Hoosier Park Debuts Passing Lane

 

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Hoosier Park’s passing lane is one-eighth of a mile long, begins at the current starting pole, and proceeds just past the finish line.

ANDERSON, Ind.—March 15, 2016—In a continued effort to provide a superior racing product, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the recent completion of a passing lane to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile racing surface.

Track Superintendent Gary Wolff and his crew, along with the help of renowned track consultants Greg and Dan Coon, have been working diligently, not only to prepare the entire racing surface, but to complete the passing lane before the track opened for training on March 14. Track officials met regularly through the fall and winter with a team of experts to review the layout of the passing lane, identify needed materials, and establish construction timelines.

Hoosier Park’s passing lane is one-eighth of a mile long, begins at the current starting pole, and proceeds just past the finish line. The added area is roughly eight feet wide and will provide drivers a new option when searching for room late in the race.

The track materials that were used in the construction process were the same materials that currently make up the main track surface to make the addition seamless. Along with the materials, the photo finish lights and the finish line sensor had to be relocated to accommodate for the added distance in the stretch. Once construction started, the project took just under two weeks to complete.

“We are committed to making Hoosier Park harness racing one of the most competitive racetracks in the country,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming president and COO. “This enhancement will not only stand as the longest passing lane in North America, but will be sure to bring even more excitement, amplify the driving strategy involved, and ultimately make for an even greater racing product that our fans are sure to enjoy.”

The main track is now open for training from the hours of 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. The paddock and ship-in area are also open for those horsemen wishing to ship in to train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 16 with an estimated start time of 10 a.m.

Hoosier Park’s 23rd season of live harness racing will kick-off on Friday, April 1. With an estimated daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day meet will be conducted through November 12. Live racing 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 season.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, 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 harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park Readies for 2016 Season

With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino right less than a month away, final preparations for the 2016 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, April 1.

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 season. With a new, daily post time of 5:45 p.m. (est.) each night, the live racing season will be conducted through Nov. 12, 2016.

Stall applications have been flowing into Hoosier Park’s racing office since January in advance of the 2016 season. This year, Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine encountered a much stronger response from horsemen, both local and otherwise, as stall applications totaled nearly 900 applicants. As a result, the backstretch will be filled to capacity for the opening of this year’s season.

“Last year the Indiana harness racing industry captured national attention and that success has been felt throughout the entire program,” Peine noted. “The response we’ve had from horsemen all across the country has been excellent and it’s a reflection of the quality of racing we’ve had over the last few years. I think everyone is looking forward to the 2016 season that will showcase competition among some of the nation’s top horses, owners, trainers and drivers.”

The barn area and dormitories will officially open on Saturday, March 12 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track will open for training on Monday, March 14 from the hours of 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open starting March 14th for those horsemen wishing to ship-in and train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting.  All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork available before being allowed entry to the grounds.

The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 16th with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted on Hoosier Park’s website as soon as they are made available.

Peine also announced several overnight and late closing events to be contested in early April and May. In conjunction, Hoosier Park will offer a variety of overnight series for Indiana-sired horses. All of the overnight series will be on Hoosier Park’s condition sheets and more information can be found on Hoosier Park’s website by clicking here.

Once again, Hoosier Park’s 23rd season of live racing will offer an action-packed stakes season. Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 12. For more information on the 2016 stakes schedule, please click here.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, 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 harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park Offers Racing Internships for 2016 Season

ANDERSON, Ind.—February 16, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2016 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and other equine related fields.

The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.

Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments.

This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings. Experience in the horse racing industry is beneficial but not required.

This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park’s 23rd season of live harness racing will kick off on April 1 and be conducted through November 12. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to:

Emily Gaskin

4500 Dan Patch Circle

Anderson, IN 46017

emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com

 

The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 7, 2015. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Wolff Named Hoosier Park Track Superintendent

Gary Wolff joins the Hoosier Park team for the 2016 live racing season.

Gary Wolff will join the Hoosier Park team for the 2016 live racing season.

ANDERSON, Ind.—February 8, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce that veteran trackman Gary Wolff has recently been named Track Superintendent and will return to Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season. Wolff previously held the position of track superintendent at Hoosier Park in 2008 before most recently serving as track superintendent at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Wolff brings more than 40 years of experience in the horse racing industry and nearly 25 as a track superintendent to his position at Hoosier Park. Acting as superintendent, Wolff will be in charge of the condition of the racing surface as well as overseeing the entire track operations and staff.

