Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the 2014 harness racing season to-date on Saturday, June 7 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m.
Hoosier Park’s leading conditioner, Ron Burke, will send out six horses in the four $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the evening. Rose Run Parker will put his seven-race win streak on the line from the Burke barn in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings from post nine with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines. Just one race later, Speed Trap will look to score his first Indiana Sires Stakes final win in the three-year-old pacing colt division for the Burke Stable at 5-1 on the morning line.
Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park.
Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2014 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park.
In addition to the racing program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana stakes program, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 a.m. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:52 p.m.
In addition to the horse racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event pits local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit the Fire Rescue House of Madison County. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers to a dunk tank. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
At the culmination of the challenges, Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, will present representatives from the Fire Rescue House of Madison County with a special $5,000 donation. As a token of Hoosier Park’s appreciation for their continued work to help local families in need, Hoosier Park will make the donation to help further their goals and maintain their high level of community service.
As a special thank you to Madison County local heroes, all firefighters and police officers will receive $10 in casino cash. Guests showing fire department or police department credentials to the Trackside Club Centaur Rewards desk will receive the $10 complimentary gift.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
On Saturday, June 7 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 p.m. The Belmont program will feature the second richest day of racing in North America with 10 stakes races and more than $8 million in purse money leading up to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown.
In conjunction with the Belmont festivities, Hoosier Park will host Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals, on the 14-race card. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:40 p.m.
The first 1,000 Guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a souvenir button saying “Go! Chrome, Go!”, and in the event of a Triple Crown win, commemorative souvenir cards will be distributed throughout the property. Additionally, qualified Club Centaur members will receive a $5 win Bet on California Chrome.
The Belmont Jewel, the official drink of the Belmont Stakes, will be available in a collector’s glass and a wide variety of food stations will be available both indoors and outside with free seating available in both locations. Advanced wagering will be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the entire Belmont card and Friday, June 6.
“In the 70’s it seemed almost ordinary to have a Triple Crown winner,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Well, it’s been 36 years since that has happened and I think everyone is hoping for an end to the drought. God speed, California Chrome!”
Eleven horses have completed the monumental feat, but there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed took all three jewels of the Triple Crown in 1978. California Chrome has won eight of his 12 career races, including his past six, and will start from post two as the 3/5 favorite.
In addition to the horse racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event will pit local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit a local charity, Madison County Fire Rescue House. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers and a jelly donut speed eating contest to a dunk tank and the crowd favorite tug of war competition.
Hoosier Park will also offer various children’s activities in the Kid’s Zone along with a classic fire truck on display. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce Hoosier Park harness racing action has expanded its viewing public to include Australia. Launching on Thursday, June 5, harness racing fans can catch up to six races from the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino signal through a partnership between Hoosier Park and the Australian racing broadcaster, Sky Racing.
Sky’s stable consists of three subscription television channels, Sky Racing1, Sky Racing2 and Sky Racing World. Australian fans will get their first glimpse of Hoosier Park harness racing action on Thursday, June 5 when it launches on Sky Racing2.
Hoosier harness action is set to become a regular Thursday, Friday and Sunday morning feature on Sky Racing2 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Australian time. Viewers can catch up to six races from each Sky Racing broadcast of Hoosier Park’s race card with the potential of additional races in the future.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the quality and competitiveness of the Hoosier Park racing product in 2014,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be able to showcase our harness racing internationally, and particularly into Australia, is another giant step forward for us. This is something we have looked forward to for a very long time.”
Sky Racing currently takes global harness racing from the United States, France, New Zealand and Sweden and recently broadcast the Copenhagen Cup from Denmark to its Australian audience.
Sky Racing Chief Operating Officer, Brendan Parnell said that race coverage from Hoosier Park will likely increase and his team is looking to extend the import of global harness racing to include additional feature races.
“Sky viewers have taken interest in global harness racing and I’m pleased we are extending this with racing from Hoosier Park,” Mr. Parnell said. “It is a renowned venue with quality harness racing and it’s great we can deliver this to Sky viewers.”
