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ANDERSON, Ind.--May 12, 2017 -- Rock N' Roll World, with harness racing driver John DeLong in the bike, made an emphatic debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 12 winning the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and in doing so, recorded the nation's fastest mile of the young 2017 season. The 1:48.3 final time established a national season's record for aged pacers on any size track and also marked the fastest mile over the Hoosier Park oval in 2017 through 28 days of live racing. After fetching a cool $165,000 final bid at the Tattersalls 2017 Spring Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands just five days ago, Rock N' Roll World is making good on the investment for new owners Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher. Leaving from post seven, DeLong sent Rock N' Roll World away from the gate firing to grab a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite, Night Pro and Sam Widger. Night Pro dictated fractions of :26 and :54.2 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. New Talent and Todd Warren were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the final turn. Night Pro continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.1 but Rock N' Roll World loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :26 final quarter, Rock N' Roll World exploded past Night Pro late in the lane to win by two and three-quarter lengths. Night Pro maintained his position to secure second place honors while Gerries Sport and Trace Tetrick rallied gamely to round out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Rock N' Roll World returned $16.60 to his backers at the betting window. "That one had me shaking a little bit," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted in the winner's circle. "He's a very nice horse, I don't know if I expected that much out of him in his first start for us but he's staked to quite a bit of things this year so we're really excited about him." A regally-bred five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover - Worldly Beauty, Rock N' Roll World recorded his fourth consecutive victory and has now won five of six seasonal starts. With the 1:48.3 victory, Rock N' Roll World shaved two seconds off his lifetime record while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $583,160. The win was also one of two wins for driver John DeLong and trainer Jeff Cullipher. The DeLong-Cullipher combination also found the winner's circle just a few races later with Shooter's Dream in 1:50 in a conditioned pacing event. Hoosier Park's reining leading driver, Trace Tetrick had five winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick leads all drivers with 77 wins on the 2017 season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, May 13 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 season 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 Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 2, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin solidified her divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks in the Hoosier state as she turned in another impressive performance to take the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, and remain flawless in stakes action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2. With a final time of 1:51, Seventimesavirgin coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths to the good and give driver John DeLong, who also trains the sophomore filly, one of his six driving wins on the program. Leaving from post three, DeLong eased Seventimesavirgin away from the gate to settle along the rail in third while Can't Touch This and Dale Hiteman got the first call through the first quarter in :26.2. Seventimesavirgin made her customary move to the front down the backside and when she reached the front at the half in :55, she never looked back. It wasn't until the three-quarter station in 1:24 that Seventimesavirgin began to separate herself from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin's lead was ever-increasing as Can't Touch This and the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Using a :27 final panel, Seventimesavirgin found the wire six lengths in front of Dalianna and Ross Leonard who rallied late in the lane. Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She's just awesome," DeLong said with a smile in the winner's circle after the victory. "She loves to pace home and loves her job. The ear plugs were still in at the wire tonight and she had plenty left in the tank. She's something special, not only to drive but for my family. We're lucky to have her." Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her ninth victory of the season from ten starts. Her only loss of the season came earlier in the season in a conditioned event for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park where she finished fourth. Seventimesavirgin remains undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season and has now amassed $277,240 lifetime while winning 14 of 22 lifetime outings. The victory was one of six winners on the program for driver John DeLong who is currently second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park behind Trace Tetrick. DeLong also found the winner's circle with Im So Handsome for Hoosier Park's fractional ownership group, First Turn Stable. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Im So Handsome stopped the timer in 1:52.2 to notch his fourth win of the season from 27 outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 3 with a 14 race card highlighted by the $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invite Pace. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 1, 2016 -- Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1. With a final time of 1:54.1, Bridge To Jesse's notched his third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and equaled his lifetime best. Leaving from post eight in the field of ten, Bridge To Jesse's left aggressively for early position but a host of others also left alertly. Sam Widger and J-S Livethedream were the first to get a call through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1 while Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick grabbed an early pocket seat. DeLong eased Bridge To Jesse's back along the rail in third while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. J-S Livethedream was able to slow the tempo and dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4 while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were the first to apply pressure, first-over. As the field turned for home, J-S Livethedream continued to call the shots but was bracing for the stretch battle that was about to ensue. Tetrick tipped Fly Jesse Fly to the outside and he made a bid at the leader but it was Bridge To Jesse's who utilized the passing lane to get up in the final strides and win by length. Topville Avatar staged a big rally late in the lane to take home second place honors while J-S Livethedream held on for third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse's returned $3.40 to his backer's at the betting windows. "The trip never works out like you think it's going to," DeLong noted after the victory. "I didn't know what Sam (Widger) would do with his horse because I know he likes the front but it ended up working out for us in the end. My horse felt great tonight, he had a lot of trot and was strong at the wire." Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $473,024 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong. Bridge To Jesse's has now won eight of ten seasonal starts and has only two off the board finishes this season. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 2 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card also features the return of 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the $21,000 Invitational pace slated as race 9 on the program. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin  

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 4, 2016 - Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong who steered 6 winners on the 14-race harness racing program. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Love To Win and Trevor Smith were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy-favorite Fawn De Savage was away a worrisome sixth in the early stages of the race. Naughty III continued to call the shots through the second split in :57.2 but Andy Shetler had Fireball's Prayers out and pointed to grab the lead approaching the final turn. Fireball's Prayers was still in command at the third station in 1:25.4 but Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger were first-over taking aim at the leader with Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith in tow. Fireball's Prayer's was able to put away Nothing But Nice but Naughty III was desperate for racing room. DeLong found the late room he needed up the passing lane and Naughty III used a :28.4 final quarter to find the wire nearly a length in front of Ooh La La La. Nothing But Nice held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Naughty III returned $8.40 at the betting windows. "She raced awesome," DeLong noted in the winner's circle. "She's a really nice filly and everything worked out for us. I didn't know if I was going to get through but when things opened up, she was game. She raced really big tonight." The victory was a new lifetime best for the Melanie Wrenn trainee. Naughty III notched her second victory from six seasonal starts and seventh lifetime victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Msnaughtybynature has now amassed $206,078 lifetime for her owners, The Kales Company and Wrenn Racing LLC. The victory was one of six winners on the program for DeLong who won half of the races in which he competed this evening. DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time on the 14-race card in the opening leg of the pick-4 sequence, race 3, behind Cinderlane Jade for trainer Trent Stohler. DeLong then went on to capture the next three races in the pick-4 sequence with FF Big Show, Siskel, and Starry Skys, respectively. His next victory came after a near gate to wire victory with McKinley Ivy who broke his maiden in 1:56 for trainer Karlee Roach. "Well I certainly didn't expect to win six of 12," DeLong noted with a smile after his victory in the featured race of the evening. "You always want to have a good night but you have to have a little luck and things have to go your way-tonight, they did. All the horses I had to drive raced really well tonight." The Wisconsin native started his career at the Illinois fair circuit in 2005 and now at the age of 27 has over $11 million in career purse earnings. Last year, in his first full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $2.4 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, nearly doubling his stats from previous years. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2016 with 170 wins behind Trace Tetrick who leads all drivers with 199 trips to the winner's circle. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 5 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 18, 2016 - In near gate-to-wire fashion, Ontario Success and harness racing driver John DeLong captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 18. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 6-1, Ontario Success was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.4, just a few ticks of his career best. It was a seasonal best mark and also equaled the fastest mile of the 2016 season through the first 50 nights of racing at Hoosier Park. Leaving from post seven in a talented field of nine, DeLong settled off the gate along the rail in seventh while a host of others left aggressively for the lead. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.2 but their lead would be short lived as Sam Widger had Night Pro pointed to the front. Night Pro was able to grab command just past the half :55 but would yield the lead to Ontario Success approaching the final turn. Ontario Success was in command at third station in 1:22.2 but Night Pro wasn't going away easily. As the rest of the field began to close in on the top pair, DeLong asked Ontario Success for more. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Ontario Success dug in gamely to get the win by a length over Night Pro. K-lees Shakenbake and Jason Dillander staged a big rally late in the lane to round out the trifecta. Ontario Success returned $15.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, Ontario Success scored his eighth win from 11 seasonal outings. The gelded son of Lis Mara-Loving Successor has now won 22 of 76 lifetime outings while bankrolling $280,903 for his connections of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The win was also one of three driving wins on the evening's 13-race for driver John DeLong. DeLong is currently second on Hoosier Park's leading driver standings with 89 victories on the season through 55 nights of racing. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 127 victories in 2016. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 21 with a daily racing post time of 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin  

Nitro, with John DeLong at the lines, made amends for last week's second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 21. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Nitro stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and gave driver John DeLong one of his six wins on the 13-race harness racing card. DeLong took no chances and sent Nitro to the front from post five in an abbreviated field of six to grab the top spot through the opening panel in :27.3. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. left just enough to grab a pocket seat while If I Lose and Brian Carpenter were next in line third. The field remained in single file order down the backside as Nitro clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Jason Dillander had Shooter's Dream pointed to the front in the outer flow while Color's A Virgin and Tyler Smith grabbed the cover second-over. As the rest of the field closed in, DeLong asked his mount for more and Nitro dug in gamely. Using a :26.4 closing quarter, Nitro finished a length and a half in front of the pocket-sitting Bluehourpower. As the only mare in the field, Color's A Virgin rallied gamely for third place honors. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Nitro returned $4.20 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the six-year-old son of Charley Barley-Deferred Comp notched his second seasonal victory from 14 outings. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and C. Hecht, Nitro has now won 20 of 107 lifetime starts and amassed $347,934 lifetime. Nitro In the very next race, John DeLong found the winner's circle in a conditioned pace with JL Dontwastemytime in 1:52.1 for trainer Trent Stohler. Stohler and Delong also teamed up to get ER Zach Attack home a winner in a claiming event earlier on the card. Driving in each and every race on the program, DeLong found the winner's circle for the first time in the third race of the evening with Hot N Shooting for trainer Grant Wilfong and then scored in the very next race with Ok Ferrari for trainer Dylan Davis. In the $20,000 Steve Gray Memorial Pace, it was Four Socks who turned in a gate to wire effort to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1. It was the third victory of the season for the six-year-old son of I Scoot Hanover-Well Hello Dolly who is trained by Mike Murphy. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 61 wins on the season through 35 nights of live racing. Hoosier Park's 2015 leading driver, Trace Tetrick, leads all drivers with 82 wins on the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 24 with a 14-race card and a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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

Martz Time (John DeLong) made it "two-in-a-row in Ohio" by pushing his nose in front of three harness racing rivals in the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Easter Sunday (March 27). Penn (Josh Sutton) and Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) dead-heated for second with Cimeronken (Randy Tharps) finishing fourth. All four combatants hit the wire within a nose of each other, each timed officially in 1:54.4. Boffin, who set the 1:53.4 track record for older trotting males last season, finished fifth in his 2016 debut, just one length behind the tightly bunched quartet ahead of him. Both Martz Time and Penn left alertly from outside post positions with Martz Time turning Penn loose just after the first quarter. Penn set the remaining fractions until Martz Time found a seam in mid-stretch and ultimately narrowly prevailed after the cavalry charge to the wire. Atlas Peak sat fifth until moving second over in the outer flow nearing the three-quarters station, then swung four-wide for the stretch drive. Walter Haynes Jr. trains Martz Time for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. The seven-year-old Indiana-sired squaregaiter now has 31 wins and has banked $376,981 in his career. Gregg Keidel  

