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ANDERSON, Ind.-October 30, 2019-Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2019 live harness racing season with a Horsemen's Appreciation Night on Saturday, November 2 and Race Fan Appreciation week beginning on November 5. The activities will be held in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association. "I want to personally thank all horsemen, horsewomen, and the Indiana Standardbred Association for yet another stellar race meet that showcased the racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park to be second to none in North America," Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, expressed. Anyone who has a horse racing November 2 will be invited to enjoy a free dinner courtesy of Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association in the paddock. During the post parade for each of the night's races, the names of the horses' caretakers will be announced along with the drivers, trainers and owners. "It is indeed a group effort and together we put on nightly race cards that were highly competitive and exciting to watch and wager on," Moore continued. "The Indiana sired horses have once again shown that they can compete with the very best throughout the country. It is a testament to all that the Indiana harness racing industry has accomplished. We at Harrah's Hoosier Park wish everyone the best as we head to the off-season and look forward to the 2020 Racing Season featuring the return of the Breeders Crown." In addition, the caretakers of Saturday's winning horses will also receive a prize pack. Names of the winning caretakers will be announced and each will receive special recognition during the winner's circle presentation after each race. Along with honoring the horsemen, Hoosier Park's Fright Night activities have been rescheduled to November 2 after weather caused them to be postponed on the original date. The family-friendly event will include a children's costume trunk-or-treat with free treats, free pumpkins and decorating station, games, and $2 hotdogs and beers. Back by popular demand, Fright Night at the Races will also feature a horse costume contest. Located in the front paddock, horsemen will dress up their horses to compete for prizes. Guests will have an opportunity to join in on the fun and vote for their favorite costume by purchasing a ticket. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation charitable partners of Harrah's Hoosier Park. Both Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2 hold a post time of 7:10 pm and Saturday's 10-race card will be highlighted by a $20,000 Open Trot. The final week of live racing at Hoosier Park will be touted as Race Fan Appreciation Week, with $2 drafts at the Pegasus Lounge and buy one, get one free appetizers at the Homestretch Clubhouse on Tuesday, $5 desserts in the Homestretch Clubhouse on Wednesday and the $1,000 Ace of Races finale on Thursday. On Friday, November 8, Race Fan Appreciation will feature $100 MegaBet drawings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and mystery race vouchers to the first 250 guests to Trackside Caesars Rewards beginning at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 10. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on November 9, 2019.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 25, 2019- The track was lightning fast on Friday, October 25 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, while the track hosted harness racing divisions of The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old fillies and colts of both gaits. The night provided several impressive performances, including a track record-setting performance and two track recording-equaling performances. Pure Chance set the new track standard for three-year-old trotting fillies while Tellmeaboutit matched the record for three-year-old pacing geldings and Summer Charm equaled the record for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's racing action kicked off with Pure Chance and Trace Tetrick going gate-to-wire, lowering the track standard for trotting fillies to 1:52:2 in the first race on the program. Pure Chance clicked off fractions of :27:3, :56:4 and 1:25:2 before crossing the wire to re-establish Meadowbrook Grace's 1:52:3 track record time. The Christopher Beaver trainee paid $2.40 to win. The other division of the stakes action for trotting fillies was won by Grand Swan who also went to gate to wire with LeWayne Miller in the bike in 1:53:3. The second record show came from Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting in the first division for pacing geldings. The Alvin Miller trainee waited patiently with a pocket trip through fractions of :26:2, :53:2 and 1:20:4. Once the field turned for home, it was a calvary charge toward the wire but Tellmeaboutit bested his competitors. Stopping the clock in 1:48:3, he tied the record set by Always A Prince the previous year. Tellmeaboutit returned $2.40 to win at the betting windows. The New York Sires Stakes Champion Hickfromfrenchlick returned to Hoosier Park for the second time this season to score his eighth consecutive victory in the other pacing colt division in 1:49:3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Summer Charm and Drew Monti turned in the second record-tying performance of the night when the Ron Burke trainee equaled the 1:49:4 pacing filly record set by Wisdom Tree in 2018. The track record for three-year-old pacing fillies is now co-held by Summer Charm, Wisdom Tree and Rockin Nola. Summer Charm benefitted from a pocket seat through fractions of :26:3, :55:1 and 1:23:0 and dug in gamely late in the lane to best her rivals. Summer Charm paid $13.00 to win in the slight upset. The other pacing filly division was captured by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting in 1:50:2. The evening's 13-race card also featured two divisions of the Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Whata Swan and Robert Taylor were able to withhold all challenges and score in 1:55:2 to pull the slight upset in the first division for trainer William Crone. Lucky Weekend with Peter Wrenn followed suit to pull another upset in the second division of the stakes action, scoring in 1:53:3 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. he lone division of The Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing geldings on the card was won by Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn, grabbing back-to-back stakes wins in 1:52:2 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Saturday, October 26 with a 10 race card featuring divisions of the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will host Fright Night at the Races, a family-fun Halloween event. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 23, 2019- The spirit of Halloween will descend upon Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they are set to once again host the wildly popular Fright Night at the Races, a family night at the track, on Saturday, October 26. The family-friendly event will include a children's costume trunk-or-treat with free treats, free pumpkins and decorating station, games, and $2 hotdogs and beers. The event is free to the public, and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The first live race begins at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the event, Hoosier Park will be filled with activities from The Yard to the front paddock. Children in costumes are invited to trick-or-treat by visiting local community members and Hoosier Park team members who will be on-hand in The Yard to pass out candy. Back by popular demand, Fright Night at the Races will feature a horse costume contest. Located in the front paddock, horsemen will dress up their horses to compete for prizes. Guests will have an opportunity to join in on the fun and vote for their favorite costume by purchasing a ticket. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation charitable partners of Harrah's Hoosier Park. "This is one of our most popular events of the season," Race Marketing Manager, Emily Gaskin noted. "The costumes are second to none and everyone has a great time. We hope this event will continue to grow each year and racing fans will enjoy it as much as we do." The family-friendly atmosphere will include designated family parking and entrances to accommodate all guests. The night will also include interactive games and prizes. Hoosier Buddy, the official mascot of Hoosier Park, will also be present to spread the Halloween spirit. In conjunction with all of the Fright Night at the Races activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also host a 10-race card featuring three divisions of the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old competitors. Live racing 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 18, 2019- Coming off the heels of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted another round of harness racing Grand Circuit action on Friday, October 18. The Pegasus Stakes for three-year-olds were the featured events of the evening, with two divisions for each sex and gait. With the exception of an upset by Yes, favorites prevailed with wins from Rockin Nola, Pure Chance, Highlandbeachlover, Thunder, Grand Swan, Jk American Beauty and Hickfromfrenchlick. Rockin Nola and Grand Swan defended their home turf with wins in their respective divisions and six of the eight stakes races saw at least one Indiana sired horse on the board. It was also another big night for Harrah's Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick who scored five wins on