Hoosier Park Drivers Looking to Secure Ultimate Ride

photoHoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to unveil a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver 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 driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

“Unparalleled and unprecedented–That is the only way I can describe the 2014 Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Driver’s Challenge,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “While there have been many driver’s contests and challenges at many tracks, none has captured the uniqueness with the ultimate grand prize associated with this competition.”

In the first of the two challenges, the top ten drivers will compete in a five-race competition on Saturday, July 19 for their share of $5,000. The rankings will be based on number of wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as of Saturday, July 12, 2014. 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 the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.

While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first challenge, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” driver Jason Dillander noted after seeing the car he could potentially win. “Who wouldn’t love a new car, especially one that looks like that? Hoosier Park does a great job of supporting the horsemen and the drivers, and they really make it fun to race here. I am just hoping to get off to a good start this season.”

Qualifying for the 2014 Champion Driver Series began on Friday, March 28 and will continue through Saturday, July 19 for the first challenge. Each of the drafts will take place at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the 2014 Champion Driver Series, please visit Hoosier Park’s website or click here.

Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park began live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule this week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

Hoosier Park Merges Technology with Traditional Chart Calling

TRAKUS 3Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 live harness racing meet over the previous year, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has now set sail on providing the most accurate past performance lines in harness racing history for the upcoming 2014 live harness meet.

Along with the recent addition of Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, Hoosier Park is now proud to offer racing fans and handicappers a rich mix of new and traditional racing and handicapping information. With the assistance of the Trakus data feed, Hoosier Park now offers race charts that give the best and most accurate data to handicappers. With the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park not only became the only harness track in North America to use the Trakus system, but will now be the only harness track in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art technology into the production of the most consistent and accurate charts in harness racing.

In a sport where facts and figures are crucial, the Trakus data feed will now supply a comprehensive, instantaneous digital record of the full field at each point of call during a race ultimately to be displayed in the Hoosier Park official charts. By utilizing the Trakus data, much of the subjectivity of chart calling has been eliminated and replaced with objectivity. The Trakus technology will greatly reduce the challenges traditionally presented to chart callers. The Trakus data will now put quantitative fact behind handicapper’s longtime use of observational chart calling.

The Trakus data is compiled using wireless communications to track electronic tags fitted into each horses’ saddlecloth to determine the position and speed of each horse in the race in real-time. Trakus is also able to determine the exact distance, in feet, each horse traveled during a race from gate to wire and how long it took for the horse to complete that distance, taking “trip handicapping” to the next level.

“Following the successful introduction of the Trakus system here at Hoosier Park, we have been eagerly waiting to expand this ever-increasing menu of racing information and handicapping tools for our handicappers of all skill levels,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manger of Racing Rick Moore, noted. “This is just another innovation embraced by Hoosier Park in our continued effort to deliver the best experience and information to our customers.”

Trakus gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers now 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 has been readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com under the Trakus tab.

Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

Hoosier Park Welcomes Back Horses and Horsemen

IMG_8239Training is officially underway for the upcoming season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the seven-eighths mile oval was opened to horsemen on Monday, March 17.  The track will remain open for training from 6 a.m.-12 p.m. the rest of the week, with weather permitting.

Stalls were allotted for the upcoming season by Hoosier Park Race Secretary, Scott Peine and horsemen began moving in equipment on March 15. The barn area has since been opened for stabling and the dormitories have also been made available for occupancy.

The first round of qualifiers at Hoosier Park is slated for Wednesday, March 19and again on Saturday, March 22, with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Hoosier Park will also offer qualifiers on Monday, March 24 to allow horsemen another opportunity to qualify their horses.

A special evening qualifier is slated for Wednesday, March 26 beginning at 5:15 p.m. and will serve as a “dress rehearsal” for live racing. The qualifiers will be conducted on a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet.  The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior, at 1 p.m.

All horses entering the grounds must have valid paperwork and all personnel must be licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission before entering the grounds. The IHRC licensing office at Hoosier Park will open on Tuesday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for anyone who needs to obtain a license.

Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. The first condition sheet has been made available and can be found on Hoosier Park’s website or by clicking here.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

Hoosier Park Stall Applications Now Available

Hoosier Park Stall Applications Now Available

Hoosier Park Readies for 2014 Racing Season

ANDERSON, Ind.—January 13, 2013—Stall applications are now available for the upcoming 2014 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park’s website or by clicking here.

Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino’s race office by no later than February 7, 2014.Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area, as well as horsemen wishing to ship in to race at Hoosier Park. Horsemen receiving stalls will be notified of their allotment by mid-February.

Building upon the successes of the 2013 live race meet, Hoosier Park’s 21st season of live harness racing will kick off on March 28, 2014. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.

Once again, Hoosier Park will solely host Indiana’s harness racing and offer an action-packed stakes season. Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace, is slated for Saturday, August 9. Hoosier Park will also add new stake races to their schedule for the 2014 season including the Nadia Lobell stakes for three-year-old filly pacers as well as the Moni Maker stakes for three-year-old filly trotters.

For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . For more information on the upcoming harness racing meet and promotions at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com

About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held Indiana owned and managed company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.

Continual Velocity Returns to Her Winning Ways in Feature

CONTINUAL VELOCITY INVITE 5-31Continual Velocity used a tough, front running effort to prevail in the featured event, a $24,000 fillies and mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 31. Notching her fifth win of the season, the five-year-old mare stopped the clock in 1:51.3 as she extended her win streak to two.

Leaving from post nine, Continual Velocity was unhurried out of the gate by driver, trainer Trent Stohler and settled along the rail in fourth. Montenegro and Ricky Macomber Jr. left the gate alertly to grab the lead through an opening panel in :27.2. Stohler had Continual Velocity out and firing as the field straightened away down the backside and reached the front through the half mile time in :56. Kerosene and Tyler Smith were then out and moving, engaging the leader as the field approached the final turn. Continual Velocity led the field of nine through a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 before feeling a threat from McFlirty and driver Jason Dillander who benefitted from a trip along the rail in fourth.

With a closing panel in :28, Continual Velocity was able to put away her rivals and finish two lengths in front of her next closest competitor. McFlirty battled gamely to finish second while Kerosene overcame a taxing trip to finish third. As the 1-1 favorite, Continual Velocity returned $4.20 for the win. The win marked the 19th career victory for the daughter of Real Artist. Trained by Trent Stohler, Continual Velocity has bankrolled over $270,000 for owner Kenneth Stohler of Markelville, IN.

Live Standardbred racing action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 1 with the featured $24,000 Invitational Trot. The popular ‘I Win, You Win’ giveaway is also back featuring all of Hoosier Park’s celebrity drivers. Guests can enter nightly during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Sophomore Trotters Highlight Hoosier Park Card

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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to four divisions of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, May 30. Offering purses of $10,000 each, the second round of the Silver Sire Stakes action was the featured attraction on the 13-race card.

Serenes Yankee Boy and trainer, driver Ed Hensley made quick work of their ten horse field as they left the gate alertly and never looked back. Dictating middle fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.4, Serenes Yankee Boy saved the best for last as the three-year-old gelding trotted home to reach the wire first in 1:58.1, a lifetime best effort. Jailhouse Troy trotted evenly to get the second place finish for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. ER Undercover and Don Eash staged a big rally late in the stretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Serenes Yankee Boy returned $4.40 for the victory.  Sired by Yankee Valor, Serenes Yankee Boy posted his third win from seven starts this season and pushed his seasonal earnings over $20,000.

In the same gate to wire fashion, J D’s Justice and driver Dave Magee won their division of the sire stakes action with a final time of 1:59.3. The Justice Hall gelding trotted out of the gate evenly from post nine to reach the front at the half mile mark in :59.3. Bennyola and Jason Dillander benefitted from a pocket trip while Modoc followed intently in third. As the field reached the three-quarters in 1:29, J D’s Justice began to trot away from the field. Scoring his third win of the season, J D’s Justice finished five lengths in front of Bennyola. Modoc battled gamely to finish third. Owned by Leslie Bennett, J D’s Justice is trained by Aaron Bennett and has now won three of seven lifetime starts while earning over $10,000 in 2013.

Jesse’sexpress, third choice in his split of the stakes action, won going away for driver, trainer Dan Shetler in 1:59.4. In a race filled with miscues, Jesse’sexpress stayed out of harm’s way as he found the front through the opening quarter and remained uncontested throughout the mile. Notching his first win of the season, the three-year-old gelding has earned over $10,000 lifetime for his connections.

