Freaky Feet Pete continued his divisional dominance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 17 as he cruised to his ninth straight victory in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish six lengths in front of his closest competitor and stop the timer in 1:49.4.
Leaving from post seven in the field of ten, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. John DeLong had Swing City on a mission to the front and the Erv Miller trainee dictated first half fractions of :26.2 and :54.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field.
Tetrick gave Freaky Feet Pete the green light just past the half and the sophomore colt appeared to do the rest on autopilot. Ima Full Time Job and Jason Dillander were first to commit to the outer flow but were unable to gain on the leader. Freaky Feet Pete reached the leader’s wheel at the third station in 1:22.2 and by the time the field turned for home his lead was ever-increasing.
While the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Freaky Feet Pete found another gear and used a :26.2 final quarter to find the wire first. American Virgin and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied for second while Kelly D and Dale Hiteman rounded out the trifecta. As the overwhelming favorite, Freaky Feet Pete returned $2.10 at the betting window.
“I knew there would be a lot of early speed in the race,” Tetrick said after the victory. “I didn’t want to get tangled up with anyone early so I just wanted to float out of there and catch cover. I asked him a little around the last turn and that’s really all I had to do. He did the rest. He’s a great horse and loves what he’s doing out there.”
Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete scored his 18th career victory from 20 lifetime outings. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $482,100 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, who incidentally celebrated a birthday today with the win. Rheinheimer’s star pupil will now be aimed for the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park on Saturday, September 26 for his next engagement.
“I paid the supplement so we will go to the Jenna’s Beach Boy next week,” Larry Rheinheimer said after the win. “As for the rest of the season, we will take it one start at a time. We’ll get through these next couple of starts here and go from there but we’ll do whatever is best for the horse. He will tell us what he wants to do. We haven’t changed anything so far and it seems to be working.”
The $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace will be part of a star-studded card slated for Saturday, September 26 at Hoosier Park. The evening’s 14-race card will also include the $275,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes trot and pace and the $225,000 Centaur Trotting Classic.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 18 with a 14-race card. 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.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced today that Centaur Gaming – which owns and operates Indiana-based Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and several off-track betting facilities – has joined as a member. Following the addition of the Consigners and Commercial Breeders Association (CBA) earlier this week and three New York- and New Jersey-based tracks just last week, the move indicates continued momentum for national oversight of uniform medication standards in American horse racing.
“Centaur Gaming is absolutely dedicated to bringing the highest quality and best experience possible to racing enthusiasts and bettors in Indiana and throughout the Midwest,” said Centaur Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Rod Ratcliff. “The legislation endorsed by the Coalition would not only increase fairness for the men and women who wager their hard-earned dollars on racing, but would preserve the future of a sport around which our industry is built. Centaur Gaming and the racetracks, casinos and OTB facilities we represent are proud to join the Coalition in its efforts toward the uniform regulation of medication testing and enforcement in horse racing.”
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has been selected by the Hambletonian Society to host the prestigious Breeders Crown championship Harness races in 2017. Pending approval by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and Indiana Standardbred Association, the track would host the 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $5 million.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino conducts Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at its track in Shelbyville Indiana, home of the Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks, both annual grade II races.
The Coalition – whose membership also includes the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., the Consigners and Commercial Breeders Association, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association, The Jockey Club, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and the Water Hay Oats Alliance – supports the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015. This bill, introduced in July 2015 to the House of Representatives by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), will direct the non-governmental, non-profit U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create an independent, racing-specific, non-governmental and non-profit organization to work collaboratively with state racing commissions and their respective staff members throughout the country.
Additional information, including stories from supporters and ways to contact Congressional members to express support for this legislation, is available at www.horseracingintegrity.com
It was a fight to the finish in the inaugural Saturday Shootout handicapping contest Saturday, Sept. 12. The team from Indiana Grand led the way through the first seven races, but all it took was one longshot to catapult Team Hoosier Park to the lead in the final race of the contest to win the $5,000 grand prize.
