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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 11, 2019- It was a good night of harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for trainer Ron Burke on Thursday, July 11 as he picked up half of the Indiana Sires Stakes wins for two-year-old pacing colts & geldings.  Four $36,500 divisions for freshmen pacing colts & geldings highlighted the evening's 14-race card as they opened up their first round of stakes action. With a mix of prices and favorites, the colts & geldings provided an exciting night of racing with wins from Sawyer's Desire, High Impression, Clever Character and Nassau Desire. In the opening division of the stakes action, Burke found the winner's circle with Sawyer's Desire who made his first pari-mutuel start a winning one with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. Leaving from post four, Sawyer's Desire headed right to the front, but at the first quarter clocking in at 27:0, General Doug A with Dale Hiteman were determined to get the front. Post time favorite Always And Again with Trace Tetrick protected their rail position just enough to find a spot along the rail in third. Once the field reached the half in 56:2, Always And Again took the lead but made a rookie mistake and jumped it off approaching the third station. General Doug A inherited the lead but also made a costly break and took himself out of contention just before the three quarter clocking in 1:26:4. Unaffected by the breaking horses, Sawyer's Desire stayed on course and found himself on the front. Lickcreek Patrick and Sam Widger staged a big rally late in the lane but Sawyer's Desire fended them off to stop the clock in 1:53:0. Lickcreek Patrick was forced to settle for second while Odds On Osiris and Peter Wrenn also rallied well late to get up for third. Slightly dismissed by the betting public, Sawyer's Desire returned $20.20 for the victory. "Obviously, the trip went a little different than I expected. The rough traffic made it so I didn't want to be on the front," driver Ricky Macomber Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "Everything worked out though. He's very nice and did everything I asked him to." With the win, Sawyer's Desire's lifetime earnings were pushed to $18,000. The son of Real Desire-Ain't That Funny is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and David Wills. All eyes were on My House with John De Long in the second division, but High Impression with Sam Widger turned in a strong performance to provide a slight upset. When the gate opened, My House went right to the front from post five while Candys Image Rocks with Michael Oosting opted for a pocket trip. The horses remained in this formation through the first quarter in 27:4 while Power Of Tell with Todd Warren followed in third. Just before the half in 56:4, Widger gave High Impression the green light and he moved out aggressively to claim the lead and carried it through the third quarter in 1:25:3. When the field turned for home, the stage was set for a stretch battle between High Impression, My House and Candys Image Rocks, but ultimately it was High Impression who dug in gamely to get the win and stop the clock at 1:53:0. "He's obviously a super nice individual with a heart like a lion," trainer Ernie Gaskin expressed after the win. "He's not a real big colt but we've worked with him all year and he's coming around very nicely. I don't give the drivers any directions, other than letting them know how the horse trained. Sam did a great job." High Impression paid $11.20 at the betting windows and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $23,250. The son of Rockin Image-Happy Becky is owned in partnership by Robert Rubin, Warren Emery, Ronald Krodel and Riparian Retreat. The third division of the stakes action provided yet another price when Clever Character with Dale Hiteman beat even money favorite Highway Star with Trace Tetrick by just under a length. Stellar BB with Ronnie Gillespie took the lead from the start while Clever Character sat in the pocket seat through the first quarter in 27:0. Just before the half, Clever Character made his game winning move and took the lead through the second station in :56:4. When the field hit the third quarter in 1:26:3, Highway Star began to challenge from the second spot and The Candyman Can with Sam Widger were also ready to strike from third. The three battled it out in the stretch, only for Clever Character to hold off his rivals and stop the clock at 1:52:4, paying $15.20 to win. "He's been handy off the start," driver Dale Hiteman stated after the victory. "We got a good position. I knew he had plenty of power behind him." The 1:52.4 clocking was a new lifetime best for Clever Character and also the fastest division of the night. Clever Character is trained and owned by Timothy Smith. The son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight now sports a lifetime bankroll of $23,000 for his young career. Trainer Ron Burke would find the winner's circle once more as Nassau Desire with Ricky Macomber Jr. prevailed as the heavy favorite in the final split of the stakes action in 1:53.2. Mighty Little Joe and Dale Hiteman left alertly to find the front while Nassau Desire sat patiently in second through the first quarter in 27:2. Nassau Desire                                            -- Linscott Photography As the field headed down the backstretch, Nassau Desire made his move to the front, and hit the half in 56:3. He held onto the lead through the third quarter while a challenging Beachmaster Two with LeWayne Miller were applying pressure on the outside. With a final quarter of 26:4, Nassau Desire paced strong to the wire to get the win. Beachmaster Two finished second and Fort Apache Scout with Brandon Bates came charging late for third. "No one wanted to be on the front, so that's where I had to go," driver Ricky Macomber Jr. expressed after the win. "He's still trying to figure out what he's supposed to do, but he's really handy and does everything I ask him to do." Nassau Desire, a son of Real Desire-Nassau Loop, paid $2.40 for his betting backers. The colt is now two for two this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $23,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, July 12 with two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm, Friday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 12. At the conclusion of live racing, 3 Doors Down will perform as part of the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Harrah's Hoosier Park. 