Ten Top Pacers Set for Dan Patch Invitational
Field is Drawn for 20th Installment of Dan Patch Invitational
A field of ten will be sent postward in the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25. In what may be the most talented field ever assembled, the 20th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that begins at 5:30 p.m. The race will be part of a special evening tagged as “Thrillyard 200” and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The evening will also be complimented by three divisions of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, sending the purse money to be distributed throughout the evening over the $450,000 mark.
The 2013 Dan Patch field boasts combined career purse earnings over $9 million and includes four millionaires, two previous Dan Patch winners, one Hall of Fame trainer, and one Hall of Fame driver. A Rocknroll Dance, Up The Credit, Bolt The Duer, and Aracache Hanover will make their way to Indiana boasting career earnings over the $1 million mark. Rockincam, who visited the Dan Patch winner’s circle in 2012, will start from post four while former Dan Patch winning trainer, Ron Burke, will send Fred and Ginger to the gate from post five. Fred and Ginger will ship to Indiana after finishing in the money in six of seven starts this season. With over $918,000 in career earnings, the six-year-old horse is this year’s fastest pacer, with a 1:48.1 win to his credit in a division of the TVG Free for All Series Championship at the Meadowlands.
Harness racings’ all time leading money winning driver and Hall of Famer, John Campbell, will make his way to Hoosier Park and has been enlisted to drive A Rocknroll Dance for trainer Jim Mulinix from post eight. After wins in the Meadowlands Pace and the Battle of Brandywine in 2012, A Rocknroll Dance is the richest horse in the field with over $1.9 million in career earnings.
Carl Jamieson, one of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s most recent inductees, sends his North American Cup winning pacer, Up The Credit, to Hoosier Park after posting back to back wins on the Woodbine circuit. Starting from post nine, Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick will do the driving honors for Jamieson.
Also joining the stellar cast of entrants as a main contender for the 2013 Dan Patch title is Hurrikane Kingcole, with Brett Miller at the lines from post one. The John McDermott trainee has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning line favorite. Winner of over $530,000 lifetime, the four-year-old gelding sports the fastest lifetime mark in the field of ten with a 1:47.3 time set last year at the Meadowlands.
Paco Labrook will play the role of local favorite from post two for trainer, driver, Brad Hanners. Paco Labrook enters Saturday’s race after posting two consecutive wins in the Invitational pace at Hoosier Park. The five-year-old gelding has won four of 14 starts in 2013 and with over $450,000 in career earnings, Paco Labrook is the only Indiana-sired horse in the field.
Slated as the eleventh race on the card, estimated post time for Hoosier Park’s signature event is 9:30 p.m. Advanced wagering for the entire card will begin on Friday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m.
The 2012 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:
1. Hurrikane Kingcole Tr: John McDermott Dr: Brett Miller 3-1
2. Paco Labrook Tr: Brad Hanners Dr: Brad Hanners 8-1
3. Versado Tr: Nick Surick Dr: TBA 15-1
4. Rockincam Tr: Nifty Norman Dr: Jason Dillander 7-2
5. Fred and Ginger Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 5-1
6. Dancin Yankee Tr: Gary Green Dr: Ed Hensley 6-1
7. Bolt the Duer Tr: Peter Foley Dr: Mark Macdonald 4-1
8. A Rocknroll Dance Tr: Jim Mulinix Dr: John Campbell 9-2
9. Up the Credit Tr: Carl Jamieson Dr: Trace Tetrick 10-1
10. Aracache Hanover Tr: Gregg McNair Dr: Douglas McNair 10-1
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch Invitational. A $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta pool will be available as part of the special Strategic Wagering Program. The wager will have a minimum bet of 10 cents, and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 will also be made available to racing fans in races 8 through 11.