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ANDERSON, IN  - October 13, 2018- The stars of the Indiana Sires Stakes program converged on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night, October 12 for the track's annual Super Night program. Over the course of the 14-race card, trotters and pacers battled for over $2 million in purses and year-end honors in the state. On a night when rain and cold conditions leveled the playing field, the leaders turning for home had a difficult time reaching the winner's circle. Trainer Verlin Yoder was the big winner on the program, collecting three sires stakes finals. He was one of the few that turned a front-end trip into a winning effort, picking up a victory with Kissessforall in the $220,000 Super Final for two-year-old filly trotters. Starting from post five, Yoder sent the favorite to the front and clicked off fractions of :28.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 on a surface that started fast and turned sloppy. Turning for home, the Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie lass cruised home in :28.2 to win by five and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Measuredperfection followed in second and Kota's Swan raced third. "When I got to the half I was licking my chops," Yoder said of the trip and the fractions. "She usually comes home pretty good." The filly, owned by Yoder in partnership with Eleven Star Stables, added her fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Alvin R. Fry and sold for $14,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Kissessforall improved her seasonal earnings to $194,300. Yoder's biggest score came in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman trotting colts. Steering It's A Herbie from post two in the ninth race on the program, Yoder handed Swandre The Giant his first defeat in Indiana Sires Stakes action, trotting to a 1:56.1 victory. When the gate folded, the trainer sent his charge to the lead from post three and posted a :28 first panel. Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras moved from fourth on the backstretch, but had to move three wide around a stalled Airman Kelly to reach the front. Following the leader into the stretch, It's A Herbie overtook the favorite and hit the wire three parts of a length ahead of his rival. "I can't race that horse into the stretch, I had to race him the whole mile," Yoder said of the strategy employed with his colt against Swandre The Giant. "I was expecting him to come to me in the last turn. He came a little earlier than I had hoped." The Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image colt was bred by David Schmucker Jr. and purchased by Yoder for $22,000 last fall. Collecting his third triumph in 12 attempts, It's A Herbie's earnings now stand at $242,000. Churita's bid to add yet another $70,000 Super Final victory to her resume was foiled Friday night by Yoder and his second choice, Compelling. The veteran placed his Swan For All-First Lady Two four year old in perfect position in the last turn, and in the stretch, the trotter headed the leader and favorite before reaching the wire half a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Churita and Trace Tetrick settled for second while Diamond Dagger and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. Bred by Lavon Miller, Compelling earned her fifth win in 14 starts, and her seasonal bankroll is now $91,690. Yoder looked to add a fourth win on the program but had to settle for second best as Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick put away Katkin American in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore trotting colts. The William Crone trainee took advantage of a pocket trip before springing to a one-length victory, trotting the mile in 1:54.2. Owned by John Barnard, Fiftydallarbill picked up his eighth victory of 2018. The son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick, bred by John L. Miller, boosted his earnings for the year to $360,998. The colt's career earnings stand at $819, 948. Besides Yoder's hat trick, the feel-good story of the night came in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing fillies when 11-1 It's Time For Fun crashed the party with a 1:54 upset over favored Voom Or Bang. The victory was a family affair as the Skydancer Hanover-Irwin's Character filly was bred by Lynn Wilfong, trained by his son, Brett, and driven to victory by grandson, Kyle. Friends and family filled the winner's circle to celebrate. "This filly has a tremendous last eighth if you don't have to show her a ton of air," Brett Wilfong said of his filly. "When I saw him slide out second or third over, I thought, 'Oh boy.'" Making her 19 start of the year, It's Time For Fun settled in third along the rail through a :56.3 opening half. Kyle Wilfong would move the filly into the outer flow, third over as the field raced into the turn. Moving wide in the stretch, It's Time For Fun paced home in :28.2 to finish a length in front. It was the sixth win of the year, moving her earnings to $199,040. Always A Prince, one of the best stories of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, closed out the $220,000 final for sophomore pacing colts with his 17th win in 20 starts. Trained by Tyler George for Carl and Melanie Atley, the Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess gelding was unfazed by lining up in the second tier. Driven by Tetrick, Always A Prince raced fourth early on before Hoosier Park's leading driver sent him to the lead, reaching the half in :56.1. The favorite would carry a three-length lead into the stretch and cross the wire ahead by just over two lengths. Shnitzledosomethin and David Miller finished second followed by Just N Ace and Gingras. Unraced at two, Always A Prince has banked $379,500 for his connections. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, he was a $30,000 purchase at the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in 2016. Custom Cantab was much the best throughout the Indiana Sires Stakes campaign, and she finished in style, capturing the $220,000 final for sophomore trotting fillies in a 1:55.1 performance. The Mr Cantab-Custom Model mare, driven by Peter Wrenn, held off a closing Black Mamba As and Todd Warren late in the mile to win by a quarter length. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller finished third. The trotter is owned by trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. A $6,000 yearling purchase, Custom Cantab earned her 10th win in 13 trips behind the gate. She has earned $555,036 over the last two seasons, $340,550 of that coming in 2018. The mare was bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm and Fair Meadow Farm. Rockin Nola, at odds of 8-1, sprung the upset in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman pacing fillies. Guided by LeWayne Miller, the Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore filly dashed a :26.4 last quarter to win by less than a length, covering the mile in 1:53. Queen Lagertha and Lady Capulet followed in second and third. "She had talent right from the get go. We've been plugging away and she's raced good. We've had to have a little luck to get to this point, but she's had talent all along," trainer Joe Putnam said. "We've been getting closer and closer each week. She's been a finisher every week, so it kind of played into our hands a little bit." Trained by Joe Putnam, the filly notched her fourth win in 10 outings. Putnam owns the two year old in partnership with Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot LLC. Bred by Mahlon Lambright and sold for $15,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Rockin Nola now sports earnings of $141,850. Freshman Egomania and driver John DeLong used cover to their advantage and sprinted home to collect the $220,000 Super Final for pacing colts. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude kicked home in :28.1 to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in the night's 10th race, tripping the timer in 1:53. Always A Vavoom, 12-1, and Outloud rounded out the trifecta. Bred by Brittany Farms, Egomania is trained by Shane Bowermaster for Brian Brown. The colt, now a winner in five of 11 seasonal starts, is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and John Fodera. The victory pushed Egomania's earnings to $213,100. Trotting stalwart Bridge To Jesse's added yet another Super Final victory to his lengthy list of credentials. Trained by Roger Welch and driven by DeLong, The Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge to Nowhere five year old annexed the $50,000 final for aged stallions and geldings, completing the circuit in 1:54.3. Closing out the mile with a :27.3 last quarter, Bridge To Jesse's finished four lengths ahead of Bluebird Reverend, with Milford's Z Tam trotting third. "When we put him behind the gate, we know he's going to be there. He does everything we ask of him," said Bo DeLong, one of the gelding's owners. "He's good on a track like this. He got a good trip. John drove him perfect and didn't get excited." Owned by Welch, DeLong, Pat DeLong and Ray DeLong, Bridge To Jesse's won for the sixth time in 19 starts. The victory was the 34th in 67 career starts. Bred by Michael and Randy Wilt, the gelding now possesses career earnings of $793,055. Always Giggling left her connections in good spirits after claiming the $70,000 final for aged pacing mares. Brett Miller steered the Always A Virgin-Giggles The Clown four-year old to a 1:52.2 score, one length better than E R Hilary. Nick Surick trains the mare, owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Phil Wiley and J L Benson Stables Inc. The victory was the mare's fifth of the season. Tookadiveoffdipper and Tetrick took command in the stretch to win the $50,000 final for stallion and gelding pacers Friday night, holding off 62-1 Ideal Ace by a length in a time of 1:51.1. Sent off as third choice in the contest, the Always A virgin-Onceinabluemoon four year old racked up his sixth win of 2018. Trained by Virgin Morgan Jr., the gelding is owned by Jane Cross, Mark Cross, James Hepp and Mike Brink. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 13 with a 12-race card. 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by James Platz, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - October 11, 2018- Sending six horses into a $2 million dollar night of racing could cause nervousness for some trainers, but to Roger Welch, it's treated like just another night. The Illinois native, who has amassed $18 million in career earnings as a trainer, says this is what he aims for. "You coach the team, you've made it to the Super Bowl, and now you play in it," Welch noted. "We've done our job; now it's racing luck." Welch was born and raised into the harness racing industry. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather raised horses, so this is all that he's ever known. Now in 2018, his barn continues to operate as a family business as he works with his wife, Amy, and his son, Ryan. Welch has 34 training wins at Hoosier Park this season and his stable has amassed $540,410 in purse earnings through 138 nights of racing. Welch is looking to increase those numbers in the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals on Friday, October 12, as he sends six of his top horses behind the gate with the hope of meeting them in the winner's circle: Queen Lagertha, Bridge To Jesse's, Tatiana Romanova, Voom Or Bang, Gate Speed and Always A Vavoom. Bridge To Jesse's, a five-year-old trotting gelding, is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes stage. With 65 of his 66 lifetime starts at Hoosier Park resulting in 33 lifetime victories, he's a multiple Indiana Sires Stakes champion, winning his respective Indiana Sires Stakes final at ages two and four. The son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge To Nowhere has bankrolled $768,055 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections W. De Long, W. De Long, R. Welch and R. De Long. "He's a barn favorite and a people's favorite. He's a defending champion, and a champion in our eyes," Welch noted. "He's only ever had to race in Indiana until a few weeks ago. We try to keep him fresh and he also gets every winter off." Another rising star in the Welch barn is two-year-old pacing filly, Queen Lagertha. Once Welch starts talking about the filly, it's clear she's one of the favorite in this trainer's heart. "She has been a sweetheart from the first time I set eyes on her at the farm," Welch laughed when asked about her. "I bought her as an anniversary present to my wife, but a week or so we sold half of her to some partners." The two-year-old pacing fillies have been competitive this year, but Queen Lagertha is not one that should be overlooked. She's named after a character in The History Channel's "The Vikings," due to her resemblance to the beautiful, tough queen. Queen Lagertha, the two-year-old pacing filly, has earned $55,786 this season while winning three of 13 starts. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Wondering Heart has drawn the coveted rail position with David Miller enlisted to drive in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. "I'm having a good time watching her race, and you always have to cheer for your wife's horse." According to Welch, the best quality a trainer can possess is patience. While he's careful not to reveal his hand, he says it's important for the horses to be as fresh at the end of the season as they are at the start. "That's the important thing. That's how you know you've been successful with a horse." "I love racing at Hoosier Park," Welch noted. "I love racing in these races. This is what we work for every year, and this week is no different than a few weeks ago." Friday's first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. 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 on the evening's 14-race card. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. Friday will also feature a $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Handicapping Contest with a top prize of $2,500. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park  

With the 2018 race meet starting to wrap up at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee, Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board and interested horsemen met on October 10 to look ahead to 2019. At the top of everyone's list for 2019 was to look at the signature Indiana Sires Stakes program and how to make improvements to this already lucrative series. Attendees discussed the current structure and agreed it was no longer meeting the needs of program participants. After much discussion, the Breed Development Advisory Committee approved a modification to the structure of the Indiana Sires Stakes program for 2019. Members of the Standardbred Advisory Board present also supported this modification. The new structure will be included in the Breed Development's annual recommendation to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and will feature: Six legs for 2-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Eight legs for 3-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Super Final participants finishing 6th through 10th will receive a $4,000 purse payout each for earning their way into the Super Finals. The revamped Sire Stakes program is estimated to pay out $8.5 million in purses during 2019, in comparison to $7.8 million distributed during 2018. When combined with additional opportunities for Indiana Sired and/or Bred horses, such as Late Closers, Indiana Sired Overnights, Fair Stakes and the Mini Series, the 2019 Standardbred Breed Development Program will offer more than $13.6 million in purses and incentives for program participants. "At the end of the day, this has a lot of upside," says horseman and committee member Joe Putnam. "The board knew that something needed to change to help our breeders and horsemen participating in the Indiana Sire Stakes program," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "The discussion was very helpful, and we appreciated hearing from the horsemen in attendance. We are excited to see how these proposed changes will help the program continue to flourish in the coming years." The 2018 edition of the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals night commences Friday, October 12 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, with the y state's top bred Standardbreds competing for more than $2 million in purses. For more information on the Indiana Sire Stakes or harness racing in Indiana, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

ANDERSON, IN  - Oct. 10, 2018-The 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 12 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2018 Indiana stakes 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, each carrying a purse of $50,000. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the third race on the program with a field of ten two-year-old pacing fillies. Divisional leader Glorious Virgin and Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick have been enlisted as the 8-5 morning line choice and will start from post five. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory is trained by Shane Bowermaster and has won seven of 10 starts while bankrolling $185,250 this season. Driver Yannick Gingras will venture back to Hoosier Park to steer the 4-5 morning line choice, Swandre The Giant, from post eight in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Now trained by Jimmy Takter, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in stakes action at Hoosier Park this season and is currently riding a two-race win streak. Swandre The Giant will be one of seven drives on the program for Gingras who is currently the second leading driver in the country based on wins. The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts will feature an exciting match-up between rookie, divisional leader, Katkin American and the 2017 Breeders Crown Champion, Fiftydallarbill. Fiftydallarbill will play the role of morning line favorite and will start from the coveted rail position with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Katkin American will start from post five with regular pilot James Yoder in the sulky. The sophomore pacing sensation Always A Prince will put his five-race winning streak on the line facing nine other rivals in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trained by Tyler George and driven by Trace Tetrick, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has won 16 of 19 starts this season and will start from the trailing post position ten as the 4-5 morning line choice. In addition to all of the exciting races on the track, there will be a multitude of activities for racing fans to enjoy off the track. Hoosier Park and the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) have once again partnered to offer numerous giveaways and live entertainment throughout the evening. A $5,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will be offered for racing fans on-track with a top prize of $2,500. Registration for the handicapping contest is free but limited to the first 300 guests. Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. Friday's stakes filled card is part of Hoosier Park's 2018 Championship Meet, which features a $5 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 10 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races. To view all of the entries for Friday's 14-race card, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. With a carry-over in excess of $6,500, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Thursday, October 11. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday’s 14-race card was primarily ruled by longshots finding the winner’s circle over a sloppy rated track after heavy rains earlier in the day. In the last race of the evening, driver Andy Shetler guided Hypnotic Racer to a $17.80 upset. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season’s third biggest payout to date this season with a $12,775.94 winning ticket paid out in August. The $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool will be offered in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. The $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 offers a 50-cent minimum wager. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (EST.). Free past performances for the sequences will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park’s website. 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -The Hoosier state's freshmen trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 5 as the evening's 14-race 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 finals for the two-year-old competitors. The evening's action kicked-off with the two-year-old pacing colts and it was Egomania who continued his winning ways to sweep the final round of the stakes action with a win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated good, Egomania went wide around the last turn but recovered well to get the win by a neck over a hard-charging Frontier Telephras and Lewayne Miller. As the public's second choice, Egomania returned $9.20 to his backers at the betting windows. With the win, the son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude notched his fourth win from 10 seasonal outings. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, Egomania sent his lifetime purse earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win for his connections of Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera. The 1:51.4 clocking also equaled his lifetime mark established earlier this season in stakes action at Hoosier Park. The two-year-old trotting fillies were up next and it was Kissesforall who turned in her own gritty performance to get the win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. With trainer Verlin Yoder handling the driving duties, Kissesforall was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to track down the pace setting Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane to score in 1:56.1. Yoder also co-owns the filly with Eleven Star Stables. Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Kissesforall returned $5.20 at the betting windows. With the win, the daughter of Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie recorded her second consecutive victory and fourth win of the season from 11 trips behind the gate. Kissesforall has now amassed $94,300 in lifetime purse earnings. The biggest upset of the evening was found in the final division of the stakes action as Pansy's Image and Peter Wrenn pulled the 40-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the second longest shot on the board, Pansy's Image was uninvolved through the early stages of the race but found late racing room to track down her heavily favored stablemate, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick, to get the win by nearly two lengths. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, Pansy's Image established a new lifetime best and gave trainer Shane Bowermaster a training double on the evening's 14-race card. Pansy's Image lit up the tote board and returned $82.80 to her backers. The homebred daughter of Rockin Image-Pantidepressant has now won four of nine lifetime outings while pushing her career bankroll to $74,050. Pansy's Image is owned by The Emerald Highlands Farm. With the wins, each of the stakes winners solidified their spots in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night has been tabbed as "Hoosier Champions Night" and will serve as the richest night of racing offered this season featuring eight $220,000 finals. Four $50,000 finals for the aged competitors will also compliment the evening's program. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 6 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing 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 - Sophomore trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Thursday, October 4. With James Yoder in the bike, Katkin American turned in a dominant, front-running effort to win going away in 1:53.2 and with it, notch his second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Last week's elimination winner and divisional rival, Fiftydallarbill, opted out of the Indiana Sires Stakes action and has been entered in an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity slated for Sunday at The Red Mile. With no Fiftydallarbill to contend with, Yoder sent Katkin American away from the gate firing from post eight in the field of ten. The duo would have to work for position as Robert Taylor sent River Otter to the front to the grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Katkin American pressed on to the front and took command just before the half in :57.2. Katkin American went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:26 but John DeLong had Got The Groove on the attack, first-over. As the field turned for home, Got The Groove was inching closer but Katkin American wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Katkin American coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Got The Groove. Admiral Dewey and Trace Tetrick rallied well late in the mile to finish third. As the 1-9 favorite, Katkin American returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He never quits trying," Yoder noted after the victory. "He really started coming around about April and has been improving with every start. He goes out there and tries hard every time he's behind the gate." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won five of 11 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $171,450. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:52.1 clocking in stakes action earlier this season. Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American secured his spot in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, October 5 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --September 15, 2018--After finishing second in his elimination last week, It's A Herbie rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 15. Driven, trained, and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie went gate to wire to deliver as the heavy favorite and establish a new lifetime best of 1:54.2. Leaving from post six in the competitive field of ten, Yoder sent It's A Herbie straight to the front to reach the first quarter in :28. Trump This and Sam Widger grabbed a pocket seat while Mocedes Boy and LeWayne Miller were next in line third. It's A Herbie went uncontested through splits of :57.2 and 1:26 as the field remained in single file order down the backside. As the field rounded the final turn, Yoder asked his mount for more and he trotted evenly on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Trump This. Mocedes Boy used a ground saving trip to finish third. As the 3-5 favorite, It's A Herbie returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's a big clumsy colt that's just starting to come into himself," Yoder said. "I knew he needed time and it wouldn't be till later in the season that he would come around. He's a smart horse and has done everything right--just needed time." With the win, It's A Herbie improved his lifetime record to 9-2-6-1. The son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. It's been a great week for the Yoder Stable as they also scored a victory in the New York Sires Stakes earlier in the week with Woodside Charm who shattered the North American record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino with a 1:53.4 mile. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 18 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing 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 -September 13, 2018-Ima Real Ladys Man, with Michael Oosting in the bike, turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Stopping the timer in 1:51.1, Ima Real Ladys Man was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to pull the 8-1 upset and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post three in the talented field of ten, Ima Real Ladys Man was uninvolved in the early stages of the race. LeWayne Miller had last week's elimination winner, Frontier Telaphras, dialed in and he was pointed to the front through the opening panel in :26.3. His lead would be short lived as the heavy post-time favorite, Ollie's Ztam, wanted his turn on the front and made a quick move down the backside to reach command at the second station in :54.1. The quick pace continued as Ollie's Ztam led the field through the three-quarters in 1:22.3 but Oosting was unable to wait any longer and had Ima Real Ladys Man on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, Ima Real Ladys Man had the momentum and surged past the tiring leader, rolling on to the wire finishing three lengths to the good. Tellmeaboutit and Peter Wrenn used a well-timed attack to get up for second while Frontier Telaphras held on for third. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Ima Real Ladys Man returned $18.80 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's been a nice colt all along," trainer, owner and breeder Perry Smith noted after the victory. "He's never done anything wrong and we took our time with him. The trips haven't worked out for him but he has a lot of guts just like his mother." Smith also raced the dam of Ima Real Ladys Man, Im The Real Lady, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes Champion at two. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred gelding has now won three of seven lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $77,186 for his connections. Ima Real Ladys Man is expected to take on Grand Circuit company in his next outing at Hoosier Park on Friday, September 21 in the $125,000 Elevation Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 14 with the fifth and final $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighting the evening's 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 -September 12, 2018-Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 12 as two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals highlighted the evening's 14-race card. They used two different routes to get it done but the post time favorites each found their way to the winner's circle to continue their divisional dominance in the co-featured events. Divisional leader Custom Cantab and driver Peter Wrenn set the early tone and delivered as the even money favorite in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. After a record win in her elimination last week, Custom Cantab converted a pocket trip into a 1:54 score this week. Leaving from post three, Wrenn sent Custom Cantab away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1 before yielding to O So Easy and James Yoder just before the half. O So Easy led the field through fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.2 while Custom Cantab waited patiently in the pocket. Wrenn tipped Custom Cantab and she used a :28.2 final panel to surge past O So Easy while holding off a hard-charging Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller. Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick staged a big rally late in the lane but were forced to settle for third place honors. Custom Cantab returned $4.20 to her backers at the betting windows. The Chris Beaver trainee made a clean sweep of the fifth and final round of the stakes action to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and ninth seasonal win from 11 outings. The daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model has now bankrolled $412,036 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. Custom Cantab will be pointed next to the $150,000 Moni Maker Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters at Hoosier Park slated for September 21. In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, Glorious Virgin and Trace Tetrick continued their winning ways to capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing fillies. With a final time of 1:51.4, Glorious Virgin came charging late to get the win by a neck and with it, record her sixth consecutive Hoosier Park victory. John DeLong had Lady Capulet pointed to the front from post four and she would grab command through the opening panel in :26.3. Sam Widger had Tellitsassymae on a mission to the front and she would call the shots through the middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24. Tetrick gave Glorious Virgin the green light approaching the final turn and the filly ranged up and was quickly matching strides with the leader turning for home. Glorious Virgin reached the lead and was able to hold-off a late surge from her pocket-sitting, stablemate Lady Capulet who rallied well for second. Pure Maid and Ricky Macomber Jr. also rallied well late and utilized a second-over trip to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Glorious Virgin returned $3.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Trained by Shane Bowermaster, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Bound For Glory has now won seven of eight lifetime starts while pushing her lifetime bankroll to $161,500 for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. Emerald Highland's contingent of fillies took home the lion's share of the $75,000 purse as they finished first, second, third and fifth in the field of ten. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 13 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in races 3-6. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, IN --September 11, 2018--Measuredperfection was able to measure off her competition to pull the slight upset and capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 11. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Measuredperfection used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight, three horse photo for win in 1:56.2 and with it, snap the seven-race, undefeated streak of Grand Swan and LeWayne Miller. Measuredperfection was sent away from the gate from post five to grab the early lead in :28.1 while Kissesforall and Verlin Yoder quickly grabbed a pocket seat. Unable to find a spot along the rail, Miller pointed the heavy post time favorite, Grand Swan, to the front but she would have to work for position. Measuredperfection eventually relinquished the lead and Grand Swan led the field through middle splits of :57.2 and 1:27.3. The field began to tighten rounding the final turn and Sam Widger had Kota's Swan on the attack applying pressure to the leader first-over. Grand Swan was able to put away Kota's Swan but the biggest threat was still behind her. Utilizing the inside passing lane, Macomber Jr. found late racing room and Measuredperfection found a :28.2 final panel to put a nose in front. Grand Swan was forced to settle for second place honors while Kissesforall utilized a ground saving trip to round out the trifecta. As the betting publics' second choice, Measuredperfection returned $10.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "We changed her shoes so she was getting a hold of the track better tonight," Macomber Jr. noted in the winner's circle. "That was an ideal trip for her but she is a very honest filly, she will do anything you ask her to do." Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-Kalibrated recorded her fourth win from nine seasonal outings. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, J&T Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Measuredperfection pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the win. The victory was also one of four driving wins on the evening's 11-race card for Ricky Macomber Jr. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, September 12 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing fillies. 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, IN -September 1, 2018- After being sent off at 6/1, Letme Fly Low and Ricky Macomber Jr. pulled off a slight upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1. This was the second consecutive victory for the pair after winning their elimination just a week prior. When the wings of the starting gate opened, Trace Tetrick sent 2017 sensation Dee Rocks right to the front, hitting the first quarter in 26:3. They were closely followed by Katie Can Cook with LeWayne Miller and Virgin Eyes with Sam Widger, and remained in that fashion until the half in 54:3. Once the horses hit the three-quarter in 1:23, Virgin Eyes pulled up into the second spot. In the final stretch, Virgin Eyes appeared to have the victory, but it quickly turned into a five-horse battle for the win. Once they hit the wire, though, it was Letme Fly Low, coming from the outside from seventh place, who crossed the line first in 1:51:3, a new lifetime mark for the filly. She was followed by It's Time For Fun with Brandon Bates in second and Voom Or Bang with John De Long in third, who both fought valiantly for their spots. With the minor upset, Letme Fly Low returned $14.40 for her backers at the betting windows. "She gave the performance I expected," noted driver Ricky Macomber Jr. after the victory. "The half helped her a lot in this trip, but she's just getting better with every start." The pacer, who is trained by Alvin Miller, has now won six of her 17 starts for 2018. Tonight's victory brought Letme Fly Low's lifetime purse earnings to $129,455 for owners Ted Comerford, Twila Harts, James Lee and Alvin Miller. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 4 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -August 30, 2018- Setting a new standard for three-year-old trotting colts & geldings, Katkin American and James Yoder coasted across the wire in 1:52:1 in his respective $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final on Thursday, August 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, lowering the record the pair set for his class earlier this year. The betting public was backing Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill with Trace Tetrick, who had been sent off as the 1/5 favorite and who immediately took a pocket seat behind J S Peyton and Alex Udell, hitting the first quarter in :27. Once the horses hit the half in 55:2, Katkin American came around from the outside and passed his biggest competitor, Fiftydallarbill. The two continued to battle it out through the third quarter in 1:25, with the rest of the field fighting for show. In the final stretch, Katkin American found a burst of speed and hit the wire in 1:52:1, not only lowering his lifetime mark, but also the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings. Fiftydallarbill fought hard for second, with the rest of the field eleven lengths behind. Got The Groove with John De Long followed for third. Katkin American returned $7.00 to win for his betting backers. "He tries every time, and that's probably what sets him apart," driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "He felt really strong there in the stretch." The trotter, trained by Verlin Yoder, did not race as a two-year-old and has now won four of his nine lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Katkin American's lifetime purse earnings to $128,950 for owners Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1 with the $75,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies in race 12 of the night's 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Fiftydallarbill has spent nearly two months at home in Indiana, but the 2017 Breeders Crown champion is preparing for a return to the Grand Circuit following Thursday's $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park. The colt, unbeaten in his past four races, is being pointed toward next month's Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's had a good year so far," said Bill Crone, who trains Fiftydallarbill for owner John Barnard. "But you have to take one race at a time because you never know what's going to happen. "But he's been doing real good. We like him a lot." What's not to like? Fiftydallarbill has won six of nine races this year, finished second once, and earned $153,697. His only off-the-board finishes came when he went off stride; the first time in the final of the Goodtimes Stakes and the second time in his elimination of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. In the Beal, he was interfered with on the backstretch but rallied to finish fourth. He missed qualifying for the final by a nose. A week later, he won the consolation division of the event in 1:52.1 to begin his current win streak. "I wish he would have been in the final at Pocono, but he was lucky that he got up for fourth as it was," Crone said. "He made up a lot of ground to do that and just missed getting to the final." Fiftydallarbill, a son of Swan For All out of CR Dixie Chick, has won 13 of 26 career races and earned $612,647. All but one of his eight career off-the-board finishes came in races when he went off stride. Five of those races occurred last year at age 2. "He's really developed a lot more," Crone said. "He's a real solid horse. Last year he was a little touchy, this year he's real solid. He goes where he's got to go. He doesn't win by a lot when he doesn't have to. He just stays ahead of that horse that's coming at him, and that's all he worries about." Last year, Fiftydallarbill never left Indiana, with his only winning Grand Circuit appearance, the Breeders Crown final, coming at Hoosier Park (he was second in his Crown elimination). In his other Grand Circuit race, the Ralph Wilfong Memorial at the Indiana State Fair, he broke stride and finished a distant tenth. This year, his trip to the Canadian Trotting Classic will be his third Grand Circuit trip beyond the state lines. He also will return to Pocono for the Breeders Crown in October. First, Fiftydallarbill will face nine rivals in the Indiana Sire Stakes on Thursday. The colt, with Hoosier Park leading driver Trace Tetrick in the sulky, will start from post three. Katkin American, who finished second to Fiftydallarbill in each of the past three races, leaves from post eight on Thursday with James Yoder driving for trainer Verlin Yoder. In his three previous races, Fiftydallarbill started from unfavorable posts (eight twice, nine once) and twice competed on an off track. "I like his desire," Crone said. "He goes out there to win. If he's back a ways, when you pull him he just goes until he gets by that front horse. If he's in front, he just stays ahead of them. He's just a real nice horse." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

