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ANDERSON, Ind.; - Dec. 7, 2017 - The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2018 harness racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Live harness racing will be conducted Friday, March 30 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The 160-day season will offer live racing every Tuesday through Saturday, with exception of Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 in which there will be no live racing. Additionally, Hoosier Park's signature $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes will take place on Friday, Aug. 10 and will highlight a full stakes schedule in 2018. The official first post time of the 2018 racing season is still to be announced. Racing updates and more information about Hoosier Park can be found by visiting www.hoosierpark.com. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the 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 on upcoming entertainment and promotions at Hoosier Park visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kiersten Flint

Anderson, Ind.-November 17, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2017 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Friday, November 17. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fourth consecutive and sixth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish, was officially recognized as the 2017 leading driver with 366 victories while amassing over $4.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 331 victories with John DeLong in third with 223 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $44 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick also captured two Breeders Crown titles at Hoosier Park earlier in October. "This year was incredibly special for me, especially with the two Breeders Crown wins," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I want to thank the owners and trainers for believing in me and giving me the opportunity, without them, I wouldn't be here." "I've had a lot of momentum all year," he continued. "That certainly helps. The support of my family and friends has been great. I really appreciate the opportunity to show up every night and do what I love." For the first time since 2005, the battle for winning trainer resulted in a tie. Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher each ended the season with 92 wins to earn the honors as the season's top trainers at Hoosier Park. Don Cromer and Dan Perdue tied for leading trainer honors in 2005 with 31 wins. It was the first leading trainer title for both Macomber and Cullipher. Heading into the evening's 14-race card just one win separated the top pair. Macomber's Ramblingamblinman found the winner's circle with Peter Wrenn in the bike. Just a few races later, Cullipher evened the score after back to back wins with Coal Hanover and Ideal Rocky, respectively. After 10 years managing Ron Burke's Indiana stable, 2017 was Macomber's first season operating a public stable with her husband, Ricky, Macomber. The daughter of Ohio-based trainer Tim Rucker and his wife, Debbie, now finds herself with a leading trainer title and a Breeders Crown champion to her credit. Macomber trained Beckhams Z Tam who was victorious in the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers earlier this month at Hoosier Park in 1:51.1. In addition to the Breeders Crown victory, horses from the Macomber stable earned over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 163-day meet at Hoosier Park. "What an unbelievable year, I just have to keep pinching myself," Macomber noted. "With a win in the Breeders Crown and now standing here for leading trainer alongside Jeff, it's been truly unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough that has supported me this year, my owners, my team, everyone." Raised by a family rich in harness racing tradition, Jeff Cullipher has quickly made a name for himself as a trainer at Hoosier Park. The 46-year-old Henderson, KY native is no new comer to the sport of harness racing. A driver since 1988 and trainer since 1991, Cullipher has over 30 years of harness racing experience to his credit. After finishing fourth in the trainer standings last year, his stable earned over $1 million throughout the 2017 season to find him atop the standings. "It's been a great year," Cullipher said. "This is one of the toughest places to race in the country so if you can make it here, I think you are doing alright. I have to thank my owners and my team who have helped me get here, it really is a team effort." The Friday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2017 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "We would like to thank all the horsemen and racing fans that contributed to the successful 2017 season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "Their support, along with the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, made for a tremendous season and we are already looking forward to next season." For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON – Change could be coming soon to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino if a potential sale is approved. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment announced an agreement Thursday to purchase two Indiana casinos, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, as well as three off-track betting locations in Indianapolis, New Haven and Clarksville. Bloomberg News reported the sale to be worth more than $1 billion. “We believe Caesars’ acquisition of Centaur Gaming will further build on the successes and contributions of the properties for the benefit of our customers, team members, horsemen, community partners, and financial stakeholders,” said Centaur Gaming Chairman and CEO Rod Ratcliff in a press release. The sale is expected to close in the first half of 2018; however, the sale would be subject to approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Both regulatory groups said they had not received notice about the reported sale ahead of Thursday’s release. If approved, the purchase would make Caesars Entertainment owner of four of the state’s five largest casinos in terms of revenue. Centaur Gaming brought in $480 million in casino revenue last fiscal year from the Anderson and Shelbyville casinos. “I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of Centaur Gaming’s team members and I’m confident that they will continue to make many valuable contributions with a company as strong and geographically diversified as Caesars,” said Ratcliff. Caesars Entertainment already owns the state’s largest casino, Horseshoe Hammond, which brought in $450 million in gambling revenue last year and Horseshoe Southern Indiana, which ranks third with $248 million. State law prohibits one company from owning more than two casinos in the state; however, that does not apply to racetrack-based casinos, which were authorized under a different Indiana statute, Jennifer Reske, deputy director of Indiana Gaming Commission, said. Caesars Entertainment and Centaur Gaming would both have to provide documentation and information to IGC and IHRC so they could rule on the sale. Edward Feigenbaum, publisher of weekly industry newsletter Indiana Gaming Insights, said if Caesars were to buy the two properties, it would mean the company would be responsible for more than 50 percent of all Indiana gaming revenue. “There is certainly concern about overconcentration and potential leverage that one operator might have,” Feigenbaum said. That’s exactly the reason the Indiana Legislature included the two-license per company restriction, he added. “The two-license limit was the concern about one company having too much leverage and opportunity to have a little too much clout,” he said. “Essentially they could become too big to fail like we saw with banks in 2007 and 2008.” But despite some reticence, the deal could be huge for Indiana gambling. “In terms of big positive, Caesars is the world’s largest gaming company … they have got the ability to put out opportunity capital anywhere in the world,” he said. He wagers it would also be a great move for Caesars. “What Caesars could get out of this, all kinds of synergy that could cut their costs and increase profits,” he said. “They would have a string of casinos that stretches from essentially Chicago all the way to Louisville, with Indianapolis in between … they have an opportunity to invest in that whole I-65 and I-69 corridor.” The sale comes at an opportune time for Indiana’s racinos. In October, Hoosier Park hosted the nation’s most prestigious harness racing championship, the Breeders Crown, which brought national spotlight to Madison County. Also, legislation passed in 2015 would allow the owner of Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand to seek permission from the state to add table games, such as blackjack and poker, to their casinos starting in 2021. The potential deal would be the first major deal for Caesars since it restructured more than $18 million in debts in 2015. Last month, Caesars restructured its debt in a deal that created Vici Properties Inc., a separately traded real estate investment trust. Gaming revenue If Caesar Entertainment purchases Centaur Gaming's two racing casinos, it would own four of the state's five largest casinos in terms of revenue: • Horseshoe Hammond: $450 million • Indiana Grand: $271 million. • Horseshoe Southern Indiana: $248 million. • Hoosier Park: $209 million. By Christopher Stephens Reprinted with permission of The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 15, 2017 - Harness racing driver Darrell Wright recorded the 5,000th win of his career after he piloted Harveybear to victory in a conditioned pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, November 15. The 1:57.1 victory marked the first win of the season for the three-year-old gelded son of He's All That-Mother'sday Dream and a major career milestone for the 55-year-old Michigan native. Wright made his game winning move down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers late in the mile to get the win by a head. Harveybear has now won four of 17 lifetime outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. The accomplishment was a family affair as Wright trains Harveybear, who is also owned by his daughter, Mariah Wright. Starting his driving career under the direction of his father, Wright grew up working around horses and made his first start in 1982. Now in his 36th season as a driver, Wright has since amassed over $17 million in lifetime purse earnings in the bike. In addition to his driving accolades, Wright is an accomplished trainer as well-responsible for 188 winners and over $1 million in purse earnings throughout his training career. He has campaigned multiple stakes winners and won races at tracks all over the country. "I was always involved with horses growing up but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do," Wright mentioned after the win. "I won my first race at Jackson Harness Raceway and I was hooked after that." "It felt good to get that one," he continued. "A lot of hours involved and a lot of hard work to get here but it feels good." Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Wright's friends and family were standing by to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Darrell on win number 5,000," Moore noted. "5,000 victories is a true testament to his many years of success in the sport of harness racing. We wish Darrell continued success throughout his career and we look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." Wright is currently among the top 25 drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 14 wins on the season. Trace Tetrick, Hoosier Park's all-time leading driver, currently leads all drivers with 360 wins from 1740 outings while bankrolling over $4.5 million in purse earnings this season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, November 16 with 10-race card featuring a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in races 3-6. The 163-day harness racing season will be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 4, 2017 - Fresh off the heels of a successful Breeders Crown weekend, Grand Circuit harness racing action was back in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 4. The evening's 12-race card was highlighted by the $140,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old filly trotters, The $125,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies, The $235,000 Carl Erskine Memorial for three-year-old colt trotters, and The $245,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, many of which featured rematches from the Breeders Crown finals. After finishing second to divisional leader Ariana G in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot last week, Ice Attraction rebounded gamely and turned in a dominant performance to capture the $140,000 Crossroads of America Stakes in 1:53.3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Tasked with the outside post nine, Ice Attraction left alertly for position but so did a host of others. Overdraft Volo and Andy Miller were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :27 but quickly yielded the lead to That's All Moni and Mark MacDonald just before the half. That's All Moni dictated fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Ice Attraction was parked for the entirety of the mile but continued to press on to the lead. As the field turned for home, Ice Attraction was matching strides with the leader before she utilized a :29 final quarter to get the win by two and half lengths. After a ground-saving trip, Overdraft Volo rallied for second while That's All Moni held on for third place honors. As the 4-5 favorite, Ice Attraction returned $3.80 for the win. Sired by Muscle Hill out of the Conway Hall mare The Ice Queen, Ice Attraction is trained by Ake Svanstedt who also co-owns the filly with Douglas Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs, and Little E LLC. Recording her sixth victory in 19 starts this season and her ninth in 28 overall, Ice Attraction has bankrolled $490,842 in lifetime purse earnings. Ice Attraction In the very next race on the program, Agent Q and driver David Miller found the winner's circle and delivered as the heavy betting favorite to take the $125,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial. Stopping the timer in 1:51.1, Agent Q became the sport's newest millionaire with the victory. Leaving from post four, Miller sent Agent Q away from the gate just enough to grab a pocket seat behind the pace-setting Idyllic Beach and Mark MacDonald. Idyllic Beach breezed through fractions of :26.3 and :55.3 before being joined on the outside by Bettor's Up and Doug McNair. While the damage was being done on the front, Agent Q loomed large in the background. Utilizing the Hoosier Park passing lane, Agent Q kicked clear of Idyllic Beach to get the win by three-parts of a length. Rockin Serena and Peter Wrenn rallied well late in the lane to round out the trifecta. As the publics' choice, Agent Q returned $4.00 to her backers at the betting windows. "The track was dry tonight and I think it suited her a little better this week," Trainer Aaron Lambert noted in the winner's circle. "She's all heart. She tries hard every week and loves her job. We were glad she went over a $1 million with this win, that's what we were aiming for." With the win, Agent Q has now won 12 of 26 lifetime outings. The daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige is owned in partnership by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert K. Muscara. Agent Q Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the three-year-old trotting colts were up next and it was International Moni who was able to turn the tables in the $235,000 Carl Erskine Trot. After finishing third in the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old trotting colts last week, International Moni and Scott Zeron turned in a near gate to wire performance to pull the slight 6-1 upset, scoring in 1:53. After trouble behind the gate, Breeders Crown Champion What The Hill finished off the board. Devious Man and Andy Miller left alertly from post seven to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Zeron wasted no time as he had International Moni pointed to the front and the duo grabbed the lead just before the half in :55.2. International Moni