Story By: Kim French
There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome.
Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1.
Co-owner George Teague, Jr. concurred the gelding, who is also owned by Teague Racing Partnership and is conditioned by Clyde Francis, has adjusted his behavior throughout the course of 2016 and that attitude adjustment has definitely added another weapon to his already stocked arsenal.
“He is maturing and growing up,” Teague said. “He is really starting to come along. We used to have walk him around and around just to keep him settled down. Now he is more relaxed and takes things as they come. He’s always been an intelligent horse, but the older he gets the more he has calmed down. He’s even better in the winner’s circle now and as long as you keep him checked up, like we did tonight, we even get some pictures of him. This kind of maturity will only improve him.”
As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest’s first fraction in a sensible :27.4 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead.
Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion.
After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete’s challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own.
Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length.
All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire.
When asked about Wiggle It Jiggleit’s rail journey to victory, Teague explained he was quite confident his horse would respond in tight quarters.
“Wiggle It is a very intelligent horse and we’ve trained out here and a couple other places so he’s used to it,” he said. “It was a definitely a hard trip, but we got the job done.”
The elder Teague acknowledged after post positions were drawn on Tuesday, (Aug. 9) the horse’s connections were very pleased with where their charge would start pacing, but they also have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the field, as there were six world champions present and prepared to pace.
“Coming off the rail we were very excited,” George said. “Normally I would tell people (in that position) to just run with it, but we knew we had to make a couple decisions. Every horse in that race could take the trip. Also, Montrell is great with the horse. Sometimes we feel like he knows him better than his owners know him.”
Wiggle It Jiggleit, the joint favorite with Always B Miki at 8-5, paid $5.40 to his backers, while Always B Miki provided $3.80 to show. All Bets Off returned $23.80 for his efforts and Shamballa paid $2.10. The exacta was $17.40 and the trifecta was either $166.00 or $95.60.
Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 11, 2016—The best in the sport of harness racing will take to the racetrack at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 12 for the 23rd edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. As part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside specialty wagers, free t-shirts, giveaways, and interactive, family-friendly entertainment.
In what is undoubtedly the most talented field ever assembled, the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Boasting an increased purse of $325,000 for 2016, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race of the season and mark the biggest purse offering in the 23-year history of the race.
With combined career purse earnings over $12 million, the talented field of nine includes six World Champions and six millionaires. Fellow Indiana sired world champions Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Always B Miki have made up the “Big Three” in the aged pacing ranks this season and will lead the list of Dan Patch entrants. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for Hoosier Park’s signature event is 10:07 p.m. Advanced wagering for the entire card began on Thursday, August 11. Also complimenting the program will be several finals of the Dan Patch overnight series along with the $30,000 Gregg Haston Memorial Invitational. Haston was the leading driver at Hoosier Park for the first two racing seasons before he was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Each year during Dan Patch Night, the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino family remembers Gregg Haston with a special memorial race.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has 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.
Starting at 3:00 p.m., the first 1,000 racing fans to visit Club Centaur will receive a free Hoosier Park racing t-shirt. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes beginning at Club Centaur 2:00 p.m.
As an added bonus, Hoosier Park has invited two local charities, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and The Animal Protection League, to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Each charity will collect any winnings from the bet however, should a winning bet not be placed, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will guarantee a $1,000 donation to each of their deserving causes.
The popular harness racing podcast ‘Post Time with Mike and Mike’ will join in the Dan Patch festivities as they host their first live remote of the season at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Dan Patch trivia, and more.
The festivities will continue on Saturday with an action packed 13-race card that is set to kick-off at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., racing fans can enjoy the ultimate in entertainment, intense flavors of fiery BBQ, and energizing drinks as part of Hoosier Park’s annual “Thrillyard 200” event located in The Yard.
At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, country music legends Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free show in the Outdoor Music Center as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the entire evening and will follow the concert starting at approximately 10:30 p.m.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Freaky Feet Pete returned to his home state of Indiana and turned in another dominating performance to score his fourth consecutive victory, this time thrilling his hometown crowd in 1:49.3 in the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a pocket trip to his advantage to best harness racing’s top-rated horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit, late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter.
With the win, Freaky Feet Pete became the sport’s newest millionaire as he pushed his lifetime earnings passed the $1 million mark and notch his 23rd lifetime victory from 26 starts. Freaky Feet Pete returned to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to become the first-ever Indiana sired horse to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24.
As the wings of the gate folded, Montrell Teague had the post-time favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit pointed to the front from the rail and Freaky Feet Pete left just enough from post three to grab a pocket seat. With Wiggle It Jiggleit dictating the fractions the race was shaping up to be a repeat of the last time these two superstars met in Indiana Sires Stakes action earlier in the season with Freaky Feet Pete earning the victory.
Wiggle It Jiggleit dictated fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.2 and as the field turned for home the stage was set once again for an epic battle to the wire. Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside but Wiggle It Jiggleit wasn’t giving it up easily. Using a :26 final quarter, Freaky Feet Pete saved his best for last to find the wire first.
“I got the trip I wanted or probably the trip I needed,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “It’s hard to come from off the pace especially against a horse like that (Wiggle It Jiggleit). Those are two great horses out there.”
