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ANDERSON, Ind.--September 17, 2018-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off a busy week of live racing action on Tuesday, September 17 with two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the two-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters. After tasting defeat in their last stakes engagements, TJ's Top Pick and Brigotto rebounded impressively to score in their respective divisions and deliver as the heavy post time favorites. The freshman trotting colts have now completed the fifth preliminary round of their six round series as they look toward the $250,000 Super Finals slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. After making an uncharacteristic break in his last start, TJ's Top Pick looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite this week, going gate to wire in 1:54.2. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, TJ's Top Pick went straight to the front and clicked off fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a four length lead and used a :28 closing quarter to coast on to the wire in front of Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "Last week, he was just too keyed up," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted of his stable standout in the winner's circle. "He tied up and it just wasn't his night. Tonight, he was much better. He's pretty straight forward when it comes to maintaining him." With the win, TJ's Top Pick pushed his lifetime bankroll to $145,871. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now won six of seven lifetime starts and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto was a two-move winner in 1:55.4. With driver Sam Widger in the bike, Brigotto was eased off the gate through the opening panel in :28.1. When the field hit the half in :58, Widger gave Brigotto the green light and he ranged up to take the lead before yielding to Dude Included and Verlin Yoder. Dude Included led the field through the three-quarters in 1:27.1 but Brigotto found late racing room up the inside and surged past his rivals late in the lane. After All Paul and Doug Rideout also rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Simply Swan and Joe Putnam finished third. As the even money favorite, Brigotto returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's a very handy little horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's getting better and stronger with every start and really learning to be a race horse." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his second win from eight lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto is trained by Rodney Debeck and has now earned $75,441 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, September 19 with a 12-race card. The evening's 12-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-- For the second time in one week, a track record was lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile harness racing oval, marking the seventh track record that has been re-established this season. After stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Southwind Chrome and driver Sam Widger lowered the track record for older trotting horses in the featured event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Trot, on Saturday, September 14. Southwind Chrome equaled the previous track record of 1:52 earlier in the season, a mark that was previously established by Cue Hall last year. The 1:51.3 clocking was just a fifth of a second off of Southwind Chrome's lifetime record. Leaving from post five in the field of seven, Southwind Chrome settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left aggressively for early position. JL Cruze and Ricky Macomber Jr. left to get the lead but Two O B Wonkenobi and Dale Hiteman were a step quicker through the opening quarter in :26.2. Unable to find a spot along the rail, JL Cruze pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half in :54.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.1, JL Cruze was still on top but Southwind Chrome was on the attack first-over and had a full head of steam at the top of the long Hoosier Park stretch. Utilizing a :27.2 final quarter, Southwind Chrome trotted away from the field and finished nearly four lengths in front of Got The Groove and John DeLong. Resita and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Sent off as the post-time favorite, Southwind Chrome returned $3.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the fourth-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe recorded his fifth win from 14 seasonal starts and is now. Owned in partnership by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, Southwind Chrome pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,985. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card. Tuesday's program will feature two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 13, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will welcome nearly 600 fourth grade students from the Madison County community on Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18 to participate in interactive field trips designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the harness racing industry in Central Indiana. Now in its fourth year, the field trips will offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. The 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. The students will enjoy lunch at Hoosier Park followed by a mock race. Each student will receive a free book bag compliments of the Indiana Standardbred Association and Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free Harness Horse Youth Foundation t-shirt, a lucky horseshoe and educational information about harness racing, equipment, and terms. To encourage further learning, souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana's most famous racehorses will also be sent home with the students. On Friday, September 20, 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 and giveaways. In conjunction with the field trips, guests of Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be invited to donate to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The goal is to raise funds to provide the HHYF to further their mission to provide young people and their families with information and experiences with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of fans and participants. 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 a standout card that includes the second edition of the $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, The $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and the $175,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. First post is 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 12, 2019-- Heavy rains and a sloppy track would not deter freshman pacing colt Odds On Osiris who became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder after an impressive, open length 1:50.3 score in the co-featured event of the evening, the $69,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Peter Wrenn in the bike, Odds On Osiris re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings by a fifth of a second over a sloppy rated track and extended his win streak to four in the process. Leaving from post eight, Odds On Osiris left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth. Stellar BB and Ronnie Gillespie were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.3 before yielding the lead to Always And Again and Trace Tetrick just before the half in :55.1. When the field reached the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Odds On Osiris had ranged up and was ready to strike from first-over. Turning for home, Wrenn asked his mount for more and Odds On Osiris found another gear. Utilizing a :26.3 final panel, Odds On Osiris finished seven lengths to the good under a hand drive. Straight Up Cool and Mike Oosting along with Francis Underwood and Sam Widger rallied well late to get up for second and third, respectively. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "To be honest, I haven't really figured him all the way out," Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "I don't know how he races best just yet. At this point, he's still very green. I don't think he knows how he likes to race best. He just never gets tired, let's hope he never figures out how to get tired." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover recorded his fourth lifetime victory from six trips behind the starting gate. Odds On Osiris was a winner in the 2019 Fox Stake and has now bankrolled $123,395 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character extended a win streak of his own to three after a 1:53 score. With regular pilot Dale Hiteman in the sulky, Clever Character utilized a second-over trip and a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head over Northern Cadilac and Trace Tetrick. Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. also paced strong to the wire to round out the trifecta. As the 1-2 favorite, Clever Character returned $3.00 at the betting windows. Trained and owned by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. The gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight now sports a lifetime bankroll of $129,375. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 13 with two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 11, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing action on Wednesday, September 11 as the evening's 13-race card featured one $92,000 division for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies. It was the freshman pacing filly Grace Rocks who stole the show as she continued her divisional dominance in the two-year-old pacing filly ranks and scored her sixth straight victory. With driver Sam Widger in the sulky, Grace Rocks made her game winning move down the backside en route to a decisive 1:52.4 score. Unhurried from the gate, Grace Rocks settled along the rail in fifth while Atoritotell and Dale Hiteman carved out fractions of :27.3 and :56.2. Widger gave Grace Rocks the green light down the backside and the filly ranged up and cleared to the lead just before the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field turned for home, Grace Rocks looked strong on the front and used a :27.4 closing quarter to get the win by nearly two lengths over Odds On Melanie and Peter Wrenn. Seventimesacharm and John DeLong rallied late in the lane to get up for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Grace Rocks returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's just a sweetheart," Widger said after the victory. "She does everything right. You can race her any way you want. She's just a nice filly in every aspect." Trained by Ronnie Roberts, Grace Rocks recorded her sixth straight lifetime victory from seven outings and fourth straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. Owned by Howard Taylor, the daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace became the sport's newest $100,000 winner with the win. Grace Rocks was bred by Victory Hill Farm. In the second division of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies, Foxy Rigger rebounded gamely with a 1:51.1 score. After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, Foxy Rigger finished nearly four lengths in front of her competition and established a new lifetime best in the process. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Foxy Rigger left alertly to grab a spot in third through the opening panel in :26.1. Flirtinwithtrouble and Sam Widger grabbed command but yielded the lead to Foxy Rigger just before the half in :54.4. Foxy Rigger led the field to the three-quarters in 1:23.3 before sprinting to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of a fast-closing Somebodyslilly and Mike Oosting. Rocksann and John DeLong utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. As the betting publics' second choice, Foxy Rigger returned $6.80 at the betting windows. "There was a lot of movement early but I wanted to get good position," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's maturing a lot. We've made some equipment changes in her last few starts and it has seemed to really help her." With the win, The Brian Brown trainee recorded her sixth victory from seven lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, L&H Mgmt Services & Lombardo, Green Racing & T. Lane, Foxy Rigger now sports a lifetime bankroll of $122,875. The daughter of Riggins-Foxy Angel was bred by Wilker Family Farms. In the lone $92,000 division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies, Grand Swan turned in an impressive performance of her own to score and make amends after an uncharacteristic break in stakes action last week. Driven and also trained by Lewayne Miller, Grand Swan was able to overcome a first-over trip and track down the heavily favored Measuredperfection late in the lane to score and equal her established best of 1:53.1. Leaving from post position eight, Grand Swan left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth through the opening quarter in :27.3. Miller waited patiently while Measuredperfection and Trace Tetrick clicked off middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. When the field turned for home, Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader from first-over. Using a :28.3 final panel, Grand Swan was able to wear down Measuredperfection and hold off a late surge from Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by a length. As the 2-1 second choice, Grand Swan returned $6.40 at the betting windows. "I changed her shoes last week and I don't think she liked it too well," Miller noted after the win. "I changed her back, qualified her and she was back to normal. She actually likes that trip--she likes to chase horses so it worked out for us." With the win, Grand Swan recorded her sixth win from eight seasonal outings and sports a lifetime record of 20-14-4-0. The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum is owned in partnership by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable and has amassed $360,250 in lifetime purse earnings. Grand Swan was bred by Larry E. Miller Jr. The Indiana Sires Stakes action will roll on at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 12 with two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing action at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind. - Just when it seemed on upset trend was forming on the evening's 11-race card at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 10, the harness racing favorites prevailed in the featured races of the evening, two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies. A total of 15 Indiana sired trotting fillies lined up behind the gate to square off in the fifth round of their six round series. After suffering the first loss of her young career in the last round of stakes action, May Baby rebounded gamely with an impressive 1:54.4 victory. With trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby turned in a near gate to wire effort to win by open lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post six, Yoder sent the 1-5 favorite away from the gate but John DeLong and RJZ First Lady were a step quicker. RJZ First Lady grabbed the lead through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding the lead to May Baby just before the half in :57.2. May Baby went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:27.2 and when the field turned for home, she was on top with an ever-increasing lead. Using a :27.2 closing kick, May Baby coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Pretzel Party and Trace Tetrick. RJZ First Lady held on for third. As the heavy favorite, May Baby returned $2.