Hoosier Park’s Opening Night, One for the Record Books

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 2, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year’s numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval.

“What an absolutely sensational opening night,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams!  Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows.”

Friday’s card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening.

The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains.

Friday’s 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park’s 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening’s card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. 

Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park’s Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.

Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016.

 

Hoosier Park’s Opening Day Receives Overwhelming Response

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2016 live harness racing meet will get off to a strong start on Friday, April 1 as the season opener attracted a record number of horses to the entry box.

With over 250 horses entered, a total of 14-races have been carded for Hoosier Park’s opening night that will be highlighted by full fields and quality racing. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m.

Friday’s card will offer remarkable value to the horseplayers as twelve of the 14 races feature 10 betting interests. The fully-stocked card includes 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes.

“I couldn’t be happier with the response we received for our opening day card,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “I am very enthusiastic about the 2016 meet and if opening night is any indication of what we have to look forward to this year, we will offer racing fans nationwide one of the best harness racing programs in North America.  On behalf of myself and Hoosier Park, I would like to thank all the horsemen and owners for supporting us with entries for opening night and for their continued support throughout the year.”

With eager anticipation among fans and horsemen alike, Hoosier Park’s increase in overall quality of racing in 2016 is expected to significantly surpass that of previous years. Given the recent accomplishments of the Indiana breeding program and a commitment to providing a superior racing product, Hoosier Park has quickly become a major harness racing player on the national scene. The successes of Wiggle It Jiggle it, Freaky Feet Pete, Always B Miki and Color’s A Virgin have shown that horses produced in the Hoosier state are ready to take on all comers.

In addition to offering full fields and competitive racing, in late 2015 Hoosier Park initiated a fair start pole 1/16 of a mile from the start, ensuring all starters have the opportunity to be at or close to the gate for each race. For the 2016 meet, a much anticipated passing lane and post time count-down clock have been added.

Award winning commentators Emily Gaskin, Peter Lurie and track announcer Steve Cross will guide racing enthusiasts through nightly programs with handicapping tips and analysis. Added Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore, “We’ve put in a lot of work this off season and I couldn’t be more proud to be working with a truly gifted team as we take our fans through this exciting meet.”

On the wagering side of the ledger all of Hoosier Park’s familiar betting options are back, with an exciting addition. New for 2016, Hoosier Park is proud to introduce the Hoosier High-5, which requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in a race in exact order.  With a minimum wager of 10 cents, the Hoosier High-5 will be offered on the last race each night, provided there are at least seven entrants.  If there are no winning tickets sold, the net money wagered that day will be carried over to the next day’s Hoosier High-5 pool.

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. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016.

Hoosier Park Racing to Broadcast in High Definition in 2016

Hoosier Park will broadcast live harness racing in high definition in 2016!

One of the high definition cameras installed at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season.

ANDERSON, Ind.—March 23, 2016—When Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opens the doors for the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1, it will mark a new era of viewing harness racing in the state of Indiana. New for the 2016 season, Hoosier Park will broadcast its signal in high definition, joining a select number of racetracks across the country that provide state-of-the-art high definition television capabilities.

 All simulcast outlets nationally and internationally which are equipped to receive high definition will be able to access the signal in HD and all of the televisions on-track at Hoosier Park will show the advanced upgrade. The infield video board will also provide a live digital image of the racing action on a 16 x 27 foot high-definition television screen.  In addition, Hoosier Park will debut an updated, custom designed graphics package for the 160-day meet.

 “Hoosier Park is extremely proud to be offering a high definition broadcast signal for the 2016 season,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “This marks the next evolution in providing a truly outstanding viewing product both to the on-track patron as well as those watching us from off-track sites. This investment reinforces the ongoing commitment by Centaur Gaming to harness racing in Indiana.”

 Hoosier Park will become one of only three harness tracks to broadcast in high-definition in the United States joining The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and Monticello Raceway in New York. Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada is the only other harness racing track to offer a high definition broadcast.

 Along with the high definition improvements, Hoosier Park made broadcast equipment upgrades throughout the entire property, added 27 new camera locations, and will continue to feature the Trakus system to enhance the way racing fans experience race day action. Hoosier Park’s broadcast studio will also undergo renovations as part of the high-definition transition.

 Now in the 23rd season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. 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.

 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. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. 

 

Hoosier Park Hosts First Round of Qualifiers for 2016 Season

Candid4_0919ANDERSON, Ind.—March 16, 2013—Fifteen qualifiers were held Wednesday morning at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in preparation for the opening of the 2016 live harness racing meet that kicks off on Friday, April 1. The non-wagering events marked the first trip of the season for many of the Indiana horsemen over the main track surface with addition of the recently completed passing lane.

The main track and backstretch area opened for training on Monday, March 14. Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval has been thoroughly prepared by Hoosier Park’s Track Superintendent, Gary Wolff, and received positive reviews from all who encountered it.

“The track is in really good condition,” driver Tyler Smith noted after the first qualifier of the day. “Once it gets a few more horses over it the surface will get a lot tighter and faster. The wind was a big factor today but it feels good to be back.”

Smith returns to Hoosier Park for the 2016 season after a successful winter meet in his home state of Ohio at Miami Valley Raceway and Dayton Raceway. The 23-year-old driver finished second in the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2015 and will return for his seventh full season in the bike in 2016.

The quickest mile of the day belonged to a pair of veteran pacers; JL Dontwastemytime stopped the timer in 1:56.2 for trainer Trent Stohler while Halton Hurricane gave Tyler George one of his four victories on the day.

Now in the 23rd season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The first condition sheet has been made available and can be found on Hoosier Park’s website or by clicking here.

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. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016.

 

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.

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