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Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the harness racing Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport's top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. "This is what you're shooting for," said the 84-year-old Key, who has won twice in the Breeders Crown series and sends three horses to this year's event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "The Breeders Crown, look at how great it is to win it. I've been lucky to win (two) of them now. And with all the horses I have, it shows how difficult it is. "You're always looking for that champion. It's one of the great dreams to get one of those good ones." Key won his first Breeders Crown in the inaugural year of the event, 1984, as a member of the ownership group of 2-year-old female pacer Amneris. In 2010, he captured his second Crown with homebred 3-year-old male trotter Break The Bank K. In addition to his two victories, Key has finished second in a Breeders Crown final on seven occasions, including twice with homebred female trotter Win Missy B (in 2011 and 2012). This year, Key sends 2-year-old female trotter Looking For Zelda, 3-year-old female pacer Terrortina, and 4-year-old female trotter Flowers N Songs to the Breeders Crown. All three were bred by Key. Looking For Zelda and Terrortina race in eliminations Friday. All eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested that night, with the eliminations for male trotters and pacers to follow on Saturday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Flowers N Songs will advance directly to the final of the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, the only class in which eliminations were not required. "I'm not going in just to go in it," Key said. "With all these horses, I feel if it goes the right way we do have the possibility of winning. I'm not just going in there hoping I'm getting third or fourth. I'm hoping we can win it. "I'm looking forward to it." Looking For Zelda is a daughter of Key's Breeders Crown-winning Break The Bank K out of the mare My Winning Way K. She has won seven of nine races this year and finished second in the remaining two. She heads to her Breeders Crown elimination off a 1:54 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 6. "I'm really pleased with Looking For Zelda, no question about it," Key said about the filly, who has earned $221,675 this season while competing primarily on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit. "She's one of the special fillies I've had. I've had some lucky ones and good ones, but right now you can't ask for much more. "There are some very good horses in there. I think we're definitely in it. I think we have a good chance of doing well in it. They're 2-year-olds; you never know what's going to happen. You just hope they're going the right way." Looking For Zelda is 5-1 on the morning line, with Tony Hall driving for trainer Norm Parker. Manchego, undefeated in 10 career races, is the 4-5 favorite. The top five finishers from each of the two eliminations for 2-year-old female trotters advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 27. Basquiat is the 5-2 favorite in the other elim. The 39-year-old Hall, who has won 5,326 races in his career, will be making his Breeders Crown debut. "I know he wants to drive her; it's something special for him," Key said. "He really likes her and he's done a good job with her this year. We're going to stay with him. "I think he's one of the top drivers. The driver is important. They have to have confidence in a horse. He says (Looking For Zelda) is easy to drive and does what he wants. That's all you can ask." Terrortina, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Alladorable, has won three of 24 races this year and earned $121,024. She has hit the board a total of 13 times and picked up checks in several stakes including the Jugette, Courageous Lady and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers got a field of 11. The connections of New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday accepted byes to the final and the remaining nine fillies will compete in a single elimination. Terrortina is 20-1 on the morning line, with Hall driving for Parker. Blazin Britches is the 3-1 favorite, ahead of Caviart Ally at 7-2, Agent Q at 4-1 and Idyllic Beach at 5-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 final. "Norm feels good about her and so does Tony Hall," said Key, whose top career wins also include the 1993 Hambletonian with homebred American Winner. "I thought it was worth going in there." Click here for Friday's complete Hoosier Park card. Click here for Saturday's complete Hoosier Park card. Ken Weingartner  

The Breeders Crown eliminations for both the female and male pacers and trotters will be held Friday and Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, with harness racing's No. 1-ranked star, Fear The Dragon, leading the way. Eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested Friday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights. A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown. The finals for the female trotters and pacers will be held Friday, Oct. 27, and the finals for the male trotters and pacers are Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hoosier Park. All of the divisions for female trotters and pacers require eliminations with the exception of the $250,000 Mare Trot. That race attracted five horses, which are, in alphabetical order: Caprice Hill, Emoticon Hanover, Flowers N Songs, Pasithea Face S, and Pink Pistol. All five will advance directly to the Oct. 27 final. The draw for the Mare Trot will be held this weekend. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year’s Mare Trot, was entered in this year’s Open Trot against the boys. The $250,000 Mare Pace received 13 entrants, including past Breeders Crown winners Call Me Queen Be, Lady Shadow, and Pure Country. The top five finishers from two eliminations will advance to the final. Lady Shadow won last year’s Mare Pace and Call Me Queen Be was last season’s 3-year-old champion. Pure Country won her Crown in 2015 as a 2-year-old. Shelliscape was the most recent horse to win consecutive Mare Pace titles, in 2013 and 2014. No 3-year-old filly pacing champion has ever returned to capture a Crown at 4. Another returning champion, Ariana G, leads a group of 11 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown event for 3-year-old female trotters. Twelve horses are needed to split a division into two eliminations, so Ariana G and Thats All Moni received byes to the final based on seasonal earnings. The remaining nine horses will compete for eight spots in the final. Ariana G, the No. 2-ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, has won 11 of 14 races this season and earned $873,690. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who has won a record 30 Breeders Crown finals. Takter also trains Thats All Moni, who has won four of 12 races and earned $238,141. The elimination field for the 3-year-old female trotters includes Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, who defeated Ariana G by a neck in the Oct. 8 race. The three finishers to follow Ice Attraction and Ariana G --- Dream Together, Dream Baby Dream and Sunshine Delight --- also are in the elimination. The $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers also got a field of 11. New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday received byes to the final after the connections of the group’s top money-earners, Caviart Ally and Agent Q, elected to race in the elimination. Caviart Ally has won six of her last 10 races and finished no worse than second during that span. Her victories include the Jugette and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Agent Q, who lost to Someomensomewhere by a nose in last year’s Breeders Crown, has finished off the board only twice in 23 career races, winning 11. Agent Q has raced only once since Sept. 13, a win on Oct. 12 in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. “This is the way we had it set up,” Agent Q’s trainer Aaron Lambert said. “It was the plan all along to race these three weeks. Plus if you win the elimination you can’t draw outside. We skipped (the Red Mile meet) on purpose to try to get it done out here.” Two