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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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Creatine, Pet Rock Rebound in Hoosier Stakes Action

ANDERSON, Ind.—November 1, 2013—On a night ruled by upsets, Creatine and Mike Lachance stayed true to course to pull of a slight upset in the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1. After finishing second to Spider Blue Chip in the $500,000 Breeders Crown last week, Creatine was able to reverse the charges and use a sharp, front running effort to hold off a late charge from the recent Breeders Crown Champion and score in 1:54.3.

 

Lachance left no room for error as he sent Creatine to the front from post two while odds on favorite, Spider Blue Chip and Ron Pierce opted for a pocket trip. Creatine dictated fractions of :27.2 and :57.3 before feeling pressure on the outside from E L Rocket and Yannick Gingras.

 

Reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2, Creatine braced for the stretch drive as Spider Blue Chip tipped from the pocket and a host of others followed suit. Saving his best for last, Creatine was able to hold off a hard charging, Spider Blue Chip to get the win by a head.

 

“We just ran out of racetrack in the Breeders Crown,” winning trainer Bob Stewart noted. “This horse has been racing tough all year and tonight, he showed how tough he is. I leave the driving up to Mike (Lachance), that is my strategy, and tonight it all worked out for us.”

 

Notching his eighth win from 16 seasonal starts, Creatine has now earned $815,459 for his connections at Diamond Creek Racing. The Kentucky Futurity Champion is sired by Andover Hall and has now won 11 of 23 lifetime outings. Creatine’s next engagement will be at Balmoral Park in the American National.

 

Pet Rock and David Miller followed suit in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby by holding off Breeders Crown Champion Foiled Again late in the stretch to score in 1:50.3. After finishing second to Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Pet Rock and Miller turned the tables and used a similar front running effort to get the victory.

 

Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were the first to get a call as they left alertly from post nine to reach the front through the first quarter in a brisk :25.2. Pet Rock made a swift move down the backside and cleared to the front through the half mile time in :53.4. Gingras could wait no longer as he sent Foiled Again to the front to begin a long, first-over bid.

 

Foiled Again reached the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter station in 1:22.2, but Pet Rock was up to the task. Miller asked his horse for more and Pet Rock responded with a :28.1 final quarter to finish three-parts of a length in front of his nemesis.

 

Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty for owner Frank Bellino. Notching his fifth win of the season, the multiple World Champion has amassed$880,820 this season while establishing two world records. It was recently announced that Pet Rock would retire to stud duty in 2014.

 

“His records speak for themselves,” Virgil Morgan noted after the victory. “He is a true champion, winning on all sizes of tracks speaks to his versatility and it means a lot for him to go out on top here tonight.”

Dedi’s Dragon Stuns Harness Racing World at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—November 1, 2013—As Al Michaels once said, “Do you believe in Miracles?” While it might not be of the same magnitude as the United States beating the Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics, Ron Burke certainly believes in his three-year-old pacing colt, Dedi’s Dragon, after tonight’s stunning performance.

 

At odds of 43-1, Dedi’s Dragon pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored, Captaintreacherous, late in the stretch to win the $252,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1. Driver Yannick Gingras was able to work out a perfect, second-over trip to get the sophomore colt home in 1:50.4.

 

Fool Me Once and Ron Pierce were the quickest off the starting gate and reached the first panel in :26 flat. Captaintreacherous and Tim Tetrick, sent off at odds of 1-9, moved to the front as the field straightened away down the backstretch and led the field of ten through the first half mile in :55. David Miller and Beach Memories were the first to take aim at the leader as the field approached the final turn with Dedi’s Dragon and Gingras in tow.

 

As the field reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Tetrick began to ask Captaintreacherous for more as the rest of the field closed in. Gingras had Dedi’s Dragon perfectly placed second over and when he tipped the horse three-wide down the stretch, the three-year-old son of Dragon Again responded with a :26.4 final quarter to win by a head over the grudgingly reluctant Captaintreacherous.

 

“Ronnie (Burke) told me that the horse warmed up better than he ever has,” Gingras noted of his mount. “We were hoping for second in here tonight but he post paraded good and the trip worked out perfectly for us. I saw Tim’s horse (Captaintreacherous) was laboring but I didn’t think we could catch him, he’s a champion, but my horse raced unbelievable tonight.”

 

Notching his fourth win from twenty seasonal outings, Dedi’s Dragon established a new lifetime best mark with the victory.  Dedi’s Dragon has now amassed $687,660 for his connections at Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, P. Collura, and T. Hendler.

