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Anderson, Ind. (May 13, 2020) - Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah's Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 Harness Racing Season on Tuesday, June 16 with a 6:30 pm EDT first post time. Racing will be contested on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through November 21 for a total of 111 days. It should also be noted that racing will be conducted in a Spectator Free manner until further notice. "We again want to thank Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission staff for their leadership in paving the way for the opening of our barn area and ultimately the ability to conduct live racing," said Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President and General Manager. I want to assure everyone that as we embark on the start of our race meet, we will do so in a manner whereby we will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our employees and horsemen." "While the Opening Night of every racing season is special this one will be even more so," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. "We want to thank our horsemen for their patience during this most difficult of times and wish everyone the very best of luck throughout the meet." Details regarding Indiana Sires Stakes schedule, Late Closer schedule, Open Stakes schedule and average daily purse distribution will be forthcoming. About Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Harrah's Hoosier Park, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and live table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC Rick Moore | VP & General Manager of Racing    

Anderson, Ind. (May 7, 2020) - After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah's Hoosier Park will begin the process of reopening its barn area on Monday, May 11th. Horsemen will be assigned days and times for arrival to ensure an orderly entrance into the Harrah's Hoosier Park barn area beginning on Monday, May 11th. On this date, horses located in Indiana will be eligible to start moving into the barn area that will house 600 horses when at capacity. Horses outside the state of Indiana will be allowed entrance beginning, Sunday, May 24th. A return to normal hours and days of training will take place on Monday, May 18th. "We couldn't be more pleased to be able to open up our barn area to our loyal horsemen who have been so patient during this most difficult of times," said Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President and General Manager. "The delay in opening of our 2020 meet has been difficult for everyone and we appreciate our Governor, Eric Holcomb, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission staff for their leadership and guidance. We look forward to racing in the near future in a manner whereby we will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our employees and horsemen." Qualifying races will be conducted on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule starting on Tuesday, May 19 up to the beginning of the meet after which Qualifying days will return to the regular Wednesday and Saturday schedule. "This is a significant step towards starting our 2020 racing season," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. "It will be so exciting to have horses out on the track prepping for the start of the meet. We look forward to partnering with the Indiana Standardbred Association on another racing season that the entire Indiana harness racing industry will be proud of. Alterations to the previously released race dates, condition sheet and stakes schedule will be published online at www.Harrahshoosierpark.com next week. Horsemen are encouraged to contact Harrah's Hoosier Park Director of Racing, Scott Peine, at (765) 609-4870 for information on all arrival and racing matters. Please note the above timeline is subject to change should the Governor halt or modify any of these stages of reopening.   Rick Moore | VP & General Manager of Racing

Anderson & Shelbyville, IN--March 15, 2020-- Based on changing circumstances and in the interest of public health, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Winner's Circle Race, Sports, Pub locations in Downtown Indianapolis, New Haven and Clarksville - will be closing for at least 14 days beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. The Indiana Gaming and Indiana Horse Racing Commissions announced that all licensed gaming and racing operations in Indiana will close at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Caesars Entertainment's Indiana gaming and racing properties to date. This decision is a precautionary measure. The health and safety of our team members and guests are always a priority. Caesars Entertainment's Indiana properties are closely monitoring this evolving situation and will work with the Indiana Gaming and Indiana Horse Racing Commissions to establish a reopening date as soon as it is appropriate to do so. We look forward to welcoming back team members and guests soon. From Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN --March 6, 2020-- With the return of live harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino less than a month away, final preparations for the 2020 season are underway throughout the property. Opening Day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, March 27. Offering an extended racing calendar this season, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will take on a slightly new format for the 27th season. Live racing will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then a resume a Wednesday through Saturday schedule throughout the month of April. Beginning in May, Harrah's Hoosier Park will resume a Tuesday through Saturday racing schedule through the month of October. The meet will extend three weeks into the month of November with a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule and conclude on November 21. Live racing at Hoosier Park will begin each night with a 6:30 p.m. post time. The barn area and dormitories will officially open on Saturday, March 7 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track will open for training on Monday, March 9 from the hours of 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open starting March 9th for those horsemen wishing to ship-in and train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork available before being allowed entry to the grounds. When horsemen arrive to the backside they be welcomed by a number upgrades to the barn area. The track kitchen underwent remodeling and improvements in preparation for the upcoming season. In addition, new lighting, rubber mats and signage have been installed in the paddock in a continued effort to provide a superior racing facility. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 14th with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. There will be no qualifiers on Saturday, March 21. One of the most highly anticipated weekends on the 2020 harness racing calendar will take place in October as Harrah's Hoosier Park will welcome the coveted Breeders Crown events back to Indiana on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. After an overwhelmingly successful event in 2017, Harrah's Hoosier Park will play host to all 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $6 million. In addition to the Breeders Crown events and activities, Hoosier Park will host an extensive stakes schedule throughout the 2020 racing season worth nearly a combined $4 million. Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 14. 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, IN --February 20, 2020--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2020 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any 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 along with various group and charity events. The interns will also be challenged to write blog pieces, develop and maintain new marketing contests, along with public relations and social media assignments. Interns in 2020 will also have the opportunity to assist with the preparation and execution of the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, the world championship of harness racing that will be hosted at Hoosier Park Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. 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 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 27th season of live harness racing will kick off on March 27 and be conducted through November 21. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a very lucrative stakes program throughout the season highlighted by the return of the $6 million Breeders Crown. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, please send resume and cover letter to: Emily Gaskin 4500 Dan Patch Circle Anderson, IN 46017 egaskin@caesars.com The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is March 13, 2020. For more information about Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind. - Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to unveil the highly anticipated live table games on Wednesday, January 1 at 1 p.m. The casino floor is currently being set for 28 table games readied for play while new dealers prepare to transition from Dealer Academy to their new positions.  Among the 28 tables, players will soon be able to enjoy a variety of games. The casino floor will feature four Roulette tables, two Craps tables, two Three Card Poker tables, four Blazing Seven Blackjack tables, one Double Deck Blackjack table and 13 Blackjack tables featuring EZ Bust and Trilux bets. Double Deck Blackjack and Hand-shuffle Blackjack are the two High Limit live games that will be available. Preparations for live table games have been underway throughout the property for the past several months.  Harrah’s Hoosier Park began conducting Live Dealer Academy in September of 2019, to prepare a new workforce for the expansion. Many existing team members grabbed the opportunity to become a dealer when Dealer Academy began in September. A total of 30 existing Harrah’s Hoosier Park team members have been trained to become live dealers, and 130 additional dealer trainees were recruited to join the team. On January 1, a total of 160 dealers will be trained, licensed and ready to facilitate table games and assist guests. The introduction of table games created 218 jobs in the table games department, and dozens of jobs were added property-wide including additional beverage servers, and new hospitality hosts. With the introduction of table games, Harrah’s Hoosier Park remains one of the largest employers in Madison County. “Bringing table games to Harrah’s Hoosier Park will result in more than two hundred quality, life-changing jobs,” noted Christopher Clark, Director of Table Games at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. “I know the impact personally as 23 years ago, I was that new dealer. Harrah’s Hoosier Park has been the opportunity of a lifetime and as a first-time Director I couldn’t have asked for a better facility. Everyone has been encouraging and supportive. I’m not just building a department; I’m building a Hoosier Family and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests on January 1.” The festivities on January 1 will begin with casino entertainment starting at 11 a.m. A DJ will play festive tunes at the Double R Bar, which will be serving drink specials all day. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will also host an official opening ceremony and media event at Noon, followed by an exclusive hour of play for dignitaries and casino VIP guests.  The first 800 guests to check in to Caesars Rewards in the Casino starting at Noon will receive a commemorative pair of fuzzy dice. All of the tables will be officially opened to the public at 1 p.m. Guests will also be invited to enter the New Year’s Day Drawings, where five winners will be drawn every half hour to win $100 in free play and one guest will be drawn to win $500 in free play at 5:30 p.m. Guests can activate their entries for the New Year’s Day Drawings at 11 am. For more information about holiday promotions and live table games, please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com. From Harrah's Hoosier Park

Anderson, Ind.--November 9, 2019--Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 26th season of live harness racing with a 13-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his sixth consecutive and eighth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who is also currently the fourth leading driver in the country by wins, was officially recognized as the 2019 leading driver with 328 victories while amassing over $4.4 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 303 victories with John DeLong in third with 256 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $55 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. This season, Tetrick recorded his 5,000th career victory earlier in the year and also posted his fourth consecutive season with earnings over the $5 million mark. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I'm always focusing on one race at a time and my goal is to win that race. I've had great horses to drive all season and have been lucky to be in the right spots at the right time. I am going to take a few weeks off and take a little vacation before getting back to work at the first of the year and of course, look forward to being ready to go back here in March." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "My wife Sandy and I are extremely lucky--we welcomed our daughter Chloe this year--and we are surrounded by a lot of great people." Jeff Cullipher, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2017 and 2018, was officially recognized as the leading trainer of the 2019 season. The Cullipher Stable had an impressive 108 wins and amassed over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Peter Redder finished second in the leading trainer standings with 62 wins while Jamie Macomber finished third with 61. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher has not looked back. In 2019, the Henderson, Kentucky native has doubled his stats from the past two seasons and is in the midst of his best season to date. Cullipher has sent out 167 winners and surpassed the $3 million mark in purse earnings this season. "I have to thank the people around me," Cullipher said. "My family, the owners, and all of my employees have gotten me to this point. My owner--Tom Pollack--keeps me sharp and has always keeps fresh horses in the barn. There is no off-season, we will continue to work hard and hopefully improve off of this season next year." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans, bettors and horsemen who helped make the 2019 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "As we bring down the curtain on the 26th season of harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment and thank everyone who contributed to another amazing race meet," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And a special thanks to our horsemen for putting on a show each and every night that we were proud to send out to over 500 wagering outlets. As I say repeatedly the racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park is as good as you will find in all of North America." "Best wishes to all as we head into the off-season," he continued. "We are already looking forward to 2020 and in particular the return of the coveted Breeders Crown!" 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.--Nov. 1, 2019--Grand Circuit harness racing action was back in the spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1 as some of the sport's brightest stars ventured to Hoosier Park for the final night of Grand Circuit racing this season. The evening's 12-race card was highlighted by the $120,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old filly trotters, The $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies, The $220,000 Carl Erskine Memorial for three-year-old colt trotters, and The $225,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts. After making a costly break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old colt trot last week, Don't Let'em was out for redemption and rebounded with authority in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings. The cold temperatures didn't seem to deter Don't Let'em and Yannick Gingras as they stopped the timer in 1:51.4 to re-establish the track record for three-year-old colt trotters. The previous mark of 1:52.1 was set by What The Hill in Breeders Crown action in 2017. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Don't Let 'em left alertly from post two but Mass Fortune K and Matt Kakaley were a step quicker through the opening quarter in :27.4. Gingras moved Don't Let 'Em to the front just before the half in :55.1 and was immediately joined on the outside by Pilot Discretion and Andrew McCarthy. Don't Let 'Em was able to turn back Pilot Discretion through the three-quarters in 1:23.2 and was on top with a two length lead turning for home. Using a :28.2 final quarter, Don't Let 'em stayed on task and trotted strong to the wire finishing five lengths in front of late-closing Chin Chin Hall and Peter Wrenn. Pilot Discretion held on for third. "He's going to drive me crazy," trainer Nancy Johansson noted with a smile after the victory. "It's just whatever horse shows up. He obviously has tremendous speed. He has tremendous speed and the talent, he just needs to behave. I never know what horse is going to show up but when he is on his game, he's incredible" With the win, the son of Muscle Hill-Passageway recorded his fourth win from 13 outs this season and sports a 23-8-5-0 lifetime record. Owned by Brittany Farms, C. Takter, J. Fielding, and H. Liverman, Don't Let'em has amassed $569,967 in lifetime purse earnings. Don't Let'em was bred by Brittany Farms, LLC. One of the biggest upsets of the night came in the very next race on the program as De Los Cielos Deo and Matt Kakaley got up in the final strides of the mile to upset the heavily favored Hickfromfrenchlick in the $225,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. De Los Cielos Deo stopped the timer in 1:49.2. De Los Cielos Deo and Matt Kakaley pull the upset in the $225,000 Monument Circle Pace   (Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography) With an eight race-win streak on the line, Hickfromfrenchlick went to the front from post eight to dictate fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. De Los Cielos Deo sat patiently in third for much of the mile but was in perfect striking position turning for home. Kakaley tipped De Los Cielos Deo and he found a :26.3 closing kick to track down Hickfromfrenchlick late in the lane. Dealer's Table and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. De Los Cielos Deo returned $10.40 to his backers at the betting windows. "I was confident coming into tonight," Kakaley said in the winner's circle. "He was good last week in the Breeders Crown. He's been pretty inconsistent but I knew if he showed up tonight he'd be good. I've only driven him a couple times but he's got the speed. The way the trip worked out for him tonight was beautiful." With the win, De Los Cielos Deo recorded his second win from 17 outs this season for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune has now earned $425,080 in lifetime purse earnings and is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. De Los Cielos Deo was bred by Louis Willinger and Deo Volente Farms. Trainer Nancy Johannsson teamed up with Yannick Gingras for two winner's on the evening's program as the duo first found the winner's circle with The Ice Dutchess in the $120,000 Crossroads of America. After finishing third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park last week, Gingras guided the post-time favorite to a 1:53 victory over Pure Chance and Trace Tetrick. Utilizing a final quarter of :27:0, The Ice Dutchess was able to overcome a first-over trip and dug in gamely late in the lane to cross the wire four lengths to the good. The Ice Dutchess returned $4.20 to win for her backers at the betting windows. The Ice Dutchess has now won 11 of 27 lifetime starts and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $774,029 for owners Coyote Wynd Farms. The daughter of Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen was bred by Stephen Dey and David Reid. Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Sunny Dee made her Harrah's Hoosier Park debut a winning one after she went gate to wire in The $100,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial. The Canadian homebred bested her competition in 1:52 with driver Tim Tetrick in the bike for trainer Robert McIntosh. Sunny Dee made her game winning move down the backside and was able to hold off a hard charging JK American Beauty and Brett Miller late in the lane to get the win and deliver as the post-time favorite. Fully A Virgin and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. With the win, the daughter of Sunshine Beach-West of LA, now sports a lifetime bankroll of $436,595 having won 13 of 22 starts. The filly is owned by and was bred by Robert McIntosh Stables, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh holdings. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 2 with a 10-race card with an adjusted post time of 7:10pm. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.   Emily Ratcliff  Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good. Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday's $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus and Circle City stakes. For her career, she has 18 victories in 25 starts and has finished worse than second only twice. She has earned $575,900 and is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. "She's done very well for us," said Miller, who co-owns, trains and drives Grand Swan. "She's a big, strong mare. I really don't feel like we've seen the best of her just because she likes to race against someone. She's not one that will draw off and win by five; she waits on other horses to chase her. "I really don't know how good she is. There were a few times when you thought she was beat, they'd come eye her up, and then she would take off with them." Grand Swan faces nine foes in the Crossroads of America. The field includes The Ice Dutchess, a multiple Grand Circuit winner coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, and $10,000-supplemental entry Pure Chance, who brings her own four-race win streak to Friday's race. A daughter of stallion Swan For All, Grand Swan is out of the mare Queen Mum. Joe Yoder, who is part of the Grand Swan Racing ownership group, bought Queen Mum in foal with the filly and trained Grand Swan down at age 2 before turning her over to Miller. She won eight of 12 races last season and continued to blossom after turning 3. "She grew up a lot and matured a lot," Miller said. "Last year I didn't feel comfortable getting locked in or sitting with her for a long time, she just got a little too anxious last year. This year training her down we trained her to help her with that and she really learned from it. "Her manners (are her best attribute). She's very professional and takes care of herself. In the post parade and scoring down she's nice and relaxed. When you ask her to go, she goes. She does whatever you want to do." Following the Crossroads of America, Grand Swan is eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would take Grand Swan out of Indiana for the first time. "We're planning on that," Miller said. "Then we'll turn her out and bring her back (next year) and see how she is. We're probably going to stake her to some of the aged races. We want to be careful because it's a tougher transition from 3 to 4, so we'll probably pick our spots." Friday's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park also includes the $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, $220,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, and $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 25, 2019- The track was lightning fast on Friday, October 25 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, while the track hosted harness racing divisions of The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old fillies and colts of both gaits. The night provided several impressive performances, including a track record-setting performance and two track recording-equaling performances. Pure Chance set the new track standard for three-year-old trotting fillies while Tellmeaboutit matched the record for three-year-old pacing geldings and Summer Charm equaled the record for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's racing action kicked off with Pure Chance and Trace Tetrick going gate-to-wire, lowering the track standard for trotting fillies to 1:52:2 in the first race on the program. Pure Chance clicked off fractions of :27:3, :56:4 and 1:25:2 before crossing the wire to re-establish Meadowbrook Grace's 1:52:3 track record time. The Christopher Beaver trainee paid $2.40 to win. The other division of the stakes action for trotting fillies was won by Grand Swan who also went to gate to wire with LeWayne Miller in the bike in 1:53:3. The second record show came from Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting in the first division for pacing geldings. The Alvin Miller trainee waited patiently with a pocket trip through fractions of :26:2, :53:2 and 1:20:4. Once the field turned for home, it was a calvary charge toward the wire but Tellmeaboutit bested his competitors. Stopping the clock in 1:48:3, he tied the record set by Always A Prince the previous year. Tellmeaboutit returned $2.40 to win at the betting windows. The New York Sires Stakes Champion Hickfromfrenchlick returned to Hoosier Park for the second