JK Endofanera Captures Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park

JK Endofanera and Brett Miller capture the 2015 edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes

JK Endofanera and Brett Miller capture the 2015 edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes

JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of ten in the 22nd installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With a final time of 1:48.4, JK Endofanera was able to take advantage of the long Hoosier Park stretch to score his third win of the season for trainer, Jimmy Takter.

Leaving from the coveted rail position, JK Endofanera was quick off the gate but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Ricky Macomber Jr. had Bettor’s Edge on a mission from post nine. Bettor’s Edge was the first to get a call through a snappy opening panel in :25.3, while Lyonssomewhere and Andy Miller benefitted from a pocket trip with the rest of the field sorting out early position.

Lyonssomewhere made a move to the front approaching the second station but his lead would be short lived as Yannick Gingras had the post time favorite, Foiled Again, pointed to the front. The quick tempo continued as Foiled Again reached the front at the half mile mark in :53.1 and was joined immediately feeling the pressure from Clear Vision and Trace Tetrick on the outside.

As the field passed the three-quarter clocking in 1:21.1, Clear Vision was able to put away Foiled Again but looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced himself for the cavalry charge behind him. JK Endofanera appeared to be buried at the top of the stretch as he was sitting eighth at the pylons turning for home. Matt Kakaley had All Bets Off well placed at the top of the stretch as they made a valiant bid for the lead but his biggest threat was still behind him.

Miller found late racing room, asked his mount for more, and JK Endofanera exploded past his rivals with a :26.2 final quarter to get the win by two and a half lengths. All Bets Off held on gamely for the second place finish while Clear Vision rounded out the trifecta. As the betting publics’ second choice, JK Endofanera returned $6.40 to his backers.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino congratulates the connections of JK Endofenara, 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino congratulates the connections of JK Endofenara, 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner.

“The race definitely didn’t shape up like I hoped,” Miller noted in the winner’s circle with a laugh. “I was buried on the rail and when we were coming around the last turn I honestly thought to myself, it’s all up to God now.”

“I know the track and I know how long this stretch is, we definitely used it to our advantage tonight,” he continued. “Jimmy (Takter) told me when he got this horse that he is the real deal and after the last few races, I’ve had a lot of confidence in him. He definitely showed how good of a horse he is tonight. It was a great race; this is actually a race I’ve always wanted to win.”

Trained by Jimmy Takter the four-year-old son of Art Major-Presidential Lady notched his third win from eight starts in 2015. With the win, JK Endofanera pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,712,088 for his connections at the 3 Brothers Stables.

Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Stakes saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 22nd edition of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. The wagering front also success and offered significant value to the horseplayer with the continuation of a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta.

Favorites Continue To Flourish in the Indiana Sires Stakes Finals

Homicide Hunter delivers as the heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final.

Homicide Hunter delivers as the heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final.

Story By: Kimberly French–Not to be outdone by their female counterparts in their respective $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on the evening of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, 3-year-old geldings Homicide Hunter and Freaky Feet Pete demonstrated their superiority over overmatched rivals as the 1-5 and 1-9 wagering selections. Homicide Hunter, from the first crop of Mr Cantab and out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, was content to allow 53-1 shot Jumpinthejailhouse to set the early pace and was trotting comfortably in fifth position throughout the first quarter mile which was clocked in :27.2. As the leader advanced to the half, however, in :56.1, the Curt Grummel conditioned gelding was given the green light by driver John DeLong to commence his advance.

Responding with ease, Homicide Hunter cleared the field and headed to the top of the stretch with a length and a half advantage. After hitting the three quarter mark in 1:25.1, DeLong shook the reins at the gelding and the race for second was on. As the trotted to the wire, Homicide Hunter distanced himself from his pursuers and stopped the clock in 1:53.4, five lengths ahead of second place finisher Bluebird Reverend with Rockin Stein holding on gamely for third. The gelding, who is owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, now shares the track record for 3-year-old colts and geldings with Rose Run Parker, and when bettors cashed their tickets he provided $2.40. With the triumph Homicide Hunter increases his win streak to 10 for 10 in 2015. His career resume is 20-13-2-3 and he has amassed more than $300,000 in earnings.

