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Hoosier Has Horses, But Purses Down Substantially

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.

Indy Parlor Denied, But Rule Change a Possibility

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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.

Holbrook Captured After Story Airs on TV Program

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.

Indy Downs Wins OK For OTB Parlor Near Churchill

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.

Indiana Downs Seeks Betting Parlor Near Churchill

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, CDSN Strike Deal on Simulcasts

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.

Newest Track in Indiana Readies for Thoroughbreds

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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.

Indiana Pull-Tab Bill Shelved

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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.

Pari-Mutuel Pull-Tab Proposal in Indiana Lacks Unanimity

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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.

Racetrack Licensing on Hold in New Mexico

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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 Holbrook Shot Dead at Home in Indiana

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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."

Two Tracks, Two Breeds: Indy Dates No Easy Task

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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.

Two Indiana Tracks Must Compete for Subsidy

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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.

Indiana Casino, Hubbard Fined by Gaming Panel

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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.

Indy Downs Gets OK for Parlor Near Ellis Park

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.

Proposed Indiana Racetrack May Be Fined $1.2M

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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.

Indiana Gaming, Racing Bill Heads to Full Senate

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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.

Indiana Gaming Expansion Lingers at Special Session

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.

Gaming May Come Up at Indiana Special Session

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Proponents of "pull-tab" machines for the horse racing industry and dockside gaming for riverboat casinos may have renewed hopes in Indiana. Gov. Frank O'Bannon has said he will call lawmakers back for a special session beginning May 14.

No Expanded Gaming in Indiana--Just Yet

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The Indiana General Assembly adjourned March 14 without a balanced budget, and it failed to pass legislation that would have expanded gaming in the state.

No Expanded Gaming in Indiana--Just Yet

The Indiana General Assembly adjourned March 14 without a balanced budget, and it failed to pass legislation that would have expanded gaming in the state.

'Mr. Indiana' Resigns From Panel to Race Horses

Ed Martin Jr., who authored the Indiana-bred incentive program and was very much involved in the start-up of Thoroughbred racing at Hoosier Park in 1995, said he would announce his resignation from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission during an awards dinner March 2.

Indiana House OKs Expanded-Gaming Legislation

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The Indiana House passed legislation Feb. 26 that allows for dockside gaming at riverboat casinos, and pull-tab machines in the state. Lawmakers approved the Senate bill by a 55-43 margin.

Churchill Downs Stock Jumps 9% on Monday

Churchill Downs stock rallied Monday, rising $3.22 on heavy trading. What drove the increase can only be speculated, but it came the day before Indiana legislators are to vote on a bill that expands gambling at racetracks and riverboats, and video lottery legislation is to be introduced in Kentucky.

Indiana Gambling Bill Progresses in Legislature

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Dockside gambling on Indiana riverboat casinos and electronic pull-tabs at Hoosier Park and the proposed Indianapolis Downs are one step closer to reality after a close vote in the Indiana Senate Jan. 31.

Indiana Racing Could Pay Price in Budget

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Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon gave his state of the state address Tuesday evening before members of the General Assembly, and the pari-mutuel industry wasn't left out of the equation.

Indiana Dates: Hoosier Schedule Revised

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission granted 2002 racing dates to Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs Tuesday, but not without some changes. Hoosier Park will conduct a 90-day Standardbred meet and 70-day Thoroughbred meet, while Indianapolis Downs will offer 19 days of Standardbred racing next December.

Indiana Tracks Ponder Proposed Funding Cuts

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One week after Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon proposed the transfer of $10 million from the horse racing industry to the state's general fund, Hoosier Park and Indianapolis Downs officials are calling the cut critical and are looking to other forms of revenue to offset the potential loss.

Indianapolis Downs Closes on Land Deal

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Indianapolis Downs took a major step toward construction of the state's second pari-mutuel racetrack Nov. 13 when it closed a deal to purchase 152 acres near Interstate 74 in Shelby County. No purchase price was disclosed. The facility, which is slated to open Dec. 6, 2002, will cost $30 million.

Indiana Budget Woes May Impact Racing

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Faced with a slumping local economy and notification from state officials that Indiana's growing budget deficit could leave it without money by mid-2003, Gov. Frank O'Bannon on Thursday night outlined a plan to keep the state from going broke.

Hoosier Application: 73 Fewer Dates for 2002

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After having offered an unprecedented 193 days of live Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and Quarter Horse racing this season, Hoosier Park on Thursday submitted a request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for 120 days in 2002.

Battle Lines Forming in Indiana, Kentucky

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Indianapolis Downs has filed an application for a license to operate a satellite wagering facility in Evansville, Ind., only minutes from Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. Officials with the proposed racetrack claim the southern Indiana marketplace is underserved by Hoosier Park, currently the state's only pari-mutuel racetrack. Churchill Downs owns Hoosier Park and Ellis Park.

Indiana Sets Criteria for Riverboat Supplement

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has established criteria for the distribution of riverboat casino admissions-tax revenue in light of the fact a second racetrack is scheduled to open in 2002 in the state.

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