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Meet Racing Rachel

Racing RachelFrom color commentator to purist handicapper and everything in between, Racing Rachel McLaughlin is a shining star amongst a new generation of horse racing enthusiasts. Here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino we pride ourselves on going above and beyond the standard. Rachel is no exception. Horsemanship is steeped in tradition and race presentations have remained relatively unchanged throughout history. While many facets of the sport are here to stay, Hoosier Park aims to facilitate a new generation of horsemen. The focal point of our efforts lies with Rachel McLaughlin and her trackside reporting. Rachel is no stranger to the horseman culture. As an avid rider and horse owner herself, she has been involved with horsemanship for many years. Rachel began western style riding at an early age with her spotted saddle horse named Adidas. With her love of riding and knowledge of all things equine, she soon found her way to Hoosier Park in 2010 as a racing intern. 

As an intern Rachel excelled under the pressure of live reporting and her comfortability on camera ultimately landed her the position of lead commentator. Since her debut here at Hoosier Park, she has left no stone unturned in her endeavor to learn the sports betting side of both Standardbred and Thoroughbred horseracing. There are very few tracks across the nation that host both Thoroughbred and Standardbred competition. Each sport has an entirely different set of guidelines and knowledge of one does not equate to success in the other. McLaughlin makes the annual transition from Standardbred to Thoroughbred without missing a beat. With each passing year she has been able to build upon her solid foundation of racing knowledge and continues to grow to this day. Her unique ability to effectively cycle between the two forms of racing and her unmistakable presence on camera has brought her national attention as well. At only twenty four years of age, Racing Rachel is off to a notable start with features on both ESPN and HRTV. With a background in Sports Marketing and her unforgettable style, it seems Racing Rachel has only just begun. 

Rachel is currently hosting her fifth meet at Hoosier Park and her experience is evident as she transitions into an even broader role. Racing Rachel has developed into an excellent handicapper. In her first handicapping season she has already begun making a name for herself as her picks continue to hit the board. Coming off a successful Standardbred season, she has transitioned back to her roots with Thoroughbred. Her growing knowledge of the sport has landed her multiple roles as a handicapper, analyst, and commentator. Rachel also assists with marketing efforts  and holds the title of Marketing Coordinator. When she is not in front of the camera she spends her time planning promotions and giveaways to make our events enjoyable for guests of all experience levels. If you have been to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino you have undoubtedly taken part in one of her many daily activities and most likely went home with something to show for it. Rachel’s presence on camera is second to none and has an uncanny ability to make even the most mundane of tasks exciting and fun. Rachel’s role at Hoosier Park has increased the family fun aspect as well with daily games and giveaways that cater to individuals of all age groups. Racing Rachel’s personality exemplifies our mission here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and we look forward to ushering in a new era of racing experience alongside her.

 If you are a fan of horseracing or would like to learn more about the woman behind the microphone, check out the Racing Rachel Facebook fan page or follow @HP_RacingRachel on Twitter. Also, be sure to stop in at 5:00 pm on weekdays to watch Rachel and Steve Cross kick off daily racing events with their live pre-race show in the Terrace.

Indianapolis Colts Fan Appreciation Days

On July 29th, our Indy Boys in Blue descended on Anderson University’s campus. Along with the one hundred man roster, coaches, staff and trainers took up temporary residency here in Anderson. With the many companies in the area showing their support, there was a sense of excitement in the air as you drove down Scatterfield to the playing field.  This is the third year Hoosier Park has participated in the camp festivities and were  even selected as an Official Super Celebration Site for last year’s Big Game in February. Hoosier Park’s support of Indianapolis football is now in full swing. For this year’s camp, Hoosier Park welcomed Big Blue fans with “Fan Appreciation Days.” During camp, guests of the park enjoyed special deals on food and beverages ranging from yard long beers to half-priced buffets as well as a koozie giveaway. The camp celebration culminated with a premium season ticket giveaway on Friday, August 17th. Charles Agnew of Anderson took home the coveted prize.  At Hoosier Park, we are proud supporters of our Boys in Blue and wish them “Luck” this season.

Indiana Derby Highlight 2012 Stakes Season at Hoosier Park

Once again, the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby will be the highlight of the 2012 Thoroughbred season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Now in its 18th running, the Indiana Derby has served as a stop for several of the top three-year-olds in the nation that are searching for a final prep en route to the Breeders’ Cup. Last year, Wilburn and jockey Julien Leparoux made a sweeping move in the final turn to win Hoosier Park’s featured event. The duo covered the one and one-sixteenth mile event in a time of 1:43.3 over the fast track that was upgraded from muddy earlier in the day.

