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WASHINGTON, PA - Diamondtequilashot moved smartly first over and rolled to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Diamondtequilashot was third near the three-quarters when Tony Hall sent her after the leader Touchamatic. The 7-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger-Straitequilanite overpowered that rival and held off the late rally of Crisp Mane to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2. Lakeisha Hall shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Bill Rhoades trains the winner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $334,674, for Rick Senger. It was one of three victories for Rhoades on the 13-race card. Trainer Dirk Simpson, who enjoyed a three-bagger Tuesday, added a pair of Wednesday wins. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features an $83,673.46 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

Columbus, MN - The Tuesday night (September 10) harness racing program at Running Aces featured a trio of Open Handicap pacing events, one for Mares, one for Horses & Geldings, and one for two year olds.   The $14,000 Horses & Geldings Open was an action-packed affair with Firedrake (Nick Roland) firing fastest off the gate to the early lead before releasing the front to Top Notch (Rick Magee) who was immediately confronted by Who'szoomingwho (Darrell Wright) who took over the front just before the half mile in a solid :56.1.   Who'szoomingwho dominated the affair from there, and withstood strong pressure from Skim The Top (Don Harmon) throughout the final half. Firedrake angled out near the three quarters and was charging hard outside at the wire but ran out of racetrack to fall a half-length short of the leader as they crossed the line in 1:52.3. Skim The Top fought hard to the wire as well to check in third and was only beaten by 3/4 of a length.   Who'szoomingwho ($12.60) is an 8 year old gelded son of Palone Ranger, and out of the No Pan Intended mare Southwind Tiki, he is owned by Mariah Wright and trained by Darrell Wright.   The $15,000 Mares Open Pace went to Amasa Arion ($4.20, Rick Magee) who converted a perfect pocket-trip into a new lifetime mark in 1:52.4 for Owner Kristy Casagranda and Trainer Rick Magee. The ultra-sharp 4 year old daughter of Western Thorn has now won eight of eleven starts this year, and has bankrolled $80,609 on the season. Juslikeaqueen (Dean Magee) was home second and Strings (Nick Roland) checked in third.   The $10,000 two year old Open Pace went to heavy favorite Bunkerhill Phil (Don Harmon), who scored his 9th win of the season, and became the winningest horse this season at Running Aces with a 1:57.3 tally over longshots Grace N Honor (Rick Magee) and Thegreatestislove (Darrell Wright). The winning Owner/Trainer is Gene Miller. Bunkerhill Phil has now banked $44,349 in eleven career starts.   The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot has a carryover of $8,139.20 and is expected to be guaranteed at $20,000 (pending regulatory approval) for Saturday night (September 14). There will be mandatory payouts in all pools on Saturday night as well, as the season closes out with the huge Night of Champions program that will offer purses of nearly $500,000. Post time on Saturday is 6:00 pm (Central).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces

DAYTON, OH. - Juslikeaqueen continued her every-other-week winning tradition on Friday night (Dec. 29) during Hollywood Dayton Raceway's penultimate program of their 2017 harness racing  meet. The 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly captured the $18,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace following an hour-long delay to grade snow off the racing surface. Jerseylicious (Tyler Smith), making her 100th career start with $775,540 banked, was first to spring off the gate taking the field to the first quarter in :27.1. Driver Jeremy Smith tucked Juslikeaqueen into the garden spot followed by Amazing Arya (Kayne Kauffman) and Safe From Terror (Chris Page), the diminutive mare trying for her 23rd win of the season which would have given her the distinction as the winningest horse in North America in 2017. Juslikeaqueen moved to the front before the :56.4 half and was able to remain there at the 1:25.2 third stanza and the 1:54.3 finish line. It was the winner's fourth victory in her last eight starts with the triumphs coming on alternating starts. Juslikeaqueen was claimed for $21,250 early in the Hollywood Dayton season, which commenced in September and has won seven starts for new owner Antonia Storer in 3-1/2 months. With her 11th seasonal score, Juslikeaqueen's bounty this season grew to $98,120 after a lackluster freshman season with just four starts, no wins and $4200 in earnings. She is trained by Daniel Maier. Jerseylicious held for second with Diamondtequilashot (John DeLong) garnering the show dough. The final program of the Hollywood Dayton race meet is Saturday night (Dec. 30) with a 6:15 post time. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Well traveled Secret Threat scored his most impressive harness racing victory of the year Saturday night (Sept. 16) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway winning the $18,500 Open Pace in 1:51.4. Driver Josh Sutton tucked along the pylons in the early going, allowing five of his foes to battle for position in front of him through a taxing :26.4 first quarter mile. The eventual winner was moved into second-over position in the outer flow by the :54.4 halfway point, then tipped three-wide as the field sped past the 1:23.1 third quarter clocking. Secret Threat collared frontrunning Kolt Power (Chris Page) in deep stretch while 30-1 longshot Nvestment Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) made a valiant stretch bid that fell just short but yielded a show finish. It was the fifth win of the season for Secret Threat, a 5-year-old son of Palone Ranger owned and trained by Justin Lloyd. He now has 26 career tallies in exactly 100 lifetime starts and passes the $250,000 bankroll plateau with this triumph. A race earlier, Whataboy (Chris Page) and On The Rantan N (Jason Brewer) couldn't be separated by the photo finish camera following a 1:52 mile, producing the fastest dead-heat in the brief four year history of Hollywood Dayton. The $14,000 condition race featured a full field of non-winners of ten races or $75,000 lifetime. Racing resumes next Friday night (Sept. 22) following a brief respite during Little Brown Jug week in Delaware, Ohio. Gregg Keidel  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 1, 2017...Wild Wanda, with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, won a wild finish in Pompano Park's $11,000 harness racing mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday night, holding off Pertty Music (George Napolitano, Jr.) by a scant head in 1:52.1. Jets Are On (Wally Hennessey), closed fastest of all in the race--:27.2--to finish third just a half-length away after being last much of the mile. OK Heavenly finished fourth, 1¼ lengths away while Metro Glide finished a late-charging fifth, just two lengths back in the tightly knitted field of six. At the outset, it was a wild scramble for supremacy as Wild Wanda outdueled Yes You Can before yielding to Pertty Music just a few strides past the :27.1 opener. Around turn two, Macomber pulled on his mare's right line and she was quickly up to regain control past the half in :56. The pace quickened on the backside with Wild Wanda pacing her third quarter in :27.3 to reach the third station in 1:23.3 with Pertty Music now edging a closer second, Yes You Can two lengths further back. In the lane, Wild Wanda was put to the test as Pertty Music began gnawing away with Jets Are On finally finding her way off the pylons and sweeping up on the outside. In that aforementioned wild finish, Wild Wanda found the wire first with Pertty Music just a head away. After the event, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. remarked, "I was a little worried when we hit the final turn because, last week, she really didn't finish her mile like she usually does and the three-quarters was in that same time--1:23.3. "This week, she dug in a little better and held off George's (Napolitano) mare (Pertty Music). They both raced well and Wally's mare (Jets Are On) came flying, too." Trained by Jamie Macomber for Mary Jo Rheinheimer and the Dojea Stables, the six year-old daughter of Palone Ranger won for the 25th time during her career, sending her lifetime bounty to $335,995--$11,880 in her three starts so far in 2017. As the slight favorite at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Wild Wanda returned a $4.60 mutuel to her faithful. Racing continues on Saturday night with a memorial event honoring the late, great horseman, Frank O'Mara. O'Mara recently passed away at the age of 84 after a grand career that included such stars as Nite Shirt, Timely's Best Man, Keystone Accent and Mystic Park. The O'Mara Memorial is carded as the second race on the Saturday night program. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2016 - Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 29. Using a near gate to wire performance, the harness racing five-year-old mare held off her rivals in the long Hoosier Park stretch to find the wire first in 1:51.1. Wild Wanda left alertly from the gate but so did a host of others in the field. Ubettorbeturlife and John DeLong were gunning for early position but it was White Metro and Jason Dillander who would get the first call through the opening panel in :27. Their lead would be short lived as Wild Wanda continued to press on to the front and eventually reached command just before the half in :55.4. White Metro was content to sit in the pocket while Stable Eyes and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow. Wild Wanda continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1 but the rest of the field was closing in. As the field turned for home, Stable Eyes had reached the leader's wheel and the rest of the field started to fan out across the track. Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and she found another gear. Using a :27 final quarter, Wild Wanda cruised to the wire under a hand drive to finish two lengths in front of Ubettorbeturlife. Stable Eyes held on gamely for third. As the post time favorite, Wild Wanda returned $5.20 at the betting window. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda notched her sixth win from 20 seasonal outings and 19th lifetime victory. Owned by L. Rheinheimer, D. & J. Rheinheimer, and M. Rheinheimer, the 5-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger-Viking South Coast is in the midst of her best season to date as she sent her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Wild Wanda has now amassed $257, 825 in purse earnings lifetime. The victory was also one of three wins on the evening's 14-race card for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Macomber Jr. teamed up with trainer Ron Burke to find the winner's circle with Speed Trap and Call For Justice earlier in the evening. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 30 with a 13-race card. 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, please visit Emily Gaskin

