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ANDERSON, Ind.--August 16, 2019--Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 harness racing divisions were sent postward on the evening's 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective divisions after tasting defeat in their last starts. After an off-the-board finish in his last Sires Stakes engagement, Little Rocket Man bounced back impressively to score in 1:49 with driver Trace Tetrick. Sent off as the heavy post-time favorite, Little Rocket Man came flying late in the lane and got up in the final strides of the mile to establish a new lifetime mark. When the gate opened, Peter Dalt and Andy Shetler grabbed the lead while Pure Rock and Rick Plano also left quickly and looked to be in-line for a two hole trip. Opting out of the pocket seat, Pure Rock moved to the front through the opening quarter in :25:4 while Little Rocket Man was along the rail in sixth. When the field reached the half in :53:0, Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger took command and held their position through the third quarter clocking in 1:20.2. As the field turned for home, Pure Rock was upset minded and tipped from the pocket to engage the leader. Brooklets Banner and Dale Hiteman were also on the attack, first-over with Little Rocket man in tow. As the quick pace began to take its toll on the leaders, Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man around tiring cover and surged forward. Using a final quarter of :27.2, Little Rocket Man dug in gamely to win a four-horse photo. A head separated the top three finishers in the field as Ollie's Ztam and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late for second and Pure Rock held on for third. Little Rocket Man paid $2.80 to win at the betting windows. "We really didn't know what we were getting into with him at the start of the season," trainer Melissa Essig noted in the winner's circle with a bit of a laugh. "We had no idea he would be the colt that he is today. He's very active but I'll be honest, he sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. He's just turned into an awesome colt." Little Rocket Man has now won nine of 12 lifetime starts and sent his lifetime earnings over the $100,00 mark with the win. The son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and was bred by Victory Hill Farm. The second division of stakes action brought a win home for Team Macomber as Rockie Got Framed used similar off-the pace tactics to score his third Indiana Sires Stakes win in a row. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Rockie Got Framed provided a slight upset over the heavily favorited Melissa Essig trainee, Shamwow. When the wings of the gate opened it was Shark Play and Sam Widger who were the first to get a call and powered to the front. Shark Play was followed closely by Tellmeaboutit with Dale Hiteman while Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position just enough to settle along the rail in third. The field continued in straight formation through opening fractions of :26:2 and :55:0. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:22:4, Todd Warren had Shamwow on the attack first-over while Rockie Got Framed was waiting for the homestretch to make his game winning move. Shamwow was able to overtake Shark Play turning for home but the rest of the field was looming large in the background. Employing a :26.1 final panel, Rockie Got Framed launched up from fifth to find the wire first and stop the clock in 1:49:3. Shamwow held on for second while Tellmeaboutit found late racing room and got up for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rockie Got Framed paid $7.00 for his betting backers. "I wanted to be up close but I didn't want to have to use him too hard too early," Macomber noted after the victory. "He's been racing incredible. He raced great last week but just had too far to come. I knew if I could catch a breather tonight, he would pace hard to the wire, he always does." Rockie Got Framed, the son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won seven of 25 lifetime starts. With the win, he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and the Eleven Star Stables. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The victory was one of two training wins on the program for Jamie Macomber and one of four driving wins on the evening for Ricky Macomber Jr. Trainer Dylan Davis also had a training victory on the evening's 13-race card to record his 2,000 career training win. With 1,999 training wins to his credit heading into the program, Jin's Shark was able to find the winner's circle in the evening's sixth race on the card and give Davis win number 2,000. Davis recorded his first training win in 1996 and has since trained the winners of over $22 million in purse earnings. With 29 wins through 99 nights of live racing action, Davis is among the top ten trainers at Harrah's Hoosier Park this season. Davis also trains Castle Flight who equaled the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 score in the Open Pace earlier this season. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2018 -- Jazzy Image held off the determined uncovered bid of Sandy Win and drew off late to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, in a career-best 1:52.2 After gaining the early lead and yielding to Eiffel Tower, Jazzy Image retook past the quarter for Tony Hall and soon had to deal with Sandy Win, who was seeking her third straight victory. Once Jazzy Image disposed of her persistent challenger, the 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Yeahyou'reright had clear sailing, downing the rallying Dime A Dance by 2 lengths while Sandy Win saved show. Trent Stohler trains Jazzy Image, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $126,631, for Trent Stohler Stable Inc. In Tuesday's companion feature, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot, Classic Banker won a three-ply battle for early supremacy and made that lead stand up, scoring in 1:55.4 for Jim Pantaleano and owner/trainer Joe Urban. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding extended his career earnings to $163,010. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

