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On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week. Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50.2 over a sloppy rated track. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Freaky Feet Pete dictated first half fractions of :27.1 :55.2 while Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip. With the heavy betting favorite calling the shots on the front, the rest of the field remained in single file line down the backside. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow but Freaky Feet Pete began to inch away from the field with every stride. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display as the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Freaky Feet Pete cruised to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick finishing six and a half lengths in front of Fearless Diablo. SF Donttellonme and Joey Casagranda used a late closing kick to round out the trifecta. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 26th career victory from 29 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,136,724 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. In much the same fashion on the trotting side of things, Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:52.4 over a track rated good. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third behind Churita and Trace Tetrick who reached the first quarter mark in :28. Macomber Jr. gave Hannelore Hanover the green light down the backside and the Ron Burke trainee easily reached the front to dictate middle fractions of :57 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover was two lengths in front of her next closest competitor and used a :28 final panel to coast home three lengths to the good. Churita maintained her position to finish second while Rever Ever rallied nicely to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $3.20 at the betting window. The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated in four starts in 2016. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $345,324 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 3 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

There is no place like home, especially when it can lead to so many places elsewhere. Trace Tetrick has enjoyed success racing at Indiana's Hoosier Park --- he recently became the track's all-time winningest harness racing driver --- which has led to opportunities to race across North America in Grand Circuit stakes. Last year, for example, Tetrick captured a Breeders Crown at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack and an American-National Stakes at Chicago's Balmoral Park with Indiana Sire Stakes champion male pacer Freaky Feet Pete. In addition, he visited Canada last year with female pacer Color's A Virgin, who in 2014 was an Indiana Sire Stakes champ and also won the Jugette in Ohio and competed in the Breeders Crown in New Jersey. "I've been fortunate to make a good living here and have the opportunity to drive some really good Grand Circuit horses," said the 29-year-old Tetrick, who is a four-time Hoosier Park driving champion. "A lot of guys don't get that opportunity because they're not in the right place to get that ride. "Usually you need to be on the East Coast to get those types of mounts. I consider myself very lucky to have those opportunities here in the Midwest. The success of the Indiana breeding program gives you a great opportunity. The last few years they've put out some really good racehorses. They can go anywhere you want to take them and compete at almost any level. The horses give you the chance to be there and be a real contender." Tetrick will be at home this weekend --- and Color's A Virgin and Freaky Feet Pete will be right there with him. Five-year-old Color's A Virgin, who won last year's Breeders Crown Mare Pace, makes her seasonal debut as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Friday's Invitational for fillies and mares at Hoosier Park. The next day, 4-year-old Freaky Feet Pete looks to go 2-for-2 this season as the 1-5 morning line choice in the track's Invitational Handicap for pacers. Last week, Freaky Feet Pete won the Invitational Handicap by 2-1/2 lengths over Nitro in 1:49.4. He paced his final quarter-mile in :26.4 despite getting a little rough gaited in the final turn. "He was nice and relaxed and I kind of smooched to him there and I think he got out of gear too fast," Tetrick said. "He wanted to go a thousand miles-per-hour. They let his hobbles out some, so they'll tighten them up a little bit more. But he was very good; well in hand. I was very happy with him; he did it pretty easily." Freaky Feet Pete, a homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori owned by Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, has won 25 of 28 career races and earned $1.12 million. The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion, trained by Larry Rheinheimer, has been driven by Tetrick in all of his career starts. Freaky Feet Pete's 2015 campaign included winning two of three starts against Indiana-sired Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was named Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "I think he's poised for a good year," said Tetrick, who entered Thursday with 3,407 career wins. "He matured a lot over the winter. He tries hard and he's very versatile. You can do whatever you need with him. "The 4-year-old year is always the toughest. There are a lot of good horses out there, but I think he'll be able to hold his own. So far he's done everything we've asked him to do. It should be a lot of fun." Tetrick got his first win as a driver in 2003. Last May, he became the fifth-youngest driver to reach 3,000 victories, a feat he accomplished at Hoosier Park. Incidentally, Tetrick's brother, Tim, was the fastest driver to reach 3,000, at the age of 25 in 2007. On April 8, Trace picked up Hoosier Park win No. 1,481 to become the track's winningest driver. "It's pretty nice," Tetrick said. "I didn't realize how close I was. It's a great feat. I'm very happy to do it; very honored." Ken Weingartner

Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, was a dominant winner in his 2016 harness racing debut on Saturday, April 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event on the card, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished two lengths in front of his next closest competitor, stopping the timer in 1:49.4. The Larry Rheinheimer trainee wasted no time as he came away from the gate firing to reach the front in an uncontested opening panel of :27. Nitro and John DeLong benefitted from a pocket trip while Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line, third. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled down the backside to reach the second panel in :55.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file line approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking a 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete once again showed the flashes of speed that has made the pacer so popular. Under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and utilized a :26.4 closing quarter to pace away from the field. Nitro maintained his position to finish second while Bluehourpower rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window. "We are glad to have that one out of the way," Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle with a smile. "There's a lot of pressure, especially with his first start, but he qualified well and he seems to be as good as ever and that's all we can ask for." "I told Trace (Tetrick) good luck and be safe, that's it, that's all I ever tell him," he continued. "I felt good about things tonight, he (Freaky Feet Pete) felt really good warming up. He was a little aggressive but he was ready to get back to work." With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the first win of his four-year-old campaign and 25th career victory from 28 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,126,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will look to make another start at his home track before being pointed to Northfield Park for his first major stakes engagement of the season, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on May 21. "As far as the rest of the season, we will see how it goes," Rheinheimer continued. "He will be in all the stakes races around here and we will take him to a few other places, Toronto and the Meadowlands, if all goes well. We are going to take it week by week with him." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 26 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind. - April 20, 2016- Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, will make his much anticipated seasonal debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 23. The four-year-old son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will look to tackle five other rivals in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in the evening's 11th race. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be driven by his regular pilot, Trace Tetrick. A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete has had two qualifying outings at Hoosier Park in 2016. In his first qualifier, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. His second qualifier came last weekend at Hoosier Park where he finished 13 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and stopped the timer in 1:51.4. "He was very strong," Tetrick noted after his qualifier. "I think he's grown up some, he is definitely ready to get back to work; he loves his job and seems as strong as ever." On Saturday, Freaky Feet Pete will start from post six and look to put an end to the two race win streak put together by the Dylan Davis trainee, Fearless Diablo. Fearless Diablo has captured back to back wins in Hoosier Park's featured pace, most recently scoring in 1:51.3. Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. 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. Indiana's three-year-old pacing colt of the year will likely make another start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. Saturday's 14-race card at Hoosier Park is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Saturday's live racing card will be followed by a free performance by Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 2, 2016 - Fearless Diablo and driver Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front-running effort to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 9. In just his second start of the season, The Dylan Davis trainee switched up his tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:51.3 over seven other rivals. Tetrick wasted no time as he sent Fearless Diablo away from the gate firing from post eight and they reached the front through an opening panel in :27.2. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while TG's Divine Scene and Sam Widger were next in line third. Fearless Diablo went uncontested down the backside and cruised through middle fractions of :56.0 and 1:24.0 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Nitro looked poised to strike from the pocket but Fearless Diablo wasn't finished. Saving his best for last, Fearless Diablo kicked home in :27.3 to win by two lengths over Nitro. TG's Divine Scene rounded out the trifecta. Sent off as the publics' choice, Fearless Diablo returned $5.00 to his backers at the betting window. "Trace (Tetrick) said he was going to switch it up tonight, he raced off the back last week so we decided to give the front a try tonight," noted Julian Williams, the Dylan Davis Stable's second trainer. "All you have to do is ask him (Fearless Diablo). He's so versatile, he can go either way, he gives 110% every week and if a horse looks him in the eye, that's when he really digs in. He's an amazing animal." Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $269,895 lifetime. The victory marked his 25th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. It was the second consecutive night Tetrick scored a grand slam at Hoosier Park. On Friday, Tetrick had four wins and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. on the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Tetrick currently leads all drivers in 2016 with 17 wins on the season. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 12 with a 12-race card that will kick-off at 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park           Emily Gaskin   Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist   Hoosier Park Racing & Casino   Emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com   (765)609-4620              

