Category: Horse Racing
Burke Charge Upsets in Monument Circle
As Al Michaels once said, “Do you believe in Miracles?” While it might not be of the same magnitude as the United States beating the Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics, Ron Burke certainly believes in his three-year-old pacing colt, Dedi’s Dragon, after tonight’s stunning performance.
At odds of 43-1, Dedi’s Dragon pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored, Captaintreacherous, late in the stretch to win the $252,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1. Driver Yannick Gingras was able to work out a perfect, second-over trip to get the sophomore colt home in 1:50.4.
Fool Me Once and Ron Pierce were the quickest off the starting gate and reached the first panel in :26 flat. Captaintreacherous and Tim Tetrick, sent off at odds of 1-9, moved to the front as the field straightened away down the backstretch and led the field of ten through the first half mile in :55. David Miller and Beach Memories were the first to take aim at the leader as the field approached the final turn with Dedi’s Dragon and Gingras in tow.
As the field reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Tetrick began to ask Captaintreacherous for more as the rest of the field closed in. Gingras had Dedi’s Dragon perfectly placed second over and when he tipped the horse three-wide down the stretch, the three-year-old son of Dragon Again responded with a :26.4 final quarter to win by a head over the grudgingly reluctant Captaintreacherous.
“Ronnie (Burke) told me that the horse warmed up better than he ever has,” Gingras noted of his mount. “We were hoping for second in here tonight but he post paraded good and the trip worked out perfectly for us. I saw Tim’s horse (Captaintreacherous) was laboring but I didn’t think we could catch him, he’s a champion, but my horse raced unbelievable tonight.”
Notching his fourth win from twenty seasonal outings, Dedi’s Dragon established a new lifetime best mark with the victory. Dedi’s Dragon has now amassed $687,660 for his connections at Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and T. Hendler.
“This is obviously the biggest win of his career,” Burke noted in the winner’s circle. “Oddly enough, he seems to race his best races when he is racing this horse (Captaintreacherous). He does his best work on a big track but we came here tonight hoping for second and he surprised us all. Captaintreacherous is a champion but Yannick just had this horse in the right place at the right time tonight.”
Gingras and Burke teamed up twice more to find the winner’s circle on a stakes filled night at Hoosier Park. JK Endofanera kicked things off with a victory in the $157,100 Elevation Pace for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Notching his third win of the season, JK Endofanera established a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:51.4 score.
Pink Camo and Gingras found the winner’s circle again for the Burke Team in the $32,800 Circle City pace for three-year-old pacing fillies setting off a sign for things to come.
On a night ruled by upsets, Creatine and Mike Lachance stayed true to course to pull of a slight upset in the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1. After finishing second to Spider Blue Chip in the $500,000 Breeders Crown last week, Creatine was able to reverse the charges and use a sharp, front running effort to hold off a late charge from the recent Breeders Crown Champion and score in 1:54.3.
Lachance left no room for error as he sent Creatine to the front from post two while odds on favorite, Spider Blue Chip and Ron Pierce opted for a pocket trip. Creatine dictated fractions of :27.2 and :57.3 before feeling pressure on the outside from E L Rocket and Yannick Gingras.
Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2, Creatine braced for the stretch drive as Spider Blue Chip tipped from the pocket and a host of others followed suit. Saving his best for last, Creatine was able to hold off a hard charging, Spider Blue Chip to get the win by a head.
“We just ran out of racetrack in the Breeders Crown,” winning trainer Bob Stewart noted. “This horse has been racing tough all year and tonight, he showed how tough he is. I leave the driving up to Mike (Lachance), that is my strategy, and tonight it all worked out for us.”
Notching his eighth win from 16 seasonal starts, Creatine has now earned $815,459 for his connections at Diamond Creek Racing. The Kentucky Futurity Champion is sired by Andover Hall and has now won 11 of 23 lifetime outings. Creatine’s next engagement will be at Balmoral Park in the American National.
