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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  

Indiana Racing Personalities to Air on Brent Musburger's VSiN Broadcast This Weekend Live from South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas Indianapolis, Ind.--May 4, 2017-- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino's racing broadcast production manager, Rachel McLaughlin, and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's race commentator and race marketing manager, Emily Gaskin, were invited to join Vegas Stats & Information Network's (VSiN) lead on-air talent and managing editor, Brent Musburger, and various other VSiN broadcasters on Sirius XM as a part of a special Kentucky Derby celebration, live from South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa's race book in Las Vegas this weekend. McLaughlin and Gaskin will join VSiN's Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard on Friday, May 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET for a "Follow the Money" segment focusing on the Kentucky Derby. The ladies will then join Musburger and Ron Flatter on their VSiN segment "My Guys in The Desert" on Friday, May 5 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET to discuss the upcoming Kentucky Derby as well as updates on horse racing in Indiana. Following the broadcast, both McLaughlin and Gaskin will join host Ralph Siraco and special guests Patrick McQuiggan and Donald Harris for a race book seminar and webcast at 9 p.m. ET in the South Point race book, which will be streamed on www.southpointracebook.com. On Saturday, May 6, McLaughlin and Gaskin will air on VSiN's "The Rap" with Patrick Meagher at 7:30 p.m. ET following the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby for a race re-cap. In addition to the broadcast on Saturday, both McLaughlin and Gaskin will be making a special appearance at South Point's Kentucky Derby party in the race book. "We are thrilled to have Rachel and Emily as our special guests for our Kentucky Derby celebration," said Mary Jungers, race book manager for South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. "It's a busy, fun filled, exciting, crazy weekend every year. Please watch our Kentucky Derby seminar webcast on www.southpointracebook.com - Emily and Rachel will be a part of it!" All VSiN broadcasts can be tuned in to by visiting Sirius channel 215, XM channel 204, and on the Sirius XM app on channel 961. Live broadcasts and replays are also available for streaming on www.vsin.com. "It's an honor for us to travel to Las Vegas on the biggest horse racing weekend of the year and be a part of the VSiN broadcast with Brent Musburger on Kentucky Derby weekend," said McLaughlin. "Brent's an award-winning sports broadcaster and Emily and I are thrilled to be a part of his show." Musburger is one of the most prominent personalities in the history of sports television and has covered countless major sporting events on major networks like CBS, ABC and ESPN. He has broadcasted the NFL, NCAA Final Four, the NBA, the Masters, U.S. Open tennis, boxing, horse racing, college football, college basketball, NASCAR, soccer, and Major League Baseball. Musburger is a member of the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame and the Montana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and he received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting in 2016. "It's truly an honor to spend Kentucky Derby weekend in Las Vegas at South Point's race book and broadcast live with Brent Musburger on VSiN," said Gaskin. "Tune in on Sirius, Sirius XM or on the Sirius App and catch our commentary on the Kentucky Derby and what's going on in Indiana horse racing."  

