Keep It Real Retires in Winning Fashion

KEEP IT REAL THE POLAR VORTEX

Keep It Real winning the Polar Vortex Pacing Series with driver Ross Leonard

Keep It Real made the final start of his racing career a winning one as he scored with driver Ross Leonard in the featured event, the $15,000 Polar Vortex pacing series final, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 22. Using a well-timed rally late in the lane, Keep It Real scored in a seasonal best time of  1:54.1 to score the second win of his 2014 campaign and final win of his career.

Trained by Ross Leonard, the eight-year-old horse swept the Polar Vortex Pacing Series as he scored his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park.

“He was a terrific horse to have in the barn,” Leonard noted. “We wanted him to go out in a winning way and we had our eye on this series once we found out about it.”

“He is a classy horse, everything about him,” he continued. “He was a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to drive. He is the type of horse you like to have in the barn and I’m glad to see him get the retirement he so very much deserves.”

Keep It Real will retire from the racing scene with 23 career victories from 75 starts, finishing on the board in 68% of his lifetime outings. While earning $562,615 throughout his career, Keep It Real established his lifetime mark of 1:49 as a four-year-old at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

The veteran pacer, who was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a foot injury, raced amongst the likes of champions Shark Gesture, Well Said, If I Can Dream and harness racing’s richest pacer, Foiled Again, throughout his eight-year-career. Keep It Real also raced in some of harness racing’s biggest races including the 2010 installment of Hoosier Park’s signature race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational.
A $45,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Keep It Real is a son of Real Artist. His mother, Magical Leah, was the 2002 New York Sire Stakes champion for 3-year-old filly pacers. His great-grandmother, Goddess Supreme, was the mother of Dignatarian, who won the 1984 Champlain Stakes and earned just shy of $1 million in his career.

Hoosier Park Drivers Looking to Secure Ultimate Ride

photoHoosier Park Racing & Casino is excited to unveil a driver challenge like never seen before in the sport of harness racing. The 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, but twice, throughout the season with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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

In the first of the two challenges, the top ten drivers will compete in a five-race competition on Saturday, July 19 for their share of $5,000. The rankings will be based on number of wins at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as of Saturday, July 12, 2014. The drivers will pick their horses via a draft system to be held in the following order:

1st race: Number 1 ranked driver picks first, number 2 picks second, etc.

2nd race: Number 10 ranked driver picks first, number 9 picks second, etc.

3rd race: Same as first race

4th race: Same as second race

5th race: same as first

 

The top eight finishers from the first challenge will return for round two on Saturday, September 27 with the final two positions being determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, September 20.

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

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

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

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

Hoosier Park Merges Technology with Traditional Chart Calling

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

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

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

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

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

Trakus gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers now have access to a variety of new resources, including exclusive speed and distance measurements all collected via the state-of-the-art Trakus tracking system.

All of the Trakus handicapping information has been readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com under the Trakus tab.

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

Natural Herbie Repeats in Gold Sire Stakes

 

 

NATURAL HERBIE ISSGL 8-30Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Highlight Hoosier Park Card

 

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 30, 2013—Natural Herbie continued his winning ways in the featured event, the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30. Notching his seventh win of the season and third stakes win from four preliminary legs, the reigning freshman Indiana Sire Stakes champion turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:55.3 for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder.

Leaving from post three in the eleven horse field, Natural Herbie was handed no favors from the onset and was parked through the first quarter clocking while the battle for early position ensued.  Ray Hall and Pete Wrenn won the first battle and led the field through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. Unable to find a position along the rail, Natural Herbie pressed on for the lead and was applying pressure to outside of the top pair down the backside with Super Rock and Charlie Conrad hot on their heels second over.  Ray Hall continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 as the rest of the field closed in.

