Speed Trap Becomes Hoosier Park’s Fastest Two-Year-Old Pacer Ever
ANDERSON, Ind.—October 1, 2013—Speed Trap, with Sam Widger at the lines, shattered the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.4 in the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 1. Notching his fifth win of the season, Speed Trap bested his lifetime mark by nearly four seconds and became the fastest pacing colt in Indiana Sire Stakes history with the 1:50.4 score.
In just the seventh start of his freshman campaign, Speed Trap defeated a field of seven to lower the track record by nearly two seconds. The previous record of 1:52 for two-year-old pacing geldings was established by Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on September 11. The 1:50.4 victory also marked the twentieth track record that has been re-established over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013.
Leaving from post two, Speed Trap was unhurried from the gate as Next Thing Smoke’N and Tyler Smith left alertly from the rail to get the first call in :26. Always At My Place and Jason Dillander battled early for position and settled for a pocket trip while Totally Kissed and Brad Hanners followed suit along the rail in third.
Next Thing Smoke’N continued to dictate fractions of :54.3 and remained uncontested through the three-quarter station in 1:22.4. Always At My Place was head strong in second and was tipped to the outside as the field turned for home with Always B Miki and Ed Hensley in tow. While the battle on the front ensued, Speed Trap loomed large in the background.
Utilizing his customary late charge in the lane, Speed Trap was able to find racing room late in the stretch and power home in :26.3 to win by a length. Always B Miki battled gamely to finish second while Sling Shot Shooter and Trace Tetrick finished third. Slightly dismissed at 8-1, Speed Trap returned $19.00 to his backers at the window.
Trained, owned, and bred by Stanley Miller, Speed Trap has now won five of seven lifetime starts while finishing second twice. From the first crop of United Ace, Speed Trap sports a lifetime bankroll of $47,675.
“He was a little small at the start of the season so I backed him off for 30 days,” Miller noted after the race. “I always knew he was a nice colt, but I didn’t know he had that kind of speed in him. I just hope he stays this good for the rest of the season. He has been a pleasure to race.”
Speed Trap will look to make his next start in the third leg of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes slated for Wednesday, October 9 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will culminate with a $200,000 final on Saturday, October 19 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
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 conclude on November 9.
Nineteenth Track Record Lowered at Hoosier Park
ANDERSON, Ind.—September 28, 2013—Itrustyou, with Ricky Macomber Jr., at the lines converted a pocket trip in to an impressive 1:48.3 track record performance in the featured event, a $32,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 28. The five-year-old gelding defeated a field of nine to score his fifth win of the season and best his lifetime mark by nearly two seconds. The previous track record of 1:49 for older pacing geldings was established by Green River Gorge and Rick Schaut in 2008.
The 1:48.3 score was just two-tenths of a second off the overall track record of 1:48.1, a mark set by Shark Gesture in the 2010 edition of the Dan Patch. Itrustyou’s track record performance marks the nineteenth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval throughout the 2013 racing season.
Leaving from post five, Itrustyou was hustled off the gate to grab early position and reach the first quarter clocking in :26.3. Thebestofjoel and Ed Hensley also left the gate alertly and were able to find a position along the rail in third with Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger next in line in fourth.
Itrustyou yielded the front down the backside to a hard charging Jammin Joshua who found the front at the half mile mark in :54.2. The field remained in single file line as the tempo continued to quicken through the three-quarter mark in 1:21.2 with Mykindachip and Jason Dillander leading the first-over charge. Mykindachip was able to put a nose in front of the leader but was no match for Itrustyou who exploded from the pocket down the stretch.
Using a :27 final panel, Itrustyou powered home to finish two lengths in front of Ideal Choice and Trace Tetrick. Mykindachip battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Itrustyou returned $4.00 to his backers at the window.
Trained by Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, Itrustyou scored his fifth win of the season and sent his seasonal bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win. Sired by Third Straight, Itrustyou has won 29 of 78 career starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $496,756. Itrustyou is owned Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Rtc Stables.
In the 20th season of live Standardbred racing, Hoosier Park continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With the continuing success of the first-ever, all harness racing meet, Hoosier Park has announced purses will reflect a 20 percent increase, effective Friday, August 23. This 20 percent increase is the second purse increase implemented this season and will be felt most noticeably throughout the upper and middle classes on the condition sheet.
