Category: Horse Racing

Topville Cadillac Cruises to Victory in Freshman Filly Final

Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, turned in another dominating performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4. With a final time of 1:53.3, Topville Cadillac used a near gate to wire effort to notch her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park.

Topville Cadillac was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth wile Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong protected their early position to get the first call through the opening panel in :27. Smith had Topville Cadillac out and firing just out of the first turn and she quickly grabbed the front to remain uncontested through :56.3 and 1:25 splits. Seventimesavirgin continued to benefit from a pocket trip while Ricky Macomber Jr. and Aux D Lox Bluegrass were leading the first-over charge.

As the field turned for home, Topville Cadillac began to put her talent on display as she put three lengths between her and the rest of the field. Seventimesavirgin tipped from the pocket to make a bid at the leader but Topville Cadillac wasn’t finished. Using a :28.3 last quarter, the Alvin Miller trainee coasted to the wire under a hand drive from Smith to finish four lengths in front of Seventimesavirgin. Shirley’s Dream and Andy Shetler rallied gamely in the stretch to round out the trifetcta. As the even money favorite, Topville Cadillac returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows.

Topville Cadillac was victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park.

Topville Cadillac was victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park.

“She certainly gave us some anxious moments training down,” trainer Alvin Miller noted after the win. “She wasn’t the best student. I always knew she had a big gear but she has always been a handful.”

“She went through a little bit of a growth spurt so that’s why we took our time getting her ready and getting her to the races,” he continued. “She’s still green yet, I don’t think she has figured it all out but she continues to get better and that’s all we can ask for.”

The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her fifth win from seven seasonal outings. Topville Cadillac, a $95,000 yearling purchase, is a half sister to former Indiana Sires Stakes Champions Always About Katey and Radar Contact. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cadillac has now earned $75,050 lifetime.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 5 with a 14-race card. In conjunction with the live racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the FarmTastic event, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races. The event, which has quickly become a fan favorite, is free to the public, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Yard, with live racing beginning at its’ regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m.

Matrix of Luck Sweeps Fourth Round of Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park

 

With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park.

With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park.

Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3. With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and became the sport’s newest $100,000 earner after the victory.

Leaving from post two in a talented group of 10, Matrix of Luck was unhurried from the gate and found a spot along the rail in fourth while LeWayne Miller had Mystical Rock out and firing from post seven. Mystical Rock dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 while stablemate Legere and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket seat.

Smith made his game winning move down the backside as he pointed Matrix of Luck to the lead approaching the final turn and the colt quickly grabbed command just before the three quarter clocking in 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Downthehighwy was the first to apply pressure from first-over and the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire.

Matrix of Luck was able to put away Downthehighwy late in the lane but Mystical Rock loomed large in the pocket. Miller was able to find late racing room with Mystical Rock but Matrix of Luck wasn’t done. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Matrix of Luck dug in gamely to get the win by a neck over Mystical Rock. Legere rallied strongly in the lane to finish third. As the publics’ choice, Matrix of Luck returned $4.80 at the betting window.

“He’s a super nice colt to sit behind,” Smith noted in the winner’s circle. “I’ve got to thank his connections for letting me drive him. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the colt and they’ve done a great job with him all season. He just seems to get better every week; he always shows up and does his job.”

Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the fifth win of his young career from just nine lifetime outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor’s Maid pushed his lifetime bankroll to $128,000. The victory was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Smith.

Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Friday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Bridge to Jesse’s Extends Winning Streak at Hoosier Park

Bridge to Jesse’s turned in another dominating performance to find winner’s circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to six with the victory, Bridge To Jesse’s and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors in 1:56.3.

Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse’s was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor’s Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse’s would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn.

Victor’s Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse’s slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse’s found another gear. Bridge To Jesse’s was able to wear down a tiring Victor’s Hall late in the lane. Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse’s returned $4.20 at the betting window.

Bridge To Jesse’s and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors in 1:56.3.

Bridge To Jesse’s and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors in 1:56.3.

“He’s a pleasure to drive,” Hensley noted in the winner’s circle. “He’s got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes but all in all, he’s a perfect colt to drive. I think he’s better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again.”

After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse’s has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong.

Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Lockwood Grace Upsets In Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park

Lockwood Grace Upsets In Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park

Lockwood Grace Upsets In Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park

Lockwood Grace used a strong stretch rally to pull the 20-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 1. Driven by Jason Dillander, Lockwood Grace avoided early traffic trouble to score in a lifetime best of 1:58.

