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Therl Hensley wakes up every morning expecting to discover the past three months have been a dream. But he pinches himself each day and comes to the same conclusion. "The dream," he says, "is real." Hensley is the owner of Fan Of Terror, a 7-year-old male pacer he claimed for $30,000 in mid-February that has gone on to win at the top harness racing level at Harrah's Hoosier Park, knocking off horses such as past Breeders Crown champion Beckhams Z Tam in the process. Fan Of Terror has raced 11 times for Hensley and posted five victories, three seconds, and $71,125 in purses. "It's been an unbelievable experience," said Hensley, a 61-year-old lifelong dairy farmer from Daleville, Ind., about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. "I never thought we would own the kind of horse that would race in these kinds of races. We were looking for something to race in conditions and he's just got better and better. It's just been crazy. Every week is another thrill. "I literally found the horse I wasn't even looking for." Fan Of Terror is trained by Pete Redder, whose brother Ricky gets credit with finding the stable's new star. "He followed him all the way through the claiming ranks," Redder said. "Once we took a look at him, we all were on board. He had such a powerful move against the horses he was racing against. "I think we caught him on an upswing and he just kept getting better and better. He's getting stronger and stronger every week I train him." Fan Of Terror began this year with a four-race win streak, capped by a victory in the $32,500 Claim To Fame Series final at Miami Valley. He was claimed by Hensley and Co. in his next start. The first time the gelding raced for his new connections was nerve-wracking for Hensley. Fan Of Terror responded with a four-length win in the Open II at Miami Valley. "I was so nervous over this because I never spent this kind of money on a horse," Hensley said. "I said, literally, I'm putting my future in your hands. I about bounced off the walls when he raced. "I didn't think I could have a horse in the same race with these horses, let alone be competitive. It's been a whirlwind. It's the biggest thing I've ever been involved in." Hensley was introduced to harness racing by his wife, Sharla, whose father raced a few horses over the years. Hensley later got involved in owning horses with a friend but focused on lower-level claimers before investing in Fan Of Terror. "My wife is blown away," Hensley said. He then recounted the story about when Sharla discovered Fan Of Terror's price. "She said, how much did you spend on that horse? I said, I can't recall," Hensley said, laughing. "My wife said, I can read a program." Fan Of Terror, a son of Western Terror-Fans Bikini, has won 33 of 112 career races and earned $313,278. He makes his next start Friday (May 31) in the $20,000 Open at Hoosier Park, where he is 9-2 on the morning line. Always A Prince, the winner of 20 of 25 career starts including the May 17 Open, is the 8-5 favorite. The race also includes Beckhams Z Tam and another past Breeders Crown champ, Freaky Feet Pete. "He couldn't quite go with Always A Prince last time, but there is no shame getting beat by him," said Redder, a 42-year-old (celebrating his birthday today) who followed his father, Richard, into the sport and worked previously for trainer Ron Burke. "He's got a really good personality, really good to be around in the barn. He just has a real cocky attitude. He thinks he shouldn't lose to anyone. He goes out with all the confidence in the world every time he races." Hensley gets to spend a good deal of time with Fan Of Terror as he puts in several hours a day helping out at Redder's stable. A day that begins with him pinching himself. "We enjoyed (the sport) before this happened," Hensley said. "This is just like 10 inches of icing on the cake."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 29, 2019--The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 29th harness racing program at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured two divisions of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Indiana's two-year-old trotting filly Champion, Grand Swan, kicked off her three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion and looked every the bit the part of a 4-5 favorite as she powered home a winner in 1:54.3. In just her first start of the season, Grand Swan overcame a first-over trip to score in a new lifetime best for driver, trainer LeWayne Miller. Leaving from the rail, Grand Swan was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Measuredperfection and Ricky Macomber Jr. left alertly to take command and lead the field through opening fractions of :28.2 and :58. Pink Tulip and Doug Rideout benefitted from a pocket trip and as the field approached the final turn, Miller had Grand Swan on the attack first-over. Grand Swan ranged up and was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:26.4. Miller asked his mount for more and she dug in gamely--trotting home in :27.3 and finished two lengths in front of Morairtime and John DeLong who rallied well late for second. Measuredperfection held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Grand Swan returned $3.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "I wasn't sure what to expect off of her qualifiers," Miller noted after the win. "She's been good all winter but she was quiet in both of her qualifiers. The trip worked out like I thought it would and she did everything I asked her." "She's grown up, she's stronger this year but she still loves her job," he continued. "She loves to chase horses and her attitude is what sets her apart. We staked her to a few Grand Circuit events this season, like The Matron and The Bluegrass, if all goes well, we will give her a shot." The daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum recorded her first win of the season and ninth lifetime victory from 13 trips behind the gate. With the win, Grand Swan pushed her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark for owners, Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. In the second division of the stakes action, it was Savannah's Lucy and Todd Warren who pulled the slight upset to score in 1:55 and record their first win of the season. The victory established a new lifetime best mark for the daughter of Guccio-Seductive Lady. Savannah’s Lucy and Todd Warren captured the second division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.   ---Photo courtesy of Linscott Photography Leaving from post six, Savannah's Lucy left just enough to get a good early spot along the rail in third. The heavy favorite, Swanind Fastlane and LeWayne Miller, went to the front and dictated first half fractions of :27.4 and :56.2 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. The field was gapped out approaching the final turn as Swanind Fastlane appeared to be up to the task but Savannah's Lucy saved her best for last. Utilizing a :28.2 final quarter, Savannah's Lucy found late racing room and tracked down the leader to get the win by nearly two lengths. Swanind Fastlane held on for second while ER Kim and Don Eash rallied late to get up for third at odds of 28-1. Savannah's Lucy returned $10.20 at the betting windows for the win. Trained by Robert Reeser, Savannah's Lucy improved her lifetime record to three wins from 20 lifetime starts while bankrolling $70,645 in lifetime purse earnings. Savannah's Lucy is owned in partnership by Deborah Clark and William Clark. "She grew up nicely this year," Reeser noted after the win. "She's a really nice filly who always tries hard. She's been getting stronger with every start and got away up close tonight which I think really helped her." Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Thursday, May 30 with two $48,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The evening's 14-race card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence in races 3-6 and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in race 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

Highly regarded Hambletonian hopeful Swandre The Giant begins his 3-year-old harness racing campaign Thursday (May 30) in the first round of the Indiana Sire Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Ron Burke-trained colt is the No. 6-ranked horse in Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's second Road to the Hambletonian released Tuesday. Last year, Swandre The Giant won nine of 12 races and finished second twice while earning $255,180. The colt won his first seven starts, all in Indiana, for trainer-driver Brandon Bates before being sold to the ownership group of Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables, and Howard Taylor. He immediately tested the Grand Circuit, finishing second in his elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park and going off stride a week later in the $308,000 final. He returned to Indiana, where he won twice on the sire stakes circuit before ending the season with a second-place finish behind It's A Herbie in the $220,000 ISS Super Final. Swandre The Giant, who was trained by the now-retired Jimmy Takter for the second half of 2018, prepped for his 2019 debut with two wins in qualifiers at The Meadows. He competes in the first of two ISS divisions Thursday and is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in his group, with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky for trainer Burke. "We're looking forward to it," Diamond Creek Racing's Adam Bowden said. "He's come back well this year and filled out and matured. He had a few little issues last year and those all seem to be resolved. We went over him with a fine-tooth comb and everything looks good. "He's a clean-gaited horse and he's got a good cruising speed. He's the kind of horse that gives you a lot of confidence. He's not a laidback horse, he's intense, but he knows what you're trying to do with him, and I think that's important. I give Brandon a lot of credit, he brought him along slowly and was able to teach him." Swandre The Giant dominated in Indiana during his first seven starts, winning a maiden and six ISS events by a minimum of one length and an average margin of three. All seven of the races were at Hoosier Park, where his career-best time of 1:54.2 was two-fifths of a second off the track record for a 2-year-old male trotter. "He was a homebody to that point, and I think shipping around might not have been best for him," Bowden said, referring to the trip to Canada for the Wellwood. "We might have asked a little too much of him and he wasn't ready for it mentally or physically, but we wanted to see what we had. We might have been better just staying in-state for the rest of the year and letting him develop against the competition there. But hindsight is 20/20." Swandre The Giant is a son of Swan For All, who sired 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt trotting champion Fiftydallarbill. Diamond Creek was among the owners of Swan For All during his racing career and remains part of the stallion's syndicate. The colt's dam, Adagio, was a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion in 2011. In addition to the Indiana Sire Stakes and August's $1 million Hambletonian, Swandre The Giant is eligible to a number of races including the Tompkins-Geers, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Carl Erskine Trot, and Matron. "We have options," Bowden said. "He can race in Indiana, or if he proves himself up to it, he can go on to the Grand Circuit. You can make a lot of money racing in Indiana, but I think the ownership group is thinking bigger. We'll see how he does Thursday and Ron can make a decision about what's next. We'll let the horse tell us what he is." Swandre The Giant is one of three Hambletonian-eligible trotters participating in Thursday's Indiana Sire Stakes races. The others are Lite Years Away (20-1 in the first division) and Sign Here N Here (12-1 in the second division). It's A Herbie, who is making his seasonal debut, is the 5-2 second choice in the second division, behind 2-1 favorite Airman Kelly. The purse for the first division, with a nine-horse field, is $48,000; for the second, with a 10-horse field, $48,500. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 24, 2019-- With a carry-over in excess of $9,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, May 25. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 11-race harness racing card on Saturday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday's 14-race card saw a number of longshots factoring in, including Free Love and Andy Shetler who rallied late to get up for second place honors in the last race of the program at odds of 49-1. In the featured race of the program, ER Sam and Don Eash pulled the slight upset to make a clean sweep of the $18,000 Hal Dale Pacing Series. Utilizing a :25.4 final quarter, ER Sam was able to track down the heavily favored, Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick, to score in 1:51.1. With the win, ER Sam recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory and pushed his lifetime purse earnings to $46, 873 for owner, trainer, driver and breeder, Don Eash. In conjunction with the guaranteed wager, Saturday's 11-race card will be highlighted by the $20,000 Open Trot. The Open Trot, slated as the second race on the program, has drawn a talented field of six and will feature many former Indiana Sires Stakes champions battling to the wire. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Featuring a reduced takeout of 12%, the Hoosier High-5 offers remarkable value to horseplayers. Just 31 days into the 2019 season, the Hoosier High-5 has twice returned a ticket paying $14,000. Free past performances for the Hoosier High-5 sequence 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 Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator O 765-609-4620 4500 Dan Patch Circle | Anderson, Indiana 46013

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 23, 2019--Tell Me Its Summer and driver, trainer LeWayne Miller continued their winning ways at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after capturing the $18,000 Go On BB Series Final on Thursday, May 23. Tell Me Its Summer prevailed in a tight photo to score in 1:50.3, extending her harness racing win streak to six and also remains undefeated this season. The 1:50.3 clocking established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the sophomore filly. After drawing to the outside in her last three starts, Tell Me Its Summer left from the coveted rail position in a talented field of ten. Unhurried from the gate, Miller settled the filly along the rail in sixth. Sam Widger had Kinda Like Kori on a mission to the front and she dictated snappy, first half fractions of :25.3 and :53.4. Lady Capulet and Trace Tetrick were the first to commit to the outer flow and began their long, first-over grind just past the half. Miller quickly grabbed the cover and had Tell Me Its Summer in perfect striking position, second-over. As the field reached the third station in 1:23.1, the quick pace began to take its toll on the leader. Lady Capulet had reached command turning for home and braced for the cavalry charge behind her. Tell Me Its Summer tipped out late in the lane and was able to put a nose in front as four fillies hit the wire together. Sage Ivy and Dale Hiteman came storming home to get up for second place honors while Lady Capulet battled gamely to hold on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Tell Me Its Summer returned $3.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I really wasn't sure how the race was going to work out," driver LeWayne Miller said after the victory. "I knew she would fight them off if she had to but the trip ended up working out perfect for us. I didn't think they would go that much but she loves to race off a helmet." "Her last start she really impressed me," Miller continued. "It was a sloppy night and she went a big mile. She has her issues but she gets better with every start and I still think there is room for improvement with her." With the win, Tell Me Its Summer increased her lifetime to bankroll to $34,250. Sired by Tellitlikeitis, the homebred filly is owned by Victory Hill Farm. Tell Me Its Summer is scheduled to make her next start in Indiana Sires Stakes action which is set to kick-off next at Harrah's Hoosier Park next week. Live racing action will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, May 24 with a 14-race card. Friday's card will be highlighted by a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool in Races 3-6. Two long-shot winners in Thursday's Pick-4 sequence sparked a carryover of $10,772.92 and will kick-start the Pick-4 pool for Friday. A $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High-5 pool will also be offered in Race 14 on Friday's card. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will offer these signature wagers for the action packed 14-race card that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Free past performances for the Pick-4 races 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 Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

When it comes to reasons for admiring a horse, Wisdom Tree checks all the boxes for Tom Pollack. "She is one of my favorites," said Pollack, who owns the 4-year-old female pacer with harness racing trainer Jeff Cullipher. "She can race on any sized track, she is handy, she is tough, and she is fast. She is one of those horses that does everything right. It's hard to not love her." Last year, Wisdom Tree won 11 of 18 races, including the Nadia Lobell Stakes and New York Sire Stakes championship, and earned $436,111. On Wednesday (May 22), she will make her first start of 2019 against eight rivals in the $20,000 open for pacing fillies and mares at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Wisdom Tree, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, will start from post five with driver Sam Widger. Pollack and Cullipher had hoped to race Wisdom Tree earlier this month in the Sam "Chip" Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway, but the mare's return to action was delayed because of illness. "It took maybe a couple extra weeks to get her back," Pollack said. "We just took our time. She's qualified twice and she was sharp in both of those (winning the first in 1:54.1 and the second in 1:52.3, both at Hoosier). She's refreshed and good and ready to go." Wisdom Tree is a daughter of Betterthancheddar out of Wisdom. She was purchased for $28,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. Pollack