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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   

LEBANON, OH - Hamsandwich ran his win streak to five on Saturday (March 13), including victories in the final legs of a pair of Miami Valley's popular Lebanon Legends series. In his latest success, he bested favored Louie Louie to capture the championship of the George Williams Memorial Series in 1:52.3. Driver Trace Tetrick negotiated a pocket trip behind Louie Louie (Chris Page) for the roan four-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis, then coasted to victory in the lane. Modern Rock (John DeLong) was best of the rest in the lucrative final.       Adam Short owns and trains Hamsandwich, who also was crowned champion of the earlier Omar Hiteman Memorial series. The Hiteman Memorial featured horses that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime; while the Williams Memorial contestants were all non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the nomination deadline. Hamsandwich is now scheduled to advance to a third 'Legends' series--the Tom Tharps Memorial--for non-winners of six races or $60,000, which commences next Saturday (March 20). A $22,000 Open Handicap Pace produced another winner who is getting used to a post-race photo opportunity with Miami Valley photographer Brad Conrad. GD Western Joe (Chris Page) won the weekly feature for the fourth time in eight tries since the calendar turned to 2021. In this outing, he beat stablemate The First Step (Brett Miller) and Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) to increase his seasonal earnings at Miami Valley to $59,500 and his career bankroll to $622,800.       The six-year-old son of Real Desire is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by Burke Racing, Hen-Shaut Stable, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Sunday (March 14) with a 14-race program beginning at 2:05 p.m. EST. For full race results, click here. by Gregg Keidel, for Miami Valley  

LEBANON, OH - Favored Keystone Eureka (Trace Tetrick) bested Anthem (Mitch Cushing) and Coconut Beach (Tyler Smith) to win the final of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Friday (March 12). Her 1:52 clocking was a new lifetime best for the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare owned by Miller Racing Stable and trained by Ryan Miller. Tetrick, Miami Valley's leading driver by a wide margin, got away third during the opening :27.2 panel, then moved first up on the outside prior to the :55.1 midway point. Still second at the 1:23 third quarter station, Keystone Eureka was able to collar pacesetting Anthem halfway down the stretch and secure the Coven championship. Anthem did hold second with Coconut Beach a fast-closing third. The Coven featured distaff pacers who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the series start. Next stop for Keystone Eureka is the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial for non-winners of six or $60,000, which starts next Friday.   The weekly $22,000 Mares Open was also featured and a familiar face found the winner's circle after a five-week absence. Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) took full advantage of a pocket ride until coming out of the final turn and swept to a convincing triumph in 1:52.2. Mildrix (Josh Sutton) and Bettor's Up (LeWayne Miller) put in huge efforts to garner the place and show dollars. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own Pace Baby Pace, who sports a wide white blaze on her familiar face. She is named after notable Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin's signature slogan. The Saturday (March 13) card at Miami Valley features a $22,000 Open Pace as well as the $27,500 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Shards Halo N (Trace Tetrick) became the latest "newbie" to win the weekly harness racing featured $22,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley. The ten-year-old New Zealand bred daughter of American Ideal, at least three years older than all of her nine adversaries, scored in 1:51.4 over Play For Pay (Kayne Kauffman) and Talkaboutaqueen (Brett Miller). The mild favorite was making just her seventh start since the beginning of 2020, but increased her lifetime win total to 24 and raised her career bounty to $176,018. Shards Halo N, owned by trainer Tyler George and Scott George, was the fifth different winner of the top distaff race at Miami Valley in recent weeks. Play For Pay put up all the fractions (:26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.2) before Tetrick and Shards Halo N swept to the front midway down the stretch during the :28.2 final panel.   