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STICKNEY, IL - A pair of harness racing series finals, along with a consolation final took place on a breezy Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course. Race six on the Wednesday card was the Whizzer R. White pacing series consolation final as a field of nine lined up after the scratch of Big Moon Rizing. Early in the consolation final JDs Brent N Sheree took the lead and led the field into the lane. At the top of the stretch he lost his action and dropped back. Dale Hiteman and Ocaptain Mycaptain ducked to the inside to avoid traffic and kept their momentum, winning in 1:57 over the track listed as good. First Frost made a sustained move to finish 2nd, while Mr Mark Patrick was third. Ocaptain Mycaptain is owned by Megan Rogers Racing Stables, Inc. and is trained by Carl Porcelli, Jr. Race seven was the $16,600 Suburban Downs Pacing Series final with a full field of ten. Leaving for the early lead was Tyron My Gigolo and Kyle Husted but they quickly gave up the early lead to Freedomformysoul. Freedomformysoul led the field into the lane as favorite Kolt Power looked for room while second choice Valiente Stride made a three wide bid. Late in the stretch, Freedomformysoul battled on but Tyron My Gigolo dove to the inside and rallied for the victory at 26-1. Freedomformysoul finished second, just holding off Valiente Stride. Tyron My Gigolo covered the mile in 1:54.4. Tyron My Gigolo is owned by Quaid Racing LLC and trained by James Ellison. Race eight was the $22,200 final of the Whizzer R. White Pacing Series as Over Friskie looked for a clean sweep of this series. The field of nine, after the scratch of Mr Pickpocket, saw Trace Tetrick move early to take the lead with 4-5 favorite Over Friskie early as John Jay tracked him the entire way. Into the stretch, Over Friskie opened up, winning by daylight in a lifetime best 1:53.2. John Jay held second, One To Draw To finished third. Over Friskie is owned by Ervin Wickey and trained by Tom Tetrick. Jim Miller

STICKNEY, IL - Wednesday night kicked off the first legs of the Whizzer R. White and Suburban Downs Pacing Series at Hawthorne. The Whizzer R. White had an overflow amount of harness racing entries and was split into five divisions while the Suburban Downs went with two divisions. Conditions for the Whizzer R. White were for colts, horses, and geldings that had not won two pari-mutuel races or $10,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. The Suburban Downs series was for colts, horses, and geldings that had not won five pari-mutuel races for $25,000 lifetime as of December 1, 2015. In leg one of the Whizzer R. White pacing series, the first division kicked off the evening as a three way battle ensued in the stretch. In the end it was the first over move by Pillage and Burn with Casey Leonard driving to defeat Party Falls. Trixsen Gram finished third in 1:57 for the mile over the fast track. Pillage and Burn won as the even money choice. The second division came down to a photo finish as Todd Warren and Always Kenzer just got up in time to best Ridge Warren and One to Draw To, who had set the early fractions throughout. The pacers closed quickly once again as the final time in the father/son battle was 1:56.1. Duneside Sport finished third in the second division. Always Kenzer won at 9-2. Division three became a one horse affair as Trace Tetrick was in to drive for brother, Tom. Settling early, Tetrick and Over Friskie moved early to the lead and opened up their advantage into the far turn. The margin only widened into the stretch as Over Friskie was well clear, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Lyons Jimmydean came back for second after breaking stride prior to the start and Mr Mark Patrick was third. Over Friskie was the 4-5 favorite. The fourth division was another quick move on the turn by driver Trace Tetrick with Ocaptain Mycaptain as he tried to steal the race but it wasn't to be this time as Travis Seekman confidently handled Prince Bayard to the victory at 7-2. Mr Pickpocket rallied late for place while Ocaptain Mycaptain was third. The final time was 1:56.0. The fifth and final division of the Whizzer R. White series had a pace battle early as three contended for the early lead. In the end it was the closers once again as 8-1 shot Lil Orphan Elmer rallied for the score with Kyle Wilfong in the sulky. 43-1 longshot Gunny Wilson closed late for place over favorite Red Red Redneck. Final time was 2:00.1 The Suburban Downs pacing series went later in the evening with two divisions facing off. In the first division Why Ask Why continued his winning ways as he way able to overcome the outside post and rally for the victory with Ridge Warren driving. Sir Mammo battled on to finish second while Kolt Power rallied late for third. Why Ask Why was sent off at 5-1 and stopped the clock in 1:54.3. The second division of the Suburban Downs pacing series was a battle to the wire as Freedomformysoul just held off The Optimist. Freedomformysoul was driven by Simon Allard and moved to the lead early. After being headed in the lane he fought back gamely for the victory in 1:56.3. The Optimist finished second, Officially Yours was third. Jim Miller