The Indiana Derby is placed in its customary first Saturday in October slot, this year landing on October 6th. As in 2011, the race pushed purses for the entire day over $1 million mark, a bold statement for Indiana Thoroughbred racing. Joining the Indiana Derby will be the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks, the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile and the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George Stakes. In addition to open events, several Indiana Stakes will be on the stellar afternoon racing card, including the $84,000 Hillsdale Stakes, the $84,000 The City of Anderson stakes, the $84,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes, the $84,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes Filly Division, the $84,000 Gus Grissom Stakes, and the $84,000 Richmond Stakes. Total purse money for the day will be in excess of $1 million.

The 2012 Thoroughbred stakes season gets underway Saturday, August 25th with the 16th running of the $84,000 Brickyard Stakes and the 18th running of the $84,000 Merrillville Stakes.

The Don K Memorial Starter Handicap Series is also slated for the 2011 season. Five legs of the series are scheduled with the distance increasing as the series progresses throughout the meet. The fifth leg will round out the series on Wednesday, October 24 running at a distance of one and one-eighth mile. The $200,000 Too Much Coffee Stakes and the $200,000 Frances Slocum Stakes will be contested on the final racing program of the season.

Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse Racing Returns to Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IND. – July 30, 2012 – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off its 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing on Wednesday, Aug., 1. The 64-day meet runs through Saturday, Oct., 27, with racing held Tuesday through Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Building on the successful ‘Family-Friendly’ themed events and activities of the Standardbred meet, Hoosier Park will include additional promotions, dining specials, giveaways, and entertainment to run alongside live racing.

To open the second meet of the year, the first 2,000 racing fans to visit the Trackside Club Centaur Rewards center will receive up to $1,000 in free race wagering.  The nine race opener will also offer two times points to those guests using their Club Centaur Rewards cards while wagering on Hoosier Park live races and $1 draft beer and hot dog specials.

As an added bonus on Saturday Aug., 4, guests can meet the ESPY award-winning Julie Krone from 4 p.m. to
5 p.m. in the Yard. Krone, a female jockey, is known as the most successful in history and the first woman inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame. Additionally, the first 2,000 guests to visit the Terrace Club Centaur Rewards center beginning at noon will receive a free Hoosier Park Thoroughbred racing t-shirt.

Weekends during the meet will once again offer fans the enjoyment of both live racing and numerous entertainment opportunities throughout the venue. ‘Fan-tastic Fridays,’ offering $1 customer specials including beer, hot dogs, wagers, and racing programs and ‘Family Fun Saturdays,’ full of  live entertainment, kid-friendly outdoor games and activities, winner’s circle giveaways, and dining specials will round out each racing week. Friday’s ‘Beat the Big Guy’ handicapping competition will give guests an opportunity to out-handicap Centaur Gaming chairman and CEO, Rod Ratcliff, for a chance to win up to $750.

“We are looking toward our 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing with much anticipation and excitement,” Brian Elmore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing noted. “We are going above and beyond expectations to provide everyone a better experience and I’m confident that the horsemen and patrons will appreciate Hoosier Park’s efforts and multiple facility enhancements.”

The racing competition is starting to take shape with word that, Leandro Goncalves, last year’s leading jockey will return to Indiana to defend his second consecutive leading jockey title at Hoosier Park.  Goncalves earned more than $2.1 million in purse earnings during the 2011 meet, which was just shy of his track record setting year in 2010 with a total of $2,405,286. Fernando De La Cruz finished second with a total of 81 wins while Hoosier Park’s all-time leading rider, Rodney Prescott, was third with 50 wins.

On the training side of things, Gary Patrick earned his third leading trainer title at Hoosier Park in 2011 with 36 wins. Patrick also topped the owner charts for the second straight year with his 2011 record. A native of Circleville, Ohio, Patrick won his first leading trainer title at Hoosier Park in 1998 and picked up his second title in 2002. He is currently ranked second on the list of all-time leading trainers at Hoosier Park behind Ralph Martinez. Patrick was followed in the standings by Barbara McBride and the 2010 leading trainer Tom Amoss, each ending the season with 19 wins.

Quarter Horse racing will experience another exciting day devoted to their breed. Now in its 16th year, an all Quarter Horse racing program is set for Saturday, Oct. 13. Tagged as the “Wild West Adventure”, the afternoon event will include trials for some of the biggest Quarter Horse events in the state. Patrons can enjoy Indiana’s best Quarter Horse racing along with Wild West-themed food and drink and lots of fun family entertainment.

