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It was reported back in 2017 on Harnesslink that Indiana Standardbred owner, trainer and driver Bobby Brower was given a 15-year suspension for abusing a horse, has reached a settlement with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that has reduced his suspension to four year. This was done per ruling from the Commission. The Commission approved the settlement in a document issued on July 2 and the four-year penalty also gives Brower credit for time served dating back to the original sentence of 15 years back on March 7, 2017. It was also agreed to by Brower that he would not seek a license from the Commission for seven years following the end of his suspension. Brower, and his attorney had not responded to the allegation within a timeframe set by Indiana’s rules. An Indiana circuit court ruled last year that Brower had “timely responded” to the original complaint, and it remanded the case back to the Commission. According to Brower’s attorney, Peter Sacopulos, who said that the 15-year-penalty “would have never been handed down” if Brower had been able to defend himself in a hearing.” Negotiations to reach the settlement followed the court ruling. Brower was charged with severely beating that Standardbred horse, B ABland, at a farm in Anderson in August, 2016. The 15-year suspension was among the longest ever given out by a U.S. racing commission. From Harnesslink Media

ANDERSON, IN – The Indiana Horse Racing Commission handed down a career-ending sentence to a local harness racing trainer accused of severely beating a horse at a local training facility.  Muncie trainer Bobby Brower was issued a default judgment after he failed to request a trial by a 20-day deadline, the Commission ruled Tuesday, March 7 at its meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He has received a 15-year suspension from racing and $40,000 in fines reported Christian Stephens of The Herald Bulletin.. “As I read the history of this person, I am not upset this will be a career-ending decision,” Commissioner Susie Lightle said ahead of the vote. A default judgment was issued without a trial because Brower’s attorney, Pete Sacopulos, failed to request a hearing, as per IHRC rules. Sacopulos argued Brower should have a chance to defend himself in court because of the seriousness of the allegations. He also said he was under the impression that entering a plea of not-guilty acted as the request for a trial, and the case shouldn’t be decided on a “technicality.” “(Brower) is facing a career-ending penalty,” Sacopulos said at the hearing. “This is a fellow who has spent his whole life in horse racing.” Vice Chairman Greg Schenkel argued the seriousness of the charges should have prompted Sacopulos to be more careful in acting as attorney. “Obviously this is a very serious matter and I would think both parties would make certain their I's were dotted and their T's were crossed,” he said. The sentence stems from an incident in August 2016 in which Brower is accused of beating a horse, B ABland, to the point the horse suffered injury and soon collapsed from exhaustion, according to the complaint filed by the commission. The complaint alleges that Brower continued to whip, kick and beat the horse after it collapsed. The incident allegedly occurred at Pace Setter Farm, 3682 E. 150S, Anderson, where Brower rents a stall.  After the incident in August, Brower said the charges were overblown. "The incident has really been blown out of proportion," Brower said. "We trained him that day, and he slipped and fell on the wet pavement." Brower said the horse was whipped once in the rear and got up but fell down again. At that point, Brower said, he and others assisting him began to jump and stomp around the horse in an effort to prompt it to get up. "A horse will just lay there and hurt itself," Brower said. In his more than 20 years of horse racing, Brower has at least 44 rulings by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, including six for "indiscriminate use of whip," with at least one for whipping a horse after a race. He was cited in 2013 for failure to properly control a horse by "whipping the horse’s head from side to side," according to the complaint. Brower did not attend Tuesday’s meeting and did not return multiple calls for comment. Sacopulos said he wasn’t surprised by Tuesday’s verdict. “I think it is a disappointing decision, but not unexpected,” he said. Reprinted with permission from the

LEBANON, OH. - It hasn't taken long for Penn to return to his consistently sharp form. The open trotter is now two-for-two at Miami Valley Raceway. following a 3-1/2 month layoff. after copping the weekly $22,000 feature on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) over a rain-induced sloppy track. Driver Jason Brewer was content to get away fourth as Boffin (Chris Page) lead the classy field to the quarter-mile marker in :28.4 and then Don't Rush (Dan Noble) did rush to the lead prior to the :56.4 midway point. Penn launched a strong first-over bid during the third split and stuck his head in front at the 1:25.3 three-quarter station. A :29.2 closing panel was enough to hold off a fast-closing runnerup Walter White (John DeLong) with Don't Rush garnering the show dough. It was the 37th lifetime win in just 87 starts for the 7-year-old son of Master