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ANDERSON, Ind.-- The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 18 to battle it out in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a chilly, October evening. As expected, the Super finals delivered some outstanding harness racing battles and well-deserved championships. With purses topping the $1.8 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided an exciting conclusion to the 2014 stakes season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick kicked off his four-win evening with an impressive score in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies with Churita in 1:56. The freshman filly looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as she took control just past the half and rattled off fractions of :57.2 and 1:27.1 before coasting home to an eleven length victory. The 1:56 victory was a new lifetime best for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and eighth of the season. Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners held on for second place honors while Herbies Wildflower and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Churita returned $2.40 to her backers at the window. "She has certainly surpassed my expectations," winning trainer Matt Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "She had typical two-year-old stuff earlier in the season but she has really developed into something special. She's really easy to get along with and she loves what she's doing." Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita kept her eight race win streak in-tact as she sent her career bankroll to $263,225 for her owner Jackie Porter. Churita has now finished on the board in all ten of her career outings while winning eight of those. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Hudson Jesse and driver Peter Wrenn were able to take advantage of a pocket trip to score in their round of the stakes action, the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, with a 1:56.3 final time. Hudson Jesse left aggressively from post three to get the first call around the opening panel in :27.2 but their lead would be short lived as Trace Tetrick had the bettors' choice, Hall Pass Helen, out and firing going toward the half. Hall Pass Helen cleared to the front to carve out soft, middle fractions of :58.3 and 1:28 while Hudson Jesse waited patiently for the stretch drive from the pocket. Wrenn found racing room up the rail and Hudson Jesse used a :28.2 final panel to find the wire two lengths in front of a hard charging Baby Steps and Tyler Smith. As the public's third choice, Hudson Jesse returned $7.60 at the betting window. "She's like driving a car," Wrenn noted after the win. "She doesn't really have any quirks, she responds so nicely to everything. The trip worked out to my favor and she was very strong tonight." Trained by William Crone, Hudson Jesse notched the fifth win of her sophomore campaign from 16 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Angel Touched has now amassed $232,688 in her career. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts Quiet Hall and Ed Hensley made a loud splash in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as they pulled a slight upset at 8-1 to score in 1:56.1. Quiet Hall was able to use a :27.3 final panel to nose out the heavily favored Airman Batten at the wire. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Quiet Hall was away a worrisome ninth in the early stages of the race while Andy Shetler and Steal N Gas dictated early fractions of :27.3 and 58.2. Heavily favored Airman Batten and Lewayne Miller began the first-over attack just after the half and Quiet Hall grabbed the cover. Airman Batten reached the leader's wheel around the three-quarter clocking in 1:28 but began to drift out in the stretch. As the top pair began to tire, Hensley guided Quiet Hall up the middle of the track and the colt responded to win by a narrow margin. Airman Batten held on gamely for second while Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington closed nicely for third. Quiet Hall returned $18.00 for the victory. "We missed the final last week to prepare for this race," winning trainer Roger Welch noted. "He has trained well lately. He is a green colt that is a bit immature still but he has come a long way. He is a nice colt." Sired by Justice Hall, Quiet Hall bested his lifetime mark by a full second with the 1:56.1 victory. It was the third win of the season from nine outings as he pushed his career bankroll to $149,020. Quiet Hall is owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, R. Welch, and G. Wright. Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Rockin Good continued her winning ways in the two-year-old pacing filly division as she scored her second consecutive win in stakes action in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:53.3. Driven, trained, and co-owned by Jared Finn, Rockin Good scored her fifth win of the season with the victory. Unhurried from the gate, Rockin Good settled along the rail in fifth while the rest of the field battled for early position. The heavily favored Feetonthedashboard and Dale Hiteman had to work for position but reached the front in :27.2. Finn made his winning move down the backside as he gave Rockin Good the green light and the freshman filly easily captured the lead at the second station in :56.4. Rockin Good saved her best for last as she used a :27 final quarter to fend off a late charge from Rock The Look and Trent Stohler to win by two lengths. Sent off as the second choice in the field of nine, Rockin Good returned $7.80 for the victory. "I didn't want to get caught in an early speed battle so I eased her off the gate," Finn noted after the race. "She's really easy to drive, it's not exactly how I thought the race would go but that's racing. She raced great tonight, from the first time I qualified her, I knew she was something special." From the first crop of Rockin Image, Rockin Good has now won five of eleven seasonal outings. Owned by Mark Finn and Jared Finn, the freshman filly now sports a career bankroll of $181,250. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Rose Run Parker continued his winning ways as he turned in a stellar mile to capture the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for sophomore trotting colts by nearly nine lengths in 1:54.2. Driven by his regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr., Rose Run Parker notched his seventh consecutive victory at Hoosier Park. Nothinbutanallstar and Mark O'Mara were the early pace-setters as they established early fractions of :27 and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Rose Run Parker made his customary move to the lead down the backside and was in control at third station in 1:25.4. Appearing to be on cruise control, Rose Run Parker used a :28.3 final panel to coast home a winner. Chips and Ross Leonard staged a big rally late in the lane to finish second while Nothinbutanallstar held on gamely for third. As the heavy favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 at the betting windows. "He's such a great horse," assistant trainer Jamie Rucker noted in the winner's circle. "I would be lying if I said he didn't make me nervous at times but he always pulls through. As for the rest of the season, he will be aimed at the Carl Erskine Trot here at Hoosier Park and we will go from there based on his performance." