Yet Another Track Record Falls at Hoosier Park

Rose Run Parker, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, shattered an eleven-year-old record for two-year-old geldings on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:57 in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Notching his third win of the season, Rose Run Parker captured the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes in a lifetime best effort. The previous track record of 1:58 was established by Big Boy Josh and Charlie Conrad in August of 2002. The 1:57 victory marks the thirteenth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2013. It was also a training double for Hoosier Park’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, as he captured both of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening’s 14-race card.

Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker settled along the rail in fifth while the battle for the early lead was hard fought. Meadowbrook Mike and Brad Hanners got the first call through the opening quarter in :28.1 before yielding the lead to Cerveza Dinero and Pete Wrenn. The field began to tighten as they reached the half mile time in :58.4 and Macomber had Rose Run Parker out and firing. The three-year-old gelding cleared to the front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3 before unleashing a :28.2 final panel to get the win by two lengths. The heavily favored, Justice Jet and Ed Hensley rallied sharply after a trip off the pace to get up for the second place finish while Meadowbrook Mike held on for third. Rose Run Parker returned $6.20 to his backers for the victory.

Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker has now won three of four lifetime outings while bankrolling over $35,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9.

Stable mate Winding Hill followed suit in the second split of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings as he rallied sharply from off the pace to score in 1:59.2. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, the sophomore trotter was able to take advantage of a second over trip to edge out Ladys Big Stormont and Andy Shetler at the wire. Scoring his third win of the season, Winding Hill returned $5.80 at the windows and established a new lifetime best performance with the victory.

Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the freshman colt has now won three of five lifetime outings while bankrolling over $30,000 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Winding Hill was also victorious in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park on August 9.

The third leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 31 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The four leg series will culminate with a $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 27 with a 13-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

 

So Shay Scores Major Upset in Gold Sire Stakes

So Shay pulled off a stunning upset at 49-1 to highlight the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies on the evening’s 13-race card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 20.  With Trace Tetrick at the lines, So Shay was able to stage a determined rally in the final strides of the mile to score the upset and establish a lifetime best mark of 1:52 in the process.

Upset minded from the word go, So Shay and Tetrick left alertly from the rail spot to land along the pylons in third. It was a cavalry charge to the front as the gate folded but it Always About Katey and Ed Hensley who were quickest and reached the front through the opening panel in :26.3. Bliss Hanover and Pete Wrenn also left alertly but yielded for the pocket seat. Ricky Macomber Jr. sent Mandy’s Mattjesty firing off the gate but they were relegated to fourth through the opening splits. Always About Katey remained uncontested through the half mile mark in :55.2 before feeling a threat on the outside from Mandy’s Mattjesty. Harmony Oaks Quike and Mike Micallef were well placed second over with Crazy on You and LeWayne Miller next in line and in hot pursuit of the leader. The pace began to quicken and the field began to tighten as they approached the three-quarter mark in 1:24 with Always About Katey still calling the shots. Bliss Hanover and Pete Wrenn were able to wear down the tiring leader mid-way through the stretch as So Shay and Tetrick loomed large in the background. Steering through traffic, Tetrick asked his filly for more and she responded with a :27.3 final panel to pull the upset and win by two lengths. Always About Katey held on for second while Crazy On You got up for the third place finish. Dismissed at 49-1, So Shay returned $100.00 to her backers at the window. The trifecta including So Shay, Always About Katey, and Crazy On You lit up the tote board and returned $1158.05.

Trained by Marty Rodgers, So Shay notched her second win of the season from eleven seasonal outings. Sired by Gunthatwonthewest, the sophomore filly has now won four of 18 lifetime outings while bankrolling over $30,000 for owner Marla Bednarsh. So Shay bested her lifetime best mark by nearly four seconds with the 1:52 score.

The fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies will continue on Tuesday, September 3 at Hoosier Park. The four-leg series will culminate with a $200,000 series slated for Wednesday, September 11 at Hoosier Park as part of the annual Hoosier Champions Night.

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 21 with a 13-race card that will be highlighted by two $108,050 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

Grand Circuit Action Highlights Hoosier Park Card

A pair of the sport’s top freshman filly trotters were showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 20 with two $108,050 divisions of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes highlighting the evening’s 13-race card.

