Category: Hoosier Park
Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 18 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to three in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire eleven lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.3 and notched his fourth win of the season.
Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming favorite to the front from post seven in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete dictated fractions of :27, :54.4 and 1:22.3 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Rockin Ron and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Supreme Z Tam and Ross Leonard began the first over attack down the backside.
As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display with still no urging from Tetrick. With a six length lead turning for home, Freaky Feet Pete used a :28 final panel to coast on to the wire. Vague Traces and Sam Widger rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Rockin Ron held on for third. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window.
“That’s what he does,” Tetrick said after the win. “He’s a professional. He’s grown up this year and loves his job. Tonight, he did what he does every time he races, he raced giant again.”
Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his thirteenth career victory from fifteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $349,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.
Skim The Top and Dale Hiteman took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:53 for trainer Krista Harmon. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Skim The Top dug in gamely to hold off Caviart Skyler and Tyler Smith. With the win, the son of Geartogear-Schmoley notched his third win of the season from nine outings. Skim The Top has now earned $73,913 for owner Gary Clark.
Royal Rex and John Delong pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.4. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Delong tipped Royal Rex late in the lane and he used a :27.1 to win by a head. Trained by Roger Cullipher, Royal Rex scored his second win of the season from 13 starts. The son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go has now earned $40,919 for owner Nathan Sea.
All three of the evening’s elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the third $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for Saturday, July 25 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, July 3, and the night was ruled by favorites along with Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick who had four winners on the card. The 14-race card featured the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. Eight Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned and just as Tetrick drove four of the eight winners, favorites prevailed in all but one division.
Tetrick scored his first victory of the night in the opening round of the stakes action with Ginger Shark in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring her second consecutive victory from two lifetime starts, Ginger Shark made her winning move down the backside and was never contested to score in a lifetime best of 1:53.
“That was a good experience for her last week,” Tetrick said. “I wasn’t sure how she would be on the front tonight but Brian (Brown) was really high on the filly and she’s been really great so far.”
“She’s had great manners and she’s got a great way of going,” he continued. “She’s very versatile and just an all-around nice filly.”
Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $47,500 from two career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm.
Just two races later, Tetrick found the winner’s circle once more this time with Justice As in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Justice As was unhurried in the early stages of the race but found late racing room in the stretch to score in 1:57.3, a new lifetime best.
“He did everything right training down,” Trainer Anette Lorentzon noted after the race. “He didn’t really show me that he was something special but he did everything right.”
“It’s early,” she continued. “Trace does such a great job with my horses, I just told him (Trace) to teach him how to race and we’ll go from there.”
The gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora remains undefeated in two lifetime starts. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As has now bankrolled $47,500 for his connections.
Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week by six and a half lengths, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in another dominant 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 1:51.1, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her sixth victory of the season as the heavy betting favorite.
“She’s such a game filly,” Dillander said after the win. “She does get a little aggressive behind the gate but aside from that, she’s very handy. She wants to win and that’s her best quality.”
“I knew I wanted to get a good position leaving but I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to use her too hard to do so,” he continued. “She really can race anyway and she’s a great filly to drive.”
Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 10th lifetime victory and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,072. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell notched her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park with the win.
Tetrick would get back to the winner’s circle, this time for the third time, after Churita used a gate to wire effort to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.2. Tetrick placed the overwhelming favorite on the front and she was able to hold off a late charge from Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score her fifth consecutive victory.
Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 13 of 15 lifetime outings and remains undefeated in 2015. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $364,550 lifetime.
The lone upset of the evening came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies as Doug Rideout and Just Jess scored at odds of 25-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Rideout found late racing room and Just Jess surged late to score in 1:59.4.
“She’s always done everything right, everything we asked,” Rideout noted after the race. “She qualified well but then had some issues. We’ve been working hard on her and tonight she put it all together.”
“I was trying to be cautious with her tonight,” he continued. “She’s always had speed and I just wanted her to stay at it. She’s going to turn into a really nice filly when she puts it all together.”
Trained by Doug Rideout, the homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide scored her second lifetime victory from three starts. Owned by Julie Rideout and Alan White, Just Jess has now earned $40,000 lifetime.
In the very next division of the stakes action, Mystical Rock and LeWayne Miller delivered as the 6-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Mystical Rock used a :28 final panel to best his rivals in 1:54.1 and establish a new lifetime mark in the process.
“He’s a little bit lazy,” Miller noted in the winner’s circle. “He has always been a very nice colt and I’ve always liked him but he will only do what you ask him.”
“The trip worked out well for us,” Miller continued. “I knew we would have to leave a little bit to hold our position but we got a little breather down the backside. He raced really good tonight.”