Players from Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park competed in three preliminary rounds of Saturday Shootout on the second Saturday of each month June through August. Through their cumulative tallies, the top five players from both locations met up at Indiana Grand Saturday, Sept. 12 to compete for the $5,000 Grand Prize in the contest. The contest is based on one selection in eight races with earnings based on win and place payouts. Players must handicap both Standardbred and Thoroughbred races during the contest.
Earning a spot among the top five at Hoosier Park was Robert Bellamy, Randy Harlow, Anthony Allen, Russel Sutton and Jay Mosier. The team arrived at Indiana Grand and began putting together a strategy to defeat their opponents in four Standardbred races from Hoosier Park and four Thoroughbred races from Indiana Grand.
Representing the top five spots at Indiana Grand were Omar Fannin Jr., Scott Trimnell, Frieda Black, Gordon Neill and Charles Smothers. Their team quickly got out to a comfortable lead and they maintained their hold by nearly $20 heading into the final race of the contest, which was a Thoroughbred race from Indiana Grand.
Longshot Don’t Do It and Carlos Villasana rallied home as the winners in the sixth race at Indiana Grand, paying $16.40 to win and $7.00 to place. Only two players in the entire contest had selected Don’t Do It, and those two players were on Team Hoosier Park. Randy Harlow and Anthony Allen each had selected the horse to win in their final round of the contest.
Team Hoosier Park ended up with a cumulative bankroll of $145.00 while Team Indiana Grand pulled in a total of $118.20. The top team earned $5,000 and a traveling trophy, which will be displayed at Hoosier Park. Each player also earned an individual trophy for their efforts in Saturday Shootout. The players from Indiana Grand also received prize money, splitting $1,000.
During the trophy presentation, Team Hoosier Park donated $100 of their winnings to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. They wanted to show their support to the cause, and were the first to donate during the evening. Jockey Richard Gilliard, who was seriously injured in a racing incident at Hoosier Park in 2011, represented the jockeys in accepting the donation for the cause. Gilliard recently returned to riding and won his first race since his incident in August at Indiana Grand.
“We’ve decided to name ourselves the Hoosier Park Closers,” laughed Robert Bellamy. “This was a lot of fun and we look forward to competing in it again next year.”
The 2016 final for Saturday Shootout will be held at Hoosier Park, rotating back and forth between tracks each season.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues at Indiana Grand through Oct. 31, racing at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with Saturday racing held at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will begin Sept. 17 through the remainder of the meet.
Homicide Hunter turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle Friday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the final round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, extending his win streak to 12 in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:55.3, Curt Grummel’s Homicide Hunter battled back gamely in the lane to win by a nose and remain undefeated in his sophomore season.
Leaving from the outside post nine, driver John DeLong sent Homicide Hunter away from the gate firing but they would have to work for position as a host of others also left aggressively. Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27 but were quickly joined on the outside by Hominy Hill and Trace Tetrick. Hominy Hill cleared to the front at the second station in :57.3 and continued to call the shots to the three-quarters in 1:27.
Unable to find a spot along the rail, Homicide Hunter continued his long, first-over journey to the front and reached the leader’s wheel approaching the final turn. As the field squared away for home, Homicide Hunter was able to stick a nose in front but Hominy Hill wasn’t going away.
Just when it looked as if the taxing mile was beginning to take its’ toll, Homicide Hunter found another gear and dug in gamely to get the win in the final strides of the mile over a track rated good. Hominy Hill held on for second place honors while Bluebird Reverend finished third. As the overwhelming favorite, Homicide Hunter returned $3.20 at the betting windows.
The 15-time career winner has now amassed $304,886 for his owner Dr. Patrick Graham. With the win, the son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer has earned his spot in the final $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for Saturday, September 19 at Hoosier Park. The victory was also one of three wins on the 14-race card for driver John DeLong.
