Hoosier Park Concludes Season; Burke and Tetrick Win Titles

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively.

leading-trainer-award-2016Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 88 trips to the winner’s circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle this season.

Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport’s leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish.

Jamie Macomber, Burke’s assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner’s circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record but it is truly a team effort,” Macomber noted. “We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way.”

leading-driver-2016In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 371 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories.

The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000.

“It’s certainly an honor and a great accomplishment,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible.”

The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success.

Hoosier Park Hosts Bicentennial Torch Relay Events for Madison County

Anderson, INOct. 12, 2016 As a part of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host festivities during the Madison County tour on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The event will begin at Hoosier Park at 10 a.m. with a Bicentennial t-shirt giveaway and feature and a torch lap around Hoosier Park’s 7/8-mile horse track at 11:30 a.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the first 2,500 guests to visit Hoosier Park’s Trackside Club Centaur will receive a free Indiana Bicentennial commemorative t-shirt. The Bicentennial Experience, a one of a kind interactive mobile center featuring a high-tech interactive museum of Indiana’s history culture and fun facts, will be available for guests between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. near the track’s winners circle. Additionally, from 11 a.m. to Noon, guests who visit Club Centaur Rewards in the casino will receive $5 in free slot play.

At 11:00 a.m., the Bicentennial Torch will arrive at Hoosier Park, following a relay from Anderson University. At 11:30 a.m., Hoosier Park’s torch lap will commence in the track’s winners circle with comments from Mark Newman, executive director for the Indiana Office of Tourism and Development; Mayor Tom Broderick of the City of Anderson; and Perry Hammock, director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Accompanying these speakers will be Hoosier Park team members Terrance Hazzard singing the national anthem and Holly Petree singing “Back Home Again in Indiana”.

“It’s been quite moving to watch the Bicentennial Torch travel across the state of Indiana,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “We’re anxiously awaiting for Madison County’s tour and are truly honored that Hoosier Park is a part of the celebration.”

Along with the Torch Relay events at Hoosier Park on Friday, Oct. 14, Hoosier Park will offer a $5 lunch buffet at the Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $2 hot dogs and draft beers in the casino all day.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions. Indiana’s torch will travel through all 92 Indiana counties on a 3,200 mile journey. The relay began on Sept. 9, 2016 in Corydon, Ind. and will conclude on Oct. 15 in Indianapolis/Marion County. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ibc/torchrelay.

Tetrick Sweeps Two-Year-Old Trotting Finals at Hoosier Park

 

Foxy Swan and Trace Tetrick capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies.

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.

First Turn Stable Makes Racing Debut a Winning One

First Turn Stable members visit the Hoosier Park winner's circle with Boogie Nights

First Turn Stable members visit the Hoosier Park winner’s circle with Boogie Nights

ANDERSON, Ind.—July 2, 2016—On an evening stacked with stakes races, it was a $12,500 claiming event that stole the show at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 2 as Boogie Nights made his racing debut for First Turn Stable, Hoosier Park’s first fractional ownership opportunity, a winning one. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Boogie Nights and Jason Dillander crossed the wire nearly two lengths in front of the next closest competitor and stopping the timer in 1:51.4, a new lifetime best performance.

Boogie Nights was sent away from the gate firing from post eight and grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.3. Henry Blue Chip ranged up to take the lead at the half mile station in :55.4 but Boogie Nights was back out for more and grabbed the lead approaching the final turn.

As the field turned for home, Boogie Nights was on top and used a :27.1 final quarter to get the victory. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Boogie Nights notched his second victory of the season and 13th  lifetime victory. Several members from the stable were on hand and excitedly joined in the winner’s circle, many visiting the winner’s circle for the first time.

“That was very exciting,” Quincy Cunningham, member of First Turn Stable, noted in the winner’s circle. “I’ve watched a number of horse races in my life but it’s definitely more exciting when you own part of one.”

Unfortunately as the claiming game goes, Boogie Nights was claimed for $12,500 out of the race tonight. Cullipher will start the process of finding another horse for First Turn Stable immediately.

“It’s a great feeling to see so many people in the winner’s circle,” Cullipher noted after the race. “The horse raced great and it is unfortunate he got claimed but that’s part of the game. We’re glad he could get the win for them tonight, it’s a pleasure to be a part of an opportunity like this.”

The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was recently launched at Hoosier Park and designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in.

Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members.

Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 5 at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing at Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .

First Turn Stable to Make Racing Debut on Saturday at Hoosier Park

BoogieNights_0630ANDERSON, Ind.—June 30, 2016—On Saturday, July 2 the dream of being a Standardbred race horse owner will come true for 50 people, courtesy of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While much of the harness racing world will be focused on the numerous stakes races around the country on Saturday, 50 first time horse owners will have their attention directed to the seventh race of the program at Hoosier Park as Boogie Nights makes his debut appearance for Hoosier Park’s new ownership club.