As the stakes action switched gears, Homicide Hunter and John Delong kept the favorite trend alive for the evening as they prevailed in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Homicide Hunter reached the lead around the final turn and held off all charges to win by two lengths in 1:55.3.
“I just didn’t want to get him started up early,” Delong said in the winner’s circle after the victory. “I wanted to get a seat and it didn’t work out exactly like I thought but he did what he had to do, he’s awesome.”
“He’ll do anything you ask him,” Delong continued. “He’s a true professional.”
With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 2015 from six seasonal outings. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won nine of 16 lifetime starts.
Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick rounded out the stakes action in a big way as they were able to overcome traffic issues to score in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.2. Away a worrisome fourth, Tetrick was able to find late racing room around the final turn and Freaky Feet Pete did the rest.
Using a :25.3 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete was shown daylight and exploded past his rivals late in the lane to win by five lengths, under wraps. It was a lifetime best mark for Freaky Feet Pete and his third win of the season.
Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his twelfth career victory from fourteen lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $339,600 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.
The 2015 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. With purses leaning toward the $2 million mark, the 14-race card slated for October 10 will be one of the richest nights offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 with a 14-race card. With an adjusted live racing post time of 4:00 p.m. for Saturday’s card, Hoosier Park will also offer racing fans an Independence Day celebration that will include a carnival, a professionally produced fireworks shows, a beer garden and live entertainment.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 22nd season of harness racing, will kick start the Independence Day weekend with a mix of ‘family fun’ promotions, free fireworks presentations, entertainment, and live harness racing on Friday, July 3. The 2015 racing season will be highlighted on Friday as Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convene on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for Hoosier Champions Night, a round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals.
A total of 14 races have been carded and the evening will feature eight $75,000 finals for the two and three-year-old competitors. Friday’s 14-race card is set to get underway at 5:15 p.m.
Revamped last season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2015 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.
The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors will be headlined by Indiana Sires Stakes champions Freaky Feet Pete and Churita. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete has been enlisted as the 1-5 morning line choice and will look to score his third win of the season from the rail in race 13.
Churita will look to keep her four-race win streak in-tact and remain undefeated this season from post nine in race 9. Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite with driver Trace Tetrick.
In addition to the racing program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana stakes program, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a four-day celebration starting Thursday that will include a carnival, nightly fireworks shows, a beer garden and live entertainment as part of the Hoosierfest Carnival.
“We always talk about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino being the place to be for racing, gaming, dining and entertainment. That statement will never hold truer than this coming weekend,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Hoosier Park will indeed be the place to be as we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July Weekend in grandiose fashion with outstanding racing, the best in fireworks display, and a carnival for the entire family to enjoy.”
The carnival features main-attraction midway rides, fair food, a $5,000 Cash Cakewalk and fireworks every night, all outdoors at Hoosier Park. The carnival hours will be 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the carnival is free and unlimited ride tickets start at $25.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Tuesday, June 23 as the 14-race card featured six divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old trotters. With two divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of trotting colts, the 2015 crop of freshman trotters opened their series in impressive fashion.
Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler kicked off the stakes action for the evening with a decisive maiden breaking win in 2:00.3. Trained by Kristin Shetler, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft used a well timed rally late in the lane to score her first lifetime victory in her career debut.
In the very next division, Double D Angel and Rick Plano used a pocket trip to find the winner’s circle in 2:00. Trained by Dan Perdue, the daughter of Mr Cantab-Paloma Hanover scored her first career victory in just her second start.
Just a few races later, the freshman trotting colts would not be outdone by their female counterparts in their four eliminations. Justice As began his career impressively as he surged late in the lane to score in 1:59.3 in his split of the stakes action. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the gelded son of Justice Hall-Pandora As used a :27.3 final quarter to score his maiden breaking win. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Justice As is trained by Anette Lorenzton.
Sixty Minute Man and LeWayne Miller delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the second elimination for trotting colts, scoring in 1:59.2. Sixty Minute Man used a gate to wire effort to score his maiden breaking victory in his first career start. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Swan For All-Anna Nicole is owned by the Erv Miller Stable and Daimond Creek Racing.
The fastest division of the evening came as Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano crossed the wire in 1:58.4. Using similar gate-to-wire tactics, the Ron Otto trainee scored his second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park from two career outings. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae is owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto.
In the final division of the stakes action, Dreamstyle Herbie and Ross Leonard pulled a slight upset to score in 2:00. Dreamstyle Herbie found late racing room in the stretch and used a :28.1 final quarter to score his first career victory. Trained by Dave White, the gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Deean Dream is owned by James Myers and William White.
Each of the winners from the six Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations tonight earned a spot in the first $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Friday, July 3 at Hoosier Park.
