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.
ANDERSON, Ind.—April 6, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the addition of a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool offered on Thursday nights for the 2016 live racing season. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager beginning on Thursday, April 7.
The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 6:25 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 races will be available on the Hoosier Park website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park’s website and The United States Trotting Association’s website. The Pick-4 wager on Thursday nights will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners.
“Hoosier Park would like to thank the Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association for again partnering on the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4, which has become such a popular wager among horse racing fans,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore noted. “The pick-4 wager has been popular amongst our horseplayers and racing fans and we are proud to offer it on Thursdays. With the guaranteed pool and full, competitive racing fields, we feel this offers remarkable value to the horseplayers.”
The 14-race card slated for Thursday, April 7 will be highlighted by full fields as all 14 races carded feature a full field of ten. Thursday’s 14-race card will also feature a pick-5 carry-over of $2,472.34. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, will begin in the tenth race of the evening and continue through the fourteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the ninth race, is 8:45 p.m. (EST.).
Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Thursday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 9 with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The following week live racing will resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016.
ANDERSON, Ind.—April 2, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year’s numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval.
“What an absolutely sensational opening night,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows.”
Friday’s card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening.
The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains.
Friday’s 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park’s 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening’s card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes.
Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park’s Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.
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 live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom.
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. 12, 2016.
The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season.
With over $1.1 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2015 live racing season with a 14-race card that includes the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace, the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot, and the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The first race of the evening will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m.
The $285,500 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as the Hoosier state’s sophomore superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete face-off in the rubber match of their rivalry. These two have met twice before on the track at Hoosier Park and each have a win to their credit. Wiggle It Jiggleit bested Freaky Feet Pete earlier in the season in Indiana Sires Stakes action but Freaky Feet Pete avenged that loss with a victory in their most recent match-up in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final at Hoosier Park on October 10.
Wiggle It Jiggleit will line-up behind the gate for the Monument Circle after a sharp 1:49.4 score in his $45,300 division of the Circle City Stakes on October 23 at Hoosier Park. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit went gate to wire to finish four and a half lengths in front of his nearest rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, has drawn the rail and has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle Pace, slated as the 13th race on the program.
Freaky Feet Pete returns to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As a $62,500 supplemental entry, Freaky Feet Pete looked to be far out of contention in the final turn but sprinted home to stop the timer in 1:50 and record his first victory outside the state of Indiana. For the Monument Circle, Freaky Feet Pete drew post three with Trace Tetrick in the sulky and is slated at 7-5 on the morning line for trainer Larry Rheinheimer.
Also among the stellar cast of entrants at Hoosier Park on Friday will be the 2015 Hambeltonian winner Pinkman who will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time against nine other competitors in the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot. Pinkman, harness racing’s top-earning horse this season, drew post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. Pinkman has bankrolled $1.86 million this year and won 11 of 16 seasonal outings. Most recently, Pinkman finished second the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Racetrack behind stablemate The Bank.
The Carl Erskine Trot also includes the undefeated Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Homicide Hunter who was made eligible to the race by a supplemental nomination. The Curt Grummel trainee has won 16 of 16 starts this year and will start from the rail with regular driver John DeLong in the bike as he embarks on his most ambitious outing to date after dominating state breds.
The 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera will return to Hoosier Park for the second time since his Dan Patch victory and looks to keep his three-race win streak at Hoosier Park in tact in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post five with Brett Miller in the sulky. JK Endofanera will ship to Indiana after a second place finish in his last start behind Always B Miki in the Breeders Crown final for open pacers.
Not only will the best horses in the country go to post at Hoosier Park on Friday’s 14-race card but the best drivers in the country will also be in the spotlight in the second annual East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge. This unique challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a five-race challenge with the victorious team going home with a winner take all $10,000 prize.
The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up “Team Midwest” with the top five drivers from the East making up “Team East”. The East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge will be featured in races 4-8 on the evening.
For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, October 23 as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 13-race card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Harness Racing’s top ranked horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit who stole the show.
After suffering a loss in his last Hoosier Park start, Wiggle It Jiggleit not only made amends but made a statement in his $45,300 split of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as he coasted to the wire in 1:49.4. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggle used a gate to wire victory to finish four and a half lengths in front Mohawk Warrior and John DeLong.
Teague sent the overwhelming favorite away from the gate firing and he grabbed the first call through an opening panel in :26.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Wiggle It Jiggleit remained uncontested through splits of :55.3 and 1:22.4 before he began to put his talent on display.
As the field turned for home, it was all over but the shouting as Wiggle It Jiggleit’s lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27 final quarter, the World Champion son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire under a hand-drive to notch his 19th seasonal victory.
Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $1,842,170 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit’s next engagement will be the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for Friday, October 30 at Hoosier Park.
On the trotting side of the stakes action, Homicide Hunter put together his own impressive performance as he took home top honors in the second division of the $43,000 Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings to remain undefeated in 16 starts this season. Staging a big rally late in the long Hoosier Park lane, Homicide Hunter and John DeLong used a :27.3 final quarter to surge past Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman and stop the timer in 1:54.1.
DeLong rated Homicide Hunter off the early pace while Classic Venture and Trace Tetrick dictated early fractions of :27 and :57. Homicide Hunter moved to the outer flow down the backside but would have his work cut out for home turning for home. DeLong tipped his mount to outside of tiring cover and Homicide Hunter found another gear late in the lane to get the victory and kept his winning streak in-tact.
“He’s an amazing animal,” trainer Curt Grummel noted in the winner’s circle. “I thought they would probably get him tonight after we were so far back at the half but he really surprised me. He’s just an amazing horse.”
Homicide Hunter sent his seasonal earnings to $385,737 with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 19 of 26 lifetime starts. The connections of Homicide Hunter said he will most likely be supplemented to the $250,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park on October 30.
Other stakes winners on the evening included Roland N Rock scoring in 1:51.4 in the first division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Rob Harmon. Chips Starr and Hugh Beatty pulled a $52.60 upset in their division of three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and stopped the timer 1:55.2.
Bright Baby Blues delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the first division of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.4 to give Aaron Merriman his second win of the night. Muscle Baby Doll and John DeLong took the second division for three-year-old trotting fillies using a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:53.1 and establish a new track record for three-year-old trotting fillies in the process. The previous mark of 1:53.4 was set by Churita in stakes action earlier in the season.
Rockin Good and Triple V Hanover took home top honors in their respective divisions of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Rockin Good and trainer, driver Jared Finn wired the field in 1:51.2 to score their sixth win of the season. Trace Tetrick used the same front-running tactics to get Triple V Hanover home a winner in the final division scoring in 1:52 for trainer Brian Brown.
The stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 24 as the 14-race card will feature the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m.
The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, October 17 and it was Jason Dillander who raced away with top honors, winning a Hawaiian excursion for four, a prize valued at $15,000. Not only was it a race to the islands but also a race to the finish as Dillander narrowly won the final round of the challenge by one point over Sam Widger.
In its’ second year, the 2015 Champion Driver Series placed the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season. Dillander, a 39-year-old Kentucky native, accumulated a total of 32 points and finished fourth in round 1 of the challenge held on July 25.
With the points from round 1 carrying over to round 2, Dillander earned a total of 69 points in round two to secure the win over Sam Widger who finished second with 68 points. LeWayne Miller, the 2014 Champion Driver Series winner, finished third in the final round with a total of 67 points.
Although Dillander did not find the winner’s circle in any of the five races in the challenge, he earned two second place finishes, one fourth and two fifth place finishes to secure the victory. With a second, a fifth and a fourth place finish in the first three races of the challenge, Dillander had earned 54 points and was fourth in the standings heading into the fourth leg.
After a second place finish behind Meersburg in the fourth race of the challenge, Dillander accumulated nine more points and moved into third place in the standings with 63 going into the final race. Widger led all challengers with 67 points and Miller was a close second with 64. When the final race of the challenge hit the track, it appeared to be anyone’s game.
Dillander secured his trip to Hawaii with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind Greystone Moe for trainer Joe Cirasuola. Greystone Moe and Dillander rallied late in the lane but couldn’t catch winners Ra Ra Steven and John DeLong. Dillander’s six points were just enough to push him past Widger and into the lead by one point for the win.
“I had no idea I won,” Dillander noted in the winner’s circle. “It was really close going into the last race and it was a competitive group of horses so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.”
“I felt good about my horses coming into tonight but all of these races were really competitive so I knew it would be tough,” he continued. “We are always competitive but this was a little different, we had a lot of fun with it.”
Dillander called the Chicago racing circuit home for a number of years before venturing to Hoosier Park in 2008 where he has been a mainstay atop the leading driver standings nearly every year since. Now in his 18th season as a driver, Dillander is back in the bike in 2015 after a racing injury sidelined him for much of the 2014 season. Dillander celebrated his 2000th career win at Hoosier Park in 2013 and is approaching $20 million in career purse earnings.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will resume on Tuesday, October 20 with a 12-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 14.
Three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the aged pacing divisions will highlight the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The elimination for the aged pacing mares division drew a field of twelve while nineteen entered in the aged stallions and geldings elimination and will be contested through two divisions.
