Wiggle It Jiggleit Takes Center Stage on Indiana Sires Stakes Finals Night

On a night where Indiana’s brightest harness racing stars came out, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors on Saturday’s 14-race card.

The rain didn’t seem to inconvenience Wiggle It Jiggleit as he posted his tenth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory to remain undefeated in ten career starts.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was a 1:49.3 winner in Indiana Sires Stakes action.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was a 1:49.3 winner in Indiana Sires Stakes action.

Leaving from post seven in a talented group of ten, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent away from the gate firing by driver Montrell Teague to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26. As heavy rain continued to fall, the rest of the field sorted out early position with Rockin Ron and Rick Plano grabbing a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite.

Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to dictate fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were the first to pose a threat as they were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front after being parked for the much of the mile.

Freaky Feet Pete would finally find the rail as he was able to tuck in behind the leader rounding the final turn but would have his work cut out for him with Wiggle It Jiggleit inching away with every stride. With Freaky Feet Pete now on his back, Teague asked Wiggle It Jiggleit for more and the colt responded with a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by a length. Freaky Feet Pete turned in his own impressive performance to grind out a second place finish after a very taxing mile. Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall rounded out the trifecta.

“The weather didn’t bother me; you’ve got to race in all kinds of weather,” owner George Teague Jr. noted in the winner’s circle. “Good horses you don’t have to make excuses for and we didn’t have to for him tonight, he was able to overcome it.”

“He’s had two great races now and did everything we wanted him to,” he continued. “Now, he can go on to those other races and hopefully earn some respect against the other horses. He seems to travel well and be easy on himself so we’ll head to the North America Cup and see how it goes up there.”

Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $142, 242 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover.

The action-paced night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Churita looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as she overcame the outside post nine to score in 1:55. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita dictated fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26 before cruising to a five length victory. The 1:55 victory was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and her second consecutive victory in 2015.

Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 10 of 12 lifetime outings. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $310,725 lifetime.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander were victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander were victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in a gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies.  Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:52.2, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her third victory of the season.

“She has matured quite a bit from last year and tonight she was all business,” owner, trainer Marlin Fry noted after the win. “She is doing now what I thought she might always be capable of. Jason (Dillander) has done a great job with her.”

Nora Rockwell is a homebred daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell. She has now won seven of 22 lifetime outings while earning $81,072.

While the stakes action switched gears, the weather did not. Rain continued to fall on the Hoosier Park surface but Homicide Hunter and John Delong seemed unbothered as they scored a decisive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts. The 1:55.1 was a lifetime best performance and the second consecutive win from two seasonal outings for the Curt Grummel trainee.

Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Homicide Hunter was able to avoid traffic trouble and early breakers to put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile. Using a :27 final quarter, Homicide Hunter held off the heavily favored, Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington, late in the lane to win by four lengths.

“It wasn’t exactly how I thought the race would play out but the trip worked out for us,” Delong noted after the race. “We made a couple of adjustments after last week and tonight he was awesome. He’s a perfect gentleman to drive and he does everything you ask of him. He really raced great tonight.”

Homicide Hunter sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won five of 12 lifetime starts.

Each of the four stakes winners from tonight’s program have now earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 2015 Indiana Sires 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 10 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 2 with a 14-race card.

Hoosier Park Spotlight on Hoosier Champions Night

HoosierChampions-2013Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the early stages of the 2015 harness racing season on Saturday, May 30 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been carded and will feature four $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors.

Revamped last 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 2015 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 10 at Hoosier Park.

“Our Hoosier Champions Night has become a much-anticipated event among horsemen and racing fans alike,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “While all four $75,000 races are loaded with top-notch contenders, the three-year-old colt and gelding pace has the harness world buzzing as ultra-talented sophomores Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete prepare to go head to head for the first time.”

The three-year-old filly trotters will kick-off the stakes action for the evening and have been slated as the 9th race on the 14-race program. Indiana’s reigning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Churita, will start from post nine with driver Trace Tetrick in the sulky. The Matt Rheinheimer trainee will be looking to score her second consecutive victory of the season and has been entrusted as the even money favorite.

