 2014 - Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Fusion Man pulled the slight upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 24. Guided by regular harness racing driver Tyler Smith, Fusion Man proved game in the stretch as he was able to get up in the final strides in 1:53. Leaving from post four, Fusion Man left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in third while Martz Time and Trace Tetrick used their customary tactics and quickly grabbed the front. Somebody As and Brad Hanners were well placed in the pocket through the opening panel in :27. The heavily favored, Summer Indian and Ricky Macomber Jr. were uninvolved in the early stages of the race and were along the rail in sixth. Martz Time continued to call the shots down the backside through the second split in :55.4 but were soon pressed by Fusion Man on the outside. Lewayne Miller had Banker Volo well placed second over while the field began to tighten approaching the final turn. The stage was set for the stretch battle to the wire as Martz Time and Fusion Man were neck and neck at the third station in 1:24.2. As the field turned for home, Martz Time appeared to be up to the task but Fusion Man wasn't finished. Tyler Smith asked his mount for more and Fusion Man responded gamely with a :28.2 closing quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Summer Indian rallied late in the stretch for second place honors while Banker Volo also closed well to finish third. As the publics' fourth choice, Fusion Man returned $10.00 at the window. The 1:53 score was a seasonal best effort for the five year-old son of Valley Victor-Classical Girl and just two-fifths off the track record at Hoosier Park for older horses on the trot. Fusion Man has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 13 of 45 lifetime starts. Trained by Jeff Smith, Fusion Man has now earned $389,727 for his connections of Tdtrot, LLC. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 27 at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 10, 2014 - In a talented field of eight, Our Lucky Chip turned in an impressive performance to produce the fastest mile of the 2014 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, just 30 days into the season, in the $22,000 Invitational pace on Saturday, May 10. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip's 1:49.4 performance marks the fastest mile of the season for the veteran pacer and just one second off his lifetime best. Leaving from post six, Our Lucky Chip was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in seventh. Brad Hanners sent Rustle's Chip firing from the gate and were the first to get a call through an opening panel in a snappy :25.4. Time To Roll and Lewayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Tyber Tyke and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. As the field rolled down the backside, Rustle's Chip continued to call the shots through the second panel in :55.3 before ever being contested. Itrustyou and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader and were able to secure the top spot around the three-quarter mark in 1:24. Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and they began their quest for the front as the field approached the final turn. Sam Widger and Jammin Joshua quickly grabbed the cover and were well placed in the outer flow turning for home. Saving his best for last, Our Lucky Chip used a :25.4 final panel to pace on to the wire to win by four lengths. Jammin Joshua rallied gamely for the second place finish while Itrustyou rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $6.20 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 $524,092. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art's Chip-Lady Moira scored his 25th win from 46 lifetime outings. The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Trace Tetrick has he also scored with Martz Time in the $22,000 Invitational trot for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. in 1:54. Tetrick continued his winning ways later in the evening as he scored with Astreo's Love for trainer Don Eash in the 4-year-old open. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 13 at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160 day, all harness racing meet with follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and 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 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 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 29, 2014 - On a cold night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the favorites delivered in the $22,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, March 29. Kicking things off for the evening harness racing, current world record holder, Summer Indian was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to make his seasonal debut a winning one in 1:57.3 in the featured trot. Leaving from post eight, Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Summer Indian away from the gate just enough to grab a spot along the rail in fourth. Good Sound Advice and Pete Wrenn grabbed the early lead and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :59 before feeling ever being contested. As the field approached the final turn, Summer Indian began his long first-over bid for the front and reached the leader's wheel at the three-quarter mark in 1:28.3. Good Sound Advice appeared to be up to the task as the top pair battled down the long Hoosier Park stretch, but Summer Indian was able to stick a nose in front at the wire. Martz Time and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Good Sound Advice held on gamely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Summer Indian returned $5.80 for the win. Trained by Hoosier Park's 2013 leading trainer, Ron Burke, Summer Indian set the world record for 4-year-old trotters on a five-eighths mile track at Pocono Downs last season with a 1:51.1 performance. Now five, Summer Indian notched his first win of the season and 22nd career victory. The gelded son of Majestic Son-A Touch of Frost has earned $366,636 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, J. Piattlll, Rtc Stable & Weaver Bruscemi. 