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won 12 of 14 outings at three while earning $206,125 this season. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy has earned $537,250 lifetime for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Color's A Virgin proved her dominance once again in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks as she coasted home a winner in 1:52.4 in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. The 2014 Jugette winner looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite as she scored her 11th of the season and gave driver Trace Tetrick his third victory of the night. Leaving from post eight, Color's A Virgin was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early stages of the race and was forced to make an uncharacteristic move to the lead. No Lies and Lewayne Miller got the first call around the opening panel in :27 but quickly yielded the lead to Color's A Virgin. Color's A Virgin dictated middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4 before being joined on the outside by her stablemate, Candy's A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Tetrick asked Color's A Virgin for more and the three-year-old filly dug in gamely to hold off a late charge from Sand Tilly Lace and Ed Hensley. Candy's A Virgin held on for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Color's A Virgin returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I've been in the business long enough to know this is a once in a lifetime kind of filly," winning owner Bruce Trogdon noted in the winner's circle. "Trace (Tetrick) has done a phenomenal job driving her and he always takes such good care of her. These kind of fillies don't come around everyday so we're just enjoying the ride." Trained by Brian Brown, Color's A Virgin has now won 16 of 24 lifetime victories. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color has amassed $596,072 through two seasons of racing. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts Trace Tetrick would find the winner's circle once more on the evening as he guided Freaky Feet Pete to a sizzling 1:50.4 score in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Over a track rated good, Freaky Feet Pete dominated his competition by 11 lengths and just missed his lifetime record by a fifth of a second. Starting from the trailing post position ten, Freaky Feet Pete was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Camturo Rock and Andy Shetler carved out fractions of :26.4 and :55.2. Skim The Top and Don Harmon made a move to the front down the backside and Tetrick followed suit. Freaky Feet Pete reached command around the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete cruised home with a :27.1 last quarter. The Big Year and Dan Shetler rallied for second while Harfo Hanover and Tyler Smith rounded out the trifecta. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't get locked in or have any traffic issues," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "He is an amazing animal who loves his job, he continues to impress me with every start he has." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his eighth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and his ninth career victory from ten lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $261,950 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete currently holds Hoosier Park's track record for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:50.3 mark in stakes action earlier in the season. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts Not to be outdone by his two-year-old counterpart, Always B Miki returned to Hoosier Park and dazzled with a 1:49.1 victory in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Peter Wrenn, Always B Miki was home a winner by eight lengths en route to his third consecutive victory. Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Always B Miki eased off the gate while Bluehourpower and Sam Widger established a hot, opening panel in :25.3. The speed continued as Bluehourpower led the field to the half in :53.3 but Wrenn had Always B Miki aimed for the front. Always B Miki effortlessly grabbed the lead at the third station in 1:22 and appeared to be on cruise control to the wire. Using a :27.1 final panel, Always B Miki finished eight lengths in front of his closest competitor, Always The Sun and Tyler Smith. TG's Divine Scene and Andy Shetler rallied late to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the 1-9 choice, Always B Miki returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window. "Anything below top speed with this horse and you feel like you're walking," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "When he is in against some top, top horses it would be scary to see how fast he would go. He's just a machine." "If he raced well they said they were supplementing him to the Breeders Crown," Wrenn continued. "I think he has certainly earned his right to go. He deserves to showcase his talent against the best of the best." Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki notched the 10th victory from 17 seasonal outings. The son of Always A Virgn-Artstopper has now earned $776,866 for his connections of Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway, the new kid on the harness racing block, is pleased to announce that the richest pacer in history and the hottest free-for-all trotter in North America are headed to the five-eighths mile oval for the inaugural Grand Circuit stakes at the two-week old track. The $150,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby and companion $110,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby will both be contested on the Friday, October 24 program and each has an impressive list of nominated horses. Foiled Again, the 10-year-old wonder horse whose $6,702,111 in earnings is the best in harness racing history, is among the early commitments to the lucrative Pacing Derby. A six-time winner this season for trainer Ron Burke, Foiled Again will enter the race off back-to-back runnerup finishes in the prestigious $179,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $160,500 Allerage at The Red Mile. A total of 26 of the continent's best older pacers are staked to the new event including, but not limited to, other notables like Apprentice Hanover, Bolt The Duer, Clear Vision, Sunfire Blue Chip and Twilight Bonfire. Creatine is also headed to Dayton for the trotting division, according to his trainer Bob Stewart. In his last two starts, the son of Andover Hall has captured the $166,300 American National at Balmoral in a track-record setting time of 1:51.3; and triumphed in the $173,000 Allerage, edging Sebastian K by a head in 1:51.2. A total of 47 trotters remain eligible to the Dayton Trotting Derby, a list that reads like the "Who's Who" of the best current open squaregaiters. The list includes Sebastian K, Archangel, Daylon Magician, Wishing Stone and local Dayton track record holder Count Me In, among many notable others. All trainers are reminded that the box at Hollywood Dayton Raceway closes at 2 p.m. on Monday (October 20) for the gala Friday (October 24) card. Entries can be submitted through the USTA's Online Entry platform or by calling the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860 from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

