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After winning the opening round of the 2015 Champion Drivers Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 25, Trace Tetrick would find the winner's circle once more on the evening as he guided Freaky Feet Pete to a stunning 1:48.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete extended his win streak to five, established a new lifetime best, and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old pacing colts in the process. The previous mark of 1:48.4 was established by Always B Miki and Peter Wrenn in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2014. Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried off the gate through opening splits of :26.1 and :55 set by Gallipolis and Tyler Smith. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light down the backside and the three-year-old colt quickly took command just past the half. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance at the three-quarter-clocking in 1:22.1, it was clear the race belonged to Freaky Feet Pete as he effortlessly opened up on the field with a six length lead turning for home. Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.3 final quarter, under no urging from Tetrick, to overpower his competition by nine lengths "He's an amazing animal," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said of his star pupil. "He amazes me every time he is on the track." "We always knew we had a nice colt but I don't think any of us dreamed of him being this nice." Freaky Feet Pete notched his fourth win from five outings this season with his only defeat coming from Wiggle It Jiggleit in the opening round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals earlier in the season. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now won fourteen of sixteen lifetime outings while amassing $387,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 18, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the harness racing winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 18 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to three in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire eleven lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.3 and notch his fourth win of the season. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming favorite to the front from post seven in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete dictated fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:22.3 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Rockin Ron and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Supreme Z Tam and Ross Leonard began the first over attack down the backside. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display with still no urging from Tetrick. With a six length lead turning for home, Freaky Feet Pete used a :28 final panel to coast on to the wire. Vague Traces and Sam Widger rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Rockin Ron held on for third. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window. "That's what he does," Tetrick said after the win. "He's a professional. He's grown up this year and loves his job. Tonight, he did what he does every time he races, he raced giant again." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his thirteenth career victory from fifteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $349,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Skim The Top and Dale Hiteman took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:53 for trainer Krista Harmon. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Skim The Top dug in gamely to hold off Caviart Skyler and Tyler Smith. With the win, the son of Geartogear-Schmoley notched his third win of the season from nine outings. Skim The Top has now earned $73,913 for owner Gary Clark. Royal Rex and John Delong pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Delong tipped Royal Rex late in the lane and he used a :27.1 to win by a head. Trained by Roger Cullipher, Royal Rex scored his second win of the season from 13 starts. The son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go has now earned $40,919 for owner Nathan Sea. All three of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the third $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for Saturday, July 25 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin  

