ANDERSON, Ind.—August 30, 2013—Natural Herbie continued his winning ways in the featured event, the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30. Notching his seventh win of the season and third stakes win from four preliminary legs, the reigning freshman Indiana Sire Stakes champion turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:55.3 for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder.
Leaving from post three in the eleven horse field, Natural Herbie was handed no favors from the onset and was parked through the first quarter clocking while the battle for early position ensued. Ray Hall and Pete Wrenn won the first battle and led the field through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. Unable to find a position along the rail, Natural Herbie pressed on for the lead and was applying pressure to outside of the top pair down the backside with Super Rock and Charlie Conrad hot on their heels second over. Ray Hall continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 as the rest of the field closed in.
Natural Herbie inherited the lead after a costly break by Ray Hall mid-way through the stretch and was able to hold off a late charge from Red Hot Herbie and Brandon Bates to score the win by a head. Red Hot Herbie used a late closing kick to finish second while Super Rock battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Natural Herbie returned $3.40 to his backers at the window.
After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Natural Herbie has posted an even better sophomore season. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the black gelding has now won seven of 11 seasonal starts while bankrolling over $150,000 for owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder. Sporting a career bankroll of over $290,000, Natural Herbie has hit the board in 15 of 21 lifetime outings. Natural Herbie will head the field of entrants in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 31 with a pair of $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Saturday, August 31, Hoosier Park will also host The Beach Boys live in concert to culminate the Summer Concert Music Series at the Anderson, IN track. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held Indiana owned and managed company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.
Photo: Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.
More than 24,000 Shells to Light the Sky in New Simultaneous Fireworks Shows
As more than 24,000 fireworks shells light the night’s sky over central Indiana this Independence Day, thousands of revelers will share in the same professionally arranged fireworks show in both Anderson and Shelbyville. The fully synchronized fireworks shows, at both Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, will offer guests two Independence Day celebratory options.The simultaneous events are free to the public and will include a series of family-friendly activities, dining specials, and live entertainers. Festivities begin on Thursday, July 4 at 5 p.m. at Hoosier Park and 6 p.m. at Indiana Grand, with each property commencing fireworks at approximately 10 p.m.
This marks the first year the two racetrack casinos have teamed up to offer Indiana residents and visitors a unique experience for Independence Day entertainment. Each property will feature family-friendly entertainment options leading up to the fireworks presentations where more than 12,000 shells will explode in coordination with a 30-minute soundtrack. Guests can take part in free face painting, bungee trampoline rides and bounce houses, roaming magicians, and special glow-in-the-dark item and commemorative T-shirt giveaways. Multiple dining options, offering all-American classics, will line the outdoor space just outside the grandstands at both properties.
Below are the schedules for each property’s Independence Day celebration:
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s ‘Fire It Up on the Fourth’ Celebration
- Family-friendly access located at racetrack South gate
- Free family activities beginning at 5 p.m.
- Live racing beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- Live entertainment provided by Trop-Rock Junkies beginning at 8 p.m.
- Fireworks will begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s ‘All Stars and Stripes’ Celebration
- Family-friendly access located at the racetrack main entrance
- Free family activities begin at 6 p.m.
- Live entertainment provided by The Band Torn beginning at 7 p.m.
- Fireworks will begin at approximately 10 p.m.
Chairs and picnic tables will be available throughout both venues for convenience. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for additional comfort, however, outside food and drinks are prohibited. In the event of rain, both properties will communicate a possible rain date.
Coors Light Concert Series Presents the ‘Summer’s Greatest Hits’ Lineup
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced Friday its official Summer’s Greatest Hits lineup, presented by Coors Light. In its third year, Hoosier Park’s summer stage will welcome a series of four national headlining acts to the Hoosier Park outdoor music center. The three-month long summer series will run from Saturday, June 8 through Saturday, Aug. 31.
Known for such hits as “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “I Want a New Drug”, 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. Fellow 1980s rockers, The B-52s and The Go-Go’s, will bring their new-wave brand of rock to the stage on Saturday, June 29 playing their respective hits that include “Love Shack” and “We Got the Beat.”
On Friday, July 12 country music legend Willie Nelson will treat country music fans to the classics that built his storied career such as “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind.” Alongside his series of fan favorites, Willie Nelson and Family will play songs from their April 16 forthcoming album, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” that is being described as a collection of American standards and country classics.
The smooth, surfer-inspired harmonies of The Beach Boys will once again grace the Hoosier Park summer stage on Saturday, Aug. 31, since last performing at the Anderson racetrack and casino in July 2009. The Beach Boys, recently coming off their 50th anniversary international tour, released a new studio album that represents a new harmonic blending from a super group with such hits as “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A,” and “Kokomo.”
The Summer’s Greatest Hits concerts are scheduled to begin at approximately 8 p.m. The complete list of shows is as follows:
- Saturday, June 8, Huey Lewis & the News
- Saturday, June 29, The B-52s and The Go-Go’s
- Friday, July 12, Willie Nelson and Family
- Saturday, Aug. 31, The Beach Boys
The Hoosier Park outdoor music center accommodates up to 4,500 reserved ticket seats. The music center features a wide variety of ticket options, including premium VIP seating and private party decks complete with personal beverage service.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $23 to $67. Special VIP seating is available for an additional charge. Tickets for the Coors Light Summer Concert Series can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com. Concertgoers may also purchase directly from the box offices located in Shelby’s Gifts at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino or in Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB located in downtown Indianapolis. Club Centaur members will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased at both Hoosier Park box offices.