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 --- For a horse that has yet to taste defeat this season Homicide Hunter sure has not received his fair share of ink. The gelded son from the first crop of Mr Cantab and the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer has mowed down his harness racing rivals with pinpoint accuracy on 12 occasions this season and seeks to extend his victorious ways on Saturday (Sept. 19) in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final at Hoosier Park after one of the most grueling contests he has performed in. “He fought back in that race,” said Curt Grummel, the horse’s conditioner, of his win in the Sept. 11 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. “The transformation this horse has made since last year is unbelievable. He showed how much courage he has by coming back on after he was passed. He really wants to win.” Homicide Hunter has constructed a season any trainer or owner would dream of. Owned and bred by Patrick Graham, the handsome gelding has morphed from a boy into a man after chasing Airman Batten around the Anderson, Ind., oval as a freshman. That campaign netted him $86,736 with a record of 10-3-2-3, which is certainly not shabby for a horse that needed to grow into himself, but in 2015 he has pushed his rival to the side and exceeded any expectations that were ever associated with him. The gelding is a perfect 12 for 12 this year, has earned just under $220,000, tied the track record at Hoosier Park for his age, sex and gait (1.53.4) and flown under the radar due to the presence of pacing sensation Freaky Feet Pete. Churita is another undefeated colleague Homicide Hunter must share the spotlight with, so only the Hoosier Park faithful may really know what this trotter has accomplished. In Saturday’s contest, Homicide Hunter is handicapped with the nine hole in the 13th race on the card, but is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line after defeating the talented Hominy Hill by a half-length on Sept. 11 in a $24,000 Indiana Sire Stakes elimination. He will have the services of his regular pilot, John DeLong, for his mile. “Other trainers probably would not agree with me,” Grummel said. “But I just jog the heck out of him all the time between races and it seems to work for him. I have not changed a thing since the season started. All I do is listen to what John tells me and as long as he is happy with the horse, there is no reason to change anything we do with him.” Besides being a state champion and gliding through a season that will forever be memorable, Homicide Hunter is an absolute pet. He was a barn favorite long before he commenced this season’s campaign and everyone associated with him could not be more pleased with the world seeing what kind of horse they care for on a daily basis. “He was tough last year training,” Sis Arnold, Grummel’s assistant trainer, said. “He would jump at anything when you hooked him up to the jog cart and just do the opposite of everything you wanted him to do. But he has always been the teddy bear of the barn. You can do anything you want with him and he loves attention. I don’t harness him and take care of him all the time like Francie (his caretaker) does, and she does a tremendous job, but he has always been a favorite of mine. “I’m not ashamed to say I cried all over his face holding him in the winner’s circle after his last race. For him to win parked like that and to come back after he was beaten, showed why we love him so much. There are just some horses you get attached to and he is it.” It seems natural to feel a connection with Homicide Hunter. His coat glistens, his stride is near perfection and he would snuggle up to anyone that has a cookie. This boy loves his food, his time in the field and his contact with his caretakers. He is the epitome of what transpires when you have a happy horse, with ability and the perfect conditions. “He possibly has five more starts for the year,” Grummel said. “I’m based at Balmoral Park so we will take him back home, as I’m from Illinois, for the winter and turn him out and then plan for next year depending on what he tells us.” Although it was never discussed how his connections would feel should Homicide Hunter not be in the winner’s circle on any of these five ensuing engagements, Arnold summed it up succinctly. “Every horse gets beat,” she said. “If he loses it does not matter. Look at what he has already done. He looks like a million bucks, he contends with whatever he has to deal with and you know he is always going to do the best he can. He’s Hunter and no one can take away the money he has earned or his record or who he is to be around. He has earned it and his personality is just who he is.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 11, 2015 - Homicide Hunter turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle Friday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the final round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, extending his win streak to 12 in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:55.3, Curt Grummel's Homicide Hunter battled back gamely in the lane to win by a nose and remain undefeated in his sophomore season. Leaving from the outside post nine, driver John DeLong sent Homicide Hunter away from the gate firing but they would have to work for position as a host of others also left aggressively. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27 but were quickly joined on the outside by Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick. Hominy Hill cleared to the front at the second station in :57.3 and continued to call the shots to the three-quarters in 1:27. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Homicide Hunter continued his long, first-over journey to the front and reached the leader's wheel approaching the final turn. As the field squared away for home, Homicide Hunter was able to stick a nose in front but Hominy Hill wasn't going away. Just when it looked as if the taxing mile was beginning to take its' toll, Homicide Hunter found another gear and dug in gamely to get the win in the final strides of the mile over a track rated good. Hominy Hill held on for second place honors while Bluebird Reverend finished third. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.20 at the betting windows. The 15-time career winner has now amassed $304,886 for his owner Dr. Patrick Graham. With the win, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has earned his spot in the final $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Saturday, September 19 at Hoosier Park. The victory was also one of three wins on the 14-race card for driver John DeLong. Steal N Gas and Andy Shetler were victorious in the opening elimination of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, scoring in 1:57.3. Trained, owned and bred by Bill Cottongim, Steal N Gas scored his third consecutive victory and ninth lifetime victory with the win. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 12 with two divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts with an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 14, 2015. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 15, 2015 - Not to be outdone by their female counterparts in their respective $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on the evening of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, 3-year-old harness racing geldings Homicide Hunter and Freaky Feet Pete demonstrated their superiority over overmatched rivals as the 1-5 and 1-9 wagering selections. Homicide Hunter, from the first crop of Mr Cantab and out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, was content to allow 53-1 shot Jumpinthejailhouse to set the early pace and was trotting comfortably in fifth position throughout the first quarter mile which was clocked in :27.2. As the leader advanced to the half, however, in :56.1, the Curt Grummel conditioned gelding was given the green light by driver John DeLong to commence his advance. Responding with ease, Homicide Hunter cleared the field and headed to the top of the stretch with a length and a half advantage. After hitting the three quarter mark in 1:25.1, DeLong shook the reins at the gelding and the race for second was on. As the trotted to the wire, Homicide Hunter distanced himself from his pursuers and stopped the clock in 1:53.4, five lengths ahead of second place finisher Bluebird Reverend with Rockin Stein holding on gamely for third. The gelding, who is owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, now shares the track record for 3-year-old colts and geldings with Rose Run Parker, and when bettors cashed their tickets he provided $2.40. With the triumph Homicide Hunter increases his win streak to 10 for 10 in 2015. His career resume is 20-13-2-3 and he has amassed more than $300,000 in earnings. "Last year we had some problems with him trotting to the wire," DeLong said. "This year there is absolutely no problem with anything he does. Not only is his record perfect, he is perfect. There is not one thing you can say about him that is not praise. He is a very nice horse to drive because his manners are the best you could ask for. It's really a very special thing to be able to drive him and to see how he has matured from last year to this year." Once Homicide Hunter devastated his opponents with pinpoint accuracy, it was Freaky Feet Pete's turn to take aim on his next Indiana championship. The crowd at the Anderson facility was pressed up against the fence anxiously awaiting his performance and the energy was electric as regular pilot Trace Tetrick moved him toward the gate. Larry Rheinheimer's pupil left well, settled in third and allowed Vague Traces set a torrid pace of :25.4 in the first panel. At the same time the tote board lit up with a stiff time of :53.3 for the half, Tetrick simply moved his hands and in a flash the gelding had cleared Vague Traces. By the time Freaky Feet Pete hit the lane, he had placed three and a half lengths between him and his colleagues and paced three quarters in 1:21.0. From there on in it was simply the Freaky Feet Pete show. As he moved down the lane effortlessly, widening his advantage with every stride, the apron erupted with a loud round of applause for Indiana's champion. Freaky Feet Pete crossed the finish line in 1:48.2 and second place finisher Skim The Top was seven lengths in arrears, with Swing City just behind. The patrons in attendance this evening were awed by the performance because Tetrick never even popped the plugs and had a strong hold on him midway through the stretch. This horse, owned and raised by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, could have went much, much faster if ever was ever asked. The evenings are few and far between when a track record, which is what this time was is established with such sheer, breathtaking ease. Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.10 to his loyal backers and with this triumph improved his record to 8-7-1 for 2015 with just under $190,000 in purse money. For his career, the gelding has a record of 17-15-1-0, with his only loss coming at the hooves of Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial victor Wiggle It Jiggleit. He has now collected nearly $450,000 during his two years of competition. Larry Rheinheimer confirmed to Peter Lurie of HRTV the gelding would be a Breeders Crown participant. "Driving him is something unreal," said Trace Tetrick with a huge smile on his face. "He just does everything so easy and he comes from a great family as his dam is a 100 percent producer. He paces so well that it seems like he's going in 1:58 when he's going in 1:50 and it's like he has no idea he's going that fast himself. You never even have to ask him. I knew at the top of the stretch I would never even have to pop his plugs out, so I wrapped him and just sat there on the way home. He is a very, very special horse and having the opportunity to sit behind him is an indescribable feeling." Kimberly French  