the evening. The night kicked off with the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing filly champion, Rockin Nola scoring her second consecutive victory for driver Joey Putnam. Using her customary late rallying style, Rockin Nola found a spot mid-pack in sixth and waited patiently through fractions of :26:4, :56:2 and 1:24:1, eventually moving to the outer flow to make her bid. Once the wire was in sight, Rockin Nola dug in with a final quarter of :27:0 and grabbed the win, a length to the good. She stopped the clock in 1:51:2, followed by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting. Rockin Nola paid $3.80 at the betting windows. Rockin Nola is the daughter of Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore and was bred by Mahlon Lambright. With tonight's win, the Joe Putnam trainee has won 11 of 25 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $415,672 for owners Joe Putnam, Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot. After winning the early double, Trace Tetrick would return to the winner's circle with three-year-old trotting filly Pure Chance who turned in an impressive effort in 1:53:0. Tetrick eased the filly off the gate and she settled along the rail in fourth but it didn't take long for Pure Chance to move to the lead. At the half in :56:3, Tetrick guided the filly to the front, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:25:1. Turning for home, Pure Chance bolstered her lead on the field, eventually crossing the wire two lengths ahead of her competition, leaving Sensibility with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to settle for second. Pure Chance paid $4.40 to win. Pure Chance, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Jewell Creek, has won nine of 22 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime best with the win. Trained by Christopher Beaver, the filly sports a lifetime bankroll of $269,488 for owners Christopher Beaver and Steven Zeehandelar. Pure Chance was bred by Jonas Schlabach. Stakes action for the pacing colts began with a victory from Highlandbeachlover and Brett Miller. The Ernest Gaskin trainee grabbed a pocket seat from the start and held it through the first split in :27:0. Miller gave Highlandbeachlover the green light down the backside and he moved to the outside, passing his competition through fractions of :54:3 and 1:21:4. The heavily favored Dealer's Table and Sam Widger made a strong bid at the leader but Highlandbeachlover dug in gamely to get the win over a fast-closing Rose Run Ulysses and Trace Tetrick in 1:50. Highlandbeachlover paid $6.80 for his backers at the betting windows. Highlandbeachlover is the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland and has won eight of 25 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Owned by Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $144,314. Highlandbeachlover was bred by High Thoroughbred Farm. In the very next race, Tetrick continued his winning ways, this time with the John Butenschoen trainee, trotting colt Thunder. Thunder spent the first quarter of the race trading positions with Mass Fortune K and Brett Miller, the latter leading at the opening split in :27:1. Thunder grabbed the lead soon after, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:26:1. Digging in with a final quarter of :27:3, Thunder finished just a head in front of Smooth Acceleration and John De Long in 1:54:1, paying $3.40 to win. Thunder, the son of Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna, scored his first win of the season and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $255,171 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Day Dream Racing and VIP Internet Stables. He has now won six of 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Grand Swan found the winner's circle for the third consecutive time for trainer, driver LeWayne Miller. Uninvolved through the early stages of the race, Grand Swan sat fifth through opening fractions of :28:1 and :56:3. When the field reached the third quarter in 1:25:1, Grand Swan began to make her move and was closing in fast on the leaders. With a final quarter of :28:2, Grand Swan tracked the leaders down and coasted to the wire two lengths to the good with a final time of 1:53:4 paying $2.80 to win. She was followed by American Kronos with Trace Tetrick. The recently crowned 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan is the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum and was bred by Larry Miller. She has won 17 of 24 lifetime starts and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $559,750 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. Just when it seemed a favorites trend was forming, a price finally scored when Michael Oosting guided Erv Miller trainee Yes to the winner's circle, lighting up the tote board and paying $70.20 to win in their split of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts. Yes grabbed a pocket seat and held it through and opening fraction of :27:3. Oosting waited patiently for much of the mile and found late racing room and Yes responded. Charging home with a final quarter of :26:4, Yes crossed the wire almost two lengths to the good, besting the field in 1:53:3. He was followed by Indiana Sires Stakes champion and post time favorite, Swandre The Giant with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. "It worked out better than I thought," driver Michael Oosting had to say about the upset. "I wanted to get out close and make sure we didn't have any trouble. Once we found late racing room, he was full of trot." Yes, the son of Manofmanymissions-Fantasy Yankee has now won six of 24 lifetime starts and brought his lifetime to $208,903 with tonight's win. He was bred by Edward Lohmeyer and has international connections being owned by Thestable Yes Group out of Ontario, Canada. The second pacing filly to take home a win was the Nancy Johansson trainee Jk American Beauty who delivered as the heavy betting favorite in her split of the stakes action. Driven by Brett Miller, JK American Beauty made her move to the front down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers to stop the timer in 1:52.1. Summer Charm and Drew Monti surged late in the lane but were forced to settle for second place honors. Jk American Beauty paid $5.40 to win for her betting backers. Jk American Beauty is the homebred daughter of American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. With the win, Jk American Beauty has won 5 of 28 lifetime starts and holds a lifetime bankroll of $370,523. New York Sires Stakes Champion, pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one and extended his win streak to seven in impressive fashion in the final leg of stakes action. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Hickfromfrenchlick reached command just past the half and never looked back. Finishing under a hand drive from Tetrick, Hickfromfrenchlick was an open length winner and stopped the timer in 1:49.4, the fastest stakes time of the night. Hickfromfrenchlick paid $2.80 to win. "He's a great horse and he's so tough," trainer Ryan Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's been well traveled this season and he can race on any size track. He's got a few races left here at Hoosier Park this season, like the Monument Circle." Hickfromfrenchlick is the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star and was bred by Steve Jones. He has now won 14 of 20 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $561,927 for owners Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Friday, October 25 with the Circle City Stakes, followed by the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-olds on Saturday, October 26. Grand Circuit racing will wrap up at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, November 1 with The $200,000 Monument Circle, The $200,000 Carl Erskine, The $100,000 USS Memorial and The Crossroads of America. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 19 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 9, 2019- With earnings of over eight million dollars and 601 lifetime training wins, the name Jeff Cullipher is synonymous with harness racing and success at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Whether it's holding leading training titles or sending his horses into Grand Circuit action, Cullipher is in the midst of his best season to date as a trainer, on track to nearly double his 2018 earnings. As Indiana gets ready to host its biggest night of harness racing on Friday, October 11, it's only fitting that Cullipher is sending out six horses, the most of any trainer, into the $2 million card for the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. "The season really starts at the sales," Cullipher revealed. "You start training the babies down to make sure they're ready to go. It's like they're starting first grade and you're hoping to get them ready to graduate by this time next year." Even with the nature of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, Cullipher doesn't favor stakes horses to race horses. "I love the race horses because you get to race them every week. Yes, the stakes horses are fun, a little bit because racing for that kind of money tends to be a bit more fun. You have to have the race horses to have the stakes horses." It's no secret that the Indiana Sires Stakes program breeds some strong rivalries throughout the season, and Cullipher is no stranger to that concept. He spent three-year-old trotting filly Kota's Swan's sophomore season trying to give her a chance to split battling rivals Grand Swan and Measuredperfection. While