Guaranteed Wagers Featured on Wednesdays at Hoosier Park

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The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of two signature wagering opportunities for the 2016 harness racing season. Beginning Wednesday, May 18, Hoosier Park will add a new $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta to the wagering menu and will be offered in the opening leg of the pick-5 wager every Wednesday night. 

In addition, Hoosier Park will also move the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool, currently offered on Thursday nights, to Wednesday nights in races 3-6. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers on Wednesdays throughout the live racing season.

“Wednesday nights have proven to be strong nights in terms of wagering for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “We feel the addition of these guaranteed wagers will only reinforce the type of mid-week wagering activity we have seen on Hoosier Park throughout the simulcast world.”

The $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the first race of the pick-5 sequence each Wednesday night. On a 14-race card, the guaranteed trifecta will be offered in the tenth race of the program with an approximate post time of 8:45 p.m. No superfecta wagering will be available on the race featuring the $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta.  

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 6:25 p.m. (EDT). Free past performances for the Pick-4 races will be available on Hoosier Park’s website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website. The Pick-4 wager on Wednesday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners.

The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .

 

Derby Day Festivities Mark Signature Weekend at Hoosier Park

HP-DerbyMailer-8 5x5 5-4_16Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will celebrate two of the biggest days in horse racing, The Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6 and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, by welcoming racing fans with extended operating hours, advance wagering, and dining specials all leading up to the excitement of the 142nd running of the Derby. With two $1,000 Kentucky Derby mega-bet drawings, a hat contest, live harness racing, and entertainment throughout the day, it will be a Derby party like none other.

Known as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” since 1875, the first Saturday in May has been reserved for the greatest race in horse racing – a $2 million, one-and-a-quarter mile race featuring the very best three-year-old horses in the sport. All of Indiana’s 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 in Shelbyville, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle OTB and Voo Doo BBQ & Grill in New Haven will offer several reserved seating and free general admission options for racing fans to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs.

Guests at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will enjoy a variety of traditional Kentucky Derby weekend favorites, such as the Oaks Lily and the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep signature drinks. On Friday, The Official 142nd Kentucky Oaks Collector glass will be available with the purchase of an Oaks Lily.  The Official 142nd Kentucky Derby Collector glass will be available with the purchase of a Mint Julep on Saturday. The Derby fashion, dining and entertainment that will be on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will suitably represent the nation’s biggest, most storied, horse race.

“Our goal is to bring the pomp and ceremony of Derby Weekend to our racing fans at Hoosier Park,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.  “Whether it is mint juleps or beautiful women’s hats, one will feel the excitement of racing’s greatest weekend just as though they were in the stands at Churchill Downs.

Two lucky Hoosier Park guests will get the chance to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse he or she believes will win the Kentucky Derby. The winner must wager the entire $1,000 sum on the horse they believe will place first in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.  This exclusive mega-bet drawing will take place at approximately 5:15 p.m., with the bet being placed prior to the Kentucky Derby post time.  Hoosier Park has provided guests the Kentucky Derby win bet opportunity in the previous two editions of the Kentucky Derby and for the second consecutive year, a winning bet was made.

Hoosier Park will also offer racing fans a free hat contest on Saturday, May 7. Guests are also encouraged to take part in a photo booth located near Club Centaur. All guests who post a picture or check-in at Hoosier Park on Facebook will receive a $5 win bet on the Kentucky Derby race. Racing fans can also enjoy Shelby’s Gifts merchandise, Kentucky Derby trivia, and various give-aways throughout the day on Saturday.

The precursor to the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, will kick-off the weekend of horse racing festivities on Friday, May 6, with the Kentucky Derby running the night of Saturday, May 7.  The entire Derby weekend at Hoosier Park will include property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales.

Advanced wagering will be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby on Thursday afternoon. The signature Kentucky Derby race has an estimated post time of 6:34 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 7.

Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ on Saturday will also offer kids activities, face painting, and various other entertainment geared toward the younger racing fans. Live harness racing will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:45 p.m. with an action-packed 14-race card. Additionally, Churchill Downs’ full racing card will be shown throughout the Hoosier Park property. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hoosier Park Features to Freaky Feet Pete, Hannelore Hanover

On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner’s circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week.

Freaky Feet Pete scores his second consecutive victory of 2016 at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete scores his second consecutive victory of 2016 at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50.2 over a sloppy rated track.

Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Freaky Feet Pete dictated first half fractions of :27.1 :55.2 while Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip. With the heavy betting favorite calling the shots on the front, the rest of the field remained in single file line down the backside.

Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow but Freaky Feet Pete began to inch away from the field with every stride. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display as the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance.

Freaky Feet Pete cruised to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick finishing six and a half lengths in front of Fearless Diablo. SF Donttellonme and Joey Casagranda used a late closing kick to round out the trifecta.

With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 26th career victory from 29 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,136,724 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.

Hannelore Hanover remains undefeated in 4 starts in 2016.

Hannelore Hanover remains undefeated in 4 starts in 2016.

