Hoosier Park Concludes Season; Burke and Tetrick Win Titles

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively.

leading-trainer-award-2016Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 88 trips to the winner’s circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle this season.

Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport’s leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish.

Jamie Macomber, Burke’s assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner’s circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record but it is truly a team effort,” Macomber noted. “We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way.”

leading-driver-2016In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 371 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories.

The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000.

“It’s certainly an honor and a great accomplishment,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible.”

The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success.

Widger Ties the Record for Most Wins in One Night at Hoosier Park

widger_allstardriverHoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to action packed 14-race card on Friday, Oct. 21 and it was driver Sam Widger who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening’s 14 races, Widger tied the record for most wins in one night at Hoosier Park joining Eric Ledford, Don Irvine Jr. and Trace Tetrick. Ledford established the record at Hoosier Park during the 1999 harness racing season while Irvine Jr. recorded eight wins in 2003 and the record has remained untouched since Tetrick accomplished an eight win night in 2012.

Slated as the 13th race on the program, the evening’s card was highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and just as impressive as Widger recording his seventh win of the night was Night Pro finding the winner’s circle for the fifth consecutive time at Hoosier Park. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Night Pro turned in a dominant performance to score by nearly three lengths and record his eighth win of the season. Trained and owned by Dale Decker, the six year-old son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel added another stakes victory to his impressive resume after scoring in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Aged Pace Final at Hoosier Park last week. Night Pro has now won 38 of 70 lifetime outings while amassing $658,182 in lifetime purse earnings.

Widger’s first win of the night came in the second race on the program behind Joe Tucky for trainer Lester Raber. Using gate to wire tactics, Joe Tucky recorded his second win of the season and also established a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 with the win. Widger and Raber also teamed up to reach the winner’s circle with Nothinbutanallstar who scored in a conditioned trot in 1:54.2 by five lengths and give Widger his third of the night. E R Rudy was an 11-1 upset winner for Widger and trainer Don Eash in the $15,000 Open 2 Pace earlier in the program. Widger scored back to back victories with Anoche for trainer Al Tomlinson and then JD’s Macca Lodge for trainer Walter Haynes Jr.

Widger also drove two winners from the Ernie Gaskin Stable on the evening’s program. Scoring earlier with Shakerattlenrock in a claiming pace, Widger recorded his eighth and final win of the night in the last race of the program behind the three-year-old pacing colt, Pet Shark. Utilizing a :26.2 final quarter, Pet Shark established a new lifetime best of 1:51.3 while notching his fourth win of the season.

“It’s kind of euphoric for me,” Widger said with a smile after win number eight. “Did that really just happen? I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to drive nice horses for great trainers.”

Widger is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 201 trips to the winner’s circle behind Trace Tetrick, who leads all with 332 wins, and John DeLong in second with 282 victories. On Saturday, Oct. 22, Widger will lead all drivers into round 2 of the 2016 All Star Driver Series after winning round one with 49 points. Saturday’s 14-race card will feature the second round of the five race challenge for Hoosier Park’s leading drivers with the winner awarded the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite “always wanted to have” toy.

With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Hoosier Park Introduces Takeout Reduction on Hoosier High-5 Wager

hp-hoosierhigh5_reducedtakeout-av-slideHoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce a reduction in pari-mutuel takeout on its pentafecta wager, the Hoosier High-5, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and continuing for the remainder of the 2016 harness racing season. With a reduced takeout of 12%, Hoosier Park will now offer the lowest takeout on the pentafecta wager of all harness tracks in North America.

The Hoosier High-5 was approved and added to the wagering menu at the beginning of the 2016 harness racing season and has been well received by the betting public. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season’s biggest payout to date in 2016 with an $18,431.42 winning ticket paid out in early July.  

“We have been very encouraged by the growth in wagering on the Hoosier High-5 as the season has progressed,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “We believe the lower takeout will provide the impetus needed to enhance the public’s awareness of this most popular wager.”