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 1:53.4. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :27.0, :57, and 1:25.2 before holding off a late charge from Fashion Delight and Tyler Smith to score his first win of the season. As the 3-2 favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $5.00 at the betting window for the win. Fashion Delight got up for the second place finish while Lucky Jet and Jason Dillander rallied late for third. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, April 3 with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the 2014 live racing season, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014. Photos: 1) Summer Indian (8) and Ricky Macomber Jr. winning the featured trot at Hoosier Park. 2) Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger winning the featured pace at Hoosier Park. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. 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

Pompano Beach, FL - Sunday night (March 2) will begin the second round of action in Pompano Park's $20,000 Driver's Invitational Tournament, where the meet's two leading drivers, Bruce Ranger and Rick Plano, will go head to head to lock up the first spot in the March 15 finals. To recap opening round action see below: February 9th: Rick Plano defeated David Ingraham 21 - 14 February 10th: Bruce Ranger defeated John Macdonald 24 - 13 February 16th: Simon Allard defeated Joe Pavia 33 - 17 February 17th: Kevin Wallis defeated Ricky Macomber Jr. 35 - 12 February 23rd: Jason Dillander defeated Ed Hensley 31 - 26 February 24th: Mickey McNichol defeated Wally Hennessey 29 - 27 What was once a field of 12, has now been narrowed to six with the following matchups moving forward: Sunday, March 2nd - Rick Plano vs. Bruce Ranger Monday, March 3rd - Simon Allard vs. Kevin Wallis Monday, March 10th - Jason Dillander vs. Mickey McNichol The three winners will move on to compete in a 3-way showdown on Saturday March 15th, where the winning driver will receive $8,000, with $4,000 going to the second place finisher, and $2,000 to third place. Participating drivers compete in four races per night in head to head match-ups, with each driver selecting their mount first in two events and second in the other two. The last three standing will compete in a 6-race contest on Saturday March 15th, with each getting to choose their mounts first in two of the six events. Drivers receive points for a top five finish with 10 points for a win, 7 points for second, 5 points for third, 3 points for fourth, and 1 point for a fifth place finish. Sunday night (March 2) also features a $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool beginning in Race 5, and a 50-Cent Pick 5 carryover of $1,066 which kicks off in the first race. Live racing continues at Isle Casino Pompano Park every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday evening with a first post of 7:05 p.m.   by Gabe Prewitt, for Isle Pompano Park  

ANDERSON, IND. – November 8, 2012 –Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will culminate the 20th season of live harness racing as they play host to the second-annual, Renaissance Day on Saturday, November 9. The afternoon will showcase exciting horse racing action, medieval themed activities, and giveaways. A total of 14 races will compliment the festivities with racing beginning at the regularly scheduled post time of 5:30 p.m. The 14-race card will be highlighted by the $32,000 Invitational Pace for horses and geldings. Itrustyou and Ricky Macomber Jr. will look to score their second consecutive win in the top class from post seven. Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, Itrustyou will look to score his seventh win of the season against six other challengers. Perhaps, one of the most exciting races found at Hoosier Park won’t include horses at all, but rather the All-Star drivers. Since the opening of the 2013 live racing season, the battle for supremacy atop Hoosier Park’s leading driver ranks has been brewing. Trace Tetrick walked away with the title in 2013, but Tyler Smith looks to be well on his way to earning his first leading driver title at Hoosier Park. With 260 wins, Smith is leading all drivers but Ed Hensley is only the four behind with 256 wins through Friday, November 8.  Earlier in the season Smith reached harness racing history as he became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins at 20-years-old. In conjunction with the racing action taking place on the track, Hoosier Park will be filled with activities off the track as well. Guests will have the opportunity to experience medieval mastery with live demonstrations from renaissance period crafters, a fortune teller, and roaming entertainment. A live band and dancers will be on hand to accompany the activities taking place throughout Hoosier Park’s Yard outdoor venue. Guests will also have the opportunity to feast like a king in the food court with fare including caramel apples, funnel cakes, roasted turkey legs, and shepherd’s stew. Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ will also return this Saturday. Tagged as the “Enchanted Village”, Hoosier Park’s Yard will be filled with activities for children to enjoy. The activities will include hand-dipped caramel apples, face painting, crafts, and much more. And as always, the official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will once again be on hand to entertain and excite. The family friendly atmosphere will include designated family parking and entrances to accommodate all guests.  Guests can also enter to be a part of the popular “I Win, You Win” promotion. Just as it sounds, the “I Win, You Win” promotion gives patrons the chance to win a $25 Hoosier Park gift card if one of the All-Star Drivers wins a race on the Friday or Saturday night’s card. Emily Gaskin

