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Miss Windfall Series Contested

Royal Passion and driver Jason Dillander cruise to victory in a leg of the Miss Windfall Series

The second leg of the Miss Windfall Series, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, was contested with four divisions at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April (3).

The fastest of the four divisions went to driver Jason Dillander and Royal Passion posting a new lifetime best in 1:56.0. Trained by Rod Lorenzo, Royal Passion is now two for two in 2012 as she also won the first leg of the series. Leaving from post three, the heavy betting favorite sat parked through opening fractions of :28:2 and :57.3. Royal Passion slowly made her bid to the front through the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Never contested down the lane, the three-year-old filly sired by Royal Art marched home in :28.4 to win by a length and a half. Royal Passion has now bankrolled $10,240 for her connections, Dobbins Standardbreds Inc. of Bryant, Al.

After making a clean sweep of the early daily double, Jason Dillander then made quick work of the third race, another division of the Miss Windfall Series, with Reaching Chip. Trained by Robert Reeser, the Art’s Chip filly found the winner’s circle in 1:56.4 with a closing panel of :28.1. Reaching Chip has also made a clean sweep of her divisions in the Miss Windfall series as she is now two for two, elevating her career earnings to $10,000. “She’s a really nice filly,” Dillander said of his mount. “She’s still green and has a lot to learn, so I had to be careful with her. She has plenty of speed but can be touchy. I was really happy with the way she raced tonight on the front end.”

Miss Kilo and driver Peter Wrenn took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to edge out their opponents in 1:57.1. The three-year-old filly sired by Kilowatt was able to split horses down the lane through a :28.1 final panel to win in a career best time. Owned by Bernard Brown of Saginaw, MI, Miss Kilo is trained by Tim Roach and has now won three of her lifetime starts.

In the final division of the late closing action, driver Jason Dillander found the winner’s circle once again. Dillander steered Bittersweet Best to her maiden breaking victory in 1:57.0, giving Dillander his fourth win of the night and third of the series. Trained by Charlie Stewart, the Pro Bono Best filly rallied home in :28.3 after a taxing trip. Bittersweet Best held off a hard charging Tricksaremyway and driver Sam Widger, who finished a close second.“She’s a nice filly also,” Dillander said of the three-year-old filly. “I look for her to be better next week since this was only her first start, but she is a really nice filly to drive. It looks like I am going to have a tough decision to make next week when the $15,000 final rolls around.”

The Miss Windfall Series Final will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

Stewart Looking to Defend Title

Leading trainer Charlie Stewart is already off to a great start in defending his 2011 Leading Trainer title at Hooiser Park Racing & Casino. Stewart headed the 2011 trainer’s title with 46 wins and $304,825 in earnings for the meet. The 24-year-old was also the youngest trainer to ever accomplish that feat for any breed at Hoosier Park. It was Stewart’s first training title. Ryan Bellamy finished a close second with 34 wins while North America’s leading trainer, Ron Burke wasn’t far behind him with 33 wins.

“It was quite an honor to be the leading trainer last year because there are a lot of great trainers here,” Stewart said of his title. “I didn’t expect to win it, but it was nice to be recognized in such great company. I’m looking forward to this year and am hoping my horses will be as competitive as they were last year.”

An Indiana Native, Stewart has been training horses since he was 14. Working with racehorses has been a family affair as Stewart’s mother, Gay Bankson, trains thoroughbreds. However, he got a taste of working with Standardbreds when he worked for well-known trainer Modie Beeman as a teenager. Beeman lived less than a mile away from Stewart’s childhood home.

With 267 career wins and over a million dollars in earnings recorded as a trainer, Stewart ended 2011 with 82 wins and over $600,000 in purse earnings. Stewart has posted back to back seasons with his training bankroll surpassing the $600,000 mark.

He spent his winter racing his stable of fifteen around the Canadian circuit. While most his starts were recorded at Woodbine, he also started horses at Flamboro Raceway and Georgian Downs. He looks for his horses to be race tight kicking off the Hoosier Park meet.

“I’m very excited to be back at Hoosier,” Stewart said. “I had a good winter in Canada and my horses raced well but I’m glad to be back. Hopefully, we can keep that momentum going and get off to a good start here. This has always been my favorite place to race.”

