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Harness racing visitors to the website previously used to post information and details about the Converse Fair had a salacious surprise after the page was taken over by an Asian pornography website earlier this year. Converse Fair Board President Jason Miller said after looking into the issue, it appeared the person on the fair board in charge of the site had stepped down and no one on the board had renewed ownership of the site's domain name, allowing someone else to buy it. The link to the website had been posted on the Converse Indiana Fairground Facebook page, as well as the Marion-Grant County Visitors Bureau’s website, leading anyone who clicked on it to the pornography site. Both links were removed from the aforementioned sites after the Kokomo Tribune called about the site. Miller said the fair board had not maintained or updated the website for at least two years, so no one had checked it recently. However, he said, he believes the link that was on the fair’s Facebook page was put there by someone who hacked the site, since the link had been removed earlier. “Any publicity is good publicity, they say, but this is very bad publicity,” Miller said. “This is not what we want.” By Kelly Lafferty Gerber | Kokomo Tribune Reprinted with permission of The Kokomo Tribune The Converse Fair is the state's first annual fair of the year and one of the oldest privately owned fairs in the state. The event runs from June 6-9 at the Converse Fairgrounds at 602 N. Jefferson St.

With the harness racing breeding season just around the corner, 14 new stallions have been registered with the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program’s lucrative sire program. These stallions are looking to help new owners and breeders earn their share of the more than $14 million in incentives and awards paid by the program each year. Millionaire Check Six will be standing at Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen for the 2019 breeding season. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of Southwind Vanna, the 5-year-old stallion is no stranger to Indiana, having scored a win in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes in 2017 and the $200,000 Monument Circle in 2016. His score in the Dan Patch Stakes in 1:48.1 is his record for the fastest mile paced in his career. “We feel that Check Six will offer the outcross of Somebeachsomewhere that Indiana breeders are looking for,” says Dr. Paul Webb of Ivy Lane farm. Maple Lane Farm in Grabill is standing Helpisontheway, earner of more than $610,000 with a lifetime best mile trotted in 1:51.4. The New York Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old male trotter is by Chapter Seven and out of Porque, and has been trained by Hall of Famer Linda Toscano. Major Athens, a bay stallion by Andover Hall and out of Miss Athens, will stand at Hoosier Standardbred Farm in Montgomery. The winner of more than $774,000 has a lifetime best 1:53.2 trotted mile. Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne will be standing the Pro Bono Best stallion Night Pro. Night Pro brings to Indiana lifetime earnings in excess of $900,000 and a lifetime best paced mile at 1:49.0. “Having this amount of quality in these new stallions to participate in our breed development program is exciting,” says Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “I’m looking forward to seeing our Sire Stakes program grow with all this new talent and our newly revamped program in the coming years.” Other new stallions to Indiana include: Broad Quality (Broadway Hall – Great Quantity) DC Willy (Pinetucky – Scanadinavia As) will stand at Circle S Farm in Loogootee Donners Blitz (Mr Done Well – Spank Me) will stand at M&K Farm in Topeka Im A Mate (Muscle Mass – Im A Checkmate) stands at Circle S Farm Pass Shooter (Conway Hall – Chunk-A-Punk) stands at Swissland Equine in Berne Secret Threat (Palone Ranger – Laxmy) will stand at Chambers Farm in Anderson Sharp Edge (Jailhouse Jesse – Ten Queens) will be stood by owner Raymond Byler in Salem Uncaged (Always A Virgin – Sachet Hall) is standing at Conrad Stables Ziggy (Muscle Massive – This Way That Way) will stand at Corner Meadow Stables in Nappannee In 2018, Always A Virgin continued to lead the Indiana Sire Statistics for pacing stallions, with his get earning $1,671,294. Rockin Image came in second with get earnings of more than $1,050,000. Swan For All led all stallions, not just the trotting stallions, with his progeny earning $1,902,071. Guccio’s progeny earnings placed him in second with $617,151. These four stallions continue to lead the Indiana Standardbred breeding program into the headlines. For more information on the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and the Indiana Sire Stakes, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2541 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. ABOUT THE INDIANA HORSE RACING COMMISSION The Indiana Horse Racing Commission ensures that pari-mutuel wagering on horse races in Indiana will be conducted with the highest of standards and the greatest level of integrity. For more information, see the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s website: http://www.in.gov/hrc/   Megan Arszman Marketing & Communications Indiana Horse Racing Commission

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 9, 2018 - It was a night ruled by longshots at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 9 resulting in carryovers in the Pick-5 and Hoosier High-5 pools. With that, Hoosier Park has announced three signature wagering opportunities providing remarkable value to horseplayers for Thursday's 13-race harness racing card. With a carry-over in excess of $5,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for the Thursday night program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In addition, the Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Wednesday, resulting in a $9,792.98 carryover and will feature a $25,000 Guaranteed Pool on Thursday. This is in addition to the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool offered on Thursday nights in Races 3-6. The Pick-5, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the ninth race and will continue through the thirteenth race of the program. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the ninth race, is 8:58 p.m. (EDT). The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Hoosier Park and features an industry low takeout of 12% with a 20 cent minimum wager. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the biggest payout of the 2017 season with a $23,540.26 winning ticket paid out in early May. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent minimum wager, begins in the third race and will continue through the sixth race. Approximate post time for the first leg of the wager, the third race, is 7:09 p.m. (EDT). 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. 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 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Indianapolis, Ind.—April 10, 2018— Indiana-owned and operated Centaur Gaming has officially released its 2017 State & Community Impact Report, highlighting the company’s entertainment and economic benefits. Since 2008, Centaur has provided to the cities of Anderson and Shelbyville, the counties of Madison and Shelby, the state of Indiana, and the Indiana horse racing industry more than $2.4 billion in taxes, fees, and incentive payments. With five properties employing more than 2,000 team members and hosting approximately six million visitors each year, Centaur is dedicated to being an outstanding community partner and making a positive impact in the state of Indiana. Centaur’s two premier entertainment destinations – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind. – feature state-of-the-art casino gambling floors, live and simulcast horse racing, award-winning dining selections, and world-class entertainment. Both properties have offered a full gaming and racing experience since 2008. In addition to the casino and race track properties, Centaur also owns and operates three Winner’s Circle properties: Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in downtown Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne and Winner’s Circle OTB in Clarksville. “Since 1993, Centaur has worked to expand pari-mutuel horse racing into a $1 billion industry annually, touching all 92 counties in Indiana and providing thousands of jobs to hard-working Hoosiers,” said Centaur Gaming Chairman & CEO Rod Ratcliff. “We went on to become Indiana’s only gaming and racing company, and an employer of 2,000 team members each year. For nearly a decade, we’ve had the honor to hold that responsibility. To this day, our properties continue to receive community and industry recognition for what we have accomplished.  Centaur’s 2017 State & Community Impact Report can be downloaded directly from www.centaurgaming.net, www.hoosierpark.com, or www.indianagrand.com. Hard copies of the report are also available and may be requested by emailing kiersten.flint@hoosierpark.com.  About Centaur: Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur currently owns and operates Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, and Winner’s Circle OTB in Clarksville. About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and diversity. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile dirt race course and a seven-eighths mile turf course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle OTB located in Clarksville, Ind.  About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind.

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 23, 2018 - Horsemen should be advised that the harness racing qualifying races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino scheduled for Saturday, March 24, will be moved to Monday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m., due to the impending winter storm. The qualifying races have already been drawn and can be found by clicking here. Hoosier Park's jog track will remain open for training throughout the weekend. Those with questions are encouraged to call the race office. The annual night-time dress rehearsal program is still slated for Wednesday, March 28 and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Qualifiers will continue to follow a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet, with an estimated start time of 10 a.m. Horsemen are advised that the condition sheet for the opening week of live racing are posted on Hoosier Park's website. Live racing will kick off on Friday, March 30. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m. each night, the live racing season will be conducted through November 10, 2018. For more information on the upcoming racing season, please log on to www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

It's hard to believe that one race could make such an enormous difference, but to harness racing trainer Trent Stohler, being part of Extreme Velocity's upset victory in the 1997 Breeders Crown Mare Pace was a life changing experience. Stohler will start Rock On Ladys in an elimination of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace on Friday at Hoosier Park, but the memory of his first Crown experience is still fresh, 20 years later. "I was doing pretty well driving in Indiana," Stohler said, "But because of Extreme Velocity and the people I was able to meet traveling with her to the Meadowlands and to Ontario, it changed my life and my career." Stohler recalls that the trip to the Meadowlands prior to the 1997 Breeders Crown by no means meant the horse, owned by his father Kenneth and uncle Merrill, would participate in the actual event. "They had paid the supplement to make her eligible for the Breeders Crown," said Stohler of the decision to nominate the once-beaten 4-year-old mare that had dominated in Indiana as a sophomore. "But when they sent her to the Meadowlands they were just trying to see how she fit." The good news for Stohler and Extreme Velocity was that they put John Campbell up to drive her. "John came back and said that we had to put her in the Breeders Crown and that she deserved a shot." The Extreme Velocity story is one of extremely humble beginnings and that of two brothers, who, upon retiring from years of work at General Motors, decided to breed a mare of somewhat questionable pedigree. "They owned the mare together and raced her," said Stohler of Hasty Grand Slam, a mare that raced 20 times total as a 3- and 4-year-old and won exactly once with $1,617 in career earnings. "Hasty Grand Slam was a mare with a lot of heart," said Stohler. "She broke a knee and they decided to breed her." The brothers proved right about the mare as her first seven foals all made the races; included in that group was Smartdecision, a son of The Denman who scored in 1:53 3/5 as a 2-year-old at The Red Mile in 1991. But it was the mating with Camtastic that yielded Extreme Velocity. The filly trained down very well as a 2-year-old before beginning to sore up late in the training sessions. "They