With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 100 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 25% over the previous years’ figures.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the first 100 days of our live racing meet,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “We want to thank all our partners, most notably the horsemen and racing fans throughout the country that have contributed to our successes to date.”
Earlier in the year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a new racing format described as one breed, one track. Hoosier Park was named Indiana’s sole harness racing track while Indiana Grand Casino and Downs plays host to all the thoroughbred action.
Originally designed as an all Standardbred track, this change to all Standardbred racing has allowed Hoosier Park to devote all of its energies in making the Anderson, Indiana track a world-class Standardbred racing operation.
“The horsemen have done an outstanding job of providing us with a great racing product,” Moore continued. “The continuing improvement of the quality of horses racing at Hoosier Park combined with full, competitive fields has offered remarkable value to horseplayers and the bettors have shown up in full force with the domino result of handle increases and purse increases. All of these factors make it possible for us to proudly announce this purse increase.”
The racing action continues to heat up on the track as the 2013 crop of state-breds recently opened their Indiana Gold Sire Stakes series in impressive fashion. Hoosier Park will play host to the second of three, million dollar nights this season on Wednesday, September 11 with the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for two and three-year-olds.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Following a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will have a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
Rose Run Parker, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, shattered an eleven-year-old record for two-year-old geldings on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:57 in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Notching his third win of the season, Rose Run Parker captured the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes in a lifetime best effort. The previous track record of 1:58 was established by Big Boy Josh and Charlie Conrad in August of 2002. The 1:57 victory marks the thirteenth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013. It was also a training double for Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, as he captured both of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening’s 14-race card.
Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker settled along the rail in fifth while the battle for the early lead was hard fought. Meadowbrook Mike and Brad Hanners got the first call through the opening quarter in :28.1 before yielding the lead to Cerveza Dinero and Pete Wrenn. The field began to tighten as they reached the half mile time in :58.4 and Macomber had Rose Run Parker out and firing. The three-year-old gelding cleared to the front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3 before unleashing a :28.2 final panel to get the win by two lengths. The heavily favored, Justice Jet and Ed Hensley rallied sharply after a trip off the pace to get up for the second place finish while Meadowbrook Mike held on for third. Rose Run Parker returned $6.20 to his backers for the victory.
Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won three of four lifetime outings while bankrolling over $35,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9.
Stable mate Winding Hill followed suit in the second split of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as he rallied sharply from off the pace to score in 1:59.2. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, the sophomore trotter was able to take advantage of a second over trip to edge out Ladys Big Stormont and Andy Shetler at the wire. Scoring his third win of the season, Winding Hill returned $5.80 at the windows and established a new lifetime best performance with the victory.
Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the freshman colt has now won three of five lifetime outings while bankrolling over $30,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Winding Hill was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9.
The third leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 27 with a 13-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
So Shay pulled off a stunning upset at 49-1 to highlight the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies on the evening’s 13-race card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 20. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, So Shay was able to stage a determined rally in the final strides of the mile to score the upset and establish a lifetime best mark of 1:52 in the process.
Upset minded from the word go, So Shay and Tetrick left alertly from the rail spot to land along the pylons in third. It was a cavalry charge to the front as the gate folded but it Always About Katey and Ed Hensley who were quickest and reached the front through the opening panel in :26.3. Bliss Hanover and Pete Wrenn also left alertly but yielded for the pocket seat. Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Mandy’s Mattjesty firing off the gate but they were relegated to fourth through the opening splits. Always About Katey remained uncontested through the half mile mark in :55.2 before feeling a threat on the outside from Mandy’s Mattjesty. Harmony Oaks Quike and Mike Micallef were well placed second over with Crazy on You and LeWayne Miller next in line and in hot pursuit of the leader. The pace began to quicken and the field began to tighten as they approached the three-quarter mark in 1:24 with Always About Katey still calling the shots. Bliss Hanover and Pete Wrenn were able to wear down the tiring leader mid-way through the stretch as So Shay and Tetrick loomed large in the background. Steering through traffic, Tetrick asked his filly for more and she responded with a :27.3 final panel to pull the upset and win by two lengths. Always About Katey held on for second while Crazy On You got up for the third place finish. Dismissed at 49-1, So Shay returned $100.00 to her backers at the window. The trifecta including So Shay, Always About Katey, and Crazy On You lit up the tote board and returned $1158.05.