Kentucky Derby Future Wager 2012

The first pool of the Future wager this year February 10-12 has many familiar horses. The strong overall favorite and unbeaten Algorithms is rated top individual for the Derby Future Pool. Morning line odds are made by Mike Battaglia and are as follows:

#1 Algorithms 8-1

#2 Alpha 20-1

#3 Battle Hardened 30-1

#4 Creative Cause 20-1

#5 Discreet Dancer 15-1

#6 Dullahan 20-1

#7 El Padrino 20-1

#8 Empire Way 50-1

#9 Ever So Lucky 20-1

#10 Fed Biz 20-1

#11 Gemologist 20-1

#12 Hansen 12-1

#13 I’ll Have Another 20-1

#14 Junebugred 50-1

#15 Liaison 20-1

#16 Longview Drive 50-1

#17 Midnight Transfer 50-1

#18 Mr. Bowling 50-1

#19 Out of Bounds 20-1

#20 Rousing Sermon 30-1

#21 Sabercat 30-1

#22 Take Charge Indy 30-1

#23 Union Rags 10-1

#24 All other 3YO’s 9-5

The popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager offers fans to bet on candidates well in advance of the year’s premier sporting event. The famed 1 1/4-mile race for 3YO thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5th Fans will receive the odds on their horse that are placed at the conclusion of wagering on each pool and those odds could be a lot higher than the odds on Derby Day!


Hoosier Park Leaves Economic Mark on County

By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin

Tourism has become big business in Madison County and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is the star attraction.

That’s the conclusion of a recent report from the Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Convention Bureau, which looked at the economic impact of the tourism and travel industry here in 2008 and 2010.

Among the report’s key findings were that:

Tourism and travel contributed nearly $506 million to the local economy in 2010.
A total of 3,821 jobs exist here because of the industry.
Nearly one-third of them are high-wage earners, professionals, technicians, managers, sales and construction jobs.
Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $68.6 million in wages to Madison County workers in 2010, compared to $62.9 million in 2008.
More than 3.9 million people made Madison County a tourism destination in 2010, compared to 2.2 million in 2008, the year when the casino opened.
Tourism generated $22.9 million in revenue for county and municipal governments in 2010, compared to $14.8 million in 2008.
The report, prepared by Certec Inc., a market research company based in Versailles, Ky., concluded that “tourism impacts all sectors of the local economy.”

“The takeaway is that there has been an accelerated rate of change in tourism and its impact on economic development,” and George Vinson, incoming president of the visitors bureau board of directors.

Ralph Day, executive director of the visitors bureau, said the 2008 and 2010 study years were chosen specifically to look at the impact a casino would have at Hoosier Park.

“It has really made Anderson a destination,” Day said.

And Hoosier Park has been a terrific corporate citizen, he added.

Since the casino opened in June 2008, the complex has averaged 3.5 million visitors a year, said Grant D. Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations He also noted that the Indianapolis Business Journal has named it the Indianapolis area’s most popular tourist attraction.

“Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is very pleased with the response in the central Indiana region and the tourists who come and visit the casino,” he said.

Tourism and community amenities such as Hoosier Park are an essential component of economic development efforts, said Rob Sparks, executive director of the Corporation for Economic Development.

“I think that tourism is a really important part of branding our community,” he said.

2012 Hoosier Park Race Dates

The 2012 racing dates for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are finalized by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Standardbred racing returns Tuesday, March 27 and will conclude Saturday, July 14 while the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons begin Wednesday, Aug. 1 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27.

The 19th season of Standardbred racing will offer 80 days of action Tuesday through Saturday. Post time each evening is slated for 5:30 p.m. Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace is set for Saturday, June 2. The 2012 season will conclude Saturday, July 14 featuring Hoosier Champions Night and finals of the Indiana Sires Stakes.

The combined Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet will offer 64 days of racing with one of those days dedicated solely to Quarter Horse action. Racing will be held Tuesday through Saturday each week with a post time of 5:30 p.m. each evening except Saturday when racing begins at 12:30 p.m.

The highlight of the 18th season of Thoroughbred racing will be the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby Saturday, Oct. 6. The day will also feature other stakes races including the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks, the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Mile, and the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George Stakes.

The 16th season of Quarter Horse racing will be highlighted with the second annual All-Quarter Horse Stakes Day Saturday, Oct. 13. Post time for the event begins at 12:30 p.m.