Hoosier Park remains committed to giving fans and customers the very best racing experience to be found anywhere. The takeout reduction is being viewed as an “experiment” for the remainder of the season and Hoosier Park officials are confident that bettors will embrace the lower takeout with increased levels of wagering.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

 

Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals Champions Crowned

The top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana descended upon Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 15 to battle it out in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals in front of a packed house on a beautiful, October evening.

As expected, the Super finals delivered some spectacular harness racing battles and hard-earned divisional championships. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2016 stakes season.

Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies

The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies and it was Fawn De Savage who turned in a dominant performance to score in 1:54.4.

Trainer, driver Dan Shetler sent Fawn De Savage away from the gate firing from post five and she grabbed command through the opening panel in :28.1. Fawn De Savage dictated middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3 while Naughty III and John DeLong were content to sit in the pocket. Tyler Smith gave Ooh La La La the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up to match strides with the leader. Just as the field turned for home it appeared that the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire, however Ooh La La La made a costly break and took herself out of contention. Fawn De Savage took full advantage and coasted on to the wire to win by open lengths over Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger. You Me and Rosie and Darrell Wright rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for third place honors. Fawn De Savage returned $6.00 to her backers at the betting windows.

“She had plenty of ability at two,” Shetler noted in the winner’s circle. “But like most fillies, just needed to grow up and mature. I always knew she would be a nice filly we just had to take our time with her.”

“I wanted to leave with her tonight without using her too hard,” he continued. “I knew if I could get her out of there and they left her alone, she would be strong. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch but that other filly (Ooh La La La) is a nice filly too, when she made a break I knew we were home free.”

With the win, Fawn De Savage recorded her eighth win of the season from 19 starts and 11th lifetime victory. Owned by Fawn De Mon Farms, the daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has now amassed $320,396 in lifetime purse earnings.

Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies

gooses-weedie-iss-10-15-16The two-year-old pacing fillies were up next and it was Goose’s Weedie and Sam Widger who pulled the first of many upsets on the evening in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Sent of at odds of 8-1, Goose’s Weedie used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:54.4.

John DeLong had Amazing Arya firing from the gate and she was the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27.2 before yielding the lead to Rockin Serena and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Serena led the field through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1 but was soon joined on the outside by the heavy post-time favorite, Hah ChaChaCha and Trace Tetrick. While the damage was being done on the front, the rest of the field was winding up to take aim at the leaders. Brandon Bates had Rock Me Gorgeous well placed second-over but the biggest threat was still behind him.

Widger tipped Goose’s Weedie past tiring cover and she responded to the find the wire a length in front of Rock Me Gorgeous. Sand Madeline and Brett Miller used a late surge to round out the trifecta. With the upset, Goose’s Weedie returned $18.20 to her backers at the betting window.

“This is a very special moment for me,” trainer Mike Hollenback said after the win. “Being from Anderson and growing up around harness racing, this is as good as it gets for me.”

“It really was an ideal trip for her,” he continued. “She’s a small filly and doesn’t seem to like the front-end too much so it worked out for us. She’s always been a nice filly and she showed it tonight.”

Goose’s Weedie notched just the second win of her career from 13 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The homebred daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Nonstop To The Top has now earned $141,650 in lifetime purse earnings for owner Charles Kline.

Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts

The upset trend continued in the very next race of the program, the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as Ultimate Encore and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. found the winner’s circle at odds of 9-1. The Jeff Edwards trainee was a decisive winner, winning by four lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:58.

After a costly break by the heavy favorite Jesse V behind the gate, the race was a wide open affair. Trace Tetrick sent Bumblebzbuzz to the front to dictate first half fractions of :28 and :57.2. Herbies Wild Child was content to sit in the pocket while Swan Chase and Rick Plano were next in line third. Plano gave his mount the green light and he was matching strides with the leader at three-quarter clocking in 1:28.1.

