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Ritascape Upsets in Fillies and Mares Feature

Ritascape pulled off a stunning victory.

Ritascape pulled off a stunning victory.

Ritascape and LeWayne Miller pulled off a stunning upset in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 9. Dismissed at 24-1, Ritascape used a perfect pocket trip to score her fourth win of the season and second consecutive at Hoosier Park in 1:52. establishing a new lifetime best.

Leaving from post two in the field of nine, Ritascape was hustled away from the gate just enough to protect her inside position. American Girl and Peter Wrenn fired from the gate and were the first to get a call at the first station in a snappy :26.3. Ritascape followed intently in third while Gran Gabriel and Mike Peterson were next in third. American Girl was able to slow the tempo just a touch as the field gapped out a bit down the backside through a second panel in :56.

Up Front Kellie Jo and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the final turn and No Respect and Sam Widger quickly followed suit as the bettors’ choice. American Girl reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:24 and braced herself for the cavalry charge that was about to ensue.

While the top pair battled gamely on front, Ritascape loomed large in the pocket. Using a :27.4 final panel, Ritascape tipped from the pocket to put a nose in front of American Girl at the wire. Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up on the end of mile and finished third.

Tabbed as the publics’ seventh choice in the field of nine, Ritascape returned $51.60 to her backers at the window. The victory was the first of two wins on the evening for driver LeWayne Miller as he also scored with Don’t Tell Russ in the very next race for trainer Missy Essig.

Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Ritascape has now won 10 of her 21 lifetime outings while amassing $140,304 for her connections. The daughter of Artiscape-Rita J is owned by Connie and Homer Hochstetler and South of The Tracks Rac Inc. and has won four of her eight outings in 2014.

 

Earth, Wind, & Fire Added to Summer Concert Lineup

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced Thursday the addition of six-time Grammy winning group Earth, Wind, & Fire to its lineup of annual summer concerts, presented by Coors Light. In addition to Earth, Wind, & Fire, performers include Heart, Little Big Town, and the Doobie Brothers in a series of national headlining acts at Hoosier Park’s outdoor music center.
Earth, Wind, & Fire’s music spans multiple genres, from soul and blues, to funk and rock. Founded in Chicago in 1969, the band has earned 20 Grammy nominations, winning six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards as a group. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have sold more than 90 million records during the last five decades, and are known for such hits as “That’s the Way of the World,” “Shining Star,” “Devotion,” “September,” and “Let’s Groove.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson, made history with their female-led rock band, Heart, over the last five decades with hits such as “Crazy on You,” “Alone,” “Barracuda,” and “What About Love.” The four-time Grammy nominated group’s discography has achieved multi-platinum status, selling more than 35 million records worldwide.
Little Big Town–consisting of Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook–first entered the music scene more than 14 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth studio album, Tornado, recently received platinum certification and includes two-time platinum-selling #1 hit “Pontoon” and follow-up #1 single and title-track “Tornado.” The Nashville-based group has charted 14 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list and has won three CMA and ACM awards. In 2013, the group took home their first Grammy award for “Pontoon” in the Best Country Group/Duo Performance category.
The four-time Grammy-winning Doobie Brothers embody a sound that has become part of America’s soundtrack and a fixture on radio from Top 40 to classic rock. Since 1972, the Doobie Brothers have amassed three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and fourteen Gold albums. In total, their guitar-driven style has sold more than 30 million albums. The No. 1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” lead a catalog of hits that include five Top 10 singles and 16 Top 40 hits such as “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,”  “Takin’ it to the Streets,” and “You Belong to Me.”
All summer concerts are scheduled to begin at approximately 8 p.m.
• Friday, July 11: Earth, Wind, & Fire
• Friday, Aug. 1: Heart
• Saturday, Aug. 9: Little Big Town with special guests Brothers Osborne
• Saturday, Aug. 30: Doobie Brothers
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.
Earth, Wind, & Fire tickets go on sale Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. All other concert tickets are on sale now and 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 the Logo Shop located at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Club Centaur and Grand Rewards members will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased at their respective box offices.

