Wiggle It Jiggleit Takes Center Stage on Indiana Sires Stakes Finals Night

On a night where Indiana’s brightest harness racing stars came out, Wiggle It Jiggleit was the brightest of them all as he paced to a 1:49.3 victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, May 23 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy rated track. Mother Nature was uncooperative as Hoosier Park played host to the first round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old competitors on Saturday’s 14-race card.

The rain didn’t seem to inconvenience Wiggle It Jiggleit as he posted his tenth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory to remain undefeated in ten career starts.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was a 1:49.3 winner in Indiana Sires Stakes action.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was a 1:49.3 winner in Indiana Sires Stakes action.

Leaving from post seven in a talented group of ten, Wiggle It Jiggleit was sent away from the gate firing by driver Montrell Teague to grab the lead through the opening panel in :26. As heavy rain continued to fall, the rest of the field sorted out early position with Rockin Ron and Rick Plano grabbing a pocket seat behind the overwhelming favorite.

Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to dictate fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Freaky Feet Pete and Trace Tetrick were the first to pose a threat as they were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front after being parked for the much of the mile.

Freaky Feet Pete would finally find the rail as he was able to tuck in behind the leader rounding the final turn but would have his work cut out for him with Wiggle It Jiggleit inching away with every stride. With Freaky Feet Pete now on his back, Teague asked Wiggle It Jiggleit for more and the colt responded with a :28 final quarter to coast home a winner by a length. Freaky Feet Pete turned in his own impressive performance to grind out a second place finish after a very taxing mile. Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall rounded out the trifecta.

“The weather didn’t bother me; you’ve got to race in all kinds of weather,” owner George Teague Jr. noted in the winner’s circle. “Good horses you don’t have to make excuses for and we didn’t have to for him tonight, he was able to overcome it.”

“He’s had two great races now and did everything we wanted him to,” he continued. “Now, he can go on to those other races and hopefully earn some respect against the other horses. He seems to travel well and be easy on himself so we’ll head to the North America Cup and see how it goes up there.”

Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $142, 242 with the victory. Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelded son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover.

The action-paced night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Churita looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as she overcame the outside post nine to score in 1:55. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Churita dictated fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26 before cruising to a five length victory. The 1:55 victory was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare and her second consecutive victory in 2015.

Trained by Matt Rheinheimer, Churita has now won 10 of 12 lifetime outings. Owned by Jackie Porter, Churita has amassed $310,725 lifetime.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander were victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander were victorious in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Fresh of a decisive win in the Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander turned in a gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies.  Scoring in a lifetime best of 1:52.2, Nora Rockwell outlasted all challenges from the rest of the field to score her third victory of the season.

“She has matured quite a bit from last year and tonight she was all business,” owner, trainer Marlin Fry noted after the win. “She is doing now what I thought she might always be capable of. Jason (Dillander) has done a great job with her.”

Nora Rockwell is a homebred daughter of Palone Ranger-Norma Rockwell. She has now won seven of 22 lifetime outings while earning $81,072.

While the stakes action switched gears, the weather did not. Rain continued to fall on the Hoosier Park surface but Homicide Hunter and John Delong seemed unbothered as they scored a decisive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts. The 1:55.1 was a lifetime best performance and the second consecutive win from two seasonal outings for the Curt Grummel trainee.

Uninvolved in the early stages of the race, Homicide Hunter was able to avoid traffic trouble and early breakers to put away all challengers in the final eighth of the mile. Using a :27 final quarter, Homicide Hunter held off the heavily favored, Bluebird Reverend and Rick Farrington, late in the lane to win by four lengths.

“It wasn’t exactly how I thought the race would play out but the trip worked out for us,” Delong noted after the race. “We made a couple of adjustments after last week and tonight he was awesome. He’s a perfect gentleman to drive and he does everything you ask of him. He really raced great tonight.”

Homicide Hunter sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Owned by Dr. Patrick Graham, the son of Mr. Cantab-Evening Prayer has now won five of 12 lifetime starts.

Each of the four stakes winners from tonight’s program have now earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The 2015 Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 10 at Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 2 with a 14-race card.

Sophomore Pacing Colts Debut Impressively in Indiana Sires Stakes

Indiana’s three-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 23 to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit, considered as two of the top pacing colts for 2015, both delivered in their respective divisions.

Making his 2015 return to the races, Freaky Feet Pete picked up right where he left off as he found the winner’s circle in his sophomore debut, winning in 1:50.3. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a :27.2 final panel to coast home a winner by two lengths.

Freaky Feet Pete was a decisive winner in his elimination of the Indiana Sires Stakes.

Freaky Feet Pete was a decisive winner in his elimination of the Indiana Sires Stakes.

Freaky Feet Pete settled well off the early pace, retreating to fifth while the rest of the field battled for early position through first half fractions of :27.1 and :55.4. Freaky Feet Pete began his quest to the front just past the half and reached the leader’s wheel approaching the final turn.

After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1, Freaky Feet Pete found his best strides late in the lane and cruised home to notch his first victory of the season. The 1:50.3 final time equals his career best.