looked strong on the front reaching the three-quarter clocking in 1:24 but What The Hill and David Miller were applying pressure first-over. As the field turned for home, Devious Man tipped from the pocket late in the lane but International Moni was up to the task, digging in gamely to get the win by a head. "We just got caught too far back last week," assistant trainer Domenico Cecere noted in the winner's circle. "The plan was to get out of there this week. He is a great horse so I knew even if they got to him he would fight them off." "We plan to give him a rest after this," he continued. "We hope to get him ready for a big 4-year-old campaign." International Moni is sired by Love You out of the great Moni Maker. With the win, International Moni recorded his ninth victory from 15 seasonal outings and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $714,412 for his connections at Moni Maker Stable. International Moni The final stakes race of the evening was the $245,000 Monument Circle for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and it was Downbytheseaside who avenged his runner-up finish in the $527,500 Breeders Crown Final in a big way. With Chris Page in the bike, Downbytheseaside was untouchable down the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:48.3. The 1:48.3 clocking established a new lifetime best for the Brian Brown trainee and was also just a fifth of a second off the track record for three-year-old pacing colts, a record set by Freaky Feet Pete in 2015. Downbytheseaside settled along the rail in third through the opening quarter in a snappy :26.2 set by Miso Fast and Matt Kakaley. Page gave Downbytheseaside the green light just before the half and he ranged up to grab the lead at the second station in :53.1. The swift pace continued through the three-quarters in 1:20.2 as Downbytheseaside braced for the stretch drive. Funknwaffles and Corey Callahan were on the attack first-over with the rest of the field closing in. Page asked his mount for more and Downbytheseaside responded with a :28.1 final panel to hold off a late-surge from Filibuster Hanover and David Miller. Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick also rallied well late to get up for a third place finish. As the 8-5 favorite, Downbytheseaside returned $5.40 at the betting windows. "That was a big mile," Page noted after the win. "I was a little nervous turning for home, I knew were going a good clip but this horse is so game. He's everything you want in a horse. He's beautiful; you can do anything you want with him, and he's very, very game." The three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover is conditioned by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing Stable. Downbytheseaside has now won 19 of 32 lifetime trips behind the gate while amassing $1,903,028 in lifetime purse earnings. Downbytheseaside Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, November 7. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Freehold, NJ --- Devious Man missed his opportunity to race in last weekend’s Breeders Crown championship for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but the colt returns to the Anderson, Ind., track for Saturday’s (Nov. 4) $235,000 Carl Erskine Trot. The Erskine’s 10-horse field includes the three best finishers from the Breeders Crown -- winner What The Hill, runner-up Lindy The Great, and International Moni. Two other Crown finalists, Dover Dan and Top Flight Angel, are also in the field. Beckhams Z Tam, another Breeders Crown champion, headlines Saturday’s $245,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier. The card also includes the $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters and $125,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) at Hoosier Park, with the four major stakes events carded as races seven through 10. Devious Man, the richest 3-year-old male trotter of the season with $921,219 in purses, finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21 and failed to advance to the final. It was only the second time he finished off the board this year. “He got caught too far back and they trotted slow fractions,” said Andy Miller, who drives Devious Man for his wife, trainer Julie Miller. “Off of slow fractions on that track it’s hard to make up a lot of ground. I was disappointed.” Devious Man, who adds Lasix for the Erskine, has won four of 15 races and finished second on six occasions. His wins include the Beal Memorial and Empire Breeders Classic while his runner-up finishes include the Hambletonian (third-placed-second), the Kentucky Futurity, and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He was third in the Yonkers Trot and Zweig Memorial. “He’s showed up all year other than the Breeders Crown,” Miller said. “You can’t map out a much bigger year. It would have been nice to win a couple of those, but he’s put up some great numbers. We’ve got two more races left (Erskine and Matron) so hopefully we can do something in those two.” Miller and Devious Man will start from post seven in the Erskine. “I wish he had drawn a little better, but I think he will put in a good effort,” Miller said. Top Flight Angel, also from Team Miller, will start the Erskine from post eight. The colt went off stride in the Breeders Crown final and finished last. “He bumped a knee coming off the last turn,” Miller said. “He was sitting in a great spot. He was sitting on the rail with a lot of trot. I hadn’t even pulled the earplugs yet. I was