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Indiana Gaming, Racing Bill Heads to Full Senate

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

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

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

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.

Expanded Gaming Vote Nears in Indiana

The future of video gaming at racetracks and dockside gaming at riverboat casinos in Indiana could be decided as early as Monday.

Indiana Gambling Bill Progresses in Legislature

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

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.

Mixed Results for Hoosier Park Meet

Hoosier Park broke a record for all-sources handle during its 70-day meet that ended Dec. 3, but also reported declines in on-track handle, attendance, purses, and starters per race.

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

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.

Longshot Wins Miss Indiana Stakes; Miss Indiana is Sixth

In what seemed like the hunch bet of the year, Miss Indiana went off as the 3-10 favorite in Friday night's $74,450 Miss Indiana Stakes at Hoosier Park. But Amanda's Crown and jockey Mike Morgan had other ideas, however, and the 11-1 shot rallied to post a 3 3/4 length triumph over 15-1 longshot Connies Travels.

Indiana Budget Woes May Impact Racing

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.

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Hoosier Application: 73 Fewer Dates for 2002

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

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.

Scoop Wins Hoosier Park's First Graded Race

Through sloppy track conditions, Scoop and Robby Albarado emerged as the final leaders to prevail in the $200,000-added Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, Hoosier Park's first graded stakes event. The grade III race was the featured event on the 11-race program Friday.

Caressing Tops Indiana Oaks at Hoosier

Caressing, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly for 2000, will start from the inside post in Friday's $200,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Hoosier Park. She will be joined by eight other 3-year-old fillies in the race, a grade III event, and Hoosier Park's only graded stakes.

Indiana Sets Criteria for Riverboat Supplement

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.

Indiana Panel Approves Plan for Second Track

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved plans for Indianapolis Downs, which would become the state's second pari-mutuel racetrack. It did so despite continued objections by Hoosier Park and its majority owner, Churchill Downs Inc. Hoosier Park officials have said the central Indiana market cannot support two racetracks.

Indianapolis Downs Goes Back to Hearing Room

An application to build what would become Indiana's second pari-mutuel racetrack will be heard May 9 during an Indiana Horse Racing Commission hearing. The hearing on the proposed Indianapolis Downs could last until May 10 depending on testimony.

Indiana Riverboats Lose Effort to Get Dockside Gambling

Efforts by Indiana riverboat casino interests to get approval of dockside gambling fell short when the Senate Rules Committee voted 5-3 against the legislation. According to published reports, one factor in the bill's failure was an amendment that deleted authorization for pull-tab gaming at Churchill Downs-managed Hoosier Park and off-track betting sites in the state. The amendment also did away with a proposed OTB site in the resort area of French Lick.

Bill Allowing 'Pull-Tabs' at Hoosier Park Advances

Legislation that would permit Indiana's riverboat casinos to remain dockside and allow Hoosier Park to install "pull-tabs"-a type of video lottery terminal-passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, but the bill figures to hit roadblocks on the Senate side.

Hoosier Park Could Get Electronic Gaming Devices

A comprehensive overhaul of Indiana's gaming laws, including a provision to allow electronic pull-tab machines at Churchill Downs-owned Hoosier Park, was approved Wednesday by a House committee. The proposed legislation passed on an 11-3 vote by the House Public Policy Committee is designed to alter state laws allowing dockside gambling for the state's riverboat industry.

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