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ANDERSON, Ind.-May 27, 2017 - For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening's action packed 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, May 27. I Know My Chip, with Sam Widger in the bike, kicked off the evening's program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for older trotting geldings to 1:52.1 in the first race of the program, a $21,000 Invitational Trot. The 1:52.1 mark was a new lifetime best for I Know My Chip and re-established a record that stood for three years, a mark that was previously held by Natural Herbie with a 1:52.3 clocking. In an abbreviated field of six, I Know My Chip left alertly from post five to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.2. As the heavy betting favorite, Churita and Trace Tetrick also left aggressively from post six and would eventually grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. I Know My Chip was content to sit in the pocket as the quick pace continued and Churita called the shots through the third split in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Churita braced for the stretch drive as I Know My Chip loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, I Know My Chip tipped from the pocket and cruised home to a four length victory over a fast-closing Call For Justice and Ricky Macomber Jr. After a ground saving trip, Captain John Henry and Dale Hiteman held on for third place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, I Know My Chip returned $14.20 to his backers. "He's a very nice horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's great to drive and very easy to get along with. The trip worked out in our favor tonight and he did the rest. He was very game tonight." Trained by Walter Haynes Jr., the five-year-old son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown recorded his third seasonal victory from 12 outings and 24th lifetime victory from 69 starts. The previous Ohio Sires Stakes Champion has now amassed $539,993 in lifetime purse earnings. I Know My Chip is owned by the partnership of Brian Carsey, John McGill, and the Black & White Stable. I Know My Chip The win with I Know My Chip was one of two winners for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 12-race card. Widger also teamed up with trainer Jeff Cullipher to find the winner's circle with Au D Lox Bluegrass in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1, Au D Lox Bluegrass recorded her fourth win of the season from eight outings. Au D Lox Bluegrass New Talent Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a 14-race card on Tuesday, May 30 featuring the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies. 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

LEBANON, OH. - Martz Time completed the sweep of weekly $22,000 feature open race repeat harness racing winners on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at Miami Valley Raceway. Noone To Depend On duplicated her mares open pace victory on Friday night, Meadowbrook Thunder did likewise versus the best 'boys' in southwest Ohio on Saturday night, and Martz Time topped MVG's best trotters for the second straight time on Tuesday afternoon. With outside horses leaving aggressively in the top trot, driver Kayne Kauffman was unhurried with Martz Time and content to race near the back of the pack during the first three-quarters of the fray. When the field bunched up around the final turn Martz Time was forced to swing three wide before picking off horses one-by-one through the stretch. Shortly after passing his final foe, the winner cruised under the line in 1:56.1 to top fellow closer Rockinthepines (Andy Shetler) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater). Pacesetter Insomniac (Brady Galliers) faded to fourth after cutting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Walter Haynes Jr. trains Martz Time for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. The 8-year-old gelding now sports 36 lifetime wins and $437,016 in earnings. Two divisions of $12,500 claiming mares went to post in first leg action of their "Claim To Fame" series. Ginger Tree Alexis (Tyler Smith) captured the first split in 1:53.1 over Transit Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Cenaltafirecracker (Chris Page). Caviart Scarlett (Mike Oosting) proved best in the second division, topping Geisha Girl N (Chris Page) and A Little Starstruk (John DeLong) in 1:53.1. A total of five of the 16 mares in the two contests were collared via the claim box by new owners. The $8000 male claiming pacers also opened their annual series in four full 10-horse divisions. Turbo Mach (Trace Tetrick) beat Dunside Art (Mike Oosting) and Sand Summerfield (Jeremy Smith) to the finish line in 1:54.2; Grantor Hanover (John DeLong) topped Perma Grin (Pierce Henry) and Pastapalooza (Jason Brewer) in 1:54; Mikes Hope (Trevor Smith) was a 1:55 victor over Peck Blue Chip (Jason Brewer) and Fantastic Rock (Trace Tetrick); and Status Quo (Tyler Smith) was a 1:56.1 upset winner in the final test over Holy Chip (Kyle Ater) and P L Inferno (Kayne Kauffman). A total of 14 of the 40 combatants were successfully claimed by new connections, most of whom will presumably enter the second leg when claiming tags grow by 25%. Gregg Keidel

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