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LEBANON, OH. - Can't Fire Me (Trace Tetrick) and Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) both completed sweeps of the two preliminary legs of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Monday afternoon (March 20) at Miami Valley Raceway. The showdown between the two, plus seven other finalists, will take place next Monday when the $22,500 championship of the series, for non-winners four pari-mutuel races or $35,000 lifetime, will be determined. Can't Fire Me scored his second gate-to-wire romp in the first split, besting Ultimate Shopper (Chris Page) and Energy Bar (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.3. The 4-year-old Coventry-sired mare is owned by Marjorie Deshetsky and trained by Danny Collins. Lets Go Bucks used the same tactics, topping Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Toy Crown (Jeremy Smith) in front-stepping style. Bill Dailey trains the 4-year-old And Away We Go gelding, who trotted the mile in 1:57.1, for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon (March 21) with a 2:05 post time. A $22,000 Open Trot will be featured, as well as three second-round divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series for male pacers that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. From the Press Box at Miami Valley  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of first leg divisions of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series highlighted the Sunday (March 19) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick) and Lyons Moonlight (Dan Noble) emerged victorious in the event restricted to fillies and mares that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. Owens is one of nine deceased former greats remembered annually at Miami Valley with a "Lebanon Legends" series named in his honor. Melodies That Rock controlled her own destiny from start to finish in the first split as Tetrick took the lead early and cruised through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before finishing just over a length better than Rockin Peggy (Tyler Smith). Hot Cakes (Mike Oosting) earned the show dough in the $8000 race. Jim Ellison conditions the winner for Anna Ellison. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image paid $5.40 as the lukewarm favorite. Lyons Moonlight got away fourth in the second heat until Noble pulled her after the first quarter was reached in :27.4. Racing first-over through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2, the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass finally took control nearing the head of the stretch and proceeded to a two-length victory in 1:55.3. The Jim Arledge Jr. trainee, who paid $7.80 to win, races for owner Pond-A-Acres. OHHA presents Outstanding Groom Award The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association presented its first Outstanding Groom Award on Sunday to Dawn Cunmulaj, wife of Sherif Cunmulaj. The couple relocated to Ohio over three years ago and have single-handedly raced a stable of six to ten horses year around ever since. The OHHA is presenting deserving caretakers with $200 gift cards twice during each meet at each Ohio commercial track. Trainers are encouraged to nominate their full-time helpers with the winner being chosen randomly by draw from among the nominations. 24 grooms were nominated for this award, with a second one to be awarded near the current meet's end. The $200 award isn't enough to head to Disneyland, "but it sure will be nice to have on my next trip to the outlet mall across the street" laughed an appreciative Dawn Cunmulaj. From the Miami Valley Press Box

Trace Tetrick is the leading driver this year at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio, but it won't be long before Tetrick is back home again in Indiana. The 30-year-old Tetrick calls Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., his home. In fact, Tetrick lives only five minutes from the track, where he holds the record for the most career wins (with more than 1,800) and has captured five driving titles (including the past three in a row). Hoosier Park is scheduled to open its 163-day meet April 1. "I know the drive to work will be a lot better," Tetrick said with a laugh, referring to his Miami Valley journey, which is four hours round trip. "I'm very fortunate to have that short commute (to Hoosier). Hoosier is a great place; they put on a great show there. It's my home track, so it's always fun to race there." Not to say Tetrick isn't enjoying himself at Miami Valley. Tetrick leads the driver standings there with 93 wins, holding an 11-victory advantage over second-place Kayne Kauffman and a 36-win margin over third-place Tyler Smith. When Hoosier Park opens, Tetrick will continue to race at Miami Valley on Sundays and Mondays. Miami Valley Raceway concludes its season on May 8. "I'm having a good run at it," Tetrick said about his success at Miami Valley. "I can't complain one bit. I wanted to go there