No Road Trip Required; Kentucky Derby Draws Big Locally

Indiana’s racetrack casinos and off-track betting (OTB) facilities expect large crowds for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in downtown Indianapolis, as well as two OTBs in Fort Wayne and Merrillville will welcome racing fans for a day of racing, entertainment, dining, and Kentucky Derby themed festivities.
The first Saturday in May is reserved as the biggest day in horse racing each season and this year is no exception, as millions of dollars will be wagered on what has become an annual national tradition. Indiana’s five simulcast race-wagering locations will be busy as they are the only locations in the state of Indiana to take wagers on the biggest race of the year. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB as well as off-track betting facilities in Merrillville and Fort Wayne will offer several options for racing fans to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Guests will enjoy a variety of traditional Kentucky Derby dining favorites, such as the Mint Julep signature drink, through free general admission and various levels of VIP reserved seating options. Racing fans will also take part in derby hat events, free derby-themed giveaways, and multiple specialty dining outlets at both racetrack casino properties. Tickets, priced at $50 per person, are still available for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s VIP tent where ticket holders will receive free casino cash, a collectible Kentucky Derby glass, reserved seating, and unlimited food and beverage.
Additionally, both Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park will offer guests the opportunity to enter the $10,000 Kentucky Derby Mega Bet. An annual favorite, the $10,000 Mega Bet will give one lucky guest at each property a $10,000 win bet to be placed on the horse of their choosing in the Kentucky Derby.
Advanced wagering at all locations will be offered on the Kentucky Oaks starting Thursday, May 1 and Kentucky Derby starting Friday, May 2. Both the Friday Kentucky Oaks and Saturday Kentucky Derby race cards begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. (EST). The signature Kentucky Derby race is set for a post time of 6:24 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 3.
 Kentucky Derby reservations at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB or one of the Off-Track Betting facilities can be made by calling:
• Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (Shelbyville): 317-421-0000
• Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (Anderson): 765-609-4527
• Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB (Indianapolis): 317-656-7223 (ext. 7)
• Merrillville Off-Track Betting: (219) 755-0000
• Fort Wayne Off-Track Betting: (260) 490-9006

Good Sound Advice Takes Top Trot at Hoosier Park

GOOD SOUND ADVICE INVITE 4-19

Good Sound Advise wins featured trot

In near gate-to-wire fashion, Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn captured the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 4-1, Good Sound Advice was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:55, just a tick off his career best.

Leaving from post five in the eight horse field, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but Facing Justice, driven by Jason Dillander, left the quickest. Facing Justice secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :28 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions.

Opting out of a pocket-trip, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice to the front and the top pair swapped spots going to the half. Good Sound Advice seemed to relax on the front and continued to dictate fractions of :58.2 and 1:26.4.

As the field rounded the final turn, Good Sound Advice looked large on the front and began to trot away from the field.  Final Breath and Hugh Beatty overcame a tough first-over trip to rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up. Using a :28.1 final panel, Good Sound Advice coasted to the wire to win by a length and a half.

Final Breath finished a game second while Martz Time and LeWayne Miller also rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ third choice, Good Sound Advice returned $10.40 to his backers.

“He is so much better with a trip and I was really hoping someone would come cover me up,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted. “But the way the race worked out, I was able to give him a breather down the backside and when he got away from them he felt really good. He was good tonight.”

Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his second win from six seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won eight of 62 lifetime outings while bankrolling $282,807 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms.

On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:51.1. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :26.0, :55.4, and 1:24.0 before holding off a late charge from Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score his second win of the season.

As the even money favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $4.20 at the betting window for the win. Nitro got up for the second place finish while Rustle’s Chip and Don Eash battled gamely to round out the trifecta.

No Respect Earns Respect in Fillies and Mares Feature at Hoosier Park

NO RESPECT INVITE 4-18

No Respect wins Fillies and Mares Feature

Dismissed at 8-1, No Respect turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 18. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her fourth win of the season in 1:52.2.

Leaving from post three, No Respect was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded but found herself in an early battle for position with the heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn. No Respect was able to grab the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived. Ritascape and Frank Davis were well placed in the pocket as Wrenn sent American Girl to the front from their spot along the rail in third.

American Girl reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :56.2 and continued to call the shots approaching the final turn with a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader with the Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Always About Katey and Tyler Smith in tow.

As the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. The field began to fan out across the track and American Girl appeared to be up to the task as she fought off Blissful Romance.

As the top pair battled on the front, Widger sat patiently along the rail in third but was desperately looking for racing room. Tipping three wide late in the lane, Widger asked No Respect for more and she responded gamely with a :27.2 final panel to grind out the victory.

“She was really good last week and I knew I wanted to leave out of there to get position,” Widger noted after the race. “Turning for home, I wasn’t sure if she had enough to get the job done but as soon as I asked her for more she found another gear and paced all the way to the wire. I was really impressed with her tonight.”

As the public’s fifth choice in the field of eight, No Respect returned $19.40 at the windows. Blissful Romance held on for second while Love This Place and Trace Tetrick rallied late for third.

