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ANDERSON, Ind.-- For the second time in one week, a track record was lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile harness racing oval, marking the seventh track record that has been re-established this season. After stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Southwind Chrome and driver Sam Widger lowered the track record for older trotting horses in the featured event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Trot, on Saturday, September 14. Southwind Chrome equaled the previous track record of 1:52 earlier in the season, a mark that was previously established by Cue Hall last year. The 1:51.3 clocking was just a fifth of a second off of Southwind Chrome's lifetime record. Leaving from post five in the field of seven, Southwind Chrome settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left aggressively for early position. JL Cruze and Ricky Macomber Jr. left to get the lead but Two O B Wonkenobi and Dale Hiteman were a step quicker through the opening quarter in :26.2. Unable to find a spot along the rail, JL Cruze pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half in :54.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.1, JL Cruze was still on top but Southwind Chrome was on the attack first-over and had a full head of steam at the top of the long Hoosier Park stretch. Utilizing a :27.2 final quarter, Southwind Chrome trotted away from the field and finished nearly four lengths in front of Got The Groove and John DeLong. Resita and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Sent off as the post-time favorite, Southwind Chrome returned $3.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the fourth-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe recorded his fifth win from 14 seasonal starts and is now. Owned in partnership by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, Southwind Chrome pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,985. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card. Tuesday's program will feature two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, 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 Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 11, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action on Wednesday, September 11 as the evening's 13-race card featured one $92,000 division for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies. It was the freshman pacing filly Grace Rocks who stole the show as she continued her divisional dominance in the two-year-old pacing filly ranks and scored her sixth straight victory. With driver Sam Widger in the sulky, Grace Rocks made her game winning move down the backside en route to a decisive 1:52.4 score. Unhurried from the gate, Grace Rocks settled along the rail in fifth while Atoritotell and Dale Hiteman carved out fractions of :27.3 and :56.2. Widger gave Grace Rocks the green light down the backside and the filly ranged up and cleared to the lead just before the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field turned for home, Grace Rocks looked strong on the front and used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths over Odds On Melanie and Peter Wrenn. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong rallied late in the lane to get up for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Grace Rocks returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's just a sweetheart," Widger said after the victory. "She does everything right. You can race her any way you want. She's just a nice filly in every aspect." Trained by Ronnie Roberts, Grace Rocks recorded her sixth straight lifetime victory from seven outings and fourth straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. Owned by Howard Taylor, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace became the sport's newest $100,000 winner with the win. Grace Rocks was bred by Victory Hill Farm. In the second division of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies, Foxy Rigger rebounded gamely with a 1:51.1 score. After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, Foxy Rigger finished nearly four lengths in front of her competition and established a new lifetime best in the process. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Foxy Rigger left alertly to grab a spot in third through the opening panel in :26.1. Flirtinwithtrouble and Sam Widger grabbed command but yielded the lead to Foxy Rigger just before the half in :54.4. Foxy Rigger led the field to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 before sprinting to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of a fast-closing Somebodyslilly and Mike Oosting. Rocksann and John DeLong utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. As the betting publics' second choice, Foxy Rigger returned $6.80 at the betting windows. "There was a lot of movement early but I wanted to get good position," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's maturing a lot. We've made some equipment changes in her last few starts and it has seemed to really help her." With the win, The Brian Brown trainee recorded her sixth victory from seven lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, L&H Mgmt Services & Lombardo, Green Racing & T. Lane, Foxy Rigger now sports a lifetime bankroll of $122,875. The daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel was bred by Wilker Family Farms. In the lone $92,000 division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies, Grand Swan turned in an impressive performance of her own to score and make amends after an uncharacteristic break in stakes action last week. Driven and also trained by Lewayne Miller, Grand Swan was able to overcome a first-over trip and track down the heavily favored Measuredperfection late in the lane to score and equal her established best of 1:53.1. Leaving from post position eight, Grand Swan left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth through the opening quarter in :27.3. Miller waited patiently while Measuredperfection and Trace Tetrick clicked off middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader from first-over. Using a :28.3 final panel, Grand Swan was able to wear down Measuredperfection and hold off a late surge from Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by a length. As the 2-1 second choice, Grand Swan returned $6.40 at the betting windows. "I changed her shoes last week and I don't think she liked it too well," Miller noted after the win. "I changed her back, qualified her and she was back to normal. She actually likes that trip--she likes to chase horses so it worked out for us." With the win, Grand Swan recorded her sixth win from eight seasonal outings and sports a lifetime record of 20-14-4-0. The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum is owned in partnership by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable and has amassed $360,250 in lifetime purse earnings. Grand Swan was bred by Larry E. Miller Jr. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will roll on at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 12 with two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence 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 action 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 at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 23, 2019--Tell Me Its Summer and driver, trainer LeWayne Miller continued their winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after capturing the $18,000 Go On BB Series Final on Thursday, May 23. Tell Me Its Summer prevailed in a tight photo to score in 1:50.3, extending her harness racing win streak to six and also remains undefeated this season. The 1:50.3 clocking established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. After drawing to the outside in her last three starts, Tell Me Its Summer left from the coveted rail position in a talented field of ten. Unhurried from the gate, Miller settled the filly along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Kinda Like Kori on a mission to the front and she dictated snappy, first half fractions of :25.3 and :53.4. Lady Capulet and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and began their long, first-over grind just past the half. Miller quickly grabbed the cover and had Tell Me Its Summer in perfect striking position, second-over. As the field reached the third station in 1:23.1, the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Lady Capulet had reached command turning for home and braced for the cavalry charge behind her. Tell Me Its Summer tipped out late in the lane and was able to put a nose in front as four fillies hit the wire together. Sage Ivy and Dale Hiteman came storming home to get up for second place honors while Lady Capulet battled gamely to hold on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Tell Me Its Summer returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I really wasn't sure how the race was going to work out," driver LeWayne Miller said after the victory. "I knew she would fight them off if she had to but the trip ended up working out perfect for us. I didn't think they would go that much but she loves to race off a helmet." "Her last start she really impressed me," Miller continued. "It was a sloppy night and she went a big mile. She has her issues but she gets better with every start and I still think there is room for improvement with her." With the win, Tell Me Its Summer increased her lifetime to bankroll to $34,250. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred filly is owned by Victory Hill Farm. Tell Me Its Summer is scheduled to make her next start in Indiana Sires Stakes action which is set to kick-off next at Harrah's Hoosier Park next week. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 24 with a 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-4 sequence sparked a carryover of $10,772.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Friday. A $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High-5 pool will also be offered in Race 14 on Friday's card. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

ANDERSON, IN -  In just his fourth start of the season, freshman pacer Ollie's Ztam cinched a victory in the third leg of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Thursday, August 23. With Sam Widger in the bike, Ollie's Ztam coasted across the wire in 1:51:1, lowering his lifetime mark by almost two seconds. Before the wings of the gate folded, the race looked like it belonged to Outloud, who was sent off as the 3/5 post time favorite and driver Peter Wrenn sent him to the front accordingly. Outloud reached the first quarter in :27:2 and was closely followed by Melanie's Tedy and Trace Tetrick in the pocket. By the time Outloud reached the half in :56:4, Ollie's Ztam wanted his turn on the front and made his game winning move, quickly reaching the front as the field approached the final turn. Ollie's Ztam maintained his position through the three-quarters in 1:23 and began to put his talent on display. Employing a :27.3 final quarter, Ollie's Ztam left his competitors behind finishing four and a half lengths in front. Pure Rock and John DeLong came charging hard to finish second while Tellmeaboutit and Dale Hiteman also closed well for third. Ollie's Ztam paid $7.60 for his betting backers. "He's good gaited and he's got great speed," owner Wilbur Eash noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "He's been good since he's been down here at Hoosier Park but he was still a little immature. I said about a month ago, though; we might have a surprise on our hands." Ollie's Ztam, son of Tellitlikeitis and Gens Z Tam, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won three of four lifetime starts. This win brings Ollie's Ztam's lifetime purse earnings to $55,500 for owners Wilbur H. Eash and Z Tam Stables LLC. Ollie's Ztam is expected to remain in Indiana for the remainder of the sires stakes season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 24 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 22) Harness Racing Program at Running Aces featured the Signature Race of the 2018 season, The $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Final.   