ANDERSON, Ind. -The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 18 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2014 stakes season. With purses in excess of $1.8 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be one of the richest nights offered in the history of the Indiana Sires Stakes program featuring eight $200,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous finals, and the top point earners will return to seek ultimate glory in the $200,000 finals. With the fields now established, the 14-race card will be a star-studded program with the top contenders from each division set to battle it out. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors carrying a purse of $70,000 with the exception of the aged mare pace which will offer a purse of $50,000. After re-establishing the overall track record earlier in the season with a 1:47.2 score by Sweet Lou in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park has been the host of impressive stakes action all season. Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program has showcased the best horses in the state throughout the season. The divisional stand-outs have not only taken the Hoosier state by storm but have also made a splash on the national scene this season as well. The 2014 Jugette winner, Color's A Virgin will look to keep her winning streak in-tact from post eight in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, the sophomore filly is currently riding a four-race win streak and has been enlisted as the 7-5 morning line choice. Fresh off his win in a $218,300 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile, Always B Miki will return to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval seeking his third win in Indiana Sires Stakes finals action this season. With driver Peter Wrenn at the lines for trainer Joe Holloway, Always B Miki currently holds the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old pacing colts with a 1:48.4 score earlier in the season. Freshman stand-out Freaky Feet Pete will look to continue his dominance in the two-year-old pacing colt ranks from post ten in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super final. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori not only holds the track record at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:50.4 mark but was also a national season's leader earlier in the season. In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will provide exclusive coverage for all of the racing action on Saturday at Hoosier Park. HRTV's on-air personality, Peter Lurie will be on property to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park on the HRTV programming. In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track as well. Hoosier Park, in conjunction with The Anderson Center for the Arts, will play host to Oktoberfest, a German themed night at the races. Starting at 5 p.m. in The Yard, guests can enjoy German-style eats and treats, outdoor activities, arts & crafts booths, and a Biergarten featuring seasonal brews. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:15 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 11, 2014—The three-year-old divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action took center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 11 as they played host to the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The Hoosier state’s top sophomore competitors were out in full force and did not disappoint in each of the four divisions.   The stakes action kicked off with the sophomore trotting fillies and it was Hall Pass Helen and driver Trace Tetrick who emerged victorious in the $75,000 final. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Hall Pass Helen was able to find late racing room deep in the stretch to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:55.3. It was the second consecutive Indiana Sires Stakes Final victory for the daughter of Justice Hall -Rompaway Olympia and fourth win of the season from 15 outings. Trained by Kelly Goodwin, Hall Pass Helen sent her career bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win for her connections of T. Halstead, K. Goodwin, T. Hathaway, and Chestnut Acres. Hall Pass Helen has now won four of 23 lifetime outings. Tetrick found the winner’s circle once more in the very next division of the stakes action with Color’s A Virgin taking home top honors in the $75,000 three-year-old pacing filly final. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color capped off a near perfect stakes season as she scored in 1:52. After being out nearly every step of the mile, Color’s A Virgin used a :26.1 final panel to find the wire six lengths in front of her stablemate Candy’s A Virgin and Tyler Smith. Trained by Brian Brown, Color’s A Virgin scored her third victory in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season and 15th lifetime victory from 23 outings. The 2014 Jugette winner has now amassed $284,372 in 2014 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. kept their winning streak in-tact as they scored their fifth consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Rose Run Parker stopped the timer in 1:54.1, just a fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker notched his 11th victory of his sophomore campaign from 13 outings. The victory pushed his career earnings to $437,250 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. In the final division of the stakes action on the night, Bluehourpower was able to overcome a taxing trip to return to his winning ways and score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. With driver Sam Widger at the lines, Bluehourpower held off a late charge from If I Lose and Trace Tetrick to stop the timer in 1:51. Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won seven of 15 seasonal outings while amassing $172,925 in 2014. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour notched his 11th lifetime victory from 26 starts. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 18 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 14 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 10, 2014 - It was a night ruled by favorites as Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a 14-race card on Friday, October 11 featuring the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two-year-old divisions. Four Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned as the publics' choice delivered in each of the four divisions. The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for two-year-old trotting colts and Airman Batten looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as he overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:57.1. Driven by regular pilot Lewayne Miller, Airman Batten was uninvolved in the early stages of the race but quickly made up for lost time just past the half. As the field turned for home, Airman Batten began to put his talent on display and trotted on to the wire to win by three-lengths. The victory was the tenth win of the season and fourth Indiana Sires Stakes final win for the son of Swan For All-Ladylike Volo. "I was happy with the trip," Miller noted after the win. "I just wanted to make sure I didn't get away too far back because I knew he would do his part. When we turned for home I was pretty comfortable because I could tell he still had plenty left. He's just a professional in everything he does." Trained by Erv Miller, Airman Batten has now won ten of 12 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $217,900. Owned by Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman, and Greg Gillis, Airman Batten will now be pointed toward the $200,000 Indiana Super Final slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park. Fresh off a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Churita and Trace Tetrick turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:56.4, Churita took the lead just past the half and remained uncontested before trotting home to a five length victory. "She was really sharp tonight," Tetrick noted. "She has matured quite a bit from the beginning of the year and tonight she was all business. The trip worked out for us and she showed a lot of class tonight." Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita kept her seven race win streak in-tact as she scored her third Indiana Sires Stakes final win and seventh career victory from nine lifetime outings. From the first crop of Airzoom Lindy, the freshman filly has now amassed $163,225 for her owner Jackie Porter. As the stakes action switched gears, Rockin Good and Jared Finn kept the favorite trend alive for the night as they prevailed in a tight photo for win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Using a sharp, front running effort, Rockin Good held off a late charge from Feetonthedashboard and Dale Hiteman to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.2. Trained by Jared Finn, who also co-owns the filly with Mark Finn, Rockin Good scored the biggest win of her freshman career from ten seasonal starts. From the first crop of Rockin Image, Rockin Good has now earned $81,250 for her connections. The two-year-old pacing colts completed the stakes action on the evening's card and it was Freaky Feet Pete who continued his winning ways to score his fifth consecutive win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Out nearly every step of the mile, Freaky Feet Pete put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile to score in 1:52.1. The victory was also the third win of the night for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick. "When I looked at the sheet I thought there was going to be a lot of early speed in the race," Tetrick noted after the win. "I wanted to come from off the pace and it ended up working out because we got cover." "Tonight was the first time he's had to come from off a helmet and he did everything I asked," Tetrick continued. "He is just a great colt that loves his job. The Rheinheimers have done a great job with both of their two-year-olds this year they have been a lot of fun to drive." Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his third Indiana Sires Stakes final win and eighth career victory from nine lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $161,950 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete currently holds Hoosier Park's track record for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:50.3 time in stakes action earlier in the season. The 2014 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 18 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 11 with a 13-race card featuring the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for the three-year-old competitors. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2014 live racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

It was just one year ago to the day that Creatine won the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown at Lexington’s Red Mile in the Kentucky Futurity and he celebrated that anniversary with an upset victory at odds of 31-1 by winning the $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot. Sebastian K, the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite tried leaving from post two for trainer/driver Ake Svenstedt but was passed right by as Creatine and driver Trace Tetrick shot to the front and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Master Of Law and driver Scott Zeron were caught first-over in fourth place and they pressed the field, taking the lead at the half mile marker in :53.4. Svenstedt then came to the outside right away with Sebastian K and they cleared to the lead. Then at the three-quarter mile in 1:21.4, Quick Deal (Yannick Gingras) came first-over as Master Of Law made a break and ducked into the infield as Creatine was lucky to avoid the breaking Master Of Law. As they came down the stretch, Sebastian K held a two length lead on the field but Creatine would not be denied as Tetrick urged his trotter on and they were able to collar Sebastian K at the wire to win by a half a head in 1:51.2. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) closed to be third. “Scott (Zeron) was able to get his horse out of the way,” Trace Tetrick said, “and that cleared the way for us. I knew as long as I didn’t mess up we have a good second place finish. That horse got tired on the front end and my horse got him at the wire.” It was only the second win in 12 starts this year for Creatine. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA. Creatine paid $64.80 to win. “Last day of the meet here at the Red Mile,” said trainer Bob Stewart, “and the Red Mile has been very good to us, it does not get any better than this. We drew the outside and decided to take a shot and it worked out. I think more of him than most people do. He has always been a very special horse to me. “The owners have always wanted to race a horse in Europe,” Stewart said about next year, “and I think this might be the right one. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2014 - After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller is set to defend his title on Saturday, September 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the second and final round of the 2014 Champion Driver Series. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races of the opening challenge and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize. Now, he will lead the talented group of ten drivers into Saturday night's card and has his sights set on the grand prize. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver cruising away in the grand prize, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "I feel good about my chances going into it," Miller said modestly. "Like always, I am going to need some luck and my horses to race well but I am looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun. Winning the first round was awesome, but winning the second round and the car would really be something." With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "It would be great, I've never driven something that nice," Miller said with a smile. "It's a convertible too so if I do win it, I will definitely be taking a trip to Florida." As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2014 - Ten of the top drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, September 27 as they compete in a five-race challenge for the ultimate prize, a one year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 19. With a total of 47 points, Lewayne Miller was crowned the winner and walked away with his share of the $5,000 prize after the first round. With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. will round out the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). As in round one, the drivers will be picking the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon to be held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 25. In the first race of the challenge, the top rated driver based upon wins at Hoosier Park, Trace Tetrick, will get first pick of the horse he wants to drive. Next the No. 2 ranked driver, Peter Wrenn, will pick and then continue through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order will be reversed and the No. 10 driver, Mike Peterson, will pick first. This alternating selection process will continue through all five races of the challenge. Points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. The 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27 will begin at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. For more information on the 2014 Champion Driver Series, please visit Hoosier Park's website or click here. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 20, 2014 - Master of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored, Sebastian K, late in the stretch to win the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 20. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sebastian K and driver, trainer Ake Svenstadt left alertly from post six but would have to work for position as Creatine and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to get the first call around the opening turn in :27. Their lead would be short lived as Sebastian K pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half mile time in :55.4. With a target on his back, Sebastian K would once again have to work for position as the outer flow quickly began to form. Verlin Yoder had Natural Herbie out and firing down the backside and was forcing the issue first-over approaching the final turn with Master of Law in tow. As the field began to tighten, Sebastian K still called the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4 but the taxing trip began to take its toll. Sebastian K was able to fend off Natural Herbie but Master of Law loomed large in the background. Tipping three-wide late in the lane, Master of Law surged passed his rivals and coasted to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Creatine. Natural Herbie held on gamely to round out the trifecta while Sebastian K faded late in the stretch to finish seventh. Dismissed at the betting windows, Master of Law returned $44.00 for the victory. "We got away decent, obviously the track was a little sticky but everything worked out in my favor," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "The track favored my horse a little more versus my other horse in the field (Uncle Peter) who was not shod for this track. This is a nice horse. He's developing all the time and he can play with these guys." Master of Law who has now won three of six seasonal outings is owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son, and Christina Takter. The gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Posses The Magic has now won nine of 17 lifetime outings and pushed his career bankroll to $331,753. "My owners wanted me to drive this horse," Takter continued. "He is kind of a one man show, you can't rush him. I've only had him for a little while but I really like this horse. He's only four and he is staked to everything, so We Will See." Master of Law Takter also scored another training win on the 14-race card with his two-year-old trotting filly Speak To Me in one of two divisions of the $154,150 Kentuckiana Stallion Management. With driver Brett Miller in the bike, Speak To Me recovered from a break in the final turn to stop the timer in 1:55.2, a new track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting fillies. The second division of Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes action for freshman trotting fillies went to Livininthefastlane and driver Tim Tetrick in 1:56. Trained by Julie Miller, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise was able to score from off the pace to record her third win of the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 23 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

Delaware, OH --- Emerald Highlands Farm's Color’s A Virgin won the 44th edition of the Jugette Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware County Fair. Color’s A Virgin and Trace Tetrick used a perfect second over trip and edged past Beautiful Lady (Matt Kakaley) in the lane to score a 1 ¼ length victory in 1:52.4. Beach Story (Brett Miller) rallied for the show spot. The Jugette victory was the first for driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown. “The (Jugette) is my best win,” noted the 27 year-old driver. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity…She is a great mare.” Brown didn’t celebrate until his filly crossed the finish line. “Sometimes when she is on the front or she clears too early, she can lose her concentration and she runs on us.” Bruce Trogdon has long admired the horses competing in the big events at the Delaware County Fair from his seat in the grandstand. On Wednesday, he got to admire one of his own from the winner’s circle. Color’s A Virgin, bred and owned by Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm in Mount Vernon, Ohio, won the $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers by 1-1/4 lengths over Beautiful Lady in 1:52.4 at Delaware. “I’ve been coming here for 39 years and I love to watch the Jug and the Jugette,” Trogdon said. “I just love to watch the beautiful horses. I never dreamed that someday I would raise and keep and have the winner of the Jugette. It is so special to me. Nothing could compare to this. It’s super special to me.” 2014 Jugette Final Color's A Virgin, Gallie Bythe Beach, Beautiful Lady win Jugette elims Color’s A Virgin raced on the outside for more than half the mile and wore down favorite Lady Shadow in the stretch to win the first elimination of the Jugette in 1:51.3. Southwind Silence got up for second place and Also Encouraging was third to also advance to the final. Trace Tetrick drove Color’s A Virgin for trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm. It was her seventh win in 11 starts this season. She paid $8.60 to win. Beach Body was scratched, leaving a field of six horses. Lady Shadow got the lead with an opening quarter of :26.3 and stayed on top through fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2 until the field reached the final turn. Color’s A Virgin, a daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color, was in second place at that point and continued her first-over grind until she was in front. Gallie Bythe Beach stormed through the stretch to rally from fifth place at the top of the lane and nipped Allstar Rating at the wire to win the second of three eliminations for the Jugette. Gallie Bythe Beach was timed in 1:52.2. Allstar Rating and third-place finisher Beach Gal also advanced to the Jugette final. Allstar Rating grabbed the lead at the start and guided the field through fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4. She rebuffed a first-over challenge from Beach Gal and appeared to be heading for victory, but Gallie Bythe Beach and driver John Campbell never relented in their charge. Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria, owned by Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell, picked up her first win of the season in 12 tries. She won six of 10 races last season and never finished worse than third. "She was a very nice filly last year that didn't progress as nicely as we would have liked but we were really encouraged by her last race at Chester," said driver John Campbell. "Like Jim and I were talking about, there is a lot of money still on the table and she might be getting sharp at the right time of year when some of the others might not be on the improve." Gallie Bythe Beach Beautiful Lady and driver Matt Kakaley cruised to a win by open lengths in 1:52.2 in the third of three eliminations for the Jugette. Beach Story finished second and Candy’s A Virgin was third to also advance to the Jugette final. Sandbetweenurtoes worked through a :26.2 opening quarter-mile to take the top spot from Beautiful Lady and remained in front until three-quarters, when Gettingreadytoroll came first over and stuck her head in front. No sooner there, though, Gettingreadytoroll went off stride and Sandbetweenurtoes reclaimed the lead. It was short lived, however, as Beautiful Lady and driver Matt Kakaley burst from the pocket and pulled away from the field around the final turn and through the stretch. Beautiful Lady, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Love The Game, is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and RTC Stables. Sent off at 14-1, she picked up her fourth win in 13 starts this season and paid $31.40 to win. Beautiful Lady Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate-to-wire to capture the final division of the $64,634 (div) OBC for freshman colt pacers.   Rock N Randall defeated a late charging Danger Storm (Ron Pierce) and Dyno Mite Man (David Miller) in 1:58.1. Ollie Pop (Aaron Merriman) scored an upset win in the first $32,317 division in 1:56.4. It was a Miller family reunion in the winner’s circle after the second division of the $60,134 (div.) three-year-old filly trot. David Miller guided Rose Run Princess to victory in 1:58.1. The Trainforthefuture lass is trained by David’s daughter, Devan. Turbochargedroxie (Dan Noble) and Anniesbluejeanbaby (Greg Grismore) completed the trifecta. The first division went to upsetter Autumn Estelle (Hugh Beatty) who edged the heavy favorite Sandys Victory (Josh Sutton) in 2:00. Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) and Count Full Mac (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) took divisions of the $61,334 (div) Ohio Breeders Championships for three-year-old colt trotters. by Ken Weingartner with Kimberly French

Although he is still relatively new as an owner, Lindsey Rankin understands how rare it is to find a top racehorse. So he is trying to enjoy the ride with Lady Shadow to the fullest. Lady Shadow is among 22 horses in Wednesday's $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The field was divided into three eliminations, from which the top three in each will advance to the same-day final. The winner of 10 of 18 career races, Lady Shadow competes in the first elimination. She drew post No. 2 for the son-and-father team of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Beach Gal, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, is the 5-2 favorite in the second elimination. She starts from post four for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dave Menary. Gettingreadytoroll, who has won three in a row including the Simcoe Stakes and Miss New Jersey, is the 5-2 choice in the third division. She will start from post two with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. Lady Shadow has earned $426,753 in her career, racing to this point only in Ontario. "We've only been in it for five years, but I think she's probably our once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Rankin, a Michigan resident who owns Lady Shadow with his wife, Connie. "So we're going to try to enjoy it. It would be nice to make the final. We have family and friends coming to see her. "She's got a lot of ability. She's a really nice filly. She's got a big heart. It's been a lot of fun." Lady Shadow won five of eight races last year, including the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway, and finished second by a neck in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. So far this season, Lady Shadow has won five of 10 starts, including the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association final and two preliminary divisions of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series. She won her elimination for the Canadian Breeders Championship by more than eight lengths in a career-best 1:49.2 on July 12 at Mohawk, but went off stride at the start of the final on a sloppy track and finished sixth. But even with the miscue, which left her trailing the early leaders by 27 lengths after the first quarter and 21 lengths at the halfway point, she missed by just 1-3/4 lengths. "We're not really sure what happened," Rankin said. "Doug said she was fumbly gaited and just started to run. Once he set her, she was fine, but he wasn't real sure what that was all about. She did that once earlier this year too. She's kind of a hot head sometimes. She's settled down as the season has gone on, but at the beginning of the year she was a lot to handle. "She's got a lot of speed, but sometimes she's hard to rate. She likes to be put up in the front, in contention, from the get-go." Rankin owned horses for three years beginning in 1979, but got out of the sport because of the demands of running a business that supplies graphic design equipment. Five years ago, he asked his then 11-year-old daughter Abby if she wanted to get a horse, and when the young girl's eyes lit up, he was back in the game. "Now we're kind of hooked back into it," said the now-retired Rankin, who owns six horses. He bought Lady Shadow for $19,000 at the Forest City Sale in Ontario. The filly is a daughter of 2008 Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play out of the mare Lady Camella. The dam's family includes 1962 Little Brown Jug winner Lehigh Hanover as well as famed trotter Peter Volo. "I liked a lot about her; her conformation," Rankin said. "She's always been high strung. We had a lot of issues with her when she was a yearling. She was always trying to do something stupid, but we got through it all. "We've been real happy with her this year. She paces a half-mile track just as well as she does a big track, so we think she deserves a shot." Below are the elimination fields for the Jugette in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds. Elim One: 1. Shell Bell, Kurt Sugg, Kurt Sugg, 12-1; 2. Lady Shadow, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 5-2; 3. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown, 4-1; 4. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1; 5. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 6. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes, 10-1; 7. Also Encouraging, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 7-2. Elim Two: 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 4-1; 2. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2; 3. Somethinincredible, Ron Pierce, Bob McIntosh, 8-1; 4. Beach Gal, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary, 5-2; 5. Fits Well, Scott Zeron, Brian Brown, 12-1; 6. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 10-1; 7. A La Notte Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 8-1; 8. Sectionline Aqua, Brett Miller, Steve Bauder, 5-1. Elim Three: 1. Cut A Deal, Jim Pantaleano, Nick Surick, 12-1; 2. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 3. Beautiful Lady, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-1; 4. Someislandsomwhere, Ron Pierce, Casie Coleman, 6-1; 5. Candy's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown, 4-1; 6. Sandbetweenurtoes, Brett Miller, Larry Remmen, 7-2; 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison, 8-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2014 - As one of only two mares in the field, Lady Blitz pulled the 10-1 upset over her male counterparts in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 13. Given a perfect, pocket trip by driver James Yoder, Lady Blitz stopped the timer in 1:53.4 to score her seventh win of the season. Leaving from post five, Yoder sent Lady Blitz away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind Creatine and Trace Tetrick who got the first call in :27.1. Creatine led the field to the second station in :56.2 but was quickly joined on the outside by the post time favorite Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder who were unable to find a spot along the rail. After being parked out for much of the mile, Natural Herbie pressed on and was able to reach the leader's wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.2. While much of the damage was being done on the front, Lady Blitz waited patiently to make her move from the pocket. Natural Herbie was able to wear down the tiring leader but the taxing trip began to take its' toll on him as well. Lady Blitz was given the green light and she exploded from the pocket to finish two lengths in front of her stablemate Natural Herbie who held on gamely for second. Anaffairtoremember, the other mare in the field, rounded out the trifecta with driver Peter Wrenn in the sulky. As the publics' fourth choice, Lady Blitz returned $23.00 to her backers at the window. Trained and owned by Verlin Yoder, Lady Blitz scored her seventh win from 17 seasonal starts and just missed her lifetime mark by a fifth of a second with the 1:53.4 victory. The daughter of Keystone Blitz-Oriental Lady is a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion who now sports a lifetime bankroll of $388,281. The upset trend continued in the featured pacing event of the evening as Thebestofjoel and Tyler Smith scored in 1:50.3 as the longest shot on the board in the $22,000 Invitational pace. Dismissed at odds of 30-1, Thebestofjoel was able to turn a pocket trip into a win and give driver Tyler Smith his fourth win of the evening. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Thebestofjoel has now won seven of 28 seasonal starts and equaled his lifetime mark with the win. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Tuesday, September 16 featuring a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., Hoosier Park will offer live harness racing through November 15. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 5, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the 2014 harness racing season on Saturday, September 6 with Indiana's finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, the fourth of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, eight new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2014 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. "Our Hoosier Champions Night has become a much-anticipated event among horseman and racing fans alike," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "The 2014 season has already exceeded my expectations and I am excited to offer racing fans another stellar night of racing. To have horses of this quality racing at Hoosier Park speaks volumes to where our racing program has come and where it is going." In its' 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park is in the midst of one of its' fastest season to date. Sweet Lou recently lowered the overall track record to 1:47.2 in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on August 8. Of the eight respective Indiana Sires Stakes divisions, five of the eight have produced track record breaking or equaling miles this season. Freaky Feet Pete not only holds the Hoosier Park track record for two-year-old pacing colts but was also a national season's record holder with his 1:50.4 score in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier in the season. Guided by Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his second $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts from the trailing post ten on Saturday. Always B Miki recently shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts with a 1:48.4 score in the last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and followed that up with a win in his most recent elimination. Trained by Joe Holloway, Always B Miki will look to score his second Indiana Sires Stakes final win with driver Peter Wrenn in the sulky from post eight. In the three-year-old trotting colt ranks, Rose Run Parker returned to his winning ways and re-established his own track record with a 1:54 score in the elimination round of stakes action last week at Hoosier Park. Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker will start from post three in the $75,000 final for Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, Ricky Macomber Jr. Following suit, Airman Batten also re-established his own track record in the two-year-old trotting colt ranks with a 1:55.4 score in his elimination. Driven by Lewayne Miller, Airman Batten will look to keep his five-race winning streak in-tact from post four in the field of ten for trainer Erv Miller. The Erv Miller Stable will also send out Andi's Alana who will put her eight-race win streak on the line in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Undefeated in eight starts this season, Andi's Alana will start from post seven with her regular pilot Lewayne Miller in the sulky. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware Co Fair will be held Wednesday September 17th in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Vacations to be offered include a South African Photo Safari, a Louisiana Swamp Adventure, an Ocean View week in Antigua, and a family vacation at a Florida resort. Spyder has donated its new Ghost race bike and Nitro a set of Euro wheels. Tim Tetrick, Ronnie Wrenn, Peter Wrenn, and Trace Tetrick have each donated autographed colors, and there is an embroidered cooler worn by Greyhound. In addition there are dozens of pieces of original art and signed prints, sports memorabilia, unique home accessories, jewelry, tack, and a colorful live Miniature Horse. Want to come to the party or just support these two great organizations? Table sponsors and item donations are still being sought! All major contributors receive invitations. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com. by Dot Morgan for New Vocations  