Swan Chase was able to put away Bumblebzbuzz but he would have his work cut out for him as Ultimate Encore was looming large in the background. Wrenn Jr. was well placed second and when he asked his mount for more, Ultimate Encore responded with a :29.2 final quarter to trot past his rivals well in hand at the wire. Swan Chase held on for second while Dream of Elegance and Dale Hiteman rallied nicely for third. With the upset, Ultimate Encore returned $20.00 at the betting windows.

“I’ve never driven the horse before and didn’t get a chance to talk to Jeff (Edwards) before the race,” Wrenn Jr. said after the victory. “I looked at the program and knew I wanted to get a trip with him especially since the front end hasn’t been holding up tonight. I was able to fall in line and come second-over and the colt responded. He really raced strong tonight, he’s a very nice colt.”

Owned by D L Dennis, Dolne Farm Services, and J. Johannsen, Ultimate Encore has now won two of his 14 lifetime outings. With the victory, the gelded son of Encore Encore-Southwind Ultima has now amassed $145,400 in lifetime earnings.

Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies

seventimesavirgin_10152016Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Seventimesavirgin proved her divisional dominance yet again with a 1:50.3 victory as the 2-5 favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With the win, Seventimesavirgin notched her ninth straight Hoosier Park victory but more impressively, made a clean sweep of the stakes action to remain undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes this season.

Leaving from post three, Seventimesavirgin powered away from the gate to reach the first quarter in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out early position. Todd Warren gave Can’t Touch This the green light and she grabbed the lead just before the half :55.3. Can’t Touch This went uncontested through three-quarter clocking in 1:23.2 while DeLong waited patiently in the pocket.

Using a :26.4 final panel, Seventimesavirgin took the passing lane and paced away from the rest of the field to win by three lengths. Rockin Rum Springa  and Ricky Macomber Jr. made up substantial ground late in the lane to finish second while Can’t Touch This held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers.

“We needed a trip this week,” DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly, noted. “She’s raced hard all year, she shows up every week and I couldn’t have asked for the trip to work out any better for us tonight.”

“This is a special one for us,” he continued while surrounded by family and friends in the winner’s circle. “My mom is a cancer survivor and to have her here with us to enjoy this moment means the world to me. This is definitely a family affair.”

The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her 12th win from 13 seasonal outings. Owned by Jesse J DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now bankrolled $426,140 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections while winning 17 of 25 lifetime starts.

Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies

Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. followed suit to deliver as the 6-5 post time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Satin Dancer scored in 1:59.1 and extended her win streak to four in the process.

Wrenn Jr. wasted no time as he sent Satin Dancer away from the gate from post two and she quickly grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. She went unchallenged through middle fractions of :57.3 and 1:27.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Intothelight and Rick Plano were the first to take aim at the leader approaching the final turn but Satin Dancer was strong on the lead. Jessi Lind and Rick Farrington were closing in quickly on the outside but Satin Dancer dug in gamely to win by a neck. Jessi Lind finished second while Hoosier Wiggles and John DeLong finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $4.60 for the win.

“Anytime you have a two-year-old, you have to be nervous,” trainer Byron Hooley said in the winner’s circle. “She’s been a nice filly all year, a fun filly to have in the barn. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) just started driving her a few starts ago; he’s done a really great job with her. He gets along really well with her and said she’s like a Cadillac to drive.”

Owned by Summit Pacing Acres LLC, Satin Dancer recorded her eighth win from 15 lifetime outings. The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred now sports a lifetime bankroll of $227,933.

Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts

Born To Thrive and driver, trainer Rick Plano pulled off the biggest surprise of the evening, prevailing at odds of 15-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4, Born To Thrive staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and establish a new lifetime mark in the process.