and try to be competitive. It worked out where I got with some really good trainers, like Tyler George and Virgil (Morgan Jr.) and Jim Eaton, who have some really good horses. It's been really clicking lately." Last year, Tetrick set career highs with 478 wins and $5.49 million in purses. He set the single-season record for victories at Hoosier Park with 372, breaking his own mark of 325 established just a year earlier. Tetrick, a native of Illinois, got his first win as a driver in 2003 and became a regular on the Indiana circuit in 2006. He has won 3,878 races in his career and $38.96 million in purses. "I've been very fortunate," Tetrick said. "I started driving out here when I was 19. You always hope (for success). Like everyone else, I was trying to get my drives and get my name on the sheet. When I got opportunities, I wanted to do the best I could with them. Things have just kind of worked out. "It's just experience. The more you drive, the more you realize that. We can all drive watching the TV, but when you've got to get out there and make decisions, it's always quicker and faster. It just becomes a habit, what to do and when to do it. You try not to take the races home with you, but it's hard not to because that's your profession. You'll watch replays and pick out something and try to learn and improve." Five years ago, Tetrick began making his name in Grand Circuit stakes by winning the Oliver Trotting Classic with Upfront Billy at Indiana Downs and an American-National with Our Lucky Chip at Balmoral Park. In 2014, Tetrick won the Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio with Indiana-bred Color's A Virgin and upset world champion Sebastian K with Creatine in the Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile. In 2015, he won multiple stakes with Freaky Feet Pete, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Last year, Freaky Feet Pete was part of the well-documented rivalry with Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit before being sidelined by injury. Always B Miki went on to be named Horse of the Year and was retired to stallion duty. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, will return to action this season along with "Pete." "We had a lot of good battles with Wiggle and Miki," Tetrick said. "Just being on the stage with those guys was a highlight. It was big for our sport to have those three top contenders. They might have been three of the best horses we've seen in the last decade at one time. If you see how many times they paced in (1):49 or faster, it's pretty scary. That's hard to do that many times, and they did it wherever they went. "You hate to lose good horses for the sport," he added, referring to Always B Miki's retirement. "Whether you can beat them or not, you hate to lose the opportunity to watch them again." One of the goals this season for Freaky Feet Pete will be to compete in October's Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park, which is his second home. Marty Rheinheimer, who co-owns Freaky Feet Pete with his mother Mary Jo, has taken over the training of the horse following the passing of his father Larry last September. "He looks good," Tetrick said about Freaky Feet Pete. "I think everybody has come together good as a group to make preparations for this year to go back at it again and try to have Pete as good as we can. I know (the Breeders Crown) is one of the goals they have. It would be great to have the Breeders Crown here at home and have Pete be in it with the local fan base." In the meantime, Tetrick, who followed his father Tom D. and brothers Tom T. and Tim into harness racing, is looking forward to an enjoyable year at the races. "My goal is to be competitive on a nightly basis," Tetrick said. "I want to go out there with a clear head and hope everything works out and do the best I can for the people I'm working for. "Just being able to drive a lot of different types of horses and getting to drive for people that, when you win or they race really good, they're excited and happy, that's always fun for me. That's the biggest thrill of it. I've been able to be very successful over here and won some titles and some stakes races. But the game itself to me is a fun game. It's a great job to have; that's the part I love about it." Story by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

LEBANON, OH. - Jerseylicious isn't just back...she's all the way back! The harness racing 7-year-old Western Ideal lass, who once was as feared as any older distaff pacer in the sport, captured the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 10). The Tim Lane-trainee paced a mile in 1:52.3, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for driver Trace Tetrick, upsetting Safe From Terror (Chris Page) and Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith). Purchased by Emerald Highlands Farm primarily for her breeding value after a 2016 season with just twelve starts and two wins for $19,970 in earnings, Jerseylicious now has a half dozen starts under Lane's tutelage and has marched through the condition ranks with two wins and two show finishes before beating Miami Valley's best. Tetrick sent Jerseylicious directly to the front from post position seven, relented to Safe From Terror after the :27.3 first quarter, then waited through fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before popping the pocket at the head of the stretch and sealing the deal with a :27.1 final panel. With just 82 lifetime starts she now has accumulated $691,370 in earnings. Among her 21 lifetime wins are some in the game's most prestigious events for older female pacers. She took her record of 1:50.1 at age four at The Meadowlands. Gregg Keidel      