The 1:52.2 victory was No Respect’s 17th career victory and just two ticks off her lifetime best. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fourth win of the season from 10 outings while increasing her bankroll to $47,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $271,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship.

Keep It Real Retires in Winning Fashion

KEEP IT REAL THE POLAR VORTEX

Keep It Real winning the Polar Vortex Pacing Series with driver Ross Leonard

Keep It Real made the final start of his racing career a winning one as he scored with driver Ross Leonard in the featured event, the $15,000 Polar Vortex pacing series final, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 22. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Keep It Real scored in a seasonal best time of  1:54.1 to score the second win of his 2014 campaign and final win of his career.

Trained by Ross Leonard, the eight-year-old horse swept the Polar Vortex Pacing Series as he scored his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park.

“He was a terrific horse to have in the barn,” Leonard noted. “We wanted him to go out in a winning way and we had our eye on this series once we found out about it.”

“He is a classy horse, everything about him,” he continued. “He was a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to drive. He is the type of horse you like to have in the barn and I’m glad to see him get the retirement he so very much deserves.”

Keep It Real will retire from the racing scene with 23 career victories from 75 starts, finishing on the board in 68% of his lifetime outings. While earning $562,615 throughout his career, Keep It Real established his lifetime mark of 1:49 as a four-year-old at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

The veteran pacer, who was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a foot injury, raced amongst the likes of champions Shark Gesture, Well Said, If I Can Dream and harness racing’s richest pacer, Foiled Again, throughout his eight-year-career. Keep It Real also raced in some of harness racing’s biggest races including the 2010 installment of Hoosier Park’s signature race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational.
A $45,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Keep It Real is a son of Real Artist. His mother, Magical Leah, was the 2002 New York Sire Stakes champion for 3-year-old filly pacers. His great-grandmother, Goddess Supreme, was the mother of Dignatarian, who won the 1984 Champlain Stakes and earned just shy of $1 million in his career.

Our Lucky Chip Romps in Seasonal Debut

OUR LUCKY CHIP INVITE 4-12Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip’s 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval thus far.

In a talented group of eight, Our Lucky Chip was hurried from the gate but settled along the rail in third. Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger also left alertly and were the first to get a call around the first quarter mark in :27.3. Tyber Tyke and LeWayne Miller protected their rail position and were nicely placed in second.  Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and the duo reached the front at the half mile mark in :55.

Royal Outlook and Peter Wrenn were the first to commit to the outer flow and Ideal Choice and Tyler Smith quickly followed suit. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Our Lucky Chip appeared to be up to the task.

With a final quarter in :27.2, Our Lucky Chip easily paced on to the wire to win by three-lengths. Tyber Tyke rallied gamely for the second place finish while Jammin Joshua rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $4.20 to his backers.

Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the horse with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll to $511,992. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art’s Chip-Lady Moira scored his 24th win from 45 lifetime outings.

The victory also marked win number five for Hoosier Park’s current leading driver, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick scored his first win of the night with Lieutenant Steve for trainer Sandra Rose and then went on to score with The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. Tetrick doubled up in the evening’s ninth and tenth race after he scored with trainer Erin Elliot’s Firstclassalthway and Mark Riever’s Justa Cowboy, respectively. Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 24 trips to the winner’s circle.

Hoosier Park to Offer Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool on Thursdays

The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 10.
                       
The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website. The Pick-4 wager on Thursday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners.

“Hoosier Park would like to thank the Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association for again partnering on the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4, which has become such a popular wager among horse racing fans,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore noted. “Building on the successes of last year, we are proud to offer the pick-4 wager and with the guaranteed pool, we feel that it offers remarkable value to the horseplayers.”

Two long-shot winners in the Wednesday Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover in excess of $1,000 and will be added to the $10,000-guaranteed pool on Thursday, April 10.

The 12-race card slated for Thursday, April 10 will be highlighted by a $17,500 preferred trot for fillies and mares. Also on the card will be the opening round of the Jerry Landess series, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime.

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Offering an extended stakes schedule this season, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15.

Clint Black Adds Indiana Tour Date

 

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced Friday that country music artist Clint Black has added an Indiana concert date to his 2014 tour. Black will take Hoosier Park’s Terrace Showroom stage on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m.

Rising from the ranks of Texas country music with his 1989 album Killin’ Time, Black charted five #1 hits – an extraordinary accomplishment at the time in any music genre. His debut album went on to earn multiple awards from the Country Music Association, American Music Awards, and the Academy of Country Music. Since his prolific debut onto the country music stage, Black has released more than two dozen country music hits such as “Like the Rain,” “Nothin’ but the Taillights,” “A Better Man,” “Where are You Now” and “When I Said I Do.”

Clint Black concert tickets, starting at $30, go on sale Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com. Concertgoers may also purchase directly from the box offices located in Shelby’s Gifts at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino or the Logo Shop located at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Club Centaur and Grand Rewards members will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased at their respective box offices.