John DeLong had the 1-5 post time favorite, Bridge To Jesse’s on the front and he led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:25.3. Fly Jesse Fly and Trace Tetrick were on the attack first-over and at the top of the stretch was matching strides with Bridge To Jesse’s. Fly Jesse Fly was able to put a nose in front but the taxing mile was beginning to take its toll. Just as the top pair started to fade, Plano tipped Born To Thrive to the outside and he kicked into high gear to surge past his rivals. Fly Jesse Fly held on for second while Topville Avatar and Dale Hiteman closed well for third place honors.

“It’s hard to be confident with the caliber of horses we were racing against in here tonight but this is a nice colt,” driver, trainer Rick Plano commented. “I just bought him a few weeks ago, I made a few changes and he’s really responded well to everything I’ve done. He’s a nice colt that I think is only getting started.”

With the win, Born To Thrive has now won five of 28 lifetime outings and third win of the season. Owned by J.A. Campagnuolo, V.A. Contento, and M. Plano, the gelded son of Swan For All-Soxy Kosmos has now earned $141,933 in lifetime purse earnings.

Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts

On The Virg and Brett Miller turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:52.4, the Jim Dailey trainee dug in gamely to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score his sixth win of the season.

Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith left with the wings of the gate to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28.1 before yielding the lead to On The Virg just before the half. On The Virg dictated the tempo of :57 and 1:25 before Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Rock N Tony applying pressure to the outside first-over. As the field turned for home, Rock N Tony made a solid bid for the lead but On The Virg found another gear and drew away to win by two lengths.

“Leaving the gate I could tell not a whole lot of people were leaving,” Miller said after the race. “With the soft fractions I knew I had to make my move and when I saw the half mile time pop up, I had a lot of confidence in my colt.”

“The wind has died down a little and when we turned for home I was just hoping my colt could out sprint them,” he continued. “He did. He’s a very nice colt and paced strong all the way to the wire.”

Owned by R.M. Lombardo, H.A.Taylor, D.C. Kryway, and E.C. Goodell, On The Virg recorded his sixth win from eleven seasonal outings. With the win, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Modern Bobbi now sports a lifetime bankroll of $195,250.

Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts

uncmprmisingztam_1001516Brett Miller would find the winner’s circle once more, this time with Uncmprmising Z Tam in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Using the same front-running tactics, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off all charges to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.2.

Leaving from post five, Miller wasted no time as he sent the Wilbur Eash trainee to the front. Uncmprmising Z Tam led the field through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:22.3 before ever feeling a threat.

Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow but by the time the field rounded the final turn, Umcmprmising Z Tam’s lead was ever-increasing. Using a :27.4 final panel, Uncmprmising Z Tam held off a late charge from Ricky Macomber Jr. and Downthehighwy to win by three lengths. Matrix of Luck and Trace Tetrick rallied from way back to round out the trifecta. As the 9-5 favorite, Uncmprmising Z Tam returned $5.80 for the win.

With the win, Uncmprmising Z Tam notched his fourth win from 17 seasonal outings and seventh win from 26 lifetime starts. Owned by the Z Tam Stables LLC, the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover-Cosmic Grace has now amassed $231,288 for his connections.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, October 18 with a 14-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 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Indiana Stakes Stars Set to Shine in Super Finals

hoosierchampions-2013ANDERSON, Ind.—Oct. 13, 2016—The 2016 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 with the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Indiana stakes season.

With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors, each carrying a purse of $50,000.

The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the third race on the program with a field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies. Fawn De Savage and driver, trainer Dan Shetler have been enlisted as the 5-2 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft has won seven of 18 starts while bankrolling $133,109 this season.

The sophomore pacing filly sensation Seventimesavirgin will put her 8-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trained and driven by John DeLong, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven is undefeated in stakes action this season and will start from post three as the 4-5 morning line choice.

Driver John DeLong will also look to keep a winning streak alive with Bridge To Jesse’s who looks to notch his seventh consecutive victory in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Slated as the eleventh race on the 14-race card, Bridge To Jesse’s will start from post eight as the even money morning line favorite for trainer Roger Welch.