The 2015 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 10 at Hoosier Park.
With a carry-over in excess of $12,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Thursday, June 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the stakes-filled 14-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m.
Two long-shot winners in Wednesday’s Pick-5 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover of $12,238.92 and will kick-start the Pick-5 pool for Thursday.
The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the tenth race and will continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the tenth race, is 8:15 p.m. (est.).
The 14-race card slated for Thursday, June 25 will be highlighted by six divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Each of the six divisions will serve as eliminations for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Friday, July 3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a 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 14.
About 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.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted a 14-race card on Friday, June 12 that was highlighted by the $21,000 Invitational Trot and $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares. Both of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner’s circle as Penn and Montenegro scored decisively in their respective divisions.
Penn, with Darrell Wright in the bike, rebounded from a second place finish in his last outing at Hoosier Park to score his fourth win of the season in the top trot with a final time of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Penn used his quick gate speed to fire from the wings from post eight. The Bobby Brower trainee dictated fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field.
Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. made a strong bid at the leader late in the lane but Penn was too strong on the front. Using a :28.3 final quarter, Penn held off a late charge by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder to win by a length. Rose Run Parker rounded out the trifecta. Penn returned $4.20 to his backers at the window.
With the victory, Penn scored his fourth seasonal victory from seven starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 23rd career victory and has now earned $165,934 for owner, Barkley Counts.
In the featured pace for fillies and mares, it was Montenegro and Jason Dillander who came out on top scoring their fourth victory of the season at Hoosier Park, this time in 1:53.2. Montenegro, who also finished second in her last outing at Hoosier Park, rallied late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile.
Lease Ness Monster and Peter Wrenn fired away from the gate through the opening quarter in :27.1 but their lead was short lived as Just A Bee and Mike Micallef were on a mission to the front.
Just A Bee continued to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.1 before Tyler Smith and Miss Kilo would apply pressure first-over. As the field turned for home the race appeared to be wide open with horses fanning out across the track. Dillander tipped Montenegro off tiring cover and she responded with a :28.2 final quarter to get the win over Wild Wanda and Andy Shetler. Miss Kilo finished third. As the bettors’ choice, Montenegro returned $5.60 at the betting windows.
Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the seven-year-old mare has now won 31 of 146 lifetime outings. Owned by Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack, Montenegro has earned $71,385 this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $566,914.
History was made as American Pharoah crossed the finish line in the 147th running of The Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years on Saturday, June 6. Thousands walked in to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to watch and wager on the 2015 edition of the Belmont Stakes, but it was Bill Ditto and Phil Coburn that walked out with the thousands, $1,750 to be exact.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino provided three invited guests an opportunity to place a $1,000 Belmont Stakes win bet on the horse of their choice in this year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes and two winning bets were made.
Hoosier Park drew three names from several hundred entries prior to the running of the race. The winners had to wager the entire $1,000 sum on the horse they believed would win first place honors. The names drawn were Phil Coburn, Ricky Harlow, and Bill Ditto. All three were instructed to choose a horse for their win wager and two got behind the heavily favored, American Pharoah, while Ricky Harlow was upset minded and chose Frosted.
“I knew American Pharoah was my horse,” Bill Ditto noted. “There wasn’t a doubt in my mind he was the best horse in the race and of course, I really wanted to see another Triple Crown winner.”
American Pharoah broke from post five in the gate, went right to the lead and led the entire race, pulling away in the stretch for the victory. He finished the mile and a half in 2:26.65. Frosted was second, five and a half lengths back, and Keen Ice rounded out the trifecta. The three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.50 across the board as the favorite in the race. American Pharoah is now six for seven lifetime with earnings in excess of $3.7 million as he becomes only the 12th horse to achieve the prestigious Triple Crown feat.
“That was really something to see,” Ditto continued. “It was a great day for the sport of horse racing and I think everyone had a lot of fun cheering this horse to the wire, I know I did.”
Belmont weekend at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino included property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Belmont merchandise sales. The first 1,000 racing fans also had the opportunity to receive a free $2 commemorative win bet on American Pharoah.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 9 with a 14-race card. 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.
Indiana’s racetrack casinos and off-track betting (OTB) locations will welcome racing fans back on Saturday, June 6 for the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest leg of the famed Triple Crown. American Pharoah, winner of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will compete to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed raced into the history books in 1978. Each of Indiana’s five designated simulcast wagering locations are broadcasting the 10-race card from Belmont Park in New York as well as offering a variety of entertainment, dining, and themed festivities.