LEBANON, OH. - Despite a four-week respite from the racing wars, American Girl came all dolled up for the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night (January 15) and came away with a narrow harness racing victory over a sloppy track.   Her successful 2016 debut was American Girl's 29th career triumph and upped the seven-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime bounty to almost $600,000. Tyler George conditions the winner for owners Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.   American Girl took full advantage of the pole post position as driver Trace Tetrick let only outside leaver Nutmegs Yankee (Chris Page) beat him to the :27.3 quarter pole before retaking prior to the :56.3 halfway point. Following a contested third quarter, reached in 1:25.1, the victress had just enough left to hold off a cavalcade of closers in the stretch. The top five finishers were all within one length of the winner, who was followed through the wire by Feel Like Dancing (Andy Shetler), Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith), Western Empress (Jeremy Smith) and Nutmegs Yankee.   A pair of Claim To Fame series splits also saw first leg action on the Friday program. Two divisions of $20,000 claiming mares went postward, as well as five full fields of male $8000 claimers. A total of eleven horses changed hands at the claim box during the first leg action, including ten of the 50 $8000 horses and geldings. Base claiming tags increase 20% in the second round of the competitions.   Pipecreek Star (Jeremy Smith) was a 1:57.3 winner in one of the two mares divisions, each chasing a $17,500 purse; while Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) was victorious in the second split, clocked in a much quicker 1:55.4.   Winning $8000 males were Concert Ticket (John De Long, 1:55.4, $38.60 to win), Cams Good Fortune (Jeremy Smith, 1:57.1, $17.60), E R Truevalue (Jeremy Smith, 1:57, $17.80), Holy Chip (John De Long, 1:55.4, $8.80), and Fox Valley Mahalo (Trace Tetrick, 1:56.3, $9.60).   De Long had the hottest hands on the card, scoring a 'Grand Slam' behind trotter Above The Law (2:01.1, $65.20), As Seely Promised (1:57.3, $9.00) and the aforementioned Concert Ticket and Holy Chip.   Gregg Keidel        

Anderson, Ind.-November 14, 2015-Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2015 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 14. In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013 and 2014, was officially recognized as the 2015 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 96 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.1 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Trent Stohler Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with 60 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 romped to his fourth straight Hoosier Park training title this season. Jamie Rucker, 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. "It's a great racing program, great horses, great people and a great team behind everything here at Hoosier Park so we appreciate being a part of things," Rucker noted. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but 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 and at the end of the day, this makes it all worth it." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his fourth leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2015. Tetrick scored 323 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over Tyler Smith, who finished second with 166 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that he established during the 2014 season with 289 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $30 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 2015 with over $4.7 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park this season. "I would like to thank all the owners, trainers, and grooms for the opportunity to drive great horses all season, without them, I wouldn't be here," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "It's been a dream. This year has been a great ride and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. I've had the opportunity to drive some great horses this year and it really has been a dream." 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 2015 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino an overwhelming success. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Freaky Feet Pete will be in search of his 24th win in 27 career starts when he teams up with Trace Tetrick to take on six other 3yo pacing colts in Saturday's $150,000 American National Stake at Balmoral Park. There’s no other sophomore pacer currently racing in North America who has garnered so much attention as Freaky Feet Pete.  And it’s not just because of his name, either. The reason?  This 3-year-old son of Rockin Image has been a terror on the Midwest scene all year and most recently captured harness racing’ s biggest event—the $531,250 Breeders Crown for sophomore pacers. Saturday night he’ll venture postward against six rivals in the $150,000 American National for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Trained by breeder Larry Rheinheimer for owners Mary Jo and Marty R Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be trying for his sixth consecutive victory from post two. Regular pilot Trace Tetrick will be behind the swift-footed, Indiana-bred side-wheeler. Freaky Feet Pete is a total family horse as the homebred often has Mary Jo at his side as his caretaker whenever he races.  A winner of 14 of 16 starts this season, the bay colt’s connections forked out $62,500 to supplement him to the Breeders Crown on Oct. 24 at Woodbine, a costly investment that more than paid off when the “Pride of Indiana” bested some of the sport’s top male sophomores in 1:50.   That triumph also gave driver Trace Tetrick his first Breeders Crown trophy. “It was exciting,” Trace revealed. “It was something I’ll never forget.” Born May 31, 2012 in LaGrange, Indiana, Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal out of the Pilgrim’s Punch mare Skyway Lori p, 3, 1:54.1S ($56,663) and has half siblings in: Dongetinskyway (by Dontgetinmyway) p,6,1:51.2 ($288,458); Virgil (by Always A Virgin) p, 5, 1:51f ($217,803); Dontlookatthesky (by Dontgetinmyway) p,4,1:51.3 ($170,396); Just Fred (by Dontgetinmyway) p,4,1:51.3 ($166,750); Loretta (by Dontgetinmyway) p,5,1:52s ($145,112); Lightninginthesky (by Electric Yankee) p,5,1:52.1s ($129,032); and Good Gum Gertie (by Palone Ranger) p,3,1:53.1 ($43,993), etc.  “Pete,” as he’s known around the Rheinheimer’s barn at the family’s home in LaGrange, IN showed signs of greatness as a freshman, capturing nine of his ten starts in 2014 and earning $261,950.  He won his first career start on July 3, 2014 at Hoosier, pacing in 1:55.1 with Trace at the lines.  One week later he won an Indiana Sires Stake in a blistering 1:51.4 at Hoosier.  