Hoosier Park

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Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
Location Anderson, Indiana
Address 4500 Dan Patch Circle
Opening date June 2008
Total gaming space 92,000 sq ft (8,500 m2)
Casino type Racino
Owner Centaur, Inc.
Coordinates Coordinates: 40°04′09″N 85°38′19″W / 40.06917°N 85.63861°W / 40.06917; -85.63861
Website www.hoosierpark.com

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is a racino including a standardbred racetrack located approximately 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis in Anderson, Indiana, United States. The facility features live Harness Racing from April through October, casino gaming, restaurants, a gift shop, entertainment, and cash drawings for members of their players club, Club Centaur Rewards Club. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has hosted musicians like the The Beach Boys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Billy Currington.

The $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana’s most historic harness racing event, was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 and has become a tradition that highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing.

The 2017 Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events valued at $6 million, will be contested at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino [1] on October 27 & 28.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino offers off track betting (OTB) at four locations in Indiana: New Haven/Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Shelbyville, and Clarksville. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson also offers simulcasting year-round.

History[edit]

In 1990, Virgil E. Cook, a prominent local businessman and longtime resident of Anderson, Indiana, donated 110 acres (0.45 km2) of commercial real estate to the city for the sole purpose of developing a pari-mutuel racing facility. In 1992, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to purchase Indiana's only pari-mutuel license from The Anderson Park Group headed by Louis Carlo and open a racetrack on the site of the land donated by Cook. It was the first racetrack outside Kentucky owned by Churchill Downs since 1939. In February 1994 a contract was signed for the construction of Hoosier Park. The construction of the facility cost approximately $13 million. On September 1, 1994, the track finally opened. A crowd of 7,633 came to the grand opening of the standardbred season. The track announces plans to open four off-track betting facilities in Indiana. On October 7, 1995, the first Indiana Derby was run.

Churchill Downs sold Hoosier Park in April 2007 for 8.2 million dollars to Centaur Group.

Legislation was passed shortly after April 2007 to permit slot machines at both tracks, converting them to what is called a "racino". Both tracks were legislated to get a 55 percent share of the estimated $325 million the 2,000 slots at each of the state's two tracks were expected to generate annually. This would also increase the purse sizes of the races.

Hoosier Park Casino opened to the public on June 2, 2008.[2]

In 2001, Indiana Downs became the second horse racing track in the state. Initially located in Fairland, Indiana; it was later annexed into nearby Shelbyville, Indiana.

The Indiana Derby was once held at Hoosier Park but is now held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

Physical attributes[edit]

The track is a seven-eighths of a mile dirt oval. There is no turf course.

Racing[edit]

Stakes Racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino include:

  • The Dan Patch Stakes
  • The Nadia Lobell
  • Kentuckiana Stallion Management
  • Centaur Trotting Classic
  • The Hoosier Park Pacing Derby
  • The Elevation
  • The Jenna's Beachboy
  • The Moni Maker
  • The Circle City
  • The Madison County
  • The Pegasus
  • The Monument Circle
  • The Carl Erskine
  • The USS Indianapolis Mem.
  • The Crossroads of America

See also[edit]

List of casinos in Indiana

References[edit]

  1. ^ AP 5:10 p.m. EDT October 29, 2014 (2014-10-29). "Breeders Crown sites announced through 2017". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  2. ^ http://southerngaming.com/?p=740

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