Story By: Kim French
There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome.
Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1.
Co-owner George Teague, Jr. concurred the gelding, who is also owned by Teague Racing Partnership and is conditioned by Clyde Francis, has adjusted his behavior throughout the course of 2016 and that attitude adjustment has definitely added another weapon to his already stocked arsenal.
“He is maturing and growing up,” Teague said. “He is really starting to come along. We used to have walk him around and around just to keep him settled down. Now he is more relaxed and takes things as they come. He’s always been an intelligent horse, but the older he gets the more he has calmed down. He’s even better in the winner’s circle now and as long as you keep him checked up, like we did tonight, we even get some pictures of him. This kind of maturity will only improve him.”
As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest’s first fraction in a sensible :27.4 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead.
Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion.
After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete’s challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own.
Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length.
All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire.
When asked about Wiggle It Jiggleit’s rail journey to victory, Teague explained he was quite confident his horse would respond in tight quarters.
“Wiggle It is a very intelligent horse and we’ve trained out here and a couple other places so he’s used to it,” he said. “It was a definitely a hard trip, but we got the job done.”
The elder Teague acknowledged after post positions were drawn on Tuesday, (Aug. 9) the horse’s connections were very pleased with where their charge would start pacing, but they also have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the field, as there were six world champions present and prepared to pace.
“Coming off the rail we were very excited,” George said. “Normally I would tell people (in that position) to just run with it, but we knew we had to make a couple decisions. Every horse in that race could take the trip. Also, Montrell is great with the horse. Sometimes we feel like he knows him better than his owners know him.”
Wiggle It Jiggleit, the joint favorite with Always B Miki at 8-5, paid $5.40 to his backers, while Always B Miki provided $3.80 to show. All Bets Off returned $23.80 for his efforts and Shamballa paid $2.10. The exacta was $17.40 and the trifecta was either $166.00 or $95.60.
Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 11, 2016—The best in the sport of harness racing will take to the racetrack at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 12 for the 23rd edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. As part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside specialty wagers, free t-shirts, giveaways, and interactive, family-friendly entertainment.
In what is undoubtedly the most talented field ever assembled, the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Boasting an increased purse of $325,000 for 2016, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race of the season and mark the biggest purse offering in the 23-year history of the race.
With combined career purse earnings over $12 million, the talented field of nine includes six World Champions and six millionaires. Fellow Indiana sired world champions Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Always B Miki have made up the “Big Three” in the aged pacing ranks this season and will lead the list of Dan Patch entrants. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for Hoosier Park’s signature event is 10:07 p.m. Advanced wagering for the entire card began on Thursday, August 11. Also complimenting the program will be several finals of the Dan Patch overnight series along with the $30,000 Gregg Haston Memorial Invitational. Haston was the leading driver at Hoosier Park for the first two racing seasons before he was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Each year during Dan Patch Night, the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino family remembers Gregg Haston with a special memorial race.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association.
Starting at 3:00 p.m., the first 1,000 racing fans to visit Club Centaur will receive a free Hoosier Park racing t-shirt. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes beginning at Club Centaur 2:00 p.m.
As an added bonus, Hoosier Park has invited two local charities, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and The Animal Protection League, to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Each charity will collect any winnings from the bet however, should a winning bet not be placed, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will guarantee a $1,000 donation to each of their deserving causes.
The popular harness racing podcast ‘Post Time with Mike and Mike’ will join in the Dan Patch festivities as they host their first live remote of the season at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Dan Patch trivia, and more.
The festivities will continue on Saturday with an action packed 13-race card that is set to kick-off at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., racing fans can enjoy the ultimate in entertainment, intense flavors of fiery BBQ, and energizing drinks as part of Hoosier Park’s annual “Thrillyard 200” event located in The Yard.
