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The man enjoying the ride behind Kiwi pacing sensation Lazarus says only one horse may be able to stop him becoming the fastest pacer in history. And that would be Lazarus himself. Champion driver Yannick Gingras was still buzzing hours after driving Lazarus to a dominant victory in his first North American start, the pair overcoming the outside barrier to lead for the last half of the US$325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana on Saturday afternoon (NZ time). It was Lazarus’s first start in the United States since being sold for an estimated record price of $4million to Taylor Made Stallions. While he had been the best standardbred in Australasia for two years and qualified in sensational time in the US two weeks ago, any horse traveling to the other side of the world to take on their best comes with question marks. Lazarus turned those into exclamations marks with his 1:48.8 mile. The win has already justified his purchase price because with North American breeders now seeing how powerful Lazarus is in full flight he is guaranteed a commercial start to a dual hemisphere stallion career. That leaves the $3.8million earner with just a couple of major targets that could greatly embellish his reputation — winning at the Breeders Crown in late October and pacing a super fast mile time, close to the world record of 1:46 held by Always B Miki. But while Gingras says that time may be within Lazraus physical capabilities, the horse himself might need some company. “A lot of things need to happen to get down to that speed but I think he can do it,” Gingras said. “I have no doubt with the improvement he has in him he can pace 1:46 and change, maybe even 1:46 flat. “But to do that you need the right track, the right conditions and the right horses to push you. “Tonight he would have gone a lot faster if he had needed to and I think he is a horse who will always find more when another horse gets close to him and pushes him. “So to pace 1:46 he will need all of those things and a horse good enough to push him to that time. Otherwise I don’t think he is a horse who will want to go much faster than he has to to win. “But anything is possible because he had only had that one qualifier here before tonight’s race so he is obviously going to get better and better.” Lazraus’s next starts are likely to be in the heat and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 25 and September 1 and yesterday’s win guarantees him a start in the Hoosier Park Derby on September 21. After that looms the US$500,000 major free-for-all at the rocket fast Red Mile (October 7) in Kentucky, the ideal track to attempt a lightning quick mile. “Tonight was the perfect starting point. He won, we got to show people how good he is but he wasn’t put under any strain.” What was it like driving the Kiwi hero? “It is a real thrill. Driving any great horse is amazing but the novelty around him tonight and the way the race was promoted, and knowing so many people Down Under were watching. It was pretty special.” Michael Guerin

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 10, 2018-- On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true harness racing superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christen Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be and a gift from god." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from his assigned post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine through to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 6-5 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. By Kim French for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

After a speedy opening quarter mile, New Zealand-bred Lazarus was able to take control of the race and lead the rest of the way to capture the harness racing  $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday night. It was the North American debut for down under champion Lazarus, who started from the far outside in post nine for driver Yannick Gingras. The 11th race Dan Patch Stakes started off with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) leaving from post five along with Rockin Ron (Trace Tetrick). Lazarus and Gingras left from post nine and were floating on the outside in fourth place, moving up as Bit Of A Legend cut the mile to the opening quarter in :26.1. Gingras continued to advance on the outside with Lazarus, taking control after the quarter mile. Lazarus cut the mile to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Split The House and driver Brett Miller came first-over and continued to gain ground with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) second-over. As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked Lazarus and they kept Split The House a length off of them all the way to the wire. The mile went in 1:48.4 with McWicked (Brian Sears) closing well to be third. Last quarter mile for Lazarus was :26 second and McWicked's last quarter was :25.2. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus is owned by Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He paid $3.00 to win. It was the third win in six starts (first five were in New Zealand) for Lazarus. The six-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight now has won 36 of his 46 career starts with lifetime earnings of more than $2,788,050. This year his earnings are now $452,113. Lazarus will now be pointed towards the Canadian Pacing Derby in Toronto. Lazarus Interview after the race By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

