Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Spectators Return to Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand July 4

In conjunction with the State of Indiana and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville will allow for live racing beginning July 4. Simulcast operations will also resume at both properties. Both Hoosier and Indiana Grand will operate at reduced capacity, in accordance with State of Indiana and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission guidelines. All guests will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks in all locations, and will be required to wear face masks while...

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Decreases to Indiana 2020 Breeding Program Approved

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved cuts to the state's Thoroughbred breeding program during a virtual meeting last week. With casino closures and the potential for reduced revenues once reopened, funding available for the state's breeding program decreased significantly. The new projected revenue is estimated to be around $8.2 million, according to a release from the racing commission. Purses for Indiana-bred stakes have been reduced across the board, with the six Indiana Signature Stakes, typically worth $150,000, reduced to $100,000, and the other 22 restricted Indiana-bred and Indiana-sired stakes to...

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Indiana Grand Targets June 15 Opening

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, has proposed opening its 90-day season Monday, June 15 and close as previously scheduled Nov. 18. In a departure from the previously approved schedule, Indiana Grand will now race on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, with a first race post time of 2:20 p.m. ET. "The longer our season was delayed the more clear it became that we needed to rethink the goals of the meet," said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing....

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Indiana Horse Racing Commission Outlines Key Dates for Reopening of State’s Tracks

Fitting into a five-phase reopening plan for the state of Indiana outlined by its governor, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has announced four major dates to pay attention to for the reopening of the state's racetracks. The dates are as follows: May 11--Essential travel restrictions are lifted (local non-essential travel allowed). Horses currently located in Indiana will be allowed to begin moving onto the backside of both racetracks. This applies only to those trainers with horses currently located in-state. Please contact Harrah's Hoosier Park or Indiana Grand's racing office to...

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Indiana Thoroughbred Program Eyes Growth of $2.4m

Owing to the introduction of table games at the state's racinos, the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development (ITBD) Advisory Committee has been able to put together a racing program that will reward more breeders with additional races and more money. Thanks to breed development and track contributions, the 2020 program will be valued at over $17.4 million, an improvement of $2.4 million--or nearly 14%--over last year's program. "The 2020 program is a work in progress as we find ourselves in a position of estimating table games revenue this first year," explains...

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