Category: Horse Racing
A once-in-a-lifetime $10,000 Kentucky Derby mega-bet will culminate two of the biggest days in the sport of horse racing on Saturday, May 3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, and dining specials to take in the excitement of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Indiana’s five simulcast race-wagering locations will be busy as they are the only locations in the state of Indiana to take wagers on the biggest race of the year. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB as well as off-track betting facilities in Merrillville and Fort Wayne will offer several options for racing fans to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Racing fans at Hoosier Park can enjoy convenient wagering for all races held at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day, a full simulcast race schedule, official Derby merchandise, live Standardbred racing and entertainment throughout the day. The Derby fashion, dining and entertainment that will be on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will culminate two of the biggest days in the sport of horse racing.
“Our goal is to bring the pomp and ceremony of Derby Weekend to our 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.
“Add to that, the buzz being generated by this year’s Derby favorite, California Chrome, who many believe has a great chance to be the first Triple Crown Winner since 1978,” Moore continued. “And you have a weekend that you will not want to miss.”
One lucky Hoosier Park guest will get the chance to place a $10,000 bet on the horse he or she believes will win the Kentucky Derby. The winner must wager the entire $10,000 sum on the horse they believe will place first in the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. The exclusive mega-bet drawing will take place at approximately 5:15 p.m., with the bet being placed prior to the 6:24 p.m. Kentucky Derby post time. Last year, the winner of the mega-bet promotion walked away over $60,000 richer after he placed his $10,000 win bet on Orb who went on to win the 139th edition of the Run for the Roses.
The precursor to the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, will begin the weekend of horse racing festivities on Friday, May 2, with the Kentucky Derby running the night of Saturday, May 3. Derby weekend will include property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales. Patrons will also have the opportunity to receive a free race wager if they wear a Derby hat.
Advanced wagering will be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Kentucky Oaks advanced wagering began on Thursday, May 1 and Kentucky Derby advanced wagering on Friday, May 2.
Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun’ Saturday, May 3 will also offer bounce house activities, face painting, and various other entertainment geared toward the younger racing fans. Live Standardbred racing will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:15 p.m. with an action-packed 13-race card. Additionally, Churchill Downs’ full racing card will be shown throughout the Hoosier Park property. Admission is free and open to the public.
Up All Night made his second consecutive trip to Hoosier Park’s winner circle as he scored in the $15,000 Jerry Landess final, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, April 24.
After winning the second leg of the series last time out, the four-year-old horse notched his second consecutive victory of the season in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.4.
With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines for the first time, Up All Night left from post five as part of the Jim Arledge Jr. trained entry and was unhurried off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh. Likeavirgin and Trace Tetrick left for position as soon as the gate folded and reached the front through a snappy :26.1 opening quarter.
Alwaysagoodthing and driver Dave Magee, the second-half of the Jim Arledge Jr. trained entry, benefitted from a pocket trip while Rattle On Howard and Tyler Smith followed intently in third.
Likeavirgin was able to slow the tempo and dictate a half mile time of :55.1 while the field remained slightly gapped out down the backside. Tyler Smith gave Rattle On Howard the green light and they were the first to take aim at the leaders with Peter Wrenn and Always A Diamond in tow. While the outer flow pressed on, Up All Night used a ground saving trip and progressed nicely along the rail.
Likeavirgin continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.2 as the rest of the field began to close in. Turning for home, Rattle On Howard reached the leader’s wheel but the biggest threat was still behind him.
Tipping around tiring cover late in the lane, Up All Night used a :28.1 final panel to win by three-parts of a length. Always A Diamond held on nicely for the second place finish while Ucanthandledatruth and Sam Widger rallied late for third. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 7-1, Up All Night returned $16.00 to his backers for the victory.
Scoring his second win from 16 lifetime outings, the four-year-old son of Mantacular-Kickin Lass increased his lifetime earnings to $17,265 for owner, breeder Laura Baker.
“I was a little worried when they opened up at odds of 41-1,” winning owner Laura Baker noted with a laugh in the winner’s circle. “They both have been nice horses for us and Ricky (Macomber Jr.) did a great job driving him tonight.”
It was a driving double for Ricky Macomber Jr. on the evening as he later went on to score with Cowgirl Hall in the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Featured trot in 1:55.1.
Keep It Real made the final start of his racing career a winning one as he scored with driver Ross Leonard in the featured event, the $15,000 Polar Vortex pacing series final, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 22. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Keep It Real scored in a seasonal best time of 1:54.1 to score the second win of his 2014 campaign and final win of his career.
Trained by Ross Leonard, the eight-year-old horse swept the Polar Vortex Pacing Series as he scored his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park.
“He was a terrific horse to have in the barn,” Leonard noted. “We wanted him to go out in a winning way and we had our eye on this series once we found out about it.”
“He is a classy horse, everything about him,” he continued. “He was a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to drive. He is the type of horse you like to have in the barn and I’m glad to see him get the retirement he so very much deserves.”