As a 2-year-old he went on to win multiple sire stake tests in the Hoosier state before capturing the $220,000 ISS Final on Oct. 18 at Hoosier Park, stopping the timer in 1:50.4 and drawing off from his rivals by 11½ lengths. “He surprises me every time he’s on the track,” Larry stressed. “We don’t give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do.” Freaky Feet Pete has now amassed $1,037,724 from 23 wins and two seconds in 26 trips postward. In fact, he’s only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth.  The hardy colt thus has never missed a purse check—EVER! The colt really didn’t start to show was he was going to become a superstar though until he made that first career start, Larry recalled. “He won his first race, then his second, and we started to think he might be something special,” Larry said.  “The key to Pete’s success seems to be his attitude. He’s got a playful, goofy demeanor and once he steps out of the trailer at the racetrack, he’s all business. He knows when it’s time to get to work, and he loves his work, yes he does.” Now that’s a point everyone is getting the chance to evidence by the eye popping numbers that he continues to put up! Tom Kelley

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 30, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete returned to his home state of Indiana and turned in another dominating performance to score his fourth consecutive victory, this time thrilling his hometown crowd in 1:49.3 in the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a pocket trip to his advantage to best harness racing's top-rated horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit, late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete became the sport's newest millionaire as he pushed his lifetime earnings passed the $1 million mark and notch his 23rd lifetime victory from 26 starts. Freaky Feet Pete returned to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to become the first-ever Indiana sired horse to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As the wings of the gate folded, Montrell Teague had the post-time favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit pointed to the front from the rail and Freaky Feet Pete left just enough from post three to grab a pocket seat. With Wiggle It Jiggleit dictating the fractions the race was shaping up to be a repeat of the last time these two superstars met in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier in the season with Freaky Feet Pete earning the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.2 and as the field turned for home the stage was set once again for an epic battle to the wire. Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside but Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn't giving it up easily. Using a :26 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete saved his best for last to find the wire first. "I got the trip I wanted or probably the trip I needed," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to come from off the pace especially against a horse like that (Wiggle It Jiggleit). Those are two great horses out there." "I knew Montrell's horse was sharp tonight," he continued. "It took mine a little while to get in full-tilt, a little while to get by him but he paced that last eighth of the mile hard, all the way to the wire. He loves his job and loves to go fast." The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $4.00 to win as the public's second choice. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20 to show and My Hero Ron provided $3.80 to his supporters for his third place finish. "We are on top of the world," Larry Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "We were a little concerned bringing him back 6 days later but we wanted to bring him back here to Hoosier Park. This whole experience with him has been a lot of fun, something I never imagined." The match-up between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete was the pinnacle of a stakes-filled 14-race card at Hoosier Park with purses distributed throughout the evening over the $1 million mark. Just one race earlier, harness racing's richest Standardbred ever, Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to take the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras at the controls, Foiled Again dictated fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24 before he began to feel pressure from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 fought off JK Endofanera and Brett Miller along with stablemate All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley to find the wire first. "I love the rail, I wanted to control the race," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "He's as tough as they come and he usually tells you about the 5/8 how he feels and tonight, he felt good. He swelled up and when he does that, he's usually tough to pass." Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again notched his third victory from 20 seasonal outings and 86th lifetime win from 244 starts. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables, the 11-year-old gelding has now earned $379,132 for the season and over $7.2 million lifetime. Devil Child and Tim Tetrick kicked-off the stakes action for the evening in a big kind of way in the $101,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:50.3, Devil Child scored her second consecutive victory and re-established a seventeen year-old track record at Hoosier Park with the win. The previous mark of 1:50.4 was established by Galleria and George Brennan in 1998. Trained by Chris Oakes, Devil Child sat patiently along the rail in third through fractions of :26.4, :55.2, and 1:23 before angling out for racing room turning for home. Recording a :27 final quarter, the daughter of American Ideal-Kattimon coasted to the wire three-lengths in front of the pace-setting Sassa Hanover and Matt Kakaley. Devil Child recorded her sixth seasonal win from 20 outings for owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms, LLC. On