“I knew Montrell’s horse was sharp tonight,” he continued. “It took mine a little while to get in full-tilt, a little while to get by him but he paced that last eighth of the mile hard, all the way to the wire. He loves his job and loves to go fast.”
The son of Rockin Image and Pilgrim’s Punch mare Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete paid $4.00 to win as the public’s second choice. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.20 to show and My Hero Ron provided $3.80 to his supporters for his third place finish.
“We are on top of the world,” Larry Rheinheimer noted in the winner’s circle. “We were a little concerned bringing him back 6 days later but we wanted to bring him back here to Hoosier Park. This whole experience with him has been a lot of fun, something I never imagined.”
The match-up between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete was the pinnacle of a stakes-filled 14-race card at Hoosier Park with purses distributed throughout the evening over the $1 million mark. Just one race earlier, harness racing’s richest Standardbred ever, Foiled Again turned in a gritty performance to take the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras at the controls, Foiled Again dictated fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24 before he began to feel pressure from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 fought off JK Endofanera and Brett Miller along with stablemate All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley to find the wire first.
“I love the rail, I wanted to control the race,” Gingras noted in the winner’s circle. “He’s as tough as they come and he usually tells you about the 5/8 how he feels and tonight, he felt good. He swelled up and when he does that, he’s usually tough to pass.”
Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again notched his third victory from 20 seasonal outings and 86th lifetime win from 244 starts. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables, the 11-year-old gelding has now earned $379,132 for the season and over $7.2 million lifetime.
Devil Child and Tim Tetrick kicked-off the stakes action for the evening in a big kind of way in the $101,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:50.3, Devil Child scored her second consecutive victory and re-established a seventeen year-old track record at Hoosier Park with the win. The previous mark of 1:50.4 was established by Galleria and George Brennan in 1998.
Trained by Chris Oakes, Devil Child sat patiently along the rail in third through fractions of :26.4, :55.2, and 1:23 before angling out for racing room turning for home. Recording a :27 final quarter, the daughter of American Ideal-Kattimon coasted to the wire three-lengths in front of the pace-setting Sassa Hanover and Matt Kakaley. Devil Child recorded her sixth seasonal win from 20 outings for owners Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms, LLC.
On the trotting side of the stakes action, Muscle Baby Doll turned in another impressive performance to score her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park, tonight in the $140,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. After scoring in a track-record setting time of 1:53.1 in stakes action last week, Muscle Baby Doll dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off Bright Baby Blues to get the win for driver David Miller in 1:54.2.
Owned by F. Bellino & Sons, LLC, the daughter of Muscle Mass-Have You Ever notched her 10th victory of the season from 14 starts. Muscle Baby Doll has now amassed $457,720 lifetime.
In the very next division, Crazy Wow and Tim Tetrick pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the $270,000 Carl Erksine Trot for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters scoring in 1:54. The 2015 Hambletonian winning Pinkman was heavily favored at the betting windows and dictated early fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:25.3 before succumbing to the long Hoosier Park stretch. Tetrick had Crazy Wow well placed turning for home and the three-year-old colt did the rest.
It was the eighth win of the season for the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gan who is trained by Ron Burke and also the fourth win of the night for Tetrick. Owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente Farms, Crazy Wow has now earned $905,837 this season.
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.
ANDERSON, Ind.—February 16, 2015—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and equine related fields.
The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments.
This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings.
This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park’s 22nd season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27 and be conducted through November 14. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.
To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to:
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, IN 46017
The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 15, 2015. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Night Pro made his third consecutive trip to Hoosier Park’s winner circle as he completed the Jerry Landess series sweep winning the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, April 17.
The three-year-old colt notched his fourth consecutive victory in a lifetime best effort of 1:53.1 as he pushed his career earnings over $15,000.
Barley Pop and Trace Tetrick left the gate alertly from post three to control the early fractions through a first quarter clocking in :28.0. Using much the same strategy as weeks past, Night Pro and Pete Wrenn were content to sit along the rail in third before making their move to the front down the backside. Bullwinkle and Kayne Kauffman benefitted from a pocket trip as the field remained in single file line through the half mile time in :56.4. Barley Pop continued to lead the field of ten as Pete Wrenn gave Night Pro the green light approaching the final turn. Shooters Dream and Roger Cullipher were well placed second over as they reached the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Pete Wrenn urged Night Pro to the front, and the son of Pro Bono Best responded with a :27.3 final panel to win going away by nine lengths. Shooters Dream was able to take advantage of a perfect trip to finish second while Endeavors King and Tony Hall rallied from off the pace to finish third. Heavily backed at the windows, Night Pro returned $2.80 for the win.
“I didn’t want to rush him tonight,” Pete Wrenn noted. “I just wanted to float out of there and stay out of trouble. He relaxed down the backside and was able to get a breather before I ever had to ask him to do anything. He’s an extremely smart colt and looks like he has a future ahead of him.”
Unraced at two, Night Pro is trained and owned by Dale Decker of Temperance, MI. A $14,000 yearling purchase, the black colt is the first foal from the multiple stakes winning mare, Midnight Jewel.
“He’s an extremely smart colt,” Decker said. “People ask me why I’m not driving him and I tell them it’s because Pete (Wrenn) has about 8,000 more wins than me. He is the one that should be driving a colt like him.”
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:30 p.m., the 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 9.