LEBANON, OH. – It’s not every day that harness racing $10,000 claimers get to race for a $25,000 purse, but that is exactly what happened when the Elite Survivor Series championship final went postward at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 3).  Each of the ten finalists had survived three preliminary knockout rounds when half of each field was eliminated and only the five check-getters advanced.  Six of the championship participants had won at least one race during the prelims, including last week’s pair of identical 1:53.4 winners—John Jay and Blueridge Doc. Due to drawing the rail for the final, John Jay was bet down to 9-5 favoritism and the 4-year-old altered son of Dali did not disappoint.  Driver Trace Tetrick allowed a pair of his adversaries to clear him in the early going, but moved out and reclaimed the lead just past the quarter-mile station.  The Tyler George trainee lead the rest of the way, despite mild first-up pressure the last half, to triumph in 1:53 and bank the largest paycheck of his still young career.  The victory was the 11th of his life and boosted his bankroll to $77,985.  Owner Steven Price of Georgia claimed John Jay for $15,000 on February 17 and has been rewarded with $20,000 in earnings in two weeks. Safe From Terror (Chris Page) sped to a 1:52.1 score in a $22,000 Fillies & Mares Open pace on the same program.  The 5-year-old Western Terror lass exploded from the gate, despite an outermost post position, before dropping in third along the pylons early in the :26.4 opening split.  The richest horse in the race with almost $700,000 in purse earnings was out and moving shortly thereafter, pushing a nostril in front at the :55.1 halfway station.  The taxing first half didn’t seem to bother Safe From Terror, though, as she cruised past the three-quarters in 1:23.1 before stopping the clock :29 seconds later.  Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) made a gallant first-over bid that resulted in a runnerup finish, while Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick) was closing ground quickly in the lane to garner the show dough.  Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns the winner, who is trained by Mike Conklin. The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, a late-closer for distaff non-winners of four races or $35,000 lifetime, also kicked off on Friday in two full-field divisions.  Friskie Zena (Ken Holliday) was an upset winner in the first heat, topping Alwayssmoothraigin (Josh Sutton) and Glorious Delight (Trace Tetrick) in 1:55.1.  Sherri Holliday conditions the 4-year-old Feelin Friskie mare for Black Magic Racing LLC.  She paid $24.80 to win. Powered By Pink (Josh Sutton) went a tick quicker beating Sun Belle Sadie (Aaron Merriman) and Stirling Cameo (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.  Owner-trainer Jack McCall Jr.’s 6-year-old Village Jolt daughter returned $10 to her $2 supporters. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 14) produced a third different winner in the last three weeks when Walter White (Trace Tetrick) found room along the pylons to zoom past Dnieper (Jeremy Smith) and hit the wire first in 1:56.2. It was the 12th career win for the harness racing 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall and pushed him past the $300,000 lifetime earnings plateau. Run And Tell Pap (Jason Brewer) made a furious late rush to garner the show dough, while the pacesetter Final Breath (Dan Noble) faltered in the lane but held for fourth. Walter White is owned by Robert Silberberg and trained by Jim Eaton. Off at 7-1 odds he returned $17 to his faithful. Combined with longshot Knieper, the exacta paid $97.20; and adding Run And Tell Pap boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to a handsome $738.20. Four divisions of the second round of the "Survivor Series" for $5000 male pacers were also contested for $6000 purses. The top five finishers from each heat will return next Tuesday for a pair of final preliminary eliminations chasing $7500 purses. The top five from each of those elims will face off for a $20,000 championship purse on February 28. Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers, $3.60 to win) copped the first division in 1:54.2, beating Hay Goodlooking, Cams Good Fortune, Hobbys Hobbit and Hall Of Terror. Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman, $9.80) bested Wilbur's Z Tam, Dukes Up, Stripe'n Star and Munndutch in 1:54.1. Amasa Al (Tyler Smith, $5.20) topped the third heat with a 1:54.4 mile, topping Real Future, Rock Of Luck, Final Retrieve and I Got My Wish. Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman, $6.00) headed the final advancees with a 1:55 triumph over Ya Gotta Go, Grams Legacy, Ricky Tidwell and Volo. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - American Girl was on her 'A' game Friday night (Feb. 10) at Miami Valley Raceway, pacing the third fastest time by a distaff pacer in the harness racing track's four-year history to capture the weekly $22,000 Mares Open Pace in 1:51. The only quicker ones came in the last two editions of the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Grand Circuit Stake by Yagonnakissmeornot and Shebestingin. Driver Trace Tetrick left alertly with American Girl from the No. 5 post position, opting for a two-hole trip when he let Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) clear to the lead approaching the :27.1 first quarter mile marker. Content to sit chilly in the pocket through middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23, Tetrick sighed with relief when the outer tier started to falter and he found racing room at the head of the stretch. American Girl gained steadily on Jackie's Rocket until passing the pacesetter with less than a furlong to go, then held off the furious late charge of runnerup Endeavor's Fantasy (Mike Oosting) in deep stretch. With the win American Girl's lifetime bankroll grows to $754,388. It was the initial 2017 win for the 8-year-old Arts Chip mare who is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt and trained by Tyler George. After a 10-win 2016 season, American Girl had finished second once and third three times in her first four outings this year. Six divisions of a 'Survivor Series' for $10,000 claiming male pacers were also contested with the top six finishers in each qualifying to return for Round 2 next Friday in four divisions. Winners were Keystone Memphis (Chris Page, 1:54.1, $17.20 to win), Lexington Avenue (Jeremy Smith, 1:55.3, $70.80), Greatheart Hanover (Tyler Smith, 1:55, $8.40), Sand Summerfield (Mike Oosting, 1:55.3, $21.60), Ahdoughnolum (Tyler Smith, 1:54.3, $24.60) and Whoyoucallingafool (Jason Brewer, 1:53.3, $4.80). A total of 15 of the 59 horses in Round One were claimed, eight of whom advanced to Round Two when they will carry 20% higher price tags. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - A $22,000 Open Trot and the final two championship legs of the popular January "Claim To Fame Series" at Miami Valley Raceway were harness racing highlights of the Tuesday (Jan. 31) matinee. Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) was a repeat winner in the weekly top trot, handily defeating runnerup Final Breath (Dan Noble) and show finisher Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.4. It appeared Tag Up And Go could have scored from second base on a routine fly ball as he pinned a 4-1/4 lengths triumph on the best squaregaiters currently competing in southwest Ohio. Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) dueled through an initial quarter in :28.2. As soon as they were settled, however, driver Trace Tetrick rushed favored Tag Up And Go directly to the front, reaching the half in :57 and the three quarters in 1:25.4. Sandys Victory (Kyle Ater) offered a mild first-up challenge at the third teletimer station with Final Breath (Dan Noble), making his first 2017 start, right on his bumper. Tetrick never really experienced an anxious moment through the stretch, closing with little urging in :29 flat to secure the victory. Final Breath held for second in a tight photo finish over Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman), who was forwardly placed along the pylons throughout. Brewer Adams trains the winner who is owned by Adams Racing LLC and Brian Clark. The 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding's resume now sports 30 wins and $427,775 in earnings. $8000 female claiming pacers chased a $20,000 purse when the top nine earners in two preliminary legs contested their 'Claim To Fame' series final. Grantor Hanover (Dan Noble) parlayed a pocket ride into a mild upset win over favored Turbo Mach (Trace Tetrick), who cut all the fractions. Both mares had been claimed in both preliminary legs, where they tallied a pair of victories apiece. In the showdown, Grantor Hanover sped to the front in :28.3, but promptly yielded to Turbo Mach, who lead the field to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. Feeling no necessity to vacate the pocket until the stretch, Grantor Hanover angled back out and edged past Turbo Mach in deep stretch. Now owned by Angela Ott and trained by Jim Lupton, the 7-year-old Camluck lass has 17 wins to her credit and a bankroll of $195,322. The top nine $12,500 claiming mares contested the $17,900 final for their division with favored Caviart Scarlett (Trace Tetrick) scoring in 1:52.4 over second choice Ginger Tree Alexis (Tyler Smith) and show finisher Cenaltafirecracker (Chris Page). The favored pair raced one-two throughout as the balance of the field gapped behind them. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains and co-owns the winner with Carl Howard; while Adam Short owns and trains both the runnerup and the show finisher. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A solid field of nine $30,000 claimers, with a combined total of 212 lifetime harness racing victories, went postward at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Jan. 29) to contest the $35,500 championship leg of their divisional series, one of seven being decided in a stretch of five days at the southwest Ohio oval. As a snow flurry kicked up and the wings of the Woebkenberg starting gate folded, King Harvest (Simon Allard) was launched from an outer post position to the front in a taxing :26.4. Allard was only able to back the halfway clocking off to :55 flat as an outer tier was forming with 7-5 favorite Dalhousie Dave (Trace Tetrick) leading those challengers coming on the outside. He was followed by 9-5 second choice Rocknroll Jewel (Jason Brewer) and One Lucky Dragon (Greg Grismore). Unable to cross over to the front, Dalhousie Dave had stuck a neck in front by the 1:23.2 third station. When King Harvest finally succumbed around the final bend the sprint to the wire was on between the two favorites. With Tetrick squeezing a :29 closing panel from Dalhousie Dave he was able to hold off runnerup Rocknroll Jewel in 1:52.2. Cosmicpedia (Kayne Kauffman) adeptly weaved through traffic in the lane to grab the show dough. One Lucky Dragon was fourth and Sir Mammo (Randy Tharps) fifth in the lucrative final. Dalhousie Dave and Rocknroll Jewel, both 10-year-old geldings, were the oldest combatants in the field and returned a $12 exacta to those punters who believed experience counts. Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro own Dalhousie Dave, who now sports 34 career triumphs and $693,826 in earnings. Both Trace Tetrick and Mike Oosting managed hat tricks (3 wins) during the first ten races on the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) notched his first local score at Miami Valley Raceway Tuesday (Jan. 24) afternoon, but it certainly wasn't anything new to the well-traveled 7-year-old harness racing son of Angus Hall who now sports 29 career victories. In just his second try at Miami Valley, the Brewer Adams-trainee was a convincing victor over Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) in the weekly $22,000 Open Trot. The 1:54.3 clocking was the quickest on the trotting gait in the 2-1/2 week old 2017 meet. Tetrick left the gate with authority and save for a brief "give and go" moment with Insomniac at the first quarter pole Tag Up And Go dictated all the fractions. The 6-5 favorite cut fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :29.1 final panel. Revenue Agent seemed hopelessly boxed in around the final bend, but Grismore found a seam in mid-stretch and rallied sharply to grab the place money. Brian Clark co-owns the lifetime winner of $416,775 with Adams Racing LLC. Four divisions of "Claim To Fame" series races were contested by $8000 claiming pacers, plus a pair of splits for $12,500 filly and mare pacers. The $8000 group winners were Grantor Hanover (1:54.4, Jeremy Smith), Oyster Bay (1:55.3, Trace Tetrick), Dunside Art (1:54.3, Mike Oosting) and Turbo Mach (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). All four qualified for the $20,000 championship leg next Tuesday when they will be joined by Status Quo, Mike's Hope, Peck Blue Chip and Ravenswood Reese in the lucrative final. The final spot in the championship leg will be the winner of a random draw between Perma Grin, Holy Chip and Untouchable One-all of whom tied for ninth in total earnings during the two preliminary legs. Winners in the pair of splits for $12,500 mares were A Little Starstruk (1:55.2, Kayne Kauffman) and Sexy Card Shark (1:55.4, Trace Tetrick). The nine finalists who will chase a $17,900 pot next week are A Little Starstruk, Sexy CardShark, Transit Hanover, Ginger Tree Alexis, Caviart Scarlett, Cenalta Firecracker, Geisha Girl N, Ginger Spice N and either Rescue Team or Auf Wiedersehen, who tied for ninth. Driver Trace Tetrick got a new nickname from announcer Barry Vicroy as he renamed Trace "Touchdown Tetrick" when he scored his six win in the nightcap of the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Repeat feature race winners have become the order of the day at Miami Valley Raceway this weekend. Meadowbrookthunder copped his second straight $22,000 Open Pace victory on Saturday night (Jan. 14), following the lead of Noone To Depend On, who captured the $22,000 Miami Valley Distaff Open on Friday. Both were recent acquisitions by their respective stables and have stepped up their game for their new harness racing connections. Driver Trace Tetrick opted to allow a pair of other impressive opponents, Mykindachip and Fancy Creek Elusiv to lead the field to the quarter, despite starting from the coveted No. 1 post position. Following a relatively pedestrian :28.2 opening panel, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was launched first-over-a position he maintained until wearing down the aforementioned pacesetters in mid-stretch. Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the winner in partnership with Peggy Carter. For Trace Tetrick, the feature race triumph was his fourth on the night as the 30-year-old Hoosier Park driving champion solidified his third place standing in the early stages of the Miami Valley dash derby. Four divisions of $20,000 claimers also went postward in the first leg of their divisional "Claim To Fame" late-closing series. Although there were ten horses claimed during the evening, only one of the winners will have new connections if entered in the second leg. Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger), a 1:53.4 winner that returned a $6.20 win mutuel, entered the Joe Paver Stable via the claim box. The other first-leg series winners were Frankandjoanne (1:53.1, $7.80), longshot Supreme Z Tam (1:54.2, $91.80) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:52.3, $5.60). Claiming prices increase by 25% in the second preliminary leg as the 40 nominees battle for a spot in the $32,500 (est.) championship final. A "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers will highlight the Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley. Thirty hopefuls will start in a trio of divisions each racing for $25,000 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Meadowbrookthunder thundered down the lane at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night to cop the initial $22,000 Open I Pace of the harness racing season on Saturday night (Jan. 7). Stepping up to the top level following an impressive 1:51.1 score in a condition / $30,000 claiming event the final week at Dayton Raceway, Meadowbrookthunder got away sixth in a field of seven, but was out and moving for driver Trace Tetrick before the first quarter timer flashed :26.1. Tilted three-wide prior to the :54 halfway point, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was fourth about four lengths off the leader. Just a length away from the leader at the 1:23 three quarters, the winner passed pacesetting Hickory Icon coming off the final bend and then held off fellow closers Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and JD's Macca Lodge (Kayne Kauffman) for a 1:53 upset score. Overlooked at 6-1, Meadowbrookthunder coupled with Vague Traces (34-1) and JD's Macca Lodge (8-1) to produce a $562.40 $2 trifecta. He is owned by Steve and Peggy Carter. The $25,000 North American Driver's Challenge kicks off Sunday afternoon (2:05 post time), the first of three consecutive matinees to determine the inaugural champion, who will be awarded $10,000 of the $25,000 pot. A total of 30 of the winningest reinsmen on the continent will have four drives each on each of the first two programs, when the field will be whittled to the ten top point-getters who will race head-to-head in eight races on Tuesday. In a last minute development, Canadian Guy Gagnon had a border customs problem (no visa) and has been replaced by Andy Shetler, who won 108 dashes in 2016 and has notched 1,612 lifetime wins. Gregg Keidel

Despite dueling through a very taxing :26.1 first quarter, harness racing favorites American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Aniston Seelster (Josh Sutton) finished one-two in 1:54 in the $15,000 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 16). Sutton, driving even money Aniston Seelster, who was last week's feature race winner, left the gate with the petal to the metal in an attempt to seat Tetrick and American Girl behind his charge. But Tetrick had other ideas and forged forward with 2-1 American Girl until Sutton finally decided he had to relinquish the lead and accept the pocket trip just before the initial timer beam was tripped. Following a :30.4 second quarter breather, the leader sped through subsequent closing quarters of :28.4 and :28.1 to seal the deal, with a widening length and a half victory at the finish. It was the tenth 2016 triumph for American Girl, raising her seasonal bounty to $142,180 and her career bankroll to $729,968. Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt own the ulta-consistent 7-year-old daughter of Art's Chip and entrust the conditioning to Tyler George, who is enjoying a banner meet at Hollywood Dayton with a .400-plus UTRS average. In fact, American Girl's open class score produced a natural hat trick for both George and Tetrick as the trainer-driver duo had scored in the two previous races with pacer Sly Velocity and trotter Sheatrottin Kid. Tetrick added another victory earlier on the card with MG's Summer Angel, giving him a grand slam overall. With just two weeks remaining in Hollywood Dayton's 75-night meet over $6 million in purses have already been doled out. Favorites have won 36.4 percent of the races with the No. 5 post position the most advantageous, winning at an 18.6 percent clip. Gregg Keidel  

