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Alternative Gaming, Simulcasting Measures Fail in Indiana

The window of opportunity for two key pieces of legislation impacting Indiana horse racing has closed. Measures involving alternative gaming at the state's two racetracks and the import of out-of-state simulcast signals have died after failing to advance before crucial deadlines in the Indiana General Assembly. Industry stakeholders now rest their hopes on the next session.

Hoosier Park Boosts Purses by 10%

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Hoosier Park at Anderson, Indiana has announced a 10% increase in its overnight race purses for the track's 2005 Thoroughbred meet, effective Friday, Oct. 7.

Changes Sought in 2006 Indiana Racing Schedule

Seeking to build upon a successful 2005 meet, Indiana Downs has submitted a proposal for 2006 race dates that would shift the 49-day meet back two weeks and incorporate afternoon racing three days a week. The Shelbyville track offered afternoon racing this spring in the form of a "Turf Tuesdays" program.

Hoosier Park Opens Saturday With Full Fields

Hoosier Park is set to open its 60-day Thoroughbred meeting Saturday and if entries for the opening weekend are any indication, the Anderson oval could have a strong meet. A total of 14 races are carded for opening night, with 10 of the 11 Thoroughbred events attracting full fields.

Few Changes in Indiana's 2005 Date Request

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Indiana's 2005 racing calendar could be summed up in two words: status quo. Earlier this month the Indiana Horse Racing Commission requested proposed race dates from Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. Both racetracks have asked for Standardred and Thoroughbred dates consistent with their 2004 schedules.

Bill Would Increase Subsidy to Indiana Racetracks

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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.

Indiana Tracks' Slot-Like Gaming Bill Beaten

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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.

Indiana Tracks Submit Requests for 2004 Dates

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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