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The $110,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening, April 25. The race is an open event for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2014. Kayla Grace is a late supplement to the field and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. She enters this event with an unblemished 15 for 15 record, a mark of 1:55.1 at Hazel Park and earnings of $69,227. However, all 15 of Kayla Grace's races have been raced in the state of Michigan. This will be the first time she crosses state lines to compete on the national stage. "It is really hard to say how she will do," said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. "Michigan is not a real strong state and she has never been tested. All I know is that she knows how to race and she obviously knows how to win." St. Charles was reluctant to supplement to this race because of the rich $10,000 buy-in. "That is a lot of money to put up to be able to race. We have been considering this move for quite some time, then I just had a horse claimed off me for $10,000 and felt is was a sign that we should do it." Kayla Grace is far from St Charles' only good horse that she has conditioned. She had a lot of success in Michigan, having trained 13 Michigan Sire Stake Champions. "My horses have won big races at Woodbine and Hawthorne, too," added St. Charles. "But we are definitely excited, because this race is a big step for us." Some of the fillies staked and expected to race in this year's Courageous Lady did not enter, according to Dave Bianconi. "Two or three of the anticipated fillies came up sick. I wish the field size was seven or eight, but what we lack in quantity, we have made up in quality," said Bianconi. "The undefeated filly coming down from Michigan definitely makes for an intriguing story." The Complete 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: PP HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L 1 Shell Bell Steve Carter Aaron Merriman 6-1 2 Sister Stroll Brian Brown Ryan Stahl 9-2 3 Kayla Grace Marie St. Charles Brad Kramer 3-1 4 A La Notte Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 7-2 5 Fiyonce Ron Burke Josh Sutton 10-1 6 That Woman Hanover Dan Altmeyer Mike Wilder 4-1 by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

LEBANON, OH. - The stage is set for the James K. Hackett Memorial filly division showdown next Saturday night, April 26. A pair of $7,500 eliminations were contested Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway to determine the nine Ohio-sired three-year-old harness racing finalists that will chase the $25,000 championship purse next week.   In the first division, Crown Time Keeper sped to a 1:56.1 triumph for driver Chris Page, besting Friskie's Angel (Randy Tharps) and God Only Knows (Jeremy Smith). Also advancing to the final were Lady Julie (Kayne Kauffman) and Mean Fever (Jason Brewer), who was the fastest fifth-place finisher from the two splits. Steve Carter conditions the winner for long-time standardbred enthusiast Esther Crownover, who also bred the daughter of Feelin Friskie.   Paydaze On The Way (Kauffman) was the easiest of winners in the second division going gate-to-wire in 1:56.3 as the deserved odds-on favorite. A compact field of rivals were all content to race single file behind the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Look Sharp as she coasted through pedestrian fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:29 before pulling away with a quick :27.3 final panel to easily defeat Fayco Filly (Page), A P P Panda (Greg Grismore) and Baby Slider (Brewer) who also qualified for the $25,000 final. The partnership of Taylor, Gold, Lombardo and Rose own Paydaze On The Way.   A pair of $7500 Hackett Memorial eliminations for sophomore state-bred colts and geldings will race Saturday night at Miami Valley to determine the lineup for their tandem $25,000 championship on April 26. An $8500 Open trot was also contested on Friday night with J J Hall (Kauffman) stepping to a 1:55.1 all time track record for squaregaiters. The six-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse was content to sit third through three-quarters of the mile, moved up to second at the head of the stretch and exploded home for a 4-3/4 length win over Bookem (Josh Sutton) and E L Rock (Chris Scicluna). The classy winning trotter is now two-for-two on the season for owner Douglas Millard and trainer Scott Mogan.   Gregg Keidel

It was one of the biggest upsets in the past decade, when Arch Madness defeated Donato Hanover in the Breeders Crown Elimination for three year olds at The Meadowlands on November 17, 2007. That win by Arch Madness established a track record for three year old gelded trotters at The Meadowlands, a record that stood for six years and 26 days until Sweet Justice took to the track Friday night at the East Rutherford oval.   Sweet Justice's career began far from the spotlight of The Meadowlands, racing for Steve Carter on the Indiana Fair circuit. His first win came in his second lifetime start, but wasn't close to any records, winning in 2:13. In short time, Sweet Justice made it to the pari-mutuel races. The highlight of his two year old season was a second place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Gold Final at Indiana Downs.   Sweet Justice made his three year old debut on May 8th of this year at Hoosier Park and battled his way through the Indiana Sire Stakes program, picking up minor awards, including a fifth place finish in the Sire Stakes Gold Final at Hoosier.   Prior to being entered in the Harrisburg Mixed Sale, Sweet Justice scored a pair of victories, including a 1:54.1 lifetime best effort in a three year old Open at Hoosier.   Despite entering the sale with over $180,000 in earnings, when the gavel fell the sales price read just $25,000. The buyer was Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing. Since Sweet Justice walked into the sales ring at Harrisburg, everything has gone right.   He made his Meadowlands debut in qualifier, flashing strong late kick, coming home to a third place effort with a 27-second final quarter. He won his first pari-mutuel start at The Meadowlands by a neck in 1:54 before moving up the class ladder to win a B2/B1 Handicap by open lengths in 1:53.4. That brings us to Friday night , where Sweet Justice moved up to face older horses. Not only did he show grit and determination, refusing to relinquish his lead in the stretch, but he tripped the teletimer in 1:52 flat, lowering the previous record for a three year old gelding, held by Arch Madness by two-fifths of a second.   From here on, the challenges for Sweet Justice will only get tougher, but every time he races, his future looks brighter. by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands  

