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Raper, Collins Repeat for Quarter Horse Titles

Ron Raper and Harold Collins each took home top honors in their respective categories Saturday, Oct. 22 to mark the end of Quarter Horse racing for 2011 at Hoosier Park.

Raper won 14 races during the season to earn his sixth title in the past seven years. A native of North Carolina, Raper is Hoosier Park’s all-time leading trainer with 85 wins. He has been dominant in the standings since 2005, only missing the title in 2007. Raper earned another stakes victory in the final day of racing as Rapid Ivory and rider Aron Hunt won a close photo to take home honors in the $75,000 Governor’s Stakes.

“The secret to having a good stable is good horses, good owners, and good help,” said Raper. “Everyone has worked really hard this year. We’ve really enjoyed being here and I’d like to thank Kevin Greely, Brian Elmore, and RJ Moore. They’ve done a great job.”

In the leading rider standings, Harold Collins earned his second straight title with 12 wins for the meet. The North Carolina native is second on the list of all-time leading riders at Hoosier Park behind Carter Riley, who has 53 career wins on Hoosier Park’s racing strip.