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 8, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick scored a grand slam on Friday, April 8 and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. in the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Both Tetrick and Macomber Jr. are two of the most well-known drivers at Hoosier Park and have been recognized for their accomplishments on and off the track. Heading into Friday's 14-race card, Tetrick needed just one victory to tie Macomber Jr.'s record of 1,480 wins and two to surpass him in the standings. The victory with Croquet Rose in the evening's eighth race notched win number 1,480 in Tetrick's career at Hoosier Park and tied him with Ricky Macomber Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided Double A Cash Hall to victory in the $15,000 Open II Trot just two races later, Tetrick moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,481 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle. Tetrick then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Shakeitformegear in the very next race and again in the evening's 13th race with My Tweed Heart leaving him with 1,483 wins and counting. Macomber Jr., who has held the title since 2014, has 1,480 victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and counting. Tetrick has stamped himself in the Hoosier Park history books as he also holds the records for most wins in a single season, a record that he established last year with 325 victories. Tetrick lead the leading driver standings from start to finish in 2015 to secure his 4th leading driver title at Hoosier Park. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $33 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. He recorded his best season to date in 2015 as he notched 423 victories and his second consecutive season with over $4.8 million in purse earnings. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park last season. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick's career reached new heights when he won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with Freaky Feet Pete last year. The 29-year-old reignsman was also voted the pari-mutuel driver of the year in the state of Indiana in both 2014 and 2015. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. with a 14-race card. The live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

A pair of the meet's top trotters matched strides down the Miami Valley Raceway stretch again Sunday afternoon (April 3) with Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) turning the tables on Martz Time (John DeLong) in the $20,000 Open Trot. These two seven-year-olds, along with Penn-who was absent this week, have dominated the open trotting ranks for three months while producing some very entertaining finishing duels. In fact, horses have been lapped on each other at the wire in each of the last six weekly trot features. In the latest clash, Martz Time was assigned the outside post position off two straight triumphs and was forced to work very hard to attain the front end just past the :27.1 first quarter. At that point Il Mago turned him loose in order to secure the pocket ride through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:24.4. With Revenue Agent (Josh Sutton), who finished third, lurking within striking distance, Il Mago angled out from the pocket with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to go and eventually wore down Martz Time in the 1:54 mile. It was the fourth win of the year for Il Mago, who was purchased at the January Meadowlands Select Sale by CC Racing LLC, and pushed his seasonal bounty to $43,636-well above his purchase price less than three months ago. Tyler George has been training the son of Kadabra since his emergence on the Midwest trotting scene. Business has been brisk at Miami Valley in its third season. Average nightly mutuel handle is up 34% over 2015 figures and 73% higher than the inaugural 2014 season. Purse payments have also soared with winnings to horse owners approximately $5 million in 2014, over $8 million in 2015, and expected to exceed $12 million when the 2016 meet ends on May 8. Gregg Keidel

Fearless Diablo and Trace Tetrick made their seasonal debut a winning one as they captured the first featured event of the harness racing season, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 2. On a chilly night in Indiana, the Dylan Davis trainee bested seven other rivals in 1:53.3 over a track rated good. Leaving from post four, Fearless Diablo was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in seventh while the rest of the field battled for early position. Sam Widger had TG's Divine Scene out and firing early to reach the front through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. Thisjetsabookin and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Vague Traces and Lavern Hostetler were next in line in third. TG's Divine Scene was able to rate the pace and continued to call the shots through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:26.2. Don Eash and Astreo's Love headed the cavalry charge of horses closing in on the leader as the field for turned for home. Utilizing his customary late surging tactics and the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Fearless Diablo found a :26.1 closing quarter to secure the win by a length over Astreo's Love. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Fearless Diablo paid $4.00 for the victory. Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $259,395 lifetime. The victory marked his 24th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. Davis and Tetrick also teamed up to get Star Guitar to the winner's earlier in the card. Trainer Walter Haynes Jr. also had a training double on the evening as Tetrick scored with Tyber Tyke and Sombaro Montae. Earlier in the day Tetrick guided Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete to a win in his four-year-old qualifying debut on at Hoosier Park. Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. "He was strong," Tetrick noted after the qualifier. "He felt like Larry (Rheinheimer) could drop him in the box tomorrow. He was maybe a little aggressive but I think that's to be expected when he's been away from work for a few months. The weather wasn't perfect, the wind was definitely a factor but he felt great." The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at Hoosier Park before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Thursday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 9 with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The following week live racing will resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

