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After a solid performance against the best aged pacers in the world in the Ben Franklin two weeks ago at Pocono, Dylan Davis trainee Mel Mara returned to harness racing. This time, in a Winner's Over pace going for $25,000 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. Starting from post 7, the 7-year-old son of Lis Mara left fast off the wings, clearing the lead well before the quarter (:26.2). After rating the half (:55), Mel Mara turned it up a notch, pacing the third quarter in :26.3 (1:21.3). Mel Mara finished strong, stopping the clock in 1:48.4 (:27.1 last qtr). He finished under wraps, as driver Trace Tetrick never asked the now 14 time winner for any pace. Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras) finished second, while Southwind Amazon (Marcus Miller) overcame a tough trip to finish third. Mel Mara is owned by Robert Cooper Stables and J & T Silva Stables. He won by four lengths in the end, and paid $2.40 to win. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2016 -- Glassine Hanover powered to the lead at the quarter and continued to pour it on, winning her division of a $190,036 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:52. Saturday's event for freshman pacing fillies, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over four divisions, with Idyllic Beach, Watch What You Say and Keystone Rampage also taking $47,509 splits. Although Glassine Hanover launched her career with a 1:52.4 score on the bigger track at Hoosier Park, she had little trouble adjusting to The Meadows' five-eighths-mile oval. Once Trace Tetrick sent her to the front, she brooked no serious challenge, downing Bettor's Up by 3/4 lengths. Caviart Ally earned show. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark held jointly by Podges Lady and Call Me Queen Be. It also is the fastest this year by a freshman filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Tetrick indicated that at this point in her career, Glassine Hanover is more advanced than any other freshman filly he's driven. "She's got the right tools," he said. "She's very willing and wants to do it. It's just about management now." Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee, a $27,000 yearling acquisition, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Idyllic Beach vacated the pocket before the quarter, made an easy lead and cruised home for Yannick Gingras in 1:53, remaining undefeated in her two-race career. The first-over Agent Q was 3 lengths back in second in her career debut while Inverse Hanover recovered from an early break to complete the ticket. "There's a bunch of good 2-year-olds out there, but she's definitely one of them," Gingras said. "She did it really easy today, all on her own. I would have been happy to follow cover if it worked out that way. She's all-around nice." Jimmy Takter conditions Idyllic Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Idyllic, for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical and Marvin Katz. Coming off a maiden-breaking score in a PA All Stars division, Watch What You Say got just the trip winning driver Brett Miller didn't want for her: out most of the opening quarter, chasing the leader, Someomensomewhere, first up. But the daughter of Well Said-Bettor Beware overcame the arduous journey, holding off Someomensomewhere by 3/4 lengths in 1:54. Sapphire Breeze Finished third. "If she'd lost today, it would have been my fault, and I almost got her beat," Miller said. "That was definitely not the trip I was looking to give her. She actually wasn't getting over the track that good. Right past the half I almost lost here. She almost made a break at the top of the backstretch. From then on, I never could turn her loose. Good thing she's a really good filly." Michael Hall trains Watch What You Say for CTC Stable, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features six divisions of a $120,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Even Pattak, for the Meadows

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 8, 2016 - After a week's worth of stakes action, the pacing fillies took their turn in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they played host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for both the two and three-year-old pacing fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. The three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the stakes action for the evening and it was Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who delivered as the heavy betting favorite to score in a new lifetime best of 1:51.1. Using the Hoosier Park passing lane to her advantage, Seventimesavirgin notched her second consecutive victory to make a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action. Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin protected her inside position but Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger also left alertly to grab the first call in :26.1. It was a bit of give and go as DeLong sent Seventimesavirgin back out to the front but just as she grabbed command at the half in :54.2 Topville Cadillac and Tyler Smith were up to take the lead. Topville Cadillac continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 but the rest of the field was closing in. Seventimesavirgin sat patiently in the pocket before DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane and she powered home using a :27.1 final quarter. Seventimesavirgin finished three lengths in front of a hard-charging Aux D Lox Bluegrass while Topville Cadillac held on for third. "The trip never works out like you think it will," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle. "She raced very well, she doesn't like having to wait, she always wants to go but she loves to pace home. She's just awesome." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is also trained by John DeLong and notched her fifth victory of the season from six starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $182,240 lifetime while winning 10 of 18 lifetime outings. A little later on in the evening, Rockin Serena and Trace Tetrick powered off cover to score as the longest shot on the board in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off at odds of 44-1, Rockin Serena was able to overcome post position nine and used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to score in a new lifetime best of in 1:55. The victory was also one of five winners on the program for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Owned by Kales Co., Dolne Farm Services, S&R Racing Stables, and Wrenn Racing, Rockin Serena is trained by Melanie Wrenn and notched her first win from two starts. The daughter of Rockin Image-Day Lily Hanover has now earned $37,900 lifetime for her connections. With the wins, both Rockin Serena and Seventimesavirgin also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9 with the second of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 7, 2016 - Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to score in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two in the talented field of ten, Fly Jesse Fly was sent away from the gate firing but he would have to work for his position as Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream also left aggressively. J-S Livethedream found the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but Fly Jesse Fly continued his mission to the front and grabbed command at the half in :57.1. J-S Livethedream benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in fifth. Fly Jesse Fly went unchallenged to the third station in 1:25.2 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home, Bridge To Jesse's was underway with Lil Day Drinkin and Walter Haynes Jr. in tow but he would have his work cut out for him. Tetrick asked Fly Jesse Fly for more and he responded with a :28.4 final quarter to finish three lengths to the good. Bridge To Jesse's rallied nicely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors while Lil Day Drinkin rounded out the trifecta. As the 5/2 second choice, Fly Jesse Fly returned $7.00 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his fourth win from eight starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $85,275. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won seven of 21 lifetime outings. The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts also produced a mild upset on the evening as On The Virg and Eric Goodell scored in 1:53.2, a new lifetime best. Also using gate-to-wire tactics, On The Virg notched his second lifetime victory and made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old pacing colts after scoring in his elimination last week. Saddled with the outside post nine, On The Virg left aggressively but would be caught wide as Always A Shark and Doug Rideout protected their inside position. On The Virg would reach the front at the opening quarter of :27.1 and dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before coasting home a winner. Using a :27.4 final quarter, On The Virg coasted to the wire to win by a length over Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. Incredible Shark and Sam Widger also rallied gamely in the lane to round out the trifecta. On The Virg returned $12.80 for the win and Meadowbrook Tiger, the heavy betting favorite, was off the ticket. Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A. Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi scored his second win in 2 lifetime starts. On The Virg has now earned $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Fly Jesse Fly and On The Virg also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 8 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old pacing fillies and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

Freehold, NJ --- Trace Tetrick doesn't have to go far to see the impact that horses like Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit are having on harness racing. And it has nothing to do with talking to people at the stables or racetrack. He just has to look around his neighborhood. "My neighbors don't really know much about racing, but they know I drive Pete and they all want to know when he's racing," said Tetrick, who lives in Anderson, Ind., and drives Indiana-based Freaky Feet Pete for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. "They all want to know about Pete. People want to follow him and root for him. The sport needs this, something people can follow." Tetrick will be alerting his neighbors to watch the races at New Jersey's Meadowlands on Saturday (July 9) because Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit are ready to go at it again. A week after meeting in a memorable edition of the Ben Franklin Stakes, the two headline the $250,000 Graduate Series pacing championship at the Big M. The Graduate Series is for 4-year-old horses, so Ben Franklin winner Always B Miki -- who is 5 -- will not be joining Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit for this weekend's drama. But that shouldn't diminish the interest of fans, who watched Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit split four previous encounters prior to the Franklin. Freaky Feet Pete finished second to Always B Miki in the Franklin's world-record-equaling 1:47 mile at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The stallion, a son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori, has won 29 of 34 lifetime races and earned $1.34 million. He has finished worse than third only once in his career. Delaware-based Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover who was the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year in 2015, finished third in the Franklin. Trained by Clyde Francis, the gelding has won 31 of 39 career races and earned $2.69 million for the father-son team of co-owner George Teague Jr. and driver Montrell Teague. Wiggle It Jiggleit also has finished worse than third only once. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the No. 2-ranked horse in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, and Freaky Feet Pete, who is fifth in the rankings, both are world-record holders. "Pete has a big following here in Indiana; people always watch him," Tetrick said. "In Delaware, everyone's got Wiggle. Everyone wants to follow him and George and Montrell. It's nice because people get attached and want to follow it that way. We need hype like that, where it gets people involved and gets them to want to come out and watch the races. It's just great to be a part of it." Wiggle It Jiggleit will start Saturday's Graduate final from post three. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won eight of 12 starts this season, including the Battle of Lake Erie, Dorothy Mullin Invitational, and a preliminary round of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. "He came out of the (Franklin) good," Montrell Teague said. "The draw was good to us, so we'll be up close and see how it goes." The Franklin was the focus of the harness racing world's attention, and received national coverage as well from the Associated Press, as it brought together a star-studded field highlighted by Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was the first time all three of those horses met in the same race. "I thought it was fun," Teague said. "It's always more fun when you win, but you're not going to win them all. Third is better than nothing. I was happy with him. "I'm just glad I've got one of the horses causing a lot of buzz right now, along with Miki and Pete and Mel Mara. I think it's all good promotion for the sport." Freaky Feet Pete will start the Graduate from post eight. He has won five of seven races this season, including a preliminary round of the Graduate at Mohawk. Saturday's race will mark his first start at the Meadowlands. "I think he'll be able to hold his own," Tetrick said. "We drew outside, but Pete's versatile and that makes him a big threat. That's what makes all three of those horses (Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, and Wiggle It Jiggleit) great horses. They're fast off the gate, they can carry their speed for a long distance, and it doesn't have to set up perfectly for them to win." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands, which begins at 7:15 p.m., also includes the $250,000 Graduate Series trotting championship, a single elimination for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, and two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Graduate Series pacing championship: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. In The Arsenal-Brett Miller-Kelvin Harrison 2. Artistic Major-Tim Tetrick-Steve Elliott 3. Wiggle It Jiggleit-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 4. Rockin In Heaven-David Miller-Ian Moore 5. Rockin Ron-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6. Dude's The Man-Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 7. Rock N' Roll World-David Miller-Ron Burke 8. Freaky Feet Pete-Trace Tetrick-Larry Rheinheimer 9. Americanprimetime-John Campbell-Rick Dane Jr. 10. National Seelster-Mark MacDonald-Chris Ryder by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 11, 2016- Fearless Diablo, with harness racing driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, made amends for last week's second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 11. The Dylan Davis trainee stopped the timer in 1:49.4 to establish a seasonal best mark and equal the fastest mile of the 2016 season through the first 50 nights of racing at Hoosier Park. Leaving from post four, Fearless Diablo left just enough to grab a pocket seat while Ontario Success and Ricky Macomber Jr. carved out first half fractions of :26.4 and :56.0. Nitro and John DeLong were content to sit along the rail in third while Shooter's Dream and Tyler Smith were next in line fourth. Shooter's Dream was the first to commit from the outer flow with K-Lees Shakenbake and Jason Dillander in tow as the field approached the third station in 1:23.1. As the field turned for home, Ontario Success continued to call the shots but Fearless Diablo loomed large in the pocket. Tetrick found late racing room up the passing lane and Fearless Diablo did the rest. Using a :26.1 closing quarter, Fearless Diablo coasted to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of a hard closing Nitro. Ontario Success held on nicely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Fearless Diablo returned $3.60 at the betting windows. Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $304,755 lifetime. The victory marked his 27th lifetime victory and fourth seasonal win from eight starts. The win was also one of three victories on the 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 14 with a 14-race card that will kick-off at 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