In a race ruled by miscues, Dillander had Lockwood Grace out of harm’s way in the early stages of the race, sixth along the rail. Her stablemate and post time favorite, Miss Tootsie Hall, made a break behind the gate and took herself out of the race completely before the wings folded for driver Trace Tetrick.

Naughty III, driven by Tyler Smith, made her customary move to the front through an opening panel in :28.1 but had trouble down the backside and was quickly passed on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Rick Farrington at the second station in :58.2.

Doug Rideout and Just Jess also avoided the early traffic trouble and made a powerful move down the backside to take control just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:28. While the rest of the field sorted out positions, Just Jess put a few lengths between her and the rest of the field around the final turn.

As the field turned for home, Just Jess continued to call the shots but was beginning to tire on the front. Just as Just Jess was retreating, Dillander had Lockwood Grace in perfect striking position second-over. Lockwood Grace was given the green light and exploded past her rivals using a :28.4 final quarter to win by three-parts of a length. Nothing But Nice held on for the second place finish wile Sunny Jeans and Rick Plano rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Lockwood Grace returned $43.60 at the betting windows.

“I don’t know what happened out there,” Dillander noted of the race. “It worked out for us, but it was a crazy race, that’s for sure. When we came around the last turn, I wasn’t sure if I had enough to get to the wire but once we straightened out, she really started gaining ground. She trotted all the way to wire and showed up big tonight.”

Trained by Robert Taylor, the freshman filly is the daughter of Gymnasium-Montgomery Jewle. Lockwood Grace notched just the second win of her career from eight seasonal outings. Lockwood Grace has now earned $60,245 for her owners at Hoosierland Farm.

“She’s been a nice filly all year,” trainer Robert Taylor noted in the winner’s circle. “She’s just coming into herself I think, maybe a little later than the others, but she’s been a nice filly from the start. She’s a super nice filly to be around and takes good care of herself too, so I think that will help her in the long run.”

Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 2 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Topville Cadillac Establishes New Track Record at Hoosier Park

Topville Cadillac Establishes New Track Record at Hoosier Park with her 1:52.1 clocking.

Topville Cadillac Establishes New Track Record at Hoosier Park with her 1:52.1 clocking.

Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:52.1 in the fourth round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies on Friday, August 28. After equaling the 1:52.2 mark previously established by Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan in her last outing, Topville Cadillac bested that time by a fifth of a second to be the sole owner of the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies.

In just the sixth start of her freshman campaign, Topville Cadillac used a near gate to wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth win of the season. Her 1:52.1 victory also marked the sixth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park during the 2015 live harness racing season.

Leaving from post five in the field of nine, Topville Cadillac was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth while the rest of the field battled for early position. Smith wouldn’t wait long as he sent the heavily favored filly on a mission to the front just past the opening quarter in :27.

Topville Cadillac dictated middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Lookharryimwinning and Rick Plano tipped from the pocket but Topville Cadillac looked strong on the front. Using a :27.4 last quarter, Topville Cadillac was able to put away Lookharryimwinning and hold off a late charge from Endeavors Fantasy and Sam Widger who had to settle for second place honors.

Diamondtequilashot and Peter Wrenn rounded out the trifecta. Topville Cadillac returned $5.00 to her backers at the betting windows.

Trained by Alvin Miller, the daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her fourth win from six seasonal outings. Topville Cadillac, a $95,000 yearling purchase, is a half sister to former Indiana Sires Stakes Champions Always About Katey and Radar Contact. Her $95,000 purchase price also made her the highest priced yearling in the state of Indiana in 2014. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cyberwave has now earned $37,550 lifetime.

The post time favorites also delivered in the other two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations on the evening. Ed Hensley guided Can’t Touch This to a 1:53 score in the opening division for trainer Roger Welch while Seventimesavirgin turned a pocket trip into a 1:54 victory for trainer, driver John DeLong.

All three of the evening’s elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the next round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for September 4 at Hoosier Park. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 29 with a 14-race card.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .

WISH-TV to Broadcast $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes

 Ten Top Pacers Set for 22nd Installment of Dan Patch Stakes


WISH-TV will broadcast the 22nd edition of the Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

WISH-TV’s partnership with Centaur Gaming will continue with a special broadcast  of the 22nd edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, a race featuring the best in the sport of harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14 during the 10:00 p.m. news hour. The WISH TV broadcasting partnership kicked off on Saturday, July 18 with coverage of the Indiana Oaks and Indiana Derby live from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.