Known in recent years for attracting some of the biggest names in horse racing, the 18th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby will take place Saturday Oct. 6.  The fan-favorite event will highlight the stakes schedule of the Thoroughbred meet and promises to be an exciting day at the races. The $500,000-added Grade II Indiana Derby will be the featured event on the card along with the $200,000-added Grade II Indiana Oaks, the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile, and the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George Stakes, filling completing Indiana’s richest day of racing.

About Centaur Gaming and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Indianapolis-based, Centaur Gaming, owns and operates Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the second 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 and simulcast Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year.  Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting properties located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Indiana.


Our Lucky Chip Powerful in Fourth Round of ISS Action

A group of seven lined up behind the gate for the fourth and final leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and it was Our Lucky Chip who romped home a winner in 1:50.3. The three-year-old colt turned in an impressive performance to score his third Indiana Sire Stakes victory.

Sent postward as the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip was unhurried out of the gate by driver Trace Tetrick. With an electric opening quarter of :25.3, it was Andy Shetler and Sunday Poker, the Silver Sire Stakes invader, calling the shots with Rustle’s Chip and Don Eash following closely in second. The field remained in single file line through the half mile time of :55.2 before Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light. Fridaynightflight was well placed second over with Jammin Joshua right behind him third over. Reaching the leader’s wheel around the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.2, Our Lucky Chip sprinted clear and charged home to win convincingly by two lengths over Sunday Poker.  Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the third place finish. Our Lucky Chip returned $3.60 to his backers.

“He came back a little sharper this week,” Tetrick noted of the colt. “The three weeks off last week hurt him a little bit but he raced really tough tonight. He seemed really strong around the last turn and he dug in and got there tonight. He’s very competitive in this field of horses so I’m really looking forward to the final.”

Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the colt with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll over $70,000. With the victory, Our Lucky Chip became the fastest son of Indiana’s leading three-year-old pacing sire, Art’s Chip. The brown colt has now won nine of 12 career outings and seven of nine seasonal starts.

Our Lucky Chip will advance to the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, July 14. The race will be part of Hoosier Champions Night, featuring more than $1 million in purses for the Indiana Sire Stakes. Friday, July 13 will also be part of the national harness racing promotion, “Back to the Track” night. The Indiana Standardbred Association will offer several addition promotions and giveaways throughout the weekend to mark the final night of harness racing for 2012.

Two Year Old Trotters Debut Impressively at Hoosier Park

Dojea Nodoze and Ricky Macomber Jr. capture first round of George Sholty Series

The first two-year-old races were held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 26, as three $10,000 divisions of “The George Sholty” series were contested, a late closing event open to two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.

Among the list of impressive performers were Dojea Nodoze and Mr Jesse, a first start time starting duo sent postward from the Ron Burke stable. Dojeo Nodoze obeyed early orders from Ricky Macomber Jr. and eased into a spot along the rail in third. The duo was satisfied to follow along through the first quarter in :30.3 as Sizzling Hall and Dale Hiteman led the way down the backstretch. As the field of nine reached the half mile time in 1:02.3, Macomber Jr. gave the cue to Dojea Nodoze who was able to put a nose in front of the leader around the three-quarter mark in 1:31.4. As the field turned for home, Dojea Nodoze separated himself from the pack and powered home a winner in 2:01.2 by five and three quarter lengths. Mikey’s Trottintoy and Mark O’Mara were able to use their rail position to get up for the second place finish as Jailhouse Jive and Doug Rideout trotted evenly for third.

Sired by Cincinnati Kid, the two-year-old colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Dojea Stables, Dojea Nodoze was a $20,000 yearling purchase from the Indiana Premier Yearling Sale last fall.

Mr Jesse followed up his stablemate’s performance with his own five and one quarter length romp in his division of the late closing action. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Mr Jesse left alertly from post six to find the front through an opening panel in :30.3. The freshman remained uncontested through fractions of 1:02.1 and 1:32.3, before trotting home in :28.4 to win going away in 2:01.2. Doug Rideout guided Poppycock to a second place finish as Boy Meets Girl K closed well for third. Mr Jesse represents the first Indiana eligible crop from the stand out sire, Jailhouse Jesse. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Slaughter Racing Stable, Mr Jesse was a $20,000 yearling purchase from the Indiana Premier Yearling Sale last fall.