Three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 and the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Matrix of Luck, the Hoosier state's two-year-old pacing colt champion, returned to his winnings ways to score in 1:50.3, the fastest division of the evening. With Mike Peterson at the lines, Matrix of Luck protected his rail position and was sent away from the gate firing through an opening panel in :27. Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Tyler Smith grabbed a pocket seat while Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander were next in line third. Matrix of Luck went uncontested through splits of :55.1 and 1:23.1 but saved his best for last. As the field turned for home, Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller were the first to commit to the outer flow and taking aim at the leader. Mgsperkg Bluegrass tipped from the pocket but Matrix of Luck was too strong. Using a :27.2 final quarter, Matrix of Luck finished four lengths to the good over Mgsperkg Bluegrass and Uncmprmsing Z Tam. Owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Debbie Cullipher, Matrix of Luck scored the first win of his three-year-old season from two starts and eighth lifetime win. Trained by Roger Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor's Maid also established a new lifetime mark with the win. In the next division, Bourbon Chase recorded his first stakes victory to remain perfect in three starts this season, scoring tonight in 1:51.2. Driven and trained by Dan Shetler, Bourbon Chase made his game winning move down the backside and used a :27.2 final quarter to secure the win over Shocking Image and Trace Tetrick. The homebred son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty was unraced at two but has won all three of his lifetime outings at three. Owned by Dan Shelter and Kristin Shetler, Bourbon Chase has now earned $20,500 lifetime. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a gritty, front-running effort to take the third split of the stakes action in 1:51.2. It was the second consecutive victory for the Ron Burke trainee who also established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and P. Collura, Ville Valo has now won three of seven seasonal starts while bankrolling $22,310 in 2016. The gelded son of Real Desire-Pleasantville has now won six of 17 career outings. Each of the divisional winners from the three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for June 4 at Hoosier Park. The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 15 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 31 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. Emily Gaskin

Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 13. Racing from off the pace this week, the five-year-old harness racing mare used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:50.3 and established a new lifetime best in the process for the second consecutive week. Wild Wanda was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while American Girl and Trace Tetrick came away firing. American Girl reached the front at the first quarter in a snappy :25.3 while White Metro and Jason Dillander left just enough to grab a pocket seat. American Girl dictated middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:23 while the rest of the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. American Girl looked strong on the front turning for home but would have her work cut out for her as the rest of the field closed in. White Metro was the first to take aim at the pace setter but was unable to make up on any ground on the leader. Macomber Jr. tipped Wild Wanda to the outside and just when it looked like she was running out of race track, she found another gear. American Girl dug in gamely on the inside but it was Wild Wanda who found the wire first by a neck. White Metro maintained her position to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Wild Wanda returned $3.60 at the betting window. Trained by Jamie Macomber, Wild Wanda notched her third win from 13 seasonal outings and 17th lifetime victory. Owned by L. Rheinheimer, D. & J. Rheinheimer, and M. Rheinheimer, the daughter of Palone Ranger-Viking South Coast has earned $204,375 lifetime. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 14 with a 13-race card. 2015 Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete will look to score his third consecutive win this season in the $21,000 Invitational Pace, the eighth race on the card. 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, please visit Emily Gaskin