Pet Rock and David Miller followed suit in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby by holding off Breeders Crown Champion Foiled Again late in the stretch to score in 1:50.3. After finishing second to Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Pet Rock and Miller turned the tables and used a similar front running effort to get the victory.
Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were the first to get a call as they left alertly from post nine to reach the front through the first quarter in a brisk :25.2. Pet Rock made a swift move down the backside and cleared to the front through the half mile time in :53.4. Gingras could wait no longer as he sent Foiled Again to the front to begin a long, first-over bid.
Foiled Again reached the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter station in 1:22.2, but Pet Rock was up to the task. Miller asked his horse for more and Pet Rock responded with a :28.1 final quarter to finish three-parts of a length in front of his nemesis.
Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty for owner Frank Bellino. Notching his fifth win of the season, the multiple World Champion has amassed$880,820 this season while establishing two world records. It was recently announced that Pet Rock would retire to stud duty in 2014.
“His records speak for themselves,” Virgil Morgan noted after the victory. “He is a true champion, winning on all sizes of tracks speaks to his versatility and it means a lot for him to go out on top here tonight.”
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.
Hoosier Park Hosts Charity Challenge Weekend
With Hoosier Park’s All-Star drivers leading the way, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the first-ever Charity Challenge weekend on Friday, September 27. Highlighting the 14-race card was the evening’s sixth race, a 12-horse field that featured all 12 of the All-Star drivers who were driving on behalf of local charities.
Jason Dillander stole the show as he drove Dontgetbyme to the winner’s circle and not only took home the lion’s share of the $10,000 purse but won $1,000 for his charity, the American Cancer Society. Trained by Paul Ruhl, Dontgetbyme charged home from off the pace to score his eleventh consecutive victory of the season in 1:53.2.
With the victory, Dillander now has the opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 for his charity if he wins the sixth race on the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 28 at Hoosier Park. All 12 drivers will return for their chance to win $1,000 for their respective charities, but Dillander is the only driver that has the chance to win an additional $10,000 for his charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as part of the Charity Challenge weekend.
Dillander has been enlisted to drive Kung Fu Jolt from post seven in the 12-horse field. Kung Fu Jolt has been tabbed 8-1 on the morning line odds and will look to score his third win of the season for trainer, Walter Haynes Jr.
After losing his father to lung cancer, Dillander put his efforts into raising funds for the American Cancer Society in honor of his late father, Charlie.
“Representing an organization that is not only close to me but my family is an honor,” Dillander said after the race. “This organization has changed so many lives, and knowing that I have the chance to help that mission by racing here this season is something that I really enjoy. Hoosier Park has done a great job of involving the charities, and I’m just glad that I get to be a part of it.”
Racing fans will have the opportunity to get in on the action by visiting Club Centaur and selecting the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of the charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks presentation after the last race.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9.
Hoosier Park’s All- Star Drivers Racing for Charity
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit Club Centaur and select the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play.
In addition to the $5,000 in total purse money offered, if the same driver finds themselves in the Winner’s Circle for both celebrity races a total of $10,000 will be donated to the driver’s charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
The charities and drivers this season are as follows:
Joe Putnam — Outfitters, Inc.
Ricky Macomber, JR. — Indiana School for the Deaf
Jason Dillander — American Cancer Society
Mike Peterson — Shriners Hospital for Children
Trace Tetrick — D.A.R.E
Trent Stohler — St. John’s Children’s Clinic
Brandon Bates — Second Harvest Food Bank
Brooke Nickells — Indiana Coalition vs. Domestic Violence
Ed Hensley — Alternatives, Inc.
Tyler Smith — New Vocations Racehorse Adaption
Peter Wrenn — St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Andy Shetler — Animal Protection Program
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 30, 2013—Natural Herbie continued his winning ways in the featured event, the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30. Notching his seventh win of the season and third stakes win from four preliminary legs, the reigning freshman Indiana Sire Stakes champion turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:55.3 for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder.