Loyal sponsors Coors Light, Modern Trailer Sales, Deem Mechanical & Electric Company, and Piazza Produce will once again additionally support the Summer’s Greatest Hits lineup.
About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the third year in a row by the Indianapolis Business Journal and holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting facilities located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com
About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Indiana Grand Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.
This Veteran’s Day Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be doing more than ever to pay tribute to our U.S. armed forces. With many employees and friends of the company having served in the military, Hoosier Park plans to give back throughout the holiday weekend. A proud supporter of Indiana veterans and national soldiers alike, Hoosier Park will be offering discounts, free food opportunities and a very special all-day trip to the Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Parade in Downtown Indianapolis.
With a military ID, our esteemed veterans can enjoy $5 in free slot play deposited on their Club Centaur account as well as 25% off at the Big Deli and Prime Harvest Buffet all holiday weekend. Then on Sunday, November 11th, a complimentary breakfast will be offered in the Big Deli from 7 to 10 am. Hoosier Park will then host a special Veterans Day Tribute on the casino floor at 11 am following breakfast.
The annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Parade in Downtown Indianapolis is on Saturday, November 10th. The event begins at 10:30 am on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial with a Musical Prelude by the 38th Division Band of the Indiana National Guard. This display of patriotism will include music from World War I, II, and the Korean War eras. To conclude the Memorial Service, the Indiana Air National Guard will perform a fly-over display just above the Indiana War Memorial. At 11:45 am, the Veteran’s Day Memorial Parade will commence. More than 80 military units will parade through Downtown Indianapolis from Michigan and Pennsylvania Streets to Meridian and North Streets. This Veteran’s Day event is sure to be one to remember and Hoosier Park aims to make sure no soldier misses the day’s great events.
At 8:30 am Saturday, a bus will be stationed outside of the casino to provide roundtrip transportation for those wishing to enjoy the service. With a military ID, Hoosier Park will provide the transportation and a free box lunch for each veteran and their guest. After the conclusion of the parade, the bus will be waiting to return the group back to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson. There is no purchase necessary and there are no costs associated with this half-day event. Pay respects to our fallen soldiers and give thanks to our enlisted with this all-inclusive trip to the Veteran’s Day memorial Service and Parade this November.
Today, Tuesday May 24, Hoosier Park 2011 Celebrity Drivers had the chance of a lifetime right here in Anderson, Indiana. The drivers were able to participate in a charity race driving cars from the Anderson Speedway. Drivers included Josh Sutton, Mike Peterson, Jason Dillander, Ricky Macomber, Trace Tetrick, Brandon Bates, Joe Putnam, Trent Stohler, and Peter Wrenn. They all were enthusiastic about their experience and had a great time while still raisng money to support their charity of choice. This race was filmed by the Hoosier Park AV crew and will be shown on Saturday, May 28 during Dan Patch night. Be sure to catch the race at Hoosier Park to see how these celebrity standardbred drivers did at driving the Thunder Roadsters at Anderson Speedway!
Sunday, May 15 the Indianapolis 500 Festival was held downtown in Monument Circle. I, along with fellow Hoosier Park members Rachel McLaughlin and Hoosier Buddy were fortunate enough to be apart of the festivities! The entertainment began at 12 and lasted until 4 PM and although the rain kept some indoors many came to participate in some community fun. Several characters were there along with Hoosier Buddy who enjoyed dancing around and posing for photos with friends. There were bounce houses, games, rock climbing, face painting, and music provided by Radio Disney. Hoosier Buddy had a great experience meeting all his new friends and acquiring new race fans for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino!
This morning Hoosier Park horsemen lended a helping hand to the Anderson community by volunteering their time for Habitat for Humanity. It was a combined effort by the Indiana Standardbred Assosciation (ISA) and Hoosier Park’s Fab Five Celebrity Drivers. In attendance was : Dave Magee, Peter Wrenn, Jamie Rucker, Kerry Peterson, Ricky Macomber, Sam Widger, Jason Dillander, Brandon Bates, and Juile Rideout. The crew assisted with hanging dry wall in one hourse and hangin siding on the other. The houses are set to be complete this fall. They sit side by side on Lincoln Street. Special thanks to all our drivers and horsemen for volunteering their time to the community!
Wednesday, April 28 Ricky Macomber traveled to the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, IN. The school is located on 42nd street right off of Fall Creek Parkway. The campus combines preschool, elementary, middle school and high school all combined into one centralized area to provide easy access to the students. There are also places for students to stay on campus if they are unable to travel long distances. Ricky was able to attend a small ceremony for the school yesterday dedicated to him and his charitable contribution to the school’s academic programs. Ricky was able to donate 1,336 dollars to the school yesterday and the school board as well as the students were able to express their gratitude. The students and teachers were all very excited and pleased to meet Ricky as he has come to be an inspiration to them all. He signed shirts, media guides, and took pictures for everyone. It was an exciting day for Ricky as he was able to make a donation to a charity that means so much to him.