Steal N Gas and Andy Shetler were victorious in the opening elimination of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, scoring in 1:57.3. Trained, owned and bred by Bill Cottongim, Steal N Gas scored his third consecutive victory and ninth lifetime victory with the win.
Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 12 with two divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts with an adjusted post time of 4:00 p.m. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 14, 2015.
The harness racing industry has recently rallied to raise funds to assist the family of Brad Hanners. Hanners, a well known harness racing driver throughout the Midwest, was diagnosed with cancer and has drawn the support of thousands in Indiana and across the entire nation.
One of the latest gestures of support comes via the Hoosier Park driving colony. Drivers Peter Wrenn and Tyler Smith announced that they will be donating their percentage of purse earnings won at Hoosier Park Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 12, to the Hanners Family.
Both Wrenn and Smith are among Hoosier Park’s top-ten leading drivers for the 2015 harness racing season. Smith is the nephew of Hanners and credits much of his early racing success to his uncle.
Hanners, an Ohio native who currently lives in Ohio with his wife Alicia and children JorDan, Austin, Luke and Mia, has posted 4,888 wins as a driver and 357 victories as a trainer throughout his career. Hanners also earned a spot in the Hoosier Park history books after he was victorious in the 2009 edition of Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event, The Dan Patch, behind Mister Big.
“All of us at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are deeply saddened with the news of Brad’s illness,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “The amount of support we’ve seen for Brad and his family has been great and we really appreciate what the drivers and horse racing community have done and are planning to do. The need is overwhelming and it is up to each of us to do our utmost to help Brad and his entire family during this time of need.”
Family and friends of Hanners will also host a benefit on Saturday, September 12 at Scioto Downs beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a silent auction featuring numerous items donated throughout the harness racing community and a raffle for a brand new racebike. All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle will go to help the family through this difficult time.
Along with other charitable donations to the family, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will contribute a VIP basket to be auctioned off at the benefit and has set-up a fund in the paddock to accept donations from the horse racing community for the family.
A Facebook “Hanners Strong Benefit” page, which has added more than 600 attendees since its creation last week, can be found by clicking here.
In addition to the benefit, a Go-Fund Me account has been set-up to help offset the medical costs for the family. The Go-Fund Me account can be found by clicking here .
Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, turned in another dominating performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4. With a final time of 1:53.3, Topville Cadillac used a near gate to wire effort to notch her third consecutive victory at Hoosier Park.
Topville Cadillac was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth wile Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong protected their early position to get the first call through the opening panel in :27. Smith had Topville Cadillac out and firing just out of the first turn and she quickly grabbed the front to remain uncontested through :56.3 and 1:25 splits. Seventimesavirgin continued to benefit from a pocket trip while Ricky Macomber Jr. and Aux D Lox Bluegrass were leading the first-over charge.
As the field turned for home, Topville Cadillac began to put her talent on display as she put three lengths between her and the rest of the field. Seventimesavirgin tipped from the pocket to make a bid at the leader but Topville Cadillac wasn’t finished. Using a :28.3 last quarter, the Alvin Miller trainee coasted to the wire under a hand drive from Smith to finish four lengths in front of Seventimesavirgin. Shirley’s Dream and Andy Shetler rallied gamely in the stretch to round out the trifetcta. As the even money favorite, Topville Cadillac returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows.
“She certainly gave us some anxious moments training down,” trainer Alvin Miller noted after the win. “She wasn’t the best student. I always knew she had a big gear but she has always been a handful.”
“She went through a little bit of a growth spurt so that’s why we took our time getting her ready and getting her to the races,” he continued. “She’s still green yet, I don’t think she has figured it all out but she continues to get better and that’s all we can ask for.”
The daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave notched her fifth win from seven seasonal outings. Topville Cadillac, a $95,000 yearling purchase, is a half sister to former Indiana Sires Stakes Champions Always About Katey and Radar Contact. Owned by Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller, Topville Cadillac has now earned $75,050 lifetime.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, September 5 with a 14-race card. In conjunction with the live racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the FarmTastic event, a farm themed and family friendly day at the races. The event, which has quickly become a fan favorite, is free to the public, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Yard, with live racing beginning at its’ regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m.
Matrix of Luck and Tyler Smith made a clean sweep of the fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action after they captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3. With a final time of 1:53, Matrix of Luck notched his fourth consecutive victory at Hoosier Park and became the sport’s newest $100,000 earner after the victory.
Leaving from post two in a talented group of 10, Matrix of Luck was unhurried from the gate and found a spot along the rail in fourth while LeWayne Miller had Mystical Rock out and firing from post seven. Mystical Rock dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 while stablemate Legere and Trace Tetrick benefitted from a pocket seat.
Smith made his game winning move down the backside as he pointed Matrix of Luck to the lead approaching the final turn and the colt quickly grabbed command just before the three quarter clocking in 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Downthehighwy was the first to apply pressure from first-over and the stage was set for an epic stretch battle to the wire.
Matrix of Luck was able to put away Downthehighwy late in the lane but Mystical Rock loomed large in the pocket. Miller was able to find late racing room with Mystical Rock but Matrix of Luck wasn’t done. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Matrix of Luck dug in gamely to get the win by a neck over Mystical Rock. Legere rallied strongly in the lane to finish third. As the publics’ choice, Matrix of Luck returned $4.80 at the betting window.
“He’s a super nice colt to sit behind,” Smith noted in the winner’s circle. “I’ve got to thank his connections for letting me drive him. I’ve got a lot of confidence in the colt and they’ve done a great job with him all season. He just seems to get better every week; he always shows up and does his job.”
Trained by Roger Cullipher, Matrix of Luck notched the fifth win of his young career from just nine lifetime outings. Owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill, and Debbie Cullipher, the son of Rockin Image-My Taylor’s Maid pushed his lifetime bankroll to $128,000. The victory was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Smith.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 4 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Friday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
Bridge to Jesse’s turned in another dominating performance to find winner’s circle once again at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, on Wednesday, September 2. Extending his win streak to six with the victory, Bridge To Jesse’s and driver Ed Hensley reached the wire three lengths in front of their competitors in 1:56.3.
Leaving from the trailing post position ten, Bridge To Jesse’s was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third. Victor’s Hall and Ricky Macomber Jr. showed early speed off the gate and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :57.4. Fly Jesse Fly and Rick Plano benefitted from a pocket trip while Bridge To Jesse’s would begin his long first-over quest for the front approaching the final turn.
Victor’s Hall continued to call the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:29 while Bridge To Jesse’s slowly begin to close in on the leader. As the field straightened away for home, Hensley asked his mount for more and Bridge to Jesse’s found another gear. Bridge To Jesse’s was able to wear down a tiring Victor’s Hall late in the lane. Late Bid Tom and Jason Dillander rallied gamely in the homestretch to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Bridge to Jesse’s returned $4.20 at the betting window.
“He’s a pleasure to drive,” Hensley noted in the winner’s circle. “He’s got great manners, he can be a little rambunctious behind the gate sometimes but all in all, he’s a perfect colt to drive. I think he’s better racing off a helmet but he overcame the trip tonight and raced great again.”
After re-establishing the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:56 effort in his last $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes outing, Bridge To Jesse’s has only tasted defeat once in eight lifetime starts. Trained by Roger Welch, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has now bankrolled $158,000 for his owners W. DeLong, W. DeLong, R. Welch, and R. DeLong.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Thursday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
Lockwood Grace used a strong stretch rally to pull the 20-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 1. Driven by Jason Dillander, Lockwood Grace avoided early traffic trouble to score in a lifetime best of 1:58.
In a race ruled by miscues, Dillander had Lockwood Grace out of harm’s way in the early stages of the race, sixth along the rail. Her stablemate and post time favorite, Miss Tootsie Hall, made a break behind the gate and took herself out of the race completely before the wings folded for driver Trace Tetrick.
