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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off its 25th year of live harness racing on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 with a full weekend of promotions, giveaways, dining specials, free entertainment, family fun, and more. With a first post time of 6:30 p.m., the 2018 live racing season will include a full stakes schedule featuring the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, Aug. 10. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then commence a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. To celebrate opening weekend, Hoosier Park is offering a guaranteed prize up to $5,000 to every Club Centaur member who swipes their club card at a rewards kiosk between 10 a.m. on Friday, March 30 and 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Opening weekend at Hoosier Park will also include: Friday, March 30 Free Hoosier Park collectible t-shirt to the first 500 guests at Trackside Club Centaur starting at 10 a.m. Five $100 Mega Bet drawings at 7:15 p.m. (entry period between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Fan-Tastic Fridays featuring $1, $2, and $3 specials on Trackside Beat the Big Guy race wagering contest Free live entertainment in The Terrace Showroom featuring Zach Day, following live racing Saturday, March 31 Free family fun, including games, face painting, kids activities and more Five $100 Mega Bet drawings at 7:15 p.m. (entry period between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) WINGO and Wagering Wars racing contests Free live entertainment in The Terrace Showroom featuring Nick Harless, following live racing "This marks our 25th year of racing at Hoosier Park, and we're coming off the biggest year in Hoosier Park racing history with the 2017 Breeders Crown," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "This year's racing theme is Racing Revolutionized because we're taking harness racing to new heights. We can't wait to share this season of racing excitement with our fans, community, team members, and horsemen and horsewomen." Racing fans will once again receive 2X Club Centaur points for wagering on live races at both Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand, which can be used for complimentaries throughout the season. Additional information, including the full racing schedule and a complete list of racing promotions and events, is available at Kiersten Flint

Columbus, OH --- Prior to the emergence of Hannelore Hanover there was another young lady that captured the hearts of Hoosier Park harness racing fans with her dominating performances and regal demeanor. Five years into her career, people still crowd the fences to catch a glimpse of her and will her to victory. She is none other than dual Indiana Sire Stakes champion Churita, who possesses a personality that tries her trainer’s patience, but which has propelled her to excel in elite competition. “It has been a journey since we brought her home as a yearling,” said Matt Rheinheimer, her conditioner. “At the end of the day you realize there is no sense fighting with her because she will always get her way. If you walk away from her and she turns her back to you, in her mind she has won. I have had other people take care of her and they wonder how I deal with her, but I don’t know what it would be like without her; I don’t even want to think about it.” A daughter of Airzoom Lindy-Stonebridge Volare, Churita was purchased for $3,700 at the 2013 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale by Jack Porter. She was not Porter’s or Rheinheimer’s first selection and actually was not even on their list, but for some unknown reason the stars aligned on that particular day and the filly that initially did not warrant special attention became Porter’s property. Churita was not especially impressive training down and Rheinheimer was not sure she was even going to make it to the races as a freshman. In fact, she was only purchased to compete at the fairs, where Rheinheimer and Porter have long concentrated their efforts, but it was discovered she was not eligible to that circuit shortly after she entered Rheinheimer’s barn. Therefore, Churita was pointed to the Indiana Sire Stakes program, where she not only demonstrated her trainer might not have appropriately gauged her ability, but reeled off seven consecutive victories en route to concluding her campaign with a triumph in the $220,000 Sire Stakes final. The trotting filly picked up right where she left off as a sophomore and added nine straight wins before being defeated by Hannelore Hanover in sire stakes action on Sept. 19, 2015. She ended her 3-year-old season with two more seconds to Hannelore Hanover, including the $220,000 sire stakes final, prior to finishing behind Bright Baby Blues in a $46,750 division of the Circle City and the $140,000 Crossroads of America. At that juncture, Churita had earned just over $500,000 and her resume stood at a stellar 24-17-5-2. “Can you imagine how the guy feels that was bidding against me on her?” Porter said. “If he would only have went to $4,000 she would have been his because I was not going any higher.” Like her rival Hannelore Hanover, Churita has continued to trot consistently as both a 4-and 5-year-old. Participating primarily in Opens and Invitationals at Hoosier Park, Miami Valley Raceway and Dayton Raceway, the now 6-year-old has defeated males, came home first in front of Hannelore Hanover in last year’s $70,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for older mares and has begun this season with two wins in the Open Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. Churita is currently on a four-race winning streak and has banked $794,710. “People have asked me why we just race her locally but the truth is she is not a very good shipper,” Porter said. “It took Matt some time to even get her to be able to go to Miami Valley and Dayton. The only way you can keep her from tearing the trailer down is allowing her to hang her head out the window as far as she can. I followed him one time to Miami Valley when her head wasn’t out and the trailer was shaking from her.” Rheinheimer concurs the only way to keep Churita happy while hauling her is to allow her to witness what is transpiring around her. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it really,” he said. “And it’s very funny to watch. If a big truck comes along, like a semi, she will just pull her head right in and wait for it to pass. One time we were stopped in traffic and there was a bunch of kids outside. They were just having a ball watching her.” Although she is generous with her time to her fans, Churita is not nearly as kind to her trainer and owner. “She used to never like being turned out and stood right at the gate,” Rheinheimer said. “Now I can’t catch her when she’s out there and she just comes in for her food. She also will not wear wraps and will chew them right off. I can’t really poultice her either because she will lick that right off and every time I go to put the first trotting boot on her she’ll kick. She will only do it once to get it out of her system and then she’s fine. But I think she does like me even though she would never admit it. My wife even says she acts differently when she feeds her than when I do.” Porter does not deal with his prized mare on a daily basis, but Churita will not even allow the man who pays for her feed to snap a photo of her. “She’ll put her head up and prick her ears for anyone else,” he said. “The girls at Hoosier Park have got some wonderful pictures of her in the paddock and many other people that stop by to see her do as well. She won’t for me though. The minute she sees me and sees I have a phone in my hand or a camera, she turns right around, then goes to the corner of her stall. I’m starting to think maybe when she sees me she knows it’s time to race, but I do know I can’t get a picture of her unless it’s in the winner’s circle.” Despite the difficulties she presents, Rheinheimer and Porter could not be any prouder of Churita and how she has blossomed. “We gave her some time off because of the EHV-1 situation at Miami Valley but we should be putting her in on Sunday,” Rheinheimer said. “She has done more than we ever imagined or dreamed of but I would have to say my proudest moment was when she won the Arnie Almahurst at the Darke County Fair. Jackie and I have only ever had fair horses; to have a horse like her good enough to win that race and for it to be her, was very special to us; it was very emotional. “I really don’t know what I will do without her. Jackie bought a farm and keeps asking me when she can be a broodmare. I just keep telling him not yet because I’m just not through with her.” While Porter’s property in Tennessee ultimately awaits Churita for her second career and eventual retirement, the mare still has plenty of races to contest in 2018. “Matt keeps telling me she is too racy to be a broodmare,” Porter said. “I just know my farm is ready for her and I can have her with me for the rest of her days. We are still looking forward to racing her this year and staked her to the Grand Circuit events at Miami Valley, Dayton and Scioto. Whatever she does now is just extra and it always was. To go from racing at the fairs to having a Grand Circuit horse is something I never thought would happen to me. She is my horse of a lifetime and my baby girl.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.--March 8, 2018 -- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2018 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. 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 25th season of live harness racing will kick off on March 30 and be conducted through November 10. 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 25th anniversary of the Dan Patch Stakes on August 10. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Hoosier Park, please send resume and cover letter to: Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 13, 2018 - With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino just a few weeks away, final preparations for the 2018 season are well underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, March 30. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the live racing season will be conducted through November 10. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then commence a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. The barn area officially opened on Saturday, March 10 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track opened for training on Monday, March 12 from the hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will remain open during these hours until live racing begins. Once racing begins, training hours will be from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. throughout the duration of the season. The track will be closed on Sundays and all days of training will be subject to weather permitting. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open for those horsemen wishing to ship in and train. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork required before being allowed entry to the grounds. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 14 with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the entirety of the season. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior at 10 a.m. until March 27and then the box will close at 1 p.m. going forward. The annual night-time dress rehearsal qualifying program is still slated for Wednesday, March 28 and will begin at 5:30 p.m. The evening round of qualifiers will allow horsemen, racing officials, and racing fans to watch qualifiers under the lights prior to the opening night program. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted on Hoosier Park's website as soon as they are made available. Hoosier Park recently announced several overnight and late closing events to be contested in early April and May along with a variety of overnight series for Indiana-sired horses. All of the overnight series will be on Hoosier Park's condition sheets and more information can be found on Hoosier Park's website by clicking here. The opening of the backside and beginning of the live racing season will be the official unveiling of a number of facility enhancements as well. During the off season, Hoosier Park began, and is currently in the final stages of, installing a new metal roof on the paddock. In addition, the dormitories are also undergoing improvements in preparation for the upcoming season. New restrooms and facility upgrades are in the works and expected to be completed in early spring. Construction is expected to begin soon on new a state-of-the-art track maintenance building that will house the track equipment, employee offices and restrooms. Completion date is expected by late fall. Building upon the successes of the 2017 live race meet, Hoosier Park's 25th season of live harness racing will offer a very lucrative stakes program throughout the season highlighted by the 25th anniversary of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on August 10. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 8, 2018 - Due to the unfortunate recent EHV-1 outbreak, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will implement an updated policy, which supersedes any previous policies regarding EHV-1, effective immediately. All horses must have a current negative coggins test (within 1 year) and a current EHV (rhino) vaccination (within 6 months) on file in the racing office and must be dated and signed by the veterinarian. In addition, ALL horses originating from out of state must present a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) dated within 72 hours of entry with the horse's temperature recorded on the certificate. Documents must be presented at the stable gate upon arrival or horses will not be permitted to enter the stable area. Hoosier Park is also implementing increased biosecurity measures on the backside prior to its' opening on March 10. Those planning to race and or stable at Hoosier Park are advised to check back regularly for any updates. The barn area will officially open on Saturday, March 10 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track will open for training on Monday, March 12. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open starting March 12 for those horsemen wishing to ship-in and train. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. Building upon the successes of the 2017 live race meet, Hoosier Park's 25th season of live harness racing will kick off on March 30, 2018. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 10, 2018. Emily Gaskin

HARRISBURG PA - The theme generated within Hoosier Park, host track for the 2017 Breeders Crowns, was "It's Indiana Time," and the track's embodiment of that philosophy in all quarters, resulting in a superior show for harness racing's year-end showcase, has earned it the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award in year-end Dan Patch Awards voting by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading communications trade group. In addition, the Writers singled out two other "Hoosiers" for awards - Trace Tetrick, the track's leading driver and a double Breeders Crown winner at Hoosier, was voted the sport's Rising Star among the backstretch set; and Tim Konkle, the hardworking editor of the important monthly Midwest Harness Report and an equally tireless supporter of USHWA, has been named USHWA's Member of the Year. Hoosier Park, in the town of Andersonville northeast of Indianapolis, in its 24th season of racing during 2017, was chosen to host the $6M Breeders Crown Championship Series, a gathering of the best horses in North American harness racing. Although the weather was not at its best throughout the weekend of the Championships, the racing proved fair to all horses and excellently-competitive - and the Hoosier Park staff rolled out the red carpet to racing's elite horses and humans in a big way. No amount of effort was spared in making the Breeders Crown experience memorable to everyone connected to it, right down to the Hoosier Park faithful who turned out en masse to see the national-caliber racing. All who were at the 7/8-mile track that weekend came away raving about Hoosier Park and its first-rate job in showcasing the Breeders Crown (and it didn't hurt that a couple of Indiana-bred and Indiana-based horsemen showed up in Victory Lane, either). The leading driver at Hoosier Park over the last couple of years, Trace Tetrick, again led the sulkysitter's colony in 2017, but it was largely his work on his track's big weekend that drew the national attention to his developing abilities. Trace visited the Crown winners circle with three-year-old pacing filly Blazin Britches, last week voted champion in her division, and with the homegrown Indiana stakes competitor, two-year-old colt trotter Fiftydallarbill, among five winners on the weekend's two cards. Trace Tetrick, who was fourth in North America in wins at press time with 559 and who set a personal seasonal money record with $6.7M in horses driven, joins his brother Tim, who won the Rising Star Award exactly ten years ago, and who has since gone on to have "some success" in the sulky on the North American scene. Tim Konkle has been chronicling the Indiana scene for going on 20 years now, giving the racing at Hoosier, Indiana Downs when it raced Standardbreds, and the Indiana fairs and sales prominent attention in his magazine. Formerly best-known as the Hoosier Horse Review, Konkle expanded the purview of the publication when Ohio brought in gaming legislature, and under the name Midwest Harness Review Tim now keeps his readership posted on the major stories in the Hoosier state, the Buckeye state, and the surrounding harness racing area. For USHWA, Konkle has served as a Director of the At-Large membership group for two years. His preliminary spadework aided greatly with Hoosier Park being the title sponsor of the latest Dan Patch Awards Banquet, and he continues in his efforts to help the organization raise money and then use it wisely in its various activities. Hoosier Park, Trace Tetrick, and Tim Konkle will all be honored at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL. Those wishing to take out a congratulatory ad in the Banquet's Awards Journal should contact Kim Rinker, Journal Committee chair, at Those wishing to attend the banquet can make room reservations online via a special "portal" on the USHWA website - but do so quickly to take advantage of the special room rates USHWA has obtained. Tickets for the banquet, priced at $175, can be obtained through Judy Davis-Wilson, Dinner Planning Committee chair, at (Full voting results for all categories will be sent along with Friday's release, the last in the sequence of four.) Jerry Connors  

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 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 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 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 . 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 . 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  

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