Natural Herbie inherited the lead after a costly break by Ray Hall mid-way through the stretch and was able to hold off a late charge from Red Hot Herbie and Brandon Bates to score the win by a head. Red Hot Herbie used a late closing kick to finish second while Super Rock battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Natural Herbie returned $3.40 to his backers at the window.

 After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Natural Herbie has posted an even better sophomore season. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the black gelding has now won seven of 11 seasonal starts while bankrolling over $150,000 for owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder. Sporting a career bankroll of over $290,000, Natural Herbie has hit the board in 15 of 21 lifetime outings. Natural Herbie will head the field of entrants in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 31 with a pair of $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Saturday, August 31, Hoosier Park will also host The Beach Boys live in concert to culminate the Summer Concert Music Series at the Anderson, IN track. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

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

 

 

Photo: Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.

 

Continual Velocity Returns to Her Winning Ways in Feature

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

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

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

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

Sophomore Trotters Highlight Hoosier Park Card

SERENES YANKEE BOY ISSS 5-30

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bolt The Duer Strikes in Dan Patch Invitational

DAN PATCH BOLT THE DUER WINCIRCLE

Bolt The Duer and driver Sam Widger used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of ten in the 20th installment of the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational on Saturday, May 25 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With a final time of 1:49.3, Bolt The Duer was able to take advantage of a pocket trip to notch his first win of the season for trainer, Peter Foley.

Leaving from post seven, Bolt The Duer was quick off the gate but was forced to settle for the pocket as Trace Tetrick had Up The Credit out and firing from post nine. Up The Credit had to work for position but reached the front through an opening panel in :26 seconds as the field sorted itself out through the first turn. Carrying the publics’ money, Hurrikane Kingcole and driver Brett Miller opted for a trip off the pace and settled along the rail in fourth with Aracache Hanover and Doug McNair following intently in fifth.  Up The Credit continued to call the shots down the backside as the tightly knit field of ten reached the half in :53.4. Fred and Ginger was the first to commit to the outer flow as Ricky Macomber Jr. had him out and firing approaching the final turn with Hurrikane Kingcole in tow.

As the field passed the three-quarter clocking in 1:22, Up The Credit looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced for himself for the cavalry charge behind him. Fred and Ginger was able to put a nose in front halfway down the lane as Bolt The Duer loomed large in the background. With a :27.1 final panel, Bolt The Duer powered home to win by one and half lengths. Fred and Ginger overcame a taxing trip and battled gamely to finish second. Rockincam, last year’s Dan Patch victor, used his same off the pace tactics to charge home and finish third with Jason Dillander at the lines. Bolt The Duer returned $7.60 to his backers as the publics’ second choice.

“Pete (Foley) told me before the race that he has gate speed but does his best work off the pace,” Widger said. “I was really surprised that more horses didn’t leave, but I just wanted to coast out of there and not have to use him too hard. I felt pretty good coming around the last turn, but I’m glad I waited to pull him when I did because it couldn’t have worked out any better. The trip, the horse, I have just been extremely blessed and want to thank Pete for giving me the chance to drive this horse. It was a great race.”

Widger picked up the drive for Foley after his regular driver, Mark Macdonald, was unable to make the trek to Indiana due to unfavorable weather conditions restricting travel on the east coast.

Bolt the Duer notched his first win of the season as Widger recorded his first Dan Patch victory in the 20 year running of the race. Owned by All Star Racing Inc, the four-year-old horse has bankrolled over $1.2 million dollars throughout his illustrious racing career.

Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 20th 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 $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta for the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. The total handle was up 44% over the previous year’s number.

Don Giovanni Establishes New Track Record at Hoosier Park

DON GIOVANNI INVITE 5-4

Don Giovanni, with Benny Christensen at the lines, shattered a fifteen-year-old track record for older horses on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:54 in the featured event of the evening, a $24,000 Invitational trot. The previous record of 1:54.3 was established by Sonoran Sunrise and driver, trainer Mark O’Mara in 1998.