 ANDERSON, Ind.-May 23, 2015 - Indiana's three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 23 to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their harness racing series in impressive fashion. Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit, considered two of the top pacing colts for 2015, both delivered in their respective eliminations. Making his 2015 return to the races, Freaky Feet Pete picked up right where he left off as he found the winner's circle in his sophomore debut, winning in 1:50.3. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a :27.2 final panel to coast home a winner by two lengths. Freaky Feet Pete settled well off the early pace, retreating to fifth while the rest of the field battled for early position through first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4. Freaky Feet Pete began his quest to the front just past the half and reached the leader's wheel approaching the final turn. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1, Freaky Feet Pete found his best strides late in the lane and cruised home to notch his first victory of the season. The 1:50.3 final time equals his career best. "I think his best attribute is that he's very versatile, on the front, off the pace, it doesn't really bother him," driver Trace Tetrick noted after the race. "Great horses do great things and that's what he is. He's come back great, he's fresh, he's ready to race, and he loves his job." Voted Indiana's two-year-old pacing colt of the year, Freaky Feet Pete has now won 10 of 11 career starts and earned $271,950 for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer. In the very next division, Wiggle It Jiggleit, fresh off his world record setting performance, made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one to remain undefeated in nine starts. With regular pilot Montrell Teague in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggleit made a powerful move down the backside and cruised to the wire seven lengths in front of his competition in 1:50.3. The world champion took off the speed early in the mile, but made a controlled move to the lead and cleared just before the half-mile mark through fractions of :27.1 and :55.3. Wiggle It Jiggleit led the field through the three-quarter split in 1:23.3 before beginning to put his talent on display. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Wiggle It Jiggleit was racing the clock. Finishing well within himself at the wire, the son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire with his earplugs still in-tact. "I don't want to put him on the front every time, he's versatile and I think he can go any way," driver Montrell Teague noted in the winner's circle. "I could have taken him back to last and he probably would have done the same thing. Racing him off pace just teaches him that he has to calm down a little bit, and now, hopefully, we'll be ready for next week." "He's awesome, his attitude, his intelligence, he just does everything right," Teague continued. "It's a pleasure to be around a horse like him and to go those kind of miles every week. I didn't even pop the earplugs tonight." Wiggle It Jiggleit became the fastest-3-year-old pacing colt on a half mile track in history when he romped to a 1:49 victory at Harrington Raceway on May 11. He is conditioned by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague Jr. With the victory, Wiggle It Jiggleit's career earnings surpassed the $100,000 mark. Trainer Jon Anderson teamed up with driver Rick Plano to double up in the other two divisions of the stakes action. The Anderson-Plano scored first with My Buddy Ninkster in the opening split and followed up with Rockin Ron scoring in the final division. After finishing second in his last two outings, My Buddy Ninkster rebounded to find the winner's circle when it counted in 1:51.1. Benefitting from a pocket trip, My Buddy Ninkster was able to overcome the tempo-setting Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall late in the lane. Sired by Dali, My Buddy Ninkster recorded the fourth victory of his sophomore campaign while establishing a new lifetime mark in the process. Owned by John and Mary Krasnican, the son of Dali-Sporty Ellie has now earned $46,553 lifetime. In the final division of the stakes action, Rockin Ron kept his winning streak alive as he recorded his 5th consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in 1:51.2. The Jon Anderson trainee dictated fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before powering home a winner. The son of Real Desire-Im All A Roan is now 5 for 5 this season and six for 15 in his career. Owned by Ronald Phillips, Louis Leinberger and Jesse Ferge, Rockin Ron has earned $58,300 lifetime. All four of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 23, 2015 - Trainers, breeders, and owners all dream of seeing a horse start his career so freakishly brilliant that his potential appears unlimited. While horses of this caliber may be few and far between, an extraordinarily talented and aptly named colt burst onto the Indiana harness racing scene in 2014. Freaky Feet Pete made his racing debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on July 3, 2014 when he won a maiden race for freshman pacing colts in 1:55.1 by six lengths. Driven by Trace Tetrick, who would be his regular pilot for all 10 of his starts, Freaky Feet Pete handled his first start like a true professional. It wasn't until his second career start that Freaky Feet Pete showed just how fast of a horse