Leaving from post three in the eleven horse field, Natural Herbie was handed no favors from the onset and was parked through the first quarter clocking while the battle for early position ensued. Ray Hall and Pete Wrenn won the first battle and led the field through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. Unable to find a position along the rail, Natural Herbie pressed on for the lead and was applying pressure to outside of the top pair down the backside with Super Rock and Charlie Conrad hot on their heels second over. Ray Hall continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 as the rest of the field closed in.
Natural Herbie inherited the lead after a costly break by Ray Hall mid-way through the stretch and was able to hold off a late charge from Red Hot Herbie and Brandon Bates to score the win by a head. Red Hot Herbie used a late closing kick to finish second while Super Rock battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Natural Herbie returned $3.40 to his backers at the window.
After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Natural Herbie has posted an even better sophomore season. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the black gelding has now won seven of 11 seasonal starts while bankrolling over $150,000 for owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder. Sporting a career bankroll of over $290,000, Natural Herbie has hit the board in 15 of 21 lifetime outings. Natural Herbie will head the field of entrants in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 31 with a pair of $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Saturday, August 31, Hoosier Park will also host The Beach Boys live in concert to culminate the Summer Concert Music Series at the Anderson, IN track. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
About 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 managed company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.
Photo: Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.
Sweet Talkin Satin shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.2 in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Saturday, August 3 in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin overcame a tough first-over trip to establish a new track record and set a new lifetime best mark in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:50.3, a mark set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008 and a mark that Sweet Talkin Satin equaled three starts ago.
Leaving from post four, Sweet Talkin Satin was sent off the gate enough to grab position along the rail in third as Don Eash sent Astreo’s Love to the front from post six. Astreo’s Love led the sire stakes field to the first quarter in :26.2 while Right Touch brushed to the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. The heavy betting favorite, Night Pro, opted for a trip off the pace and was along the rail in seventh. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1, but would quickly feel pressure on the outside by Sweet Talkin Satin. Tetrick asked the gelded son of Always A Virgin for more and he responded with a :26.1 final panel to win by three lengths in front of Right Touch who battled gamely for second. Virgil and Ed Hensley rallied from seventh to finish third. Pulling the upset, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $11.00 to his backers.
Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the fourth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal starts. Coming off a third place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final, Sweet Talkin Satin sent his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. The sophomore pacer has been a model of consistency in 2013 having finished on the board in 11 of his 12 seasonal outings.
The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 10 at Hoosier Park. The four leg series will culminate with the $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 6. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
Hoosier Park Partners with Trakus to Bring Fans Ultimate Viewing Experience
In a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the introduction of Trakus, a state-of-the art wireless tracking system that enables racings fans to easily follow their horse instantaneously throughout a race. Upon the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park will become the only Standardbred track in North America using the Trakus system. This ground-breaking technology is a real-time tracking system capable of automating and enhancing the collection, organization, storage and visual presentation of horse positioning data from all of the races hosted at the Anderson track.
Using a wireless radio frequency system, Trakus determines the exact location of each horse throughout the entire race by small radio antennas placed around the racetrack and corresponding ultra-lightweight radio tags in each horse’s saddle pad. This state-of-the-art system not only provides professional tools to enhance the racing experience but also improves the view of live racing. A scale graphic will be customized to match Hoosier Park’s track surface and the entire seven-eighths mile oval will be outfitted with permanent fixtures and cabling to support the Trakus equipment. The system then instantly tracks each horse in a race and uses real time 3-D virtual camera views to display the information, all while storing statistical information in a database.
The video enhancement that is provided through Trakus creates a graphical overlay to live video showing the order of every horse in the field, not just the top 3 or 4. Using color icons known as “chicklets,” the electronic tracking system displays the exact position of each horse on the television monitors throughout the entirety of a race. The bottom 1/3 of Hoosier Park’s screen will show a graphical representation of the racetrack, showing each horse as a color-coded numbered rectangle, or “chicklet”, so the viewer can quickly tell which horse is leading and by how many lengths. The running order is automatically updated in real time. With Trakus, racing fans can enjoy race videos with clear tracking of each horse’s position, speed, and sectional timing throughout the race.
