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Flight Elal proved that he was ready to fire on all cylinders Friday, May 6, making his 2011 harness racing debut an impressive victory in the first round of the $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes. Last year's two-year-old colt of the year showed grit, winning in a time of 1:53.1 as the heavy favorite in the second of three divisions for sophomore pacing colts.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will once again offer a special mega bet event for invited guests to highlight the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 7. Participating guests can enter an exclusive drawing where five winners will receive a $1,000 win bet and one very lucky winner will receive a $10,000 mega win bet.

Several harness racing members of the Indiana Standardbred Association and the Celebrity Standardbred Drivers associated with the Fab Five promotion at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will lend a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity Saturday, May 7.

Harness racing 'Fab Five Drivers' Ricky Macomber and Trace Tetrick visited their selected charities this week to give back to the cause they represent throughout the year. Macomber presented a check for $1,336 to the Indiana School for the Deaf while Tetrick raised $1,330 during his fundraising efforts in 2010 for D.A.R.E., presented to the Anderson Police Department.

Harness racing driver Peter "The Wolf" Wrenn took on a different role at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Saturday, April 30. Wrenn ventured to the casino to announce the name of the Lil Red Ride following the races.

It only took a split second for Lord of Andover and harness racing driver Dave Magee to seize an opportunity in the stretch and trot home the winners in the featured $24,000 Invitational Trot Wednesday, April 27. The duo will be back in action Wednesday, May 4 to take on the field once again in the week's top trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced today (Wednesday April 27) the appointment of Brian Elmore to the position of General Manager of Harness Racing. Elmore, who will assume the new position beginning May 1, 2011, replaces Jeff Smith who will continue in his position as Managing Director of Racing for Hoosier Park's parent company, Centaur LLC.

The 'We Can Care' food drive wrapped up Wednesday, April 20, 2011 for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Harness racing's Brandon 'Big Ticket' Bates was on hand to present a check for $2,000 from Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to assist the group in reaching their 2011 goal.

Tyler Smith and CR Hope snuck through traffic to take home the top prize in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday, April 22 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo lit up the harness racing tote board, paying $47.20 to win.

No one had more confidence in the ability of Action Jackson than harness racing driver Sam Widger. After winning both divisions of the Landess series Wednesday, April 13, Widger had to choose which horse to drive in the final.

Real Mean Art and harness racing driver Dave Magee made it a real exciting finish in the $24,000 Invitational Pace Wednesday, April 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo rallied late to win their first start back after a two month layoff in a time of 1:53.0.

'Slick Rick' Macomber slid on by his opponents in the final strides of the second annual Hoosierdega Champion Cup Saturday, April 16, earning the top prize of $2,000 for his charity, the Indiana School for the Deaf. A total of $5,000 was distributed over the race that included all nine harness racing drivers in the seven-eighths mile dash.

Maddy Seelster and harness racing trainer-driver Ross Leonard made a quiet move at the end to surprise a field of nine in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday, April 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the distance in a time of 1:55.1, their first win of 2011.

Action Jackson and driver Sam Widger made it look like an easy task in the second leg of the $12,500 Jerry Landess Hraness Racing Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Wednesday, April 13. After finishing second in the first round, the four-year-old son of Kentucky Spur brought home his first win of the year in only his second start for Greg Kain's Green Acres of Beecher, Ill.

The second annual Hoosierdega Night is gearing up for another evening of fast paced harness racing action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening will bring a Nascar feel to the atmosphere as the Fab Five Standardbred Drivers are joined by The Champion and The Challengers in a special race for charity Saturday, April 16.

Speed N The Tunnel and harness racing driver Sam Widger proved that one year later has not slowed them down at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo picked up a win in the meet's first $24,000 Invitational Trot of the year Tuesday, April 5, covering the one-mile event with a gate to wire performance in a time of 1:57.0.

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