Sky Racing is a world leader in multi-venue, multi-channel race broadcasting, telecasting more than 90,000 races each year to viewers in Australia and around the globe.
Ricky Macomber Jr., becomes Hoosier Park’s All-time Leading Driver!
Ricky Macomber Jr. made Hoosier Park history on Friday, May 30 as he became the all-time leading driver, by wins, with 1,240 career victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. It was a driving triple on the evening for the 43-year-old reinsman and a night to remember as he surpassed Don Irvine Jr. on Hoosier Park’s all-time leading driver list in their 21-year history of harness racing.
The victory with Hoosier Chinna in the evening’s sixth race, number 2,530 in Macomber’s career, tied him with Don Irvine Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided A True Smerk to victory in Indiana Sires Stakes action just two races later, Macomber moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,239 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.
Macomber then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Ahlbback Yankee in the very next race leaving him with 1,240 victories at Hoosier Park and counting.
All three of Macomber’s victories on the evening came from Hoosier Park’s leading conditioner, Ron Burke. Burke, who has won the leading trainer title at Hoosier Park for the past two seasons, currently leads all trainers with 27 wins while Macomber is fifth in the 2014 driver standings.
Raised in South Florida by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Macomber won his first race at Pompano Park in the spring of 1997 and never looked back. A few years later, he and his father, Dick, an accomplished horseman since the early 1970’s, ventured to Indiana with hopes of starting a new path to success. The Midwest move has paid off.
Macomber earned his first Hoosier Park driving title in 2007 and has finished among the top ten leading drivers nearly every year to date. He has multiple stakes wins to his credit including winning Hoosier Park’s signature race, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, twice. He guided Royalflush Hanover to victory in the 2000 Dan Patch Invitational and returned to the winner’s circle in the 2002 Dan Patch Invitational behind E Dee’s Cam. Macomber finished second with Fred and Ginger in the 2013 installment of Hoosier Park’s most prestigious race.
Macomber is also part of the “Champions for Charity” promotion at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a group of drivers selected to help promote the sport of harness racing through their unique personalities, life stories and sportsmanship. At the start of the season, each driver personally selected a charitable organization to support with fundraising efforts throughout the year. Macomber raises funds through his charitable work for the Indiana School for the Deaf, giving back to a cause that holds a special meaning to him.
“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Ricky on his accomplishment,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “And quite an accomplishment it is. Through his work with our Champions for Charity promotion, his professionalism, and attitude, Ricky is a great ambassador for our sport. We wish Ricky 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.”
Rose Run Parker turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle Thursday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and extended his win streak to seven in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:54.1, Ron Burke’s Rose Run Parker established a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in his sophomore season.
After setting the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:57 effort in stakes action last year, Rose Run Parker’s 1:54.1 effort equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings in just his second start of the season.
Gloire Dream, driven by LeWayne Miller, showed early speed off the gate from post seven in the field of ten, clocking a :27.3 opening panel. Unable to find a spot along the rail from post nine, Rose Run Parker pressed on to the front but would yield the lead to the slight betting favorite, Sandy Z Tam and Tyler Smith at the half in :57.4. Sandy Z Tam led the field to the third station in 1:27 and the stage was set for another Hoosier Park stretch battle.
Tipping from the pocket around the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader’s wheel and the top two began to put their talent on display as they trotted away from the rest of the field. Sandy Z Tam was game on the inside but Rose Run Parker wasn’t finished.
Using a :26.4 final quarter, Rose Run Parker was able to put a nose in front of Sandy Z Tam to score his seventh consecutive win. Back N The Slammer and Trace Tetrick finished seven lengths behind the top pair to round out the trifecta. As the publics’ second choice, Rose Run Parker returned $5.00 to his backers at the window.
“I think he is the best young horse we’ve had since Go On BB,” Ron Burke’s assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker noted. “He typically likes to chase horses down, but tonight he showed some serious heart by fighting horses off after a tough trip.”
“That was a nice group of horses and I wasn’t sure what to expect with post nine,” she continued. “He has never let us down though, he raced great again tonight.”