eliminations will be held for both the 2-year-old female pacers and 2-year-old female trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals. Stakes-winners Percy Bluechip, Rainbow Room and Youaremycandygirl are among the 16 horses entered in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. That trio has combined to win 16 of 24 races and $1.01 million. In the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Manchego leads a group of 17. Undefeated in 10 career races, Manchego has earned $563,948 and is ranked No. 3 in the sport’s Top 10 poll. Following are the fields for Friday’s eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Wrangler Magic-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller 2. Pure Country-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 3. Windsun Glory-Trace Tetrick-Ron Burke 4. Darlinonthebeach-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson 5. Lady Shadow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Adams 6. Blue Moon Stride-David Miller-Mark Harder $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nike Franco N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. L A Delight-Corey Callahan-Bob McIntosh 4. Medusa-Tony Hall-Jeff Cullipher 5. Seventimesavirgin-John DeLong-John DeLong 6. Bedroomconfessions-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 7. Call Me Queen Be-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Caviart Ally-Andy McCarthy-Noel Daley 2. Terrortina-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 3. Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert 4. Blazin Britches-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Jaye’s A Lady-Andy Miller-Nancy Johansson 6. Inverse Hanover-Peter Wrenn-R. “Nifty” Norman 7. Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 8. Ella Christina-Tim Tetrick-Nick Surick 9. Carol’s Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Come See The Show-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 2. Rock On Ladys-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Trent Stohler 3. Firestorm-Jody Jamieson-James Morrison 4. Percy Bluechip-Trevor Henry-Ian Moore 5. Rainbow Room-David Miller-Joe Holloway 6. Band Stand-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna 7. Majorsspeciallady-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 8. Kissin In The Sand-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Johansson $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Pueblo Blue Chip-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 2. Im With Her-Paul MacDonell-Paul MacDonell 3. Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Reign On Me-Yannick Gingras-R. “Nifty” Norman 5. Strong Opinion-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6. Miswave Hanover-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 7. Aims Whisper-Mark MacDonald-Kevin Lare 8. Bye Hanover-Brett Miller-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. Overdraft Volo-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Checkmate Time-Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont 4. Highland Top Hill-David Miller-Marty Fine 5. Fine Tuned Lady-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Southwind Avanti-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 7. Dream Baby Dream-Rod Allen-Rod Allen 8. Dream Together-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 9. Sunshine Delight-Brett Miller-Staffan Lind $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Atlanta-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 2. Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 3. Jordan Blue Chip-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 4. Lima Novelty-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 5. Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. Alloveragain-Tim Tetrick-John Bax 7. Hey Blondie-Andy McCarthy-Chuck Sylvester 8. Basquiat-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Looking For Zelda-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 2. Msnaughtyashill-Sam Widger-Jeff Edwards 3. Courtney Hanover-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6. S M S Princess-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 7. Live Laugh Love-David Miller-R. “Nifty” Norman 8. Impinktoo-David Miller/Peter Wrenn-Jim Dailey 9. Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder All of the events for male pacers and trotters require eliminations. There are two eliminations for each the $526,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot, $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals on Oct. 28. There are three eliminations for both the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest seasonal earnings advance to their respective finals. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, both from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, are among the 17 entries for the 3-year-old male pacers. Fear The Dragon is the sport's leading money-winner this year, with $1.26 million, while Downbytheseaside is second, with $1.07 million. For the year, Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 15 races and finished worse than second only once. Downbytheseaside, last year's runner-up to recently retired Huntsville in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers, has won nine of 16 starts this season. The group also includes Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover and New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles, who was supplemented to the event for $62,500. Nineteen horses were entered in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, including Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Man, Goodtimes winner International Moni, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Long Tom. International Moni was a supplemental entry. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year's Mare Trot, was among 13 horses entered in this year's Open Trot against the boys. She will try to become 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. The group also includes Harry Harvey Trot winner Crazy Wow, Yonkers International Trot runner-up Marion Marauder, 2014 Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Pinkman, and supplemental entry Homicide Hunter. Another 2014 Crown winner, McWicked, is among the 12 horses entered in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. The field also features stakes-winners All Bets Off, Check Six, Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, and Sintra, who was supplemented to the event. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time is among the 19 participants in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. Lost In Time, the leading money-winning pacer among all 2-year-olds, has won three of five races and finished second in the remaining two while earning $375,555. Stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, the Metro runner-up, also is in the field along with Closing Statement, who won the Elevation Stakes at Hoosier Park, and Ontario Sire Stakes champion Western Passage. The 13 horses in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper, who brings a five-race win streak to his elimination, and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Hat Trick Habit. Following are the fields for Saturday's eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 2. Babes Dig Me-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 3. Keystone Tenacious-Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley 4. Courtly Choice-Yannick Gingras-Blake MacIntosh 5. This Is The Plan-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 6. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jim Mulinix $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Western Passage-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 4. Whos Better-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Grand Teton-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 6. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rockin Away-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 2. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Twin B Tuffenuff-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 4. Odds On Lauderdale-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5. Karpathian Kid-David Miller-Erv Miller 6. I'm A Big Deal-David Miller-Chris Ryder 7. Closing Statement-Brian Sears-Joe Holloway $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. JL Cruze-David Miller-Eric Ell 2. Pinkman-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Crescent Fashion-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream-David Miller-Chris Beaver 6. Mambo Lindy-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lookslikeachpndale-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 2. Hill Of A Colt-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4. Crazy Wow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Homicide Hunter-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Gural Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rock N' Roll World-John DeLong-Jeff Cullipher 2. Missile J-Tim Tetrick-Scott DiDomenico 3. Check Six-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Mach It So-David Miller-Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 6. McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Split The House-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 2. Mel Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 3. All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4. Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva 5. Manhattan Beach-Sam Widger-Walter Haynes Jr. 6. Keystone Velocity-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Long Tom-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 2. Rubio-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Dover Dan-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 4. Seven And Seven-David Miller-Tom Durand 5. Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. International Moni-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Giveitgasandgo-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 2. Snowstorm Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Moonshiner Hanover-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4. New Jersey Viking-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5. Lindy The Great-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci 6. King On The Hill-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. What The Hill-David Miller-Ron Burke 3. Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 4. Jake-Danie Dube-Luc Blais 5. Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7. Enterprise-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Moosonee-David Miller-Chris Beaver 2. Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 3. Crystal Fashion-David Miller-Jim Campbell 4. Samo Different Day-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 5. Hat Trick Habit-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 6. Dawson Springs-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Missle Hill-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna 2. Skyway Torpedo-Peter Wrenn-Alvin Miller 3. Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 4. You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell 6. Wolfgang-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 7. Fourth Dimension-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2. Photobombr Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Tom Fanning 3. Ocean Colony-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 4. Boogie Shuffle-David Miller-Mark Harder 5. Hurricane Beach-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 6. Western Hill-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna 7. Chip Walther-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 8. Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2. Funknwaffles-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 3. Fear The Dragon-David Miller-Brian Brown 4. Eddard Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Mac's Jackpot-Aaron Merriman-Jim Campbell 6. Rock N Tony-Trace Tetrick-Erv Miller 7. Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 8. Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 9. Art Scene-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Cranbury, NJ --- The connections of four of the top harness racing horses in their divisions - Funknwaffles, Homicide Hunter, International Moni and Sintra - have supplemented to their Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on October 28. Funknwaffles, fresh off a win in the $225,000 Blue Chip Farms New York Sires Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, has racked up $553,942 in earnings this year for trainer John Butenschoen and owner Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, New York. "He was second in the [Little Brown] Jug, he's made money, and the Crawfords are in this business to race horses," said trainer John Butenschoen. "They watched Huntsville fall by the wayside and a lot of horses in this division raced some very tough heats. This horse is coming off a break and he's fresh." One of four Breeders Crown male events slated for Hoosier Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace will now race for $527,000. International Moni, a son of French stallion Love You and two-time Horse of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Moni Maker also paid the $62,500 fee for ineligible 3-year-old trotting colts. He is trained by Frank Antonacci for the family concern of Moni Maker Stable, comprised of Antonacci's father, also Frank, Gerald Antonacci, David Reid and KR Breeding. International Moni has earned over half a million lifetime, winning heats of the Kentucky Futurity and Hambletonian but suffered horrendous luck in the finals of both events. International Moni was interfered with in the first turn of the Hambletonian and went off stride, and in the recent rain-drenched Futurity final at Red Mile, made a break at the start. "I think the rail hurt him there at Lexington. Obviously, the conditions were less than perfect, but I don't want to make excuses for him," said trainer Frank Antonacci. "He's had a lot bad luck, most of it not of his making, but otherwise has been one of the most consistent and I think the best of the class. We want to race him next year, so we have an eye to the future as well." In the open divisions, Michelle and Al Crawford of Crawford Racing anted up another $62,500 for their 5-year-old trotter Homicide Hunter to start in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, now worth $526,250. Though he finished seventh in his most recent start, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot at Yonkers Raceway, trainer Chris Oakes was eager to turn the page on that effort. "Nothing worked out too good at Yonkers, and the post position (post 10) was the bottom line - he never got a chance to really do anything," said Oakes. "But Brett (driver Miller) said he was good and he has shown to really like the track at Hoosier. He has rarely lost at the track. Over there he has more of a home field advantage and it suits him. The Crawfords are part of it too, they are good about wanting to race, so we are going." Sintra, whose mark of 1:47.2 in the Graduate Final at the Meadowlands made him one of the fastest four-year-olds in the sport, was supplemented to the Breeders Crown Open Pace for a $50,000 fee by his owners, despite a fifth place finish as the favorite in the $250,000 Dan Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. "The horse made the decision for us," said trainer and co-owner Dave Menary. "For a 4-year-old, he has exceeded all of our expectations. I thought I had a small-track horse at the beginning of the year and it turned out he has been huge on the big tracks. Throw out his last race at Yonkers - the post position just didn't work out for us, the horse was on his toes, but he got stuck in the two-hole and finished fifth. I've had it in my mind to supplement him and thanks to the support of some great owners - Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero - we couldn't be more excited to be in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier. I think it's the track that will suit him perfectly." Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Hoosier Park Race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday night at Hoosier Park. Eliminations for all female events will be raced on Friday [post time 6:30 p.m.] and eliminations for all male events will be Saturday [post time 6:30 p.m.]. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. For more information go to http://www.hoosierpark.com/racing/2017breederscrown or Hambletonian.com.