ANDERSON, IN - August 24, 2018- For the seventh consecutive time, Swandre The Giant and Brandon Bates found Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's winner's circle, this time in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday, August 25. Looking every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite, the gate to wire victory came as no surprise to fans of the two-year-old trotting sensation who stopped the timer in 1:55.1. With the win, Swandre The Giant remains undefeated in seven starts this season and has now won the first three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for his division this season. Bates sent Swandre The Giant away from the gate firing but was followed closely by It's A Herbie and Verlin Yoder, last week's other elimination winner. Sign Here N Here with Sam Widger in the bike was next in line in third, through first half fractions of :28:1 and :58. Once the horses hit the three-quarters in 1:27:3, Swandre The Giant was still calling the shots but It's A Herbie was tracking closely in second and was poised to put up a fight turning for home. Swandre The Giant and It's A Herbie began to distance themselves from the rest of the field who were left to battle it out for minor spoils, some eleven lengths behind the top pair. It's A Herbie tipped from the pocket and made a strong bid at the leader but Swandre The Giant proved too tough once again. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, Swandre The Giant found another gear to hold off It's A Herbie by a length. Airman Kelly and Trace Tetrick were the best of the rest and trotted evenly to finish third. Swandre The Giant paid $2.10 to win for his betting backers. "He's definitely a professional, nothing bothers him," trainer, driver Brandon Bates noted after the victory. "With the horses closing in tonight, I did touch him a little bit because he wasn't paying much attention. He's better off the helmet but with races like tonight, I put him on the front to keep him out of trouble." The freshman trotter has now won all seven of his lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Swandre The Giant's lifetime purse earnings to $148,900 for owners Panic Stables, Terry Erhardt, Brian Hochman and Richard Barone. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 28 with a 12-race card. Tuesday's 12-race card will also feature a $20,000 guaranteed Hoosier High 5 with $6,540.13 in carryover money. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, 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 at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, ID  - August 24, 2018- After being sent off as the 1/5 post-time favorite, Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, continued his divisional dominance in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, winning with authority in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday, August 24 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. With the win, Always A Prince scored his second consecutive victory and made a clean sweep of the fourth round of stakes action. Tetrick wasted no time and sent Always A Prince right to the front from post three and easily grabbed the lead. With the first quarter in 26:2 and the half and 53:2, Michael Oosting and Too Hot To Stop took the pocket seat while the rest of the field waited to take aim at the leader. Once the pacers hit the third quarter with Always A Prince still leading in 1:20:4, the Ron Burke trainee GD Western Joe and driver John DeLong were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the top pair was battling it out but Always A Prince ultimately prevailed, gliding across the wire in 1:49:1. GD Western Joe held on gamely for second while Rockin Speed with LeWayne Miller closed hard for third. Always A Prince paid $2.40 to win for his backers at the betting windows. "He's better off of the front but I just let Trace do his thing," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "The horse has great mannerisms and he's all business. We plan to keep him here for the rest of the stakes season and maybe look at a few of the Grand Circuit races at the end of the year." With the victory, Always A Prince brought his lifetime purse earnings to $187,500 for owners Carl L. and Melanie D. Atley. Unraced as a two-year-old, the son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess has now won 13 of his 16 lifetime starts. The victory was also one of five winners on the evening's 13-race card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick and one of two winners for trainer Tyler George. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Freshman trotting colt superstar Swandre The Giant will look to score his seventh consecutive victory and remain undefeated this season from post five for trainer, driver Brandon Bates. The evening's 12-race card will also feature two Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies and a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -  In just his fourth start of the season, freshman pacer Ollie's Ztam cinched a victory in the third leg of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Thursday, August 23. With Sam Widger in the bike, Ollie's Ztam coasted across the wire in 1:51:1, lowering his lifetime mark by almost two seconds. Before the wings of the gate folded, the race looked like it belonged to Outloud, who was sent off as the 3/5 post time favorite and driver Peter Wrenn sent him to the front accordingly. Outloud reached the first quarter in :27:2 and was closely followed by Melanie's Tedy and Trace Tetrick in the pocket. By the time Outloud reached the half in :56:4, Ollie's Ztam wanted his turn on the front and made his game winning move, quickly reaching the front as the field approached the final turn. Ollie's Ztam maintained his position through the three-quarters in 1:23 and began to put his talent on display. Employing a :27.3 final quarter, Ollie's Ztam left his competitors behind finishing four and a half lengths in front. Pure Rock and John DeLong came charging hard to finish second while Tellmeaboutit and Dale Hiteman also closed well for third. Ollie's Ztam paid $7.60 for his betting backers. "He's good gaited and he's got great speed," owner Wilbur Eash noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "He's been good since he's been down here at Hoosier Park but he was still a little immature. I said about a month ago, though; we might have a surprise on our hands." Ollie's Ztam, son of Tellitlikeitis and Gens Z Tam, is trained by Jamie Macomber and has now won three of four lifetime starts. This win brings Ollie's Ztam's lifetime purse earnings to $55,500 for owners Wilbur H. Eash and Z Tam Stables LLC. Ollie's Ztam is expected to remain in Indiana for the remainder of the sires stakes season. Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 24 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $21,000 Invitational Pace. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

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