Pompano Beach, FL…December 22, 2015…Richard Silverman’s Cashahallic, a neck shy of the winner’s circle last week, was not to be denied this time around as he conquered seven harness racing rivals to score a handy 1:55.1 win in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot over Pompano Park’s oval, officially rated “sloppy” due to torrential rains just minutes earlier. The seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall, again handled by regular pilot Aaron Byron, pinned a two length defeat on the late charging My Revenuer, driven by Rick Plano, with the favorite, Auspicious Hanover, third for Kevin Wallis. Pounce Hanover finished fourth in the octet while Rainbow Gold picked up the final award. When the Hummer sped away at the start, both Pounce Hanover and Cashahallic showed alacrity leaving with My Revenuer also in the mix and Auspicious Hanover leaving and wending his way into fourth after beginning from the outside eight post. Around the opening bend, Cashahallic assumed command and took the field through an opening panel in :27.1 before gliding over to the half in :57.4. On the backside, Byron let out a notch and sent Cashahallic through a :28.2 third panel, putting a damper on any threats developing while reaching the third station in 1:26.1. From there, the issue was never in doubt as Auspicious Hanover and My Revenuer could not get closer than two lengths to the winner with the latter earning place honors in the photo. After the event, driver Aaron Byron said, “Richie’s horse (Cashahallic) is such a consistently good trotter. I think he’s been 1-2-3 in about half of his lifetime starts so you know he’s going to give you the best he’s got each start. “Since the track was off tonight because of the rain, I thought I’d try him on the front end to keep the mud out of his eyes. I think he likes being in the thick of the action because I won with him a few starts ago practically wire-to-wire. “It worked out very well and that second quarter (:30.3) helped his cause a ton.” The win—Cashahallic’s 23rd lifetime—pushed his 2015 scorecard to 7-5-6 in 32 starts, good for $66,273. He’s closing in on $300,000 lifetime--$293,320 to be precise. As the 3 to 1 second choice in the wagering, Cashahallic paid $8.60 to win. That win, incidentally, capped a “natural” daily double as the Byron-Silverman duo teamed up to score in the race prior with Ms Casey Mac, a three year-old daughter of Neutralize. Carding front end panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26.1, Ms Casey Mac fought off the stiff challenge of Sue’s Night Out (Brad Kramer) to score by a head in 1:55.4, a new lifetime mark despite the “off” track, annihilating her previous mark of 1:58.2 over the Windsor, Maine half mile oval. Marion (Gilles Barrieau) was five lengths back in third. For Ms Casey Mac, it was her eighth win of the year in 16 starts, pushing her 2015 bounty to $56,962. She paid $7.40 to win as the second choice in the win pool. Pompano’s co-feature trot, the $9,000 Winner’s Over, was won by the 12 to 1 outsider Winding Hill, driven by John MacDonald for owner-trainer Dennis Whittemore. This four year-old son of Here Comes Herbie, fifth early on, blitzed his rivals with a backstretch blast, taking the lead three-eighths out and romping home a length-and-a-half the best in 1:56.1. Jessie’s Promise, with Mark O’Mara driving, finished second after chasing the winner the entire last lap while Bold Strike, prominent early, finished third for Wally Hennessey. Sailer Eddie finished fourth while Saint Patty’s Doll picked up the nickel in the field scratched down to eight. Winding Hill won for the fifth time this year in 24 starts, pushing his bankroll for the year to $40,225. He’s banked $98,335 lifetime. As fifth choice, Winding Hill paid $27.20 to win. Also of note is the winning streak of the claiming pacer Cherokee Ranger, now at five. The four year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger, now trained by Francis Tambolleo for owner Lesbia Luz Perez de Luna after being claimed last week, made a sweeping four wide backstretch move to the front and romped home a seven length winner in 1:53.3 for Jason Dillander for his 11th win of the year. The 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Cherokee Ranger paid $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a 14 race card and a special early post time of 7:00 p.m. The track has added a second Pentafecta and an additional Pick-4 to the program with the Wednesday Pick-5 pool guaranteed at $20,000, including a carry-over of $3,553. The initial Pick-4 (races six through nine) has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…December 15, 2015 - Harness racing driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. continued his successful comeback after a short “surgical” absence from the racing wars when he guided Wild Wanda to a two length win in Pompano Park’s $12,100 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday night. The four year-old daughter of Palone Ranger, trained by Jamie Macomber and owned by the Rheinheimer’s—Larry, Douglas, Jeanie and Mary Jo—completed her journey in 1:51, a lifetime best, after securing the lead after a hot :26.4 and then on to even hotter fractions of :54.1 and 1:22 en route to the handy win over Classic Carpet, driven by Mike Micallef, with Pertty Music and Ed Hensley teaming up for show honors. Sandysgoldenhour finished fourth while Art Frenzy picked up the minors in the bulky field of 10. Wild Wanda won for the fourth time in 20 starts this year sending her seasonal earnings to $82,338 and $151,965 lifetime. In observing the new lifetime mark time of 1:51, Macomber said, “Maybe we should rename her ‘Freaky Feet Wanda,” referring owner Mary Jo’s ownership interest in the great Freaky Feet Pete. “She went a very huge mile and had something left at the end despite the demanding pace.” As the fourth choice in the betting pool, Wild Wanda paid $15.00 to win. Also on Tuesday night, Pompano Park’s lucrative Late Closer action continued with the second leg