Turf racing debuted in Indiana May 14 when Indiana Downs unveiled its seven-furlong grass course. The track near Shelbyville held its inaugural Thoroughbred meet last spring.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission April 21 called for an economic impact study on the impact of having--or not having--Kentucky signals available at the state's racetracks and off-track betting parlors.
Indiana Downs opened its second Thoroughbred meet April 16 with backstretch upgrades and more markets for its signal.
Indiana Downs opens its 48-day Thoroughbred meeting Friday evening. The Shelbyville, Ind. track has received strong interest for this year's meet as it has received stall applications for nearly 1,300 horses. The oval offers only 400 stalls.
Indiana Downs has once again asked the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to consider a proposal that could ban Kentucky signals from the state's wagering network.
El Angelo, a grade II winner, died Feb. 8 because of complications from colic.
Indiana's horse racing industry may have another opportunity to secure more financial stability. An amendment introduced and passed in the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 19 would increase the annual subsidy to the industry from $27 million to $44 million. It goes to the full Senate for consideration.
Efforts to bring 5,000 electronic pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and two simulcast wagering facilities were defeated Feb. 12 in the Indiana General Assembly.
Grand Chance, a 4-year-old son of Grand Slam, will enter stud at Triple B Farms near Winchester, Ind.
A bill that would allow electronic pull-tab machines at Indiana racetracks and two satellite wagering facilities crossed a second hurdle Jan. 21. The House Ways and Means committee approved the legislation by a 17-10 vote and sent it along for consideration by the full House.
Average daily interstate simulcast handle rose but on-track wagering and attendance declined during the 70-day meet at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., that ended Thursday.
An effort to win approval for racetrack video lottery terminals failed Nov. 4 in Colorado, but in Maine, voters gave their approval for racetrack VLTs.
Graded stakes winner Announce and newcomer Saf will stand in 2004 at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.
Fewer racing dates and an unfavorable racing commission ruling led net revenue for Churchill Downs Inc. to drop by 6% during the third quarter of the year.
Thoroughbred racing gained eight days and Standardbred racing lost eight days under a 2004 schedule approved Oct. 15 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
Grand Hombre has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Indiana Derby (gr. III) Oct. 4 at Hoosier Park. Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando is second choice at 5-2 in a field of 11 scheduled to compete in the 1/16-mile feature at the Indiana racetrack.
Thoroughbred owner/breeder Ed Martin Jr., who helped develop the Indiana-bred program before Hoosier Park opened in the mid-1990s, has resigned as chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing and Breeding Coalition.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission sided with Indiana Downs Sept. 26 when it voted 4-1 to split riverboat casino admission tax revenue 50/50 with Churchill Downs Inc.-owned Hoosier Park. The move guarantees $5.4 million a year to Indiana Downs indefinitely.
Racing leaders in Indiana and one of the state's top politicians are teaming up to try and bring up to 10,000 slot machines to the state's racetracks and off-track betting facilities.
With a exceptions, the 2004 racing calendar for Indiana Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing could closely resemble this year's program, though Thoroughbred dates would increase slightly under the proposals.
Hoosier Park will kick off its ninth season of Thoroughbred racing Aug. 29 with a streamlined program: Because of the presence of second racetrack in Indiana, purses are down a substantial $80,000 to $90,000 a day from 2002.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission denied Indiana Downs' petition for a Marion County off-track betting facility Aug. 20, but it left racetrack officials optimistic another rule change could be negated in the coming months.
Indiana Downs officials will ask the state's regulatory agency to consider banning Kentucky Thoroughbred simulcast signals during a meeting July 29.
Indiana Downs' quest to obtain permission to operate a Marion County satellite wagering facility may have encountered it first roadblock.
The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has reached an agreement with Ellis Park to keep the stable area at the Henderson, Ky., racetrack open for training year-round.
Two Indiana racetracks made their cases for and against a second off-track betting parlor in Indianapolis. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission heard the arguments but made no decision.