decided to stop with her and give her time to mature," said Stohler. As a relatively small stable back then, the Stohlers returned Extreme Velocity to training for her 3-year-old season, but were pretty much unable to assess just how good the filly was. "We really didn't have anyone to train her against to get a feel of just what kind of horse she could be," said Stohler. "One day I was talking to Ernie Gaskin, I had worked for him for a few years and I noticed that he had an Open horse (at Hoosier Park) that had missed a week and that he was going to go a big training trip with. I asked him if I could tow along with Extreme Velocity." That training trip let Stohler know just what kind of horse he was sitting behind. "I tracked Ernie's horse into the stretch and when Extreme Velocity pulled out, she finished right with him." In 1996, Trent drove and trained Extreme Velocity to 15 wins in 16 starts. "She never lost a race at Hoosier Park that year," said Stohler. Her lone defeat came at Fairmount Park in Open company. It was the end of the 3-year-old campaign and the first meeting with John Campbell at Garden State Park that gave the family confidence that Extreme Velocity belonged. "When we took her out east to Garden State Park it was perhaps the first time we realized how good she was," said Stohler recalling the late closing series in the fall that Extreme Velocity captured. Stohler drove her in the final, but Campbell sat behind her on one victorious occasion. That Stohler was driving or training Extreme Velocity so late in her sophomore season was a turning point as well. "They were offered $200,000 for her during the Lexington Grand Circuit that year," said Stohler, who remembered clearly what was at stake. "Since both were retiring from General Motors, they consulted with their accountant to find out exactly what $200,000 would actually come to with taxes and such. In the end they decided it would be best to continue to own her and watch her race." Extreme Velocity had developed a racing style during her 3- and early 4-year-old season as a strict closer. Stohler explained how that evolved. "It was in the early days at Hoosier Park with the long stretch," he said. "You could just sit and wait and she would chase and pass horses. Boy have things changed, it's much more aggressive today." As far as Breeders Crown day, it was one that Stohler remembers vividly. "I flew in from Indiana and got there in time to warm her up. She was really good that day, but after she won I had to run out quickly and catch a plane because we had horses in stakes at Hoosier Park that night. When I got to Indiana, a friend drove me to the airport right to the paddock. I had my colors on and when I got to the gate the guard asked to see my license. I didn't have my license on me, but I was in full colors and they finally let me in right before the horses were going on the track," Stohler said. "It was a great night. I won a few races and afterwards we were all able to have a big party." Extreme Velocity went on to career earnings of $856,070 and helped Stohler's career immeasurably. "When I was in Ontario I would run into Carmen Hie, John Hayes and so many others. I meet plenty of horsemen from New Jersey. It was fantastic and over time, when many of those would need to send horses to Indiana, they would give me a call," Stohler said. Extreme Velocity went on to be a solid broodmare in her own right, producing three open class mares in Real Velocity, Ultimate Velocity and Continual Velocity, a trio that earned over $1 million collectively. The Stohlers' Captain Velocity, a 3-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere is currently campaigning at Hoosier Park, the host of this year's Breeders Crown. For Stohler it has come full circle, as 20 years ago he was first arriving on the national scene and today, the racetrack he calls home gets its moment to share the spotlight. By Jay Bergman for Breeders Crown

As the saying goes, "It takes a village." That's a good way to describe what's happening in harness racing in the State of Indiana. The Hoosier State, known much more for hoops than hopples, has everybody on board as Hoosier Park, not a major a player in the sport historically, now has management, government, patrons and horsemen all on the same page, as the seven-eighths mile track continues to make its way toward the sport's mainstream. For the next two weeks, Hoosier Park, currently fifth in North America in purse distribution, will take center stage in the sport. They are in the midst of a furious brush to the center of the harness racing universe as the Breeders Crown comes to town for the first time October 27 and 28 (Eliminations on October 20 and 21). "We were ecstatic," said Hoosier Park President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Brown on being contacted by the Hambletonian Society to host the year-end championship races. "We knew we were gaining a good reputation in the country as being horseman-friendly. People made sacrifices to make this happen." The process actually began in 2006, when Hoosier Park (which opened for business in 1994) was acquired by Centaur Gaming from Churchill Downs. "That was a turning point," said Brown. "We don't look at racing as a spreadsheet item. We look at the grand picture of our company, and racing fits right in as an integral part." Further strides were made when Centaur acquired Indiana Grand in 2013. This allowed Centaur to strip both Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand down and rebuild as breed-specific facilities. Hoosier as the harness venue, Indiana Grand as the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse track. But Brown, and chairman and chief executive officer Rod Ratcliff have long histories in racing. "Both of us have been affiliated with racing for our entire adult lives," said Brown. "And believe racing operated within a gaming facility has to be as important as anything else. You don't make money in housekeeping, but that doesn't mean you operate a dirty facility. We both love racing. We like to joke that we are either a casino company that loves horse racing or a horse racing company that knows how to run casinos." So why does it work at Hoosier? Hoosier signed a seven-year agreement with theirs in 2014, giving owners, trainers and drivers some stability and confidence. "The money that the horsemen got from casino revenues was attached to the state budget," said Brown. "And every year, there would be a bill proposed to take that money away under the guise of why are we subsidizing that