Andi’s Alana made her home state proud in her first start against open company as she romped home a winner in the opening division of the stakes action in a track record performance. Extending her win streak to five, the two-year-old daughter of Swan For All set a new track record of 1:56.4 for two-year-old fillies on the trot. The previous track record of 1:58 was established by Universal Victory and Jimmy Takter in August of 2001. Andi’s Alana established a new lifetime best mark and is now undefeated in five lifetime outings. The 1:56.4 victory marks twelfth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in the 2013 season.

Driven by LeWayne Miller, Andi’s Alana was unhurried off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth. Scream and Shout and Jimmy Takter were the first to get a call and dictated early fractions of :28.0 and :58.1 before ever being contested. Swan Yankee and Tyler Smith, the other part of the Erv Miller trained entry in the field, were the first to take aim at the leader with Andi’s Alana in tow. Using a :29.1 final panel, Andi’s Alana was able to track down the leader to get the win at the wire.

Trained by Erv Miller, Andi’s Alana remains flawless in 2013 while bankrolling over $82,000 for her connections of PayMaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman. It was a driving triple for LeWayne Miller as he also scored with Wilbur Eash’s Electric Albert and once again with Erv Miller’s Fly’n With Royalty in the $30,000Indiana Gold Sire Stakes.

The second division of the Grand Circuit stakes action was captured by Dancing for Money piloted by Jimmy Takter to a 1:58.1 score in gate to wire fashion. As the heavy betting favorite, Takter sent the daughter of Muscles Yankee to the front and she dictated fractions of :29.0, :59.3, and 1:28.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Dancing For Money put her talent on display as she began to trot away from the rest of the field. The freshman filly was well in hand at the wire as she established a new lifetime mark, finishing eight lengths in front of her closest competitor.

Trained by Paula Wellwood, Dancing For Money notched the second win from five seasonal outings. Owned by the partnership of P.C. Wellwood and Karen Carroll, Dancing For Money pushed her bankroll over the $100,000 mark with the win.

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with a 14-race card that will be highlighted by Indiana Silver Sire Stakes action. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

Sweet Talkin Satin Romps in Track Record Performance

SWEET TALKIN SATIN ISSGL 8-3Sweet Talkin Satin shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.2 in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Saturday, August 3 in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin overcame a tough first-over trip to establish a new track record and set a new lifetime best mark in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:50.3, a mark set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008 and a mark that Sweet Talkin Satin equaled three starts ago.

Leaving from post four, Sweet Talkin Satin was sent off the gate enough to grab position along the rail in third as Don Eash sent Astreo’s Love to the front from post six. Astreo’s Love led the sire stakes field to the first quarter in :26.2 while Right Touch brushed to the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. The heavy betting favorite, Night Pro, opted for a trip off the pace and was along the rail in seventh. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1, but would quickly feel pressure on the outside by Sweet Talkin Satin. Tetrick asked the gelded son of Always A Virgin for more and he responded with a :26.1 final panel to win by three lengths in front of Right Touch who battled gamely for second. Virgil and Ed Hensley rallied from seventh to finish third. Pulling the upset, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $11.00 to his backers.

Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the fourth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal starts. Coming off a third place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final, Sweet Talkin Satin sent his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. The sophomore pacer has been a model of consistency in 2013 having finished on the board in 11 of his 12 seasonal outings.

The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 10 at Hoosier Park. The four leg series will culminate with the $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 6. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

Hoosier Park, Trakus Changing North American Harness Racing

Hoosier Park Partners with Trakus to Bring Fans Ultimate Viewing Experience

Trakus-AV-FinalIn a continued effort to provide the highest quality racing experience for racing fans, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the introduction of Trakus, a state-of-the art wireless tracking system that enables racings fans to easily follow their horse instantaneously throughout a race. Upon the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park will become the only Standardbred track in North America using the Trakus system. This ground-breaking technology is a real-time tracking system capable of automating and enhancing the collection, organization, storage and visual presentation of horse positioning data from all of the races hosted at the Anderson track.

