Category: Horse Racing

Always About Katey Returns to Winning Ways

Always About Katey Impressive in Indiana Sire Stakes

Always About Katey returned to her winning ways and captured the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 7. After a second place finish in the opening round of the sire stakes action, Always About Katey notched her first win of the season in a lifetime best performance of 1:52.3.

Leaving from post two, Ed Hensley eased Always About Katey off the gate and landed along the rail in third. As part of a three-horse, Ron Burke trained entry, Ricky Macomber Jr. asked Mystic Karissa to leave the gate alertly from post four and the duo reached the front through the opening quarter in :27.2. Two Green Peppers and Charlie Conrad were well placed in second as Harmony Oaks Quike and Mike Micallef followed intently in third. Hensley, unable to wait any longer, made his middle move a winning one as he began his quest for the front and had Always About Katey in the outer flow down the backside through the half mile time in :56. Mystic Karissa yielded the front to Always About Katey as the field began to tighten and prepare for the stretch drive.

Maddy’s Fantasy, driven by LeWayne Miller, would begin the first-over attack around the final turn and reached the leader’s wheel before Always About Katey kicked in to another gear. With a  :28.2 final quarter, Always About Katey was able to hold off a late charge from Two Green Peppers and put away all other rivals to finish a length in front. Two Green Peppers took advantage of a pocket trip to finish second while Harmony Oaks Quike finished third. As the public’s second choice, Always About Katey returned $7.20 to her backers.

Trained by Roger Welch, the two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion won her 11th start in 15 lifetime outings. The daughter of Always A Virgin, has amassed over $420,000 lifetime for her connections of William C. DeLong, William P. DeLong, and Katey McClymont. Winning both of the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies, Always About Katey won ten of 12 outings in 2012 while earning $406,000.

The third round of Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Hoosier Park on Friday, June 28. The top-ten point earners in the four legs will return for the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final that is slated for July 20 at Hoosier Park.

The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park on Saturday, June 8 with two divisions of three-year-old pacing colts going postward for $30,000. The Indiana Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing colt champion, Right Touch, was a winner in the opening round of the sire stakes and will start from post two in the evening’s second race.

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday, Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.

Another Track Record Falls at Hoosier Park

Sand Royal Blu Lowers Hoosier Park Track Record in Sire Stakes Action

Sand Royal Blue, with Tyler Smith at the lines, stormed home a winner and not only pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in the featured event on the evening but lowered the track record in the process at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 6. With a final time of 1:55.3, Sand Royal Blue took advantage of a perfect second over trip to win the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts, in a lifetime best effort.

Sand Royal Blue made amends for a costly break in the opening round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action as he scored his second win of the season for trainer, Tye Loy. The victory also marked Tyler Smith’s fourth trip to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle on the evening.

Leaving from post seven, Tyler Smith sent the three-year-old colt away from the gate just enough to secure a position along the rail in fourth. As the heavy betting favorite, Super Rock and Charlie Conrad left alertly to secure their rail position but it was Just A Steady Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. who would grab the lead through the opening panel in :27.3. Super Rock yielded for the pocket trip while Boy Meets Girl K and Sam Widger followed intently in third. Just A Steady Hall slowed the tempo down the backside and with a second quarter in :59, Boy Meets Girl K was out and taking aim at the leader. Tyler Smith gave Sand Royal Blu the green light and was well placed second-over. Boy Meets Girl K was able to wear down Just A Steady Hall to put a nose in front through the three-quarter panel in 1:28.1 while Sand Royal Blu loomed large in the background. Super Rock found late racing room up the rail but was unable to hold off a hard charging Sand Royal Blu. With a final quarter in :27.1, Sand Royal Blu put a nose in front to get the win. Super Rock finished second while Boy Meets Girl K battled gamely to finish third. Dismissed at 33-1, Sand Royal Blu returned $68.00 for the victory.

Sand Royal Blu lifted his career bankroll to $146,180 with the win. The son of Jailhouse Jesse banked over $125,000 while winning three of eight starts in 2012. Owned and bred by Bill G Sanders of McDonald, TN, Sand Royal Blue lowered a Hoosier Park track record that stood for 13 years. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was 1:55.4, a record established by Band’s Gold Chip and trainer, driver Chris Boring in 2000.