Go Gaspy Go and Rick Farrington closed out the late closing action for freshman trotters with a 2:02 victory by two and a half lengths over Paulie and Doug Rideout. Sired by Elegant Man, the two-year-old colt was able to make his way through traffic and track down Paulie down the stretch to trot home with a :28.3 closing kick. Buddy Garland and Walter Haynes Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Go Gaspy Go is trained, owned, and bred by Aaron Stutzman.

A Day at the Races: Bob Kravitz Gets a Taste of it All at Hoosier Park

Written by: Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. Kravitz is a columnist for The Indianapolis Star

Bob (left) and Tearful Reunion get together for a photo op in the stables at Hoosier Park. / Michelle Pemberton / The Star

ANDERSON, Ind. — I felt like a wide-eyed little kid approaching the bank teller with my first-ever lemonade-stand deposit.

“Ummmm, I think I want an exacta box with the 1, 3, 5 and 7 horses,” I told the nice lady at Hoosier Park.

She smiled, and not just because she was taking my $12 bet.

“This is your first time, isn’t it?” she asked, fully knowing the answer.

What gave me away? The sweating? The fact I had to read the words right off my notebook? Perhaps she could hear my internal conversation:

Pick-4 . . . no, that’s not it. What’s an exacta box? How many horses do I need to finish in the top three? How’s all this different from a superfecta? When will my brain explode, and can’t I just go play blackjack in the casino?

“Maybe you’ll have beginner’s luck,” she said, still smiling.

Yeah, beginner’s luck.

Two of the horses I picked battled it out for last place. The other two finished only a little closer to the winner.

Life as a gambler. And one heck of a wonderful day, and night, at Hoosier Park.

I’ll be honest here: I’ve been to only one horse track in my life — Churchill Downs, which isn’t a bad one if you’re going to attend one track — but had absolutely no idea what was going on at that Kentucky Derby. If memory serves, I wrote that day about hats and my failed attempt to get to the Queen of England’s private box.

You can take everything I know about horse racing (and several other subjects), pour it into a thimble and still have plenty left over for a martini with three olives.

In fact, it wasn’t until I showed up Thursday that I came to understand the difference between thoroughbreds and standardbreds, the difference between pacers and trotters.

Go ahead, quiz me:

What’s the difference between a thoroughbred and standardbred?

To put it in basketball terms, or something I understand, a thoroughbred is Kevin Durant: long, lithe, capable of great speed and power but a little bit brittle.

The standardbred, which ran in the night’s harness races, is like Kendrick Perkins, but without the scowl: tough, muscular, sturdy, capable of going greater distances and running more frequently at less breakneck speeds.

What’s the difference between a pacer and a trotter?

A pacer’s right legs go in one direction while the left legs go in the other direction. It’s an odd gait, not unlike our friend Kendrick Perkins. But that’s how they’re bred to run, just as I’ve been suitably bred to drink beer and lie around the house.

How do you like them horse apples?

Speaking of which, I am happy to report that the horse who took me on my first harness ride, along with driver Trent Stohler, has a very solid, high-fiber diet.

Tearful Reunion, who is now my horse, left a hefty trail of manure on the limestone track. I have no way of proving this, but I think it made him run faster. Horses in competition get up to about 30 to 35 mph. For my ride, Tearful Reunion was going about 20.

Not exactly a two-seater at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but thrilling nonetheless.

“Here, you take the reins,” Stohler told me. “Pull on the left one, he’ll go left. Pull on the right, he’ll go right. Pull on both, he’ll slow down.”

Which seemed simple until I tried to guide Tearful Reunion, who seemed to be interested in running off track and into the giant lake in the middle of Hoosier Park. “I think something spooked him,” Stohler said.

Yeah, like the idiot holding the reins.

I discovered that horses are like teenage kids: The more you try to set them in a certain direction, the harder you pull on the reins, the more likely it is they’ll do whatever the heck they want.

“Here,” Stohler said, “I’ll take them.”

At which point, Tearful Reunion behaved and returned to a safe pace around the seven-eighths mile long track.

By the way, Tearful Reunion is a stud. So we had that in common.

I’ll be honest again here, too: My completely ignorant impression of horse tracks was that they were populated exclusively by degenerate gamblers who don’t appear to have showered since the Carter administration.

I expected a certain cross section of our population, old men with cigs dangling from their lips, ratty clothes, and a far-away look in their eyes.

Maybe that’s true at some places, but at Hoosier Park?

“We’re the best track for families going,” said Hoosier Park’s Tim Konkle, my gracious host for the day.

