Longtime Hoosier Park Exec Moore Leaving

Rick Moore is leaving the management team at Hoosier Park, officials said Aug. 29.

Rick Moore, general manager at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, is leaving the Indiana track after 14 years, officials announced Aug. 29, opening day of the Thoroughbred meet. His last day will be Sep. 12.

Moore reportedly is leaving to pursue other interests.

“We thank Rick for his countless contributions to Hoosier Park through the years,” Rod Ratcliff, chairman of Hoosier Park owner Centaur, said in a statement. “He has been a strong ambassador on our behalf and a tireless community leader. We wish him much continued success.”

Under Moore’s guidance, Hoosier Park has established premiere national marquee events, such as the Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks (both gr. II) on the Thoroughbred side, and the Dan Patch Invitational Pace and the Hoosier Cup on the Standardbred side of racing. Moore is past chairman of the Anderson and Madison County Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Anderson Fine Arts Center.

“I very much enjoyed my time with Hoosier Park, and am extremely proud of our numerous accomplishments,” Moore said in a statement. “As I embark on the next phase of my career, I am thankful for the many friendships forged during my tenure, and I will look back with many fond memories.”

Moore became involved in management at Hoosier Park in the mid-1990s when the track was built. He had worked for Churchill Downs, which owned Hoosier Park at the time.

Jeffrey Smith will assume the role of general manager of racing at Hoosier Park, while continuing his role as Centaur’s managing director of racing. Smith served as president of Hoosier Park from its inception through 2001.

Centaur, which purchased Hoosier Park before slot-machine legislation became law in Indiana, has redeveloped the Anderson, Ind., property into a racing, gaming, and entertainment center. The company has hit a roadblock, however, with its plans to build Valley View Downs, a proposed harness track and slots facility in western Pennsylvania.