It's an all-star harness racing field Friday night at Hoosier Park for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The Dan Patch takes place in the 11th race on the program. While it is the USA debut for Lazarus, it may not be a walk-in-the park for one of the top horses ever to come over from New Zealand since Cardigan Bay. Country-mate Bit Of A Legend has raced against Lazarus in the past and comes into the race off a 1:51.4 triumph in the Open at Yonkers Raceway. McWicked goes from post six and he has won four of his last five starts and is rated the top Free-For-All pacer currently in North America. And the hometown hero, Beckhams Z Tam, will look for a big upset as he has returned to winning form and enters the race off a 1:49 triumph. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Anderson, IN --Aug. 9, 2018--Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Arguably one of the most anticipated editions of Indiana's richest harness race, the event will feature a field of nine with combined lifetime purse earnings of more than $15 million. With three Breeders Crown champions, two World Champions, and one international icon, the August 10th Dan Patch Stakes is set for Race 11 with an estimated post time of 9:50 p.m. EDT. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to score his third Dan Patch victory and be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Lazarus N, who is hailed as one of the greatest racehorses to ever emerge from New Zealand, will be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch and has been enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice. The six-year-old Champion pacer was supplemented to the event for a fee of $25,000 and will start from post nine with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. The race card will offer premier exotic wagering; including a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta and a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High Five. A $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on races five through 12 with a top prize of $5,000. Additionally, Indianapolis's WISH TV Channel 8 will broadcast live coverage of the Dan Patch Stakes starting at 9 p.m. Friday's Dan Patch festivities include family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. Outdoor fair foods, including Dal Forno Pizza, FoxGardin, and Sweet Shack, will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is free for all racing events at Hoosier Park, including the Dan Patch Stakes. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Now in its 15th year, the Fortville-based Kammy's Kause has raised over $370,000 for 4p-, also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. A high-end silent auction will coincide with the music festival and will include items like a gas boulder fire pit donated by Fire Boulder, a Saffire ceramic grill and smoker donated by Family Leisure, and more. More information on the Dan Patch Stakes and Dan Patch Festival can be found at www.hoosierpark.com. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 3, 2018 -- He's been immersed in the horse industry nearly his entire life, but Duncan Taylor admitted there is plenty of emotion involved when it applies to Lazarus N's North American and Grand Circuit harness racing debut in the 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday (Aug. 10) evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "When we had the opportunity to become partners on California Chrome and preparing to watch him race for the first time we were truly over the moon," said the CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. "To have a horse like him was a dream come true, but I feel the same way about Lazarus. Like California Chrome he has proven himself, but it is very exciting to see what he will do in the U.S." The world will most certainly be watching when Lazarus N takes on eight extremely competitive rivals in this year's edition at the Anderson oval. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the horse will commence his journey from post position nine with Yannick Gingras holding the lines in the 11th race on the card. Despite the outside post, Lazarus N has been installed as the 6-5 morning line selection. His journey, however, will certainly be impacted by the presence of Dan Patch Award winner and world champion McWicked (post position six, Brian Sears, 2-1), 2017 Levy Memorial victor Bit Of A Legend N (post position five, Jordan Stratton, 12-1) and Breeders Crown winners Beckham's Z Tam (post position five, Ricky Macomber Jr., 20-1) and Split The House (post position two, Trace Tetrick, 20-1). "We realize there are some very nice horses in this field and are not taking this lightly," Taylor, who operates his business in conjunction with his brothers Ben, Frank and Mark and partner Pat Payne, said. "We just hope the horse provides a true account of himself. Jimmy has totally been the decision-maker in all things when it comes to him, but we trust his judgment." Although Lazarus N is not a two-time Horse of the Year like California Chrome, his credentials are just as impressive. Known as the Wonder from Down Under, the 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Bethany earned US$2.66 million while capturing 35 of his 45 career engagements. He has failed to hit the board on only one occasion. Lazarus N is the richest Standardbred of all time from the Southern Hemisphere and the New Zealand-bred established seven track records at various distances while being conditioned by Mark Purdon. The stallion was New Zealand's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is that nation's defending Horse of the Year. The industry received their first glimpse of the stallion in action at The Meadowlands on July 28 when he bested North America Cup winner Lather Up in a stellar 1:48.3 with an effortless :25.3 last quarter panel. "In my experience with Thoroughbreds they usually need about 90 days or more to acclimate after arriving from the Southern Hemisphere," Taylor said. "When