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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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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.

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