At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, country music legends Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free show in the Outdoor Music Center as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the entire evening and will follow the concert starting at approximately 10:30 p.m.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Story By: Kim French
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 10, 2016—There has been plenty of ink devoted to the Indiana originations of world champions Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki, but the horse that paced home in front of that trio in last Saturday’s $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship also is indelibly linked to the Hoosier State as Shamballa’s dam resides in Shipshewana at Cornerstone Stock Farm.
Therefore, his performance in this Friday’s (Aug. 12) edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, his rise to prominence in the sport and his presence in the state’s signature harness racing event also speaks volumes for the extraordinary success of the Indiana program.
Despite competing in Canada for the majority of his career and his first breath not being drawn in Indiana, Shamballa’s connections already had targeted an appearance in the Dan Patch prior to his upset victory at 8-1 on Hambletonian day and his appearance in Anderson is yet another testimonial to the potent force of this sport within the confines of “The Land of the Indians.”
“We were still in the winner’s circle and right away it was announced he was going to the Dan Patch,” said Howard Taylor, who co-owns the horse with Rick Zeron, TAO Racing and Cool Cat Racing. “I was so thrilled with his win, it took me a minute to process. I’m just blessed I have the opportunity to be involved with this horse, so I’m not directly involved with his schedule, but I was shocked Rick would race him again with that kind of turnaround. He has always managed Shamballa very conservatively throughout his career and never really liked to race him back-to-back weeks, but he knows this horse better than anyone and everyone is just excited about him as well as the race.”
Trained by Rick Zeron, Shamballa will commence his journey from post position seven with regular reinsman, Scott Zeron in the bike in the 12th contest on Friday’s card. Although he enters this event fresh off a sublime pacing performance, he is 6-1 on the morning line behind favorite Always B Miki (8-5, post eight), Wiggle It Jigglieit (2-1, post one) and Freaky Feet Pete (5-1, post two).
“Hoosier Park should be an excellent fit for this horse,” Taylor said. “He comes with that one powerful run and the long stretch there should suit him.”
The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and the Life Sign mare Bolero Takara, Shamballa is the seventh foal out of his extremely prolific dam. The mare earned $516,153 while competing primarily in Canada during her two-year-career. She was a perfect 11-for-11 as a freshman and capped off that campaign with two victories at The Red Mile. As a sophomore, she was 7-2-2-0 with one of the seconds in the $764,400 Breeders Crown for her age, gait and gender.
Bolero Takara proved just as reliable in the breeding shed. Shamballa has earned the most money ($680,878) from (her 10 offspring, but the gelding’s elder half siblings Bolero Taishi (The Panderosa, $490,4047), Charles (Jenna’s Beach Boy, $563,134), Bolero Tallia (Art’s Conquest, $234,184) and Bolero Andrew (Bettor’s Delight, $291,490) set the standard long before this horse’s hooves ever hit the ground.
She was purchased by Cornerstone Stock Farm in 2011 and has produced two foals for her new owners, the unraced 3-year-old Chest Rockwell (Panspacificflight) and the 2-year-old Takara Rose (Always A Virgin, $5,525).
Unraced at age two, Shamballa was purchased privately as a yearling and began his career with conditioner Fred Grant at Pompano Park. He compiled a record of 11-5-0-0 and banked just over $53,000 in his first season of competition.
In 2014, the gelding entered Rick Zeron’s barn in June of that year when he became the property of his trainer and TAO Racing. Zeron steered and schooled the 4-year-old through a campaign which consisted of seven wins, two second place finishes, two thirds and $86,122 from 15 trips to the post for his new connections.
Last year, Shamballa served notice he was a force to be reckoned with. His seasonal slate was 16-8-3-1 and he collected $286,901 in purse money. He competed primarily in preferred company in Canada but was a swiftly closing second with a blistering final quarter panel of :26.4 in the $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby to champion State Treasurer and second to that rival again in the $138,500 Dayton Pacing Derby.
While the gelding was enjoying his winter sojourn, Zeron contacted Taylor and offered him a piece of the horse.
