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LEBANON, OH - After a two month absence, It's A Herbie returned to the Miami Valley harness racing winner's circle following Tuesday (April 6) afternoon's $20,000 Open Trot. Using the winner's customary come-from-behind tactic, driver LeWayne Miller rallied him from sixth and last at the half and fourth at the top of the stretch to edge Lane Of Stone (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.4. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for the five-year-old son Here Comes Herbie. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) earned the show dough in the compact field. Verlin Yoder owns It's A Herbie, who now has 17 career victories and eclipsed the half million earnings plateau with the win. IT'S A HERBIE REPLAY   Ohio-sired trotting colts went postward in two $15,000 elimination divisions of the annual James K. Hackett Memorial late-closer, which kicks off the Buckeye stakes season. The $40,000 championship leg will be raced next Tuesday (April 13). Winning Ticket (Aaron Merriman), who banked $95,047 as a two-year-old, commenced his sophomore season by coasting to a 1:55.3 score over Fire Cross (Trace Tetrick) and Lockbox (Chris Page). Come On Sail (Tyler Smith) also qualified to advance to the lucrative final from the first split. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns Winning Ticket with partners Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. WINNING TICKET REPLAY   Panzano (Noble) guided another Beaver trainee to victory in the other division, beating Credit Ace (Chris Page) and Tango With Me (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:56.1. The Spaaaartners Stable own the son of Coraggioso, who also earned $75,224 in his two-year-old campaign. Peter's Royalty (Josh Sutton) and Poets N Pirates (Tetrick) also earned spots in the $40,000 championship field. PANZANO REPLAY   Racing resumes Friday (April 9) and Saturday (April 10) at Miami Valley with the customary weekend 4:05 p.m. post times. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway            

Harrah's Hoosier Park kicked off their 2021 harness racing season with a $20,000 Open Pace feature and Family Recipe needed every inch of the long stretch Friday to get up by nose over Ana Malak N. Trained and driven by Lewayne Miller, Family Recipe was the first off the gate in the seventh race main event. Then, after getting the lead, gave way to Americanprimetime (Peter Wrenn) to the opening quarter mile in :26.3, happy to grab the pocket trip.The race favorite The First Step (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was sitting in third place. Then after a half mile clocked in :54.4, The FIrst Step came first-over to challenge Americanprimetime and was stuck outside, unable to get the lead past the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and giving Ana Malak N (Sam Wiidger) second-over cover. In the stretch, The First Step had the lead most of the way down the stretch, but was off the rail, allowing Family Recipe and Miller to shoot up the inside and into the lead, barely holding off Ana Malak N at the wire to win by a nose in 1:51.3. Ana Malak N was second with The First Step third by only a half length. FAMILY RECIPE REPLAY   It was the third straight win and fourth triumph of the year for Family Recipe. The four-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin is co-owned by Lewayne Miller, W Manders, A J Vieira and the Never 2 Late Stable. He paid $8.00 to win as the second choice in the race. For full race results, click here. After a successful opening night of the 2021 live harness racing season on Friday, March 26, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $45,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, March 27.  The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday as longshots prevailed and put an interesting spin on the opening night action. A $15,707.75 carry-over will kick-start the $45,000 Guaranteed Pool set for Saturday. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for Saturday’s 14-race card. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for one of the biggest payouts to date last season with a $15,157.36 winning ticket paid out. Free past performances for Saturday’s live racing card, including the Hoosier High-5 sequence, will be available on Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Harrah’s Hoosier Park kicked off the 2021 live racing season and did it with a bang as the bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season. Handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $703,202 in all sources handle for the evening. All sources handle was up an impressive 7.5% over opening night in 2019 with the same number of races carded. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days and not only offer an extended racing season but will also bring back Sunday live racing cards.  Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink with files from Harrah's Hoosier Park  