A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Rockin Good, Indiana’s two-year-old pacing filly of the year, will start from post three for driver, trainer Jared Finn. Last week’s elimination round winners, Nora Rockwell, Feetonthedashboard, and Sandysgoldenhour, will start from posts 6, 7, and 9, respectively.

In the three-year-old trotting colt ranks, Bluebird Reverend will look to remain undefeated in 2015 starting from post 5 with pilot Rick Farrington. Trained by Robert Reeser, the son of Swan For All scored his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in the elimination round of the stakes action last week.

The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for three-year-old pacing colts is the twelfth race on the program and will feature perhaps one of the most anticipated matchups in all of harness as superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit will square off against Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Freaky Feet Pete.

Wiggle It Jiggleit has been tabbed as the 3/5 morning line choice and will put his nine race win streak on the line from post seven with Montrell Teague in the sulky. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained undefeated with a win in his elimination of the Indiana Sire Stakes last Saturday and with that, moved to No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society poll of top ranked harness horses. The World Champion is perfect in eight starts this season and 9-for-9 lifetime.

Freaky Feet Pete has been installed as the 8/5 second choice and will start from post nine for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. Voted Indiana’s two-year-old pacing colt of the year, Freaky Feet Pete has now won 10 of 11 career starts and earned $271,950 for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.

Saturday’s 14-race card is set to get underway at 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways.

Hoosier Park Hosts Opening Round of Indiana Sires Stakes

Churita and Trace Tetrick capture their elimination of Indiana Sires Stakes action.

Churita and Trace Tetrick capture their elimination of Indiana Sires Stakes action.

The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 20th program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park.

Indiana’s two-year-old trotting filly of the year, Churita, looked every the bit the part of a 2-5 favorite as she used a gate to wire effort to score her first victory of the season in 1:56.3. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita left aggressively from post 9 to dictate fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.1 before cruising home to a three length victory.

Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 9 of 11 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $273,225. The daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare captured the first seasonal outing of her sophomore campaign for owner, Jackie Porter.

In the opening round of the stakes action, Swan’s Grace and Ed Hensley pulled a slight 7-1 upset to score in 1:57.3. The victory was the first of the season for Swan’s Grace and a lifetime best performance for the daughter of Swan For All-Red Rose Kosmos.

Swan’s  Grace was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Herbies Wildflower and After All battled for early position through first half fractions of :27.4 and :58. Reigningblackswan and LeWayne Miller were parked for much of the mile but reached the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.3.

With much of the damage being done on the front, Hensley gave Swan’s Grace the green light and the filly used a :28.2 final quarter to hold off a hard-charging Big Wheel and Tom Luther. Trained by Bobby Brower, Swan’s Grace has now earned $38,756 lifetime for her owners and breeders, Jerry Graham and Mystical Marker Farms.

Dirty Secret and Jay Cross were victorious in an elimination for the  Indiana Sires Stakes.

Dirty Secret and Jay Cross were victorious in an elimination for the Indiana Sires Stakes.

Dirty Secret and Jay Cross followed suit in the next split of the stakes action to score in 1:56.3 at odds of 7-1. Recording a new lifetime mark, it was the third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park for the daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Fight.

Leaving from post three, Dirty Secret settled along the rail in fifth while Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.4. Charlie Conrad had La Guida Pleasure pointed to the front and the duo took command just past the half in :58.1. J-S Maple and Sam Widger, sent off as the 1-2 favorite, were grinding it out first over and were engaging the leaders approaching the final turn.

As the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open but Dirty Secret was just beginning to find her best strides. Using a :28.4 final quarter, Dirty Secret dug in gamely to finish a head in front of Hannelore Hanover.

Trained by Susan Askren, the three-year-old filly notched her third victory from four seasonal outings. Dirty Secret has now earned $35,589 lifetime for owners Susan Askren and Richard Keaton.

