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Cassius Lane passed five foes while first over to capture the Harrah’s Hoosier Park co-featured harness racing Open 1/2 Trot on Saturday. Trevor Henry dropped the gelding back into sixth of seven early from post five and followed rivals through the first quarter mile, which was timed in :27. Cassius Lane moved to the outside approaching the half in :57.3 and made quick inroads while uncovered. He headed the leader before three-quarters in 1:27, but Timon As (Peter Wrenn) refused to surrender and fought back as the two entered the lane. They were on even terms for much of the stretch-drive, but Cassius Lane proved his superiority as he dispatched his rival late and sealed a 1:54.1 victory. Timon As was second, and Flagman (Rick Plano) headed the cavalry charge to finish third. A $2 win ticket returned $16.80.   CASSIUS LANE REPLAY   Cassius Lane, a five-year-old by Cash Hall, has won 11 of 59 career starts and earned more than $140,000. He's owned by the Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay and Kenneth Rucker of Anderson, who also trains. Little Rocket Man blasted off to a second straight Harrah’s Philly Open win in the co-feature for pacers. He left keenly from the five-hole and went two-wide into the first turn for John De Long as he vied for the lead. Little Rocket Man took the engine shortly after passing the quarter in 25.4. De Long gave the gelding a breather with a :54.4 half and continued unopposed to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Tellmeabout (Trace Tetrick) gave chase in the stretch, but Little Rocket Man had enough fuse remaining to get home a winner in 1:49.2. Tellmeabout it finished in place, and Smooth Lou (Henry) took show. The winner paid $3.80.   LITTLE ROCKET MAN REPLAY   Little Rocket Man is now 23-for-37 lifetime with more than $350,000 in earnings for Russell Beeman of Alexandria and Jack Freeman of Anderson. Melissa Essig trains the five-year-old Rockin Image gelding. Whata Swan won the final co-feature, another Open 1/2 for trotters, in a similar manner to Little Rocket Man. Tetrick, leaving from post four, sent the five-year-old to the top early and took the two-path into the first turn to do so. The pair got front-end control just after completing the :27.3 first quarter. Tetrick then fashioned middle splits of :56.1 and 1:25 for his mount, who in turn held all challengers at bay through the final quarter to win in 1:52.4. Toy's For You (Plano) was the closest oppenent in second; Bridge To Jesse's (De Long) was third. The win price was $6.10.   WHATA SWAN REPLAY   Whata Swan bolstered his lifetime record to 21-for-73 and surpassed $300,000 in career earnings with the victory. Luis Quevedo conditions the five-year-old Swan For All intact for John Barnard of Miami. Henry and Tetrick shared the day’s top honours with three wins apiece. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will be back on Sunday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. EDT with a 14-race program. For full race results, click here. By Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Brassy Hanover slid out late and turned on the jets to score his first win of the harness racing season in the Hoosier Park Open Pace on Friday.   He left in the middle of a trio of leavers from post six, putting him two-wide into the first turn. Sam Widger hurried the gelding to the front, and they acquired it going by the quarter mile pole in :27. The favoured Tellmeaboutit (Trace Tetrick) promptly moved up to take the lead on the backstretch, and he paced middle panels of :54.2 and 1:23.3.   Evenwood Sonofagun (Ricky Macomber Jr.) pressured the leader first-over through the third quarter, leaving Brassy Hanover locked in the pocket, but the former surrendered midway down the stretch. Brassy Hanover then swung into the two-path and out-kicked Tellmeabout by a half-length to earn a trip to the winner's circle in 1:50.1.   Tellmeaboutit hung onto place over a closing Saying Grace N (John De Long). The winner returned $6.30.   BRASSY HANOVER REPLAY     Brassy Hanover, a five-year-old altered son of Well Said has now won 10 of his 42 career starts and earned more than $400,000. Pollack Racing LLC of Venetia co-owns with Jeff Cullipher, who trains the horse.   Hoosier Park will return on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. for 14 races.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