Concert promoter Bill Graham once said of the Grateful Dead, "They're not the best at what they do; they're the only ones who do what they do." It seems like the same line could be modified to describe Foiled Again. At the age of 9, Foiled Again is the only one who does what he does. "He's not the best or the fastest or most talented, but he knows how to fight," said Kevin Koury, who is among the owners of Foiled Again. "He just keeps out-gaming and out-toughing them. He just keeps going." Foiled Again stands alone in harness racing history as the only horse to win a Breeders Crown after the age of 8. The gelding accomplished the feat on Oct. 19 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, where he beat Pet Rock by a nose in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. The win pushed Foiled Again's career earnings to $5.65 million and made him the richest North American harness racing horse in history. The victory also moved his seasonal earnings to $1.02 million and made him the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar campaign. He broke his own record, which he established last year when he banked $1.20 million. For his career, Foiled Again has won 74 of 194 races and finished in the top three a total of 148 times. On Friday night, he competes in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, starts from post six and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. He won the Indiana Pacing Derby at Indiana Downs in 2012 and 2011. The Hoosier Park Pacing Derby is part of a stakes-filled card that also includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters and the $252,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacers. "He's just been a model of consistency," Koury said. "He's racing against the best horses in the world and still says I can go and win these races. "He's not the most physically gifted, but he's got the perfect gait, I think. He's got a flawless gait and that's why he's been able to go for so many years. He takes care of himself, but still gives you maximum effort every time he races. That's his secret." Foiled Again is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and JJK Stables, which is Koury along with his father Joe and brother Joe Jr. The group purchased Foiled Again during his 4-year-old season in a deal put together by Koury. Since then, Foiled Again has won 66 of 148 starts, finished in the top three on 126 occasions (85 percent) and failed to collect a paycheck only 10 times. He was voted Pacer of the Year in 2011 and was named the sport's best older male pacer in 2012. In June, Foiled Again won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Pocono Downs - by a nose over Pet Rock, just like the Breeders Crown - and he enters the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby with a three-race victory streak. He has won four of his last five starts, with his only loss coming by a head to stablemate Clear Vision in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial. He won in 1:48 at Pocono Downs on June 22, which is the fastest win time of his career. It also equals the fastest time ever on a five-eighths-mile track for a pacer older than the age of 4. "His best attribute, I think, is that he's just one very smart animal," Koury said. "He's done things this year that he's never done before. He's facing the best horses in the world, setting world records all the time, and it's like he's learned to adapt and go with these horses. "It's just a special ride." Following is the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby field in post position order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Foreclosure N, Brett Miller, Ron Burke; 2. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley; 3. Pet Rock, David Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr.; 4. Time To Roll, Marcus Miller, Tom Simmons; 5. Our Lucky Chip, Trace Tetrick, Jason Miller; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Burke; 7. Dynamic Youth, Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert; 8. Warrawee Needy, Tim Tetrick, Mark Ford; 9. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 10. Sweet Lou, Ricky Macomber Jr., Burke. Note: Sweet Lou starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Captaintreacherous heads to Hoosier Park on Friday night to face a field of nine foes in the $252,000 Monument Circle for three-year-olds. The race is part of a stakes-filled card that also includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers. Captaintreacherous, who has won 12 of 13 races this year and $1.87 million, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle. He starts from post two for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Tony Alagna. Following the Monument Circle, if all goes well, Captaintreacherous will visit Balmoral Park for the American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 and then possibly challenge older rivals in the TVG Free for All Series final on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "That's the schedule, but we're taking it one race at a time," Alagna said. "If everything goes well, and he ships home good, we'll decide what to do with that (TVG) race. "Everything is in good shape right now. He had a light week after the Breeders Crown and then we trained him up and he headed to Chicago on Tuesday." Captaintreacherous won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers 12 days ago at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a neck over Sunshine Beach. It was his sixth consecutive victory since losing by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. By winning the Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous joined Gallo Blue Chip and Rocknroll Hanover as the only horses to win the Crown, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace in the same year. Last season, Captaintreacherous finished third in the Breeders Crown. It was his final start of a campaign in which he won eight of 10 races and was named Pacer of the Year. "To get the Breeders Crown was nice for him, especially because he wasn't able to win at (age) 2," Alagna said. "That was a tough loss for us at the end of the year. It was nice to see him put together two incredible