In the final division, Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners rallied gamely to score in 1:57.4. It was the first win of the season for the daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Golda Plumsted as she also recorded a new lifetime mark.

Using her customary late-charging tactics, Golden Big Stick sat patiently along the rail in seventh as Townline Momma and Sam Widger led through intervals of :27.4, :59, and 1:28.3. As the field turned for home, Golden Big Stick had her work cut out for her but she dug in gamely to reach the wire first in the final strides of the mile.

Trained by Mike Hollenback, who co-owns the filly with William Cantrell, Golden Big Stick has now won four of 13 outings in her career while bankrolling $182,120 lifetime.

American Girl Upsets in Fillies and Mares Feature at Hoosier Park

American Girl scores her first victory of the season in the Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace.

American Girl scores her first victory of the season in the Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace.

ANDERSON, Ind.—May 15, 2015— American Girl, guided by Sam Widger, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, May 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Dismissed at odds of 11-1 at the betting window, American Girl won an epic stretch battle to best her rivals with a final time of 1:53.1.

Leaving from post four, American Girl left aggressively for early position but Shine N Shimmer and John Delong were one step quicker as they reached the front through the opening panel in :27.3. Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn protected their rail position to find a pocket seat with Just A Bee and Mike Micallef next in line, fourth.

American Girl continued her mission to the front and reached the top spot just past the second station in :56.3. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Trace Tetrick had the 1-5 favorite, Color’s A Virgin pointed to the front as the field approached the final turn.

Color’s A Virgin reached the leader’s wheel through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1 but she would have her work cut out for her as American Girl looked strong on the front. The field was tightly packed turning for home and the stage was set for a cavalry charge to the wire.

With the taxing mile beginning to take its toll, Color’s A Virgin began to retreat just as the rest of the field started to fan out across the track late in the lane. Widger asked his mount for more and American Girl responded with one final surge to hold off a hard-charging Montenegro and Jason Dillander. Shine N Shimmer rounded out the trifecta. American Girl returned $25.00 to her backers at the betting window.

“She’s a special mare,” trainer Ernie Gaskin noted after the victory. “When everything is right with her, she’s as game as they come. I wasn’t exactly sure how the trip would work out tonight but Sam (Widger) always takes care of her.”

With the win, American Girl notched her first victory of the season and 23rd win from 89 career starts while amassing $541,948 in purse earnings lifetime. The six-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.

Twitter Contest to Name Final Foal from Ultimate Velocity

Help Name the final foal from Ultimate Velocity, sired by Bettor's Delight

Help Name the final foal from Ultimate Velocity, sired by Bettor’s Delight

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 14, 2015—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and The Trent Stohler Stable have announced “The Ultimate Name Game”, a Twitter competition to name the final foal from the standout open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373). The contestant that submits the winning name will win a VIP Certificate to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino compliments of the connections of Ultimate Velocity.

Ultimate Velocity tragically passed away following complications from surgery after delivering her second foal only one day earlier. Ultimate Velocity’s second foal, sired by Bettor’s Delight, arrived healthy and full of life on March 18, 2015. The competition will honor the legacy of his dam and her prolific racing career.

Ultimate Velocity raced 33 times, resulting in 19 wins, four seconds, and two thirds. While she did earn victories in multiple stakes, she was most known for her gritty efforts in the open mare events on the Indiana racing circuit. Sired by Western Ideal, Ultimate Velocity’s lifetime mark was only one fifth of a second off of the track record at the time. She was also race timed in 1:49.2.

Bred by brothers Kenneth “Dave” Stohler and Merrill Stohler, Ultimate Velocity was the second filly from their homebred mare, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070). Among the highlights on her dam’s resume was a victory in the $288,000 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares in 1998.

“We thought this would be a fun, unique way to remember Ultimate (Velocity),” trainer, driver Trent Stohler noted. “She was a great mare so this foal is going to need a great name. I would like the name to include the word velocity in some way, but I am looking forward to seeing all the names submitted.”

All are welcomed to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit their name suggestions from now until 11:59 p.m. on April 24 via Twitter. Using #NameGame, contestants will send their submissions to Trent Stohler on twitter, @TrentStohler. Stohler, along with his father Dave, will select their favorite name for the colt on Saturday, April 25.

All names must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name.

Color’s A Virgin Romps in Seasonal Debut; Tetrick Wins Six

Color's A Virgin gives Trace Tetrick one of six wins on the 13-race card.

Color’s A Virgin gives Trace Tetrick one of six wins on the 13-race card.

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 10, 2015—The reigning three-year-old pacing filly of the year, Color’s A Virgin, returned to action on Friday, April 10 and made her 2015 debut a winning one as she captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Color’s A Virgin scored her first victory against older mares in 1:53.3 and gave driver Trace Tetrick one of his six wins on the 13-race card.

Leaving from post four in a talented field of six, Color’s A Virgin and Tetrick resumed their previous racing tactics and raced from off the pace early, to secure a spot along the rail in fourth. Tim Curtain sent Wings away from the gate firing and the duo reached the first quarter in :27.4. Stable Eyes and Tim Clevenger benefitted from a pocket trip while Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn were next in line, third. Pertty Music and Ed Hensley, back to back winners at this level, sat at the back of the pack for much of the mile.

Wrenn gave Miss Millie the go-ahead down the backside and she secured the lead just past the half in :57. Unable to wait any longer, Color’s A Virgin began her first-over bid approaching the final turn with American Girl and Sam Widger in tow.

As the field reached the third station in 1:25.3, Color’s A Virgin had worn down the tiring leader and began to put her talent on display as she paced away from the field. Using a :28 final panel, Color’s A Virgin coasted on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick to finish a length in front of American Girl who was a game second.

Miss Millie rounded out the trifecta while Pertty Music had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for fourth. As the heavy betting favorite, the Dan Patch award-winning mare returned $3.60 at the windows.

“The race didn’t work out exactly like I thought,” Tetrick noted after the race. “I didn’t want to be first-up for her first start back but that’s the way it worked out and she overcame it. She did everything I asked and was well within herself at the wire.”

“Brian (Brown) told me she came back well,” he continued. “Tonight, I could tell she’s matured and handled the lay-off well. She’s just a great, great mare.”

Color’s A Virgin won 13 of 18 starts in 2014 and earned $532,622 for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. She captured seven of her last eight starts, including the $178,862 Juggette on September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

Trained by Brian Brown, the four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color now sports a lifetime bankroll of $754,822. The winner of 19 career outings has been nominated to races such as the TVG Mares Pace, The Lady Liberty and The Golden Girls for her four-year-old campaign. Tetrick noted she would likely make her next start at Hoosier Park before heading to Miami Valley Raceway.

The victory was one of six wins for Hoosier Park’s current leading driver, Trace Tetrick and four training wins for Brian Brown. Brown and Tetrick also teamed up to score with Fits Well and Win The Gold early in the card. Tetrick also found the winner’s circle with Landonfitz for trainer Charlie Stewart and Pleasing Paisley for trainer Tyler George. The Brown, Tetrick combination would strike once more with Do U Mind in the last race of the evening for the Emerald Highlands Farm.

Repeat Trend Continues in Hoosier Park Features

Night Pro and driver Peter Wrenn capture the $21,000 Invitational Pace

Night Pro and driver Peter Wrenn capture the $21,000 Invitational Pace

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 4, 2015—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 4. Each of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner’s circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week.

Kicking things off for the evening, Rose Run Parker and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:55. Unhurried from the gate, Rose Run Parker sat patiently along the rail in fourth through fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:26.2 set by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder before making a move.

Using a :27.4 final panel, Rose Run Parker set his sights on the wire and wore down Lady Blitz late in the lane. Ed Hensley and Bloodstockshalltab staged a late rally but had to settle for second place honors. Escuela and Jason Dillander rallied nicely for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Rose Run Parker returned $2.40 to his backers.

Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Parker remains undefeated in 2015 from three starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy pushed his lifetime bankroll over the $600,000 mark for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr.

On the pacing side of things, Night Pro and Peter Wrenn scored their second consecutive Hoosier Park victory with a final time of 1:51.4 in the $21,000 Invitational pace.

Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Night Pro dictated fractions of :27.1, and :56.2 before ever feeling a threat. Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith were the first to commit to the outer flow as they began their first-over bid approaching the final turn.

With a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3, Night Pro began to put his talent on display as the field turned for home. As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Night Pro cruised home with a :27.1 final quarter to finish two lengths in front of Let’s Drink On It. Latest Desire and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta ticket. As the public’s choice, Night Pro returned $3.00 at the betting windows.

“This is going to be a great summer with this group of horses,” Peter Wrenn noted in the winner’s circle. “My horse has had a few starts and he’s really sharp right now. He did that tonight just like it was a training mile. He was well within himself at the wire and did everything like he was supposed to. He’s a great, great horse.”

Trained and owned by Dale Decker, Night Pro remains undefeated in four starts in 2015. With the win, the five-year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel pushed his career earnings to $473, 512.

 

Peter Lurie joins broadcast team at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Nationally acclaimed horse racing analyst and commentator Peter Lurie has joined the broadcast teams at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Lurie will make more than one dozen appearances throughout 2015 with the first appearance this weekend at Hoosier Park beginning Friday, April 3.

“We are beyond excited to have someone of Peter’s stature joining our team in Indiana,” said Jim Brown, president and chief operating officer of Centaur Gaming and general manager of Indiana Grand. “Peter is well respected all over the world in horse racing and having his insight into our racing product on a regular basis is phenomenal.”

Lurie brings in more than three decades of experience in both the television and horse racing fields. He has been on the sidelines covering many major races, from the prestigious Saratoga meet to the Florida Derby. Lurie has interviewed racing’s finest participants over the years, including Tom Durkin, Bob Baffert, Kent Desormeaux and more recently the team behind 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. He also served as a host for HRTV’s syndicated weekly show, “Across the Board,” which had viewership all over the world, including Dubai and Europe.

Lurie has covered both the Indiana Derby and the Dan Patch Invitational at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park, respectively, for the past four years and is very familiar with racing in the Hoosier State. He has also provided past support to some of the major Quarter Horse stakes in the state of Indiana, showing his immense versatility and expertise in racing.

“Being able to continue my love of horse racing at two great facilities in the Midwest is wonderful,” said Lurie. “I believe Centaur Gaming is on the cusp of something truly special and I feel very fortunate to be asked to be part of its growth. I’m looking forward to assisting them in taking their racing signals to the next level in the Thoroughbred and the Quarter Horse racing industry as well as in the harness racing world.”

In addition to special appearances throughout the racing season, Lurie will provide daily handicapping for the live production at Indiana Grand. His selections may be found in both the live racing program as well as Indiana Grand’s website. In addition, he will provide frequent call-ins and video to both facilities as well as conduct interviews and additional television coverage while on property during the season.

“Adding Peter to our team is a great way to kick off our 2015 racing season,” said Rod Ratcliff, chairman and chief executive officer of Centaur Gaming. “Peter (Lurie) will enhance our current broadcast by expanding our on-air coverage of our racing programs, something we continue to strive for at both locations. This is another example of our commitment to racing in the state of Indiana.”

Lurie will provide support to the current broadcast team of Emily Gaskin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Steve Cross, announcer, at Hoosier Park. He will also bring his expertise to the broadcast team at Indiana Grand, which consists of Bill Downes, announcer, Rachel McLaughlin, racing personality and on-track analyst, and Nancy Ury-Holthus, paddock analyst.

In addition to his work in horse racing, the multi-talented Lurie will continue to lend his voice to numerous projects including animated series, commercials and video games in the Los Angeles area. He has served as an actor for more than 30 years and brings characters to life with his voice over work, including Leatherhead from the popular “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” television series.