ANDERSON, IN - Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled harness racing card on Friday, May 21 and with it--officially kicked off the 2021 Indiana Sires Stakes season. The Hoosier State's top sophomore trotters and pacers were on display and served notice that the 2021 stakes season would deliver plenty of excitement. The 2021 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature eight legs throughout the season and culminate with the $250,000 Super Finals on October 15. It was a big night on the track for trainer Erv Miller who scored three stakes victories on the evening's 13-race card. The most notable score of the evening for Team Miller was produced by the rookie three-year-old trotting colt Mallard Hanover who turned in a 1:52.4 effort to romp in the opening division of the Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Sent off as the heavy 1-2 favorite, Mallard Hanover moved first-over just past the half and never looked back. With Atlee Bender at the controls, Mallard Hanover trotted home in :27.1 to get the win by two and a half lengths over Bluebird Yoshi and Peter Wrenn. With the victory, Mallard Hanover remains undefeated in five starts this season. MALLARD HANOVER REPLAY   "He's a professional," Bender said after the race. "He does everything you want and really is a true professional--that's what sets him apart." The 1:52.4 clocking was a new lifetime best for the son of Swan For All -- Mynah Hanover and just a few ticks off the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Mallard Hanover is owned in partnership by Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Ervin Miller Stable and G. Golemes. In the very next race on the card, Team Miller would find the winner's circle once again only this time they would have to share it. Skyway Victor and Trace Tetrick used a valiant stretch rally to track down the heavily favored JK Going West and LeWayne Miller to dead heat for the win in the first division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. It was the first win of the season for Skyway Victor who is owned by Engel Stable Of II LLC and Jerry Graham. It was also the first win of the season for JK Going West in his first start of the season for trainer LeWayne Miller. The 2020 two-year-old pacing colt champion is owned by Bill Beechy and Flying Manes LLC. The 1:50.1 clocking was a new lifetime best for both Skyway Victor and JK Going West. SKYWAY VICTOR - JK GOING WEST REPLAY   "I thought he was ready to go tonight," LeWayne Miller noted of his colt. "But I wasn't expecting the way he did it--he showed a lot of guts tonight. We are really happy with him. We are hoping to hit some bigger stakes with him but just going to take it week by week." After the two-year-old pacing colt champion was victorious, the 2020 two-year-old trotting filly champion Swift Swanda was not to be outdone. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Swift Swanda picked up right where she left off and captured her split of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies in her first start of the season. Swift Swanda used a front stepping effort to hold a game Country Girl Charm and LeWayne Miller at bay and score in a new lifetime best of 1:54. Trained by Erv Miller, the daughter of Swan For All -- Cheetah Hall is owned in partnership by Anthony Lombardi and The Kales Company. LeWayne Miller would not settle for second place honors in the second division for three-year-old trotting fillies and sent Dewtiful's Grace to the front where she would capture a 1:54.4 victory. Also trained by LeWayne Miller, Dewtiful's Grace scored her fourth win of the season and established a new lifetime mark in the process. The daughter of Pine Credit -- Dewtiful Lass is owned by Eleven Star Stables, Oakwood Farms and Kristen J. Wagler. One of the most dominant winners of the evening was found in the three-year-old pacing filly ranks as Hot Mess Express ventured to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and was a four length winner in 1:50.4. Driven by John DeLong for trainer Tony Alagna, Hot Mess Express made her game winning move down the backside and then simply paced away from the field. Owned by Sam Bowie, the daughter of Panther Hanover -- My Heart Was True is now two for two to start her sophomore campaign. The opening division of the stakes action for the three-year-old pacing fillies produced the biggest upset of the evening as Rollonbeauty pulled the 15-1 upset to score in 1:51.2. Driven by Brandon Bates for trainer Curtis Rice, Rollonbeauty utilized a pocket trip and found late race room up the inside to score in a new lifetime best. The daughter of Time To Roll -- Michelle's Beauty is now two for two this season for owner Curtis Rice. Driver Sam Widger scored a driving double on the evening's program and both victories were found in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks. Widger's first victory was behind Brookview Bullet who would utilize a sharp, front running effort to score in a new lifetime best of 1:50.3. Trained by Ron Burke, the gelded son of Always A Virgin -- Babylon Sister scored his first win of the season for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable, Eleven Star Stables, Frank Baldachino and Weaver Bruscemi. Utilizing similar tactics, Goldie's Legacy and Widger pulled the slight 9-1 upset in the final division of the stakes action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:50.2, Goldie's Legacy finished two lengths in front of his competition and established a new lifetime best in the process. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Always A Virgin--Ag N Au Bluegrass is owned by Pollack Racing LLC and Jeff Cullipher. Driver Peter Wrenn also had a good night at the office as he scored a driving triple on the evening's program. One of those wins was in the second division of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with Swingforthefences. Utilizing a pocket trip, Swingforthefences was able to track down the pacesetting Breckenridge and Dan Shetler to get the victory in 1:53.2. It was the second win of the season for the son of Swan For All--Sunday Yankee and also a new lifetime best. Swingforthefences is trained by Melanie Wrenn and owned by David McDuffee and L&L Devisser LLC. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 22 with a 14-race card. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park will add Sundays to the racing calendar beginning on May 23. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will be conducted through December 4. For more information on upcoming events and the live racing calendar, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. For full race results, click here. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -- For the first time in over ten years, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will add Sundays to the racing calendar beginning on Sunday, May 23. Harrah's Hoosier Park will host live racing Wednesday through Sunday with a 6:30 pm first post. The full schedule continues through September 24 before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. In addition to Wednesday through Friday, Sunday cards will also feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Hoosier High Five wager. The Hoosier High Five will take place in the final race of the evening and challenge handicappers to pick the top five finishers in the race. In addition to a $10,000 Guaranteed pool, the Hoosier High Five also features a low takeout of 12% for a $0.20 minimum wager. Sundays will also introduce a new racing promotion for on-track customers with the Super Ticket Sunday promotion. Guests wagering on any live Harrah's Hoosier Park race while using a Caesars Rewards card will have a chance to instantly win select prizes up to a $250 race voucher. The Super Ticket Sunday promotion will run every Sunday of live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park during the 2021 season. The Homestretch Clubhouse will be open for dining on Sundays during live racing along with the family favorite eatery Dog N Suds' located on the lower level of the grandstand. "We are excited to add Sundays to our racing lineup. We believe that the simulcast world will find that Harrah's Hoosier Park will be a great addition to the Sunday night action," said Rick Moore, Harrah's Hoosier Park vice president and general manager of racing. "And, as far as on-track is concerned, we feel that early Sunday evenings will provide families with the opportunity to wind down their weekend activities with an enjoyable night of great harness racing." Sunday racing is one of a variety of changes made to the schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park for 2021. Hoosier Park's 2021 season of live harness racing will extend into December for the first time, with live racing being conducted through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a lucrative stakes program throughout the season highlighted by the 28th edition of the $300,000 est. Dan Patch Stakes on August 13. Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer free online racing programs on the Harrah's Hoosier Park website for Sunday and every night of live harness racing action throughout the season. For more information about the 2021 live racing schedule and Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 29, 2021- Harrah's Hoosier Park is currently accepting applications for an internship opportunity with the Race Marketing Department for the 2021 live harness racing season. The internship will be with the Race Marketing Department and is ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, or any equine related fields. The internship program is designed to give applicable marketing experience while simultaneously discovering and learning the many facets of the harness racing industry. The Race Marketing intern will have the opportunity to work alongside industry and media professionals in an exciting, fast-paced environment. The intern will be expected to assist the Race Marketing Department with a variety of promotional events, racing activities, and programs in a customer-service based atmosphere. The race marketing intern will assist with the daily production of the live racing program along with various group and charity events. The intern will also be challenged to write engaging digital content, develop and maintain new marketing contests, along with public relations and social media assignments. This opportunity is ideal for college students looking for an exciting internship in the horse racing industry or students seeking internship accreditation opportunities in related fields. The position requires an energetic, self-starter with strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in social media applications. Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to work weekends and evenings. Experience in the horse racing industry is beneficial but not required. This paid assignment will run throughout the entirety of the live racing season. Hoosier Park's 2021 season of live harness racing will be conducted through December 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer a very lucrative stakes program throughout the season highlighted by the 28th edition of the Dan Patch Stakes on August 13. To apply for the Race Marketing internship at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please send resume and cover letter to: Emily Gaskin 4500 Dan Patch Circle Anderson, IN 46017 Or email to: egaskin@caesars.com The application deadline for the Race Marketing internship is May 21, 2021. For more information about Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN -- Little Rocket Man turned in another authoritative performance to take home top honors in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Pace, on Friday, April 23 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver John DeLong in the bike, Little Rocket Man stopped the timer in 1:49.1 to record his fourth straight victory and remain undefeated in four starts this season. The 1:49.1 victory is also the fastest mile of the 2021 season through just 16 nights of live racing. Leaving from post six in the abbreviated field of six, Little Rocket Man was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. LeWayne Miller sent Family Recipe away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :26.3. As the field approached the half, Trace Tetrick had Beaumond Hanover out and on the attack to grab the lead through the half mile time in a snappy :53.4. Beaumond Hanover led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:22 but was joined on the outside by Little Rocket Man who had a full head of steam turning for home. Utilizing a :27.1 closing quarter, Little Rocket Man coasted to the wire under minimal urging to finish a length in front of a hard-charging Brassy Hanover and Sam Widger. He'zzz A Wise Sky and Kyle Wilfong also rallied well late for third. As the publics' second choice, Little Rocket Man returned $5.60 at the betting windows. LITTLE ROCKET MAN REPLAY   Trained by Missy Essig, Little Rocket Man has now won all four of his starts at Harrah's Hoosier Park this season while pushing his lifetime purse earnings to $325,530. The former Indiana Sires Stakes champion and overall co-track record holder is owned in partnership by Russell Beeman and Jack Freeman. The five-year-old gelded son of Rockin Image -- Gt Miss Royal has now won 21 of 33 lifetime starts. Little Rocket Man's victory was one of three wins on the program for trainer Missy Essig. Essig teamed up with Louis Philipe Roy to get Pauly Wally to the winner's circle in the evening's third race on the card. Essig also sent out Nick's Monster who was a winner in the $9,500 Mark Fransen Memorial Pace Consolation in a new lifetime best of 1:51.2 with driver John DeLong in the bike. DeLong won a total of four races on the evening's 14-race card. Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, April 24 with a 14-race card. Saturday's 14-race card will feature a $20,000 Open Trot and a $20,000 Open Pace for Fillies and Mares. First post is 6:30 pm. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. For full race results, click here. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park      

Harness racing drivers Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR) and Doug McNair are leaving home in Ontario, Canada and are coming to America to compete Both LPR and McNair are O’Brien Award winning Drivers of the Year in Canada will arrive in the USA in time to start driving on Friday. Due to the lockdown in Ontario that has closed all of the racetracks, hundreds of horses and now prominent harness racing drivers are coming to compete in the USA. “I will be driving at Hoosier Park starting on Friday,” Roy explained. “As long as we don’t start back racing here in Ontario.” “Trainer Robert Fellows in Ontario,” Roy added. “He contacted me and offered me to go drive his horses at Hoosier Park, and that he was going to bring around a dozen to race there." McNair is heading to the East Coast. "I plan on driving at Poconos Chester, Meadowlands and Yonkers," McNair said. "I hope to drive at those tracks if I can get enough work." “With the situation here," LRP explained. "Not knowing if it’s gonna be 1, 2 or 3 months before we’re able to start back racing, the best choice for my “business” was to accept his offer.” Will Roy venture to drive at any other tracks in the USA? “I plan of only driving at Hoosier,” Roy said. “As they already have a busy enough schedule of racing.” Good news for the racing fans of Hoosier Park and the East Coast tracks. Bad news for the other drivers that will have to compete against them. It is sure that numberous trainers will want to have either driver on their horses. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