the trotting side of the stakes action, Muscle Baby Doll turned in another impressive performance to score her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $140,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring in a track-record setting time of 1:53.1 in stakes action last week, Muscle Baby Doll dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off Bright Baby Blues to get the win for driver David Miller in 1:54.2. Owned by F. Bellino & Sons, LLC, the daughter of Muscle Mass-Have You Ever notched her 10th victory of the season from 14 starts. Muscle Baby Doll has now amassed $457,720 lifetime. In the very next division, Crazy Wow and Tim Tetrick pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the $270,000 Carl Erksine Trot for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters scoring in 1:54. The 2015 Hambletonian winning Pinkman was heavily favored at the betting windows and dictated early fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:25.3 before succumbing to the long Hoosier Park stretch. Tetrick had Crazy Wow well placed turning for home and the three-year-old colt did the rest. It was the eighth win of the season for the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gan who is trained by Ron Burke and also the fourth win of the night for Tetrick. Owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente Farms, Crazy Wow has now earned $905,837 this season. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

TORONTO -- Freaky Feet Pete, a $62,500 supplemental entry rallied from well back as the harness racing favorite to capture the $531,250 U.S. ($689,244 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on Saturday night. The Indiana-bred son of Rockin Image looked to be far out of contention on the final turn, but driver Trace Tetrick gave him his marching orders in the stretch and the colt sprinted to a 1:50 victory at the expense of Artspeak and Lost For Words. Early speed was expected from the favorites in this event, but that was not the case as Lost For Words and Reverend Hanover from the outer tier of the starting gate engaged in an early battle as the favorites held their composure. Reverend Hanover had the lead in the :26 opening quarter, but Lost For Words and David Miller regained moving down the backstretch and controlled the issue through a :55 opening half. Approaching the half In The Arsenal and Brian Sears moved for the second time and they were followed in order by Wakizashi Hanover, Freaky Feet Pete and Artspeak. "I thought I was in a good spot following Tim and having Artspeak on my back," said driver Trace Tetrick. But the cover was not moving all that quickly on the turn as Miller and Lost For Words tried to put some separation on the field with a blistering :27.1 third quarter in the middle of a steady downpour. In the stretch, Lost For Words opened up a few lengths, but Freaky Feet Pete had already been sent wide and he was closing with wild abandon. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete kicked home the winner, with Artspeak coming solidly late for second and Lost For Words finishing third. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Trace Tetrick. "It's very exciting," he said. "I'll remember this forever." Freaky Feet Pete won for the 13th time in 15 starts this year, making good on a rather large bet put down by his owners. Tetrick was looking forward to another year for Freaky Feet Pete. "I think they are going to stake him a little better next year," said Tetrick referring to the four-year-old season of Freaky Feet Pete. Wakizashi Hanover finished fourth and Dealt A Winner completed the final check getters. Quotes; Larry Rheinheimer As you watched the stretch, did you think he was going to get there? "I didn't know if he would or not. I knew there was lots of speed up front, which is what I was hoping for because I know he can get home pretty good." But it wasn't a night for coming from behind... "(laughs) No, not at all. He was a long way back. I was thinking about the other races earlier and he was far back. I thought maybe he'd get second or third at that point." Tell me about this fantastic year that has led you to the Breeders Crown winner's circle... "It's been amazing. Every race he goes, it's just been a different thing. He just amazes me every time he goes. He just wants to win." This is the story everyone has been excited about... classic harness racing story where there are a lot of powerful stables/trainers, but there's always a chance a horse of the lifetime can come around. Is that how you feel about it too? "Exactly. I feel that way, too. I'm sharing it with my wife and my boy. It's just a super night. Everywhere you look there someone to watch or a horse you want to watch. It's just a really, really big night. It's wonderful." "He's out of a mare that had eight colts and they all made the racetrack. He's a good horse." Were you worried about the weather conditions? "No, not really. He's raced in it before and I knew it wouldn't bother him." Tim Tetrick (on brother Trace's first Crown victory) "It's great. If anyone was going to win, I'm glad it was him. It's cool" By Jay Bergman