The 11-time career winner has now amassed $247,375 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr. Rose Run Parker’s seven race win streak includes wins in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and the $45,250 Madison County Stakes. With the win, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy has earned his spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park.
Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 30 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m.
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 28 program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park.
The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes Champion, Andi’s Alana looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she captured the opening division of the stakes action in 1:55.2 and established a new lifetime best in the process. Driven by LeWayne Miller, Andi’s Alana was uninvolved early in the race but used a :27.2 final quarter to score her 10th career victory and remain undefeated in 2014.
Trained by Erv Miller, Andi’s Alana has now won 10 of 14 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $342,349. The daughter of Swan For All-Its Your Deal has won both of her starts at three and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman.
In the second split, Terracina As and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip to deliver as the 8-5 favorite in 1:57.1. It was the first start in stakes company for the daughter of Allstar Hall-Madeleine It but third consecutive win.
Swan Yankee and LeWayne Miller dictated fractions of :27.3, :59.4, and 1:29.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Miss Isolde and Sam Widger came charging from off the pace to take command but made a costly break in deep stretch. Terracina As inherited the lead and trotted home to win by a length.
Unraced at two, Terracina As is trained by Annette Lorentzon and owned by Acl Stuteri and Kjell Johansson. Terracina As has now won three of five lifetime outings while banking $17,778.
Jessie’s Song and Tyler Smith followed suit in the third division of the stakes action and scored as the 3-2 favorite in 1:56.3. Overcoming an unfavorable, first-over trip, Jessie’s Song notched her second win of the season in a lifetime best performance.
Leaving from post two, Jessie’s Song settled along the rail in fourth while After Jesse dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Peter Wrenn and Jesse’s Con moved to the front as the field approached the final turn but Jessie’s Song quickly engaged the tempo-setter. Putting a nose in front, Jessie’s Song led her eight rivals past three-quarters in 1:26.4 and fended off all competitors down the lane to win by a length.
Trained by Rick Beinhauer, Jessie’s Song has now won five of 16 lifetime outings while amassing $86,766 lifetime. The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Sasha Hall has won two of four seasonal outings and is owned by Richard and Regina Beinhauer.
In the final division, Kashmir Queen and Andy Shetler bucked the trend by pulling the 15-1 upset to score in 1:58. It was a maiden breaking win from eight seasonal starts for the daughter of Swan For All-Victory Slide.
Kashmir Queen sat fourth along the rail while Black Swan led through intervals of :28.1, :59.2, and 1:29.1. Kashmir Queen was able to reach the front as the field turned for home and hold off a hard charging Banker’s For All and LeWayne Miller to score the win.
The 2014 stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 28 as four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcase the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the state.
Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park will debut a new and improved Indiana Sires Stakes format approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission last year. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park.
“The new Indiana Sires Stakes format is a very positive change for our program,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “It provides flexibility in the scheduling and having multiple eliminations for the $75,000 finals will produce very competitive races.”
“The Indiana Sired program continues to get better each and every year,” he continued. “This new format will allow Hoosier Park to showcase the best of the best in the $200,000 Super Finals. I am very much looking forward to this season of stakes action.”
The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday, May 28 with the three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card schedule for Thursday, May 29. The three-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Friday, May 30 and the three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, May 31.
The first of five $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals, tagged as Hoosier Champions Night, is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park.
Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Fusion Man pulled the slight upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 24. Guided by regular driver Tyler Smith, Fusion Man proved game in the stretch as he was able to get up in the final strides in 1:53.
Leaving from post four, Fusion Man left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in third while Martz Time and Trace Tetrick used their customary tactics and quickly grabbed the front. Somebody As and Brad Hanners were well placed in the pocket through the opening panel in :27. The heavily favored, Summer Indian and Ricky Macomber Jr. were uninvolved in the early stages of the race and were along the rail in sixth.
Martz Time continued to call the shots down the backside through the second split in :55.4 but were soon pressed by Fusion Man on the outside. LeWayne Miller had Banker Volo well placed second over while the field began to tighten approaching the final turn.