“Last year we had some problems with him trotting to the wire,” DeLong said. “This year there is absolutely no problem with anything he does. Not only is his record perfect, he is perfect. There is not one thing you can say about him that is not praise. He is a very nice horse to drive because his manners are the best you could ask for. It’s really a very special thing to be able to drive him and to see how he has matured from last year to this year.”

Once Homicide Hunter devastated his opponents with pinpoint accuracy, it was Freaky Feet Pete’s turn to take aim on his next Indiana championship. The crowd at the Anderson facility was pressed up against the fence anxiously awaiting his performance and the energy was electric as regular pilot Trace Tetrick moved him toward the gate. Larry Rheinheimer’s pupil broke well, settled in third and allowed Vague Traces set a torrid pace of :25.4 in the first panel. At the same time the tote board lit up with a stiff time of :53.3 for the half, Tetrick simply moved his hands and in a flash the gelding had cleared Vague Traces.

Freaky Feet Pete establishes a new track record for three-year-old pacing colts at Hoosier Park.

Freaky Feet Pete establishes a new track record for three-year-old pacing colts at Hoosier Park.

By the time Freaky Feet Pete hit the lane, he had placed three and a half lengths between him and his colleagues and paced three quarters in 1:21.0. From there on in it was simply the Freaky Feet Pete show. As he moved down the lane effortlessly, widening his advantage with every stride, the apron erupted with a loud round of applause for Indiana’s champion. Freaky Feet Pete crossed the finish line in 1:48.2 and second place finisher Skim The Top was seven lengths in arrears, with Swing City just behind. The patrons in attendance this evening were awed by the performance because Tetrick never even popped the plugs and had a strong hold on him midway through the stretch. This horse, owned and raised by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, could have went much, much faster if ever was ever asked. The evenings are few and far between when a track record, which is what this time was is established with such sheer, breathtaking ease. Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.10 to his loyal backers and with this triumph improved his record to 8-7-1 for 2015 with just under $190,000 in purse money. For his career, the gelding has a record of 17-15-1-0, with his only loss coming at the hooves of Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial victor Wiggle It Jiggleit. He has now collected nearly $450,000 during his two years of competition.

Larry Rheinheimer confirmed to Peter Lurie of HRTV the gelding would be a Breeders Crown participant.

“Driving him is something unreal,” said Trace Tetrick with a huge smile on his face. “He just does everything so easy and he comes from a great family as his dam is a 100 percent producer. He paces so well that it seems like he’s going in 1:58 when he’s going in 1:50 and it’s like he has no idea he’s going that fast himself. You never even have to ask him. I knew at the top of the stretch I would never even have to pop his plugs out, so I wrapped him and just sat there on the way home. He is a very, very special horse and having the opportunity to sit behind him is an indescribable feeling.”

 

Fillies Flash Their Turn of Foot in Indiana Sire Stakes Finals

Nora Rockwell (6) Scores in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park.

Nora Rockwell (6) Scores in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park.

Story By: Kimberly French–In an action-packed undercard leading up to the 22nd edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the fillies were the first to strut their stuff in the first two editions of the four $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Finals on Friday, August 14 and each post time favorite certainly relished the spotlight. Nora Rockwell, whose owner and trainer, Marlin Fry was a bundle of nerves prior to the contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies, proved the public was spot on and Fry had no cause for concern as she would let no other rival put their nose down first on the wire. She captured her event in 1:51.0, which ties her lifetime mark and was the public’s overwhelming choice at 4-5.

White Metro, the second selection at 2-1 came away on top and led the field through the first quarter in :26.4, but Yannick Gingras, who picked up the drive this evening, confidently sent Nora Rockwell straight to the lead. She paced a half in a strong :54.3, with Rockin Good breathing down her neck and hit the three quarter pole in 1.21.3.

