Category: Horse Racing

Hoosier Park, Trakus Changing North American Harness Racing

Hoosier Park Partners with Trakus to Bring Fans Ultimate Viewing Experience

Trakus-AV-FinalIn 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.

Smith Reaches Harness Racing History at Hoosier Park

Tyler Smith Becomes Youngest Driver to Reach 1,000 Wins

TYLER 1000 WIN 1Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 13 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20.

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.

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Stalhiem Credited With Biggest Save of the Year

Hoosier Park Outrider to the Rescue

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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.

THE PICKUP 7-19-2013Leaving 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 Crowns New Indiana Sire Stakes Champions

Hoosier Park Hosts Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Million Dollar Night

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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.

PETER AND JASON DILLANDERThe 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.

PEINE, GREELY TAKE NEW REINS IN INDIANA RACING

Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs to Continue Seasons with Experienced Directors

Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming announced Tuesday the appointments of both Scott Peine and Kevin Greely each to the position of director of racing and racing secretary for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs respectively. Peine will report to Rick Moore, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing, while Kevin Greely will continue to report to Jon Schuster, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing.

Leaving his current role as the racing secretary for Indiana Downs, Peine will assume Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s combined director of racing and racing secretary role immediately. Peine began his career at Indiana Downs in 2006 as the Standardbred racing secretary and served in that capacity through the 2012 season. In 2012, Peine was appointed to the Indiana Downs Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing secretary position. Prior to Indiana Downs, Peine served as a racing official for Hawthorne Racecourse, Balmoral Park, Maywood Park, The Little Brown Jug, Prairie Meadows, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Scioto Downs.

Currently the director of racing for Indiana Downs, Greely will assume the Indiana Downs racing secretary responsibilities immediately. Prior to joining the all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetrack, Greely served as racing secretary for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino from 2010 through the 2012 season. Greely also served as the racing secretary for 11 years for the Emirates Racing Association/Dubai Racing Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in addition to serving in various official positions with Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Turfway Park, and Ellis Park.

Sweet Talkin Satin Romps in Track Record Performance

SWEET TALKIN SATIN ISSGL 8-3Sweet 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.

Playful Innocence Lowers Hoosier Track Record in Sire Stakes Action

Sixth Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park in 2013

PLAYFUL  INNOCENCE 7-10-2013In just the fifth start of her sophomore season, Playful Innocence used a sharp, front running effort to notch her first win of the season and lower the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old trotting fillies in the process on Wednesday, July 10 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With driver, trainer Dan Shetler at the lines, Playful Innocence captured the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old-trotting fillies in 1:55.2, a lifetime best effort. The previous track record of 1:55.3 was established by Jesse Lane and Mark O’Mara just one month ago in the second round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. The 1:55.2 victory marks the sixth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013.

Leaving from post two, Shetler left no room for error as he sent Playful Innocence to the front through an opening panel in :28.2. Sent postward as the heavy betting favorite, Jesse Lane and Mark O’Mara used their same off the pace tactics and settled along the rail fourth through the early stages. Justice First and Verlin Yoder followed the leader intently from the pocket while Jessie E and Trace Tetrick were well placed along the rail in third. Playful Innocence appeared to relax on the front as she continued to lead the abbreviated field of seven to the half-mile mark in :59.0. The tightly knit field remained in single file line approaching the final turn before Tetrick would give Jessie E the green light. Jessie E would reach the leader’s wheel through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1 before being turned away by a game, Playful Innocence. Using a :27.1. final panel, Playful Innocence was able to hold off a hard-charging Jesse Lane to finish two lengths in front of her closest competitor. Jesse Lane found herself with too much ground to make up in the stretch but finished a game second while Jessie E held on for third. Playful Innocence returned $14.20 to her backers for the victory.

Sired by Justice Hall, Playful Innocence is bred, owned and conditioned by Dan and Jo Anne Shetler of Indianapolis, IN. With over $55,000 in lifetime earnings, Playful Innocence has now won seven of 14 career outings. The three-year-old filly bested her previous lifetime mark by nearly three seconds with the 1:55.2 score.

The $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies is slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Tagged as “Hoosier Champions Night”, Hoosier Park will play host to a night boasting purses over the $1 million mark. 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.

Red Hot Herbie Lowers His Own Track Record at Hoosier Park

Seventh Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park in 2013

RED HOT HERBIE IGSS 7-11Red Hot Herbie, with Derek Hooley at the lines, shattered his own track record for three-year-old trotting geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:54.3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 11. Notching his fourth win of the season, Red Hot Herbie captured the final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, in a lifetime best effort. He established the previous record of 1:55 on June 19, breaking a record for three-year-old trotting geldings that stood for twelve years. The 1:54.3. victory marks the seventh track record that  has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013. Re-establish

Red Hot Herbie, with Derek Hooley at the lines for the first time, made every call a winning one as he sprinted to the front from post five through the opening panel in :27.1. Russell Mania and Ed Hensley were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy betting favorite, Super Rock, followed in third. Red Hot Herbie was able to catch a breather down the backside as he slowed the tempo and reached the half mile time in :57.3. The field was gapped out down the backside before Charlie Conrad gave Super Rock the green light and was out in the outer flow taking aim at the leader. Red Hot Herbie remained uncontested through the three-quarter split in 1:26.3 as the rest of the field closed in. Super Rock staged a determined rally down the homestretch but was no match for Red Hot Herbie as he powered home in :28.0 to finish a length in front. Only Just A Dream and Trace Tetrick used a :27.3 final quarter to march home for second while Super Rock finished a game third. As the publics’ second choice, Red Hot Herbie returned $8.60 to his backers.