Fusion Man with his big win.
The stage was set for the stretch battle to the wire as Martz Time and Fusion Man were neck and neck at the third station in 1:24.2. As the field turned for home, Martz Time appeared to be up to the task but Fusion Man wasn’t finished.
Tyler Smith asked his mount for more and Fusion Man responded gamely with a :28.2 closing quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Summer Indian rallied late in the stretch for second place honors while Banker Volo also closed well to finish third. As the publics’ fourth choice, Fusion Man returned $10.00 at the window.
The 1:53 score was a seasonal best effort for the five year-old son of Valley Victor-Classical Girl and just two-fifths off the track record at Hoosier Park for older horses on the trot. Fusion Man has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 13 of 45 lifetime starts. Trained by Jeff Smith, Fusion Man has now earned $389,727 for his connections of Tdtrot, LLC.
Don’t Spank Me with the win.
Don’t Spank Me made her first appearance in the top class a winning one as she pulled the 18-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 23. Guided by Andy Shetler, Don’t Spank Me came charging late in the lane to score in 1:51.4, establishing a new lifetime mark by nearly two seconds.
Uninvolved early from post four, Don’t Spank Me was eased off the gate while a host of others left alertly for position. American Girl and Peter Wrenn were the first to get a call as they grabbed the lead through the opening panel in a snappy :26.1. Their lead was short lived as LeWayne Miller had Ritascape out and firing around the first turn and took control at the half in :54.2. The hot pace continued down the backside while the field remained in single file order.
Tyler Smith gave Always About Katey the green light and committed to the outer flow but were able to pick-up cover from No Respect and Sam Widger. Ritascape continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and braced herself for the long Hoosier Park stretch.
No Respect was able to wear down the tiring leader and Always About Katey was in hot pursuit on the far outside. While the damage was being done on the front end, Don’t Spank Me was desperate for racing room.
In a thrilling stretch battle, Don’t Spank Me found the room she needed and used a :27.0 final panel to best her rivals by one length. Always About Katey settled for the second place finish while No Respect held on gamely for third. Dismissed at 18-1, No Spank Me returned $39.00 to her backers at the window.
Trained, owned and bred by Wayne Carter, Don’t Spank Me notched her first win of the season from three starts. The four-year-old daughter of Capital Request-Catalog has now won 10 of 25 lifetime outings while amassing $95,537.
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Good Sound Advice advance due to a perfect trip.
Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn used a perfect, pocket trip to capture the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 17. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Good Sound Advice was able to surge late in the lane to score in 1:53.4, a lifetime best performance.
Leaving from post six, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but last week’s winner Martz Time, driven by Trace Tetrick, left the quickest. Martz Time secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Good Sound Advice was well placed in second while the heavily favored, Summer Indian was next in line in third.
Martz Time continued to dictate fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 while the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. Hugh Beatty was the first to commit to the outer flow and had Southwind Pepino aimed at the leader around the final turn with Go Tapaigh and Ray Paver in tow.
Martz Time was able to hold off Southwind Pepino late in the lane, but Good Sound Advice loomed large in the pocket. Wrenn found late racing room in the stretch and when he asked Good Sound Advice for more, the five-year-old responded gamely with a :27.4 final panel to win by a head. Martz Time held on for the second place finish while Southwind Pepino rounded out the trifecta. Good Sound Advice returned $9.60 for the victory.
“The race worked out perfect for us tonight,” Wrenn noted after the victory. “This horse is much better when he gets a trip and I was able to leave just enough to get a good spot. He has been racing well but he was really on his game tonight.”
Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his fourth win from ten seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won ten of 66 lifetime outings while bankrolling $312,067 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms.
The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Peter Wrenn as he also scored in the opener with Joe Cirasuola’s Big Bay Point and later with Malosi N for trainer Ed Hensley.
On the pacing side of things, Our Lucky Chip and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:50.2. Using his same off-the-pace tactics, Our Lucky Chip was able to wear down Jammin Joshua late in the lane to score his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park.