 

“This is obviously the biggest win of his career,” Burke noted in the winner’s circle. “Oddly enough, he seems to race his best races when he is racing this horse (Captaintreacherous). He does his best work on a big track but we came here tonight hoping for second and he surprised us all. Captaintreacherous is a champion but Yannick just had this horse in the right place at the right time tonight.”

 

Gingras and Burke teamed up twice more to find the winner’s circle on a stakes filled night at Hoosier Park. JK Endofanera kicked things off with a victory in the $157,100 Elevation Pace for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Notching his third win of the season, JK Endofanera established a new track record for two-year-old pacing colts with his 1:51.4 score.

 

Pink Camo and Gingras found the winner’s circle again for the Burke Team in the $32,800 Circle City pace for three-year-old pacing fillies setting off a sign for things to come.

Poison’s Bret Michaels to Open New Indy-Area Venue

ANDERSON, Ind.; –Oct. 31, 2013– Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s new Terrace Showroom venue announced Thursday that its first performer will be Bret Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison. Michaels will kick-off the venue’s list of four concert dates on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Better known as the front man for the band Posion, Michaels is also an actor, producer, and reality television personality. He first gained fame as the lead vocalist of the band Poison who has gone on to sell more than 30 million records worldwide. In total, Poison charted ten singles in the Top 40, including six Top 10 singles and the number-one single, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” which Michaels wrote.

All shows will begin at 8 p.m. The complete list of acts set to perform is as follows:

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, Bret Michaels
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, The Pointer Sisters
  • Friday, January 17, Josh Turner
  • Saturday, February 22, Cheap Trick

Hoosier Park’s new indoor venue is set for completion in early November after four months of construction. The new venue was designed to provide concertgoers the big venue comfort and sound with all of the personal service and attention to detail of an intimate concert experience. The 1,200-seat, state-of-the-art indoor facility features custom built and cushioned theater-style seating, an arena quality light and sound system, and a full service dining section. One of the venue’s more unique elements are 20 luxurious private suites complete with personal thirty-two inch HDTVs and modern, relaxing lounge furniture.

“Over the past five years, Hoosier Park guests have been giving us suggestions for a new indoor venue,” said Jahnae Erpenbach, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of gaming. “With their collective input, we built the new Terrace Showroom to give each and every guest a more thrilling experience featuring the biggest names in entertainment – from national touring music acts and comedy shows to noteworthy speakers and authors.”

Tickets for Bret Michaels go on sale Friday, Nov.1 ranging from $35-$85 and include dinner and show packages. Remaining show tickets will be on sale soon. Tickets 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 both box offices.

Harness Racing Superstars to Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 29, 2013—Based on the heels of a 27% increase in year-to-date handle, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer arguably the best 14-race card in its’ 20 year history on Friday, November 1. Hoosier Park will play host to Grand Circuit racing action for the third time this season and welcome the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park as they convene on the seven-eighths mile oval in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:30 p.m. For the first time in its’ 20year history, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine, the $250,000 Monument Circle, and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.

 

Fresh off his victory in the Breeders Crown final on October 19, the defending Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous will once again make his way to Hoosier Park to compete in Friday night’s $250,000 Monument Circle stake for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The biggest star in harness racing will put his six race win streak on the line as faces nine other rivals and starts from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Tim Tetrick.

 

Older pacers will also be in the spotlight at Hoosier Park on Friday as a field of ten will be sent postward in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. In what may be the most talented field ever assembled, the field boasts combined career purse earnings over $16 million and includes three World Champions.

Heading the list of entrants in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby is the richest pacer in the history of the sport, Foiled Again who will start from post six for Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke. Joining him is multiple World Champion, Pet Rock who will start from post three for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. The field also includes World Champion, Bolt The Duer who will look to make it back to back wins at Hoosier Park from post two after scoring in the 2013 Dan Patch Invitational Pace earlier in the season.

 

The $286,500 Carl Erskine trot will be highlighted by the 2013 Breeders Crown Champion Spider Blue Chip who will start from the coveted rail position for driver Ron Pierce. Creatine, the 2013 Kentucky Futurity Champion, will look to make amends for a second place finish in the Breeders Crown Final and start from post two in the ten horse field for trainer Bob Stewart.