“I had horses with Rick and I’ve known him a long time,” Taylor said. “When he asked me if I wanted to buy in on him, I felt fortunate. I had been watching this horse and he has a wicked brush to him. He was as fast as anything out there at the end of the race. You could always count on him to be flying at the end and I knew Rick had taken good care of him.”
Since Taylor became involved with Shamballa, the horse has amassed $272,045, composed a resume of 9-3-2-2 and lowered his lifetime mark to 1:47.1 with his U.S. Pacing Championship triumph. His connections are confident he is a player in the older pacing division, which has been dominated by what everyone in the sport has been referring to as “The Big Three” and the Dan Patch will demonstrate how substantial his bid is for divisional glory.
“I always knew this horse had ability and would demonstrate that,” Taylor said. “Did I think he could pace with those guys? I know he could be competitive because he has that kind of speed. Rick knows the horse, Scott knows how to drive him and they take great care of him. Rick said he was training great going into that race and is still doing very well. If you look at his two races before that he was right there with Always B Miki in the Haughton and in the last race at Mohawk he was locked in. Rick has him ready right now and I think he definitely belongs in the Dan Patch. Honestly, I think at this point you can throw a blanket over him with The Big Three because he’s right there. We just hope things go well for him at Hoosier and he races well.”
The Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-race card on Friday, August 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. As part of a weekend long festival tagged “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 9, 2016—A field of nine will be sent postward in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 12. In what is undoubtedly the most talented field ever assembled, the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Boasting an increased purse of $325,000 for 2016, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race of the season and mark the biggest purse offering in the 23-year history of the race.
With combined career purse earnings over $12 million, the talented field of nine includes six World Champions and six millionaires. Fellow Indiana sired world champions Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Always B Miki have made up the “Big Three” in the aged pacing ranks this season and will lead the list of Dan Patch entrants.
Always B Miki, the number 1 ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, will play the role of morning line favorite in the field of nine at odds of 8-5 from post nine. The five-year-old World Champion pacer will make his tenth seasonal start with regular pilot David Miller in the bike for trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter, who trained the 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera, will look to be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995.
2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn the coveted rail position for trainer Clyde Francis. As the richest horse in the field with over $3 million in lifetime purse earnings, Wiggle It Jiggleit has been tabbed 2-1 on the morning line with driver Montrell Teague at the lines. Last season, Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 starts for earnings of over $2.2 million en route to being named the United States Horse of the Year. His list of accolades includes victories in the Meadowlands Pace, the Little Brown Jug and the Progress Pace. The four-year-old Indiana-sired gelding set the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old pacing geldings last year and has won 10 of 16 starts thus far this season.
Hoosier Park’s all-time leading driver, Trace Tetrick, has been enlisted to drive Freaky Feet Pete from post two for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, is a winner of over $1.4 million in lifetime earnings and has been assigned odds of 5-1.
Also joining the stellar cast of entrants is Shamballa who will start from post seven with Scott Zeron in the bike. Trained by Rick Zeron, the Candaian pacing sensation proved he is a main contender for the 2016 Dan Patch title after pulling the 8-1 upset over “The Big Three” in the $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack last week.
The 2016 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:
- Wiggle It Jiggleit Tr: Clyde Francis Dr: Montrell Teague 2-1
- Freaky Feet Pete Tr: Larry Rheinheimer Dr: Trace Tetrick 5-1
- Wakizashi Hanover Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King Dr: TBA 30-1
- All Bet Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 20-1
- Mel Mara Tr: Dylan Davis Dr: Corey Callahan 10-1
- Dealt A Winner Tr: Mark Silva Dr: John DeLong 20-1
- Shamballa Tr: Rick Zeron Dr: Scott Zeron 6-1
- Luck Be Withyou Tr: Chris Oakes Dr: Eric Goodell 20-1
- Always B Miki Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: David Miller 8-5
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 10:07 p.m.