those two continue to hold the favor of the betting public, Kota's Swan has held onto second place in the points standings, taking home victories in the third, fourth and fifth legs. The daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick has won nine of 29 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $220,346. Kota's Swan will be the first Cullipher contender to grace the track Friday night guided by regular pilot Sam Widger in the sixth race on the evening's 14-race card. "I had Kota's Swan as a baby, and she's done a complete 180 on her maturity level in the last year," Cullipher had to say about the filly. "She's pretty hot and spunky, and she's much more versatile this year. I didn't get the best post position with her, but I chose to take her off Lasix for the final with the hope she'll get back to those strong finishes she's accustomed to." Trying to best another set of rivals is three-year-old trotting colt Martini Show. While Cullipher didn't train him during his freshman campaign, he's hoping this will be the year Martini Show can overcome heavy rivals Swandre The Giant and It's A Herbie. In fact, the son of Swan For All-Barmaid finished third behind the battling pair in last year's super final. This year, he hopes to pad his current lifetime bankroll of $196,515. "I think I've got Martini Show going at the right time. He's such a big colt but he's finally developed into himself, even though he's a big kid all the time. With both him and Kota's Swan, I'm hoping the heavy rivals will get focused on a battle and we can catch them at the end. He's absolutely getting better and better so I'm hoping to see him firing on all cylinders in the final." Martini Show will hope to finally best the trotting rivals for the first time in Friday's 11th race with Sam Widger at the lines. Cullipher's third sophomore contender, pacing gelding Rockin TJ, will be the last of the barn representatives in stakes action in the 13th race with Dale Hiteman in the sulky. Cullipher's current superstar is two-year-old trotting colt Tj's Top Pick. Cullipher purchased the son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd with co-owner Tom Pollack at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale for $40,000. While Cullipher and Pollack weren't overly impressed with his pedigree, his video stuck out to them like no other had. "We weren't even going for trotters, but we felt so strongly about Tj's Top Pick, so clearly it was meant to be," Cullipher laughed. "When we were training him down this winter, I liked the way he trotted all along, but it wasn't until we got moved into Hoosier Park that he really found his stride." Piloted by co-owner Trace Tetrick, Tj's Top Pick will play the role of morning line favorite in race 9, as he looks to cap off his impressive stakes season by winning the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final. With the exception of one miscue earlier on in the season, TJ's Top Pick has won seven of eight starts this season, including a track record-setting performance in stakes action. Tj’s Top Pick will look to cap off his stakes season with a Super Final win       --Dean Gillette Photography Cullipher's other freshman gelding, My House, will attempt to best a competitive field of pacers in the 10th race with John De Long in the bike. Five-year-old pacing gelding Incredible Shark with Sam Widger will take on a field of aged horses in the 12th race as Cullipher brings him back to his home track. Cullipher has a total of six going into Friday's card, including one aged competitor. Each has its own racing style and traits that make it a great horse but if asked to pick a favorite, Cullipher gravitates toward one of the new kids in the barn. It just happens to be the favorite that has made $177,871 in their sophomore season and has won seven of eight lifetime starts. "I've got to go with Tj's Top Pick. I wish he was the only one in on Friday. I also with it was the first race so I could get it over with so I didn't have to stress, which I know my family would also appreciate. I don't know if it's his personality that made me love him or if it's because he's so good, but he's a dream horse. He's in a different league." Cullipher believes in the necessity of patience and management skills when it comes to being a trainer-skills Cullipher no doubt possesses as he's won the leading trainer title at Harrah's Hoosier Park in both 2017 (tied with Jamie Macomber) and 2018. He also moved some of his horses out east this year to get them racing on the different tracks, and has been seeing success on the Grand Circuit as well. "I feel fortunate to have the other stable. If one horse is struggling out east, I can always bring it here. I do have to attribute a lot of my success to Tom Pollack, though. He's second to none for owners," he noted. "I also couldn't be where I am without my family, who is incredibly supportive." Even with the appeal of racing somewhere new, Cullipher has no plans to leave Indiana in the rearview mirror, especially not with the Indiana Sires Stakes program. "It's a great program, though at the start of the year I wasn't sure of the new format. Obviously I don't mind it now that I'm doing well, but I'd like to see something where every horse is getting what they deserve and not just the top ones. But the bottom line is, Indiana is home for me and this is the place that made me." So while Cullipher has already established an impressive repertoire for himself at his Hoosier Park home, Friday could be when he finally secures his spot in the Indiana Sires Stakes record books. First post for Hoosier Champions night at Harrah's Hoosier Park is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 with a 14-race card. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $270,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. 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.-October 8, 2019- While she's sending three horses into a $2 million dollar harness racing card on Friday, October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park, two breakout pacers have been stealing the headlines from the Missy Essig barn. Both unraced as two-year-olds, Little Rocket Man and Shamwow have made names for themselves throughout the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes season. The rookie three-year-old pacers have combined seasonal earnings of $291,505 and have combined to win 17 of 25 lifetime starts. According to Essig, the secret to her success is taking things one day at a time. "We really didn't think much of either of them at first," Essig noted about her contenders. "They were both pretty lazy-Little Rocket Man didn't even show interest in his first qualifier. We had him staked to the fairs instead of Sires Stakes at the advice of a friend who was taking care of him over the winter. We were really just hoping to make our money back with him at the start of the season." Little Rocket Man had a modest beginning finishing eight lengths behind Rockie Got Framed in 1:58:2 in his first lifetime qualifier. After a sub-par qualifying effort, the sophomore pacer seemingly found his competitive side and impressed his connections with a victory at first asking. Besting a field of 10 for his maiden breaking win from the middle of the pack, Little Rocket Man won his first start in 1:53:4 and hasn't slowed down since. Purchased at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, Essig's father, Russell Beeman had noticed Little Rocket Man, but it was Jack Freeman who purchased him and convinced Beeman to buy in. "My dad always wanted Gt Miss Royal's babies. She was a gritty mare that we used to race years ago and dad always said that if she had babies, he wanted some. He was nervous, though, because of how small Little Rocket Man was, but he definitely looked at him because of his breeding." On the opposite end of the acquisition spectrum, Shamwow is a homebred owned by Cornerstone Stock Farms. The start of Shamwow's 2019 campaign was a little slower than Little Rocket Man's, as Shamwow didn't start in stakes action until the fourth leg on July 26 where he made his stakes debut a winning one. "With Shamwow, I'm grateful to have Jeff Fought for an owner," Essig expressed. "We had to start things slowly with Shamwow and Jeff supported us with that. Once he got behind the gate, though, he started racing great and really started figuring things out. It was like a light bulb came on-he started figuring things out and would be running over horses he was training with." In addition to being stablemates, Shamwow and Little Rocket Man share very similar racing styles and routines. Both race well off the pace, which is the preferred method for Shamwow. Little Rocket Man is the more versatile one, but Shamwow has perfected an impressive late closing rally. Essig is also known for training Dontfusswithruss, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes Champion at both two and three and earned over $530,000 throughout his illustrious racing career. While Dontfusswithruss is a trotter, Little Rocket Man shares a similar personality and is just as ornery as Essig's former champion. The main similarity Shamwow shares with the trotter is routine-all three of these sires stakes horses have been trained down the same way, excluding the fact Dontfusswithruss raced as a two-year-old. Each one, though, has proven to be a fierce competitor for Essig. "Truthfully, we wanted a barn full of trotters," Essig said with a laugh. "At the sale it ended up working out where we ended up with pacers, which worked out to be a blessing. A good horse is a good horse and you'll love it no matter