TORONTO, December 8, 2017 - Sophomore pacing fillies grabbed the harness racing spotlight Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack for the start of the Niagara Series. A group of 18 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. The series wraps up on Boxing Day with an added-money final. Jazzy Image seized the lead after the opening-quarter and never looked back to win the first division in a career-best 1:53.1. Doug McNair steered the Aaron Lambert trainee to her second consecutive victory. The daughter of Rockin Image is now two for two for new owner Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Jazzy Image paced home in :28 to win by half a length over Cloud Diva, while Party Beach finished a pair of lengths back in third. Friday's victory was the fourth in 30 starts this season for Jazzy Image and her fifth overall. She has now earned $46,085 this season to bring her career earnings north of $52,000. The Lambert trainee paid $8.30 to win. McNair returned to the winner's circle in the second division with race-favourite Teachers Vet. The Richard Moreau trainee was put on the front, fought off a rival at the half and went on to win in 1:54. A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Teachers Vet was recently purchased at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale for $55,000 by leading owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two for her new connections. Nasty Rumor finished second by half a length, while Mach The Cut edged Manhattan Again for third. Teachers Vet, who is in her first season on the track, now has six wins in 21 starts and earnings of $75,180. She paid $3.80 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara. The second leg will take place next Friday (December 15). Winter Series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening round of the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 4, 2017 -- World Champion and harness racing fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete returned to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the first time this season in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, on Friday, August 4. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete turned a pocket trip into a 1:50.2 score to notch his first win of the season from four outings. Leaving from post five in an abbreviated field of six, Tetrick sent Freaky Feet Pete away from the gate firing but Todd Warren had New Talent keyed up from post six. New Talent got the first call as Tetrick opted for a pocket seat with Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. following intently in third. New Talent clicked off fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23.2, New Talent tried to distance himself from the rest of the field but Freaky Feet Pete was looming large in the pocket. As the field straightened away for home, Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside and he kicked home in :26.4 to get the win by two lengths over New Talent. Mykindachip held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.80 for the victory at the betting windows. As Freaky Feet Pete returned to the Hoosier Park winner's circle for the 26th time in his illustrious career, he was greeted by an emotional group of friends and family. "That was everything," trainer and co-owner Marty Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to describe what this means to us, I think we all needed that." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away unexpectedly in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has amassed $1.5 million in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's victory was career win number 31 for Freaky Feet Pete and the first with Marty Rheinheimer enlisted as his trainer. "I thought he might be a little short tonight because he's had a few weeks off but Trace (Tetrick) said he was great," Rheinheimer continued. "That feels good. This horse continues to amaze me. As long as he comes out of this race okay, our plan is the Dan Patch next week. Dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch so we're going to give it a shot. Everything we do is for dad." Rheinheimer's star will be pointed to the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes slated for Friday, August 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park is set to celebrate Indiana's premier harness racing event, the 24th edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, with a weekend festival on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12. Hoosier Park will host a live post draw for the Dan Patch Stakes on Tuesday, August 8 at 4:30 pm. Freaky Feet Pete Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, August 5 with a12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 12, 2017 - Dee Rocks and driver Sam Widger turned in a dominant performance to find the winner's circle in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, on Wednesday, July 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Scoring in 1:53.3, the rookie filly recorded her fifth consecutive victory to remain undefeated in 2017 and also established a new lifetime best in the process. After three consecutive victories at Hawthorne Racecourse, Dee Rocks made her first Hoosier Park start a winning one taking her split of the Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations last week. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Widger sent Dee Rocks away from the gate to grab a pocket seat behind the early pacesetter Ezpay and Ricky Macomber Jr. Ezpay got the first call through the opening panel in :27 but quickly yielded the lead to Dee Rocks just before the half mile mark. Dee Rocks led the field through splits of :56.1 and 1:25.1 before being joined on the outside by Laila J and Ginger and John DeLong approaching the final turn. Gate Speed and Todd Warren were well placed second-over while Always Woggy and LeWayne Miller were looking for racing room third on the rail. As the field turned for home, Dee Rocks was on top by three lengths and began to put her talent on display as she paced away from the rest of the field. Utilizing a :28.2 final quarter, Dee Rocks coasted on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of a hard-charging Always Woggy. EzPay utilized a ground-saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Dee Rocks returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "Training down she was great," trainer Dossie Minor noted in the winner's circle. "She's easy to get along with and loves her job. I think she races better off the back but she was strong tonight." The daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is a homebred, owned and bred by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won five of five lifetime outings while amassing $58,000 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, July 13 with a 14-race card featuring a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-Saturday June 3, 2017 - On an otherwise quiet Saturday morning, the backside at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was buzzing on Saturday, June 3 as Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete was in the harness racing spotlight to make his qualifying debut. The World Champion won the first qualifier of his 2017 campaign in wire to wire fashion. With his regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :28.3, :56.3, and 1:25.2 before accelerating to the wire with a last quarter clocked in :27.4 to win his qualifier by twelve lengths in 1:53.1. "He was great," Tetrick noted coming off the track. "We got him out of there good, he relaxed on the front and then paced strong to the wire-that was the plan today. He'll be back next week and we will go from there. It's good to have him back." Freaky Feet Pete is expected to make another qualifying appearance at Hoosier Park before making his first pari-mutuel start of 2017. Freaky Feet Pete will be aimed at the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun Pocono for his first stakes engagement of 2017 as explained by trainer Marty Rheinheimer. After winning his elimination in 1:47.1, Freaky Feet Pete finished second behind Always B Miki in the Ben Franklin Final in 2016. "He's feeling good and we're happy about that," Rheinheimer noted. "We'll get him back home and make sure he comes out of this okay and go from there. We are going to take it day by day with him and let Pete tell us what he is ready for." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. "It's bittersweet," Mary Jo Rheinheimer noted. "Larry would be so happy to see him back." The career winner of almost $1.5 million won 6 of his 15 races throughout his four-year-old campaign last year before being sidelined late in the season due to an injury. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has won 30 of 42 lifetime outings including wins in the Breeders Crown, Monument Circle Pace and the American National. To watch Freaky Feet Pete's qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please click here. Emily Gaskin

The Sunday harness racing card at Hawthorne Racecourse opened with a field of six for the second leg of the Peter Galassi for filly and mare pacers. The 3-5 favorite was Leg one winner Lakeside Ms Queen at 3-5 and driven by Dale Hiteman. The filly by Rockin Image broke prior to the start and spotted the field seven lengths. Dali Delight took advantage and set the fractions through a comfortable :29.4 quarter and :58.4 half. On the turn, Dali Delight maintained her advantage as Lakeside Ms Queen picked up the chase while three wide. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Lakeside Ms Queen came to challenge Dali Delight. At the wire, Lakeside Ms Queen overcame the break at the start and won by a neck in 1:56.3. Dali Delight was second while Rear View finished third. Lakeside Ms Queen is owned by Jace Sundeen and Denise Jarka and trained by Jace Sundeen. Race five on Sunday was an open handicap for filly and mare pacers as OK Heavenly looked for her second consecutive victory at this level. Leaving for the lead was Seeyouatthefinish for Kyle Husted as she covered the quarter in :28.2. Moving to take over on the backstretch was Fox Valley Charm, through a half in :57.1. On the turn, Fox Valley Charm maintained her lead through three quarters in 1:24.4. In the lane, they lined up six across as favored Sportswriter mare OK Heavenly and driver Casey Leonard rolled by, winning in 1:53.4. Owned by Dandy Farms, Inc. and Mark Winship, OK Heavenly is trained by Angela Coleman. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Dale Hiteman (2 Wins) Trainers - Angela Coleman (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Lakeside Ms Queen (1:56.3) Race 2 - Schwarber (2:00.3) Race 3 - Real Sheila (1:56.3) Race 4 - Louscipher (1:58.3) Race 5 - OK Heavenly (1:53.4) Race 6 - Quantum Uptown Boy (1:57.4) Race 7 - San Antonio Rose (1:55.2) Race 8 - M T Ur Pockets (1:57.2) Race 9 - Pretty Image (1:54.4) Race 10 - PJ Boy (1:59.2) Race 11 - Bucklegirl Bobette (1:55.0) Jim Miller