Favorites won both divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for non-winners of four pacing mares, setting the stage for next week's $25,000 championship showdown. Keystone Eureka (Tetrick, 1:53.3, $2.20) was a handy winner over Better Days Ahead (Mitch Cushing) and My Lady Dude (Josh Sutton) in the first split. Coupled with a second place finish in the first leg, the four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere will be highly regarded when the finalists answer the call to post. Ryan Miller trains the winner for the Miller Racing Stable, Inc. Coconut Beach (Tyler Smith, 1:52.2, $4.80) extended her win streak to three by topping Ellagator (Miller) and Anthem (Cushing). Jeff Brewer owns and trains the four-year-old daughter of Art Major who is also likely to attract the attention of a multitude of handicappers working next Friday's series finale. The nine mares who will comprise the Coven Memorial final field are: Coconut Beach, Keystone Eureka, Anthem, Real Rockin Ravi, Better Days Ahead, Ellagator, Smoknthemnbluejeans, Sara Jane and Harper. Racing resumes Saturday (March 6) at Miami Valley with a 4:05 p.m. post time. Two open paces and four divisions of the final preliminary leg of the George Williams Memorial Series will be featured. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway seems to be a course for the horse in the case of Sweet Mr Pinetucky. The seven-year-old homebred son of Pinetucky prevailed in the $22,500 Open Trot on Tuesday (Feb. 23) in 1:53.4, just one-fifth of a second off his career mark taken over the same southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval just under a year ago. With the score the winner increased his lifetime win total to 27 while increasing his earnings for owners Lester and Floyd Raber to $305,909. Driver Trace Tetrick hustled Sweet Mr. Pinetucky to the early lead before yielding to last week's winner Workinitonbroadway (Josh Sutton) near the :27.4 first quarter station. With a pocket ride through middle splits of :57.4 and 1:25.3, the winner trotted willingly through the stretch once shown some daylight. Workinitonbroadway held for second with Milford's Z Tam (Mitchell Cushing) benefitting from a ground saving trip to finish third.   A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial series for non-winners of four or $40,000 trotters were also contested. The quickest heat went to Miss Smead (LeWayne Miller) in a lifetime best 1:55.3, beating Deswanslittlelorie (John DeLong) and Swan Fashion (Tyler Smith). Coconut Kate (Randy Crisler) triumphed in the other division, topping Susie D (Brett Miller) and Just For Us (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:56.2. Although the nominees in this series are evenly split by gender, trotting mares swept the first five spots in one division and the top three in the other. Miami Valley will present a special make up program on Wednesday (Feb. 23) with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Due to a two-day carryover approaching $4000 in the track's Pick-5 wager, the Wednesday pool will be guaranteed at $10,000, in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Platform. Due to an abbreviated 10-race program, the Hi-5 will be comprised of races 6 through 10 with an approximate start at 3:40 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Hamsandwich, a gorgeous roan four-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis, captured the $22,500 championship leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series at Miami Valley on Monday (Feb. 22). It was his third straight success in the series, this one clocked in 1:54. Leading driver Trace Tetrick guided the odds-on favorite for owner-trainer Adam Short. The Hiteman series, one of nine "Lebanon Legends" events honoring notable former southwest Ohio horsemen in February and March, featured non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime through the nomination date. Hamsandwich will now likely graduate to the George Williams Memorial for non-winners of four races or $40,000. As he did in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was satisfied to settle Hamsandwich into a mid-pack position until flushing live cover nearing the half, which carried him until halfway around the final bend. At that point, as he so often does, Tetrick swung Hamsandwich three wide and they roared down the middle of the stretch to a convincing victory. Gambler Panic (Jason Brewer) put up a courageous fight before succumbing to the winner about 100 yards shy of the finish line. The pair produced a $16.80 perfecta. Longshot Bizys Beatle (Jared Seekman) was best of the rest and completed a $101.70 50-cent trifecta return.   Racing resumes Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami Valley with 2:05 p.m. post times on each day. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley, featuring odd distance races, got underway on Saturday (Feb. 6) at Miami Valley in two harness racing divisions. Although the track was listed as 'good' and was damp due to partial thawing, both divisions were clocked in 1:09.1 and were captured by the betting favorites. Crimson And Chrome closed well in the homestretch to pass Shane Adam (Sam Widger) and Goldinthebadlands (Brett Miller). Leading driver Trace Tetrick was in the sulky, driving for his brother Tim, who owns Crimson And Chrome. Trace's 63 wins at Miami Valley since the meet commenced on Jan. 3 ranks second in the country behind only Aaron Merriman. Tim, who races in the East, is currently sixth on the U. S. leading drivers list as he rapidly approaches the coveted 12,000 victories plateau.   