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ANDERSON, Ind.--August 4, 2017 -- World Champion and harness racing fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete returned to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the first time this season in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, on Friday, August 4. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete turned a pocket trip into a 1:50.2 score to notch his first win of the season from four outings. Leaving from post five in an abbreviated field of six, Tetrick sent Freaky Feet Pete away from the gate firing but Todd Warren had New Talent keyed up from post six. New Talent got the first call as Tetrick opted for a pocket seat with Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. following intently in third. New Talent clicked off fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23.2, New Talent tried to distance himself from the rest of the field but Freaky Feet Pete was looming large in the pocket. As the field straightened away for home, Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside and he kicked home in :26.4 to get the win by two lengths over New Talent. Mykindachip held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.80 for the victory at the betting windows. As Freaky Feet Pete returned to the Hoosier Park winner's circle for the 26th time in his illustrious career, he was greeted by an emotional group of friends and family. "That was everything," trainer and co-owner Marty Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to describe what this means to us, I think we all needed that." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away unexpectedly in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has amassed $1.5 million in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's victory was career win number 31 for Freaky Feet Pete and the first with Marty Rheinheimer enlisted as his trainer. "I thought he might be a little short tonight because he's had a few weeks off but Trace (Tetrick) said he was great," Rheinheimer continued. "That feels good. This horse continues to amaze me. As long as he comes out of this race okay, our plan is the Dan Patch next week. Dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch so we're going to give it a shot. Everything we do is for dad." Rheinheimer's star will be pointed to the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes slated for Friday, August 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park is set to celebrate Indiana's premier harness racing event, the 24th edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, with a weekend festival on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12. Hoosier Park will host a live post draw for the Dan Patch Stakes on Tuesday, August 8 at 4:30 pm. Freaky Feet Pete Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, August 5 with a12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 23, 2017 - Enoch, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, provided a slight upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 23. With a final time of 1:49.2, Enoch recorded his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and established a new lifetime mark in the process. Tetrick elected to use off-the-pace tactics with Enoch as he was uninvolved in the early stages of the going to settle along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front but would have to work for position as New Talent and Todd Warren also left aggressively. Night Pro was able to grab the lead through a snappy opening panel of :25.3 while New Talent opted for the pocket seat. Night Pro continued to call the shots down the backside as the hot pace continued through the second station in :53.2. As the field approached the final turn, John DeLong had Shooter's Dream on the attack first-over and Enoch quickly grabbed the cover through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.3. Night Pro was still in charge turning for home but the torrid pace was beginning to take its' toll. Shooter's Dream was able to wear down the leader but Enoch was poised to strike. Using a :26.2 final panel, Enoch coasted on to the wire a length in front of his competition. New Talent rallied gamely in the lane but had to settle for second place honors. Shooter's Dream held on for third. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Enoch returned $10.80 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the four-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-Kienna's Angel has now won three of seven seasonal starts. Recording his tenth lifetime victory from 32 outings, Enoch pushed his lifetime bankroll to $134,740 for his owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and F. Baldachino. It was a Trace Tetrick early double as he also found the winner's circle in the second race of the evening behind Gerries Sport for trainer Tyler George. Stopping the timer in 1:49.1, Gerries Sport recorded his fourth seasonal victory and also a new lifetime mark. Enoch Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 24 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-Saturday June 3, 2017 - On an otherwise quiet Saturday morning, the backside at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was buzzing on Saturday, June 3 as Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete was in the harness racing spotlight to make his qualifying debut. The World Champion won the first qualifier of his 2017 campaign in wire to wire fashion. With his regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :28.3, :56.3, and 1:25.2 before accelerating to the wire with a last quarter clocked in :27.4 to win his qualifier by twelve lengths in 1:53.1. "He was great," Tetrick noted coming off the track. "We got him out of there good, he relaxed on the front and then paced strong to the wire-that was the plan today. He'll be back next week and we will go from there. It's good to have him back." Freaky Feet Pete is expected to make another qualifying appearance at Hoosier Park before making his first pari-mutuel start of 2017. Freaky Feet Pete will be aimed at the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun Pocono for his first stakes engagement of 2017 as explained by trainer Marty Rheinheimer. After winning his elimination in 1:47.1, Freaky Feet Pete finished second behind Always B Miki in the Ben Franklin Final in 2016. "He's feeling good and we're happy about that," Rheinheimer noted. "We'll get him back home and make sure he comes out of this okay and go from there. We are going to take it day by day with him and let Pete tell us what he is ready for." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. "It's bittersweet," Mary Jo Rheinheimer noted. "Larry would be so happy to see him back." The career winner of almost $1.5 million won 6 of his 15 races throughout his four-year-old campaign last year before being sidelined late in the season due to an injury. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has won 30 of 42 lifetime outings including wins in the Breeders Crown, Monument Circle Pace and the American National. To watch Freaky Feet Pete's qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please click here. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 24, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a 14-race harness racing card highlighted by Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday, May 24 but it was leading driver Trace Tetrick who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14-races, Tetrick once again tied the record for most wins in one night, a feat that he also reached in 2012. Eric Ledford established the eight race record in 1999 while Don Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and most recently, Sam Widger accomplished an eight win night in late 2016. While the track was rated good for much of the evening due to rain in the area, Tetrick didn't seem to mind. Tetrick found the winner's circle for the first time on the evening in the second race of the program behind Lone Wolf Terror for trainer Philippe Belanger. After finishing off the board in the third race, Tetrick then went on to steer four consecutive winners on the program including Swan Forever in the opening division of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings for trainer Erv Miller. With a final time of 1:55.4, Swan Forever used a near gate to wire effort to score his second lifetime victory and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Tetrick would also take the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations behind Swan Chase for trainer William Crone. Using a determined gate to wire effort, Swan Chase delivered as the post time favorite to score by nearly two lengths in 1:56.1 and give Tetrick his sixth winner of the night. Tetrick would find the winner's circle three races later as DJ Delight staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the slight upset in the eleventh race of the evening. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:57.1, Tetrick found late racing room and the Dan O'Mara trainee utilized a :27.2 final panel to record his first win of the season. Tetrick's eighth and final winner of the night came in the last race of the program behind the Tyler George trained Last Minute Cindy. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Last Minute Cindy went gate to wire and dug in gamely late in the mile to score in 1:55.3. "Everything worked out for us tonight," Tetrick humbly noted after the eighth winner. "Looking at the program, I knew a few of my horses had good shots to win and a few of the other horses really stepped up and raced great tonight, so it all worked out." "Every night is a new night," he continued. "When I hang up the lines after every race, it's on to the next one. I just try to do the best I can and put each horse in the best spot to win every race. I could have nights where I lose eight in a row so I try to take every night as a new night and tonight was just a really good night. I am thankful to everyone who continues to give me the opportunity to drive their horses." The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has been making headlines ever since. Now at the age of 30, Tetrick has five Hoosier Park leading driver titles to his credit and has stamped himself into the Hoosier Park history books on more than one occasion. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick also holds the record for most wins in one season after he recorded 371 victories throughout the 2016 season. Tetrick recently celebrated career win 4,000 at Hoosier Park and is on his way to record his best season to date in 2017. With 257 wins on the season, Tetrick is ranked second among all drivers in North America and currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park through 36 nights of live racing. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, May 25 with a 14-race card featuring a $10,000 Guaranteed pick-4 pool in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com Emily Gaskin