Harness racing driver LeWayne Miller is a fan of the three-leg Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, and has a "compelling" reason to look forward to Friday's (Feb. 19) $25,000 final. Miller will be driving the morning-line favorite, Compelling.   Compelling and Miller will start from post five in the final, which will be contested at the added distance of 1-1/4 miles. Compelling won a first-leg division of the medley, raced at five-eighths of a mile, and finished second in a second-round split, which was raced at the standard distance of one mile.   Perfect Chapter As is the 7-2 second choice in the final. The 7-year-old gelding won a second-leg division and was third in an opening-round division. The Ron Burke trainee will start from post six with Chris Page in the sulky. Shake It Mary, who won both of her preliminary legs, is 5-1 from post seven. The 5-year-old Sherif Cunmulaj-trained mare will be driven by Dan Noble.   Compelling, a 7-year-old mare, was an Indiana Sire Stakes champion at age 4. She is owned by Verlin Yoder and has spent the majority of her career at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Lifetime, the daughter of Swan For All out of First Lady Two has won 18 of 72 starts and $270,378.   "She's a very nice mare," said Miller, who is training and driving Compelling while she competes at Miami Valley. "She knows where the wire is, and she likes that last quarter (of a mile)."   Compelling used her finishing kick to win her first leg in the Beissinger. She was sixth at the half-mile point, nearly eight lengths from the leader. She won by a head.   "I was a little concerned about the five-eighths because it's such a short distance and she's a little lazy, so sometimes it takes her a little bit longer to get in gear," Miller said. "But she definitely closed strong. I think the pace was hot enough early that they just got a little tired late."   Compelling's racing style gives Miller reason to be optimistic in the Beissinger's extra-distance final.   "I like the mile-and-a-quarter for her because her best game is at the end of the mile," Miller said. "You approach (the race) the same way, you just have to be a little bit patient and manage when to use your horse. I think she will be all right in there."   The medley series honors Howard Beissinger, a Hall of Fame trainer-driver and the winner of three Hambletonian Stakes. Beissinger, who died in 2018, maintained his base of operations in Hamilton, Ohio, less than 10 miles from Miami Valley Raceway, throughout his career.   "I love the idea of it and like the way they have it set up," Miller said about the varied-distances event. "It's a nice thing to have. It's fun."   Racing begins at 4:05 p.m. (EST) Friday at Miami Valley. For the card's complete entries, click here.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

LEBANON, OH - It's A Herbie overcame an uncovered overland harness racing journey to win Miami Valley's $22,500 Open Trot on Tuesday (Feb. 9) for the second straight week. Trainer-driver LeWayne Miller has the 5-year-old son of Here Comes Herbie in fine form for owner Verlin Yoder, who lives and trains the rest of his stable in Florida in the winter months.  Miller settled 'Herbie' into fourth place along the pylons briefly as the ten-horse field hit the quarter in :28.4. It wasn't long thereafter, however, that the winner began his first-up pursuit of the leader Muscle Fashion (Trace Tetrick). Up to third at the pedestrian :58 half, It's A Herbie managed to lap on to Muscle Fashion's wheel just past the 1:26.4 third timing station. The two raced as a team until halfway down the lane when Miller's mount pulled away to the 1:55.3 victory. Swan Chase (Tyler Smith) proved best of the rest.   Second leg action in the Robert J. Brown Memorial Trot Series, for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime, also took place on Tuesday to determine the finalists for next week's $20,000 championship. Winners were Circle Of Life AS (Tyler Smith, 1:59, $6.80), Gogo Riches (Kyle Wilfong, 1:59.1, $7.20), Howyadoinbub (Dan Noble, 1:58.3, $4.40) and Miss Smead (Don Eash, 1:58.4, $15.60). Circle Of Life AS and Howyadoinbub were repeat winners and will likely be favorites in the final. Joining the four second leg winners in the final will Pick Me Upper, Ti' Punch, Chelseas Magic, Golden Genes, Bentley Blu and Panthera AS. A final pair of Claim To Fame series eliminations for $5000 claiming mares were contested to determine the ten finalists for a $15,000 test next week. Top five finishers were Rockin Peggy (Josh Sutton, 1:57, $6.20), Well Wishers, Looking Santastic, Gators Ben Winning and Jeramaya from the first split. Mary Catherine A (Tetrick, 1:57.1, $2.80) copped the second elim, followed across the line by Princess Oshie, Summer Party, American Sweet Pea and Eternal Bliss. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - The Friday (Feb. 5) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley was the $22,500 Mares Open Pace, won by Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) for the second straight week, but the most anticipated races were a pair of divisions going 5/8ths of a mile dashes in the first leg of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley. The second leg of the annual Beissinger Memorial will go a standard mile, then the third and final $25,000 championship leg will go 1-1/4 miles on Friday, Feb. 22. Nominated horses could not have raced for a purse over $15,000 in their last three overnight starts. Compelling (LeWayne Miller) won the most exciting split, racing in the back half of the pack throughout most of the one lap contest before charging from sixth to first in the stretch drive. The Next Triumph (Trace Tetrick) went nose-to-nose with Compelling most of the stretch, but settled for second in the end. Pink Tulip (Jason Brewer) got up to garner the show monies. Verlin Yoder owns Compelling, who he shipped back from Florida to the LeWayne Miller barn early in January. She has responded well to the cooler weather by hitting the board in all four of her starts to commence the new season. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) copped the other division in 1:11, giving the distaff set a sweep of the Beissinger's first leg action. In this heat, the front end held up as Noble cut the fractions of :27.1 and :56 for the first half-mile, then tacked on a :15 final eighth to win it. Lets Go Bucks (Jeremy Smith) made a valiant late rush to secure a solid second place finish, while Perfect Chapter AS (Page) was next to cross the line. Sherif Cunmulaj conditions Shake It Mary for the Rushcreek Stable. After a productive 2020 campaign, the 5-year-old daughter of Dontyouforgetit has put together an impressive three race win streak of late. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 6) when the first leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley for pacers will commence with a pair of 5/8ths mile dashes. From Miami Valley Raceway                

LEBANON, OH. - Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight harness racing victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time. Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip. As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pole, Miller moved the winner into second-over position but still had four foes to pass. Advancing one spot to fourth on the outside at the 1:23.2 third stanza, Eliza Dushku N saved her best work for last. Swinging three-wide at the head of the lane the 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight wore down pacesetter Newsday (Tyler Smith) and fellow closer Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) to complete her 1:53.2 triumph. The John Ackley trainee, who races for the CT Stables LLC, paid $13.80 to win. Coupled with Colorful Sky, the exacta was worth $87.60, while the 50-cent trifecta including Newsday paid $180.20. The first leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 claiming mares split into two divisions and Ron Burke stablemates Danikova and Johns Baby Girl stole the show, with driver Chris Page sitting behind both winners. Danikova topped Model (Trevor Smith) and favored Atlantic Star (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 in the first division. Johns Baby Girl bested Part Time Hanover (Jason Brewer) and Velocity Lana (Jeremy Smith) in 1:54.2 in the second split, but the winner will be racing for new trainer Michael Hitchcock in the second leg via the claim box. Four divisions of $12,500 horses and geldings also got their Claim To Fame series underway on Friday night. Six other Claim To Fame classes will get underway over the next four days of racing at Miami Valley. From Miami Valley Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.   LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double. In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ticket. The 33-year-old Indiana reinsman then followed that up with a solid favorite, Buff's Image, in the second race returning just $2.80. The daily double kicked back a healthy $172.20 payoff.   E R Betty allowed LeWayne his third trip to the winner's circle in the seventh race trot, returning a $7 mutuel to her faithful.   Trevor Smith matched Miller's back-to-back victories with scores of his own in the third and fourth races of the day. Pence Hanover ($8.20) was the first tally for Trevor, the 23-year-old younger brother of Tyler Smith. Next up was Mystical Charger, another longshot who rewarded backers with a $24.60 return.   Ufpfortydevensgirl completed Smith's hat trick when she upset a field of condition claiming mares from a second tier start. Her $69.20 mutuel payoff was the highest of the day.   Brett Miller notched victories with Ilooklikeanallstar ($11.20) in the fifth, Mountain High ($10.80) in the tenth, and Latenite Trick ($10.20) in the nightcap.   All three catch drivers with the hat tricks notched their wins for three different trainers.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good. Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday's $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus and Circle City stakes. For her career, she has 18 victories in 25 starts and has finished worse than second only twice. She has earned $575,900 and is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. "She's done very well for us," said Miller, who co-owns, trains and drives Grand Swan. "She's a big, strong mare. I really don't feel like we've seen the best of her just because she likes to race against someone. She's not one that will draw off and win by five; she waits on other horses to chase her. "I really don't know how good she is. There were a few times when you thought she was beat, they'd come eye her up, and then she would take off with them." Grand Swan faces nine foes in the Crossroads of America. The field includes The Ice Dutchess, a multiple Grand Circuit winner coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, and $10,000-supplemental entry Pure Chance, who brings her own four-race win streak to Friday's race. A daughter of stallion Swan For All, Grand Swan is out of the mare Queen Mum. Joe Yoder, who is part of the Grand Swan Racing ownership group, bought Queen Mum in foal with the filly and trained Grand Swan down at age 2 before turning her over to Miller. She won eight of 12 races last season and continued to blossom after turning 3. "She grew up a lot and matured a lot," Miller said. "Last year I didn't feel comfortable getting