American Girl (Trace Tetrick) ran her Miami Valley Raceway win streak to three by winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Friday (March 25) for the second consecutive week; while upstart Jackie’s Rocket (Brady Galliers) pulled a mild harness racing upset in the $20,000 championship leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial series. For the second straight week American Girl benefitted from a pocket ride behind Native Dream (John DeLong), collaring the pacesetter in the stretch to produce a repeat one-two finish from seven days ago with the exacta returning a surprisingly handsome $28.80.  Although A Little Starstruk and Igottafeelinfran each took a shot going first-up at the leaders during the midsection of the race,  the runnerup and eventual winner were charted first and second at each of the quarter mile substations, clocked in :27, :56 and 1:23.3 before American Girl stopped the clock in 1:52.1.  Owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt, the seven-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip now has amassed 32 victories and $628,188 in earnings.  She has earned over $40,000 in eight seasonal starts at Miami Valley for conditioner Tyler George. The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial, one of nine series honoring ‘Lebanon Legends’ of years gone by, featured distaff pacers who were non-winners four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 at the time of nomination.  Jackie’s Rocket, a four-year-old American Ideal mare, pulled a mild upset with her usual impressive late-closing kick.  Twenty year old driver-trainer Brady Galliers, who also co-owns with his parents as Galliers Racing LLC, was content to sit seventh in the early going as Powered By Pink and favored Crystal Falls slugged it out up front through a :26.2 opening quarter.  Still seventh at the :55.2 half, Galliers waited until the three-quarters pole in 1:24 to swing three-wide for a sustained sprint to the wire in 1:53.4. The series finale featured a spirited stretch drive with six mares in contention.  Each of the first five finishers was one-half length apart at the wire with Jackie’s Rocket getting the nod over Do U Mind (Josh Sutton), Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith), Gray Shadow (Kyle Ater) and Miss Princess Leah (Chris Page).  The $10,000 winner’s share was the largest purse Brady Galliers has captured in his young career and was particularly gratifying behind a horse he acquired as a “free” unraced throw-in in a three-horse acquisition two years ago. ·                            *                   *                        *                *                           * Miami Valley Raceway has announced a change in its starting time for the Wednesday, March 30 qualifying races to 12:00 noon.   This one-week only starting time change was necessary to allow time for necessary plumbing changes in all the paddock bath stalls to be completed without missing a race date. Gregg Keidel

American Girl (Trace Tetrick) got up in the absolute final stride on Friday night (March 18) to nose out Native Dream (John DeLong) in the $20,000 harness racing fillies and mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. The 1:52.3 win was the third of the season for the seven-year-old Art's Chip mare, but the first in open company in two months. The winner, owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt, rushed to the lead in a :27.3 opening panel, then allowed the runnerup to clear to the front well before the half, reached in :55.4. The order stayed constant through a 1:23.3 third quarter clocking, before Tetrick angled out at the head of the stretch and the pair waged a fierce stretch duel to the finish. Safe From Terror (Chris Page), the winner of the weekly distaff feature the last two weeks, rallied to grab the show dough from an assigned outside post position. American Girl returned $10.60 for a $2 win ducat, while the exacta paid a healthy $45.20 and the $2 trifecta was worth $164.40. A pair of second round splits of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series were also contested with Crystal Falls (Tyler Smith) stamping her ticket to the $20,000 final with a 1:53.3 score over Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) and Gray Shadow (Kyle Ater); while Do U Mind advanced with a 1:54.1 tally over Swinging Cami (Kayne Kauffman) and Sectionline Friskie (Trace Tetrick). Local horsemen will pay a silent tribute to Gary Maciejewski, longtime harness horseman and paddock security guard, who collapsed and died suddenly on Friday morning at age 67, while preparing to come to work at Miami Valley Raceway. Gregg Keidel

After having reached harness racing's highest level in 2015 with his champion three-year-old pacer, Freaky Feet Pete, trainer, owner Larry Rheinheimer is anxiously anticipating the 2016 racing season. A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete spent his winter months at the family farm in LaGrange, Indiana in preparation for his four-year-old season. "He's wintered real well," Rheinheimer noted with a smile. "Of course, I am in Florida right now but my son (and co-owner) Marty is at home with him and he said he's training very good. That's all we can ask. I am anxious to get back and get racing again, that's for sure." "We really thought he filled out between his two and three year old season but I think he has filled out even more this year and seems to have matured some too," Rheinheimer noted. "He is happy, healthy and still loves his job so we are happy." Rheinheimer expects Freaky Feet Pete to make his four-year-old debut in mid-April for a qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. If all goes well, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. "We staked him a little heavier this year," Rheinheimer noted. "Obviously, we staked him to everything close to home, The Dan Patch, The Hoosier Park Pacing Derby but we also included a few of the bigger races at The Meadowlands and in Canada." Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. 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. Most notably, Freaky Feet Pete captured the coveted $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike. Freaky Feet Pete is the eighth foal of the ultra-prolific broodmare, Skyway Lori. While she was a decent racehorse in her own regard, Skyway Lori's biggest accolades came as a broodmare. With nine foals of racing age, she has produced eight winners and responsible for five $100,000+ winners and two $200,000+ winners. Freaky Feet Pete remains her fastest son with his 1:48.2 mark taken in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park last year. The Rheinheimer's are training a two-year-old full brother to Freaky Feet Pete this year named Lori's Rockstar, who is named after his dam as she unexpectedly passed away last year. "We're excited to get started racing again," Rheinheimer said. "He's been a dream come true and more than we ever hoped for. It sure is fun to be a part of a horse like him." Emily Gaskin