co-owned Wisdom Tree's half-brother Rich Wisdom, who was a stakes winner, and her family also includes stakes-winner Allamerican Captor. As a 2-year-old, Wisdom Tree went off stride in three of her first six races, but then had three wins and a second in her last five starts of the campaign. Her only misstep during that span came when she made a break from post eight in the New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. She ended her season with a win over 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.4 at Hoosier. "You could tell she had it in her, she just made a few breaks at the wrong times," Pollack said. "We kind of knew (after her season finale at Hoosier) that if she matured, she would be something to be reckoned with. Sure enough, she was." At 3, Wisdom Tree debuted with a seventh-place finish before reeling off four consecutive victories. The win streak came during a five-month span that saw Wisdom Tree, who spent her time in New York with trainer Ed Hart, capture 11 of 13 starts overall. After winning the New York Sire Stakes championship, she finished second in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial and third in both the Courageous Lady and a division of the Pegasus. The season concluded with a fifth-place finish in a division of the Circle City. "She cut the mile (in the Garnsey) that went (1):47.3 and it took a lot out of her, I guess," Pollack said. "The last start at Hoosier she really was tired and told us so. In hindsight, we went a little too far with her. But overall, she was a wonderful horse and it was a fun ride for sure." Pollack is hoping for another fun ride this year. Wisdom Tree is staked to several Grand Circuit races, including the Lady Liberty and Golden Girls at The Meadowlands and the Allerage Mare Pace at Red Mile. "There are some good mares, and good 4-year-old mares out there, so it's going to be a competitive bunch," Pollack said. "She's going to have to step up her game for sure. But if she can compete at a relatively high level, we'll definitely keep going with her." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 17, 2019-- Always A Prince and driver Trace Tetrick turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Pace, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 17. Stopping the timer in 1:48.1, Always A Prince established a new lifetime best in just the third start of his four-year-old campaign and equaled the track record for older pacing geldings at Harrah's Hoosier Park in the process. It was also the fastest mile of the 2019 season through the first 33 nights of racing. The 1:48.1 clocking equaled the mark previously established by Split The House and Brett Miller in the $421,00 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Hoosier Park in October of 2017. Always A Prince also holds the track record for three-year-old pacing geldings with a 1:48.3 score in stakes action last season. In a race marred by scratches, Always A Prince coasted off the gate from post four while a host of others left aggressively for the front. Docdor Friskie and Brandon Bates won the early battle for position and lead the field to the first quarter in a snappy :26.3 with Endeavor and Mike Oosting opting for a pocket trip. Tetrick wouldn't wait long and gave Always A Prince his marching orders as the field straightened away down the backside. Always A Prince quickly took command just before the half in :54.2 and never looked back. Hitting the three-quarters in 1:22, Always A Prince was on top by two and his lead was ever-increasing. Fan of Terror and John DeLong, who won the Open Pace last week, were the first to take aim but were no match for the leader. Utilizing a :26.1 final panel, Always A Prince powered home to finish three lengths to the good and was well in hand at the wire. Fan of Terror rallied gamely to finish second while Docdor Friskie held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Always A Prince returned $3.00 to his backers at the betting windows. "I can't say that I am surprised but I was not expecting a 1:48 mile tonight," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "He has that kind of speed and that was a nice field of horses but I didn't think he would have to go that much tonight. He's a great horse and does what he has to do." Unraced as a two-year-old, Always A Prince made up for lost times last season--bankrolling $492,875 in purse earnings and securing Indiana's 2018 Pacer of the Year title. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess recorded his 20th lifetime win from 25 trips behind the gate. "We haven't figured out where we are going next," George continued. "We will probably try to get another start here. He's got the Battle of Lake Erie but we'll see how it goes." The win with Always A Prince was one of three winners on the card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Tetrick also scored with fan-favorite and World Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the last race on the program. Staging his customary late rally in the lane, Freaky Feet Pete surged past his rivals to stop the timer in 1:49.4 and record his second consecutive victory. Indiana Sire Stakes Champions were out in full force on the evening's 14-race card as Indiana's 2018 champion two-year-old pacing colt, Egomania, also found the winner's circle in the first start of his three-year-old campaign. Driven by John DeLong and trained by Brian Brown, Egomania came storming home to stop the timer in 1:50.3 to establish a new lifetime best. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, May 18 with an 11-race card and begin at an adjusted post time of 7:10 pm. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 16, 2019-- With a carry-over in excess of $14,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $40,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Friday, May 17. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 14-race card on Friday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. After heavy rain in the area produced a sloppy racing surface, Thursday's 14-race card saw a number of harness racing longshots finding the winner's circle, including Rock Solid Image and Brandon Bates who found the wire first and paid $26.80 to win in the last race of the program. In conjunction with the guaranteed wager, Friday's 14-race card will be highlighted by two divisions of the Hal Dale Pacing Series and a $20,000 Open Pace. The Open Pace, slated as the twelfth race on the program, has drawn a talented field of eight and will feature a stellar matchup between Indiana's 2018 Pacer of the Year, Always A Prince and last week's Open Pace winner, Fan of Terror. Always A Prince, who most recently finished third in a leg of The Graduate Series at The Meadowlands, returns to Harrah's Hoosier Park and has been enlisted as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 from post seven with Trace Tetrick in the bike for trainer Tyler George. After equaling the fastest mile of the season and establishing a new lifetime best of 1:49.3 at the age of seven last week, Fan of Terror is in the midst of a banner year and will look to record the third win in his last four starts at the Open level from post eight for trainer Peter Redder. Fan of Terror has been installed at 9-2 on the morning line. Friday's 14-race card will also include local, fan-favorite, World Champion Freaky Feet Pete who is set to make his fourth start of the year after a dominant 1:50.4 score at Hoosier Park last week. Trace Tetrick will steer the career winner of $1.5 million from post seven in Race 14 for trainer Marty Rheinheimer. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Featuring a reduced takeout of 12%, the Hoosier High-5 offers remarkable value to horseplayers. Just 31 days into the 2019 season, the Hoosier High-5 has twice returned a ticket paying $14,000. Free past performances for the Hoosier High-5 sequence 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 Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

At the age of 81, Dan Graber says he’s been “up and down the pike a few times.” What he’s never been, at least to this point, is on the road to the Hambletonian. The Indiana resident is hoping this could be the year with his homebred trotter DG’s Caviar, who is undefeated in three races this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. DG’s Caviar is the 1-5 morning-line favorite in Wednesday’s $15,000 final of the Cardinal Series at Hoosier. Graber knows it’s a long way from a conditioned series for non-winners of one race to the sport’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters, but DG’s Caviar has impressed him from day one. “I can’t believe what kind of horse I got,” said Graber, who lives in Shipshewana and has been around horses since his childhood. “I started jogging him (just prior to him turning age 2) and I saw right away he was something special. It was just the way he went, and he wanted to go, and he was absolutely perfectly gaited. “I like the way he’s built and the way he can go. He’s a beautiful horse and he’s smart. He’s a nice horse. Everybody likes him. He’s a perfect mannered horse except for one thing; he doesn’t like you to play with his ears. I have a certain way I have to get the bridle on him. Other than that, he’s perfect.” DG’s Caviar is a son of Graber’s stallion Prime Time Caviar, who passed away two years ago, and his 20-year-old mare Dazzling Kosmos, who is no longer able to be bred. Graber also was the breeder of Prime Time Caviar, who won five races and had a mark of 1:57.2 despite battling health issues in his limited career. “He was a much faster horse than his record,” Graber said. Graber was introduced to Standardbreds when his father bought a retired pacer for the family’s 200-acre farm. “We farmed with horses,” said Graber, who grew up Amish. “We used to breed our buggy mare to the stallion, Herbert Patch. They were tough.” When he was in his early 20s, Graber drove in a harness race for the first time at a county fair. “I was working in construction and quit my job,” Graber said. “I had this pacing mare, Patsys Blue Ribbon. In our first race, I was in front at the half but I got beat. “The next day, I was back at my construction job,” he added, laughing. Graber continued in the construction business for a while before embarking on a 55-year career as a farrier. He also continued to drive in races, until 2015, and train horses on his own half-mile track. The only horse he has trained in the past two years is DG’s Caviar. “I’ve had a lot of experience in this business, both shoeing and training,” Graber said. “I’ve been up and down the pike a few times.” Last year, DG’s Caviar went off stride in all three of his races, but was discovered to have an undescended testicle, which was removed. “People told me the best thing I could do for the horse was to turn him out and let him mature and develop,” Graber said. “It was hard for me to do, but I did it, and I got a nice horse.” So far this year, DG’s Caviar has won each of his starts by a minimum of 2-3/4 lengths. His best win time of 1:56 is tied for 22nd among all 3-year-old trotters this season. In addition to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, DG’s Caviar is eligible to the Old Oaken Bucket, Circle City, and Indiana Sire Stakes. “Hopefully he can get to the Hambletonian, but he’s going to have to prove himself before that happens,” Graber said. “Naturally I’d like to keep on winning. That’s what everybody wants, right? I hope he keeps right on going.” Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The card also includes the finals of the Mya Tri and Chad E. Carlton Trotting Series plus the second appearance of the year for 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill in the Open Trot. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--April 16, 2019-- With a carry-over in excess of $8,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $30,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Wednesday, April 17. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 12-race card on Wednesday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday's 12-race card saw a number of longshots finding the winner's circle, including Cantdancewithoutgin and LeWayne Miller who found the wire first at odds of 99-1 in the last race of the program. The 3-year-old filly, trained by Larry King, staged a big rally late in the lane to get up in the final strides of the mile to record her first lifetime victory in eleven career starts. The Pick-5 also went unsolved resulting in a $3,452.07 carryover for Wednesday. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah's Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for one of the biggest payouts to date last season with a $12,775.94 winning ticket paid out. Free past performances for the Hoosier High-5 sequence 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 Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.—April 11, 2019— After a successful season in 2018, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the return of First Turn Stable, a fractional ownership opportunity, for the 2019 live harness racing season. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and educate for future ownership endeavors. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will begin taking new membership sign-ups on April 15. First Turn Stable gives racing fans a chance to learn about horse ownership first-hand. The fractional ownership program, established in 2016, gives harness racing fans hands-on ownership experience from April to November for a one-time $250 buy-in. Since its debut in 2016, the program’s popularity has only grown, making the 65 membership spots highly sought after. “First Turn Stable is now in its fourth year, and the excitement continues to grow as evidenced by the eagerness of members to join the stable,” says Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. “We are very proud to offer this opportunity to racing fans once again and want to send best wishes to all club members for a most successful 2019 season.” For 2019, trainer Jamie Macomber will once again serve as trainer for First Turn Stable. After working in the industry her entire life, Macomber recently launched her own stable and has a Breeders Crown title from 2017 with Beckhams Z Tam to her credit along with tying to be Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2017 leading trainer. In addition to the 2017 Breeders Crown victory, horses from the Macomber stable recorded 110 wins and earned more than $1.2 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day meet at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 2018. In 2018, First Turn Stable were the proud owners of a four-year-old pacing gelding named Vintage Grand for a majority of the 2018 season. Vintage Grand brought the First Turn Stable members into the Harrah’s Hoosier Park winner’s circle three times throughout the season. While Macomber doesn’t have a horse picked out for the stable just yet, members are hopeful for another action-packed season. Member Matt Weyand of Yorktown IN is thankful for the opportunities First Turn Stable has brought him. “It’s great having direct access to a trainer and other industry professionals,” Weyand noted. “First Turn provides a community to network with other like-minded individuals and trainers to provide the chance to learn more about racing in general. It’s also great getting pictures taken with a winning horse. We have loved our time with First Turn Stable.” The program provides interactive social media pages, weekly e-mail updates and monthly financials that will be shared with members to provide a transparent and behind-the-scenes look into the real cost of owning a racehorse.  Members will also have the opportunity to watch morning training routines and will have the opportunity to interact with the trainer and driver after each race. Seminars and meet-and-greets with a variety of industry professionals will also be available to stable members throughout the 2019 racing season. At the end of the racing season, the horse’s winnings and costs will be calculated and any profit will be split amongst the 65 owners. If the season results in a financial loss, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will offset the figure to bring the season to a breakeven for the participants. For more information on First Turn Stable and to see updates about the program throughout the season, visit Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website by clicking here or find First Turn Stable on Facebook. Live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off on a Friday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming its usual Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season.   Rose Flood

ANDERSON, Ind.--March 30, 2019 -- After a successful opening night of the 2019 live harness racing season on Friday, March 29, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence when live racing resumes on Thursday, April 4. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved on both Friday and Saturday as longshots prevailed and put an interesting spin on the opening weekend action. An $11,707.42 carry-over will kick-start the $30,000 Guaranteed Pool set for Thursday. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for Thursday's 13-race card. Three divisions of the $12,500 Donnie Conrad Memorial Trot and three divisions of the $12,500 Rosie Harness Memorial Pace will highlight Thursday's action. The Pick-4 begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:06 p.m. (est.). Free past performances for the Pick-4 will be available on the United States Trotting Association website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on Hoosier Park's website and The United States Trotting Association's website. Officials with Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were forced to cancel the remainder of the Saturday's live racing card after six races due to inclement weather. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule next week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the entirety of the meet which concludes Nov. 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. About Harrah's Hoosier Park Harrah's Hoosier Park, 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. Harrah's Hoosier Park, 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.HarrahsHoosierPark.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) ©2019 Caesars License Company, LLC. Emily Ratcliff  |  Race Marketing Manager and Commentator             Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator O 765-609-4620 4500 Dan Patch Circle | Anderson, Indiana 46013      