The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”. Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. In conjunction with free helicopter rides, zip-lining and roaming entertainment on Saturday, legendary country music group, Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free concert in Hoosier Park’s Outdoor Music Center as part of the summer concert series line-up. The entire weekend will be culminated by a free fireworks show.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 4, 2016— Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong who steered 6 winners on the 14-race program.
Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Love To Win and Trevor Smith were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy-favorite Fawn De Savage was away a worrisome sixth in the early stages of the race. Naughty III continued to call the shots through the second split in :57.2 but Andy Shetler had Fireball’s Prayers out and pointed to grab the lead approaching the final turn.
Fireball’s Prayers was still in command at the third station in 1:25.4 but Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger were first-over taking aim at the leader with Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith in tow. Fireball’s Prayer’s was able to put away Nothing But Nice but Naughty III was desperate for racing room. DeLong found the late room he needed up the passing lane and Naughty III used a :28.4 final quarter to find the wire nearly a length in front of Ooh La La La. Nothing But Nice held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Naughty III returned $8.40 at the betting windows.
Naughty III gives driver John DeLong one of his six winners on the program.
“She raced awesome,” DeLong noted in the winner’s circle. “She’s a really nice filly and everything worked out for us. I didn’t know if I was going to get through but when things opened up, she was game. She raced really big tonight.”
The victory was a new lifetime best for the Melanie Wrenn trainee. Naughty III notched her second victory from six seasonal starts and seventh lifetime victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Msnaughtybynature has now amassed $206,078 lifetime for her owners, The Kales Company and Wrenn Racing LLC.
The victory was one of six winners on the program for DeLong who won half of the races in which he competed this evening. DeLong found the winner’s circle for the first time on the 14-race card in the opening leg of the pick-4 sequence, race 3, behind Cinderlane Jade for trainer Trent Stohler. DeLong then went on to capture the next three races in the pick-4 sequence with FF Big Show, Siskel, and Starry Skys, respectively. His next victory came after a near gate to wire victory with McKinley Ivy who broke his maiden in 1:56 for trainer Karlee Roach.
“Well I certainly didn’t expect to win six of 12,” DeLong noted with a smile after his victory in the featured race of the evening. “You always want to have a good night but you have to have a little luck and things have to go your way—tonight, they did. All the horses I had to drive raced really well tonight.”
The Wisconsin native started his career at the Illinois fair circuit in 2005 and now at the age of 27 has over $11 million in career purse earnings. Last year, in his first full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $2.4 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, nearly doubling his stats from previous years. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2016 with 170 wins behind Trace Tetrick who leads all drivers with 199 trips to the winner’s circle.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 5 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Foxy Swan and Trace Tetrick capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 3, 2016— Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 3 card with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman colt and filly trotters and it was Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. It was one of three wins on the evening’s 14-race card for Tetrick and back to back upset victories in each of the stake races.
In the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, Tetrick utilized a patient drive to guide Foxy Swan to the winner’s circle in 1:57. It was the second consecutive victory for Foxy Swan after she was victorious in her elimination at Hoosier Park last week and the 1:57 mark was a new lifetime best.
Leaving from the coveted rail position, Tetrick eased Foxy Swan off the gate to find a pocket seat while a host of others battled for early position. Satin Dancer and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but their lead would be short-lived as Doug Rideout would have the even money favorite, Ajessia, pointed to the front. Ajessia dictated middle fractions of :57.4 and 1:28 before Robert Taylor and Donnas Dream were applying pressure first-over on the outside.
Donnas Dream was able to put away Ajessia but Foxy Swan loomed large in the background. Tetrick tipped Foxy Swan to the outside and she utilized a :28 final quarter to trot on to the wire nearly two lengths in front of Satin Dancer. Donnas Dream held on to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Foxy Swan returned $7.40 to her backers at the betting windows.