he was. In his first Indiana Sires Stakes test, Freaky Feet Pete passed with flying colors and set a national season's record in the process with a final time of 1:51.4. While that may have been the start that garnered the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori a plethora of outside attention, his connections knew they had something special long before the colt went to gate. "He trained great all winter," trainer Larry Rheinheimer noted of his star pupil. "I don't know if we knew how good he was when we were training him down, but I knew he was going to be a nice colt someday. He just knows how to take care of himself and is all business when he is on the track." Freaky Feet Pete quickly made winning races his business. The freshman colt ended his 2014 campaign winning nine of ten races with his only defeat coming in a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final where he finished fourth. His final race of the season seemed to serve as a reminder of his talent as Freaky Feet Pete dominated the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final winning by 11 lengths in 1:50.4 over a track rated good. "We ended his two-year-old season just like we wanted to, on a good note," Rheinheimer said. "We didn't want to push him and have to ship to other places because we were happy with what he had already done. We wanted to take care of him and let him have some time to mature." Hailing from the highly touted first crop of Rockin Image, Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal of the ultra-prolific broodmare, Skyway Lori. While she was a decent racehorse in her own regards, Skyway Lori's biggest accolades came as a broodmare. With eight foals of racing age, she is a 100% producer and responsible for five $100,000+ winners and two $200,000+ winners. Freaky Feet Pete remains her fastest son with his 1:50.3 mark taken in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park. "He's wintered real well, he's grown up a bit and filled out in some places," Rheinheimer continued. "He's not a big horse but he seems to be doing good and be himself." Indiana's two-year-old pacing colt of the year will make his three-year-old debut at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 23 and will start from post eight in race 11. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete has been enlisted as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the field of nine. "If all goes well, we will be right here all summer," Rheinheimer said. "We staked him to everything at Hoosier Park and a few outside races but we stuck to the races that were close. It's just fun being a part of a horse like him." Emily Gaskin  

Delray Beach, FL – Trainer Erv Miller has sent five horses into the Sunshine Meadows/OnGait.com online mixed harness horse sale set for Tuesday, April 7. The sale starts with a live broadcast beginning at 2:00 pm with some of the horses sold live on the internet with an auctioneer. Erv Miller entered one three-year-old and four two-year-olds in training. The three-year-old pacing filly is Party Rocks, a late blooming daughter of Rockin Image who was third in 1:58 in her first qualifier last month at Pompano Park. Starting bid will be $12,000. Graceful Vision is the possible sales topper with a starting bid of $45,000. The pacing filly by PA sire Yankee Cruiser and according to Erv Miller “is a VERY NICE filly and does it right. She has been a mile in 2:18 and does it right. We purchased at a reasonable price and are looking to turn a profit.” You can view yearling sale video of Graceful Vision at www.yearlingvideos.com/horses/797-graceful-vision Wisecrack is a pacing filly by PA Sire Western Ideal with an opening tag of $12,000. Miller said she should make a nice racehorse and possible Stallion Series filly. Wealthy Master is a big trotting colt by Lucky Chucky who is NY eligible and needs time to grow into himself. Currently turned out at Chris Coyle’s farm in NC. His starting bid is $7,500. Here is video of him as a yearling www.winbakfarm.com/player/index.asp?id=470&sale=HAR  The fifth horse entered is Indiana bred trotting filly, Lisa On Top. She is sired by Swan For All. The stable has four other IN bred fillies that show more promise and she needs time to grow. She is listed to start at $6,500. For more information and race lines you can go to www.ongait.com/stallionbreedingsandsharessale.asp  You can also contact the Erv Miller Stable at 407-230-6046 to set up a time to come to the farm and see them in action. There is still plenty of time to enter the online sale. Cost is just $100 to register and a 3% commission if the horse brings the opening bid price. For information go to www.ongait.com or call Maurice Chodash at 800-240-7223.Top of Form From Sunshine Meadows/OnGait.com Mixed Sale