The trotting warhorse Il Mago has taken an immediate liking to his new surroundings in the Midwest. The seven-year-old son of Kadabra, purchased for $30,000 by CC Racing LLC of Illinois out of the Meadowlands Select Sale auction in January, captured the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 6) for his third win in four tries for his new harness racing  owners. Trace Tetrick guided Il Mago to the 1:55 tally over Martz Time (John DeLong) and Tag Up And Go (Jeff Nisonger). Tetrick switched tactics and raced Il Mago from behind Sunday following the only blemish on his Midwest report card, when he got stung to a :26.3 first quarter in his first foray into open company last week and faded to fourth in the stretch. After getting away fifth, the odds-on favorite was afforded a second-over trip during the middle half mile, then collared the pacesetters at the top of the stretch before holding off fellow closer Martz Time at the finish. It was his 27th career victory and increased his lifetime earnings to $587,208. "He has one big leg (an old tendon injury), but seems sound as a dollar and is a really classy campaigner," says new trainer Tyler George, who stables at a private training center in central Indiana. "My owner was willing to go to $40,000 to get him at auction, so they were thrilled when the bidding stopped at $30,000. CC Racing wanted to come home from the sale with a nice trotter and a nice pacing mare, and that's exactly what they did." Gregg Keidel    

Motherhood might not be in Aqua Artist's immediate future, but winning races is again part of her present. A 9-year-old female pacer, Aqua Artist was away from the races for 19 months as her owners tried to get her in foal. The attempts were unsuccessful, so Aqua Artist returned to the track in October. And last Friday, she won the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway --- nearly two years to the day from the date of her most recent triumph at that level of harness racing competition. Aqua Artist, bred and owned by Harold Lee Bauder, his father Harold L. Bauder, and friend Michael Dixon, has won 29 of 106 career races and earned $336,346. She won a Standardbred Stakes at age 2, but made only three starts as a 3-year-old because of an ankle injury. She bounced back to capture 19 of 76 starts over the next three years, with seven of the wins coming at the Invitational or Open levels. This year, Aqua Artist has won three of five races, with her first two victories of the season coming in conditioned races, and earned $22,500. She is racing again in the Fillies & Mares Open on Friday at Miami Valley. Trace Tetrick will drive for trainer Steve Bauder. "I think it took her some starts to get back tight and to her old form," said Harold Lee Bauder, who is Steve Bauder's cousin. "She sure has improved as the new year rolled around, that's for sure. We thought she would come back pretty good, but we didn't know how she would do competing against the open mares. The last race at Miami Valley, it was a really good group of mares that was in there. We were thinking maybe she would get a fourth or fifth, so it was a little bit of a surprise for us. "It looks like she's back to her old self. Maybe the two years off have helped her; she's a young 9. We're going to think about breeding her again, but she's racing pretty competitive so we're probably going to keep her on the track for now." The Bauders and Dixon raced Aqua Artist's mom, Aquatic Yankee. They purchased her for $3,000 at the Kentucky Standardbred Sale in 1997 and she went on to earn $751,230 as a stakes-winner and top-level Open competitor. Aquatic Yankee, a daughter of Cambest-Yankee Attraction, won Kentucky Sire Stakes races at ages 2 and 3 and finished second to Eternal Camnation in the 2001 Breeders Crown Mare Pace and second to French Panicure in the 2000 Lady Liberty. "I watched Cambest-(bred) fillies race in Lexington and I thought they were really good," Bauder said. "This was his second crop and (Aquatic Yankee) was the horse we picked out. I remember after we bought her, we went back to see her and the groom that took care of her at Yankeeland Farms said we got the steal of the sale; that this filly was really, really good. We won the sire stakes as a 2-year-old and the rest is history." The 57-year-old Bauder is from Delaware, Ohio, and got hooked on harness racing while showing livestock at the Delaware County Fair, which is home to pacing's prestigious Little Brown Jug. Bauder previously owned several Great Clips hair salons with friends and now is on the staff of the Delaware Area Career Center. Aquatic Yankee proved to be valuable beyond the racetrack for the Bauders and Dixon. In addition to Aqua Artist, her offspring include multiple-stakes winner Sectionline Yankee, who finished second in an elimination of the 2012 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair and was fifth in the final, Sectionline Aqua ($217,648 earned), Sectionlinefriskie ($144,818), and Fire On The Water (who the group sold as a yearling for $65,000 and has earned $410,982). Aqua Artist is a daughter of Artsplace, from the great sire's final crop. "I always wanted an Artsplace," Bauder said. "Fortunately, I got it just in time. "It's been a really good ride with (Aquatic Yankee) and a lot of fun with some of her horses that we kept," Bauder added. "It's just been a great family. I bought a farm here in Delaware and that family really helped pay for it. My dad is in his 80s now and they just enjoy watching them, and they enjoy this horse, Aqua Artist. It's just been great." Ken Weingartner A division of the U.S. Trotting Association  