time this season to score his eighth consecutive victory in the other pacing colt division in 1:49:3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Summer Charm and Drew Monti turned in the second record-tying performance of the night when the Ron Burke trainee equaled the 1:49:4 pacing filly record set by Wisdom Tree in 2018. The track record for three-year-old pacing fillies is now co-held by Summer Charm, Wisdom Tree and Rockin Nola. Summer Charm benefitted from a pocket seat through fractions of :26:3, :55:1 and 1:23:0 and dug in gamely late in the lane to best her rivals. Summer Charm paid $13.00 to win in the slight upset. The other pacing filly division was captured by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting in 1:50:2. The evening's 13-race card also featured two divisions of the Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Whata Swan and Robert Taylor were able to withhold all challenges and score in 1:55:2 to pull the slight upset in the first division for trainer William Crone. Lucky Weekend with Peter Wrenn followed suit to pull another upset in the second division of the stakes action, scoring in 1:53:3 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. he lone division of The Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing geldings on the card was won by Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn, grabbing back-to-back stakes wins in 1:52:2 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Saturday, October 26 with a 10 race card featuring divisions of the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will host Fright Night at the Races, a family-fun Halloween event. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 23, 2019- The spirit of Halloween will descend upon Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they are set to once again host the wildly popular Fright Night at the Races, a family night at the track, on Saturday, October 26. The family-friendly event will include a children's costume trunk-or-treat with free treats, free pumpkins and decorating station, games, and $2 hotdogs and beers. The event is free to the public, and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The first live race begins at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the event, Hoosier Park will be filled with activities from The Yard to the front paddock. Children in costumes are invited to trick-or-treat by visiting local community members and Hoosier Park team members who will be on-hand in The Yard to pass out candy. Back by popular demand, Fright Night at the Races will feature a horse costume contest. Located in the front paddock, horsemen will dress up their horses to compete for prizes. Guests will have an opportunity to join in on the fun and vote for their favorite costume by purchasing a ticket. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation charitable partners of Harrah's Hoosier Park. "This is one of our most popular events of the season," Race Marketing Manager, Emily Gaskin noted. "The costumes are second to none and everyone has a great time. We hope this event will continue to grow each year and racing fans will enjoy it as much as we do." The family-friendly atmosphere will include designated family parking and entrances to accommodate all guests. The night will also include interactive games and prizes. Hoosier Buddy, the official mascot of Hoosier Park, will also be present to spread the Halloween spirit. In conjunction with all of the Fright Night at the Races activities, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also host a 10-race card featuring three divisions of the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-old competitors. 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 Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 18, 2019- Coming off the heels of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted another round of harness racing Grand Circuit action on Friday, October 18. The Pegasus Stakes for three-year-olds were the featured events of the evening, with two divisions for each sex and gait. With the exception of an upset by Yes, favorites prevailed with wins from Rockin Nola, Pure Chance, Highlandbeachlover, Thunder, Grand Swan, Jk American Beauty and Hickfromfrenchlick. Rockin Nola and Grand Swan defended their home turf with wins in their respective divisions and six of the eight stakes races saw at least one Indiana sired horse on the board. It was also another big night for Harrah's Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick who scored five wins on the evening. The night kicked off with the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing filly champion, Rockin Nola scoring her second consecutive victory for driver Joey Putnam. Using her customary late rallying style, Rockin Nola found a spot mid-pack in sixth and waited patiently through fractions of :26:4, :56:2 and 1:24:1, eventually moving to the outer flow to make her bid. Once the wire was in sight, Rockin Nola dug in with a final quarter of :27:0 and grabbed the win, a length to the good. She stopped the clock in 1:51:2, followed by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting. Rockin Nola paid $3.80 at the betting windows. Rockin Nola is the daughter of Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore and was bred by Mahlon Lambright. With tonight's win, the Joe Putnam trainee has won 11 of 25 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $415,672 for owners Joe Putnam, Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot. After winning the early double, Trace Tetrick would return to the winner's circle with three-year-old trotting filly Pure Chance who turned in an impressive effort in 1:53:0. Tetrick eased the filly off the gate and she settled along the rail in fourth but it didn't take long for Pure Chance to move to the lead. At the half in :56:3, Tetrick guided the filly to the front, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:25:1. Turning for home, Pure Chance bolstered her lead on the field, eventually crossing the wire two lengths ahead of her competition, leaving Sensibility with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to settle for second. Pure Chance paid $4.40 to win. Pure Chance, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Jewell Creek, has won nine of 22 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime best with the win. Trained by Christopher Beaver, the filly sports a lifetime bankroll of $269,488 for owners Christopher Beaver and Steven Zeehandelar. Pure Chance was bred by Jonas Schlabach. Stakes action for the pacing colts began with a victory from Highlandbeachlover and Brett Miller. The Ernest Gaskin trainee grabbed a pocket seat from the start and held it through the first split in :27:0. Miller gave Highlandbeachlover the green light down the backside and he moved to the outside, passing his competition through fractions of :54:3 and 1:21:4. The heavily favored Dealer's Table and Sam Widger made a strong bid at the leader but Highlandbeachlover dug in gamely to get the win over a fast-closing Rose Run Ulysses and Trace Tetrick in 1:50. Highlandbeachlover paid $6.80 for his backers at the betting windows. Highlandbeachlover is the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland and has won eight of 25 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Owned by Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $144,314. Highlandbeachlover was bred by High Thoroughbred Farm. In the very next race, Tetrick continued his winning ways, this time with the John Butenschoen trainee, trotting colt Thunder. Thunder spent the first quarter of the race trading positions with Mass Fortune K and Brett Miller, the latter leading at the opening split in :27:1. Thunder grabbed the lead soon after, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:26:1. Digging in with a final quarter of :27:3, Thunder finished just a head in front of Smooth Acceleration and John De Long in 1:54:1, paying $3.40 to win. Thunder, the son of Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna, scored his first win of the season and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $255,171 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Day Dream Racing and VIP Internet Stables. He has now won six of 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Grand Swan found the winner's circle for the third consecutive time for trainer, driver LeWayne Miller. Uninvolved through the early stages of the race, Grand Swan sat fifth through opening fractions of :28:1 and :56:3. When the field reached the third quarter in 1:25:1, Grand Swan