Category: Horse Racing

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

THUNDER RISES NEW TRACK RECORD 7-8 MILEFifth Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park in 2013 

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.

Red Hot Herbie Establishes New Track Record at Hoosier Park

Fourth Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park in 2013

RED HOT HERBIE 6-19-2013

Red Hot Herbie, with Sam Widger at the lines, shattered a twelve-year-old track record for three-year-old trotting geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:55 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 19. The previous record was established by Major Digby and Dan Shetler in 2001 and then equaled in 2003 by Big Boy Josh and Charlie Conrad. Red Hot Herbie notched his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park and third victory of the season, in a lifetime best effort. The 1:55 victory marked the fourth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013.

Red Hot Herbie made every call a winning one as he stormed to the front from post five through a brisk opening panel in :26.3. Charming Dream and Ed Hensley left just enough to protect their rail position and followed intently in second. Emmers and Lewayne Miller were next in third as the heavy betting favorite, Jesse Lane, was placed off the pace in eighth. Red Hot Herbie seemed to relax on the front as he led the field of ten through the half mile time in :57.4. Longwell and Dan Shetler were the first to take aim at the leader as the field approached the final turn through the three-quarter mark in 1:27.2.

Just as the field turned for home, Red Hot Herbie began to put his talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. With a :27.3 final panel, Red Hot Herbie crossed the wire well in hand and was four lengths in front of  his closest competitor. Longwell trotted evenly to finished second as Charming Dream took advantage of his pocket trip to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ third choice, Red Hot Herbie returned $7.40 to his backers for the win.

“This horse can leave the gate about as fast as any trotter I’ve sat behind,” Widger noted. “He’s a little hot-headed but he will relax if he can get away from them and he did that tonight. He’s flawlessly gaited and he came back to me when I asked him to down the backside. If he will relax and let you spread the speed out, he is a tough horse to beat.”

Trained by Byron Hooley, Red Hot Herbie notched his fifth win from 20 lifetime outings while bankrolling over $40,000 for his connections of Summit Pacing Acres of Fort Wayne, IN. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the three-year-old gelding has now won three of six starts this season. It was the second win of the night for trainer Byron Hooley who also scored with Flower Girl Charis in the third round of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes action.

The twelve year old record for three-year-old geldings on the trot was originally established by Major Digby and driver, trainer Dan Shetler on August 12, 2001. That same record was equaled two years later by Big Boy Josh and driver, trainer Charlie Conrad on May 18, 2003.

Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 20 with three-divisions of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 13-race card. With a daily post time of 5:30 p.m., Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday live racing schedule through November 9.

Upsets Prevail in Indiana Gold Sire Stakes

Third Round of Indiana Sire Stakes Action Produces Upsets

SWEET JUSTICE 6-2702013Sweet Justice, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the third round of Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, June 27. Sweet Justice was able to take advantage of a miscue by the heavy betting favorite, Red Hot Herbie, to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:56.3.

Leaving from post four, Sweet Justice was unhurried out of the gate and landed fourth along the rail. Red Hot Herbie, piloted by Sam Widger, used his quick speed to burst off the gate and find the front through an opening panel in :26.4. Fearless Man and driver Dave Magee benefitted from a pocket trip while Russell Mania and Ed Hensley were next along the rail in third. Red Hot Herbie continued to call the shots through the half mile time in :57.1 before making a costly break and eliminating his chances for a second consecutive win. Fearless Man inherited the front as the field reached the three-quarter mark in 1:27.1. Tetrick gave Sweet Justice the green light and was the first to take aim at the leader around the final turn. As the field closed in on the leader, Tetrick asked Sweet Justice for more and the three-year-old gelding responded with a  :29.2 final quarter to reach the wire a length in front of his closest competitor. Russell Mania trotted evenly to finish a closing second while Fearless Man held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Dismissed at 7-1, Sweet Justice returned $17.80 for the victory.

