Tickets on sale now for Horizon League Basketball Championships

Tickets for the Horizon League Basketball Championships in Indianapolis are on sale now at, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office, or by calling the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office at 317-927-7601.


Tickets for the semifinals and championship games start at just $10. Fans that purchase a ticket before September 30 will receive $5 off. Eight teams – four men and four women – will look to advance to Indianapolis and #ReachTheHorizon March 9-10 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairground & Event Center.


All eligible teams will compete in this year’s Horizon League Basketball Championships. First Round and Quarterfinal games will take place at campus sites of the highest available seed. Each host school will announce its ticketing plans. Students of Horizon League schools, with a current student ID, may obtain a free student ticket at the host school box office.


The Horizon League Basketball Championships will continue to feature student tickets. Students of Horizon League schools, with a current student ID, can obtain a ticket at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office.


Every game of the tournament will be carried on ESPN networks, with the championships airing live on Tuesday, March 10.


For complete information on the 2020 Horizon League Basketball Championships go to or follow @HorizonLeague on social media.

"Empire of Hope" to showcase racehorse aftercare at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will put the spotlight on racehorse aftercare programs Saturday, July 20 as part of Caesars Entertainment Racing properties’ “Empire of Hope.” The entire evening will be dedicated to raising funding and awareness for racehorses once their careers on the track are completed.


Indiana Grand will provide a “Parade of Champions” following the fourth race on the card at approximately 7:45 p.m. Several former racehorses now serve as outriding and pony horses for assistance on the track during the races. Looking at a few of those with new careers include “Vinny” owned by Outrider John Neal. “Vinny” has served as an outriding horse in both Kentucky and Indiana and was part of the on-set group of horses included in the Disney movie “Secretariat.” Another standout performer is the flashy grey gelding, Gallant, who is now part of the fleet of pony horses owned by Liz Klopp. Gallant won more than $427,000 during his racing career, including a win in the $500,000 Princess of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie in Canada.


“We are excited to offer a night where we can place the spotlight on racehorse aftercare programs,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing. “Organizations such as Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Friends of Ferdinand and New Vocations are crucial to our business and its very rewarding to see our equine athletes go on and find success in different types of careers after their racing days have completed. We hope to provide a great backdrop with our ‘Empire of Hope’ event to support such a worthy cause in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand.”


To help complement the evening, several free children’s activities will take place, including face painting, airbrush tattoos, strolling entertainment and an inflatable. The popular “Peppermints for Ponies” will also be available. Guests may purchase peppermints to feed to the pony horses between select races with all proceeds going to racehorse aftercare programs.


Indiana Grand has been working over the past two months to help raise funding for the cause. One dollar from every package sold for Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Indiana Derby was earmarked for the cause, and unclaimed monies from an on-track contest have been earmarked for racehorse aftercare programs. Friends of Ferdinand, based in the Indianapolis area, will be on hand to provide information about their program, and items from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will also be available throughout the racing card. The Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) will provide two donations during the night and the jockeys of Indiana Grand will also provide a donation to the overall tally for the evening.


In addition to activities on the racing side, the casino side has also joined in support of “Empire of Hope” with the “Give $10, Get $10” program. Guests on the casino floor may stop at the casino cashier and give a $10 donation and in turn get $10 in casino play. All proceeds from the promotion will go directly to racehorse aftercare programs.


Racing gets underway at 6:15 p.m. for the nine-race card. The first eight will feature Thoroughbred racing with the $118,200 Blue River Derby Final for Quarter Horses taking center stage in the night cap.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. 

"Grand Experience" travels to Duran Farm Saturday at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

“Grand Experience” the popular free interactive program for racing fans of all ages, will be on the road this weekend. Presented by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), the event will be held at the Katie and Tony Duran farm located at 2617 E. Old Rushville Road in Shelbyville, Ind. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. with a tour of their breeding farm to follow. The program will be completed at approximately 12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019.


“Grand Experience” provides guests of the monthly program with a behind the scenes look at Thoroughbred racing. The event focuses on a different topic each month, showcasing the different aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. The event at the Duran Farm will give fans an up close and personal look at a breeding farm complete with brood mares and weanlings. Industry experts will also be on hand to answer questions about the Indiana Thoroughbred breeding program.


Guests wishing to attend the Duran Farm tour may drive on their own to the farm, located north of Shelbyville on Old Rushville Road, or ride a shuttle provided from Indiana Grand. A marker will be placed on Old Rushville Road identifying the entrance to the farm, which sits back off the road on a lane.


For guests who wish to ride a shuttle to the farm, transportation will be provided from Indiana Grand’s racecourse apron area adjacent to the racetrack. The shuttle will be limited to the first 13 guests who sign in and the shuttle will leave the track promptly at 11:15 a.m., arriving at the Duran Farm at approximately 11:35 a.m.


Other events planned for 2019 through the Indiana HBPA’s “Grand Experience” includes “Boots ‘N Brews” night Saturday, July 27 beginning at 6 p.m. trackside at Indiana Grand and “Come Along for the Ride,” with former jockey and chaplain Otto Thorwarth set for Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 9 a.m. also held trackside at Indiana Grand. For more information on “Grand Experience,” go to the Indiana Grand Website at and select the racing tab.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Tournament schedule announced for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019

The Boston Celtics earned the top seed in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 tournament, following the first seven days of action in Las Vegas.  the Detroit Pistons (2), Minnesota Timberwolves (3), New Orleans Pelicans (4), Miami Heat (5), Dallas Mavericks (6), Brooklyn Nets (7) and Memphis Grizzlies (8) round out the eight tournament teams.  This marks the first year of the eight-team tournament format.


The single-elimination tournament tips off on Saturday, July 13, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  The tournament will culminate in a championship game on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2. 


Saturday’s tournament slate features four quarterfinal games.  The top-seeded Celtics tip off the day when they take on the Grizzlies at 1:30 p.m. PT at the Thomas & Mack Center, followed by the Pelicans and Heat (3:30 p.m. PT), Detroit and Brooklyn (5:30 p.m. PT) and Minnesota and Dallas (7:30 p.m. PT).


The 24 teams who did not qualify for the tournament will each play a consolation game, tipping off Friday, July 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion and conclude Saturday, July 13 at Cox Pavilion. 