Sand Royal Blu’s track record breaking performance marks the second track record lowered at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino this week and the third track record broken this season. Jesse Lane and driver Mark O’Mara broke the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday, June 5 with a 1:55.3 win in the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action. Benny Christensen and Don Giovanni established a new track record of 1:54 for older horses on the trot in the $24,000 Invitational trot on May 4.

The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park on Friday, June 7 as one division of three-year-old pacing fillies will go postward for $30,000. The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes two-year-old pacing filly champion, Always About Katey, will start from post two in the 11 horse field that is slated as the 12th race on the 13-race card. The three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, June 8 as two divisions will highlight the Hoosier Park card.

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday, Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all  harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.

Track Record Falls at Hoosier Park

Jesse Lane Lowers Hoosier Park Track Record in Sire Stakes Action

JESSE LANE 6-5-2013

In just the third start of her sophomore season, Jesse Lane impressively returned to her winning ways and lowered the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old trotting fillies to 1:55.3 on Wednesday, June 5 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With Mark O’ Mara at the lines, Jesse Lane scored her first win of the season in the featured event of the evening, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, in a lifetime best effort.

After a costly break in the opening round of sire stakes action, Jesse Lane entered Wednesday’s race fresh off a qualifying win in 1:59.1 at Hoosier Park. An Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, Jesse Lane appeared to be back to form as she was able to overcome a taxing trip to win by a length over Ajuama, also an Indiana Sire stakes champion at two.

Leaving from post three in the ten horse field, Jesse Lane was unhurried out of the gate and landed along the rail in fifth. Justice First and Verlin Yoder were the first to get a call but quickly yielded the lead to the betting favorite, Ajuama and Trace Tetrick, through an opening panel in :27.4. Ajuama secured the lead at the half-mile mark in :58.1 as a headstrong Jesse Lane was out and taking aim at the leader. The stage was set for a dramatic stretch battle as the field began to tighten and trot to the three-quarter mark in 1:28 with Ajuama still calling the shots.

When the field turned for home, the two champion fillies were head to head and began to trot away from the rest of the field. With a :27.2 final panel, Jesse Lane was able to wear down a tough Ajuama mid-way down the stretch to score her fourth lifetime victory. Ajuama finished second while Justice First used a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. Jesse Lane returned $8.20 for the win.

Trained by Robert Reeser, Jesse Lane lifted her career bankroll to $206,806. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse banked over $190,000 while winning three of ten starts in 2012. Owned by Black Dog Racing, R. Crammer, D. Dennis, and R. Reeser, Jesse Lane lowered a Hoosier Park track record that stood for three years. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting fillies was 1:55.4, a record established by Fortune’s Dream and Trace Tetrick in 2010.

The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park on Thursday, June 6 as two divisions of three-year-old trotting colts will go postward for $30,000. Both of the Indiana champion two-year-old trotting colts will be included in the action as Russell Mania starts from post five in the evening’s twelfth race and Natural Herbie starts from post two in the tenth race. The three-year-old pacing fillies will follow suit and highlight Hoosier Park’s card on Friday, June 7.

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park Racing Action Heats Up

Sire Stakes, Promotions and Music Charting New Path for Hoosier Horse Racing

AJUAMA IGSS 5-22Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 20th season of live harness racing, will kick start summer weekends with a mix of ‘family fun’ promotions, entertainment, and Indiana Sire Stakes action beginning Wednesday, June 5 and continuing each weekend through the end of the racing season.

One of the season’s most anticipated match-ups is set for Wednesday, June 5 as two Indiana Sire Stakes champions square off in the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. A winner in the first of two $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting fillies, Ajuama will start from the coveted rail position for driver Trace Tetrick in the evening’s tenth race. Trained by Steve Carter, Ajuama sports a career bankroll over $190,000 and enters Wednesday’s race fresh off a win in the opening round of the sire stakes action.  Jesse Lane, the winner of the second $200,000 Indiana Sire Stake final, will also line-up behind the gate in the tenth race and start from post three. Trained by Robert Reeser, Jesse Lane has bankrolled over $190,000 for her connections. With Mark ‘O Mara at the lines once again, Jesse Lane will make the third start of her sophomore season as she looks to make amends for a costly break in the opening round of the sire stakes action.