Naughty III, driven by Tyler Smith, made her customary move to the front through an opening panel in :28.1 but had trouble down the backside and was quickly passed on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Rick Farrington at the second station in :58.2.
Doug Rideout and Just Jess also avoided the early traffic trouble and made a powerful move down the backside to take control just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:28. While the rest of the field sorted out positions, Just Jess put a few lengths between her and the rest of the field around the final turn.
As the field turned for home, Just Jess continued to call the shots but was beginning to tire on the front. Just as Just Jess was retreating, Dillander had Lockwood Grace in perfect striking position second-over. Lockwood Grace was given the green light and exploded past her rivals using a :28.4 final quarter to win by three-parts of a length. Nothing But Nice held on for the second place finish wile Sunny Jeans and Rick Plano rallied late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Lockwood Grace returned $43.60 at the betting windows.
“I don’t know what happened out there,” Dillander noted of the race. “It worked out for us, but it was a crazy race, that’s for sure. When we came around the last turn, I wasn’t sure if I had enough to get to the wire but once we straightened out, she really started gaining ground. She trotted all the way to wire and showed up big tonight.”
Trained by Robert Taylor, the freshman filly is the daughter of Gymnasium-Montgomery Jewle. Lockwood Grace notched just the second win of her career from eight seasonal outings. Lockwood Grace has now earned $60,245 for her owners at Hoosierland Farm.
“She’s been a nice filly all year,” trainer Robert Taylor noted in the winner’s circle. “She’s just coming into herself I think, maybe a little later than the others, but she’s been a nice filly from the start. She’s a super nice filly to be around and takes good care of herself too, so I think that will help her in the long run.”
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 2 at the regularly schedule post time of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake final and $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
Racing fans were given a chance to show off their handicapping skills this summer through a new, dual contest between Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. In its’ inaugural edition, The Saturday Shootout competition was a free contest to Club Centaur members and provided three preliminary rounds with players earning and accumulating points based on their handicapping selections. Each player was aiming to advance into the top five standings at each location for a spot on the team for the $5,000 final slated for Saturday, September 12.
Handicappers were put to the test beginning Saturday, June 13 featuring four Standardbred races from Hoosier Park and four Quarter Horse races from Indiana Grand. The competition picked back up Saturday, July 11 featuring four Standardbred races from Hoosier Park and four Thoroughbred races from Indiana Grand. The final preliminary round was conducted in the same fashion on Saturday, Aug. 8.
After tallying up all three preliminary rounds, the top five players at Hoosier Park, with earnings, who earned a spot on Team Hoosier Park for the final round are as follows: Russel S. ($141.20), Jay M. ($111.20), Anthony A. ($111.00), Robert B. ($109.60) and Randy H. ($98.40). Andrew H. has been established as the alternate player for team Hoosier Park in the event one of the others players cannot make the final competition.
The Saturday Shootout final will take place at Indiana Grand on Saturday, Sept. 12, which will also include Childhood Cancer Awareness Night as well as PDJF Night. In addition, two Quarter Horse stakes will be featured on the latter part of the race card, including the $100,000 Stallion Service Auction Futurity and the $50,000 Stallion Service Auction Derby. The final RushShelby Energy Family Fun Night will also take place Sept. 12 with a strolling magician, bounce house and facepainter.
The Saturday Shootout Final will bring the top five players from Hoosier Park into Indiana Grand and the points will be determined by teams combining their skills on the eight selected races for the final. All players will start with a balance of $0 heading into the final. The winning team will split the $5,000 and receive the traveling Saturday Shootout trophy to be displayed at the winning track.
The five finalists for Team Hoosier Park are encouraged to RSVP and pick-up more information, all available at Trackside Club Centaur.
The 2016 Saturday Shootout final will be held at Hoosier Park.