Using a wireless radio frequency system, Trakus determines the exact location of each horse throughout the entire race by small radio antennas placed around the racetrack and corresponding ultra-lightweight radio tags in each horse’s saddle pad. This state-of-the-art system not only provides professional tools to enhance the racing experience but also improves the view of live racing. A scale graphic will be customized to match Hoosier Park’s track surface and the entire seven-eighths mile oval will be outfitted with permanent fixtures and cabling to support the Trakus equipment. The system then instantly tracks each horse in a race and uses real time 3-D virtual camera views to display the information, all while storing statistical information in a database.

The video enhancement that is provided through Trakus creates a graphical overlay to live video showing the order of every horse in the field, not just the top 3 or 4. Using color icons known as “chicklets,” the electronic tracking system displays the exact position of each horse on the television monitors throughout the entirety of a race. The bottom 1/3 of Hoosier Park’s screen will show a graphical representation of the racetrack, showing each horse as a color-coded numbered rectangle, or “chicklet”, so the viewer can quickly tell which horse is leading and by how many lengths. The running order is automatically updated in real time.  With Trakus, racing fans can enjoy race videos with clear tracking of each horse’s position, speed, and sectional timing throughout the race.

“Hoosier Park could not be more pleased to announce the addition of Trakus for our racing fans viewing and enjoyment,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. “Whether a seasoned veteran or a novice when it comes to horse racing, Trakus will heighten the excitement of our video presentation.”

Already in place at such major Thoroughbred venues as Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Del Mar, the tracking system gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers will have access to a variety of new resources, including exclusive speed and distance measurements all collected via the state-of-the-art Trakus tracking system. All of the Trakus handicapping information will be readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com.

Smith Reaches Harness Racing History at Hoosier Park

Tyler Smith Becomes Youngest Driver to Reach 1,000 Wins

TYLER 1000 WIN 1Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 13 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20.

Smith came into Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Tuesday with 999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books. He accomplished that feat in race 7 steering Dontgetbyme to a 1:53. romp. Trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., Dontgetbyme was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record the sixth win of the season. Owned by Carl Howard and Brian Kohen, Dontgetbyme has amassed over $40,000 through 20 seasonal outings.

The record was previously held by Doug McNair, who reached the 1,000 win milestone just two weeks before his 21st birthday. Smith will turn 21 on January 23.

Smith has been making headlines as a driver since the age of 12 when he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio.

The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $5 million mark in purse earnings and is quickly approaching $6 million mark. Smith made his presence known in his home state, earning the Peter Haughton Memorial Award, an honor bestowed upon up-and-coming stars in the business, before making the move to Indiana. He has been amongst the top ten leading drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in his last two seasons of racing. Smith is currently second on the leading driver board at Hoosier Park with 144 victories from 953 mounts, just 8 behind leading driver Trace Tetrick who has 152 victories.

“I’m glad to have that win over with,” an excited Smith noted in the winner’s circle. “I wanted to get it here at Hoosier Park and I’m really glad I did because they have done such a great job of promoting me. It feels amazing and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year.”

In recent weeks, Smith has spent his time driving at Hoosier Park and The Red Mile, while making a return to Ohio last week to race at the Celina County Fair.

Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Smith’s friends and family were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment.

“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Tyler on win number 1,000,” Moore noted. “It has been a pleasure watching him race and watch him make harness racing history here with us. Through his work with our Celebrity Standardbred driver promotion, his professionalism, and attitude, Tyler is a great ambassador for our sport. We wish Tyler continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.”

It was a driving double for Smith as he also piloted Live The Extreme to the winner’s circle for trainer Steve Carter in the evening’s ninth race.

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Stalhiem Credited With Biggest Save of the Year

Hoosier Park Outrider to the Rescue

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Much like a top baseball relief pitcher, outrider Neal Stalhiem stepped in to get the save on a night where things could have taken a turn for the worse. Due to the swift and precise response of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s outrider, Neal Stalhiem, injuries were avoided when catastrophe struck in the 12th race on the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Friday, July 19. Stalhiem’s expertise was on full display as he carefully guided Park Lane Deputy and driver Trace Tetrick to safety after an equipment malfunction around the first turn.