Each of the 32 teams played four games apiece since the event tipped off on July 5, with the results of those games determining the tournament seeding.  Seeding for the tournament was determined by win-loss records, with ties being broken using quarter-points followed by point differential.   


ESPN and NBA TV will present the remaining 19 games from Las Vegas with ESPN and ESPN2 exclusively televising the tournament rounds on Saturday, July 13; Sunday, July 14; and Monday, July 15.  Additionally, all remaining games will be available live on the ESPN App.


Fans can purchase tickets for the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League by visiting


The complete list of team seedings and results from the first seven days of competition, is attached and available online at


MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 Schedule & Results



Friday, July 5

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Detroit 96, Croatia 80

2 p.m. – Minnesota 85, Cleveland 75

4 p.m. – Dallas 96, Brooklyn 92

6 p.m. – Charlotte 93, Golden State 85

8 p.m. – Orlando 75, San Antonio 59 (Final)


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Philadelphia 107, Milwaukee 106

2:30 p.m. – Miami 103, China 62

4:30 p.m. – Chicago 96, Los Angeles Lakers 76

6:30 p.m. – New Orleans 80, New York 74 (Final)

8:30 p.m. – Denver vs. Phoenix - Cancelled


Saturday, July 6

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Utah 78, Oklahoma City 66

2 p.m. – Milwaukee 89, Atlanta 83

4 p.m. – Memphis 101, Indiana 75

6 p.m. – Dallas 113, Houston 81

8 p.m. – Sacramento 94, China 77


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Detroit 93, Portland 73

2:30 p.m. – Boston 96, Philadelphia 82

4:30 p.m. – LA Clippers 93, Los Angeles Lakers 87

7 p.m. – Washington 84, New Orleans 79

9 p.m. – Golden State 80, Toronto 71


Sunday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Brooklyn 74, Croatia 58

3 p.m. – Denver 84, Orlando 79

5 p.m. – Miami 93, Utah 81

7 p.m. – Portland 97, Houston 87


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – San Antonio 106, Charlotte 96

2:30 p.m. – Minnesota 90, Atlanta 66

4:30 p.m. – Cleveland 82, Chicago 75

6:30 p.m. – Phoenix 105, New York 100 (OT)

8:30 p.m. – Memphis 87, LA Clippers 75


Monday, July 8

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Oklahoma City 84, Philadelphia 81 (OT)

2 p.m. – Detroit 102. Indiana 84

4 p.m. – San Antonio 93, Toronto 90

6 p.m. – Minnesota 100, Milwaukee 91

8 p.m. – China 84, Charlotte 80


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Sacramento 105, Dallas 101

2:30 p.m. – Brooklyn 88, Washington 85

4:30 p.m. – Boston 89, Cleveland 72

6:30 p.m. – New Orleans 109, Chicago 72

8:30 p.m. – Golden State 88, Los Angeles Lakers 80


Tuesday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Miami 96, Orlando 92

3 p.m. – Utah 97, Portland 93

5 p.m. – Boston 95, Denver 82

7 p.m. – Houston 94, Sacramento 92


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City 84, Croatia 76

2:30 p.m. – Atlanta 87, Indiana 67

4:30 p.m. – Memphis 79, Phoenix 69 

6:30 p.m. – Toronto 85, New York 73

8:30 p.m. – LA Clippers 90, Washington 72


Wednesday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Detroit 96, Philadelphia 81

2 p.m. – Chicago 75, Charlotte 72

4 p.m. – Minnesota 90, Miami 87

6 p.m. – Phoenix 79, San Antonio 78

8 p.m. – Milwaukee 84, China 67


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Dallas 79, Croatia 71

2:30 p.m. – Brooklyn 93, Orlando 85

4:30 p.m. – New Orleans 99, Cleveland 78

6:30 p.m. – New York 117, Los Angeles Lakers 96

8:30 p.m. – Golden State 73, Denver 69


Thursday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto 94, Indiana 79

5 p.m. – Oklahoma City 92, Portland 87

7 p.m. – LA Clippers 83, Sacramento 80


Thomas & Mack

3:30 p.m. – Washington 76, Atlanta 71

5:30 p.m. – Houston 87, Utah 78

7:30 p.m. – Boston 113, Memphis 87


Friday, July 12 – Consolation

Cox Pavilion:

1 p.m. – #27 Philadelphia vs. #14 Toronto (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – #30 Croatia vs. #11 Oklahoma City (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – #28 Cleveland vs. #13 Sacramento (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – #26 Portland vs. #15 Milwaukee (ESPNU)


Thomas & Mack:

1:30 p.m. – #31 L.A. Lakers vs. #10 Golden State (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – #29 China vs. #12 Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – #32 Indiana vs. #9 LA Clippers (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – #25 Atlanta vs. #16 San Antonio (NBA TV)


Saturday, July 13 – Consolation and Quarterfinals

Consolation games:

Cox Pavilion:

1 p.m. – #24 Charlotte vs. #17 Utah (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – #23 New York vs. #18 Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – #22 Orlando vs. #19 Chicago (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – #21 Denver vs. #20 Houston (NBA TV)


Quarterfinal tournament games:

Thomas & Mack:

1:30 p.m. – #8 Memphis vs. #1 Boston (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – #5 Miami vs. #4 New Orleans (ESPN)

5:30 p.m. – #7 Brooklyn vs. #2 Detroit (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – #6 Dallas vs. #3 Minnesota (ESPN2)


Sunday, July 14 – Semifinals

Thomas & Mack: 3 p.m. (ESPN2) and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)


Monday, July 15 – Championship

Thomas & Mack: 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame elects officers, board members

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has elected new officers and added new members to their Board of Directors effective July 1, 2019. 


Jerry Peirson, a 2010 HOF inductee, has been elected as President.  A graduate of Royerton High School and Miami (OH) University, he served as head coach at Cowan High School before a coaching career at Miami (OH), including as head men’s basketball coach from 1984-1990.  Retired from a position with Ball State University’s Cardinal Varsity Club, he resides in Yorktown.


Mark Baltz, a 2013 recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Center Circle Officials Award, has been elected as Executive Vice President.  Baltz was a veteran NFL official for 25 seasons, along with a lengthy basketball officiating career.  He worked 38 IHSAA sectionals, 25 regionals, eight semi-states and three state finals during his involvement in Indiana high school basketball.  He resides in Zionsville.


