Anderson, IN — Harrah’s Hoosier Park will host Grand Circuit racing, highlighted by the fourth edition of the $210,000 Caesars Trotting Classic, on Friday evening (Sept. 24). Eight Grand Circuit events, which also include the $182,000 Harrah’s Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and the $200,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-olds, will be contested on the $1.4-million card.
Nne of the best trotters in North America will line up behind the gate for the Caesars Trotting Classic, carded as the 13th race on the 15-race card. Fresh off of his score in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Lindy The Great returns to Hoosier as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Andy and Julie Miller. A winner of four of 11 races and $422,715 in 2021, Lindy The Great won of the 2019 Caesars Trotting Classic, romping to victory in a track record-equaling 1:51.1 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the bike.
Also included in the Caesars Trotting Classic are millionaires Guardian Angel As, 2019 Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade, as well as Nancy Takter trainee Ready For Moni. Indiana trainers bookend the field with Walter Haynes Jr. sending Australian sensation and co-track record holder Majestic Player A from the rail, as well as Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s leading trainer supplementing Lovedbythemasses, who will start from outside post nine.
The $182,000 Harrah’s Hoosier Park Pacing Derby will play as the lead-in for the Trotting Classic, as world champion and double millionaire This Is The Plan seeks his third consecutive victory in the event from post six with regular pilot Yannick Gingras aboard. Early favoritism, however, goes to back-row starter Catch The Fire, who returns to Indiana for the first time since his thrilling victory in the 2021 Dan Patch Stakes. Also featured in the accomplished field of 10 are Ocean Rock, fresh off his score in the Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs, as well as local favorites Tellmeaboutit and Little Rocket Man.
The lucrative card will also offer guaranteed wagers throughout the evening. A $20,000 guaranteed Late Pick-4 sequence will begin with the Harrah’s Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in race 12, a $25,000 guaranteed superfecta pool will be featured on the Caesars Trotting Classic, and the final race will feature a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High-Five.
In addition to the action on the track, Caesars Trotting Classic night will also serve as Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s “Community Night at the Races.” Guests can enjoy family fun entertainment all night long and giveaways presented by the Indiana Standardbred Association. Children can enjoy a free treat on the evening, receiving their free treat coupon from the nation’s leading drivers at the driver autograph session at 6 p.m. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will provide harness racing educational stations and interactive activities in the front paddock from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Caesars Trotting Classic card kicks off a busy, stakes-filled fall at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The championship season will continue at Hoosier Park with the $2-million Hoosier Champions card on Oct. 15, which features the $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. Following Hoosier Champions Night, five of the subsequent six weeks at Hoosier will feature Grand Circuit racing, concluding with the inaugural Thanksgiving Classics on Nov. 25.
Following this weekend, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will return to a Wednesday-through-Saturday racing schedule through October, before going to a Thursday-through-Saturday schedule in November though closing day on Dec. 4. For more information, visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.