performances in this year's Breeders Crown (elimination and final)." Captaintreacherous' other wins this year include the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He also won a $52,000 invitational for 3-year-old pacers at Hoosier Park on Sept. 21. "That was probably the most pressure I felt all year because he was supposed to go out there and win," Alagna said. "But with every start there is some kind of pressure. It's a good pressure, though." Captaintreacherous is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, behind 3-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician. The Monument Circle includes two other horses that competed in the Breeders Crown: Beach Memories, who was fourth, and Apprentice Hanover, who finished sixth. Following is the field in post position order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Up Up And Out, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller; 2. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 3. Emeritus Maximus, Doug McNair, Alagna; 4. Dedi's Dragon, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. That Friske Feelin, Brett Miller, Burke; 7. The Pan Poobah, Ricky Macomber Jr., Burke; 8. Fool Me Once, Ron Pierce, Mark Austin; 9. Our Dragon King, Peter Wrenn, Dirk Simpson; 10. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. Note: Beach Memories starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 26, 2013-Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26. In its' 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the stakes action with a 1:57.1 score in the opening division of the $44,950 Madison County stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Using a sharp, front running effort, the son of Muscle Hill was able to hold off a late charge from Justice Jet and Ed Hensley to score his third win of the season. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, E L Titan is trained by Riina Rekila and has now amassed $93,139 during his freshman season. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Rose Run Parker followed suit in the second split of the $45,250 Madison County stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a 1:58.2 victory. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rose Run Parker was able to track down horses late in the lane to win by two lengths. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker extended his win streak to five as he notched his ninth win of the season. Sweetnsinful and Sam Widger scored in the only division of the $83,600 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. Widger sent the American Ideal filly to the front from the start and never looked back. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Sweetnsinful scored her fourth win in nine starts this season and sent her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and Kween Mightus broke her maiden in a big kind of way taking her $42,550 split of the Madison County Stakes. Driven by Hoosier Park's leading driver, Tyler Smith, Kween Mightus was sent to the front and reached the wire in 1:57.3 to finish two lengths in front of the field. Trained by Krista Williams, the two-year-old daughter of Earl of Stormont notched her first win in 11 seasonal outings. Luck is All Ineed and Trace Tetrick took the second split of the stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:58 victory. Trained by Tom Harmer, the Muscle Mass filly benefitted from a pocket trip to score her third win of the season from eight starts. Luck is All Ineed sent her bankroll over $131,178 for her connections, Greg McNair and Tom Harmer. Three splits of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested and it was King Mufasa who reigned supreme with a 1:56.3 romp. With Hall of Famer Dave Palone in the sulky, King Mufasa extended his win streak to five in his Hoosier Park debut. Sired by Powerful Emotion, King Mufasa is trained by Mike Brink and owned by Mystical Marker Farms and H.W. Wright. Punxsutawney and Pete Wrenn turned a sharp, front running effort into a 1:54.4 score in the second split of the Circle City stakes action. Sired by Glidemaster, Punxsutawney scored his fourth win of the season from 14 outings. Owned by Jerry Graham, Punxsutawney is trained by John Butenschoen and now sports a seasonal bankroll of $156,988. Pine Credit and Marcus Miller took the final split of the stakes action for three-year-old colt trotters with a 1:55.4 victory. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Credit Winner was able to find late racing room in the stretch to score his third win of the season. That'll Be The Rei and Mike Micallef extended their win streak to four with a 1:51.3 score in the opening division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The Michigan champion is trained by Mike Micallef and has won 15 of 22 seasonal starts. Owned by Daniel Courtemanche, That'll Be The Rei has earned $185,242 through two seasons of racing. Silver Devil and Jason Dillander scored a 21-1 upset in the second division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Rallying from well off the pace in the stretch, Silver Devil used a :26.0 final panel to score his ninth win of the season in 1:53.1. Trained by Nick Giberson, the sophomore son of Duneside Perch sent his career bankroll over $50,000 with the victory. Totally Kissed and Sam Widger followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the first split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:52.1 score. The freshman son of Total Truth got up in the final strides to score his third win of the season in a lifetime best effort. Kingofthejungle continued the upset trend and scored a 14-1 upset in his split of the $49,300 Madison County stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Pete Wrenn, Kingofthejungle rallied from well off the pace to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.3. Trained by Dirk Simpson, the two-year-old gelding is sired by Well Said has now won 4 of 12 lifetime outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin

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