Wolff began his career at Buffalo Raceway, where he worked from 1974 until 1992, concluding that time as track superintendent. He previously served as track superintendent at Freehold Raceway (1999-2008) and Garden State Park (1992-1999) along with working as a consultant for the 2008 Breeders Cup and Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

“Hoosier Park could not be more pleased with the announcement of Gary Wolff as our new Track Superintendent,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Gary is widely respected throughout the industry and shares Hoosier Park’s commitment to providing the safest racing surface possible for our horsemen and equine athletes.”

“As we begin preparations to host the 2017 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park, the addition of Gary to our team could not be better timed,” Moore continued. “Gary is as good as it gets in this business.”

Wolff and his crew will be busy preparing the racing surface for Hoosier Park’s 23rd season of live harness racing that commences on April 1, 2016. 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 5:45 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through Nov. 12, 2016.

For more information on the upcoming harness racing season or the live entertainment schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, 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 harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park to Host Celebrity Race Benefitting Charity

Pages from HP-$10K_ChampionCharityRace_Collateral_Oct15Hoosier Park Racing and Casino will culminate the 2015 live racing season with a night of live harness racing, family activities and entertainment, benefitting local charities on Saturday, November 14. The 2015 Champion Drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two races for their chance to win a share of $5,000 for their respective charities. The Champion Drivers will be paired in double-seated jog carts with members of the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Senior Leadership Team.

Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit trackside Club Centaur and select the driver of their choice to receive an entry to place into the driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, Hoosier Park will draw five lucky winners from each of the race winner’s charity box to win up to $500 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $10 to a charity of choice and receive $10 in free slot play.

A total of $10,000 will be up for grabs between the two races, $2,500 to the winning driver’s charity, $1,250 for second, $750 for third and $500 for fourth place in each race. The evening will also include games and activities to help raise money for these deserving organizations.

The charities represented in the 2015 Race for Charity are as follows:

Anderson Impact Center

The American Cancer Society

St. Johns Children’s Clinic

Shriner’s Hospital

New Vocations

United Way of Madison County

Anderson Police Department

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center

Animal Protection League

Alternatives, Inc

Wish for our Heroes

The YMCA

Outfitters, Inc.

Indiana School for the Deaf

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Second Harvest Food Bank

 

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day season will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, 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 harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Quite The Feat for Freaky Feet Pete at Hoosier Park

Freaky Feet Pete captured his fourth consecutive victory in the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete captured his fourth consecutive victory in the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete returned to his home state of Indiana and turned in another dominating performance to score his fourth consecutive victory, this time thrilling his hometown crowd in 1:49.3 in the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a pocket trip to his advantage to best harness racing’s top-rated horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit, late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter.

With the win, Freaky Feet Pete became the sport’s newest millionaire as he pushed his lifetime earnings passed the $1 million mark and notch his 23rd lifetime victory from 26 starts. Freaky Feet Pete returned to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to become the first-ever Indiana sired horse to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24.

As the wings of the gate folded, Montrell Teague had the post-time favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit pointed to the front from the rail and Freaky Feet Pete left just enough from post three to grab a pocket seat. With Wiggle It Jiggleit dictating the fractions the race was shaping up to be a repeat of the last time these two superstars met in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier in the season with Freaky Feet Pete earning the victory.

Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.2 and as the field turned for home the stage was set once again for an epic battle to the wire. Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside but Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn’t giving it up easily. Using a :26 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete saved his best for last to find the wire first.

“I got the trip I wanted or probably the trip I needed,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “It’s hard to come from off the pace especially against a horse like that (Wiggle It Jiggleit). Those are two great horses out there.”

“I knew Montrell’s horse was sharp tonight,” he continued. “It took mine a little while to get in full-tilt, a little while to get by him but he paced that last eighth of the mile hard, all the way to the wire. He loves his job and loves to go fast.”

The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim’s Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $4.00 to win as the public’s second choice. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20 to show and My Hero Ron provided $3.80 to his supporters for his third place finish.

“We are on top of the world,” Larry Rheinheimer noted in the winner’s circle. “We were a little concerned bringing him back 6 days later but we wanted to bring him back here to Hoosier Park. This whole experience with him has been a lot of fun, something I never imagined.”

Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to win the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.

Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to win the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby.

