Bar Hopping Sets New Track Record on Stakes Filled Card at Hoosier Park

bar-hopping-finish-the-carl-erskine-11-4Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 4 to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot.

Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse’s and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2.

Dayson continued to call the shots at three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter of a length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows.

“I wanted to be a lot closer than I was but my colt almost ran in the first turn so I had to be careful,” Tetrick, who won last year’s edition of the Carl Erskine behind Crazy Wow, noted after the victory. “He fought it out and went a great trip. He has been close all year racing the best colts in the country and he deserves the big wins that he’s got. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.

check-six-the-monument-circle-11-4The Grand Circuit stakes action continued in the very next race of the program and it was Check Six who went gate to wire in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Check Six stopped the timer in 1:51 to win by nearly two-lengths over stablemate Manhattan Beach and Matt Kakaley. With the win, Check Six recorded his tenth win of the season and became the sport’s newest millionaire.

As one of five Ron Burke trained horses in the field, Check Six left alertly from post two to grab the early lead in :26.4. Manhattan Beach also left aggressively but was content to sit in the pocket for much of the mile. Gingras was able to slow the tempo a touch to dictate middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field.

Stablemate Downthehighwy and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow and had reached the leader’s wheel as the field turned for home. Manhattan Beach looked poised to strike from the pocket but Check Six was strong on the front. Check Six used a :26.3 final quarter en route to a near two length victory over Manhattan Beach and a hard charging Mystical Rock and Andy Shetler. As the 3-5 favorite, Check Six returned $3.20 at the betting windows.

“I definitely expected some speed from the outside but when the gate opened, there were only two of us leaving out of there so I was happy about that,” Gingras, who has two previous victories in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, noted in the winner’s circle. “I had control of the race and I was able to rate the mile so when we turned for home I didn’t think they were going to beat me from there. My horse went a brutal trip in his last start but he was very game again tonight, he is super sharp right now.”

Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Switala, and J. Martin, Check Six recorded his 14th win from 30 lifetime outings. Now sporting a bankroll of $1,070,304, the Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna colt has won 10 of 21 seasonal starts.

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacers kicked off the Grand Circuit Stakes action earlier in the card in impressive fashion. Gingras found the winner’s circle for the first time of the evening behind Flowers N Songs in the $115,000 Crossroads of America stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Rich Gillock trained filly dug in gamely in the stretch to get the win by a head in 1:54.3.

flowers-n-songs-finish-the-crossroads-of-america“Hats off to her connections for her keeping her on the top of her game all year,” Gingras said. “Rich Gillock has the filly this week but Paul Reid has done a great job with her. She’s raced week in and week out and traveled all over the country, and she proved again tonight that she is a very nice filly.”

Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs recorded her 11th win from 31 seasonal outings. Owned by Robert Key, the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure’s Song pushed her seasonal bankroll to $499,314.

Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin found herself back in a familiar place, the winner’s circle, in the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. After going undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season, Seventimesavirgin was handed her first loss in nine starts in Grand Circuit stakes action last week at Hoosier Park but rebounded gamely to score tonight in 1:52.1.

Leaving from the rail, Seventimesavirgin left just enough to secure a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras. DeLong was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before making his move in deep stretch. While the rest of the field was fanning out across the track, DeLong moved his filly to the passing lane and she exploded passed her rivals to get the win by three and quarter lengths. Can’t Touch This, also an Indiana Sires Stakes winner, rallied gamely for Todd Warren to get up for second place honors. Time On My Hands and Trace Tetrick rounded out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 for the win.

“We’ve just been doing what we’ve done all season and stuck to our plan,” said DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly. “She raced really good last week too, they can’t win every week and we were not disappointed at all but I am glad she’s going out a winner, she deserves it.”

seventimesavirgin-the-uss-indianapolis-memorial-11-4“This was her last start of the year, she’s pretty easy on herself and those breaks in between stake races really helped us out,” he continued. “She’s going to get some well deserved R&R and hopefully be back for more next year.”