industry? So, as we are trying to build an industry, we had horsemen uneasy who might have wanted to relocate to Indiana because it was unstable." "We worked with the state legislature to create a bandwidth of 10-12% that would go to racing and move it off the state books and back into the owner-operator and horsemen relationship with one another. The horsemen do a lot for us in bringing their best efforts to our facilities. We could pay them 10 or 11% for the length of the agreement, but we wanted to pay them 12% because we were in a building mode of the industry." The economics are apparently working. Hoosier races 160 cards a year and the horsemen have approximately $56 million in purse money a year to work with. Between Hoosier and Indiana Grand, casino revenues total about $461 million (after $14 million in "free play" is factored in). Based on a sliding scale where the state takes more as gaming revenues rise, the most the state can rake from the pot is 35%. In terms of where they rank, Brown says that Indiana is in the lower end of the top third in terms of how much the state takes. "Economic impact studies show that racing has a value of over a billion dollars a year to the Indiana state economy," said Brown. "And that's an important responsibility on our part to make sure that we treat racing with the respect it deserves. We worked with Purdue University on several studies that showed the economic value of horse racing in the State of Indiana. Out here in the Midwest, that means something." Brown and his team are trying to leave no stone unturned as the Breeders Crown draws near, but knows there are limitations based on his location in Anderson, Indiana. "We have about 20 different committees meeting on the Breeders Crown. We want to get it right. It's the first time in Indiana. It's all of us on a mission. We're not in New York or Chicago. We are surrounded by corn fields." That's why Hoosier relies in a big way on its simulcast presence, as 95% of money wagered on Hoosier's races are wagered off track. "We have a great commentary team and we try to come up with new camera angles that don't get people confused along with the fundamental information that bettors need," said Brown. How will Brown measure success with the Breeders Crown he's about to host? "By how we feel as a team in what we did compared to what we had hoped for. Another is customer feedback to us, whether it's an export customer or someone at the track. It'll also be measured by handle. Those are pretty much the three main areas. Another important one is what our horsemen and visiting horsemen think." "A goal was to try and get a Breeders Crown," said Brown. "We weren't sure it would be offered to us, but then the Hambletonian Society contacted us. The horsemen voted to dedicate $500,000 of their money to the event and we dedicated $400,000 of our money and said, 'We want to put on a show'. We want to raise the bar on every aspect of the event." And with everybody working together, Hoosier Park figures to do just that. by Dave Little, for Breeders Crown

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

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 12, 2017 - O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:54.3 in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, September 12. After establishing a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 in her elimination last week, O So Easy bested that time to re-establish the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies, a mark of 1:54.4 set by Princess Aurora in Grand Circuit racing action last season. In just the ninth start of her freshman campaign, O So Easy used a gate to wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth consecutive win of the season. Her 1:54.3 victory also marked the fifth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park throughout the 2017 live racing season. Leaving from post eight, O So Easy left alertly with the wings of the gate but would have to work for position as Sam Widger and Lisa's Famous Filly also left for position from the inside. O So Easy would grab command just before the first stop in a snappy :26.4 and continue to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.4. As the rest of the field struggled with the quick fractions, O So Easy looked strong on the front and her lead was ever-increasing turning for home. O So Easy coasted on to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick who staged a big rally late in the lane but were no match for the winner. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn used a ground saving trip to secure third place honors. As the 4-5 heavy betting favorite, O So Easy returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was just going to try to float out of there but I asked her to go behind the gate and it took me a while to get her settled back down," Yoder, who also does the training duties, noted after the win. "She came back to me and I was able to get her quieted down so that helped. As soon as she heard those horses coming around the last turn, she took right back off." "I was just trying to get to the wire first," he continued. "I knew we were going a pretty good mile but I didn't think it would be a track record." The rookie filly has now won seven of nine lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $168,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, September 12 with a stakes-filled 14-race card. Wednesday's card will feature the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and also the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A field of nine is set to square off the in the 2017 edition of The Nadia Lobell Stakes and will feature two of harness racing's Top-10 ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Agent Q, currently ranked eighth on the poll, will start from post seven with David Miller in the bike for trainer Aaron Lambert. Blazin Britches, currently ranked tenth on the poll, will return to Hoosier Park and put her four race win streak on the line from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike for trainer Brian Brown. This will mark the first time this season these two fillies have met behind the gate. Blazin Britches and Agent Q share the mark for fastest win time by a 3-year-old female pacer this season, at 1:48.4. The Nadia Lobell Stakes, which has been carded as the 10th race on the program, will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. Grand Circuit action returns to Hoosier Park as part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Trenton, NJ --- It’s one thing to celebrate your first harness racing driving win, it’s quite another to celebrate your first three when they come right in a row on the same afternoon. Or, in Bradley Ferguson’s case, not celebrate them. “Actually I had to finish out working the day,” Ferguson said of his unforgettable performance. “I didn’t really get much time to celebrate. We had about 19 (horses) in that day. Later on I did. But there wasn’t much celebrating time after the races, it was right back to work.” That won’t detract from what Ferguson accomplished on July 8 at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, Ind. The 32-year-old could win the Hambletonian and it might only tie that day as his most memorable. Well, OK, maybe not. But it will definitely put a smile on his face whenever he thinks back on it. “Oh man it was amazing; I was on top of the world,” Ferguson said. “It was an amazing day.” All three victories came with Don Eash-trained horses, and the historic first came while driving Shelby’s Honor, who Ferguson drove to a fourth-place finish in his driving debut a couple of weeks earlier. Brad drew the rail in the four-horse, 2-year-old colt trot, and had a horse he was familiar with. “Don gives me some nice horses to drive; and I drove him about four starts and he had been sharp, each start he got a little better,” the Anderson, Ind. product said. “I knew the horses that were in there, and if I could get out in front of them, I could probably beat them. He was pretty good; he got a little rolly through the turns so I had to ease him through the turns.” At one point, a horse came up on the outside and Ferguson feared that if it got ahead of him, the victory would have been snatched away. “But I kept him rolling, got him through the turns,” he said. “Actually, there was a pylon that got knocked out in the middle, coming around the last turn. This colt is a super nice colt, he trotted right on through it. He did it pretty easy and we won by a length or two.” The horse won in 2:15.3 and Brad’s emotions coming across the line were as expected. “Oh man, that was great,” Ferguson said. “I had the biggest smile on my face; it was just an amazing feeling. I’d been doing this a long time and Don gave me the opportunity to start driving. To get a horse like that and be able to get the first win, it was great.” And it was only the beginning. Next up was the 3-year-old filly pace with Meadowbrook Sharla. Rather than have the mindset that he finally got his first win, and anything else would be gravy, Ferguson looked at it as another opportunity. “I thought she was a pretty nice horse too,” he said. “I figured if I could get to the front end, I didn’t think anybody would be able to catch me. I rolled her out of the gate, I got to the front. I just tried to rate the mile where I wasn’t using her too much. Coming out of that last turn I didn’t think they’d be able to get me. I let her go a little bit and she won that one by about five (in 2:04.4). She was good that day.” Little did Ferguson know another victory was yet to come. Driving 3-year-old gelding pacer E R Vincent, Brad won in 2:03.2. “I was actually thinking, ‘If I can get a good trip I should be able to do really well with that colt,’” he said. “I sat in the two hole with him through the three-quarter pole. I just got by in the stretch. It was pretty amazing to get three in a row. I didn’t think it was going to happen. “I wasn’t thinking about winning or whatever. I was just trying to concentrate on driving and getting around there and doing the best I could. To get three in a row, that was a pretty amazing experience. I’m a new driver, I’m first starting out and that was great. I didn’t see that coming at all.” Ferguson may be new to driving but he’s a veteran when it comes to Standardbreds. Just prior to his 19th birthday, a friend offered him a job with driver/trainer Roger Cullipher in 2004. He began by cleaning stalls and grooming five horses, and started to meet some influential harness racing folks along the way. “I had never been around horses before but I just took to it and I wanted to stick with it,” he said. “It’s just a good business to be in.” He stayed with Cullipher for a while and then began working for some other Indiana horsemen before meeting Eash through his contacts. He began working for Don full time in 2014. “I had been around the business for years and he needed some help and offered me a job,” Ferguson said. “He gave me the opportunity to drive for him.” Brad kept procrastinating but finally got his driving and training licenses this past spring. He had only driven a handful of races before hitting his July trifecta and, since then, got another win with Shelby’s Honor at the ISA Elite at Portland. He has also hit the board with three seconds and three thirds in his 19 career drives. Ferguson took to driving immediately as he tries not to let the thrill of being in the bike overwhelm him. “It’s more or less trying to stay as calm as you can and trying to do it the best you can; but it is a very big rush,” he said. “Especially when you get horses all stacked up around you, it’s an adrenaline rush. You’ve got to stay clear headed and calm.” Brad credited Eash for being his biggest influence, and hopes to advance his career in both driving and training. “I’ve groomed for a lot of people over the years, but Don’s actually put me in the position to move ahead by giving me the opportunity to start driving and letting me train a lot of horses,” Ferguson said. “I would like to own some and train and drive a little. I kind of like them both. I’ve been training for years and I just started driving, and I just like it all the way around.” Even if he can’t celebrate his good fortune immediately after it happens.   by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