It was the 15th career triumph for the 5-year-old by Sweet Lou from just 48 trips to the gate. Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) won the other split by holding off longshot Snowball's Romeo (Chris Page) and Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman). Tessa Perrin owns the 7-year-old son of Dragon Again and entrusts the training to her husband J. D. The winner now sports 24 wins from 115 lifetime starts. GD Western Joe (Page) visited the winner's circle for the fifth time in his last seven starts in the $20,000 Open I. He now has a string of eight straight races with first or second place finishes in Open competition. The Burke Brigade stable stalwart topped My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) and Tivo Hanover (Kauffman) in 1:53.2 for his 28th victory in his 100th career start. The unaltered son of Real Desire, with a 1:49.3 best at Miami Valley in 2020, passed the $600,000 earnings benchmark with the win. An $18,000 Open II was also carded and was won by Loutenant (Tyler Smith) in a mild 10-1 upset in 1:52.1. Favored Voracity (Noble) was runnerup with Never Say Never N (John DeLong) finishing third. Chief Mate (Brett Miller), a recent $225,000 purchase at the Meadowlands January auction by Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio, exploded in the stretch to capture a top condition pace in 1:52 for trainer Todd Luther. Business has been brisk in the first 25 days of the 2021 meet, with an average daily handle of $540,179, which represents a 35% increase over previous year levels. Racing resumes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7) with an early 12::05 post time. From Miami Valley Raceway                                

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $30,000 claiming paces highlighted the first day (Sunday, Jan. 3) of the 2021 harness racing meet at Miami Valley Raceway with driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George winning both of the $15,750 purse events. Secret Threat copped the lidlifter in 1:52.4 over Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith) in what proved to be the quickest mile of the day. Trainer Tyler George co-owns the nine-year-old son of Palone Hanover, who won for the 35th time in his career boosting his lifetime earnings to over $340,000. In the 12th of 14 dashes on the day, Tetrick and George were back in the winner's circle with Voracity, an eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster. It was the 23rd tally for the winner and increased his total bounty to over $630,000. Brian and Ira Wallach own Voracity, who will join Secret Threat as one of the favorites when a $30,000 "Claim To Fame" series commences at Miami Valley next Sunday (Jan. 10). Tetrick lead all drivers on opening day with a Grand Slam. In addition to Secret Threat and Voracity, the 34-year-old green and gold clad reinsman won with Friskiesonaroll (1:56.4, $7.60) and Golden Paradise (1:55.3, $3). Dan Noble and Josh Sutton had driving doubles with Jeremy Smith, Sam Widger, Randy Tharps, Brett Miller, Sandy Beatty and LeWayne Miller all getting their initial victories on the year. The Miami Valley handle of $604,280 was its best opening day to begin its eighth season of live racing. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Monday (Jan. 4) and Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoons with 2:05 p.m. post times. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick had an enviable choice to make at scratch time for the Saturday (Dec. 5) program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   He could drive last week's winner--Kiss Of Terror from an inside post (#2) again--or opt for a new Indiana invader named Tellmeaboutit, who had an outside post (#8).   Tetrick made the right choice by steering Tellmeaboutit, who scored in 1:50.3 for his sixth win of the year and 17th of his career.   The 4-year-old altered son of Tellitlikeitis is rapidly approaching a half million dollars in lifetime bounty for Twila Harts and co-owner and trainer Alvin Miller.   Kiss Of Terror, with John DeLong getting the sulky assignment, sped away from the gate in front stopping the first three quarter-mile beams in :26.4, :54.4 and 1:21.4. Tellmelikeitis got away fourth, pulled at the half and moved up to second on the outside by the three-quarters station. Assuming the lead coming off the final bend, the winner held off a late charge by runnerup GD Western Joe (Chris Page) while Yankee Boots (Brett Miller) secured the show spot. Braley Hanover, with newcomer Mitchell Cushing on his lines, and Kiss Of Terror rounded out the Hi-5 finishers.     All source handle has been surprisingly strong since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine instituted a statewide 10 p.m. curfew two weeks ago, prompting Hollywood Dayton to move its weekend post time up to 4 p.m.   Due to the success on the new twilight programs Dayton petitioned and has been granted permission by the Ohio State Racing Commission to continue the 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday night post times until the end of the meet on December 30.   By Gregg Keidel    