Lazarus qualified he had only been here 50-plus days, but Jimmy said he was ready to go and the demonstrated he was. We could not have been more pleased with this qualifier." After Lazarus N appears at Hoosier Park the next engagement penciled in on his 2018 calendar is a trip to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations on Aug. 25. The ultimate goal is the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 20 and 28. "That is the plan (Canadian Pacing Derby) as of now," Taylor said. "In this sport you can make a tentative plan, but it is always about what is the best for the horse. We will just allow the horse to take us where he wants to go and looking forward to seeing what the future brings. "We are also very excited about coming to Hoosier Park. We have never been there before and have only heard great things about the track and the facility." The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana's richest harness race and reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers, will highlight the 14-race card and is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. 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 10. For more information about the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes Festival weekend and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. 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 Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2018 Caesars License Company, LLC. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino B-roll footage of Lazarus N preparing for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park (19:08).  Video Footage courtesy of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.  Click to follow link:   Lazarus & McWicked Broll 8 9 18.mp4    

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 9) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Emily Gaskin, the Race Marketing Manager from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino; Ernie Hendry, the 2nd trainer of Atlanta; Mike Wilder, who will drive in Ireland this week; Dave Bianconi, the Executive VP of Racing at Northfield Park; and Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces. Gaskin, the Race Marketing Manager from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, joins the program to discuss the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes which features the pari-mutuel debut of Lazarus N. Gaskin will discuss the big race and also talk about the promotions that they have going on at Hoosier Park. Post Time will be live from Hoosier on Friday night with a first post of 8:30 p.m. Hendry, the 2nd trainer of Atlanta, will join to discuss the great filly he has gotten to watch grow throughout the year. Atlanta became the 14th filly to win the Hambletonian this past Saturday. The duo will discuss with Hendry his thoughts after winning the big race and where she may be headed next. Wilder will drive in the 2018 Vincent Delaney Memorial coming up next week in Ireland. Wilder will join to discuss the opportunity and what he is looking forward to. Bianconi, the Executive VP of Racing at Northfield Park, joins this week to highlight the 2018 Carl Milstein Memorial. The $400,000 event features Adios champion Dorsoduro Hanover, Hempt champion Springsteen, and world-champion and Pepsi North America Cup champion Lather up. The race sets up to be one of the best races of the year for three-year-olds. The weekly Running Aces segment continues this week as track announcer, Darin Gagne will join the program to discuss the happenings at the Minnesota facility. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will be live from the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes beginning at 8:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Harness Racing Anxiously Awaits International Stars' North American Debut ANDERSON, Ind.--August 7, 2018 -- A field of nine will be sent postward in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 10. In what will rank as one of the most highly anticipated editions of the Dan Patch Stakes, the 25th installment of Hoosier Park's premier event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Boasting an increased purse for the third consecutive year of $325,000, The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race and is reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers. With combined career purse earnings over $15 million, the talented field of nine includes three Breeders Crown champions, two World Champions, and one international icon. North America's leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke, will look to score his third Dan Patch victory and be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995. Lazarus N, who is hailed as one of the greatest racehorses to ever emerge from New Zealand, will be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch Stakes and has been enlisted as the 6-5 morning line choice. The six-year-old Champion pacer was supplemented to the event for a fee of $25,000 and will start from post nine with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. A winner of 35 of his 45 lifetime starts at a variety of distances raced in Australia and New Zealand, Lazarus N is the richest Down Under bred Standardbred stallion of all time with earnings of NZ$3,821,066 (US$2,683,343). The New Zealand bred was named Pacer of the Year at ages 3 and 4 and was victorious in two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall. Lazarus N has only finished off the board once in his career. Also included in the celebrated field of nine is World Champion McWicked who will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn post six for trainer Casie Coleman. With over $2.9 million in lifetime purse earnings, McWicked finished fourth in the 