While waiting on final information from some non-commingled locations, Horseshoe Indianapolis estimated that its total all-sources handle for the track's 2022 combined Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet will be nearly $235 million, showing an increase of 5.2% over figures in 2021. The increase is despite running 27 fewer races than in 2021, which resulted in a per race increase of over 9%.
“Despite difficult weather conditions with rain in most of May and a string of 100-plus heat index days that forced us to either cancel or move post times away from the heat in June, we ended up showing a solid season of business in 2022,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager. “We have to thank the horsemen's organizations and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for their partnership in achieving these numbers over last season, which was strong to begin with. It's definitely a group effort in moving the business levels forward in racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis.”
Included in the all-sources handle was a 6.2% increase in on-track wagering. A total of 1,192 races were held with an average field size of 8.06 horses per race, which was a marked improvement over 2021 when the average starters per race was 7.35.
The 21st season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis is expected to resume Tuesday, Apr. 18 for a 123-day meet. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission is set to review the proposal for 2023 at its next meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 at Harrah's Hoosier Park.