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 20, 2017 -- Topville Cadillac found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Saturday, May 20. Topville Cadillac responded to a bump in class to score in 1:50.2 to establish a new lifetime best after scoring last week in the Open pace. In an abbreviated field of six, Topville Cadillac left alertly from post three to grab a pocket seat behind the betting favorite, American Girl and Trace Tetrick. Can't Touch This and John DeLong were next in line third while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were following intently in fourth. American Girl carved out fractions of :26.1 and :54.4 while the field remained in straight alignment down the backside. DeLong tipped Can't Touch This to the outside to make her bid at the leader and Sam Widger and Aux D Lox Bluegrass quickly grabbed the cover at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4. American Girl was able to hold off Can't Touch This but her biggest threat was still in the pocket. Wrenn utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane and Topville Cadillac used a :27.1 quarter to win in a tight, three-horse photo. American Girl held on gamely for second place honors while Can't Touch This rounded out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Topville Cadillac returned $18.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Alvin Miller, the four-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave recorded her third win from six seasonal outings. A former Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Topville Cadillac has now amassed $230,659 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Topville Cadillac Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 23 with a 14-race card featuring the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. I Know My Chip Open Trot   For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist    

LEBANON, OH. - RockThe Look, making a double jump up from conditioned ranks, surprised the open mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 31) capturing the $22,000 feature for harness racing open distaff pacers at odds of 16-1. A ten time winner in 2016, the victory was the 5-year-old Rockin Image daughter's initial 2017 triumph in her eighth try. Last in the early going, driver Jason Brewer put Rock The Look into the outer flow after a quarter in :27.2 and a half in :55.3, but was drafting fourth in the second lane as the field raced four in and four out to the 1:24.1 three quarter marker. Swinging five wide at the head of the stretch, Rock The Look was part of a cavalry charge to the wire, getting the best of the others in the final couple strides. Favored Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick), made a game attempt to overcome an assigned outside post position, but fell just short. Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) was next to cross the line in third in the field of eight, all of which finished within three lengths of the winner. Trainer Joe Putnam and Suttons Bay Racing own Rock The Look, who increased her lifetime bankroll to $342,500 with her 19th win. A pair of second round divisions of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closer for mares was also contested on Friday. Stirling Euphoria (Chris Page) topped Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) and Ohsowigglesspecial (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53.3 to stamp her ticket into the $27,500 championship final next week. Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) withstood a judge's inquiry, due to being forced inside pylons at the first quarter mark due to a breaking horse directly in front of her, to cop her second straight series victory in 1:54.2, beating Twin B Honour (Trace Tetrick) and odds-on favorite Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Dispatched at odds of 9-1, Youlookhot figures to get more attention from the punters playing the final. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- As Hoosier Park commences what very well may be its most scintillating harness racing season on Saturday (April 1), there will be one individual, who was not only a stalwart presence at the facility but a cornerstone of the Indiana racing community, that will not be physically present to witness the track’s hosting of the Breeders Crown or the horse that meant more than any words can adequately portray compete in that event. It is certain, however, that Larry Rheinheimer will be in attendance, not only for that contest, but for every other occasion Freaky Feet Pete places a hoof over any racing surface, for the bond that remains between the 5-year-old stallion and his late breeder/trainer is real. Therefore, it transcends circumstances such as mere mortality or the fact Freaky Feet Pete has his own challenge to overcome in a significant injury, which prematurely ended his 2016 campaign, shortly after Rheinheimer’s still surreal and sudden death on Sept. 24. It appears as if the world champion is up to the task, as Freaky Feet Pete has goals Rheinheimer clearly established for him to fulfill and is currently working towards accomplishing exactly that. “He broke a splint bone in his right front leg and pieces entered his suspensory,” said Rheinheimer’s son, Marty, who is now responsible for conditioning the Breeders Crown and Indiana champion he co-owns with his mother, Mary Jo. “He essentially finished his last race (the Dayton Pacing Derby on Sept. 30) and still was third behind those two horses (Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki). We think the injury actually began the night of the Dan Patch (Aug. 12) when he raced so poorly for him (finishing sixth). “All the vets told us to not perform surgery and to allow the bone to heal, then the suspensory. We just ultra-sounded him last week and the bone has healed up great, the suspensory looks great as well. He’s been jogging every day and he is staked to everything. The plan is to qualify him at Hoosier in the coming weeks and if he’s ready, the Ben Franklin (eliminations June 24 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono). “That is not necessarily the spot where he will go though. We are not rushing him, because there are some other races we are focusing on later in the year.” The younger Rheinheimer is referring to the Dan Patch on Aug. 11, an appearance during the fall at the