After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Sweet Justice notched the second victory of his sophomore season from seven outings. Trained by Steve Carter, the three-year-old gelded son of Justice Hall has earned over $140,000 for his connections of Our Little Stable, S. Carter, and R. Mondillo. Sweet Justice bested his career mark set in 2012 by nearly three seconds with the score.

Natural Herbie followed suit and made his presence felt in the late stages of the second division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts as he rallied sharply to score the upset for trainer, driver, owner Verlin Yoder. With a final time of 1:55.3, the Indiana Sire Stakes champion equaled his lifetime best mark to score the third win of his sophomore season.

Starting from post one, Natural Herbie took advantage of a pocket trip behind the publics’ choice, Super Rock and Charlie Conrad, who carved out fractions of :28.2, :58.1., and 1:27.0. Just as the race appeared to be over, Natural Herbie found another gear and was able to overcome Super Rock in the final strides of the mile. Super Rock finished a game second while Just A Steady Hall got up for the third place finish. Natural Herbie returned $8.80 for the victory.

Sired By Here Comes Herbie, Natural Herbie pushed his lifetime bankroll over $160,000 while notching his seventh victory from 16 career outings. Natural Herbie has now won two consecutive sire stakes at outings at Hoosier Park.

The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 28 as two divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies will go postward for $30,000. The three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit and highlight Hoosier Park’s card on Saturday, June 29.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through 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.

Micallef Celebrates 2,000th Win at Hoosier Park

Veteran Driver Reaches Career Milestone at Hoosier Park

HARMONY OAKS QUIKEMike Micallef notched the 2,000th win of his career as he piloted Harmony Oaks Quike to victory in the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27. The 1:54.2 victory marked a career milestone for the veteran driver and the second win of season for the three-year-old daughter of Make It Brief.

Leaving from post five as a part of a two-horse Ron Burke trained entry, Harmony Oaks Quike was away a worrisome sixth. None of You and Tyler Smith left the gate alertly and reached the front through the opening panel of :27.0. Mystic Karissa, the second half of the Burke entry, had to work for position as she was hustled to the front by Ricky Macomber Jr. through the half mile marker in :55.0. LeWayne Miller had Maddy’s Fantasy out and firing just past the half and reached the front approaching the final turn. Reaching the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3, Maddy’s Fantasy began to tire on the front as the rest of the field closed in. Mystic Karissa was the first to collar the leader as her stable mate loomed large in the background. Using a :29.4 closing panel, Harmony Oaks Quike staged a big rally late in the lane to finish seventh lengths to the good. None of You used a ground saving trip to finish second while Dirt Diamond and Sam Widger paced evenly to round out the trifecta. Heavily backed at the windows, Harmony Oaks Quike returned $2.60 to her backers.

Owned by Upland Farm, Harmony Oaks Quike recorded the seventh win from 24 lifetime starts while amassing over $30,000 in purse earnings throughout her career.

“It was really nice to win this race tonight,” Micallef noted. “She’s a really nice filly who has been racing tough and it is always nice to win one for the leading outfit here at Hoosier Park. I’m also glad that my friends and family could be here to help celebrate this win.”

Micallef is a career winner of over $11 million in the race bike. Originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Micallef has raced in his home state, as well as Ontario, Florida, and New York prior to his first successful campaign in Indiana. From 81 driving starts, the veteran reignsman has piloted ten winners for more than $85,000 in purses through the first three months of live racing at Hoosier Park.

Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore, along with Micallef’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 Mike on such an accomplishment,” Moore noted. “We are thrilled Mike has joined the driving colony here at Hoosier Park and proud to help him celebrate win number 2,000. We wish Mike continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing him in the winner’s circle again for win number 3,000.”

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 will be conducted through November 9.

Sweet Talkin Satin Powerful in Indiana Sire Stakes Action

A full field of eleven lineSWEET TALKIN SATIN JPEGd up behind the starting gate for the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 29 and it was Sweet Talkin Satin who romped home a winner in 1:50.3. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin used a perfect pocket trip to establish a lifetime best mark in the third round of the sire stakes action and equal the track record for three-year-old pacing geldings in the process. The current track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008.

