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Fiftydallarbill has spent nearly two months at home in Indiana, but the 2017 Breeders Crown champion is preparing for a return to the Grand Circuit following Thursday's $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park. The colt, unbeaten in his past four races, is being pointed toward next month's Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's had a good year so far," said Bill Crone, who trains Fiftydallarbill for owner John Barnard. "But you have to take one race at a time because you never know what's going to happen. "But he's been doing real good. We like him a lot." What's not to like? Fiftydallarbill has won six of nine races this year, finished second once, and earned $153,697. His only off-the-board finishes came when he went off stride; the first time in the final of the Goodtimes Stakes and the second time in his elimination of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. In the Beal, he was interfered with on the backstretch but rallied to finish fourth. He missed qualifying for the final by a nose. A week later, he won the consolation division of the event in 1:52.1 to begin his current win streak. "I wish he would have been in the final at Pocono, but he was lucky that he got up for fourth as it was," Crone said. "He made up a lot of ground to do that and just missed getting to the final." Fiftydallarbill, a son of Swan For All out of CR Dixie Chick, has won 13 of 26 career races and earned $612,647. All but one of his eight career off-the-board finishes came in races when he went off stride. Five of those races occurred last year at age 2. "He's really developed a lot more," Crone said. "He's a real solid horse. Last year he was a little touchy, this year he's real solid. He goes where he's got to go. He doesn't win by a lot when he doesn't have to. He just stays ahead of that horse that's coming at him, and that's all he worries about." Last year, Fiftydallarbill never left Indiana, with his only winning Grand Circuit appearance, the Breeders Crown final, coming at Hoosier Park (he was second in his Crown elimination). In his other Grand Circuit race, the Ralph Wilfong Memorial at the Indiana State Fair, he broke stride and finished a distant tenth. This year, his trip to the Canadian Trotting Classic will be his third Grand Circuit trip beyond the state lines. He also will return to Pocono for the Breeders Crown in October. First, Fiftydallarbill will face nine rivals in the Indiana Sire Stakes on Thursday. The colt, with Hoosier Park leading driver Trace Tetrick in the sulky, will start from post three. Katkin American, who finished second to Fiftydallarbill in each of the past three races, leaves from post eight on Thursday with James Yoder driving for trainer Verlin Yoder. In his three previous races, Fiftydallarbill started from unfavorable posts (eight twice, nine once) and twice competed on an off track. "I like his desire," Crone said. "He goes out there to win. If he's back a ways, when you pull him he just goes until he gets by that front horse. If he's in front, he just stays ahead of them. He's just a real nice horse." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

ANDERSON, ID  - August 24, 2018- After being sent off as the 1/5 post-time favorite, Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, winning with authority in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday, August 24 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With the win, Always A Prince scored his second consecutive victory and made a clean sweep of the fourth round of stakes action. Tetrick wasted no time and sent Always A Prince right to the front from post three and easily grabbed the lead. With the first quarter in 26:2 and the half and 53:2, Michael Oosting and Too Hot To Stop took the pocket seat while the rest of the field waited to take aim at the leader. Once the pacers hit the third quarter with Always A Prince still leading in 1:20:4, the Ron Burke trainee GD Western Joe and driver John DeLong were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the top pair was battling it out but Always A Prince ultimately prevailed, gliding across the wire in 1:49:1. GD Western Joe held on gamely for second while Rockin Speed with LeWayne Miller closed hard for third. Always A Prince paid $2.40 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's better off of the front but I just let Trace do his thing," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "The horse has great mannerisms and he's all business. We plan to keep him here for the rest of the stakes season and maybe look at a few of the Grand Circuit races at the end of the year." With the victory, Always A Prince brought his lifetime purse earnings to $187,500 for owners Carl L. and Melanie D. Atley. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has now won 13 of his 16 lifetime starts. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick and one of two winners for trainer Tyler George. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Freshman trotting colt superstar Swandre The Giant will look to score his seventh consecutive victory and remain undefeated this season from post five for trainer, driver Brandon Bates. The evening's 12-race card will also feature two Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies and a $21,000 Fillies and Mares 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