The surprising thing when you look at the siring charts for the two-year-olds in the 2014 harness racing season in North America is the small number of new sires that cracked the top twenty list. As the season is now history we thought it would be a good time to review the impact the new sires had and how we think they performed. Only three stallions who were first season sires made last years top twenty list and they were: Sportswriter -- 1:48.3 ($1,649,411) Rocknroll Heaven -- 1:47.3  ($2,774,478) Rockin Image - 1:48.2 ($903,424) All three have plenty to recommend themselves as far as pedigree goes. Sportswriter is by Artsplace from Precious Beauty 1:53 ($112,842) who has also left the top Art Major filly in Precocious Beauty 1:50.1 ($778,196) Rocknroll Heaven is by Rocknroll Hanover from Artistic Vision 1:50.2 ($644,623) who is also the dam of Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2,318,598) Rockin Image is by Rocknroll Hanover from Kikikatie 1:50.3 ($1,415,566) whose five live foals have all gone in 1:50 or better As they all stood in completely different states and sire stakes programmes it is hard to compare them and you end up having to make some judgments for better or worse. Sportswriter Stood his first season in 2011 in Ontario in the midst of the great broodmare exodus from Canada. With the access to the "pokie" money denied, there was a lot of doom and gloom in the Canadian breeding industry and a lot of the top end mares were relocated to the USA due to the fear that the  sire stakes programmes in Canada would be substantially reduced. They still continue to race for great money and recents agreements mean the stakes are set to improve again Even allowing for the problems at the time Sportswriter served a huge book of quality mares which resulted in a foal crop in 2012 of 154 (largest in North America) which raced as two- year-olds last season in Ontario. They took the Ontario Sires Stakes programme by storm and dominated a lot of the races throughout the season. His first season statistics make great reading Foals -- 154 Starters -- 89 Winners -- 48 Sub 1:55 -- 21 Sub 1:53 -- 5 Total Stakes -- $2,489,354  We thought we would take a look at the maternal families of his top five stake earners for the season to get a line on weather Sportswriter is lifting pedigrees. Sports Chic 1:54.2 ($241,389) is from Vesta Blue Chip (unraced) who amongst her many winners has also left the champion mare Rainbow Blue 1:49.2 ($1,600,012) Reverend Hanover - 1:51.1 ($218,500) is from Razzel My Tazzel 1:58 ($13,026) who already has four $250,000 earners but Reverend Hanover looks like he might be the best of them Code One Hanover - 1:54.1 ($182,325) is from the very smart racemare Current Hanover 1:50.3 ($380,248) and is her second $100,000 winner to date Sporting The Look - 1:53 ($178,594) is the fourth foal and best winner to date from the smart racemare Lyons Mandi 1:53 ($162,482) while the grand-dam is the talented Merci 1:55.3 ($264,938) Bob Ben And John - 1:53 ($149,996) is from My Best Girl (lightly raced) who is a half sister to the top horse Calypso Beat 1:52.1 ($828,361)  From that close look Sportswriter is obviously not hurting pedigrees. The one negative and one that is repeated frequently to us when we talk to clients and owners in North America is his lack of a real superstar to go with all the winners. Sports Chic finished 15th on the 2014 seasons money won list while Reverend Hanover finished 22nd on the same list so for Sportswriters two best winners to be so far down the list is a concern  No Sportswriters were in the 2014 versions of the  Metro Pace or the She's A Great Lady Finals even though those races were in their backyard at Mohawk. Reverend Hanover was a late arrival in the later part of the season who did look a touch special but never got the chance to prove it. Comment - A great first season all round but did have several things in his favour namely the 154 foals and the lack of competition in the Ontario Sires Stakes programme means it is very hard to get a real handle on how Sportswriter stacks up. The numbers on there own are great but he does need some grand circuit performers to emerge at three or the naysayers will be out in force.  Rocknroll Heaven When Rocknroll Heaven went to stud he did so with a fanfare not accorded many stallions. Everything about the horse suggested this was a horse that could be a great sire if you listened to a lot of the breeders and owners in North America. He had a great racetrack career to go with his looks and a maternal family to die for. His dam Artistic Vision had won $644,623 and taken a mark of 1:50.2 and had also produced Clear Vision 1:48.2 ($2,318,598) Consequently he served a big book of the best mares in the standardbred world but that was balanced a bit in our opinion due to the fact that he stood at Blue Chip Farms in New York That meant that his progeny would be in the same Sires Stakes programme as Art Major, Bettor's Delight and American Ideal. Without doubt the toughest Sires Stakes programme to compete in during 2014 was New York so any success that Rocknroll Heaven had was going to be well earned.  