Aqua Artist, the oldest mare in Friday night's $20,000 Open at Miami Valley Raceway at age nine, showed a group of talented and wealthy younger 'girls' that she can still get the job done. An aggressive drive by Trace Tetrick produced a 1:53 triumph for the harness racing daughter of Artsplace, her first tally in open company in almost two years. Owned her entire life by breeders Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold L. Bauder, Aqua Artist now has 29 career victories in just 106 starts, good for $336,346 in earnings. Steve Bauder, who has managed the winner's entire career, raced her just ten times in 2015 with a single conditioned class win in 1:54.2 and earnings of just $7150. She has rebounded in 2016, however, with three wins in her first five starts good for $22,500 in seasonal bounty. Aqua Artist left alertly in her latest conquest, yielded to eventual runnerup Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith) just past the quarter, then sat the pocket until shaking loose early in the stretch. Safe From Terror (Chris Page) raced first-over much of the way and held on for third in her first start after shipping north from Pompano Park and resting for a month. In total, the ten-horse field of open mares combined for 248 lifetime wins and over $2.8 million in earnings. While Aqua Artist was proving that age and experience can be important in harness racing, a driver two races sooner was displaying the value of youth on the other end of the spectrum. Hunter Myers turned 18 years old on February 16 and just ten days after becoming eligible to race at a pari-mutuel track he scored his first triumph, winning a claiming handicap race for $12,500 and $15,000 claiming mares in 1:55.4. In just his fifth commercial start, Myers guided Ride A Cowboy to a mild upset over A Little Starstruk (Tyler Smith) and E R Taylor (Jeremy Smith). The eight-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, owned by James Hess, now has 24 life tallies and surpassed the $200,000 earnings plateau with the win. While Hunter Myers couldn't race at Ohio's four commercial tracks until he turned 18, the native of Williamsport, Ohio, did get a heavy dose of seasoning on the Buckeye state's expansive county fairs circuit while ages 16 and 17. The promising reinsman visited 74 winner's circles at the fairs, from 382 starts, good for an impressive .355 UDRS. With statistics like those, before he barely needed to shave, its very likely there will be many more success stories to tell about Hunter during his promising future in racing. Gregg Keidel

Trotters were featured on the Sunday Valentine's Day matinee at Miami Valley Raceway amid persistent snow flurries throughout the majority of the harness racing program. Il Mago, a class act with over a half million dollars in earnings, dominated a $14,000 top conditioned event with a gate-to-wire 1:56.2 score for driver Trace Tetrick. Now two-for-two since coming to Ohio, the seven-year-old son of Kadabra has earned his way into the open ranks for the remainder of the meet,, where a showdown with Dayton track record holder Penn will be highly anticipated. CC Racing LLC owns Il Mago, who was an easy open-lengths victor over Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) and Seven Points Jesse (John DeLong). A co-featured $12,000 condition trot had a decidedly different finish as the photo finish camera couldn't separate Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller) and Revenue Agent (Andy Shetler), who dead-heated for win in 1:57.2. Dancing Dynamite is a five-year-old Explosive Matter mare with eight wins in 70 lifetime starts; while Revenue Agent is an eight-year-old Revenue S gelding with 18 wins in just 50 career starts, good for $220,330 in overall bounty. Favored Rehab Mountain cut all the early fractions, but faded when a pack of hard-charging closers charged through the stretch. Dancing Dynamite returned $6.60 to her $2 backers, but Revenue Agent was overlooked by the wagering public and kicked back $29.20 to far fewer supporters. On Saturday night (February 13) Miami Valley established a new record handle when $398,638 was bet on the 14-race program. Gregg Keidel    

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

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