Angel Band and driver Ed Hensley planned a well timed rally to sweep by the heavy betting favorite, Sweetasmusic, late in the lane to capture the fourth leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (July 5). The win notched the first Gold sire stakes victory for Angel Band and the second win of her sophomore season.
Pete Wrenn and Blueridge Abigail were the first to get a call as they led the field of nine through the opening split of :27.1 with She’s Country and Charlie Conrad at their back in second. Sweetasmusic found herself sixth along the rail after starting from the trailing post ten. Angel Band and Hensley remained off the pace for the first half fractions which saw much movement. Sweetasmusic was sent to the front down the backside by driver Walter Haynes Jr. and struck command before the three-quarter time in 1:28. Ricky Macomber Jr. and Honeyinthepine were left in outer flow first up heading into the final turn when Sweetasmusic began to show her speed. Angel Band and Hensley were well placed second over.
Sweetasmusic sprinted away to a three-length lead early in the stretch before being tracked down in the shadow of the wire by a fast closing Angel Band. Stopping the clock in 1:57.1, it was a new lifetime mark for Angel Band. JS Foxy Lady also rallied late in the race to round out the well paying trifecta. The 18-1 upset paid $39.40.
“This is a nice filly,” Hensley noted of his mount. “She raced well last week and is just now coming into herself. The race ended up working out well for us, she dug in at the wire and raced really tough tonight.”
Trained by Ron Otto, Angel Band notched her third career victory and pushed her lifetime earnings over the $30,000 mark with the win. Owned by Martin Schmucker, Angel Band is from the first crop of Gregory Pecs and is out of the Corleone mare, Anightwithnorma.
Angel Band will advance to the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, July 14. The race will be part of Hoosier Champions Night, featuring more than $1 million in purses for the Indiana Sire Stakes. Friday, July 13 will also be part of the national harness racing promotion, “Back to the Track” night. The Indiana Standardbred Association will offer several addition promotions and giveaways throughout the weekend to mark the final night of harness racing for 2012.
Dontfusswithruss and driver Trace Tetrick rolled home as winners in the fourth and final leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes Tuesday, July 3. The three-year-old reigning freshman trotting champ turned in a powerful performance to score his second consecutive win and third Indiana Sire Stakes win.
Selected as the heavy favorite, Dontfusswithruss began his journey from the inside post and moved out quickly, landing in line fifth along the rail behind early leader A Royal Peck and Ricky Macomber Jr. However, their lead was short lived as Mark O’Mara and Jolenes Pinehonker had their sights set on the front. After a costly break by Jolenes Pinehonker, Velten San Siro and Ross Leonard inherited the lead just past the half mile marker in :58.0. Tetrick had Dontfusswithruss out and moving toward the leaders as the field headed into the final turn and the duo reached the front just past the three-quarters in 1:27.4. Dontfusswithruss stopped the clock in 1:56.4 and was able to hold off a hard charging My Muscleman and Jason Dillander who rallied hard in the final strides after being off the pace for much of the race. A Royal Peck got up for the third place finish. Dontfusswithruss returned $3.40 to win.
After a sensational two-year-old campaign, the Melissa Essig trained gelding celebrated his third seasonal victory in five outings. Owned and bred by Jacalyn Beeman, Dontfusswithruss now has career earnings in excess of $250,000 after winning six of 13 starts last year, including the Indiana Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts.
Dontfusswithruss will advance to the $200,000 final Saturday, July 14. The race will be part of Hoosier Champions Night, featuring more than $1 million in purses for the Indiana Sire Stakes. Friday, July 13 will also be part of the national harness racing promotion, “Back to the Track” night. The Indiana Standardbred Association will offer several addition promotions and giveaways throughout the weekend to mark the final night of harness racing for 2012.
The win with Dontfusswithruss was one of eight wins on the 14-race card for Tetrick, who tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a record held by Don Irvine Jr. and Eric Ledford. Tetrick was victorious in the last five races on the card. He also steered Cam’s Flight and Can’t Beat This Kid for trainer Robert Taylor, and Elian’s Boy for Jim Dailey earlier on the card. Tetrick reached the winner’s circle in the night cap with the 3-year-old filly CC’s Munchkin in 1:56.3, a filly that is not only trained by Tetrick but also owned by his older brother, Tim Tetrick.