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 13, 2017 -  The top harness racing performers in the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program converged at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 13 for the annual Hoosier Champions Night. With purses topping the $2 million dollar mark, the 14-race card featured the top ten competitors from each division and provided a fitting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes season. It was a night primarily ruled by upsets as the post time favorite failed to deliver in five of the eight divisions in the stakes action. The cool October weather didn't seem to slow the tempo on the track as the evening was also highlighted by a track record and a track record equaling performance. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The action-packed evening opened with the first $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting fillies and it was Meadowbrook Grace guided by Trace Tetrick who sprung the slight 6-1 upset. Stopping the timer in 1:54, Meadowbrook Grace worked out ground saving trip from post nine before utilizing a :27 final quarter to track down the heavily favored O So Easy and Verlin Yoder to get the win by a head. "Of course when I saw the draw, I was concerned with post nine," Tetrick noted after the win. "She's a competitive filly, she's had her share of issues but she is a nice filly. I knew I had to give her a trip and she was strong tonight." Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All-Chip's Goddess recorded her fourth win from ten lifetime outings. With the win, Meadowbrook Grace established a new lifetime mark and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $185,950. Meadowbrook Grace is owned in partnership by Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Erv Miller-Trace Tetrick combination would find the winner's circle yet again a little later on in the program, this time with Rock N Tony in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Rock N Tony refused to lose late in the lane. Holding off a strong rally by the post time favorite, Beckhams Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr., Rock N Tony got the win by a head in 1:51. "He got sick on us a few weeks ago," Trainer Erv Miller noted in the winner's circle. "It has taken us a long time to get him over it but I was confident he would be better tonight. He's a very tough horse; he tries hard every time he's on the track." With the win, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Pandemonious improved his seasonal record to 15-6-3-3. Owned by Anthony Lombardi and Rocco Ruffolo, Rock N Tony has amassed $485,312 in lifetime purse earnings while winning 12 of 18 lifetime starts. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Trainer Brian Brown would also visit the winner's circle twice on the evening's 14-race card, first with the two-year-old pacing filly, Always Woggy. Driven by Peter Wrenn, Always Woggy dug in gamely late in the mile to prevail in a tight photo at odds of 6-1 in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:53, Always Woggy tracked down the pacesetting Voom Or Bang and John Delong before holding off a serious rally by Rock On Ladys and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Divisional leader and heavy post time favorite, Dee Rocks and Sam Widger, made a costly break in the first turn. "She wasn't 100% last week," trainer Brian Brown noted of his filly. "We took her blood, made some changes and I think it really helped her. It was unfortunate that the other filly (Dee Rocks) made a break, she was definitely the best filly in the field but I have to give Peter (Wrenn) credit, he drove her perfectly." Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Soggy Woggy recorded her fourth win of the season from eight starts and established a new lifetime best in the process. Always Woggy has now earned $184,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts The Brian Brown-Emerald Highlands Farm swept the two-year-old pacing divisions as Always Bet De Grey and Trace Tetrick bested nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals for two-year-old pacing colts. In track-record equaling fashion, Always Bet De Grey utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane to find the wire first in 1:50.3 over divisional leader Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn. Always Bet De Grey's 1:50.3 clocking established a new lifetime best for the rookie colt and also equaled the track record set by World Champion Freaky Feet Pete in 2014. "This colt is special," Tetrick noted after the win. "He's fresh right now and he loves his job. He's a professional and he has only had a limited amount of starts. This is the type of colt that will come back even better as a three-year-old." Always Bet De Grey now has four wins to his credit and has yet to finish off the board in seven lifetime starts. With the win, Always Bet De Grey sports a lifetime bankroll of $175,250. Tetrick had four winners on the program as he also guided Churita to a decisive victory over the heavily favored Hannelore Hanover in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. Utilizing a pocket trip, Churita stopped the timer in 1:52.4 to establish a new lifetime mark for trainer Matt Rheinheimer and owner Jackie Porter. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Just when it seemed an upset trend was forming, Swan Chase proved his divisional dominance yet again with a 1:55.1 victory as the 3-5 post-time favorite in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Utilizing his customary front-running tactics, Swan Chase grabbed the lead just past the half and never looked back, winning by four and a half lengths. "Obviously I wasn't crazy about our post position but it ended up working out for us," DeLong said in the winner's circle. "He has really come into his own these last few months and we've tried to take good care of him." With the win, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his 13th win from 19 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won 16 of 30 lifetime outings while bankrolling $378,543 in lifetime purse earnings. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts DeLong followed suit in the very next race of the program, scoring with the heavily favored All On Black in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Using much the same strategy, DeLong moved All On Black down the backside and he trotted away from the rest of the field, winning in 1:54.2 by four and quarter lengths. The 1:54.2 clocking shattered the track record for two-year-old trotting geldings at Hoosier Park, a mark which was previously established in 2015 by Bridge To Jesse's scoring in 1:56. "He was a little too fired up last week," trainer Jenny Melander noted in the winner's circle. "We made some changes, of course having a recall at the start made me nervous tonight, but I figured he would be better. This is a big win for us, one of the biggest of my training career." Owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc., All On Black has now won six of eight lifetime outings. With the win, the son of Swan For All-Right On Renee pushed his seasonal purse earnings to $211,750. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Carol's Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a near gate to wire performance to take home top honors in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies as the 7-2 post time choice. With a final time of 1:52, the Jamie Macomber trainee grabbed command just before the half and held off a late rally from stablemate Always A Z Tam and Sam Widger. "I am a very happy guy right now," owner Bill Matz noted in the winner's circle. "These are the wins you live for and I have to thank the whole team-they all do such a great job." With the win, Carol's Z Tam notched her seventh win from 20 seasonal outings and ninth win from 31 lifetime starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Electric Sparkle has now amassed $269,664 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies The final upset of the evening proved to be the biggest as Furiette and driver Peter Wrenn pulled off a 55-1 upset in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:56.2, Furiette found a :28.1 final quarter to surge past the heavily favored Satin Dancer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the final strides of the mile. The Henry Lunsford trainee was able to overcome the outside post nine to establish a new lifetime best. "I told Judy (Lunsford) in the paddock, maybe post nine isn't a bad spot for her," Wrenn said. "We were able to pick up the pieces, I am actually glad I wasn't on the inside with her. She felt strong coming around the last turn, I didn't know if we could get the win but I felt good about it." The homebred daughter of Valley Speed-Donven Fury is owned in partnership by Judy Lunsford and Michael Bishop. With the win, Furiette notched her fourth seasonal win from 21 trips behind the gate and has now earned $181,630 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 14. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The evening's program will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in Race 10 and an $11,674.55 two-day carryover in the pick-5 sequence. 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. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Columbus, OH --- They both equaled or established a new Hoosier Park track standard in the same week, are diagonally gaited and hail from the same harness racing barn but other than sharing these similarities, Indiana champions O So Easy and Natural Herbie could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. Each horse, one a new arrival on the scene and another who has established his presence over the course of six years, endeavor to enhance their impressive seasons with victories at Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 13) when they compete in their respective Indiana Sire Stakes finals in rein to their conditioner, Verlin Yoder. “I’ve always said with this filly (O So Easy) she was either going to kill me or I was going to kill her,” said Yoder, who co-owns the 2-year-old daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover in conjunction with Eleven Star Stables. “I knew her mother and that was why I was interested in her and I also knew her mother was a strong mare, but this filly would toss herself on the ground the minute you went to buckle the harness on her. All trotting fillies have their quirks though but this one required a lot of patience.”   Linscott Photography O So Easy has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. Scheduled to perform in the evening’s second race, which possesses a purse of $220,000 and includes 11 other rivals, O So Easy will leave from post position six and is the morning line favorite at 6-5. From her brief career she has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. In this field only Custom Cantab, the second selection at 4-1, has amassed relatively the same amount of purse money ($190,486) and trotted close to the same lifetime mark (1:55.3). O So Easy, until recently, was also the track record holder for her age, sex and gait (1:54.3), which she posted on Sept. 12 with a facile triumph in a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final. That record was rewritten on Sept. 22 when Basquiat lowered that standard to 1:53.4 in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes over the Anderson oval. That filly returned to capture a $58,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile on Oct. 6. “People always ask me why I put her on the front end,” Yoder said. “It is not because she is speed crazy or doesn’t come back to me, but with 2-year-old trotting fillies you just have to try to keep them out of trouble and she is still very green.”   USTA/Mark Hall photo Natural Herbie won the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers. The same cannot be uttered in regard to Natural Herbie. The 7-year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Ljanearl has earned $1.12 million, sports a resume of 102-38-20-12 and has captured contests such as the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers in what was then a world record time of 2:24.4 for the 1-1/4 mile event. Despite the horse not traveling as frequently to Grand Circuits events as he once did, Natural Herbie did finish second in last year’s $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs behind Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado and was a fast-closing third to world champions Homicide Hunter and Hannelore Hanover on Sept. 22 of this year in the $240,000 Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park. While Hannelore Hanover returned to become the fastest female trotter in history (1:49.2) at Red Mile on Oct. 7 with Homicide Hunter in her immediate wake, Natural Herbie won a $20,000 sire stakes elimination at Hoosier Park on Oct. 5. He also equaled the track record of 1:52.1 for older trotting geldings, which he shares with I Know My Chip, on Sept. 16 in a Hoosier Park Invitational. Natural Herbie’s seasonal record stands at 17-6-3-3 and he has not been worse than third in his nine trips to the post since July 25. Four of his six 2017 trips to the winner’s circle have come since Aug. 26. Natural Herbie will have earned more than $100,000 in each of the six years he has competed if he finishes first or second in Friday evening’s fourth race, which is a $50,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for older horses and geldings. The gelding is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind Bridge To Jesse's (5-2, post position five, John DeLong) and will begin trotting right beside the favorite from post four. “He is finally getting back to himself,” Yoder said. “I had three vets tell me to stop with him because he had a suspensory injury in his left rear hind. They said he could never come back and be the same horse. “It was so rewarding for me when he equaled the track record after returning from that suspensory. He is a special horse and he loves to race so much, I did not want to take that away from him. So we gave him all the time he needed and it all worked out for him.” Throughout most of this year, Yoder, who is the sole owner of the gelding, kept steel shoes on him and made the switch to aluminum recently. “He has never went in under 1:54 unless he has aluminum shoes on,” he said. “Since I made that change he keeps improving. He was right there in the Centaur (Trot) and he had a great chance to win, but he just ran out of real estate.” Although Yoder easily describes some of the difficulties he had training down O So Easy, the same circumstances never applied with Natural Herbie. “He never wins by very much and I think the only time he did it was by like seven lengths,” Yoder said. “And that was because I tricked him. I tried to do it again when he was on the lead and started acting like he was race driving a ways before the finish by hooping and hollering at him. He just flicked his ears back at me and then forward again. He was onto me and it was like he was saying, ‘Are you kidding me? You think I’m going to fall for that from you again? You are not going to fool me twice.’ That’s what makes great horses; when they have their own personality and are that intelligent.” Yoder is certainly aware Hoosier Park will host the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, but his horses will more than likely be enjoying the sunshine in Florida. “I just said the other day I’m ready to head to Florida on Saturday morning (Oct. 14),” he said. “I checked into the Breeders Crown but decided 12 starts was more than enough for a 2-year-old trotting filly and Herbie is racing well now. We’ll turn out for a few months, then bring them back and hope they continue just as well next year.” To review the full fields, odds, post positions, drivers and trainers for the Friday card, which also includes 10 other sire stakes races and purses totaling more than $2 million, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

The countdown is on for harness racing entries to the $6 million Breeders Crown Events, to be raced Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana.    Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 16, in the race office at Hoosier Park [765-609-4872]. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. Foreign invitees to the Crown Trot must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 16. Regular entries for all other horses kept eligible by the required sustaining payments in 2017 are due Tuesday, Oct. 17 by 10:00 a.m. [EDT] at the Hoosier Park Race Office. Supplemental declaration amounts are listed below. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: Gtd. Purse Event Supplement $500,000 3-Year-Old Events $62,500 $500,000 Open Trot $62,500 $400,000 Open Pace $50,000 $250,000 Mare Pace $31,250 $250,000 Mare Trot $31,250   The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years’ Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. Eliminations, if needed, will occur for filly and mare events Friday, Oct. 20 and male elims on Saturday, Oct. 21, both nights starting at the regular post time of 6:30 p.m. [EDT] Two-year-old elimination races, if necessary, will be raced for a minimum purse of $20,000 each. All other eliminations will race for a minimum of $25,000. Eliminations split at 12 entries. Because there are no trailers allowed in eliminations, if 11 horses enter, the two highest money earners receive byes and there will be a single elimination to “qualify” the remaining eight horses for the final. Hoosier Park scores nine across with the tenth horse as a trailer.     If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. The six Breeders Crown events for mares will be raced Friday, Oct. 27 with a post time of 6:00 p.m. [EDT]. The six Breeders Crown male finals will be raced on Saturday, Oct. 28, with an early post time of 6:00 p.m. [EDT]. For more information and racing conditions visit www.Hambletonian.com, http://www.hoosierpark.com or call 609-371-2211.