TORONTO, ON - Freaky Feet Pete proved he didn't need to take his harness racing racetrack with him to prove his talent.   Racing for the first time outside of Hoosier Park, the Indiana-bred won convincingly Saturday night by 1¼ lengths at Woodbine Racetrack in the first Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-old male pacers.   Not there was much doubt. He was bet down to 4-5, the heavy favorite in the field of seven.   Fresh off his impressive victory against the mighty Wiggle It Jiggleit in a $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes race exactly a week before at Hoosier Downs, Freaky Feet Pete had proven himself at home. Breeder/trainer Larry Rheinheimer, whose wife, Mary Jo and son, Marty, own the colt by Rockin Image, supplemented the superstar for $62,500, feeling his horse deserved the chance to compete in the Crown. His victory in the US$20,000 race stamps him as a serious contender going into the final next Saturday.   Driver Trace Tetrick settled the colt into third, behind pacesetter Reverend Hanover, who set fractions of 27 1/5, 56 and 1:23. It was after the half-mile point that Tetrick began a first-over move and claimed control at the top of the stretch and then it was just a matter of how much he would win by and how fast. He paced the mile into a steady wind in 1:49 1/5 with breathtaking ease.   It was not only the first victory for Freaky Feet Pete outside his home track and country, it was the first win in Canada for the 71-year-old Larry Rheinheimer.   "We're pretty proud of him," Rheinheimer stated. "We've always liked him real good and we've always been high on him. We're giving him a chance."   Anyone who has watched the development of this colt had to feel good that Rheinheimer opted to pay the supplement and showcase him to the racing world.   "We talked about it earlier, then it got a little bit harder, but then he raced good," Rheinheimer said.   It was the convincing win over Wiggle It Jiggleit, who had beaten him earlier in the season at Hoosier Park, that convinced Rheinheimer to take the shot and literally buck up.   "I was hoping to get a trip with him," Rheinheimer said.   It was actually a dream trip.   Freaky Feet Pete paid $3.60, $2.30, $2.10. Artistic Major, who rallied late to overtake Reverend Hanover for second, paid $11.50, $3.90. Reverend Hanover, who has battled bucked shins in his rookie and sophomore season, paid $2.30 to show.   With his 12th win in 14 starts this season and his 21st overall in 24 career starts, Freaky Feet Pete eclipsed $600,000 in lifetime earnings.   Freaky Feet Pete     Perry Lefko for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 14, 2014 - The top ten harness racing drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, October 17 as they compete in a five-race challenge in the second and final round of the 2015 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2015 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another competing for the ultimate prize, a Hawaiian vacation for four. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 25. With a total of 39 points, Trace Tetrick was crowned the winner and walked away with his share of the $5,000 prize after the opening round. However, Tetrick will not be able to compete in the second round of competition as he is the regular pilot of the ultra-talented Indiana Sires Stakes champion Freaky Feet Pete who will be in Canada competing in the Breeders Crown Elimination on Saturday. In addition, driver Peter Wrenn will be unable to make the final round of the challenge. With their points from the first challenge carrying over to the final challenge, Tyler Smith will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and LeWayne Miller. Andy Shetler and Dan Shetler will round out the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, October 10. The drivers, listed by position in the leading driver standings are as follows: Tyler Smith, LeWayne Miller, Ricky Macomber Jr., John DeLong, Sam Widger, Ross Leonard, Jason Dillander, Rick Plano, Andy Shetler and Dan Shetler Jr. In each of the challenges, the drivers will be picking the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, October 15. In the first race of the challenge, the top driver, Tyler Smith, will get first pick of the horse he wants to drive. Next the No. 2 driver, LeWayne Miller, will pick and then continue through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order will be inverted and the No. 10 driver, Dan Shetler, will pick first. This drafting system will continue through all five races of the challenge. Points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. The challenge races will be five consecutive races and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 17. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, a prize valued at $15,000. As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2015Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., twenty winners will be drawn to win a share of the $10,000 prize. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a new, daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing schedule will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2015 - The apron was packed, the harness racing winners' circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy as Freaky Feet Pete entered the winners' circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10) after capturing an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport's top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was as 'Pete' heard the roar of the crowd, as he certainly received overwhelming support from nearly all present at the Anderson oval, as he paced strongly through the lane to best his rival in 1:50.1. Vague Traces rounded out the trifecta. "They are both very good horses," explained winning pilot Trace Tetrick. "You can't take anything away from Wiggle It Jiggleit. I knew he has a history of coming back on the inside when he is headed, so I was patient and waited to pull my horse out. I knew when I saw the lights on the end of the toteboard that I had it. It is a terrific feeling to win a race like this with him, but he has just been so good all year long." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who left from post position three with Montrell Teague in the bike, was the post time favorite at 1-5 for his conditioner Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. He was sent immediately to the lead while Tetrick placed 'Pete' in second from post 10. The two geldings remained in that very same position through spits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.1 until Tetrick popped his horse from the garden spot midway into the stretch. Freaky Feet Pete drew alongside his rival, edged clear several hundred feet before the wire and placed a length and a quarter of daylight between him and the Little Brown Jug victor. The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim's Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $5.80 to win as the public's second choice and paced his last quarter mile in :26. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10 to show and Vague Traces provided $4.10 to his supporters for his third place finish. With the triumph, Freaky Feet Pete punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown and thrilled Indiana harness racing fans by illustrating he does indeed deserve the distinction of top ten status. His overall resume now stands at 22-19-2-0, with his 2015 record at 13-11-2-0, with his only defeats coming at the hooves of Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Yes, we are going to Breeders Crown," Rheinheimer said over the unabashed cheers from the throng around the winners' circle and with a smile that could not be larger. "We let the horse tell us what to do and tonight he told us." "I never give Trace any instructions," he continued. "I told him before the race to just be safe and good luck. He has a done a terrific job with this horse all year long, I have to give him the credit for that and the season we have had. That is why I never need to give him instructions." By: Kimberly French

With Wiggle It Jiggleit idle following his sensational two-heats triumph Thursday's (Sept. 24) winning the prestigious Little Brown Jug at the harness racing meeting in Delaware, Ohio, Wakizashi Hanover journeyed to Hoosier Park on Saturday (Sept. 26) to take on the highly acclaimed Indiana local hero Freaky Feet Pete in the $110,250 Jenna's Beach Boy pace. It was not only a contest between two of the top three rated pacers in North American but also a race between the Tetrick brothers Tim versus Trace. Both siblings are listed among the top 10 race-winning drivers this season. Wakizashi Hanover is one of two horses to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit while the brilliantly fast Freaky Feet Pete finished second earlier in the year to Wiggle It Jiggleit. On this occasion, Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, overtook front-pacing Freaky Feet Pete and younger brother Trace Tetrick, deep in the stretch by a quarter-of-a-length in 1:48.4. "He's a wonderful horse," said trainer Joanne Looney-King, of the Jim King Stable of Harrington, Del. "He just is the horse of a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about [Wakizashi Hanover] on the racetrack or in the barn." A three-year-old altered son of son of Dragon Again and Western Gesture Wakizashi Hanover has reached millionaire status, now one of three $1-million winners. During his sophomore campaign he has won the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, a $35,000 division of the Liberty Bell series, finished second in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, and third in the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial as well as a third in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace final. Wakizashi Hanover, owned by Tri County Stable, has now won nine races with three seconds and two thirds in 15 starts this season. Lifetime in 21 races, he has 11 wins, six seconds and two thirds in his career and won more than $1.1 million in purses. On the same program at Hoosier Park, the great trotting mare Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, showed her prowess scoring a 1:53 victory in the Centaur Trotting Classic. The now five-year-old scored an easy victory coming from fifth on the final turn to overtake and overpower her rivals winning comfortably by 1-1/2 lengths. Finishing second was Wind Of The North, trained and co-owned by Daryl Bier of Smyrna, Del. Bee A Magician who has won 41 of 61 career races has a huge race coming up Oct. 10 afternoon, the Yonkers International Trot. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 17, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete continued his divisional dominance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17 as he cruised to his ninth straight victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths in front of his closest competitor and stop the timer in 1:49.4. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. John DeLong had Swing City on a mission to the front and the Erv Miller trainee dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :54.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light just past the half and the sophomore colt appeared to do the rest on autopilot. Ima Full Time Job and Jason Dillander were first to commit to the outer flow but were unable to gain on the leader. Freaky Feet Pete reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:22.2 and by the time the field turned for home his lead was ever-increasing. While the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and used a :26.2 final quarter to find the wire first. American Virgin and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied for second while Kelly D and Dale Hiteman rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 at the betting window. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick said after the victory. "I didn't want to get tangled up with anyone early so I just wanted to float out of there and catch cover. I asked him a little around the last turn and that's really all I had to do. He did the rest. He's a great horse and loves what he's doing out there." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his 18th career victory from 20 lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $482,100 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, who incidentally celebrated a birthday today with the win. Rheinheimer's star pupil will now be aimed for the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 26 for his next engagement. "I paid the supplement so we will go to the Jenna's Beach Boy next week," Larry Rheinheimer said after the win. "As for the rest of the season, we will take it one start at a time. We'll get through these next couple of starts here and go from there but we'll do whatever is best for the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. We haven't changed anything so far and it seems to be working." The $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace will be part of a star-studded card slated for Saturday, September 26 at Hoosier Park. The evening's 14-race card will also include the $275,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes trot and pace and the $225,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 18 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Photo: Freaky Feet Pete scored his 9th straight victory at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sires Stakes action. Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