Glide, who is owned by Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Bobby Brower trains the career winner of $328,573, who returned $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A pair of penultimate third round elimination heats of a four week Survivor Series for $5000 claiming horse and gelding pacers were also presented on Tuesday, with the top five finishers from each slated to return for a lucrative $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 28. In the first elimination, favored Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman) successfully employed the "quarter move" to clear to the front and then lead his adversaries the rest of the route to a 1:55.2 triumph. Owned and trained by Deborah Swartz, the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding started the series with a place finish and has now reeled off two consecutive wins to establish himself as one of the favorites in next Tuesday's ultimate showdown. Others punching tickets into the final were Ricky Tidwell (Simon Allard), Munndutch (Jeremy Smith), Rock Of Luck (Andy Shetler) and Wilbur's Z Tam (Jason Beattie). Amasa Al (Randy Tharps) captured the second elim with a 1:55.1 triumph over Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers), Hay Goodlooking (Greg Grismore), Volo (Simon Allard) and Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The 11-year-old gelding, who also scored a runnerup finish and two wins in the eliminations, will be racing for new connections as Chris Choros claimed Amasa Al for $7200 for the Jeff Brewer Stable. He has changed hands after each of the three preliminary weeks and was owned and trained by Robert Cook for this victory. From the Press Box at Miami Valley

DAYTON, OH. - The ultra-consistent Rockn Stien ran his string of on-the-board harness racing finishes to seven on Monday afternoon (Dec. 5), capturing the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:54.3. Despite showing three wins, three seconds and one show finish in his last seven starts, the betting public let Rockn Stien get away at 7-1 odds, likely due to his eight hole starting spot behind the starting gate. Driver Josh Sutton left had the 4-year-old son of Valley Victor on the move early, briefly dropping into second along the pylongs but quickly making a "quarter move" to the front as he and early pacesetter Primed N Powerful (Randy Tharps) passed the :28 quarter-mile marker as a team. Setting subsequent middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.2, Rockn Stien never got a serious threat through the rest of the mile. Rockinthepines (Andy Shetler), who was last week's winner in the feature trot, closed best of the rest to garner the place payoff, while Becky's Law (Kyle Ater) took full advantage of an inside post position to finish third. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns Rockn Stien with Debra Garland. Their talented homebred squaregaiter now has nine career triumphs with a bankroll of $145,865. Two races earlier, Sandys Victory established a new track record for aged trotting mares when she scorched the quick five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.1. The clocking shaved two-fifths of a second off the previous track standard of 1:54.3, which belonged to world champion Victory Is Coming. The track record performance was a gratifying family affair as owner-trainer Dan Ater just purchased the mare about a month ago and his son Kyle Ater was in the sulky. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, still in the Halloween spirit, was frighteningly good on Monday afternoon (Nov. 21) as he bested eight harness racing rivals in the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor, with driver Josh Sutton in tow, got looped out of the gate by Banker Volo (Kyle Ater) and Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), but didn't wait long before abandoning the pylons for an outer rim route that resulted in a convincing 1:55.2 first-over score. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns the lightly-raced winner with partner Debra Garland. Rocknstien now has eight lifetime tallies from just 40 trips to post, but has banked an impressive $136,835 in his limited opportunities. Dispatched at 4-5 odds following a pair of runnerup finishes from outside posts in his most recent outings, Rocknstien bested Revenue Agent, who held for second after setting all the fractions, and longshot Run And Tell Pap (Kayne Kauffman), who rallied well in the stretch to grab the show dough. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed a healthy handle on the 14-race matinee program due to becoming a late addition to the TVG network following weather cancellations at several other venues. The program, featuring full competitive fields and a stellar driver's colony, received a warm reception from the national audience of television handicappers. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, a homebred owned by harness racing trainer Bobby Brower and partner Debra Garland, trotted to a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 to capture the $15,000 Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Oct. 17). Content to get away fifth in the early going, driver Josh Sutton pushed the accelerator before the field reached the midway point, moving up to third on the rim at the :56.4 half. By the time the third stanza was clocked in 1:24.3 Rockn Stien was stride for stride with Insomniac (Brady Galliers), who had dictated all the fractions. Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), who was last week's feature winner, joined the fray briefly by swinging three-wide approaching the head of the stretch, but shortly after the trio straightened out the winner demonstrated his dominance and pulled away to a relatively comfortable victory. Insomniac held for second, with Revenue Agent, Atlas Peak and Parkhill Lancelot picking up the remaining checks. Rockn Stien is a lightly raced 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding who now sports just seven wins in 36 career tries. The lion's share of the open purse increased his lifetime bounty to $122,540. Gregg Keidel