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 www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 10, 2019- It was the freshmen pacing fillies' turn in Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 10. Four $36,500 divisions for freshmen pacing fillies highlighted the evening's 14-race card as the fillies took to their first round of stakes action. After heavy rains in the area, the track was rated sloppy and the divisions provided a mix of favorites and prices with victories from Priceless, Foxy Rigger, Mystical Carrie and Flirtinwithtrouble. Kicking off the stakes action, post time favorite Priceless with Brandon Bates made her career debut a winning one after she turned in a gate to wire performance. Priceless went right to the front, closely followed by Rocksann with John De Long while Princess Sharktank with James Yoder sat along the rail in third. The field remained in single file order through fractions of 27:4, 57:4 and 1:26:1. With a final quarter of 27:0, Priceless coasted on to the wire with a five length lead and stopped the timer in 1:53:1. Rocksann finished second and Princess Sharktank rounded out the trifecta. "I figured I was going to step out and see how the race unfolded," trainer,driver Brandon Bates stated after the victory. "I put her on the front and she did the work. She does everything right and acts like an aged horse." "Kevin Miller trained her down this winter and then contacted me about taking her because he wanted her to be centrally located," Bates continued. "He did a great job with her." In her first lifetime start, Priceless paid $3.20 to win, and brought her lifetime earnings to $18,000. The daughter of Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine is owned by Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung. In the second division, the betting public was backing Foxy Rigger with Trace Tetrick and they were able to deliver a victory. Once the gate opened, Western Sierra with Brandon Bates went for the lead with Passionate Tigress with Odell Cross in second and Foxy Rigger following in third. By the first quarter in 27:2, Western Sierra came first-over and moved to the lead. Once the horses hit the half in 56:1, Foxy Rigger wanted her turn on the front and had taken the lead, leaving Passionate Tigress in second and Western Sierra in third. At the third quarter in 1:25:4, Foxy Rigger began to bolster her lead, two lengths ahead of the field. Stopping the clock at 1:54:1, Foxy Rigger had a five length lead on the rest of the field, while Western Sierra finished second and Elite Five with Kyle Wilfong finished third. "She can be a little tough at times," trainer Brian Brown expressed after the race. "We're going to add some equipment and go from there. I have to give credit to Tim Lane who trained her down all winter. He and his girls did a great job with her. We purchased her after her second qualifier. She's my kind of filly. She's a big, strong, beautiful filly." Post time favorite Foxy Rigger paid $2.60 at the betting windows. The daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel is owned by Country Club Acres & L&H Management Services & Lombardo, Green Racing and Tim Lane, and now boasts $23,250 in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's Sires Stakes card proved to be a good night for trainer James Eaton, who swept the final two divisions. Mystical Carrier and driver Mike Oosting staged a big rally late in the lane to find the winner's circle in 1:54.2 in their split of the stakes action. When the gate, opened, Kickin Up My Heels with Trace Tetrick went right to the front from post seven, while Seventimesacharm with John De Long followed in second. The field remained in straight alignment through fractions of 28:3, 58:2 and 1:27:2 with Mystical Carrie and Oosting waiting patiently in third. Once the pack reached the stretch, Mystical Carrie was given the green light and she ranged up to challenge the leaders. With a final quarter of 26:3, she paced strong to the wire to get the win over Kickin Up My Heels. Mystical Carrie paid $8.40 for the victory. Mystical Carrie rallies late at the wire       ----Linscott Photography. "Last week was her first start, so we were just getting a feel for her," driver Michael Oosting noted after the victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip-it was the perfect trip. She's a very nice filly." Mystical Carrie is trained by James Eaton. The homebred daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Mystical Victress brought her lifetime earnings to $20,500 for owners Mystical Marker Farms. Eaton would find the winner's circle once more on the evening in the last division of the stakes action as Flirtinwithtrouble and John DeLong bested their rivals in 1:54. Once the race began, Molon Labe with Dale Hiteman went right to the lead, followed by Townline Adios with LeWayne Miller and Always In Motion with Trace Tetrick occupying the third spot. When the field reached the first quarter, Always In Motion made a bid at the leaders and reached command by the half in 57:1. By the time the horses passed the three-quarter mark, Delong had Flirtinwithtrouble out and firing and she secured the lead turning for home. Flirtinwithtrouble paced strong to the wire to finish three lengths in front of a hard-charging Odds On Madison and Peter Wrenn. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Flirtinwithtrouble returned $8.40 at the betting windows. The daughter of Tellitlikeitis-Rock N Roan now sports a lifetime bankroll of $21,750 for owners Mystical Marker Farms, F Langley, James Eaton and John Schwartz. Flirtinwithtrouble is now two for two this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, July 11 with four $36,500 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts & geldings. The 14-race card will also feature the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 beginning in race 3 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. 