As one of only two mares in a talented field of seven, Lady Blitz pulled a stunning upset over her male counterparts in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 18. At odds of 39-1, Lady Blitz and James Yoder were able to wear down stablemate and the overwhelming favorite, Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder, late in the lane to win in 1:54.4.
Leaving from post 4, Lady Blitz eased from the gate to find a spot along the rail in fourth. Penn and Darrel Wright would be the first to get a call through a leisurely opening panel in :29 but their lead was short lived as the other Yoder, Verlin Yoder, had Natural Herbie on a mission to the front. Natural Herbie reluctantly took command down the backside at the second station in :57.3.
The battle on the front continued as Rose Run Parker, with a three-race winning streak on the line, was aggressively sent to the front by Ricky Macomber Jr. Rose Run Parker reached the front approaching the three-quarter mark in 1:26.4 but took himself out of the race after he made a costly break around the final turn.
The race appeared to be over turning for home as Natural Herbie involuntarily inherited the lead but Lady Blitz loomed large in the background. Penn re-arrived on the scene late in the lane and began to wear down the tiring leader.
With the damage being done on the front, Lady Blitz used a :27.2 final panel to find the wire first. Princess Pablano, the other mare in the field, used a ground-saving trip and rallied gamely to finish second for driver Tyler Smith. Natural Herbie held on for third place honors. As the second longest shot on the board, Lady Blitz returned $81.20 at the windows.
“I didn’t think I would get a trip like that,” James Yoder noted after the race. “When Rose Run Parker made a break it really opened things up. Dad (Verlin Yoder) told me to stay on a helmet and wait until the lane to move. That’s what I did and it just worked out for us tonight.”
“Of course, I was glad we won the race but I would have liked to see Natural Herbie race a little better,” he continued. “It was just the first start for him though so hopefully he will back to himself with a few more races. My mare really showed up tonight, she’s a great mare to drive.”
Trained and owned by Verlin Yoder, Lady Blitz scored her first win from two seasonal starts and 18th career victory. The daughter of Keystone Blitz-Oriental Lady is a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion who now sports a lifetime bankroll of $421, 801.
Buoyed by a sensational 27% increase in all-sources handle for the 2013 live harness racing meet over the previous year, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has now set sail on providing the most accurate past performance lines in harness racing history for the upcoming 2014 live harness meet.
Along with the recent addition of Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, Hoosier Park is now proud to offer racing fans and handicappers a rich mix of new and traditional racing and handicapping information. With the assistance of the Trakus data feed, Hoosier Park now offers race charts that give the best and most accurate data to handicappers. With the launch of this revolutionary system, Hoosier Park not only became the only harness track in North America to use the Trakus system, but will now be the only harness track in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art technology into the production of the most consistent and accurate charts in harness racing.
In a sport where facts and figures are crucial, the Trakus data feed will now supply a comprehensive, instantaneous digital record of the full field at each point of call during a race ultimately to be displayed in the Hoosier Park official charts. By utilizing the Trakus data, much of the subjectivity of chart calling has been eliminated and replaced with objectivity. The Trakus technology will greatly reduce the challenges traditionally presented to chart callers. The Trakus data will now put quantitative fact behind handicapper’s longtime use of observational chart calling.
The Trakus data is compiled using wireless communications to track electronic tags fitted into each horses’ saddlecloth to determine the position and speed of each horse in the race in real-time. Trakus is also able to determine the exact distance, in feet, each horse traveled during a race from gate to wire and how long it took for the horse to complete that distance, taking “trip handicapping” to the next level.
“Following the successful introduction of the Trakus system here at Hoosier Park, we have been eagerly waiting to expand this ever-increasing menu of racing information and handicapping tools for our handicappers of all skill levels,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manger of Racing Rick Moore, noted. “This is just another innovation embraced by Hoosier Park in our continued effort to deliver the best experience and information to our customers.”
Trakus gives serious handicappers an added edge when evaluating horses’ racing styles and progress. Serious handicappers now have access to a variety of new resources, including exclusive speed and distance measurements all collected via the state-of-the-art Trakus tracking system.
All of the Trakus handicapping information has been readily made available on the Hoosier Park website located at www.hoosierpark.com under the Trakus tab.
Now in its’ 21st season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing on Friday, March 28, with a new, daily post time of 5:15 p.m. EST. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the first time, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014.