There were families, and I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my family at some future date. The clientele was decidedly middle class and upper crust (based totally on first impressions). It was almost disappointing; I was expecting whacked-out railbirds with dirty hands and rolled-up racing forms in their back pockets.

No such luck. I hate when my preconceived notions are blown to smithereens.

Hoosier Park isn’t just a horse track and a casino. It has concerts. It has fireworks. It has a pristine-looking clubhouse with white table cloths and menu items like seared ahi tuna, Kobe beef burgers and Chilean sea bass. I was expecting nachos with ersatz cheese.

Nope. Not on the menu.

But I came to win money.

“You have a hundred bucks,” my wife told me. “Remember, we just dropped a bunch of cash on our daughter’s open house. We’re tight this week.”

Yes, honey.

Now, I’m not in the habit of simply giving away money, so I dutifully scanned the horses’ past performances. Why, I don’t know. There were lots of acronyms and numbers, and it might as well have been written in some obscure Ukrainian dialect. All I understood were the odds, which, in the end, change as the pari-mutuel bets come in from across the country.

So I relied on my two betting studs, Konkle and Hoosier Park publicist Emily Gaskin.

Konkle, I was told, couldn’t miss last Saturday. And Gaskin knows horses so well, she picked out a $900 horse as a graduation gift, and that horse won more than $200,000 in harness racing.

Then we promptly got our brains beat in.

We tried exactas, superfectas and a couple of bets that I couldn’t even begin to describe, and things didn’t go well.

“We just lost to a 39-1 shot,” Gaskin groused.

At one point, I had so many losing tickets, you could have lit them and started a small forest fire.

One time, on a $30 bet, we won. I was totally excited. My first win ever.

Except the horses paid $28.75, so I won and lost $1.25.

Don’t spend more than $100.

“You should do a pick-4,” Gaskin said. “Pick the next four winners in the next four races.”

So I put my handicapping skills to work, skills not unlike those owned by my late mother, who used to pick NFL games based on how well she liked the team’s uniforms. She usually crushed me.

I took Getontheway in the first race, since my driver, Trent Stohler, was on that horse.

I picked Canadian Justice in the second because I’m a huge hockey fan and used to spend lots of time in Canada.

I chose Amy Jo’s Angel next because, well, I was in love with a girl named Amy in high school. Sadly, she was not aware I existed as a life form at the time. Her loss.

Finally, I picked Bluebird Kidsqueen, the rationale being that I spent many idle hours at the Bluebird in Bloomington during my college years. Actually saw a young John Cougar there, but that’s another story.

I didn’t win any of them.

Ultimately, I probably broke even, although over time, I started to impress the nice cashier with my improving knowledge of superfectas and exacta boxes. (And it’s not brain surgery; if you don’t know the game, there is lots of information available to guide you through the various bets. And they’re very nice to newcomers, likely because they enjoy taking and investing your cash.)

“Sorry we couldn’t help you pick more winners,” Konkle said.

You kidding? This was one of the most enjoyable days I had all summer.

I wasn’t done, though.

With most of my original $100 still in hand, I hit the casino and played video blackjack with a dealer so nice, she fist-bumped players every time they beat her hand.

I’m used to Vegas dealers, who chortle every time they turned a 3 into a five-card 21.

I ran my winnings from $50 to $200 but didn’t have the ability to walk away. A half-hour later, I’d lost it all. Which proves that with gambling, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you do or don’t know what you’re doing, you’re probably going to leave your money in Anderson.

The truth, though? It was worth every lost penny.

Rockincam Rolls Over Rivals in Dan Patch

Rockincam and driver Pete Wrenn used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of nine opponents in the 19th installment of the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace on Saturday (June 2) at Hoosier Park. Driven by Pete Wrenn, the 5-year-old horse stopped the timer in 1:51.1 for his fourth win in six starts in 2012.

Starting from post nine in the nine horse lineup, Rockincam was unhurried out of the gate to find a spot in eighth. The heavy betting favorite was the first to get the call as Dave Palone fired Golden Receiver out of the gate from post five to reach the first marker in :26.3. Ideal Choice and Sam Widger got away well in second as Ok Commander followed intently in third. Golden Receiver continued to dictate the fractions down the backside and reached the half mile marker in a soft :55.0. Special T Rocks and Daryl Bier were the first to commit as they pulled first over heading into the final turn with Ricky Macomber Jr. and Atochia in tow. Rockincam and Wrenn were poised for the stretch drive third over around the three quarters in 1:23.4.