When Let's Get Started won her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park, breeder Richard McClelland, who owns the harness racing daughter of Dejarmbro in partnership with his wife Joyce couldn't have been happier.   The filly not only set a new track record of 1:57 in the process but her name also honors Richard's mother, a native of Ireland who lived to be 94.   The McClellands, who hail from Zanesville, Ohio, are best known as the co-owners of last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman. However, they are also heavily invested in the Ohio Sires Stakes program, having owned Standardbreds for four decades.   Trained by Bobby Brower, 9-5 Let's Get Started sat third through fractions of :29.1 and 57.4 before challenging the leading Chim Swift (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and taking over the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarter mile marker. The solidly-trotting filly then used a :29.2 final brush to sweep under the wire first.   The victory--Let's Get Started's third in four lifetime starts--pushed the filly's bankroll to a hefty $70,300. She was second in the first leg of this series and captured Leg 2 in 1:56.3--setting a new track record at Scioto Downs on July 19 for her gender, gait and age.   "It's great to have a 2-year-old that has established new track records at both Scioto and Northfield," Richard admitted.   Let's Get Started is the seventh of eight foals out of her dam, the SJ's Photo mare Tori Ann--who the McClellands campaigned to $104,741 in earnings.   "Dick Rankin raced Tori Ann for us," Richard explained. "She was a Pennsylvania-bred filly that I named after my granddaughter."   Tori Ann took a mark of 1:57.2f and when she retired to the breeding shed in 2007, the McClellands decided to name every foal out of her after something to do with Richard's mother.   "Tori Ann's second foal (a daughter of Muscles Yankee) was named Shanty Irish," Richard noted. "That was because my mother grew up in an area in Ireland where most of the people were quite poor and lived in shanties."   Shanty Irish took a 5-year-old mark of 1:55f en route to winning 11 races and $125,739. The McClellands then named her 2012 foal She Wore Red (by Yankee Glide) 4, 1:53.2f ($156,575), since Richard's mother always dressed in red clothing.   Tori Ann's 2013 foal--christened Milligan's School 3, 1:53.2f ($490,226)--is a half-sister to Let's Get Started.   "My mother went to school for eight years in Ireland in a one-room school house," Richard remembered. "And the school was named Milligan, so that's how this colt got his name."   And Let's Get Started?   "When my mother was 82, my wife Joyce gave her a diary, and the first thing my mother wrote in there was 'I'm 82-years-old, let's get started,'" Richard said.   A new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies was established that same evening when the Brian Brown-conditioned Glorious Intent scored a 1:54 clocking in the final OSS division. Owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:54 for driver Chris Page.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 2 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

LEBANON, OH. - Penn pinned his sixth defeat in eight 2016 tries on the best trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 24), winning the $20,000 Open Trot to increase his seasonal earnings to $63,700. Trainer Bobby Brower has been starting Penn every other week for the past two months in an effort to keep the 6-year-old Master Glide gelding fresh and the plan has worked to near perfection. Driver Josh Sutton hustled Penn off the gate, as has been his custom, reaching the quarter on top in :27. Lady's Dude (Chris Page), who set the all-age Miami Valley track record with a 1:52.1 score in last week's feature trot, also left alertly and dropped into the two-hole early. Penn got a breather the second quarter but once the :56.2 half was reached Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) came calling on the outside. Southwind Pepino was still lapped on to Penn as they sped past the 1:24.3 three-quarter pole and kept up all the way to the wire in 1:53.1. Boffin (Tyler Smith) found a seam late to edge past Lady's Dude for third. Barkley Counts of Tennessee owns Penn, who has won 34 times in just 71 career starts. The $15,000 championship leg of the R. J. Brown Memorial trotting series, for non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime at time of nomination, was also contested on Sunday. Heavily-favored Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) completed