Muncie Man Wins Derby Mega Bet at Hoosier Park

For the second consecutive year, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino provided guests a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to place a $10,000 Kentucky Derby win bet on the horse of their choice in this year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby and for the second consecutive year, a winning bet was made.

The winner had to wager the entire $10,000 sum on the horse they believed would win first place honors. The winner was randomly selected and confidently, without hesitation, selected California Chrome as his horse. Thousands made their way to Hoosier Park to watch and wager on the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, but it was Patrick Yingst that walked out with the thousands, 35 to be exact.

Supported as the 5-2 bettors’ choice, California Chrome kept his win streak alive and collected his fifth straight victory in the G1 Kentucky Derby with Victor Espinoza aboard for trainer Art Sherman.

The $10,000 mega-bet promotion culminated two of the biggest days in the sport of horse racing as Hoosier Park also welcomed guests with extended hours, wagering promotions, and property wide dining specials for the Derby day festivities.

Yingst, currently residing in Kentucky, ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to enjoy this year’s Run for the Roses with his two sisters who live in Indiana.

“We hardly ever get the chance to be together so it was really cool we were all here today,” Yingst said with tears in his eyes after his horse crossed the wire. “They told me to bet on California Chrome and of course, I would have blamed them if we lost, but I owe this all to my sisters for helping me pick the horse.”

With his sisters by his side, Yingst was all smiles after California Chrome crossed the finish some five lengths in front of his closest competitor. The prize money will stay in the family as Yingst plans to share it with his sisters and his father, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“I think we are as happy as the winning jockey and trainer,” Yingst’s sister, Joanna Wooten noted with a laugh. “We did not expect this coming here today but we are so happy. I know our father is at home doing somersaults in his living room right now.”

Derby weekend included property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales at Hoosier Park. Patrons that sported a Kentucky Derby hat also had the opportunity to receive a free Kentucky Derby win wager. While many other promotions were taking place throughout the facility, none captured the adrenaline of a horse race quite like the one experienced by Yingst.

No Respect Repeats in Fillies and Mares Feature at Hoosier Park

No Respect with her 2nd consecutive win.

No Respect with her 2nd consecutive win.

For the second consecutive week, No Respect earned her respect after she turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 25. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect scored in 1:53.3 and extended her win streak to three.

Using the same off the pace tactics as the previous week, No Respect was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in eighth. American Girl, driven by Peter Wrenn, and Igottafeelinfran, driven by Brad Hanners, were in a battle for early position as soon as the gate folded.

American Girl reached the front through an opening panel in a brisk :26.3 but her lead would be short lived. Igottafeelinfran pressed on for the lead and reached the front at the second station in :56.

Love This Place and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and the field began to tighten as they approached the final turn. Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:25, Igottafeelinfran continued to call the shots and braced herself for the stretch battle that was about to ensue.

As the field turned for home, Love This Place was able to wear down the tiring leader while a host of others closed. With much of the damage being done on the front, No Respect loomed large in the background.

Tipping around tiring cover late in the lane, No Respect powered home in :27.4 to finish a length in front of her closest competitor. Love This Place held on gamely to finish second while Always About Katey rallied late for third. Dismissed at 10-1, No Respect returned $22.20 to her backers at the window.

The victory was No Respect’s 18th career victory from 56 lifetime outings. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fifth win of the season from 11 outings while increasing her bankroll to $58,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $282,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship.