locked in or sitting with her for a long time, she just got a little too anxious last year. This year training her down we trained her to help her with that and she really learned from it. "Her manners (are her best attribute). She's very professional and takes care of herself. In the post parade and scoring down she's nice and relaxed. When you ask her to go, she goes. She does whatever you want to do." Following the Crossroads of America, Grand Swan is eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would take Grand Swan out of Indiana for the first time. "We're planning on that," Miller said. "Then we'll turn her out and bring her back (next year) and see how she is. We're probably going to stake her to some of the aged races. We want to be careful because it's a tougher transition from 3 to 4, so we'll probably pick our spots." Friday's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park also includes the $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, $220,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, and $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 13, 2019- Sophomore harness racing pacing colts & geldings were back in the spotlight and as predicted, turned in ultra-competitive stakes performances on Friday, September 13 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening featured two $49,000 divisions in leg seven of eight Indiana Sire Stakes legs for the division as the horses prepare for the upcoming Stakes Super Finals next month. Each division produced slight upsets with victories from Shamwow and Tellmeaboutit. In division one, Shamwow turned in a gritty performance to get the victory over rival Rockie Got Framed. After finishing second to Rockie Got Framed in his last two starts, Shamwow was able to turn the tables and stop the timer in 1:50, just a tick off his lifetime best, for trainer Melissa Essig. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockie Got Framed with Ricky Macomber Jr. quickly grabbed the lead, as they were looking their third consecutive stakes win. Alwaysasweetvictory with Todd Warren settled in second while Shamwow with LeWayne Miller waited patiently in third, poised to attack through the opening quarter in :27:0. At the half in :55:3, Miller guided Shamwow to the outside and urged him to the front to grab the lead from Rockie Got Framed who was content to sit in the pocket. Ima Real Ladys Man with Michael Oosting began pressuring the leader at the third quarter in 1:23:4 and was able to stick a nose in front as the field turned for home. The top trio matched strides in the stretch and it appeared to be anyone's race. Using a :26.1 final quarter, Shamwow fought back gamely to stick a nose in front and reach the wire first, followed by Rockie Got Framed in second and Shamwow in third. Shamwow paid $5.20 to win at the betting windows. "I knew I wanted to be forwardly placed," driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "We've been trying to teach him how to race and that was a big mile tonight by him. He raced really strong." Shamwow, the son of Always A Virgin-Bolero, has won five of eight lifietime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. Unraced as a two-year-old, Shamwow now sports a lifetime bankroll of $96,875 for owner, breeder Cornerstone Stock Farm. Not to be outdone, division two was the fastest division of the night as Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting found the winner's circle after a sizzling 1:48:4 effort. The 1:48.4 time was a new lifetime best for sophomore colt and just one-fifth of a second off of the current track record for three-year-old pacing geldings. Pure Rock with Rick Plano used their customary front-running tactics to grab the lead from the coveted post five. Jagger Rocks with Sam Widger followed in second while Tellmeabout waited patiently in third. The field remained in straight formation through an opening split of :25:4, but just before the half Jagger Rocks was given the green light and grabbed the front position at the half in a snappy :53:2. Tellmeaboutit began his attack on the leader when Oosting moved him second-over and he was able to take the lead just before the third quarter in 1:21:4. Tellmeaboutit used the long quarter-mile stretch to bolster his lead on the field, and ultimately crossed the wire three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit                                                                 --Linscott photography Little Rocket Man with Trace Tetrick rallied from well back for second while Ollie's Ztam with Ricky Macomber Jr. dug in for third. Tellmeaboutit paid $8.20 to win for his betting backers. "I've always known he's a nice colt," trainer Alvin Miller revealed after the victory. "We're just trying to keep everything together. He's got a little bit of an ornery streak in him. I always knew he could go that fast, just wasn't sure how far." Tellmeaboutit is the son of Tellitlikeitis-Portia Blue Chip and has now won nine of 23 lifetime starts. Bred by Lavon Miller, he now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $186,930 for owners Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 14. The evening's live racing card will feature both a $20,000 Open Pace and a $20,000 Open Trot. Indiana Sires Stakes action will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card featuring two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts & geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--June 20, 2019--Harness racing driver