Exciting Additions to Harrah's Hoosier Park Programming Unveiled in 2019 ANDERSON, Ind.--March 28, 2019--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off the 26th season of live harness racing on Friday, March 29 with a total of 14-races, highlighted by full fields and quality racing. A total of 128 horses have been entered for the season opener that includes eight races dedicated to the newly formed Harrah's Hoosier Park Claiming Challenge. First post is 6:30 p.m. All of Harrah's Hoosier Park's familiar betting options are back, with a few exciting additions and updates for the 2019 season. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Hoosier Park will feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta in race 10 on Wednesday nights and a $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool on Thursday nights in races 3 through 6. New for 2019, Harrah's Hoosier Park is proud to offer ta $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool every night during the month of April. With an industry low takeout of 12% and a minimum wager of 20 cents, the Hoosier High-5, which requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in a race in exact order, will be offered on the last race each night, provided there are at least seven entrants. If there are no winning tickets sold, the net money wagered that day will be carried over to the next day's Hoosier High-5 pool. "From the most sophisticated of handicappers to the most novice of bettors, Harrah's Hoosier Park is pleased to be offering a variety of wagering opportunities that any racing fan will be comfortable with," said Rick Moore, Harrah's Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing. Harrah's Hoosier Park will also add Head-To-Head wagering, which provides bettors the opportunity to handicap inner-race match-ups, to the wagering menu on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the live racing season. The Head-To-Head wager, which will roll out on Friday, April 5, will feature a $2 minimum and is designed to offer matchups with a theoretical 50/50 chance of winning. Additionally, Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide racing fans the opportunity to "Bet With The Expert" on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the season. Like the Head-To-Head wager, the Bet With the Expert promotion was designed with the beginner bettor in mind. This promotion will allow guests to leave the handicapping to the in-house handicappers who will supply a variety of wagers for the evening's live racing card with the cost of the tickets not to exceed $20. Harrah's Hoosier Park will once again offer a free handicapping contest each night of the week for on-track customers. In addition, racing fans will receive double Reward Credits for wagering on live races at both Indiana Grand and Harrah's Hoosier Park when they wager using their Caesars Rewards card, which can be used for complementary offers throughout the season. There will be fun and excitement for both the casual and serious racing fans. Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a free, live racing program online on Saturdays in April and May along with featuring several handicapping tools for those that are new to the sport of harness racing. Harrah's Hoosier Park will once again place an emphasis on an expanded social media campaign to raise awareness and engagement around this year's racing season. Racing fans will have the ability to ask questions, post comments and participate in promotions using social media. Utilizing the hashtag #PlayHP, racing fans and participants are encouraged to follow Harrah's Hoosier Park on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information and promotions. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 9. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will feature 160 days of live racing and will be headlined the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 9. The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000, which annually attracts the top older pacers in North America. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind.--March 27, 2019--Coming off a silver anniversary year, Harrah's Hoosier Park is set to open its 26th season of world-renowned harness racing with a special Fan Appreciation Celebration on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. An opening night 14-race card, exclusive giveaways, contests, promotions, and free entertainment will highlight the weekend of racing. "As soon as our athletes cross the finish line in the last race of the year, we hit the ground running for the upcoming season." said Rick Moore, Harrah's Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing. "We've planned our 2019 season with the mentality that everything has to be bigger, better, and bolder. We have a great weekend, and season ahead, and can't wait to welcome back our race fans to celebrate another year of championship racing." As a part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, the first 500 guests to visit Trackside Caesars Rewards on Friday, March 29 starting at 4:30 p.m. will receive an official 2019 live racing hooded sweatshirt. Fan-tastic Fridays will also return to Harrah's Hoosier Park with $1 draft beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the Bet Against The Boss handicapping contest for a chance to win up to $500. Both Friday and Saturday will feature $100 MegaBet drawings, where five winners will be drawn each night to place a $100 win bet on a selected race on the program. Guests can enter to win at any Trackside Rewards kiosk from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m. each night and winners must be present to win. Friday night will also feature a $20,000 Shamrock N Roll giveaway, with drawings between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Building upon the popular "Family-Fun" themed activities and events started last season, Family Fun Saturdays will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park this Saturday and continue throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Activities will include live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. The official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will be on hand to entertain and excite. Saturday night will also feature the Mow Money giveaway finale. Guests can enter to win their share of $25,000 in free play and John Deere prizes, with drawings between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Free entertainment in The Terrace Showroom will top off each night with Stella Luna and The Satellites performing at the conclusion of live racing on Friday and Password Reset performing at the conclusion of live racing on Saturday. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will feature 160 days of live racing and will be headlined the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 9. The Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000, which annually attracts the top older pacers in North America. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday and Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 9.   Emily Gaskin

