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Bettor's Wish favored in Dan Patch at Hoosier

August 12, 2020

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A field of 10 will be sent postward in the $225,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Ten of the top rated older pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking fame in the 27th installment of Hoosier Park’s premier harness racing event.
The 2020 installment of the Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 15-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The purse money set to be distributed throughout the evening will push the $500,000 mark.
With combined career purse earnings over $10 million, the talented field of 10 includes four millionaires. North America’s leading money-winning trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent of five in the field as he looks to score his third training victory in the Dan Patch Stakes.
As the richest horse in the field with $2 million in lifetime purse earnings, Bettor’s Wish will play the role of morning line choice at odds of 2-1 from post three. With Dexter Dunn listed to drive, the 4-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight-Lifetime Star will make his Hoosier Park debut after an impressive 1:47.3 score in the Sam McKee Memorial at the Meadowlands last week for trainer Chris Ryder. After capturing the title of 2019 Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing colt of the year and the richest pacer of 2019, Bettor's Wish has won two of five starts this season.
Backstreet Shadow has been enlisted as the second choice on the morning line at odds of 3-1. With Tim Tetrick listed to drive, the 5-year-old son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie will be looking to make amends after a gutsy second-place finish to Bettor’s Wish in the Sam McKee Memorial last week. Backstreet Shadow is currently the third highest earning aged horse for the 2020 season. 
Also included in the celebrated field of 10, Century Farroh will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn post three for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. With over $790,080 in lifetime purse earnings, Century Farroh has been tabbed 7-2 on the morning line.
As the lone Indiana-sired horse in the field, Shnitzledosomethin will return to his home state for the first time this season and has drawn the coveted rail position for trainer Dylan Davis. With $764,343 in lifetime purse earnings, the son of Fred and Ginger-Summer N Sand will be looking for his first major victory of the season.
The 2020 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:
  1. Shnitzledosomethin                      Tr: Dylan Davis                       Dr: Scott Zeron                       M/L: 20-1
  2. Century Farroh                             Tr: Dr. Ian Moore                    Dr: David Miller                     M/L: 7-2
  3. Bettor’s Wish                               Tr: Chris Ryder                       Dr: Dexter Dunn                     M/L: 2-1
  4. This Is The Plan                            Tr: Ron Burke                         Dr: Yannick Gingras               M/L: 15-1
  5. Workin Ona Mystery                   Tr: Brian Brown                      Dr: Tim Tetrick                       M/L: 12-1
  6. Backstreet Shadow                      Tr: Ron Burke                         Dr: Tim Tetrick                       M/L: 3-1
  7. Dorsoduro Hanover                     Tr: Ron Burke                         Dr: Matt Kakaley                    M/L: 15-1
  8. De Los Cielos Deo                       Tr: Ron Burke                         Dr: Matt Kakaley                    M/L: 15-1
  9. Filibuster Hanover                        Tr: Ron Burke                         Dr: Matt Kakaley                    M/L: 15-1
  10. Our Majordan A                         Tr: Virgil Morgan Jr.               Dr. David Miller                     M/L: 8-1
In a continued partnership with Hoosier Park, the local news station WISH-TV Channel 8 out of Indianapolis will provide exclusive coverage for the Dan Patch Stakes racing action at Hoosier Park on Friday. WISH-TV will be on property to provide racing fans with exclusive coverage of all the festivities happening on and off the race track. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park throughout the evening. WISH-TV’s live coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and will include the live showing of the Dan Patch Stakes.
The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”. Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free prizes, VIP giveaways, and food trucks.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $25,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association.

Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $100 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Slated as the 11th race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 9:46 p.m. (Hoosier Park)
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