Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) will host its final “Grand Experience” of 2019 Saturday, Sept. 21 at Indiana Grand. The event will take place trackside in front of the grandstand in the Always Turned On tent beginning at 9 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast.
Each program features a different look into Thoroughbred racing and the final program of the year will place the focus on jockeys and their equipment and facilities at Indiana Grand under the theme “Come Along for the Ride.” Otto Thorwarth, retired jockey with more than 1,500 career wins, now serves as a track chaplain and will provide a look into the life of riding racehorses. In addition to his career as a jockey, Thorwarth also portrayed Ron Turcotte in the Disney movie “Secretariat” and will talk about his experience on the movie set with actors such as Diane Lane and John Malkovich.
Guests of “Grand Experience” will also receive a tour of the jockey’s quarters at Indiana Grand. Steve Cahill, clerk of scales, will provide a look inside the locker room and explain the equipment ad procedures that take place during a racing program.
“Grand Experience” is free to guests of all ages. The event will conclude at approximately 10:30 a.m.