2017 edition of the Dan Patch Stakes and has been tabbed 2-1 on the morning line. The 2018 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes has been slated the 11th race on the program with an estimated post time of 9:50 EDT and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The 2018 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes: 1. Dealt A Winner Tr: Mark Silva Dr: Brett Miller M/L: 8-1 2. Beckhams Z Tam Tr: Jamie Macomber Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. M/L: 20-1 3. Split The House Tr: Chris Oakes Dr: Trace Tetrick M/L: 20-1 4. Rockin Ron Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Trace Tetrick M/L: 10-1 5. Bit Of A Legend N Tr: Peter Tritton Dr: Jordan Stratton M/L: 12-1 6. McWicked Tr: Casie Coleman Dr: Brian Sears M/L: 2-1 7. All Bets Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Matt Kakaley M/L: 10-1 8. New Talent Tr: Jeff Cullipher Dr: Sam Widger M/L: 20-1 9. Lazarus N Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: Yannick Gingras M/L: 6-5 Michael Guerin chats to Lazarus driver Yannick Gingras before his first race in the US. Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta pool will be available on the Dan Patch Stakes along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. In addition to the special wagers, a $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on-track with a top prize of $5,000. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. The Dan Patch festivities will also include a driver autograph session, family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information about the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes Festival weekend and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist Hoosier Park Racing & Casino    

Lazarus N, the world champion harness racing pacer from New Zealand was given a tough welcome to the United States as he drew the far outside post 9 for his debut race in North America in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Friday. The career winner of more than $2.6 million (US), Lazarus N, a son of Bettor’s Delight, was supplemented to the Dan Patch for a fee of $25,000 that went directly to the purse. Lazarus N was purchased earlier this season for a reported 3.9 million by Taylor Made Stallions of Kentucky and is being trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Just ten days ago, Lazarus N, driven by Yannick Gingras, won a qualifying race at the Meadowlands in 1:48.3 in an impressive performance. It is off that mile that Lazarus N has been made the 6/5 morning line favorite in the Dan Patch despite drawing the outside post. Second choice in the race is perhaps the top pacer in North America, McWicked, who drew post six. He is at odds of 2-1 and third choice in the field is Dealt A Winner, post one, at odds of 8-1. Lazarus N will also be facing fellow country-mate, Bit Of Legend N, who drew post five. Bit Of Legend N has been in the USA for some time now and is a career winner of $2.3 million. These two have faced each other before in New Zealand. This is the 25th annual Dan Patch Invitational, which started out with a purse of just $40,000. The Friday night feature will go off as race 11 as the main event of the richest weekend of racing at Hoosier Park in 2018. Here are the Dan Patch Post Positions: $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational Race 11 Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark (8-1) Beckham’s Z Tam  by Always A Virgin (20-1) Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover (20-1) Rockin Ron by Real Desire (10-1) Bit Of A Legend N by Bettor's Delight (12-1) McWicked by McArdle  (2-1) All Bets Off by Bettor's Delight (10-1) New Talent by Mach Three (20-1) Lazarus by Bettor's Delight (6/5) By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Anderson, IN.--Aug. 3, 2018--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to celebrate 25 years of racing with Dan Patch Festival weekend, highlighted by the 25th edition of the $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 10. The weekend will continue on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 with the 15th annual Kammy's Kause Music Festival benefitting 4p- Support. The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana's richest harness race and reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers, is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. Hoosier Park recently announced Lazarus N, who is hailed as the greatest racehorse to ever emerge from New Zealand, would be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch Stakes. The race card will offer premier exotic wagering; including a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta and a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High Five. In addition to the special wagers, a $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on races five through 12 with a top prize of $5,000. Friday's Dan Patch festivities include family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner's circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. Outdoor fair foods, including Dal Forno Pizza, FoxGardin, and Sweet Shack, will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is free for all racing events at Hoosier Park, including the Dan Patch Stakes. The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy's Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday's music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday's music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year's Kammy's Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Now in its 15th year, the Fortville-based Kammy's Kause has raised over $370,000 for 4p-, also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. A high-end silent auction will coincide with the music festival and will include items like a gas boulder fire pit donated by Fire Boulder, a Saffire ceramic grill and smoker donated by Family Leisure, and more. More information on the Dan Patch Stakes and Dan Patch Festival can be found at www.hoosierpark.com. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --The Hoosier State's top trotters and pacers were on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 1 as the Anderson, Indiana oval played host to a stakes filled 14-race card. Six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals were featured on the program and each division delivered some outstanding harness racing battles. It was a night ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who had five winners on the program. The action packed evening opened with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies and Glorious Virgin looked every bit the part of a 4-5 favorite as she overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:51.1. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Glorious Virgin sat third for much of the mile before using a :26.3 closing quarter to record her second consecutive victory and make clean sweep of the second round of stakes action. The 1:51.1 final time established a new lifetime best for the two-year-old filly and equaled the national season's mark for two-year-old pacers. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Glorious Virgin has now won three of four lifetime starts. The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now amassed $66,500 in lifetime purse earnings for her connections at Emerald Highlands Farm. "She's a very smart filly," Bowermaster noted in the winner's circle. "The closer we got to qualifying her, the better she got. We haven't had to make many adjustments to her so far-she has done everything we've asked of her." Following suit, Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn delivered as the heavy 1-5 favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With Peter Wrenn in the bike, Custom Cantab dug in gamely late in the mile to hold off all challengers and find the wire first in 1:53.2. It was the fourth consecutive win of the season and sixth win from seven seasonal outings for the filly. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :56.1 while Custom Cantab opted for a pocket trip. Wrenn gave Custom Cantab the green light and the filly ranged up to take the lead just before the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Verlin Yoder had O So Easy on the attack first-over and Red Rose Swan was poised to strike from the pocket turning for home. Wrenn asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely to hold off all challengers and get the win by a head. "She showed a lot of guts tonight," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "She's smart about everything and her consistency is what sets her apart from the rest. She likes to win now, too." Trained by Christopher Beaver, who also co-owns the filly with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc., the daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model recorded her eighth lifetime victory from 19 trips behind the gate. Custom Cantab pushed her lifetime bankroll to $335,786 with the win. Fresh off a decisive win in his elimination last week, Fiftydallarbill turned in another gritty performance to take home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Overcoming the outside post nine, Fiftydallarbill utilized a :27.4 final panel to track down the pace-setting Katkin American and James Yoder in the final strides of the mile. With regular pilot Trace Tetrick at the lines, Fiftydallarbill stopped the timer in 1:52.4 and recorded his third consecutive victory. "I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Tetrick noted after the win. "I knew one of us was going to be on the front but I was happy to sit behind. My colt has matured so much this year and he just gets better with every start." Recording his fifth win of the season from eight outings, Fiftydallarbill is trained by William Crone. The Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting colt champion is owned by John Barnard and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $601,247. The sole upset of the evening came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies as Neverforgetwhour went gate to wire in 1:52 at odds of 5-1. With Elliott Deaton in the bike, Neverforgetwhour set splits of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4 and held on gamely to get the win by a head over a hard-charging It's Time For Fun and Brandon Bates. The 1:52 clocking was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. Trained, owned and bred by Anette Lorentzon, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Book Babe notched her third win from six seasonal starts. With the win, Neverforgetwhour pushed her lifetime bankroll over the $100,000 mark. The two-year-old pacing colts were up next in their split of the stakes action and it was Outloud and driver Peter Wrenn who staged an impressive rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile and stop the timer in 1:51.1. Sitting next to last at the top of the stretch, Outloud employed a :26.2 final quarter to surge past Ima Real Ladys Man and Michael Oosting to put a nose in front. The 1:51.1 clocking was a new lifetime best and equaled the national season's mark for two-year-old pacers. "That was amazing, wasn't it?" Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "My plan was to race him off the pace and try to work out a trip. The trip didn't work out but he made up for it. He carried his speed a long way and he was very strong at the wire." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Outloud recorded his third win of the season and second consecutive Hoosier Park victory. Owned in partnership by Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, the gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Incredible Kitty has now earned $77,150 in lifetime purse earnings. Tetrick would get back to the winner's circle in the final split of the stakes action, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with the heavily favored Always A Prince. Benefitting from a pocket trip, Always A Prince made his game winning move around the last turn and never looked back. Stopping the timer in 1:49.3, Always A Prince coasted to the wire under a hand drive to finish seven lengths to the good over the pace-setting Shnitzledosomethin and Peter Wrenn. "He's got a lot of early speed but he will let you do whatever you want with him," Tetrick noted after the victory. "I knew I wanted to be close to the front but he's a great horse so I just let him do his job." Trained by Tyler George, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess recorded his 11th lifetime win from 13 trips behind the gate. Unraced as a two-year-old, Always A Prince has now earned $138,000 for Carl and Melanie Atley. It was the third round of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for three-year-old competitors and the second round of five for the rookies. All of the evening's divisional winners earned valuable points for the season-culminating $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Thursday, August 2 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -July 31, 2018- Indiana-sired two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 31 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotters. Swandre The Giant and driver, trainer Brandon Bates continued their winning ways in the second round of stakes action as they scored their fifth consecutive victory, this time in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Swandre The Giant was another open length winner scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Swandre The Giant left alertly from post six but would grab a pocket seat behind Lite Years Away and LeWayne Miller. Lite Years Away dictated first half fractions of :27.1 and :56.2 while Swandre The Giant waited patiently in the pocket. Lite Years Away continued to call the shots reaching the third station in 1:26.3 but Bates gave Swandre The Giant the green light and he ranged up and was matching strides with the leader turning for home. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, Swandre The Giant was able to track down Lite Years Away and hold off a late surge from It's a Herbie and Verlin Yoder to get the win by nearly two lengths. "That's kind of what expected as far as the trip is concerned," Bates noted after the victory. "That other horse showed early speed and he (Swandre The Giant) trains off a helmet at home. He just has unbelievable manners, he will let you do anything you want with him-he's a professional in every sense of the word." With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in five starts this season. Owned by Panic Stable, T. Ehardt, B.Hochman, R. Barone, the son of Swan For All-Adagio has now amassed an even $100,000 in lifetime purse earnings. On the filly side of the stakes action, Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller followed suit and continued their winning ways in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, scoring in 1:55.4. With the win, Grand Swan made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes action and recorded fourth consecutive victory. Leaving from the trailing position, post ten, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth. Ricky Macomber Jr. had the post time favorite, Measuredperfection, pointed to the front and she quickly grabbed command from post nine. Measuredperfection clicked off fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:27.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Savannah's Lucy and Andy Shetler were the first to commit to the outer flow with Grand Swan in tow. As the field turned for home, Miller tipped Grand Swan out from behind cover but Measuredperfection appeared to be up to the task. Grand Swan dug in gamely late in the mile and took advantage of a costly break by Measuredperfection to coast on to the wire six lengths in front of Tatiana Romanova and John DeLong. As the betting publics' second choice, Grand Swan returned $5.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "The race didn't work out exactly like I thought so we had to go to plan b," trainer, driver LeWayne Miller noted in the winner's circle. "I thought we had too much ground to make up turning for home but as soon as I asked her she found another gear." With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her fourth seasonal win from six lifetime outings. The 1:55.4 clocking established a new lifetime best for Grand Swan as she pushed her career earnings to $97,625 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Leslie G. Cahn. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, August 1 with a stakes filled 14-race card. Wednesday's live racing program will feature six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old competitors. 