Night Pro made his third consecutive trip to Hoosier Park’s winner circle as he completed the Jerry Landess series sweep winning the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 17.
The three-year-old colt notched his fourth consecutive victory in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.1 as he pushed his career earnings over $15,000.
Barley Pop and Trace Tetrick left the gate alertly from post three to control the early fractions through a first quarter clocking in :28.0. Using much the same strategy as weeks past, Night Pro and Pete Wrenn were content to sit along the rail in third before making their move to the front down the backside. Bullwinkle and Kayne Kauffman benefitted from a pocket trip as the field remained in single file line through the half mile time in :56.4. Barley Pop continued to lead the field of ten as Pete Wrenn gave Night Pro the green light approaching the final turn. Shooters Dream and Roger Cullipher were well placed second over as they reached the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Pete Wrenn urged Night Pro to the front, and the son of Pro Bono Best responded with a :27.3 final panel to win going away by nine lengths. Shooters Dream was able to take advantage of a perfect trip to finish second while Endeavors King and Tony Hall rallied from off the pace to finish third. Heavily backed at the windows, Night Pro returned $2.80 for the win.
“I didn’t want to rush him tonight,” Pete Wrenn noted. “I just wanted to float out of there and stay out of trouble. He relaxed down the backside and was able to get a breather before I ever had to ask him to do anything. He’s an extremely smart colt and looks like he has a future ahead of him.”
Unraced at two, Night Pro is trained and owned by Dale Decker of Temperance, MI. A $14,000 yearling purchase, the black colt is the first foal from the multiple stakes winning mare, Midnight Jewel.
“He’s an extremely smart colt,” Decker said. “People ask me why I’m not driving him and I tell them it’s because Pete (Wrenn) has about 8,000 more wins than me. He is the one that should be driving a colt like him.”
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 will be conducted through November 9.
Betterluvnexttime made her Hoosier Park debut a winning one as she captured the featured $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 5 with driver Pete Wrenn at the lines.
Leaving from post eight, Wrenn sent Betterluvnexttime to the front but Trace Tetrick and Aqua Artist had the same idea. Aqua Artist made the front and remained uncontested through first half fractions of :26.1 and :54.2. Sectionline Yankee and Andy Shetler benefitted from a pocket trip as Betterluvnexttime followed intently in third. Queenie’s Alibi and Tyler Smith were along the rail in fourth in a badly gapped field. After the half, the field began to tighten as Queenie’s Alibi was out and firing first over with Wrenn and Betterluvnexttime in tow. As the battle began to unfold around the three-quarter mark in 1:23.4, Betterluvnexttime saved her best for last as she began to sprint away from the field. With a final quarter clocking in :28.1, the five-year-old mare cruised to a three length victory. Winning It and Ed Hensley came from off the pace and rallied late in the lane to get up for the second place finish. Queenie’s Alibi rounded out the trifecta. Betterluvnexttime paid $2.90 for the win as the bettor’s choice.
“This mare raced really great tonight,” Wrenn noted. “With the eight spot in this group of mares I knew we had to be close to the front. I was able to leave a little bit and not use her too hard. Around the last turn she felt great and once I was able to get out I knew she was going to be good. She cleared all the other mares pretty easily and raced all the way to wire. “
Trained by Al Tomlinson, Betterluvnexttime notched her sixth win of the season in eight starts. The victory sent her career bankroll over the $200,000 mark for owner Daniel Mitchell of Nova, MI. Sired by American Ideal, Betterluvnexttime has banked over $50,000 this season.
Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 6 with a 5:30 post. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and run through November 9.
Anderson, Ind.—April 6, 2013—The opening week of live harness racing action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as large, enthusiastic crowds welcomed the 20th season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval.
On the racing front, Abc Mercedes and driver Trace Tetrick both returned to their winning ways as they wired the field in the co-featured event, a $24,000 Invitational trot. The eight-year-old gelding reached the front and never looked back before stopping the clock in 1:55.4. Ricky Macomber Jr. and I Trust You followed suit on the pacing side of things and benefitted from fast early fractions to capture the $24,000 Invitational pace in 1:52.4. Trained by Ron Burke, I Trust You brushed home in :28.4 to post the first win of his 2013 season.
Hoosier Park’s track surface, with the addition of a brown limestone material, proved to be in mint condition for the opening week of live racing. The track, now a noticeably darker color, has been meticulously groomed by Hoosier Park’s track superintendent, Jimmy Shelton, and received rave reviews from all who encountered it.
“The track is in great shape right now considering the weather we’ve had lately,” Trace Tetrick noted. “I think it will only continue to get better and I look for it to be extremely fast and very durable throughout the meet. The entire track crew has done a great job with all of their improvements to the surface.”