Making his 2015 pari-mutual debut and headlining the list of entrants in the aged stallions and geldings division is pacing sensation, Always B Miki. With trainer Jimmy Takter enlisted to drive, Always B Miki will start from post nine and has been enlisted as the 4-5 morning line choice. He will face nine other rivals in the 10th race of the program.
Always B Miki will make his return to Hoosier Park fresh off a world-record equaling qualifying victory at The Red Mile last week. He cruised to a ten and a half length victory, scoring in 1:48.2, with Jimmy Takter in the sulky. The time of the mile equaled the fastest qualifying mile in the history of harness racing, which was recorded by Shark Gesture over the Meadowlands Racetrack in June of 2010.
Always B Miki was a winner of 12 of 19 starts at three with seasonal earnings in excess of $794,000 for Bluewood Stable and Roll The Dice Stable. In 2014, Always B Miki’s victories included the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $275,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park and he had not finished worse than second in his last 12 starts.
The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper was the morning line favorite in the 2014 Breeders Crown final before being a late scratch due to a left hind pastern fracture and required surgery. As he was making his 2015 comeback for trainer Jimmy Takter, he fractured a right hind pastern in May and required another surgery.
“He’s just a lovely horse,” trainer Jimmy Takter noted of the pacer. “I’m very happy with him. He’s come back extremely well. Right now, we are taking it one week at a time with him but he seems really good and really sharp. He’s an extremely fast horse, just a great horse to have in the barn.”
“The owners wanted me to drive,” Takter continued. “I want to make sure everything is okay with him. We’re pointing him to the Breeders Crown and we needed a couple of starts to prepare him for that. This should be a good race for him.”
The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 10 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals; the four finals for the aged competitors will compliment the 14-race card, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The top five finishers from the two eliminations in the aged male pace will return for the final while the top ten finishers from the aged mares elimination will make up the final. The aged trotting divisions did not require eliminations.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Bee A Magician made Hoosier Park history as she became the first mare to ever win the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 26. With David Miller in the bike, Bee A Magician dominated a field of nine male counterparts to win by a length in 1:53. The World Champion mare was able to overcome a long, first over trip to score her second consecutive victory and first victory at Hoosier Park.
When the talented field of ten left the gate, Lindy’s Tru Grit and Andy Miller fired from the wings to reach the opening panel in a snappy :26.4. Wind Of The North and Dave Palone grabbed the pocket seat while Bee A Magician let just enough to grab a spot next in line, third. Yannick Gingras pointed Gural Hanover to the front and they were in command just before the half in :55.3.
Miller gave Bee A Magician the green light approaching the final turn and she ranged up to reach the leader’s wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.4. As the field turned for home, Bee A Magician began to put her talent on display as she found another gear to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Gural Hanover held on for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Bee A Magician returned $3.20 at the betting window.
“She’s an amazing animal,” winning driver David Miller noted in the winner’s circle after the victory. “She was able to overcome a bad post and unfavorable trip to win that race tonight. There was enough early speed that I didn’t have to move her till late in the mile so I felt pretty good about it coming around the last turn. She raced great again.”
“She really is something though,” he continued. “To be able to continually dominate at this level and take on the boys week after week is pretty special. She’s a pleasure to sit behind.”
Trained by Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman, the five-year-old Kadabra mare scored her 41st career win and 10th seasonal victory from 14 starts. With the win, Bee A Magician pushed her career bankroll to $3.6 million for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The victory was also one of four wins on the 14-race card for driver David Miller.
When she is scoring down or on her way to the gate, Churita’s adoring fans line up on the fence at Hoosier Park nudging one another with their elbows and talking softly amongst themselves about how fabulous she looks. It’s as if the Anderson oval is her very own personal runway and all in attendance are only there to witness her.
“You really can just see it in her eyes,” said her owner Jack Porter. “It is also in the way she carries herself and holds her head.”
The ‘it’ Porter is referring to is star power and this Indiana champion possesses it in spades. The 3-year-old daughter of Airzoom Lindy and the Yankee Paco mare Stonebridge Volare may not be an international superstar, but she is certainly a local celebrity.
The reasons for this deep reverence are well-deserved as Matt Rheinheimer’s charge has cruised to a career record of 18-16-1-1, collected $422,050 and established a track record of 1:53.4s, which is her swiftest mile to date. She is perfect in eight trips to the gate this season and will seek to add luster to her already sparkling resume on Friday (August 14) when she takes on nine rivals in her $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final. It is the seventh race on the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes card with an approximate post time of 7:31 p.m. and regular reinsman Trace Tetrick will be holding the lines. She will commence her journey to the wire from the rail.
“My job is just to keep her happy,” Rheinheimer said. “She has already more than exceeded my expectations so anything she does makes me happy. The minute she steps on the track she is all business and you could never ask anything more from her than that.”