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 www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2019- The curtain rose for two-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 9. With three $45,500 divisions, the freshmen trotting fillies took to their first leg of stakes races. The night provided impressive performances and the post time favorites delivered as May Baby with James Yoder, Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick and Givemeonemoretry with Robert Taylor all found the winner's circle. In the first division, May Baby went right to the front when the wings of the gate opened, closely followed by La Nancio and Jared Finn. The top two pairs held their position through the opening quarter in 29:1, and had Slick N Sassy with LeWayne Miller following in third the half in 1:00:2. The three remained in that formation through the three-quarter in 1:30:2. Once the field hit the stretch, May Baby distanced herself from the pack and crossed the wire 1:57:1, followed by La Nancio in second and Slick N Sassy in third. Powering home with a final quarter of 26:4, May Baby finished seven lengths in front of her competition and also recorded the fastest divisional time of the night. "I didn't really have a plan going into the race," trainer, driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "The front is where we ended up. She can be a little tricky to drive, but when she gets to the stretch, she's all business." May Baby paid $2.40 for her betting backers and brought her lifetime bankroll to $27,750 for owner Cheyenne Yoder. The daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling is undefeated in both of her pari-mutuel starts. The second division of the night started with Act Of Faith and Dale Hiteman heading to the front out of post nine. Act Of Faith remained unchallenged until Skyway Tinacious and Peter Wrenn came first-over just after the quarter in 29:0. Skyway Tinacious took command by the half in 1:00:0, but the morning line favorite Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick followed intently in third. After the three quarter in 1:30:0 with the wire in sight, Rock Swan left her comfortable rail postion, tipped out in the stretch and tracked down her competition. Stopping the clock at 1:58:0, Rock Swan finished four lengths to the good and paid $3.40 to win. Rock Swan was followed by Skyway Tinacious in second and Whom Shall I Love with LeWayne Miller in third. Rock Swan delivered as the post time favorite    ---Linscott Photography. With the win, Rock Swan brought her lifetime bankroll to $29,250 and has now won both of her lifetime pari-mutuel starts. The daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica is trained by Erv Miller and owned in partnership by the S&R Racing Stables and Anthony Lombardi. The third and final division of stakes action had all eyes on Givemeonemoretry and Robert Taylor. The pick of the betting public went straight to the front once the wings of the gate closed, followed closely by Pretzel Party with Brandon Bates and then Deswanslittlelorie and Peter Wrenn. By the time the trio hit the quarter in 28:1, Deswanslittlelorie moved into second, and a gap of three lengths had formed between Pretzel Party and the rest of the field. With middle fractions of 58:2 and 1:28:2, these three remained in this formation, holding onto their spots. The only challenger was a fast-charging Woodside Datendiva with Verlin Yoder but she couldn't reach Givemeonemoretry. Coasting on to the wire, Givemeonemoretry finished three-lengths in front, stopping the timer in 1:57:3. Deswanslittlelorie came in second, followed by Woodside Datendiva in third. "She's got good gate speed, so I wanted to get good position," trainer, driver Robert Taylor mentioned after the win. "She was a little bit of a headache training down, but she's getting better with every start. She's got a lot of heart and desire." Givemeonemoretry went gate to wire               ---Linscott Photography. Givemeonemoretry paid $3.00 to win at the betting windows. The win brought Givemeonemoretry's lifetime earnings to $28,700 for owners Kent Schenk, Taylor Racing LLC and Donnie Ray Taylor. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, July 10 with four $36,500 divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The 14-race card will also feature the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. 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 www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2019 - Setting a new standard for harness racing horses of all gaits at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Castle Flight recorded not only the fastest mile in the country thus far this season, but also tied the overall track record of 1:47:2 at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 31. The 1:47:2 was originally established by Sweet Lou in 2014. Driven by LeWayne Miller, Castle Flight upset the competitive field of open pacers in Harrah's Hoosier Park's seventh race paying $58.20 to win for his betting backers. The Dylan Davis trainee recorded his sixth win of the 2019 season. The betting public had chosen Indiana Sires Stakes and Grand Circuit champion Always A Prince with driver Trace Tetrick as their winner. Always A Prince, trained by Tyler George, quickly settled into the second spot from the outside until the quarter in :26:2. Fan Of Terror, driven by John De Long, led the pacers until the half in :53:2. Always A Prince claimed the first position after the half and into the three-quarter 1:20:2, and remained there throughout the stretch. As the horses approached the wire, Castle Flight passed the heavy favorite, stopping the clock in 1:47:2, followed closely by Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. in second and then Always A Prince in third. With the win, the son of Panspacificflight-O Narutac Castle brought his lifetime bankroll up to $276,476. This was the gelding's 27th lifetime win for owner Michael Cassalino. Friday's 12-race card also featured four divisions of the first leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The division winners were Tellmeabout driven by LeWayne Miller in 1:49:2, Egomania driven by John De Long in 1:49:4, Rockin TJ driven by Michael Oosting in 1:51:1 and Feherty driven by Peter Wrenn in 1:50:0. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, June 1 with three $34,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The 14-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Trot For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Rose Flood | Race Marketing & Operations Admin  

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