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After having reached harness racing's highest level in 2015 with his champion three-year-old pacer, Freaky Feet Pete, trainer, owner Larry Rheinheimer is anxiously anticipating the 2016 racing season. A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete spent his winter months at the family farm in LaGrange, Indiana in preparation for his four-year-old season. "He's wintered real well," Rheinheimer noted with a smile. "Of course, I am in Florida right now but my son (and co-owner) Marty is at home with him and he said he's training very good. That's all we can ask. I am anxious to get back and get racing again, that's for sure." "We really thought he filled out between his two and three year old season but I think he has filled out even more this year and seems to have matured some too," Rheinheimer noted. "He is happy, healthy and still loves his job so we are happy." Rheinheimer expects Freaky Feet Pete to make his four-year-old debut in mid-April for a qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. If all goes well, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. "We staked him a little heavier this year," Rheinheimer noted. "Obviously, we staked him to everything close to home, The Dan Patch, The Hoosier Park Pacing Derby but we also included a few of the bigger races at The Meadowlands and in Canada." Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. In fact, he's only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth. Most notably, Freaky Feet Pete captured the coveted $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike. Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal of the ultra-prolific broodmare, Skyway Lori. While she was a decent racehorse in her own regard, Skyway Lori's biggest accolades came as a broodmare. With nine foals of racing age, she has produced eight winners and responsible for five $100,000+ winners and two $200,000+ winners. Freaky Feet Pete remains her fastest son with his 1:48.2 mark taken in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park last year. The Rheinheimer's are training a two-year-old full brother to Freaky Feet Pete this year named Lori's Rockstar, who is named after his dam as she unexpectedly passed away last year. "We're excited to get started racing again," Rheinheimer said. "He's been a dream come true and more than we ever hoped for. It sure is fun to be a part of a horse like him." Emily Gaskin

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

On Thursday afternoon harness racing driver Kyle Dibenedetto scored his 6000 win at Monticello Raceway, Kyle notched the win with Simply Rockin.  The son of Rockin Image made his Monticello Raceway debut a winning one after recently competing at Northfield Park.  The gelding won in wire to wire fashion for Owner - Trainer Michael Weiner of Woodridge NY.  Sent off at 1/5, he did not disappoint the betting public as he was any easy 10 length winner in 2:01:2. Back in November when Kyle was starting to get close to the milestone, the wins were spaced far apart. A jubilant Dibenedetto said in the winners circle “my daughter was joking with me when I was 15 shy of the milestone, she said Dad in the old days it would have only taken you 4 -5 days to get 15 wins, now’s it’s takes 4 – 5 weeks!” Kyle was welcomed to the winners circle by his fellow colleagues and well-wishers.   By Shawn F. Wiles

Freaky Feet Pete will be in search of his 24th win in 27 career starts when he teams up with Trace Tetrick to take on six other 3yo pacing colts in Saturday's $150,000 American National Stake at Balmoral Park. There’s no other sophomore pacer currently racing in North America who has garnered so much attention as Freaky Feet Pete.  And it’s not just because of his name, either. The reason?  This 3-year-old son of Rockin Image has been a terror on the Midwest scene all year and most recently captured harness racing’ s biggest event—the $531,250 Breeders Crown for sophomore pacers. Saturday night he’ll venture postward against six rivals in the $150,000 American National for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Trained by breeder Larry Rheinheimer for owners Mary Jo and Marty R Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be trying for his sixth consecutive victory from post two. Regular pilot Trace Tetrick will be behind the swift-footed, Indiana-bred side-wheeler. Freaky Feet Pete is a total family horse as the homebred often has Mary Jo at his side as his caretaker whenever he races.  A winner of 14 of 16 starts this season, the bay colt’s connections forked out $62,500 to supplement him to the Breeders Crown on Oct. 24 at Woodbine, a costly investment that more than paid off when the “Pride of Indiana” bested some of the sport’s top male sophomores in 1:50.   That triumph also gave driver Trace Tetrick his first Breeders Crown trophy. “It was exciting,” Trace revealed. “It was something I’ll never forget.” Born May 31, 2012 in LaGrange, Indiana, Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal out of the Pilgrim’s Punch mare Skyway Lori p, 3, 1:54.1S ($56,663) and has half siblings in: Dongetinskyway (by Dontgetinmyway) p,6,1:51.2 ($288,458); Virgil (by Always A Virgin) p, 5, 1:51f ($217,803); Dontlookatthesky (by Dontgetinmyway) p,4,1:51.3 ($170,396); Just Fred (by Dontgetinmyway) p,4,1:51.3 ($166,750); Loretta (by Dontgetinmyway) p,5,1:52s ($145,112); Lightninginthesky (by Electric Yankee) p,5,1:52.1s ($129,032); and Good Gum Gertie (by Palone Ranger) p,3,1:53.1 ($43,993), etc.  “Pete,” as he’s known around the Rheinheimer’s barn at the family’s home in LaGrange, IN showed signs of greatness as a freshman, capturing nine of his ten starts in 2014 and earning $261,950.  He won his first career start on July 3, 2014 at Hoosier, pacing in 1:55.1 with Trace at the lines.  One week later he won an Indiana Sires Stake in a blistering 1:51.4 at Hoosier.  As a 2-year-old he went on to win multiple sire stake tests in the Hoosier state before capturing the $220,000 ISS Final on Oct. 18 at Hoosier Park, stopping the timer in 1:50.4 and drawing off from his rivals by 11½ lengths. “He surprises me every time he’s on the track,” Larry stressed. “We don’t give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do.” Freaky Feet Pete has now amassed $1,037,724 from 23 wins and two seconds in 26 trips postward. In fact, he’s only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth.  The hardy colt thus has never missed a purse check—EVER! The colt really didn’t start to show was he was going to become a superstar though until he made that first career start, Larry recalled. “He won his first race, then his second, and we started to think he might be something special,” Larry said.  “The key to Pete’s success seems to be his attitude. He’s got a playful, goofy demeanor and once he steps out of the trailer at the racetrack, he’s all business. He knows when it’s time to get to work, and he loves his work, yes he does.” Now that’s a point everyone is getting the chance to evidence by the eye popping numbers that he continues to put up! Tom Kelley