Bumblebzbuzz might become a honey of a trotter if he learns to mind his manners. That being said, the $5,200 yearling purchase has already exceeded the expectations of harness racing co-owner/trainer Tom T. Tetrick. A 3-year-old son of stallion Pinetucky out of the mare Bumblebzannie, Bumblebzbuzz has won two of 11 career races and earned $74,650 for Tetrick and Ervin Wickey. Last year, the gelding captured a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park, rallying from seventh-place at the half to win in 1:58. "He was very aggressive last year," Tetrick said about Bumblebzbuzz. "His manners left a lot to be desired and they're starting to come together now. I'd like to believe it's a matter of maturity. I spent a lot of time with him over the winter working on manners. He's getting better. Nothing is perfect yet, but maybe we're getting closer. It'll be a long summer and it will still be a test all summer for him." On Wednesday, Bumblebzbuzz is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line in the $18,000 Expresson Series final at Hoosier. Bumblebzbuzz and Hoosier's leading driver Trace Tetrick, one of Tom's younger brothers, will start from post three after back-to-back third-place finishes in the preliminary rounds of the series. Sebiskit Bluegrass, who starts from post 10 in the second tier, is the 7-2 favorite. He has won three of four races this season and will have John DeLong in the sulky for trainer John Merkel. "If (Bumblebzbuzz) puts it all together he's got a shot to win some races," Tetrick said. "But you've also got some pretty nice colts in the state. It's a tough program. However you're going to race it, you've got eight, nine, 10 colts that can trot (1):55 with a quarter in :27 every week." The Tetrick family had enjoyed success with a Pinetucky-bred filly named Huntingforpennies several years ago, and when Tom saw Bumblebzbuzz, he decided to take a shot on the horse. From the beginning, he knew it was going to be a bit of an adventure as Bumblebzbuzz acted as much as a little kid as he did a racehorse. "He's into a little bit of everything every day," Tetrick said. "He plays a lot, messes around. It took a long time to get his mind on his business. But when he would trot, I always thought he had a big turn of speed. If I could ever get everything to go right I think he could trot with whatever is in the state. He's a work in progress." When Bumblebzbuzz won his Indiana Sire Stakes final last August, he displayed the type of potential and talent that Tetrick thought the horse possessed. "He raced phenomenal that night," said Tetrick, who trains about two dozen horses with his father, Tom D. Tetrick. "It seemed like everything came together. He trotted the turns the way he's supposed to." Tetrick enjoyed career highs for training wins (61) and purses ($426,242) last year. He is currently tied for eighth place in the trainer standings at Hoosier Park, with eight wins, and has a 15.1 percent win rate. Jamie Macomber leads the standings with 16 victories. For his career, 38-year-old Tetrick has 461 wins as a trainer and 393 victories as a driver. While Tetrick might not have Grand Circuit plans for Bumblebzbuzz, he is looking forward to watching the horse's continued development on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. "It'll be a tough enough summer for him," Tetrick said. "I don't think he's a Grand Circuit contender; I think he's just a nice solid racehorse. I just hope I can compete on a high level in Indiana with him. "But whatever he does, he's exceeded expectations. It was a good year for him last year, he made $72,000. We're along for the ride. Hopefully it all works out for us." Racing at Hoosier Park begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Expresson Series final is race No. 9, with an estimated 8:54 p.m. post time. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2017 - Jerseylicious and Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured harness racing event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 15. Racing from off the pace this week, the seven-year-old mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and just missed her lifetime mark by a two fifths of a second. Jerseylicious was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while Shady Caroline and John DeLong came away firing. Shady Caroline reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :26 while Mischief Maker N and Todd Warren benefitted from a pocket seat. Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third as Shady Caroline continued to dictate fast fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2. As the field rounded the final turn, Wild Wanda began the first-over attack and Tetrick quickly grabbed the cover with Jerseylicious. Shady Caroline appeared to be up to the task but Jerseylicious wasn't finished. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Jerseylicious powered past her rivals to get the win by a length and a half. Wild Wanda rallied for second place honors while Shady Caroline held on gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Jerseylicious returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained by Timothy Lane, the daughter of Western Ideal-Jet Lag N recorded her sixth win of the season from 11 starts. Jerseylicious has now won 24 of 87 lifetime starts while increasing her lifetime bankroll to $733,870 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. The Tetrick, Emerald Highlands Farm combination had another winner on the program as Tetrick guided Blazin Britches home a winner in the very next race to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park win in a new lifetime best of 1:52. Jerseylicious Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 18 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - Gerries Sport (Trace Tetrick) equaled the Miami Valley track record for 4-year-old male pacers with a dominating 1:50 triumph in the Saturday night (May 25) $22,000 Open I Handicap Pace. Despite a double jump up in class, Tetrick handled the talented son of Mach Three confidently, allowing a trio of gate leavers to move ahead of him early before immediately moving back to the outside following a :26.4 opening quarter mile. Clearing to the front just past the :54.3 halfway station, Gerries Sport sprinted to the three-quarters in a quick 1:21.4, then had enough left in the tank to cruise under the wire a length and a half better than Kiss Of Terror (Kyle Ater) and Franzo (Dan Noble). It was just the tenth lifetime win for Gerries Sport, from just 36 starts, but increased his career earnings to $238,371. He is owned by the partnership of Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and Josh Green. Leading trainer Tyler George has conditioned the winner since he was sent from Ontario to Ohio in January. Evergreen Elite (Trace Tetrick) and Heisenberg