For the third time in four years, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown hopeful when American Pharoah takes on the final and most demanding leg of the series. It will mark the 14th time since Affirmed swept all three races in 1978 that a horse has had a chance to join the 11 Triple Crown champions. Three of those attempts have been by American Pharoah’s Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert, who won the first two legs in 1997 with Silver Charm; 1998 with Real Quiet and 2002 with War Emblem. Two previous attempts were also made by jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode California Chrome to a fourth-place finish in 2014, and was also aboard War Emblem.
Indiana’s simulcast race-wagering locations will be busy as they are the only locations in the state of Indiana to take wagers on what could be a historic race. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven as well as the Off-Track Betting facility in Clarksville, Indiana will offer several reserved dining and free general admission options for racing fans to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes.
Tickets, priced at $55 per person, are still available for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s Clubhouse seating where ticket holders will receive reserved seating and unlimited food and beverage for the event. Three lucky guests at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park will also be selected to take part in a Belmont Stakes $1,000 Mega Bet. Each Mega Bet winner will be given $1,000 to place a win bet on the Belmont Stakes horse of their choosing. Additionally, the first 1,000 bettors at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will receive a commemorative $2 Win Bet on Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah.
Advanced wagering at each of the five locations will be offered on the Acorn Stakes and Belmont Stakes starting Thursday, June 4. The Belmont Stakes day race card will begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. EST. The signature Belmont Stakes race is set for a post time of 6:50 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, June 6.
- 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. 9)
- Winner’s Circle Brewpub and OTB (New Haven): 260-490-9006
- Clarksville OTB (Clarksville): 812-280-1013
ANDERSON, Ind.—May 15, 2015— American Girl, guided by Sam Widger, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, May 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Dismissed at odds of 11-1 at the betting window, American Girl won an epic stretch battle to best her rivals with a final time of 1:53.1.
Leaving from post four, American Girl left aggressively for early position but Shine N Shimmer and John Delong were one step quicker as they reached the front through the opening panel in :27.3. Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn protected their rail position to find a pocket seat with Just A Bee and Mike Micallef next in line, fourth.
American Girl continued her mission to the front and reached the top spot just past the second station in :56.3. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Trace Tetrick had the 1-5 favorite, Color’s A Virgin pointed to the front as the field approached the final turn.
Color’s A Virgin reached the leader’s wheel through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1 but she would have her work cut out for her as American Girl looked strong on the front. The field was tightly packed turning for home and the stage was set for a cavalry charge to the wire.
With the taxing mile beginning to take its toll, Color’s A Virgin began to retreat just as the rest of the field started to fan out across the track late in the lane. Widger asked his mount for more and American Girl responded with one final surge to hold off a hard-charging Montenegro and Jason Dillander. Shine N Shimmer rounded out the trifecta. American Girl returned $25.00 to her backers at the betting window.
“She’s a special mare,” trainer Ernie Gaskin noted after the victory. “When everything is right with her, she’s as game as they come. I wasn’t exactly sure how the trip would work out tonight but Sam (Widger) always takes care of her.”
With the win, American Girl notched her first victory of the season and 23rd win from 89 career starts while amassing $541,948 in purse earnings lifetime. The six-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.
ANDERSON, Ind.—May 12, 2015—Trace Tetrick notched the 3,000th win of his driving career after he piloted Kayla As to victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 12. The 1:59.2 victory marked a maiden breaking win for the three-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Karisma As and a career milestone for the 28-year-old driver.
Trained by Anette Lorenzton, Kayla As was able to take advantage of her rail position and held off all competitors to record her first win in just the first start of her three-year-old campaign. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Kayla As has now earned $3,720 lifetime.
“I was hoping to get it tonight but didn’t expect it,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “I wasn’t really focusing on the number, I just try to come out and win as many as I can every night. It feels good to have that one over with though. Now, it’s on to the next one.”
Born into a horse racing family, Tetrick grew up around horses and began his career on the southern Illinois county fair circuit. Harness racing has always been a family affair for Tetrick as his parents, Tom D. and Mary Alice, have operated a successful stable throughout the Midwest for many years. The Geff, Illinois native started his driving career in 2003 and has since surpassed the $28 million mark in purse earnings in the bike.
Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park’s leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.
Tetrick came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Tuesday just three wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner’s circle with Saintfrancis and Flyaway Bumble Bee earlier on the card before reaching 3,000. Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Tetrick’s family and friends were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment.
“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Trace on win number 3,000,” Moore noted. “Through his hard work and skill, Trace continues to be a great ambassador for our sport. We are honored to have him as our leading driver at Hoosier Park and part of our Champion Driver program. We wish Trace continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career.”
Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 58 victories and nearly $400,000 in purse earnings through the first 30 days of live racing. Peter Wrenn currently holds the second spot with 46 trips to the winner’s circle.