The 25-year-old reignsman is quickly approaching another milestone; Trace Tetrick is only 16 wins away from his 2000th career win. Tetrick had his best year to date in 2011 when he recorded over $4 million in purse earnings and 391 wins, almost doubling his stats in years past. Tetrick also currently leads all Hoosier Park drivers with 117 trips to the winner’s circle and over $950,000 in purse earnings.
Final preparations are underway for the 19th season of Standardbred racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The 80-day meet begins Tuesday, March 27, offering five days of racing per week through Saturday, July 14. Post time Tuesday through Saturday is set at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Hoosier Park will allow horsemen to ship in to use the racetrack beginning Monday, March 5. The track and paddock area will be open from 8 am until noon for ship-in training through Saturday, March 10. Track usage by horsemen during this time will be allowed weather permitting.
Stalls have been allotted for the upcoming season by Hoosier Park Race Secretary Kevin Mack. Horsemen who have been granted stalls for the meet may begin moving in equipment and setting up stalls Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Horses may begin moving into the barn area beginning Monday, March 12. Dormitories will be available for occupancy at that time.
A total of four qualifying days will be offered prior to opening night Tuesday, March 27. Qualifiers will be held each Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am. The first qualifier is set for Wednesday, March 14. A special evening qualifier is slated for Wednesday, March 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Entries for opening night will be taken in the racing office Thursday, March 22. The box will close for entries each race day at 1 p.m.
The $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational will be the featured event Saturday, June 2. Also, the meet will conclude with Hoosier Champions, offering more than $1 million in purse money and featuring finals of the Indiana Sires Stakes. The evening will also be part of the national Back To The Track promotion organized by the U.S. Trotting Association.
For more information on the upcoming Standardbred meet at Hoosier Park, go to www.hoosierpark.com.
Recent Article in The Herald Bulletin-
Those at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have always considered themselves the best of a variety of things and Madison County residents agreed, voting it the best buffet, live music venue and place for entertainment.
“We look at Hoosier Park as having many facets for entertainment,” said Grant D. Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations. “Of course there is the casino, but there is also the great racing product, a variety of dining options and then the concerts. It is centrally located and offers a wide variety of entertainment options — multiple ways to win big, socialize with friends and have a thrilling night out. There are entertainment options for everybody.”
Scharton said that variety is why he thinks Hoosier Park was chosen for the third year in a row for the best place for entertainment in the awards.
Hoosier Park consistently brings in some of the greatest names in entertainment, he said, for both the summer music track concert series and the concerts in the Terrace Showroom including upcoming Air Supply and Wilson Phillips, Scharton said. He said information about the upcoming summer concert series will be available in the next month on the website at www.hoosierpark.com.
During last year’s summer series, more than 30,000 people came to Hoosier Park for the shows and the facility received more than 3.5 million visits.
The Prime Harvest Buffet stands out because of not only the quality product offered but also the friendly service of the staff.
Rudy McMillan, director of food and beverage at Hoosier Park, said the quality of the product has remained high and prices low. The seafood nights — Friday and Saturday — and Sunday brunch offer a variety of different items including crab, prime rib, fresh sushi and a chocolate fountain.
“You could have all the quality food in the world, but if you don’t have the great quality staff you can’t go any further,” he said.
Scharton said the combination of good quality food and a great team makes the buffet a star.
With more than 300,000 visitors to the buffet in 2011, assistant director of food and beverage Amy Whitler said a “great, smiling team” is key.
In addition to the $5.95 lunch buffet offered, Hoosier Park offered its club members 55 and over a 55-cent buffet and had 1,650 take advantage of that special offer, Scharton said.
Opening December 15 – Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s newest dining and entertainment hot spot right in the heart of downtown Indianapolis!
This new and exciting destination will wow guests with a top-notch American grille, a 21st Century pub featuring a one-of-a-kind LED bar top and a Las Vegas-style race wagering lounge. Guests will also enjoy ha…ssle-free parking via a connected garage and valet service.