The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven ended her sophomore campaign winning 13 of 15 starts while amassing $411,100 this season. Owned by Jesse J. DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won 18 of 27 lifetime outings.

Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park 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.

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, 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.

 

Nothing But Nice Prevails in Indiana Sires Stakes Action

Nothing But Nice and driver Sam Widger used a valiant stretch to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 30. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to prevail in a tight photo in 1:56 over a sloppy rated track. After playing the bridesmaid in her last two outings, Nothing But Nice made amends this week to notch her second win of the season.

After a break by the post-time favorite Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith behind the gate, John DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate for the front. Naughty III grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in :27.2 but wouldn’t have the lead for long as Dan Shetler Jr. gave Fawn De Savage the green light just before the half in :57.2.

Fawn De Savage continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who were the first to commit to the outer flow, first-over. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 and Naughty III was looming large from the pocket. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire.

Naughty III found late racing room up the passing lane but Fawn De Savage wasn’t giving it up without a fight. Widest of all, Nothing But Nice continued to rally on the outside and used a :28.3 final quarter to find the wire first. Fawn De Savage held on gamely for second place honors while Naughty III rounded out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $8.80 at the betting windows for the slight upset.

NOTHING BUT NICE ISS 8-30-16“She’s a very consistent filly,” trainer Bobby Reeser noted in the winner’s circle. “Every week she goes out and gives 110%. She may not be able to beat them every week but she’s a nice filly who tries really hard. She’s consistent and goes out and does her job every week. She’s a pleasure to have in the barn.”

The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won two of 14 seasonal outings and established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $168,885 while winning four of 23 lifetime outings.

Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday’s 13-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 9 on the card.

With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park 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.

Air Strike Fires in Indiana Sires Stakes Action

AIR STRIKE ISS 8-25-16Air Strike turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle on Thursday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, the Dylan Fagan trainee made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action after an eye catching maiden breaking victory in 1:51.4 in the eliminations last week at Hoosier Park.

A field of ten lined up behind the gate to do battle and a battle it was from the word go. The 6-5 post time favorite Rock N Tony was given his marching orders from driver Trace Tetrick as he left alertly from post nine to get the first call. On The Virg and Eric Goodell also left for early position from post seven but settled along the rail in second while Air Strike and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected their rail position and were following along closely in third.

In what would be the first of many lead changes, Air Strike was up to grab command from Rock N Tony just past the half in :55.1. Just as soon as Air Strike settled in on the point, Goodell had On The Virg out and taking aim at the leader. On The Virg was matching strides with Air Strike at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and as the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open.

On The Virg looked to be up to the task but Air Strike wasn’t finished. Wrenn Jr. asked his mount for more late in the lane and Air Strike found a :28.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith employed an impressive late closing burst to get up for second place honors while Meadowbrook Tiger and LeWayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. As the 5-2 second choice, Air Strike returned $7.60 to his backers at the betting windows.

“Well, the trip didn’t work out quite like I thought,” Fagan said after the victory. “He’s a grinder and that’s a great quality to have especially after a busy mile like that. He’s a very nice colt and has done everything right since we’ve had him in the barn.”

Owned by Val D’Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the son of Always A Virgin-My Best Girl has now won two of five lifetime starts with only one off the board finish. Air Strike has now earned $53,200 lifetime.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing will continue on Friday, August 26 with a 14-race card that features two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.

For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Tetrick Takes the Lead in All-Time Leading Driver Standings

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Shakeitformegear was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick at Hoosier Park.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s reigning leading driver, Trace Tetrick scored a grand slam on Friday, April 8 and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. in the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Both Tetrick and Macomber Jr. are two of the most well-known drivers at Hoosier Park and have been recognized for their accomplishments on and off the track.

Heading into Friday’s 14-race card, Tetrick needed just one victory to tie Macomber Jr.’s record of 1,480 wins and two to surpass him in the standings.

The victory with Croquet Rose in the evening’s eighth race notched win number 1,480 in Tetrick’s career at Hoosier Park and tied him with Ricky Macomber Jr. for the top spot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After he guided Double A Cash Hall to victory in the $15,000 Open II Trot just two races later, Tetrick moved into the lead on the all-time leading driver standings with 1,481 trips to the Hoosier Park winner’s circle.