The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action will continue on Thursday, June 6 as two divisions of three-year-old trotting colts will go postward for $30,000. Both of the Indiana champion two-year-old trotting colts will be included in the action as Russell Mania starts from post five in the evening’s twelfth race and Natural Herbie starts from post two in the tenth race. The three-year-old pacing fillies will follow suit and highlight Hoosier Park’s card on Friday, June 7.

Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed ‘Fan-tastic Fridays’, feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m.  In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $750.  To enter, guests must submit their designated win selections for races 3 through 8.  The participant who earns the most in winnings and beats Rod ‘The Big Guy’ Ratcliff, Hoosier Park’s chief executive officer, will win $250 in race wagering. All participants earning more winnings than ‘The Big Guy’ will have a chance at another $500 in a next day drawing. The popular ‘I Win, You Win’ promotion is also back featuring all of Hoosier Park’s celebrity Standardbred drivers. Guests can enter nightly during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card each race.

The Indiana Sire Stakes Gold level action for three-year-old pacing colts will continue on Saturday, June 8.  The first round of the $200,000 gold-level Indiana Sire Stakes finals are slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. The official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will be on hand to entertain.

Huey Lewis & the News will kick off the summer concert series on Saturday, June 8 with their “Sports” Anniversary Tour, named after their seven-time platinum 1983 album. With the show set to begin at 8 p.m., tickets are still on sale through Ticketmaster and Shelby’s Gifts

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing action, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park Sets Strong Pace to Start Meet

Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live Standardbred racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 40 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 21.3% over the previous years’ figures.

“While we are only a quarter of the way through our meet, we couldn’t be more pleased with the start,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. “We appreciate the efforts of our horsemen in providing full and competitive fields, which have been well received by simulcast players throughout the country.”

Hoosier Park’s commitment to improve its simulcast wagering product has led to the introduction of the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 wager. Introduced on Thursday nights, the Pick-4 continues to gain popularity and momentum. Through a partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association and The United States Trotting Association’s strategic wagering program, the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 wager has quickly become Hoosier Park’s signature wager.

Hoosier Park’s premier Standardbred race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Saturday, May 25. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 20th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the introduction of an added $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. The total handle for the night was up 44% over the previous year’s number and the handle on the Dan Patch race itself was up 39% over the previous year.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick start summer weekends with a mix of ‘family fun’ promotions, free fireworks presentations, entertainment and horse racing and continue each weekend through the end of the racing season on November 9. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

Continual Velocity Returns to Her Winning Ways in Feature

CONTINUAL VELOCITY INVITE 5-31Continual Velocity used a tough, front running effort to prevail in the featured event, a $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 31. Notching her fifth win of the season, the five-year-old mare stopped the clock in 1:51.3 as she extended her win streak to two.

Leaving from post nine, Continual Velocity was unhurried out of the gate by driver, trainer Trent Stohler and settled along the rail in fourth. Montenegro and Ricky Macomber Jr. left the gate alertly to grab the lead through an opening panel in :27.2. Stohler had Continual Velocity out and firing as the field straightened away down the backside and reached the front through the half mile time in :56. Kerosene and Tyler Smith were then out and moving, engaging the leader as the field approached the final turn. Continual Velocity led the field of nine through a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 before feeling a threat from McFlirty and driver Jason Dillander who benefitted from a trip along the rail in fourth.

With a closing panel in :28, Continual Velocity was able to put away her rivals and finish two lengths in front of her next closest competitor. McFlirty battled gamely to finish second while Kerosene overcame a taxing trip to finish third. As the 1-1 favorite, Continual Velocity returned $4.20 for the win. The win marked the 19th career victory for the daughter of Real Artist. Trained by Trent Stohler, Continual Velocity has bankrolled over $270,000 for owner Kenneth Stohler of Markelville, IN.