Red Mile and of course, an attempt for a second Breeders Crown title on Oct. 28. “Obviously the Breeders Crown being here at Hoosier Park makes it mean even more to us,” Rheinheimer said. “But dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch and he really wanted Pete to race at Lexington, so those three races are what we are primarily pointing for.” After the injury was diagnosed, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori not only had to adjust to the absence of the person he spent nearly all his time with, but to an extended period of stall rest, which he did not appreciate. “He did not like spending all that time in his stall one bit,” Rheinheimer said. “Pete really enjoys his work and likes to be out and active. It was tough on him having to stay still for so long and when it was time for him to start moving again, he was more than ready. He just is such an intelligent horse with good manners that he is never a problem. Not even when we have mares around him. He is professional and just wants to go out there to do his work.” Before returning to the jog cart, Freaky Feet Pete, who has banked more than $1.5 million, compiled an outstanding resume of 42-30-5-2 and amassed a throng of devoted fans rivaling his colleague Wiggle It Jiggleit, was exercised on the underwater treadmill and is continuously scrutinized for even the tiniest sign of discomfort or swelling. “With Pete it’s just so hard to tell when something is bothering him because he is such a relaxed horse,” Rheinheimer said. “He doesn’t let you know and with him being that way, it makes it more difficult to know when something is bothering him or when he is hurt. “In his last race, he still paced like that with that kind of injury. He just has so much heart and will give it more than 100 percent in any situation.” While Rheinheimer and his mother are eagerly anticipating Freaky Feet Pete’s upcoming year, he also acknowledges the emotional struggles he is enduring with the loss of his father, who left this earth just hours before the stallion finished second to Always B Miki in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. “It was a night that I will never, ever forget and is burned into my memory,” he said. “But I know if he had to pick a way to go out, that would be what he would have wanted. Pete was his pride and joy, his horse of a lifetime and when he went, it was with Pete. “He is the product of all those decades of dad’s hard work in the business and he never dreamed he would have a horse like this. Everyone would ask him about Pete wherever he went and he would just love talking about him. He did everything himself with the horse and for all we know, there were many hours we wouldn’t see him and he could have very well been sleeping in there with Pete. He was with him all the time. “The plan was always for me to take over the stable from dad, but I never expected it to happen like this and then with Pete being hurt, it’s been a real big transition for me. “Also, I have a lot of pressure on me because I do have a horse like Pete and I know exactly how dad felt about him. There are a lot of expectations when you have any horse like this; it’s a lot different than a stable of five or six racehorses. We know what dad wanted for him, like taking him to Lexington, for him to win the Dan Patch and to win the Breeders Crown again here at home. I have to live up to that and the simple fact that he’s not here, but we plan on carrying out all his wishes for this horse. It’s up to me now.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of first leg divisions of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series highlighted the Sunday (March 19) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick) and Lyons Moonlight (Dan Noble) emerged victorious in the event restricted to fillies and mares that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. Owens is one of nine deceased former greats remembered annually at Miami Valley with a "Lebanon Legends" series named in his honor. Melodies That Rock controlled her own destiny from start to finish in the first split as Tetrick took the lead early and cruised through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before finishing just over a length better than Rockin Peggy (Tyler Smith). Hot Cakes (Mike Oosting) earned the show dough in the $8000 race. Jim Ellison conditions the winner for Anna Ellison. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image paid $5.40 as the lukewarm favorite. Lyons Moonlight got away fourth in the second heat until Noble pulled her after the first quarter was reached in :27.4. Racing first-over through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2, the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass finally took control nearing the head of the stretch and proceeded to a two-length victory in 1:55.3. The Jim Arledge Jr. trainee, who paid $7.80 to win, races for owner Pond-A-Acres. OHHA presents Outstanding Groom Award The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association presented its first Outstanding Groom Award on Sunday to Dawn Cunmulaj, wife of Sherif Cunmulaj. The couple relocated to Ohio over three years ago and have single-handedly raced a stable of six to ten horses year around ever since. The OHHA is presenting deserving caretakers with $200 gift cards twice during each meet at each Ohio commercial track. Trainers are encouraged to nominate their full-time helpers with the winner being chosen randomly by draw from among the nominations. 24 grooms were nominated for this award, with a second one to be awarded near the current meet's end. The $200 award isn't enough to head to Disneyland, "but it sure will be nice to have on my next trip to the outlet mall across the street" laughed an appreciative Dawn Cunmulaj. From the Miami Valley Press Box