of the Interloper for claiming trotters and the Optimist for claiming pacing geldings, contested in two divisions. The Interloper went to the classy 12 year-old warrior Celtic Merchant, handled this night by Brad Kramer for owner-trainer Steve Oldford. This altered son of Angus Hall led every step of the mile, clocking fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3 before safely sealing the issue with a :29.4 finale, stopping the tele-timer in 1:56.2, his fastest winning performance in over two-and-a-half years and the 42nd career victory in his storied career. Browner Shuttle finished a fast closing second for Ed Hensley while Gimme The Loot, teamed up with Marcello Spano, finished third. Princess Crown finished fourth and a mild bid around the final turn and Witty’s Winner finished fifth in the field of nine. In a post-race interview, trainer Steve Oldford gave high praise for his trotter saying, “you know, this horse has been awful good to me. I won the Billings Gold Cup with him and he’s got just an amazing heart. “He suffered an injury some months back so we nursed him back to health and, yes, he’s 12, but he’s come back like a four year-old. “We usually give him three days off—he’s had over 200 starts—and then we jog him over the soft track at Sunshine Meadows before he sees the (starting) gate. “Brad (driver Kramer) handled him perfectly, too.” In this abbreviated 2015 season, Celtic Merchant now sports a 5-2-1 scorecard in nine starts with $17,334 in earnings. He’s banked $339,752 lifetime to go along with his 10 year-old mark of 1:54.4. As the 7 to 5 favorite, Celtic Merchant paid $4.80 to win. The first division of the Optimist went to Ashley Johnson’s Cherokee Ranger, scoring for Dave Ingraham in 1:53. This four year-old son of Palone Ranger, trained by Dustin “300” Ingraham, stretched his winning streak to four, pinning a two length defeat on Clive Hanover, handled by Mike Micallef. W F N, shuffled to last around the final turn, rallied for third with Kevin Wallis in the bike. The early leader, Dr. Flamingo, finished fourth while Flak Jacket finished fifth in the sextet to pick up the nickel. Cherokee Ranger was actually last early but brushed up strongly after a :27.1 opener and wended his way into contention—third halfway through the mile clocked in :56.4—before surging to the lead three-eighths out, passing the third station in 1:24, and then sealing the issue with a :28.1 finale for his 10th win of the year, good for seasonal bounty of $28,653. The second division went to the favorite, Lightning Legs, handled by co-owner Ed Hensley for co-owner and trainer Ashleigh Hensley. This six year-old son of Peruvian Hanover, won for only the second time this semester by covering the mile in 1:55, a seasonal best. Mountain Air, with Bryce Fenn in the bike, finished second, 1 ¼ lengths back, while Dynamic Rayzer finished third for Dave Ingraham. Star Chaser, prominent early, finished fourth and All American Major was next in the septet. At the outset, both Lightning Legs (post six) and Dynamic Rayzer (post seven) left with alacrity with the latter winner the early war through an opener of :27.2 before relinquishing the top spot to Lightning Legs, making a second move to control the festivities through a well rated second panel, reaching the half in :57. On the backside, Lightning Legs began to feel the heat as Star Chaser made a first up bid, reaching the saddle pad of the leader at the third station in 1:25.3 In the lane, Lightning Legs put away that challenge and held off the late surging Mountain Air to score the win. Lightning Legs now has nine lifetime wins and $34,489 with this win worth $2,250 being the richest payday in his career. He paid $4.40 to win. Finally on Tuesday night, the fourth race pentafecta combination of 6-2-8-1-10 was left unscathed and a carryover of $6,004 awaits in Saturday’s fourth race. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:30 p.m. as the track moves into their five-night-per-week schedule of Saturday through Wednesday. by John Berry for Pompano Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 14, 2015 - In an action-packed harness racing undercard leading up to the 22nd edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the fillies were the first to strut their stuff in the first two editions of the four $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Friday, August 14 and each post time favorite certainly relished the spotlight. Nora Rockwell, whose owner and trainer, Marlin Fry was a bundle of nerves prior to the contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies, proved the public was spot on and Fry had no cause for concern as she would let no other rival put their nose down first on the wire. She captured her event in 1:51.0, which ties her lifetime mark and was the public's overwhelming choice at 4-5. White Metro, the second selection at 2-1 came away on top and led the field through the first quarter in :26.4, but Yannick Gingras, who picked up the drive this evening, confidently sent Nora Rockwell straight to the lead. She paced a half in a strong :54.3, with Rockin Good breathing down her neck and hit the three quarter pole in 1.21.3. At the top of the lane the favorite dispensed of that lass, but faced another challenge in Mystical Treasure. Throughout the length of the strength Mystical Treasure attempted with every stride to overhaul the leader, but Nora Rockwell refused to be denied as she tripped the timer by a very long head, with