ANDERSON, IN ---After recording the largest Thursday night handle in the history of the track on Thursday, April 8, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino eclipsed that newly minted record and set a new Thursday night handle record just one week later on Thursday, April 15. Bolstered by guaranteed wagers and competitive racing, the evening's 14-race card produced a total of $1,380,396 wagered to establish a new all-time record handle for Thursday night racing. Several longshot winners in the early pick-5 sequence sparked an instant carry over of $7,691.14 and was added to the late pick-5 sequence on the card with a $25,000 guarantee. This was in addition to the regularly scheduled $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 which returned $4,087. The early pick-5 sequence is one of many new additions to the wagering menu for the 2021 live racing season which has been well received by the wagering public. In addition, Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue to offer a free live racing program available for download on the Harrah's Hoosier Park website every live racing night. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available for free on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, April 16 with an action packed 14-race card. Friday's card will feature a $16,000 Open II Pace and three divisions of the Jerry Landess Memorial Pacing Series. Friday's card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days. Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

ANDERSON, IN --April 8, 2021--Just seven nights into the 2021 live harness racing season, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recorded the largest Thursday night handle ever in the 27-year history of the track on Thursday.. Bolstered by full fields and competitive racing, the evening's 13-race card produced a total of $1,151,829 wagered to establish an all-time record handle for Thursday night racing. "We'd like to send a very big thank you to everyone who watched and wagered on tonight's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park," Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "We are firm believers in momentum, and this is a great way to start the season. We'd also like to thank the horsemen for putting on an outstanding show each and every night." Harrah's Hoosier Park kicked off the 2021 live racing season on Friday, March 26 and did it with a bang as the bettors came out in full force. Handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $703,202 in all sources handle for the evening. All sources handle was up an impressive 7.5% over opening night in 2019 with the same number of races carded. Along with a few new additions to the wagering menu for the 2021 live racing season, Harrah's Hoosier Park has and will continue to offer a free live racing program available for download on the Harrah's Hoosier Park website every live racing night. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available for free on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, April 9 with an action packed 13-race card. Friday's card will feature a $20,000 Open Pace and four divisions of the Jerry Landess Memorial Pacing Series. Friday's card will also feature a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days. Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park      

ANDERSON, IN - After accumulating $108,713 in purse earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:50.2 on the pace, Joe Joe Joe made his fourth lifetime harness racing start on the trot at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 27 and did it in world-record setting fashion. With driver, trainer and owner Jesse Yoder in the bike, Joe Joe Joe is now the fastest double-gaited Standardbred ever after an impressive 1:54.4 score in a conditioned trot. With an established mark of 1:50.2 on the pace and now a combined mark of 3:45.1, Joe Joe Joe eclipsed the previous World Record of 3:45.2 held by the Argentinian bred Chucaro Ahijuna. Joe Joe Joe is a seven-year-old gelding sired by Roll With Joe who raced on the pace for five seasons until he was sidelined by an injury in late 2020. "I raced him on the pace last year until I gave him some time off after a minor injury," Yoder said. "Once I started bringing him back, I noticed how much he loved to trot. He really loves to trot--he actually hates to pace. I think it's the hopples he doesn't like but he is just much happier when he's trotting." Yoder trained Joe Joe Joe at his home track in Bell, Florida and once he was ready to go, ventured to Pompano Park for his career debut--on the trot. Joe Joe Joe made three starts at Pompano, winning his most recent in 1:56.1. "He just kept getting better and better," Yoder said. "Once he won at Pompano, I started looking into it and realized we had a shot at the World Record." Yoder and his family train a large stable in Florida during the winter months and then venture to Hoosier Park in the summer. The Yoder family is responsible for top trotters like millionaire Natural Herbie and World Champion Woodside Charm. "I was going to stay in Florida and just send him up here to race with my brother," Yoder continued. "I wanted to keep him on a big track but I decided at the last minute to come up, I wanted to get it. I wanted to be the one to get the World Record with him if he was going to get it." Yoder wasted no time and sent Joe Joe Joe away from the gate to grab the early lead. The pair would dictate early fractions of :28.1 and :57.1 before getting down to business. Reaching the three-quarters in 1:26, Joe Joe Joe was on top by four and began to draw away from his competitors. Finishing under a hand drive from Yoder, Joe Joe Joe coasted to the wire and finished ten and three-quarter lengths in front. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Joe Joe Joe returned $3.60 to his backers at the betting windows. JOE JOE JOE REPLAY   "I wasn't sure if he would get it tonight, I just wanted him to be comfortable," Yoder noted. "He did it all on his own. It is pretty cool training a World Record holder." Joe Joe Joe has now won two of his four lifetime starts on the trot while amassing $7,000 in purse earnings. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, April 1 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through December 4. For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Harrah's Hoosier Park kicked off their 2021 harness racing season with a $20,000 Open Pace feature and Family Recipe needed every inch of the long stretch Friday to get up by nose over Ana Malak N. Trained and driven by Lewayne Miller, Family Recipe was the first off the gate in the seventh race main event. Then, after getting the lead, gave way to Americanprimetime (Peter Wrenn) to the opening quarter mile in :26.3, happy to grab the pocket trip.The race favorite The First Step (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) was sitting in third place. Then after a half mile clocked in :54.4, The FIrst Step came first-over to challenge Americanprimetime and was stuck outside, unable to get the lead past the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and giving Ana Malak N (Sam Wiidger) second-over cover. In the stretch, The First Step had the lead most of the way down the stretch, but was off the rail, allowing Family Recipe and Miller to shoot up the inside and into the lead, barely holding off Ana Malak N at the wire to win by a nose in 1:51.3. Ana Malak N was second with The First Step third by only a half length. FAMILY RECIPE REPLAY   It was the third straight win and fourth triumph of the year for Family Recipe. The four-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin is co-owned by Lewayne Miller, W Manders, A J Vieira and the Never 2 Late Stable. He paid $8.00 to win as the second choice in the race. For full race results, click here. After a successful opening night of the 2021 live harness racing season on Friday, March 26, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $45,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, March 27.  The Hoosier High-5 went unsolved on Friday as longshots prevailed and put an interesting spin on the opening night action. A $15,707.75 carry-over will kick-start the $45,000 Guaranteed Pool set for Saturday. In partnership with the Unites States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for Saturday’s 14-race card. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and features a reduced takeout of 12%. The Hoosier High-5 is responsible for one of the biggest payouts to date last season with a $15,157.36 winning ticket paid out. Free past performances for Saturday’s live racing card, including the Hoosier High-5 sequence, will be available on Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s website. Harrah’s Hoosier Park kicked off the 2021 live racing season and did it with a bang as the bettors came out in full force on the opening night of the season. Handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering to produce $703,202 in all sources handle for the evening. All sources handle was up an impressive 7.5% over opening night in 2019 with the same number of races carded. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2021 season will feature 160 live racing days and not only offer an extended racing season but will also bring back Sunday live racing cards.  Racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink with files from Harrah's Hoosier Park  

Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick is off to the best start of his career and now gets to look forward to the home portion of his season. The 34-year-old Tetrick leads all drivers in North America in purses and is second in wins as he prepares for Friday's opening night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Tetrick lives five minutes from the Anderson, Ind., oval and has won seven consecutive driving titles there. "It's exciting," said Tetrick, who has spent the first part of this year competing at Ohio's Miami Valley Raceway, a roundtrip four-hour journey. "It's great to be back close to home and racing. Hoosier is a great place to race and I'm glad to have that opportunity. "The commute will be a lot nicer," he added with a laugh. "Four hours a day in the car kind of gets old after a while." Tetrick has made the most of his travels, though, with $1.16 million in purses and 130 wins. He leads Miami Valley drivers in both categories. "Everything has been very good over there," said Tetrick, whose win total is a career best for this point in the year. "I've been very fortunate." Tetrick, who has won 5,883 races lifetime, kicks off his Hoosier Park season with drives in all 14 of Friday's races. "I'm looking forward to it," Tetrick said. "I like the style of racing at Hoosier. You