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 11, 2017 - The 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 13 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race harness racing card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana stakes season. The annual Hoosier Champions Night will be part of a stakes-filled weekend as Grand Circuit racing action also returns to Hoosier Park for the fourth time this season. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. The two and three-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors. Fresh off her record setting performance at The Red Mile, Hannelore Hanover will be back in action in her home state of Indiana in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. With a 1:49.2 victory in the $136,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 7, Hannelore Hanover trotted the second fastest mile in harness history and became the first female trotter to ever breach the 1:50 barrier. The World Champion and Dan Patch award winner will start from post six in the field of seven with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the second race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old trotting fillies. O So Easy and driver, trainer, co-owner Verlin Yoder will look to continue their winning ways from post six as the 6-5 morning line choice. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover has won her last six outings while bankrolling $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings. Satin Dancer will also put her own winning streak on the line the in $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting fillies in the eleventh race on the program. The Byron Hooley trainee has won her last seven Hoosier Park outings and 20 of 31 lifetime starts. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, Satin Dancer has been installed as the 6-5 morning line choice from post seven. To complement the evening's racing action, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered on the evening's 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, slated as the tenth race on the program. The wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Along with the live racing action, guests can enter at Trackside Club Centaur from 5-7:59 p.m. for their chance to win a $500 mega bet on the selected race of the evening. Additionally, guests can check in at any promotional kiosk to receive an entry to the $10,000 Winner Takes All giveaway on November 4 as part of the Championship season programming. In addition to the Indiana Sires Stakes action, Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park this weekend as Thursday's 14-race card will feature the $73,600 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $68,800 Circle City for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $53,800 Madison County for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $50,000 Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. each night. The stakes filled weekend is part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, Indiana- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in celebration of the 34th edition of the harness racing Breeders Crown, is sponsoring a charitable art show and silent auction in conjunction with Anderson(IN) Community Schools. The auction supports the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Standardbred Retirement Fund. The Madison County Animal Protection League will also benefit. Art of all types, executed by students and faculty of Anderson Schools, is featured in the on-line auction here. The art exhibit and silent auction is open to the public, and will feature original works from local students in the Madison County community. Much of the art, which may include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, woodwork, and more, will also be showcased at Hoosier Park during the week leading up to the Breeders Crown. “We are extremely proud to announce our ART-Rageous Culture For A Cause auction as part of the 2017 Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park,” said Emily Gaskin, Hoosier Park’s Race Marketing Manager. The charity organizations, along with our local, very talented, art students, deserve our support and acknowledgment and we are hopeful that the racing fans will join us in our efforts to support them with the Artrageous event.” For more information on the beneficiaries, go to the organizational websites, www.hhyf.org for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; www.newvocations.org forr New Vocations; www.adoptahorse.org for the Standardbred Retirement Fund; and www.inapl.org for the Animal Protection League. The 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events with purses valued at $6 million, will be raced over two nights at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The Breeders Crown is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park. For more information on the upcoming Breeders Crown events and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Keith Gisser  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2017 - The Hoosier state's sophomore trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 6 as the evening's 14-race harness racing card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-olds. The evening's action kicked-off with the two-year-old trotting fillies and it was O So Easy who continued her winning ways and extender her win streak to six with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Sent off as the heavy 1-5 favorite, O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder in the bike, turned away a late charge from Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn late in the lane to stop the timer in 1:55.1 and get the win by a head. With the win, the daughter of of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover notched her ninth win from 11 seasonal outings. Trained by Verlin D Yoder, who also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables, O So Easy has now bankrolled $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings. The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were up next and it was Always Bet De Grey who turned in his own gritty performance to get the win the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Always Bet De Gray was able to track down the pace setting Rockin Beach and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to hit the wire in 1:51.2. With the win, the son of of Always A Virgin-Life Of Delight notched his 3rd win from 6 seasonal outings. Owned by Emerald Highlands Farm and trained by Brian Brown, Always Bet De Grey has now bankrolled $65,250 in lifetime purse earnings. The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Voom Or Bang held off all challengers to score at 12-1 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With John DeLong in the bike, Voom Or Bang stopped the timer in a new lifetime best of 1:52.4 and ended the five-race win streak held by the heavily favored Dee Rocks and Sam Widger who finished second. Trained by Roger Welch, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Vavoom Hanover notched her 3rd win from 10 seasonal outings. Owned by William C De Long and William P De Long, the rookie filly has now amassed $122,500 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections. With the wins, O So Easy, Always Bet De Grey and Voom Or Bang solidified their spots in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for their respective divisions slated for October 13, Hoosier Champions Night, at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Champions Night will culminate the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program and feature eight $200,000 finals. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 7 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. The evening's 12-race card will also feature a $3,202.24 carryover in the pick-4 sequence in races 3-6. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Hoosier Park Hosts Grand Opening Celebration for New Racing Administration Building WHAT: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host a grand opening and special dedication of the all-new Racing Administration Building on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will start with a dedication and ribbon cutting, and include live music, building tours, complimentary open grill dining, and door prizes. WHY: The all-new Racing Administration Building, a $4 million project investment started in September of 2016, now houses the Hoosier Park Race Office, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) Medical Facility, and the Track Chaplain. Hoosier Park's original race office was constructed along with the track in 1994. As the need for more office and parking space increased, a decision to replace the outdated structure was made in early 2016. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is located at 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson, Indiana. The Racing Administration Building is located on the backside of the property, off Highway 67. Please enter through the Horsemen's Entrance. WHO: Centaur Gaming, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the Indiana Standardbred Association, and members of the Indiana horse racing industry will all be present at the event. 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 Communications for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 5, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Thursday, October 5 harness racing program with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the sophomore trotting colts and pacing fillies and it was driver, John DeLong, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. The stakes wins were two of four wins on the evening's 14-race card for DeLong, who is currently third on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2017 season. Swan Chase continued his winning ways and turned in a gritty performance to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:54, the William Crone trainee recorded his fifth consecutive Hoosier Park victory. DeLong sent Swan Chase away from the gate to get the first call through the opening panel in :27.3 but would eventually yield the lead to the Bluebird Rambo and Sam Widger just before the half in :57. Bluebird Rambo continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4 and looked strong on the front. As the field turned for home the stage was set for a battle down to the wire with Bluebird Rambo on the front and Swan Chase poised to strike from the pocket. DeLong sent Swan Chase up the passing the lane but Bluebird Rambo didn't go down without a fight. Using a :28 closing quarter, Swan Chase was able to stick a nose in front of Bluebird Rambo on the line. Ideal Jesse and Verlin Yoder rallied well to round out the trifecta. As the 3-5 post time favorite, Swan Chase returned $3.40 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, the son of Swan For All-Precisionist notched his 12th win from 18 seasonal outings. Owned by John Barnard, Swan Chase has now won 15 of 29 lifetime outings while bankrolling $268,543 in lifetime purse earnings. DeLong would find the winner's circle just a few races later, this time scoring the 18-1 upset with Amazing Arya in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Scoring in 1:52.1, Amazing Arya found racing room late in the lane to prevail in a tight photo and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Owned in partnership by William C De Long., William P De Long, and Ray E De Long, Amazing Arya recorded her fourth victory from 16 trips behind the gate in 2017. The daughter of Rockin Image-Honey's Luck is trained by Roger Welch and has now won eight of 30 lifetime outings while earning $172,559 in purse earnings. With the wins, Amazing Arya and Swan Chase solidified their spots in the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for their respective divisions slated for October 13, Hoosier Champions Night, at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Champions Night will culminate the 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program and feature eight $200,000 finals. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 6 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action and a $4,980.74 carryover in the Hoosier High-5 wager which is offered in the last race of the evening. 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. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.--Oct. 4, 2017-- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Anderson Community Schools are joining together for a charitable art show and silent auction to support the official charity beneficiaries of the 34th edition of the harness racing Breeders Crown. The equestrian-themed ART-Rageous CULTURE FOR A CAUSE auction will kick off on Monday, October 9 and conclude on Breeders Crown Weekend, Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. The art will be displayed and available for bidding online. The art exhibit and silent auction is open to the public, and will feature original works from local students in the Madison County community. Much of the art, which may include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, woodwork, and more, will also be showcased at Hoosier Park during the week leading up to the Breeders Crown. Auction bids will be accepted online at https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/art-rageous-2923 beginning 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 and will continue through 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. A link to the auction will also be available at HoosierPark.com/2017breederscrown. Jan Koeniger, assistant superintendent of elementary for Anderson Community Schools, noted, "Anderson Community Schools' art teachers are excited to partner with Hoosier Park for the Breeders Crown. Teachers are busy helping students create works of art to display to help raise money for deserving charities. Everyone is excited to see these student creations." Proceeds from the auction will directly support the official 2017 Breeders Crown charity beneficiaries: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, and The Animal Protection League. Standardbred Retirement Foundation is dedicated to the saving, rehabilitation, care, and focus on lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses. Harness Horse Youth Foundation is devoted to providing educational opportunities to the next generation of harness horse participants and fans. New Vocations Racehorse Adoption is an organization ascribed to providing retired racehorses a safety-net through rehabilitation, education, and placement in caring homes. Additionally, the Animal Protection League (APL) is central to the rescue and care of homeless domestic animals in the Madison County area. "We're excited about this unique opportunity to partner Anderson Community Schools to raise awareness and funds for our official 2017 Breeders Crown Charities," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "We're so proud of what our community has to offer, and our young artists are no exception. They are certainly going to make a mark on Indiana's debut of the Breeders Crown." The Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events valued at $6 million, is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park. Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile track, which opened in 1994 and is owned by Centaur Gaming, is the 31st racetrack to host the Breeders Crown. 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

Indianapolis, Ind.--Oct. 2, 2017--At the beginning of September, Centaur Gaming hosted a weeklong fundraising campaign in support of disaster relief efforts for pets and animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Over the course of the week, guests at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino donated a total of $24,890 to be split between the Houston Humane Society, San Antonio Humane Society and SPCA of Texas. Additionally, Centaur Gaming made a $10,000 contribution to the American Red Cross. "Although Hurricane Harvey has long passed, the effects of the storm will be long-lived," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and COO. "Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Centaur Gaming's guests, we were able to send each organization a check for $8,297. Those funds will aid in providing shelter, medical attention, food, and supplies for the thousands of animals who were affected by the disaster." All three animal centers have been notified about the donation, and funds will be directly purposed for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. "I can't tell you how appreciative we are of efforts like [Centaur's]. Without the incredible support of people like you and your guests, we would not be able to do as much as we have for all the pets down here in South Texas," said Andrew Coe, development assistant for the San Antonio Humane Society. In addition to the funds directly benefitting the animals affected by the storm, Centaur Gaming made a $10,000 to the American Red Cross and encouraged its 2,000 team members statewide to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts directly through the American Red Cross. "Our team members step up, time and time again, to support many important causes," added Brown. "From personal contributions and active volunteerism to promoting fundraising efforts to our guests, they really do make a difference in not only our own communities, but our neighboring communities as well. Texas was no exception." Centaur Gaming has on ongoing commitment to support the well-being and safety of animals, and partners with many animal-related organizations including New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, Standardbred and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundations, the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital, and the Animal Protection League. About Centaur: Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur currently owns and operates Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, and Winner's Circle OTB in Clarksville. 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. About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile dirt race course and a seven-eighths mile turf course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winner's Circle Brewpub & OTB located on the casino floor as well as a Winner's Circle OTB located in Clarksville, Ind. Kiersten Flint