The top 5 finishers from each of the two July 8 eliminations lined up for battle with 9 noses on the gate and one trailer in the second tier. The 10-horse field was deep with talent of both the equine and human variety, and the excitement in the air was palpable for the Richest Harness Race to date in the great state of Minnesota.   Immediately as the gate sped away from the field it was clear that this would be no ordinary race, as Nine Ways, whom had established himself as a deep closer in his two local starts, was charging fastest off all towards the front for Driver Sam Widger, and they took command quickly.   Fan favorite Firedrake (Nick Roland) was fast from the inside to secure the coveted pocket position, and it was race-on as the rest of the field scrambled for position going five-in and five-out past the quarter in :26.4.   Then Hawk's Red Chief and I'm An Athlete hooked weels around the opening turn, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) had fired from the seven post and was caught first-over, with Trashytonguetalker in the second-over slot (from post 10) as they passed the half in :54.1.   Bettors Promise (Lemoyne Svendsen) had also left from post 9 and was third-over heading to the 5/8 pole, Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) vacated the fourth over spot to try a three-wide backside sweep, and Hawks Red Chief (Brian Detgen) was out and moving from last, while To The Limit was at the pylons in mid-field and I'm An Athlete (James Kennedy) was toward the back of the pack as well as Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder), who saved ground throughout.   Rounding the final bend, Nine Ways was keeping Trashytonguetalker at bay, with Firedrake a close pocket third.   The three-quarters marker flashed a time of 1:22.2 and the outer flow began to deteriorate as they turned-in and straightened for home, with I'm An Athlete and Nuclear Dragon making contact in the lane.   Nine Ways was holding firm with a sixteenth to go, but Firedrake exploded from the pocket, and To The Limit closed toward the pylons. For a split second, it appeared that Firedrake may be able to get by the longtime leader, but Nine Ways was determined and fought to the wire, keeping a neck in front and denying last year's Dan Patch FFA champion Firedrake from repeating for two straight titles.   To The Limit was a strong third, and the only mare in the field, Gold Star Mysti, who was tenth in the early stages, checked home a solid fourth. Trashytonguetalker picked up the final check after I'm An Athlete was disqualified for causing interference to Nuclear Dragon.   The final time of 1:51.1 for Nine Ways registered a new Track Record for 4 year old pacing geldings, eclipsing the 1:51.2 record set last September 3rd by runner-up Firedrake.   Nine Ways is a Maryland-bred, by Delmarvalous and out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Nine of Hearts, bred by Winbak Farm. Nine Ways ($11.40) is owned by Antonia Storer of lebanon, Ohio and trained by Denise Maier. He now shows 4 wins in 21 starts this season, and has boosted his career bankroll to $126,441.   Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 24) with an 11 race program kicking off at 7:00 pm CDT, and featuring two carryover pools: $3,652.57 in the 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 and $1,873.72 in the 50 cent Hi-5 in Race 10.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces   

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 11 featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Tellitsassymae and Sam Widger stole the show after they recorded the fastest mile of the season for two-year-old pacers, regardless of gender or track size, with a 1:51.1 triumph in the featured event of the evening. In gate-to-wire fashion, Tellitsassymae recorded her third win of the year and established a new lifetime best in just her third career start. Handed the tough, outside post position nine, Widger wasted no time and sent the filly away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1. Imonlytellinyaonce and James Yoder grabbed the pocket seat with Rockinbeach and Todd Warren next in line third. Tellitsassymae clicked off fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3 but Trace Tetrick had the heavily favored Glorious Virgin on the attack, first-over as the field approached the final turn. LeWayne Miller had Chasing Madi well placed second over and Imonlytellinyaonce looked poised to strike from the pocket. Tellitsassymae employed a :27.1 closing quarter to put away Glorious Virgin and hold off an impressive late surge from Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by three-parts of a length. Pure Maid finished second while Glorious Virgin rounded out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Tellitsassymae returned $13.40 to her backers at the betting windows. “She did all the work,” Widger noted after the victory. “I just pointed her in the right direction. She crossed right over and did everything I asked. She was awesome.” Trained by Ernie Gaskin, the two-year-old daughter of Tellitlikeitis—My Girl Maddie has now won three of three lifetime starts while bankrolling $52,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Tellitsassymae is owned in partnership by Henry Blackwell, Darla and Emily Gaskin. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 12 with the first of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In addition to the stakes action, Hoosier Park has announced three signature wagering opportunities providing remarkable value to horseplayers for Thursday’s 13-race card.  With a carry-over in excess of $12,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a $35,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for the Thursday night program. In addition, the Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Wednesday, resulting in a $24,052.60 carryover and will feature a $75,000 Guaranteed Pool on Thursday. This is in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool offered on Thursday nights in Races 3-6. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the ninth race and will continue through the thirteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the ninth race, is 8:58 p.m. (EDT). The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12% with a 20 cent minimum wager. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:10 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the sequences will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park’s website. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visitwww.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN - Wisdom Tree returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and continued her winning ways in the featured event of the evening, the $142,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, July 6. With Sam Widger in the bike, Wisdom Tree turned in a sharp, front-running effort to stop the timer in 1:49.4 and establish a new track record for sophomore pacing fillies in the process. The previous record of 1:50.1 was established in 2016 by Rockalina and driver Mike Peterson. Widger had the heavy 3-5 favorite firing away with the wings of the gate but Ricky Macomber Jr. and Strong Opinion were a step quicker and grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in a snappy :25.3. Wisdom Tree was second but not for long. Widger gave her the green light as the field approached the half and she quickly grabbed command before the second station in :53.3. Michael Oosting and Double A Mint were next in line third and would begin the long, first-over attack just before the three-quarters in 1:21.4. The blazing speed continued but Wisdom Tree appeared strong on the front. Double A Mint was matching strides with the leader but Wisdom Tree wasn't going down without a fight. Utilizing a :28 final panel, Wisdom Tree was able to put away Double A Mint to finish a length and a half to the good. Reign on Me and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. Wisdom Tree returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "It was a little fast to the half," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "Looking at the program, I thought we were the best in the race and she has always been strong on the front. She's a really nice filly who knows her work. She just goes out there and does her job." Trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns with Thomas Pollack, Wisdom Tree scored her third consecutive victory and seventh seasonal win from nine outings. The 1:49.4 clocking was a new lifetime best as the daughter of Betterthancheddar-Wisdom pushed her career bankroll to $241,660. Wisdom Tree will likely be pointed to the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands for her next stakes engagement. The stakes action continued a little later on in the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for three-year old trotting and pacing colts. Katkin American and James Yoder followed suit to deliver as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:53, Katkin American made his game winning move down the backside to finish ten lengths in front of his next closest competitor. After a track record performance in his elimination last week, Katkin American recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory for trainer Verlin Yoder and owner, breeder, Brett Boyd. Katkin American was won his last three outings by a combined 27 lengths. "We are so thankful to so many folks that helped get this horse here," Boyd said of his prodigy in the winner's circle. "It takes a lot of people to get one here and we are so thankful to everyone who helped us along the way. I trained his mother and he reminds me a lot of her. We love this colt and the Yoders have done such a great job with him." Unraced at two, the son of Guccio-Katkin has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, Katkin American nearly doubled his lifetime purse earnings to push his career bankroll to $62,000. On the pacing side of things, Rockinbeach and Ricky Macomber Jr. converted a pocket trip into a 1:49.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Employing a :25.4 final quarter, Rockinbeach exploded to the wire to finish six lengths in front of Jeopardy and John DeLong. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Rockinbeach notched his fourth win from nine seasonal starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Miss Sandy Beach is owned by Wilbur Eash and has now amassed $168,940 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 7 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana-sired three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Mildrix, with Sam Widger in the bike, used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo and pull the 15-1 upset in the featured event of the evening. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Mildrix established a new lifetime best and the victory was one of three winners on the program for Widger. Starting from the coveted rail position in the competitive field of ten, Mildrix was unhurried from the gate to get away a worrisome sixth. Elliot Deaton gave Neverforgetwhour her marching orders and she quickly grabbed the lead from post eight through the opening panel in :26.3. Virgin Eyes and Michael Oosting grabbed a pocket seat with Gate Speed and Brandon Bates followed along in third. Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick, the heavy post time favorite, settled along the rail in seventh. Neverforgetwhour dictated middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2 before being joined on the outside by Always Woggy and Peter Wrenn who had Dee Rocks and Trace Tetrick in tow approaching the final turn. As the field turned for home, Neverforgetwhour was bracing for the cavalry charge to the wire and a cavalry charge it was. Horses began to fan out across the track but the biggest threat was to the inside. Sitting last at the top of the stretch, Widger utilized the passing lane to find late racing room and Mildrix found a :27.1 final panel to get the win by a head. Two lengths separated the top seven finishers. Neverforgetwhour held on valiantly for second place honors while Let Me Fly Low and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well for third. Mildrix returned $33.40 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained, owned and bred by Kelly Goodwin, Mildrix recorded her first win of the season from three starts and second lifetime victory. The daughter of Real Desire-Didrickson has now amassed $57,100 in lifetime purse earnings. "We weren't expecting to go in the sires stakes in just her third start of the season but she raced really well the previous week," Goodwin mentioned after the win. "She can be a little tough, she has her own way of doing things but she's a nice filly and we're really happy with her." The upset trend continued in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies as Trace Tetrick steered Always Curious to victory at odds of 12-1. Stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Always Curious used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Jeff Cullipher trains and co-owns the daughter Always A Virgin-A Loskoz Bluegrass with Tom Pollack. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 30 with an 11-race card featuring a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 Pool. The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday, resulting in a $7,503 carryover for Saturday's program. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12% with a 20 cent minimum wager. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 5, 2018 - Driver Sam Widger joined elite company, harness racing's 6,000-win club, after he piloted Shady Caroline to victory in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 5. The 1:51 victory marked the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for Shady Caroline and a career milestone for the 54-year-old reisnman. Widger entered the program just four wins shy of the milestone and he got to work quickly taking the first race of the evening behind Always A Z Tam for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger teamed up with the Haynes stable for another winner on the program a little later in the evening as Martz Time was home a winner in gate to wire fashion in 1:55.1. Widger's other victory on the program was behind Au D Lox Bluegrass for trainer Jeff Cullipher. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Widger's friends, were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Sam on win number 6,000," Moore noted. "That is quite the accomplishment. We couldn't be more proud to have Sam as part of the Hoosier Park driving colony and he is a great ambassador for the sport. We wish Sam continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." Now in his 32nd season as a driver, Widger recorded his best season to date in 2017 with purse earnings surpassing the $3.5 million mark. The veteran reinsman has gone over the $3 million mark in purse earnings four times in the last eight years and has finished among the top ten drivers at Hoosier Park every season he has competed. Widger also received a spot in the Hoosier Park history books when he guided Bolt The Duer to victory in the 2013 installment of Hoosier Park's most prestigious race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. Widger also recorded his 5,000 driving win at Hoosier Park in 2014. Widger is currently third on the 2018 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 38 trips to the winner's circle and over $350,000 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 68 victories while John DeLong is just behind him in second with 47 wins. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 8 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 8, 2017-For the second time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval, marking the fourth track record that has been re-established this season. After stopping the timer in 1:49.2, Au D Lox Bluegrass and driver Sam Widger kicked off the action packed 12-race card on Saturday, July 8 in impressive fashion in the $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace. The 1:49.2 clocking re-established the track record for older pacing mares and also established a new lifetime best for Au D Lox Bluegrass. The previous track record of 1:49.3 was established by McFlirty and Ricky Macomber Jr. in 2014. Widger wasted no time as he sent Au D Lox Bluegrass away from the gate firing from post seven. She dictated fractions of :25.1, :53.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were content to sit the pocket while Trace Tetrick had Graceful Vision aimed at the leader turning for home. Graceful Vision was able to reach the leader's wheel but Au D Lox Bluegrass wasn't finished. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Au D Lox Bluegrass coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Widger to finish nearly five lengths in front of Graceful Vision. Ponytail and LeWayne Miller rallied gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Au D Lox Bluegrass returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a very nice mare," Widger noted after the victory. "She's really sharp right now and seems to be getting better and stronger with every start." With the win the Jeff Cullipher trainee recorded her fifth victory from 12 seasonal starts. Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, the four year-old daughter of Panspacificflight-Ag-n-Au Bluegrass has now amassed $61,450 in purse earnings this season and $254,709 lifetime. The victory was also one of four training wins on the evening's 12-race card for trainer Jeff Cullipher and the first of three driving wins on the evening for Sam Widger. On the stakes side of the racing action, JD's Chancey Gal continued her winning ways to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With Todd Warren at the lines, JD's Chancey Gal staged a big rally late in the lane to find the wire first in 1:51.3. With the win, JD's Chancey Gal recorded her fifth consecutive Hoosier Park victory and also established a new lifetime mark in the process. Trained and owned by Pasko Vucinaj, the three-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight-Designer Gal has now won seven of 10 seasonal starts and nine of 24 lifetime starts. With the win, JD's Chancey Gal sent her lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 11 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park         Emily Gaskin   Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist   Hoosier Park Racing & Casino   Emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com   (765)609-4620              

