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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 23, 2018 -- When a harness racing trainer introduces his horses to a new track, he faces a number of challenges -- finding stall space and suitable personal lodgings, unfamiliarity with the local procedures and racing surface -- that can adversely affect on-track performance. Somebody forgot to warn Trent Stohler. Since the Markleville, IN-based Stohler began racing his stock at The Meadows following the close of the Hoosier Park meeting, he's compiled a sparkling .337 UTR through his first 67 starts, including 13 wins. Four Stohler charges will go forward Saturday: Superficial (race 6, post 7, Tony Hall); He's A Popper (race 8, post 3, Hall; Blakemore (race 9, post 6, Hall), I'vegotagirlcrush (race 12, post 1, Jim Pantaleano). First post is 1:05 PM. A 1991 graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in business management --"I wish it had been accounting," he jokes -- Stohler served four years as second trainer for Ernie Gaskin before launching his own stable, which numbers about 40. Of those, roughly16 have been racing at The Meadows. Since 1995, he's earned more than $9 million in purses as a trainer and over $6.3 million as a driver. Even so, Stohler has yet to drive at The Meadows and doesn't expect to. "We've been lucky enough to get Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings, Hall or Pantaleano about 99 percent of the time," he says. "That's good enough." Stohler solved the stalls/lodging problem by shipping in the night before each race program and returning to Markleville at the conclusion of the card. It's a demanding 4-1/2-hour ship, but Stohler's staff is large enough that they can rotate the drives and keep fatigue at bay. As for knowing the track, Stohler raced such outstanding Pennsylvania-bred youngsters as Cult Icon and Glassine Hanover in sires stakes at The Meadows, helping him learn the lay of the land. "I like the people there, the style of racing and the conditions of the races," he says. "We have certain horses that fit certain classes. That helps, as does having the right drivers." Stohler has tried racing his stable in Ohio rather than western Pennsylvania during Indiana's off-season, an experiment that cut his travel time . . . and his earnings. "I was getting my rear end kicked there pretty good," he says ruefully. "I've never done any good there." Also on Saturday, The Meadows is collaborating with Toys for Tots on a holiday collection. Patrons who donate a new toy will receive a $5 voucher (limit one per person). In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering starting car rides, paddock tours, a "Pick the Winners" contest and a live radio broadcast from the Racebook. To register for any activity or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2018 -- Jazzy Image held off the determined uncovered bid of Sandy Win and drew off late to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, in a career-best 1:52.2 After gaining the early lead and yielding to Eiffel Tower, Jazzy Image retook past the quarter for Tony Hall and soon had to deal with Sandy Win, who was seeking her third straight victory. Once Jazzy Image disposed of her persistent challenger, the 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Yeahyou'reright had clear sailing, downing the rallying Dime A Dance by 2 lengths while Sandy Win saved show. Trent Stohler trains Jazzy Image, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $126,631, for Trent Stohler Stable Inc. In Tuesday's companion feature, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot, Classic Banker won a three-ply battle for early supremacy and made that lead stand up, scoring in 1:55.4 for Jim Pantaleano and owner/trainer Joe Urban. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding extended his career earnings to $163,010. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

It's hard to believe that one race could make such an enormous difference, but to harness racing trainer Trent Stohler, being part of Extreme Velocity's upset victory in the 1997 Breeders Crown Mare Pace was a life changing experience. Stohler will start Rock On Ladys in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace on Friday at Hoosier Park, but the memory of his first Crown experience is still fresh, 20 years later. "I was doing pretty well driving in Indiana," Stohler said, "But because of Extreme Velocity and the people I was able to meet traveling with her to the Meadowlands and to Ontario, it changed my life and my career." Stohler recalls that the trip to the Meadowlands prior to the 1997 Breeders Crown by no means meant the horse, owned by his father Kenneth and uncle Merrill, would participate in the actual event. "They had paid the supplement to make her eligible for the Breeders Crown," said Stohler of the decision to nominate the once-beaten 4-year-old mare that had dominated in Indiana as a sophomore. "But when they sent her to the Meadowlands they were just trying to see how she fit." The good news for Stohler and Extreme Velocity was that they put John Campbell up to drive her. "John came back and said that we had to put her in the Breeders Crown and that she deserved a shot." The Extreme Velocity story is one of extremely humble beginnings and that of two brothers, who, upon