“She’s a nice filly,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “She seems to be getting better with every start and is getting good at the right time.”
Trained by Erv Miller, Foxy Swan has now won three of five lifetime starts while bankrolling $67,050. The daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click is owned by The Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi.
In the very next race on the card, Tetrick used the same patient tactics utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to guide Bumblebzbuzz to victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:58, Bumblebzbuzz staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the 8-1 upset for trainer Tom T. Tetrick.
Tetrick eased Bumblebzbuzz off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh while the battle was on for early position as soon as the wings of the gate folded. Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington left alertly to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but Jason Dillander and Time To Travel also wanted the front. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the next to take command as they called the shots through middle fractions of :58.3 and 1:29.0.
As the field turned for home, it appeared to be a wide open race. With the horses on the front beginning to fade, Tetrick tipped Bumblebzbuzz around the tiring cover and the three-year-old gelding coasted to the wire with a :27.4 final quarter. My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon rallied nicely for second place honors while Swan Chase and Rick Plano finished third. Bumblebzbuzz returned $18.60 to his backers at the betting windows.
“I always thought he was a nice colt training down,” trainer Tom T. Tetrick, who also co-owns the gelding with Ervin Wickey, noted in the winner’s circle. “He’s had some issues and we’ve had to work through them but he is a nice colt. I wasn’t sure how tonight would work out but we got lucky that the trip worked out for us and the horse raced really well.”
It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and second career victory from five starts for the son of Pinetucky-Bumblebzannie. Bumblebzbuzz has now earned $52,500 lifetime for his connections.
Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4 with a 14-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 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 2, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Tuesday, August 2, and it was an evening ruled by favorites The 14-race card featured five of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old divisions and the post time favorite delivered in all five divisions. This marked the third round of the $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the freshman competitors.
Firstup and Driver Jason Dillander capture the 2-year-old pacing filly final in 1:54.
Fresh off a convincing win the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination action last week by four and a half lengths, Firstup and Jason Dillander turned in another dominant performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. In near gate to wire fashion, Firstup was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in third before ranging up to take the lead. She dictated middle fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.4 before cruising to the wire under a hand drive. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Firstup finished three lengths in front of Always Giggling and Andy Shetler. As the heavy betting favorite, Firstup returned $4.40 at the betting windows.
Trained by Robert Taylor, the two-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Sand Pleasure notched her third consecutive Hoosier Park victory and third lifetime victory from six starts. Owned by Bumkum Valley Stable, Mack Racing Stables, and D. Riccolo, Firstup has now earned $60,000 lifetime.
Not to be outdone by her 2-year-old counterpart, Seventimesavirgin also turned in a gutsy victory to score her fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin benefitted from a pocket trip to score in 1:50.2, a new lifetime best performance.
Rockalina and Mike Peterson dictated fractions of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23.1 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket. As the field turned for home, the fractions began to take its toll on the leader and DeLong gave Seventimesavirgin the green light. She exploded with a :26.4 final quarter to finish five lengths in front of Can’t Touch This and Eric Goodell. As the 3/5 post time favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows.
“She’s been so great,” DeLong noted in the winner’s circle. “She loves pacing home and the trips have worked out for us these last few starts. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Owned by Jesse DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her seventh victory of the season from eight starts and is undefeated in three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old pacing fillies this season. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $229,740 lifetime while winning 12 of 20 lifetime outings.
Fly Jesse Fly delivers in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old trotting colts
Fly Jesse Fly didn’t disappoint as the post time favorite as he went gate to wire in his assignment in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:53.3.
Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick used their customary front-running tactics to dictate fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:25.1 before ever feeling a threat. Bridge To Jesse’s and John DeLong were applying pressure to the outside as the field straightened away for home but Fly Jesse Fly didn’t waiver. Bridge To Jesse’s made a costly break late in the lane and Fly Jesse Fly coasted home to win by two lengths. The Ron Otto trainee returned $3.00 for the victory.
