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Hoosier Park Set to Kick-Off 2014 Stakes Season

The 2014 stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 28 as four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcase the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the state.

Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park will debut a new and improved Indiana Sires Stakes format approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission last year. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park.

“The new Indiana Sires Stakes format is a very positive change for our program,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “It provides flexibility in the scheduling and having multiple eliminations for the $75,000 finals will produce very competitive races.”

“The Indiana Sired program continues to get better each and every year,” he continued. “This new format will allow Hoosier Park to showcase the best of the best in the $200,000 Super Finals. I am very much looking forward to this season of stakes action.”

The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday, May 28 with the three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card schedule for Thursday, May 29. The three-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Friday, May 30 and the three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, May 31.

The first of five $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals, tagged as Hoosier Champions Night, is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park.

 

Upset Trend Continues in Hoosier Park Featured Trot

Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Fusion Man pulled the slight upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 24. Guided by regular driver Tyler Smith, Fusion Man proved game in the stretch as he was able to get up in the final strides in 1:53.

Leaving from post four, Fusion Man left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in third while Martz Time and Trace Tetrick used their customary tactics and quickly grabbed the front. Somebody As and Brad Hanners were well placed in the pocket through the opening panel in :27. The heavily favored, Summer Indian and Ricky Macomber Jr. were uninvolved in the early stages of the race and were along the rail in sixth.

Martz Time continued to call the shots down the backside through the second split in :55.4 but were soon pressed by Fusion Man on the outside. LeWayne Miller had Banker Volo well placed second over while the field began to tighten approaching the final turn.

Fusion Man with his big win.

Fusion Man with his big win.

The stage was set for the stretch battle to the wire as Martz Time and Fusion Man were neck and neck at the third station in 1:24.2. As the field turned for home, Martz Time appeared to be up to the task but Fusion Man wasn’t finished.

Tyler Smith asked his mount for more and Fusion Man responded gamely with a :28.2 closing quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Summer Indian rallied late in the stretch for second place honors while Banker Volo also closed well to finish third. As the publics’ fourth choice, Fusion Man returned $10.00 at the window.

The 1:53 score was a seasonal best effort for the five year-old son of Valley Victor-Classical Girl and just two-fifths off the track record at Hoosier Park for older horses on the trot. Fusion Man has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 13 of 45 lifetime starts. Trained by Jeff Smith, Fusion Man has now earned $389,727 for his connections of Tdtrot, LLC.

 

Don’t Spank Me Upsets in Fillies and Mares Feature

Don't Spank Me with the win.

Don’t Spank Me with the win.

Don’t Spank Me made her first appearance in the top class a winning one as she pulled the 18-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 23. Guided by Andy Shetler, Don’t Spank Me came charging late in the lane to score in 1:51.4, establishing a new lifetime mark by nearly two seconds.

Uninvolved early from post four, Don’t Spank Me was eased off the gate while a host of others left alertly for position. American Girl and Peter Wrenn were the first to get a call as they grabbed the lead through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1. Their lead was short lived as LeWayne Miller had Ritascape out and firing around the first turn and took control at the half in :54.2. The hot pace continued down the backside while the field remained in single file order.

Tyler Smith gave Always About Katey the green light and committed to the outer flow but were able to pick-up cover from No Respect and Sam Widger. Ritascape continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and braced herself for the long Hoosier Park stretch.

No Respect was able to wear down the tiring leader and Always About Katey was in hot pursuit on the far outside. While the damage was being done on the front end, Don’t Spank Me was desperate for racing room.

In a thrilling stretch battle, Don’t Spank Me found the room she needed and used a :27.0 final panel to best her rivals by one length. Always About Katey settled for the second place finish while No Respect held on gamely for third. Dismissed at 18-1, No Spank Me returned $39.00 to her backers at the window.

Trained, owned and bred by Wayne Carter, Don’t Spank Me notched her first win of the season from three starts. The four-year-old daughter of Capital Request-Catalog has now won 10 of 25 lifetime outings while amassing $95,537.

 

Good Sound Advice Back on Top in Featured Trot

 

Good  Sound Advice advance due to a perfect trip.

Good Sound Advice advance due to a perfect trip.

Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn used a perfect, pocket trip to capture the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 17. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Good Sound Advice was able to surge late in the lane to score in 1:53.4, a lifetime best performance.

Leaving from post six, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but last week’s winner Martz Time, driven by Trace Tetrick, left the quickest. Martz Time secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Good Sound Advice was well placed in second while the heavily favored, Summer Indian was next in line in third.