When she is scoring down or on her way to the gate, Churita's adoring harness racing fans line up on the fence at Hoosier Park nudging one another with their elbows and talking softly amongst themselves about how fabulous she looks. It's as if the Anderson oval is her very own personal runway and all in attendance are only there to witness her. "You really can just see it in her eyes," said her owner Jack Porter. "It is also in the way she carries herself and holds her head." The 'it' Porter is referring to is star power and this Indiana champion possesses it in spades. The 3-year-old daughter of Airzoom Lindy and the Yankee Paco mare Stonebridge Volare may not be an international superstar, but she is certainly a local celebrity. The reasons for this deep reverence are well-deserved as Matt Rheinheimer's charge has cruised to a career record of 18-16-1-1, collected $422,050 and established a track record of 1:53.4s, which is her swiftest mile to date. She is perfect in eight trips to the gate this season and will seek to add luster to her already sparkling resume on Friday (August 14) when she takes on nine rivals in her $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final. It is the seventh race on the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes card with an approximate post time of 7:31 p.m. and regular reinsman Trace Tetrick will be holding the lines. She will commence her journey to the wire from the rail. "My job is just to keep her happy," Rheinheimer said. "She has already more than exceeded my expectations so anything she does makes me happy." "The minute she steps on the track she is all business and you could never ask anything more from her than that." Churita has been defying the odds since Porter purchased her as a yearling for a fair racing prospect. She was not even his or Rheinheimer's first choice, but she went for the right price and is only competing in the Sire Stakes program because that is what she was eligible to. In fact, she is the only horse Porter has owned after several decades in the business that has competed at this level. "When other trainers come up to you and say if they had to lose to anyone they are glad it was her because we deserve it is an indescribable feeling," Porter said. "And to be honest, I never anticipated she would be undefeated at this point of the season." "I really thought Golden Big Stick was going to give her some competition and would improve from two to three, but even when she has someone look her in the eye she just digs in." "She doesn't want to let another horse go by." Most trotting fillies do have a bit of an attitude and Churita, while not quite a diva, does have her own air about her. "She is terrific to be around and always takes care of herself," Rheinheimer said. "But there are times when you just need to leave her alone." "She needs to do her own thing and she lets you know that." Despite her devoted minions and her domination of the local competition, this young lady will remain at her home base until the end of the season. "We have her nominated to a couple stakes like the Circle City," Porter said. "But it all depends on her." "She doesn't owe us a thing and anything else she does is like icing on the cake." "If she is sound and healthy we will go, but if not that is perfectly fine too." Rheinheimer admitted he was always nervous during the filly's campaign last year as he was astonished at how talented she was, but this year it's different. Not that he still isn't on edge about her at times, but he now can enjoy her a bit more. "I am in awe of her," he said. "Not that I don't get anxious at times, but I just am astonished how good she really is." "She is by far the best horse I have trained and I feel so very fortunate to have her." "You always wish for a horse like this to come along and when they finally do it's something very special." Churita's $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be part of the star studded card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14 that features the 2015 installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The entire racing card will be part of a special weekend tagged as the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:15 p.m. For more information, please visit . Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 7, 2015 - Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to six in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.1 and notch his fifth win of the season. Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming 1-9 favorite to the front from post eight in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Kelly D and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip while Sumthintallnstrong and James Yoder began the first over bid down the backside. Doing what Freaky Feet Pete has done all season long, he began to separate himself from the rest of the field turning for home. With a four length lead at the top of the stretch, Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.4 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick. Sumthintallnstrong rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Swing City and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window. "He surprises me every time he's on the track," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said in the winner's circle after the win. "We don't give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do." Freaky Feet Pete scored his 15th career victory from 17 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $397,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will be aimed next for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park on Friday, August 14 but says the possibility of venturing out of the state of Indiana is not out of the question. "There's a little bit of down time here," Rheinheimer continued. "So, if something fits in the schedule, we'll certainly look into it. As far as the Breeders Crown goes, that's definitely still a possibility for us. If he keeps racing well and going in the right direction, he deserves the chance to prove himself." Royal Rex and Tyler Smith took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:52.3 for trainer Roger Cullipher. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Royal Rex dug in gamely to overcome This Baby Rocks and LeWayne Miller. With the win, the son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go notched his third win of the season from 15 outings. Royal Rex has now earned $50,919 for owner Nathan Sea. The Big Year and LeWayne Miller pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.0. Using a near gate to wire effort, The Big Year held on gamely late in the lane to score the victory. Trained by Erv Miller, The Big Year scored his fourth win of the season from 15 starts. The son of Panspacificflight-Aristocracy has now earned $171,203. All three of the evening's elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the fourth $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for the star studded 14-race card on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

After winning the opening round of the 2015 Champion Drivers Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 25, Trace Tetrick would find the winner's circle once more on the evening as he guided Freaky Feet Pete to a stunning 1:48.4 score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete extended his win streak to five, established a new lifetime best, and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old pacing colts in the process. The previous mark of 1:48.4 was established by Always B Miki and Peter Wrenn in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2014. Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried off the gate through opening splits of :26.1 and :55 set by Gallipolis and Tyler Smith. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light down the backside and the three-year-old colt quickly took command just past the half. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance at the three-quarter-clocking in 1:22.1, it was clear the race belonged to Freaky Feet Pete as he effortlessly opened up on the field with a six length lead turning for home. Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.3 final quarter, under no urging from Tetrick, to overpower his competition by nine lengths "He's an amazing animal," trainer Larry Rheinheimer said of his star pupil. "He amazes me every time he is on the track." "We always knew we had a nice colt but I don't think any of us dreamed of him being this nice." Freaky Feet Pete notched his fourth win from five outings this season with his only defeat coming from Wiggle It Jiggleit in the opening round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals earlier in the season. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now won fourteen of sixteen lifetime outings while amassing $387,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the harness racing card on Saturday, July 25 and it was Trace Tetrick who took home top honors and won his share of the $5,000 round 1 prize. In its' second year, the 2015 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten coveted spots being based upon wins during the 2015 season. Tetrick, a 28-year-old, Illinois native earned one win, one second, one third and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 39 points to secure the win. LeWayne Miller, last year's Champion Driver Series winner, finished second with 38 points followed by Sam Widger finishing third with 36 points. Tetrick kicked things off with a win in the first leg of the challenge behind Pipecreek Yankee for trainer Walter Haynes Jr., earning 15 points . He finished sixth in the next race but was able to guide Humble Hero to a second place finish to earn nine points in the third leg of the challenge. After the fourth race of the series and just one race left to go, Tetrick was tied for first with LeWayne Miller at 31 points. Dillander moved into second place after a win with Endeavors Lady Luck while Ed Hensley had accumulated 29 points for third. Tetrick was able to clinch the trophy and the lion's share of the $5,000 prize in the final race by steering Jagger Blue Chip to a third place finish, earning eight points. LeWayne Miller secured second place after a fourth place finish with Steviescooter while Sam Widger moved into third place after a decisive win with Major Starlight. "I was feeling pretty good about the horses I picked coming into tonight," Tetrick noted after the win. "Luckily, the trips worked out and the horses showed up." "A couple of my horses raced really well, a few of the others didn't, but it all worked out." Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 159 victories and over $1.5 million in purse earnings through the first 85 days of live racing. Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park's leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. "This was a lot of fun," he continued. "We're always a competitive group and we always have fun with each other but when you have a challenge like this, it really brings out the competitiveness in all of us." "I know it's something we've been looking forward to all week." Tetrick will look to defend his title in Round 2 of the Champion Driver Series slated for October 17 at Hoosier Park. While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, valued at $15,000. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

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