began to make her move and was closing in fast on the leaders. With a final quarter of :28:2, Grand Swan tracked the leaders down and coasted to the wire two lengths to the good with a final time of 1:53:4 paying $2.80 to win. She was followed by American Kronos with Trace Tetrick. The recently crowned 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan is the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum and was bred by Larry Miller. She has won 17 of 24 lifetime starts and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $559,750 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. Just when it seemed a favorites trend was forming, a price finally scored when Michael Oosting guided Erv Miller trainee Yes to the winner's circle, lighting up the tote board and paying $70.20 to win in their split of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts. Yes grabbed a pocket seat and held it through and opening fraction of :27:3. Oosting waited patiently for much of the mile and found late racing room and Yes responded. Charging home with a final quarter of :26:4, Yes crossed the wire almost two lengths to the good, besting the field in 1:53:3. He was followed by Indiana Sires Stakes champion and post time favorite, Swandre The Giant with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. "It worked out better than I thought," driver Michael Oosting had to say about the upset. "I wanted to get out close and make sure we didn't have any trouble. Once we found late racing room, he was full of trot." Yes, the son of Manofmanymissions-Fantasy Yankee has now won six of 24 lifetime starts and brought his lifetime to $208,903 with tonight's win. He was bred by Edward Lohmeyer and has international connections being owned by Thestable Yes Group out of Ontario, Canada. The second pacing filly to take home a win was the Nancy Johansson trainee Jk American Beauty who delivered as the heavy betting favorite in her split of the stakes action. Driven by Brett Miller, JK American Beauty made her move to the front down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers to stop the timer in 1:52.1. Summer Charm and Drew Monti surged late in the lane but were forced to settle for second place honors. Jk American Beauty paid $5.40 to win for her betting backers. Jk American Beauty is the homebred daughter of American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. With the win, Jk American Beauty has won 5 of 28 lifetime starts and holds a lifetime bankroll of $370,523. New York Sires Stakes Champion, pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one and extended his win streak to seven in impressive fashion in the final leg of stakes action. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Hickfromfrenchlick reached command just past the half and never looked back. Finishing under a hand drive from Tetrick, Hickfromfrenchlick was an open length winner and stopped the timer in 1:49.4, the fastest stakes time of the night. Hickfromfrenchlick paid $2.80 to win. "He's a great horse and he's so tough," trainer Ryan Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's been well traveled this season and he can race on any size track. He's got a few races left here at Hoosier Park this season, like the Monument Circle." Hickfromfrenchlick is the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star and was bred by Steve Jones. He has now won 14 of 20 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $561,927 for owners Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Friday, October 25 with the Circle City Stakes, followed by the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-olds on Saturday, October 26. Grand Circuit racing will wrap up at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, November 1 with The $200,000 Monument Circle, The $200,000 Carl Erskine, The $100,000 USS Memorial and The Crossroads of America. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 19 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.—Oct. 11, 2019—Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Hoosier Champions Night Friday, October 11, and the 14-race program provided harness racing action from start to finish. The summer-long Indiana Sires Stakes program culminated with the crowning of 12 new champions, with purses offered exceeding $2.4 million. Showers and cold temperatures marked the evening, but Hoosier Park’s defending leading driver Trace Tetrick was red hot, piloting six winners on the card. Tetrick reached the winner’s circle in the first four races on the program, but his biggest win of the night came with freshman trotter TJ’s Top Pick. The Swan For All-J A’s Ayd gelding entered the $270,000 Super Final with seven wins in eight starts. He wrapped up divisional honors for trainer Jeff Cullipher with an easy 1:55.2 triumph. Tetrick never pulled the plugs on the 2-5 favorite as Swan In Motion and Dude Included followed in second and third, respectively.                                                                                      --Dean Gillette Photography “This has been a dream come true this year with this guy. Near perfection and he just does everything right,” said Tom Pollack, who owns the freshman with Cullipher and Tetrick. “I think the more perfect he is the more nervous you get.” There was good reason to be nervous. The $40,000 yearling purchase carried a nearly unblemished record into the final, as well as a target on his back. Drawing post eight, Tetrick wasted little time moving the favorite to the front and clicking off fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:27.3 before swinging into the stretch a length in front of challenger Brigotto and Sam Widger. TJ’s Top Pick cruised to a one and one-quarter length victory with Swan In Motion closing for second. “It worked out like I thought. I wanted to go forward off the gate,” Tetrick said in the winner’s circle. “I was confident the whole way. I never even took the earplugs out.” Bred by Freeman Bontrager, TJ’s Top Pick collected his eighth seasonal win and returned $2.80-$2.60-$2.40. The victory raised his bankroll to $302,871 and completed a sires stakes campaign where Cullipher worked to keep his star pupil sound and at the top of his game. “I can finally breathe; it’s been a long year. We started from the day we got him, but once he got his speed we noticed we had a true horse,” Cullipher said. “He’s a good horse, and he makes my job easy. This win is probably the best.” Tetrick earned his first finals victory in the night’s second race, deftly steering Churita to a 1:54.1 score over rival Hannelore Hanover in the $70,000 event for older trotting mares. The seven-year-old Arizoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare mare led gate-to-wire for trainer Matt Rheinheimer, and the victory pushed her over the $1 million earnings mark. Bred by Devon Chupp, Jackie Porter owns the $3,700 yearling purchase. “She got to that million dollar mark the hard way,” said Rheinheimer. “She’s definitely one of a kind. She’s got a great attitude and she’s easy to take care of. She absolutely loves what she does.” Churita picked up her 43rd career win, coming in her 107th trip behind the starting gate. Her career earnings now stand at $1,011,925. Hannelore Hanover, triple millionaire and former Horse of the Year, made her final Hoosier Park start for Burke Racing Stable. The most exciting finish of the night came in the $270,000 Super Final for freshman filly trotters. Slight favorite May Baby and James Yoder took control after a :27.1 opening quarter as second choice Rock Swan got away fourth for Tetrick before moving first up racing into the turn. In the stretch, Rock Swan looked to be an easy winner, but May Baby fought back valiantly before falling half a length short. The Erv Miller-trained Swan For All filly held on to earn her eighth win in 10 seasonal starts, tripping the timer in 1:57.2. Rjz First Lady rounded out the trifecta. “Off the turn I thought she was a winner. In mid-stretch she got lost a little bit waiting for somebody,” Tetrick explained. “She’s got a great attitude when it comes to wanting to win. She wants to beat everyone.” Bred by Bobby Brower and Deb Garland, Rock Swan is out of Indiana Sires Stakes champion Jolly Jessica. She is owned by S&R Racing Stables and Anthony Lombardi. With the win, the filly raised her seasonal earnings to $354,481. Tetrick added another sires stakes final with five-year-old Allthatgltrsisgold mare Golden Paradise, a 1:52.4 winner in the $68,000 final for older pacing mares. Trained by Tyler George, who owns the mare in partnership with Samuel Schillaci and Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC, the victory was the 10th in 25 starts in 2019. Bred by Victory Hill Farm Inc., the pacer now possesses $231,677 in earnings. Six year old Bridge To Jesse’s added yet another ISS finals victory to his impressive resume. Trained by Roger Welch and driven by Tetrick, the Jailhouse Jesse gelding took control after the quarter and went on to win the $70,000 final for older stallions and geldings by three and one-half lengths in a time of 1:53.1. Bred by Michael Wilt and Randy Wilt, the win was the 39th career victory for the trotter, owned by Bo De Long, Pat De Long, Ray De Long and Welch. The veteran has accumulated purse earnings of $910,455. In one of the most anticipated races of the night, Tellmeaboutit and Michael Oosting patiently waited along the rail before using the passing lane to capture the $270,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing colts with a 1:50.3 performance. The Alvin Miller-trained Tellitlikeitis gelding finished two and one-half lengths in front as Melissa Essig’s duo of Shamwow and Little Rocket Man finished second and third. “We’re just trying to bring him along and teach him to race,” said Miller. “May of last year we had a pretty good idea of what he could actually do.” What Tellmeaboutit did Friday night was stake his claim to the division title by claiming his fifth seasonal win. When the gate folded, Oosting settled in third as Little Rocket Man and Tetrick set the fractions. They would not leave the pylons throughout the mile, waiting for the stretch to slip up the inside to secure the victory. Bred by Lavon Miller, the gelding has not finished off the board in 14 starts. Miller and 81-year-old Twila Harts, who was on hand to celebrate the win, own Tellmeaboutit. The victory increased the sophomore’s seasonal earnings to $238,655. Career earnings now stand at $324,055. Three-year-old trotting colt Swandre The Giant showed his class in the $270,000 Super Final for sophomores. Driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke, the son of Swan For All cruised to a four and one-half lengths triumph, stopping the clock in 1:55. Gotwuteverittakes raced second and Wow Lester trotted third. “I just wanted to take my time making the front, and once I got there, he’s just all class,” said Gingras. “When I asked him in the stretch, he took off and was real strong finishing.” Spending most of the summer on the Grand Circuit, Swandre The Giant returned to the Hoosier State to pick up his first Super Final for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor. Earning his sixth seasonal win and 15th career victory, the colt has accumulated $390,563 this year, and his career bankroll is now $645,743. One year ago, Grand Swan entered the Super Final as the top freshman trotting filly, only to taste defeat. Friday night she was dominant in victory, pushing to the lead after three quarters for trainer and driver LeWayne Miller and drawing clear by nearly three lengths to take the $270,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55 over a track rated sloppy. Haylie Ivy and Measuredperfection followed the favorite across the wire. “I didn’t really know what to expect when we’re going for $250,000, crazy stuff happens. I wanted to protect my position and move her to the front or come first up, it didn’t matter,” Miller said of his strategy. “I was a little worried with the wind tonight coming first up, but she fought them off like she normally does.” Victorious in seven of her previous 10 starts this year, the Swan For All-Queen Mum sophomore added her 16th career trip to the winner’s circle in only 23 attempts. Bred by Larry Miller Jr., the filly is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. Grand Swan has earned $354,625 in 2019 and $542,500 in two seasons of competition. Priceless punched her ticket to the Breeders Crown Friday night on the strength of a 1:52.2 effort. Driven by trainer Brandon Bates, the Rockin Image lass led the $270,000 Super Final for freshman filly pacers wire-to-wire, finishing six and one-half lengths ahead of the field to add her sixth win in nine starts. Foxy Rigger and Grace Rocks managed to finish second and third.                                                                                --Dean Gillette Photography “She is just game, loves to win, and loves to race,” said Bates. “We’ll load up Wednesday and head to Mohawk, give it a try in the Breeders Crown elimination.” Bred by Mark Graber, Mervin Graber and Jacob Graber, Priceless was purchased by Bert Hochsprung and Kevin Miller out of the Hoosier Classic sale for $31,000. With tonight’s win, the filly has earned $328,662. Odds On Osiris pushed ahead of leader Clever Character in the last turn and went on to score a 1:53 victory in the $270,000 final for freshman pacing colts for driver Peter Wrenn. The favorite finished two lengths better than Always And Again while Clever Character held on for third. Melanie Wrenn conditions the Rockin Image gelding owned by Odds On Racing. “The colt’s a little green on the lead. I thought there would be more mixup in the first quarter, but he felt good tonight. When I got ahead with him, he felt nice,” explained the driver. The $60,000 yearling purchase, bred by Merlie Schwartz, added his sixth win in seven starts. Odds On Osiris has earned $313,145 and returned $3.40-$2.40-$2.10. Rockin Nola, two-year-old divisional champion in Indiana in 2018, collected her second Super Final victory Friday night with a 1:51.4 score. Driven by Joey Putnam, the Rockin Image sophomore used her late kick to propel to a two-length victory as second choice in the $270,000 event for pacing fillies. Favored Fully A Virgin settled for second and Lady Capulet raced third. Drawing post three for trainer Joe Putnam, Rockin Nola raced ninth early as Play For Pay reached the quarter in :26.3. Pansy’s Image would brush to the lead on the backstretch as Rockin Nola joined the outer flow third over. The filly advanced to third at the top of the stretch and dashed home in :26.3 to secure her sixth win of the year.                                                                          --Dean Gillette Photography “The trip worked out like I thought. Wanted to get away sixth or seventh and wanted a good runway to get out,” Joey Putnam said in the post-race interview. “Winning with a filly like this is huge. It can’t get any better than this.” Owned by the trainer in partnership with Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot LLC, Rockin Nola pushed her 2019 earnings to $238,822. Bred by Mahlon Lambright, the filly has banked $398,922 over the last two seasons. Cullipher and Pollack teamed for their second Indiana Sires Stakes final in the $50,000 contest for older stallion and gelding pacers. Incredible Shark, sent off at odds of 13-1, sprinted home in :27.4 to finish a quarter-length in front of Rockin Speed in a time of 1:51. Sam Widger guided the Shadyshark Hanover five year old to his fifth win of the year and second in his last four starts. Tookadiveoffdipper paced third for John De Long. Bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm and Fair Meadow Farm, Incredible Shark returned $27.40-$11.20-$5.40 to his backers. The gelding improved his 2019 earnings to $105,674. He now possesses a career bankroll of $332,499. To view all of the results for the 2019 Harrah’s Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. Live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, October 12 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 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: James Platz for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 8, 2019- While she's sending three horses into a $2 million dollar harness racing card on Friday, October 11 at Harrah's Hoosier Park, two breakout pacers have been stealing the headlines from the Missy Essig barn. Both unraced as two-year-olds, Little Rocket Man and Shamwow have made names for themselves throughout the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes season. The rookie three-year-old pacers have combined seasonal earnings of $291,505 and have combined to win 17 of 25 lifetime starts. According to Essig, the secret to her success is taking things one day at a time. "We really didn't think much of either of them at first," Essig noted about her contenders. "They were both pretty lazy-Little Rocket Man didn't even show interest in his first qualifier. We had him staked to the fairs instead of Sires Stakes at the advice of a friend who was taking care of him over the winter. We were really just hoping to make our money back with him at the start of the season." Little