In much the same fashion on the trotting side of things, Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:52.4 over a track rated good. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third behind Churita and Trace Tetrick who reached the first quarter mark in :28. Macomber Jr. gave Hannelore Hanover the green light down the backside and the Ron Burke trainee easily reached the front to dictate middle fractions of :57 and 1:24.4.

As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover was two lengths in front of her next closest competitor and used a :28 final panel to coast home three lengths to the good. Churita maintained her position to finish second while Rever Ever rallied nicely to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $3.20 at the betting window.

The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated in four starts in 2016. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $345,324 lifetime.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 3 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com

Freaky Feet Pete Steps Out in Fine Fashion

Freaky Feet Pete wins 2016 debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Freaky Feet Pete wins 2016 debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, was a dominant winner in his 2016 debut on Saturday, April 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event on the card, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished two lengths in front of his next closest competitor, stopping the timer in 1:49.4.

The Larry Rheinheimer trainee wasted no time as he came away from the gate firing to reach the front in an uncontested opening panel of :27. Nitro and John DeLong benefitted from a pocket trip while Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line, third.

Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled down the backside to reach the second panel in :55.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file line approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking a 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete once again showed the flashes of speed that has made the pacer so popular.

Under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and utilized a :26.4 closing quarter to pace away from the field. Nitro maintained his position to finish second while Bluehourpower rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window.

“We are glad to have that one out of the way,” Rheinheimer noted in the winner’s circle with a smile. “There’s a lot of pressure, especially with his first start, but he qualified well and he seems to be as good as ever so that’s all we can ask for.”

“I told Trace (Tetrick) good luck and be safe, that’s it, that’s all I ever tell him,” he continued. “I felt good about things tonight, he (Freaky Feet Pete) felt really good warming up.”

With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the first win of his four-year-old campaign and 25th career victory from 28 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,126,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer’s star pupil will look to make another start at his home track before being pointed to Northfield Park for his first major stakes engagement of the season, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on May 21.

“As far as the rest of the season, we will see how it goes,” Rheinheimer continued. “He will be in all the stakes races around here and we will take him to a few other places, Toronto and the Meadowlands, if all goes well. We are going to take it week by week with him.”

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 26 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com

Freaky Feet Pete Set for 2016 Debut on Saturday at Hoosier Park

HP-FreakyFeetPeteReturns-AVSlideFreaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, will make his much anticipated seasonal debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 23.

The four-year-old son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will look to tackle five other rivals in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in the evening’s 11th race. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete will be driven by his regular pilot, Trace Tetrick.

A winner of over $1.1 million in lifetime earnings and a story book three-year-old campaign, Freaky Feet Pete has had two qualifying outings at Hoosier Park in 2016. In his first qualifier, Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. His second qualifier came last weekend at Hoosier Park where he finished 13 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and stopped the timer in 1:51.4.

“He was very strong,” Tetrick noted after his qualifier. “I think he’s grown up some, he is definitely ready to get back to work; he loves his job and seems as strong as ever.”

On Saturday, Freaky Feet Pete will start from post six and look to put an end to the two race win streak put together by the Dylan Davis trainee, Fearless Diablo. Fearless Diablo has captured back to back wins in Hoosier Park’s featured pace, most recently scoring in 1:51.3.

Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $1,115,724 from 24 wins and two seconds in 27 trips lifetime. In fact, he’s only finished off the board once in his career and that was in his third career start as a freshman, when he finished fourth. Indiana’s three-year-old pacing colt of the year will likely make another start at his home track before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21.

Saturday’s 14-race card at Hoosier Park is set to get underway at 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. Saturday’s live racing card will be followed by a free performance by The Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park’s Terrace Showroom.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Smith Reaches Harness Racing History at Hoosier Park

HP-SmithMilestone-AVSlideDriver Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 15 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 2,000-win mark at the age of 23. Smith came into Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Friday with 1,999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books.

He accomplished that feat in his first race of the night, race 3, steering Au D Lox Bluegrass to a 1:53.2. romp in a division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Trained by John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record her first win of the season. Owned by Luel Overstreet and John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass has earned $74,631 in her career.

Scott Zeron previously held the record for youngest driver to reach the 2,000 win plateau after he reached the milestone two months before his 24th birthday. Smith turned 23 in January of 2016.

Smith has been making headlines as a driver since the age of 12 when he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. He also became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins in the bike, a milestone he still holds and reached at Hoosier Park in 2013.

The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $15 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 412 races and earned over $3.7 in purse earnings.

Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Smith’s friends and family were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment.

“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Tyler on win number 2,000,” Moore noted. “We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and couldn’t be happier he reached this milestone at Hoosier Park. It has been a pleasure watching him race and make harness racing history here with us. We wish Tyler continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.”

It was a driving double on the evening for Smith as he also piloted Halle Shark to the winner’s circle for trainer Joe Putnam in another division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Smith is currently fourth on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 9 wins through 9 nights of racing.

Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 16 with a 14-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 continue through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Tetrick Takes the Lead in All-Time Leading Driver Standings

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick scored a grand slam on Friday, April 8 and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. in the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Both Tetrick and Macomber Jr. are two of the most well-known drivers at Hoosier Park and have been recognized for their accomplishments on and off the track.

Heading into Friday’s 14-race card, Tetrick needed just one victory to tie Macomber Jr.’s record of 1,480 wins and two to surpass him in the standings.

The victory with Croquet Rose in the evening’s eighth race notched win number 1,480 in Tetrick’s career at Hoosier Park and tied him with Ricky Macomber Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided Double A Cash Hall to victory in the $15,000 Open II Trot just two races later, Tetrick moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,481 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.

Tetrick then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Shakeitformegear in the very next race and again in the evening’s 13th race with My Tweed Heart leaving him with 1,483 wins and counting. Macomber Jr., who has held the title since 2014, has 1,480 victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and counting.

Tetrick has stamped himself in the Hoosier Park history books as he also holds the records for most wins in a single season, a record that he established last year with 325 victories. Tetrick lead the leading driver standings from start to finish in 2015 to secure his 4th leading driver title at Hoosier Park.

The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $33 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. He recorded his best season to date in 2015 as he notched 423 victories and his second consecutive season with over $4.8 million in purse earnings. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park last season.

With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick’s career reached new heights when he won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with Freaky Feet Pete. The 29-year-old reignsman was also voted the pari-mutuel driver of the year in the state of Indiana in both 2014 and 2015.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. with a 14-race card. The live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12.

$10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool on Thursdays at Hoosier Park

 

HP-$10KPick4AV_0407ANDERSON, Ind.—April 6, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the addition of a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights for the 2016 live racing season. 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 7.

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 6:25 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the Hoosier Park website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website and The United States Trotting Association’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. “The pick-4 wager has been popular amongst our horseplayers and racing fans and we are proud to offer it on Thursdays. With the guaranteed pool and full, competitive racing fields, we feel this offers remarkable value to the horseplayers.”

 The 14-race card slated for Thursday, April 7 will be highlighted by full fields as all 14 races carded feature a full field of ten. Thursday’s 14-race card will also feature a pick-5 carry-over of $2,472.34. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the tenth race of the evening and continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the ninth race, is 8:45 p.m. (EST.).

 Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Thursday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 9 with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The following week live racing will resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016.

 

Hoosier Park’s Opening Night, One for the Record Books

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 2, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year’s numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval.

“What an absolutely sensational opening night,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams!  Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows.”

Friday’s card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening.

The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains.

Friday’s 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park’s 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening’s card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. 

Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park’s Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.

Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016.

 

Hoosier Park’s Opening Day Receives Overwhelming Response

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2016 live harness racing meet will get off to a strong start on Friday, April 1 as the season opener attracted a record number of horses to the entry box.

With over 250 horses entered, a total of 14-races have been carded for Hoosier Park’s opening night that will be highlighted by full fields and quality racing. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m.

Friday’s card will offer remarkable value to the horseplayers as twelve of the 14 races feature 10 betting interests. The fully-stocked card includes 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes.

“I couldn’t be happier with the response we received for our opening day card,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “I am very enthusiastic about the 2016 meet and if opening night is any indication of what we have to look forward to this year, we will offer racing fans nationwide one of the best harness racing programs in North America.  On behalf of myself and Hoosier Park, I would like to thank all the horsemen and owners for supporting us with entries for opening night and for their continued support throughout the year.”

With eager anticipation among fans and horsemen alike, Hoosier Park’s increase in overall quality of racing in 2016 is expected to significantly surpass that of previous years. Given the recent accomplishments of the Indiana breeding program and a commitment to providing a superior racing product, Hoosier Park has quickly become a major harness racing player on the national scene. The successes of Wiggle It Jiggle it, Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki and Color’s A Virgin have shown that horses produced in the Hoosier state are ready to take on all comers.

In addition to offering full fields and competitive racing, in late 2015 Hoosier Park initiated a fair start pole 1/16 of a mile from the start, ensuring all starters have the opportunity to be at or close to the gate for each race. For the 2016 meet, a much anticipated passing lane and post time count-down clock have been added.

Award winning commentators Emily Gaskin, Peter Lurie and track announcer Steve Cross will guide racing enthusiasts through nightly programs with handicapping tips and analysis. Added Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore, “We’ve put in a lot of work this off season and I couldn’t be more proud to be working with a truly gifted team as we take our fans through this exciting meet.”

On the wagering side of the ledger all of Hoosier Park’s familiar betting options are back, with an exciting addition. New for 2016, Hoosier Park is proud to introduce the Hoosier High-5, which requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in a race in exact order.  With a minimum wager of 10 cents, the Hoosier High-5 will be offered on the last race each night, provided there are at least seven entrants.  If there are no winning tickets sold, the net money wagered that day will be carried over to the next day’s Hoosier High-5 pool.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016.

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