Ray Pavy, a 1990 HOF inductee, remains the organization’s Treasurer.  A graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and Indiana University, he was head coach at Sulphur Springs and Shenandoah high schools before a lengthy career as a school administrator in New Castle.  He resides in New Castle.


Donna Sullivan, a 2002 HOF inductee, has been appointed to a two-year term as Secretary.  A graduate of Orleans High School and Indiana University, she coached Seymour High School girls teams to 344 wins, including 10 sectional championships, five regional titles and a 1987 state finals appearance.  Retired from Seymour High School, she resides in Seymour.


Additionally, Steve Platt, Dave Schellhase and Rick Goins have joined the organization’s Executive Committee. 


Platt, a 1996 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Union Township High School (Huntington County) and the then-Huntington College.  An All-American in his college days, he twice led the nation in scoring average and he remains the highest scoring college player in Indiana history (3,700 career points).  In 14 seasons as the head coach at Huntington University, his teams won 329 games and finished as 2006 NAIA National Runners-Up. Retired from coaching, his family farms east of Huntington, where he resides.


Schellhase, a 1992 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Evansville North High School and Purdue University.  Setting the city career scoring record (1,325 points) in Evansville, he graduated from Purdue with the program’s single-game (57) and career (2,074) scoring records, was the nation’s leading scorer and a consensus All-American in 1966 before becoming the first NBA draft pick in Chicago Bulls franchise history.  He was the head men’s basketball coach at Indiana State University from 1982 – 1985 and is the winningest head coach in the history of Moorhead State (MN) University, with 298 wins in 18 seasons.  Employed at Logansport High School from 2004-2015, he is retired and resides in Logansport.


Goins, a 2015 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School and Miami (OH) University.    Setting Rushville records for most points in a game (45) and in a season (662), he helped lead the Lions to the 1976 IHSAA state runner-up finish.  A team captain and two-time MVP at Miami, he graduated as the school’s 6th all-time leading scorer (1,230 points) as a member of two Mid-American Conference title teams.  Retired from a career with the Internal Revenue Service, he resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Additionally, four new members have been appointed to four-year terms as new members of the Board of Directors, effective July 1.


Tony Etchison, a member of the Hall’s 2016 Silver Anniversary Team, is a graduate of Noblesville High School and Mercer University.  Totaling 1,357 points in high school, he led Noblesville to two sectional titles and two-time Hamilton County Player of the Year honors, before leading the TransAmerican Conference in three-point shooting at Mercer.  An agent for Farm Bureau Insurance, he resides in Arcadia.


Jimmie Howell, a 2018 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Lapel High School and Charleston Southern University.  In his 38th season as an Indiana high school basketball coach, the current Lapel head coach is the 14th winningest high school boys varsity coach in Indiana history with 610 career victories, including 2005 1A and 2016 2A IHSAA championships.  Currently the athletic director of Lapel Middle School, he resides in Lapel.




Jennifer Jacoby, a 2017 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Rossville High School and Purdue University.  Indiana’s 1991 Miss Basketball graduated as the 2nd all-time leading scorer in Indiana girls basketball history with 2,344 career points after averaging 33.7 points and 11.3 assists as senior and 29.3 points per game for her career.  She was a starter for Purdue teams that won two Big Ten championships including their 1994 NCAA Final Four team.  Employed in college and high school coaching and administrator roles, she resides in Rossville.


Laura Titus, a 2011 HOF inductee, is a graduate of Rochester High School and Purdue University.  At Rochester, she helped teams to undefeated regular seasons and a pair of regional championships in the first two years of IHSAA girls basketball and was named a 1977 Indiana All-Star.  A two-time team MVP at Purdue, she graduated as the program’s career scoring leader.  Employed in education, she teaches at Avon Intermediate School and lives in Plainfield.




A full listing of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Officers and Board members for the 2019-20 year:



Jerry Peirson, President

Mark Baltz, Executive Vice President

Ray Pavy, Treasurer

Donna Sullivan, Secretary

Steve Witty, Immediate Past President

Bill Walker, Vice President North

John Heaton, Vice President Central

Rick Goins, Vice President South

Dave Schellhase, At-Large

Steve Platt, At-Large

Vance Meier, Henry County Representative

Chris May, Executive Director


Board of Directors

Larry Angle

Wayne Barker
Steve Brett

Bobby Cox

Steve Davidson

Roger DeYoung

Tony Etchison
Jim Fisher

David Gadis

Jimmie Howell

Jennifer Jacoby
Amy Metheny

Alan Nass

Jim Powers, Jr.

Laura Titus


The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 1962 and opened their museum in New Castle in 1990.  Their mission is to honor, preserve and promote the heritage of Indiana high school basketball.  To find out more, visit or call (765) 529-1891.

Horizon League unveils logo and hashtag for basketball championships

The Horizon League has unveiled its logo and official hashtag - #ReachTheHorizon - for the 2020 Horizon League Basketball Championships.


The 2020 championships will mark the first year that the Horizon League Basketball Championships will take place in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.


The men’s and women’s championship games will take place on Tuesday, March 10 and the semifinals will be played on Monday, March 9. Early round games will be played on campus with the bracket announced at a later date.


The design of the logo blends the incredible skyline of downtown Indianapolis with the iconic facade of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, located in the shadows of downtown. Indianapolis, centrally located among League schools, was named one of “America’s Favorite Places” by Travel and Leisure and “One of the Most Exciting Food Cities” by Zagat.


#ReachTheHorizon will be used throughout the year to identify the Horizon League Basketball Championships as it symbolizes the goal for all student-athletes, coaches, alumni, and fans - earning a trip to Indianapolis in March and playing for a championship.


Tickets for the semifinals and championship games start at just $10 and will go on sale on July 18 at 10 am ET. Fans that purchase a ticket prior to September 30 will receive $5 off.


For complete information on the 2020 Horizon League Basketball Championships go to or follow @HorizonLeague on social media. 






The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit



ABOUT INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS & EVENT CENTER                                                                             
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is a modern public event facility that annually hosts more than 400 meetings, shows, sports and agricultural events, including the Indiana State Fair. The year-round management of the Fairgrounds is overseen by the Indiana State Fair Commission which is a quasi-governmental agency that was established in 1992, with the mission to preserve and enhance the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the annual Indiana State Fair for the benefit of all citizens of Indiana. Additional information is available at

State Parks Draw Hunt application period opens July 15

Hunters can apply online for State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunts beginning July 15 by visiting Applications are only available online and close Aug. 26.

