Favorites prevailed in the second round of the Jerry Landess Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (April 5).
The 1-9 betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip, visited Hoosier Park’s winner circle for the second consecutive time in his second start of the season. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the three-year-old colt showed his inexperience behind the gate as he was a touch hesitant in his approach. Ed Hensley and Prolabra left alertly from post eight to reach the front in a first quarter time of :28.0. James Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. opted out of a two hole trip to move to the front down the backside reaching the half in :58.2. Sam Widger gave W White Comet the cue to make a brisk run at the leader just past the half with Our Lucky Chip in tow. W White Comet reached the leader’s wheel only to yield the lead to the bettor’s choice. With a three-quarter time in 1:27.1, Our Lucky Chip and Tetrick never looked back as they began to pull away from the ten horse field down the lane. The Art’s Chip colt was well in hand at the wire stopping the clock in 1:55.1 to win by six and a half lengths.
“This is a very nice colt,” Trace Tetrick said of his mount. “He’s a green colt but when he gets it all figured out I think he will be a very tough colt to beat.”
Our Lucky Chip will be one of the likely favorites in the $15,000 Jerry Landess Final on Thursday, April 12.
“I like my chances with him next week,” Tetrick said. “He’s very competitive in that class of horses and if he stays as good as he was tonight he will be very good next week.”
Trace Tetrick also took the first division of the late closer with Freaky Flyer for trainer John Arrowood. The four-year-old son of Dontgetinmyway scored his first win of the year in a career best 1:57.1. The slight bettor’s choice took advantage of an easy second quarter to make his move to the front. Yielding to the pocket trip was Pete Wrenn and Lucky Ivan who finished second as ER Pacman and Don Eash finished a closing third. Freaky Flyer is owned Shelly Deters of Coconut Creek, FL.
Heavy Betting Favorite, Artychoke, took home the third division honors as he found the winner’s circle in a lifetime best of 1:55.0. Driver Sam Widger made quick work of the ten horse field as he moved the Art’s Chip colt to the lead just past the quarter mark in :27.1. The three-year-old colt led through fractions of :56.3 and 1:27.0. Wilbur’s Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. made a move down the long Hoosier Park stretch only to finish second by a half of a length. Mack Straight and driver Tyler Smith made a bold first over bid, but Artychoke responded with a :28.0 closing panel leaving Mack Straight to finish third. Artychoke is trained by Art Gregory Jr. and owned by Dennis Brightwell of Cedar Lake, IN.
Hash Slingnslasher had his work cut out for him as he started from the outside in post position nine. Driver Ed Hensley made an early decision for position as he sent the four-year-old colt to the front through an opening panel of :28.1. The betting favorite, Country Roads, made his move to the lead down the backside as Hensley yielded for a pocket trip. Country Roads and Dave Magee led the field of nine through a leisurely half in 1:00.2. Hash Slingnslashr made his way through traffic to march home in a quick :27.3 final quarter and lifetime best performance of 1:57.4. Sired by Carlsbad Cam, Hash Slingnslashr is owned and trained by Ron Otto of Jefferson, OH.
Cage Fighter and Adam Short staged a big rally late to take their division of the Landess action to win by four lengths in 1:56.3 with a closing panel of :27.4. Tyber Tyke and driver Pete Wrenn finished second as Mc Chip and Trace Tetrick finished third. Cage Fighter is trained by Adam Short and owned by John E Mcgill of Albion, IN and Lavon Miller of Topeka, IN.
Training is underway for the upcoming Standardbred season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The track was opened to horseman on Monday, March 5th as 29 horses made their way around Hoosier Park’s oval. The track will remain open for the rest of the week with weather permitting from 8 am to noon for training.
Permanent stabling will begin on Monday, March 12th. The licensing office will open on Tuesday, March 13th from 9am-2pm and remain open the rest of the week for those wanting to get licensed. Qualifiers begin on Wednesday March 14th at 10 am and will be conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the entirety of the meet. Condition sheets will be posted as soon as they become available.