Keep It Real will retire from the racing scene with 23 career victories from 75 starts, finishing on the board in 68% of his lifetime outings. While earning $562,615 throughout his career, Keep It Real established his lifetime mark of 1:49 as a four-year-old at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
The veteran pacer, who was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a foot injury, raced amongst the likes of champions Shark Gesture, Well Said, If I Can Dream and harness racing’s richest pacer, Foiled Again, throughout his eight-year-career. Keep It Real also raced in some of harness racing’s biggest races including the 2010 installment of Hoosier Park’s signature race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational.
A $45,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Keep It Real is a son of Real Artist. His mother, Magical Leah, was the 2002 New York Sire Stakes champion for 3-year-old filly pacers. His great-grandmother, Goddess Supreme, was the mother of Dignatarian, who won the 1984 Champlain Stakes and earned just shy of $1 million in his career.
The buzz and excitement of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 10.
The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website. The Pick-4 wager on Thursday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners.
“Hoosier Park would like to thank the Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association for again partnering on the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4, which has become such a popular wager among horse racing fans,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore noted. “Building on the successes of last year, we are proud to offer the pick-4 wager and with the guaranteed pool, we feel that it offers remarkable value to the horseplayers.”
Two long-shot winners in the Wednesday Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sparked a carryover in excess of $1,000 and will be added to the $10,000-guaranteed pool on Thursday, April 10.
The 12-race card slated for Thursday, April 10 will be highlighted by a $17,500 preferred trot for fillies and mares. Also on the card will be the opening round of the Jerry Landess series, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime.
Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. Offering an extended stakes schedule this season, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15.
American Girl and driver Peter Wrenn found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front running effort to capture the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 4. In just her second start of the season, American Girl switched up her tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:55.1 over a track rated good.
Leaving from post seven, Wrenn made his mind up early and sent American Girl firing from the gate while the rest of the field battled for early position. Securing the top spot, American Girl dictated early fractions of :27 and :56.3.while Sectionline Yankee and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. The publics’ second choice, Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr., made a costly break around the first turn and were unable to recover. American Girl went uncontested down the backside as the field remained in single file order.
Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4. Ross Leonard had Nutmegs Yankee well placed second over and the rest of the field began to tighten up turning for home.
Igottafeelinfran appeared to be up to the task, but American Girl saved her best for last. Wrenn asked her for more and American Girl dug in gamely with a :28.2 final quarter to put a nose in front.
Nutmegs Yankee rallied late in the stretch for the second place finish while Igottafeelinfran held on for third. As the odds-on favorite, American Girl returned $4.00 for the win.
“She raced good last week,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in the winner’s circle, “But she was really on her game tonight.”
Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 16th win from 57 career stars while amassing $392,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.
The victory was also a driving double for Peter Wrenn on the evening’s eleven-race card as he scored with Good Sound Advice in 1:57.4 earlier in the evening.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 5 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
American Girl and Peter Wrenn made their seasonal debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $22,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 28. After winning an epic stretch duel, the-five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the season.
Leaving from post six, American Girl was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth as the rest of the field fought for position. Ed Hensley and Pacific Date were the first to get a call and reached the first quarter mark in :28.4. Nutmegs Yankee and Ross Leonard opted for a pocket trip while No Respect and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. Pacific Date and Ed Hensley were left uncontested on the front and leisurely strolled to a :59.2 second panel.
Feeling the pressure of the slow fractions, Tyler Smith tipped No Respect from the rail and began a powerful first-over bid with Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. No Respect was able to clear to front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.2 but was quickly joined by Blissful Romance on the outside.
As the field turned for home, Blissful Romance was able to put away No Respect but still had her work cut out for her as American Girl came charging from behind. Using a :27.3 final panel, American Girl turned in a gritty performance to get the victory.
“What a race,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in winner’s circle. “I didn’t know if we would be able to make up enough ground off the slow fractions, but she wanted to win tonight. She did all the work.”
As the heavy betting favorite, American Girl returned $3.60 to her backers for the win. Blissful Romance was a hard fought second while Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners rounded out the trifecta.
Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 15th win from 56 career stars while amassing $381,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.
Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
On a cold night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the favorites delivered in the $22,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, March 29. Kicking things off for the evening, current world record holder, Summer Indian was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to make his seasonal debut a winning one in 1:57.3 in the featured trot.
Leaving from post eight, Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Summer Indian away from the gate just enough to grab a spot along the rail in fourth. Good Sound Advice and Pete Wrenn grabbed the early lead and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :59 before feeling ever being contested.
As the field approached the final turn, Summer Indian began his long first-over bid for the front and reached the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter mark in 1:28.3. Good Sound Advice appeared to be up to the task as the top pair battled down the long Hoosier Park stretch, but Summer Indian was able to stick a nose in front at the wire.
Martz Time and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Good Sound Advice held on gamely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Summer Indian returned $5.80 for the win.