American Girl, guided by Trace Tetrick, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for harness racing fillies and mares, on Friday, May 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Trained by Tyler George, American Girl proved she was much the best winning by four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and equaled her lifetime best in the process. It was a good day at the office for both Tetrick and George who found the winner's circle four times on the evening throughout the 14-race card. Leaving from post five in a talented field of six, Tetrick took no chances as he sent the seven-year-old mare away from the gate firing. She reached the front through an opening panel in :27.3 while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. grabbed a pocket seat. American Girl went uncontested down the backside through splits of :55.1 and 1:22.1 while the rest of the field waited for the long Hoosier Park stretch to make a move. As the field turned for home, Wild Wanda looked primed to strike from the pocket but American Girl was strong on the front. Tetrick asked his mount for more nearing the wire and she dug in gamely using a :28.1 final panel to coast home a winner over Wild Wanda. White Metro and Jason Dillander rallied nicely in the stretch to round out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, American Girl returned $6.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I think she is racing as good now as she ever has," George noted after the victory. "She is as tough as they come and loves her job. Not only is she a pleasure to have in the barn but she's probably the best mare we've ever had." With the win, American Girl notched her seventh victory of the season and 35th win from 127 career starts while amassing $679,188 in purse earnings lifetime. The daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is an Indiana Sires Stakes champion and owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. The victory with American Girl was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick and one of four training wins for the George stable. Tetrick and George also teamed up to get Rockalina home a winner in a new lifetime best of 1:53.2 in a conditioned pace and just one race later, Brookletssuprsonic scored her second consecutive victory. Ross Leonard guided Aw Naw home a winner in a split of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies for the George Stable. Scoring in 1:53.1, Aw Naw scored her fifth win from eight seasonal outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Tetrick steered his fourth winner in the final division of the Indiana Sires stakes action as Au D Lox Bluegrass prevailed in a tight photo to get the win in 1:52.4 for trainer John Merkel. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 with a 14-race card featuring three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day harness racing season at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

Freaky Feet Pete won over Indiana --- and then much of North America --- with his winning ways over the past two years. Now the harness racing 4-year-old male pacer is getting ready for his first stakes race of 2016, facing seven foes in Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. The Battle of Lake Erie features not only Freaky Feet Pete, who won 15 of 17 races last year including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, but harness racing's all-time richest horse, 12-year-old Foiled Again, and the 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. Freaky Feet Pete has won 27 of 30 career races and earned $1.14 million for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. In addition to the Breeders Crown, Freaky Feet Pete won last year's American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park. Except for the Breeders Crown and American-National, the horse has raced exclusively at Hoosier Park, where he captured two Indiana Sire Stakes championships. The stallion was bred by Mary Jo's husband Larry, who also trains Freaky Feet Pete. The Rheinheimers live near LaGrange, Ind., in the northeast corner of the Hoosier State. Freaky Feet Pete and regular driver Trace Tetrick will start the Battle of Lake Erie from post five. Freaky Feet Pete, who is 3-for-3 this year with all his victories coming in invitational handicaps at Hoosier Park, is 2-1 on the morning line. He is the second choice behind even-money favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit, who drew post one. Freaky Feet Pete won two of three meetings with Wiggle It Jiggleit last season. Larry Rheinheimer recently took time to talk with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division about the Battle of Lake Erie and the fun of living with Freaky Feet Pete. KW: Let's start by going back to last year when you won the Breeders Crown. What was the reaction like back home? LR: Crazy. I mean he's a hometown hero. If people could watch (the Breeders Crown) on television, they did. If they couldn't, they found it on the computer. Everyone was excited. KW: Do people come up to you a lot to talk about him? LR: Oh yeah. When I go to town or go somewhere, people are always asking when is Pete racing again, or how did Pete do last week. Most of them know how he's done, but they want to know when he's racing again. KW: Are you the most famous duo up in that part of the state? LR: I don't know if I am, but he is. (Laughs.) Everyone knows him. KW: Do you feel any more comfortable now being the center of attention? LR: Not really. (Laughs.) I like to sneak up on them. KW: Well, I don't think that's going to happen anymore. LR: No, we blew that. (Laughs.) KW: But the way it's worked out has been pretty good. LR: It has. It's been a great ride. My wife and I and the kids, we've enjoyed it. And I've got one sister that follows me everywhere we go. KW: What's been the most enjoyable part of it all? LR: Just the fanfare, I think. We've met a lot of very nice people. A super lot. I hear from all over that people watch when Pete races. Now I think