The match-up between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete was the pinnacle of a stakes-filled 14-race card at Hoosier Park with purses distributed throughout the evening over the $1 million mark. Just one race earlier, harness racing’s richest Standardbred ever, Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to take the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras at the controls, Foiled Again dictated fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24 before he began to feel pressure from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 fought off JK Endofanera and Brett Miller along with stablemate All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley to find the wire first.

“I love the rail, I wanted to control the race,” Gingras noted in the winner’s circle. “He’s as tough as they come and he usually tells you about the 5/8 how he feels and tonight, he felt good. He swelled up and when he does that, he’s usually tough to pass.”

Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again notched his third victory from 20 seasonal outings and 86th lifetime win from 244 starts. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables, the 11-year-old gelding has now earned $379,132 for the season and over $7.2 million lifetime.

Devil Child and Tim Tetrick kicked-off the stakes action for the evening in a big kind of way in the $101,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:50.3, Devil Child scored her second consecutive victory and re-established a seventeen year-old track record at Hoosier Park with the win. The previous mark of 1:50.4 was established by Galleria and George Brennan in 1998.

Devil Child re-establishes the track record for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park.

Devil Child re-establishes the track record for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park.

Trained by Chris Oakes, Devil Child sat patiently along the rail in third through fractions of :26.4, :55.2, and 1:23 before angling out for racing room turning for home. Recording a :27 final quarter, the daughter of American Ideal-Kattimon coasted to the wire three-lengths in front of the pace-setting Sassa Hanover and Matt Kakaley. Devil Child recorded her sixth seasonal win from 20 outings for owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms, LLC.

On the trotting side of the stakes action, Muscle Baby Doll turned in another impressive performance to score her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $140,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring in a track-record setting time of 1:53.1 in stakes action last week, Muscle Baby Doll dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off Bright Baby Blues to get the win for driver David Miller in 1:54.2.

Owned by F. Bellino & Sons, LLC, the daughter of Muscle Mass-Have You Ever notched her 10th victory of the season from 14 starts. Muscle Baby Doll has now amassed $457,720 lifetime.

In the very next division, Crazy Wow and Tim Tetrick pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the $270,000 Carl Erksine Trot for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters scoring in 1:54. The 2015 Hambletonian winning Pinkman was heavily favored at the betting windows and dictated early fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:25.3 before succumbing to the long Hoosier Park stretch. Tetrick had Crazy Wow well placed turning for home and the three-year-old colt did the rest.

It was the eighth win of the season for the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gan who is trained by Ron Burke and also the fourth win of the night for Tetrick. Owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente Farms, Crazy Wow has now earned $905,837 this season.

For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Harness Racing Superstars to Hoosier Park

The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season.

With over $1.1 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2015 live racing season with a 14-race card that includes the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace, the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot, and the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The first race of the evening will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m.

The $285,500 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as the Hoosier state’s sophomore superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete face-off in the rubber match of their rivalry. These two have met twice before on the track at Hoosier Park and each have a win to their credit. Wiggle It Jiggleit bested Freaky Feet Pete earlier in the season in Indiana Sires Stakes action but Freaky Feet Pete avenged that loss with a victory in their most recent match-up in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final at Hoosier Park on October 10.

Wiggle It Jiggleit will line-up behind the gate for the Monument Circle after a sharp 1:49.4 score in his $45,300 division of the Circle City Stakes on October 23 at Hoosier Park. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit went gate to wire to finish four and a half lengths in front of his nearest rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, has drawn the rail and has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle Pace, slated as the 13th race on the program.

Freaky Feet Pete returns to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As a $62,500 supplemental entry, Freaky Feet Pete looked to be far out of contention in the final turn but sprinted home to stop the timer in 1:50 and record his first victory outside the state of Indiana. For the Monument Circle, Freaky Feet Pete drew post three with Trace Tetrick in the sulky and is slated at 7-5 on the morning line for trainer Larry Rheinheimer.

Also among the stellar cast of entrants at Hoosier Park on Friday will be the 2015 Hambeltonian winner Pinkman who will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time against nine other competitors in the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot. Pinkman, harness racing’s top-earning horse this season, drew post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. Pinkman has bankrolled $1.86 million this year and won 11 of 16 seasonal outings. Most recently, Pinkman finished second the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Racetrack behind stablemate The Bank.

The Carl Erskine Trot also includes the undefeated Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Homicide Hunter who was made eligible to the race by a supplemental nomination. The Curt Grummel trainee has won 16 of 16 starts this year and will start from the rail with regular driver John DeLong in the bike as he embarks on his most ambitious outing to date after dominating state breds.

The 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera will return to Hoosier Park for the second time since his Dan Patch victory and looks to keep his three-race win streak at Hoosier Park in tact in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post five with Brett Miller in the sulky. JK Endofanera will ship to Indiana after a second place finish in his last start behind Always B Miki in the Breeders Crown final for open pacers.

Not only will the best horses in the country go to post at Hoosier Park on Friday’s 14-race card but the best drivers in the country will also be in the spotlight in the second annual East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge. This unique challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a five-race challenge with the victorious team going home with a winner take all $10,000 prize.

The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up “Team Midwest” with the top five drivers from the East making up “Team East”. The East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge will be featured in races 4-8 on the evening.

For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Wiggle It Jiggleit Captures Circle City Stakes at Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 23 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 13-race card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Harness Racing’s top ranked horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit who stole the show.

After suffering a loss in his last Hoosier Park start, Wiggle It Jiggleit not only made amends but made a statement in his $45,300 split of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as he coasted to the wire in 1:49.4. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggle used a gate to wire victory to finish four and a half lengths in front Mohawk Warrior and John DeLong.

Wiggle It Jiggleit returned to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park in his division of the Circle City Stakes.

Wiggle It Jiggleit returned to the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park in his division of the Circle City Stakes.

Teague sent the overwhelming favorite away from the gate firing and he grabbed the first call through an opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained uncontested through splits of :55.3 and 1:22.4 before he began to put his talent on display.

As the field turned for home, it was all over but the shouting as Wiggle It Jiggleit’s lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27 final quarter, the World Champion son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire under a hand-drive to notch his 19th seasonal victory.

Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $1,842,170 with the victory.  Wiggle It Jiggleit’s next engagement will be the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for Friday, October 30 at Hoosier Park.

On the trotting side of the stakes action, Homicide Hunter put together his own impressive performance as he took home top honors in the second division of the $43,000 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to remain undefeated in 16 starts this season. Staging a big rally late in the long Hoosier Park lane, Homicide Hunter and John DeLong used a :27.3 final quarter to surge past Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman and stop the timer in 1:54.1.

DeLong rated Homicide Hunter off the early pace while Classic Venture and Trace Tetrick dictated early fractions of :27 and :57. Homicide Hunter moved to the outer flow down the backside but would have his work cut out for home turning for home. DeLong tipped his mount to outside of tiring cover and Homicide Hunter found another gear late in the lane to get the victory and kept his winning streak in-tact.

“He’s an amazing animal,” trainer Curt Grummel noted in the winner’s circle. “I thought they would probably get him tonight after we were so far back at the half but he really surprised me. He’s just an amazing horse.”

Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 2015 with a win his division of the Circle City Stakes at Hoosier Park.

Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in 2015 with a win his division of the Circle City Stakes at Hoosier Park.

Homicide Hunter sent his seasonal earnings to $385,737 with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 19 of 26 lifetime starts. The connections of Homicide Hunter said he will most likely be supplemented to the $250,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park on October 30.

Other stakes winners on the evening included Roland N Rock scoring in 1:51.4 in the first division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Rob Harmon. Chips Starr and Hugh Beatty pulled a $52.60 upset in their division of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and stopped the timer 1:55.2.

Bright Baby Blues delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the first division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.4 to give Aaron Merriman his second win of the night. Muscle Baby Doll and John DeLong took the second division for three-year-old trotting fillies using a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:53.1 and establish a new track record for three-year-old trotting fillies in the process. The previous mark of 1:53.4 was set by Churita in stakes action earlier in the season.

Rockin Good and Triple V Hanover took home top honors in their respective divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Rockin Good and trainer, driver Jared Finn wired the field in 1:51.2 to score their sixth win of the season. Trace Tetrick used the same front-running tactics to get Triple V Hanover home a winner in the final division scoring in 1:52 for trainer Brian Brown.

The stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 24 as the 14-race card will feature the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m.

Dillander ‘Leis’ Claim to Champion Driver Series Finale at Hoosier Park

Jason Dillander wins the 2015 Champion Driver Series at Hoosier Park

Jason Dillander wins the 2015 Champion Driver Series at Hoosier Park

The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, October 17 and it was Jason Dillander who raced away with top honors, winning a Hawaiian excursion for four, a prize valued at $15,000. Not only was it a race to the islands but also a race to the finish as Dillander narrowly won the final round of the challenge by one point over Sam Widger.

