Category: Horse Racing
Tuesday, June 24 will mark the debut of the freshman class of Indiana Sires Stakes competitors as the 2014 stakes season for two-year-olds is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcasing the top two-year-old trotting colts in the state.
Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park has introduced a new and improved Indiana Sires Stakes format approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission last year. The 2014 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 18 at Hoosier Park.
The two-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, June 24 with the two-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the 14-race card scheduled for Wednesday, June 25. The two-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Thursday, June 26 and the two-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Friday, June 27.
The first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old competitors, tagged as Hoosier Champions Night, is scheduled for Saturday, July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will once again partner with United States Trotting Association to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through the fifth annual “Back to the Track” tour.
Back to the Track is a cooperative effort among the USTA, its member racetracks and horsemen from coast to coast that provides fans across the country with exciting days and nights of harness racing combined with fan-friendly and fun promotions. Hoosier Park will offer racing fans dining specials, handicapping contests, various entertainment and give-aways on July 4 and 5.
Igottafeelinfran returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 20. After a fifth place finish at this level last week, Igottafeelinfran staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to take nearly two seconds off her lifetime best and score in 1:51.3.
Guided by Brad Hanners, Igottafeelinfran left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in second while American Girl and Tyler Smith fired to the front through an opening panel in :26.2. American Girl’s lead was short lived as she yielded the front to a determined Bombilla Hanover and Peter Wrenn at the half mile mark in :54. Hanners made his winning move as he sent Igottafeelinfran to the front around the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4.
Bombilla Hanover began to tire on the front and as the field approached the final turn Igottafeelinfran had reached the leader’s wheel. As the rest of the field was closing in, Igottafeelinfran was pulling away. Using a :28.4 final, Igottafeelinfran was able to hold off a hard charging Love This Place and Trace Tetrick to win by a head. Ritascape used her customary late surge to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers at the window.
The win was the second of the season from 11 previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 12 of 36 starts while amassing $296,121 lifetime. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year.
It was a driving double on the night for driver Brad Hanners as he also scored later in the evening with Endeavors Dot Com for trainer Walter Haynes Jr.
For the second consecutive week, the track record for older trotting mares has been re-established in the $17,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Unefoisdansmavie, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, re-established the track record for older trotting mares with a 1:53.2 performance in the featured event of the evening on Thursday, June 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Unefoisdansmavie was able to track down Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder, who established a new track record with a 1:54 score last week. The 1:53.4 victory marks a seasonal best record for the seven-year-old mare and the second track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2014.
Leaving from post four in the abbreviated field of seven, Unefoisdansmavie left alertly to get position from post four and reached the front through an opening panel in :27.3. Her lead would be short lived as Lady Blitz used her customary front-running tactics and took over at the second station in :56.2. Unefoisdansmavie was content to sit in the pocket while Easter Teka and Peter Wrenn followed intently in third.
Lady Blitz, looking strong on the front, continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.2 but Walked Into Heaven and Trace Tetrick began to apply pressure to their outside. As the field turned for home, Macomber gave Unefoisdansmavie the green light from the pocket and she used a :27.4 final panel to finish a length in front of the field. Lady Blitz finished a game second while Easter Teka trotted evenly for third. As the publics’ second choice, Unefoisdansmavie returned $4.80 at the windows to her backers.
Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading conditioner, Ron Burke, Unefoisdansmavie notched her 28th win from 93 lifetime outings. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III own the 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who now boasts $433,942 in career earnings.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Friday, June 12 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15.
Penn made his second start in the top trotting ranks at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino a winning one as he pulled off the 22-1 upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, on Saturday, June 14. Guided by Brad Hanners, Penn equaled an eight-year-old track record for older geldings on the trot when he powered home in 1:53 and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The previous record of 1:53 was established by Hesza Laser and David Miller on June 25, 2005 at Hoosier Park.
Starting from post two in the talented field of eight, Penn was unhurried off the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Martz Time and Trace Tetrick left alertly to dictate early fractions of :27.3 and :56.4 while Somebody As and Ross Leonard benefitted from a pocket seat. Verlin Yoder had the post-time favorite, Natural Herbie, nicely placed along the rail in third but wouldn’t stay long as they began their long, first-over bid approaching the final turn.
Martz Time continued to call the shots around the third panel in 1:24.3 but was engaged by Natural Herbie on the outside as the field turned for home. Martz Time was able to put away Natural Herbie but the biggest threat was still behind him. Somebody As tipped from the pocket and made a strong big at the leader but it was Penn who was widest and strongest of all.
Using a :27.3 last quarter, Penn tipped four-wide and found another gear to the win in the final strides of the mile. Somebody As finished second at odds of 36-1 while Martz Time rounded out the trifecta that paid $3,483.20. Penn returned $46.40 to his backers.
Trained by Bobby Brower, Penn scored his sixth win from eight seasonal starts. The four-year-old gelded son of Master Glide-Photo Queen scored his 18th career victory and has now earned $75,875 for owner, Barkley Counts.
The victory was one of three wins for driver Brad Hanners on the evening’s 14-race card. Hanners also scored with Rocknroll Band for trainer Keith Richeson and then once more with Grant Wilfong’s Jade Mountain.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 17 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15.