Hoosier Park Named Super Celebration Site

Hoosier Park  was selected as one of 17 “super celebration sites” across the state that will act as a gathering place full of activities for those wanting to participate in the Super Bowl activities and be a welcome area for guests.
Buses will be providing transportation between area hotels and Hoosier Park — where the local activities are happening — and between Hoosier Park and downtown Indianapolis.

For the full article by the Herald Bulleting click below:

Hoosier Park named Super Celebration site for the Super Bowl

Quarter Horse Jockeys put on Beauty Pageant

Saturday night after our all Quarter Horse Racing Day the jockeys got together and did a little something special. JD Mitchner, Aron Hunt & Harold Collins are pictured here ready to participate in the Womanless Beauty Pageant some of the quarter horse jockeys competed in Saturday night at the QHRAI banquet.

The jockeys, dressed in drag, walked around with a boot asking for donations for Richard Gilliard. Gilliard was critically injured in a quarter horse race August 23rd, he continues in rehabilition to this date. To accompany the beauty pageant proceeds, stick horses were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Anyone who now owns a stick horse will pick a rider and participate in a “stick horse race” on Ladies Day Saturday, October 22nd.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly supports the Disabled Jockey Fund in any way that we can. Horseshoes have also been sold on big racing days and all cash goes to the charity. Dale Huber donated the horse shoes to be decorated and Debbie Blaesing did an amazing job selling the horse shoes on Derby Day. She sold $420 worth of horse shoes that went directly to the charity.

The amount of time spend here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on giving back to the community is truly inspiring. We will all be keeping Richard Gilliard and any other disabled jockey in our thoughts, and continue to do what we can to give back to those in need.

Hoosier Buddy takes a ride on QH Day

This Saturday, October 8th was our first ever all Quarter Horse racing day, and Hoosier Buddy took full advantage of the fun! Not only did he ride the mechanical bull, Buddy went to the jockey meet and greet, he clowned around with our rodeo clown and did some walking with our cowboy stilt walker. Our Wild West theme also had family fun day activities including a bouncy house, face painting and interactive games.

All afternoon you could see Hoosier Buddy making his rounds to all of our events. He really got excited when the mule race was going on because his girlfriend was in the race! Buddy’s girlfriend, Sarah got last place in the non-wagering mule race that took place after race 2.

All of our activities were coupled with an excellent racing card. There were three trials of the Miss Roxie Little Futurity, three trials of the Governor’s Stakes, race 10 was the Sterlie Bertram Final for $100,000 and the last race on the card was the Hoosier Park Classic Final also for $100,000!

AQHA Participants Visit Hoosier Park

Participants in the American Quarter Horse Association have come from all over the United States and Mexico to compete for scholarships.

The students are required to pass a written test, two workbooks and a barn test that includes demonstrating how to saddle, bridle, wrap legs and name different bits. All of the test are about horse racing which is different from what these students are used to.

Rachel McLaughlin, our telvision host interviewed one of the AQHA members, Abi Buckwalter. Buckwalter shows quarter horses in the AQHA, and commented on her experience here at Hooser Park.

“This is the first time I have ever been to a race track. The experience is amazing, I have never seen anything like this. It has been an amazing learning experience but I’d have to say my favorite part about it is seeing the versatility of the quarter horse.”

The participants have visited every part of the track; and talked to everyone involved in horse racing; from the jockeys to the audio visual department. These kids have really had the full Hoosier Park experience from their first day here on Wednesday. They have been a joy to have and an excellent addition to our all quarter horse racing day activities.

Pete Lurie from HRTV visits Hoosier

This year at our 17th running of the Indiana Derby we were lucky enough to have Pete Lurie from HRTV here to cover the race. Lurie is one of the popular on-air hosts of HRTV, a national horse racing channel on cable and satellite television.

This is the second year Lurie has joined us for the coverage of Hoosier Park’s Indiana Derby a Grade II event with a purse of $500,000. Pete was joined by our own track host Rachel McLaughlin for handicapping and interviews.

Lurie has been with HRTV since its inception in 2002. In addition to his duties at the all-horse racing channel, he also works at Farplex Park in California as their in-house host. While he was at Hoosier Park for Indiana Derby, HRTV did several cut-ins throughout the day for their live broadcast of racing across the nation. Lurie also did several participant interviews; a duty he shared with McLaughlin.

It was a pleasure having Pete Lurie here with us for Derby Day he was an excellent edition to our activities. He was and always is a joy to work with.

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