Live Standardbred racing action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 1 with the featured $24,000 Invitational Trot. The popular ‘I Win, You Win’ giveaway is also back featuring all of Hoosier Park’s celebrity drivers. Guests can enter nightly during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Sophomore Trotters Highlight Hoosier Park Card

SERENES YANKEE BOY ISSS 5-30

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to four divisions of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, May 30. Offering purses of $10,000 each, the second round of the Silver Sire Stakes action was the featured attraction on the 13-race card.

Serenes Yankee Boy and trainer, driver Ed Hensley made quick work of their ten horse field as they left the gate alertly and never looked back. Dictating middle fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.4, Serenes Yankee Boy saved the best for last as the three-year-old gelding trotted home to reach the wire first in 1:58.1, a lifetime best effort. Jailhouse Troy trotted evenly to get the second place finish for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. ER Undercover and Don Eash staged a big rally late in the stretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Serenes Yankee Boy returned $4.40 for the victory.  Sired by Yankee Valor, Serenes Yankee Boy posted his third win from seven starts this season and pushed his seasonal earnings over $20,000.

In the same gate to wire fashion, J D’s Justice and driver Dave Magee won their division of the sire stakes action with a final time of 1:59.3. The Justice Hall gelding trotted out of the gate evenly from post nine to reach the front at the half mile mark in :59.3. Bennyola and Jason Dillander benefitted from a pocket trip while Modoc followed intently in third. As the field reached the three-quarters in 1:29, J D’s Justice began to trot away from the field. Scoring his third win of the season, J D’s Justice finished five lengths in front of Bennyola. Modoc battled gamely to finish third. Owned by Leslie Bennett, J D’s Justice is trained by Aaron Bennett and has now won three of seven lifetime starts while earning over $10,000 in 2013.

Jesse’sexpress, third choice in his split of the stakes action, won going away for driver, trainer Dan Shetler in 1:59.4. In a race filled with miscues, Jesse’sexpress stayed out of harm’s way as he found the front through the opening quarter and remained uncontested throughout the mile. Notching his first win of the season, the three-year-old gelding has earned over $10,000 lifetime for his connections.

Brandon Bates found the winner’s circle in the opening round of the sire stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts as he steered DC Flashback to victory in 1:59.4. In a maiden breaking victory, DC Flashback staged a big rally late in the homestretch to get the victory over Charles VII. Trained by Brandon Bates, the Pinetucky gelding is owned by Victor Lengacher.

Indiana Silver Sire Stakes Action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 31 with three divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies going postward for $10,000.

 

Night Pro Impressive in Gold Sire Stakes Action

NIGHT PRO IGSS 5-25Indiana Gold Sire Stakes Action Kicks off at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—May 28, 2013—Three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts lined up behind the starting gate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25 to square off in the first round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action. Night Pro and driver Jason Dillander romped home a winner in the fastest division on the night with a final time of 1:51. The three-year-old colt turned in an impressive performance to score his first Indiana Sire stakes victory and extend his win streak to seven, in a lifetime best effort.

 

Leaving from post eight, Night Pro was unhurried out of the gate and landed along the rail in fourth while Astreo’s Love and Don Eash were the first to get a call through a quick opening panel in :26.3. Nitro, the heavy betting favorite, opted for a trip off the pace and settled along the rail in fifth for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Touchdown Mindale and Lewayne Miller were well placed in the pocket second while Full Code and Doug Rideout followed intently in third. The brisk pace continued down the backside with Astreo’s Love reaching the half mile mark in :55. Dillander gave Night Pro the green light and was aimed at the leader as the field approached the final turn. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. followed suit and drafted second over through a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1. As Astreo’s Love began to tire on the front, Night Pro found a :26 final quarter to power home a winner two lengths in front of his closest competitor. Nitro battled gamely to finish second while Astreo’s Love held on for third. As the public’s second choice, Night Pro returned $6.20 to his backers.

 

Unraced at two, Night Pro is trained and owned by Dale Decker of Temperance, MI. A $14,000 yearling purchase, the black colt is the first foal from World Champion, Midnight Jewel. Sired by Pro Bono Best, Night Pro has now earned over $30,000 from seven lifetime starts.