The first State Park hunt was held in 1993 as an effort to mitigate damage to vegetation and unique habitat by an overpopulation of white-tailed deer in Brown County State Park. Multiple parks have hosted deer management hunts annually since 1995. The decision to start deer management at individual parks has been based on scientific vegetation monitoring. Decisions to continue deer management at individual parks are made annually using harvest data and consideration of occurrences of rare, threatened, and endangered flora that could be affected by excessive browsing by deer.

Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application, excluding an apprentice license, and must be Indiana residents who will be 18 years of age by the date of the first hunt. Once an application has been submitted, information cannot be changed. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

Primary applicants can apply by themselves or with up to two secondary applicants (buddies). Primary applicants must apply with their buddies’ information on their application in order for them to participate, including their buddies’ deer license number(s) and date(s) of birth.

Buddies must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks Deer Management Hunts. Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt period.

Firearm hunts allow applicants to use any legal firearm to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts allow applications to use any legal archery equipment to take deer in Indiana, including crossbows.

Hunters will be selected through a randomized computer drawing. A link to view drawing results will be posted at by Aug. 30.  


2019 State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunt properties:

  • Chain O’ Lakes State Park
  • Charlestown State Park
  • Clifty Falls State Park (archery only)
  • Fort Harrison State Park (archery only)
  • Harmonie State Park
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • McCormick’s Creek State Park
  • Ouabache State Park
  • Pokagon State Park
  • Prophetstown State Park
  • Shakamak State Park
  • Spring Mill State Park and Cave River Valley Natural Area (drawn and managed together)
  • Summit Lake State Park
  • Tippecanoe River State Park
  • Trine State Recreation Area (archery only)
  • Whitewater Memorial State Park


Early hunts are Nov. 18-19, 2019 and late hunts are Dec. 2-3, 2019.


More information is available at

Mr. Money heads field in Grade III Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The field is set for the 25th running of the Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Saturday, July 13. Mr. Money, the talented three-year-old son of Goldencents, has been tagged as the early morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 despite the outside post 11 in the race.


Mr. Money, owned by Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing Stable, LLC based out of Madisonville, Ky., has been a late bloomer for his connections. Early setbacks kept the experienced Graded Stakes performer off the Kentucky Derby trail, but his performances in the past two starts, both Grade III wins, make him a major threat for the title in Indiana’s richest horse race.


“That wasn’t what I was hoping for, but it’s not a big deal,” said Trainer Bret Calhoun on drawing post 11. “I’d rather have been inside a few post positions from there. But he’s got speed. If he can get away all right, he’ll be fine. You’ve got the potential of being hung out there a little bit (around the first turn), but he gets away sharp. He’s fast enough. I don’t know how much speed is in there, but he’s a pretty fast horse. If he gets away sharp, he ought to be able to get himself a decent position and not have to worry about getting hung too wide.”


Regular rider Gabriel Saez will come into ride Mr. Money, who has won two of four starts this season and accumulated a bankroll of nearly half-million dollars.


Joining Mr. Money as a major contender is Long Range Toddy from post nine at odds of 12-1 with veteran rider Jon Court aboard. Court, who has won the Indiana Derby twice in the 24-year history of the race, guided the Take Charge Indy colt to a third-place finish in his last start in the Grade III $500,000 Ohio Derby. Prior to that start, Long Range Toddy competed in the Kentucky Derby and was impeded around the final turn to be placed up to 16th. Steve Asmussen trains Long Range Toddy, who was a winner of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. With more than $900,000 in earnings, a win in the Indiana Derby would generously place Long Range Toddy over the million-dollar mark.


Gray Magician and Ricardo Santana Jr. come into the Indiana Derby off a last start in the Kentucky Derby. The Graydar colt, trained by Peter Miller, traveled overseas to the Grade II $2.5 million UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse where he finished second prior to his run in the Kentucky Derby. Gray Magician starts from post three at odds of 8-1.


“He’s tactical, so the three post should be just fine,” commented Peter Miller, trainer of Gray Magician from post three. “We can break and get a position either in or just behind the first flight.”


Another contender that is Graded Stakes placed is Roiland from post one for the Tom Amoss barn. Amoss, a six-time leading trainer at Indiana Grand, sends his Successful Appeal colt into the Indiana Derby off a fifth-place finish in the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational Stakes in early May. His best finish to date was in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds where he finished a hard charging third. DeShawn Parker, second in the current jockey standings at Indiana Grand and winner of more than 5,500 career races, has the call from post one at odds of 12-1.


“There’s no secret as to where Roiland will be early in the race,” said Trainer Tom Amoss. “Drawing the rail post position not only allows us to save ground, but we won’t have to move over to get to the rail at the start.”


The entire Indiana Derby field, in order of post position with jockey and odds, includes Roiland (DeShawn Parker, 12-1); Hero Tiger (Ezequiel Lara, 30-1); Gray Magician (Ricardo Santana Jr., 8-1); Market Garden (Santo Sanjur, 30-1); Frolic More (Corey Lanerie, 15-1); Alwaysmining (Julian Pimentel, 8-1); Eskenforit (Julien Leparoux, 20-1); Chess Chief (Brian Hernandez Jr., 12-1); Long Range Toddy (Jon Court, 12-1); Math Wizard (Edgard Zayas, 9-2); and Mr. Money (Gabriel Saez, 6-5).  Post time for the Indiana Derby, which is the ninth on the card, is 10:02 p.m. EST.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Grade III $500,000 Indiana Derby draws 41 nominations at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby has drawn 41 nominations for the 25th running of Indiana’s richest horse race Saturday, July 13 at Indiana Grand. Of the horses nominated, a total of 10 three-year-olds competed in at least one of the Triple Crown races in 2019 leading into summer’s biggest sporting event in central Indiana.


Heading the list of nominations is Everfast, second place finisher in the Preakness. The son of Take Charge Indy last competed in the Belmont Stakes in early June, finishing seventh for trainer Dale Romans and owner Calumet Farm. Everfast won his first and only race last year at Ellis Park, and would head into the Indiana Derby with nearly $500,000 in purse earnings.