Freehold, NJ --- John DeLong was 19 years old when he won the driving title at Running Aces in its inaugural season in 2008. Now at the age of 26, the Wisconsin native has 1,282 victories to his credit and is No. 2 in the standings at Balmoral Park, one win behind leader Casey Leonard, and tied for fifth at Maywood Park. Last year DeLong set a career high with $1.94 million in purses and won a number of Chicago-area stakes, including the American-National for 2-year-old male pacers with Roland N Rock. He established his career high of 283 victories in 2013. His most lucrative triumph came in the $130,000 Lorna Propes Championship with Let’s Go Higher -- and he teamed with the pacing mare for a repeat score in the event in 2014. In January, DeLong received the James Laird Memorial Award for Excellence from the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association. DeLong’s family, which operates a worldwide agricultural-distribution business based in Clinton, Wis., has been involved in harness racing for decades and is one of only two families enshrined in the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. DeLong’s father Jesse (better known as Jay) is a trainer and occasional driver and DeLong got his first-ever win in 2005 with a horse trained by his uncle William (aka Bo). In addition to driving, DeLong works with the family’s stable of 25 horses in Clinton. He recently took time to talk with Ken Weingartner of the USTA’s Harness Racing Communications division. KW: Your career got off to a great start with being the leading driver at Running Aces. What was that like? JD: Running Aces has been good to me. We’ve won a lot of races up there with our horses that we own. That’s the biggest thing, winning races for dad. KW: Is he a good person to drive for? JD: (Laughing) He has his comments here and there, but he usually leaves the driving to me. If I mess up, he’ll let me know. But I try not to let that happen. He understands that I have a certain style and I take into consideration that we have a lot of young horses and I want to bring them along and teach them. KW: To win the driving title at 19, did that give you a lot of confidence or add pressure? How did that affect you going forward? JD: I’m sure it gave me some confidence. I still hadn’t made the decision whether I was going to do this fulltime. That was a summer job for me, going up to Running Aces and racing horses for my dad. He gave me a stable of 12 horses and I brought them up there. I was going to go to college or race horses. I ended up choosing race horses. KW: Did you take any (college) classes? JD: I went for a winter semester and I decided not to go back. I took an agricultural industry course. I wanted to do something with agriculture in case I wanted to work with the feed business. KW: Was it a difficult decision? JD: For me? No. To convince my parents? Yes. At first they were a little worried about it. I think now they’re happy with what I’ve done. KW: You got your 1,000th win last year. What did that accomplishment mean to you? JD: It meant a lot. I’m pretty sure I’m the first one in my family to win 1,000 races. That was a pretty big thing for me. I’m one of the only ones who does this fulltime as a career. That means a lot to me. KW: Considering your family is in the (Wisconsin) Hall of Fame, I guess that’s even more of a big deal for you. JD: We work hard at it and take a lot of pride in it, that’s for sure. KW: What’s it been like racing in Chicago? JD: Last year I had a really good year. I improved from the year before. The last two years I’ve been able to win 250 or 280 races each year. It’s been good. The money’s not great, but when you’re winning races, that’s the biggest thing. Everybody is hoping we get some relief here sometime. KW: What was it like to settle into Chicago? JD: Compared to the fairs and Running Aces and other places like that, it was tough. I live an hour and a half from Maywood and a little over two hours from Balmoral. It’s a lot of long nights and a lot of driving. I have to make it count. It’s tough. There are very good drivers down there. I would tell you if it was easy, but it’s tough. It’s a tough place to win races. KW: You’ve been able to win your share. What’s been the highlights? JD: I’d say No. 1 is dad’s mare Let’s Go Higher. She’s won back-to-back Super Night championships. She’s probably the biggest one. She spent most of her time out East racing at Saratoga and Yonkers and other tracks, but has come back here and won on Super Night. For dad to own her, that’s the biggest thing for me anyway. We had a horse called Party Hangover. She won my first Super Night (in 2012). Last year I won my first American-National with a horse that came off the Iowa fair circuit, Roland N Rock. KW: You picked up an award in January. What did that mean to you? JD: It’s nice to be recognized for all your hard work. I really appreciate it. It means you’re doing things right as far as I’m concerned. When