Live harness racing is now underway at Hoosier Park through Saturday, Nov. 14. Racing is conducted Tuesday through Saturday with a first post of 5:15 p.m. EST.

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing returns to Indiana Grand Tuesday, April 21. The 120-day race meet will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 p.m. with first post for Saturdays set at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added Sept. 17.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, and the Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com or www.centaurgaming.net.

About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, a Centaur Gaming destination, holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com or www.CentaurGaming.net.

 

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Pertty Music Captures First Feature of the Season at Hoosier Park

Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the first featured event for the 2015 season

Pertty Music and Ed Hensley capture the first featured event for the 2015 season

Pertty Music Captures First Feature of the Season at Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.—March 27, 2015—Pertty Music and Ed Hensley returned to their winning ways at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 27. Using a powerful rally late in the lane, the five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:54.2 to reach the winner’s circle in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the harness racing season.

Leaving from post five in the field of eight, Pertty Music was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth as the rest of the field battled for early position. Tyler Smith had The Bomb Dottie forwardly place and they were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2. The pace slowed just a touch as Hensley gave Pertty Music the green light and the duo reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :57.4.

Their lead would be short-lived as Peter Wrenn and Miss Millie were out and firing approaching the final turn with the rest of the field closing in. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3., the field was tightly packed and the race appeared to be wide open turning for home.

Using a :27.2 final panel, Pertty Music exploded from the pocket and was able to hold off a late charge from Blisfful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score the win. American Girl and Sam Widger overcame a tough, first over trip to round out the trifecta as the heavy betting favorite. Pertty Music returned $7.00 to her backers at the window.

“I was a little unsure how the trip would work out for us,” owner, trainer, driver Ed Hensley noted after the victory. “She’s a great mare to drive and the trip ended up working out in our favor. I wasn’t sure if we were going to hold them off down the lane but she fought all the way to the wire.”

The 5-year-old daughter of Jereme’s Jet-My Metallica notched her fourth win from just eight seasonal outings. With the victory, Pertty Music pushed her seasonal earnings to $35,235.

Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. This Saturday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will feature drink specials, give-aways and live music at the conclusion of  the live racing card.

For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park Set to Open for 22nd Season of Live Racing

ANDERSON, Ind.—March 26, 2015—The stage is set for the 22nd season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the 160-day meet will kick off with a 14-race card on Friday, March 27. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the evening will be highlighted by the $21,000 featured event for fillies and mares.

“I could not be more pleased with the response of the horsemen in the number of entries for opening weekend,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Being able to offer full 14-race cards on both Friday and Saturday will provide a great positive start to our 2015 meet. This season promises to be action packed!”

The beginning of the live racing season marks not only the start of a variety of new promotions but also marks the unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well.

Racing fans will have the opportunity to enjoy several new dining options for the 2015 racing season. Along with updated menu items in both of the Homestretch restaurants, Hoosier Park has added three new dining offerings in the lower level of the Grandstand.

Dog n Suds is an American, Midwest classic famous for their Coney dogs, burgers and root beer floats. Tommy J’s Pizza Café will feature made-from-scratch Italian breads, salads, calzones, pizzas and savory pasta dishes.  Additionally, The Shoe will feature light snacks, soft drinks and a full assortment of beers, wines and liquors.

Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed “Fan-tastic Fridays”, will once again 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 $750. At the conclusion of live racing, guests can also enjoy a free, live performance by Corey Cox in the Terrace Showroom at 10 p.m.

Hoosier Park has once again partnered with Twinspires.com and will be pulling out all the stops for its opening weekend, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Hoosier Park is offering TwinSpires.com players the opportunity to compete for their share of 2 million elite points and one of two seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC).

Both Friday and Saturday night, 1 million points and a WHHC seat will be on the line in separate contests. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.

Hoosier Park is also excited to announce a partnership with Derby Wars for the 2015 harness racing season. Racing fans will now have an opportunity to play for $500 on Friday, March 27 through www.derbywars.com.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 14, 2015.

 

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