The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts has been slated as the 13th race on the program and will provide an exciting conclusion to the evening’s stakes action. Granite and driver Mike Peterson will look to score their second consecutive stakes victory against this group from post six for trainer Melanie Wrenn. The last time the sophomore pacing colts met behind the starting gate, Granite pulled a 44-1 upset in the fifth and final $75,000 preliminary stakes final in September at Hoosier Park.

“Hoosier Champions Super Finals Night has become a hallmark of the Hoosier Park racing season,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager or racing, Rick Moore noted. “It is with pride that we showcase the crème de la crème of Indiana Sired horses to the rest of the country and beyond. Who knows, several of these Indiana phenoms may soon follow in the footsteps of Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover.”

In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track as well. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening.

The annual Harvest Fest will celebrate the Fall season with annual favorites including an Antique Tractor Show, free hot buttered sweet corn, candy apples, a zip line, and free family activities. Free pumpkins and pumpkin painting will also be available while supplies last.

Plus, racing fans can feast on Fall favorites including roasted butternut squash soup in the Homestretch Steakhouse, fresh harvest dishes in the Prime Harvest buffet and the season’s best craft beers in the Dan Patch Brew House.

The first race will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 12.

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

Hoosier Park Hosts Bicentennial Torch Relay Events for Madison County

Anderson, INOct. 12, 2016 As a part of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host festivities during the Madison County tour on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. The event will begin at Hoosier Park at 10 a.m. with a Bicentennial t-shirt giveaway and feature and a torch lap around Hoosier Park’s 7/8-mile horse track at 11:30 a.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the first 2,500 guests to visit Hoosier Park’s Trackside Club Centaur will receive a free Indiana Bicentennial commemorative t-shirt. The Bicentennial Experience, a one of a kind interactive mobile center featuring a high-tech interactive museum of Indiana’s history culture and fun facts, will be available for guests between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. near the track’s winners circle. Additionally, from 11 a.m. to Noon, guests who visit Club Centaur Rewards in the casino will receive $5 in free slot play.

At 11:00 a.m., the Bicentennial Torch will arrive at Hoosier Park, following a relay from Anderson University. At 11:30 a.m., Hoosier Park’s torch lap will commence in the track’s winners circle with comments from Mark Newman, executive director for the Indiana Office of Tourism and Development; Mayor Tom Broderick of the City of Anderson; and Perry Hammock, director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Accompanying these speakers will be Hoosier Park team members Terrance Hazzard singing the national anthem and Holly Petree singing “Back Home Again in Indiana”.

“It’s been quite moving to watch the Bicentennial Torch travel across the state of Indiana,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “We’re anxiously awaiting for Madison County’s tour and are truly honored that Hoosier Park is a part of the celebration.”

Along with the Torch Relay events at Hoosier Park on Friday, Oct. 14, Hoosier Park will offer a $5 lunch buffet at the Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $2 hot dogs and draft beers in the casino all day.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions. Indiana’s torch will travel through all 92 Indiana counties on a 3,200 mile journey. The relay began on Sept. 9, 2016 in Corydon, Ind. and will conclude on Oct. 15 in Indianapolis/Marion County. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ibc/torchrelay.

2017 Breeders Crown Dates Set For Hoosier Park

breederscrown2017ANDERSON, Ind.—Oct. 3, 2016—The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events valued at $5.8 million, will race over two nights in the fall of 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana.

The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the events, and Hoosier Park management have chosen a traditional October weekend for their Crown showcase, with the Crown races to be held Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Eliminations, if necessary, would be raced the weekend prior, Oct. 20 and 21.

Hoosier Park, home of harness racing in Indiana, has made enormous strides in establishing the state as home to champion Standardbreds, competitive overnight racing and host of world class racing. The Indiana breeding program has produced such stars as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, Breeders Crown champions Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki and top-ranked mare trotter Hannelore Hanover, among many others prominent on the national stage.

“Over the next twelve months, our team at Hoosier Park and Centaur Gaming will be working diligently as we prepare to welcome thousands of racing fans and members of the horse racing industry to our property, as well as showcase the best in harness racing to thousands more across the world,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.