ANDERSON, IN --August 22, 2018-- Glorious Virgin, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in the third round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday, August 22. With a final time of 1:50.4, Glorious Virgin re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and also added a national season's record to her already impressive resume. The previous track record of 1:51 was established by Youaremycandygirl in an elimination of the Breeders Crown last fall. The 1:50.4 victory also equaled the fastest mile recorded by a two-year-old this season, regardless of track size or sex. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Glorious Virgin was unhurried from the gate while stablemates Pansy's Image and Pure Maid were hustled out early for position. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. reached the first quarter in :26.2 but would quickly yield the lead to the heavy post time favorite, Glorious Virgin, just before the half. Glorious Virgin clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.4 and looked strong on the front with a two-length lead. As the field rounded the final turn John DeLong had Lady Capulet applying pressure first-over but Glorious Virgin wasn't finished. Utilizing a:27 final panel, the Shane Bowermaster trainee kicked home and coasted on to the wire under a hand drive, finishing two lengths to the good. Fillies from the Bowermaster Stable completed the superfecta in the field as Pure Maid finished second, Lady Capulet was third and Fully A Virgin and Peter Wrenn rallied well for fourth place honors. As the 1-5 favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "I really think she could be one of the top three fillies I've ever sat behind," Tetrick noted after the victory. "At this stage in the game, she's better than any filly I've driven. She's a true professional, getting handier with every start and just has unbelievable talent." With the win, Glorious Virgin made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action for freshmen fillies and extended her win streak to four in the process. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won five of six lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $114,000 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Three-year-old trotting fillies were also featured in stakes action on the evening's 13-race card and it was Black Mamba As and Todd Warren who pulled the 16-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Taking advantage of hot, early fractions, Black Mamba As used a well-timed rally late in the lane to score in a new lifetime best of 1:53. Black Mamba As recorded the third win of the season from ten seasonal starts for trainer Anette Lorentzon and snapped a five-race win streak for the heavily favored Custom Cantab who had to settle for second place honors. The homebred daughter of Lionhunter-Happy Year is owned by Acl Stuteri and has now amassed $138,900 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 23 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --The Hoosier State's top trotters and pacers were on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 1 as the Anderson, Indiana oval played host to a stakes filled 14-race card. Six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals were featured on the program and each division delivered some outstanding harness racing battles. It was a night ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who had five winners on the program. The action packed evening opened with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and Glorious Virgin looked every bit the part of a 4-5 favorite as she overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:51.1. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Glorious Virgin sat third for much of the mile before using a :26.3 closing quarter to record her second consecutive victory and make clean sweep of the second round of stakes action. The 1:51.1 final time established a new lifetime best for the two-year-old filly and equaled the national season's mark for two-year-old pacers. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Glorious Virgin has now won three of four lifetime starts. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now amassed $66,500 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. "She's a very smart filly," Bowermaster noted in the winner's circle. "The closer we got to qualifying her, the better she got. We haven't had to make many adjustments to her so far-she has done everything we've asked of her." Following suit, Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn delivered as the heavy 1-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With Peter Wrenn in the bike, Custom Cantab dug in gamely late in the mile to hold off all challengers and find the wire first in 1:53.2. It was the fourth consecutive win of the season and sixth win from seven seasonal outings for the filly. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :56.1 while Custom Cantab opted for a pocket trip. Wrenn gave Custom Cantab the green light and the filly ranged up to take the lead just before the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Verlin Yoder had O So Easy on the attack first-over and Red Rose Swan was poised to strike from the pocket turning for home. Wrenn asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely to hold off all challengers and get the win by a head. "She showed a lot of guts tonight," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "She's smart about everything and her consistency is what sets her apart from the rest. She likes to win now, too." Trained by Christopher Beaver, who also co-owns the filly with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc., the daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model recorded her eighth lifetime victory from 19 trips behind the gate. Custom Cantab pushed her lifetime bankroll to $335,786 with the win. Fresh off a decisive win in his elimination last week, Fiftydallarbill turned in another gritty performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming the outside post nine, Fiftydallarbill utilized a :27.4 final panel to track down the pace-setting Katkin American and James Yoder in the final strides of the mile. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick at the lines, Fiftydallarbill stopped the timer in 1:52.4 and recorded his third consecutive victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Tetrick noted after the win. "I knew one of us was going to be on the front but I was happy to sit behind. My colt has matured so much this year and he just gets better with every start." Recording his fifth win of the season from eight outings, Fiftydallarbill is trained by William Crone. The Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting colt champion is owned by John Barnard and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $601,247. The sole upset of the evening came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies as Neverforgetwhour went gate to wire in 1:52 at odds of 5-1. With Elliott Deaton in the bike, Neverforgetwhour set splits of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4 and held on gamely to get the win by a head over a hard-charging It's Time For Fun and Brandon Bates. The 1:52 clocking was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. Trained, owned and bred by Anette Lorentzon, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Book Babe notched her third win from six seasonal starts. With the win, Neverforgetwhour pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark. The two-year-old pacing colts were up next in their split of the stakes action and it was Outloud and driver Peter Wrenn who staged an impressive rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:51.1. Sitting next to last at the top of the stretch, Outloud employed a :26.2 final quarter to surge past Ima Real Ladys Man and Michael Oosting to put a nose in front. The 1:51.1 clocking was a new lifetime best and equaled the national season's mark for two-year-old pacers. "That was amazing, wasn't it?" Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "My plan was to race him off the pace and try to work out a trip. The trip didn't work out but he made up for it. He carried his speed a long way and he was very strong at the wire." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Outloud recorded his third win of the season and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory. Owned in partnership by Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Incredible Kitty has now earned $77,150 in lifetime purse earnings. Tetrick would get back to the winner's circle in the final split of the stakes action, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with the heavily favored Always A Prince. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Always A Prince made his game winning move around the last turn and never looked back. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Always A Prince coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish seven lengths to the good over the pace-setting Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn. "He's got a lot of early speed but he will let you do whatever you want with him," Tetrick noted after the victory. "I knew I wanted to be close to the front but he's a great horse so I just let him do his job." Trained by Tyler George, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess recorded his 11th lifetime win from 13 trips behind the gate. Unraced as a two-year-old, Always A Prince has now earned $138,000 for Carl and Melanie Atley. It was the third round of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for three-year-old competitors and the second round of five for the rookies. All of the evening's divisional winners earned valuable points for the season-culminating $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, August 2 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 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

In late February the initial Pro-Am Competition was staged at Pompano Park and today (Tuesday, June 19) at Scioto Downs, the second edition of the challenge where the amateur drivers competed in races with and against some of the industry's top reinsmen was showcased. The competitions are the brainchild of Stacy Cahill, the director of racing at both Pompano and Scioto Downs. And from the participants at each venue monies were raised for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and for New Vocations. Participating professionals included Tim and Trace Tetrick, Dan Noble and Aaron Merriman while the remainder of drivers in each event were all amateurs. And to the surprise of no one, every one of the four contest races was won by a professional. The first contest race was won by Dan Noble with amateur driver, Steve Oldford second and Tim Tetrick third. Noble came back to win the second Pro-Am event as amateur driver Joey Putnam finished second. And Tim Tetrick was again third. Then in the third Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick turned back Aaron Merriman for the victory. Amateur driver Michelle Ruvola took home the show dough. And in the final Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick again emerged victorious with Aaron Merriman second and Michelle Ruvola third. But the amateur drivers had their day in the sun with a race strictly for Billings members late on the card. NED HODKINSON WINS THE BILLINGS TROT  Ned "the Insurance Man" Hodkinson and his trusty steed, Mutinyonthebounty, remain a perfect two-for-two this year after they out-footed nine others to score an impressive victory in a 1:58.1 clocking. After racing on the front-end relatively unchallenged the wire came just in time as a host of trotters were closing in on Mutinyonthebounty. But the veteran Mutineer gelding refused to lose and kept Winbak Charles M and driver "Lawbook Larry" Farley at bay for a head victory.. Better Call Saul was a neck farther back in third for "Michelle The Belle" Ruvola. Sent off the favorite in the race Mutinyonthebounty paid $5.90 for win. Hodkinson, who owns and trains the winner, notched his 61st lifetime driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billing Series     