Anderson, Ind.--March 16, 2019-- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host an on-site job fair on Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level of the racetrack grandstands. The event will provide applicants the opportunity to meet with Harrah's Hoosier Park personnel to discuss potential job opportunities. Representatives from many of the departments will be on hand to explain specific job duties and responsibilities and conduct on-the-spot interviews. Hiring departments include Food & Beverage, Finance, Electronic Games, Marketing, Facilities, Security, Audio Visual, Racing, Retail, Catering, Landscaping, and more. "We will accept applications and offer on-site interviews for open positions during both job fair sessions," said Carrisse Hull, director of human resources. "This is a great opportunity to get involved in a fun, fast-paced environment that has become one of the top entertainment destinations in Central Indiana. If you're in the job market, we encourage you to come out and talk with us." Job openings are available in the Careers section of www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com. Harrah's Hoosier Park is an equal opportunity employer. About Harrah's Hoosier Park Harrah's Hoosier Park, 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. Harrah's Hoosier Park, 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) ©2019 Caesars License Company, LLC. Kiersten Flint  

ANDERSON, Ind.--February 25, 2019--With the return of live harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino just over a month away, preparations for the 2019 season are underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, March 29 with a daily post time of 6:30 p.m. Horses don't arrive for a little over a week, but the Harrah's Hoosier Park team has been hard at work to get ready for 2019. The most notable upgrade to the backside for 2019 is the new Track Maintenance building, which recently finished construction. The new building is located just inside the stable gate on the backside and will house all of the track and backside equipment. The Track Maintenance Building features 14,000 square feet of open equipment storage, a sizable two bay workshop with a spacious mezzanine, offices, a break room for employees and a reception area. "The new building opened for business on February 7 to the delight of the Backside Maintenance crews," Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore noted. "The $3.5 million project was started under the auspices of Centaur Gaming but upon the change in ownership Caesars Entertainment quickly committed to finishing the project. It's a great addition to the backside that not only looks beautiful, but provides an efficient work space for our backside maintenance crew." The paddock area and backside also underwent improvements in preparation for the upcoming season. The dormitories have been undergoing renovations and are expected to be completed in early spring. The first floor dormitory restrooms were completely redone with all new toilets and new sinks, including deeper sinks for dishwashing. New shower stalls were also installed with individual bays. All of the rooms have been freshly painted and have freshly waxed floors upon occupancy. When horsemen arrive to the backside they will also be welcomed by upgrades to the barn area. New rubber mats have been ordered for the paddock area to be installed before racing begins and fresh coats of paint are being added all around the backside to give the property a sharp look for 2019. To accommodate local trainers who have been affected by the weather, the track is opening a week early for training March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The barn area will officially open on Saturday, March 9 for those horsemen allotted stalls to begin moving in horses and equipment. The track will open for regular training hours on Monday, March 11 from the hours of 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will remain open during these hours throughout the duration of the season. All days of training will be subject to weather permitting. The Paddock and ship-in area will also be open for those horsemen wishing to ship in and train. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork required before being allowed entry. The first round of qualifiers is slated for Wednesday, March 13 with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the entirety of the season. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior at 1 p.m. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website as soon as they are made available. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off on a Friday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming its usual Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. About Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Harrah's 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. Harrah's Hoosier Park, 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 Harrah's Hoosier Park, Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.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) ©2019 Caesars License Company, LLC.   By: Rose Flood for Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Photos by Harrah's Hoosier Park.

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