Sam Widger notched the 5,000th win of his career after he piloted Brooklyn’s Z Tam to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 11. The 1:56.2 victory marked a lifetime best performance for the four-year-old daughter of Electric Yankee-Slick Fit and a career milestone for the 50-year-old reinsman.
Trained by Mike Murphy, Brooklyn’s Z Tam was able to take advantage of a perfect second-over trip to record the first win of her 4-year-old campaign. Owned by Connie Blakeman, Brooklyn’s Z Tam now sports a career bankroll of $24,870.
Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Widger’s friends and fellow drivers were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment.
“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Sam on win number 5,000,” Moore noted. “Through his professionalism and attitude, Sam is a great ambassador for our sport. We wish Sam 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.”
Now in his 28th season as a driver, Widger completed his ninth season with purse earnings surpassing the $2.5 million mark in 2013. The veteran reinsman has gone over the $3 million mark in purse earnings four times in the last eight years and has finished among the top ten drivers at Hoosier Park every season he has competed. Widger also received a spot in the Hoosier Park history books when he guided Bolt The Duer to victory in the 2013 installment of Hoosier Park’s most prestigious race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational.
Widger, who has a farm in Beecher, IL that he shares with his wife, Nancy, and his five children, loves to hunt, fish and also enjoys helping out on the family farm in his spare time. Widger remains humble when considering his career and accredits much of his success to hard work, determination and perseverance.
“God willing, trainers willing, and owners willing, we’ll just keep on going,” Widger said after his win. “I count my blessings every day, not only with the harness racing, but with family as well. I’m as rich as anybody could be when it comes to family.”
Widger is currently third on the 2014 leading driver standings at Hoosier Park with 65 trips to the winner’s circle and over $640,000 in purse earnings. Trace Tetrick leads all drivers with 97 victories while Tyler Smith is just behind him in second with 92 wins.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 7. Four Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics’ choice delivered in each of the four divisions.
The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Andi’s Alana looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:56. Driven by LeWayne Miller, Andi’s Alana was uninvolved early in the race but used a :28.2 final quarter to score her 11th career victory and remain undefeated in 2014.
Trained by Erv Miller, Andi’s Alana has now won 11 of 15 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $379,849 with three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to her credit. The daughter of Swan For All-Its Your Deal has won all three of her starts at three and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman.
Following suit, Candy’s A Virgin and Trace Tetrick delivered as the 7-5 favorite after a sharp, front running effort in 1:52 in the three-year-old pacing fillies division. Tetrick sent Candy’s A Virgin away from the gate firing and she dictated fractions of :28.4, :57.0 and 1:25.1 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Tetrick asked his mount for more and she responded with a :26.4 final panel to win by three lengths.
Owned by Emerald Highland Farms, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Candemonium notched her second win in four seasonal starts while sending her bankroll over $139,000. Trained by Brian Brown, the homebred filly has now won four of 12 lifetime outings.
Fresh off a win in the Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations, Rose Run Parker was able to overcome the outside post nine to trot home a winner in 1:54.4 in the three-year-old trotting colt division and extended his win streak to eight in the process. Guided by regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr., Rose Run Parker was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early stages of the race and pressed on for the lead. Sandy Z Tam and Brad Hanners left alertly from post two and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :57.3. Forced to go three-wide approaching the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader’s wheel at the third station in 1:25.4 before trotting away from the field to win by a length.
“The trip didn’t work out how I wanted it to tonight,” Macomber noted after the race. “Obviously post nine didn’t help, but he was able to overcome it. I pulled the earplugs down the lane and he took off again. He’s really sharp right now.”
Trained by Ron Burke, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy scored his third seasonal victory and remains undefeated at three. The 12-time career winner has now amassed $284,875 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr.
Bluehourpower did not disappoint as the 6/5 favorite in the three-year-old pacing colt division as he coasted home a winner in 1:50.3, a lifetime best performance. Driven by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Mike Peterson and Sling Shot Shooter set fractions of :27 and :54.4. As the field approached the final turn, Slingshot Shooter appeared to be up to the task, but Bluehourpower was perfectly placed second-over. Using a :26.3 last quarter, Bluehourpower powered home to win finish two lengths to the good.
Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won 6 of 13 lifetime starts and remains undefeated at three. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour has now amassed $282,344 and three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to his credit.
Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 10 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the 2014 harness racing season to-date on Saturday, June 7 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m.
Hoosier Park’s leading conditioner, Ron Burke, will send out six horses in the four $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the evening. Rose Run Parker will put his seven-race win streak on the line from the Burke barn in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings from post nine with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines. Just one race later, Speed Trap will look to score his first Indiana Sires Stakes final win in the three-year-old pacing colt division for the Burke Stable at 5-1 on the morning line.
Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park.
Revamped for the 2014 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 2014 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 18 at Hoosier Park.
In addition to the racing program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana stakes program, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 a.m. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:52 p.m.