Trained by Marty Rodgers, So Shay notched her second win of the season from eleven seasonal outings. Sired by Gunthatwonthewest, the sophomore filly has now won four of 18 lifetime outings while bankrolling over $30,000 for owner Marla Bednarsh. So Shay bested her lifetime best mark by nearly four seconds with the 1:52 score.
The fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, September 3 at Hoosier Park. The four-leg series will culminate with a $200,000 series slated for Wednesday, September 11 at Hoosier Park as part of the annual Hoosier Champions Night.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 21 with a 13-race card that will be highlighted by two $108,050 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
— A pair of the sport’s top freshman filly trotters were showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 20 with two $108,050 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes highlighting the evening’s 13-race card.
Andi’s Alana made her home state proud in her first start against open company as she romped home a winner in the opening division of the stakes action in a track record performance. Extending her win streak to five, the two-year-old daughter of Swan For All set a new track record of 1:56.4 for two-year-old fillies on the trot. The previous track record of 1:58 was established by Universal Victory and Jimmy Takter in August of 2001. Andi’s Alana established a new lifetime best mark and is now undefeated in five lifetime outings. The 1:56.4 victory marks twelfth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in the 2013 season.
Driven by LeWayne Miller, Andi’s Alana was unhurried off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Scream and Shout and Jimmy Takter were the first to get a call and dictated early fractions of :28.0 and :58.1 before ever being contested. Swan Yankee and Tyler Smith, the other part of the Erv Miller trained entry in the field, were the first to take aim at the leader with Andi’s Alana in tow. Using a :29.1 final panel, Andi’s Alana was able to track down the leader to get the win at the wire.
Trained by Erv Miller, Andi’s Alana remains flawless in 2013 while bankrolling over $82,000 for her connections of PayMaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. It was a driving triple for LeWayne Miller as he also scored with Wilbur Eash’s Electric Albert and once again with Erv Miller’s Fly’n With Royalty in the $30,000Indiana Gold Sire Stakes.
The second division of the Grand Circuit stakes action was captured by Dancing for Money piloted by Jimmy Takter to a 1:58.1 score in gate to wire fashion. As the heavy betting favorite, Takter sent the daughter of Muscles Yankee to the front and she dictated fractions of :29.0, :59.3, and 1:28.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Dancing For Money put her talent on display as she began to trot away from the rest of the field. The freshman filly was well in hand at the wire as she established a new lifetime mark, finishing eight lengths in front of her closest competitor.
Trained by Paula Wellwood, Dancing For Money notched the second win from five seasonal outings. Owned by the partnership of P.C. Wellwood and Karen Carroll, Dancing For Money pushed her bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with a 14-race card that will be highlighted by Indiana Silver Sire Stakes action. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.
Anderson, Ind.; – June 27, 2012– Thousands are expected to enjoy the new Anderson and Madison County area Independence Day celebration at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m. The community celebration, labeled ‘Fire It Up on the 4th’, is a result of a combined effort among a group of community businesses and leaders, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The event, open to all ages and free to the public, will include a special performance of patriotic music by the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, live Standardbred racing, family fun games, outdoor dining and a grand finale fireworks presentation.
Fire It Up on the 4th will be hosted in the extended Hoosier Park outdoor music center. With a capacity for up to 15,000 people, the Hoosier Park outdoor venue was chosen to accommodate this ever-growing community event. The family friendly atmosphere will include designated family parking and entrances to accommodate all guests.
The Anderson Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Rick Sowers, will perform a patriotic themed 55 minute set with added classic rock hits to entertain the crowd. The orchestra is scheduled to begin playing at 9:20 p.m., with the fireworks following at 10:15 p.m. Live Racing will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:30 p.m. The Fire It Up on the 4th celebration has been generously supported by local sponsors Pay Less/Kroger Super Markets, Ed Martin Anderson Automall, The Herald Bulletin and Hudson Rentals.
The 2012 Fire It Up on the 4th Committee is made up of the following community leaders, businesses and organizations:
- Rick Sowers, Music Director, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
- Dana Stone, Executive Director, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
- Marissa Skaggs, Community Volunteer, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
- Tom Bannon, Executive Director, Anderson/Madison County Visitors and Convention Bureau
- Paula Bivens, Copy Chief, The Herald Bulletin
- Grant Scharton, Director of Public Relations, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
- Becky Young, Director of Marketing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
“Feedback from the ASO musicians has been overwhelmingly positive. They are enthused about performing at Hoosier Park with a top-of-the-line sound system, covered stage, and fantastic lighting. It will add so much to the concert this community knows and loves.” said Rick Sowers, Anderson Symphony Orchestra’s music director. “Expect a fantastic evening with patriotic favorites from Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful and The 1812 Overture to the popular hits of the Beetles and Beach Boys.”