LeWayne Miller has had his share of big nights in his young driving career at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino but on Wednesday, June 20, Miller had one of his biggest. Not only did Miller score five driving wins on the evening's 14-race card, he also recorded his 1,000 career driving win. In addition, three of the five victories were recorded with horses also trained by Miller including Gotwuteverittakes in the co-featured event of the evening, the second division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:55.2. Heading into the evening's program Miller needed two wins to reach the 1,000 win milestone and he went right to work, capturing the first race of the night behind Last Mission, a horse he also trains. Miller reached the 1,000 win club in the fourth race of the evening after scoring from off the pace with another horse from his stable, Madeline's Cray Cray. Stopping the timer in 1:53.4, Madeline's Cray Cray recorded her second consecutive win of the season and provided a career milestone for the 32-year-old reinsman. "I tried not to think about it but I felt like I had a good chance to reach 1,000 coming into tonight," Miller said with a smile. "I had a bad week last week, I felt like I had a monkey on back so it feels great to have that one under my belt and even better to do it with one of my own that I train. That's pretty special to me." In just his tenth season as a driver, Miller began his driving career under the direction of trainer Erv Miller in 2009 and had 25 recorded drives with seven trips to the winner's circle. Since, Miller has lined up behind the gate over 8,000 times and surpassed the $12 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 158 races and earned over $2.2 million in purse earnings. For the past six consecutive seasons, Miller's earnings have eclipsed the $1 million mark. "I never dreamed I would be here," Miller continued. "As a kid I used to come watch the drivers at Hoosier Park but never thought it would be possible for me to be out here competing with them. Tonight was one of those nights you don't forget. It feels pretty awesome." After notching win 1,000, Miller went on to win the very next race with Karefree Kara for trainer Dylan Davis and visited the winner's circle again a few races later with Alwaysasweetvictory for trainer Ken Rucker. Miller's final win of the evening came after steering Gotwuteverittakes to victory in the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. Gotwuteverittakes captures the second division of the $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. --Linscott Photography Sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite, Miller had the son of Bluto-Raysofgrace De Vie perfectly positioned second over turning for home and the colt used a :27.4 final quarter to record his second win of the season. Miller also co-owns Gotwuteverittakes with Last Chance Racing Stable and C11 Racing. "He's got a lot of talent," Miller noted after the victory. "He has his share of problems but he is a nice colt. He's still learning and I don't think he was 100% tonight but we made some changes after his last start and they really seemed to help him. I enjoy training these young horses and watching them develop." One race that Miller did not win was the first division of the $47,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts. It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder continued their winning ways and delivered as the heavy favorite, going gate to wire in 1:55. Owned, trained and driven by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory this season and his sixth win from 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 with three divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com .   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 23, 2019--Tell Me Its Summer and driver, trainer LeWayne Miller continued their winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after capturing the $18,000 Go On BB Series Final on Thursday, May 23. Tell Me Its Summer prevailed in a tight photo to score in 1:50.3, extending her harness racing win streak to six and also remains undefeated this season. The 1:50.3 clocking established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. After drawing to the outside in her last three starts, Tell Me Its Summer left from the coveted rail position in a talented field of ten. Unhurried from the gate, Miller settled the filly along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Kinda Like Kori on a mission to the front and she dictated snappy, first half fractions of :25.3 and :53.4. Lady Capulet and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and began their long, first-over grind just past the half. Miller quickly grabbed the cover and had Tell Me Its Summer in perfect striking position, second-over. As the field reached the third station in 1:23.1, the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Lady Capulet had reached command turning for home and braced for the cavalry charge behind her. Tell Me Its Summer tipped out late in the lane and was able to put a nose in front as four fillies hit the wire together. Sage Ivy and Dale Hiteman came storming home to get up for second place honors while Lady Capulet battled gamely to hold on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Tell Me Its Summer returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I really wasn't sure how the race was going to work out," driver LeWayne Miller said after the victory. "I knew she would fight them off if she had to but the trip ended up working out perfect for us. I didn't think they would go that much but she loves to race off a helmet." "Her last start she really impressed me," Miller continued. "It was a sloppy night and she went a big mile. She has her issues but she gets better with every start and I still think there is room for improvement with her." With the win, Tell Me Its Summer increased her lifetime to bankroll to $34,250. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred filly is owned by Victory Hill Farm. Tell Me Its Summer is scheduled to make her next start in Indiana Sires Stakes action which is set to kick-off next at Harrah's Hoosier Park next week. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 24 with a 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-4 sequence sparked a carryover of $10,772.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Friday. A $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High-5 pool will also be offered in Race 14 on Friday's card. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of harness racing longshots that did not win preliminary legs of their respective Claim To Fame Series did capture championship finals at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) over a sloppy strip dulled by warming temperatures followed by a persistent chilly rain. Winwood Scout (LeWayne Miller) proved best in the $15,000 trotting split, besting favorites Undercover Strike (Kayne Kauffman) and Mikey Hanover (Brett Miller) in 1:56.3. Miller got away fourth with the 9-year-old son of Keystone Nordic before moving into the outer flow just prior to the halfway juncture. Still third at the three quarters station, Winwood Scout was steered wide at the head of the stretch to engage and ultimately wear down the more highly regarded frontrunners. Although the series finalists staggered home following taxing fractions over the sticky track, Winwood Scout showed the most resolve in the final strides. Jana Cromer claimed the winner of the $27,500 final just a week ago and entrusted him to Charles Stewart to prep for the series championship. Winwood Scout returned an $18.40 mutuel, despite the fact he was dispatched as the betting favorite in both of the preliminary legs. A purse of $17,500 was on the line when the $8000 claiming mares championship went postward. The race resulted in the largest win payoff of the day when driver Josh Sutton steered Turnitdownforwatt to a 1:55.1 victory despite the disadvantage of starting from post nine. The 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover mare was ducked when the gate swung open, but moved early into the outer flow. With live cover, Sutton moved the ultimate champion up to fourth at the :56.2 half and third at the 1:25.2 third timer. With good momentum, Turnitdownforwatt collared even-money favorite Dolly's Girl (Trace Tetrick) in mid-stretch. Fellow longshot Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) closed with resolve to grab the sizeable show dough. Turnitdownforwatt paid a whopping $80.40 to win while the exacta with Dolly's Girl returned a handsome $263.20 return. Larry Finn trains the winner for owner Joseph Baron. A $25,000 Open Trot was also presented with All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) returning to his winning ways for the first time in two months. The 6-year-old Swan For All gelding bested Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) and Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in 1:55.3 for his fourteenth career victory, increasing his earnings to over $168,000 for owners Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas. The 5-2 second choice of the betting public is trained by Ken Rucker. Four $6000 divisions of the first elimination round of a Survivor Series for bottom level $5000 claiming mares resulted in the field being reduced in half. The top five finishers in each of the four races advanced to round two next week when the purses jump to $7500. The top five from those eliminations will compete in a $15,000 championship a week later. Winners in Week One were Grimalkin (Brett Miller), Bugatti Beauty (Dan Noble), Friskie Teddy (Noble) and Star Of Our Show (Travis Seekman). The 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 at Miami Valley, contested over races ten through fourteen, went unsolved on Monday afternoon and now features a $4793 carryover into Tuesday (Feb. 5) afternoon's program. In conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering program, the Pick 5 pool will feature a $10,000 guarantee. Post time for the tenth race is usually around 5 p.m. on a matinee at Miami Valley. From the Miami Valley Media Department