The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature Pick-4 wager and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force through the first week of wagering as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering.
Through the first five nights of racing, Hoosier Park has seen an overall increase of 33 percent in all sources wagering over the corresponding week in 2012.
“Through the first week, I am genuinely excited about the progress we are seeing on most fronts,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s general manager of racing. “The reality is that one week doesn’t make an entire meet, but if this opening week is any indication of the season to come, we are hopeful for a very successful meet.”
“The prolonged winter has made it difficult for horseman to get ready,” he continued. “But, we are grateful to the horsemen who have supported us thus far and hope they will continue to support our efforts at the entry box as we continually work to improve our racing product for the racing fans.”
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.
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.
The buzz and excitement of opening week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues with the announcement of a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 4.
The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:10 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website. The Pick-4 wager on Thursday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners.
“Hoosier Park is very excited for this partnership to offer racing fans this unique wagering opportunity,” Hoosier Park’s general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “Building on the success of last year, we’ve jumped the guarantee from $5,000 to $10,000 with hopes that’s the first of many increases to come. The pick-4 has now become the in-wager as far as the racing industry is concerned and we’re proud to offer here at Hoosier Park.”
The start of the meet also marks the start of many exciting promotions geared to the casual and serious racing fans. The opening week of live racing, labeled “fan appreciation week, is all about the fans. Hoosier Park, in partnership with the ISA, will be offering dining specials, wagering vouchers, and winner’s circle giveaways. Patrons are also encouraged to enter the handicapping contests that will be taking place weekly throughout the entirety of the meet.
Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule through November 9, with a 5:30, eastern post time daily.
The stage is set for a whole new chapter in Hoosier Park racing with the advent of one breed, one track. The 20th season of live racing consists of 160 days of all harness racing and will commence with an action-packed twelve race card.
With more than 120 entries flooding the box for opening night, the card will feature four legs of the Miss Windfall Series. With three $7,500 legs and a $15,000 final, the series is open to three and four-year-old, Indiana-sired, fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500, lifetime.
The start of the meet marks the commencement of many exciting promotions geared to both casual and serious racing fans. The opening week of live racing, labeled “fan appreciation week”, is all about the fans. Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will be offering dining specials, wagering vouchers, and an iPad mini giveaway. Patrons are also encouraged to enter the handicapping contests that will be taking place weekly throughout the entirety of the meet.
Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed “Fan-tastic Fridays”, will feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $500.
Building on the successful “Family-Fun” themed activities and events started last season, Hoosier Park will continue “Family Fun Saturdays”. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. The official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will be on hand to entertain and excite.
On the track, the racing competition is starting to take shape with the return of 2012’s leading driver champion, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick took home top honors at Hoosier Park in 2012 with 153 trips to the winner’s circle and is back seeking his second leading title. Hoosier Park’s two time leading trainer and North America’s current leading trainer, Ron Burke has also returned to Indiana with a powerhouse stable headed by assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker. The Burke stable amassed over $655,000 in purse earnings in 2012 with 46 wins, twice his closest competitor.
North America’s fastest pacers will return to the Anderson track on Saturday, May 25th for the 20th installment of the Dan Patch Invitational Pace. Hoosier Park’s signature event touts a purse of $250,000 and will be accompanied by many exciting promotions for racing fans.
“I can’t wait to get this season kicked off,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s general manager of racing. “Here at Hoosier Park we pride ourselves on bringing our guests the best in entertainment we can offer. Our dedicated team has worked hard in the off season to “set a new standard”. I hope our guests will enjoy all the excitement as much as we enjoy bringing it to them.”
Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule through November 9, with a 5:30, eastern post time daily.
ANDERSON, IND. – March 6, 2013 –Final preparations are underway on the backstretch at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in anticipation of the return of live Standardbred racing. Now in its’ 20th season, the Standardbred meet will begin on April 2 and offer five days of racing per week through November 9, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. EST.
Horseman who have been granted stalls for the meet may begin moving in equipment and setting up stalls on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th. Horses will be permitted on the grounds on Monday, March 11th. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork available before being allowed entry to the grounds. Dormitories will also be available for occupancy on Monday, March 11th as well.
The racetrack will open for training on Thursday, March 14th, pending the weather conditions. The first round of qualifiers are slated for Saturday, March 16th and will be conducted on a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior at 1 p.m. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted as soon as they become available.
The weather is cold outside, but it is heating up here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with great food, great drinks and intense gridiron action. Hoosier Park is football-fan central this season with the advent of the new Bud Light Sports Zone. Every Sunday since the season’s kick off, fans have touched down in the Terrace Lounge for live football action on the lounge’s six big-screen televisions. Come enjoy all the sights and sounds of game day without the hassle. The Sports Zone makes viewing even easier with the NFL Redzone channel, allowing fans up-close views of all the end zone action from around the league. Plus, the Terrace Lounge is a Wi-Fi hotspot allowing fans to track fantasy stats without missing a play. To top it off, the Sports Zone Bar & Grill offers up stadium eats like spicy wings, zesty chili dogs, yard-long drafts and more!