“Hoosier Park is truly honored to be a part of the community Independence Day celebration.” said Grant Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations. “Our outdoor venue will have everything to make this Anderson and Madison County community tradition an event families will continue to enjoy.”
Chairs, picnic tables and dining outlets will be made available throughout the venue for convenience. Outside food and drinks will be prohibited. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for additional comfort.
About the Anderson Symphony Orchestra: The Anderson Symphony Orchestra was organized in 1967 by leaders at Anderson University, with its very first performance made up largely of volunteers from the local community. Now 44 seasons later, the ASO is a proud assemblage of professional musicians, who for the most part, earn their living in the music arts. Maestro Richard Sowers has conducted the Symphony since 1989. The organization was incorporated in 1978 is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the second year in a row by the Indianapolis Business Journal and holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live and simulcast Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting properties located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Indiana.
Take in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino! Enjoy convenient advanced wagering, a full simulcast race schedule, official Derby merchandise, live Standardbred racing and various entertainment acts throughout the day. In case our in-house handicappers haven’t provided you with enough information to pick your pony for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, we have comprised a list of Derby picks throughout the various departments at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Have fun and Good Luck!
Brian Elmore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing—#15 Gemologist—This is the horse with the best chance, I don’t know if he is the best horse in the race but I think he is in the best position to win this race. He’s a legitimate contender and I like where he is on the track.
Jahnae Erpenbach, Vice President and General Manager of Gaming—#8 Creative Cause—What’s not to love about a horse with a great name?
Todd Berendji, Director of Casino Operations–#13 Went The Day Well—I chose this horse because my smart and pretty friend told me to, and I want to show her I can do what I am told!
Becky Young, Director of Marketing—#13 Went The Day Well—It’s hard not to pick Take Charge Indy but I have a good feeling about this horse.
Clint McKenzie—Casino Non-Gaming Operations—#3 Take Charge Indy—He ran a great race to win the Florida Derby at Gulfstream, he is sired by A P Indy, a champion stallion. On top this trip is jockey Calvin Borel, “King of the Kentucky Derby, who has won the Derby three times in last five years. I like the name and I really like the odds.
Grant Scharton, Director of Public Relations—#15 Gemologist—Aside from the fact that this horse is undefeated, it has Todd Pletcher/WinStar Farm in its corner. You gotta love this one!
Cliff Fraser, Race Marketing Manager—#11 Alpha— There is a lot of early speed in the race and he should be able to stalk the early pace and take advantage late in the race to get the win.
Rachel McLaughlin, Race Commentator—# 14 Hansen—I picked this horse as my Derby pick before our Road to the Derby contest started a few months ago. I really like the way this horse races each time out and I also like his trainer.
Jamie Krueger, Graphic Designer—#8 Creative Cause- He’s had a decent race history so far in 2012 being in the top three of his races this year and I’m partial to that name since I’m a creative person.
Kim Stalhiem, Horse Identifier and Stall Superintendent— #4 Union Rags—He runs well over an off track and you can’t leave Michael Matz and Julien Leparoux out.
Gene Ciscell, Director of Information Technology—#10 Daddy Nose Best—I like the horse because the 10 post has the highest win percentage in the Derby, and I also like the trainer.
Neal Stalhiem, Outrider—#3 Take Charge Indy—He runs well over an off track and I think the weather is calling for rain.
Gayla Julian & Krista Clements, Benefits Manager and HR Generalist—#3 Take Charge Indy—Calvin Borel has won the Derby multiple times and he is our friend.
MaTeka McBurrows & Dustin Bland, Human Resource Clerks, –#10 Daddy Nose Best—Steve Asmussen is a great trainer & we are a little “nosey” ourselves!
Gavin Asbury, Marketing Intern—#19 I’ll Have Another—I chose this horse because Doug O’Neill is one of the better trainers in California, his jockey is coming off a great summer season in Canada. The owner Paul Reddem is an E-entrepreneur who still participates heavily in the day to day operations of his stable. Mario and I’ll Have Another have also had two great performances recently in Santa Anita. I feel like this a perfect pairing of a quality horse, trainer, jockey brought together as an all-star team. And of course, I’m always down to have another!
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.
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.”