can race on the front or from off the pace, you have options. You're not committed to the speed in a sense because you're not as dependent on the draw. It's not great to have posts eight or nine at Hoosier but it's not as bad as some other places." Last year, posts four and five produced the highest percentage of winners, at 15.7 and 15.3, respectively. Post eight was 7.7 percent and post nine was 6.9 percent. "At some other tracks, you're more dependent on the pace or you have to go hard to get to where you need to be," Tetrick said. "When it comes to the post draw, Hoosier is a little more forgiving." In additionto winning the past seven driving titles at Hoosier, Tetrick is looking for his 10th overall crown. He got his first in 2008 and his second in 2012. "I hope (I can get No. 10) but it's a long way off," he said. "It's a long summer and a lot of things have to go right; a lot of pieces have to fall into place. Hopefully, they do, and that puzzle comes together, and everything looks good at the end." Last year, Tetrick won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship with 2-year-old female trotter Swift Swanda and had second-place finishes with 2-year-old male pacer What's Your Beef, 3-year-old female trotter Rock Swan, and 3-year-old female pacer Mystical Carrie. "I think (Swift Swanda) will be a good 3-year-old with the way she finished up," Tetrick said. "She just needed to mature a little bit. She's got a great way of going and she's got a great attitude. She just needed to learn and develop good habits. "I'm looking forward to seeing the young horses this year and seeing what they're going to do, how good they're going to be," he added. "In the past, they've just come out like gangbusters, right off the bat. Horses are just more gifted." For more about Hoosier Park's new season, click here. For Friday's complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Anderson, IN- March 24, 2021- The stage is set for Harrah's Hoosier Park as the 28th season of live harness racing is set to get underway with a 14-race card on Friday, March 26. A total of 168 horses have been dropped into the entry box for the Opening Night card, highlighted by eliminations for the Harrah's Hoosier Park Claiming Challenge, with a post time of 6:30pm. With racing set to commence once again on the Anderson oval, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also debut its new wagering menu to the betting public, the new wagering menu includes: An early Pick 5 in races 1-5 as well as a late Pick 5 in races 10-14 Both an early Pick 4 in races 3-6 as well as a new late Pick 4 in races 11-14 Return of the Jackpot Pick 6 in races 8-13 Rolling Pick 3 wagers throughout the card beginning in races 2, 6, 9 and 12 A Hoosier High 5 in the final race of the night with an industry low takeout of 12% The Opening Night card's Hoosier High Five in the finale will feature a guaranteed pool of $15,000. The wager requires handicappers to select the first five finishers of the evenings final race, if there are no winners in the wager, the pool will carry over into the final race of the next card's Hoosier High Five. Over the course of the racing season, the Hoosier High Five pool will be guaranteed at $10,000 on Wednesday-Friday cards, as well as when Sundays are picked up starting May 23. Also returning for the 2021 season at Harrah's Hoosier Park, the track will guarantee the early Pick 4 pool at $10,000 every Thursday over the course of the season in races 3-6. To go along with the return of live racing, Harrah's Hoosier Park will show gratitude to race fans by hosting Fan Appreciation Weekend. A multitude of giveaways, contests and more will be available to race fans on both Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. Highlights of Fan Appreciation Weekend at Harrah's Hoosier Park include: Friday, March 26 Live Racing - First Post 6:30pm $100 Mega Bet Drawings at Trackside Promotional Kiosks from 5pm-8:30pm with winners selected at 9pm Complimentary 2021 Racing Posters at the Program Stand while supplies last Bet Against the Boss Handicapping Contest for Caesars Rewards Members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 5pm $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High Five Wager in the evening's final race "Fan-Tastic Fridays" featuring $1 Bets, $1 Programs, $2 Hot Dogs & Floats at Dog N Suds, and $4 Glasses of Bacardi Punch at The Shoe Saturday, March 27 Live Racing - First Post 6:30pm Complimentary 2021 Racing Posters at the Program Stand while supplies last Race Fan T-shirt Giveaway to the first 500 Caesars Rewards members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 6pm Superfecta Saturdays Handicapping Contest for Caesars Rewards Members at Trackside Promotional Kiosks starting at 5pm For more information on Fan Appreciation Weekend, as well as the 2021 racing season and more, guest are encouraged to follow Harrah's Hoosier Park on social media, as well as visit the Harrah's Hoosier Park website at www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Jacob Rheinheimer, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission held their monthly meeting at Indiana Grand Tuesday, March 