Anderson, IN - Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed the curtain on its 27th season of live harness racing on Saturday, November 21. In conjunction with a dynamic 14-race card, the leading driver and leading trainer honors were awarded. Driver Trace Tetrick took home his ninth leading driver title and trainer Tyler George broke through a competitive group to take home his first title. Tetrick seemed to have his sights set on the leading driver honors as soon as the 2020 meet kicked off, spending the rest of the season bolstering his lead on his competitors to earn 273 seasonal wins in his 1311 starts. As it has been in seasons past, the top 3 drivers consisted of Tetrick, Sam Widger and John DeLong. Widger held the silver title with 165 wins from 1202 starts while DeLong took third with 145 wins from 1096 starts. Taking home his seventh consecutive leading driver title, Tetrick currently resides in fifth place for top drivers nationwide with his 386 this season. Since 2008, the Illinois native has continually earned over $2 million a season, contributing to those lifetime earnings of $61,086,842. Tetrick has driven three Breeders Crown victors, sitting behind Freaky Feet Pete in 2015, as well as Blazin Britches and Fiftydallarbill in 2017. "Getting to come in and drive great horses for great trainers and owners makes my job fun," Tetrick chuckled in the winner's circle. "I just remember that every night's a new night and it's important to come back fresh the next day. It's a privilege to get to race here in such a great environment." When asked what goals he has set for himself? "I am already looking toward that 10th title," he said. In years past, Jamie Macomber and Jeff Cullipher owned the battle for the leading trainer title but after a hallmark season, Tyler George bested the two with his 70 wins from 233 starts. Macomber and Cullipher tied for second with 60 wins each. While George has been training since 2004, he began consistently bringing in over $1 million in yearly earnings in 2016. The Ohio native is no stranger to the Indiana Sires Stakes circuit, training horses like Golden Paradise and Always A Prince. While 2020's earnings sat just under 1 million at $932,957, George has had a standout year earning a 30% win clip as well as recording his 1000th training win at Hoosier Park in September. "I feel like this is such an accomplishment," George noted. "This is a very competitive track to race, so I'm grateful to have such a great team who puts all their time and effort into the game. I'm very proud to have earned this title." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans, bettors and horsemen who helped make the 2020 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park      

Hightstown, NJ — Virgo won the $57,235 Fox Stakes for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers and Swingforthefences captured the $33,530 Ralph Wilfong Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters Wednesday (Aug. 12) at the Indiana State Fair. With Trace Tetrick in the sulky, Virgo was sixth through the first three-quarters of the 11-horse Fox Stakes before unleashing a :28.1 final quarter to win by five lengths over JK Going West in 1:52. TJ’s Indy Pacer finished third. “I was very happy with him,” trainer Dylan Davis said. “He went a big trip, came from a long way back.” Virgo is by Always A Virgin out of Star Of The Show. He was purchased for $13,000 at the Hoosier Sale and is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner American Passport. He is owned by Davis, Howard Taylor, and Jeff Billings. He was bred by Dustin Miller. “Just looking at his videos, he’s not a real big, flashy-looking colt, but he looked very athletic, very light on his feet,” Davis said. “I’m really impressed how smart he is. I was a little worried about him getting hot most of the winter but the more he does it the more he’s relaxing. He’s got a lot of ability and he’s fast.” Virgo has three wins and a second in four races. He has earned $52,742. Swingforthefences won the Wilfong Memorial by 2-3/4 lengths over Breckenridge in 1:57.2. Jessie’s Swan was third. Peter Wrenn drove Swingforthefences for trainer Melanie Wrenn and owners David McDuffee and L&L Devisser. The son of Swan For All out of Sunday Yankee was bred by Concord Stud Farm. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Swingforthefences has won three consecutive races after a second-place finish in his debut. He has earned $57,890. Virgo and Swingforthefences are both eligible to the Breeders Crown, which will be held at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in October. For Wednesday’s complete charts from the Indiana State Fair, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