ANDERSON, Ind.--February 6, 2017--Racing dates for the upcoming 24th season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were recently approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track's history highlighted by hosting the Breeders Crown events. The 163-day season is set to begin on Saturday, April 1 and will conclude on Friday, November 17. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off on a Saturday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. "We believe the stakes schedule for the 2017 meet is the most attractive and diverse schedule we have ever offered," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore said. "Because of the on-going commitment to racing by Centaur Gaming, we are continually striving to improve our racing product. The new post time, which includes tightening the intervals between races, is just one of those changes that will help bring more action and energy to our racing program as we kick off one of the most exciting seasons yet." One of the most highly anticipated weekends on the 2017 harness racing calendar will take place in October as Hoosier Park will play host to the coveted Breeders Crown events on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. For the first time ever, Hoosier Park will host all 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $5 million. "All of us are hopeful that this season will be our most memorable yet," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer. "We share a full commitment to the success of the racing program and presenting a magnificent Breeders Crown, the first ever hosted in the state of Indiana. This is an exciting time for fans, horsemen, and our entire community." In addition to the Breeders Crown events and activities, Hoosier Park will host an extended stakes schedule throughout the 2017 racing season worth nearly a combined $4 million. Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 11. Returning to the stakes schedule at Hoosier Park in 2017 is the $175,000 Nadia Lobell stakes for three-year-old filly pacers as well as the $175,000 Moni Maker stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. For more information on the complete 2017 stakes schedule, please click here. Stall applications are now available for the 2017 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's race office by no later than February 12, 2016. Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area, as well as horsemen wishing to ship in to race at Hoosier Park. Horsemen receiving stalls will be notified of their allotment by mid-February. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . For more information on the upcoming harness racing meet and promotions at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com  

A brand new outlet for racehorses and breeding stock is slated to start in Indiana this fall. The Midwest Mixed Sale has been formed primary due to the strength and recent explosive growth of the Indiana and Ohio harness racing and breeding programs.  The sale has set a date of Black Friday, November 24, 2017.  The location for the event will be at the all-new Michiana Event Center (The MEC) that is being constructed in Shipshewana, Indiana.  The state-of-the-art facility will feature nearly 250,000 sq. ft. under roof, including over 350 stalls in a fully climate controlled and ventilated barn, a 3,500 seat coliseum, a 100,000 sq. ft. expo hall and parking for nearly 1,000 vehicles.  The venue will also be home to the newly-formed Michiana Classic Yearling Sale, which will be held Saturday, November 25.  The Midwest Mixed Sale will feature all of the latest features, including TrackIT real-time pedigrees, 50% of sale proceeds paid day of the sale, sale catalogue available on the Equineline app and live streaming video of the sale.  The sale is being headed up by Jeff Fought, who also shares ownership in the Hoosier Classic, Buckeye Classic and Michiana Classic yearling sales, Susan Garrels, who manages Cornerstone Stock Farm in Indiana and David and Elizabeth Fought, who also share ownership in the sales and farm.  The newly formed company is the Midwest Auction Company, LLC.  “I feel like the time is now for the Midwest market, and racehorses and breeding stock are at a premium.  The breeding and racing programs in Indiana and Ohio are phenomenally strong, the Breeder’s Crown is at Hoosier Park this year, and the yearling sales in both states are setting records,” stated Jeff Fought.  “Harrisburg is a great national outlet and there’s the Blooded Horse Sales Co. with several sales per year, but there is definitely a need for this sale.  There isn’t another facility in the Midwest like the new MEC that is being constructed, and the goal is to do everything first class all the way with this sale.”  The sale will effectively be the last chance to pick up breeding stock for the year, as well as be a marketplace for horses done racing at Hoosier Park as Miami Valley and other winter meets kick off.  For more information, please contact Jeff Fought at 260-463-1649 or jeff@cornerstonestockfarm.com, or Susan Garrels at susan@cornerstonestockfarm.com.  A website accepting online entries and social media pages will be formed soon.  

Yesterday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. published a story regarding an alleged abuse of a race horse. The newspaper has since retracted the original article due to its inaccuracies and issued a new article regarding the incident. Contrary to the original article, the alleged animal abuse incident was an isolated event that did not happen on Hoosier Park property. Hoosier Park officials are cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "We maintain a high level of integrity with expert security protocols in place," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "The safety of our human and equine athletes is Hoosier Park's number one priority." In addition to on-track security measures, Hoosier Park is a loyal advocate for animal welfare and supports a wide array of organizations related to the well being of animals. "From supporting the Animal Protection League right here in our own community to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which gives race horses a bright future once their time on the track is complete, we avidly share the responsibility of promoting the care and well being of all animals," said Moore. "Our job is never done and we will continue to find new ways to support these efforts."  