THE PICKUP 7-19-2013Leaving from post two, Park Lane Deputy and Trace Tetrick got away sixth along the rail as I Found My Beach and Tyler Smith led the field through the opening panel in :26. As the field approached the half mile time in :55, things began to go awry. Tetrick’s left line broke making for a perilous situation.  Tetrick began alerting the rest of the drivers in the field as Stalhiem got in position to make his move. As the field approached the final turn, Tetrick was a merely a passenger as Park Lane Deputy continued at full speed for the finish line. Stalhiem quickly maneuvered his horse alongside Park Lane Deputy and just as the field neared the finish line, he was able to make the grab. With Park Lane Deputy in tow, Stalhiem was able to guide Tetrick to safety while the rest of the field completed the race. I Found My Beach and Tyler Smith were able to avoid trouble and find the wire first in 1:52.1. Both Park Lane Deputy and Trace Tetrick returned to the barn unharmed.

“Protocols and safety measures are always in place and we hope we never have to use them,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. “However, tonight was one of those nights that proved the protocols pay off. Our equine and human athletes’ safety is first and foremost to everything we do here, and we want to thank and congratulate outrider Neal Stalhiem on a job well done here tonight!”

While Stalhiem’s efforts were nothing less than outstanding, credit should also be extended to his horse, a retired Standardbred named Meatball. Stalhiem and Meatball have been a team for over three years. Hoosier Park will be sending Meatball a fresh bag of carrots for his heroism!

In another oddity to an already odd race, the show prices for the first three finishers were well in excess of the win and place prices due to a large amount wagered in the show pool on the odds-on favorite, Time To Roll, who finished out of the money.

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 20 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses surpassing the $1.1 million mark, the 14-race card is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and will be conducted through November 9.

Hoosier Park Crowns New Indiana Sire Stakes Champions

Hoosier Park Hosts Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Million Dollar Night

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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 20th season of live Standardbred racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, July 20. Four new Indiana Sire Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured a 14-race card boasting purses over the $1 million mark. The Anderson track played host to four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, all of which produced blanket finishes.

It was Night Pro and Jason Dillander who stole the show in a track record equaling performance in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt pacers with a final time of 1:50. As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro left the gate alertly from post seven and made every call a winning one. Sweet Talkin Satin and Trace Tetrick would make Night Pro work for his position as they also left alertly before settling along the rail in second. Using a :27.3 final panel, Night Pro powered home to finish a length in front of a hard charging Right Touch and Ray Paver. Sweet Talkin Satin held on gamely for the third place finish. Trained by Dale Decker, Night Pro notched the tenth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal outings. Unraced at two, the three-year-old colt established a new lifetime best while sending his career bankroll over the $175,000 mark for owner Dale Decker.

PETER AND JASON DILLANDERThe million dollar night opened with the first $200,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Playful Innocence and driver Dan Shetler who were victorious in 1:56.1. Playful Innocence was able to find late racing room in the homestretch to notch her second consecutive victory in six seasonal outings. Jessie E and driver Tyler Smith staged a big rally late in the lane and turned in a game performance to finish second. The bettors’ choice, Jesse Lane, was used hard in the early stages of the mile but held on gamely to finish third. Owned, bred, and trained by Dan Shetler, Playful Innocence has now earned over $160,000 from 15 lifetime outings. Sired by Justice Hall, Playful Innocence established her lifetime best mark of 1:55.2 in her previous outing amongst Indiana Gold Sire Stakes company, also a track record setting mile.

 

The three-year-old trotting colts were up next and it was Only Just  A Dream and Trace Tetrick who rallied from well off the pace to find the winner’s circle in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Only Just A Dream settled along the rail in third while the battle took place on the front. Red Hot Herbie and Derek Hooley set fractions of :27.1 and :57.1 before feeling a threat on the outside by Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder around the final turn. As the horses began tiring on the front, Tetrick found just enough racing room up the rail to send Only Just A Dream and he went by the tiring leaders willingly with a :28.1 final panel. Scoring his fourth win of the season, Only Just A Dream has now earned over $176,000 for his connections of P. Carter, R. Reid, S. Hummel, and Great Am Stables. Trained by Steve Carter, the three-year-old son of Justice Hall established a new lifetime best mark with the 1:55 victory.