At the top of the lane the favorite dispensed of that lass, but faced another challenge in Mystical Treasure. Throughout the length of the strength Mystical Treasure attempted with every stride to overhaul the leader, but Nora Rockwell refused to be denied as she tripped the timer by a very long head, with Mystical Treasure annexing second place and White Metro in the show slot. The daughter of Palone Ranger and the V P Finance mare, Norma Rockwell, paid $2.40 to win, now sports a resume of 31-13-9-2 and has collected purse money collected of nearly $250,000.

“I knew there was no way I wanted to behind that horse and although I have not driven her before I was confident from the program lines, as well as how she felt, I had the horse to do it,” Gingras said. “She paced through some fast fractions, but she felt great right until the finish line. I am very thankful for the drive. I’m not here at Hoosier Park very often, but whenever you get the opportunity to drive a horse like this in a $75,000 race you are thrilled to have it. She definitely is a very nice filly and it was a pleasure to drive her.”

After the scratch earlier in the day of what would have been the heavy favorite in Churita, the 3-year-old final for trotting fillies definitely left the door wide open for any member in nine horse field to rise to claim the crown. The wagering public decided to cast their lot with the Ron Burke conditioned Hannelore Hanover who was sent to the gate as the 1-5 favorite.

It was Diamond Dagger, however, at 10-1 that took the field through the first panel in :28.0 and the half in :57.0. Midway to the three quarter pole the rest of the fillies decided to give chase with Jesse’s Promise the biggest threat. After three quarters in 1:26.0, Hannelore Hanover made her bid and it was a demolishing one.

Hannelore Hanover delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park.

Hannelore Hanover delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park.

The filly, steered by Hoosier Park’s all-time leading driver in Ricky Macomber, trotted by the rest of her colleagues like they were standing still and continued to pour it on all through the homestretch. The duo stopped the clock in 1:55.0, which is a new lifetime standard for the daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare All Society. Jesse’s Promise and Diamond Dagger were second and third. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 to win and is the property of Burke Stable, Weaver and Bruscemi, William Haas Jr. and Frank Baldachino. With her third victory of the season, the filly now possesses a career record of 16-4-8-2 and a bankroll of roughly $165,000.

“We only started her twice as a 2-year-old because she was sore and we think she had a cranky attitude because of it,” Jamie Rucker, Burke’s assistant trainer, said. “Also, we knew she was a nice filly and we would just bring her back this year. You have to be patient with her and let her do what she wants to do out there. Did she see how she totally changes her stride while she’s racing? For the first half (mile) she is kind of choppy but she knows when it is time to go and she shifts into gear. Then she adjusts and is perfectly gaited. We are very pleased with her and think she is improving at the right time.”

 

WISH-TV to Broadcast $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes

 Ten Top Pacers Set for 22nd Installment of Dan Patch Stakes


WISH-TV will broadcast the 22nd edition of the Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

WISH-TV’s partnership with Centaur Gaming will continue with a special broadcast  of the 22nd edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, a race featuring the best in the sport of harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 14 during the 10:00 p.m. news hour. The WISH TV broadcasting partnership kicked off on Saturday, July 18 with coverage of the Indiana Oaks and Indiana Derby live from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville.

“Centaur Gaming immediately saw the value in a strategic television partnership with WISH-TV given their solid reputation and reach not only in the Indianapolis-area but throughout much of Indiana,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming President and COO. “We look forward to entertaining their viewers with live broadcasts of our biggest races at Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park as well as showcasing what has made our destinations the best in gaming, racing, dining, and entertainment in Indiana.”

The Dan Patch is Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race and has become an annual tradition that highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing. Hoosier Park’s event is named after the early 1900’s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of more than 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time.

The Dan Patch Stakes 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. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by REO Speedwagon on Saturday, August 15 as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up.

About Centaur Gaming: Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur employs more than 2,000 Hoosiers and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. and an off-track betting facility in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.CentaurGaming.net, www.HoosierPark.com, or www.IndianaGrand.com.