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 27, 2017 - For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening's action packed 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, May 27. I Know My Chip, with Sam Widger in the bike, kicked off the evening's program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for older trotting geldings to 1:52.1 in the first race of the program, a $21,000 Invitational Trot. The 1:52.1 mark was a new lifetime best for I Know My Chip and re-established a record that stood for three years, a mark that was previously held by Natural Herbie with a 1:52.3 clocking. In an abbreviated field of six, I Know My Chip left alertly from post five to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.2. As the heavy betting favorite, Churita and Trace Tetrick also left aggressively from post six and would eventually grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. I Know My Chip was content to sit in the pocket as the quick pace continued and Churita called the shots through the third split in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Churita braced for the stretch drive as I Know My Chip loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, I Know My Chip tipped from the pocket and cruised home to a four length victory over a fast-closing Call For Justice and Ricky Macomber Jr. After a ground saving trip, Captain John Henry and Dale Hiteman held on for third place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, I Know My Chip returned $14.20 to his backers. "He's a very nice horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's great to drive and very easy to get along with. The trip worked out in our favor tonight and he did the rest. He was very game tonight." Trained by Walter Haynes Jr., the five-year-old son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown recorded his third seasonal victory from 12 outings and 24th lifetime victory from 69 starts. The previous Ohio Sires Stakes Champion has now amassed $539,993 in lifetime purse earnings. I Know My Chip is owned by the partnership of Brian Carsey, John McGill, and the Black & White Stable. I Know My Chip The win with I Know My Chip was one of two winners for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 12-race card. Widger also teamed up with trainer Jeff Cullipher to find the winner's circle with Au D Lox Bluegrass in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1, Au D Lox Bluegrass recorded her fourth win of the season from eight outings. Au D Lox Bluegrass New Talent Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a 14-race card on Tuesday, May 30 featuring the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 21, 2017 - After an equipment malfunction last week, Night Pro and Sam Widger rebounded gamely to capture the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 21. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro turned in a gritty performance to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.3, just a few ticks off his career best. It was a seasonal best mark and also equaled the fastest mile of the 2017 season through the first 13 nights of racing at Hoosier Park. Leaving from post nine in a talented field of ten, Widger sent Night Pro away from the gate firing but a host of others also left alertly. Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. left aggressively from post eight to get the first call but Night Pro, unable to find a spot along the rail, pressed on to the lead through an opening quarter in a snappy :25.4. Somestarsomewhere and Dale Hiteman were also unable to find a spot along the rail and continued to apply pressure to the outside of the leader as the torrid pace continued through the second quarter in :53.3. Night Pro was able to put away Somestarsomewhere as they hit the three-quarter mark in 1:22.2 but he would still have his work cut out for him as the rest of the field loomed large in the background. Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. tipped from the pocket and took aim at the leader but Night Pro was too strong. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Night Pro held on gamely to get the win by a head over Mykindachip. Evergreen Elite and Trace Tetrick rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro recorded his 4th win from 6 seasonal outings. The seven-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel has now won 45 of 80 lifetime victories while bankrolling $723, 182. The win was also one of two wins on the program for driver Sam Widger. Night Pro Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, April 22 with a 12-race card. With a daily racing post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - Sam Widger has raced out to a commanding early lead in the harness racing $25,000 North American Drivers Challenge currently taking place at Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio. On the strength of three winners in his first four preliminary round drives, the Illinois native and Hoosier Park regular has accumulated 99 points at the halfway point of the two preliminary legs. Each of the 30 drivers participating had four drives on the Sunday (Jan. 8) matinee and will get another four on the Monday (Jan. 9) matinee. The top ten point-getters after the two preliminary rounds will return Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 10) and compete head-to-head in eight races to determine the inaugural champion. Widger impressed scoring the hat trick with Krusty The Clown, Dani Girl and Stucklikeglue. He was the only multiple wins reinsman on the first day. Others with wins were Tony Hall and Doug McNair, who are tied for second at the midway point of the two preliminary rounds with 69 points each; Bob McClure (68), Marcus Miller (66), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (59), John DeLong (58), Brett Miller (55), Jason Brewer (54) and Tyler Smith (49). Although they failed to win a heat, Simon Allard is tied for tenth with 54 points on the strength of two second place finishes, and Randy Tharps is eleventh with 50 points by notching a second, a third and a fourth place finish in his four attempts. The competition was spirited the first day, with just two favorites winning in the twelve contest races. Early speed held up well during the first half of the day, but as the 19 degree temperature started to drop the closers prevailed during the final six races. An even more exciting second day is expected with the same 30 top drivers all vying for one of ten spots in Tuesday afternoon's championship round, where the finalists will start with a clean scoreboard slate and be competing for the $10,000 first place award and bragging rights as the North American Drivers Challenge champion for the next year. Post time is 2:05 for both the Monday and Tuesday matinee programs. Gregg Keidel