Mystical Treasure annexing second place and White Metro in the show slot. The daughter of Palone Ranger and the V P Finance mare, Norma Rockwell, paid $2.40 to win, now sports a resume of 31-13-9-2 and has collected purse money collected of nearly $250,000. "I knew there was no way I wanted to behind that horse and although I have not driven her before I was confident from the program lines, as well as how she felt, I had the horse to do it," Gingras said. "She paced through some fast fractions, but she felt great right until the finish line. I am very thankful for the drive. I'm not here at Hoosier Park very often, but whenever you get the opportunity to drive a horse like this in a $75,000 race you are thrilled to have it. She definitely is a very nice filly and it was a pleasure to drive her." After the scratch earlier in the day of what would have been the heavy favorite in Churita, the 3-year-old final for trotting fillies definitely left the door wide open for any member in nine horse field to rise to claim the crown. The wagering public decided to cast their lot with the Ron Burke conditioned Hannelore Hanover who was sent to the gate as the 1-5 favorite. It was Diamond Dagger, however, at 10-1 that took the field through the first panel in :28.0 and the half in :57.0. Midway to the three quarter pole the rest of the fillies decided to give chase with Jesse's Promise the biggest threat. After three quarters in 1:26.0, Hannelore Hanover made her bid and it was a demolishing one. The filly, steered by Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver in Ricky Macomber, trotted by the rest of her colleagues like they were standing still and continued to pour it on all through the homestretch. The duo stopped the clock in 1:55.0, which is a new lifetime standard for the daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare All Society. Jesse's Promise and Diamond Dagger were second and third. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 to win and is the property of Burke Stable, Weaver and Bruscemi, William Haas Jr. and Frank Baldachino. With her third victory of the season, the filly now possesses a career record of 16-4-8-2 and a bankroll of roughly $165,000. "We only started her twice as a 2-year-old because she was sore and we think she had a cranky attitude because of it," Jamie Rucker, Burke's assistant trainer, said. "Also, we knew she was a nice filly and we would just bring her back this year. You have to be patient with her and let her do what she wants to do out there. Did she see how she totally changes her stride while she's racing? For the first half (mile) she is kind of choppy but she knows when it is time to go and she shifts into gear. Then she adjusts and is perfectly gaited. We are very pleased with her and think she is improving at the right time." Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 15. With an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m., Saturday's 14-race card will feature the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old divisions. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit Kimberly French

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 24, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued to play host to Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, July 24 as they featured two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race harness racing card. It was a night ruled by favorites, as both divisions were won by the publics' choice. Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51. With the win, Nora Rockwell notched her fifth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and established a new lifetime best in the process. In a talented field of ten, Nora Rockwell left just enough to protect her rail position. Can't Touch Her and Ross Leonard were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 but their lead would be short lived as Rock The Look and Trent Stohler were out and firing. Just as Rock The Look took command, Dillander had Nora Rockwell aimed to the front and she dictated fractions of :55.2 and 1:22.4. Rockin Good and Jared Finn were the next to make a move to the front and were matching strides with the leader turning for home. Nora Rockwell continued to fend off challenges from the field and used a :28.1 final quarter to find the wire a head in front of a hard charging Can't Touch Her. Rock The Look rounded out the trifecta. As the bettors' choice, Nora Rockwell returned $5.00 at the betting window. "She is awesome," trainer Marlin Fry said with a smile after the win. "She has been a lot of fun. I've always known she was a nice filly but this has absolutely been a surprise, much, much more than I ever expected. Jason has a done great job with her, too." Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 12th lifetime victory and now sports a career bankroll of $188,572. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell recorded her eighth victory from 15 seasonal outings with the win. In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, Ginger Shark turned in her own impressive performance to score in 1:52.2 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final with driver Trace Tetrick in the bike. The 1:52.2 clocking not only established a new lifetime best for the Brian Brown trainee but also equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old pacing fillies. Ginger Shark remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. Ginger Shark rattled off splits of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:24.3 before sprinting away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Ginger Shark paced on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. As the 1-5 favorite, Ginger Shark returned $2.40 at the betting windows. Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $95,000 from four career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, July 25 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. Hoosier Park will also play host to the opening round of the 2015 Champion Driver Series on Saturday. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 30, 2015 - On a night where Indiana's brightest harness racing stars were out in full force, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors on Saturday's 14-race card. The rain didn't seem to inconvenience Wiggle It Jiggleit as he posted his tenth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory to remain undefeated in ten career starts. Leaving from post seven in a talented group of ten, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent away from the gate firing by driver Montrell Teague to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26. As heavy rain continued to fall, the rest of the field sorted out early position with Rockin Ron and Rick Plano grabbing a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite. Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to dictate fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were the first to pose a threat as they were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front after being parked for the much of the mile. Freaky Feet Pete would finally find the rail as he was able to tuck in behind the leader rounding the final turn but would have his work cut out for him with Wiggle It Jiggleit inching away with every stride. With Freaky Feet Pete now on his back, Teague asked Wiggle It Jiggleit for more and the colt responded with a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by a length. Freaky Feet Pete turned in his own impressive performance to grind out a second place finish after a very taxing mile. Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall rounded out the trifecta. "The weather didn't bother me; you've got to race in all kinds of weather," owner George Teague Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "Good horses you don't have to make excuses for and we didn't have to for him tonight, he was able to overcome it." "He's had two great races now and did everything we wanted him to," he continued. "Now, he can go on to those other races and hopefully earn some respect against the other horses. He seems to travel well and be easy on himself so we'll head to the North America Cup and see how it goes up there." Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $142, 242 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover. Wiggle It Jiggleit  The action-paced night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Churita looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as she overcame the outside post nine to score in 1:55. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita dictated fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26 before cruising to a five length victory. The 1:55 victory was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and her second consecutive victory in 2015. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 10 of 12 lifetime outings. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $310,725 lifetime. Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in a gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:52.2, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her third victory of the season. "She has matured quite a bit from last year and tonight she was all business," owner, trainer Marlin Fry noted after the win. "She is doing now what I thought she might always be capable of. Jason (Dillander) has done a great job with her." Nora Rockwell is a homebred daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell. She has now won seven of 22 lifetime outings while earning $81,072. While the stakes action switched gears, the weather did not. Rain continued to fall on the Hoosier Park surface but Homicide Hunter and John Delong seemed unbothered as they scored a decisive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts. The 1:55.1 was a lifetime best performance and the second consecutive win from two seasonal outings for the Curt Grummel trainee. Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Homicide Hunter was able to avoid traffic trouble and early breakers to put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile. Using a :27 final quarter, Homicide Hunter held off the heavily favored, Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington, late in the lane to win by four lengths. "It wasn't exactly how I thought the race would play out but the trip worked out for us," Delong noted after the race. "We made a couple of adjustments after last week and tonight he was awesome. He's a perfect gentleman to drive and he does everything you ask of him. He really raced great tonight." Homicide Hunter sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won five of 12 lifetime starts. Each of the four stakes winners from tonight's program have now earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 2 with a 14-race card. Emily Gaskin

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