ANDERSON, Ind.--August 4, 2017 -- World Champion and harness racing fan favorite Freaky Feet Pete returned to the winner's circle at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the first time this season in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, on Friday, August 4. With regular driver Trace Tetrick in the bike, Freaky Feet Pete turned a pocket trip into a 1:50.2 score to notch his first win of the season from four outings. Leaving from post five in an abbreviated field of six, Tetrick sent Freaky Feet Pete away from the gate firing but Todd Warren had New Talent keyed up from post six. New Talent got the first call as Tetrick opted for a pocket seat with Mykindachip and Ricky Macomber Jr. following intently in third. New Talent clicked off fractions of :26.4 and :54.3 while the field remained in single file line down the backside. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:23.2, New Talent tried to distance himself from the rest of the field but Freaky Feet Pete was looming large in the pocket. As the field straightened away for home, Tetrick tipped Freaky Feet Pete to the outside and he kicked home in :26.4 to get the win by two lengths over New Talent. Mykindachip held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Freaky Feet Pete paid $2.80 for the victory at the betting windows. As Freaky Feet Pete returned to the Hoosier Park winner's circle for the 26th time in his illustrious career, he was greeted by an emotional group of friends and family. "That was everything," trainer and co-owner Marty Rheinheimer noted in the winner's circle. "It's hard to describe what this means to us, I think we all needed that." Larry Rheinheimer, Marty's father and Pete's original trainer, passed away unexpectedly in September of 2016 from a heart attack at the age of 72. Since then, the Rheinheimer Stable has been adjusting and will be racing 'Pete' in honor of his late trainer. Owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has amassed $1.5 million in lifetime purse earnings. Tonight's victory was career win number 31 for Freaky Feet Pete and the first with Marty Rheinheimer enlisted as his trainer. "I thought he might be a little short tonight because he's had a few weeks off but Trace (Tetrick) said he was great," Rheinheimer continued. "That feels good. This horse continues to amaze me. As long as he comes out of this race okay, our plan is the Dan Patch next week. Dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch so we're going to give it a shot. Everything we do is for dad." Rheinheimer's star will be pointed to the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes slated for Friday, August 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park is set to celebrate Indiana's premier harness racing event, the 24th edition of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, with a weekend festival on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12. Hoosier Park will host a live post draw for the Dan Patch Stakes on Tuesday, August 8 at 4:30 pm. Freaky Feet Pete Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Saturday, August 5 with a12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

GOSHEN — Harness racing driver Jay Cross had one finger raised in the air when he crossed the finish line in first place of the ninth harness race Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Indiana. He was not showing off or being disrespectful to the other drivers. He had a higher purpose in mind. It was the veteran driver’s humble way of celebrating his 3,000th career victory. “I was pointing to my dad up in heaven,” Cross said. Cross’ father died in 2004. “I really didn’t know what my emotions were going to be,” Cross said about the milestone win. “My dad was a very big influence on my career. He was racing when I was 4 or 5 years old, but then gave it up because of family obligations. Later he started up again and we would go together to races at Nappanee or LaGrange.” According to Cross, his first win was at the LaPorte County Fair in 1982. “It means you have been around for a long time,” Cross said about winning 3,000 career races. Peter Wrenn, who has raced before at the fair, has more than 8,000 wins in his career. “In today’s world 3,000 is not as big a number as it was in the past,” Cross said. “When I started racing it was a big number and for a little guy like me it still is a big number. It’s a number I never expected to reach.” Don Eash, another veteran fair driver, has between 1,600 and 1,700 career wins. Eash is a former Goshen resident who owns Eash Racing Stables near Greenfield. “It’s an accomplishment and I congratulate Jay on it,” Eash said. “Jay has been a good driver for a number of years. To me, 3,000 wins means you are among the top 10 to 15 percent among harness racing drives.” Cross guided SWEETASCANTAB to the monumental win in a time of 2:04 4/5 in the one-mile, 3-year-old colt trot. “I have been driving him on the fair circuit and he has been doing well,” the Middlebury resident said. “He seems to do well on the half-mile tracks. Every time he has won he has gotten off the gate really well.” Cross was out front by one and a half lengths at the half point, but still was not ready to count the victory. “I felt good coming around the last turn, but you never really know until you cross the finish line,” he said. “One horse that had been giving us trouble broke stride early in the race and another one I was worried about did so before the race even started. That gave me some confidence, but there was still a long way to go.” Jay’s brother, Steve Cross, calls the races at the fair but had to leave Saturday in order to call the card at Hoosier Park in Anderson. Saturday’s fair program was slated to begin at 11 a.m. but was postponed until 12:45 p.m. due to overnight rains. He missed his brother’s milestone by two races. “That was very disappointing that Steve had to leave before I won No. 3,000,” Cross said. “If we would not have had the delay, Steve probably would have been here, but that is part of life. “Steve has called a lot of my races and that has been pretty neat. He was there the time I first set a world record in Columbus, Ohio. Steve’s youngest son was there and so were other family members. It was nice to do it at home.” Harness racing programs are scheduled for today and Tuesday at the fair. Post time both days is 11 a.m. Greg Keim can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN Link to The Fair Saturday’s Harness Racing Summary Race One (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, KINDA COOL LADY (Jay Cross); 2, PLAYFUL MARIANNA (Daryl Bontrager); 3, VICTORIA SWAN (Jordan Ross); 4, SKYWAY CLARRISA (Matt Rheinheimer); 5, PRINCESS DE MONACO (Carl Putnam Jr.); 6, TATYM FOR ALL (Mike Peterson). Winning Time: 2:09. Purse: $3,000,   Race Two (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, PINECRAFT NELLE (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, MARTZ NANCY (Jay Cross); 3, J S MISS LADY (Alex Udell); 4, JL PRETTY BOOTIES (Carrie Hollman); 5, MARTZ CREEK NELLIE (Mike Peterson); 6, EMOJI (Odell Cross). Winning Time: 2:08 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Three (2-year-old Filly Trot, 3rd Division) — 1, INJAILFORSPEEDIN (Jay Cross); 2, MAMIE’S POWER (Michael Myers); 3, CARNIVAL DESTINY (Doug Rideout); 