retiring from years of work at General Motors, decided to breed a mare of somewhat questionable pedigree. "They owned the mare together and raced her," said Stohler of Hasty Grand Slam, a mare that raced 20 times total as a 3- and 4-year-old and won exactly once with $1,617 in career earnings. "Hasty Grand Slam was a mare with a lot of heart," said Stohler. "She broke a knee and they decided to breed her." The brothers proved right about the mare as her first seven foals all made the races; included in that group was Smartdecision, a son of The Denman who scored in 1:53 3/5 as a 2-year-old at The Red Mile in 1991. But it was the mating with Camtastic that yielded Extreme Velocity. The filly trained down very well as a 2-year-old before beginning to sore up late in the training sessions. "They decided to stop with her and give her time to mature," said Stohler. As a relatively small stable back then, the Stohlers returned Extreme Velocity to training for her 3-year-old season, but were pretty much unable to assess just how good the filly was. "We really didn't have anyone to train her against to get a feel of just what kind of horse she could be," said Stohler. "One day I was talking to Ernie Gaskin, I had worked for him for a few years and I noticed that he had an Open horse (at Hoosier Park) that had missed a week and that he was going to go a big training trip with. I asked him if I could tow along with Extreme Velocity." That training trip let Stohler know just what kind of horse he was sitting behind. "I tracked Ernie's horse into the stretch and when Extreme Velocity pulled out, she finished right with him." In 1996, Trent drove and trained Extreme Velocity to 15 wins in 16 starts. "She never lost a race at Hoosier Park that year," said Stohler. Her lone defeat came at Fairmount Park in Open company. It was the end of the 3-year-old campaign and the first meeting with John Campbell at Garden State Park that gave the family confidence that Extreme Velocity belonged. "When we took her out east to Garden State Park it was perhaps the first time we realized how good she was," said Stohler recalling the late closing series in the fall that Extreme Velocity captured. Stohler drove her in the final, but Campbell sat behind her on one victorious occasion. That Stohler was driving or training Extreme Velocity so late in her sophomore season was a turning point as well. "They were offered $200,000 for her during the Lexington Grand Circuit that year," said Stohler, who remembered clearly what was at stake. "Since both were retiring from General Motors, they consulted with their accountant to find out exactly what $200,000 would actually come to with taxes and such. In the end they decided it would be best to continue to own her and watch her race." Extreme Velocity had developed a racing style during her 3- and early 4-year-old season as a strict closer. Stohler explained how that evolved. "It was in the early days at Hoosier Park with the long stretch," he said. "You could just sit and wait and she would chase and pass horses. Boy have things changed, it's much more aggressive today." As far as Breeders Crown day, it was one that Stohler remembers vividly. "I flew in from Indiana and got there in time to warm her up. She was really good that day, but after she won I had to run out quickly and catch a plane because we had horses in stakes at Hoosier Park that night. When I got to Indiana, a friend drove me to the airport right to the paddock. I had my colors on and when I got to the gate the guard asked to see my license. I didn't have my license on me, but I was in full colors and they finally let me in right before the horses were going on the track," Stohler said. "It was a great night. I won a few races and afterwards we were all able to have a big party." Extreme Velocity went on to career earnings of $856,070 and helped Stohler's career immeasurably. "When I was in Ontario I would run into Carmen Hie, John Hayes and so many others. I meet plenty of horsemen from New Jersey. It was fantastic and over time, when many of those would need to send horses to Indiana, they would give me a call," Stohler said. Extreme Velocity went on to be a solid broodmare in her own right, producing three open class mares in Real Velocity, Ultimate Velocity and Continual Velocity, a trio that earned over $1 million collectively. The Stohlers' Captain Velocity, a 3-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere is currently campaigning at Hoosier Park, the host of this year's Breeders Crown. For Stohler it has come full circle, as 20 years ago he was first arriving on the national scene and today, the racetrack he calls home gets its moment to share the spotlight. By Jay Bergman for Breeders Crown