Z Tam (Tyler Smith) were winners in a pair of $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial late-closing series for non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime. Tharps is one of nine deceased "Lebanon Legends" who are honored annually with memorial series in their names. In addition to being an accomplished horseman in his own right, Tom Tharps was the patriarch of the Tharps racing family, which includes his son Randy (the winningest African-American driver in history with over 6,000 victories), as well as a host of other sons and grandsons who followed in his footsteps. Evergreen Elite lived up to his odds-on favoritism, prevailing over Sossy's King Kong (Tyler Smith) and Cracker Cam (John DeLong) by four lengths in 1:50.2. Ken Rucker trains the 5-year-old Duneside Perch gelding for The Panhellenic Stable of New York. Heisenberg Z Tam upset heavily favored Hustling Charley in the second split, using a pocket trip to shove a neck in front in the final strides in 1:52. The 4-year-old Rockin Image gelding returned $30.40 at the windows. He is owned by the Z Tam Stables, also of New York, and trained by Jim Arledge Jr. Driver Josh Sutton had a Grand Slam on the Saturday program, winning four races for four different trainers. His successes came behind the trotter Extracurricular ($11.20), and pacers Holy Chip ($9.20), Yippitty Hanover ($4.00) and Achilles Blue Chip ($24.40). Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – Jerseylicious avenged a narrow defeat last week by capturing the $22,000 Mares Open at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 24).  Leaving alertly from an outside post, harness racing driver Trace Tetrick put the money-making machine on the front end early and dictated all the fractions before pulling away in the stretch to an impressive 1:51.1 triumph.  The 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal now has 22 career wins in just 84 starts and surpassed the $700,000 earnings plateau with the victory.  Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) used the innermost post position to full advantage to finish second, while White Metro (Tyler Smith) also saved ground along the pylons to manage a show finish.  Jerseylicious is now owned by Emerald Highlands Farm and has been conditioned by Tim Lane to a 4-1-2 scorecard in eight 2017 starts. The victory was one of five on the program for Tetrick, who now leads the local dash derby by over 20 victories.  The defending Hoosier Park driving champion will be returning to Indiana for their opening card next Saturday, but does plan to return to Miami Valley on Sundays and Mondays through the end of the meet in early May. The Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closing series also kicked off on Friday in two divisions.  Twin B Honour (Tetrick) and Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) captured their respective $12,500 splits.  Twin B Honour topped Backwoods Barbie (Brandon Bates) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.2.  The 5-year-old Sportswriter lass, owned by Wilbur Langacher and trained by Brett Selby, returned $21.00 to her $2 backers.  Youlookhot, racing for owner Charles Stovall and trainer Joseph Essig, bested Gypsy Bellevue (Aaron Merriman) and Stirling Euphoria (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.3, returning $19.80. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Pine Dream proved last week's upset victory in Miami Valley's Open Trot was no fluke, returning to the winner's circle for the second straight week following the Tuesday (March 21) matinee $22,000 feature. When harness racing driver Trace Tetrick saw his three inside foes behind the Woebkenberg Starting Gate revving up to compete for early supremacy he decided to relegate his charge to fourth along the pylons behind the trio of leavers who raced three abreast until reaching the :27.2 first quarter. It wasn't until past the :56.1 half that Tetrick angled Pine Dream to the outside and took up second-over position through the 1:25.1 third quarter clocking. Swinging three-wide at the head of the stretch, the 5-year-old son of Pinetucky joined Infiniti AS (Chris Page) and He's Got Pizzazz (Josh Sutton) in a heart-pounding eighth of a mile duel to the finish wire. Pine Dream surged in the final strides to gain a slight advantage over his lapped-on adversaries in 1:54.4. Chris McGuire has been training the winner for owner Marvin Raber since the start of the Miami Valley meet in January. Through his first five starts this year he has banked $29,050. Three $8000 divisions of first leg action in the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series also took place on Tuesday. The late-closer was open to male pacers with less than three pari-mutuel wins or under $15,000 lifetime. Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) was a very impressive 1:53.2 winner over Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) and Starry Nite Teen (Josh Sutton). The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has now won five straight races in 2017 after going winless and making just $1440 at ages two and three. Nelson Willis conditions the late bloomer, Hot Rod Dylan, for owner Shirley LeVin. The second split was captured by Camwood (Dan Noble) in 1:54.3, topping We Rob Banks (Trace Tetrick) and Sir Bradford (Greg Grismore). It was the first career victory for the sophomore son of Woodstock, although he did earn $10,333 in three starts as a freshman. Mike Polhamus trains him for his wife Constance and her partner William Parsons. Favored Catfish Dinner (Trace Tetrick) won a tight photo over Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Howards Place (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the final division in 1:55. Pat Melloy Jr. manages the 4-year-old Always A Virgin's career for owner Lisa Gosselin. Gregg Keidel                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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