a three-week sweep with a 1:55.1 score, a tick better than his own divisional track record taken a week ago. Owner-trainer Mike Sowers' prize possession topped Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) by open lengths with Simplyamonster AS (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. Fantasy League's next start is expected to be in first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday, May 7. The first Billings Series race of the season in the Midwest region as contested over Miami Valley Raceway’s five-eighths mile oval and to no one’s surprise the 9-10 betting favorite, Heza Rube, lived up to his expectations and cruised the an easy three-length triumph  with  Bob “The Lumberman” Troyer at the controls. When the wings of the mobile starting gate folded a speed duel ensued between Celtic Merchant (Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford and Speed Hanover (“Slick Rick” Braun) as the two trotters raced as a team to the quarter in :27.4 and they were still battling as they headed to the half. But at that point Troyer moved Heza Rube off the pylons and up behind Speed Hanover as Celtic Merchant got first call as they passed the half in :57.3.  Once the field headed up the backside Troyer moved three-deep to the lead which he got without any trouble and then played catch me if you can. And no one could as Heza Rube chugged home an easy winner in a time of 1:573 over Oldfield’s Celtic Merchant. “I knew they were going at a good clip upfront and I figured they’d come back to me and I didn’t want to get pinned in so I moved up behind Speed Hanover as we were going to the half. And just as soon as we rounded the (clubhouse) turn I was out and going and my horse easily made the front end and we didn’t have a bit of trouble from there to the wire,” Troyer said by telephone after the race.    Third place went to 20-1 shot Unlimited Winner, driven by Northfield Park’s outrider Nadine “the Queen” Habke who was driving for the first time in the C.K.G Billings Amateur Series. Heza Rube, a 6-year old altered son of Master Lavec, scored his second seasonal victory. He’s owned by Deborah Kvernmo and trained by Marty Wollem. For Troyer it was his 77th career driving victory. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Penn did it again! For the fifth time in seven attempts, the 6-year-old son of Master Glide captured the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 10). The Bobby Brower-trainee was put through a demanding first quarter (:27) by driver Josh Sutton, but got a second quarter breather (:31.1 ), reaching the half in :58.1. With the field double-tiering front to back in the second half, Penn coasted to the 1:26 third quarter and then fought gamely in the final panel to hold off Tinder (Tyler Smith) by a length in 1:55.3. Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) rallied for third in his seasonal debut. Barkley Counts owns the winner who now sports 33 wins in 70 career starts and a growing bankroll that is up to $264,994. A trio of first leg divisions of the Robert J. (Skeeter) Brown Memorial trotting series for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 were also contested. Phat Stacks was the upset winner of the first split for owner-trainer-driver Tim Roach. The sophomore son of Lockkeeper topped The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) and Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) in 1:59.2, returning $34.20 for a $2 win wager. Chip Or Don bested Master Class (Chris Page) and Judana (Jeremy Smith) in 2:01 in the middle division for owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy. The 3-year-old Chip Chip Hooray colt returned $11.40 to his backers. The final heat was won by Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) over Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Improper Elegance (Dan Noble) in a 1:59.2 mile. Mike Sowers owns and trains the winner, who paid $5.80. Miami Valley's Lucky Pick 5, covering races 8 through 12, went unsolved resulting in a $1408.97 carryover into the pool for the 50-cent wager when racing resumes on Monday (April 11) afternoon with a 2:05 post time. From the Miami Valley Media Department

Penn put forth another monster effort in Miami Valley's $20,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon (February 21), notching his fifth straight harness racing triumph in southwest Ohio over the last ten weeks. Trainer Bobby Brower is racing the six-year-old gelded son of Master Glide sparingly in an effort to keep him sharp through a long 2016 campaign he has charted out for him. To date the plan is working to perfection. Despite a four-week respite prior to his latest victory, Penn was fired out from behind his assigned outside post position behind the gate by leading driver Josh Sutton. Despite being three-wide much of the first quarter, Penn collared Blackwolf Run (Randy Tharps), who had left alertly, as the quarter was reached in :27.3 and crossed over to the front just steps thereafter. Sutton was then able to 'steal' a relatively pedestrian :58.2 middle half before sealing the deal with a :28.4 closing panel for the 1:54.4 victory. The even-money favorite did get quite a scare from the only mare in the field, longshot Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller), who made a valiant stretch bid that fell just a head short. Martz Time (John DeLong), who was last week's feature race winner, rallied for the show spot ahead of Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) and Blackwolf Run (Randy Tharps), who picked up the minor spoils in the full field of ten. Penn returned $4.00 to his faithful with a $2 win ticket; the $2 exacta returned a healthy $58.00; and correct $2 trifecta tickets paid a handsome $300.80. Barkley Counts of Tennessee owns Penn, who now boasts 31 career triumphs and $241,294 in earnings. Gregg Keidel