In addition to the horse racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event pits local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit the Fire Rescue House of Madison County. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers to a dunk tank. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
At the culmination of the challenges, Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, will present representatives from the Fire Rescue House of Madison County with a special $5,000 donation. As a token of Hoosier Park’s appreciation for their continued work to help local families in need, Hoosier Park will make the donation to help further their goals and maintain their high level of community service.
As a special thank you to Madison County local heroes, all firefighters and police officers will receive $10 in casino cash. Guests showing fire department or police department credentials to the Trackside Club Centaur Rewards desk will receive the $10 complimentary gift.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
On Saturday, June 7 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 p.m. The Belmont program will feature the second richest day of racing in North America with 10 stakes races and more than $8 million in purse money leading up to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown.
In conjunction with the Belmont festivities, Hoosier Park will host Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals, on the 14-race card. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:40 p.m.
The first 1,000 Guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a souvenir button saying “Go! Chrome, Go!”, and in the event of a Triple Crown win, commemorative souvenir cards will be distributed throughout the property. Additionally, qualified Club Centaur members will receive a $5 win Bet on California Chrome.
The Belmont Jewel, the official drink of the Belmont Stakes, will be available in a collector’s glass and a wide variety of food stations will be available both indoors and outside with free seating available in both locations. Advanced wagering will be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the entire Belmont card and Friday, June 6.
“In the 70’s it seemed almost ordinary to have a Triple Crown winner,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Well, it’s been 36 years since that has happened and I think everyone is hoping for an end to the drought. God speed, California Chrome!”
Eleven horses have completed the monumental feat, but there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed took all three jewels of the Triple Crown in 1978. California Chrome has won eight of his 12 career races, including his past six, and will start from post two as the 3/5 favorite.
In addition to the horse racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event will pit local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit a local charity, Madison County Fire Rescue House. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers and a jelly donut speed eating contest to a dunk tank and the crowd favorite tug of war competition.
Hoosier Park will also offer various children’s activities in the Kid’s Zone along with a classic fire truck on display. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce Hoosier Park harness racing action has expanded its viewing public to include Australia. Launching on Thursday, June 5, harness racing fans can catch up to six races from the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino signal through a partnership between Hoosier Park and the Australian racing broadcaster, Sky Racing.
Sky’s stable consists of three subscription television channels, Sky Racing1, Sky Racing2 and Sky Racing World. Australian fans will get their first glimpse of Hoosier Park harness racing action on Thursday, June 5 when it launches on Sky Racing2.
Hoosier harness action is set to become a regular Thursday, Friday and Sunday morning feature on Sky Racing2 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Australian time. Viewers can catch up to six races from each Sky Racing broadcast of Hoosier Park’s race card with the potential of additional races in the future.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the quality and competitiveness of the Hoosier Park racing product in 2014,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be able to showcase our harness racing internationally, and particularly into Australia, is another giant step forward for us. This is something we have looked forward to for a very long time.”
Sky Racing currently takes global harness racing from the United States, France, New Zealand and Sweden and recently broadcast the Copenhagen Cup from Denmark to its Australian audience.
Sky Racing Chief Operating Officer, Brendan Parnell said that race coverage from Hoosier Park will likely increase and his team is looking to extend the import of global harness racing to include additional feature races.
“Sky viewers have taken interest in global harness racing and I’m pleased we are extending this with racing from Hoosier Park,” Mr. Parnell said. “It is a renowned venue with quality harness racing and it’s great we can deliver this to Sky viewers.”
Sky Racing is a world leader in multi-venue, multi-channel race broadcasting, telecasting more than 90,000 races each year to viewers in Australia and around the globe.
Rose Run Parker turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle Thursday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and extended his win streak to seven in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:54.1, Ron Burke’s Rose Run Parker established a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in his sophomore season.
After setting the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:57 effort in stakes action last year, Rose Run Parker’s 1:54.1 effort equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings in just his second start of the season.
Gloire Dream, driven by LeWayne Miller, showed early speed off the gate from post seven in the field of ten, clocking a :27.3 opening panel. Unable to find a spot along the rail from post nine, Rose Run Parker pressed on to the front but would yield the lead to the slight betting favorite, Sandy Z Tam and Tyler Smith at the half in :57.4. Sandy Z Tam led the field to the third station in 1:27 and the stage was set for another Hoosier Park stretch battle.
Tipping from the pocket around the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader’s wheel and the top two began to put their talent on display as they trotted away from the rest of the field. Sandy Z Tam was game on the inside but Rose Run Parker wasn’t finished.
Using a :26.4 final quarter, Rose Run Parker was able to put a nose in front of Sandy Z Tam to score his seventh consecutive win. Back N The Slammer and Trace Tetrick finished seven lengths behind the top pair to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ second choice, Rose Run Parker returned $5.00 to his backers at the window.
“I think he is the best young horse we’ve had since Go On BB,” Ron Burke’s assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker noted. “He typically likes to chase horses down, but tonight he showed some serious heart by fighting horses off after a tough trip.”
“That was a nice group of horses and I wasn’t sure what to expect with post nine,” she continued. “He has never let us down though, he raced great again tonight.”
The 11-time career winner has now amassed $247,375 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker’s seven race win streak includes wins in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes. With the win, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy has earned his spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park.
Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 30 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m.