very optimistic about his chances. It was disappointing. I think he will be fine this week and put in a good effort.” Breeders Crown champion What The Hill has won three of his last four races and eight of 15 starts for the year. He has earned $758,776. His other victories include the Canadian Trotting Classic, the Reynolds Memorial and an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity. He was first-placed-ninth in the Hambletonian and second in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He finished third in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final. David Miller will drive What The Hill, who starts the Erskine from post No. 1, for trainer Ron Burke. “I have been with the horse for a couple years now and we had a little bit of hard luck with him early this summer,” Miller said last weekend in the Breeders Crown winner’s circle. “I told them all, ‘I hope I can make it up for you.’ This helps.” What The Hill will try to become the second Breeders Crown winner to capture the Erskine, joining last year’s champion Bar Hopping. Burke won the 2015 Erskine with Crazy Wow. Click here for Saturday’s complete Hoosier Park card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

ANDERSON, Ind. - Split The House made his second move worthy of winning the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Hoosier Park Saturday night in a sparkling 1:48.1. Harness racing driver Brett Miller drove the winner, who hit the finish one length in front of McWicked. Split The House (Rocknroll Hanover-Shake That Junk) left alertly but settled for second as All Bets Off soared from the outside nine post to take the early lead. The first quarter came up in a sizzling :25.4 as the shuffling began. From the second tier the first takeover came when Keystone Velocity went to the outside and brushed to the lead, putting All Bets Off in second, but not for long. Split The House retook the lead with another brush, passing those two. The battles were not over as All Bets Off returned to the outside and took on Mach It So, one of the early leaders shuffled, as the lead exchanged through a half in :53.4 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. Into the stretch, the duelers were Mach It So and All Bets Off, but neither could handle the second move by Split The House, as he passed the battling duo and took the win. McWicked took advantage of the late duel and flew by the pair to take second. Mach It So earned the show spot. Both were sent to the gate at odds of 2-1, with Mach It So the slight actual favorite. Fair Winds Farm bred Split The House, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing. Chris Oakes trains the 5-year-old gelding, who won his second race of the season in only his sixth start of the year. Split The House paid $18.40 to win. By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. (Oct. 28, 2017) - It was definitely Indiana's time on many platforms Saturday, Oct. 28 during the second of two nights of harness racing action for the Breeders Crown Championships. The track pulled in a fantastic crowd that filled every portion of the grandstand and they were treated with three Indiana sired winners out of the six Breeders Crown races on the track. Hannelore Hanover was victorious in the Open Trot, Fiftydallarbill gave the crowd a thrilling finish in the two-year-old colt and gelding trot and it was hometown heroes Beckham's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. who scored the most emotional win of the night, pouring it on the stretch to win the three-year-old colt and gelding pace. Macomber's wife, Jamie, who is in her first year of training on her own after more than a decade with the Burke Stable, serves as the trainer of the horse to complete the husband-wife team in the winner's circle. "We had more than $4 million in handle over two nights of the Breeders Crown Championships," said Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming. "We set individual nightly records both evenings for our handle. The Breeders Crown brought in 400% more than our average weekend handle. We couldn't be prouder of our team at Hoosier Park, our horsemen and horsewomen, and all of the sponsors that have been along for such an amazing ride in bringing the Breeders Crown to Indiana. It was an electric weekend led by three great performances by three outstanding Indiana bred horses." Over the last two evenings, more than $4 million was wagered on Hoosier Park in all sources handle, breaking record handle each consecutive night. On Saturday night alone, Hoosier Park set an all-time handle record for harness racing with $2.1 million wagered. "The Breeders Crown in Indiana has been an extraordinary experience," said Tom Charters, retiring president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "Four years ago, some would say it was kind of a leap of faith to consider having the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. After meeting with Rick Moore (vice president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park) and Jack Kieninger (president of the Indiana Standardbred Association), it was amazing of the support of Hoosier Park and the Indiana horsemen and the Hambletonian board. I thought it was magical to have 10 Indiana breds make the finals of the Breeders Crown. Having three of them win is almost a fairy tale. I hope I'm back to attend the next one at Hoosier Park." Live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues through Friday, Nov. 17 with a regular first