Leaving from the coveted rail position, Sweet Talkin Satin left just enough to secure his spot while the rest of the field battled for early position. Sweet Talkin Satin reached the front through the opening panel in :26.1 while Astreo’s Love, driven by Don Eash, was well placed in second. Sweet Talkin Satin’s lead was short lived as he was quickly contested down the backside by Night Pro and Jason Dillander who cleared to the front at the half mile mark in :55.1. Sam Widger was the first to take aim at the leader as he had Nitro out and firing with stable mate Virgil and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow approaching the final turn. Night Pro continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 as the rest of the field closed in. Virgil reached the leader’s wheel while Tetrick and Sweet Talkin Satin sat patiently in the pocket. Right Touch and driver Ray Paver tipped three-wide off of tiring cover and poised a large threat on the far outside but was no match for Sweet Talkin Satin from the pocket. With a :26.4 final panel, Sweet Talkin Satin found racing room late in the stretch to reach the wire first. Night Pro finished a game second while Right Touch battled rigorously to finish third. As the publics’ choice, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $4.60 for the victory.

Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the third win of his sophomore season from nine seasonal starts. The three-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin sent his career bankroll over the $100,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. Sweet Talkin Satin made his second Hoosier Park appearance after finishing second in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack three starts ago.

It was a driving triple on the eight race-card for Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick who also scored with Time To Roll for trainer, Tom Simmons and Ohmygosh Hanover for trainer, Tom T. Tetrick. Last year’s leading driver, Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park with 98 wins from 682 starts.

The fourth and final round of Indiana Sire Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings is slated for July 13th with the $200,000 final on July 20th at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park to Host A Night of Trotters

An All Trotting Card will Highlight Hoosier Park’s Wednesday Night

On Wednesday, July 3 Hoosier Park will play host to a 14-race card comprised of all trotting events. The first of its’ kind at Hoosier Park, the evening will feature two divisions of the fourth round of the $10,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies.

The two-year-olds will also be out in full force at the Anderson, IN track as the late closing action for freshman trotters will also kick-off. Three $10,000 divisions of “The George Sholty”, a late closing event open to two-year-old colt and gelding trotters, will be contested while their filly counterparts will square off in two divisions of the “Fred Terry”.

Among the list of entrants in the late closing action is Rya Dawk Mya, the first foal from the Indiana Sire Stakes Champion, Mya Tri, from the Walter Haynes Jr. stable. Sired by Cincinnati Kid, Rya Dawk Mya is now undefeated from two starts on the Indiana fair circuit. Rya Dawk Mya will start from post one in the fifth race with Walter Haynes Jr. at the lines.

Each of the late closing events are comprised of two, $8,000 legs with both $18,000 finals slated for Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The $40,000 final for the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for the three-year-old trotting fillies will also be held on Saturday, July 20 at Hoosier Park.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park Announces Purse Increase

Hoosier Park Hikes Purses 10% Across the Board

Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live Standardbred racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With the continuing success of the first-ever, all harness racing meet, Hoosier Park has announced purses will reflect a 10 percent increase, effective June 18. This 10 percent increase will be felt throughout the entire purse structure.

With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 50 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 20.3% over the previous years’ figures.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the start of our live race meet,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “We want to thank all of our partners that have contributed to our success thus far. The horsemen have done an outstanding job of providing us with a great racing product. The Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association’s strategic wagering initiatives have proved to be a tremendous success. All of these combined efforts are allowing us to proudly announce this purse increase that will be felt across the board. We are eagerly looking forward to the rest of our 2013 meet.”

Earlier in the year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a new racing format described as one breed, one track. Hoosier Park was named Indiana’s sole harness racing track while Indiana Grand Casino and Downs plays host to all the thoroughbred action.

Originally designed as an all Standardbred track, this change to all Standardbred racing has allowed Hoosier Park to devote all of its’ energies in making the Anderson, Indiana track a world-class Standardbred racing operation.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Following a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will have a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

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.

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