Martz Time continued to dictate fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 while the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. Hugh Beatty was the first to commit to the outer flow and had Southwind Pepino aimed at the leader around the final turn with Go Tapaigh and Ray Paver in tow. 

Martz Time was able to hold off Southwind Pepino late in the lane, but Good Sound Advice loomed large in the pocket. Wrenn found late racing room in the stretch and when he asked Good Sound Advice for more, the five-year-old responded gamely with a :27.4 final panel to win by a head. Martz Time held on for the second place finish while Southwind Pepino rounded out the trifecta. Good Sound Advice returned $9.60 for the victory.

“The race worked out perfect for us tonight,” Wrenn noted after the victory. “This horse is much better when he gets a trip and I was able to leave just enough to get a good spot. He has been racing well but he was really on his game tonight.”

Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his fourth win from ten seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won ten of 66 lifetime outings while bankrolling $312,067 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms.

The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Peter Wrenn as he also scored in the opener with Joe Cirasuola’s Big Bay Point and later with Malosi N for trainer Ed Hensley.

On the pacing side of things, Our Lucky Chip and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:50.2. Using his same off-the-pace tactics, Our Lucky Chip was able to wear down Jammin Joshua late in the lane to score his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park.

 

Special Matinee Card of Racing at Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will play host to a special matinee card of live harness racing on Friday, May 16 with an adjusted post time of 1 p.m. A total of 14 races will compliment the afternoon festivities showcasing exciting horse racing action, fan-friendly activities, and giveaways. The matinee card of live harness racing will be the prelude to a night full of entertainment as country music legend Clint Black will take Hoosier Park’s Terrace Showroom stage at 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the earlier post time, Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed ‘Fan-tastic Fridays’, feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs and will also start at 1 p.m. Also on Fridays, racing fans will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $250 in race wagering.  To enter, guests must submit their designated win selections for races 3 through 8.  The participant who earns the most in winnings and beats Rod ‘The Big Guy’ Ratcliff, Centaur’s chairman and chief executive officer, will win $250 in race wagering. All participants earning more winnings than ‘The Big Guy’ will have a chance at another $500 in a next day drawing.

The 14-race card will be highlighted by two divisions of the “Go On BB” late closing series, an event open to fillies and mares that are non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel starts or $15,000 lifetime. At the conclusion of the live racing card, Hoosier Park will prepare for Clint Black to take the stage at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 7:15 p.m.

“We strive to bring our fans the very best in racing and the very best in entertainment here at Hoosier Park,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “With the earlier post time, it will allow us to showcase everything Hoosier Park has to offer to our customers and we hope they are as excited about the entire day as we are.”
With more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, 22 of which have reached number one, Clint Black will make a stop at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as part of the 2014 concert line-up in the brand-new Terrace Showroom. The 1,200-seat, state-of-the-art indoor facility features custom built and cushioned theater-style seating and an arena quality light and sound system. Additionally, 14 luxurious private suites complete with personal thirty-two inch HDTVs, modern lounge furniture, and a premium-dining menu will be available.
Clint Black concert tickets, starting at $30, are still on sale 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.

Our Lucky Chip Paces Fastest Mile of the Season at Hoosier Park

In a talented field of eight, Our Lucky Chip turned in an impressive performance to produce the fastest mile of the 2014 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, just 30 days into the season, in the $22,000 Invitational pace on Saturday, May 10. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip’s 1:49.4 performance marks the fastest mile of the season for the veteran pacer and just one second off his lifetime best.

Leaving from post six, Our Lucky Chip was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in seventh. Brad Hanners sent Rustle’s Chip firing from the gate and were the first to get a call through an opening panel in a snappy :25.4. Time To Roll and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Tyber Tyke and Tyler Smith followed intently in third.

As the field rolled down the backside, Rustle’s Chip continued to call the shots through the second panel in :55.3 before ever being contested. Itrustyou and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader and were able to secure the top spot around the three-quarter mark in 1:24.
Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and they began their quest for the front as the field approached the final turn. Sam Widger and Jammin Joshua quickly grabbed the cover and were well placed in the outer flow turning for home.

Saving his best for last, Our Lucky Chip used a :25.4 final panel to pace on to the wire to win by four lengths. Jammin Joshua rallied gamely for the second place finish while Itrustyou rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $6.20 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 $524,092. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art’s Chip-Lady Moira scored his 25th win from 46 lifetime outings.

The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Trace Tetrick has he also scored with Martz Time in the $22,000 Invitational trot for trainer Walter Haynes Jr. in 1:54. Tetrick continued his winning ways later in the evening as he scored with Astreo’s Love for trainer Don Eash in the 4-year-old open.

 

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.

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