ANDERSON, IN - August 21, 2018- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, outside post nine, Grand Swan turned in another dominant performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, who also trains the freshman filly, Grand Swan used a sharp, front-running effort to score the victory in 1:57.1 over a sloppy rated track and extend her win streak to six in the process. Miller wasted no time and sent Grand Swan to the front from post nine but she would have to work for position as a host of others also left for position. Verlin Yoder and Kissesforall were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.3. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. were content to grab a pocket seat while Pink Tulip and Doug Rideout were next in line third. Grand Swan grabbed command just before the second station in :59.1 and continued to call the shots uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:29.1. As the field turned for home Sam Widger had Kota's Swan applying pressure first-over and she was quickly matching strides with the leader. Miller asked his mount for more and Grand Swan dug in gamely, putting together a :28 final quarter to get the win by a length. Kota's Swan had to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall held on to round out the trifecta. As the 4-5 favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She always fools me a little bit," Miller noted after the victory. "She's so laid back so it's hard to tell how she feels but she loves to fight them off. I had to ask her a little bit when we turned for home but I knew she would fight them off if she could. She's getting better and stronger with every start." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her sixth seasonal win from eight lifetime outings. It was the sixth consecutive victory for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $145,125 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday as they play host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 13 race card will also offer several signature wagering opportunities. The Pick-4, Pick-5 and Hoosier High-5 all went unsolved on Tuesday's program and will feature carry-overs for Wednesday's program. Along with the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10, Hoosier Park will also offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5, with a carry-over in excess of $6,000. The Pick-4, which is featured in Races 3-6, will be kick-started by a $3,881.36 carryover while the Hoosier High-5 will be highlighted in the last race of the evening with $4,006.91 in carryover money up for grabs. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -July 31, 2018- Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 31 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Swandre The Giant and driver, trainer Brandon Bates continued their winning ways in the second round of stakes action as they scored their fifth consecutive victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Swandre The Giant was another open length winner scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Swandre The Giant left alertly from post six but would grab a pocket seat behind Lite Years Away and LeWayne Miller. Lite Years Away dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.2 while Swandre The Giant waited patiently in the pocket. Lite Years Away continued to call the shots reaching the third station in 1:26.3 but Bates gave Swandre The Giant the green light and he ranged up and was matching strides with the leader turning for home. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, Swandre The Giant was able to track down Lite Years Away and hold off a late surge from It's a Herbie and Verlin Yoder to get the win by nearly two lengths. "That's kind of what expected as far as the trip is concerned," Bates noted after the victory. "That other horse showed early speed and he (Swandre The Giant) trains off a helmet at home. He just has unbelievable manners, he will let you do anything you want with him-he's a professional in every sense of the word." With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in five starts this season. Owned by Panic Stable, T. Ehardt, B.Hochman, R. Barone, the son of Swan For All-Adagio has now amassed an even $100,000 in lifetime purse earnings. On the filly side of the stakes action, Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller followed suit and continued their winning ways in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, scoring in 1:55.4. With the win, Grand Swan made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action and recorded fourth consecutive victory. Leaving from the trailing position, post ten, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Ricky Macomber Jr. had the post time favorite, Measuredperfection, pointed to the front and she quickly grabbed command from post nine. Measuredperfection clicked off fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Savannah's Lucy and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow with Grand Swan in tow. As the field turned for home, Miller tipped Grand Swan out from behind cover but Measuredperfection appeared to be up to the task. Grand Swan dug in gamely late in the mile and took advantage of a costly break by Measuredperfection to coast on to the wire six lengths in front of Tatiana Romanova and John DeLong. As the betting publics' second choice, Grand Swan returned $5.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought so we had to go to plan b," trainer, driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "I thought we had too much ground to make up turning for home but as soon as I asked her she found another gear." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her fourth seasonal win from six lifetime outings. The 1:55.4 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $97,625 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Leslie G. Cahn. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 1 with a stakes filled 14-race card. Wednesday's live racing program will feature six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old competitors. 