what. We haven't really changed how we trained them. You don't know who they really are until they're behind the gate." Racing fans who have watched an Essig horse win a race have also seen the family reunion that occurs in the winner's circle after a victory. Essig's family and friends own many of the horses she trains and her husband helps her with the training duties. Essig's father, who owns a piece of a few of her horses, is also in the barn almost every morning to help jog and train. "It's definitely a family affair for us. I think getting people involved when they're young is important. My niece who is 15 comes out and helps me train and she's been doing that since she was 12," Essig noted. "She brings her parents out to the track and gets them involved too. If young people get involved, that's how we create future owners. We have a lot of fun with our family and friends being so involved." While she's had much training success over the years, Essig hasn't hoisted an Indiana Sires Stakes final trophy since Dontfusswithruss in 2012. Along with Little Rocket Man and Shamwow, Essig is also sending two-year-old trotting filly Rjz First Lady into the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies from post 10 with LeWayne Miller. For her stable standouts, Little Rocket Man drew post six in the talented field of ten assembled for the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings with regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike. Little Rocket Man, who leads the division in points for the season, sports a lifetime best of 1:49 taken at Harrah's Hoosier Park and will be looking for his 12th win from 17 starts this season. Aside from one ninth place finish, Little Rocket Man has earned a check every trip behind the gate this season, including a fifth place finish against Grand Circuit company in the $170,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace. Shamwow will be guided by LeWayne Miller and will start from the second-tier, post 10. The sophomore son of Always A Virgin-Bolero Takara has won six of nine lifetime starts and has never finished worse than second in his young career. Shamwow sports a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 and will be looking to score his third consecutive Harrah's Hoosier Park victory with a win in the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. "Winning the final would mean the world to me," Essig continued. "These two have been such a blessing. I don't want to jinx it, but my dream would obviously be a dead heat with the two of them." First post for Hoosier Champions night at Harrah's Hoosier Park is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 with a 14-race card. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $250,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. 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.-October 4, 2019-The aged harness racing contenders for Indiana Sires Stakes action took to the stage on Friday, October 4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While all eyes have been on the two-year-olds and three-year-olds prepping for the upcoming $250,000 Super Finals on Friday, October 11, the aged competitors squared off in their eliminations to compete for a spot behind the gate in their respective $50,000 Aged Sires Stakes finals. Favorites mainly dominated with wins from Rockin N Runnin, Tookadiveoffdipper and Shnitzledosomethin but one price found a win with Voom Or Bang. The aged trotting divisions did not require eliminations. The aged stakes action kicked off with the pacing mares and it was Rockin N Runnin who turned a pocket trip into a victory and overcame a heavy favorite at the wire. Stopping the clock in 1:51:1, Rockin N Runnin made her sixth consecutive trip to the winner's circle, guided by trainer, driver Ross Leonard. When the wings of the gate opened, heavy favorite Golden Paradise with Trace Tetrick went straight to the lead. Rockin N Runnin opted for a pocket trip while Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin with John De Long followed intently third. The order remained unchanged and Golden Paradise went uncontested through fractions of :27:1, :56:3 and 1:25:0. As the horses turned for home, Golden Paradise's lead shortened and Rockin N Runnin was looming large in the pocket. The mares matched strides but Rockin N Runnin reached the wire first by a head, paying $5.00 to win. Golden Paradise held on for second and Seventimesavirgin secured her spot in third. "What makes her so good is that she's so versatile," trainer, driver Ross Leonard noted in the winner's circle. "We purchased her in 2017 and we've had no expectations with her. We've taken our time and let her tell us what she can handle. I have to give the credit to my family for getting her back to the races. She is one of the toughest race horses we have ever had." After being unraced last season due to injury, Rockin N Runnin has rewarded her connections this season for their patience. With the win, she has now won 10 of 15 starts this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $130,474 for owners Dandy Farms Racing, Gregory Samples and Rachel Leonard. Rockin N Runnin is a five-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Mysterious Dragon and was bred by Merlin Van Otterloo. In the first division for the aged pacing stallions and geldings, Tookadiveoffdipper with John De Long properly played the role of post-time favorite and turned in a decisive gate-to-wire performance to get the win. Utilizing a final quarter of :26:0, Tookadiveoffdipper dug in gamely late in the lane to stop the timer 1:50:0. Tookadiveoffdipper grabbed the lead from the start and rattled off fractions of :26:3, :55:3 and 1:24:0 while Incredible Shark and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. Turning for home, Tookadiveoffdipper appeared strong on the front. Incredible Shark pulled from the pocket but Tookadiveoffdipper found another gear to get the win, paying $3.80 at the betting windows. Incredible Shark's effort paid off in a second place finish and Rockin Speed and Jared Seekman were third. Tookadiveoffdipper, the son of Always A Virgin-Onceinabluemoon, has now won 28 of 73 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $277,006 for owners Jane Cross and Mark Cross. He was bred by Van Oterloo Stables. The second aged pacing mare elimination brought a price to the winner's circle, along with back-to-back wins for trainer Roger Welch. Sent off at 13-1, Voom Or Bang with John De Long grabbed the victory and the mare paid $28.80 to win. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockin Serena with Peter Wrenn took the lead and guided the field through fractions of :26:1, :55:2 and 1:24:2. When the field turned for home, Voom Or Bang saved her best for last and surged past her rivals late in the lane to get the win in 1:52:0. Rockin Serena held on for second and Letme Fly Low with LeWayne Miller staged a late rally for third. Voom Or Bang, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover, has now recorded 13 of 52 lifetime wins and has amassed $411,932 in lifetime purse earnings for owners William De Long, Patrick De Long, Jesse De Long and John De Long. The mare was bred by Cottonwood Farms. The final aged event was the second division for the pacing stallions and geldings. Sent off as the heavy post time favorite, Shnitzledosomethin returned to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the first time this season and went gate-to-wire in 1:50:4 with Peter Wrenn in the bike. The Dylan Davis trainee has been racing on the East Coast, but is no stranger to the Hoosier Park oval and will be looking to secure his first Indiana Sires Stakes title next week. Shnitzledosomethin                                                                       --Linscott Photography  Shnitzledosomethin grabbed the lead as soon as the gate opened, followed gamely by Granite with Todd Warren. Shnitzledosomethin clicked off fractions :26:3, :55:3 and 1:24:1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Turning for home, the pocket-sitting Granite and Todd Warren made a bid at the leader but Shnitzledosomethin was too determined and charged to the wire finishing almost two lengths ahead of the second-place Granite. Dave And Dennis with Joey Putnam rounded out the trifecta. Shniztledosomethin paid $2.40 to win at the betting windows. Now in his four-year-old season, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has won five of 15 starts in 2019. Shnitzledosomethin has now won 14 of 48 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $695,862 for owners Bfj Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Edwin Gold and Abraham Basen. The 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes season will come to a close at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, October 11 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $250,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. The evening will also feature free hats to the first 500 guests to Trackside Caesars Rewards, a Hoosier Champions Pick'em kiosk game, winner's circle giveaways and the $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.