Boogie Nights is a six-year-old gelded pacer who has made $74,949 in lifetime purse earnings. Sired by one of Indiana’s leading pacing sires, Always A Virgin, Boogie Nights has won 12 of his 83 lifetime starts and took his lifetime mark of 1:52 at the age of four. The brown gelding has had 13 starts while earning $10,010 in 2016.

Claimed out of a $10,000 race last Saturday at Hoosier Park, the brown gelding has now been entrusted to trainer Jeff Cullipher who has been assigned the training duties for First Turn Stable. With Jason Dillander in the bike, Boogie Nights will start from post eight in the field of nine and has been tabbed 6-1 on the morning line.

“First Turn Stable’s 50 new owners are about to experience something probably to a person they never dreamed of; that being the thrill of watching their very own horse race,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Best of luck to all of them!”

The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was recently launched at Hoosier Park and designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership for a one-time, $250 buy-in.

Members of First Turn Stable will be treated to the on-track perks of racehorse ownership while experiencing firsthand the economics of what it takes to own a Standardbred racehorse. Updates for First Turn Stable will be posted weekly on the social media sites and via e-mail so members can follow along with the racing action throughout the season. Members are encouraged to like First Turn Stable on Facebook to stay updated with the daily happenings of the stable.

Along with interactive social media pages, monthly financials will be shared with the group to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real costs of owning a racehorse. On-site teaching tools and other resources will also be made available to the members.

Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Saturday will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace and three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts. The first race will line up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com .

Hoosier Feature to Nitro; DeLong Wins Six

NITRO 5-21-16 INVITATIONALNitro, with John DeLong at the lines, made amends for last week’s second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 21. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Nitro stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and gave driver John DeLong one of his six wins on the 13-race card.

DeLong took no chances and sent Nitro to the front from post five in an abbreviated field of six to grab the top spot through the opening panel in :27.3. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. left just enough to grab a pocket seat while If I Lose and Brian Carpenter were next in line third. The field remained in single file order down the backside as Nitro clicked off fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before ever feeling a threat.

As the field turned for home, Jason Dillander had Shooter’s Dream pointed to the front in the outer flow while Color’s A Virgin and Tyler Smith grabbed the cover second-over. As the rest of the field closed in, DeLong asked his mount for more and Nitro dug in gamely. Using a :26.4 closing quarter, Nitro finished a length and a half in front of the pocket-sitting Bluehourpower. As the only mare in the field, Color’s A Virgin rallied gamely for third place honors. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Nitro returned $4.20 at the betting windows.

Traiend by Ron Burke, the six-year-old son of Charley-Barley-Deferred Comp notched his second seasonal victory from 14 outings. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and C. Hecht, Nitro has now won 20 of 107 lifetime starts and amassed $347,934 lifetime.

In the very next race, John DeLong found the winner’s circle in a conditioned pace with JL Dontwastemytime in 1:52.1 for trainer Trent Stohler. Stohler and Delong also teamed up to get ER Zach Attack home a winner in a claiming event earlier on the card.

Driving in each and every race on the program, DeLong found the winner’s circle for the first time in the third race of the evening with Hot N Shooting for trainer Grant Wilfong and then scored in the very next race with Ok Ferrari for trainer Dylan Davis.

In the $20,000 Steve Gray Memorial Pace, it was Four Socks who turned in a gate to wire effort to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1. It was the third victory of the season for the six-year-old son of I Scoot Hanover-Well Hello Dolly who is trained by Mike Murphy.

DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 61 wins on the season through 35 nights of live racing. Hoosier Park’s 2015 leading driver, Trace Tetrick, leads all drivers with 82 wins on the season.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 24 with a 14-race card and a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The 160-day harness racing meet 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 Features to Freaky Feet Pete, Hannelore Hanover

On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner’s circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week.

Freaky Feet Pete scores his second consecutive victory of 2016 at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete scores his second consecutive victory of 2016 at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50.2 over a sloppy rated track.

Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Freaky Feet Pete dictated first half fractions of :27.1 :55.2 while Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip. With the heavy betting favorite calling the shots on the front, the rest of the field remained in single file line down the backside.

Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow but Freaky Feet Pete began to inch away from the field with every stride. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display as the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance.

Freaky Feet Pete cruised to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick finishing six and a half lengths in front of Fearless Diablo. SF Donttellonme and Joey Casagranda used a late closing kick to round out the trifecta.

With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 26th career victory from 29 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,136,724 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.

Hannelore Hanover remains undefeated in 4 starts in 2016.

Hannelore Hanover remains undefeated in 4 starts in 2016.