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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN - Indiana-sired freshmen trotting fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 10 as the evening's 12-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and $20,000 consolation for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Grand Swan, with LeWayne Miller in the bike, was able to overcome the outside post position nine to find the winner's circle in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final and make a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action. After scoring in 1:56.4 in her elimination last week, Grand Swan turned in another dominant performance to stop the timer in 1:56. Miller sent Grand Swan away from the gate but would have to work for position as a host of others also left alertly. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr., the heavy post time favorite, were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but eventually yielded the lead to Grand Swan who was unable to find a spot along the rail. Grand Swan pressed on the front and led the field through splits of :57.4 and 1:27.4 before being tested. As the field turned for home, Macomber Jr. tipped Measuredperfection out from behind the leader and she quickly trotted up to engage the leader. Just when it looked like Measuredperfection may have the edge, Miller asked Grand Swan for more and she dug in gamely to get the win by a length. Measuredperfection was forced to settle for second place honors while Sea Swan and Verlin Yoder utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Grand Swan returned $10.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I knew I had to leave to get some kind of position," Miller, who also trains and co-owns the filly, noted after the win. "I had to use her quite a bit getting to the front but she's pretty special. She's a special filly." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her second seasonal win from four lifetime outings. The 1:56 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $50,125 for owners LeWayne Miller and Joe Yoder. One of the biggest upsets of the evening came in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting fillies when Savannah's Lucy staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile to score as the longest shot on the board. With Andy Shetler in the bike, Savannah's Lucy returned $96.40 to her backers at the betting windows and stopped the timer in 1:58.1 to record her maiden breaking victory. Trained and owned Aaron Stutzman, the daughter of Guccio-Seductive Lady has now amassed $10,375. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 11 with the first of five $75,000 finals for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool with $6,686.61 in carryover money.* The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park with a 20-cent minimum wager and features a reduced takeout of 12%.With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park      

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2017 - Bluebird Jesse and LeWayne Miller pulled a stunning 47-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 31. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4., Bluebird Jesse used a well-timed rally late in the lane to hold off his rivals and in the process, lowered his lifetime mark by nearly two seconds. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bluebird Jesse was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Woodside Austin and Brandon Bates fired off the gate from post eight to get the first call through a snappy opening panel in :26.4. Swan Chase and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. opted out of a pocket trip and pressed on to reach the lead at the second station in :57. Swan Chase continued to call the shots down the backside but his lead would be short-lived as My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon also wanted a turn on the front. My Uncle Cuz led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3 but was quickly joined on the outside by Mystical Motor and Dale Hiteman. Mystical Motor was able to wear down the leader but his biggest threat was still behind him as Bluebird Jesse was perfectly poised to strike from second-over. As the rest of the field began to tire, Miller asked Bluebird Jesse for more and he found another gear. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, Bluebird Jesse cruised on to the wire nearly two-lengths in front of his next closest competitor. Swan Forever and Trace Tetrick rallied powerfully 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. After the disqualification of My Uncle Cuz due to interference on the backside, Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Bluebird Jesse returned $97.40 at the betting windows. "He's a great horse to be around," trainer, owner Keith Roth noted in the winner's circle. "He doesn't ship very well but that's about the hardest thing about him, other than that-he does everything right. LeWayne (Miller) gave him a perfect drive, that's the way he likes to race and he really raced great tonight." With the win, Bluebird Jesse recorded his fourth victory from nine seasonal starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bluebird Swandrful has now won five of 16 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $73,400. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, June 1 with a 14-race card featuring a $10,000 guaranteed pick-4 in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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