-October 2, 2019-The final week of harness racing preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes action continued on Wednesday, October 2 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Wednesday was the fillies' turn, as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by two divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. While the night started with a victory from heavy favorite Grand Swan, minor upsets prevailed in the final divisions when Haylie Ivy, Seventimesacharm and Foxy Rigger found the winner's circle. All of the evening's winners stamped their ticket into the $250,000 season culminating Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals that are slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The stakes action kicked off with another impressive performance from Grand Swan, who took advantage of Hoosier Park's quarter mile stretch to overcome her competitors. She crossed the wire three and a quarter lengths in front for trainer, driver LeWayne Miller and recorded lifetime win 15 from 22 starts. Though Grand Swan was the post-time favorite, it was Tatiana Romanova with Trace Tetrick who grabbed the early lead to dictate opening fractions of :27:1 and :56:3 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. At the third quarter in 1:26:2, the betting public's second choice, Sophia Lia with John De Long, was out and applying pressure from first-over on the leading Tatiana Romanova with Grand Swan perfectly placed second-over. Miller tipped Grand Swan around the tiring cover and she surged three lengths ahead of the field, stopping the clock in1:54:0 and paying $2.40 to win. She was followed by a fast-charging Always Be With You and Michael Oosting in second and Sophia Lia hanging on for third. "We got the ideal trip tonight, but she can race any way," Miller noted after the win. "It's been business as usual with her, even with the final coming up. I haven't changed a thing." Grand Swan, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $417,500 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. The filly was bred by Larry Miller. The second division for the trotting fillies brought a slight upset by Jamie Macomber trainee, Haylie Ivy. Ricky Macomber Jr. guided the filly to the winner's circle for her first stakes victory, recording a time of 1:54:1. When the gate opened, LeWayne Miller guided Swanind Fastlane to the lead, looking for a stakes double on the card while even-money favorite Measuredperfection with Trace Tetrick grabbed the pocket seat through opening fractions of :28:3 and :57:2. Just before the third quarter in 1:26:1, Measuredperfection was on top but Haylie Ivy had ranged up and was engaging the leader from first-over. Neither filly appeared to give an inch, but ultimately it was Haylie Ivy who dug in gamely late and crossed the wire a quarter length ahead of Measuredperfection. Summit City Swan with Brandon Bates rallied for third. Haylie Ivy paid $9.00 for her betting backers. "The trip didn't really go as planned," driver Ricky Macomber Jr. revealed in the winner's circle. "She races well either way, but I wanted to be covered up so she could follow a helmet. You can't really be picky with post eight. She's been getting better with every start-hopefully that's the case for next week as well." Haylie Ivy is the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Helium and was bred by Paul Webb. This was her seventh win of 17 lifetime starts and she now sports a lifetime bankroll of $114,580 for owners Leander Schwartz, Eleven Star Stables and Jamie Macomber. The first division for the freshmen pacing fillies brought the homebred Seventimesacharm to the winner's circle, where she recorded a new lifetime best of 1:51:1. Trained and driven by John De Long, the filly turned in a gate-to-wire performance to record her second stakes victory of the season. Seventimesacharm grabbed the lead as soon as the gate opened while Genie Rockwell with James Yoder settled in the second position. Seventimesacharm clicked off fractions of :27.2 and :55.2 before being challenged on the outside by Atoritotell and Dale Hiteman. Once the field turned for home, Seventimesacharm was able to put away Atoritotell and also hold off a late surge from Somebodyslilly with Michael Oosting. Somebodyslilly's effort paid off with a second-place finish and Bluebird Love with Todd Warren rallied for third. Seventimesacharm paid $7.60 to win. Seventimesacharm, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven was bred by Jesse De Long, who also owns the filly. She has won three of 10 lifetime starts and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $86,885. In the final division of stakes action, Brian Brown trainee, Foxy Rigger grabbed back-to-back stakes wins with regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike. In gate-to-wire fashion, Foxy Rigger asserted her authority and bested her rivals to stop the clock in 1:51:4. Foxy Rigger wasted no time and went straight to the front as soon as the wings of the gate opened, followed closely by Odds On Melanie with Peter Wrenn. Foxy Rigger held her lead unchallenged, clocking fractions of :27:3, :56:0 and 1:24:2 while Odds On Melanie still followed intently in second. With a six-race win-streak on the line, Sam Widger was unable to wait any longer and had Grace Rocks on the attack first-over rounding the final turn. Foxy Rigger goes gate-to-wire for another stakes win                  -- Linscott Photography By the time the field reached the stretch, Foxy Rigger had established an almost two-length lead on the field and using a :27.2 final quarter, she maintained her lead all the way to the wire. Odds On Melanie held on for second while Grace Rocks was forced to settle for third. Foxy Rigger paid $11.40 to win at the betting windows. "She raced well tonight and was nice to handle," driver Trace Tetrick mentioned after the victory. "She's come a long way in a short period of time. She did everything that I asked her to do. She's a versatile filly." Foxy Rigger is the daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel and was bred by Wilker Family Farms. With this being lifetime win seven of eight, she now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $157,375 for owners Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services, Lombardo/Green Racing and Timothy Lane. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, October 3 with two divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and two divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's live racing card will be highlighted by the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 in Races 3-6 and the $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.-October 1, 2019- Freshmen trotters of both sexes made their last grab for points in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, October 1 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The harness racing evening's card was highlighted by two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts & geldings. While the evening saw impressive performances all around, May Baby stole the show by lowering the freshman trotting filly track record in the first stakes race of the night. Also finding the winner's circle through the night was Rock Swan, TJ's Top Pick and Emma Town Bud as the freshman completed their eighth and final round of the stakes action. The $250,000 season culminating Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals are slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In the opening division, May Baby triumphed in a track record-setting performance for trainer, driver James Yoder. In an impressive gate-to-wire show, May Baby stopped the clock in 1:53:2, lowering the previous track record for two-year-old trotting fillies set by Phaetosive during the Breeders Crown eliminations in 2017. May Baby grabbed the lead once the wings of the gate opened, followed closely by La Nancio with Jared Finn and then Pretzel Party with Trace Tetrick. May Baby led the field through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:1 as the trotters remained in straight formation. After the third quarter in 1:26:1, May Baby began to bolster her lead on her competition. With a lead of sixth lengths, May Baby trotted strong to the wire. When she crossed the wire in track record-time, she was eleven lengths to the good. Pretzel Party staged a late rally to get up for second, while La Nancio held on for third. May Baby paid $2.10 across the board at the betting windows. "It really has been a long season, but this is what we've been training for all year," trainer, driver James Yoder noted in the winner's circle. "The preparation for next week won't change-she'll be doing what she's been doing, sticking to her normal schedule." May Baby is the daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling and was bred by Oakwood Farms. In just her freshman career, she has now won six of seven lifetime starts and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $154,990 for owner Cheyenne Yoder. The other division for the fillies brought fellow heavy favorite Rock Swan to the winner's circle for her fourth straight Indiana Sires Stakes win. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, the filly gamely rebounded from the Kentuckiana Stallion Management two weeks prior and returned to her winning ways in 1:55:4. It was Rjz First Lady with LeWayne Miller who took the lead from the start and through an opening quarter of :28:3 while J-S Miss Carly with Alex Udell sat in second and Rock Swan waited patiently in third. Just before the half in :58:3, Tetrick moved Rock Swan into the front position, remaining unchallenged as the horses turned for home, clocking a third quarter of 1:27:3. Rock Swan looked to be maintaining a two-length lead, but a fast-charging Rjz First Lady dug in on the inside. Rock Swan held her ground, crossing the wire first and leaving Rjz First Lady in second with J-S Miss Carly in third. Rock Swan paid $2.60 for her betting backers. Rock Swan, the daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica now sports a lifetime bankroll of $229,480 for owners S&R Racing Stables and Anthony Lombardi. The Erv Miller trainee was bred by Bobby Brower and Debra Garland and has now won seven of nine lifetime starts. Favorites continued to shine once the colts & geldings took to the track when Trace Tetrick drove TJ's Top Pick to victory for trainer Jeff Cullipher. The track record holder surged past the leading Brigotto in the final strides, making this win seven of eight for the gelding. When the gate opened, Osprey Hanover with Deshawn Minor took the front position and held it through the first quarter in :28:2. Not long after that first fraction, Sam Widger urged Brigotto, who sat in second, out to attack and claim the second spot just in time to record a half time of :57:0. Brigotto held his lead through the third quarter in 1:27:0. When Brigotto reached the stretch, Tetrick urged TJ's Top Pick to dig in and rally for the win. While Brigotto appeared strong on the front, it was TJ's Top Pick who rushed up the grandstand side, crossing the wire first in 1:55:0. Brigotto held on for second and R Fromoutacherry staged a late rally for third. TJ's Top Pick paid $2.60 to win. "I liked everything in his video, but I didn't think we'd buy him," owner Tom Pollack revealed in the winner's circle. "Jeff really liked him, but I had my eye on another trotter. We ended up getting him, though, since he was Jeff's 'top pick.'" TJ's Top Pick is the son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd and was bred by Freeman Jay Bontrager. He now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $177,870 for owners Pollack Racing LLC, Jeff Cullipher and Trace Tetrick. The betting public's second choice took a win in the fourth and final stakes race of the evening when Emma Town Bud with Michael Oosting provided a slight upset over Swan In Motion with Ricky Macomber Jr. The Byron Hooley trainee grabbed back-to-back stakes wins and established a new lifetime best of 1:54:4. Hungry for another stakes win, Emma Town Bud went straight for the lead when the gate opened and carried it through the opening quarter in :27:3. After the half, Katkin Morgan with James Yoder took the lead while the field went nose to tail through the half in :56:3 and the third quarter in 1:26:1. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud and Swan In Motion began to match strides in a stretch battle, but it was Emma Town Bud who ultimately prevailed and crossed the wire one length ahead of his competitor. Swan In Motion accepted the second spot while J-S Jasper dug in for third. Emma Town Bud paid $7.00 to win at the betting windows. Emma Town Bud, the son of Big Stick Lindy-Centerfold Lady was bred by Mervin Lehman. With this being the third win of 10 lifetime starts, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $110,045 for owner Summit Pacing Acres LLC. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, October 2 with two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies and two divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The evening's live racing card will be highlighted by the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 19, 2019-Sophomore trotting colts & geldings took another turn in Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action on Thursday, September 19 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening's card was highlighted by two $47,000 divisions in leg seven of eight for the division as the horses prepare for the upcoming Stakes Super Finals next month. Favorites prevailed in both divisions with victories from Martini Show and Swandre The Giant. After a scratch of the morning line choice, It's A Herbie, in the first division, the race appeared to be wide open. The new pick of the betting public, Martini Show, happily claimed the role of favorite and delivered with Sam Widger guiding the colt to the winner's circle. The winning time of 1:53:4 was a new lifetime mark for the Jeff Cullipher trainee as he also recorded back to back stakes victories. When the gate opened, Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick grabbed the lead while Martini Show waited patiently in third. The field remained in straight formation as Wow Lester clicked off fractions of :27:2, :56:1 and 1:24:4. Once the horses turned for home, Widger had Martini Show on the attack first-over. Martini Show ranged up to match strides with the leader before digging in late in the lane to get the win by a head. He was followed by Smooth Acceleration with Ricky Macomber Jr. and Gotwuteverittakes with LeWayne Miller. Martini Show returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He had to work for it a bit tonight," driver Sam Widger noted in the winner's circle. "He's only going to go as hard as you tell him but he takes care of himself. He's a nice colt to drive." With tonight's victory, Martini Show has now won six of 25 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $184,640 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeffrey Cullipher. The son of Swan For All-Bar Maid was bred by Steven Mast. Martini Show grabs back-to-back Stakes wins            -- Linscott Photography photo After racing in the 2019 Little Brown Jug earlier in the evening, Hall-Of-Famer David Miller arrived to Harrah's Hoosier Park just in time to steer Swandre The Giant to a victory in the second division of the stakes action. After making a costly break at Woodbine last week, Swandre The Giant rebounded with a decisive gate-to-wire effort to score in 1:53. Swan On A Mission and John De Long took the early lead while Swandre The Giant grabbed a pocket seat. Once the field hit the opening quarter in :27:0, Swandre The Giant wanted his turn on the front and led the field through middle splits of :56:1 and 1:23:0. Turning for home, the only challenger was Dg's Caviar with Andy Shetler, but ultimately Swandre The Giant prevailed with Dg's Caviar settling for second while Sign Here N Here with Brandon Bates in third. Swandre the Giant paid $2.40 to win. "After last week's break, they put his regular shoes back on him," driver David Miller noted after the win. "He was really comfortable tonight, and raced really nice and easy. He's definitely back on track." Swandre The Giant, the son of Swan For All-Adagio, has now won six of 13 lifetime starts. He now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $496,993 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor. The Ron Burke trainee was bred by DM Stables. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, September 20 with a star-studded card of Grand Circuit Action. The evening's live racing card will be highlighted by the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic in Race 11 and the $175,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in Race 12. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 21 with a 13-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. 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.-September 13, 2019- Sophomore harness racing pacing colts & geldings were back in the spotlight and as predicted, turned in ultra-competitive stakes performances on Friday, September 13 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening featured two $49,000 divisions in leg seven of eight Indiana Sire Stakes legs for the division as the horses prepare for the upcoming Stakes Super Finals next month. Each division produced slight upsets with victories from Shamwow and Tellmeaboutit. In division one, Shamwow turned in a gritty performance to get the victory over rival Rockie Got Framed. After finishing second to Rockie Got Framed in his last two starts, Shamwow was able to turn the tables and stop the timer in 1:50, just a tick off his lifetime best, for trainer Melissa Essig. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockie Got Framed with Ricky Macomber Jr. quickly grabbed the lead, as they were looking their third consecutive stakes win. Alwaysasweetvictory with Todd Warren settled in second while Shamwow with LeWayne Miller waited patiently in third, poised to attack through the opening quarter in :27:0. At the half in :55:3, Miller guided Shamwow to the outside and urged him to the front to grab the lead from Rockie Got Framed who was content to sit in the pocket. Ima Real Ladys Man with Michael Oosting began pressuring the leader at the third quarter in 1:23:4 and was able to stick a nose in front as the field turned for home. The top trio matched strides in the stretch and it appeared to be anyone's race. Using a :26.1 final quarter, Shamwow fought back gamely to stick a nose in front and reach the wire first, followed by Rockie Got Framed in second and Shamwow in third. Shamwow paid $5.20 to win at the betting windows. "I knew I wanted to be forwardly placed," driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "We've been trying to teach him how to race and that was a big mile tonight by him. He raced really strong." Shamwow, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero, has won five of eight lifietime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. Unraced as a two-year-old, Shamwow now sports a lifetime bankroll of $96,875 for owner, breeder Cornerstone Stock Farm. Not to be outdone, division two was the fastest division of the night as Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting found the winner's circle after a sizzling 1:48:4 effort. The 1:48.4 time was a new lifetime best for sophomore colt and just one-fifth of a second off of the current track record for three-year-old pacing geldings. Pure Rock with Rick Plano used their customary front-running tactics to grab the lead from the coveted post five. Jagger Rocks with Sam Widger followed in second while Tellmeabout waited patiently in third. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :25:4, but just before the half Jagger Rocks was given the green light and grabbed the front position at the half in a snappy :53:2. Tellmeaboutit began his attack on the leader when Oosting moved him second-over and he was able to take the lead just before the third quarter in 1:21:4. Tellmeaboutit used the long quarter-mile stretch to bolster his lead on the field, and ultimately crossed the wire three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit                                                                 --Linscott photography Little Rocket Man with Trace Tetrick rallied from well back for second while Ollie's Ztam with Ricky Macomber Jr. dug in for third. Tellmeaboutit paid $8.20 to win for his betting backers. "I've always known he's a nice colt," trainer Alvin Miller revealed after the victory. "We're just trying to keep everything together. He's got a little bit of an ornery streak in him. I always knew he could go that fast, just wasn't sure how far." Tellmeaboutit is the son of Tellitlikeitis-Portia Blue Chip and has now won nine of 23 lifetime starts. Bred by Lavon Miller, he now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $186,930 for owners Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 14. The evening's live racing card will feature both a $20,000 Open Pace and a $20,000 Open Trot. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 5, 2019-Sophomore trotting colts & geldings took to the harness racing track in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday (Sept. 5) Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In the sixth leg two $46,500 divisions brought heart-charging performances from lukewarm favorites Martini Show and It's A Herbie. The first division brought a gate-to-wire victory from three-way favorite Martini Show with Sam Widger. The duo stopping the clock in 1:54:3 to take home his first Indiana Sires Stakes win of the season. From the start of the race, Martini Show took the lead from the outside post six, while Sign Here N Here with Brandon Bates trailed closely behind. The horses recorded opening fractions of :28:2 and :58:2, with the leaders unchallenged and Dg's Caviar with Andy Shetler sitting in third. Just after the third quarter in 1:27, the field began to open up.. Martini Show began moved toward the grandstand side, seeming to open up the race for the now fast-charging Sign Here N Here. In a tight finish, Martini Show reached the wire first with Sign Here N Here finishing second while Dg's Caviar held on for third. Martini Show paid $6.00 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's good gaited and is a good size," driver Sam Widger noted in the winner's circle. "He likes when he gets his way, but it doesn't really matter to him. He can race fast fractions or slow fractions." Martini Show, the son of Swan For All-Barmaid, was bred by Steven Mast and has now won five of 24 lifetime starts. He now sports a lifetime bankroll of $160,890 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. Cullipher also trains Martini Show. The second division placed 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final winner, It's A Herbie with Verlin Yoder in the spotlight. The previous year's rivalry between It's A Herbie and Swandre The Giant was put to the test, but it was It's A Herbie that came out ahead again in 1:54:1. The betting public was backing Swandre The Giant with Ricky Macomber Jr., so it was no surprise that he went straight to the front when the wings of the gate opened. Swan On A Mission with John De Long followed in second while Lite Years Away with Rick Plano took the third spot. The colts remained in straight formation through the first quarter in :28, with the leaders unchallenged through the half in :57:2. The field opened up a bit just after the third quarter in 1:26:2 when Swan On A Mission made a costly break and It's A Herbie made his move for the lead. With a final quarter of :27, It's A Herbie dug in gamely and launched himself ahead of Swandre The Giant, leaving his rival in second by a head. Wow Lester with Trace Tetrick rallied for third. It's A Herbie paid $4.00. "There isn't really a way he races best," said owner/driver/trainer Verlin Yoder. "He just loves to fight and win a race." It’s A Herbie digs in for his fifth consecutive stakes win.              --Linscott Photography It's A Herbie is the son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image and was bred by David Schmucker. He has won 10 of 20 lifetime wins and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $389,125. While there won't be any stakes action in Friday evening's card, Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue on Saturday (Sept. 7) at with two $49,000 divisions for the 3-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 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.-September 4, 2019-The tote board lit up on Thursday, September 4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino due to a level of Hoosier High 5 payout that the harness racing track hasn't seen in three years. The pool was guaranteed at $25,000 and kick started with carryover money from the night before. Thanks to a few longshots, the 20-cent wager paid $42,004.66, which is the largest payout the track has provided since 2016. After T C Scandal and Brandon Bates took the 12th race of Tuesday's card, a Hoosier High 5 carryover of $7,818.68 was triggered. Shortly after the payouts went up, Hoosier Park announced the track would be guaranteeing the Hoosier High 5 pool at $25,000 instead of the usual $10,000 seen every Tuesday-Friday. Prices seemed to rule as soon as the wings of the gate opened, and the trend continued as each horse crossed the wire. The winner was once again driven by Brandon "Big Ticket" Bates, who brought the 12-1 Mocha On The Rocks home in 1:54:0. Following in second was Mighty Little Joe at 34-1 driven by trainer Andy Shetler while Townline Flight with Matt Rheinheimer rallied for third at 17-1. The fourth spot was taken by Buddy'snvirgin's and Jared Finn with the lowest odds on the ticket of 7-2. Rounding out the ticket was Major Desire with Dale Hiteman at 11-1. The pool was scooped by one lucky bettor. After no winners in Wednesday's Pick 5, Thursday will feature a $1,947.33 Pick 5 carryover in races 8-12 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. The night's featured races are the two divisions of the sixth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes Action for three-year-old trotting colts & geldings in race nine and race 11. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 3, 2019-It was a night for longshots and inquiries on Tuesday, September 3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening's harness racing card was highlighted by two $64,500 divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings in round four of Indiana Sires Stakes Action. Early in the card brought an upset over a heavy favorite from Emma Town Bud while later fans saw After All Paul turn in a determined effort and overcome one of the many inquiries of the night. The first upset brought Emma Town Bud to the winner's circle for the second time this year. The Byron Hooley trainee was able to find the wire first through some rough traffic and established a new lifetime mark of 1:57:1. The victory was the two-year-old colt's first lifetime stakes win. When the gate opened, Michael Oosting sent 16-1 Emma Town Bud to the front of the pack with heavy favorite Tj's Top Pick with Trace Tetrick following closely in second. Emma Town Bud held off the challenger through an opening quarter of :29:0, but Tj's Top Pick was poised to attack and made a move for the lead at the half in :58:4. Just after the half, Tj's Top Pick made an uncharacteristic break and opened up the race to the rest of the field. At the three quarter clocking in 1:29:1, Emma Town Bud reclaimed his spot as the leader with a fast-charging Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. The trotters were matching strides down the stretch, but Emma Town Bud held his lead and reached the wire first, paying $34.00 for the upset. Swan InMotion held on for second, while J-S Jasper rallied for third. Due to interference in the stretch, J-S Jasper was placed seventh and in turn, Maple Grove Grady was placed third. "I didn't expect the favorite to make a break, but thankfully my horse kept trotting strong," driver Michael Oosting noted in the winner's circle. "The wind helped, along with the fact that he can race from just about anywhere." Emma Town Bud, the son of Big Stick Lindy-Centerfold Lady, was bred by Mervin Lehman. The Byron Hooley Trainee has now won two of eight lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $75,690. The upset trend continued with a win from 14-1 After All Paul and trainer, driver Doug Rideout, who survived after the leader was taken down due to a pylon violation. Not to be discounted, though, After All Paul provided an impressive performance going gate to wire in a maiden-breaking victory where he established a new lifetime mark of 1:56:3. R Fromoutacherry with Andy Shetler grabbed the lead as soon as the race began while Anchors Away with Trace Tetrick tracked the leader down in second. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :28:3. At the half in :58:1, Anchors Away made a move for the lead and held it through the third quarter in 1:27:4. The stretch proved to be a cavalry charge, as the field began to close in. R Fromoutacherry regained his lead while After All Paul began to rally on the leader. R Fromoutacherry crossed the wire first, ahead by only a neck, with After All Paul in second. However, after the judges reviewed the race, R Fromoutacherry raced inside the pylons and incidentally was placed second. After All Paul claimed the first spot, paying $31.80 to win with R Fromoutcherry in second and Brigotto with Sam Widger using a ground-saving trip for third. After All Paul now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $48,354 for owners Julie Rideout, Pete Schmucker Jr and Glider Stables. The son of Swan For All-After Jesse was bred by Bobby Brower and the Mystical Marker Farms. After no winners in Tuesday's Hoosier High 5, Wednesday will feature a $25,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. The pool will be kick-started with $7,818.68 in carryover money. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 5 with a12-race card featuring two divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. 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.-August 28, 2019- A competitive field of sophomore harness racing trotting fillies provided for an impressive stakes performance on Wednesday, August 28 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening's program was highlighted by one $91,000 division for the three-year-old trotting fillies in round six of Indiana Sires Stakes Action. While the fight to the wire was a gritty one, it was Measuredperfection, driven by Trace Tetrick, who dug in for the win and with it, took home back-to-back Indiana Sires Stakes victories. When the wings of the gate opened, Sam Widger pointed Kota's Swan to the lead from post six. Sophia Lia with John De Long grabbed the pocket seat while Measuredperfection landed along the rail in third. The field continued in straight alignment through opening fractions of :27:4 and :57:0 while Measuredperfection waited patiently to make her game-winning move. Once the fillies reached the third quarter in 1:26:0, Measuredperfection was out applying pressure to Kota's Swan first-over while LeWayne Miller grabbed the cover and was second-over with Grand. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan looked poised to strike but made a costly break, seemingly leaving it to a determined Kota's Swan and a fast-charging Measuredperfection. While Kota's Swan wasn't going to give up her lead without a fight, Measuredperfection dug in gamely late in the mile with a final quarter of :29:0: and crossed the wire just under a length ahead of the pack in 1:55:1. Utilizing a late charge, Summit City Swan and Brandon Bates powered home to get up for second while Kota's Swan held on for third. Measuredperfection paid $3.20 to win for her backers at the betting windows. "We got a really good position," driver Trace Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She was first up past the half but she still dug in late. It helps that she's handy and does well no matter where she ends up. It doesn't matter to her-she'll race either way." Measuredperfection is the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated and was bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC. The Ron Burke trainee has now won eight of 18 lifetime starts and boasts a bankroll of $279,890 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 29 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Thursday's card will also feature the weekly $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 in races 3-6 and a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 12. 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. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 22, 2019-Freshman stakes action continued on Thursday, August 22 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino when the two-year-old pacing fillies took to the harness racing track in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. It appeared that an upset trend was forming with victories from Seventimesacharm and Grace Rocks, but Foxy Rigger prevailed as the heavy betting favorite in the final division of the stakes action. The first division saw a slight upset from Seventimesacharm when driver, trainer John De Long guided her to the winner's circle for her first stakes win and second consecutive lifetime victory. Coasting past her competitors on the grandstand side, the full sister to Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin paid $13.40 to win. When the wings of the gate opened, heavy favorite Kickin Up My Heels with Trace Tetrick tried for the lead but Mamama Moonshine and LeWayne Miller also left aggressively, leaving the favorite to settle for the second spot through the opening quarter in :27:4. Also offense minded, Seventimesacharm left alertly from post eight to grab a spot along the rail in third. When the field reached the half in :56:2, Kickin Up My Heels wanted her turn on the lead and grabbed command with Mamama Moonshine and Seventimesacharm following. The pacers continued in straight formation through the third quarter in 1:24:2. When the field turned for home, Kickin Up My Heels was still on top but the rest of the field was closing in quickly. Mamama Moonshine tipped from the pocket to take aim at the leader but it was Seventimesacharm who surged past the leading pair from the grandstand side, stopping the clock in 1:52:2. Seventimesacharm finished three lengths in front of Rockinlikeastar with Ricky Macomber Jr. who utilized a ground-saving trip for second while Flirtinwithtrouble with Michael Oosting, also came charging late for third. Seventimesacharm is a homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven and is owned by Jesse De Long. She has won two of six lifetime starts and now sports a bankroll of $40,700. The 1:52.2 clocking marked a new lifetime best for the freshman filly. Division two provided another slight upset as Grace Rocks benefitted from a pocket trip to get the win over the heavily favored, Priceless and Brandon Bates. Driver Joey Putnam picked up a catch drive for the Ronnie Roberts trainee and drove her to a 1:52 victory to establish a new lifetime best mark. Priceless used her customary front-stepping tactics and immediately grabbed the lead through the opening quarter in :27.4. Grace Rocks took the pocket seat while Fancy Riggin with Trace Tetrick sat in third. Priceless dictated middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.0 as the field remained in single file order behind her. When the field turned for home, Priceless appeared to be up to the task but Grace Rocks wasn't finished. Putnam tipped Grace Rocks out and the two matched strides for a few lengths before Grace Rocks dug in gamely late in the lane to get the win. Priceless held on for second and Odds On Melanie with John De Long rallied well for third. Grace Rocks paid $8.60 to win. "Turning for home, I wasn't sure if she'd catch that filly on the front because she's been tough competition all year," driver Joey Putnam noted after the victory. "This filly has been racing extremely well too, though, and she raced really strong tonight. She's got a lot of pace." Grace Rocks, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace, has now won four of five lifetime starts and was bred by Victory Hill Farms. She now sports a lifetime bankroll of $55,500 for owner Howard Taylor. A favorite finally found the winner's circle in the third division of the stakes action after Foxy Rigger went gate to wire to score in 1:52.2 and keep her unbeaten streak alive. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, the Brian Brown trainee used her customary front-running tactics to score the fifth consecutive win of her career. Leaving from post three in the field of eight, Foxy Rigger left alertly but would have to work for position as Jd's Queen Lori with Andy Shetler also left for position through the first split in :26.2. Foxy Rigger was able to grab the lead just before the half in :54.1 while Elite Five with Dale Hiteman moved into the second spot and Jd's Queen Lori was relegated to third. Foxy Rigger remains undefeated in her freshman season.             --Linscott Photography Foxy Rigger began to bolster her lead through the third quarter in 1:23:4 while Elite Five tried to gain ground on the leader. Rocksann with John De Long were on the attack first-over but would have their work cut out for them. As the field moved into the stretch, Foxy Rigger had established a three length lead. With a final quarter of :28:3, she crossed the wire nearly five lengths in front of Rocksann. Jd's Queen Lori held on for third. As the 1-5 favorite, Foxy Rigger returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "I wanted to move forward and get a good position," driver Trace Tetrick shared following the win. "The fractions were a little hotter than I wanted, but she really dug in late. She's got great mannerisms, she can be a little headstrong but she's really figuring out the game." Foxy Rigger is the daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel and was bred by Wilker Family Farms. She now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $71,000 for owners Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services and Lombardo/Green Racing and Timothy Lane. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 23 with a 14-race card featuring three divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Friday's card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace, a $10,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 in race 14 and the weekly Fantastic Friday promotions. 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

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