Longtime racing executive Eric Halstrom has been named Vice President, General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, pending all regulatory approvals. Halstrom becomes only the second individual to hold the position, succeeding Jon Schuster, who had been with the facility since its inception in 2002. Schuster passed away in late 2019.
“Eric has a proven track record of achievement in the horse racing industry and with Caesars Entertainment,” said Rich, who worked with Halstrom at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs prior to relocating to Indiana Grand. “His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport is unparalleled. This is an important role for Indiana Grand and Caesars, and we are very fortunate to have Eric transition into this position to lead our initiatives for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.”
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Halstrom has an extensive background in racetrack management. Like Schuster, he is a graduate of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program and has served in several capacities, including vice president of racing at Canterbury Park, vice president and general manager of racing operations at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, assistant director of racing at Prairie Meadows and most recently vice president of operations at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Halstrom has previous work experience in the state of Indiana, serving as the general manager of Fort Wayne Off Track Betting and Merrillville Off Track Betting in the mid-1990s.
“I’m very excited to begin a new chapter at Indiana Grand,” said Halstrom. “This is such an amazing time for this facility and the recent addition of live table games is such a boost to the property. There is so much opportunity for the racing program to grow in the state of Indiana. I’m excited to be part of the team to carry on the great tradition that Jon Schuster has developed over the past 18 years.”
Halstrom will begin his new role at Indiana Grand Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will resume Tuesday, April 14 for the 120-day racing season. Action will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Saturdays’ first post set for 6:15 p.m. No live racing will be held on six weekend dates, including Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 as well as Saturday, May 23, Saturday, September 5, Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Closing day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18.