Terrace Showroom: The Terrace Showroom’s design provides concertgoers the big venue comfort and sound with all of the personal service and attention to detail of an intimate concert experience. The 1,200-seat, state-of-the-art indoor facility features custom built and cushioned theater-style seating and an arena quality light and sound system. Additionally, 14 luxurious private suites complete with personal thirty-two inch HDTVs, modern lounge furniture, and a premium-dining menu set the venue apart from other Indy-area venues.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the fourth year in a row by the Indianapolis Business Journal and holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting facilities located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held Indiana owned and operated company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind. and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.centaurgaming.net.

American Girl Repeats in Hoosier Park Feature

AMERICAN GIRL HEAD SHOT 4-4American Girl and driver Peter Wrenn found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front running effort to capture the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 4. In just her second start of the season, American Girl switched up her tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:55.1 over a track rated good.

 Leaving from post seven, Wrenn made his mind up early and sent American Girl firing from the gate while the rest of the field battled for early position. Securing the top spot, American Girl dictated early fractions of :27 and :56.3.while Sectionline Yankee and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. The publics’ second choice, Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr., made a costly break around the first turn and were unable to recover. American Girl went uncontested down the backside as the field remained in single file order.

 Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4. Ross Leonard had Nutmegs Yankee well placed second over and the rest of the field began to tighten up turning for home.

 Igottafeelinfran appeared to be up to the task, but American Girl saved her best for last. Wrenn asked her for more and American Girl dug in gamely with a :28.2 final quarter to put a nose in front.

 Nutmegs Yankee rallied late in the stretch for the second place finish while Igottafeelinfran held on for third. As the odds-on favorite, American Girl returned $4.00 for the win.

 “She raced good last week,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in the winner’s circle, “But she was really on her game tonight.”

 Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 16th win from 57 career stars while amassing $392,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.

 The victory was also a driving double for Peter Wrenn on the evening’s eleven-race card as he scored with Good Sound Advice in 1:57.4 earlier in the evening.

 Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 5 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

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American Girl Captures First Feature of the Season at Hoosier Park

AMERICAN GIRL FILLIES AND MARES INVITATIONALAmerican Girl and Peter Wrenn made their seasonal debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $22,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 28. After winning an epic stretch duel, the-five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the season.

 Leaving from post six, American Girl was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth as the rest of the field fought for position. Ed Hensley and Pacific Date were the first to get a call and reached the first quarter mark in :28.4. Nutmegs Yankee and Ross Leonard opted for a pocket trip while No Respect and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. Pacific Date and Ed Hensley were left uncontested on the front and leisurely strolled to a :59.2 second panel.

 Feeling the pressure of the slow fractions, Tyler Smith tipped No Respect from the rail and began a powerful first-over bid with Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr.  in tow. No Respect was able to clear to front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.2 but was quickly joined by Blissful Romance on the outside.

 As the field turned for home, Blissful Romance was able to put away No Respect but still had her work cut out for her as American Girl came charging from behind. Using a :27.3 final panel, American Girl turned in a gritty performance to get the victory.

 “What a race,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in winner’s circle. “I didn’t know if we would be able to make up enough ground off the slow fractions, but she wanted to win tonight. She did all the work.”

 As the heavy betting favorite, American Girl returned $3.60 to her backers for the win. Blissful Romance was a hard fought second while Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners rounded out the trifecta.

 Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 15th win from 56 career stars while amassing $381,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.

 Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Favorites Prevail in Hoosier Park Co-Features

Summer Indian Captures Featured Trot

Summer Indian Captures Featured Trot

On a cold night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the favorites delivered in the $22,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, March 29. Kicking things off for the evening, current world record holder, Summer Indian was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to make his seasonal debut a winning one in 1:57.3 in the featured trot.  

 Leaving from post eight, Ricky Macomber Jr.  sent Summer Indian away from the gate just enough to grab a spot along the rail in fourth. Good Sound Advice and Pete Wrenn grabbed the early lead and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :59 before feeling ever being contested.

 As the field approached the final turn, Summer Indian began his long first-over bid for the front and reached the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter mark in 1:28.3. Good Sound Advice appeared to be up to the task as the top pair battled down the long Hoosier Park stretch, but Summer Indian was able to stick a nose in front at the wire.

 Martz Time and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Good Sound Advice held on gamely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Summer Indian returned $5.80 for the win.

 Trained by Hoosier Park’s 2013 leading trainer, Ron Burke, Summer Indian set the world record for 4-year-old trotters on a five-eighths mile track at Pocono Downs last season with a 1:51.1 performance. 

 Now five, Summer Indian notched his first win of the season and 22nd career victory. The gelded son of Majestic Son-A Touch of Frost has earned $366,636 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, J. Piattlll, Rtc Stable & Weaver Bruscemi.

 On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:53.4. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :27.0, :57, and 1:25.2 before holding off a late charge from Fashion Delight and Tyler Smith to score his first win of the season.

 As the 3-2 favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $5.00 at the betting window for the win. Fashion Delight got up for the second place finish while Lucky Jet and Jason Dillander rallied late for third.

 

 Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, April 3 with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the 2014 live racing season, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

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