LEBANON, OH. - Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) eeked out a narrow harness racing victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Feb. 21), topping longshot Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and favorite Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in a photo finish. Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) was quickest off the starting car, but finally relinquished to Checks On The Way just past the :26.4 opening quarter mile. After a single file :29 second quarter breather, the best 'girls' in the region got serious and by the 1:24.1 third station were double tiered from front to back. Rosemary Rose was leading the charge on the outside with Diamondtequilashot in tow. When those two outer flow combatants fanned three wide at the top of the lane and fierce and exciting battle ensued all the way down the stretch. Rosemary Rose reached the wire first in 1:52.3 with the other pair lapped on and earning an identical clocking. The winner paid $7; the exacta returned a healthy $78.80; and the 500-cent trifecta was worth $252.69. The feature race triumph was one of three on the program for the Chris Page-Ron Burke driver-trainer tandem. They also scored with GD Western Joe (1:51.1, $2.60) in a $14,000 condition pace and Rockin Zoe (1:55, $11.40) in a non-winners of six races condition/claiming event. Page added a fourth tally with Sports Lightning (1:57.2, $29) in a $5000 claimer for Rob Zink Racing and Strike Point Racing LLC. Tetrick bettered Page's 'grand slam' by adding "one for the thumb." Trace's winners were Treacherous Beach (1:58, $16.20), Cantescapemydesire (1:54, $4.80), Scarlet V (1:55.2, $4.20), Tickle My Fancy (1:56, $9) and Debt Motivated (1:52.3, $4.20). With his handful of winners, Tetrick extended his meet leading total to 69 with a six win margin over current runnerup Brett Miller. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 22) when the feature will be the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at a distance of 1-1/4 miles. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) destroyed a field of classy distaffers in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 7). Her 1:51.2 clocking, in her first start back after a two month break, was two full seconds faster than any of the previous five Friday night features thus far in the meet. Tetrick, confident the 5-year-old daughter of Believeinbruiser was ready after a winning 1:55 qualifier eight days earlier, fired the winner from the starting gate and enjoyed a two length advantage when the quarter mile marker was reached in :27 flat. Checks On The Way extended the lead throughout the remainder of the mile, posting middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.2. A :28 final quarter netted a comfortable 5-1/2 length victory for the 9-5 favorite who returned $5.60 to her win backers. Colorful Sky (Sam Widger), who was last week's Mares Open winner, closed well for runnerup honors but was no match for razor sharp Checks On The Way. Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith) grabbed the show dough; while Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and Eliza Dushku N (LeWayne Miller) secured the minor spoils. Trainer Tyler George co-owns Checks On The Way with Scott Tyler. With 23 triumphs in 77 career tries, she now boasts earnings of $179,779, almost half of which was banked in 2019 during her four-year-old season. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick) became the third harness racing mare in three weeks to win the Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) and Allbeastnobeauty (Aaron Merriman) in the $24,000 event on Friday night (Jan. 17). The winner, a 6-year-old daughter of Allthatgltrsisgold who won ten races and $133,175 in 2019, was forced to come first-up into pedestrian fractions that resulted in a 1:54 score. Making her first start since October, Golden Paradise was eased away in third from a two-hole start, but was flushed into the outer flow after a :27.1 opening panel. With the field double tiered from to back due to a :30 second quarter, Tetrick and his charge ground on the outside for the final 5/8ths of the mile before pulling away in the last sixteenth. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, Golden Paradise returned $11.80. Owned by Sam Schillaci, Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC and trainer Tyler George, she now has 29 wins in 85 starts on her lifetime resume good for $256,802 in earnings. Finalists were determined in a pair of Claim To Fame series on Friday night. Johns Baby Girl (Tyler Smith, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Danikova (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $7.00) both repeated in the $20,000 claiming mares division. They will be joined by Part-Time Hanover, Youlookhot, Shes Gorgeous Lady, Model, Velocity Lana, Sumthenforthegirlz and Atlantic Star if all nine leading money winners enter the $30,000 final leg. In the division for $12,500 pacing horses and geldings, the winners were Panoramic View (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $8.00), Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller, 1:53, $8.40) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.3, $29.60). Rounding out the $25,000 final field, if all enter, will be Hell On Wheels, Boogie Nights, Moonwards Hanover, Rolling Thunder, Ahdoughnolum and Sedona Seelster-with a strict limit of no more than two horses for any owner or trainer. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with a 6:05 p.m. post time. The card features a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and three $22,500 divisions of second round Claim To Fame action for $20,000 male pacers. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot. Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter. The winning 6-year-old son of Pinetucky never got a serious challenge while cruising through the remaining timing stations in :57, 1:24.4 and sealing the deal with a :28.4 final panel for an open lengths 1:53.3 triumph. Trainer Lester Raber co-owns Sweet Mr Pinetucky with breeder Floyd Raber. It was the 20th career win and increased the winner's lifetime bounty to $213,106. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, he paid $11.40. Tetrick's other three winners on the matinee were Firstrockthenroll (1:57, $4.00) for trainer Pat Melloy Jr., General Dolan (1:53.1, $3.40) for conditioner Bob Phillips, and Cantescapemydesire (1:55.4, $2.40) from the Tyler George barn. A former Miami Valley meet dash champion, Tetrick has notched eleven scores through the first five days of the current 87-night session. Miami Valley presents 6:05 p.m. programs on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to 2:05 p.m. matinees every Sunday (except Super Bowl and Easter), Monday and Tuesday through May 3. From Miami Valley Raceway  

Anderson, Ind.--November 9, 2019--Harrah's Hoosier Park concluded the 26th season of live harness racing with a 13-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his sixth consecutive and eighth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who is also currently the fourth leading driver in the country by wins, was officially recognized as the 2019 leading driver with 328 victories while amassing over $4.4 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Sam Widger finished second with 303 victories with John DeLong in third with 256 trips to the winner's circle. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $55 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. As the all-time leading driver in Hoosier Park history, Tetrick recorded his best season to date in 2017 with over $6.8 million in purse earnings and 569 victories. This season, Tetrick recorded his 5,000th career victory earlier in the year and also posted his fourth consecutive season with earnings over the $5 million mark. "I want to thank the owners, trainers, and grooms who put me in the position where I can do well every night," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "I'm always focusing on one race at a time and my goal is to win that race. I've had great horses to drive all season and have been lucky to be in the right spots at the right time. I am going to take a few weeks off and take a little vacation before getting back to work at the first of the year and of course, look forward to being ready to go back here in March." "The support of my family and friends has been great," he continued. "My wife Sandy and I are extremely lucky--we welcomed our daughter Chloe this year--and we are surrounded by a lot of great people." Jeff Cullipher, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2017 and 2018, was officially recognized as the leading trainer of the 2019 season. The Cullipher Stable had an impressive 108 wins and amassed over $1.7 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. Peter Redder finished second in the leading trainer standings with 62 wins while Jamie Macomber finished third with 61. After recording his first million dollar season as a trainer in 2017 with his stable netting over $1.2 million in purse earnings and 102 victories, Cullipher has not looked back. In 2019, the Henderson, Kentucky native has doubled his stats from the past two seasons and is in the midst of his best season to date. Cullipher has sent out 167 winners and surpassed the $3 million mark in purse earnings this season. "I have to thank the people around me," Cullipher said. "My family, the owners, and all of my employees have gotten me to this point. My owner--Tom Pollack--keeps me sharp and has always keeps fresh horses in the barn. There is no off-season, we will continue to work hard and hopefully improve off of this season next year." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans, bettors and horsemen who helped make the 2019 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. "As we bring down the curtain on the 26th season of harness racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment and thank everyone who contributed to another amazing race meet," said Harrah's Hoosier Park Vice President and General Manager of Racing Rick Moore. "And a special thanks to our horsemen for putting on a show each and every night that we were proud to send out to over 500 wagering outlets. As I say repeatedly the racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park is as good as you will find in all of North America." "Best wishes to all as we head into the off-season," he continued. "We are already looking forward to 2020 and in particular the return of the coveted Breeders Crown!" For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

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