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016  -  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race harness racing card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012. Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening's card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner's circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings. Widger's first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner's circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD's Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening's program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season. "It's kind of euphoric for me," Widger said with a smile after win number eight. "Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers." Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner's circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday's 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park's leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 4, 2016 - Nothing But Nice and harness racing driver Sam Widger used a determined stretch rally to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 4. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to use the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage, to stop the timer in 1:56.4 over a fast track. After winning her elimination last week, Nothing But Nice made a clean sweep of the final round of the preliminary stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Nothing But Nice was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left for early position. Mayfair Kate and Earl Avenatti Jr. left aggressively and were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 while Rick Plano and Dont Ya also left alertly but opted for a pocket trip. Trace Tetrick was unable to find a spot along the rail with Let Her Go and was forced to press on to the front. Let Her Go reached the leader's wheel at the half in :57.2 but was unable to clear Mayfair Kate. Mayfair Kate continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who tipped out around a tiring Let Her Go. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 as the rest of the field was also closing in. Nothing But Nice was able to wear down Mayfair Kate but Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler were closing well on the outside. Nothing But Nice continued to rally and used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late surge from Playful Swan and Don Eash up the rail. Fawn De Savage got steppy late in the lane but held on to round out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $11.40 at the betting windows for the slight upset. "She always tries hard," Widger noted in the winner's circle. "She's a nice filly who gives it her all every week. She was very strong tonight." The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won four of 17 seasonal including the previous $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park in late August. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $216,385 while winning six of 26 lifetime outings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, October 5 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 10 on the card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. ' For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 10, 2016 - Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2., Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wins on the program. Leaving from post four, Widger sent Limited Edition away from the gate firing and he grabbed the early lead through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. On The Virg and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the heavy post time favorites, grabbed a pocket seat while Meadowbrook Tiger and Ross Leonard were next in line, third. On The Virg made his move to the lead down the backside and took command just past the half in :56. As the field reached the third station in 1:24.3, On The Virg continued to call the shots but Meadowbrook Tiger was applying pressure first-over with Rock N Tony and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. On The Virg was able to hold off Meadowbrook Tiger but his biggest threat was patiently waiting to strike from the pocket. Widger moved Limited Edition to the passing lane and he exploded past the leaders with a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by two lengths. Rock N Tony rallied for second while On The Virg held on for third place honors. Limited Edition returned $25.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's always been a nice colt," Widger noted after the victory. "We've just had some tough racing luck here and there. Tonight, the trip worked out perfect for us and he (Limited Edition) raced awesome." Trained and owned by Perry Smith, the son of Rockin Image-Modern Way notched his first victory from seven seasonal outings. Establishing a new lifetime mark with the win, Limited Edition has now amassed $56,550 lifetime. The victory was also one of four wins for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 13-race card. Widger pulled a 7-1 upset with Double A Cash Hall for trainer Scott Galloway in the $21,000 Invitational Trot earlier on the card. Widger's other two victories came in the 5th and 6th race behind The Right Move for trainer Tim Wilson Jr. and J-S Maple for trainer Jack Meyers, respectively. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 13 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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