Live Standardbred racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday March 27th, 2012 and will offer five days of live racing per week, Tuesday through Saturday, July 14. Post time is 5:30 EST.
By: Emily Gaskin
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino’s 19th season of live Standardbred racing brings a number of enhancements and improvements with the opening of the 2012 race meet on March 27th, which promises to be its most exciting yet. The largest and maybe most noticeable improvement is the addition of a new, state of the art tote board installed in the infield.
Hoosier Park’s patrons will now be able to view the races from a 16’ x 27’ video board that will be installed on top of the reconstructed tote board. Along with the addition of the jumbo-tron, the existing tote board will be highlighted by brand new indicators that will make the display much easier to read from all areas of the grandstand.
“This is a great enhancement to the live racing experience,” Vice President and General Manager of racing Brian Elmore noted. “It is going to be especially beneficial to the patrons. They will now be able to see the horses like they have never seen them before.”
In addition to the enhancements to the tote board, Hoosier Park’s design team has also added a new graphics package for fans to enjoy. A more viewer-friendly tote board is the result of Hoosier Park’s significant investment.
“Our Chairman and CEO of Centaur, Rod Ratcliff and President & COO of Hoosier Park, Jim Brown are both very committed to improving the racing product here at Hoosier Park,” Elmore said. “It was at their direction that we do this project and I think that is a great reflection of their commitment to racing.”
The few tracks around the country that do utilize a video board, typically operate with a 16-20 mm board, Hoosier Park’s patrons will now be watching 12.5 mm video board which will create a much clearer picture and more interactive experience.
“It will be a great opportunity to market Hoosier Park and showcase Hoosier Park’s premier events,” Elmore noted. “We are going above and beyond expectations to bring the patrons a better experience and there is no doubt in my mind that the horseman and patrons will appreciate Hoosier Park’s efforts to be proactive in providing a better racing product for the public.”
The 80-day meet will offer five days of live racing per week, Tuesday through Saturday, July 14. In addition to the new tote board, opening weekend festivities will be kicked off with an indoor concert by the legendary rock band Air Supply on March 30th. Various handicapping contests and promotions will be taking place throughout the week as well.
Emily Gaskin has joined the team at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Gaskin has assumed the duties of racing publicist and executive assistant to Brian Elmore, general manager of racing.
A resident of Pendleton, Ind., Gaskin graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural communication. During her time at UK, she worked as an intern for the Horsemen and Fair World. Most recently, Gaskin served as a reporter for Harness Racing Update.
Gaskin has an extensive background in harness racing. Her family, Ernie and Darla Gaskin, have been longtime participants in the sport and currently own and operate Crimson Lane, a training center just south of Hoosier Park.
“Emily will serve Hoosier Park in a variety of positions,” said Elmore. “In addition to her duties as racing publicist and administrative assistant for the racing department, she will assist with the race marketing and promotions. Her enthusiasm for racing, passion for the equine athlete, and overall appreciation of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will make her a great addition to the Hoosier Park Team.”
Gaskin has owned a number of Standardbreds over the years that have competed at Hoosier Park. She most recently experienced success with Jammin Joshua, an Indiana Sires Stakes winner as a two-year-old last season who won six of 11 starts.
Gaskin is preparing for the upcoming 2012 Standardbred season, which gets underway Tuesday, March 27. The 80-day race meet will run through Saturday, July 14, offering racing Tuesday through Saturday. Post time is 5:30 p.m. EST.
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Those at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino have always considered themselves the best of a variety of things and Madison County residents agreed, voting it the best buffet, live music venue and place for entertainment.
“We look at Hoosier Park as having many facets for entertainment,” said Grant D. Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations. “Of course there is the casino, but there is also the great racing product, a variety of dining options and then the concerts. It is centrally located and offers a wide variety of entertainment options — multiple ways to win big, socialize with friends and have a thrilling night out. There are entertainment options for everybody.”
Scharton said that variety is why he thinks Hoosier Park was chosen for the third year in a row for the best place for entertainment in the awards.