In addition, Hoosier Park takes the spotlight in 2017 as the presenting sponsor of the Dan Patch Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Dan Patch Awards are for top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year honors, as well as the first introduction of the newest member(s) to the Hall of Fame.

The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in 1994 and is now owned by Centaur Gaming, is the 31st racetrack to host the Breeders Crown. It is the final host track featured in a three-year agreement announced in 2014 by the Hambletonian Society that saw Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto set a Canadian Standardbred record handle of CDN $5,748,950 for the 13-race card at Woodbine Racetrack in 2015; The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ will host the 2016 Breeders Crown events on Oct. 28 and Oct.29, as the historic New Jersey oval celebrates its 40-year anniversary; and Hoosier Park becomes the latest track to host the Breeders Crown for the first time in 2017. Hoosier Park will also be the first track to host the event in the Midwest since 1995 when it was last held at Northfield Park and the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio.

“The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America,” said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society.

“Hosting the 2017 Breeders Crown is an honor and certainly a recognition of the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Legislature, Indiana Standardbred Association and all of our partners in the racing industry,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president and chief operating officer. “Centaur Gaming is fully committed to the success of the 2017 Breeders Crown in hopes that Hoosier Park will continue to share the responsibility of hosting the events for years to come.”

The 33-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $180 million in purse money has been disbursed over 370 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America and been raced as single night and multiple night events.

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

 

About Centaur: Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC, was founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur currently owns and operates Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ and Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, and an additional off-track betting location in Clarksville.

Hoosier Park Provides Former Race Horse New Lease on Life

canwecheatumnwhenANDERSON, Ind.—September 28, 2016—In conjunction with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has donated funds to save a race horse from slaughter. With the donation, Hoosier Park is not only helping the horse currently in need but hoping to raise awareness for the SRF organization who works diligently to provide race horses with homes after their racing careers are finished.

Just two weeks ago, the Indiana-sired trotter Canwecheatumnwhen was found to be in imminent danger of shipping to slaughter. Canwecheatumnwhen is a nine-year-old gelding who amassed over $100,000 in purse earnings and 25 wins throughout his racing career. With the help of SRF, industry professionals, and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the trotting gelding was swiftly removed from harm’s way.

“For the third time in less than two years, Hoosier Park has stepped up to the plate to rescue a horse from a fate surely not deserved,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “It is our fervent desire that horses like Canwecheatumnwhen, who have given so much on the racetrack, find homes where they can live out the remainder of their time in a blissful manner. We wish our friend Canwecheatumnwhen nothing but the best in retirement!”

The cost to take in one horse and provide all the necessary steps of paying their fees, shipping, quarantine, rehabilitation, veterinary care, and blacksmith and dental care is approximately $1,500. Hoosier Park’s donation will be put towards the care of Canwecheatumnwhen until a permanent home can be secured.

Canwecheatumnwhen will now head to a quarantine facility where he will be placed under a veterinary’s care. Once his soundness and current health is determined, his future options will be explored including under saddle work.

About the Standardbred Retirement Foundation: Founded in 1989, Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) is currently caring for more than 192 retired racehorses at boarding and training facilities around the country; all are available for adoption. SRF is unique as it never relinquishes ownership and requires the veterinary of every adopted horse to provide a follow-up report semi-annually to insure each horse remains happy and healthy, for life. The program relies on tax-deductible gifts, and fund raising events such as the donation of lifetime breedings to prominent stallions, single breeding donations, and other fund raising efforts. In complement to finding them loving homes as companion horses, their program also focuses on retraining that gives them second careers in police work and therapy programs. SRF retires them with the dignity they deserve and provides them with full care for the remainder of their lives.

Hoosier Park, Harness Horse Youth Foundation Spearhead Community Initiative

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 20, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21 as part of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.