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 30, 2017 - With a carry-over in excess of $11,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool for Tuesday, October 3. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the 12-race harness racing card on Tuesday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For the second consecutive night, the pick-4 sequence carried over. Two long-shot winners in Saturday's Pick-4 sequence at Hoosier Park sparked a carryover of $11,038.43 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Tuesday. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick 4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. The Pick-4 wager on Tuesday will offer a carryover if no one correctly selects four of four winners. The USTA Strategic Wagering program, which began five years ago, is a cooperative program among the USTA and its member tracks that is designed to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. 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. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2017 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for the fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 28. The initiative is back by popular demand after Hoosier Park successfully hosted fieldtrips in 2016 as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebration. The field trips will once again offer a hands-on introduction to harness racing and the history of harness racing in the state of Indiana. The event will give more than 600 young children the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn the importance of the Standardbred industry in Indiana's economy. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and volunteers will provide interactive history lessons of harness racing in Indiana along with demonstrations of the various aspects involved in harness racing. The students will have the opportunity to sit in a race bike and learn about the equipment a harness horse wears when racing through live demonstrations. Students will also get a "behind the scenes" look at harness racing through backside tours provided by Hoosier Park trainer, Jamie Macomber. Some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers will also be on hand to answer questions and sign autographs for the students. Hoosier Park will provide each student with a free t-shirt, a lucky horseshoe, and souvenir cards featuring facts and pictures of some of Indiana's most famous racehorses which can be used in the classroom following the field trips. In conjunction with the field trips, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host "Community Night at the Races" in honor of all of the Anderson & Madison County students on Friday, September 29. The evening celebration will include free games, activities, contests, face painting, live entertainment, carnival fare and giveaways. Additionally, Hoosier Park will host an exhibition race prior to the start of live racing featuring some of Hoosier Park's leading drivers paired with three local principals in double-seated jog carts. A free, hot air balloon glow will culminate the entire evening at the conclusion of live racing. 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. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 22, 2017 - Harness racing's superstars were out in full force at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 22 as the evening's 14-race card featured over $1.4 million in purses for Grand Circuit racing action. A packed crowd gathered to watch and they were not disappointed as they received not merely one but four powerful performances in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for the two year old pacing fillies, the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts, the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Kicking off the stakes action, Closing Statement and David Miller made a big statement taking the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With a final time of 1:50.4, Closing Statement recorded his third consecutive victory and established a new lifetime best in the process. Miller made his game winning move down the backside and Closing Statement dug in gamely late in the lane to hold off all challengers. The rookie son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ideal Newton is trained by Joe Holloway and owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Theodore Gewertz. With the win, Closing Statement pushed his lifetime earnings to $138,264. The Joe Holloway-David Miller combination would find the winner's circle just a few races later as Rainbow Room turned in a gritty performance to take the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2, Rainbow Room was rated off the pace through the early stages of the mile through splits of :26.2 and :55.4. Double Mint and Yannick Gingras continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking of 1:24.2 but Rainbow Room was on the attack, first-over. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Rainbow Room showed her grit to get the win and finish three-parts of a length in front of hard-charging Majorsspeciallady and Tim Tetrick. "She's really something special," Holloway noted in the winner's circle. "She's the nicest filly I've had the opportunity to train. I don't have her shod for here so I think she was getting a little tired but she had her game face on tonight, she showed how much she wants to win." With the win, Rainbow Room pushed her seasonal earnings to $311,199 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Theodore Gewertz. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue has now won six of seven seasonal outings. In the very next race on the program, Huntsville and Tim Tetrick turned in a decisive, front-running performance to take the $160,000 Jenna's Beach Boy pace in 1:49.1 Leaving from post four, Tetrick sent Huntsville away from the gate firing. The Ray Schnittker trainee cruised the fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Art Scene and Scott Zeron were matching strides with the leader but Huntsville wasn't finished. Tetrick asked his mount for more and he responded to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Sports Column and Brett Miller. "When he's on his game, he is tough to beat," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "Tonight, he was on his game. He had a few weeks off before his last start so he was a little short but he was back to himself tonight. He really raced tough tonight." Owned by R. Schnittker, T. Gewertz, S. Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show recorded his eighth win from 13 seasonal starts. With the win, Huntsville sports a 24-14-7-1 lifetime record and pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,685,892. Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, a field of ten lined up behind the gate for the $160,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and it was All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley who provided the slight 7-1 upset. Staging a big rally late in the lane, All Bets Off powered home in :26.2 to find the wire first in 1:49. As one of three Ron Burke trainees in the field, All Bets Off got away third while stablemates Rockin Ron and Check Six took turns on the front. Turning for home, the leaders were beginning to tire and All Bets Off was poised to strike. All Bets Off found another gear late in the lane to get the win by a head over a hard-charging Missile J and Tim Tetrick. "He's a tough horse," Kakaley noted in the winner's circle. "I think he's shown that his whole life. I am glad to see him get one of the big wins, he deserves it. He's right there every week racing with the best of them week in and week out." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Panhellenic Stable Corporation, All Bets Off recorded the fourth win from 20 seasonal trip's behind the gate. The six year old son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope has now won 26 of 97 lifetime starts. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a 12-race card. 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. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

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