post time of 6:30 p.m. Emily Gaskins BREEDERS CROWN RESULTS/SATURDAY      ANDERSON, Ind. – Here are the results of the Breeders Crown events for male horses, held Saturday night at Hoosier Park, a seven-eighths mile track, with winner (driver, trainer, time and win payoff; *-denotes betting favorite), second-place finisher and third-place finisher: Track condition: Fast; Temperature: 40 degrees. Open Trot – Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 1:52.1, *$3.00), Crazy Wow, Marion Marauder 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot – Fiftydallarbill (Trace Tetrick, William Crone, 1:55, $17.20), Met’s Hall, Samo Different Day 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace – Stay Hungry (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 1:50.4, $11.00), Shnitzledosomethin, Closing Statement 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot – What The Hill (David Miller, Burke, 1:52.3, *$4.80), Lindy The Great, International Moni 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace – Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr., Jamie Macomber, 1:51.1, $11.20), Downbytheseaside, Miso Fast Open Pace – Split The House (Brett Miller, Chris Oakes, 1:48.1, $18.40), McWicked, Mach It So BETTING REPORT: Wagering on the six Breeders Crown races totaled $1,126,238 ($187,706 per race). For the entire 14-race card, betting totaled $2,064,015, which established a new record at Hoosier Park. Compiled by Dave Little, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Beckhams Z Tam out-dueled 3-5 favorite Downbytheseaside down the stretch to win Saturday night's $527,500 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers by one-quarter length in 1:51.1, and in the process, touched off an emotional celebration at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was third. Beckhams Z Tam, the third Indiana-bred of the night to capture a Breeders Crown, has spent nearly his entire career racing at Hoosier Park. He was driven by Ricky Macomber Jr. and is trained by his wife, Jamie, who is a former assistant to trainer Ron Burke. The colt is owned by Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables. It was the first Breeders Crown win for all. Jamie Macomber greeted her husband with a hug and kiss as he returned to the winner's circle with Beckhams Z Tam. A large crowd gathered in and around the winner's circle and shouted words of congratulations to the connections. "I never dreamed anything like this," a teary-eyed Jamie Macomber said as she made her way to the trophy presentation. "This is his home track. Turning for home, I knew he was the winner. I don't know what to say. My husband did it. It's amazing." All but three of Beckhams Z Tam's career races have come at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was the early leader, taking the field to the opening quarter in :26.2. Downbytheseaside claimed the lead prior to the half, reached in :56, and remained on top when he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Beckhams Z Tam was fourth at three-quarters, following the first-over cover of Mac's Jackpot, before surging three wide and making his way to the front. Downbytheseaside remained within striking distance, but was unable to get closer than the final margin. "That horse that was first up, I was a little worried that he wouldn't be able to carry me around the last turn, and I was more concerned about that half being in 56 flat," said Ricky Macomber. "It was a little slow, but he overcame it." Macomber pumped his fist as he crossed the finish line. "I was thrilled," he said. "Just a big weight lifted off my shoulders." Jamie Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses such as Beckhams Z Tam, from Wilbur Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "I couldn't have had a better team to prep me for this," said Jamie Macomber. "Ron Burke is an amazing man and my parents are awesome." Beckhams Z Tam has won 11 of 19 races this year and earned $500,295. For his career, the son of Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm, has won 11 of 25 races and $547,994. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Beckhams Z Tam paid $11.20 to win. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - What The Hill dominated his harness racing division foes again as he won the $527,500 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot at Hoosier Park Saturday night in 1:52.3. David Miller drove the winner. Four left the gate evenly, finding spots behind Lindy The Great, who guided the field through a :26.4 opening quarter. In the catbird seat was slight 7-5 favorite What The Hill as positions stayed the same through a half in :55.4. Yes Mickey began an overland journey to chase the top two, passing Top Flight Angel and Seven And Seven, who had no chance when What The Hill left the pocket and glided down the stretch to deny Lindy The Great the win, as International Moni, also 7-5 at post time, closed strongly down the center of the track. What The Hill stayed in flight to win by two lengths over Lindy The Great, who held second as International Moni picked up the third spot. Stan Klemencic bred What The Hill (Muscle Hill-K T Cha Cha). Ron Burke trains the colt, owned by his Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables. What The Hill paid $4.80 to win. By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. - Stay Hungry charged off the final turn to overtake Western Passage and then held off Shnitzledosomethin by