 

“I am overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of exceptional horses that are coming to Hoosier Park,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager or Racing, Rick Moore noted. “This is unequivocally the best harness racing card to ever take place at Hoosier Park and we couldn’t be more excited to offer this opportunity to racing fans across the country.”

 

Racing fans will have the chance, once again, to participate in a special wagering opportunity offered for the 14-race card on Friday, November 1. A $15,000 guaranteed pick-4 pool will be available as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park, and the Indiana Standardbred Association.

 

The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the eighth race and will continue through the eleventh race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the eighth race, is 8:20 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.

Hoosier Park to Host Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 30, 2013—It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a field of eight horses assemble behind the Hoosier Park starting gate, but when the eighth race goes to post at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, October 31 racing fans will have the chance to see something they have never seen before. A field of eight grey pacers will line up behind the starting gate to contest the first annual $10,000 “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” at Hoosier Park.

 

Hoosier Park’s Racing Secretary, Scott Peine assembled a field of eight “ghostly” pacers in honor of the Halloween holiday. According the United States Trotting Association, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color. Slated as the eighth race on the 14-race card, the “Grey Ghost Halloween Pacing Derby” has an estimated post time of 7:50 p.m.

 

Jason Dillander has been enlisted to drive the morning line favorite, Silver Devil, from post eight for trainer Nick Giberson. The three-year-old gelded son of Duneside Perch will look to make it back to back wins at Hoosier Park after scoring in a division of the Circle City stakes in 1:53.1 on October 26. Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Tyler Smith, will drive Tommy Two Shoes from post five for trainer Steve Main and has been tagged 5-1 on the morning line.

 

The entire field, in post position order, is as follows: 1) Lady Of The West (Chad Clark) 2) Gunnin’ Forafight (Pete Wrenn) 3) Strawberrys On Top (Josh Slater) 4) Crime of Passion (Trace Tetrick) 5) Tommy Two Shoes (Tyler Smith) 6) White Ruler (Trent Stohler) 7) Rockin Glory (Robert Taylor) 8) Silver Devil (Jason Dillander).

 

Along with winner’s circle give-aways and promotions, Hoosier Park’s Halloween card will also feature the $22,000 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares. Love N Lindy will look to score her second consecutive victory at this level from post 8 with Jason Dillander in the sulky.

 

Just one day later, Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card in its 20 year history on Friday, November 1 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval. For the first time in its’ 20year history, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot, the $250,000 Monument Circle pace, and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.

Freshman Wrap Up Indiana Sire Stakes Finals at Hoosier

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 23, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a pair of $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stake finals on Wednesday, October 23 as the freshman trotters highlighted the 14-race card for the culmination of their Sire Stakes season.

 

Highlight As and Ed Hensley swept the second round of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes and extended their win streak to five with a win in the $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Using his customary late charge, Highlight As was able to track down horses late in the lane and score the victory in a lifetime best performance of 1:57.3.

 

Unhurried from the gate, Hensley placed Highlight As along the rail in fifth while the battle for early position ensued. Brad Hanners sent the bettors’ choice, Sandy Ztam to the front and they dictated fractions of :28.3 and :58.3 before ever being contested. Domitian Hall and Pete Wrenn benefitted from a pocket trip while Lou Man and Sam Widger were next in third. Sandy Ztam relaxed on the front and continued to lead the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1 as the rest of the field closed in around the final.

 

Sandy Ztam was able to hold off a charge from the pocket sitting Domitian Hall but Highlight As loomed large in the background. Using a :28.4 final panel, Highlight As powered home to put a nose in front of Lou Man at the wire. Sandy Ztam held on gamely to finish third. As the publics’ second choice, Highlight As returned $6.80 to his backers at the window.

 

“He has been a fun colt to drive all season,” Hensley noted after the race. “He is a colt that loves to track down horses in the lane and the trip worked out for us tonight. I wanted to avoid trouble and I knew if we were close around the last turn he would be good in this field of horses tonight.”

 

Sired by In Dix Huit, Highlight As has now won seven of eight seasonal starts while bankrolling $44,653 for his connections at ACL Stuteri. The homebred freshman is trained by Annette Lorenzton.

 

Baby Steps and Tyler Smith used the same late surging tactics to score in the $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes final for two-year-old filly trotters in 1:59.3. The freshman filly extended her win streak to two after a win in the last preliminary Indiana Silver Sire Stakes leg at Hoosier Park on October 16.