Rocket Man had a modest beginning finishing eight lengths behind Rockie Got Framed in 1:58:2 in his first lifetime qualifier. After a sub-par qualifying effort, the sophomore pacer seemingly found his competitive side and impressed his connections with a victory at first asking. Besting a field of 10 for his maiden breaking win from the middle of the pack, Little Rocket Man won his first start in 1:53:4 and hasn't slowed down since. Purchased at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, Essig's father, Russell Beeman had noticed Little Rocket Man, but it was Jack Freeman who purchased him and convinced Beeman to buy in. "My dad always wanted Gt Miss Royal's babies. She was a gritty mare that we used to race years ago and dad always said that if she had babies, he wanted some. He was nervous, though, because of how small Little Rocket Man was, but he definitely looked at him because of his breeding." On the opposite end of the acquisition spectrum, Shamwow is a homebred owned by Cornerstone Stock Farms. The start of Shamwow's 2019 campaign was a little slower than Little Rocket Man's, as Shamwow didn't start in stakes action until the fourth leg on July 26 where he made his stakes debut a winning one. "With Shamwow, I'm grateful to have Jeff Fought for an owner," Essig expressed. "We had to start things slowly with Shamwow and Jeff supported us with that. Once he got behind the gate, though, he started racing great and really started figuring things out. It was like a light bulb came on-he started figuring things out and would be running over horses he was training with." In addition to being stablemates, Shamwow and Little Rocket Man share very similar racing styles and routines. Both race well off the pace, which is the preferred method for Shamwow. Little Rocket Man is the more versatile one, but Shamwow has perfected an impressive late closing rally. Essig is also known for training Dontfusswithruss, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes Champion at both two and three and earned over $530,000 throughout his illustrious racing career. While Dontfusswithruss is a trotter, Little Rocket Man shares a similar personality and is just as ornery as Essig's former champion. The main similarity Shamwow shares with the trotter is routine-all three of these sires stakes horses have been trained down the same way, excluding the fact Dontfusswithruss raced as a two-year-old. Each one, though, has proven to be a fierce competitor for Essig. "Truthfully, we wanted a barn full of trotters," Essig said with a laugh. "At the sale it ended up working out where we ended up with pacers, which worked out to be a blessing. A good horse is a good horse and you'll love it no matter what. We haven't really changed how we trained them. You don't know who they really are until they're behind the gate." Racing fans who have watched an Essig horse win a race have also seen the family reunion that occurs in the winner's circle after a victory. Essig's family and friends own many of the horses she trains and her husband helps her with the training duties. Essig's father, who owns a piece of a few of her horses, is also in the barn almost every morning to help jog and train. "It's definitely a family affair for us. I think getting people involved when they're young is important. My niece who is 15 comes out and helps me train and she's been doing that since she was 12," Essig noted. "She brings her parents out to the track and gets them involved too. If young people get involved, that's how we create future owners. We have a lot of fun with our family and friends being so involved." While she's had much training success over the years, Essig hasn't hoisted an Indiana Sires Stakes final trophy since Dontfusswithruss in 2012. Along with Little Rocket Man and Shamwow, Essig is also sending two-year-old trotting filly Rjz First Lady into the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies from post 10 with LeWayne Miller. For her stable standouts, Little Rocket Man drew post six in the talented field of ten assembled for the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings with regular pilot Trace Tetrick in the bike. Little Rocket Man, who leads the division in points for the season, sports a lifetime best of 1:49 taken at Harrah's Hoosier Park and will be looking for his 12th win from 17 starts this season. Aside from one ninth place finish, Little Rocket Man has earned a check every trip behind the gate this season, including a fifth place finish against Grand Circuit company in the $170,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace. Shamwow will be guided by LeWayne Miller and will start from the second-tier, post 10. The sophomore son of Always A Virgin-Bolero Takara has won six of nine lifetime starts and has never finished worse than second in his young career. Shamwow sports a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 and will be looking to score his third consecutive Harrah's Hoosier Park victory with a win in the $270,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. "Winning the final would mean the world to me," Essig continued. "These two have been such a blessing. I don't want to jinx it, but my dream would obviously be a dead heat with the two of them." First post for Hoosier Champions night at Harrah's Hoosier Park is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 with a 14-race card. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $250,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. 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.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 4, 2019-The aged harness racing contenders for Indiana Sires Stakes action took to the stage on Friday, October 4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While all eyes have been on the two-year-olds and three-year-olds prepping for the upcoming $250,000 Super Finals on Friday, October 11, the aged competitors squared off in their eliminations to compete for a spot behind the gate in their respective $50,000 Aged Sires Stakes finals. Favorites mainly dominated with wins from Rockin N Runnin, Tookadiveoffdipper and Shnitzledosomethin but one price found a win with Voom Or Bang. The aged trotting divisions did not require eliminations. The aged stakes action kicked off with the pacing mares and it was Rockin N Runnin who turned a pocket trip into a victory and overcame a heavy favorite at the wire. Stopping the clock in 1:51:1, Rockin N Runnin made her sixth consecutive trip to the winner's circle, guided by trainer, driver Ross Leonard. When the wings of the gate opened, heavy favorite Golden Paradise with Trace Tetrick went straight to the lead. Rockin N Runnin opted for a pocket trip while Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin with John De Long followed intently third. The order remained unchanged and Golden Paradise went uncontested through fractions of :27:1, :56:3 and 1:25:0. As the horses turned for home, Golden Paradise's lead shortened and Rockin N Runnin was looming large in the pocket. The mares matched strides but Rockin N Runnin reached the wire first by a head, paying $5.00 to win. Golden Paradise held on for second and Seventimesavirgin secured her spot in third. "What makes her so good is that she's so versatile," trainer, driver Ross Leonard noted in the winner's circle. "We purchased her in 2017 and we've had no expectations with her. We've taken our time and let her tell us what she can handle. I have to give the credit to my family for getting her back to the races. She is one of the toughest race horses we have ever had." After being unraced last season due to injury, Rockin N Runnin has rewarded her connections this season for their patience. With the win, she has now won 10 of 15 starts this season and sports a lifetime bankroll of $130,474 for owners Dandy Farms Racing, Gregory Samples and Rachel Leonard. Rockin N Runnin is a five-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Mysterious Dragon and was bred by Merlin Van Otterloo. In the first division for the aged pacing stallions and geldings, Tookadiveoffdipper with John De Long properly played the role of post-time favorite and turned in a decisive gate-to-wire performance to get the win. Utilizing a final quarter of :26:0, Tookadiveoffdipper dug in gamely late in the lane to stop the timer 1:50:0. Tookadiveoffdipper grabbed the lead from the start and rattled off fractions of :26:3, :55:3 and 1:24:0 while Incredible Shark and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. Turning for home, Tookadiveoffdipper appeared strong on the front. Incredible Shark pulled from the pocket