James Platz

  • Indiana Downs

    Indiana Downs Has Record-Setting Meet

    While business nationally continues to show double-digit declines, Indiana Downs once again bucked the trends during its recently-concluded 62-day race meet. The Shelbyville track, offering a slots-enriched program, enjoyed a record-setting Thoroughbred meet, with nearly all indicators showing growth. The Indiana Downs product generated nearly $61 million in total handle, an increase of 19.5% from 2008.

  • Indy-Bred Purses Get $800,000 Bump

    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.

  • Hoosier Park's casino grossed $15.7 million in June 2008, its first month of operations.

    Indy Tracks: $26M in Slots Revenue

    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.

  • Indiana Downs Opens Slots Facility

    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.

  • Indiana Downs Begins Transition Meet

    Indiana Downs enjoyed a promising start to its 54-day Thoroughbred meet April 25-26, with large crowds and strong wagering. Indiana Downs will offer racing through July 8.

  • With Slots on Way, Changes in Indiana

    Steroids, new emergency rules for horse racing, and updates on racetrack casino construction at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs dominated the discussion during the March 11 Indiana Horse Racing Commission meeting.

  • Indiana Racetrack Slots Bill Headed to Governor

    Indiana lawmakers advanced a bill to the desk of Gov. Mitch Daniels late April 29 that would permit slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs, but each track must pay $250 million up front for a slots license.

  • Indiana Racetrack Slots Bill Advances Again

    The Indiana Senate has approved legislation that would authorize slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. The measure now goes back to the House of Representatives, where changes made by the Senate can be approved or rejected.

  • Indiana Slots Bill Progresses With Higher Fees

    Legislation that would allow slot machines at Indiana's two pari-mutuel racetracks was endorsed by a Senate committee on a 9-3 vote March 20, but there are concerns about a $400-million license fee each track would have to pay for the right to operate slots.

  • Changed Model

    <em>By James Platz</em> - While not a surprise, Churchill Downs' decision to sell Hoosier Park reflects on the health of the Indiana racing industry.

  • Owners of Baghdaria Get Their Shot at Churchill

    Owners Clinton and Susan Atkins had hoped to watch their 3-year-old filly Baghdaria race under Churchill Downs' famed twin spires on the first Friday in May. The filly didn't compete in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but they have a second chance to compete at Churchill with a berth in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Decision on Indiana Derby Protest Expected Soon

    A decision could be made the week of Oct. 29 regarding the protest of a dead-heat decision in the $513,200 Indiana Derby (gr. II) held Oct. 7 at Hoosier Park. The protest was filed by owner Barry Schwartz after his colt, Star Dabbler, was placed first in a dead heat with Cielo Gold in the 1 1/16-mile contest.

  • Indiana HBPA Conducting Special Election for All Seats

    The Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is conducting a special election to fill the office of president and each of 10 board seats. The election comes in response to dissention among the membership after four elected officials were removed last November for allegedly violating the organization's bylaws.

  • Protest Filed Over Finish of Indiana Derby

    The connections of Star Dabbler have filed a protest with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission centering around the 3-year-old colt's dead-heat victory in the $513,200 Indiana Derby (gr. II) Oct. 7. Owner Barry Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion, who feel their entry hit the wire first, faxed the protest to the IHRC Oct. 9.

  • Bright One Seems OK; Classic Remains Option

    Despite a seventh-place effort in the $513,200 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park Oct. 7, the connections of West Virginia Derby (gr. III) winner Bright One have not ruled out the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) as the next stop for their colt.

  • Baghdaria Surges to Indiana Oaks Triumph

    Clinton and Susan Atkins' Baghdaria settled behind a four-horse duel on the front before making her bid for the lead and drawing clear at the wire to win the $402,800 Indiana Breeders Cup Oaks (gr. III) Friday night at Hoosier Park.

  • Miraculous Miss Seeks 4th Straight in Indiana Oaks

    A field of 10 sophomore fillies will contest the $400,000-added Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) Friday evening at Hoosier Park. Puglisi Stables and Steve Klesaris' Miraculous Miss has been selected as the 5-2 favorite for the 1 1/16 miles event.

  • Bright One Hopes to Continue Roll in Indiana Derby

    West Virginia Derby (gr. III) winner Bright One has been tabbed the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday night's grade II, $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park. The track's signature Thoroughbred event, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, has attracted a full field of 12.

  • Top 3-Year-Olds Nominated to Hoosier Park Stakes

    The $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II), Hoosier Park's signature event, has attracted 34 nominations, including West Virginia Derby (gr. III) winner Bright One, millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Brother Derek, and Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Brilliant.