 

Leaving from post five, Baby Steps settled along the rail in third while Swanslittlelady and Sam Widger left alertly to land on top through the opening panel in :28.1. The top pair yielded the lead to Sack Full of Money and Pete Wrenn down the backside and they dictated splits of :58.4 and 1:28.3.

 

As the field turned for home, Swanslittlelady pulled from the pocket and matched strides with the leader. Smith, using a well timed rally, tipped his filly off the rail and she responded to power home a winner. Swanslittlelady held on gamely to finish second while Earls Dixie Darlin and Trace Tetrick rallied from well off the pace to finish third. Baby Steps returned $7.80 to her backers at the window.

 

Trained by Dan Perdue, Baby Steps has now won three of six lifetime starts while amassing $30,152 for her connections at Sage Knoll Farm. Sired by Keystone Savage, the freshman filly was bred by Michael Bardo.

Record Breaking Meet in the Making at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—October 22, 2013—At a time when most tracks consider the status quo to be a great accomplishment when it comes to maintaining handle, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of 27% through the first 140 days of the meet. Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live harness racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts.

 

With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, Hoosier Park has been grabbing the attention of bettors throughout the country.

 

In its’ 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park is in the midst of its’ fastest season to date. Hoosier Park’s track surface continues to sizzle as 24 track records have been re-established this season. Uncle Peter recently lowered the overall track record for older horses on the trot to 1:52.3 in the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 21. Drivers like Ed Hensley, Tyler Smith and Trace Tetrick have been leading the way. Smith also reached harness racing history at Hoosier Park as he become the youngest driver to record 1,000 career wins at 20 years-old.

 

“The track has been phenomenal this season,” Smith noted. “The horses have responded really well to the new surface and I think it shows in the number of track records we’ve seen this year. Hoosier Park has done a great job of not only promoting the sport but promoting me as well. It has been a pleasure to race here all season.”

The 2013 meet has also seen horses like the 2012 Pacer of the year and World Champion, Captaintreacherous, world record holder, A Rocknroll Dance, and the 2013 Dan Patch Invitational winner Bolt The Duer, visit the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.

Fresh off his win in the 2013 Breeders Crown, Captaintreacherous heads the list of nominations for the 2013 edition of the $250,000 Monument Circle pace for three-year-old colts and geldings slated for Friday, November 1 at Hoosier Park.

“These results have really exceeded my most optimistic expectations,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “It’s almost unheard of in this day and age for a track to post double digit increases, especially for a meet stretching from Spring to Fall. We would like to thank everyone involved in our successes, most importantly our partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, our horseman, our drivers and our customers for their contributions to making this our most successful meet to date.”

Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park, Animal Protection League Spearhead Community Initiative

Local Coupon Booklet Aimed to Benefit Animal Protection League, Build Awareness

 

ANDERSON, Ind. – Oct. 17, 2013 – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the Animal Protection League (APL) “Night at the Park” on Friday, Oct. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. The APL, a local group of dedicated people making second chances for unwanted animals, teamed with Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to raise awareness and funds to increase the care and adoption of animals in need.

 

The APL, located in Anderson, protects and saves abused and neglected animals of all kinds. From dogs and cats to horses and exotic animals, the APL finds new, supportive homes for the surrendered and abandoned.

 

“As a strong advocate of the APL, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino understands the sacred trust animals place in their human caretakers. Each year thousands of racehorses pass through the stalls of our racetrack and we go to great lengths to make sure they receive the utmost care and protection available,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing.

 

Racing fans are encouraged to pick up a free APL Savings Booklet at Trackside Club Centaur Rewards. The booklet features Hoosier Park’s All-Star Drivers and pictures of local pets in need. The All-Star drivers, many of whom own and train their racehorses, are working as a team to support the APL.

 

Guests can also take advantage of more than $100 in great community cash offers, dining discounts, and more located in the back of the booklet. All Hoosier Park guests donating $10 to the APL through the Club Centaur Rewards desk will receive $10 in free slot play.

 

Andy Shetler, a member of Hoosier Park’s All-Star driver program, supports the Animal Protection League through fundraising efforts throughout the racing season. In addition to his charitable contributions, Shetler volunteered to donate a percentage of his driver earnings on Friday to the APL.

 

A pet parade in the front side paddock will take place Friday evening and feature animals available for adoption. Guests can also enjoy live racing, animal-lover activities, games, and prizes throughout the evening.

 

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 18 at its’ regularly scheduled post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160 day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.

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