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight harness racing Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 11), the last two in sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:22.2 before tripping the final beam in 1:49.4. The Adam Short owned and trained winner was plucked from a $30,000 claimer six weeks ago and has since increased his 2017 bankroll to $61,535 on the basis of six wins in nine seasonal starts. My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) won a tight photo finish with Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) to claim runnerup honors. As the even money favorite, Franzo returned $4 to his legion of backers. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo not only won his second straight $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 4), but established a harness racing all-time, all-age track record of 1:49.1 in the process.   The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding was claimed for $20,000 five weeks ago by trainer Adam Short, who raced him in $30,000 claimers for three weeks--finishing third, first and second--before moving up to the open ranks for his latest two successes.   After last week's 1:51.4 'neck' victory from a second tier start, driver Dan Noble must have sensed that Franzo was in fine form. With a start position in the middle of the gate this week, Noble and Franzo set sail from the onset and refused to let anyone go, including Southwind Amazon, who has won four opens at Northfield already in 2017.   The speed duel between the two stalwarts resulted in fractions of :26, :54.4, and 1:22.3 before the new track record holder drew off with a final quarter in :26.3.   Franzo's seasonal earnings now stand at $50,535 with five wins in nine starts. Career-wise, Franzo has 14 wins and $145,507 in earnings.   Two divisions of first leg action in the George Williams Memorial late-closer also took place for male non-winners of four races or $35,000 lifetime.   Dan Noble also steered the winners of both heats, scoring an upset with California Sun, who returned a $25.00 win mutual, and winning as expected with heavy favorite Control Tower ($2.40). Both victories were clocked in 1:53.4.   California Sun beat Snowball's Romeo (Ken Holliday) and My Three Sons (Trace Tetrick). The 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight is owned by James Miller of Dayton and trained by Bill Miller II.   Noble also trains Control Tower, a 5-year-old by Panspacificflight, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of nearby Xenia.   Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2017 -- An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straighaways -- but still was much the best in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp finally settled down at the three-quarters and scored in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Classic Carpet was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Seeyouatthefinish third. Ron Burke trains Rockin Rum Springa, who notched her second straight victory and extended her career bankroll to $176.611, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 12-race card, lifting his career total to 6,995. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Due to a carryover just shy of $2000, Miami Valley Raceway and the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering platform have joined forces to guarantee a minimum $5000 total pool when the 10-cent Super Hi-5 (pentafecta) wager is offered again on the 12th race Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26).  First race post time is 2:05 p.m., with the Super Hi-5 race slated for approximately 5:30.   The 12th race at Miami Valley on Sunday is a full field of ten $12,500 claimers chasing a purse of $11,000. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Repeat feature race winners have become the order of the day at Miami Valley Raceway this weekend. Meadowbrookthunder copped his second straight $22,000 Open Pace victory on Saturday night (Jan. 14), following the lead of Noone To Depend On, who captured the $22,000 Miami Valley Distaff Open on Friday. Both were recent acquisitions by their respective stables and have stepped up their game for their new harness racing connections. Driver Trace Tetrick opted to allow a pair of other impressive opponents, Mykindachip and Fancy Creek Elusiv to lead the field to the quarter, despite starting from the coveted No. 1 post position. Following a relatively pedestrian :28.2 opening panel, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was launched first-over-a position he maintained until wearing down the aforementioned pacesetters in mid-stretch. Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the winner in partnership with Peggy Carter. For Trace Tetrick, the feature race triumph was his fourth on the night as the 30-year-old Hoosier Park driving champion solidified his third place standing in the early stages of the Miami Valley dash derby. Four divisions of $20,000 claimers also went postward in the first leg of their divisional "Claim To Fame" late-closing series. Although there were ten horses claimed during the evening, only one of the winners will have new connections if entered in the second leg. Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger), a 1:53.4 winner that returned a $6.20 win mutuel, entered the Joe Paver Stable via the claim box. The other first-leg series winners were Frankandjoanne (1:53.1, $7.80), longshot Supreme Z Tam (1:54.2, $91.80) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:52.3, $5.60). Claiming prices increase by 25% in the second preliminary leg as the 40 nominees battle for a spot in the $32,500 (est.) championship final. A "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers will highlight the Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley. Thirty hopefuls will start in a trio of divisions each racing for $25,000 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

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