Roger Dale Holbrook, on the run since November 2002 when his ex-wife, Barbara, was found slain at her Indiana home, was captured just hours after his story appeared May 17 on America's Most Wanted, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will hear arguments May 22 for and against granting Indiana Downs permission to build an Indianapolis off-track betting facility.
Indiana Downs has won approval from the Clark County, Ind., Council to open a satellite wagering facility in Clarksville or Jeffersonville, both of which are located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Officials in Clark County, Ind., have scheduled a hearing May 12 to discuss a request by Indiana Downs to operate a satellite wagering facility in Jeffersonville or Clarksville. The OTB parlor would be located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs and its Trackside OTB in Louisville, Ky.
Indiana Downs, located less than an hour from Hoosier Park, has reached a deal with the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network to import the May 3 Kentucky Derby, as well as signals from other CDSN tracks. Terms of the agreement weren't released.
Thoroughbred racing's newest track opens April 11, and the opening-night entry box showed plenty of interest by horsemen.
It seems as though the horse supply and the betting dollar is about to get stretched even further in the Midwest, where racetracks and casinos are plentiful.
Indiana Downs, which opens April 11 for its inaugural Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet, has scheduled 12 stakes for the session that runs through May 26.
Indiana Downs has battled winter weather to get ready for its first Thoroughbred meet, but officials believe things will fall into place by opening night April 11 and grand opening day April 12.
A bill to allow for pull-tabs at Indiana's two racetracks was relegated to committee, and likely killed Monday, by House Speaker Patrick Bauer because of the pending purchase of a minority interest in one of Hoosier Park's ownership groups by one of his campaign contributors.
Three pieces of legislation that would directly impact Indiana's horse racing industry are making their way through the General Assembly.
Legislation to legalize pari-mutuel pull-tabs could mean solid footing for Churchill Downs-owned Hoosier Park and upstart Indiana Downs, all interest groups in Indiana are not in agreement at how the bill is structured.
The New Mexico Racing Commission will take no action on licensing a racetrack in Hobbs until early next year. The delay comes after Gov. Gary Johnson removed three members of the five-member commission in November.
Trainer Barbara Holbrook was found dead of a gunshot wound at her home in Yorkville, Ind. on Tuesday. Her estranged husband, Roger Holbrook, is wanted by police in connection to the shooting and is described as "armed and dangerous."
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has approved the framework for the state's 2003 racing calendar. Now, it must OK specific dates, which could be difficult with two racetracks and two breeds.
Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs both submitted tentative 2003 racing schedules to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission Oct. 1, with each plan dividing the days in drastically different fashion.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission, in close vote, has ruled that two racetracks will compete for a riverboat admissions tax subsidy rather than split the revenue 50-50.
Indianapolis Downs, a Standardbred track currently under construction and set to open in Shelby County in December, is poised to offer at least 20 days of Thoroughbred racing in 2003.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has fined Pinnacle Entertainment more than $2 million and suspended the gaming license of Belterra Casino Resort for two days. The action by the commission came at its monthly meeting July 29 in Indianapolis.
A revamped Indiana Horse Racing Commission granted approval July 2 for the proposed Indianapolis Downs to build and operate an off-track betting parlor in Evansville, not far from Ellis Park in Kentucky.
Indianapolis Downs, a racetrack under construction in Indiana, could be fined $1.2 million by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for failure to disclose details about a consultant and lobbyist. An attorney for the association denied the allegations.
Quarter Horse racing ended in Kentucky nearly 15 years ago, but members of the American Quarter Horse Association met June 10 in Louisville to discuss how to bring the sport back to the Bluegrass state.
With the help of three Republicans who crossed the isle June 7, hopes for dockside gaming and pull-tab legislation continue to live as the full House passed House Bill 1001 by a 51-47 margin. The legislation now moves to the full Senate, which has a Republican majority.
Dockside gaming and pull-tab legislation were not passed into law during the Indiana General Assembly's regular session earlier this year, but both measures have made their way into a new budget bill during the special session now under way.
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