Special T Rocks and Rockincam were the two strongest contenders for the title halfway down the homestretch as Golden Receiver began to tire. In the final strides, Rockincam charged home the quickest to win by one and three-quarter lengths over Special T Rocks who fought a tough first-over journey. Atochia took advantage of a perfect second over trip to get up for the third place finish. Rockincam paid $10.60 to win as the bettors’ third choice.

“To be honest with you, at the quarter pole I was excited with the way the race was working out,” Wrenn noted of his trip. “ Nifty (Norman) told me not to leave real hard with him so I didn’t, but I had two nice horses to follow and carry me down the lane. It really worked out the way you always hope it would. He took right off after I tipped him like a good horse would. He really raced great.”

Trained by Nifty Norman, the 5-year-old son of Cambest pushed his lifetime earnings over the $490,000 mark with the lion’s share of the purse. Owned by Stephen Farrell of Ocala, Fl, Rockincam has now won 19 starts in 34 outings.

Jolenes Pinehonker Takes Indiana Gold Sire Stakes

Jolenes Pinehonker overcame a tough post position to capture the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday (May 29). Starting from post eight with driver Mark O’Mara, Jolenes Pinehonker reached the wire in a lifetime best effort of 1:58.0 to score his third win of the season.

As part of a three-horse trained entry, Jolenes Pinehonker patiently sat behind stablemates Martz Time and Dc-Chug-a-lug who led through opening splits of :28.3 and 1:00.1. Ricky Macomber Jr. had a Royal Peck well placed in fourth. O’Mara gave the three-year-old son of Pinetucky the green light just before the half and Jolenes Pinehonker secured the lead as the field made the turn for home. A Royal Peck and Ricky Macomber Jr. joined the outer flow and were first over through the three-quarter clocking in 1:29.2. The bettor’s second choice, Dontfusswithruss, was third over following live cover from Josh Sutton and My Muscleman. O’Mara and Jolenes Pinehonker were able to hold off any threats as they saved the best for last and powered home with a :28.3 final panel to earn the win by two lengths over Martz Time and Pete Wrenn. Dontfusswithruss was able to get up for the third place finish in the final strides of the mile. Jolenes Pinehonker paid $3.80 for the win.

Owned and trained by Lester Raber, Jolenes Pinkehonker picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his 17th outing. The victory was also his third win in four starts of his sophomore career. The brown gelding now has career earnings in excess of $55,000.

Sweetasmusic Repeats in Sire Stakes Action; Extends Win Streak to Four

Sweetasmusic captured the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (May 31) to remain perfect in sire stakes action this season and retain her four-for-four win streak.

Over a sloppy rated track, Sweetasmusic left from the rail for trainer/driver/co-owner Walter Haynes Jr. to wind up third along the rail through a :30.4 first quarter. She’s Country and Charlie Conrad led the field to the half with Antie M closely behind in second. She’s Country’s lead was short lived as Conrad yielded the front to the post time favorite, Sweetasmusic  just before the half in 1:02.3. The daughter of Gut Instinct began to trot away from the field to reach the wire first in 2:01.3. She’s Country held on for the second place finish as Honeyinthepine trotted home evenly to get up for third. Sweetasmusic paid $2.40 to win.

It was the fourth consecutive victory in five seasonal starts for Sweetasmusic at Hoosier Park. Owned by Walter Haynes Jr and the Y-Not Racing Stable, the sophomore filly has bankrolled over $45,000 this year. As last year’s Indiana Sire Stakes Champion for two-year-old trotting fillies, she has made over $250,000 in her short career.

Blueridge Abigail and Pete Wrenn capitalized on a break by the heavily favored, Cincinnati Star to win in 2:03 in the second division of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Wrenn sent the Keystone Savage filly to command from post two and led through fractions of :29.4, 1:03.1, and 1:33.4. Lakeview Angel and Dan Shetler benefitted from a pocket trip in second.  Cincinnati Star recovered well from her early miscue and was the first to reach the leader’s wheel around the last turn. After a hard fought battle down the homestretch, Blueridge Abigail dug in gamely to hold off Cincinnati Star and win by a neck. JS Foxy Lady and Jason Dillander rallied from off the pace to round out the trifecta. Blueridge Abigail returned $9.20 to her backers.

Trained by Jim Arledge Jr., Blueridge Abigail scored the first win of her sophomore season for owners Thomas King and Thomas Chadwick. With five career wins to her credit, Blueridge Abigail has bankrolled over $120,000 in career earnings.

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