In its’ second year, the 2015 Champion Driver Series placed the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season. Dillander, a 39-year-old Kentucky native, accumulated a total of 32 points and finished fourth in round 1 of the challenge held on July 25.

With the points from round 1 carrying over to round 2, Dillander earned a total of 69 points in round two to secure the win over Sam Widger who finished second with 68 points. LeWayne Miller, the 2014 Champion Driver Series winner, finished third in the final round with a total of 67 points.

Although Dillander did not find the winner’s circle in any of the five races in the challenge, he earned two second place finishes, one fourth and two fifth place finishes to secure the victory. With a second, a fifth and a fourth place finish in the first three races of the challenge, Dillander had earned 54 points and was fourth in the standings heading into the fourth leg.

After a second place finish behind Meersburg in the fourth race of the challenge, Dillander accumulated nine more points and moved into third place in the standings with 63 going into the final race. Widger led all challengers with 67 points and Miller was a close second with 64. When the final race of the challenge hit the track, it appeared to be anyone’s game.

Dillander secured his trip to Hawaii with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind Greystone Moe for trainer Joe Cirasuola. Greystone Moe and Dillander rallied late in the lane but couldn’t catch winners Ra Ra Steven and John DeLong. Dillander’s six points were just enough to push him past Widger and into the lead by one point for the win.

“I had no idea I won,” Dillander noted in the winner’s circle. “It was really close going into the last race and it was a competitive group of horses so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.”

“I felt good about my horses coming into tonight but all of these races were really competitive so I knew it would be tough,” he continued. “We are always competitive but this was a little different, we had a lot of fun with it.”

Dillander called the Chicago racing circuit home for a number of years before venturing to Hoosier Park in 2008 where he has been a mainstay atop the leading driver standings nearly every year since. Now in his 18th season as a driver, Dillander is back in the bike in 2015 after a racing injury sidelined him for much of the 2014 season. Dillander celebrated his 2000th career win at Hoosier Park in 2013 and is approaching $20 million in career purse earnings.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will resume on Tuesday, October 20 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Wiggle It Jiggleit Returns to Action at Hoosier Park

Wiggle It Jiggleit scored his first Hoosier Park victory in his elimination for the Indiana Sires Stakes.

Wiggle It Jiggleit will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 23.

Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, will headline the list of entrants set to go postward during the stakes filled card on Friday, October 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old competitors will highlight Friday’s 13-race card while the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old competitors will be featured on Saturday, October 24 at Hoosier Park.

On Friday, a total of six Circle City Stakes will be featured on the 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. with each division for the three-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders being contested through two divisions. A total of 21 horses entered the Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and will be sent postward in two divisions, a ten and an eleven horse field, respectively.

Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn post three and has been installed as the 2-5 morning line favorite in his split of the $43,500 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Slated as the eleventh race on the program, regular pilot Montrell Teague will be in the bike for trainer Clyde Francis.

The connections of the leading Horse of the Year candidate opted out of paying the $62,500 supplemental payment to make him eligible to the lucrative Breeders Crown events at Woodbine Racetrack to keep their stable standout in his home state of Indiana for a series of Grand Circuit races. Wiggle It Jiggleit’s engagements in the Hoosier state include Friday’s Circle City Stakes and the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace slated for October 30 at Hoosier Park.

Wiggle It Jiggleit will be looking to rebound after a second place finish in his last appearance at Hoosier Park in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final on Saturday, October 10. The second place finish snapped a five race winning streak for the World Champion son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover and marked just his third loss from 21 starts this season. Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :27.2, :56, and 1:24 before being overtaken in the long Hoosier Park stretch by Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick.

“One of the best things about this horse that I’ve seen so far is his ability to bounce back after he gets beat,” driver Montrell Teague said of the colt. “He’s gone some big miles this year but he always gives 110% every start. He drew well so that will make it easier for him to be up close and in the hunt. He should be good to go.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 18 of 21 races this year and has amassed $1.81 million in seasonal earnings. The world-record holding son of Mr. Wiggles is owned and bred by George Teague Jr. His resume includes wins in the Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and the Little Brown Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit was also victorious in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park earlier in the season.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing season will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

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