Despite being firmly entrenched in the Hoosier State, Bobby Brower never forsakes his Kentucky roots. He competes regularly at the fairs and is a fixture in the Sire Stakes. In fact, he has captured the lucrative final on several occasions over the last five years, but when he witnessed Penn’s performances as a juvenile he literally turned green with envy that the harness racing gelding was not a resident of his shedrow. “I watched him tear it up at the fairs,” he said. “He won like eight races in a row as a 3-year-old and then I saw him at The Red Mile. I told my wife how much I wanted to buy him, but I knew he would probably be at $100,000 and that’s too much for my budget. I had known Mr. (Barkley) Counts (Penn's owner) for a number of years and shortly after I said that, I received a call from him asking if I would train this horse. That’s when I told my wife how funny it is things work out this way. We would have him, but we just wouldn’t own him.” A son of Master Glide and the S J’s Photo mare Photo Queen, Penn,was purchased by Flintville, Tenn. resident Barkley Counts for $4,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Counts, who is 77 years young, has been involved in harness racing for more than four decades and still gets up every morning, rain or shine, to jog all his own horses. He enjoys competing at the fairs in Kentucky, as Tennessee is not a hot bed for harness racing, and this horse might be the very best he’s ever had. “Poppa has always been around horses his whole life,” his grandson, Dusty Syler, said. “My mom was an only child and he made sure she had a riding horse. He got involved with racehorses through a friend of his, but when his friend got out of the business, he stayed in. We train the horses over the only track I think they have in Tennessee. It’s a half-mile and a little rough, but he never misses a day taking them out there. “I drive him to all the races, because his eyesight is not very good anymore, but he still works the horses every day. He sits next to me and my granny sits in the back seat. She will never miss a race. It doesn’t matter to them what is going on. They will be there to watch their horses and they just love the heck out of it.” Now age six, Penn has compiled a record of 65-30-11-8, banked $231,294 and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park of 1:53 for older male trotters in 2014. He also established the all-age track standard at Dayton Raceway on Dec. 12, 2015, when he lowered world champion Market Share’s time of 1:52.4 to 1:52.3. That clocking is his lifetime mark. The horse is currently on a four race win streak and has been excelling on the Ohio circuit since last fall. While his connections are thrilled with his recent appearances, they are looking forward to the rest of this season. “We have always had good luck with Master Glide horses,” Syler said. “We had another horse by him, Master Host ($88,546), that was also really fast, but he had some problems keeping it together without jumping it off. He also did not have the same kind of heart as Penn. This horse wants to do it and gives it his all every time. Master Host did not seem to have the same attitude. “Poppa has turned down a lot of nice offers for Penn, but he will never sell this one although he did Master Host and a lot of his other horses when they did not quite pan out. I just finished paying the stakes payments to make this horse eligible to all the big races in Indiana and Ohio. I will drive us to every one of them, especially since we have not seen him in awhile. It’s five hours for us to get to Lexington and seven to get to Hoosier Park. We have just allowed Bobby to take care of him.” And that’s exactly what Brower has done. Penn is in the best form of his career and the Browers are also anxiously awaiting the gelding’s future miles. “I liked Master Host and bought him before I had Penn,” Brower said. “He was also a nice horse, but this one is different. He is so perfect and does nothing wrong. If you go to his stall and sit down he will put his head right on your shoulder. “People might think he needs to be on the lead, but he will do anything you ask him to. He’s just a very, very nice horse in every way. “He did have a hock problem though and even when I saw him race at Lexington after all those wins at the fairs you could see him hiking in the back. We went over him with a fine tooth comb, scanned him and everything, but we could never find anything wrong. I think we finally have him perfectly sound now and although I don’t normally race in the winter, he’s so good at the moment that it doesn’t make sense not to for the purse money we are going for at Miami Valley. “He will be in all the big races at Hoosier, Scioto and the other Ohio tracks. I usually race young horses and have never really had an Open horse of this