ANDERSON, IN .-June 2, 2018-It was a good week to be Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's leading driver Trace Tetrick as he made a clean sweep, winning all four divisions, of the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Tetrick completed that feat after he steered Dee Rocks to victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Saturday, June 2. With a final time of 1:51.2, Dee Rocks staged an incredible rally late in the lane to score her first win of the season and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Saddled with the outside post nine, Dee Rocks was unhurried from the gate and got away a worrisome eighth in the field of ten. Virgin Eyes and Michael Oosting protected their rail position to reach the first quarter in a blistering :25.4. Skyway Royalty and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Always Woggy and Peter Wrenn were next in line third. Always Woggy wanted her turn on the front and she grabbed the lead just past the half as the torrid pace continued through middle splits of :54.2 and 1:23.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Sam Widger had LA Always A Martini applying pressure first-over with the post time favorite Voom Or Bang and Dale Hiteman well placed second-over. The quick fractions began to take its toll on Always Woggy and just as she began to retreat, Dee Rocks was winding up to strike from the back of the field. Tetrick tipped Dee Rocks three-wide and she utilized a :26.4 final quarter to get the win by a length and a half over Voom Or Bang. Gate Speed and Brandon Bates also rallied well late to round out the trifecta. As the publics' third choice, De Rocks returned $10.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I think the start last week helped tighten her up," Tetrick noted after the win. "They made some equipment changes that made her a little handier tonight. I thought it was best to take a trip and try to see who I could follow. I knew they would carry us a long way, she's a very talented filly and did the rest." Trained by Dossie Minor, the homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Incredible Katie is owned by Ronald Phillips and John Carver. Dee Rocks has now won 12 of 16 lifetime outings while sending her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark with the win. The win capped off a great week for Tetrick who won 13 races on the week, including the three other divisions of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals earlier in the week. "I'm just very appreciative to be able to drive good horses for great people," Tetrick noted of the accomplishment. "Everything worked out for us this week and the horses really showed up." Along with the stakes action, two track records were re-established on Saturday as horses sizzled over the Hoosier Park oval. Cue Hall, driven by LeWayne Miller, turned a pocket trip into a 1:52 score in the Open Trot to re-establish the track record for older trotting horses. The previous mark of 1:52.1 was set by Crescent Fashion and Ricky Macomber Jr. in 2017. Trained by Rod Boyd, Cue Hall recorded his second win of the season and establish a new lifetime best. The six-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue is owned by Robert J. Key. Just a few races later, Carol's Z Tam and Michael Oosting used similar pocket sitting tactics to blow past their rivals and stop the timer in 1:49, a new track record for older pacing mares. The previous mark of 1:49.2 was established in 2017 by Au D Lox Bluegrass. It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for Carol's Z Tam and a new lifetime best. Trained by Jamie Macomber, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 12 of 42 lifetime. Owned by Z Tam Stables LLC, Carol's Z Tam has bankrolled $307,954 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 5 with a 12-race card. 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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN.-June 1, 2018-Sophomore pacing colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Friday, June 1. After tasting defeat for the first time eight starts in his elimination last week, Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in 1:49.2. The 1:49.2 clocking was a new lifetime best and equaled the fastest mile of the season over the Hoosier Park oval through 44 nights of racing. Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Always A Prince changed up his front-running tactics to settle along the rail in fifth. Jeopardy and Brandon Bates were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn, the slight post time favorite, were pointed to the front down the backside and grabbed command just before the second station in :54.3. Shnitzledosomethin was still calling the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1 but Always A Prince was on the attack, first-over with Gerardo and Luke Plano in tow. Shnitzledosomethin looked strong on the front but Tetrick asked his mount for more and Always A Prince found another gear. Utilizing a :27.1 final quarter, Always A Prince edged past a game Shnitzledosomethin to get the win by a length. Gerardo rallied well to round out the trifecta at 57-1. Always A Prince returned $4.80 at the betting windows