04/02/2017 12:44AM

Hoosier Park: White Metro wins feature race on opening night

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White Metro went into the record books as the first open winner of 2017 at Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2017 live harness racing season in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the meet on Saturday, April 1. An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 24th season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval on a beautiful spring evening in Indiana.

On the racing front, White Metro and Tyler Smith returned to their winning ways as they captured the featured event of the evening, a $17,500 Open for fillies and mares. Staging a big rally late in the lane, the 5-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:52 1/5.

“She’s a very nice mare,” Smith noted after the victory. “She tries hard every week and raced really strong tonight—that was a nice group of mares she beat.”

Trained by Jeff Cullipher, White Metro has now won two of five seasonal starts and 21 of 71 lifetime. The daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie has earned $272,622 for owners Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher. The victory was one of three training wins on the evening for Cullipher and one of four wins on the evening for driver Tyler Smith. Smith returned to Indiana with a lot of momentum after a solid winter season racing in his home state of Ohio. 

Saturday’s 14-race card was also a success for Hoosier Park’s 2016 leading driver Trace Tetrick who scored a driving grand slam on the evening. 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 in 2016.

--press release (Hoosier Park)--