The field trips will offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. The event will give more than 600 young children the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn the importance of the Standardbred industry in Indiana’s economy.

hhyf_2010_logo_blueThe Harness Horse Youth Foundation and volunteers will provide interactive history lessons of harness racing in Indiana along with demonstrations of the various aspects involved in harness racing. The students will have to opportunity to sit in a race bike and learn about the equipment a harness horse wears when racing through live demonstrations.

Students will also get a “behind the scenes” look at harness racing through backside tours provided by Hoosier Park trainers. Some of Hoosier Park’s leading drivers will also be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs for the students. Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free t-shirt, a lucky horseshoe, and souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana’s most famous racehorses which can be used in the classroom following the field trips.

In conjunction with the field trips, Hoosier Park also partnered with the Anderson School Corporation to launch the “Play It Forward” campaign. Guests of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are invited to donate $10 to the campaign to receive $10 in casino cash. The goal is to raise $60,000 to provide Google Chrome Labs for the community schools.

On Friday, September 23, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host “Community Night at the Races” in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways.

Additionally, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur on Friday will receive a mystery voucher worth up to $500. Racing fans are invited to enjoy $1 hot dogs, cotton candy and other dining specials. A free fireworks show will culminate the entire evening at the conclusion of live racing.

In conjunction with the community festivities, Hoosier Park will host a weekend of Grand Circuit racing action for the second time this season. On Friday, Hoosier Park will host divisions of the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies while the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic and $175,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will highlight the racing action on Saturday. First post is 5:45 p.m.

 

Granite Pulls Major Upset in Indiana Sires Stakes Final

The Hoosier state’s top three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight on Thursday, September 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The evening’s 14-race program was primarily ruled by long shots but it was Granite, with Mike Peterson at the lines, who converted a pocket trip and a break by the heavy favorite to pull the biggest upset of the night in the featured event of the evening. Stopping the timer in 1:50.4, Granite won by nearly two lengths at odds of 44-1 and also established a new lifetime best in the process.

Leaving from post one in the talented field of nine, Peterson sent Granite away from the gate firing to protect their early position but would eventually relinquish the lead to the heavy favorite Duel of Truth and John DeLong at the first quarter in :27.1. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler also left well to grab a spot along the rail in third while Matrix of Luck and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third.

Duel of Truth dictated middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.1 but was soon joined on the outside by Bourbon Chase with Matrix of Luck in tow. As the field turned for home, Duel of Truth and Bourbon Chase were matching strides and the stage was set for an epic battle to the wire.

Duel of Truth appeared to be up to the task as he was able to put away Bourbon Chase half-way down the lane but Granite was looming large in the pocket. Just as Duel of Truth seemed to be pacing away from the rest of the field, he made a costly break and took himself out of the race. Granite inherited the lead and paced on to the wire to win by nearly two lengths and hold off a hard charging Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller. Bourbon Chase held on for third place honors. As the second longest shot on the board, Granite returned $90.60 to his loyal backers at the betting windows. The exacta including Granite and Uncmprmising Z Tam, at odds of 18-1, returned $836.80.

Granite and Mike Peterson upset in the $75,000 ISS final for 3-year-old pacing colts

Granite and Mike Peterson upset in the $75,000 ISS final for 3-year-old pacing colts

“The trip worked out great, it actually couldn’t have worked out any better for us,” Peterson noted in the winner’s circle. “I didn’t know all that much about the hors because last week was the first time I had ever driven him but he raced really well last week too.”

“Coming around the last turn I knew he (Granite) had pace and I was just hoping to get a good check,” he continued. “Every time I asked him though, he dug in a little more. He’s a very nice colt.”

Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Real Desire-Precious Stone notched his third win from 11 seasonal starts. Owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Granite has now won seven of 20 lifetime outings while bankrolling $145,252 in purse earnings in his career.

Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 15 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday’s program will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and will also feature a $6,216.95 Pick-5 carryover beginning in Race 9 and a $3,896.24 Hoosier High 5 carryover in Race 13.

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