“I think his best attribute is that he’s very versatile, on the front, off the pace, it doesn’t really bother him,” driver Trace Tetrick noted after the race. “Great horses do great things and that’s what he is. He’s come back great, he’s fresh, he’s ready to race, and he loves his job.”

Voted Indiana’s two-year-old pacing colt of the year, Freaky Feet Pete has now won 10 of 11 career starts and earned $271,950 for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer,

In the very next division, Wiggle It Jiggleit, fresh off his world record setting performance, made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one to remain undefeated in nine starts. With regular pilot Montrell Teague in the sulky, Wiggle It Jiggleit made a powerful move down the backside and cruised to the wire seven lengths in front of his competition in 1:50.3.

Wiggle It Jiggleit scored his first Hoosier Park victory in his elimination for the Indiana Sires Stakes.

Wiggle It Jiggleit scored his first Hoosier Park victory in his elimination for the Indiana Sires Stakes.

The world champion took off the speed early in the mile, but made a controlled move to the lead and cleared just before the half-mile mark through fractions of :27.1 and :55.3. Wiggle It Jiggleit led the field through the three-quarter split in 1:23.3 before beginning to put his talent on display.

As the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance, Wiggle It Jiggleit was racing the clock. Finishing well within himself at the wire, the son of Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover coasted to the wire with his earplugs still in-tact.

“I don’t want to put him on the front every time, he’s versatile and I think he can go any way,” driver Montrell Teague noted in the winner’s circle. “I could have taken him back to last and he probably would have done the same thing. Racing him off pace just teaches him that he has to calm down a little bit, and now, hopefully, we’ll be ready for next week.”

“He’s awesome, his attitude, his intelligence, he just does everything right,” Teague continued.  “It’s a pleasure to be around a horse like him and to go those kind of miles every week. I didn’t even pop the earplugs tonight.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit became the fastest-3-year-old pacing colt on a half mile track in history when he romped to a 1:49 victory at Harrington Raceway on May 11. He is conditioned by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague Jr. With the victory, Wiggle It Jiggleit’s career earnings surpassed the $100,000 mark.

Trainer Jon Anderson teamed up with driver Rick Plano to double up in the other two divisions of the stakes action. The Anderson-Plano scored first with My Buddy Ninkster in the opening split and followed up with Rockin Ron scoring in the final division.

After finishing second in his last two outings, My Buddy Ninkster rebounded to find the winner’s circle when it counted in 1:51.1. Benefitting from a pocket trip, My Buddy Ninkster was able to overcome the tempo-setting Harfo Hanover and Tony Hall late in the lane.

Sired by Dali, My Buddy Ninkster recorded the fourth victory of his sophomore campaign while establishing a new lifetime mark in the process. Owned by John and Mary Krasnican, the son of Dali-Sporty Ellie has now earned $46,553 lifetime.

In the final division of the stakes action, Rockin Ron kept his winning streak alive as he recorded his 5th consecutive victory at Hoosier Park in 1:51.2. The Jon Anderson trainee dictated fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before powering home a winner.

The son of Real Desire-Im All A Roan is now 5 for 5 this season and six for 15 in his career. Owned by Ronald Phillips, Louis Leinberger and Jesse Ferge, Rockin Ron has earned $58,300 lifetime.

All four of the evening’s elimination winners successfully earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

American Girl Upsets in Fillies and Mares Feature at Hoosier Park

American Girl scores her first victory of the season in the Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace.

American Girl scores her first victory of the season in the Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace.

ANDERSON, Ind.—May 15, 2015— American Girl, guided by Sam Widger, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, May 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Dismissed at odds of 11-1 at the betting window, American Girl won an epic stretch battle to best her rivals with a final time of 1:53.1.

Leaving from post four, American Girl left aggressively for early position but Shine N Shimmer and John Delong were one step quicker as they reached the front through the opening panel in :27.3. Miss Millie and Peter Wrenn protected their rail position to find a pocket seat with Just A Bee and Mike Micallef next in line, fourth.

American Girl continued her mission to the front and reached the top spot just past the second station in :56.3. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Trace Tetrick had the 1-5 favorite, Color’s A Virgin pointed to the front as the field approached the final turn.

Color’s A Virgin reached the leader’s wheel through a three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1 but she would have her work cut out for her as American Girl looked strong on the front. The field was tightly packed turning for home and the stage was set for a cavalry charge to the wire.

With the taxing mile beginning to take its toll, Color’s A Virgin began to retreat just as the rest of the field started to fan out across the track late in the lane. Widger asked his mount for more and American Girl responded with one final surge to hold off a hard-charging Montenegro and Jason Dillander. Shine N Shimmer rounded out the trifecta. American Girl returned $25.00 to her backers at the betting window.

“She’s a special mare,” trainer Ernie Gaskin noted after the victory. “When everything is right with her, she’s as game as they come. I wasn’t exactly sure how the trip would work out tonight but Sam (Widger) always takes care of her.”

With the win, American Girl notched her first victory of the season and 23rd win from 89 career starts while amassing $541,948 in purse earnings lifetime. The six-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt.

