Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2010. The facility will offer 80 days of Standardbred racing and 63 days of Thoroughbred racing with 26 of those days including Quarter Horse racing action during the 2010 calendar year.
The track was approved for the same number of race dates in 2009, though the Quarter Horse dates have been bumped up to 26. Adjustments were later made to last year's stakes schedule when it was announced the grade II, $400,000 Indiana Oaks for 3-year-old fillies would not be run. The race is also not on the schedule for 2010.
Thoroughbred racing begins July 30. Racing will be held Wednesday through Sunday with post times at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Racing will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A special Labor Day racing card will be held Sept. 6 beginning at 1 p.m. No racing will be held that week on Wednesday, Sept. 8 as a result of the special holiday racing program.
The $500,000-added Indiana Derby (gr. II) will be the highlight of the Thoroughbred season. Falling into its customary first weekend in October slot, the Indiana Derby is slated for Oct. 2.
Quarter Horse racing will be included on 26 days in conjunction with the Thoroughbred meet. The season will conclude Sunday, Oct. 24.