Tetrick then went on to secure his position atop the list and won with Shakeitformegear in the very next race and again in the evening’s 13th race with My Tweed Heart leaving him with 1,483 wins and counting. Macomber Jr., who has held the title since 2014, has 1,480 victories at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and counting.

Tetrick has stamped himself in the Hoosier Park history books as he also holds the records for most wins in a single season, a record that he established last year with 325 victories. Tetrick lead the leading driver standings from start to finish in 2015 to secure his 4th leading driver title at Hoosier Park.

The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $33 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. He recorded his best season to date in 2015 as he notched 423 victories and his second consecutive season with over $4.8 million in purse earnings. Tetrick also celebrated his 3,000 career driving win at Hoosier Park last season.

With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick’s career reached new heights when he won the $531,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack with Freaky Feet Pete. The 29-year-old reignsman was also voted the pari-mutuel driver of the year in the state of Indiana in both 2014 and 2015.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. with a 14-race card. The live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12.

Hoosier Park’s Opening Night, One for the Record Books

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

Trace Tetrick secures one of his three wins on the evening behind O’Wow for trainer Tyler George.

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 2, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1 and did it in fashion, recording the strongest opening night ever in the 23-year-history of the track. All sources handle was up an impressive 65% over last year’s numbers with the same number of races carded. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval.

“What an absolutely sensational opening night,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “To be up 65% over last year is beyond my wildest dreams!  Thank you to the horsemen for putting on such a great show and to our on-track and off-track audiences for supporting us at the betting windows.”

Friday’s card offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields, the introduction of the new Hoosier High-5 wager, and an improved racing product. The bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season as handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $948,734 in all sources handle for the evening.

The progress is attributed to a renewed focus on showcasing an enhanced racing product and bringing fans back to the track for a multi-faceted entertainment experience. The partnership between Hoosier Park and horse racing network TVG has also contributed significantly to the wagering gains.

Friday’s 14-race card was a success for Hoosier Park’s 2015 leading driver Trace Tetrick and John DeLong, both of whom scored a driving triple on the evening’s card. The fully-stocked card included 10 divisions of The Donnie Conrad Memorial and Rosie Harness Memorial, an overnight series for trotters of both sexes. 

Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 2 with a 14-race card. Post time for the first race is 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park will once again offer TwinSpires players the opportunity to compete for their share of 1 Million Elite Points in a handicapping contest against Hoosier Park’s Racing Commentator, Emily Gaskin. Additionally, TwinSpires is marking the occasion by giving players the opportunity to earn 30 Twinspires Elite Points for every dollar they wager, on Saturday night. Racing fans are encouraged to visit www.twinspires.com for more information.

Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a free, live performance from Henry Lee Summer in the Terrace Showroom.

Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016.

 

Hoosier Park Racing to Broadcast in High Definition in 2016

Hoosier Park will broadcast live harness racing in high definition in 2016!

One of the high definition cameras installed at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season.

ANDERSON, Ind.—March 23, 2016—When Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opens the doors for the 2016 live racing season on Friday, April 1, it will mark a new era of viewing harness racing in the state of Indiana. New for the 2016 season, Hoosier Park will broadcast its signal in high definition, joining a select number of racetracks across the country that provide state-of-the-art high definition television capabilities.

 All simulcast outlets nationally and internationally which are equipped to receive high definition will be able to access the signal in HD and all of the televisions on-track at Hoosier Park will show the advanced upgrade. The infield video board will also provide a live digital image of the racing action on a 16 x 27 foot high-definition television screen.  In addition, Hoosier Park will debut an updated, custom designed graphics package for the 160-day meet.

 “Hoosier Park is extremely proud to be offering a high definition broadcast signal for the 2016 season,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “This marks the next evolution in providing a truly outstanding viewing product both to the on-track patron as well as those watching us from off-track sites. This investment reinforces the ongoing commitment by Centaur Gaming to harness racing in Indiana.”