a neck to win Saturday night's $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers in 1:50.4 at Hoosier Park. Closing Statement was third. Shnitzledosomethin, Karpathian Kid and Western Pleasure all spent time in front during the first three-quarters of the race, with the quarter in :26.1, half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Stay Hungry was sixth up the backstretch and three wide coming off the final turn. Doug McNair guided Stay Hungry to victory and earned his first Breeders Crown win. It was the third trophy for trainer Tony Alagna. "It worked out but I moved him pretty early down the backstretch," said McNair. "This track with the long stretch, it worked out pretty good. This colt, I moved him, and he knew what to do and he raced awesome. It's exciting. I think I've driven in five or six of these Breeders Crowns and never won, so it's a big thrill for me." Stay Hungry has won six of eight races and earned $437,964 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. It was the first Breeders Crown win for both. "At the head of the lane I was a little worried having to go three wide," said Grant. "But he's showed up every race for us this year. Dougie gave us a great drive. "We were confident. Tony and I talk a lot and we were very confident with the colt and believed he deserved to be here and could get it done and he did. It's rewarding. My dad won this with Bettor's Delight and to win it tonight means a lot." Stay Hungry is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare My Little Dragon, who was a three-time Breeders Crown champion. The colt was bred by AV & Son Bloodstock. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Stay Hungry paid $11.00 to win. Favorite Lost In Time was sixth-placed-fifth because of interference. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Fiftydallarbill won the harness racing $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot at Hoosier Park on Saturday night by 1¼ lengths over Met's Hall in 1:55. Trace Tetrick drove the winner. Fiftydallarbill (Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick) settled into sixth off the gate as Met's Hall and Samo Different Day fired quickly to the front with the former getting the top. Fourth Dimension, the 1-2 public choice, took a spot in fourth. Missile Hill jumped as the field was set in motion. Met's Hall took the first quarter in :27.3 and as the half came in :57, Crystal Fashion started the outer flow, with Dawson Springs taking cover and Fiftydallarbill third over. Crystal Fashion swung around the turn and was pressured as he hit three-quarters in 1:26.4. With Crystal Fashion tiring, Fiftydallarbill was full of trot, defying Met's Hall, who was all out to stay afloat to the wire but Fiftydallarbill easily passed him as the backfield faded, except for Samo Different Day, who kept going and took third over Skyway Torpedo. William Crone trains Fiftydallarbill for owner John E. Barnard, who also bred him. Fiftydallarbill paid $17.20 to win. Fiftydallarbill By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Hannelore Hanover became the first female harness racing winner of the Breeders Crown Open Trot in 19 years, beating Crazy Wow by 1¼ lengths in 1:52.1 in Saturday night's $526,250 final at Hoosier Park. Marion Marauder was third. Crazy Wow led the field around the first turn with Hannelore Hanover staying to his outside in a move for the lead. She got there just prior to the quarter, reached in :26.3, but held the spot only briefly as Marion Marauder trotted by and took the group to the half in :55.3. Marion Marauder remained on top as the field hit three-quarters in 1:25, but Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras were soon to make a move in the stretch to take the lead for good. "I honestly didn't see that one coming," said Gingras about Marion Marauder leaving hard off the gate. "I didn't really want to be in a two hole. I know he is a nice horse, but I didn't want to be behind him. It's just the way it goes and it worked out." Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare trained by Ron Burke, became the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996. For the year, Hannelore Hanover has won nine of 16 races and earned $952,879. For her career, the former Indiana Sire Stakes champion has won 35 of 57 races and banked $2.37 million. Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi each have seven Breeders Crown wins while J&T Silva Stables has three and Frank Baldachino two. Hannelore Hanover is a daughter of Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. "It's an Indiana bred, we bought her as a baby," said Baldachino. "We never had expectations when we bought her. If she had been a nice Indiana-sired horse we would have been tickled pink. And for her to do this tonight is incredible." Gingras picked up his fourth Breeders Crown win of the weekend and pushed his career total to 20. Burke got his 12th trophy as a trainer. Hannelore Hanover paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Hannelore Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind.; - Oct. 27, 2017 - Rain settled into the area and made racing conditions muddy, but the inclement weather didn't come close to dampening the spirits of harness racing fans as they witnessed history in the making. The first of two nights of the Breeders Crown Championships brought in a full house ready to see the best horses in North America vie for divisional honors. The evening played host to