10/11/2017 11:46PM

Hoosier: Indiana champions to be crowned on Friday

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Derick Giwner
Hannelore Hanover comes to Hoosier off a world record mile at the Red Mile.

The 2017 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 13 with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2017 Indiana stakes season. The annual Hoosier Champions Night will be part of a stakes-filled weekend as Grand Circuit racing action also returns to Hoosier Park for the fourth time this season.

With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indiana Sires Stakes Super night will be the richest night offered in the Indiana Sires Stakes program this season featuring eight $220,000 finals.  The 2 and 3-year-olds competing in the Super finals have accumulated points throughout the season, based on performance in the previous $75,000 finals, and the top point earners have earned the right to seek glory in the $220,000 finals. Complimenting the program will be four divisions for the aged competitors.

Fresh off her record setting performance at The Red Mile, Hannelore Hanover will be back in action in her home state of Indiana in the $70,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for Aged Trotting Mares. With a 1:49 2/5 victory in the $136,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile on Saturday, October 7, Hannelore Hanover trotted the second fastest mile in harness history and became the first female trotter to ever breach the 1:50 barrier. The World Champion and Dan Patch award winner will start from post six in the field of seven with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike.

The $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals will start in the second race on the program with a field of ten 2-year-old trotting fillies. O So Easy and driver, trainer, co-owner Verlin Yoder will look to continue their winning ways from post six as the 6-5 morning line choice. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover has won her last six outings while bankrolling $217,550 in lifetime purse earnings.

Satin Dancer will also put her own winning streak on the line the in $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies in the eleventh race on the program. The Byron Hooley trainee has won her last seven Hoosier Park outings and 20 of 31 lifetime starts. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the bike, Satin Dancer has been installed as the 6-5 morning line choice from post seven.

To complement the evening’s racing action, racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wager offered on the evening’s 14-race card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta pool will be available in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, slated as the tenth race on the program. The wager has a minimum bet of 50 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association.

In addition to the Indiana Sires Stakes action, Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park this weekend as Thursday’s 14-race card will feature the $73,600 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $68,800 Circle City for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $53,800 Madison County for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $50,000 Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers. The 12-race card on Saturday will feature $65,000 (est.) Circle City races for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters and $65,000 (est.) Madison County events for 2-year-old male pacers and trotters.

The first race will line-up behind the gate at 6:30 p.m. each night. The stakes filled weekend is part of Hoosier Park’s 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. 

-edited release (Hoosier Park)