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Dan Patch field set

April 25, 2007

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A field which includes Shark Gesture, Artistic Fella, Load The Dice and locally-based Rebelman will contest the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational, the ninth race on the Saturday night card at Hoosier Park. The race is set as the ninth on the card with a first race post time of 6:45 p.m.
Shark Gesture, winner of the $610,000 Breeders’ Crown last fall, heads the list of entrants for the Dan Patch. With more than $760,000 in career earnings, the Cam’s Card Shark four-year-old recently returned to the track with his last start at Balmoral Park. The race was a winning effort for trainer Erv Miller in a time of 1:50.3. Shark Gesture will be driven by Brent Holland from post eight.

Another top contender for the title is Artistic Fella, who starts from post seven. The Steve Elliott-trained four-year-old is the only millionaire in the field. He comes into Hoosier Park off a third place finish at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:51.1. Artistic Fella will be driven by Cat Manzi.

Rebelman, the local representative in the race, makes his second consecutive start in the Dan Patch. Owned and trained by Steve Brannan of Bryan, Ohio, Rebelman is one for one in 2007 and turned in the fastest qualifier ever contested at Hoosier Park last week in a time of 1:51.4. Joe Essig Jr. will drive Rebelman from post 10 on the second tier.

Activities will begin Dan Patch Night when gates open at 5:30 p.m. The first 1,500 fans age 18 and over will receive a commemorative Dan Patch key chain depicting last year’s winner Hop Sing. Coupons will be distributed for the key chains at the door, redeemable following the third race. (Hoosier Park press release)

14th annual Dan Patch Invitational 
1--Load The Dice
2--Escape The Wind
3--Our Lucky Killean
4--Y Knot
6--My Boy David
7--Artistic Fella
8--Shark Gesture
9--Make It Brief
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