About WISH-TV: WISH-TV has continued to set the standard for television excellence in Central Indiana, since 1954. The station has been honored as “Television Station of the Year” by the Indiana Broadcasters Association, for its “Overall Excellence” by the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and as “Outstanding News Operation,” “Outstanding Weather Operation,” “Best Newscast” and “Best Website” by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association.  24-Hour News 8 provides around the clock news, weather and information through its television newscasts and digital platforms. WISH-TV, a CW affiliate, serves more than 1.5 million households. (Estimate according to the Indianapolis Nielsen Station Index).

Field Established for 2015 Dan Patch Stakes

 Ten Top Pacers Set for 22nd Installment of Dan Patch Stakes


Ten Top Pacers Set for 22nd Installment of Dan Patch Stakes

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:

  1. JK Endofanera            Tr: Jimmy Takter         Dr: Brett Miller                      3-1
  2. Foiled Again                Tr: Ron Burke                Dr: Yannick Gingras             5-2
  3. Lyonssomewhere        Tr: Julie Miller              Dr: Andy Miller                     8-1
  4. Captive Audience        Tr: Douglas Berkeley   Dr: Andrew McCarthy          20-1
  5. Duc Dorleans               Tr: Jacques Dupont     Dr: Peter Wrenn                    15-1
  6. Let’s Drink On It         Tr: Joe Seekman          Dr: Travis Seekman               20-1
  7. Limelight Beach          Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ed Hensley                       12-1
  8. All Bets Off                   Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Matt Kakaley                    6-1
  9. Bettor’s Edge               Tr: Ron Burke               Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr        10-1
  10. 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.

Freaky Feet Pete Continues to Dominate at Hoosier Park

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7.

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7.

Freaky Feet Pete turned in another dominating performance to find the winner’s circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 7 in his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, extending his win streak to five in the process. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete reached the wire five lengths in front of his closest competitor to stop the clock in 1:50.1 and notch his fifth win of the season.

Tetrick took no chances and sent the overwhelming 1-9 favorite to the front from post eight in the field of nine. Freaky Feet Pete leisurely strolled through fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.2 while the rest of the field remained in single file order. Kelly D and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip while Sumthintallnstrong and James Yoder began the first over bid down the backside.

Doing what Freaky Feet Pete has done all season long, he began to separate himself from the rest of the field turning for home. With a four length lead at the top of the stretch, Freaky Feet Pete used a :26.4 final panel to coast on to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick.

Sumthintallnstrong rallied late in the lane for second place honors while Swing City and Andy Shetler rounded out the trifecta. Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 to his backers at the window.

“He surprises me every time he’s on the track,” trainer Larry Rheinheimer said in the winner’s circle after the win. “We don’t give Trace any instructions but he always takes care of him and does what he needs to do.”

Freaky Feet Pete scored his 14th career victory from 16 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $397,100 for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer’s star pupil will be aimed next for the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final at Hoosier Park on Friday, August 14 but says the possibility of venturing out of the state of Indiana is not out of the question.

“There’s a little bit of down time here,” Rheinheimer continued. “So, if something fits in the schedule, we’ll certainly look into it. As far as the Breeders Crown goes, that’s definitely still a possibility for us. If he keeps racing well and going in the right direction, he deserves the chance to prove himself.”

Royal Rex and Tyler Smith took the next split of the stakes action scoring in 1:52.3 for trainer Roger Cullipher. Staging a big rally late in the lane, Royal Rex dug in gamely to overcome This Baby Rocks and LeWayne Miller. With the win, the son of Sand Shooter-Go Ginny Go notched his third win of the season from 15 outings. Royal Rex has now earned $50,919 for owner Nathan Sea.

The Big Year and LeWayne Miller pulled a slight upset to take the final division of the stakes action, scoring in a lifetime best of 1:51.0. Using a near gate to wire effort, The Big Year held on gamely late in the lane to score the victory. Trained by Erv Miller, The Big Year scored his fourth win of the season from 15 starts. The son of Panspacificflight-Aristocracy has now earned $171,203.