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "We made a few changes after her last start," Yoder mentioned. "We changed her shoes and it seemed to help her tonight. She was back to her old self. She was strong tonight." Owned by Cheyenne Yoder, May Baby recorded her fifth win from six lifetime outings. With the win, the daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling sent her lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark. May Baby was bred by Oakwood Farms. In the second division of the stakes action, Rock Swan turned in an impressive performance of her own to score in 1:55.4 and deliver as the 1-9 post time favorite. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock Swan overcame a first-over trip to record her fourth straight stakes win. After racing on the front in her last few starts, Tetrick switched up his tactics and opted for a trip off the pace. Leaving from post seven, Rock Swan eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while Collettes and LeWayne Miller did the heavy lifting on the front. Collettes clicked off fractions of :28 and :58.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:27.3, Tetrick had Rock Swan out and applying pressure to the leader first-over. Turning for home, Rock Swan appeared to find another a gear as she quickly tracked down the leader and trotted strong to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of her competition. Collettes held on for second while Bluebird Ladyluck and Dan Shetler rallied well for third. As the heavy post-time favorite, Rock Swan returned $2.10 at the betting windows. "She loves to chase horses down," Tetrick said after the win. "She can race either way and is getting more versatile every start." Trained by Erv Miller, Rock Swan has now won six of seven lifetime starts. With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica pushed her lifetime bankroll to $143,731 for owners S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 11 with one $92,000 division for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $69,000 divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies highlighting the evening's 13-race card. The pick-4 went unsolved on Tuesday and with a carryover in excess of $4,000, Wednesday's live racing action will also feature a $20,000 Pick-4 sequence in Races 3-6. The Guaranteed Pick-4 will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. The guaranteed wagers are made possible by Harrah's Hoosier Park in partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 30, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a harness racing stakes filled card on Friday, August 30 as the Indiana Sires Stakes season pressed on with two $50,500 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 13-race card. Familiar faces found the winner's circle and it was a good night for favorites as all of last week's divisional round winners repeated in their respective divisions and three of the four winners delivered as the heavy betting favorite. In the opening division of the stakes action, Rockie Got Framed turned in another gritty performance to record back to back stakes wins in the three-year-old pacing colt division in 1:49.3. With regular pilot Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky, Rockie Got Framed moved first-over around the final turn and used a :26.2 to hold off the post time-favorite, Shamwow and LeWayne Miller, and get the win by a head. The pace-setting Tellmeaboutit and Mike Oosting held on for third. Sent off as the publics' second choice at 2-1, Rockie Got Framed returned $6.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "The trip didn't work out at all like I thought it would," Macomber Jr. noted after the victory. "The last few starts though, he's showed that he loves to fight horses off. We made a few equipment changes in the last few starts and he's really turning into a tough race horse. He loves to fight them off." With the win, Rockie Got Framed posted his fifth win from his last six starts and eighth victory from 16 starts this season. Owned in partnership by Rocco Ruffolo and Eleven Star Stable, the gelded son Rockin Image-Carousel upped his lifetime bankroll to $166,606. The 1:49.3 clocking equaled the lifetime best the Jamie Macomber trainee established against stakes company last week. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Odds On Osiris kicked off the stakes action for the two-year-old competitors and won with authority as he stamped himself as one of the top freshman colts in the Hoosier state. With driver Peter Wrenn in the sulky, Odds On Osiris turned a pocket trip into a 1:51.4 victory and made good on his 1-5 post time odds. Employing a :26.2 final panel, the Melanie Wrenn trainee finished two lengths in front of Always And Again and Trace Tetrick to record his third straight victory. Stellar BB and Robert Taylor utilized a ground-saving trip to get up for third. Odds On Osiris returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's really coming into himself," Wrenn said. "He's starting to get really handy. You never know with these young colts going these big miles week in and week out but as long as he keeps coming back with these type of miles, that's what you want." Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Fox Stake Champion, has now won three of five starts this season as he pushed his lifetime earnings to $89,365. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover is owned by Odds On Racing and was bred by Merlie Schwartz. Little Rocket Man looked every bit the part of a 6-5 favorite as he used a gate to wire effort to capture his split of the Indiana Stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and stop the timer in 1:49.1. Driver Trace Tetrick sent Little Rocket Man away from the gate firing and dictated the pace before fighting off a late surge from White Hair Rocks and John DeLong to get the win by a head. Pure Rock and Rick Plano utilized a pocket-trip to round out the trifecta. Little Rocket Man returned $4.40 at the betting windows. "Well, I didn't necessarily want to be on the front," Tetrick admitted after the win. "That's the way the race worked out and it ended up working out for us. He did all the work. He raced super again, he shows up every week." Trained by Melissa Essig, Little Rocket Man recorded his second straight stakes win and tenth victory from 13 lifetime outings. The gelded son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $125,380 with the win. Unraced as a two-year-old, Little Rocket Man was bred by Victory Hill Farm. Clever Character used similar front-running tactics to capture the final split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings in dominating fashion for driver Dale Hiteman. Stopping the timer in 1:52, Clever Character left alertly from post six to grab the lead just before the half and never looked back. Kicking home in :26.4., the Timothy Smith trainee held off a fast closing Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. to get the win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Sawyer's Desire was forced to settle for second while High Impression and Sam Widger used a pocket trip to finish third. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Clever Character returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "He's the type of horse that makes you look good no matter how you drive him," Hiteman said in the winner's circle. "He's got extreme speed and, knock on wood, has been healthy all season." With the win, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight posted his second consecutive stakes victory and fourth trip to the winner's circle in six starts this season. Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character now sports a lifetime bankroll of $95,375 and was bred by Freedom Hill Farms. Friday's stakes action wrapped up a week's worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park. The two-year-old competitors have now completed round four of their six round series while the sophomore division has completed round six of their eight round series. All of the evening's divisional winners earned valuable points for the season-culminating $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, August 31 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 29, 2019-- A pair of Indiana Sires Stakes harness racing divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were showcased at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 29 and brought forth impressive performances from the freshman fillies. Priceless and Grace Rocks each won their respective $69,500 divisions and did so with authority to deliver as the favorites. After suffering the first loss of her young career in stakes action last week, Priceless rebounded gamely and was the fastest divisional winner with a 1:51.4 open length score. With driver, trainer Brandon Bates at the lines, Priceless converted a pocket trip into a three and half-length victory to establish a new lifetime best. Leaving from post two in the competitive field of 11, Bates sent Priceless away from the gate and would win the early tussle for position to grab the lead in :26.4. John DeLong was offensive minded with Seventimesacharm and she would grab command just before the half in a snappy :54.3. Seventimesacharm hit the third station in 1:23.4 and when the field turned for home, Trace Tetrick had the slight post time favorite Foxy Rigger applying pressure from first-over. With an undefeated streak on the line, Foxy Rigger appeared to be up to the task but Priceless was looming large in the pocket. Utilizing the passing lane and a :27.3 final brush, Priceless powered home to finish in front of Foxy Rigger. Sombodyslilly and Mike Oosting got up for third place honors as one of the longest shots on the board. Sent off at odds of 9-5, Priceless returned $5.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "She scoped sick last week," Bates noted in the winner's circle. "We took care of that and scoped her yesterday and she was perfect. Tonight was the best trip she's had in a while; she loves to race off a helmet and loves to chase horses." With the win, the daughter of Rockin Image-Btwnyurheartnmine recorded her fourth win from five lifetime outings. Priceless pushed her lifetime bankroll to $88,662 for owners Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung. In the second division of the stakes action, Grace Rocks continued her winning ways and turned in another dominant performance to score in 1:53.2. With Sam Widger in the sulky, Grace Rocks switched up her tactics and opted for a trip off the pace to deliver as the heavy 1-9 favorite. Unhurried from the gate, Grace Rocks eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth while a host of others left aggressively. Bluebird Love and Todd Warren were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.3 before yielding the lead to Flirtinwithtrouble and Brandon Bates just before the half in :55.2. Kickin Up My Heels and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and Widger quickly grabbed the cover with Grace Rocks. As the field reached the three-quarters in 1:24.3, Kickin Up My Heels was able to put away Flirtinwithtrouble and the rest of the field was also closing in quickly. Widger tipped Grace Rocks and the filly appeared to cruise to the wire with ease finishing two lengths in front of Kickin Up My Heels. Flirtinwithtrouble held on for third. Grace Rocks returned $2.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She just does everything that she's asked," trainer Ronnie Roberts noted of his filly. "She's a sweetheart. Not only is she a pleasure to train, but she's a pleasure to be around as well." With the win, Grace recorded her fifth straight victory and third straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. The daughter of Rockin Image-Cosmic Grace has five wins and one second from six starts this season. Owned by Howard Taylor, Grace Rocks now sports a lifetime bankroll of $90,250. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30 with two $68,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and two $50,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool on the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 27, 2019-- It was a good night at the office for trainer Erv Miller as he made a clean sweep of the harness racing stakes action at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing on Tuesday, August 27 and had a total of three training wins on the evening's 10-race card.  Two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured on the evening's 10-race card as the fillies were squaring off in round four of the six round series. Rock Swan was able to take advantage of a costly break by the post-time favorite to go gate to wire in the opening round of the stakes action to score in 1:56.1 The undefeated filly, May Baby, had her four race win streak snapped after she made an uncharacteristic break behind the gate. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Rock Swan left alertly from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :29.1 while RJZ First Lady and John DeLong secured the coveted pocket seat. Rock Swan looked comfortable on the front and went uncontested through middle splits of :59 and 1:29. As the field turned for home, May Baby had recovered and was up to engage the leader. RJZ First Lady also tipped from the pocket to take aim at the leader but Rock Swan was up to the challenge. Using a :27.1 closing panel, Rock Swan kicked away from the lead and kept her challengers at bay to get the win by a length. RJZ First Lady trotted evenly for second while May Baby rallied well late but was forced to settle for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rock Swan returned $7.20 at the betting windows. "That's the best she's raced all year," Tetrick noted after the victory. "She was good on the front and when those other horses came to her, she trotted right on. She was strong all the way to the wire, she wanted to win tonight." With the win, Rock Swan recorded her third straight victory and second straight Indiana Sires Stakes victory. The daughter of Swan For All-Jolly Jessica recorded her fifth win from six lifetime outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Rock Swan also pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark for owners S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi. Trainer Erv Miller would find the winner's circle in the very next race on the program and then went on to record his third consecutive victory on the evening's program in the second division of the stakes action after Woodside Datendiva and Ricky Macomber Jr. were able to avoid traffic issues and pull the 22-1 upset. In a race ruled by miscues, Woodside Datendiva stayed on task and trotted evenly to the wire to score in a new lifetime best of 1:56.3. Trace Tetrick had the even money favorite, Collettes, pointed to the front and she dictated early fractions of :28.1 and :57.4. La Nancio and Jared Finn were the benefactors of a pocket trip while Woodside Datendiva was content to track from third. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:27.2, Collettes was joined on the outside by I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. Turning for home, Collettes made a costly break and took herself out of the race and as soon as I'd Rather Be Red inherited the lead, she also went off-stride. Macomber Jr. kept Woodside Datendiva on task and avoided the breakers to reach the wire in front. Bluebird Ladyluck and Dan Shetler also avoided the traffic issues to finish second while La Nancio rounded out the trifecta. As the second longest shot on the board, Woodside Datendiva returned $46.80 for the victory. "Sometimes it pays to be lucky," trainer Ricky Macomber Jr. noted after the victory. "This filly raced really well tonight but we got lucky and didn't have any issues with all the breakers. She's a very nice filly to drive." With the win, Woodside Datendiva recorded her third win of the season from eight trips behind the gate. Owned in partnership by Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Robert McCormick, the daughter of Guccio-Cantab's Choice pushed her lifetime bankroll to $49,832. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 28 with one $91,000 division for two-year-old trotting colts. The evening's 12-race card will also a feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 24, 2019--A trio of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the featured harness racing attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 23 and wrapped up the third round of stakes action for the two-year-old competitors. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics' choice delivered in all three divisions. The 2019 Fox Stake Winner Odds On Osiris looked every bit the part of a 1-2 favorite as he continued his winning ways and captured the first division of the stakes action in gate to wire fashion with driver Peter Wrenn in the bike. Stopping the timer in 1:51.2, Odds On Osiris was the fastest divisional winner of the night and established a new lifetime best in the process. Wrenn wasted no time and sent Odds On Osiris away from the gate but Buddy's N Virgin's and Jared Finn were a step quicker to grab the lead through the opening panel in :27.4. Wrenn had Odds On Osiris back out and firing just before the half and the colt quickly grabbed command to lead the field through middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Odds On Osiris opened up on the field with a seventh length lead. Using a :26.3 closing kick, the colt kicked home impressively under a hand drive from Wrenn to finish nearly eight lengths in front of a hard-charging Nassau Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. Northern Cadillac and LeWayne Miller utilized a ground saving trip to finish third. Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He went a big mile last week in The Fox Stake," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "I was glad to see him come right back and race really well. He's a very manageable colt that is getting better with every start." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Rockin Image-Antiqua Hanover recorded his second lifetime victory from four trips behind the gate. Odds On Osiris has now bankrolled $51,000 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character was able to overcome a first-over trip to get up in the final strides of the mile in 1:52.2. Sent off as the 4-5 co-favorite with Dale Hiteman at the lines, Clever Character used a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Leaving from post four, Clever Character eased off the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. Peter Wrenn gave Vivaldi Hanover his marching orders and the colt grabbed the early lead through the opening quarter in :27.1. High Impression and Sam Widger wanted their turn on the front and ranged up to grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. As the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.4, Hiteman had Clever Character out and applying pressure to the leaders from first-over. Clever Character was able to wear down the leader and hold off a late surge from Family Recipe to get the victory. Straight Up Cool and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Clever Character returned $3.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's still very green," Hiteman noted after the win. "I'm learning more about him each start and which way he likes to race best. He's got a lot of raw talent to work with though, that's for sure." Owned and trained by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won three of five lifetime starts. With the win, the son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight pushed his lifetime bankroll to $61,375. The final division of the stakes action went to Always And Again who split rivals late in the lane to get the win by a neck in 1:52.4. Sent off at odds of 6-5, the Ernie Gaskin trainee equaled the lifetime mark he established in the last round of stakes action. Tetrick let Always And Again coast away from the gate to find a spot along the rail in fifth. The Candyman Can and Sam Widger were the first to get a call and grabbed the lead through the first quarter in :27.2 The Candyman Can set splits of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before being joined on the outside by Alwaystellthetruth and LeWayne Miller. As the field turned for home, The Candyman Can was still on top but Tetrick had Always And Again perfectly placed second-over. Alwaystellthetruth was able to wear down the leader but Always And Again found late racing room and used a :27.2 final quarter to stick a nose in front. Alwaystellthetruth finished second while Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. came flying late for third. Always And Again returned $4.40 as the heavy betting favorite. Always And Again                           --Linscott Photography "He's a colt and we're still trying to teach him," trainer Ernie Gaskin noted in the winner's circle. "Trace has done a great job teaching him how to race and figuring him out. This colt has a lot of natural ability and wants to do well so that really helps." With the win, Always And Again recorded his third victory from five lifetime starts. The son of Always A Virgin-Kiss Me Once Again now sports a lifetime bankroll of $52,000 and is owned in partnership by Andrew Berg and In The Red, LLC. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 24. Saturday's 11-race card will begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm due to Reba McEntire in concert at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The country superstar will close out Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2019 Summer Concert Series in front of a sold-out crowd. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 21, 2019-- TJ's Top Pick, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:53.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of the $64,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, August 21. The 1:53.3 mark was a lifetime best for the freshman colt and also re-established the previous track record for two-year-old trotting geldings by nearly a full second, a 1:54.2 mark that he equaled in the last round of stakes action. In just the fifth start of his two-year-old season, TJ's Top Pick turned in a dominant performance to finish nearly five lengths in front of his next closest competitor and remain undefeated this season. His 1:53.3 victory also marked the seventh track record that has been equaled or re-established at Hoosier Park through 102 nights of live racing this season. Leaving from post seven in the field of seven, TJ's Top Pick left just enough to grab a seat along the rail in fourth. Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor would grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.4. As soon as the field got straightened away down the backside, Tetrick gave TJ's Top Pick the green light and the colt quickly took command at the half in :57.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:25.4, TJ's Top Pick was on top with a five length lead while the rest of the field was struggling to stay within striking distance. Turning for home, TJ's Top Pick found another gear and trotted away from the field with a :27.4 closing kick. Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. rallied well late but were forced to settle for second while Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting finished third. As the heavy 2-5 favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $2.80 at the betting windows. "He's just so versatile," trainer Jeff Cullipher noted after the victory. "He really started to come around when we shipped into Hoosier Park in March and he's just been getting better every week. He's one of the smartest colts I've ever been around and I think he gets a little stronger every start." With the win, TJ's Top Pick became harness racing's newest $100,000 earner. The gelded son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd is undefeated through the first three rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action and is owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher, Pollack Racing, and Trace Tetrick. TJ's Top Pick was bred by Freeman Bontrager. In the second division of the stakes action, Brigotto broke his maiden in impressive fashion and pulled the 15-1 upset. Driven by Sam Widger for trainer Rodney Debeck, Brigotto staged a big rally late in the lane to score in 1:55.3. Leaving from post four, Brigotto found a spot along the rail in fifth and would let the dust settle before making his move. Simply Swan and Joe Putnam were on top through the opening quarter in :29.1 but would yield the lead to the heavily favored, Dude Included and Verlin Yoder just before the half. Dude Included led the field through middle splits of :58.4 and 1:27.4 but Brigotto was on the attack and tracking intently from first-over. Widger was patient with Brigotto through the final turn and when they straightened away from home, Brigotto dipped down to the inside and utilized a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by a length. Dude Included finished second while Rocket Lee Breeze and Jared Finn finished third. As the second longest shot on the board, Brigotto returned $33.60 at the betting windows. "He tries really hard," trainer, owner Rodney Debeck noted after the victory. "He made a break in his last start but he's still figuring things out so you have to expect that. He trained down great." With the win, the son of Bluto-Dream Act recorded his first win from six lifetime outings. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Brigotto has now earned $35,201 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 22 with three $47,000 divisions for two-year-old filly pacers highlighting the 13-race card. The 13-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and a $10,000 Hoosier High-5 in Race 13. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 20, 2019-- Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, trailing post ten, May Baby turned in another dominant performance to capture the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of $66,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 20. With driver, trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby avoided traffic issues and came charging late to score the victory in 1:56.1 over a track rated good. With the win, May Baby extended her win streak to four and remains undefeated in stakes action this season. Leaving from post ten, May Baby settled along the rail in sixth and avoided early confusion behind the gate after a break by Phabaj and Jared Finn in post position one. Robert Taylor sent Givemeonemoretry to the front from post six but the young filly made a costly break just before the first quarter in :28.2. Collettes, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, inherited the lead and she led the field through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.4 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. J-S Miss Carly and Alex Udell were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the front first-over and Yoder quickly grabbed the cover with May Baby. As the field turned for home, Yoder tipped May Baby off cover and she went to work. Using a :28.3 final quarter, May Baby trotted strong to the wire to finish nearly four lengths in front of Deswanslittlelorie and Michael Oosting. Collettes held on for third. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, May Baby returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "The trip didn't go at all like I wanted but she was able to overcome all of it," Yoder noted after the race. "We trained her all winter off a helmet so she is used to it. She's pretty much all business when the race gets going." With the win, May Baby pushed her lifetime bankroll to $83,250 and has now won all four of her lifetime outings while remaining undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The daughter of Guccio-Free Wheeling is owned by Cheyenne Yoder and was bred by Oakwood Farms. In the second division of the stakes action, Rock Swan turned in a dominant performance of her own to find the winner's circle in 1:57. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Rock Swan made her game winning move down the backside and never looked back. Leaving from post three, Rock Swan left just enough to protect her position and found a spot along the rail in second. RJZ First Lady and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :28 but yielded the lead to La Nancio and Jared Finn down the backside. Just before the half in :58.1, Tetrick gave Rock Swan the green light and the filly quickly ranged up to take command. Rock Swan led the field to the third quarter in 1:27.1 before she began to distance herself from the rest of the field. Using a :29.2 final quarter, Rock Swan trotted evenly to the wire and finished nearly five lengths in front of I'd Rather Be Red and Brandon Bates. RJZ First Lady held on for third place honors. As the 3-5 betting favorite, Rock Swan returned $3.40 at the betting windows. "I pushed her out of the gate to get a good spot," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She's a very handy filly who has a good mindset and really likes her job." Trained by Erv Miller, Rock Swan has now won four of five lifetime outings. Owned in partnership by S&R Racing and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Jessica has now amassed $79,481 in lifetime purse earnings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Wednesday, August 21 with two $64,000 divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 12. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 16, 2019--Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 harness racing divisions were sent postward on the evening's 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective divisions after tasting defeat in their last starts. After an off-the-board finish in his last Sires Stakes engagement, Little Rocket Man bounced back impressively to score in 1:49 with driver Trace Tetrick. Sent off as the heavy post-time favorite, Little Rocket Man came flying late in the lane and got up in the final strides of the mile to establish a new lifetime mark. When the gate opened, Peter Dalt and Andy Shetler grabbed the lead while Pure Rock and Rick Plano also left quickly and looked to be in-line for a two hole trip. Opting out of the pocket seat, Pure Rock moved to the front through the opening quarter in :25:4 while Little Rocket Man was along the rail in sixth. When the field reached the half in :53:0, Jagger Rocks and Sam Widger took command and held their position through the third quarter clocking in 1:20.2. As the field turned for home, Pure Rock was upset minded and tipped from the pocket to engage the leader. Brooklets Banner and Dale Hiteman were also on the attack, first-over with Little Rocket man in tow. As the quick pace began to take its toll on the leaders, Tetrick tipped Little Rocket Man around tiring cover and surged forward. Using a final quarter of :27.2, Little Rocket Man dug in gamely to win a four-horse photo. A head separated the top three finishers in the field as Ollie's Ztam and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late for second and Pure Rock held on for third. Little Rocket Man paid $2.80 to win at the betting windows. "We really didn't know what we were getting into with him at the start of the season," trainer Melissa Essig noted in the winner's circle with a bit of a laugh. "We had no idea he would be the colt that he is today. He's very active but I'll be honest, he sometimes makes you want to pull your hair out. He's just turned into an awesome colt." Little Rocket Man has now won nine of 12 lifetime starts and sent his lifetime earnings over the $100,00 mark with the win. The son of Rockin Image-Gt Miss Royal is owned by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman and was bred by Victory Hill Farm. The second division of stakes action brought a win home for Team Macomber as Rockie Got Framed used similar off-the pace tactics to score his third Indiana Sires Stakes win in a row. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Rockie Got Framed provided a slight upset over the heavily favorited Melissa Essig trainee, Shamwow. When the wings of the gate opened it was Shark Play and Sam Widger who were the first to get a call and powered to the front. Shark Play was followed closely by Tellmeaboutit with Dale Hiteman while Rockie Got Framed and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position just enough to settle along the rail in third. The field continued in straight formation through opening fractions of :26:2 and :55:0. As the field approached the three-quarters in 1:22:4, Todd Warren had Shamwow on the attack first-over while Rockie Got Framed was waiting for the homestretch to make his game winning move. Shamwow was able to overtake Shark Play turning for home but the rest of the field was looming large in the background. Employing a :26.1 final panel, Rockie Got Framed launched up from fifth to find the wire first and stop the clock in 1:49:3. Shamwow held on for second while Tellmeaboutit found late racing room and got up for third. Sent off at odds of 5-2, Rockie Got Framed paid $7.00 for his betting backers. "I wanted to be up close but I didn't want to have to use him too hard too early," Macomber noted after the victory. "He's been racing incredible. He raced great last week but just had too far to come. I knew if I could catch a breather tonight, he would pace hard to the wire, he always does." Rockie Got Framed, the son of Rockin Image-Carousel Frame, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won seven of 25 lifetime starts. With the win, he now sports a lifetime bankroll of $141,356 for owners Rocco Ruffolo and the Eleven Star Stables. Rockie Got Framed was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The victory was one of two training wins on the program for Jamie Macomber and one of four driving wins on the evening for Ricky Macomber Jr. Trainer Dylan Davis also had a training victory on the evening's 13-race card to record his 2,000 career training win. With 1,999 training wins to his credit heading into the program, Jin's Shark was able to find the winner's circle in the evening's sixth race on the card and give Davis win number 2,000. Davis recorded his first training win in 1996 and has since trained the winners of over $22 million in purse earnings. With 29 wins through 99 nights of live racing action, Davis is among the top ten trainers at Harrah's Hoosier Park this season. Davis also trains Castle Flight who equaled the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 score in the Open Pace earlier this season. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 10, 2019-- Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 9. After equaling the World Record with a 1:46 performance two starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but, Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished two lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "This is one for the books," trainer Clyde Francis said with an ear to ear smile in the winner's circle. "That's an unbelievable animal is what that is." "I love that passing lane," Teague laughed. "I had to wait on him in the last turn and McWicked looked like he had a lot of power but my horse loves to chase. That's his game. Once he got through the turn I knew it was game on." The Teague-Francis duo added their names to the Dan Patch record books for the second time as they were also victorious in the 2016 edition of the race with World Champion, Wiggle It Jiggleit. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The four-year-old Ohio sired, homebred son of Im Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Illes. It was recently announced that 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Taylor Made Sales and Stallions also owned the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes winner, Lazarus N. "I want to thank Taylor Made for all they do," Ernie Martinez, working in concert with Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, noted. "Lather Up is unbelievable. I've never seen a horse like this--to do what he just did--he's a beast. Putting him in front of the fans like this is exactly what we want to do. What an effort this horse gave tonight in front of all of these fans." The 26th edition of the Dan Patch Stakes brought life to the track in in several aspects. Racing fans packed the house to witness Harrah's Hoosier Park's signature event and had the opportunity to participate in different promotions throughout the evening. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with full fields and guaranteed wagers throughout the card. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, August 10 with a 10-race card. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved and with a carryover in excess of $6,000 in hand, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 for Saturday's live racing card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. by Emily Ratliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 24, 2019--Grand Swan extended her streak of perfection at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she captured the featured harness racing event of the evening, her split of the $47,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, on Wednesday, July 24. With a final time of 1:54.3, Grand Swan recorded her fifth straight stakes win and remains a perfect five for five this season for driver, trainer, LeWayne Miller. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Grand Swan coasted off the wings of the gate to settle along the rail in fourth. Infinity Stick and Sam Widger were the first to get a call through the opening quarter in :26.3. Kissesforall and Peter Wrenn were forwardly placed and pressed on to the lead, reaching the front just before the half in :56.4. As the field approached the final turn, Infinity Stick was back on top but Grand Swan was just beginning her march to the front. Grand Swan was matching strides with the leader at third station in 1:26.2 before she began to put her talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Grand Swan coasted on to the wire to finish three lengths in front of Infinity Stick and a hard-charging Sophia Lia and John DeLong. Grand Swan returned $2.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was content with where we were," Miller noted of his trip. "I figured the outside horses would leave a little bit so I waited to move her. She's just so easy on herself so that helps." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her 13th lifetime victory from 17 trips behind the gate. Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings to $302,375 for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was Kota's Swan and Sam Widger who turned in a near gate to wire victory to score in 1:54.2. Widger sent Kota's Swan to the front and she dictated fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:26.2 while the rest of the field followed in single file order. Using a :28 final panel, Kota's Swan trotted strong to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Morairtime and John DeLong. Haylie Ivy and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, Kota's Swan recorded her third win from eight seasonal outings. Owned by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, the daughter of Swan For All-Casual Chick recorded her seventh win from 23 lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $168,630. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 25. Thursday's 14-race card will feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6 and Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two-year-old pacing colts. With a carry-over in excess of $7,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in Race 14. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 19, 2019--Sylph Hanover and driver Sam Widger saved their best for last as they stormed home a winner in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $150,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 19. Scoring in 1:50.2, Sylph Hanover rallied from well off the pace to make her Hoosier Park debut a winning and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in the talented field of ten, Sylph Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled off the pace in eighth. It was hotly contested opening quarter as a host of fillies fired away from the gate. Rockin Philly and Trace Tetrick, sent off as the heavy post time favorite, won the early battle for the lead and reached the first quarter in a snappy :25.4. Glorious Virgin and Brandon Bates benefitted from a pocket trip while the Ohio Sires Stakes Champion, Queen Of The Pride with Tony Hall in the bike, was next in line third. Queen Of The Pride wanted her turn on the front and she quickly marched up to grab the lead just past the half in :53.3. The quick pace continued as the field hit the third station in 1:21.1 with Queen Of The Pride still calling the shots. As the field turned for home, Sweet Heaven and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over with St Somewhere and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. Lady Capulet and Andy Shetler moved into the outer flow and were well placed third-over with Sylph Hanover waiting to pounce from fourth over. As the leaders began to retreat on the front, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. Lady Capulet tipped off tiring cover to surge forward but it was Sylph Hanover on the far outside who would find the wire first. Lady Capulet had to settle for second place honors while Queen Of The Pride held on gamely for third. Slightly dismissed at 5-1, Sylph Hanover returned $13.20 to her backers at the betting windows. "She felt really good tonight," Widger noted after the victory. "I had to nurse her around the turn a little but once she got straightened away and she got her head down, she really got going." Trained by Ron Burke, the three-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan recorded her second win of the season from 8 starts. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, W. Switala, J. Martin, and J. Critelli, Sylph Hanover pushed her lifetime bankroll to $448,311. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver, Sam Widger. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, July 20 with an 11-race card. Saturday's racing action will be highlighted by the first annual Empire of Hope event at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will launch this new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Racing fans attending the event will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. The live racing action will get underway at 6:30 pm. For more information on Empire of Hope or upcoming entertainment at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

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