 Leaving from post five as the publics’ choice, Christensen left no room for error as he sent Don Giovanni to the front through an opening quarter in : 27.0. The eight-year-old gelding relaxed nicely from the point position as he led the gapped out field of ten down the backside through a second panel in :56.2. Solvent and Jason Dillander benefitted from a pocket trip while Rick Farrington had CJ’s Rascal well placed in third. M T Ur Pockets and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow as Ed Hensley and Foggy Lane K followed suit.

 As the field rounded the final turn, Don Giovanni began to put his talent on display and trot away from the field through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. The eight-year-old gelding appeared to be on cruise control as he crossed the wire ten lengths in front of his closest competitor. Solvent trotted evenly to finish second while M T Ur Pockets rallied from off the pace to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Don Giovanni returned $4.80 to his backers.

 With over $155,000 in purse earnings to his credit, Don Giovanni notched his 12th career victory in 58 outings. Owned by Ely Rishaug Iverson of Oslo, NO, Don Giovanni recorded his first victory of the 2013 season.

 “When you try to win the race before the race, it never works that way, but I knew this horse would be good tonight,” Christensen noted. “It’s a new track so I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I have all the respect for the other horses in this race, but this horse is a special horse. He does his own thing sometimes out there, but he’s crazy, I’m crazy, we make a good team.”

The fifteen year old record for older horses on the trot was established by Sonoran Sunrise on August 7, 1998. Sired by Royal  Prestige, Sonoran Sunrise was five-years-old when he set the track record over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval with Mark O’Mara in the sulky. With over $540,000 in lifetime earnings, Sonoran Sunrise went on to set a lifetime best mark of 1:54 at nine years of age and retired with 42 trips the winner’s circle.

Don Giovanni, with Benny Christensen at the lines, shattered a fifteen-year-old track record for older horses on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:54 in the featured event of the evening, a $24,000 Invitational trot. The previous record of 1:54.3 was established by Sonoran Sunrise and driver, trainer Mark O’Mara in 1998.

 

Leaving from post five as the publics’ choice, Christensen left no room for error as he sent Don Giovanni to the front through an opening quarter in : 27.0. The eight-year-old gelding relaxed nicely from the point position as he led the gapped out field of ten down the backside through a second panel in :56.2. Solvent and Jason Dillander benefitted from a pocket trip while Rick Farrington had CJ’s Rascal well placed in third. M T Ur Pockets and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow as Ed Hensley and Foggy Lane K followed suit.

 

As the field rounded the final turn, Don Giovanni began to put his talent on display and trot away from the field through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. The eight-year-old gelding appeared to be on cruise control as he crossed the wire ten lengths in front of his closest competitor. Solvent trotted evenly to finish second while M T Ur Pockets rallied from off the pace to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Don Giovanni returned $4.80 to his backers.

 

With over $155,000 in purse earnings to his credit, Don Giovanni notched his 12th career victory in 58 outings. Owned by Ely Rishaug Iverson of Oslo, NO, Don Giovanni recorded his first victory of the 2013 season.

 

“When you try to win the race before the race, it never works that way, but I knew this horse would be good tonight,” Christensen noted. “It’s a new track so I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I have all the respect for the other horses in this race, but this horse is a special horse. He does his own thing sometimes out there, but he’s crazy, I’m crazy, we make a good team.”

 

The fifteen year old record for older horses on the trot was established by Sonoran Sunrise on August 7, 1998. Sired by Royal  Prestige, Sonoran Sunrise was five-years-old when he set the track record over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval with Mark O’Mara in the sulky. With over $540,000 in lifetime earnings, Sonoran Sunrise went on to set a lifetime best mark of 1:54 at nine years of age and retired with 42 trips the winner’s circle.

Betterluvnexttime Battles Gamely in Featured Event

BETTERLUVNEXTTIME INVITE 4-12

Betterluvnexttime and Pete Wrenn made amends for their second place finish last time out as they pulled off a sharp front running effort in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 3. Betterluvnexttime made a late surge at the wire to notch her 20th career victory.