Anderson, Ind.-November 12, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively. Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 89 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish. Jamie Macomber, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but it truly is a team effort," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 372 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000. "It's certainly an honor and a great accomplishment," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after accepting the trophy from Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming's chairman and chief executive officer. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2016 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, Oct. 22 and it was Trace Tetrick who raced away with top honors, winning his choice of a dream prize-$10,000 cash, an exotic vacation, or an "always wanted to have" toy. Tetrick, a 30-year-old, Illinois native earned three wins and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 79 points to secure the win. As predicted, round two was a race to the finish and came down to the last race of the challenge to separate the drivers. After the last race, Tetrick garnered six points to win by six points over John DeLong. Sam Widger, who was victorious in round one of the challenge, finished third with a final total of 71 points. With points from round one carrying over to round two, Tetrick started with 26 points and kicked things off with a win in the opening race to earn 15 points driving G's High Shooter to victory for trainer Tyler George. Tetrick also teamed up with George for another winner in the third race of the challenge behind Westport to record another 15 points. After three races, Widger narrowly held the lead with 65 points while John DeLong was a close second with 63 points and Tetrick was closing in on the leaders with 58 points. At odds of 15-1, Tetrick masterfully drove Worldly Doll to victory for trainer Alvin Miller and with the win, moved in to the lead of the challenge. Tetrick secured his dream prize with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind White Fish Flash for trainer Grant Wilfong. White Fish Falls and Tetrick were on the front for much of the mile but couldn't hold off Always Kenzer and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane. Tetrick's six points were just enough to clench the victory. "I felt really good about my horses coming in to tonight," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The win with Worldly Doll was a bit of a surprise but she raced really strong tonight. I've driven her before so I knew a little bit about her before we went to the gate. These races were very competitive fields but all my horses raced really well and the trips worked out for me." Tetrick, who opted for the $10,000 cash prize option, secured his first driver challenge win at Hoosier Park and also had a total of six winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick is currently atop the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 332 trips the winner's circle and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow 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 13, 2016 - Foxy Swan, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, continued her divisional dominance as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With a final time of 1:57.2, the Erv Miller trainee made her game winning move down the backside to score by three lengths and notch her third consecutive stakes victory at Hoosier Park. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Foxy Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Intothelight and Rick Plano left alertly from post five to grab command at the first stop in :27.4 but would quickly yield the lead to Ajessia and Doug Rideout. Ajessia lead the field to the half in :57.3 but her lead would also be short-lived as Dan Shetler and Best Wishes wanted their turn on the front. Best Wishes was in command at the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.3 and as the field rounded the final turn, Tetrick had Foxy Swan pointed to the front. Foxy Swan ranged up to take the lead and as the field turned for home, her lead was ever-increasing. Using a :29.4 final panel, Foxy Swan coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths in front of Best Wishes. Intothelight continued to rally to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won six of nine lifetime outings, with five of those victories coming in her last six starts. With the win, Foxy Swan has now amassed $154,786 lifetime for her connections. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 14 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5 sequence, race 10. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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