but Tookadiveoffdipper found another gear to get the win, paying $3.80 at the betting windows. Incredible Shark's effort paid off in a second place finish and Rockin Speed and Jared Seekman were third. Tookadiveoffdipper, the son of Always A Virgin-Onceinabluemoon, has now won 28 of 73 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $277,006 for owners Jane Cross and Mark Cross. He was bred by Van Oterloo Stables. The second aged pacing mare elimination brought a price to the winner's circle, along with back-to-back wins for trainer Roger Welch. Sent off at 13-1, Voom Or Bang with John De Long grabbed the victory and the mare paid $28.80 to win. When the wings of the gate opened, Rockin Serena with Peter Wrenn took the lead and guided the field through fractions of :26:1, :55:2 and 1:24:2. When the field turned for home, Voom Or Bang saved her best for last and surged past her rivals late in the lane to get the win in 1:52:0. Rockin Serena held on for second and Letme Fly Low with LeWayne Miller staged a late rally for third. Voom Or Bang, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover, has now recorded 13 of 52 lifetime wins and has amassed $411,932 in lifetime purse earnings for owners William De Long, Patrick De Long, Jesse De Long and John De Long. The mare was bred by Cottonwood Farms. The final aged event was the second division for the pacing stallions and geldings. Sent off as the heavy post time favorite, Shnitzledosomethin returned to Harrah's Hoosier Park for the first time this season and went gate-to-wire in 1:50:4 with Peter Wrenn in the bike. The Dylan Davis trainee has been racing on the East Coast, but is no stranger to the Hoosier Park oval and will be looking to secure his first Indiana Sires Stakes title next week. Shnitzledosomethin                                                                       --Linscott Photography  Shnitzledosomethin grabbed the lead as soon as the gate opened, followed gamely by Granite with Todd Warren. Shnitzledosomethin clicked off fractions :26:3, :55:3 and 1:24:1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Turning for home, the pocket-sitting Granite and Todd Warren made a bid at the leader but Shnitzledosomethin was too determined and charged to the wire finishing almost two lengths ahead of the second-place Granite. Dave And Dennis with Joey Putnam rounded out the trifecta. Shniztledosomethin paid $2.40 to win at the betting windows. Now in his four-year-old season, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has won five of 15 starts in 2019. Shnitzledosomethin has now won 14 of 48 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $695,862 for owners Bfj Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Edwin Gold and Abraham Basen. The 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes season will come to a close at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, October 11 with the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses in excess of $2 million, the evening's racing action will feature the $250,000 Super Finals for the two and three-year-old competitors and the $50,000 Finals for the aged competitors. The evening will also feature free hats to the first 500 guests to Trackside Caesars Rewards, a Hoosier Champions Pick'em kiosk game, winner's circle giveaways and the $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High 5 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 or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Rose Flood Race Marketing & Operations Admin

ANDERSON, Ind.--October 4, 2019--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled harness racing card on Friday, October 4 and showcased a preview of what to expect for next week's Hoosier Champions Night. Two divisions for the sophomore pacers of both sexes highlighted the evening's 14-race card as they brought the curtain down and completed the eighth and final round of their preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes action. All of the evening's winners stamped their tickets to compete for next week's season culminating $2 million Hoosier Champions Night on Friday, October 11. Trainer Melissa Essig sent two horses postward and scored a training double in stakes action on the evening. Shamwow and LeWayne Miller utilized their customary late rally to best their rivals and take the first $48,5000 division for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:50, Shamwow used the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage and an impressive :25 closing kick to track down Tellmeaboutit and Michael Oosting steps before the wire. "We wanted to race him off the pace again," Miller noted about the colt's trip. "He's extremely quick. He has a really quick turn of foot and they have done a great job teaching him to race and how to use his speed. He's really sharp right now." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Always A Virgin-Bolero Takara notched his sixth win from nine starts this season. Owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Shamwow has yet to finish worse than second in his young career and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $121,125. Team Essig would find the winner's circle just a few races later after the heavily favored Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick arrived late on the scene to score in 1:49.4 in their split of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. After sitting last for much of the mile, Tetrick waited to make his move and when he did Little Rocket Man went from last to first with a :26 final quarter to get the win. Also unraced as a two-year-old, Little Rocket Man has made up for lost times at three. With 16 lifetime starts, the gelded son of Rockin Image-GT Miss Royal owns a 16-11-1-1 record. Little Rocket Man has now earned $170,380 in lifetime purse earnings for Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. The Hoosier state's top three-year-old pacing fillies turned in impressive performances of their own as they squared off in two $48,500 divisions. Divisional leader Fully A Virgin continued her winning ways and scored in the first split with Mike Oosting in the bike. Stopping the timer in 1:50.2, Fully A Virgin powered past her tiring rivals and held off all challengers late in the lane to get the win by nearly two lengths. "She's so laid back and easy on herself all the time, I think that's why she is so fresh and sound at this point in the season," trainer Shane Bowermaster noted after the win. "That, and the fact that Mike (Oosting) has driven her absolutely flawless every single start for me-- I owe a lot to Mike for taking care of her and now I can really do my job and make sure she is ready to go for next week." Fully A Virgin                                                                          --Linscott Photography With the win, Fully A Virgin improved her record to 15-7-4-2 this season. Owned and bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Of Gold pushed her lifetime purse earnings to $229,680. After it appeared it was going to be a night for favorites, This Peach Rocks and Ross Leonard pulled off the slight upset in the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. Leonard wasted no time and sent This Peach Rocks to the front from post one and she made every call a winning one, scoring in 1:51.2. Leonard also trains the daughter of Rockin Image-Peachy Yankee who recorded her fourth win of the season from 20 trips behind the gate. Owned and bred by Victory Hill Farm, This Peach Rocks pushed her lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. All of the evening's winners will return and compete for divisional honors next Friday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The top ten point earners from each division will be showcased in the $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. Taking on a new format for the 2019 season, the $250,000 Super Finals will mark the richest offering of Indiana Sires Stakes Finals ever contested at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The fields and post positions for the Super Finals will be drawn on Tuesday, October 8. In addition to all of the stakes action on the evening's 14-race card, the Hoosier High-5 went unsolved after Peter Dalt and Ricky Macomber Jr. pulled off a big upset in the last race of the evening. With a carryover in excess of $8,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 for the 13-race card on Saturday, October 5. 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 and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

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