Leaving from post nine, Wrenn sent Betterluvnexttime to the front as Ricky Macomber Jr. and Montenegro followed suit from post six. Betterluvnexttime won the early battle, reaching the front through a brisk opening panel in :27.1, and continued to call the shots down the backside. The field of nine remained in single file lane as they reached the half in a leisurely second split of :56.1. Montenegro continued to benefit from a pocket trip while Winning It and Ed Hensley followed intently in third. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Gimme A Brake and Sam Widger were pushed to the outer flow as the field reached the final turn. Gran Gabriel and Terry Cullipher were well placed second over as they passed the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. Montenegro exploded from the pocket seat and looked to be home free as the field neared the finish line.

Montenegro put a nose in front but Betterluvnexttime dug in gamely and found a: 28.2 final panel to finish a neck in front of Montenegro, stopping the clock in 1:54.1. Montenegro finished second as Gran Gabriel and Terry Cullipher rallied from well off the place to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Betterluvnexttime returned $3.40 to her backers.

“She raced tough,” Wrenn noted. “We had to work a little to get out of there, but once I had her on the front, she relaxed and did everything I asked of her. She raced well last time out and was just nosed out at the wire, but tonight she was not letting that mare get by her. She fought that all the way to the wire.”

Trained by Al Tomlinson, Betterluvnexttime notched her eighth win of the season in ten starts. The victory sent her career bankroll over the $240,000 mark for owner Daniel Mitchell of Nova, MI. Sired by American Ideal, the five-year-old mare has banked over $50,000 this season.

Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 4 with a 5:30 post. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and run through November 9.

Local Man Finds Answer to Age-Old $64,000 Question at Hoosier Park; It’s Orb

10000_MEGA_BET_KDThe question is; what is Orb? While it may be a play on the sire’s name, Malibu Moon, or the circumference of the moon, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it is the name of the Kentucky Derby winning horse that Stuart Silvers placed a $10,000 win bet upon and won over $60,000 on Saturday, May 4. At odds of 5-1, Silvers’ answer to the age-old $64,000 question was Orb. The three-year-old gelding used a late surge down the homestretch to coast home a winner in the 139th running of horse racing’s signature event.

After reading an edition of his local newspaper that named Orb as the early favorite, Silvers decided that was the horse for him. Silvers, 82, is a retired Butler University professor who walked through the doors of Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 4 and walked out $64,000 richer after he won the signature Derby Day promotion at Hoosier Park.

Hoosier Park provided invited guests a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to place a $10,000 Kentucky Derby win bet on the horse of their choice. The winner had to wager the entire $10,000 sum on the horse they believed would win first place honors. Silvers was randomly selected and without hesitation, chose Orb as his horse. Thousands walked in to Hoosier Park to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby, but it was Silvers that walked out with the thousands, 64 to be exact.

The $10,000 mega-bet promotion culminated two of the biggest days in the sport of horse racing as Hoosier Park also welcomed guests with extended hours, wagering promotions, and property wide dining specials. Silvers, a frequent visitor of Hoosier Park, occasionally tries his luck wagering on horse racing, but never misses an opportunity to bet the Kentucky Derby.

“I’ve been betting on the Derby for awhile now,” Silvers noted. “But I’ve never won, at least not compared to what I won today. I came here today wishing for the best and I just got lucky. I didn’t expect this year to be any different than years’ past, but it hasn’t hit me that I won just yet.”

Derby weekend included property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales at Hoosier Park. Patrons that sported a Kentucky Derby hat also had the opportunity to receive a free Kentucky Derby win wager. While many other promotions were taking place throughout the facility none culminated the adrenaline of a horse race quite like the one experienced by Silvers.

Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 7 with a 5:30 post. The 160-day all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and run through November 9.

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