caliber. He is my chance to be in these races and we are very excited about what he will accomplish this season.” Brower has been told Penn could race out East and be quite the breadwinner, but he has no inclination to travel outside the confines of the Midwest with this horse. “People have told me he could get around the half great at Yonkers,” Brower said. “I think they would all be watching his rear all the way around the track, because he would like it that much, but that is not what we will do with him. We are keeping him home. We are not going to beat up on him. I’m just thankful we did get him in the barn and we think he is really going to make some noise this year, plus provide opportunities for us we have not experienced before. “This is one great horse and we think he’s going to show a lot of people that over the course of this season.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

LEBANON, OH. - Penn continued his domination of the open trotting ranks in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday afternoon (January 24) with an overpowering 1:57.1 triumph over a harness racing track rated 'good' due to a partial thaw during the matinee. Despite racing on an every-other-week schedule, the six-year-old Master Glide gelding has remained razor sharp since showing up in southwest Ohio following the completion of the Hoosier Park meet in mid-November. Five of the nine classy trotters left the gate in the $20,000 feature event, including Penn who was saddled with an assigned outside post position. Driver Josh Sutton pressed forward confidently until all the inside leavers settled, then crossed over to the front well past the quarter, which was reached in :27.2. Without the ability to take a second quarter breather due to immediate pressure from It Really Matters (Dan Noble) Penn stopped the middle teletimer beams in :56.3 and 1:25.3 before holding off a trio of closers in the lane. Boytown (LeWayne Miller) nosed out Martz Time (Trace Tetrick) for runnerup honors with Herbies Wildflower (Doug Rideout) racing creditably as the only mare in the full field finishing fourth. Bobby Brower trains Penn for owner Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Four $17,500 preliminary divisions of Claim To Fame Series action for $20,000 claiming horses and geldings were also presented on Sunday with the results determining the finalists for the $35,000 championship race next week. Winners were Bolero Andrew (Chris Page, 1:54.1), Double Dribble (Jeff Nisonger, 1:56.1), Blueridge Doc (Josh Sutton, 1:54.1) and Supreme Z Tam (LeWayne Miller, 1:56.1). That quartet will be joined by Major Marcus, Master Of Desire, Mr. Dennis and M G Kid in the lucrative final, plus the winner of a random draw for the final spot between Johnny Come Lately, Mach To The Max, Machin Music and Montana Pablo A. A total of 45 nominees started in the series with five changing hands at the claim box during the first two legs. Racing resumes Monday and Tuesday with 2:05 p.m. matinees at Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 12, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted a 14-race card on Friday, June 12 that was highlighted by the $21,000 Invitational Trot and $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares. Both of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as Penn and Montenegro scored decisively in their respective divisions. Penn, with Darrell Wright in the bike, rebounded from a second place finish in his last outing at Hoosier Park to score his fourth win of the season in the top trot with a final time of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Penn used his quick gate speed to fire from the wings from post eight. The Bobby Brower trainee dictated fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. made a strong bid at the leader late in the lane but Penn was too strong on the front. Using a :28.3 final quarter, Penn held off a late charge by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder to win by a length. Rose Run Parker rounded out the trifecta. Penn returned $4.20 to his backers at the window. With the victory, Penn scored his fourth seasonal victory from seven starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 23rd career victory and has now earned $165,934 for owner, Barkley Counts. In the featured pace for fillies and mares, it was Montenegro and Jason Dillander who came out on top scoring their fourth victory of the season at Hoosier Park, this time in 1:53.2. Montenegro, who also finished second in her last outing at Hoosier Park, rallied late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile. Lease Ness Monster and Peter Wrenn fired away from the gate through the opening quarter in :27.1 but their lead was short lived as Just A Bee and Mike Micallef were on a mission to the front. Just A Bee continued to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.1 before Tyler Smith and Miss Kilo would apply pressure first-over. As the field turned for home the race appeared to be wide open with horses fanning out across the track. Dillander tipped Montenegro off tiring cover and she responded with a :28.2 final quarter to get the win over Wild Wanda and Andy Shetler. Miss Kilo finished third. As the bettors' choice, Montenegro returned $5.