Bud Light Sports Zone is the ultimate destination for live football action this season and now includes Thursday night games. Now open two-days-a-week, the Sports Zone is sure to satisfy even the most avid superfan. Whether you support our Boy’s in Blue, or just love the game of football, come out to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Bud Light Sports Zone to get in the game.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2012 Thoroughbred meet came to a close on Saturday, October 27th awarding Fernando De La Cruz with his first leading rider title at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Peruvian jockey won 68 races to finish nine victories in front of Hoosier Park’s two-time defending leading jockey winner, Leandro Goncalves.
De La Cruz earned more than $1.3 million in purse earnings during the 64-day meet.
In the midst of his best season to date, De La Cruz has already posted over $3.1 million in purse earnings and ridden 155 winners in 2012. He has also posted four consecutive seasons with purse earnings toppling the $2 million mark. In 2011 alone, De La Cruz bankrolled over $3.5 million in purse earnings with 170 trips to the winner’s circle, many of which were accumulated between Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs.
De La Cruz has relocated to Churchill Downs before heading to Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. De La Cruz palns to return to the Indiana circuit in the spring when racing resumes.
“I’m very thankful to all the trainers that gave me the chance to ride some great horses,” De La Cruz noted. “Indiana has been very good to me and my family and I can’t wait to get back.”
In the trainer ranks, Tom Amoss won an allowance optional claiming event with Senor Rain on the closing day card to edge out three-time Hoosier Park leading trainer, Gary Patrick by one victory. With 25 trips to the winner’s circle, Amoss saddled the winners of over $506,000 in purse earnings throughout the meet to take home his second leading trainer title at Hoosier Park.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Amoss has nine previous leading trainer titles to his credit with titles at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs and the Fairgrounds.
Amoss, 50, has started more than 10,700 horses and has won over 2,400 of those starts. For 12 years in a row, he has won more than 100 races, and in 2011 Amoss sent out a career-best 163 winners, bankrolling over $4.3 million in purse earnings. The multiple Graded Stakes winning trainer has recently worked as a racing analyst for TVG and ESPN.
Amoss was followed in the standings by Gary Patrick with 24 wins and Walter Abner, who ended the season with 23 wins.
Gary Patrick didn’t go home empty-handed as he took home the leading owner trophy with 22 victories. A native of Ohio, the trophy notched Patrick’s third leading owner title in the 18-year history of Hoosier Park. Patrick also earned leading owner honors during the 1998, and 2011 seasons. Henry Mast’s Mast Thoroughbred, LLC finished second with 11 wins.
It was a good day in Indiana for jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. as the multiple Graded Stakes winning jockey captured the Grade II $200,000 added Indiana Oaks and the Grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Oct. 6. It was the third consecutive year a jockey has won both of Hoosier Park’s signature Thoroughbred events.
Grace Hall under Brian Hernandez, Jr. dazzled fans with an impressive five and three-quarter length win in the 17th running of the Indiana Oaks. The duo covered the one and one-sixteenth mile race in 1:41.85 over a track that was upgraded to good after a muddy start for the day.
Grace Hall wasted little time getting control of the petite field of five, breaking alertly to secure a stalking position on the outside of early pace-setters, Eden’s Moon and Rafael Bejarano. Wine Princess and Shaun Bridgmohan stalked the pace from the inside in third as they hit the first quarter mark in :23.67. Eden’s Moon continued to call the shots down the backside as the tightly packed field reached the second station in :47.31. Grace Hall was given the green light by Hernandez around the final turn as she ranged up to take the lead. The three-year-old Empire Maker filly put her raw talent on display as she began to open up on the field in the stretch. Grace Hall continued on to the wire to finish five and three-quarter lengths in front of Wine Princess. Eden’s Moon held on for the third place finish. As the heavy betting favorite, Grace Hall returned $3.80 for the victory.
“I was just the passenger today,” Hernandez, Jr. noted after the race. “This was all her. When I called on her down the stretch she went on pretty easily. I’m very thankful to have picked up this mount, she is just a really great filly and I think she showed that here today.”
Trained by Tony Dutrow, Grace Hall notched the third win of her 2012 campaign as she sent her seasonal bankroll over $600,000. Owned by Michael Dubb, Stuart Grant, and Bethlehem Stables, LLC, Grace Hall has now won six of her ten lifetime outings while bankrolling over $1.2 million in purse earnings for her connections. The multiple graded stakes winning filly was rebounding off a fifth place finish in the Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 18.