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 3, 2013—For the fourth time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval on Thursday, October 3, marking the 22nd  track record that has been re-established throughout the 2013 racing season. Sweet Justice, with Tyler Smith at the lines, became Hoosier Park’s newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:54.1 in the featured event, a $22,500 event for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Sweet Justice was able to use a determined rally late in the lane to defeat a field of nine and score his third win of the season. The previous track record of 1:54.2 was established by Red Hot Herbie and Andy Shetler just one week earlier in the same event. Leaving from post five, Sweet Justice left the gate alertly to grab a position along the rail in third. JJ Rock and Pete Wrenn reached the front through the opening panel in :27.1 but yielded the lead to Red Hot Herbie and Andy Shetler down the backside. Red Hot Herbie dictated fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4 and braced for the stretch drive. Using a :28.4 last quarter, Sweet Justice was able to track down the leader and win by three-parts of a length. Red Hot Herbie finished second while Super Rock trotted evenly to finish third. Dismissed at the windows, Sweet Justice returned $28.40 at the windows. Sired by Justice Hall, the sophomore colt has now won 3 of 17 seasonal outings while bankrolling over $60,000 for his connections of Our Little Stable, S.M. Carter, and R. A. Mondillo. Trained by Steve Carter, Sweet Justice has won 11 of 27 starts while amassing over $170,000 throughout his career. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will conclude on November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park  

The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.  

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 13, 2013—Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 13 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20.  Smith came into Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Tuesday with 999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books. He accomplished that feat in race 7 steering Dontgetbyme to a 1:53. romp. Trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., Dontgetbyme was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record the sixth win of the season. Owned by Carl Howard and Brian Kohen, Dontgetbyme has amassed over $40,000 through 20 seasonal outings. The record was previously held by Doug McNair, who reached the 1,000 win milestone just two weeks before his 21st birthday. Smith will turn 21 on January 23. Smith has been making headlines as a driver since the age of 12 when he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $5 million mark in purse earnings and is quickly approaching $6 million mark. Smith made his presence known in his home state, earning the Peter Haughton Memorial Award, an honor bestowed upon up-and-coming stars in the business, before making the move to Indiana. He has been amongst the top ten leading drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in his last two seasons of racing. Smith is currently second on the leading driver board at Hoosier Park with 144 victories from 953 mounts, just 8 behind leading driver Trace Tetrick who has 152 victories. “I’m glad to have that win over with,” an excited Smith noted in the winner’s circle. “I wanted to get it here at Hoosier Park and I’m really glad I did because they have done such a great job of promoting me. It feels amazing and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year.” In recent weeks, Smith has spent his time driving at Hoosier Park and The Red Mile, while making a return to Ohio last week to race at the Celina County Fair. Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Smith’s friends and family were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. “On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Tyler on win number 1,000,” Moore noted. “It has been a pleasure watching him race and watch him make harness racing history here with us. Through his work with our Celebrity Standardbred driver promotion, his professionalism, and attitude, Tyler is a great ambassador for our sport. We wish Tyler 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.” It was a driving double for Smith as he also piloted Live The Extreme to the winner’s circle for trainer Steve Carter in the evening’s ninth race. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 14 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:30 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. Photos: 1) Dontgetbyme and Tyler Smith 2) Tyler Smith joined by family and friends in Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 6, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a quartet of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Tuesday, August 6 as the 2013 crop of freshman pacing colts and fillies opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. The fastest mile of the night was produced in the opening round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts as Always B Miki stormed home a winner in 1:53.1, a lifetime best performance. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Always B Miki was able to overcome a miscue at the start to win by five and a half lengths in front of Next Thing Smoke’n and Tyler Smith. The 1:53.1 score was just one second shy of the Hoosier Park’s track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched his second win from three seasonal outings while sending his bankroll over the $20,000 mark for his connections. Doctor Carter followed suit in the second split of the Indiana Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and was piloted by Trace Tetrick to a 1:53.4 lifetime best score. Sired by Total Truth, Doctor Carter was able to take advantage of a pocket trip and hold off a late charge from Keiths Studio Art to notch his third victory of the season. As the public’s second choice, Doctor Carter returned $11.60 to his backers at the window. Trained by Steve Carter, Doctor Carter has now won three of four lifetime outings while earning $25,000 lifetime. Indiana’s two-year-old pacing fillies were also out in full force and made a good showing through two $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions. Always Dee One and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied from well off the pace to score in the opening division in 1:54.3. Dismissed at 10-1, Always Dee One found her best strides late in the lane to win by two lengths over Victoria Ivy and Jason Dillander. Trained by Ron Burke, the rookie filly notched her maiden breaking win from three seasonal outings. Sired by Always A Virgin, Always Dee One has now earned over $19,000 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. Color’s A Virgin and Jason Dillander used a sharp, front running score to pull the upset in the final division of the sire stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Trained by Brian Brown, the daughter of Always A Virgin cruised around Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 1:54.4 to score her maiden breaking victory. Using a: 27.3 final panel, Color’s A Virgin held of a late charge from Tough Rose and Sam Widger to finish a length in front of her rivals. The rookie filly has now earned over $18,000 from two starts for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, August 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The second division for the two-year-old pacing colts will be the featured attraction on Wednesday, August 21. Both of the four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, August 7 with a 14-race card highlighted by one division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.  by Emily Gaskin  