Brandon Bates found the winner’s circle in the opening round of the sire stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts as he steered DC Flashback to victory in 1:59.4. In a maiden breaking victory, DC Flashback staged a big rally late in the homestretch to get the victory over Charles VII. Trained by Brandon Bates, the Pinetucky gelding is owned by Victor Lengacher.

Indiana Silver Sire Stakes Action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 31 with three divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies going postward for $10,000.

 

Dan Patch Invitational Highlights Hoosier Park Season

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Once again, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational will be the highlight of the 2013 harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25. Now in its’ 20th edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace is the one time of the year that the top rated horses in North America convene on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval seeking a lucrative $200,000 purse and a spot in Hoosier Park’s history.

Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch, an invitational race, not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil.

Hoosier Park’s event is named after the early 1900s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of over 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time.

The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 20 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella.

Kevin Mack, Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, inherits the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. Mack begins making his list of potential contenders for one of the ten coveted invitations to the Dan Patch many weeks in advance. After much consideration, ten horses, including a signature “Hometown Hero” chosen from the local area, will receive the official invitation to compete in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing attraction.

The 2013 installment will tout some of the best horses, trainers and drivers in the sport. Patrons can potentially expect to see talents like Levy Memorial Pacing Series champion, Razzle Dazzle, Meadowlands Pace champion A Rocknroll Dance and perhaps 2012’s victor, Rockin Cam lined up behind the gate for the 2013 edition.

“We are looking at what may be the most competitive field to date in the 2013 edition of this great race,” Mack noted. “We haven’t officially decided, but the horses we are looking to invite are evenly matched and that makes for great racing. We are constantly striving to improve our harness racing product in Indiana and the Dan Patch is a race that does that by shining the spotlight on Indiana Standardbred racing on to the national scene.”

Several activities will be held trackside to complement the Dan Patch Invitational pace, including Indiana sire stakes action, property-wide dining specials, special wagering opportunities and exciting entertainment throughout the entire evening.

Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagering opportunities offered for the Dan Patch Invitational race. A $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool for the Dan Patch race will once again be available as part of the special Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association and Hoosier Park partnership. Hoosier Park will also offer a $10,000-guaranteed pick-4 pool that will include the Dan Patch race as a leg of the wager.

Hoosier Park Set to Open With an Air of Excitement

candid #1The stage is set for a whole new chapter in Hoosier Park racing with the advent of one breed, one track. The 20th season of live racing consists of 160 days of all harness racing and will commence with an action-packed twelve race card.

With more than 120 entries flooding the box for opening night, the card will feature four legs of the Miss Windfall Series. With three $7,500 legs and a $15,000 final, the series is open to three and four-year-old, Indiana-sired, fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500, lifetime.

The start of the meet marks the commencement of many exciting promotions geared to both casual and serious racing fans. The opening week of live racing, labeled “fan appreciation week”, is all about the fans. Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will be offering dining specials, wagering vouchers, and an iPad mini giveaway. Patrons are also encouraged to enter the handicapping contests that will be taking place weekly throughout the entirety of the meet.

Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed “Fan-tastic Fridays”, will feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m.  In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $500.

Building on the successful “Family-Fun” themed activities and events started last season, Hoosier Park will continue “Family Fun Saturdays”. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. The official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will be on hand to entertain and excite.

On the track, the racing competition is starting to take shape with the return of 2012’s leading driver champion, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick took home top honors at Hoosier Park in 2012 with 153 trips to the winner’s circle and is back seeking his second leading title.  Hoosier Park’s two time leading trainer and North America’s current leading trainer, Ron Burke has also returned to Indiana with a powerhouse stable headed by assistant trainer, Jamie Rucker. The Burke stable amassed over $655,000 in purse earnings in 2012 with 46 wins, twice his closest competitor.

North America’s fastest pacers will return to the Anderson track on Saturday, May 25th for the 20th installment of the Dan Patch Invitational Pace. Hoosier Park’s signature event touts a purse of $250,000 and will be accompanied by many exciting promotions for racing fans.

“I can’t wait to get this season kicked off,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s general manager of racing. “Here at Hoosier Park we pride ourselves on bringing our guests the best in entertainment we can offer. Our dedicated team has worked hard in the off season to “set a new standard”. I hope our guests will enjoy all the excitement as much as we enjoy bringing it to them.”

Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday live racing schedule through November 9, with a 5:30, eastern post time daily.

 

Gaskin Joins Hoosier Park Team

Emily Gaskin has joined the team at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Gaskin has assumed the duties of racing publicist and executive assistant to Brian Elmore, general manager of racing.

A resident of Pendleton, Ind., Gaskin graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural communication. During her time at UK, she worked as an intern for the Horsemen and Fair World. Most recently, Gaskin served as a reporter for Harness Racing Update.

Gaskin has an extensive background in harness racing. Her family, Ernie and Darla Gaskin, have been longtime participants in the sport and currently own and operate Crimson Lane, a training center just south of Hoosier Park.

“Emily will serve Hoosier Park in a variety of positions,” said Elmore. “In addition to her duties as racing publicist and administrative assistant for the racing department, she will assist with the race marketing and promotions. Her enthusiasm for racing, passion for the equine athlete, and overall appreciation of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will make her a great addition to the Hoosier Park Team.”

Gaskin has owned a number of Standardbreds over the years that have competed at Hoosier Park. She most recently experienced success with Jammin Joshua, an Indiana Sires Stakes winner as a two-year-old last season who won six of 11 starts.

Gaskin is preparing for the upcoming 2012 Standardbred season, which gets underway Tuesday, March 27. The 80-day race meet will run through Saturday, July 14, offering racing Tuesday through Saturday. Post time is 5:30 p.m. EST.

For more information on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, log onto www.hoosierpark.com.

 

 

Wrenn Returns In Search of Fourth Straight Driving Title

Peter Wrenn returns in 2012 with hopes of capturing his fourth straight driving title.

Peter Wrenn completed a three-peat last season, earning his third straight leading driver title at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He has established himself as the “go-to guy” for several of the top contenders in stakes races and brings in a wealth of experience and success, not only on the local scene, but on a national level. Wrenn has wins in Breeders’ Cup action and has competed in almost every major race to date. The Michigan native is back at Hoosier Park again this year seeking to pick up where he left off.

 With more than 8,700 career wins, Wrenn recorded 311 wins for the year in 2011, most of which were accumulated between Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. He and his wife, Melanie, now reside in Carmel, Ind. with their children. For the most part, winter months are spent in Indiana preparing for the upcoming season. They currently have five horses in training at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and will have a couple of three-year-olds ready to race when the meet gets underway Tuesday, March 27. Wrenn is ready to get back to work.

 “I am pawing at the door to get back racing,” said Wrenn. “I am more than looking forward to getting back to competition. Last winter, I raced a little Chicago and a little Cleveland, but haven’t done any competitive work since Dec. 15. I try to get mentally prepared and I work out and keep in shape. I am really, really ready to race and get back into competing.”

 Wrenn earned 138 wins last year to move up the ladder of all-time leading drivers at Hoosier Park. He now has 513 wins in only four full years of competition to rank sixth on the list. Wrenn returns seeking his fourth straight title at Hoosier Park. Don Irvine Jr. continues to hold the record for most titles every won by a driver, trainer, or jockey with six.

 Once again in 2011, Wrenn was spotted behind several top contenders in stakes action, including Next Flight In, Flight Elal, and Why Baby Why, all of which were winners during Hoosier Champions Night. Wrenn was once again honored as Indiana’s top pari-mutuel driver for 2011.

 “I was lucky enough to drive a lot of good ones last year,” said Wrenn. “Some of them didn’t finish up the year as expected, but I’m excited to see them return this year. Hopefully, they will have matured up, sounded up, and will come back good. There are a lot of good connections and good people that I drive for. I’m really ready for opening night.”

 Known as “The Wolf” in the popular Celebrity Standardbred Driver promotion, Wrenn will be joined by other top five drivers from 2011 including Trace Tetrick, Sam Widger, Ricky Macomber Jr., and Dave Magee. Tetrick has been racing at Windsor Raceway all winter while Macomber has driven at Pompano Park and Magee and Widger can be found on the Chicago circuit. All drivers have proven track records for success in the state of Indiana.

 Competition gets underway for the 80-day meet Tuesday, March 27 and runs through Saturday, July 14. Racing will be conducted Tuesday through Saturday with a first post of 5:30 p.m. EST. For more information about the upcoming season, log onto www.hoosierpark.com.