Rockin Good carries the hopes of trainer Jared Finn into tonight’s $120,000 American National 3-Year-Old Filly Pace.  The daughter of Rockin Image has amassed $267,914 in her career for Jared—who hails from Wheeler, IL and co-owner Mark Finn of Newton, IL. This speedy sophomore boasts a career mark of 1:48, taken earlier this season over Lexington’s famed Red Mile oval. Jared said he first spied Rockin Good at the 2013 Hoosier Classic Sale. “I was looking for a Rockin Image filly and she just stood out to me,” Jared recalled. “She was the right size, stout and beautiful and we ended up getting her for $9,500—which was a lot less than what I figured she would go for.” Rockin Good was just the third foal out of the Keystone Raider mare Do Me Good p, 5,1:52.4f ($435,346) and has a full sister in the Shadyshark Hanover mare Shady Caroline p,2,1:54.3 ($45,050).  Jared, who trains his horses at the Jasper County Fairgrounds,  quickly discovered what a prize he had in Rockin Good. “She was absolutely perfect from day one,” Jared, who also drives the filly, explained. “The first time I turned her and went a mile with her I knew she was going to be pretty special.  Riding behind her, she was just smooth as silk.” As a freshman, Rockin Good earned $181,250 in 11 starts with five wins and a pair of seconds, recording a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.2s in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final at Hoosier Park with her trainer in the sulky on Oct. 10, 2014. “She was good last year and took that mark of 1:53.2,” Jared said. “Those are good numbers but not ‘killer’ numbers. I thought she would probably go faster this year but never imagined that she would have gone as fast as 1:48.  She had some trouble initially this season with her blood, but we got that straightened out and she has just continued to progress every step of the way as the year has gone on.” After a well-deserved break over the winter months, Rockin Good returned for her sophomore campaign bigger and stouter than ever.  After getting off to a bit of a slow start, she literally blew her competition away on Aug. 22 in a Lexington overnighter when she paced to a career mark of 1:48, drawing off by nearly 20 lengths from her nearest rival. “There were times when she just didn’t have any sire stakes engagements and I didn’t want to lay her off because she was so sharp,” Jared explained.  She’s always given me an indication of what she can do and what she can’t and when she’s feeling right I think she can go with any other 3-year-old in the country. “That mark of 1:48 at the Red Mile was incredible,” he continued. “I never thought we were going anywhere near that fast, as that’s how smooth and effortlessly she was pacing that night.” To date this season Rockin Good has added another $86,664 to her seasonal coffers, with six wins, two seconds and a third in 18 starts.  Lifetime, she has 11 wins, four seconds and a third in 29 career starts.  Jared says the key to his filly is how versatile she can be. “She can race on the front or come from off the pace and it just never seems like she's moving as fast as she is,” he admitted.  After winning the $32,650 City Circle Stake on Oct. 23 at Hoosier Park, Rockin Good put in a dull effort in her last start at that Indiana venue on Oct. 30.  Despite that performance, Jared says he’s confident about his filly’s chances in the American National. “In her last start at Hoosier Park, she wasn’t herself,” Jared said. “We pulled blood and she had some issues going on that we’ve since corrected.  She trained great for the American National and I’m expecting a really big effort from her on Saturday night.” Tom Killey  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 30, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete returned to his home state of Indiana and turned in another dominating performance to score his fourth consecutive victory, this time thrilling his hometown crowd in 1:49.3 in the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a pocket trip to his advantage to best harness racing's top-rated horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit, late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete became the sport's newest millionaire as he pushed his lifetime earnings passed the $1 million mark and notch his 23rd lifetime victory from 26 starts. Freaky Feet Pete returned to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to become the first-ever Indiana sired horse to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As the wings of the gate folded, Montrell Teague had the post-time favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit pointed to the front from the rail and Freaky Feet Pete left just enough from post three to grab a pocket seat. With Wiggle It Jiggleit dictating the fractions the race was shaping up to be a repeat of the last time these two superstars met in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier in the season with Freaky Feet Pete earning the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.2 and as the field turned for home the stage was set once again for an epic battle to the wire. Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside but Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn't giving it up easily. Using a :26 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete saved his best for last to find the wire first. "I got the trip I wanted or probably the trip I needed," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to come from off the pace especially against a horse like that (Wiggle It Jiggleit). Those are two great horses out there." "I knew Montrell's horse was sharp tonight," he continued. "It took mine a little while to get in full-tilt, a little while to get by him but he paced that last eighth of the mile hard, all the way to the wire. He loves his job and loves to go fast." The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $4.00 to win as the public's second choice. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20 to show and My Hero Ron provided $3.80 to his supporters for his third place finish. "We are on top of the world," Larry Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "We were a little concerned bringing him back 6 days later but we wanted to bring him back here to Hoosier Park. This whole experience with him has been a lot of fun, something I never imagined." The match-up between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete was the pinnacle of a stakes-filled 14-race card at Hoosier Park with purses distributed throughout the evening over the $1 million mark. Just one race earlier, harness racing's richest Standardbred ever, Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to take the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras at the controls, Foiled Again dictated fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24 before he began to feel pressure from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 fought off JK Endofanera and Brett Miller along with stablemate All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley to find the wire first. "I love the rail, I wanted to control the race," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "He's as tough as they come and he usually tells you about the 5/8 how he feels and tonight, he felt good. He swelled up and when he does that, he's usually tough to pass." Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again notched his third victory from 20 seasonal outings and 86th lifetime win from 244 starts. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables, the 11-year-old gelding has now earned $379,132 for the season and over $7.2 million lifetime. Devil Child and Tim Tetrick kicked-off the stakes action for the evening in a big kind of way in the $101,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:50.3, Devil Child scored her second consecutive victory and re-established a seventeen year-old track record at Hoosier Park with the win. The previous mark of 1:50.4 was established by Galleria and George Brennan in 1998. Trained by Chris Oakes, Devil Child sat patiently along the rail in third through fractions of :26.4, :55.2, and 1:23 before angling out for racing room turning for home. Recording a :27 final quarter, the daughter of American Ideal-Kattimon coasted to the wire three-lengths in front of the pace-setting Sassa Hanover and Matt Kakaley. Devil Child recorded her sixth seasonal win from 20 outings for owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms, LLC. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Muscle Baby Doll turned in another impressive performance to score her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $140,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring in a track-record setting time of 1:53.1 in stakes action last week, Muscle Baby Doll dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off Bright Baby Blues to get the win for driver David Miller in 1:54.2. Owned by F. Bellino & Sons, LLC, the daughter of Muscle Mass-Have You Ever notched her 10th victory of the season from 14 starts. Muscle Baby Doll has now amassed $457,720 lifetime. In the very next division, Crazy Wow and Tim Tetrick pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the $270,000 Carl Erksine Trot for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters scoring in 1:54. The 2015 Hambletonian winning Pinkman was heavily favored at the betting windows and dictated early fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:25.3 before succumbing to the long Hoosier Park stretch. Tetrick had Crazy Wow well placed turning for home and the three-year-old colt did the rest. It was the eighth win of the season for the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gan who is trained by Ron Burke and also the fourth win of the night for Tetrick. Owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente Farms, Crazy Wow has now earned $905,837 this season. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

TORONTO -- Freaky Feet Pete, a $62,500 supplemental entry rallied from well back as the harness racing favorite to capture the $531,250 U.S. ($689,244 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on Saturday night. The Indiana-bred son of Rockin Image looked to be far out of contention on the final turn, but driver Trace Tetrick gave him his marching orders in the stretch and the colt sprinted to a 1:50 victory at the expense of Artspeak and Lost For Words. Early speed was expected from the favorites in this event, but that was not the case as Lost For Words and Reverend Hanover from the outer tier of the starting gate engaged in an early battle as the favorites held their composure. Reverend Hanover had the lead in the :26 opening quarter, but Lost For Words and David Miller regained moving down the backstretch and controlled the issue through a :55 opening half. Approaching the half In The Arsenal and Brian Sears moved for the second time and they were followed in order by Wakizashi Hanover, Freaky Feet Pete and Artspeak. "I thought I was in a good spot following Tim and having Artspeak on my back," said driver Trace Tetrick. But the cover was not moving all that quickly on the turn as Miller and Lost For Words tried to put some separation on the field with a blistering :27.1 third quarter in the middle of a steady downpour. In the stretch, Lost For Words opened up a few lengths, but Freaky Feet Pete had already been sent wide and he was closing with wild abandon. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete kicked home the winner, with Artspeak coming solidly late for second and Lost For Words finishing third. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Trace Tetrick. "It's very exciting," he said. "I'll remember this forever." Freaky Feet Pete won for the 13th time in 15 starts this year, making good on a rather large bet put down by his owners. Tetrick was looking forward to another year for Freaky Feet Pete. "I think they are going to stake him a little better next year," said Tetrick referring to the four-year-old season of Freaky Feet Pete. Wakizashi Hanover finished fourth and Dealt A Winner completed the final check getters. Quotes; Larry Rheinheimer As you watched the stretch, did you think he was going to get there? "I didn't know if he would or not. I knew there was lots of speed up front, which is what I was hoping for because I know he can get home pretty good." But it wasn't a night for coming from behind... "(laughs) No, not at all. He was a long way back. I was thinking about the other races earlier and he was far back. I thought maybe he'd get second or third at that point." Tell me about this fantastic year that has led you to the Breeders Crown winner's circle... "It's been amazing. Every race he goes, it's just been a different thing. He just amazes me every time he goes. He just wants to win." This is the story everyone has been excited about... classic harness racing story where there are a lot of powerful stables/trainers, but there's always a chance a horse of the lifetime can come around. Is that how you feel about it too? "Exactly. I feel that way, too. I'm sharing it with my wife and my boy. It's just a super night. Everywhere you look there someone to watch or a horse you want to watch. It's just a really, really big night. It's wonderful." "He's out of a mare that had eight colts and they all made the racetrack. He's a good horse." Were you worried about the weather conditions? "No, not really. He's raced in it before and I knew it wouldn't bother him." Tim Tetrick (on brother Trace's first Crown victory) "It's great. If anyone was going to win, I'm glad it was him. It's cool" By Jay Bergman

There were 13 Breeders Crown eliminations on Friday and Saturday at Woodbine. That’s the same number that were needed last year at The Meadowlands. The last time Woodbine hosted the Crown in 2012 there were only 11 elimination races; the following year at Pocono Downs 18 were required. Yannick Gingras won four this year, followed by Brett and David Miller with two each. Palone, Waples, Trace Tetrick, McNair and Scott Zeron each took one. Four starters from the Takter Barn won; he went on to win three finals last year. Three winners for Burke, two for Alagna and one each for Rheinheimer, McNair and Holloway. Jimmy Takter will have 13 entered in the finals, while Ron Burke will have 10. Indiana stole the show as Always B Miki and Freaky Feet Pete, sons of that state’s premier stallions, Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, wowed the crowd with a pair of 49.4 miles. Miki had only one 2015 start in him, an Indiana Sire Stakes crush job, but that didn’t stop the bettors from sending him out as the 2/5 favorite. And he didn’t disappoint. Pete, on the other hand, has been pounding the ISS set throughout the season. He did lose to the only two GC quality horses he faced, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover. Pete, the 4/5 choice, came first up and rolled OSS champ Reverend Hanover, who was the 6/5 second option for his hometown fans. Miki supplemented to this race last year and won his elimination, but he scratched out of the final. His paternal sister, division winner Color’s A Virgin, was also poised to give her young sire his first BC win, but she was too far back and never factored in the final. The latter has had a disappointing year, but she did beat a short field in the Allerage Mare last time out and she has drawn the rail for the BC open mare. Limelight Beach, the other 2014 elimination winner, also scratched out of last year’s final. McWicked won the race and subsequently the division. This year’s edition should prove to be a better race. Atrspeak showed the sort of closing kick that should give the connections of every rival pause, when he swooped home in 26 to nip Waki at the wire in the second elimination. Wiggle, Waki and Artspeak are all staked to the Matron on November 12 and the Progress Pace on November 29, both at Dover Downs. Freaky Feet Pete can supplement to those races for $25,000 each. That would certainly make Marv Bachrad a happy man. Casie Coleman sewed up McWicked’s 2014 division win when she supplemented him to the Progress, which he won for David Miller. The freshman colt pacers are a quiet group. There is no Captain T or Artspeak in that division. The latter had been shut down prior to last year’s BC, which was held a month later, leaving the race to outsider Traceur Hanover and his controversial trainer Corey Johnson. This edition is without the tension that existed between Jeff Gural and Johnson, who was allowed to race despite having received an indefinite suspension for a positive in Ontario. PJ Fraley, the trainer of Shelliscape, was also an issue. Freshman pacer Control The Moment (Well Said) is undefeated but has been kept under wraps in Canada and rarely been tested. He was lucky to escape his elimination with a win. Star attraction Travel Playlist followed up a poor showing in Lexington with another in his elimination and has been scratched from the final. On the filly side, LA Delight wasn’t nominated to the BC, so there will be no face-off with Takter’s undefeated SBSW filly, Pure Country. The latter was a handy winner of her elimination Friday night. Burke’s Yankee Moonshine, a full sister to Yankee Bounty, won the other elimination. Southwind Frank dispatched the opposition with the same measure of surgical precision he’s employed all season in his Friday elimination. The world champion son of Muscle Hill dominates his division to a much greater degree than any other horse in North America. He’s staked to the Valley Victory and the Matron, but as great as he’s been, there’s little chance of him being the second consecutive two-year-old Horse of the Year. Jimmy Takter won both eliminations for freshman trotting fillies. Particularly impressive was the Muscle Hill homebred All The Time, who drew off from Canadian champ Caprice Hill (Kadabra), who had been bet down to 1/5. Haughty, a Donato sister to Aldebaran Eagle coming off an ISS win, took the other split. The sophomore pacing fillies have been a soft and confusing group all year, but Divine Caroline, who came on late to easily win her elimination at 3/5 for David Miller and Joe Holloway, seems to have taken over. Last year Holloway had world Champion Shebestingin and 2012 BC winner Somwherovrarainbow, but Stingin only made three starts during the three months prior to the BC and Rainbow finished tenth. This on top of having Miki scratch out of his final. Perhaps the Rock N Roll Heaven filly will make everything right on Saturday when she starts from the rail. There was no elimination needed to sort out the three-year-old trotting Fillies. Wild Honey, who carried 1/9 Mission Brief to the quarter before picking her up at the end of the Filly Futurity, will start from the three Saturday, while the Muscle Hill world champion has drawn the seven. With wins in the Oaks, KY Filly Futurity, Bluegrass and PA Championship, Wild Honey actually has a better record than her more celebrated rival. A win in the BC would serve as icing on the cake. Does she have a shot at the Dan Patch? Probably about as much as Artspeak, Waki and Pete have of unseating Wiggle. The myth of superiority on the part of Mission Brief has been set in stone. D’One, who beat BAM in the Fresh Yankee and Muscle Hill, won’t get another chance this week as the Kadabra mare has opted for the open. There was no elimination for these divisions. Last year it was Maven who raced in the open while BAM won the mares open. Maven was second to Commander Crowe in the final, but she beat nine boys in her elimination from the ten in a world record 1:52.2. She was exiled to Europe early in the year, where she has had a disappointing campaign. The forecast calls for a dry day in Toronto on Saturday with temps in the 50s—balmy for this time of year—and not much wind.  Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