Ten of the best drivers in the sport of harness racing will take to the track at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the inaugural $20,000 East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge on Friday, August 8. The first of its kind at Hoosier Park, the challenge will pit the top-five drivers based upon wins, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a three-race challenge with the winning team going home with their share of the $20,000 prize. Harness racings' all time leading money winning driver and Hall of Famer, John Campbell returns to Indiana and will headline "Team East". Campbell far exceeds any driver when it comes to purse earnings with over $287 million in the bike and victories in nearly every major stake to date. He is a member of both the Canadian and United States Hall of Fame and is one of only 10 drivers in North America with more than 10,000 career wins. Campbell will be joined by the nation's current leading dash-winning driver Aaron Merriman who leads North America in wins with 464 victories to date. Also included on the stellar cast of entrants for "Team East" are Ron Pierce, Corey Callahan, and Tyler Buter. Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick will lead "Team Midwest" after he secured his number one position with 170 victories. "Team Midwest" will also include Tyler Smith, Sam Widger, Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. "This is going to be a lot of fun," driver Peter Wrenn said of the challenge. "They are going to be tough to beat that is for sure, but it's going to be a great night of racing the entire night. I know we are all looking forward to it." Each team will have five participants in three consecutive races of the challenge and will be awarded points based upon their placings. At the conclusion of the final race of the challenge, race nine, the points will be tallied and one team will be crowned the winner. The East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge will compliment one of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational slated as the twelfth race of the evening with a post time of 9:30 p.m. Racing fans will also have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered for the East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge with a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-3 Pool. The wager will offer a minimum bet of 50 cents, and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, and the Indiana Standardbred Association. All of the drivers competing in the East Meets Midwest challenge will kick-off the evening with an autograph session near Hoosier Park's winner circle beginning at 4 p.m. In what is being called the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend", Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, a fireworks display, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will be a concert by the Grammy-award winning group, Little Big Town on Saturday, August 9 as part of Hoosier Park's summer concert series line-up. . Emily Gaskin

It would be easy for trainer Ron Burke to be confident as he prepares Sweet Lou for Friday's $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. After all, his 5-year-old pacer brings an eight-race win streak to the event, with an unprecedented stretch of speedy miles to go with it. But Burke knows Sweet Lou isn't the only horse streaking into the Dan Patch. Dancin Yankee, the last horse to defeat Sweet Lou, also is among the pacers in the nine-horse field. Dancin Yankee, racing out of the stable of trainer Amber Buter, brings a six-race victory streak to the Dan Patch. It will be the first meeting between the two horses since Dancin Yankee won the Van Rose Memorial Invitational on May 3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sweet Lou finished third, but since then has gone undefeated. "I think Lou is running into another horse that is racing as good as anyone in the country," Burke said. "I'm actually nervous. I think that horse is super sharp, career sharp, too. "There are other horses that could win too, but both those horses are on long win streaks. I think that's going to be a great race." Sweet Lou has won eight of 11 races this year and earned $791,500 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. His wins include the Ben Franklin Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe. His 1:47 victory in the Ben Franklin is the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile track, breaking the previous mark of 1:47.2 that was shared by Dancin Yankee and Pet Rock. Sweet Lou has won each of his last five starts in less than 1:48, which is a record. He has been driven during his win streak by Ron Pierce. For his career, the son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future has won 30 of 66 races and $2.90 million. He was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer and earned $1 million at age 3, but picked up only four wins and $348,638 at 4. "I'm just so happy he's winning," Burke said. "It's enjoyable to watch him race right now. I've been such a believer all along and for him to do what we thought he could, nothing feels better." Burke, who on Saturday moved past Virgil Morgan Jr. to become the winningest trainer in harness racing history, also sends Bettor's Edge to the Dan Patch. The 5-year-old gelding has won six of 19 races this season and earned $421,781. He was second to Sweet Lou in the Franklin and Haughton and fourth in the U.S. Pacing Championship. Dancin Yankee has won 14 of 21 races this year and $315,140 for owners Baron Racing Stable and Rich Lombardo. The 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest won the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in each of his last three starts. The remainder of the field is Thinking Out Loud, Night Pro, Carol's Comet, Heston Blue Chip, State Treasurer and Our Lucky Chip. "It ended up being a really good field," Burke said. Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Dancin Yankee, Tyler Buter, Amber Buter, 8-1; 2. Thinking Out Loud, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 6-1; 3. Night Pro, Peter Wrenn, Dale Decker, 20-1; 4. Carol's Comet, Aaron Merriman, Ron Potter, 15-1; 5. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 4-5; 6. Heston Blue Chip, Corey Callahan, Linda Toscano, 15-1; 7. Bettor's Edge, Ricky Macomber Jr., Ron Burke, 10-1; 8. State Treasurer, Jody Jamieson, Ian Moore, 4-1; 9. Our Lucky Chip, Trace Tetrick, Jason Miller, 30-1.  By Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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