The Indiana Horse Racing Association held its annual banquet to honor and induct two new members to the Hall of Fame Sunday, Oct. 24 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Dr. James Carmichael, inducted posthumously, and Ernie Gaskin were the 18th and 19th individuals added to the list of leaders who have worked tirelessly to promote and support horse racing in the state of Indiana.
Dr. James Carmichael was a career advocate for Quarter Horse racing. The graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine owned a veterinary practice in Sullivan, Ind. prior to his death in 2009. He was one of the initial members appointed to the Quarter Horse Breed Development Committee.
Gaskin was an initial member of the Standardbred Breed Development committee and brought a wealth of knowledge on racing. Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, pointed out Gaskin's endless hours working to establish a breeding and racing program in the state as well as his work on related projects such as lobbying for casino gaming at racetracks, enhancing the breed development funding, and providing positive solutions to better the sport. Moore also noted Gaskin's success as a trainer in the state.