Anderson, Ind.-November 12, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded their 2016 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 12. In addition to the racing action, Ron Burke and Trace Tetrick were recognized as the leading trainer and driver, respectively. Ron Burke, who secured his fifth consecutive and sixth leading trainer title at Hoosier Park, was officially recognized as the 2016 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 89 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with71 trips to the Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past seven seasons led the trainer standings at Hoosier Park from start to finish. Jamie Macomber, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record but it truly is a team effort," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable, it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year, our team has worked hard all season and Ronnie (Burke) does a great job leading the way." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who is now the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, earned his fifth leading driver title and third consecutive title at Hoosier Park this season. Tetrick scored 372 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over John DeLong, who finished second with 301 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established his own record for most wins in one season, a record that he previously set in 2015 with 325 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $37 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2016 with over $5.4 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 4,000. "It's certainly an honor and a great accomplishment," Tetrick said in the winner's circle after accepting the trophy from Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Gaming's chairman and chief executive officer. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season. It has been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. My family is the reason I am in the position I am in today, without them, none of this would be possible." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin

Anderson, IN-Nov. 10, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2016 live harness racing season with a 14-race card on Saturday, November 12 alongside annual Veterans Day and Fan Appreciation specials starting Friday, Nov. 11. On Friday, Nov. 11, service men and women with military identification can enjoy a special Veterans Day lunch buffet for only $5 at Prime Harvest Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service men and women are also encouraged to visit Club Centaur Rewards to receive $5 in free slot play as a thank you for their service to our country. Hoosier Park will also give away patriotic Hoosier Park hats to the first 500 guests starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Club Centaur Rewards. Plus, guests can enjoy free live music both nights in The Terrace Showroom following live racing. Corey Cox performs on Friday, Nov. 11 and Danny Frazier performs on Saturday, Nov. 12. In addition to Veterans Day appreciation efforts on property, Hoosier Park will host Veterans on a charter bus trip to Downtown Indianapolis for Veterans Day festivities on Friday, Nov. 11. The bus will depart from Hoosier Park at 8:30 a.m. for Tyndall Armory for coffee, donuts, live music and a memorial service. Following the service, Veterans will be able to attend the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Indianapolis starting at 11:45 a.m. The bus will depart from Indianapolis following the parade with a complimentary box lunch during the trip back to Hoosier Park. Spots are still available for the charter bus trip, and reservations can be made by calling (765) 609-4609. "At Hoosier Park, we want to honor our Veterans and show gratitude to those who currently serve and have served in the armed forces," said Michael Facenda, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of gaming. "Our Veterans Day specials are just a small token of our appreciation and we salute our country's service men and women for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make on a daily basis." On Friday, starting at 4:30 pm, the first 500 racing fans to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a free mystery voucher worth up to $500 as part of the Fan Appreciation Days. Hoosier Park will also offer the final "Fantastic Friday" of the live racing season where guests can enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 programs, and $1 beers. On Saturday, Hoosier Park, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will offer racing fans the chance to win a brand new hi-def television. Racing fans can enter to win at the Indiana Standardbred Association table located near the winner's circle on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. First post time for both Friday and Saturday is 5:45 p.m. The Saturday night program will wrap up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2016 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. Emily Gaskin Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind. November 4, 2016 - Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the harness racing spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 4 to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2. Dayson continued to call the shots at three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter of a length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I wanted to be a lot closer than I was but my colt almost ran in the first turn so I had to be careful," Tetrick, who won last year's edition of the Carl Erskine behind Crazy Wow, noted after the victory. "He fought it out and went a great trip. He has been close all year racing the best colts in the country and he deserves the big wins that he's got. I'm just happy to be a part of it." Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Grand Circuit stakes action continued in the very next race of the program and it was Check Six who went gate to wire in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Check Six stopped the timer in 1:51 to win by nearly two-lengths over stablemate Manhattan Beach and Matt Kakaley. With the win, Check Six recorded his tenth win of the season and became the sport's newest millionaire. As one of five Ron Burke trained horses in the field, Check Six left alertly from post two to grab the early lead in :26.4. Manhattan Beach also left aggressively but was content to sit in the pocket for much of the mile. Gingras was able to slow the tempo a touch to dictate middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Stablemate Downthehighwy and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow and had reached the leader's wheel as the field turned for home. Manhattan Beach looked poised to strike from the pocket but Check Six was strong on the front. Check Six used a :26.3 final quarter en route to a near two length victory over Manhattan Beach and a hard charging Mystical Rock and Andy Shetler. As the 3-5 favorite, Check Six returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "I definitely expected some speed from the outside but when the gate opened, there were only two of us leaving out of there so I was happy about that," Gingras, who has two previous victories in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, noted in the winner's circle. "I had control of the race and I was able to rate the mile so when we turned for home I didn't think they were going to beat me from there. My horse went a brutal trip in his last start but he was very game again tonight, he is super sharp right now." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Switala, and J. Martin, Check Six recorded his 14th win from 30 lifetime outings. Now sporting a bankroll of $1,070,304, the Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna colt has won 10 of 21 seasonal starts. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacers kicked off the Grand Circuit Stakes action earlier in the card in impressive fashion. Gingras found the winner's circle for the first time of the evening behind Flowers N Songs in the $115,000 Crossroads of America stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Rich Gillock trained filly dug in gamely in the stretch to get the win by a head in 1:54.3. "Hats off to her connections for her keeping her on the top of her game all year," Gingras said. "Rich Gillock has the filly this week but Paul Reid has done a great job with her. She's raced week in and week out and traveled all over the country, and she proved again tonight that she is a very nice filly." Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs recorded her 11th win from 31 seasonal outings. Owned by Robert Key, the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song pushed her seasonal bankroll to $499,314. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin found herself back in a familiar place, the winner's circle, in the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. After going undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season, Seventimesavirgin was handed her first loss in nine starts in Grand Circuit stakes action last week at Hoosier Park but rebounded gamely to score tonight in 1:52.1. Leaving from the rail, Seventimesavirgin left just enough to secure a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras. DeLong was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before making his move in deep stretch. While the rest of the field was fanning out across the track, DeLong moved his filly to the passing lane and she exploded passed her rivals to get the win by three and quarter lengths. Can't Touch This, also an Indiana Sires Stakes winner, rallied gamely for Todd Warren to get up for second place honors. Time On My Hands and Trace Tetrick rounded out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 for the win. "We've just been doing what we've done all season and stuck to our plan," said DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly. "She raced really good last week too, they can't win every week and we were not disappointed at all but I am glad she's going out a winner, she deserves it." "This was her last start of the year, she's pretty easy on herself and those breaks in between stake races really helped us out," he continued. "She's going to get some well deserved R&R and hopefully be back for more next year." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven ended her sophomore campaign winning 13 of 15 starts while amassing $411,100 this season. Owned by Jesse J. DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won 18 of 27 lifetime outings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 3, 2016 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will make its way back to Hoosier Park for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, November 4 and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:45 p.m. With purses approaching $1 million, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the $115,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old trotting fillies and the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time this season in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour colt, whose seasonal earnings just surpassed the $1 million mark, has won 8 of 17 seasonal outings while also recording wins in the $522,210 Canadian Trotting Classic and $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Bar Hopping will play the role of morning line favorite at 3-5 in the Carl Erskine Trot and start from post two with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace which has been slated as the 12th race on the evening's program. Check Six, one of five horses from the Burke Stable in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach who has been enlisted at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown Final and Check Six was third. Burke has trained three of the last four winners in the previous editions of the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park. "Check Six has been racing tough all year racing week in and week and out," Burke noted. "He went a brutal trip last week in the Breeders Crown final so if the trip works out a little better for him in the Monument Circle, I think he will be sharp." Burke also has two chances to win the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday with Yankee Moonshine and Dime A Dance. Dime A Dance has won four of 16 seasonal outings while earning $237,510 in purse earnings and will start from post ten with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras drew post six. The Burke pair will look to upset the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who will start from the coveted rail position. Seventimesavirgin went undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season but had her 9-race winning streak snapped last week in Grand Circuit stakes action at Hoosier Park. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will host "Fantastic Fridays" and feature $1 beers, $1 dogs, and $1 programs during live racing. At the conclusion of live racing, the popular Corey Cox Band will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

Bridge To Jesse's will be at home in Friday's $220,000 Carl Erskine Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotters at Hoosier Park, but he faces a difficult road to victory. The winner of 21 of 27 career races --- with all but one of the starts coming at Hoosier Park --- Bridge To Jesse's will leave from post No. 1 in an Erskine field of 10 that includes newly minted Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping as well as Breeders Crown finalists Sutton and Waitlifter K. Sutton finished third in this year's Hambletonian while Waitlifter K was fourth. Another Hambletonian finalist, Milligan's School, also is in the Erskine. "The race is a local race in our own front yard so we staked to it hoping it would come up a little weak maybe," said a laughing Roger Welch, who trains and co-owns Bridge To Jesse's with William "Bo" DeLong, Patrick DeLong, and Ray DeLong. "This is his chance to step up. The rail definitely helps us try to get a little crumb anyway. "It'll be fun to see what he can do," he added. "Maybe he'll be like the other Indiana-breds who have stepped out. We'll see if Jesse can. He's done quite well for us. Both last year and this year he's been real good to us." Last season, Bridge To Jesse's won 10 of 12 races and earned $309,093. He was the Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male trotting champion and a track-record-setter at Hoosier Park. This year, he has won 11 of 15 races and earned $247,102. He had a six-race win streak snapped on Oct. 15 when he finished fourth in the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male trotters. He enters the Erskine off a second-place finish to Milligan's School in a division of the Circle City on Oct. 28. "He got a bad trip in the (Indiana Sire Stakes) final, but that's the only bad trouble we've had all year," Welch said. "He's got a great attitude. That's what I like most about him. And he's always been a strong, sound horse. He shows up to race every week. He tries a 110 percent. Those kind are hard to find and hard to replace. "On Saturday from the rail I know he'll try real hard. It's the end of the season, he's getting a little tired, but they all are. He's not a big horse, but he's got a big heart. He'll try. Hopefully he can hold his own and sniff a check out." Bridge To Jesse's is a son of stallion Jailhouse Jesse out of the mare Bridge To Nowhere. He was purchased for $28,000 at the 2014 Indiana Premier Yearling Sale and his family includes multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award-winner Peaceful Way and stakes-winner Toocool Forschool. "He's got a license to be a nice little open horse," Welch said about the gelding, who has a career-best win time of 1:53.4. "He'll trot more next year. We've babied him this year. He doesn't have the flashy record, but when you do a breakdown of what the (1):53 miles are at Hoosier Park compared to somewhere else you can tell what his potential is." This will be Bridge To Jesse's final start of the year. "He's done everything we've asked him to do," Welch said. "I'll bring him back to my farm and let him grow and fill out and hopefully have a good 4-year-old and aged career. As of today, that's the plan. The option is there to sell him if anyone is interested, but we really haven't put him on the market. We'll pull his shoes off in the paddock and he can come home to the farm and have a little vacation." Bar Hopping is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Erskine; Bridge To Jesse's is 12-1. Hoosier's card also includes the $200,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $115,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters, and $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Check Six, one of five horses from the stable of Ron Burke in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown and Check Six was third. Earn Your Wings, who finished fourth in the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 favorite in the Crossroads of America and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin is the 8-5 favorite in the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Complete entries for the races may be found at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 22, 2016 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2016 All-Star Driver Series highlighted the 14-race harness racing card on Saturday, Oct. 22 and it was Trace Tetrick who raced away with top honors, winning his choice of a dream prize-$10,000 cash, an exotic vacation, or an "always wanted to