4, BACKSTREET SALLY (Larry Lee Smith); 5, WOODSIDE BAMBI (Don Eash; 6, FRONTIER BETH (Maynard Miller). Winning Time: 2:10 2//5. Purse: $3,000. Race 4 (2-year-old Filly Trot, 4th Division) — 1, STICK WITH PATSY (Zachary Miller); 2, OAKWOOD TEA PARTY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, SKYWAY KIANNA (Jay Cross); 4, BLUELLA (Mike Peterson); 5, JAILHOUSE BUCKAROO (Rocky Loney); 6, NORTHERN PINES (Carrie Hollman). Winning time: 2:11 2/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Five (2-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SL ROYAL GEORGE (Carl Putnam Jr.); 2, MEGAGLIDE (Don Eash); 3, V-KEY’S CHARGER (Mike Peterson); 4, SILVER STAR TYSON (Jay Cross); 5, KIDSWILLBEFIESTY (Joseph Putnam); 6, EXCITING HOT ROD (Rocky Loney). Winning Time: 2:08. Purse: $3,000. Race Six (2-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, CANWETABEMNOW (Matt Rheinheimer); 2, ER SKYWALKER (Don Eash); 3, DANCE HALL Bouncer (Joseph Putnam); 4, AGAMEMNON (Larry Lee Smith); 5, ROSE RUN TYLER (Jay Cross). Purse: $3,000. Race Seven (3-year-old Filly Trot, 1st Division) — 1, J-S PRINCESS GLORY (Alex Udell); 2, RETURN TO SENDER (Michael Myers); 3, NAN’S QUEEN (Don Eash); 4, MISS SAND SWAN (Jay Cross); 5, E R KENNA (Gerald Miller), Winning Time: 2:03 1/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Eight (3-year-old Filly Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, GUIDA’S GEISHA (Doug Rideout); 2, J-S WINKY’S SHINE (Alex Udell); 3, KIDSWILLBESASSY (Joseph Putnam); 4, COUNTRYATHEART (Don Eash); 5, ROSE’S ON TAB (Gerald Miller). Winning Time: 2:07 3/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Nine (3-year-old Colt Trot, 1st Division) — 1, SWEETASCANTAB (Jay Cross); 2, JAILHOUSE MICKEY (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, E R PAUL (Don Eash); 4, NOTHINBUTAWINNER (Odell Cross); 5, SOCIAL HOUSE (Richard Reisert); 6, WINKY’S FIRE (Michael Myers); 7, ALL THIS COMMOTION (Doug Rideout). Winning Time: 2:04 4/5. Purse: $3,000. Race Ten (3-year-old Colt Trot, 2nd Division) — 1, MR POWERS (Doug Rideout); 2, RED MAN CHEW (Richard Reisert); 3, PROUD FOREVER (Jay Cross); 4, MR CANTAB LIMIT (Don Eash); 5, NEVER SAY THAT (Michael Myers); 6, POWERS STROKE (Larry Lee Smith). Winning Time: 2:03. Purse: $3,000. Race Eleven (3-year-old Filly Pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AMARETTIGONE (Brandon Bates); 2, CANADIAN ROCKER (Mike Peterson); 3, TURNITODWNFORWATT (Matthew Riggle); 4, MEADOWBROOK SHARLA (Don Eash; 5, ADORABLE LIL GIRL (Jay Cross); 6, J-S JAZZY DANCER (Alex Udell); 7, HOOSIER GORGEOUS (Gerald Miller); 8, BALLERINA B B (Aaron Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 2/5. Purse: $12,600. Race Twelve (3-yeaold colt pace, Classic XXVII) — 1, AWESUM ACE (Aaron Miller); 2, E R SIMON (Don Eash); 3, B R GORGEOUS BOY (Jordan Ross); 4, E R VINCENT (Jay Cross); 5, DANTE IVY (Rocky Loney); 6, FOREVERALWAYS (Zachary Miller). Winning Time: 1:58 4/5. Purse: $12,100. By Greg Keim who can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com Reprinted with permission of The Goshen News

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 11, 2017 - After cruising to an ultra-impressive 1:55.4 victory in her Indiana Sires Stakes elimination last week, O So Easy followed up with a decisive harness racing victory on Tuesday, July 11 in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. After stopping the timer in 1:56.1, O So Easy swept the first round of stakes action for the freshman fillies while recording her third win of the season for trainer, driver, and co-owner Verlin Yoder. Leaving from post nine in a talented field of ten, Yoder wasted no time as he sent the filly away from the gate for the lead. O So Easy would have to work for position as Miss Lady Halfmoon and Trace Tetrick also wanted the front and protected their rail position. O So Easy eventually grabbed the lead just past the quarter in :27.4 and would lead the field through splits of :57.3 and 1:27 before ever feeling a threat. Lass A Rope and Jim Pantaleano were the first to commit to the outer flow first-over and First Encore K and Ricky Macomber Jr. quickly grabbed the cover rounding the final turn. Lass A Rope made a strong bid at the leader but O So Easy was too strong on the front. Utilizing a :29.1 final quarter, O So Easy was able to hold off a late charge from Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn to get the win by nearly a length. Topville Martini and John DeLong also rallied well late in the mile but had to settle for third place honors. As the 6-5 co-favorite, O So Easy returned $4.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She can be a little tough," Yoder said after the victory. "Just like any trotting filly-she likes things her way. I thought I had to use her a little too much tonight in the first quarter but she overcame it. She's a very nice filly." The rookie filly is now undefeated in three starts in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale and is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now earned $52,500 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Wednesday, July 12 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for 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 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 3, 2017 - Staging a big rally late in the lane, Rockin BB and Ricky Macomber Jr. pulled the slight upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 3. On a beautiful Saturday evening, Rockin BB used the long Hoosier Park stretch to her advantage to stop the timer in 1:52.2 and establish a new lifetime best in the process. With the win, Rockin BB snapped a six race win streak for the heavily favored, Rockin Racer and Jared Finn. Rockin Racer used her customary front-running tactics to fly from the wings of the gate to set fast, first half fractions of :25.4 and :54.3. Always About Farah and Andy Shetler protected their rail position and grabbed a pocket seat behind the early pace-setter while Firstup and Ross Leonard were next in line third. Rockin BB was uninvolved through the early stages of the race and set eighth along the rail for much of the mile. Leonard gave Firstup the green light and she was out and firing to grab command as the field reached the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.2. Firstup continued to call the shots turning for home but the rest of the field was closing in. As the quick pace began to take its' toll on the leader, Macomber Jr. tipped Rockin BB wide to the outside and she utilized a :28.3 final quarter to prevail in a tight photo over Pretty Image and Dale Hiteman. Rockin Serena and Peter Wrenn also rallied well late in the mile to get up for third place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Rockin BB returned $23.20 to her backers at the betting windows. Rockin BB Trained by Ron Burke, Rockin BB notched her third win from eight seasonal starts. The daughter of Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB has now amassed $87,730 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, and Weaver Bruscemi. The victory with Rockin BB was one of four winners on the program for driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Macomber Jr. also scored with JD's Chancey Gal in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:52 for trainer Pasko Vucinaj. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 6 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 31, 2017 - Bluebird Jesse and LeWayne Miller pulled a stunning 47-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 31. Stopping the timer in 1:54.4., Bluebird Jesse used a well-timed rally late in the lane to hold off his rivals and in the process, lowered his lifetime mark by nearly two seconds. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bluebird Jesse was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in sixth while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Woodside Austin and Brandon Bates fired off the gate from post eight to get the first call through a snappy opening panel in :26.4. Swan Chase and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. opted out of a pocket trip and pressed on to reach the lead at the second station in :57. Swan Chase continued to call the shots down the backside but his lead would be short-lived as My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon also wanted a turn on the front. My Uncle Cuz led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3 but was quickly joined on the outside by Mystical Motor and Dale Hiteman. Mystical Motor was able to wear down the leader but his biggest threat was still behind him as Bluebird Jesse was perfectly poised to strike from second-over. As the rest of the field began to tire, Miller asked Bluebird Jesse for more and he found another gear. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, Bluebird Jesse cruised on to the wire nearly two-lengths in front of his next closest competitor. Swan Forever and Trace Tetrick rallied powerfully late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. After the disqualification of My Uncle Cuz due to interference on the backside, Double A Goldrush and Ross Leonard rounded out the trifecta. As one of the longest shots on the board, Bluebird Jesse returned $97.40 at the betting windows. "He's a great horse to be around," trainer, owner Keith Roth noted in the winner's circle. "He doesn't ship very well but that's about the hardest thing about him, other than that-he does everything right. LeWayne (Miller) gave him a perfect drive, that's the way he likes to race and he really raced great tonight." With the win, Bluebird Jesse recorded his fourth victory from nine seasonal starts. The gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Bluebird Swandrful has now won five of 16 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $73,400. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, June 1 with a 14-race card featuring a $10,000 guaranteed pick-4 in races 3-6. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, Ind.--May 8, 2017-- "Always Dreaming...the American dream" was the quote of the evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino when Kim Toben, from St. Marys, Ohio, placed a $10,000 bet on the Kentucky Derby and pulled off a $57,000 win on Saturday, May 6. At odds of 9-2, Kim placed her dream on Always Dreaming who proved to be the best on a soggy Saturday. As a part of Hoosier Park's annual Kentucky Derby celebration, guests were invited to enter in a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity to place a $10,000 Kentucky Derby win bet on the horse of their choice. The only rule was that the winning guest would have to wager the entire $10,000 on one horse to win the Kentucky Derby. Kim arrived at Hoosier Park just moments before the $10,000 Mega Bet drawing was about to take place. After hearing her name called, she and husband Tony would soon learn the excitement of placing a bet of that size on the Kentucky Derby. Kim was randomly selected and had never placed a bet on a horse race. She relied on husband Tony to make the decision. The Tobens immediately selected horse number five, Always Dreaming, to win. Thousands of guests visited Hoosier Park to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby, but it was the Tobens that walked out with the big $57,000 win. Prior to the big race, the Tobens were taken to the Terrace Showroom suite area to enjoy the atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby celebration at Hoosier Park. The crowd in The Terrace Showroom and grandstands surrounded the Tobens and cheered them on as the race went off. Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by jockey John Velazquez, left the gate from the fifth post position, took the lead at the three-quarters pole and went on to win the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. After Always Dreaming sailed across the finish line, the crowd went wild and congratulated the Tobens with high fives and pats on the back. When asked what she might do with the $57,000 win, Kim - with much emotion - said that her hope was that her husband could retire. In addition to the Mega Bet drawing, the Kentucky Derby weekend at Hoosier Park included property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales. Guests that sported a Kentucky Derby hat also had the opportunity to receive a free Kentucky Derby win wager. While many other promotions were taking place throughout the facility, none culminated the adrenaline of a horse race quite like the one experienced by the Tobens. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino offers a full simulcast race schedule daily, and live harness racing starting at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday now through Nov. 17. The season is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photo Caption: Nationally acclaimed horse racing analyst and commentator Peter Lurie interviews Kim Toben on her $57,000 Mega Bet win on Always Dreaming in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Kiersten Flint  

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