TORONTO, ON - Freaky Feet Pete proved he didn't need to take his harness racing racetrack with him to prove his talent.   Racing for the first time outside of Hoosier Park, the Indiana-bred won convincingly Saturday night by 1¼ lengths at Woodbine Racetrack in the first Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-old male pacers.   Not there was much doubt. He was bet down to 4-5, the heavy favorite in the field of seven.   Fresh off his impressive victory against the mighty Wiggle It Jiggleit in a $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes race exactly a week before at Hoosier Downs, Freaky Feet Pete had proven himself at home. Breeder/trainer Larry Rheinheimer, whose wife, Mary Jo and son, Marty, own the colt by Rockin Image, supplemented the superstar for $62,500, feeling his horse deserved the chance to compete in the Crown. His victory in the US$20,000 race stamps him as a serious contender going into the final next Saturday.   Driver Trace Tetrick settled the colt into third, behind pacesetter Reverend Hanover, who set fractions of 27 1/5, 56 and 1:23. It was after the half-mile point that Tetrick began a first-over move and claimed control at the top of the stretch and then it was just a matter of how much he would win by and how fast. He paced the mile into a steady wind in 1:49 1/5 with breathtaking ease.   It was not only the first victory for Freaky Feet Pete outside his home track and country, it was the first win in Canada for the 71-year-old Larry Rheinheimer.   "We're pretty proud of him," Rheinheimer stated. "We've always liked him real good and we've always been high on him. We're giving him a chance."   Anyone who has watched the development of this colt had to feel good that Rheinheimer opted to pay the supplement and showcase him to the racing world.   "We talked about it earlier, then it got a little bit harder, but then he raced good," Rheinheimer said.   It was the convincing win over Wiggle It Jiggleit, who had beaten him earlier in the season at Hoosier Park, that convinced Rheinheimer to take the shot and literally buck up.   "I was hoping to get a trip with him," Rheinheimer said.   It was actually a dream trip.   Freaky Feet Pete paid $3.60, $2.30, $2.10. Artistic Major, who rallied late to overtake Reverend Hanover for second, paid $11.50, $3.90. Reverend Hanover, who has battled bucked shins in his rookie and sophomore season, paid $2.30 to show.   With his 12th win in 14 starts this season and his 21st overall in 24 career starts, Freaky Feet Pete eclipsed $600,000 in lifetime earnings.   Freaky Feet Pete     Perry Lefko for the Breeders Crown  

Toronto, ON --- There is only one reason Freaky Feet Pete has stayed home in the Hoosier State for the first two years of his career. It is certainly not because the Rheinheimers have an aversion to travel, abhor signing the checks for stakes payments or panic over the depth of harness racing competition. There is simply just no place like home. "I go out for my cup of coffee on Wednesdays," said Larry Rheinheimer, the colt's conditioner. "The first thing everyone asks is how Pete did that weekend. Not only does everyone ask about him, they come to the track to see him and cheer him on. He's a hometown hero." He may not be Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning, but the 3-year-old son of Rockin Image and the Pilgrims Punch mare Skyway Lori has captured the hearts and attention of the entire population of Anderson, Ind., by how swiftly and smartly he has paced over the Hoosier Park surface. During his two years of racing, the colt, who is owned by Rheinheimer's wife Mary Jo and son Marty and regularly reined by Trace Tetrick, has amassed a record of 23-20-2-0, with a bankroll of $616,849 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.2s. His next engagement via a supplemental payment of $62,500 will be on Saturday (Oct. 17) at Woodbine Racetrack when he and Tetrick face six rivals in his $25,000 elimination for the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for his age, gender and gait. After handing Wiggle It Jiggleit, the Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner, the third loss of his sterling career, Freaky Feet Pete was made the slight morning line choice at 9-5 ahead of Reverend Hanover (2-1) and Yankee Bounty (9-2). The only time Freaky Feet Pete has finished off the board was in the third race of his career when there was a veritable scrum at the finish line between four horses and his nose just ended up fourth on the wire. Even then Freaky Feet Pete still paced his last quarter in :28.2 after leading most off the mile. This year only Wiggle It Jiggleit and North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover have denied him his customary position in the winner's circle. "We would have still supplemented him to the Breeders Crown even if he had not beaten Wiggle It Jiggleit," Rheinheimer said. "He showed us he belonged with those type of horses and there is no shame in being second to a horse like that or Wakizashi Hanover. They have shown all year long how good they are. But I did want a rematch with Wiggle It Jiggleit after that first race and now maybe we will meet Wakizashi Hanover again in the Breeders Crown." Rheinheimer is referring to a May 30 showdown between the sport's budding superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit and the Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stake final at Hoosier Park. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the top-ranked horse in the sport, had been pacing since January while it was only Freak Feet Pete's second start of the season. Montrell Teague placed Wiggle It Jiggleit on the lead and Freaky Feet Pete put in a swifter final panel than his rival but simply could not overtake him. When the colt was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy on Sept. 26 at the Anderson oval he was sent to the lead from post position nine and after an opening quarter in :26.2, did not have enough gas left in the tank in the stretch to hold off the North America Cup winner, who simply followed him around the course for the entire mile. "Tim (Tetrick--driver of Wakizashi Hanover) even said after the race the results could have been switched if his horse would have drawn our spot instead of the six," Rheinheimer said. "But as I said earlier there is nothing wrong finishing second to a horse that wins the North America Cup and beat Wiggle It Jiggleit." Even after Freaky Feet Pete decimated his competition as a freshman, the Rheinheimers still did not know exactly how talented this horse was. "He was so dominant it was difficult to tell," Rheinheimer said. "But I think what moved him up in my mind as a really talented horse was when he went a couple of last quarters in :25.4 and :25.3 without Trace ever pulling the plugs. He did it all on his own." Despite the fact Freaky Feet Pete has not competed over any other track and his legions of adoring fans will not be braving the bracing air at Woodbine to witness his mile, the transition to a new location should not impact how he paces. "He is a very relaxed, laid-back horse, especially for a colt," Rheinheimer said. "Nothing bothers him at all. Not a thing. In fact, there have been some nights in the paddock where I thought he was no good or sick because he did not even act like he wanted to race. But the minute he steps on the track the switch goes on and his ears prick forward." Although Freaky Feet Pete is a champion and one of the elite members of harness racing's glamour division, he does not normally partake in special treats or snacks, like many of his colleagues do. "My wife (Mary Jo) only recently started giving him carrots," Rheinheimer said. "I told her it was her job to keep him happy, so she started feeding them to him. Believe it or not, he would never take them before but he sure seems to like them now." Freaky Feet Pete's race is one of six Breeders Crown eliminations on Saturday as Woodbine will host a pair of eliminations for the Open Pace, 3-year-old colt pace, and 3-year-old filly pace. The top five finishers from each elimination return for their respective final. Saturday's post time is 7:25 p.m. and the elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. On Friday, Woodbine hosts Breeders Crown eliminations for all four 2-year-old divisions, with post time of 7:25 p.m. for the night's first race. Elimination winners also draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. All 2-year-old finals will go for $600,000. For complete Friday entries, click here. For complete Saturday entries, click here. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BreedersCrown15 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications    

Cranbury, NJ --- The pride of Indiana, harness racing 3-year-old colt pacer Freaky Feet Pete, as well as 5-year-old trotter Creatine, back home in the U.S. after an international campaign this year, were supplemented to their respective Breeders Crown divisions by the noon deadline on Monday, Oct. 12. The U.S.$5.8 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Indiana-bred Wiggle It Jiggleit has dominated both the 3-year-old pacing colt division and the sport's headlines since February, but like Freaky Feet Pete was not eligible to the Breeders Crown program. The owners of "Pete," Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, pulled the trigger on the $62,500 supplemental fee after their homebred defeated Wiggle It Jiggleit at Hoosier Park in the $220,000 Indiana state-bred final on Saturday, Oct. 10. With a record of 11 wins in 13 starts this year, Freaky Feet Pete has not left his home turf of Hoosier Park but has only been beaten twice there, once by Wiggle It Jiggleit in May, and by Wakizashi Hanover in September. The son of Rockin Image has combined win margins of more than 67 lengths and his two losses measure less than four lengths. "Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown," trainer Larry Rheinheimer told reporter Kim French, after his last victory. "We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us." Creatine, owned by Big C Racing [Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, Creatine's former trainer Bob Stewart and his wife Lynda, and Diamond Creek Racing], has racked up an impressive $1.83 million in his four-year career. The son of Andover Hall was campaigned overseas in 2015, but returned home to represent the U.S. in last Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot, finishing third behind Papagayo E and Timoko. Now trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by his brother Johnny, Creatine will make his third start in Breeders Crown competition after finishing second as a 3-year-old and third in the 2014 Open Trot. The supplemental fee of $62,500 was necessary because the eligibility fees for 2015 had not been made. Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Mohawk race office. There are no supplemental provisions for 2-year-old races. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown Finals will be determined through elimination races this Friday and Saturday night at Woodbine. Eliminations for all 2-year-olds will be raced on Friday [post time 7:25 p.m.] and eliminations for all 3-year-olds and up will be Saturday [post time 7:25 p.m.]. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. The U.S.$5.8 million divisional championships finals are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, at Woodbine Racetrack. Special post time is 6:30 p.m. [EDT]. There will be a live broadcast from 9-10:00 p.m. on TSN2 in Canada. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BreedersCrown15 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play.  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2015 - The apron was packed, the harness racing winners' circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy as Freaky Feet Pete entered the winners' circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10) after capturing an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport's top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was as 'Pete' heard the roar of the crowd, as he certainly received overwhelming support from nearly all present at the Anderson oval, as he paced strongly through the lane to best his rival in 1:50.1. Vague Traces rounded out the trifecta. "They are both very good horses," explained winning pilot Trace Tetrick. "You can't take anything away from Wiggle It Jiggleit. I knew he has a history of coming back on the inside when he is headed, so I was patient and waited to pull my horse out. I knew when I saw the lights on the end of the toteboard that I had it. It is a terrific feeling to win a race like this with him, but he has just been so good all year long." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who left from post position three with Montrell Teague in the bike, was the post time favorite at 1-5 for his conditioner Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. He was sent immediately to the lead while Tetrick placed 'Pete' in second from post 10. The two geldings remained in that very same position through spits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.1 until Tetrick popped his horse from the garden spot midway into the stretch. Freaky Feet Pete drew alongside his rival, edged clear several hundred feet before the wire and placed a length and a quarter of daylight between him and the Little Brown Jug victor. The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $5.80 to win as the public's second choice and paced his last quarter mile in :26. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10 to show and Vague Traces provided $4.10 to his supporters for his third place finish. With the triumph, Freaky Feet Pete punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown and thrilled Indiana harness racing fans by illustrating he does indeed deserve the distinction of top ten status. His overall resume now stands at 22-19-2-0, with his 2015 record at 13-11-2-0, with his only defeats coming at the hooves of Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown," Rheinheimer said over the unabashed cheers from the throng around the winners' circle and with a smile that could not be larger. "We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us." "I never give Trace any instructions," he continued. "I told him before the race to just be safe and good luck. He has a done a terrific job with this horse all year long, I have to give him the credit for that and the season we have had. That is why I never need to give him instructions." By: Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 9, 2015 - The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 10 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2015 stakes season. With purses in excess of $1.6 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners will return to seek glory in the $200,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000. Freshman stand-out Topville Cadillac will look to continue her dominance in the two-year-old pacing filly ranks from post three in race five, the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final for freshman pacing fillies. The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old pacing fillies after her 1:52 score in Grand Circuit action last week. Tyler Smith will be at the lines for trainer Alvin Miller. Homicide Hunter will put his 14-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With John DeLong in the sulky, the Curt Grummel trainee has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite from post six. In the three-year-old pacing filly ranks, Rockin Good and Jared Finn will also put a winning streak on the line against nine other rivals in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Rockin Image-Do Me Good has won five of 15 starts this season and set a new lifetime mark of 1:48 at The Red Mile earlier in the season. Starting from post six, Rockin Good has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line choice. The 2015 Little Brown Jug winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit will return to Hoosier Park seeking glory in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Slated as the thirteenth race on the program, Wiggle It Jiggleit will be driven by Montrell Teague and start from post three. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Freaky Feet Pete and driver Trace Tetrick will start from post ten in the field. "Hoosier Champions Super Finals Night has become a hallmark of the Hoosier Park racing season," Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. "It is with pride that we showcase the crème de la crème of Indiana Sired horses to the rest of the country and beyond. And, the rematch between harness racing's top rated horse Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete is the icing on the cake of this most very special night of racing." In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track as well. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. Starting at 10 a.m., racing fans can enter to win a 2014 Yamaha Grizzly at the ISA table located in the Terrace and at approximately 9:15 p.m., one lucky winner will be selected. Also, beginning at 3 p.m., the first 500 guests to visit the ISA table will receive a mystery voucher worth up to $1,000. Racing fans can also enter at the ISA table to win $100 gas cards and a variety of other prizes given away throughout the evening. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 14. Emily Gaskin          

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 17, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete continued his divisional dominance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17 as he cruised to his ninth straight victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths in front of his closest competitor and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. John DeLong had Swing City on a mission to the front and the Erv Miller trainee dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :54.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light just past the half and the sophomore colt appeared to do the rest on autopilot. Ima Full Time Job and Jason Dillander were first to commit to the outer flow but were unable to gain on the leader. Freaky Feet Pete reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:22.2 and by the time the field turned for home his lead was ever-increasing. While the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and used a :26.2 final quarter to find the wire first. American Virgin and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied for second while Kelly D and Dale Hiteman rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 at the betting window. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick said after the victory. "I didn't want to get tangled up with anyone early so I just wanted to float out of there and catch cover. I asked him a little around the last turn and that's really all I had to do. He did the rest. He's a great horse and loves what he's doing out there." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his 18th career victory from 20 lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $482,100 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, who incidentally celebrated a birthday today with the win. Rheinheimer's star pupil will now be aimed for the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 26 for his next engagement. "I paid the supplement so we will go to the Jenna's Beach Boy next week," Larry Rheinheimer said after the win. "As for the rest of the season, we will take it one start at a time. We'll get through these next couple of starts here and go from there but we'll do whatever is best for the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. We haven't changed anything so far and it seems to be working." The $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace will be part of a star-studded card slated for Saturday, September 26 at Hoosier Park. The evening's 14-race card will also include the $275,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes trot and pace and the $225,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Photo: Freaky Feet Pete scored his 9th straight victory at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sires Stakes action. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, turned in another dominating performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4. With a final time of 1:53.3, Topville Cadillac used a near gate to wire effort to notch her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Topville Cadillac was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third wile Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong protected their early position to get the first call through the opening panel in 27. Smith had Topville Cadillac out and firing just out of the first turn and she quickly grabbed the front to remain uncontested through :56.3 and 1:25 splits. Seventimesavirgin continued to benefit from a pocket trip while Ricky Macomber Jr. and Aux D Lox Bluegrass were leading the first-over charge. As the field turned for home, Topville Cadillac began to put her talent on display as she put three lengths between her and the rest of the field Seventimesavirgin tipped from the pocket to make a bid at the leader but Topville Cadillac wasn't finished. Using a :28.3 last quarter, the Alvin Miller trainee coasted to the wire under a hand drive from Smith to finish four lengths in front of Seventimesavirgin. Shirley's Dream and Andy Shetler rallied gamely in the stretch to round out the trifetcta. As the even money favorite, Topville Cadillac returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She certainly gave us some anxious moments training down," trainer Alvin Miller noted after the win. "She wasn't the best student. I always knew she had a big gear but she has always been a handful." "She went through a little bit of a growth spurt so that's why we took our time getting her ready and getting her to the races," he continued. "She's still green yet, I don't think she has figured it all out but she continues to get better and that's all we can ask for." The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her fifth win from seven seasonal outings. Topville Cadillac, a $95,000 yearling purchase, is a half sister to former Indiana Sires Stakes Champions Always About Katey and Radar Contact. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cadillac has now earned $75,050 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 5 with a 14-race card. In conjunction with the live racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the FarmTastic event, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races. The event, which has quickly become a fan favorite, is free to the public, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Yard, with live racing beginning at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Emily Gaskin

Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at the harness racing meeting at  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3. With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and became the sport's newest $100,000 earner after the victory. Leaving from post two in a talented group of 10, Matrix of Luck was unhurried from the gate and found a spot along the rail in fourth while LeWayne Miller had Mystical Rock out and firing from post seven. Mystical Rock dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 while stablemate Legere and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket seat. Smith made his game winning move down the backside as he pointed Matrix of Luck to the lead approaching the final turn and the colt quickly grabbed command just before the three quarter clocking in 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Downthehighwy was the first to apply pressure from first-over and the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire. Matrix of Luck was able to put away Downthehighwy late in the lane but Mystical Rock loomed large in the pocket. Miller was able to find late racing room with Mystical Rock but Matrix of Luck wasn't done. Using a 28.1 final quarter, Matrix of Luck dug in gamely to get the win by a neck over Mystical Rock. Legere rallied strongly in the lane to finish third. As the publics' choice, Matrix of Luck returned $4.80 at the betting window. "He's a super nice colt to sit behind," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "I've got to thank his connections for letting me drive him. I've got a lot of confidence in the colt and they've done a great job with him all season. He just seems to get better every week; he always shows up and does his job." Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the fifth win of his young career from just nine lifetime outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid pushed his lifetime bankroll to $128,000. The victory was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Smith. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Friday's 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.                                                                                                                                    Emily Gaskin

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