have" toy. Tetrick, a 30-year-old, Illinois native earned three wins and two off the board finishes during the five-race competition for a total of 79 points to secure the win. As predicted, round two was a race to the finish and came down to the last race of the challenge to separate the drivers. After the last race, Tetrick garnered six points to win by six points over John DeLong. Sam Widger, who was victorious in round one of the challenge, finished third with a final total of 71 points. With points from round one carrying over to round two, Tetrick started with 26 points and kicked things off with a win in the opening race to earn 15 points driving G's High Shooter to victory for trainer Tyler George. Tetrick also teamed up with George for another winner in the third race of the challenge behind Westport to record another 15 points. After three races, Widger narrowly held the lead with 65 points while John DeLong was a close second with 63 points and Tetrick was closing in on the leaders with 58 points. At odds of 15-1, Tetrick masterfully drove Worldly Doll to victory for trainer Alvin Miller and with the win, moved in to the lead of the challenge. Tetrick secured his dream prize with a fifth place finish in the final race, earning six more points, behind White Fish Flash for trainer Grant Wilfong. White Fish Falls and Tetrick were on the front for much of the mile but couldn't hold off Always Kenzer and Ricky Macomber Jr. late in the lane. Tetrick's six points were just enough to clench the victory. "I felt really good about my horses coming in to tonight," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "The win with Worldly Doll was a bit of a surprise but she raced really strong tonight. I've driven her before so I knew a little bit about her before we went to the gate. These races were very competitive fields but all my horses raced really well and the trips worked out for me." Tetrick, who opted for the $10,000 cash prize option, secured his first driver challenge win at Hoosier Park and also had a total of six winners on the evening's 14-race card. Tetrick is currently atop the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 332 trips the winner's circle and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 21, 2016 - The top ten harness racing drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, Oct. 22 as they compete in a five-race challenge in the second and final round of the 2016 All-Star Driver Series. The All-Star Driver Series will once again pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge competing for the dream prize of their choice, a $10,000 cash prize, an exotic vacation, or their favorite "always wanted to have" toy. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 23. With a total of 49 points, Sam Widger took home top honors and walked away with the lion's share of the $5,000 prize after the opening round. With their points from the first challenge carrying over to round two, Widger will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by John DeLong and Dan Shetler who finished second and third, respectively. With eight of the ten spots determined after round one, Ross Leonard and LeWayne Miller will complete the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, October 15. In each of the challenges, the drivers selected the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon held at Hoosier Park earlier this week. In the first race of the challenge, the top driver, Trace Tetrick, received first pick of the horse he wanted to drive and he selected G's High Shooter from post seven for trainer Tyler George. Next the No. 2 driver, John DeLong, selected and then continued through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order was inverted and the No. 10 driver, Dan Shetler, picked first and selected Big Better Best from post two for trainer Bernie Wolin. This drafting system continued through all five races of the challenge. On Saturday, points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. Should a driver's horse be scratched from one of the contest races, a driver will automatically receive five points. The challenge races will be five consecutive races, races six through ten, and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 22. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, not only will one driver be crowned the champion of the 2016 All-Star Driver series but also have their choice of a dream prize. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 17, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is pleased to announce a reduction in pari-mutuel takeout on its pentafecta wager, the Hoosier High-5, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and continuing for the remainder of the 2016 harness racing season. With a reduced takeout of 12%, Hoosier Park will now offer the lowest takeout on the pentafecta wager of all harness tracks in North America. The Hoosier High-5 was approved and added to the wagering menu at the beginning of the 2016 harness racing season and has been well received by the betting public. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for the season's biggest payout to date in 2016 with an $18,431.42 winning ticket paid out in early July. "We have been very encouraged by the growth in wagering on the Hoosier High-5 as the season has progressed," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "We believe the lower takeout will provide the impetus needed to enhance the public's awareness of this most popular wager." Hoosier Park remains committed to giving fans and customers the very best racing experience to be found anywhere. The takeout reduction is being viewed as an "experiment" for the remainder of the season and Hoosier Park officials are confident that bettors will embrace the lower takeout with increased levels of wagering. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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