Mandy’s Mattjesty and Sam Widger closed out the million dollar night with an impressive 1:52.2 romp in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in gate to wire fashion. As part of a four-horse Ron Burke trained entry, Mandy’s Mattjesty powered away from the gate to dictate fractions of :27.0, :55.1, and 1:23.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Always About Katey was the first to take aim at leader from the pocket but was no match for Mandy’s Mattjesty who saved her best for last. Always About Katey settled for second while Harmony Oaks Quike, as part of the Burke entry, finished third. Sired by His Mattjesty, Mandy’s Mattjesty notched the fifth win from eight seasonal outings while pushing her bankroll over $130,000.

Also making a special appearance on the evening were 6 celebrity guests as they raced for charity in the Celebrity Exhibition race that kicked off the evening’s activities. The local celebrities climbed aboard double seated jog carts to raise money for each of the Celebrity Standardbred Driver’s charities. It was radio personality, Gunner from Q95, assisted by Ed Hensley, who won the seven-eighths mile dash for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Alternatives Inc.

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 23 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9.

PEINE, GREELY TAKE NEW REINS IN INDIANA RACING

Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs to Continue Seasons with Experienced Directors

Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming announced Tuesday the appointments of both Scott Peine and Kevin Greely each to the position of director of racing and racing secretary for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs respectively. Peine will report to Rick Moore, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing, while Kevin Greely will continue to report to Jon Schuster, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s vice president and general manager of racing.

Leaving his current role as the racing secretary for Indiana Downs, Peine will assume Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s combined director of racing and racing secretary role immediately. Peine began his career at Indiana Downs in 2006 as the Standardbred racing secretary and served in that capacity through the 2012 season. In 2012, Peine was appointed to the Indiana Downs Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing secretary position. Prior to Indiana Downs, Peine served as a racing official for Hawthorne Racecourse, Balmoral Park, Maywood Park, The Little Brown Jug, Prairie Meadows, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Scioto Downs.

Currently the director of racing for Indiana Downs, Greely will assume the Indiana Downs racing secretary responsibilities immediately. Prior to joining the all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetrack, Greely served as racing secretary for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino from 2010 through the 2012 season. Greely also served as the racing secretary for 11 years for the Emirates Racing Association/Dubai Racing Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in addition to serving in various official positions with Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Turfway Park, and Ellis Park.

Sweet Talkin Satin Romps in Track Record Performance

SWEET TALKIN SATIN ISSGL 8-3Sweet Talkin Satin shattered the track record for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.2 in the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes on Saturday, August 3 in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin overcame a tough first-over trip to establish a new track record and set a new lifetime best mark in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing geldings was 1:50.3, a mark set by Beeeeyouuuuuu and driver Brad Hanners on June 14, 2008 and a mark that Sweet Talkin Satin equaled three starts ago.

Leaving from post four, Sweet Talkin Satin was sent off the gate enough to grab position along the rail in third as Don Eash sent Astreo’s Love to the front from post six. Astreo’s Love led the sire stakes field to the first quarter in :26.2 while Right Touch brushed to the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. The heavy betting favorite, Night Pro, opted for a trip off the pace and was along the rail in seventh. Right Touch continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.1, but would quickly feel pressure on the outside by Sweet Talkin Satin. Tetrick asked the gelded son of Always A Virgin for more and he responded with a :26.1 final panel to win by three lengths in front of Right Touch who battled gamely for second. Virgil and Ed Hensley rallied from seventh to finish third. Pulling the upset, Sweet Talkin Satin returned $11.00 to his backers.

Trained by Tom Tetrick, Sweet Talkin Satin notched the fourth win of his sophomore season from 12 seasonal starts. Coming off a third place finish in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final, Sweet Talkin Satin sent his career bankroll over the $150,000 mark for owners James Ainsworth and William Boden. The sophomore pacer has been a model of consistency in 2013 having finished on the board in 11 of his 12 seasonal outings.

The second leg of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will continue on Saturday, August 10 at Hoosier Park. The four leg series will culminate with the $200,000 final slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, August 6. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

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