“He’s a very nice horse,” Otto noted in the winner’s circle. “He takes great care of himself, he practically trains himself. He rests when he needs to rest and is all business when he needs to be. He’s been a pleasure to have in the barn.”
With the win, Fly Jesse Fly notched his seventh win from 11 starts while pushing his seasonal earnings to $139,962. Owned by Robert Sidley and James Otto, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae has now won 10 of 24 lifetime outings.
The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was up next and after an eventful mile, it was Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick who delivered as the 6-5 post time favorite, winning in a new lifetime best of 1:52.3.
On The Virg, driven by Eric Goodell, and Man of Excess, driven by Brandon Bates were the early breakers and scattered the field through the early stages of the race. Rock N Tony was third along the rail through the opening panel in :27 but Tetrick was unwilling to take any chances and sent his colt to the front. Rock N Tony grabbed the lead just past the half in :56.2 but Unofficial Business and Tyler Smith were quickly applying pressure to the outside. As the rest of the field closed in, Tetrick asked Rock N Tony for more and he responded gamely with a :27.2 closing quarter to get the victory by two lengths. Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished a game second while Ponda’s Prospect and John DeLong rallied nicely to finish third.
Trained by Erv Miller, Rock N Tony notched his third lifetime victory from four outings. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious has now earned $63,500 for owners Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo.
Bourbon Chase and Driver Dan Shetler were victorious in the 3-year-old pacing colt final.
The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings rounded out the stakes action for the evening and produced an exciting stretch duel won by the heavy post time favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler. The 1:50.3 victory was not only the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for Bourbon Chase but also a new lifetime mark.
LeWayne Miller sent Mystical Rock away from the gate firing to set the early tempo of :25.4. Shetler made his game winning move down the backside as Bourbon Chase grabbed command just past the half in :54.3 and never looked back. As the field turned for home, Enoch and Terry Cullipher were gaining ground first-over on the outside while Duel of Truth and John DeLong were also a staging a big rally in the passing lane. Using a :27.4 final quarter, Bourbon Chase withstood all challengers to get the victory by a half length.
“I always knew he was a nice colt,” Shetler noted in the winner’s circle. “Maybe not this nice, but he’s always been a good colt. He’s still very green but he just keeps getting better with every start. He’s getting race smart and has a lot of ability.”
Owned by Kristin Shetler and Dan Shetler, the three-year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger-Stonebridge Beauty has now won seven of nine lifetime starts. Unraced at two, Bourbon Chase has now earned $101,350 lifetime.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 3 with a 14-race card that will feature two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old trotters. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced the addition of 12 overnight series and special overnight races to compliment Indiana’s most prestigious pacing race, the Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 12. With an estimated purse of $300,000, The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race and will now be supported by an all-star, 14-race card that includes overnight series action.
“With Dan Patch weekend being the biggest racing event of the year we wanted to put together a solid undercard for our signature race,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “In conjunction with the Dan Patch Stakes, hopefully these additional overnight series will bring the best out of some of our most competitive classes.”
All of the Dan Patch overnight series and races will be on Hoosier Park’s condition sheets and can be found on Hoosier Park’s website as soon as they are made available. To see a full list of the Dan Patch overnight series and special races, please click here.
Each of the overnight series will be comprised of a preliminary leg with the finals being contested on Friday, August 12. Also included for the Dan Patch card is a $30,000 Gregg Haston Memorial Invitational pace. The race is named in honor of driver Gregg Haston, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1996. Haston, a native of Indiana, was the track’s leading driver and trainer during the inaugural live racing season.
Once again, the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 2016 harness racing season as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval seeking glory in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, the purse for the 2016 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners.
The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes action and specialty wagers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park will host “Thrillyard 200” featuring helicopter rides, zip-lining and a food truck festival for racing fans. Live racing on Saturday will be held at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for a free concert by country music legends Asleep At The Wheel in the Outdoor Music Center. The entire evening will be culminated by a free fireworks show at 10:00 p.m
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 2016 season of live harness racing will be conducted through November 12.