All three of the evening’s elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the fourth $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts slated for the star studded 14-race card on Friday, August 14 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Hoosier Park Adds Overnight Series to Dan Patch Card

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced the addition of four overnight series to compliment Indiana’s most prestigious pacing race, the Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 14.

Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000 and will now be supported by an all-star, 14-race card that includes Indiana Sires Stakes and overnight series action.

“With Dan Patch weekend being the biggest racing event of the year we wanted to put together a solid undercard for our signature race,” Hoosier Park’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. “In conjunction with the Indiana Sires Stakes, hopefully these additional overnight series will bring the best out of some of our most competitive classes.”

“The Joe Patchen” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $15,000 or less in their last five starts (up to and including 8/5/15); $15,000 claimers are eligible also.

“The Zelica” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming price of $22,500 or less in their last start (up to and including 8/5/15); $22,500 claimers are eligible also.

“The Oxford, Indiana” pacing series is open to horses that have started for a base claiming prize of $35,000 or less in their last start (up to and including 8/5/15); with $35,000 claimers being eligible also.

“The Dan Messner” pacing series is open to horses that are non-winners of $5,250 (Indiana-sired $6,500 and non-winners last 3 starts allow $750) in their last five starts (up to and including 8/5/15); horses that are non-winners of $1,500 per start in 2015 with a minimum of 12 starts are eligible also.

Each of the overnight series will be comprised of a preliminary leg slated for Friday, August 7 with the finals being contested on Friday, August 14. There will be a $50 entry fee for the preliminary legs. The overnight series will be included on Hoosier Park’s condition sheets and can also be found on Hoosier Park’s website.

The Dan Patch Stakes 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. Also, highlighting the weekend will by a concert by REO Speedwagon on Saturday, August 15 as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 2015 season of live harness racing will be conducted through November 14.

Tetrick Wins Opening Round of Hoosier Park’s Champion Driver Series

Tetrick, earned a total of 39 points to secure the win in Round 1 of the Champion Driver Series.

Tetrick, earned a total of 39 points to secure the win in Round 1 of the Champion Driver Series.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2015 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, July 25 and it was Trace Tetrick who took home top honors and won his share of the $5,000 Round 1 prize. In its’ second year, the 2015 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten coveted spots being based upon wins during the 2015 season.

Tetrick, a 28-year-old, Illinois native earned one win, one second, one third and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 39 points to secure the win. LeWayne Miller, last year’s Champion Driver Series winner, finished second with 38 points followed by Sam Widger finishing third with 36 points.

Tetrick kicked things off with a win in the first leg of the challenge behind Pipecreek Yankee for trainer Walter Haynes Jr., earning 15 points. He finished sixth in the next race but was able to guide Humble Hero to a second place finish to earn nine points in the third leg of the challenge.

After the fourth race of the series and just one race left to go, Tetrick was tied for first with LeWayne Miller at 31 points. Dillander moved into second place after a win with Endeavors Lady Luck while Ed Hensley had accumulated 29 points for third.

Tetrick was able to clinch the trophy and the lion’s share of the $5,000 prize in the final race by steering Jagger Blue Chip to a third place finish, earning eight points. LeWayne Miller secured second place after a fourth place finish with Steviescooter while Sam Widger moved into third place after a decisive win with Major Starlight.

“I was feeling pretty good about the horses I picked coming into tonight,” Tetrick noted after the win. “Luckily, the trips worked out and the horses showed up. A couple of my horses raced really well, a few of the others didn’t, but it all worked out.”

Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 159 victories and over $1.5 million in purse earnings through the first 85 days of live racing. Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park’s leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.

“This was a lot of fun,” he continued. “We’re always a competitive group and we always have fun with each other but when you have a challenge like this, it really brings out the competitiveness in all of us. I know it’s something we’ve been looking forward to all week.”

Tetrick will look to defend his title in Round 2 of the Champion Driver Series slated for October 17 at Hoosier Park. While the second go-round will be conducted in the same manner as the first, the winner of the final challenge will be awarded a Hawaiian vacation for four, valued at $15,000.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, July 28 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Favorites Prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes Action at Hoosier

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, July 24 as they played host to two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites, as both divisions were won by the publics’ choice.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51. With the win, Nora Rockwell notched her fifth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and established a new lifetime best in the process.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51.