Joining Everfast as a potential contender in the Indiana Derby is Joevia from the Greg Sacco barn. The Shanghai Bobby colt finished third in his last start in the Belmont Stakes and has only finished worse than third one time in five starts this season.


Laughing Fox from the Steve Asmussen Stable was a hard charging fifth in the Preakness and has added his name to the nomination list for the Indiana Derby. With three wins in six starts this season, the Union Rags colt would be seeking his first Graded Stakes win in the Indiana Derby. Asmussen has also nominated Long Range Toddy, winner of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this spring. The Take Charge Indy colt finished third in his last start at the Ohio Derby and is less than $100,000 away from earning $1 million during his career.


Kentucky Derby starter Plus Que Parfait from the Brendan Walsh barn comes into Indiana with more than $1.5 million on his card, the most of any other nominee for the Indiana Derby. The Point of Entry ridgling was placed eighth in the Kentucky Derby and scored a win in the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in United Emirates in the start prior to the Kentucky Derby.


Joining the Indiana Derby on the Saturday, July 13 racing program will be five other stakes races, including the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks. A total of 39 fillies have added their name to the nomination list.


Indiana Derby Night will be complemented by activities, including a t-shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans as well as three $2,500 Megabet drawings during the night in honor of the 25th anniversary of the race. Also, former Indianapolis Colts player and Super Bowl Champion Jeff Saturday will serve as the honorary chairperson for the event.


Parking and general admission is free to the Indiana Derby and open to racing fans of all ages. Gates open at 3 p.m. with a special first race post set for 5:30 p.m. The Indiana Oaks will be slated as Race 8 with an estimated post time of 9:15 followed by the Indiana Derby with an estimated post time of 10 p.m. More information about Indiana Derby Night is available at


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. 

Country Boy 123 dominant in $52,160 Bradford Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Country Boy 123 made his third trip to Indiana a winning one, scoring the victory in the 21st running of the $52,160 Bradford Stakes at Indiana Grand Saturday, July 6. The race was the final on the second all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2019 in Indiana.


Based out of Ontario in the Ruth Barbour Stable northwest of Toronto, Country Boy 123 has spent most of his impressive career racing at Ajax Downs. But Barbour has sent the six-year-old Country Chicks Man gelding to Indiana three years in a row to Trainer Tony Cunningham. The result in the previous two starts have been second place finishes in stakes action. That result changed in the Bradford Stakes Saturday.


Starting from post three, Country Boy 123 was out of the gate quickly and on top in the blink of an eye in the 10-horse field for jockey Giovani Vasquez Gomez. Every stride he took made him more difficult to catch, rallying home to an impressive one and one-quarter length victory in a time of :19.648 seconds. WH Kenny G and Oscar Macias slid up the inside for second followed by Stinkin Rich and Shanley Jackson from the center of the pack for third.


“He (Country Boy 123) is very easy to ride,” said Gomez. “I had actually ridden him a few years ago when he came in for a stakes race and he finished second, so I knew him a little bit before tonight.”


It was the 19th career victory for Country Boy 123, who topped the $300,000 career earnings mark with the win in the Bradford Stakes. He paid $12.00, $6.60 and $4.40 across the board for his win. Although his time was short with the Cunningham Stable, Country Boy 123 was a welcome addition.


“We’ve only had him a couple of weeks,” said Cunningham. “Ruth sent him to us in good shape. We just did a little fine tuning to get him ready and he settled in a lot better this year. The first two times he came to Indiana, he didn’t get away good and struggled a little, but he broke well tonight. I thank Ruth (Barbour) for trusting me with her horse. He sure is a nice one.”


Barbour knows the horse better than anyone. The Michigan bred was purchased from the Heritage Place September Yearling Sale in 2014 for $7,200 and has been an asset to her barn since that time. She also gallops him herself, so she gets a hands-on view of his progress.


“Right now, I have a three-year-old Quarter Horse and a six-year-old Quarter Horse, which is him (Country Boy 123),” said Barbour. “And, then the rest are Thoroughbreds. I gallop him on our track at home, so he’s broke pretty well. We’ll take him home and we may visit you again in Indiana in October for another stakes.”


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Pacers acquire Malcolm Brogdon

The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have acquired guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a future first round draft pick, as well as two future second round draft picks.


“We feel like Malcolm embodies the values that we’re about here at the Pacers; and he’s the perfect fit for our team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “Having started on the team with the best record in the NBA last year, we value the leadership he’ll bring to our team, as well as his great ability to play multiple positions.”


Brogdon set new career highs last season as he averaged 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 64 starts for the Bucks. Last season, he became the eighth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field (.505), 40 percent from 3-point range (.426) and 90 percent from the free throw line (.928). Brogdon was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2016-17, and has averaged 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from 3-point range and 89.5 percent from the foul line over his three NBA seasons.


 "With all the moves we’ve made, we feel like we’ve put ourselves on a great timeline with a group of guys that either are in their prime or will be hitting their prime soon,” added Pritchard. “Along with that, we really focused on bringing in high character players to fit in with our core values of toughness, togetherness and trust. With these additions to the group we already have in place, we couldn’t be happier.”

Nine races slated for second all-Quarter Horse Night at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

A tottal of nine races will be featured on the second all-Quarter Horse Night racing card Saturday, July 6 at Indiana Grand. The evening includes three trials of the Heartland Futurity and two trials for the Blue River Derby followed by the 25th running of the $76,480 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby capped off with the 21st running of the $52,160 Bradford Stakes. First post is set for 6:15 p.m.


The Bradford Stakes is headlined by five horses with earnings in excess of $100,000, including Indiana’s all-time richest Quarter Horse Stinkin Rich. The now seven-year-old flashy grey gelding established a track record at two and has continued to rake in seven stakes victories. With a total of $502,595, Stinkin Rich is the first Indiana bred Quarter Horse to eclipse the $500,000 mark for owner-breeder Carolyn Bruce of Lawrenceburg, Ind. Matt Frazier trains the gelding, who makes his first start of 2019 after polishing off 2018 with two victories. Stinkin Rich starts from post four at odds of 5-1 with Shanley Jackson up.