“Hoosier Park could not be more pleased to announce the addition of Trakus for our racing fans viewing and enjoyment,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “Whether a seasoned veteran or a novice when it comes to horse racing, Trakus will heighten the excitement of our video presentation.”
Already in place at such major Thoroughbred venues as Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Del Mar, the tracking system gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers will have access to a variety of new resources, including exclusive speed and distance measurements all collected via the state-of-the-art Trakus tracking system. All of the Trakus handicapping information will be readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com.
Tyler Smith Becomes Youngest Driver to Reach 1,000 Wins
Smith came into Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Tuesday with 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 race 7 steering Dontgetbyme to a 1:53. romp. Trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., Dontgetbyme was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record the sixth win of the season. Owned by Carl Howard and Brian Kohen, Dontgetbyme has amassed over $40,000 through 20 seasonal outings.
The record was previously held by Doug McNair, who reached the 1,000 win milestone just two weeks before his 21st birthday. Smith will turn 21 on January 23.
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.
The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $5 million mark in purse earnings and is quickly approaching $6 million mark. Smith made his presence known in his home state, earning the Peter Haughton Memorial Award, an honor bestowed upon up-and-coming stars in the business, before making the move to Indiana. He has been amongst the top ten leading drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in his last two seasons of racing. Smith is currently second on the leading driver board at Hoosier Park with 144 victories from 953 mounts, just 8 behind leading driver Trace Tetrick who has 152 victories.
“I’m glad to have that win over with,” an excited Smith noted in the winner’s circle. “I wanted to get it here at Hoosier Park and I’m really glad I did because they have done such a great job of promoting me. It feels amazing and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year.”
In recent weeks, Smith has spent his time driving at Hoosier Park and The Red Mile, while making a return to Ohio last week to race at the Celina County Fair.
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 1,000,” Moore noted. “It has been a pleasure watching him race and watch him make harness racing history here with us. Through his work with our Celebrity Standardbred driver promotion, his professionalism, and attitude, Tyler is a great ambassador for our sport. 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 for Smith as he also piloted Live The Extreme to the winner’s circle for trainer Steve Carter in the evening’s ninth race.
Hoosier Park Outrider to the Rescue
Much like a top baseball relief pitcher, outrider Neal Stalhiem stepped in to get the save on a night where things could have taken a turn for the worse. Due to the swift and precise response of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s outrider, Neal Stalhiem, injuries were avoided when catastrophe struck in the 12th race on the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Friday, July 19. Stalhiem’s expertise was on full display as he carefully guided Park Lane Deputy and driver Trace Tetrick to safety after an equipment malfunction around the first turn.
Leaving from post two, Park Lane Deputy and Trace Tetrick got away sixth along the rail as I Found My Beach and Tyler Smith led the field through the opening panel in :26. As the field approached the half mile time in :55, things began to go awry. Tetrick’s left line broke making for a perilous situation. Tetrick began alerting the rest of the drivers in the field as Stalhiem got in position to make his move. As the field approached the final turn, Tetrick was a merely a passenger as Park Lane Deputy continued at full speed for the finish line. Stalhiem quickly maneuvered his horse alongside Park Lane Deputy and just as the field neared the finish line, he was able to make the grab. With Park Lane Deputy in tow, Stalhiem was able to guide Tetrick to safety while the rest of the field completed the race. I Found My Beach and Tyler Smith were able to avoid trouble and find the wire first in 1:52.1. Both Park Lane Deputy and Trace Tetrick returned to the barn unharmed.
“Protocols and safety measures are always in place and we hope we never have to use them,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. “However, tonight was one of those nights that proved the protocols pay off. Our equine and human athletes’ safety is first and foremost to everything we do here, and we want to thank and congratulate outrider Neal Stalhiem on a job well done here tonight!”