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the seven-year-old Camluck mare has now won 31 of 146 lifetime outings. Owned by Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack, Montenegro has earned $71,385 this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $566,914. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 30 with a 14-race card. Saturday's program will feature the $21,000 Invitational Pace and two divisions of the "Tubby Trimble Series". With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 2, 2015 - Penn used a decisive front, running effort to find the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday, May 2. Once again dismissed at the betting windows, Penn pulled a mild harness racing upset to score at odds of 10-1 in 1:53.4 with Darrell Wright in the sulky. The Bobby Brower trainee fired from the wings of the gate from the outside post nine to reach the front through an opening panel in :27.0. Martz Time and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip while the betting favorite, Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, were parked to the outside for much of the mile. Penn dictated fractions of :57.1 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Lady Blitz and James Yoder were the first to apply pressure to the leaders as they began their first-over journey approaching the final turn with Natural Herbie in tow. Just as Lady Blitz reached the leader's wheel, Penn found another gear. Using a :28 final panel, Penn coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish three lengths to the good. Allie Labrook and Dan Shelter staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Martz Time held on for third. Penn returned $22.60 to his backers at the betting window. With the victory, Penn scored his second seasonal victory from just three starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 21st career victory and has now earned $134,434 for owner, Barkley Counts. On the pacing side of things, Let's Drink On It took advantage of a pocket trip to score his first win of the season in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, in 1:50.1. Guided by Tyler Smith, the Joe Seekman trainee dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off the heavily favored, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn. Let's Drink On It secured a pocket seat behind the pacesetter Ice Scraper and Trace Tetrick through an opening panel in :27. The field remained in single file line down the backside as Ice Scraper continued to call the shots through :55.4 and 1:23.1 fractions. ItrustYou and Ricky Macomber Jr. began the first-over attack approaching the final turn and Night Pro tabbed the cover. Ice Scraper continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but Let's Drink On It loomed large in the pocket. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Let's Drink On It exploded from the pocket to finish two lengths in front of Night Pro. Ice Scraper held on gamely to round out the trifecta. With the win, Let's Drink On It notched his first victory of the season from three outings. The four-year-old son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy has now amassed $617,089 for owners T. Seekman, L. Bond, H. Hewitt, and V. Boido Jr. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 5 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 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 25, 2015 - Penn turned in a sharp, front-running effort to pull off the 24-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Darrell Wright at the lines, Penn wired the field in 1:55.2 to earn his first victory of the season over a track rated good. In a talented group of ten, the Bobby Brower trainee wasted no time as he fired off the gate from post three to reach the first quarter in a soft :28. Escuela and Jason Dillander protected their rail position to find a spot along the pylons in second with last week's winner, Lady Blitz and James Yoder, parked to the outside in third. Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, sent off as the 4/5 favorite, were fourth along the rail for much of the mile. Penn carved out fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2 while Lady Blitz continued to apply pressure to his outside. Natural Herbie tabbed the cover and was well placed second over as the field turned for home but would have his work cut out for him as Penn looked strong on the lead. Wright asked Penn for more and the five-year-old gelding used a :29 final panel to hold off a late charge from Boffin and Tyler Smith. Allie Labrook and Dan Shetler rallied late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. Penn returned $51.60 at the windows. "Tonight, that was the plan," Brower noted after the victory. "We didn't want to have any trouble so we went right to the front. He's a really nice horse. My wife (Debbie Brower) and Skip White do great job taking care of him in the barn. They keep him happy and he's just a great horse to have around. I look forward to racing him here all summer." With the victory, Penn scored his first seasonal victory from just two starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 20th career victory and has now earned $123,934 for owner, Barkley Counts. Live Racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 28 with a 13-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

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