Race favorite As and Js, from the Leonardo Alcala barn, starts from post five at odds of 9-5. The five-year-old Apollitical Jess mare comes into the event off a win in the Grade II $100,000 Junos Request Stake in her last start. Edwun Lujan comes in to ride the near $500,000 career earnings winner.


WRs Valentino from the Randy Smith Stable has been favored in the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby from post five at odds of 5-2. The Mighty B Valiant gelding was a winner in his sole start for 2019 in late June. He has yet to finish back of second in six career starts with four of those as trips to the winner’s circle. Leading Jockey Berkley Packer rides for Smith, a six-time leading Quarter Horse trainer at Indiana Grand.


The second of two trials for the Blue River Derby features the return of last year’s two-year-old champ Dominyun Cartel from the Erin Thompson barn. The Indiana bred son of Dominyun was a finalist for the AQHA Two-Year-Old of the Year and ran fourth in his last start, the $74,115 Old South Derby at Delta Downs in May. Jose Beltran is back aboard for Thompson and owner-breeder Brian Gunder from post six at even odds as the race favorite.


The second all-Quarter Horse racing night will be complemented by several activities trackside, including $2 race wagers to the first 100 fans courtesy of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI). The organization will also provide a t-shirt toss as well as the popular contest Quarter Four with a $20 race wager drawn each time one of the top four Quarter Horse jockeys wins a race. The top four jockeys this season are Berkley Packer, Leonardo Rodriguez, Oscar Macias and Fernando Morin. Additional handicapping will be provided by nationally known Quarter Horse racing analyst Martha Claussen.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Invasive black carp nearing Indiana waters

In June, two black carp were captured in the Ohio River about 10 miles downstream of the Indiana state line. Black carp are native to eastern Asia and were brought to the United States during the 1970-80s. They have since escaped captivity and have been moving throughout the Mississippi River basin.


Black carp feed on mollusks and pose a serious threat to Indiana’s mussel populations. Many of the mussel species native to Indiana are already listed as species of special concern or endangered due to pollution and changes in river habitat. For more information about the important role mussels play in the state’s rivers, visit


Although it is possible to catch black carp on traditional baits, bowfishing anglers are more likely to encounter them. Black carp look very similar to grass carp. See the identification sheet at to help tell the difference.


If you have caught a suspected black carp, follow the keep, cool, call procedure:

  • Keep the fish and make note of its location.
  • Cool the fish on ice once you have killed it.
  • Call the DNR at 1-866-663-9684 to report the fish.

You may be eligible for a $100 bounty per black carp carcass, funded through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Indiana Pacers Sign Bowen, Gant and Wilcox

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed forward Brian Bowen II to a two-way contract. In addition, the Pacers signed forward JaKeenan Gant and guard C.J. Wilcox to contracts.


Bowen played professionally in Australia during the 2018-19 for the Sydney Kings. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 30 games played.


Gant played collegiately at the University of Louisiana and was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference. He averaged 20.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a senior in 2018-19.


Wilcox signed a two-way contract with the Pacers in August 2018 before suffering a torn right Achilles tendon prior to training camp. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wilcox last appeared for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League during the 2017-18 season, averaging 10.4 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the field. 

Hybrid striped bass to be stocked in Indiana lakes

DNR hatchery staff is stocking hybrid striped bass across the state for the benefit of Hoosier anglers.

Hybrid striped bass, also known as “wipers,” are a hybrid species of white bass and striped bass. By hybridizing the two, hatchery staff is able to produce fish that grow faster and larger than a typical white bass, yet can tolerate a wider range of conditions than pure striped bass.

On June 17, DNR hatchery staff began stocking nine different lakes across the state with hybrid striped bass. These fish average between 1-1.5 inches when they are stocked, but can reach sizes averaging 13 inches by their second year.

Hybrid striped bass are known for being a challenging catch, but they also help control undesirable species such as gizzard shad in some Indiana lakes. Hybrid striped bass are typically not capable of reproduction. Stockings will be completed in these areas:


  • Nyona Lake (Fulton County) – 1,040 fish
  • Worster Lake (St. Joseph County) – 3,270 fish
  • Clare Lake (LaPorte County) – 420 fish
  • Lake Shafer (White County) – 12,910 fish
  • Lake Freeman (White County) – 15,470 fish
  • Shadyside Pond (Madison County) – 1,000 fish
  • Monroe Lake (Monroe County) – 53,750 fish
  • Hardy Lake (Scott County) – 7,000 fish
  • Patoka Lake (Dubois County) – 44,000 fish


Please note anticipated stock numbers are not always realized due to production issues and other circumstances. Worster Lake, Shadyside Pond, Monroe Lake, Hardy Lake and Patoka Lake are good spots for beginner anglers.


For more information on hybrid striped bass, visit

Sixth Annual World Jockey Challenge featured at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Seven countries will be represented Saturday, June 29 for the sixth annual World Jockey Challenge. A total of 36 jockeys, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse, are slated to ride and will accumulate points for their individual countries by finishing among the top four during the 10-race card that begins at 6:15 p.m. The country with the most points at the end of the night will be declared the winner of the World Jockey Challenge.


Leading the way is the team from the United States, which will have 12 riders competing for the American team. Included on Team USA is Malcolm Franklin, Natasha Fritz, Shanley Jackson, Cory Orm, Berkley Packer, DeShawn Parker, Rodney Prescott, Joe Rocco Jr., Kendal Sterritt, Stewart Elliott, Virginia Tormey, and Rayan Gazader. The U.S. Team has won the contest the past four years, but will find big competition from Team Panama, consisting of leading jockey Marcelino Pedroza, Santo Sanjur and Rogelio Miranda. The trio of jockeys are scheduled to ride 14 horses during the night, many of which are favorites in their respective races.


The team with the most numbers will represent Mexico as 13 jockeys will make up the team. Representing Mexico is Jose Beltran, Ezequiel Lara, Gerardo Garrido, Juan Marquez, L. Daniel Martinez, Eddie Perez, German Rodriguez, Leonardo Rodriguez, Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, Juan Galvan, Fernando Fonseca-Soto, Samuel Mendez and Ruben Cacho. Mexico is always well represented in the Quarter Horse races, which are the final two events on the card, creating a fun finish each year.