“Centaur Gaming immediately saw the value in a strategic television partnership with WISH-TV given their solid reputation and reach not only in the Indianapolis-area but throughout much of Indiana,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming President and COO. “We look forward to entertaining their viewers with live broadcasts of our biggest races at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park as well as showcasing what has made our destinations the best in gaming, racing, dining, and entertainment in Indiana.”

The Dan Patch is Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race and has become an annual tradition that highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing. Hoosier Park’s event is named after the early 1900’s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of more than 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time.

The Dan Patch Stakes will be part of a special weekend tagged as the “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by REO Speedwagon on Saturday, August 15 as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up.

About Centaur Gaming: Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur employs more than 2,000 Hoosiers and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. and an off-track betting facility in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.CentaurGaming.net, www.HoosierPark.com, or www.IndianaGrand.com.

About WISH-TV: WISH-TV has continued to set the standard for television excellence in Central Indiana, since 1954. The station has been honored as “Television Station of the Year” by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, for its “Overall Excellence” by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and as “Outstanding News Operation,” “Outstanding Weather Operation,” “Best Newscast” and “Best Website” by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association.  24-Hour News 8 provides around the clock news, weather and information through its television newscasts and digital platforms. WISH-TV, a CW affiliate, serves more than 1.5 million households. (Estimate according to the Indianapolis Nielsen Station Index).

Freaky Feet Pete Continues to Dominate at Hoosier Park

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7.

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7.

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to five in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.1 and notch his fifth win of the season.

Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming 1-9 favorite to the front from post eight in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Kelly D and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip while Sumthintallnstrong and James Yoder began the first over bid down the backside.

Doing what Freaky Feet Pete has done all season long, he began to separate himself from the rest of the field turning for home. With a four length lead at the top of the stretch, Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.4 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick.

Sumthintallnstrong rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Swing City and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window.

“He surprises me every time he’s on the track,” trainer Larry Rheinheimer said in the winner’s circle after the win. “We don’t give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do.”

Freaky Feet Pete scored his 14th career victory from 16 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $397,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer’s star pupil will be aimed next for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park on Friday, August 14 but says the possibility of venturing out of the state of Indiana is not out of the question.

“There’s a little bit of down time here,” Rheinheimer continued. “So, if something fits in the schedule, we’ll certainly look into it. As far as the Breeders Crown goes, that’s definitely still a possibility for us. If he keeps racing well and going in the right direction, he deserves the chance to prove himself.”

Royal Rex and Tyler Smith took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:52.3 for trainer Roger Cullipher. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Royal Rex dug in gamely to overcome This Baby Rocks and LeWayne Miller. With the win, the son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go notched his third win of the season from 15 outings. Royal Rex has now earned $50,919 for owner Nathan Sea.

The Big Year and LeWayne Miller pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.0. Using a near gate to wire effort, The Big Year held on gamely late in the lane to score the victory. Trained by Erv Miller, The Big Year scored his fourth win of the season from 15 starts. The son of Panspacificflight-Aristocracy has now earned $171,203.

All three of the evening’s elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the fourth $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for the star studded 14-race card on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Hoosier Park Adds Overnight Series to Dan Patch Card

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced the addition of four overnight series to compliment Indiana’s most prestigious pacing race, the Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 14.

Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000 and will now be supported by an all-star, 14-race card that includes Indiana Sires Stakes and overnight series action.

“With Dan Patch weekend being the biggest racing event of the year we wanted to put together a solid undercard for our signature race,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “In conjunction with the Indiana Sires Stakes, hopefully these additional overnight series will bring the best out of some of our most competitive classes.”

“The Joe Patchen” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $15,000 or less in their last five starts (up to and including 8/5/15); $15,000 claimers are eligible also.

“The Zelica” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $22,500 or less in their last start (up to and including 8/5/15); $22,500 claimers are eligible also.

“The Oxford, Indiana” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming prize of $35,000 or less in their last start (up to and including 8/5/15); with $35,000 claimers being eligible also.

“The Dan Messner” pacing series is open to horses that are non-winners of $5,250 (Indiana-sired $6,500 and non-winners last 3 starts allow $750) in their last five starts (up to and including 8/5/15); horses that are non-winners of $1,500 per start in 2015 with a minimum of 12 starts are eligible also.