 Hoosier Park will become one of only three harness tracks to broadcast in high-definition in the United States joining The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and Monticello Raceway in New York. Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada is the only other harness racing track to offer a high definition broadcast.

 Along with the high definition improvements, Hoosier Park made broadcast equipment upgrades throughout the entire property, added 27 new camera locations, and will continue to feature the Trakus system to enhance the way racing fans experience race day action. Hoosier Park’s broadcast studio will also undergo renovations as part of the high-definition transition.

 Now in the 23rd season of live racing, Hoosier Park is set to begin live racing with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 12. For more information on the 2016 stakes schedule, please click here.

 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. The 160-day season will be conducted through November 12, 2016. 

 

Hoosier Park Offers Racing Internships for 2016 Season

ANDERSON, Ind.—February 16, 2016—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2016 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and other equine related fields.

The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.

Each intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing interns will assist with the daily production of the live racing program and various group events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog entries, develop and maintain contests, along with public relations and social media assignments.

This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The positions require an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and some evenings. Experience in the horse racing industry is beneficial but not required.

This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park’s 23rd season of live harness racing will kick off on April 1 and be conducted through November 12. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, send resume and cover letter to:

Emily Gaskin

4500 Dan Patch Circle

Anderson, IN 46017

emily.gaskin@hoosierpark.com

 

The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 7, 2015. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Harness Racing Superstars to Hoosier Park

The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season.

With over $1.1 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2015 live racing season with a 14-race card that includes the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace, the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot, and the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The first race of the evening will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m.

The $285,500 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as the Hoosier state’s sophomore superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete face-off in the rubber match of their rivalry. These two have met twice before on the track at Hoosier Park and each have a win to their credit. Wiggle It Jiggleit bested Freaky Feet Pete earlier in the season in Indiana Sires Stakes action but Freaky Feet Pete avenged that loss with a victory in their most recent match-up in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final at Hoosier Park on October 10.

Wiggle It Jiggleit will line-up behind the gate for the Monument Circle after a sharp 1:49.4 score in his $45,300 division of the Circle City Stakes on October 23 at Hoosier Park. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit went gate to wire to finish four and a half lengths in front of his nearest rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, has drawn the rail and has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle Pace, slated as the 13th race on the program.

Freaky Feet Pete returns to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As a $62,500 supplemental entry, Freaky Feet Pete looked to be far out of contention in the final turn but sprinted home to stop the timer in 1:50 and record his first victory outside the state of Indiana. For the Monument Circle, Freaky Feet Pete drew post three with Trace Tetrick in the sulky and is slated at 7-5 on the morning line for trainer Larry Rheinheimer.

Also among the stellar cast of entrants at Hoosier Park on Friday will be the 2015 Hambeltonian winner Pinkman who will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time against nine other competitors in the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot. Pinkman, harness racing’s top-earning horse this season, drew post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. Pinkman has bankrolled $1.86 million this year and won 11 of 16 seasonal outings. Most recently, Pinkman finished second the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Racetrack behind stablemate The Bank.

The Carl Erskine Trot also includes the undefeated Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Homicide Hunter who was made eligible to the race by a supplemental nomination. The Curt Grummel trainee has won 16 of 16 starts this year and will start from the rail with regular driver John DeLong in the bike as he embarks on his most ambitious outing to date after dominating state breds.

The 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera will return to Hoosier Park for the second time since his Dan Patch victory and looks to keep his three-race win streak at Hoosier Park in tact in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post five with Brett Miller in the sulky. JK Endofanera will ship to Indiana after a second place finish in his last start behind Always B Miki in the Breeders Crown final for open pacers.

Not only will the best horses in the country go to post at Hoosier Park on Friday’s 14-race card but the best drivers in the country will also be in the spotlight in the second annual East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge. This unique challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a five-race challenge with the victorious team going home with a winner take all $10,000 prize.

The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up “Team Midwest” with the top five drivers from the East making up “Team East”. The East Meets Midwest Drivers’ Challenge will be featured in races 4-8 on the evening.

For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.

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