you’re winning awards, you’re doing things right. KW: What do you do with all that time in the car? JD: Most of it is spent in traffic. (Laughs.) I talk on the phone and listen to music. A lot of music. If I have someone that drives for me, I do a lot of entering and looking horses up. I worry about stuff for the barn. KW: It’s a shame you can’t take college courses… JD: Yeah, while driving the car. There you go. That would be good. KW: What type of music do you like to listen to? JD: Country, mostly. A little bit of everything. KW: What is the most challenging part of being a young driver? JD: When you first start driving all you want to do is win, win, win. Sometimes that’s a lot harder than it seems. When I first started driving dad always told me that first you’ve got to drive for checks and the wins will eventually come. When I first started driving I always tried to keep that in the back of my head. I think things have turned my way, hopefully. It’s also getting respect from the other drivers. A lot of times when you’re 19, 20, 22 years old, you’re driving with people that are twice your age. It’s important to gain their trust and know you’re not out there driving like an idiot. KW: How do you think you’ve improved over the years? JD: I would think patience and doing better with trotters. I really like driving trotters and over the last year or so it seems like I’ve done really well with trotters. Probably even more than with pacers. A lot of times if you can get one good trotter you can make a lot of money. KW: Is there a reason you’ve become better with trotters? JD: I think training my own horses has helped me a lot with that. I think that’s made me a better driver, training my own horses and learning patience that way. In the races I’ve learned a lot too. When you get to the stage where you’re driving 10 or 12 a night, you’re learning on the fly and that teaches you a lot. The more opportunities you get, the better you’re going to be. KW: Tony Morgan said something like that too, and he just got his 15,000th win. So you’re on your way. JD: (Laughs.) That’s a lot of races. I thought 1,000 was a lot. It seemed pretty far away when I first started. Now I’m eager to get on to the next 1,000. I’m on my way pretty good to the next 1,000. KW: Do you have any goals for this year? JD: I have a lot of horses that I own myself. I have seven New York-breds; I’m pretty excited about those horses and would like to see them do well. One of my other goals would be to try to get into Hoosier Park more. This summer, my plan is to try to. I’ve got horses with a few guys I drive for and they want to race there. I went last year and I drove a few horses. I drove one stakes trotter (Homicide Hunter) that made almost $100,000 there for Curt Grummel. I’d like to get into Hoosier more and pick up more drives there, but it’s tough. I don’t know a whole lot of people there. KW: What do you most enjoy about driving and working with the horses? JD: The biggest thing I enjoy is driving babies and stakes horses. Seeing a horse come along. Even if they’re not the best horse at the beginning of the summer, bringing them along and hoping to see them the best later in the year. In Illinois, that’s the time when you want to be the best, on Super Night. KW: Have you ever wanted to do anything else? JD: Not really. When I was a little kid, we would send our horses to Chicago (to race) and two towns over there was a dog track that had an off-track betting parlor. We would go over there and watch the races at night. Ever since then, I was hooked and this is what I wanted to do. KW: How old were you then? JD: I was in fourth or fifth grade, probably 8 or 9 years old. I watched Dave Magee and those guys drive horses when I was little and I thought it was awesome. I just hoped one day I would get the opportunity to have people watch me on TV driving horses. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. KW: Now maybe some kid is watching you and thinking the same thing. JD: Yeah, that would be cool. KW: Well, thanks for all your time and good luck with everything. JD: Thank you. Any time. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Only seven freshman pacers went postward in the $86,000 American National Pace for harness racing  2-year-old colts and geldings. Roland N Rock kept his unblemished record intact, upping his win total to 14 with his 1:52.2 triumph for driver John Delong and trainer Duane Roland.   "I was pretty confident," said DeLong. "I thought he had a real shot in here and he showed it. Actually, we really wanted to give this horse a trip tonight, but when Brett moved in front, this colt grabbed on pretty well, so I said let's go. He did it all very easy, he's just awesome. I saw Earndawg coming in the lane, but it was Roland N Rock's night."   The son of Rocknroll Hanover followed Buckle Up (Brett Miller) out of the gate to the :28 first quarter, before pulling and taking the lead. From there, he continued through splits of :56.3 and 1:23.4, before drawing off by five, with a late challenge by the hard-pacing Earndawg (Todd Warren). Sir Mammo (Tim Tetrick) got up for third.   Twelve of Roland N Rock's victories have come on the Iowa county fair circuit, with his other win coming in a $21,450 Review Stake at Springfield on Aug.13, when he was clocked in 1:51.2, winning by 13¼ lengths.   "He was on idle at Springfield," Delong offered. "He was super impressive there and could have gone faster."   Roland N Rock's career earnings now stand at $83,445. He is the fourth foal out of his unraced Cambest dam Hank's Chip and is a half-brother to Sir Globalop Z Tam (by American Ideal) p,4,1:51.2 ($153,138). By Kimberly Rinker  

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