the biggest pressure on me is hoping that nothing goes wrong. I've raced enough horses in my life to know they're all going to get beat. That's why we race them. But I'm hoping we go a good race and everything works good. KW: Was it difficult waiting through the winter? Were you anxious to get going again? LR: I was anxious to see how he would come back this year. That was the biggest thing. You go from year to year when you shut them down and you don't know how they're going to come back. You hope for the best, but sometimes it doesn't happen. KW: How long was he off and when did you bring him back? LR: He was off for about six weeks. We didn't let him completely down. One of the reasons we just started back jogging with him was he was so fired up in the paddock. KW: When you started to bring him back did you sense right away that he was good? LR: He did everything handily and never took a bad step or anything. He was feeling good all the time, so we felt pretty good about him coming back. KW: Did you see him change much over the winter? LR: I think he filled out a little more in his chest and a little more in the rump. I think he filled out more this year than he did last year. He feels good. He likes it here at home. He's throwing his head and playing and feeling good. He's enjoying himself and trains nicely. I feel real comfortable with him. KW: What did you think about his performances in his first three races this year? LR: I thought he was good in all three of them. In the last one, Trace came off a helmet with him, which I like, and he was good. To me, that was his best race so far. The qualifiers weren't anything, just qualifiers. The last one, when he raced him from off the pace, that made me feel better. KW: When you saw the draw come out, aside from Wiggle It Jiggleit getting post one, you had to feel better that you didn't get the eight or the seven. LR: (Laughs.) Yeah, I did. I'm not unhappy with the five. You're in the middle of the swing there. But I was happy I didn't have the eight. I was looking for the eight when Wiggle It Jiggleit was the one. (Laughs.) KW: Are you looking forward to your first stakes races of the year? LR: Yes, I am. He's doing good and everything is together and we're ready to go, I think. KW: He trains on a half-mile track, so you're not too concerned about that? LR: Not really. We train him on a half all the time and I think he can handle it. You never know for sure, but I think it will be OK. And with the five hole out there with the banked turn I feel a little more comfortable. KW: What do you think about the race? LR: I'm hoping there are some front-runners out there, but I don't know for sure. And that's Trace's decision. I know when the gate folds, that's when the decision will be made. KW: What's Pete's schedule like this season? LR: I think we're going to go to the Graduate Series at Mohawk next after this race. After that, there are a couple of races out East. KW: It's going to be a fun year watching that (older pacer) division. And a lot of them are Indiana-bred. LR: Indiana has come a long way. These Indiana horses can go anyplace and race. That's what I feel. All of these people brought their broodmares up and everything else and it's paying off for them. Ken Weingartner

The undefeated Freaky Feet Pete continued his winning ways in the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 14. Harness racing fans turned out on a chilly night in Indiana and the hometown hero did not disappoint, scoring in 1:50 by five lengths. Starting from post six, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate this week by regular pilot Trace Tetrick and settled along the rail in fourth. Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller got the first call through an opening quarter in :26.4 but their lead would be short lived. Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light and the duo surged up to take command at the second station in :55.1. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete was on top by three and never seriously challenged en route to his third straight victory. Using a :27 final quarter and under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished five lengths in front of Nitro and John Delong. Shooter's Dream and Jason Dillander rallied for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the windows. "He (Freaky Feet Pete) was very good tonight," Tetrick noted after the win. "I raced him off the gate tonight, it wasn't necessarily the plan but that's just how it looked when the wings folded. You can do anything you want with him. He's very sharp right now." With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the third win of his four-year-old campaign and 27th career victory from 30 lifetime outings for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,147,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer's star pupil will head 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. When Freaky Feet Pete lines up behind the gate it will be the first time he has raced over a half-mile track. "He trains on a half-mile track at home," Rheinheimer noted after the win. "I'm really not worried at all about him getting around the track; I think he will take to it just fine. I think the post position will matter but I'm not worried about how he will get around the smaller track." "He's definitely matured some this year," Rheinheimer continued. "It's hard to tell if he's the best he's ever been, but he's happy and seems good. We will know more next after his race but this was a good race for him tonight, I think he's ready to go." Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

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

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