In much the same fashion on the trotting side of things, Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:52.4 over a track rated good. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third behind Churita and Trace Tetrick who reached the first quarter mark in :28. Macomber Jr. gave Hannelore Hanover the green light down the backside and the Ron Burke trainee easily reached the front to dictate middle fractions of :57 and 1:24.4.

As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover was two lengths in front of her next closest competitor and used a :28 final panel to coast home three lengths to the good. Churita maintained her position to finish second while Rever Ever rallied nicely to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $3.20 at the betting window.

The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated in four starts in 2016. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $345,324 lifetime.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 3 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season 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

Freaky Feet Pete Steps Out in Fine Fashion

Freaky Feet Pete wins 2016 debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Freaky Feet Pete wins 2016 debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, was a dominant winner in his 2016 debut on Saturday, April 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event on the card, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished two lengths in front of his next closest competitor, stopping the timer in 1:49.4.

The Larry Rheinheimer trainee wasted no time as he came away from the gate firing to reach the front in an uncontested opening panel of :27. Nitro and John DeLong benefitted from a pocket trip while Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line, third.

Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled down the backside to reach the second panel in :55.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file line approaching the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking a 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete once again showed the flashes of speed that has made the pacer so popular.

Under no urging from Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and utilized a :26.4 closing quarter to pace away from the field. Nitro maintained his position to finish second while Bluehourpower rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the betting window.

“We are glad to have that one out of the way,” Rheinheimer noted in the winner’s circle with a smile. “There’s a lot of pressure, especially with his first start, but he qualified well and he seems to be as good as ever so that’s all we can ask for.”

“I told Trace (Tetrick) good luck and be safe, that’s it, that’s all I ever tell him,” he continued. “I felt good about things tonight, he (Freaky Feet Pete) felt really good warming up.”

With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the first win of his four-year-old campaign and 25th career victory from 28 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,126,224 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer’s star pupil will look to make another start at his home track before being pointed to Northfield Park for his first major stakes engagement of the season, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on May 21.

“As far as the rest of the season, we will see how it goes,” Rheinheimer continued. “He will be in all the stakes races around here and we will take him to a few other places, Toronto and the Meadowlands, if all goes well. We are going to take it week by week with him.”

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, April 26 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season 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

Smith Reaches Harness Racing History at Hoosier Park

HP-SmithMilestone-AVSlideDriver Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 15 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 2,000-win mark at the age of 23. Smith came into Hoosier Park’s 14-race card on Friday with 1,999 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 his first race of the night, race 3, steering Au D Lox Bluegrass to a 1:53.2. romp in a division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Trained by John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record her first win of the season. Owned by Luel Overstreet and John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass has earned $74,631 in her career.

Scott Zeron previously held the record for youngest driver to reach the 2,000 win plateau after he reached the milestone two months before his 24th birthday. Smith turned 23 in January of 2016.

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. He also became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins in the bike, a milestone he still holds and reached at Hoosier Park in 2013.

The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $15 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 412 races and earned over $3.7 in purse earnings.

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 2,000,” Moore noted. “We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and couldn’t be happier he reached this milestone at Hoosier Park. It has been a pleasure watching him race and make harness racing history here with us. 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 on the evening for Smith as he also piloted Halle Shark to the winner’s circle for trainer Joe Putnam in another division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Smith is currently fourth on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 9 wins through 9 nights of racing.

Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 16 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Tetrick Takes the Lead in All-Time Leading Driver Standings

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick scored a grand slam on Friday, April 8 and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. in the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Both Tetrick and Macomber Jr. are two of the most well-known drivers at Hoosier Park and have been recognized for their accomplishments on and off the track.

Heading into Friday’s 14-race card, Tetrick needed just one victory to tie Macomber Jr.’s record of 1,480 wins and two to surpass him in the standings.

The victory with Croquet Rose in the evening’s eighth race notched win number 1,480 in Tetrick’s career at Hoosier Park and tied him with Ricky Macomber Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided Double A Cash Hall to victory in the $15,000 Open II Trot just two races later, Tetrick moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,481 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.

Tetrick then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Shakeitformegear in the very next race and again in the evening’s 13th race with My Tweed Heart leaving him with 1,483 wins and counting. Macomber Jr., who has held the title since 2014, has 1,480 victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and counting.

Tetrick has stamped himself in the Hoosier Park history books as he also holds the records for most wins in a single season, a record that he established last year with 325 victories. Tetrick lead the leading driver standings from start to finish in 2015 to secure his 4th leading driver title at Hoosier Park.

The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $33 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. He recorded his best season to date in 2015 as he notched 423 victories and his second consecutive season with over $4.8 million in purse earnings. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park last season.

With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick’s career reached new heights when he won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with Freaky Feet Pete. The 29-year-old reignsman was also voted the pari-mutuel driver of the year in the state of Indiana in both 2014 and 2015.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. with a 14-race card. The live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12.

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