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 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, ID --July 31, 2018--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce Lazarus N, who is hailed as the greatest racehorse to ever emerge from New Zealand, will be making his North American racing debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 10. Lazarus N will be supplemented to the Dan Patch Stakes for a fee of $25,000 by Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. Takter is no stranger to the Dan Patch Winner's Circle as he won the 2015 edition of the race with JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller. The event is for older male pacers and restricted to the 10 highest lifetime money-earners that enter. With the supplemental fee, the Dan Patch Stakes will boast an increased purse of $325,000 for the third consecutive year. A winner of 35 of his 45 lifetime starts at the variety of distances raced in Australia and New Zealand, Lazarus N is the richest Down Under bred Standardbred of all time with earnings of NZ$3,821,066 (US$2,683,343). The New Zealand bred was named Pacer of the Year at ages 3 and 4 and was victorious in two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall. Lazarus N has only finished off the board once in his career. Lazarus N was recently purchased by world-renowned Thoroughbred farm Taylor Made Sales and Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky as they returned to the Standardbred world with a huge splash. The six-year-old horse arrived in the United States in late May and made his debut on the racetrack with a dazzling 1:48.3 qualifying mile on Saturday, July 28 at The Meadowlands. "It is truly an honor to have a horse as incredibly renowned as Lazarus N make his North American debut at Hoosier Park during our 25th anniversary season," said Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "He's taking the world by storm, and his presence at our 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes is a testament to the racing program we've built here in Indiana." When the nominations closed for the Dan Patch Stakes, a total of 26 of the top rated older pacers in North America were included in the lineup. William R. Haughton Memorial winner McWicked, who is currently ranked No. 2 in harness racing's weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, is among the list of eligibles. McWicked has won six of eight starts while amassing $574,561 in purse earnings this season. The Casie Coleman trainee is approaching $3 million in career earnings and is currently the top horse in harness racing's older male pacer division. As an added bonus, the winner of the 2018 Dan Patch Stakes will get an automatic nomination to the 2018 edition of the $175,000 est. Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, September 21 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration. Once again, the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 2018 harness racing season as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval seeking glory in Hoosier Park's premier harness racing event. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race of the season and will be broadcasted live on Indianapolis's WISH-TV Channel 8. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

After making his U.S. debut with a 1:48.3 qualifying mile Saturday (July 28) at The Meadowlands, the next time New Zealand-bred pacer Lazarus emerges will be for real. If all goes as planned, Lazarus will be supplemented to the $300,000 Dan Patch on Aug. 10 at Hoosier Park for his first official race in North America. The event is for older pacers and restricted to the 10 highest lifetime money-earners that enter. The fee to supplement Lazarus, who earned the U.S. equivalent of $2.66 million during his storied career Down Under, would be $25,000. Jimmy Takter, who trains Lazarus for owner Taylor Made Stallions, said it would have been nice to race the 6-year-old pacer on Hambletonian Day this Saturday at the Meadowlands, but the Dan Patch was a better fit in the horse's schedule. In addition, the winner of the Dan Patch receives an automatic nomination to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby on Sept. 21. Furthermore, in the past three weeks Lazarus trained in 1:52.2 at Takter's farm, 1:51.2 at the Meadowlands, and then qualified in 1:48.3. "Three weeks in a row he's gone up, now it gives me two weeks," Takter said. "I think (the Dan Patch) is a good spot for him. If he wins that one, he could race in the (Hoosier Park Pacing Derby). And Hoosier is a good track. It's a fast track too." Lazarus arrived at Takter's farm in late May following his purchase by Taylor Made Stallions. During his career Down Under, Lazarus won 35 of 45 races, including two editions of the prestigious New Zealand Cup and 15 Group One events overall, and finished off the board only once. He earned NZ$3.8 million. On Saturday, the stallion capped his 1:48.3 mile with a :25.3 final quarter. His time was only three-fifths of a second off Pure Country's 1:48 record for a qualifier. Driver Yannick Gingras told DRF's Derick Giwner, "He couldn't have done it any easier." Later, Takter concurred. "It wasn't like Yannick was hard on him," Takter said. "He's a heck of a horse." Lazarus is a son of Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight out of Bethany, who was sired by top Down Under stallion Christian Cullen. It did not take long for Takter to determine Lazarus was worthy of his reputation. "I could feel pretty early that he was a little special," Takter said. "You could feel it. This is not just a horse. We knew that, but you never know. He came from a totally different continent. Everything is different. I've never been in New Zealand or Australia, but everything is so different compared to our racing. You never know how they're going to do. "But a lot of these horses that have come from Down Under have done well. And he was one of the best they ever had down there." Takter was surprised by how quickly Lazarus acclimated to life in the States and proved to be ready for action. Takter decided it was time to start the horse's North American campaign sooner than later. "He feels so good," Takter said. "I'm scared to over-train an older horse. Too much training makes them a little bored at it. Especially the training I do, it's a little boring. It's like a job." As much as Takter appreciates Lazarus' talent, he is equally impressed with his disposition. "I like when you get those nice Bettor's Delights," Takter said. "They're very laid back and sweet, not a mean streak in them. They are just sweethearts. "He's such a laidback horse. He's not a horse that does anything flashy when he's training, he just goes through the motions. He takes care of himself, he's a smart colt. But when you ask him, he's serious. Very serious." Lazarus' schedule could include the Canadian Pacing Derby (eliminations Aug. 25; final Sept. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park), Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Allerage Farms Open Pace (Oct. 6 at Red Mile) and the Breeders Crown (eliminations Oct. 20; final Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono). "I'm excited by it," Takter said. "We'll play it by ear. We're going to play it a little as it goes. It might work out pretty good." Here is the video from Lazarus N's qualifying win https://youtu.be/TOsxouUW7xk  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 25, 2018 - Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, stole the show on a stakes filled harness racing card on Wednesday, July 25 after powering home a winner in 1:48.4 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to re-establish the track record for three-year-old pacing geldings for the second time this season. Notching his tenth win of the season, Always A Prince used a sharp, front-running effort to capture his split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Always A Prince established the previous record of 1:49 on June 29, breaking a record that stood for three years. The 1:48.4 victory was a new lifetime best for the sophomore colt and equaled the fastest mile over the Hoosier Park oval this season through 82 nights of live racing. Leaving from post six, Tetrick wasted no time as he sent the heavy favorite straight to the front but he would have to work for the lead as Just N Ace and Ricky Macomber Jr. also left for position. Always A Prince grabbed command just before the first quarter in :27 and clicked off splits of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Do Work Son and John DeLong were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home but Tetrick had yet to ask Always A Prince. Utilizing a :26.2 final panel, Always A Prince kicked away from the rest of the field and finished five lengths to the good under a hand drive from Tetrick. Do Work Son got up for second while Just N Ace held on for third place honors. As the heavy betting favorite, Always A Prince returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, Always A Prince recorded his 10th seasonal victory from 12 starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess is trained by Tyler George. Owned by Carl & Melanie Atley, Always A Prince sent his career earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. Always A Prince was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm who also swept the four $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for two-year-old pacing fillies on the program with Glorious Virgin, Pure Maid, Fully A Virgin and Lady Capulet. All of the evening's elimination winners will return for the next round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals slated for August 1 at Hoosier Park. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 26 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, IN.--July 24, 2018-- Guns & Hoses - The Ultimate Challenge is set to return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the eighth year in a row on Saturday, July 28. Madison County police departments will once again challenge Madison County fire departments in the annual charity fundraiser benefitting the Madison County Fire Rescue House. The evening includes a series of friendly competitions between the departments and a community fair featuring first responder appreciation, live racing, and more. The event will take place outside near Hoosier Park's race track starting at 5:30 p.m., and is free to the public. Guns & Hoses will feature carnival food, games, activities, and live racing with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to donate to Madison County Fire Rescue House through a Pass the Boot collection and a Give $5 Get $5 free slot play promotion. Additionally, Hoosier Park will make a $2,500 donation directly to the organization. As part of the Guns & Hoses event, Madison County's police departments and fire departments will compete in a series of fun challenges including a Fire and Police Sulky Race, First Responder Tricycle Race, Bounce Horse Race, Donut Speed-Eating Contest, and a Tug of War contest. Saturday, July 28 is also designated as First Responder Appreciation Night at Hoosier Park. All first responders will receive $10 in free slot play when they visit Trackside Club Centaur with a valid credential. "We're ready for the ultimate showdown between Madison County's Police and Fire Departments. Guns & Hoses is one of our community's biggest fundraising events and a great time for the whole family," said Kristin Lennis, promotions and events manager for Hoosier Park. "We encourage everyone to come out and support our local heroes as they battle it out in this fierce but friendly competition." Madison County Fire Rescue House, the organization benefitting from the annual event, provides victims of domestic house fires, natural disaster, or other personal difficulties with temporary housing, assistance, and inspiration in a safe and supportive environment. The goal of the organization is to leave no family without a place to call home in a time of need. More information about the Fire Rescue House can be found at http://firerescuehouse.org. by Kiersten Flint, for Hoosier Park

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