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2017 -- Cult Icon used a decisive first-over move to carry her to victory in a stake-record 1:53.1 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Real Fine and Dance For Kisses taking the other splits. Cult Icon was third down the backside when she targeted the leader, Ana Hanover, with a brush so powerful it took her driver, Tyler Smith, by surprise. "They told me she doesn't like to do a lot of work, but when I moved her, she went right on by," Smith said. "Off the turn I called on her, and she paced straight through the wire. I think she'll get even better. She really hadn't seen fractions like she saw today, and she paced right through them." Cult Icon held off Round The Beach by 3/4 lengths while Ana Hanover saved show. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:53.4 established by Rusty's Bliss in 2013. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stable and Stately Gaits Stable. Real Fine had faced the starter four times, including baby races, and jumped it off on three occasions. But winning driver Dave Palone exonerated her from blame. "I always loved her attitude, and a lot of those mistakes really weren't her fault," Palone said. "She's a sweetheart of a filly; she tries real hard. I think she'll go nowhere but forward from here." In Monday's stake, Real Fine moved first over from third before heading back to the cones for a quick breather. She came on again in the lane and downed Come Get The Cash by 1/2 length in 1:55 with early leader Fine Art third. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall had to use Dance For Kisses twice -- once for an early seat from post 8, once when she challenged the leader three wide near the three-quarters -- but the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Thirsty For Kisses, responded beautifully, prevailing in 1:56. Some Renditions was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Pink It Up completed the ticket. "We had a 35-1 shot loose on the front end, so I wanted to make sure I was in the outer flow," Hall said. "I was kind of worried about that (being three wide), but she kept hold of the bit and kept marching forward." Justin Lebo trains Dance For Kisses for Crawford Farms Racing. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Sand Tart, a $159,852 PA Sites Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

Ubettorbeturlife turned in a gutsy performance to take home top harness racing honors in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 29. Slightly dismissed at odds of 5-1, Ubettorbeturlife left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her second win of the season in 1:50.4, besting her lifetime mark by a full second. Leaving from post three in a talented field of six, the Trent Stohler trainee was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded by driver John Delong. Ubettorbeturlife grabbed the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived as Ricky Macomber Jr. had Wild Wanda pointed to the front. Wild Wanda reached the top spot at the half in :55.2 while the heavily favored Color's A Virgin and Trace Tetrick opted for a trip off the pace and trailed the field for much of the mile. With a three quarter clocking in 1:23.3, Norma Rockwell and Marlin Fry were the first to commit to the outer flow while White Metro and Jason Dillander grabbed the cover and were well placed second over. Tetrick also had Color's A Virgin in the outer flow third-over as the field turned for home. Wild Wanda continued to call the shots and looked strong on the front as she braced herself for the cavalry charge to the wire. Wild Wanda was able to fight off Nora Rockwell on the outside but Ubettorbeturlife loomed large in the pocket. Delong found late racing room and Ubettorbeturlife responded gamely with a :26.4 final panel to find the wire a neck in front of Wild Wanda. Color's A Virgin staged a big rally late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. Ubettorbeturlife returned $12.40 at the betting windows. "She (Ubettorbeturlife) really surprised me tonight," trainer Trent Stohler said after the victory. "She's a very nice mare and she's got one really great attribute in that you can do anything you want with her. That was a great drive by John (Delong)." The victory was the five-year-old mare's 17th career victory and second seasonal win. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Sherry increased her lifetime bankroll to $180,840 for her owners Trent Stohler, Ben Graber, and Dolne Farm Services. The victory was also the second win on the evening's card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, John Delong. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 30 with an action-packed 14-race card at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:45 p.m. The 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his second consecutive victory of the season in the evening's featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. The 160 day harness racing season with follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2015 -- Seven Points Jesse moved powerfully first over to capture Wednesday's $15,200 Filly and Mare Conditioned Trot, the 2015 closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Seven Points Jesse was sitting fourth when John DeLong sent her after the leader, You're Majestic. The 4-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Seven Point wore down You're Majestic and had enough in the tank to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Boo's Party Girl and down her by a head in 1:55.4. Chez Mahmo rallied for third. Trent Stohler trains Seven Points Jesse, who triumphed for the 13th time in 62 lifetime starts, for Trent Stohler Stable and Benjamin Graber. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins -- three for trainer Brent Davis -- on the 16-race card while Brian Zendt fashioned a triple. After a break for the holidays, The Meadows kicks off its 2016 live season Monday, Jan. 4, first post 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Louisville, KY --- When he received the call about a 2-year-old trotting filly that was for sale, Frank Bellino was in no mad rush to sign a check. His reluctance to purchase Muscle Baby Doll had nothing to do with her family tree or the fact she commenced her career on the Iowa fair circuit. He simply had already acquired a filly of the same age and gait that was also staked to the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. “I had just bought You’re Majestic,” said Bellino. “The connections are from Louisiana, but bring their horses to Ohio to sell them. I got her after she won her first start very impressively at Northfield. I was also looking for something that was eligible to the Ontario program. “Since I already had that filly, I did not need another one for the same conditions and although she (Muscle Baby Doll) was a $5,000 yearling, the price the Huffmans (the filly’s former owners) wanted was much, much more than that. “I finally made the move to get her because I loved her pedigree. (Jimmy) Takter trained her mother (Have You Ever) and made over $200,000 with her. I have purchased Iowa fair circuit horses before and done quite well with them. They were not stakes horses but performed great in overnights. Also, I really liked her races. It impressed me she beat older horses on a fair track as a 2-year-old. Even after I bought her, I still thought You’re Majestic would be the better filly.” While You’re Majestic has certainly not disgraced herself as she has amassed just over $200,000 in her short career, Muscle Baby Doll was a quality filly last year and dominated the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit this year. She defeated Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown victor Wild Honey in their $26,250 Elegantimage elimination on Sept. 11 at Mohawk Racetrack and captured seven consecutive races before losing the $307,040 final. With Bellino deciding not to supplement Muscle Baby Doll to the Breeders Crown and You’re Majestic also being ineligible, he decided to ship his fillies to Hoosier Park to compete against one another in the $140,000 Crossroads of America on Friday (Oct. 30). Muscle Baby Doll, fresh off a track record performance of 1:53.1 in her $46,750 division of the Circle City over the same surface last week, will leave from post position two in what is carded as the 10th race. David Miller will be holding the lines and the filly is the 5-2 morning line selection. You’re Majestic drew the 10 hole with Yannick Gingras at the controls and is rated at 15-1 off her seventh place finish in the first division of last week’s Circle City. Although both fillies are conditioned by Tony O’Sullivan, they will race under Trent Stohler’s name this weekend. “Both of them have raced at Hoosier Park before and done well,” Bellino said. “Tony pointed out to me that ‘Baby Doll’s’ race was a track record when he showed me the winners’ photo. I planned on supplementing her to the Breeders Crown, but that performance in the Ontario Sire Stakes final (10th) can be thrown right out. Something got her all worked up behind the gate, she broke and everything just went wrong for her, which is not like her at all. After what happened in the Breeders Crown, Tony and I were Monday morning quarterbacks because we were saying, ‘what if we had put her in’ but hindsight is 20/20 and she was excellent at Hoosier last week. I expect her to race well this weekend. “With You’re Majestic, we just thought she would perform a bit better. Not that she has been bad at all, but she is definitely not as strong as ‘Baby Doll’ and just did not seem to advance from two to three.” Muscle Baby Doll is a daughter of Muscle Mass and the Yankee Glide mare Have You Ever. She is the third foal from her dam, who won a $103,938 Simcoe Stakes division in 2004, was third in the Buckette, and fourth in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $325,000 Delvin Miller Memorial. She was sold to Swedish interests after this filly was weaned. In her two years of competition, Muscle Baby Doll has collected $387,720, compiled a record of 22-13-4-2 and a mark of 1:52. She has been a model of consistency and a very pleasant surprise for her connections. She really illustrated an incredible amount of potential with a strong second place finish to Danielle Hall in last year’s Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Muscle Baby Doll’s equipment was broken, but she still managed to charge to the line to just miss. This year she rolled along on that win streak until she had an off night in the Elegantimage and came home eighth. She was then second in a $78,750 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and 10th in the Super Final after some unknown disturbance. You’re Majestic has been entered in the same events as her stablemate and while trotting steadily, has been nowhere near as flashy or accomplished. The daughter of Majestic Son and You’re Adorable has earned just under $77,000 in 2015 while coming home fourth in the Super Final and fifth in the Elegantimage. Her lone win of the season came in a non-winners contest in June. “Tony thinks she (Muscle Baby Doll) slipped through the cracks,” said Bellino, who is recognized as a pacer man due to the success