Other countries involved in the World Jockey Challenge include Chile (Andres Ulloa); Peru (Fernando De la Cruz, Jose Riquelme, Ronald Hisby); Puerto Rico (Sammy Bermudez, Joseph Ramos, Hector Rosario Jr.); and Venezuela (Carlos Villasana, Samuel Camacho Jr.).


Ten points will be awarded to the winner of each race with five points awarded to second place. Third place finishers will receive three points for their country while one point will be awarded to all official fourth place finishers.


In addition to the World Jockey Challenge, the event tagged as “International Fest” will feature free kids activities including face painting, an inflatable and strolling entertainment. Also, beverages from around the world will be featured on the racing side.


Along with “International Fest,” the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will host the QHRAI Youth Racing Experience, giving high school students the opportunity to learn about Quarter Horses with hands on experience as well as a chance for a $1,000 scholarship.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Deer Hunt Registry signups begin July 1

Deer hunters can sign up for the chance to hunt on land owned by participating landowners with the new Deer Hunt Registry system administered by DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The Deer Hunt Registry connects deer hunters with landowners, golf courses, parks, land trusts, farmers, or communities. The registry will provide interested parties with a list of hunters in the area willing to help.

The Deer Hunt Registry system is replacing the former Hunters Helping Farmers program and incorporating the Community Hunter Access Program (CHAP). To learn more about CHAP, see

Hunters will be able to sign up for the chance to hunt starting July 1, 2019.

Please note signing up on the Deer Hunt Registry does not guarantee additional hunting opportunities or placement in a managed hunt.

For more information or to sign up, see

WRs Valentino scores top spot in Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby trials at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

WRs Valentino and jockey Berkley Packer scored the quickest of three trials for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Saturday, June 22. The three-year-old son of Mighty B Valiant won his trial in :19.941 to lead the top 10 into the $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Final set for the second all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2019 Saturday, July 6.


Packer had WRs Valentino ready to roll when the gate sprung and was in contention all the way through the 400-yard dash. The Kentucky bred gelding got a small advantage midway through and retained the top spot at the wire, fending off late closers La Jolla Diamante and Edgar Diaz, who finished second by a head. Serious Side, ridden by Fernando Morin, finished third.


WRs Valentino picked up his fourth career win in his sixth career start for owners Williams Racing Stable. They also bred the gelding, who was making his first start of the year under the direction of trainer Randy Smith.


The win for Packer was significant as it placed him in the lead among all Quarter Horse jockeys for the first time in 2019. Packer now leads the standings with 10 wins over Leonardo Rodriguez, who is in second place with nine wins. Packer has also accumulated the most purse earnings among all Quarter Horse jockeys thus far with more than $167,000 to his credit.'


In the first two trials for the Indiana Grand QHRAI, it was two horses from the Ricardo Martinez barn who brought home the top prize. Unwritten Law fought hard throughout to score his victory by a neck in :20.197 to rank fifth on the final list while Packin Secrets scored his trial in a time of :20.185 seconds, the fourth fastest time. Both horses were ridden to victory by Jorge Garcia.


The full field set for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, with jockey and time, includes: WRs Valentino (Berkley Packer, :19.941); La Jolla Diamante (Edgar Diaz, :19.965); Serious Side (Fernando Morin, :20.130); Packin Secrets (Jorge Garcia, :20,185); Unwritten Law (Jorge Garcia, :20.197); Pritty (Jose Beltran, :20.252); Hospitaliti (Shanley Jackson, :20.285); Beaus Coupe (Fernando Morin, :20.297); Bits Leaving You (Jose Beltran, :20.320); and Worth Doing Right (L.D. Martinez, :20.333). In addition to Packin Secrets and Unwritten Law, Martinez will saddle Pritty, giving him three for the final.  Trainer J. Guadalupe Arevalo will saddle two, Serious Side and Beaus Coupe.


The $50,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby will join the $40,000 Bradford Stakes on Saturday, July 6. The evening, dedicated to all Quarter Horse racing, will include trials for the Blue River Derby and the Heartland Futurity. The evening will also feature special giveaways and contests courtesy of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

Quarter Horse Youth Day Experience offered at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) will once again host the popular QHRAI Youth Day Experience at Indiana Grand Saturday, June 29. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 years old interested in learning more about Quarter Horses and racing are encouraged to apply for the free event that is capped off with a scholarship courtesy of QHRAI.


The QHRAI Youth Day Experience begins with a light breakfast followed by a trip to several points of interest in racing, from the track maintenance facility to the starting gate for morning schooling sessions to eventually the barn area. Participants will interact with Quarter Horses and learn the proper care and training that goes into getting them to the races.


The program includes several guest speakers from the racing industry during a lunch break followed by a test on what the participants have learned throughout the day. The tests are later graded with the top grade receiving a scholarship from QHRAI as well as an all-expense paid trip to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Challenge Races held at The Downs at Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday, Oct. 26. The local winner will then compete against other finalists from various Youth Day Experiences for a chance at additional scholarship money from AQHA.


At the conclusion of the test, participants will be paired with a Quarter Horse trainer and a horse included in the Saturday evening racing program. Participants will accompany the trainer to the paddock and will assist with prepping and racing the horse with hopes of making it all the way to the winner’s circle.


“The Youth Day Experience is a great way for students to get hands on experience from our trainers at Indiana Grand,” said Vickie Duke, vice president of QHRAI and coordinator of the Youth Day Experience. “We have kids come in from all over the state, and sometimes beyond Indiana, to participate in this event. Most students are active with horses in some way, but some students that come in have very little experience and just love horses. It’s always a fun day and we are always so amazed how sharp the students are that participate in this program.”


The deadline for this year’s QHRAI Youth Day has been extended. Completed applications are due as soon as possible for a few spots left. Applications may be found online at Applications should be mailed to Vickie Duke at 3567 East 700 North, Whiteland, Indiana  46184. For more information, contact Duke at (317) 535-7191.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:15 p.m. with Saturdays beginning at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit the website at

Snicker Cookie returns for win in $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Snicker Cookie picked up where he left off in his seasonal debut Wed. May 22 at Indiana Grand, scoring the win in the sixth running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes. The three-year-old son of Noble’s Promise rallied home a convincing winner in the six furlong event.


