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ABC Mercedes turned in a gutsy performance to take top harness racing honors in the $24,000 Open Trot Wednesday, June 29 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Accompanied by trainer Joe Putnam, ABC Mercedes reeled off his second straight win, pulling in his third of the year in a time of 1:55.2.

Bluebird Elian was back to his old form Saturday, June 25, taking the fourth and final leg of the $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The three-year-old reigning freshman trotting champ turned in a powerful performance to win his division by 10 and one-half lengths in a time of 1:57.4 for harness racing trainer driver Dan Shetler.

Dollys Joy and harness racing driver Sam Widger continued their winning ways Saturday, June 25, winning a division of the $40,000 three-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo pulled in an easy victory by four and one-half lengths in a time of 1:54.4.

Custard The Dragon and harness racing driver Montrell Teague blew by the competition in the stretch to win the final edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Saturday, June 25. Teague became the youngest driver to ever win a major stakes race at Hoosier Park and earned his biggest win to date.

Sundowner Bob and harness racing driver Ricky Macomber added their names to the record books Saturday, June 25, setting a new North American Race Record and World Record for trotters. The duo stopped the timer in :55.2 for the half-mile dash, the fastest time for a trotter at that distance on any size track.

The first two-year-old races were held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday, June 24, giving harness racing fans a glimpse at some of the future stars in the state of Indiana. Heading the list of impressive performers was Next Flight In, a first time starter from the Erv Miller Stable, who knocked out his debut in a time of 1:58.0.

Freddyscooter and harness racing driver Trace Tetrick held steady in the final strides to take home the top prize in the $24,000 Open Pace Wednesday, June 22 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the one-mile distance in a time of 1:51.3.

A harness racing field field of nine will assemble for the final $500,000-est. Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Saturday, June 25. The race, carded as the 12th on the 14-race program, will have an estimated post time of 9:30 p.m. EST. It will also feature a $20,000 guaranteed Superfecta Pool, adding a spark of excitement to the event. The Hoosier Cup will be discontinued after the 2011 event.

Elliott Deaton earned his 2,000th win of his harness racing career at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Tuesday, June 21. Deaton brought home Bigboppr Bluegrass in the second race of the night to reach the milestone.

Jason Dillander made a special appearance at the Madison County Relay for Life Friday, June 17. Known as the "Bad Boy" in the Fab Five Celebrity Standardbred Driver promotion, Dillander represents the American Cancer Society during all fundraising events with the harness racing promotion.

Hoponit and harness racing driver Peter Wrenn surprised a field of nine in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Friday, June 17. The duo closed in quickly late in the race to win by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:52.4, a new lifetime mark.

The win behind Cambest Treasure will forever hold significance for harness racing trainer-driver Aaron Miller. The 32-year-old reinsman secured his first career driving and training win with the mare in the eighth race at Hoosier Park on Tuesday, June 14.

Freddyscooter and Trace Tetrick looked impressive in their return to the track Wednesday, June 15, winning the $24,000 Open Pace in a time of 1:52.0 over a slightly damp track. The win was the second of the harness racing season for the six-year-old I Scoot Hanover gelding who had not raced since May 25, 2011.

Harness racing driver Dan Shetler turned in an outstanding showing in the third leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action Friday, June 10 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Shetler brought home four winners in the $40,000 events, two of which came from his own barn.

Sugar Nips and harness racing driver Mark Evers established a new track record for older pacing mares Friday, June 10 in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo stopped the timer at 1:50.4, eclipsing the old mark established by Shania and driver Tim Curtin in 1998.

Patience has proven to be the best friend for Proud Yankee. The five-year-old trotter is currently in his second year of harness racing action and is already back in the winner's circle, taking home the top prize in the $20,000 Open Trot at Hoosier Park Wednesday, June 8.

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