Trained by Byron Hooley, Red Hot Herbie notched his fourth win from seven outings while bankrolling over $30,000 this season for his connections of Summit Pacing Acres of Fort Wayne, IN. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the three-year-old gelding has now won six of 22 lifetime starts while amassing over $57,000 throughout his career.

Red Hot Herbie will be aimed toward the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Tagged as “Hoosier Champions Night”, Hoosier Park will play host to a night boasting purses over the $1 million mark. Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 12 with two divisions of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies highlighting the racing card. Hoosier Park will play host to an abbreviated 8-race card as Willie Nelson and Family will continue the Summer Concert Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Willie Nelson concert will start after the conclusion of live racing with an estimated start time of 8 p.m.

Track Records Continue to Fall at Hoosier Park

Race Track Surface Sizzles at Hoosier Park

MONTENEGRO NEW TRACK RECORDTrack records continue to fall at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino this season as the 14-race card on Saturday, July 13 was highlighted by two track record performances. For the third time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval, marking the ninth track record that has been re-established this season. One division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts was contested but it was Bluehourpower, in a division of “The Abercrombie” series, and Montenegro, in the featured fillies and mares pace, that stole the show.

After stopping the timer in 1:53.1, Bluehourpower and driver Jason Dillander started the record setting trend after establishing a new track record for two-year-old pacing geldings in the second of four divisions of the “The Abercrombie”, a late closing event open to two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Trained by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower shattered a record that stood for eleven years established by Northern J and driver Tim Curtain in 1:54.

Leaving from post eight, Bluehourpower was unhurried out of the gate and settled along the rail in fifth through the opening fraction of :27.2. Dillander gave the son of Sand Shooter the green light down the backside and the duo cleared to the front through the half-mile time in :57.2. Bluehourpower led the field of freshman pacers to the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 before feeling a threat on the outside by the heavily favored, Sailin Metro and LeWayne Miller. With a  :26.4 final panel, Bluehourpower saved his best for last as he battled gamely to hold off Sailin Metro by three-parts of a length. Owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower notched his first win of the season from two lifetime starts.

The night’s final record came courtesy of Montenegro with a 1:50.2 romp in the $26,400 featured pace for fillies and mares. With Ed Hensley in the bike, Montenegro used a sharp, front running score to break the 1:50.4 standard set by Sugar Nips and Mark Evers in June of 2011.

Leaving from post seven in the seven horse field, Montenegro was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early battle for position and pressed on to the front through the opening panel in :26.1. Reaching the top spot at the half mile mark in :55, Montenegro continued to call the shots through the three-quarter panel in 1:23.2 and braced for the stretch drive. American Girl and Sam Widger tipped from the pocket and posed a threat on the outside but Montenegro found her best stride in the lane and used a :27 final panel to find the wire first. Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, Montenegro notched her seventh win of the season and second consecutive win in top class at Hoosier Park. With over $290,000 amassed lifetime, the five-year-old daughter of Camluck established a new lifetime best performance with the 1:50.2 score. The victory also marked the fourth winner of the evening for driver Ed Hensley who is currently second in the leading driver ranks at Hoosier Park.

Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 16 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.

Thunder Rises Establishes New Dash Record at Hoosier Park

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ANDERSON, Ind.—July 9, 2013— Thunder Rises, with Dan Shetler at the lines, shattered a 16-year-old record for the seventh-eighths mile dash on the pace when he powered home a winner in 1:39.2 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 9. As part of a four horse blanket finish, Thunder Rises got up in the final strides to notch his fourth win of the season for trainer, Andy Shetler. The previous record of 1:41.3 was established by Ima Noble Son and driver D.R. Ackerman for trainer Homer Hochstetler on July 23, 1997. The 1:39.2 victory marked the fifth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013.

 

Leaving from post seven in the ten horse field, Thunder Rises was away a worrisome ninth while the rest of the field battled for early position. Fox Valley Griffin and Trace Tetrick defended their rail position and were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. Captain Mark and Brad Hanners benefitted from a pocket trip while the publics’ choice, JJ’s Gazette, was hard pressed to find a spot along the rail and was parked to the outside in third. Fox Valley Griffin continued to call the shots down the backside and reached the half mile mark in :55.0. JJ’s Gazette was the first to reach the leader’s wheel through a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.4 with King Me and Trent Stohler in tow. As Fox Valley Griffin tired on the front, the rest of the field closed in. After sitting eighth through much of the mile, Thunder Rises found another gear in the stretch to reel in the leaders and reach the wire first. Captain Mark found late racing room to get up for the second place finish while JJ’s Gazette held on gamely to finish third. Dismissed at 24-1, Thunder Rises returned $49.80 to his backers. The trifecta including Thunder Rises, Captain Mark, and JJ’s Gazette paid $795.25.

 

Sired by His Mattjesty, Thunder Rises sent his seasonal bankroll over $15,000 for his connections of Ervin Wickey and Dixie Shetler. The six-year-old gelding has now won 19 of 105 lifetime outings while bankrolling over $85,000 in purse earnings.

 

Tyler Smith enjoyed a noteworthy evening as he piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Smith scored wins in the early double with Desperado Alibi for trainer, Melissa Essig and then with Curmudgeon for trainer Steve Boroff. Smith followed suit in the third race with Dale Peterson’s Round About Fame and was home a winner again with Fox Valley Swift for trainer Nick Giberson in the seventh race. He ended the night with a win in the ninth race for trainer, Melissa Essig once again, only this time with her three-year-old pacing gelding, Ralph.

 

Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 10 with two divisions of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies.  Live racing will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

 

Photo: Thunder Rises and Dan Shetler. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.

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