Rocknroll Heaven's first crop was noticeable for the fact that his best four performers were all fillies headed by the brilliant Sassa Hanover 1:50.1 ($485,591) Foals -- 103 Starters -- 62 Winners -- 33 Sub1:55 -- 16 Sub 1:53 -- 3 Total Stakes -- $1,731,306 Again we have a look at the maternal families of the five biggest stakes earners  from his first crop Sassa Hanover 1:50.1 ($485,591) is the first foal from Sayo Hanover 1:54.2 ($45,317) who is a half sister to Sharky Osbourne 1:49.4 ($900,660)  Shadyshark Hanover 1:47.4 ($771,172) and Shaky Hanover 1:51.2 ($500,189) Band Of Angels 1:51.3 ($184,373) is from Time N Again 1:54 ($60,186) which makes her a half sister to the outstanding filly Romantic Moment 1:50.1 ($1,077,352) Divine Caroline 1:53.1 ($142,597) is the second foal from Loving Caroline 1:52 ($197,059). The first foal is Aunt Caroline 1:51.3 ($230,382) while the second dam of Divine Caroline is Best Laid Plans 1:50.4 ($401,085) Heavenly Bride 1:50.3 pl ($119,345) is the first foal from the former outstanding racemare in Native Bride 1:50 ($707,493) Arque Hanover 1:52.2 ($66,820) is the first foal from A Pippin Hanover 1:52.4 ($104,230) who is a half sister to Appleoosa Hanover 1 52.1 ($519,187) What is very obvious from just those five examples is the quality of the mares Rocknroll Heaven served in his debut season. The performance of his fillies is a big bonus for breeders but there must be some concern that his best son only earned $66,820 Still his sons and daughters were racing in the toughest Sires Stakes programme on the planet so they performed creditably overall. Comment - Given every chance to prove himself with the quality of the mares he served in his first season but more than delivered in the tough New York environment. Able to produce a standout filly in Sassa Hanover (3rd on stakes won list) and several other smart fillies as well but the lack of a real top line colt is a concern. Rockin Image While not a real star on the track, Rockin Image was a very talented racehorse nevertheless. He won in 1:50.4 at two and 1:48.2 at three and banked $901, 756. The big plus is a pedigree without peer with the dam Kikikatie 1:50.3 ($1,415,566) having the unbelievable record of all her five live foals having gone 1:50 or quicker and earned $3,098,977 between them. Rockin Image ended up at stud at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana alongside the state's leading sire in Always A Virgin whose three- year-olds had such a great season last year. He served a large book of good mares who while probably not in the same class as those mares served by Rocknroll Heaven, they have still got a lot of credits to their name with plenty of smart horses on the pedigree page. Rockin Image had 107 foals in his first crop and they did a stellar job in their debut season in the Indiana Sires Stakes programme. He had a good mixture of fillies and colts in his better performers and finished the season in 8th place on the North American 2 year old sires chart which was a great result for a stallion based in Indianna. Foals -- 107 Starters -- 60 Winners -- 29 Sub 1:55 -- 19 Sub 1:53 -- 4 Total Stakes -- $1,339,063 Again we have a look at the maternal families of his five biggest stake earners. Freeky Feet Pete 1:50.3 ($261,950) is from Skyway Lori 1:54.1 ($56,663) who  already has six $100,000 winners apart from this colt. Rockin Good 1:53.2 ($181,250) is from Do Me Good 1:52.4 ($435,346) and the dam is a half sister to Another Mile 1:50.1($641,587) and Do Me Justice 1:53.2 ($412,844) Camturo Rock 1:52.3 ($100,980) is from the smart racemare Camturo 1:52.2 ($190,715) and the dam is a half sister to Matt Damon 1:51.2 ($261.205) Image Of Felicia 1:53.2 ($91,926) is from the smart racemare Keep Your Pans Off 1:51.1($298,441) who has three $100,000 credits as a broodmare including Pans Culottes 1:54.3 ($318,472) Rock The Look 1:54.4 ($88,020) is from Halle Go Lightly 1:54.2 ($65,660) and the dam is a half sister to Trade Sign 1:50.4 ($484,030) and Whogoesfirst 1:49.3 ($357,325) while the grand dam is Go Lightly 1:53.4 ($242,666) A nice group of mares who seem to have clicked with Rockin Image with most of these five on track to be the best winner produced by the dam.  Freeky Feet Pete was the eight fastest 2 year old produced in North America last year and has the look of a horse who will be a great flag bearer for his young sire as a 3 year old. Took the mantle of top 2 year old sire in Indiana off Always A Virgin at his first attempt, which given the success of that stallion on the national stage lately is no mean feat. Comment  - Did a huge job when you take everything into consideration and to finish eighth overall in North America in season one from a base in Indianna is a great result. Has smart fillies and colts and they seem genuine types which is a big plus. We will surely see a couple of the Rockin Image's on the grand circuit as 3 year olds. Harnesslink Media

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