No Road Trip Required; Kentucky Derby Draws Big Locally

Indiana’s racetrack casinos and off-track betting (OTB) facilities expect large crowds for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in downtown Indianapolis, as well as two OTBs in Fort Wayne and Merrillville will welcome racing fans for a day of racing, entertainment, dining, and Kentucky Derby themed festivities.
The first Saturday in May is reserved as the biggest day in horse racing each season and this year is no exception, as millions of dollars will be wagered on what has become an annual national tradition. Indiana’s five simulcast race-wagering locations will be busy as they are the only locations in the state of Indiana to take wagers on the biggest race of the year. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB as well as off-track betting facilities in Merrillville and Fort Wayne will offer several options for racing fans to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Guests will enjoy a variety of traditional Kentucky Derby dining favorites, such as the Mint Julep signature drink, through free general admission and various levels of VIP reserved seating options. Racing fans will also take part in derby hat events, free derby-themed giveaways, and multiple specialty dining outlets at both racetrack casino properties. Tickets, priced at $50 per person, are still available for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s VIP tent where ticket holders will receive free casino cash, a collectible Kentucky Derby glass, reserved seating, and unlimited food and beverage.
Additionally, both Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park will offer guests the opportunity to enter the $10,000 Kentucky Derby Mega Bet. An annual favorite, the $10,000 Mega Bet will give one lucky guest at each property a $10,000 win bet to be placed on the horse of their choosing in the Kentucky Derby.
Advanced wagering at all locations will be offered on the Kentucky Oaks starting Thursday, May 1 and Kentucky Derby starting Friday, May 2. Both the Friday Kentucky Oaks and Saturday Kentucky Derby race cards begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. (EST). The signature Kentucky Derby race is set for a post time of 6:24 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 3.
 Kentucky Derby reservations at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB or one of the Off-Track Betting facilities can be made by calling:
• Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (Shelbyville): 317-421-0000
• Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (Anderson): 765-609-4527
• Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB (Indianapolis): 317-656-7223 (ext. 7)
• Merrillville Off-Track Betting: (219) 755-0000
• Fort Wayne Off-Track Betting: (260) 490-9006

Good Sound Advice Takes Top Trot at Hoosier Park

GOOD SOUND ADVICE INVITE 4-19

Good Sound Advise wins featured trot

In near gate-to-wire fashion, Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn captured the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 4-1, Good Sound Advice was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:55, just a tick off his career best.

Leaving from post five in the eight horse field, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but Facing Justice, driven by Jason Dillander, left the quickest. Facing Justice secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :28 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions.

Opting out of a pocket-trip, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice to the front and the top pair swapped spots going to the half. Good Sound Advice seemed to relax on the front and continued to dictate fractions of :58.2 and 1:26.4.

As the field rounded the final turn, Good Sound Advice looked large on the front and began to trot away from the field.  Final Breath and Hugh Beatty overcame a tough first-over trip to rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up. Using a :28.1 final panel, Good Sound Advice coasted to the wire to win by a length and a half.

Final Breath finished a game second while Martz Time and LeWayne Miller also rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ third choice, Good Sound Advice returned $10.40 to his backers.

“He is so much better with a trip and I was really hoping someone would come cover me up,” winning driver Peter Wrenn noted. “But the way the race worked out, I was able to give him a breather down the backside and when he got away from them he felt really good. He was good tonight.”

Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his second win from six seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won eight of 62 lifetime outings while bankrolling $282,807 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms.

On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:51.1. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :26.0, :55.4, and 1:24.0 before holding off a late charge from Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score his second win of the season.

As the even money favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $4.20 at the betting window for the win. Nitro got up for the second place finish while Rustle’s Chip and Don Eash battled gamely to round out the trifecta.

No Respect Earns Respect in Fillies and Mares Feature at Hoosier Park

NO RESPECT INVITE 4-18

No Respect wins Fillies and Mares Feature

Dismissed at 8-1, No Respect turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 18. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her fourth win of the season in 1:52.2.

Leaving from post three, No Respect was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded but found herself in an early battle for position with the heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn. No Respect was able to grab the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived. Ritascape and Frank Davis were well placed in the pocket as Wrenn sent American Girl to the front from their spot along the rail in third.