of such horses as Rock N Roll Heaven and Pet Rock. “She went really late in the sale and he thinks people just were not paying attention to her. It does happen, but trust me we paid a lot more than $5,000 for her. “Actually we’ve been offered quite a bit of money for her, but I wouldn’t sell. After the season ends though, I need to sell one of these fillies. It looks like that will be You’re Majestic, but she does get over a half (-mile track) well and Yonkers goes for really good money. “We have had an offer from individuals in Sweden for Baby Doll, but I really need to think about it. Tony absolutely loves her and does not want me to sell her, but it’s hard for a 4-year-old to race against males and other older horses. Look how good Bee A Magician is and what her 4-year-old season was like. I have a lot to consider and plan on thinking long and hard about what to do. Especially since we don’t normally part with many horses, especially if they are stakes horses.” How Carroll and Rick Huffman came to take Muscle Baby Doll home for only $5,000 remains a mystery, but Bellino knows one thing, he is thrilled he took a chance on her. “I think she can compete with anyone,” he said. “If we don’t sell her to the Swedish interests we will keep her and breed her. Her pedigree is outstanding and she has already proven her class and toughness. When I told Tony I bought her, he asked me if we were now in the 2-year-old trotting filly business and was not sold on her, but now she is his favorite trotter out of all he has had. I didn’t think I wanted her and she showed me I was wrong.” The Crossroads Of America PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-I'm So Fancy-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3-1 2-Muscle Baby Doll-David Miller-Trent Stohler-5-2 3-Smokinmombo-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-10-1 4-Livininthefastlane-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8-1 5-Fox Valley Yoko-John De Long-Curt Grummel-30-1 6-Churita-Trace Tetrick-Matt Rheinheimer-8-1 7-Armatrading-Mark O'Mara-Mark O'Mara-30-1 8-Speak To Me-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-6-1 9-Bright Baby Blues-Tim Tetrick-Bob Stewart-4-1 10-You're Majestic-Yannick Gingras-Trent Stohler-15-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and The Trent Stohler Stable have announced "The Ultimate Name Game", a Twitter competition to name the final foal from the standout harness racing open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373). The contestant that submits the winning name will win a VIP Certificate to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino compliments of the connections of Ultimate Velocity. Ultimate Velocity tragically passed away following complications from surgery after delivering her second foal only one day earlier. Ultimate Velocity's second foal, sired by Bettor's Delight, arrived healthy and full of life on March 18, 2015. This competition will honor the legacy of his dam and her prolific racing career. Ultimate Velocity raced 33 times, resulting in 19 wins, four seconds, and two thirds. While she did earn victories in multiple stakes, she was most known for her gritty efforts in the open mare events on the Indiana racing circuit. Sired by Western Ideal, Ultimate Velocity's lifetime mark was only one fifth of a second off of the track record at the time. She was also race timed in 1:49.2. Bred by brothers Kenneth "Dave" Stohler and Merrill Stohler, Ultimate Velocity was the second filly from their homebred mare, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070). Among the highlights on Extreme Velocity's resume was a victory in the $288,000 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares in 1998. "We thought this would be a fun, unique way to remember Ultimate (Velocity)," trainer, driver Trent Stohler noted. "She was a great mare so this foal is going to need a great name. I would like the name to include the word 'velocity' in some way, but I am looking forward to seeing all the names submitted." All are welcomed to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit their name suggestions from now until 11:59 p.m. on April 24 via Twitter. Using #NameGame, contestants will send their submissions to Trent Stohler on twitter, @TrentStohler. Stohler along with his father Dave will select their favorite name for the colt on Saturday, April 25. All names must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2014 - In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday, July 29. The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park's backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility began in the spring of 2014 and was completed just in time for Hoosier Park's signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, on Friday, August 8. Half of the facility has been made accessible to any licensed Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) member and will provide numerous amenities including computer work stations, restrooms, flat screen televisions, a lounge area, and wi-fi access. The one-story structure also houses two offices for the Indiana Standardbred Association representatives. The remaining half of the facility will serve as a locker room and lounge for the full-time drivers at Hoosier Park. Featuring both a men and women's locker room, this section of the facility features individual lockers, showers, washing machines and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions. "It's second to none," driver Trent Stohler noted after a tour of the building. "I don't think we could have designed it better ourselves and I think I speak for everyone on the backside when I say we really appreciate what Hoosier Park has done with this." The doors of the building were officially opened at a lunch ceremony on Hoosier Park's backside attended by both Hoosier Park team members and horsemen. Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, led the ceremony and welcomed guests to tour the new facility. "The opening of this facility not only signifies our commitment to all the people that make Hoosier Park a great place to race but Hoosier Park's commitment to racing in the state of Indiana," Moore noted. "This lounge is a place for everyone racing at Hoosier Park to call their own and a place we are proud of. I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this facility possible." The horsemen's lounge will be maintained by Hoosier Park employees and available to horsemen during the live racing schedule. 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 meet will offer an extended stakes schedule be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 23, 2014-Special JJ kept her flawless freshman record intact using a perfectly timed rally late in the stretch to score in the featured attraction, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 23. With a final time of 1:57, it was a lifetime best performance and third victory of the season for Special JJ. Leaving from post two in the field of ten, Special JJ and driver Trent Stohler were away a worrisome seventh while the heavily favored Crunchess Finale and Darrell Wright made their customary move to the front. Crunchess Finale made an uncharacteristic break through the opening panel in :27.2 leaving Diamond Dagger and Thomas Russell to inherit the lead. Peter Wrenn sent Sloane Elise to the front through the half-mile time in :58.2 but would quickly yield the top spot to Churita and Trace Tetrick. Churita continued to call the shots as the field approached the final turn but was feeling pressure from Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners on the outside. As the field hit the third station in 1:28.1, the top pair was stride for stride turning for home. Churita was able to put away Golden Big Stick halfway down the stretch but her biggest threat was still behind her. Just as Stohler found late racing room, Special JJ found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Special JJ powered home to get the win by a head. Churita made a costly break just before the wire and was placed third leaving Golden Big Stick to inherit the second place honors. Slightly dismissed by the betting public at 5-1, Special JJ returned $13.60 at the betting window. "She's done everything we've asked of her so far," Stohler noted after the victory. "We've taken our time getting her ready. She's still learning and figuring things out but does know how to win." Trained by Trent Stohler, who also co-owns the filly with The Kales Company, Special JJ now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,100 for her connections. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Rhonda T was also victorious in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination just last week at Hoosier Park. With the win, Special JJ also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 24 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing colt division. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. by Emily Gaskin,for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 18, 2014 - The top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage tonight as they compete in a five-race challenge for their share of a $5,000 prize 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 not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The ten coveted spots in the first round of the series were based upon wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Qualifying for the 2014 Champion Driver Series began on Friday, March 28 and ended at the conclusion of the live racing card on Saturday, July 12. Atop Hoosier Park's leader board is driver Trace Tetrick who secured his number one position with 147 victories. Tetrick will lead the stellar cast of drivers that includes Sam Widger, Ricky Macomber Jr., Brad Hanners, Andy Shetler, Lewayne Miller, Ross Leonard, Ed Hensley, Trent Stohler and Mike Peterson. In each of the five races of the challenge, the drivers selected the horses they wanted to drive via a draft system in front of a packed house at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, July 17. In the first race of the challenge, Tetrick had the first pick and selected Fox Valley Barbosa as his mount from post six at odds of 7-2. Next, the second ranked driver, Sam Widger, opted to drive Indelible from post three at odds of 20-1 and the selection process continued through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order was inverted and the No. 10 driver, Mike Peterson chose first. Peterson chose Paso's Star off the rail for trainer Karlee Roach at odds of 3-1 as his top choice. The drafting system continued in this order through all five races of the challenge. Racing fans will have an opportunity to get in on the action and participate in a special $10,000 guaranteed pick-5 pool for the five consecutive races of the challenge. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the sixth race and will continue through the tenth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the sixth race, is 6:55 p.m. (est.). 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. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be walking away with his share of $5,000 and a secured spot in the second round of the series. The top eight finishers from the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.While the second challenge will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The evening will also be complimented by the $22,000 Invitational pace and $22,000 Invitational trot. 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, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 30, 2013—It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a field of eight horses assemble behind the Hoosier Park starting gate, but when the eighth race goes to post at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 31 racing fans will have the chance to see something they have never seen before. A field of eight grey pacers will line up behind the starting gate to contest the first annual $10,000 “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Park’s Racing Secretary, Scott Peine assembled a field of eight “ghostly” pacers in honor of the Halloween holiday. According the United States Trotting Association, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color. Slated as the eighth race on the 14-race card, the “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” has an estimated post time of 7:50 p.m. Jason Dillander has been enlisted to drive the morning line favorite, Silver Devil, from post eight for trainer Nick Giberson. The three-year-old gelded son of Duneside Perch will look to make it back to back wins at Hoosier Park after scoring in a division of the Circle City stakes in 1:53.1 on October 26. Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Tyler Smith, will drive Tommy Two Shoes from post five for trainer Steve Main and has been tagged 5-1 on the morning line. The entire field, in post position order, is as follows: 1) Lady Of The West (Chad Clark) 2) Gunnin’ Forafight (Pete Wrenn) 3) Strawberrys On Top (Josh Slater) 4) Crime of Passion (Trace Tetrick) 5) Tommy Two Shoes (Tyler Smith) 6) White Ruler (Trent Stohler) 7) Rockin Glory (Robert Taylor) 8) Silver Devil (Jason Dillander). Along with winner’s circle give-aways and promotions, Hoosier Park’s Halloween card will also feature the $22,000 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares. Love N Lindy will look to score her second consecutive victory at this level from post 8 with Jason Dillander in the sulky. Just one day later, Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card in its 20 year history on Friday, November 1 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval. For the first time in its’ 20 year history, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot, the $250,000 Monument Circle pace, and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. by Emily Gaskin for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 26, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities. Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit Club Centaur and select the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play. In addition to the $5,000 in total purse money offered, if the same driver finds themselves in the Winner’s Circle for both celebrity races a total of $10,000 will be donated to the driver’s charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The charities and drivers this season are as follows: Outfitter’s, Inc.                                                           Joe Putnam Indiana School for the Deaf                                      Ricky Macomber American Cancer Society                                           Jason Dillander Shriner’s Hospital for Children                                   Mike Peterson St. John’s Children Clinic                                           Trent Stohler Second Harvest Food Bank                                        Brandon Bates Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence            Brooke Nickells Alternatives, Inc.                                                        Ed Hensley New Vocations Racehorse Adoption                         Tyler Smith Anderson Police Department                                      Trace Tetrick St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital                       Peter Wrenn Animal Protection League                                          Andy Shelter Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Emily Gaskin

Continual Velocity used a tough, front running effort to prevail in the featured harness racing event, a $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 31. Notching her fifth win of the season, the five-year-old mare stopped the clock in 1:51.3 as she extended her win streak to two.

Ultimate Velocity utilized her customary late charge to prevail in the harness racing featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (June 15).

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