 

In the second division of sire stakes action, Right Touch and Ray Paver returned to their winning ways as they took advantage of a pocket trip to win in 1:51.2. Right Touch, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion at two, found a :27.1 final panel to overtake Sweet Talkin Satin and Doug McNair in the stretch. Sired by Always a Virgin, Right Touch notched his second win of the season from two starts. Trained by Ray Paver, the three-year-old gelding has now amassed over $230,000 lifetime.

 

Kanaris and Tyler Smith got up in the final strides to win by a neck in the opening round of the sire stakes action. Dismissed at 30-1, Kanaris found late racing room to beat Fancy Colt at the wire in 1:52.1. Trained by Joe Seekman, Kanaris notched his first win of the season and fifth lifetime victory. Sired by Panspacificflight, the three-year-old gelding has earned over $75,000 lifetime.

 

The Indiana Sire Stakes Gold level action for three-year-old pacing colts will continue on Saturday, June 8. The $200,000 final is slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

 

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.

Photo: Night Pro and Jason Dillander in the $30,000 Indiana Sire Stakes. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.

Bolt The Duer Strikes in Dan Patch Invitational

DAN PATCH BOLT THE DUER WINCIRCLE

Bolt The Duer and driver Sam Widger used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of ten in the 20th installment of the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational on Saturday, May 25 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With a final time of 1:49.3, Bolt The Duer was able to take advantage of a pocket trip to notch his first win of the season for trainer, Peter Foley.

Leaving from post seven, Bolt The Duer was quick off the gate but was forced to settle for the pocket as Trace Tetrick had Up The Credit out and firing from post nine. Up The Credit had to work for position but reached the front through an opening panel in :26 seconds as the field sorted itself out through the first turn. Carrying the publics’ money, Hurrikane Kingcole and driver Brett Miller opted for a trip off the pace and settled along the rail in fourth with Aracache Hanover and Doug McNair following intently in fifth.  Up The Credit continued to call the shots down the backside as the tightly knit field of ten reached the half in :53.4. Fred and Ginger was the first to commit to the outer flow as Ricky Macomber Jr. had him out and firing approaching the final turn with Hurrikane Kingcole in tow.

As the field passed the three-quarter clocking in 1:22, Up The Credit looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced for himself for the cavalry charge behind him. Fred and Ginger was able to put a nose in front halfway down the lane as Bolt The Duer loomed large in the background. With a :27.1 final panel, Bolt The Duer powered home to win by one and half lengths. Fred and Ginger overcame a taxing trip and battled gamely to finish second. Rockincam, last year’s Dan Patch victor, used his same off the pace tactics to charge home and finish third with Jason Dillander at the lines. Bolt The Duer returned $7.60 to his backers as the publics’ second choice.

“Pete (Foley) told me before the race that he has gate speed but does his best work off the pace,” Widger said. “I was really surprised that more horses didn’t leave, but I just wanted to coast out of there and not have to use him too hard. I felt pretty good coming around the last turn, but I’m glad I waited to pull him when I did because it couldn’t have worked out any better. The trip, the horse, I have just been extremely blessed and want to thank Pete for giving me the chance to drive this horse. It was a great race.”

Widger picked up the drive for Foley after his regular driver, Mark Macdonald, was unable to make the trek to Indiana due to unfavorable weather conditions restricting travel on the east coast.

Bolt the Duer notched his first win of the season as Widger recorded his first Dan Patch victory in the 20 year running of the race. Owned by All Star Racing Inc, the four-year-old horse has bankrolled over $1.2 million dollars throughout his illustrious racing career.

Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 20th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta for the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. The total handle was up 44% over the previous year’s number.

USTA Strategic Wagering Joins Daily Racing Form to Promote 41 Major Harness Races

Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, Maxie Lee at Harrah’s Philadelphia Featured this Weekend

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Columbus, OH – The United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program is joining forces with the Daily Racing Form to promote 41 of harness racing’s most important stakes races on 28 dates at 15 racetracks across the country in 2013.

 

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Daily Racing Form will publish past performances for each of the 41 major stakes races, as well as race analysis and Strategic Wagering promotional information, in their national print edition on those race days.

 

Also, each participating racetrack will have the opportunity to supplement this print campaign with additional online support on DRF.com.