The Winner’s Circle will encompass a bold and unique atmosphere, classic and innovative flavors, non-stop excitement and unbeatable customer service!
Just steps from Conseco Field House and Circle Center Mall, the Winner’s Circle is conveniently located downtown on Pennsylvania between Washington and Market Streets.
Color, motion and intense action are what make this pub a unique and entertaining gathering place for all. Hand-crafted beers, premium liquor and signature cocktails will be accentuated by hi-definition televisions and leaderboards. This hot spot will be booming with action!
This top-notch American grille will make its mark on downtown Indianapolis with classic and innovative flavors complemented by the beauty and richness of American horse racing. With an expansive menu and first class service, entertainment never tasted so good!
Get ready for a new dimension of race wagering. This energetic, Las Vegas-style lounge will feature a gigantic media wall with more than 25 flat screen monitors bringing the intensity and action of horse racing to life. Guests will enjoy modern, personal betting stations equipped with individual lamps and monitors. Plus, guests will have easy access to the benefits and rewards of Club Centaur.
Country Outlaw Weekend At Hoosier Park
Friday, Jan. 13
Two Shows • 8 & 10 pm
Grammy and Country Music Award winning outlaw, Tanya Tucker, will light up the Terrace Showroom with classic and powerful hits like Two Sparrows In A Hurricane, Jamestown Ferry, Would You Lay With Me and many more! Come out and enjoy this one-of-a-kind intimate performance at Hoosier Park!
Tickets Starting at $24
Saturday, Jan. 14 • 8 pm
Gutsy outlaw, Travis Tritt, will entertain the Terrace Showroom with his distinctive bluesy Southern rock hits like Country Club, Foolish Pride, I’m Gonna Be Somebody and many more. This rock ‘n’ roll-meets-honkey-tonk country star will have you feelin’ ten feet tall and bulletproof!
Tickets Starting at $30
Throughout the rest of the Thoroughbred meet Family Fun Saturdays are being offered at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Each Saturday post time is 12:30 and the activities began as soon as the races. These activities include a bounce house, cornhole, face painting and much more! We continue to have out track pack giveaways after races 3,5,7,9 which are $25 Hoosier Park gift cards. There is also a dice game that we host on Saturdays and a Tee Shirt Toss for racing fans. All games can be signed up for by swiping your Club Centaur Rewards card. Make sure to listen closely to the race commentators to catch who these lucky winners are, it could be you! Come on out and be a part of the great live racing and Family Fun Days here at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino!
Today, Tuesday May 24, Hoosier Park 2011 Celebrity Drivers had the chance of a lifetime right here in Anderson, Indiana. The drivers were able to participate in a charity race driving cars from the Anderson Speedway. Drivers included Josh Sutton, Mike Peterson, Jason Dillander, Ricky Macomber, Trace Tetrick, Brandon Bates, Joe Putnam, Trent Stohler, and Peter Wrenn. They all were enthusiastic about their experience and had a great time while still raisng money to support their charity of choice. This race was filmed by the Hoosier Park AV crew and will be shown on Saturday, May 28 during Dan Patch night. Be sure to catch the race at Hoosier Park to see how these celebrity standardbred drivers did at driving the Thunder Roadsters at Anderson Speedway!
Sunday, May 15 the Indianapolis 500 Festival was held downtown in Monument Circle. I, along with fellow Hoosier Park members Rachel McLaughlin and Hoosier Buddy were fortunate enough to be apart of the festivities! The entertainment began at 12 and lasted until 4 PM and although the rain kept some indoors many came to participate in some community fun. Several characters were there along with Hoosier Buddy who enjoyed dancing around and posing for photos with friends. There were bounce houses, games, rock climbing, face painting, and music provided by Radio Disney. Hoosier Buddy had a great experience meeting all his new friends and acquiring new race fans for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino!
Every weekend a special someone visits Hoosier Park and his name is Hoosier Buddy. He can usually be found dancing with patrons, snapping photos, or zooming around on his scooter. This week he helped out the track employees. One of his horse friends left a little something in the winner’s circle, but luckily Hoosier Buddy came to the rescue. Check out this crazy horse here and get a kick out of his effort to spruce up Hoosier Park.