for the victory. "He was as sharp as I've ever seen him tonight," Tetrick said in the winner's circle. "I obviously wanted a helmet to follow but that's not the way the race worked out. He's a true professional. He acts like an aged horse; you can do anything you want with him. He loves his job and is an extremely talented colt." It was the type of performance that surely would have put a smile on recently departed trainer Bill Dailey's face. With the win, Always A Prince recorded his eighth seasonal victory from just nine starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess is owned by Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley and has now amassed $78,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Earlier on the evening's 13-race card, Ricky Macomber Jr. steered Rocky's Z Tam to a 1:49.2 victory to record the fastest mile of the 2018 season at Hoosier Park. It was one of three winners on the program for trainer Jamie Macomber and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. who also found the winner's circle with Just N Ace in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and Sir Mammo in a conditioned pace. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing 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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN .-May 31, 2018 - Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick made a clean sweep of the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 31. With a final time of 1:53.4, the 2017 Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting colt champion is now two for two in 2018 and established a new lifetime best for the second consecutive week. Leaving from the rail, Tetrick floated Fifytdallarbill off the gate to settle along the pylons in fourth. Katkin American and James Yoder grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in : 27.3 but yielded the lead to All On Black and driver John DeLong just before the half. All On Black led the field through splits of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Unable to wait any longer, Tetrick gave Fiftydallarbill the green light to commence his first-over journey and he was matching strides with the leader turning for home. Under mild urging, Fiftydallarbill opened up a quick, two-length advantage. Fiftydallarbill cruised on to the wire four lengths in front of All On Black while Batting Stats and Sam Widger rallied well to finish third. As the 1-5 favorite, Fiftydallarbill returned $2.60 to his backers for the victory. "He was very sharp tonight," Tetrick noted after the win. "I knew a bunch of them would leave and it's just the way the trip worked out for us. He's a true professional." Trained by William Crone, the Swan For All-Cr Dixie Chick sophomore colt recorded his ninth victory from 19 lifetime outings. With the win, Fiftydallarbill pushed his lifetime earnings over the $500,000 mark for owner John Barnard. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 1 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. 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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN.-May 30, 2018-Indiana's 2017 two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Meadowbrook Grace, pulled off a series sweep to retain her perfect two-for -two sophomore record after she captured 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 Wednesday, May 30. Scoring in 1:53.3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike, Meadowbrook Grace recorded her second seasonal victory in the opening round of the stakes action and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, Meadowbrook Grace was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while a host of others left alertly for position. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn followed the wings of the gate out from post eight to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.3. O So Easy and Verlin Yoder were also involved in the early mix from post nine and pressed on to the front to grab command just past the half in :56.4. Custom Cantab was content to sit the pocket with Southerntucky and Dale Hiteman following along in third. O So Easy was still calling the shots through the third station in 1:26 but Meadowbrook Grace was on the attack first-over with Sarabi As and Elliot Deaton in tow. Using a :27.2 final panel, Meadowbrook Grace was able to wear down O So Easy and hold off a late surge from Sarabi As. Custom Cantab utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Meadowbrook Grace returned $4.00 for the victory. "She's come back really strong and sound this season," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She's very handy and is really easy to manage for a trotting filly. There was a pretty good head wind in the stretch tonight but good horses go right through it and that's what she did tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her sixth victory from 12 lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace pushed her lifetime earnings to $223,450 for owners Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6. Free past performances for the sequence will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. 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 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 24, 2018-Fiftydallarbill, the 2017 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old trotting colt champion, looked to pick up right where he left off as he made his sophomore debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, May 24. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike, Fiftydallarbill cruised to an impressive, open length victory in his division of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:54. Leaving from post seven, Tetrick eased Fiftydallarbill off the gate to settle along the rail in fourth through the opening panel in :27.2. Fiftydallarbill was given the green light down the backside and he quickly grabbed command just past the half in :56.4. Reaching the third station in 1:25.4, Fiftydallarbill began to put his talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :28.1 final panel, the William Crone trainee coasted to a six length victory over Wham Bam Guccio and LeWayne Miller. The three-year-old son of Swan For All-Cr Dixie Chick has now won eight of 18 lifetime outings while amassing $468,950 for owner John Barnard. With the win, Fiftydallarbill earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for May 31 at Hoosier Park. "We've staked him to a few things this season," Barnard noted after the victory. "We'll see how he does next week but we basically mapped out a schedule around his stakes schedule here in Indiana." "He's got a few things in Canada and also at Poconos," Barnard continued. "The competition is tough enough here and we will see how it goes week by week. He's been in Indiana all winter and seems to have come back well." Barnard also scored with Admiral Dewey in an earlier split of the stakes action. The three-year-old gelded son of Elegant Man-Dewey Dally made his game winning move down the backside and went on to score in a new lifetime best of 1:56.1 with driver John DeLong in the bike. Unraced at two, Admiral Dewey is trained by William Crone and has now won four of six lifetime starts. Indiana's two-year-old trotting colt of the year, All On Black, made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one as he captured the final elimination of the evening in 1:54.2. Driven by John DeLong, the son of Swan For All-Right on Renee staged a big rally late in the lane to remain undefeated in two starts this season. Trained by Jenny Melander, All On Black has now won eight of 10 lifetime outings and amassed $215,700 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes highlighted Thursday's 13-race card Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The stakes action will continue on Friday, May 25 with four $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing colts highlighting the 13-race card. First post is 6:30 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing at Hoosier Park will 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

Hightstown, NJ --- Trace Tetrick will head to Orlando this weekend to receive harness racing’s Rising Star Award, and even if he stops off at a nearby theme park it will be difficult to top the ride he enjoyed in 2017. Tetrick, a 31-year-old driver who grew up in Illinois and now calls Indiana home, set career highs with 569 wins and $6.81 million in purses. He cracked North America’s top 10 in victories for the first time, finishing fourth, and was No. 11 in North America for earnings, another lifetime best. Interestingly, nine of the drivers ahead of him on the money list were former Rising Star Award winners, including his older brother, Tim. The award, presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, recognizes early career achievement for a driver or trainer age 35 or younger. Tetrick, who has won 4,443 races and $45 million in purses lifetime, will receive his trophy during Sunday’s Dan Patch Award banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. “It’s a great privilege to be honored in that category and to be invited to be a part of that event,” Tetrick said. “It was probably my best year overall. The highlight, I’d say, was the Breeders Crown. To be in the Breeders Crown again and get a couple wins was great.” Tetrick won Breeders Crown finals with Blazin Britches (3-Year-Old Filly Pace) and Fiftydallarbill (2-Year-Old Colt Trot). He also captured three Indiana Sire Stakes championships, two Kentucky Sire Stakes championships, and one Ohio Sire Stakes championship. In those eight victories, Tetrick drove the favorite only once. “I guess it was being in the right spots at the right time, being lucky,” Tetrick said. “Everybody is looking to beat the favorites. When you’re not the favorite, you can kind of run under the radar. But whether you’re the favorite or not, you’re just trying to put your horse in the best possible spot to make money. If things work out to where you get all of it, that’s even better.” Tetrick was the regular driver of Blazin Britches, who will receive the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer. The filly was trained by Brian Brown, who will receive the Trainer of the Year Award, and owned by Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm, which will get the Owner of the Year trophy. Tetrick, Brown and Trogdon also won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship together last year with Always Bet De Grey and enjoyed success previously with Color’s A Virgin, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer in 2014. “Brian and Bruce Trogdon have been very good to me and things have worked out,” Tetrick said. “It’s great to have the opportunity with those guys.” Another honoree at Sunday’s Dan Patch Awards banquet will be Hoosier Park, which will receive the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. Hoosier Park, which is Tetrick’s home track, hosted the Breeders Crown last year to rave reviews from horsemen and fans. “I thought they did a great job,” said Tetrick, who has won six driving titles at Hoosier Park. “They put forth a lot of effort and they tried to put on a good show. That’s all you can ask. But I think that everyone that came for it had a great time. They loved it. We had a little bad weather the one day, but there’s nothing you can do about that. The racing was still good; the track was still fair. I thought they did a very good job and everyone was happy. “It also allowed so many people to see the event that never had the opportunity to go to the Breeders Crown; not only new people, but people from the Midwest that have been in the business for years. I think it was great for people to be able to come and see the Grand Circuit-type horses here.