Scioto Downs Racino starts hosting Ohio State Fair races Thursday, with the 2-year-old pacing fillies and the 2 and 3-year old trotting fillies. The only field of 3-year-old trotters will have 11 in it and will go for a $60,000 purse in race six. Even though she is leaving from post 11, Contessa Leigh and driver Chip Noble are going into the race as the 8-5 morning line favorite. The Marty Wollam trainee comes into the race having won her last three starts. Her lifetime best of 1:56.4 was taken on July 6 at Scioto, when she won the latest Sire Stakes by two lengths. Diplomats Mistress is the second favorite at 7-2, leaving from post two, for trainer Mike Sowers and David Myers. She most recently finished second at a fair in Piketon, after making a break before the start. Before that she won three races in a row - the other division of the Sire Stakes on July 6 and then two fair starts, Wellston and Washington Court House. Her regular driver, Myers, is only two wins away from 1,000 career driving victories. The 2-year-old trotting fillies will face off in two separate divisions, with the first having nine starters going for $34,450 in the race one and a second set of eight going for $33,750 in race three. Two divisions of seven 2-year-old pacing fillies will go for $30,000 each in races two and seven. Chris Page is set to drive three of the favorites in these four races.  In The Grippers will go off as the 2-1 trotting favorite in the first race for trainer leading trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The filly by relatively unknown sire Steven One has won her first two career starts, both in Sire Stakes events, for owner Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook. She won in 2:04 at Scioto on July 4th and again at Northfield 15 days later in 2:03.1.  The favorite in the second division of 2-year-old trotters is Rose Run Princess who, when she won just under a month ago, gave trainer Devan Miller her first training win in a Sire Stakes race. She won that race in 2:02.4 and then came back to win the second sire stakes event at Northfield in 2:02.2. Page is also down to drive the favorite in the first division for pacers when he sits behind Steve Carter’s Spiffy Sam (5-2). The 2-year-old filly by Nobleland Sam has seven starts this year with three wins, two seconds and a third. She took her 1:57.4 record at Northfield on July 28; she then won a fair race at Eaton four days ago in 2:07. The only 2-year-old favorite Page is not driving is Paydaze On The Way (2-1). Diana Riegle trains the filly with two starts and one win and one second. This filly is by the older sire, Look Sharp, who first stood stud in 1988 and is now 30 years old. The filly was second in her first Sire Stakes event, going in 1:57.3 and finishing just a neck behind winner Crown Time Keeper, who will race in the same division as Paydaze On The Way this week. Steve Carter has enlisted Chris Page to drive Crown Time Keeper whose morning line is set at 5-2. She then beat Crown Time Keeper in the next Sire Stakes event when she won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:56. Racing will continue Friday, with a post of 6:30 p.m., Saturday with an afternoon 1:00 p.m. and a special Sunday 5:00 p.m. card. Scioto Downs Racino  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 20, 2013-Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 20th season of live Standardbred racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, July 20. Four new Indiana Sire Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured a 14-race card boasting purses over the $1 million mark. The Anderson track played host to four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, all of which produced blanket finishes. It was Night Pro and Jason Dillander who stole the show in a track record equaling performance in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt pacers with a final time of 1:50. As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro left the gate alertly from post seven and made every call a winning one. Sweet Talkin Satin and Trace Tetrick would make Night Pro work for his position as they also left alertly before settling along the rail in second. Using a :27.3 final panel, Night Pro powered home to finish a length in front of a hard charging Right Touch and Ray Paver. Sweet Talkin Satin held on gamely for the third place finish. Trained by Dale Decker, Night Pro notched the tenth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal outings. Unraced at two, the three-year-old colt established a new lifetime best while sending his career bankroll over the $175,000 mark for owner Dale Decker. The million dollar night opened with the first $200,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Playful Innocence and driver Dan Shetler who were victorious in 1:56.1. Playful Innocence was able to find late racing room in the homestretch to notch her second consecutive victory in six seasonal outings. Jessie E and driver Tyler Smith staged a big rally late in the lane and turned in a game performance to finish second. The bettors' choice, Jesse Lane, was used hard in the early stages of the mile but held on gamely to finish third. Owned, bred, and trained by Dan Shetler, Playful Innocence has now earned over $160,000 from 15 lifetime outings. Sired by Justice Hall, Playful Innocence established her lifetime best