Churita has been defying the odds since Porter purchased her as a yearling for a fair racing prospect. She was not even his or Rheinheimer’s first choice, but she went for the right price and is only competing in the Sire Stakes program because that is what she was eligible to. In fact, she is the only horse Porter has owned after several decades in the business that has competed at this level.
“When other trainers come up to you and say if they had to lose to anyone they are glad it was her because we deserve it is an indescribable feeling,” Porter said. “And to be honest, I never anticipated she would be undefeated at this point of the season. I really thought Golden Big Stick was going to give her some competition and would improve from two to three, but even when she has someone look her in the eye she just digs in. She doesn’t want to let another horse go by.”
Most trotting fillies do have a bit of an attitude and Churita, while not quite a diva, does have her own air about her.
“She is terrific to be around and always takes care of herself,” Rheinheimer said. “But there are times when you just need to leave her alone. She needs to do her own thing and she lets you know that.”
Despite her devoted minions and her domination of the local competition, this young lady will remain at her home base until the end of the season.
“We have her nominated to a couple stakes like the Circle City,” Porter said. “But it all depends on her. She doesn’t owe us a thing and anything else she does is like icing on the cake. If she is sound and healthy we will go, but if not that is perfectly fine too.”
Rheinheimer admitted he was always nervous during the filly’s campaign last year as he was astonished at how talented she was, but this year it’s different. Not that he still isn’t on edge about her at times, but he now can enjoy her a bit more.
“I am in awe of her,” he said. “Not that I don’t get anxious at times, but I just am astonished how good she really is. She is by far the best horse I have trained and I feel so very fortunate to have her. You always wish for a horse like this to come along and when they finally do it’s something very special.”
Churita’s $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be part of the star studded card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14 that features the 2015 installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The entire racing card will be part of a special weekend tagged as the “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:15 p.m.
Story By: Kimberly French
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 11, 2015—A field of ten will be sent post-ward in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14. Featuring the largest purse in the 22-year-history of the event, ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event. The 2015 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. and be supported by an all-star undercard includes Indiana Sires Stakes and overnight series action.
The 2015 Dan Patch field boasts combined career purse earnings over $17 million and includes five millionaires and two World Champions. North America’s leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995.
Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, with $7.09 million in career purse earnings, headlines the ten horses entered in this year’s Dan Patch Stakes and will play the role of morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 from post two. The 11-year-old World Champion pacer will make first appearance in the race, and third Hoosier Park start, with regular pilot Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke.
Burke has enlisted Hoosier Park’s all-time leading driver, Ricky Macomber Jr., who visited the Dan Patch winner’s circle in 2000 and 2002, to drive Bettor’s Edge from post nine. Bettor’s Edge and Macomber Jr. finished second in the 2014 edition of the Dan Patch to stablemate Sweet Lou in a track record setting mile of 1:47.2. Joining Foiled Again and Bettor’s Edge from the Burke Stable on Friday will be Limelight Beach from post seven, All Bets Off from post eight, and Clear Vision from the trailing post position ten.
JK Endofanera will join the stellar cast of entrants and be a main contender for the 2015 Dan Patch title from the coveted rail position. With over $1.5 million in career earnings, the Jimmy Takter trainee has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning line second choice. Brett Miller has been listed to drive both JK Endofanera and World Champion Clear Vision.
The 2015 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:
- JK Endofanera Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: Brett Miller 3-1
- Foiled Again Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Yannick Gingras 5-2
- Lyonssomewhere Tr: Julie Miller Dr: Andy Miller 8-1
- Captive Audience Tr: Douglas Berkeley Dr: Andrew McCarthy 20-1
- Duc Dorleans Tr: Jacques Dupont Dr: Peter Wrenn 15-1
- Let’s Drink On It Tr: Joe Seekman Dr: Travis Seekman 20-1
- Limelight Beach Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ed Hensley 12-1
- All Bets Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley 6-1
- Bettor’s Edge Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr 10-1
- Clear Vision Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Brett Miller 4-1
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available as part of the Strategic Wagering Program for the Dan Patch race. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:44 p.m.
A 10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool will also be available to racing fans on Friday’s 14-race card. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 5:55 p.m. (EST).
Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch 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 1900’s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch born in Oxford, Indiana.
Now, 100 years after his birth, the great pacer is still remembered every year at Hoosier Park with this signature race. Since its inception in 1994, the Dan Patch Stakes has drawn the very best older pacers in North America. Previous Dan Patch winners include World Champions Pacific Fella, Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist, Won The West, Mister Big, and Sweet Lou.
The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by Indiana Sires Stakes finals, sending the purse money to be distributed throughout the evening over the $800,000 mark.