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Lebanon, OH --- Best known as the winningest harness racing driver in Hoosier Park history, 31-year-old Trace Tetrick is also making his presence well known in the neighboring Buckeye State. After winning his first Ohio meet dash crown at Miami Valley Raceway in 2017, Tetrick has taken the five-eighths mile oval by storm again early in 2018, as he captured seven contests on Saturday (Jan. 20) at that facility. After capturing the $10,000 first prize in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley on Jan. 9, by virtue of winning the last three races in the contest, the green and gold clad reinsman has streaked to a substantial lead in the local dash derby through the first dozen days. Tetrick entered the evening seeking his fourth consecutive five-win program. Attaining that lofty goal by guiding Manhattan Beach to his second straight Open Pace victory wasn’t enough, however, as Trace was right back in the winner’s circle the next two races with Caviart Midnight and Hezabluechipboy N—his sixth and seventh scores of the night and 22nd in the last five days. Through the first dozen days of the 87-day meet, Tetrick has now notched 39 victories. Despite a slightly sticky surface due to a day-long thaw, Manhattan Beach made overcoming his assigned outside post position look easy. Parked out the entire :26.2 opening quarter, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere played with the rest of the talented field once he got command shortly thereafter. Cruising through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4, the winner opened a couple lengths lead by the head of the stretch and widened the margin to the wire in 1:51.4. Rock Out (Shawn Barker II) raced gamely to finish second ahead of My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton). Tetrick’s other winners came behind John Jay ($18.00), Hoosier Rikki ($4.80), Jackie Goldstein ($7.60) and Stamkos ($5.20). Finalists were also determined in the first of six varied Claim To Fame Series to complete the preliminary legs. Prince Clyde was the only multiple winner among the $20,000 male claiming pacers who competed in four divisions each of the last two Saturday nights. His $21,250 in series earnings lead the way and stamped him as the early favorite for the $35,000 championship next week. Others who qualified for the final were Cracker Pullet, Ideal Kiss, R Gauwitz Hanover, Mr Julian, Dovuto Hanover, Dalton Did It, MG Kid, Artistic Director and Chocolate Crackers. by Miami Valley Raceway 

Lebanon, OH --- It took Manhattan Beach two tries, but the son of Somebeachsomewhere got his initial harness racing victory of 2018 in the $25,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Jan. 13).  Driver Trace Tetrick benefitted from Manhattan Beach’s best post position in quite some time to control the race throughout. After easily getting the top from the three-hole, the winner cruised through quarter splits of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.1 before sprinting home by open lengths in 1:52.1. The 12-degree temperature didn’t seem to faze the Walter Haynes Jr. trainee as the 5-year-old gelding notched his 13th career victory and upped his lifetime bounty to almost $700,000. John McGill and Brian Carsey are partners on Manhattan Beach, who led My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) and Boys Round Here (Kayne Kauffman) across the finish line.  Four divisions of the first leg of the Claim To Fame late-closing series for male $20,000 claimers also went to post on Saturday, each carrying a $20,000 tag. A total of ten horses changed hands through the claim box, although 34 claims were entered. Most popular at the claim box was Just Bettor, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, who had 14 hopeful new owners. Through luck of the random draw, Black Magic Racing is the new owner. Just Bettor finished fourth in the first leg. Tetrick, who was recently crowned champion of the North America Drivers Challenge at Miami Valley, won four of the first 12 races, including a trio of trips to the winner’s circle with horses from the Tyler George Stable. Miami Valley Raceway

Lebanon, OH---By winning the final three events of the harness racing contest, Hoosier Park’s leading driver Trace Tetrick just nipped Ohio’s Chris Page to win the $10,000 first prize in the North America Driving Championship Tuesday night (Jan. 9) at Miami Valley Raceway. Page, the only other multiple winner with a pair of triumphs on championship day, finished second after leading most of the afternoon. Tetrick ended the eight-race head-to-head competition with 124 points, while Page scored 114. The other finalists were Simon Allard 101, Peter Wrenn 90, Aaron Merriman 84, Doug McNair 77, Jason Brewer 67, Billy Davis Jr. 65, Louis-Philippe Roy 43 and Corey Callahan 35. Tetrick’s consecutive wins during the contest finale were with Twin B Honour ($10.80 to win), Flyin Orion ($19.80) and Dalianna ($4.20). Page’s winning mounts were Allthatjazz De Vie ($11.40) and J-S Livethedream ($6.40). The other winners were all longshots -- Real Revenge (Simon Allard, $216.40), Mcaartic Ocean (Peter Wrenn, $74.80) and Hoosier Rikki (Billy Davis Jr., $28.80). In addition to Tetrick’s three championship contest wins, he also scored with Feelnlikearockstar ($7.20) and Caviart Midnight ($6.80) in overnight events. Miami Valley offered its first Instant Guarantee $10,000 Pick-5 pool on the card with 10 lucky winners each collecting $1,353.10. Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway 