American Girl reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :56.2 and continued to call the shots approaching the final turn with a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader with the Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Always About Katey and Tyler Smith in tow.

As the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. The field began to fan out across the track and American Girl appeared to be up to the task as she fought off Blissful Romance.

As the top pair battled on the front, Widger sat patiently along the rail in third but was desperately looking for racing room. Tipping three wide late in the lane, Widger asked No Respect for more and she responded gamely with a :27.2 final panel to grind out the victory.

“She was really good last week and I knew I wanted to leave out of there to get position,” Widger noted after the race. “Turning for home, I wasn’t sure if she had enough to get the job done but as soon as I asked her for more she found another gear and paced all the way to the wire. I was really impressed with her tonight.”

As the public’s fifth choice in the field of eight, No Respect returned $19.40 at the windows. Blissful Romance held on for second while Love This Place and Trace Tetrick rallied late for third.

The 1:52.2 victory was No Respect’s 17th career victory and just two ticks off her lifetime best. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fourth win of the season from 10 outings while increasing her bankroll to $47,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $271,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship.

Our Lucky Chip Romps in Seasonal Debut

OUR LUCKY CHIP INVITE 4-12Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip’s 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval thus far.

In a talented group of eight, Our Lucky Chip was hurried from the gate but settled along the rail in third. Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger also left alertly and were the first to get a call around the first quarter mark in :27.3. Tyber Tyke and LeWayne Miller protected their rail position and were nicely placed in second.  Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and the duo reached the front at the half mile mark in :55.

Royal Outlook and Peter Wrenn were the first to commit to the outer flow and Ideal Choice and Tyler Smith quickly followed suit. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Our Lucky Chip appeared to be up to the task.

With a final quarter in :27.2, Our Lucky Chip easily paced on to the wire to win by three-lengths. Tyber Tyke rallied gamely for the second place finish while Jammin Joshua rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $4.20 to his backers.

Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the horse with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll to $511,992. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art’s Chip-Lady Moira scored his 24th win from 45 lifetime outings.

The victory also marked win number five for Hoosier Park’s current leading driver, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick scored his first win of the night with Lieutenant Steve for trainer Sandra Rose and then went on to score with The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. Tetrick doubled up in the evening’s ninth and tenth race after he scored with trainer Erin Elliot’s Firstclassalthway and Mark Riever’s Justa Cowboy, respectively. Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 24 trips to the winner’s circle.

Hoosier Park Launches New Social Media Campaign

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, now in its 21st season of live harness racing, announced today a comprehensive social media campaign to raise awareness and engagement around this year’s live racing season that is set to begin on Friday, March 28.

The campaign will leverage a range of leading social media sites and technologies to generate visibility and buzz for a variety of events and purposes at the track. With the installation of new software, Hoosier Park will have the capability to use and display tweets, posts, and pictures in real time throughout the live broadcast like never seen before in harness racing.  The campaign is expected to expand over time exploring the application of new, innovative technologies and will improve the experience of the harness racing product to racing fans.

“Social Media is the way the world communicates now,” Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted.  “Whether it is Barack Obama, Lebron James, or even the Pope, people from all walks of life are embracing the use of social media.  If horse racing doesn’t ride this wave of social media, we will soon be asking ourselves what just blew by us.”

Utilizing the hashtag #PlayHP, Hoosier Park has asked drivers and trainers to use this social media campaign as a way to reach the serious and casual racing fan with information on their horses.

Racing fans will have the ability to ask questions, post comments and participate in promotions using social media. Hoosier Park broke ground with social media last season, driving substantial interest and awareness using multiple social media platforms but is hoping to double their efforts in 2014.

With the recent addition of this social media software, in conjunction with the already installed Trakus software, racing fans will have the ability to watch and engage in live harness racing at Hoosier Park like never before.

Racing fans and participants are encouraged to follow Hoosier Park on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information and promotions for the live harness racing meet.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

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