2. The short meeting included the approval of the new surveillance system to be installed in Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s barn area for the upcoming Standardbred meet, which begins Friday, March 26, which is in three weeks. Rick Moore, vice president and general manager of racing, sent out a memo Friday to all horsemen and horsewomen planning to race at the track this year. Moore noted the track is currently installing a new state-of-the art surveillance system throughout the barn area with the end goal to have video coverage of every stall in every barn, including the Paddock. This surveillance will be conducted 24 hours a day. Moore also went on to note this surveillance project will be the first of its kind in Standardbred racing. The system is designed to promote the highest level of integrity for all equine athletes racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Moore also said the intent of the new system is to ensure a fair playing field for all horsemen participating at the track. Hoosier Park’s barn area officially opens Saturday, March 6 and training will begin Monday, March 8. Qualifying action will take place with the first session set for Wednesday, March 10. The memo also noted the same health and safety protocols will be in place as they were last fall when racing was completed. More information about the upcoming season can be found at www.indianagrand.com. by Tammy Knox, for the Indiana Standardbred Association

Anderson, IN-- February 19, 2021--Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced today that racing industry veteran Michael Chamberlain will join the Hoosier team as track announcer for the start of the 2021 harness racing season - subject to Indiana Horse Racing Commission approval. The season kicks off on March 26. Chamberlain has worked in the horse racing industry as a track announcer for 24 years, and most notably at Sam Houston Race Park, Turf Paradise, Evangeline Downs, and harness track Vernon Downs. In addition to working as a track announcer, Chamberlain has also served in various capacities including morning-line oddsmaker, tip sheet writer, on-camera personality, radio host and voice over talent. "Michael's a well-recognized industry professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Indiana. From track announcing to handicapping and innovative marketing, Michael is going to be a great addition to our team," said Harrah's Hoosier Park VP & GM of Racing Rick Moore. Beginning on March 26, racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. More information about Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino can be found at www.harrahshoosierpark.com. From Harrah's Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.--December 11, 2020 -- The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2021 live harness racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10. Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2021 racing season will begin on Friday, March 26 and extend through Saturday, Dec. 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 28th season will not only offer an extended racing season but will also bring back Sunday live racing cards. Fresh off the heels of the 2020 live racing season where Harrah's Hoosier Park posted a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 30% from the previous year's numbers, the 2021 live racing season will feature some exciting new additions. Beginning on March 26, racing will be held on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through mid-May before adding Sunday evenings. The full schedule continues through September before dropping back down to a Wednesday through Saturday schedule through December 4. For the first time ever, Harrah's Hoosier Park will also offer live racing on both the night before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving night. "With the success of the 2020 racing season now in the rear view mirror, the Harrah's Hoosier Park racing team now has its sights fully focused on 2021 and building on the momentum that has been established," Harrah's Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "To that end, planning begins today for the Friday, March 26 opening and the 159 racing days beyond. We remain committed to the highest quality of racing and look forward to welcoming live racing back to Harrah's Hoosier Park in March." Stall applications will soon be made available for the 2021 live harness racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, will be available on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website. 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 . About Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Harrah's Hoosier Park, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Harrah's Hoosier Park, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features the newest slots, live table games, sports wagering, and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. For more information, please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos and sports books. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

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