HARRISBURG PA - The theme generated within Hoosier Park, host track for the 2017 Breeders Crowns, was "It's Indiana Time," and the track's embodiment of that philosophy in all quarters, resulting in a superior show for harness racing's year-end showcase, has earned it the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award in year-end Dan Patch Awards voting by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading communications trade group. In addition, the Writers singled out two other "Hoosiers" for awards - Trace Tetrick, the track's leading driver and a double Breeders Crown winner at Hoosier, was voted the sport's Rising Star among the backstretch set; and Tim Konkle, the hardworking editor of the important monthly Midwest Harness Report and an equally tireless supporter of USHWA, has been named USHWA's Member of the Year. Hoosier Park, in the town of Andersonville northeast of Indianapolis, in its 24th season of racing during 2017, was chosen to host the $6M Breeders Crown Championship Series, a gathering of the best horses in North American harness racing. Although the weather was not at its best throughout the weekend of the Championships, the racing proved fair to all horses and excellently-competitive - and the Hoosier Park staff rolled out the red carpet to racing's elite horses and humans in a big way. No amount of effort was spared in making the Breeders Crown experience memorable to everyone connected to it, right down to the Hoosier Park faithful who turned out en masse to see the national-caliber racing. All who were at the 7/8-mile track that weekend came away raving about Hoosier Park and its first-rate job in showcasing the Breeders Crown (and it didn't hurt that a couple of Indiana-bred and Indiana-based horsemen showed up in Victory Lane, either). The leading driver at Hoosier Park over the last couple of years, Trace Tetrick, again led the sulkysitter's colony in 2017, but it was largely his work on his track's big weekend that drew the national attention to his developing abilities. Trace visited the Crown winners circle with three-year-old pacing filly Blazin Britches, last week voted champion in her division, and with the homegrown Indiana stakes competitor, two-year-old colt trotter Fiftydallarbill, among five winners on the weekend's two cards. Trace Tetrick, who was fourth in North America in wins at press time with 559 and who set a personal seasonal money record with $6.7M in horses driven, joins his brother Tim, who won the Rising Star Award exactly ten years ago, and who has since gone on to have "some success" in the sulky on the North American scene. Tim Konkle has been chronicling the Indiana scene for going on 20 years now, giving the racing at Hoosier, Indiana Downs when it raced Standardbreds, and the Indiana fairs and sales prominent attention in his magazine. Formerly best-known as the Hoosier Horse Review, Konkle expanded the purview of the publication when Ohio brought in gaming legislature, and under the name Midwest Harness Review Tim now keeps his readership posted on the major stories in the Hoosier state, the Buckeye state, and the surrounding harness racing area. For USHWA, Konkle has served as a Director of the At-Large membership group for two years. His preliminary spadework aided greatly with Hoosier Park being the title sponsor of the latest Dan Patch Awards Banquet, and he continues in his efforts to help the organization raise money and then use it wisely in its various activities. Hoosier Park, Trace Tetrick, and Tim Konkle will all be honored at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL. Those wishing to take out a congratulatory ad in the Banquet's Awards Journal should contact Kim Rinker, Journal Committee chair, at trotrink@aol.com. Those wishing to attend the banquet can make room reservations online via a special "portal" on the USHWA website - but do so quickly to take advantage of the special room rates USHWA has obtained. Tickets for the banquet, priced at $175, can be obtained through Judy Davis-Wilson, Dinner Planning Committee chair, at zoe8874@aol.com. (Full voting results for all categories will be sent along with Friday's release, the last in the sequence of four.) Jerry Connors  

DAYTON, OH. - A grueling first-over trip didn't deter harness racing favored Manhattan Beach from wearing down longshot Dreamfair Mesa in midstretch to capture the featured $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 25). Driver Trace Tetrick floated the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere from the gate, content to ride fifth through the opening quarter in :27.2. Just past that point, however, he sent the Walter Haynes Jr.-trainee on his way. Manhattan Beach obliged by moving up to third on the outside at the :56.1 halfway point, then second and pressuring the leader at the 1:23.4 third split. Although still outside around the final bend, Tetrick's charge had enough pace left in the lane to finally pass pacesetter Dreamfair Mesa (Josh Sutton) and hold off late-charging Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) in 1:51.4. As the odds-on choice, Manhattan Beach paid $3.60. Combined with 23-1 Dreamfair Mesa the exacta kicked back $55.60; while the $2 trifecta including 6-1 Dalhousie Dave was worth $220.80. John McGill and Brian Carsey own the winner, who has faced national free-for-all stars in Grand Circuit stakes much of the season. He now sports ten lifetime wins and a career bankroll of $658,974. Gregg Keidel

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