Each of the overnight series will be comprised of a preliminary leg slated for Friday, August 7 with the finals being contested on Friday, August 14. There will be a $50 entry fee for the preliminary legs. The overnight series will be included on Hoosier Park’s condition sheets and can also be found on Hoosier Park’s website.

The Dan Patch Stakes will be part of a special weekend tagged as the “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by REO Speedwagon on Saturday, August 15 as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2015 season of live harness racing will be conducted through November 14.

Tetrick Wins Opening Round of Hoosier Park’s Champion Driver Series

Tetrick, earned a total of 39 points to secure the win in Round 1 of the Champion Driver Series.

Tetrick, earned a total of 39 points to secure the win in Round 1 of the Champion Driver Series.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, July 25 and it was Trace Tetrick who took home top honors and won his share of the $5,000 Round 1 prize. In its’ second year, the 2015 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten coveted spots being based upon wins during the 2015 season.

Tetrick, a 28-year-old, Illinois native earned one win, one second, one third and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 39 points to secure the win. LeWayne Miller, last year’s Champion Driver Series winner, finished second with 38 points followed by Sam Widger finishing third with 36 points.

Tetrick kicked things off with a win in the first leg of the challenge behind Pipecreek Yankee for trainer Walter Haynes Jr., earning 15 points. He finished sixth in the next race but was able to guide Humble Hero to a second place finish to earn nine points in the third leg of the challenge.

After the fourth race of the series and just one race left to go, Tetrick was tied for first with LeWayne Miller at 31 points. Dillander moved into second place after a win with Endeavors Lady Luck while Ed Hensley had accumulated 29 points for third.

Tetrick was able to clinch the trophy and the lion’s share of the $5,000 prize in the final race by steering Jagger Blue Chip to a third place finish, earning eight points. LeWayne Miller secured second place after a fourth place finish with Steviescooter while Sam Widger moved into third place after a decisive win with Major Starlight.

“I was feeling pretty good about the horses I picked coming into tonight,” Tetrick noted after the win. “Luckily, the trips worked out and the horses showed up. A couple of my horses raced really well, a few of the others didn’t, but it all worked out.”

Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 159 victories and over $1.5 million in purse earnings through the first 85 days of live racing. Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park’s leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.

“This was a lot of fun,” he continued. “We’re always a competitive group and we always have fun with each other but when you have a challenge like this, it really brings out the competitiveness in all of us. I know it’s something we’ve been looking forward to all week.”

Tetrick will look to defend his title in Round 2 of the Champion Driver Series slated for October 17 at Hoosier Park. While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, valued at $15,000.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Favorites Prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes Action at Hoosier

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, July 24 as they played host to two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites, as both divisions were won by the publics’ choice.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51. With the win, Nora Rockwell notched her fifth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and established a new lifetime best in the process.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51.

In a talented field of ten, Nora Rockwell left just enough to protect her rail position. Can’t Touch Her and Ross Leonard were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 but their lead would be short lived as Rock The Look and Trent Stohler were out and firing.

Just as Rock The Look took command, Dillander had Nora Rockwell aimed to the front and she dictated fractions of :55.2 and 1:22.4. Rockin Good and Jared Finn were the next to make a move to the front and were matching strides with the leader turning for home.

Nora Rockwell continued to fend off challenges from the field and used a :28.1 final quarter to find the wire a head in front of a hard charging Can’t Touch Her. Rock The Look rounded out the trifecta. As the bettors’ choice, Nora Rockwell returned $5.00 at the betting window.

“She is awesome,” trainer Marlin Fry said with a smile after the win. “She has been a lot of fun. I’ve always known she was a nice filly but this has absolutely been a surprise, much, much more than I ever expected. Jason has a done great job with her, too.”

Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 12th lifetime victory and now sports a career bankroll of $188,572. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell recorded her eighth victory from 15 seasonal outings with the win.

In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, Ginger Shark turned in her own impressive performance to score in 1:52.2 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final with driver Trace Tetrick in the bike. The 1:52.2 clocking not only established a new lifetime best for the Brian Brown trainee but also equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old pacing fillies. Ginger Shark remains undefeated in four starts in 2015.

Ginger Shark rattled off splits of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:24.3 before sprinting away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Ginger Shark paced on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. As the 1-5 favorite, Ginger Shark returned $2.40 at the betting windows.

Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $95,000 from four career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, July 25 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. Hoosier Park will also play host to the opening round of the 2015 Champion Driver Series on Saturday. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

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