Hernandez Jr. followed suit in the very next race as he got Neck’N Neck home a winner in the 18th running of the Grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby for trainer Ian Wilkes. Far back early, the three-year-old colt unleashed a powerful move around the final turn and continued on to win by three-quarters of a length with a final time of 1:42.71.
Unhurried out of the gate, Neck’N Neck got away a worrisome tenth in the eleven horse field. The heavy betting favorite, Fed Biz and Rafael Bejarano broke alertly from post four to get the first call. Junebugred also broke alertly under Terry Thompson to duel for the early advantage along the inside through a first quarter in :23.60. Tritap and Shaun Bridgmohan stalked the pace from three wide as Second City and Marlon St. Julien also ranged up to press the pace down the backside. Fed Biz and Junebugred continued to exchange for the lead through the second quarter in :48.32. The pace began to quicken as the tightly knit field negotiated the final turn while Neck ‘N Neck began to make his move, rallying five wide on the outside. Fed Biz continued to led as the field turned for home in the one and one-sixteenth mile contest.
With the Fed Biz tiring on the front, Neck’ N Neck accelerated coming off the final turn and pressed on to the wire to finish in front of late charging Bourbon Courage. Fed Biz held on gamely for the third place finish. Neck ‘N Neck returned $11.20 to his backers.
“I talked to Ian before the race and he said he wanted to see him off the pace,” winning rider Hernandez, Jr. noted. “I was a little worried because we were hung kind of wide, but turning for home I was pretty confident in my horse. Every time I asked him for more he went on, once he got the lead he waited for them a little bit but he took back off and felt really good at the wire.”
The Flower Alley colt was looking to bounce back and did after a sixth-place finish in the GI Travers Stake at Saratoga on Aug.25. Owned and bred by A. Steven Miles, Jr., Neck ‘N Neck notched his third win of the season in nine starts as he pushed his seasonal bankroll over $387,000. The homebred colt has now four of 13 lifetime starts and over $420,000 in purse earnings.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to welcome you to the 18th edition of the grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby. We hope you’ll enjoy convenient advanced wagering, a full simulcast race schedule, official Indiana Derby merchandise, 12 heart pounding races and various entertainment acts throughout the day.
In case our in-house handicappers haven’t provided you with enough information to pick your pony for the 18th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature Thoroughbred event, we have comprised a list of Indiana Derby picks throughout the various departments at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Good Luck!
Brian Elmore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, #11 Neck ‘Neck—This horse has had six starts at this distance and won three of them impressively. Brian Hernandez, Jr. has ridden here before and is sitting in a great seat to pilot this Flower Alley colt to the winner’s circle.
Becky Young, Director of Marketing, #2 Morgan’s Guerrilla— I’m going to have to go with my favorite jockey on this one. Now, go baby go!
Cliff Fraser, Race Marketing Manager, #9 Stealcase— This horse is finally starting to come into his own and I think he is set up perfectly to get the win in this field.
Rachel McLaughlin, Race Commentator, #6 Tritap—This horse hasn’t raced in any stakes races, so he isn’t as experienced as some, but has never been worse than 2nd. He’s not the obvious pick but I’ve learned over the years that when it comes to the Indiana Derby- you never know what to expect!
Kristy Burk, Receiving Supervisor, #3 Junebugred—He has a great name!
Kim Stalhiem, Horse Identifier and Stall Superintendent, #10 Second City—I like this horse because of my special connections with his team!
Gavin Asbury, Marketing Coordinator, #8 Bourbon Courage—Both Fed Biz and Bourbon Courage will be heavy favorites but I believe Bourbon Courage will take it. Bourbon Courage has more track time at 1 mile+ distances. My prediction is that Fed Biz will lead into the final stretch where Bourbon Courage will overtake in the last 1/16th. He is a late closer with unrivaled final quarter times.
Dustin Bland, Human Resources Coordinator, #11 Neck’N’Neck—I think that shortening back up will help this horse out quite a bit. Also, with the layoff, he should be ready to run a big race.
Jason Patton, Johnny Rockets Supervisor, #5 O’Prado Again—This is a strong Dale Romans horse. He sat for a while with an injury and has a strong background and potential to be a big winner. Dale Romans has produced many great horses and I think he should be included in any pick for our Derby.
Eric Isaacson, Hoosier Park Handicapper, #11 Neck ‘N Neck—He has good tactical speed that should allow him to sit just off the pace and I think he’ll enjoy the cutback to 8.5 furlongs where he shined at CD this spring. If he can run back to either of those efforts he’ll be tough to beat.
Karol Ford, Big Deli Supervisor, #11 NECK ‘N NECK— I picked this horse because I have a really bad pain in my neck right now (not job related!).