 

“We are pleased to partner with the Daily Racing Form in spotlighting our major stakes races,” said USTA Director Chris Schick, who manages the Strategic Wagering Program.  “With this promotional and editorial support from DRF, we will showcase our biggest races to their well-established Thoroughbred audience and demonstrate the excitement and value in wagering on harness racing.”

 

Daily Racing Form is committed to help expand the harness racing fan base through our print, digital and mobile platforms,” said John Hartig, CEO, Daily Racing Form. “The cross-over opportunity is exciting as DRF’s loyal players are always looking for quality wagering action, which these major harness race days offer.”

In addition, the Daily Racing Form will provide expanded coverage that includes past performances for all 12 Breeders Crown races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Oct. 19.

 

The $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 25 and the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday, May 26 kick off the program this weekend. On each weekend day, there will be a two-page spread with analysis from Daily Racing Form’s Managing Editor-Harness Derick Giwner, promotion of Strategic Wagering guaranteed pool wagers and the complete past performances for each featured race.

 

At Hoosier Park this Saturday, there will be a Strategic Wager $25,000 guaranteed superfecta on the Dan Patch, the 11th race on the card as well as a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 anchored by the Dan Patch on races 8-11.

 

On Sunday, two $250,000 stakes highlight the Harrah’s Philadelphia $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 Strategic Wager on races 9-12 with the Betsy Ross Invitational as the 10th race and the Maxie Lee as the fourth and final leg in race 12.

 

The U.S. Trotting Association, in cooperation with its member tracks, established the USTA Strategic Wagering Program in April 2011to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Since its inception, the Strategic Wagering Program has provided guaranteed wagers at 24 different racetracks and has averaged 90 wagers per month.  The responsibility for these guarantees is shared equally by the USTA, the track hosting the wager, and on some occasions, the local horsemen’s association.

 

Following is the complete USTA Strategic Wagering – Daily Racing Form schedule:

 

Day     Date                            Track                                      Race

 

Sat.      May 25                        Hoosier Park                           Dan Patch

Sun.     May 26                        Harrah’s Philadelphia              Maxie Lee

Sat.      June 1                          Yonkers Raceway                   Art Rooney

Sun.     June 9                          Tioga Downs                           TBD  (Bettor’s Delight or Artiscape)

Fri.       June 21                        Maywood Park                       Maywood Pace

Sat.      June 29                        Pocono Downs                        Ben Franklin

Sat.      July 13                         Meadowlands                         Meadowlands Pace

Sat.      July 20                         Northfield Park                       Battle of Lake Erie

Sat.      July 27                         The Meadows                         Delvin Miller Adios

Sat.      July 27                         Yonkers Raceway                   Yonkers Trot

Sat.      Aug. 3                         Meadowlands                         Hambletonian

Sat.      Aug. 17                       Pocono Downs                        TBD  (Colonial or Battle of the Brandywine

Sun.     Aug. 25                       Vernon Downs                        Zweig

Mon.    Sept. 2                         Tioga Downs                           Cane Pace

Fri.       Sept. 6                         Vernon Downs                        TBD – Muscle Hill or Credit Winner

Sat.      Sept. 14                       Balmoral Park                         TBD – (Super Night)

Sat.      Sept. 16                       Harrington Raceway               Quillen Memorial

Wed.   Sept. 18                       Delaware                                 Jugette

Thurs.  Sept. 19                       Delaware                                 Little Brown Jug

S or S  Sept. 28 or 29              The Red Mile                          TBD – Bluegrass

Sat.      Oct. 5                          The Red Mile                          Tattersalls Pace

Sun.     Oct. 6                          The Red Mile                          Kentucky Futurity

Sat.      Oct. 19                        Pocono Downs                        Breeders Crown

Sat.      Nov. 2                         Hoosier Park                           TBD – Monument Circle or Indiana Derby

Sat.      Nov. 2                         Yonkers Raceway                   Messenger

Sat.      Nov. 9                         Balmoral Park                         American-National

Fri.       Nov. 15                       Maywood Park                       Windy City Pace

Sun.     Nov. 17                       Dover Downs                          Matron

Sat.      Nov. 30                       Meadowlands                         TBD  (FFA Championship or Governor’s Cup)

Sat.      Dec. 14                        Northfield Park                       Cleveland Classic

 

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