For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening’s 13-race card on Tuesday, July 19. Fly Jesse Fly kicked the evening’s program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings to 1:53.2 in the first race of the program. The 1:53.2 mark was a new lifetime best for Fly Jesse Fly and re-established the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings, a mark that was previously co-held by Rose Run Parker and Homicide Hunter.
Fly Jesse Fly used his customary front-running tactics and left aggressively from post seven to grab command before the opening quarter in :27.1. The Ron Otto trainee dictated fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 while the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance.
As the field turned for home, Fly Jesse Fly’s lead was ever-increasing. Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander were next in line second but the quick pace was beginning to take its toll. Dreamstyle Herbie and Ross Leonard were next in line third but Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman were gaining ground in fourth. Tetrick simply asked his mount for more and Fly Jesse Fly used a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by three lengths. Topville Avatar rallied for second while Dreamstyle Herbie rounded out the trifecta.
It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory for the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae and fifth seasonal victory from nine outings. He was also victorious in the last round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings; handing Bridge To Jesse’s his first loss of the season.
Owned by Robert Sidley and James Ronald Otto, Fly Jesse Fly has bankrolled $92,462 throughout his three-year-old campaign. Fly Jesse Fly will look to make his next start in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for July 26 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
It was a training double for Ron Otto as he also scored with veteran pacer JJ’s Gazette in “The Old Codger” pace later in the program. The 14-year-old gelding stopped the timer in 1:53.3 to notch his 62nd career victory from 330 lifetime starts.
Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 20 with a 14-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 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .
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Continuing upon the successes of the second edition in 2015, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the third annual All-Star Drivers Series for the 2016 harness racing season. The 2016 All-Star Drivers Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver winning a dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite “always wanted to have” toy.
“When we embarked upon the Drivers Challenge two years ago we knew we were going down a road that had yet to be traveled,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore said. “Would the format that we chose work or would we need to rethink the way drivers drafted their horses?”
“Well, the answer to that question was that the format was a resounding success as witnessed by the wild and unpredictable outcome of the last two years of competition. We appreciate all of our drivers at Hoosier Park and are excited that the 2016 All-Star Drivers Challenge will not only highlight their talents but also give them a chance to win a dream prize.”
In the first of the two challenges, the top ten drivers will compete in a five-race competition on Saturday, July 23 for their share of $5,000. The winning driver will take home a check for $3,000 for top honors while the second place driver will earn $1,500 and the third place driver earning $500. The rankings will be based on number of wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as of Saturday, July 16, 2016. The drivers will pick their horses via a draft system to be held in the following order:
1st race: Number 1 ranked driver picks first, number 2 picks second, etc.
2nd race: Number 10 ranked driver picks first, number 9 picks second, etc.
3rd race: Same as first race
4th race: Same as second race
5th race: same as first
The top eight finishers from Round 1 will return for Round 2 on Saturday, October 22 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, October 15.
While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will not only be crowned the champion of the 2016 All-Star Drivers series but also have their choice of a dream prize.
Jason Dillander took home top honors in last year’s edition of the All-Star Drivers series. Dillander won the final round of the challenge by a narrow margin and was awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, a prize valued at $15,000
“I’m definitely excited,” Dillander said. “I thought it would be hard to top a vacation but giving the drivers a chance to choose their prize is really cool. We have a lot of fun with this every year and kudos to everyone at Hoosier Park for bringing it back again this year. Of course, I hope I win it.”
Qualifying for the 2016 All-Star Drivers Series began on Friday, April 1 and continued through Saturday, July 16 for Round 1. Each of the drafts will take place at a community luncheon to be held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the 2016 All-Star Drivers Series, please visit Hoosier Park’s website.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .