An expanded stakes schedule and an increase in overnight purses are part of the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Thoroughbred meet that begins July 31.
Benji Blues, a 2-year-old son of Posse out of the stakes-winning Take Me Out mare Susie Blues, sold for $65,000 to top the July 25 horses of racing age sale.
Indiana Downs set a total handle record for one program when it wrapped up its 2010 meet July 14.
Indiana Downs, citing weather-related cancellations, will increase some overnight purses and state-bred supplements in open races 30% effective June 29. The meet ends July 14.
When Indiana Downs didn't card a scheduled $75,000 stakes May 26 due to a shortage of entries, red flags were raised as to whether there was another reason the race wasn't run.
Mancini, a half-brother to major sire Unbridled's Song, has been moved to Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.
Less than two years into its slots-at-racetracks initiative, Indiana is in conflict and debate over its Thoroughbred racing and breeding programs, and how to strike a balance between them.
Assistance efforts are underway in southern Indiana to treat 17 Thoroughbreds removed from Green River Stables near Evansville earlier this month.
Centaur LLC, the owner of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and saddled with significant debt and interest payments, has filed for bankruptcy.
Desert Warrior, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, has been purchased by Randy Haffner for stallion duty at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.
Equinox, a 12-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, has been moved to stand at Southern Indiana Equine Clinic near Austin, Ind.
Grade II winner Zavata has been acquired by Larry Ernst from Dixiana Farm near Lexington for stallion duty at his Foot Fall Farm near Palmyra, Ind.
Grade I winner Forest Danger has been relocated to Thomas Wente's WinRich Farm near North Vernon, Ind.
Unbridled Express, a grade I stakes-placed son of Unbridled's Song, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Breakway Farm near Dillsboro, Ind.
Graded stakes winner Buckle Down Ben will stand in 2010 at Leigh Ann Richwine's Richwine Farm near Anderson, Ind.
Patrick Adams has been hired by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to serve as director of enforcement, a position the KHRC said has been vacant for almost two years because of budget woes.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2010.
Chief Seattle, New York's leading sire in 2007, has been purchased by Tommy Wente's WinRich Farm for stallion duty at the North Vernon, Ind., farm.
Stakes winners Halo Najib and Massive Drama will enter stud in 2010 at Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson, Ind.
Max's Pal has been relocated to the Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson, Ind., for the 2010 breeding season. The 14-year-old son of Marquetry previously stood at Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla. He will be standing as the property of a syndicate and will stand for $1,500 live foal.
Indianapolis-based Centaur, which owns Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., recently missed interest payments and has defaulted on loans in excess of $400 million.
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office has lifted a restriction that kept horses from Indiana's Hoosier Park from entering the barn areas of any Kentucky racetrack or public training facility.
Fifty-four quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in Central Indiana after two others tested positive for a contagious infection.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever, so as a precautionary measure, both horses were removed from the grounds and shipped to a secondary quarantine facility per recommendation of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced purse increase that has put purses about 20% higher than they were when its meet began July 30. Thus far, the Indiana track has paid about $30,000 more a day than Turfway Park in neighboring Kentucky.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will raise purses 12% beginning Aug. 19, citing a "conservative approach" taken with the purse account when the meet began in late July.
The future of Ellis Park beyond this year is questionable, but it appears the Kentucky racetrack's current meet has a good chance of being expanded.
Stakes winner Quick Action was represented by his first winner when his son Eternally Fast won July 17 at Calder Race Course.
The Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said it was part of a discussion to assist racetracks by surrendering a portion of horsemen's revenue from slot machines but isn't a member of the coalition that issued a June 16 release to that effect.
Four horsemen's and breeders' organizations in Indiana said June 16 they will, over a three-year period, give racetracks a share of their revenue from slot machines to help stabilize the tracks.
Mike Lauer would like nothing more than to win the Snack Stakes, which is named after one of the best Indiana-bred 3-year-olds to race. Snack was euthanized in March 2005 in a stakes that might have determined whether he would have participated in Triple Crown events.
Grade II winnner and millionaire Hap has been relocated for stallion duty to Still Creek Farm near Brookville, Ind.
More competition for Kentucky racing will come April 20 when Indiana Downs begins a 62-day meet featuring purse increases for most overnight races and an expanded stakes schedule worth more than $1 million.
Indy King, a son of A.P. Indy, will stand at Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson, Ind.
The Horseplayers Association of North America regularly rates the 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Hoosier Park is #4.
Randy Graf, who was a board member of the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, died Jan. 13.
The first foal by El Nino was foaled Jan. 12 at Eddie Martin's Martin Stables South near Reddick, Fla.
As hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from slot machines flows to horse racing, there is growing sentiment that perhaps the racing industry is failing to capitalize on the new wealth by solely pumping money into purses and breed development programs.
Graded stakes winner Evil Minister will enter stud in 2009 at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind., for a fee of $4,000.
Grade I winner High Fly has been relocated to TW Stables near Booneville, Ind., for the 2009 breeding season.
Century City will stand in 2009 at Breakway Farm near Dillsboro, Ind., for a fee of $2,500.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs have submitted requests for 2009 schedules that could significantly impact surrounding states.
The Governor's Task Force on Racing in Kentucky is close to preparing and releasing a report pinpointing problems and offering recommendations that ultimately will require a lot of money -- something in short supply given an ongoing budget crunch.
Grade II stakes-placed El Nino has been moved to Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farm near Seymour, Ind.
El Nino, who stood his first season at Martin Stables South in Florida, will stand next year at Swifty Farm in Indiana.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicks off a 14th season of Thoroughbred racing Aug. 29, and the 63-day meet will be one of change.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a plan Aug. 14 that calls for significant increases to purses offered through the Thoroughbred Breed Development program at the upcoming Hoosier Park meet.
Despite downward trends in wagering nationwide, Indiana Downs bucked the trend by staying relatively flat during its 54-day Thoroughbred meet that ended July 8.
The slots era in Indiana is off to a strong start as the casinos at both Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs combined to pull in a little more than $26 million in adjusted gross receipts during the first month of operation.
The temporary "Indiana Live!" slot-machine casino at Indiana Downs opened to the public June 9, ushering in a richer future for the state's horsemen. But purses won't be going up any time soon.
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