Trained by Hoosier Park’s 2013 leading trainer, Ron Burke, Summer Indian set the world record for 4-year-old trotters on a five-eighths mile track at Pocono Downs last season with a 1:51.1 performance.
Now five, Summer Indian notched his first win of the season and 22nd career victory. The gelded son of Majestic Son-A Touch of Frost has earned $366,636 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, J. Piattlll, Rtc Stable & Weaver Bruscemi.
On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:53.4. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :27.0, :57, and 1:25.2 before holding off a late charge from Fashion Delight and Tyler Smith to score his first win of the season.
As the 3-2 favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $5.00 at the betting window for the win. Fashion Delight got up for the second place finish while Lucky Jet and Jason Dillander rallied late for third.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, April 3 with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the 2014 live racing season, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to unveil a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
“Unparalleled and unprecedented–That is the only way I can describe the 2014 Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Driver’s Challenge,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “While there have been many driver’s contests and challenges at many tracks, none has captured the uniqueness with the ultimate grand prize associated with this competition.”
In the first of the two challenges, the top ten drivers will compete in a five-race competition on Saturday, July 19 for their share of $5,000. The rankings will be based on number of wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as of Saturday, July 12, 2014. The drivers will pick their horses via a draft system to be held in the following order:
1st race: Number 1 ranked driver picks first, number 2 picks second, etc.
2nd race: Number 10 ranked driver picks first, number 9 picks second, etc.
3rd race: Same as first race
4th race: Same as second race
5th race: same as first
The top eight finishers from the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.
While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” driver Jason Dillander noted after seeing the car he could potentially win. “Who wouldn’t love a new car, especially one that looks like that? Hoosier Park does a great job of supporting the horsemen and the drivers, and they really make it fun to race here. I am just hoping to get off to a good start this season.”
Qualifying for the 2014 Champion Driver Series began on Friday, March 28 and will continue through Saturday, July 19 for the first challenge. Each of the drafts will take place at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the 2014 Champion Driver Series, please visit Hoosier Park’s website or click here.
Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park began live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule this week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.
Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 live harness racing meet over the previous year, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has now set sail on providing the most accurate past performance lines in harness racing history for the upcoming 2014 live harness meet.
Along with the recent addition of Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, Hoosier Park is now proud to offer racing fans and handicappers a rich mix of new and traditional racing and handicapping information. With the assistance of the Trakus data feed, Hoosier Park now offers race charts that give the best and most accurate data to handicappers. With the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park not only became the only harness track in North America to use the Trakus system, but will now be the only harness track in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art technology into the production of the most consistent and accurate charts in harness racing.
In a sport where facts and figures are crucial, the Trakus data feed will now supply a comprehensive, instantaneous digital record of the full field at each point of call during a race ultimately to be displayed in the Hoosier Park official charts. By utilizing the Trakus data, much of the subjectivity of chart calling has been eliminated and replaced with objectivity. The Trakus technology will greatly reduce the challenges traditionally presented to chart callers. The Trakus data will now put quantitative fact behind handicapper’s longtime use of observational chart calling.
The Trakus data is compiled using wireless communications to track electronic tags fitted into each horses’ saddlecloth to determine the position and speed of each horse in the race in real-time. Trakus is also able to determine the exact distance, in feet, each horse traveled during a race from gate to wire and how long it took for the horse to complete that distance, taking “trip handicapping” to the next level.
“Following the successful introduction of the Trakus system here at Hoosier Park, we have been eagerly waiting to expand this ever-increasing menu of racing information and handicapping tools for our handicappers of all skill levels,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manger of Racing Rick Moore, noted. “This is just another innovation embraced by Hoosier Park in our continued effort to deliver the best experience and information to our customers.”
Trakus gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers now 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 has been readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com under the Trakus tab.
Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. 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. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.
Training is officially underway for the upcoming season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the seven-eighths mile oval was opened to horsemen on Monday, March 17. The track will remain open for training from 6 a.m.-12 p.m. the rest of the week, with weather permitting.
Stalls were allotted for the upcoming season by Hoosier Park Race Secretary, Scott Peine and horsemen began moving in equipment on March 15. The barn area has since been opened for stabling and the dormitories have also been made available for occupancy.
The first round of qualifiers at Hoosier Park is slated for Wednesday, March 19and again on Saturday, March 22, with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Hoosier Park will also offer qualifiers on Monday, March 24 to allow horsemen another opportunity to qualify their horses.
A special evening qualifier is slated for Wednesday, March 26 beginning at 5:15 p.m. and will serve as a “dress rehearsal” for live racing. The qualifiers will be conducted on a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior, at 1 p.m.
All horses entering the grounds must have valid paperwork and all personnel must be licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission before entering the grounds. The IHRC licensing office at Hoosier Park will open on Tuesday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for anyone who needs to obtain a license.
Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. The first condition sheet has been made available and can be found on Hoosier Park’s website or by clicking here.
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. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.