While Stalhiem’s efforts were nothing less than outstanding, credit should also be extended to his horse, a retired Standardbred named Meatball. Stalhiem and Meatball have been a team for over three years. Hoosier Park will be sending Meatball a fresh bag of carrots for his heroism!
In another oddity to an already odd race, the show prices for the first three finishers were well in excess of the win and place prices due to a large amount wagered in the show pool on the odds-on favorite, Time To Roll, who finished out of the money.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 20 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses surpassing the $1.1 million mark, the 14-race card is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and will be conducted through November 9.
Hoosier Park Hosts Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Million Dollar Night
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 20th season of live Standardbred racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, July 20. Four new Indiana Sire Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured a 14-race card boasting purses over the $1 million mark. The Anderson track played host to four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, all of which produced blanket finishes.
It was Night Pro and Jason Dillander who stole the show in a track record equaling performance in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt pacers with a final time of 1:50. As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro left the gate alertly from post seven and made every call a winning one. Sweet Talkin Satin and Trace Tetrick would make Night Pro work for his position as they also left alertly before settling along the rail in second. Using a :27.3 final panel, Night Pro powered home to finish a length in front of a hard charging Right Touch and Ray Paver. Sweet Talkin Satin held on gamely for the third place finish. Trained by Dale Decker, Night Pro notched the tenth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal outings. Unraced at two, the three-year-old colt established a new lifetime best while sending his career bankroll over the $175,000 mark for owner Dale Decker.
The million dollar night opened with the first $200,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Playful Innocence and driver Dan Shetler who were victorious in 1:56.1. Playful Innocence was able to find late racing room in the homestretch to notch her second consecutive victory in six seasonal outings. Jessie E and driver Tyler Smith staged a big rally late in the lane and turned in a game performance to finish second. The bettors’ choice, Jesse Lane, was used hard in the early stages of the mile but held on gamely to finish third. Owned, bred, and trained by Dan Shetler, Playful Innocence has now earned over $160,000 from 15 lifetime outings. Sired by Justice Hall, Playful Innocence established her lifetime best mark of 1:55.2 in her previous outing amongst Indiana Gold Sire Stakes company, also a track record setting mile.
The three-year-old trotting colts were up next and it was Only Just A Dream and Trace Tetrick who rallied from well off the pace to find the winner’s circle in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Only Just A Dream settled along the rail in third while the battle took place on the front. Red Hot Herbie and Derek Hooley set fractions of :27.1 and :57.1 before feeling a threat on the outside by Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder around the final turn. As the horses began tiring on the front, Tetrick found just enough racing room up the rail to send Only Just A Dream and he went by the tiring leaders willingly with a :28.1 final panel. Scoring his fourth win of the season, Only Just A Dream has now earned over $176,000 for his connections of P. Carter, R. Reid, S. Hummel, and Great Am Stables. Trained by Steve Carter, the three-year-old son of Justice Hall established a new lifetime best mark with the 1:55 victory.
Mandy’s Mattjesty and Sam Widger closed out the million dollar night with an impressive 1:52.2 romp in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in gate to wire fashion. As part of a four-horse Ron Burke trained entry, Mandy’s Mattjesty powered away from the gate to dictate fractions of :27.0, :55.1, and 1:23.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Always About Katey was the first to take aim at leader from the pocket but was no match for Mandy’s Mattjesty who saved her best for last. Always About Katey settled for second while Harmony Oaks Quike, as part of the Burke entry, finished third. Sired by His Mattjesty, Mandy’s Mattjesty notched the fifth win from eight seasonal outings while pushing her bankroll over $130,000.
Also making a special appearance on the evening were 6 celebrity guests as they raced for charity in the Celebrity Exhibition race that kicked off the evening’s activities. The local celebrities climbed aboard double seated jog carts to raise money for each of the Celebrity Standardbred Driver’s charities. It was radio personality, Gunner from Q95, assisted by Ed Hensley, who won the seven-eighths mile dash for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Alternatives Inc.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 23 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.