mark of 1:55.2 in her previous outing amongst Indiana Gold Sire Stakes company, also a track record setting mile. The three-year-old trotting colts were up next and it was Only Just A Dream and Trace Tetrick who rallied from well off the pace to find the winner's circle in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Only Just A Dream settled along the rail in third while the battle took place on the front. Red Hot Herbie and Derek Hooley set fractions of :27.1 and :57.1 before feeling a threat on the outside by Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder around the final turn. As the horses began tiring on the front, Tetrick found just enough racing room up the rail to send Only Just A Dream and he went by the tiring leaders willingly with a :28.1 final panel. Scoring his fourth win of the season, Only Just A Dream has now earned over $176,000 for his connections of P. Carter, R. Reid, S. Hummel, and Great Am Stables. Trained by Steve Carter, the three-year-old son of Justice Hall established a new lifetime best mark with the 1:55 victory. Mandy's Mattjesty and Sam Widger closed out the million dollar night with an impressive 1:52.2 romp in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in gate to wire fashion. As part of a four-horse Ron Burke trained entry, Mandy's Mattjesty powered away from the gate to dictate fractions of :27.0, :55.1, and 1:23.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Always About Katey was the first to take aim at leader from the pocket but was no match for Mandy's Mattjesty who saved her best for last. Always About Katey settled for second while Harmony Oaks Quike, as part of the Burke entry, finished third. Sired by His Mattjesty, Mandy's Mattjesty notched the fifth win from eight seasonal outings while pushing her bankroll over $130,000. Also making a special appearance on the evening were 6 celebrity guests as they raced for charity in the Celebrity Exhibition race that kicked off the evening's activities. The local celebrities climbed aboard double seated jog carts to raise money for each of the Celebrity Standardbred Driver's charities. It was radio personality, Gunner from Q95, assisted by Ed Hensley, who won the seven-eighths mile dash for the Shriner's Hospital for Children and Alternatives Inc.  Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 23 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Hoosier Park Offers Racing Fans $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool The buzz and excitement of live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of an increase to this week’s guaranteed Pick-4 pool on Tuesday, July 23 to $20,000. In a partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool on the 14-race card slated for Tuesday, July 23 only. Two long-shot winners in the Saturday Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover in excess of $8,747 and fueled the increase to $20,000. 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 6:10 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website. The Pick-4 wager will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners on Tuesday. “We are very excited for the increase,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. “We want to thank our partners, The Indiana Standardbred Association and The United States Trotting Association, for their continued support and willingness to increase the guarantee this week. The pick-4 has now become the in-wager as far as the racing industry is concerned and we’re proud of its’ success here at Hoosier Park.” Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin  

Sweet Justice, with harness racing driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the third round of Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 27.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 20th season of live harness racing, will kick start summer weekends with a mix of 'family fun' promotions, entertainment, and Indiana Sire Stakes action beginning Wednesday, June 5 and continuing each weekend through the end of the racing season.

The New Jersey Sires Stakes for three year old pacers headlined Saturday's harness racing card at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Driver Chris Page beat the favorite in the James K. Hackett Memorial for males and won with the favorite in the filly counterpart of the Hackett. Page, currently ranked fifth in wins among North American harness racing drivers, used similar tactics in putting his horses on the lead early in both Hackett divisions.

Fans of the sport will not want to miss any of the harness racing action at Maywood Park on Friday, Nov. 18th as the half-mile oval will play host to some of the sport's top human and equine athletes for the 29th Annual Windy City Pace Night.

Harness racing trainer Steve Carter has a right to be optimistic when it comes to Saturday's $121,100 American National Stake for two-year-old pacing colts as he sends out last week's elimination winner Star Recruit and the runner-up in that event, Caviart Key.

Harness racing freshman fillies were featured at Indiana Downs on Friday evening (September 23) in the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. A total of eight $40,000 divisions were carded -- four for pacers and four for trotters -- with favorites winning five splits.

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