Hoosier Park consistently brings in some of the greatest names in entertainment, he said, for both the summer music track concert series and the concerts in the Terrace Showroom including upcoming Air Supply and Wilson Phillips, Scharton said. He said information about the upcoming summer concert series will be available in the next month on the website at www.hoosierpark.com.
During last year’s summer series, more than 30,000 people came to Hoosier Park for the shows and the facility received more than 3.5 million visits.
The Prime Harvest Buffet stands out because of not only the quality product offered but also the friendly service of the staff.
Rudy McMillan, director of food and beverage at Hoosier Park, said the quality of the product has remained high and prices low. The seafood nights — Friday and Saturday — and Sunday brunch offer a variety of different items including crab, prime rib, fresh sushi and a chocolate fountain.
“You could have all the quality food in the world, but if you don’t have the great quality staff you can’t go any further,” he said.
Scharton said the combination of good quality food and a great team makes the buffet a star.
With more than 300,000 visitors to the buffet in 2011, assistant director of food and beverage Amy Whitler said a “great, smiling team” is key.
In addition to the $5.95 lunch buffet offered, Hoosier Park offered its club members 55 and over a 55-cent buffet and had 1,650 take advantage of that special offer, Scharton said.
By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
Tourism has become big business in Madison County and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is the star attraction.
That’s the conclusion of a recent report from the Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Convention Bureau, which looked at the economic impact of the tourism and travel industry here in 2008 and 2010.
Among the report’s key findings were that:
Tourism and travel contributed nearly $506 million to the local economy in 2010.
A total of 3,821 jobs exist here because of the industry.
Nearly one-third of them are high-wage earners, professionals, technicians, managers, sales and construction jobs.
Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $68.6 million in wages to Madison County workers in 2010, compared to $62.9 million in 2008.
More than 3.9 million people made Madison County a tourism destination in 2010, compared to 2.2 million in 2008, the year when the casino opened.
Tourism generated $22.9 million in revenue for county and municipal governments in 2010, compared to $14.8 million in 2008.
The report, prepared by Certec Inc., a market research company based in Versailles, Ky., concluded that “tourism impacts all sectors of the local economy.”
“The takeaway is that there has been an accelerated rate of change in tourism and its impact on economic development,” and George Vinson, incoming president of the visitors bureau board of directors.
Ralph Day, executive director of the visitors bureau, said the 2008 and 2010 study years were chosen specifically to look at the impact a casino would have at Hoosier Park.
“It has really made Anderson a destination,” Day said.
And Hoosier Park has been a terrific corporate citizen, he added.
Since the casino opened in June 2008, the complex has averaged 3.5 million visitors a year, said Grant D. Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations He also noted that the Indianapolis Business Journal has named it the Indianapolis area’s most popular tourist attraction.
“Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is very pleased with the response in the central Indiana region and the tourists who come and visit the casino,” he said.
Tourism and community amenities such as Hoosier Park are an essential component of economic development efforts, said Rob Sparks, executive director of the Corporation for Economic Development.
“I think that tourism is a really important part of branding our community,” he said.
Watch for a cyclone of dust and drive found only on Hoosier Park’s oval of speed!
Once again the Fab Five Standardbred Drivers return to Hoosier Park for an unforgettable Standardbred meet. This year will be a tough one for the celebrity drivers as Peter The Wolf Wrenn returns the reigning champion and three new challengers enter the fight.
Trent Stohler, aka The Bachelor, will catch your eye at first glance. Blessed with good looks and style, Stohler is sought after both on and off the track. Brandon Big Ticket Bates earned his title because he’s never afraid to take on a long shot or a hard-to-handle horse and drive it to the wire. Most of Brandon’s winners pay double digits. Outlaw Josh Sutton brings passion and intensity to the sport of Standardbred racing. Josh was on a winning streak in 2006 before he headed West. He returns to Hoosier Park determined and ready to reclaim his territory.
Check back throughout the season for special guest updates from drivers and the latest information on the 2011 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Standardbred Season!