six of the 12 divisional races, including Open Mares Trot and Pace, the two and three-year-old filly trotters, and the three-year-old filly trotters and pacers. Many favorites proved why they were tagged as favorites throughout the night with Manchego establishing a little history of her own. The two-year-old trotting filly tied her sire's record, matching Muscle Hill's perfect season of 12 for 12 in 2009. It also marked one of three wins on the card for Trainer Jimmy Takter, who also scored wins with the three-year-old trotting filly Ariana G and the Open pacing mare Pure Country, who was a surprise to fans, paying $31.00 to win. "Despite the inclement weather, we are amazed at the enthusiasm for our attendance and competitive racing on our first Breeders Crown night at Hoosier Park," said Jim Brown, president and COO of Centaur Gaming. "We value and appreciate all of the partnerships that had a part in tonight's successful event. Together, we have elevated the Indiana racing industry and for that, we are so grateful." The program included 14 races, with Race 7 through Race 12 dedicated to the Breeders Crown Championships. An international audience through simulcast venues added to the racing fans in attendance at Hoosier Park wagered a total of $1,773,829 for the night. A total of $1,028,238 was wagered on the six Breeders Crown races. The second evening of Breeders Crown Championships resumes Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Once again, Races 7 through 12 will feature the Breeders Crown races, which will include the two and three-year-old colt trotters, the two and three-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the Open Pace, and the much anticipated Open Trot. A total of 10 Indiana sired horses have been scattered throughout the Breeders Crown Championships and will be capped off with the appearance of the standout Indiana sired trotting mare, Hannelore Hanover, who will go up against her male counterparts in the Open Trot, kicking off the first Breeders Crown Championships in Race 7 with an estimated post time of 8:12 p.m. Pure Country Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind. - Eight horses fanned across the track in a battle down the stretch with Pure Country surging in the closing strides to capture Friday night's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace by 1¼ lengths over Bedroomconfessions in 1:52.1 over a sloppy harness racing track at Hoosier Park. Lady Shadow was third. Pure Country, trained by Jimmy Takter for Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing, was a Breeders Crown champion at age 2. Diamond Creek Farm bred the filly, who snapped a four-race skid with her Breeders Crown win at odds of 14-1. "We have been dealing with a lot of struggling with her all year," said Takter. "She got sick early and then she raced good. She is a pure champion. She has made over $2 million and that is hard to do in this game. She is just a fantastic horse and I am so happy for Adam. He raised this filly and she is just so wonderful." Lady Shadow took the lead after a tussle with 6-5 favorite Nike Franco N and Darlinonthebeach, bringing the field to the opening quarter in :26.2. She set the pace from there, with the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.2, before facing pressure from everywhere as the field made its way down the stretch. Pure Country was sixth at the top of the lane, but rallied on the outside to win. "I thought she had a shot, I really did," said winning driver Mark MacDonald. "I thought the way the race was going to go it would work out. I figured Lady Shadow would blast out of there from the outside and I had a couple of good ones inside of me to follow. I kind of almost automatically was going to get a good trip and it turned out and she did." Takter finished Friday's Breeders Crown card with three wins in the series, pushing his record total to 33. Diamond Creek Racing and MacDonald have each won three Breeders Crown trophies. "I've always been lucky in the Breeders Crown," said Takter. "It's like a magic night for me. I won six in one year and three almost every year. Things just work out for me on that night. I don't know why, but we have a great crew and my trainer has done a fantastic job. Without those guys, I can't do it." Pure Country, a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3, has won four of 14 races this year and earned $376,293. For her career, she has won 24 of 45 starts and earned $2.14 million. She paid $31.00 to win. Pure Country By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Youaremycandygirl, the heavy 2-5 public choice off a strong elimination score last week, won the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace by 4½ lengths at Hoosier Park Friday night. The time for the mile was 1:53.2 over a sloppy harness racing track. Yannick Gingras drove the filly for trainer Ron Burke. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) was in total control from start to finish. She cut the first quarter in :27.1, passing a quick-leaving Rainbow Room, who sat second through a :56.3 half and three-quarters in 1:25.2. Around the last turn, Youaremycandygirl drew clear of a quick-closing Majorsspeciallady, who paced past Rainbow Room to get second. Firestorm came late for fourth. Birnam Wood Farms bred Youaremycandygirl for owner W.J. Donovan. She paid $2.80 to win. Youaremycandygirl By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

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