In a talented field of ten, Nora Rockwell left just enough to protect her rail position. Can’t Touch Her and Ross Leonard were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.3 but their lead would be short lived as Rock The Look and Trent Stohler were out and firing.

Just as Rock The Look took command, Dillander had Nora Rockwell aimed to the front and she dictated fractions of :55.2 and 1:22.4. Rockin Good and Jared Finn were the next to make a move to the front and were matching strides with the leader turning for home.

Nora Rockwell continued to fend off challenges from the field and used a :28.1 final quarter to find the wire a head in front of a hard charging Can’t Touch Her. Rock The Look rounded out the trifecta. As the bettors’ choice, Nora Rockwell returned $5.00 at the betting window.

“She is awesome,” trainer Marlin Fry said with a smile after the win. “She has been a lot of fun. I’ve always known she was a nice filly but this has absolutely been a surprise, much, much more than I ever expected. Jason has a done great job with her, too.”

Trained and owned by Marlin Fry, Nora Rockwell scored her 12th lifetime victory and now sports a career bankroll of $188,572. The daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell recorded her eighth victory from 15 seasonal outings with the win.

In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, Ginger Shark turned in her own impressive performance to score in 1:52.2 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final with driver Trace Tetrick in the bike. The 1:52.2 clocking not only established a new lifetime best for the Brian Brown trainee but also equaled the track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old pacing fillies. Ginger Shark remains undefeated in four starts in 2015.

Ginger Shark rattled off splits of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:24.3 before sprinting away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final quarter, Ginger Shark paced on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. As the 1-5 favorite, Ginger Shark returned $2.40 at the betting windows.

Trained by Brian Brown, Ginger Shark has now earned $95,000 from four career outings. The daughter of Shadyshark Hanover-Miss AJ Ponda is owned by Emerald Highlands Farm.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, July 25 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. Hoosier Park will also play host to the opening round of the 2015 Champion Driver Series on Saturday. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

Homicide Hunter Remains Undefeated in 2015 at Hoosier Park

Homicide Hunter continued his divisional dominance to score impressively in 1:53.4.

Homicide Hunter continued his divisional dominance to score impressively in 1:53.4.

With an impressive showing by Indiana’s three-year-old trotting fillies last evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in stakes action, their male counterparts were not to be outdone in their turn of Indiana Sires Stakes on Thursday, July 23. A field of ten sophomore trotting colts lined up behind the gate in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and once again, the race left no doubt as to who was the best on this night.

With a seven race win streak on the line, Homicide Hunter continued his divisional dominance to score impressively in 1:53.4. With regular driver John DeLong in the sulky, Homicide Hunter equaled the track record for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with the win and remains undefeated in his sophomore campaign.

Starting from the trailing post position ten, Homicide Hunter was unhurried in the early stages of the race to settle along the rail in fifth. Shawnee Valley and Jason Dillander left the gate firing to rattle off splits of :27.1 and :56.4 while Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket trip.

As the field approached the final turn, DeLong gave Homicide Hunter the green light and he quickly engaged the leader at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2. Homicide Hunter reached the lead as the field turned for home and simply sprinted away from the field to cruise on to the wire under a hand drive, winning by five lengths. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Hominy Hill rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.00 at the betting window.

With the victory, Homicide Hunter remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action in 2015. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham and trained by Curt Grummel, the homebred son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won 11 of 18 lifetime starts.

The stakes action opened up for the evening with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander used a well-timed rally to score their second consecutive victory, this time in 1:53.2. Downthehighwy was able to track down the pacesetting Granite and Peter Wrenn before holding off a late charge late in the lane from Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith to get the win.

The victory was the second of the season from five tries for the son of Dontgetinmyway-Happy Tears and a lifetime best effort. Trained by Robert Taylor, Downthehighway has now earned $70,375 for his connections at Mack Racing Stables, LLC.

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