Tetrick Scores 3,000th Win at Hoosier Park

Trace Tetrick scores the 3,000th win of his career at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Trace Tetrick scores the 3,000th win of his career at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.—May 12, 2015—Trace Tetrick notched the 3,000th win of his driving career after he piloted Kayla As to victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 12. The 1:59.2 victory marked a maiden breaking win for the three-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Karisma As and a career milestone for the 28-year-old driver.

Trained by Anette Lorenzton, Kayla As was able to take advantage of her rail position and held off all competitors to record her first win in just the first start of her three-year-old campaign. Owned by Acl Stuteri, Kayla As has now earned $3,720 lifetime.

“I was hoping to get it tonight but didn’t expect it,” Tetrick noted in the winner’s circle. “I wasn’t really focusing on the number, I just try to come out and win as many as I can every night. It feels good to have that one over with though. Now, it’s on to the next one.”

Born into a horse racing family, Tetrick grew up around horses and began his career on the southern Illinois county fair circuit. Harness racing has always been a family affair for Tetrick as his parents, Tom D. and Mary Alice, have operated a successful stable throughout the Midwest for many years. The Geff, Illinois native started his driving career in 2003 and has since surpassed the $28 million mark in purse earnings in the bike.

Tetrick recorded his first win at Hoosier Park in 2006 and has been a mainstay atop Hoosier Park’s leader board ever since. In 2008, Tetrick became the youngest driver or jockey to ever win a title at Hoosier Park after garnering 117 victories that season. Tetrick took home the leading driver title in 2014 and also earned a spot in Hoosier Park’s record books once again as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories.

Tetrick came into the 14-race card at Hoosier Park on Tuesday just three wins away from his milestone. He also found the winner’s circle with Saintfrancis and Flyaway Bumble Bee earlier on the card before reaching 3,000. Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Tetrick’s family and friends were in the winner’s circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment.

“On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I’d like to congratulate Trace on win number 3,000,” Moore noted. “Through his hard work and skill, Trace continues to be a great ambassador for our sport. We are honored to have him as our leading driver at Hoosier Park and part of our Champion Driver program. We wish Trace continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career.”

Tetrick currently leads all drivers for the 2015 season at Hoosier Park with 58 victories and nearly $400,000 in purse earnings through the first 30 days of live racing. Peter Wrenn currently holds the second spot with 46 trips to the winner’s circle.

Allie Labrook Establishes New Trotting Track Record at Hoosier Park

Allie Labrook Establishes a new trotting track record at Hoosier Park

Allie Labrook Establishes a new trotting track record at Hoosier Park

Allie Labrook, with trainer, driver Dan Shetler at the lines, re-established the track record for older trotting mares and the overall trotting track record at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 9 when she powered home a winner in 1:52 in the featured event of the evening. Notching her first win of the season, Allie Labrook broke her previous record of 1:53.1, a mark she established on October 18, 2014. The 1:52 victory marks the first track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval in 2015.

Leaving from post five in a talented group of nine, Allie Labrook left just enough to get early position along the rail in fifth while Darrell Wright sent last week’s winner, Penn, away from the gate firing from post nine. Penn reached the front through a brisk opening quarter in :26.4 but was quickly joined on the outside by Lady Blitz and Verlin Yoder who were unable to find a spot along the rail.

Lady Blitz continued to apply pressure to the outside and had reached the leader’s wheel at the second station in :55.4. Captain John Henry and Ross Leonard benefitted from a pocket trip while Allie Labrook sat patiently next along the pylons in fourth.

As the field approached the final turn, Shelter was unable to wait any longer and tipped Allie Labrook to the outside grabbing a second over spot behind Lady Blitz. With the top pair still battling, Shetler tipped Allie Labrook three-wide around a tiring Lady Blitz at the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3.

As the field turned for home, Allie Labrook and Penn were stride for stride and the race to the wire was on. Penn continued to rally but Allie Labrook wasn’t finished. Shetler asked his mare for mare and she used a :27.1 final panel to finish a length in front of Penn. Captain John Henry used a ground saving trip to hold on for third place honors. As the 8-5 favorite, Allie Labrook returned $5.40 at the window.

“I knew I wanted to be closer to the pace this week,” Shetler noted after the victory. “She was loaded with trot when I tipped her three-wide and I knew turning for home she was going to be good. She’s as nice of a mare as anyone could have. I’ve always known she could trot that kind of speed.”

The five-year-old daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Allie Jane was making just her third start of the season after a stellar campaign in 2014 where she bankrolled $119, 157 and won 13 of 17 starts. Owned by Sawgrass Farms, Allie Labrook has now won 17 of 27 outings while amassing $155, 487 lifetime. Allie Labrook will be pointed to the Miss Versatility Series at Mohawk Raceway for her next engagement.

Lady Blitz Pulls Stunning Upset in Featured Event at Hoosier Park

Lady Blitz and James Yoder Capture Featured Trot at Hoosier Park

Lady Blitz and James Yoder Capture Featured Trot at Hoosier Park

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.

 

Hoosier Park Merges Technology with Traditional Chart Calling

TRAKUS 3Buoyed 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.