Coming into 2019 off a win in his last start last fall in the $100,000 Indiana Futurity, Snicker Cookie was ready for action. The sophomore gelding isn’t real quick out of the gate, but his final quarter is always impressive. Ridden by Gabriel Saez for the first time, Snicker Cookie followed along as race favorite Ace of Aces and James Graham led the way. In the turn, Snicker Cookie began to advance and had perfect positioning at the head of the stretch.


Down the stretch, Saez continued to ask Snicker Cookie for more speed and he responded by catching up to Ace of Aces and Solitaire Game ridden by Carlos Villasana. It was a three horse race for a while until Snicker Cookie moved ahead for the win by one and one-quarter lengths over Solitaire Game. Ace of Aces finished third.


“I warmed him (Snicker Cookie) up in the post parade and that helped,” said Saez, who is a native of Panama and a graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jockey School. “The first quarter I kind of worked my way to get going and in the turn he responded very well. Turning for home I asked him for whatever he had and he cleared very well. I want to thank this combination (Bauer and Rigney) for this opportunity today on both of their horses.”


Snicker Cookie, trained by Philip Bauer and owned by Richard and Tammy Rigney’s Rigney Racing, is now two for four in his young career. He increased his career bankroll to more than $141,000 for the Rigney’s who also raised him.


“We turned him out at the end of last year and we felt he needed a race, but we wanted to see how he would do,” said Richard. “This race set up well for him. We plan to keep him here for the entire season this year.”


Rigneys raced Noble’s Promise, the sire of both Snicker Cookie and Fireball Baby, who finished fourth in the $100,000 Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes earlier in the card. Rigneys have approximately 20 broodmares with two, Cookie (dam of Snicker Cookie) and Bubbles and Babies (dam of Fireball Baby), in Indiana. Noble’s Promise stood at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Ind. until he passed away last August due to kidney failure. Since that time, the Rigney’s have been looking for a horse to replace as their Indiana stallion and may have found one. They currently own Madison’s Luna, a son of Tapit and winner of the Grade 3 Hutchison Stakes last year at Gulfstream Park. The Rigneys plan to send him to Breakway Farm for either the 2020 or the 2021 breeding season. In the meantime, they are still reaping rewards from the sons and daughters of their first stallion, Noble’s Promise.


“The filly (Snicker Cookie) always trains well but this colt is all business come race day,” said Bauer, who is stabled at Churchill Downs. “This is pretty overwhelming because I had both the mamas of these two as racehorses. The filly had a tough race today but the win from him (Snicker Cookie) is a great way to end the day.”


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:15 p.m. with Saturdays beginning at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit the website at

IHSAA Executive Committee approves football mercy rule

In its monthly gathering following the annual Board of Directors meeting this morning in Indianapolis, the IHSAA Executive Committee unanimously approved a new football mercy rule. 


The rule, which goes into effect this fall, was a joint effort with the Indiana Football Coaches Association to expedite the conclusion of football contests when a certain point differential is reached. With Monday’s vote, when the point differential reaches 35 points in the second half, the game clock will convert to a running clock with the exception of timeouts, scores, and/or injuries. Once implemented, the clock may not revert back to standard timing regardless of the score and coaches will not have the ability to override the implementation of the mercy rule. The 40 second play clock will remain in effect throughout the contest.


The Board of Directors approved 18 rules proposals, three failed to receive support, and two were tabled for further study during its annual review of the By?Laws and Articles of Incorporation. 


All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by?laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure. A copy of today’s agenda is available here and the current by?laws here. All approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted.


The group approved by an 18?1 vote a modification to Rule 2.5, also known as the Tournament Success Factor.  The result lowers the number of points needed (from 3 points to 2 points) by a school already playing in a higher classification to continue playing in that same class for another two years. Schools that win a regional championship in a single season or a sectional championship in back?to?back seasons would remain in that same higher class. The rule up to this point had required three points (two sectional titles and a regional title) to continue in that class.


The following additional items of note were approved during today’s Board of Directors meeting and the ensuing Executive Committee meeting.


? Seven amendments were formally ratified having been approved as temporary regulations since last year’s Board meeting. Most notably among those was the conduct of fans which was added to the same sportsmanship guidelines applicable to the conduct of contestants, coaches, etc. When a fan is ejected from a contest, he/she, too, will be suspended – in their case from attending the school’s next home contest. A second ejection will result in suspension from the next two home contests. Also, the addition of Unified Flag Football as a sponsored sport, its playing rules and season contest information were officially affirmed.


? Approved 19?0 an amendment of the district section of the by?laws to better equalize the size of the three districts by moving Adams and Wells counties from District II to District I and moving Wayne County from District II to District III.


? Approved 17?2 two new sub?sections to Rule 2?2 (Number of Schools in Classes) that when two or more schools with equal enrollment fall at a classification break, each school would be placed in the higher class in all team sports other than football. In football, the school with the larger freshmen class would be placed in the larger enrollment class.


? The elections for next year’s leadership of the Board and Executive Committee also were held. Hebron athletic director John Steinhilber was voted president of the 2019?20 Board of Directors and Delta principal Chris Conley was elected vice president. Knightstown athletic director Matt Martin was named chairman of the 2019?20 Executive Committee and Jimtown athletic director Nathan Dean was confirmed as vice chairman.


Two proposals were tabled by the Board:


? A proposed amendment to expand the definition of “Territory” by Roncalli principal Chuck Weisenbach as it relates to private schools, their established boundaries and out?of?state transfers,was tabled for further study.

? The commissioner submitted a proposal on behalf of the members of the Pocket Athletic Conference which would eliminate the 600 mile round trip limitation with regard to the Out?of?State Contest rule.  After some discussion, the group opted to table the proposal.


The following agenda items failed to receive enough support:


? A proposal to reduce the percentage of member schools that must be participating in a sport before a state tournament series be provided from 50% to 30% failed 1?18. The proposal had been authored by Dave Worland, principal at Cathedral High School and Mark Preston, principal at Lafayette Jefferson High School.


? A proposal made by the commissioner on behalf of the Porter County Conference that would introduce a 1.65 multiplier to the official enrollment of each private school and charter school to determine classifications also failed 1?18.


? The Board rejected 2?17 an amendment to Rule 19?6.1 authored by South Knox principal David

Couchenour that would have permitted full eligibility following a transfer by a student without a

corresponding change of residence by the parent/guardian when the transfer occurs before the

student’s sophomore year.

Several equipment changes highlight high school basketball rules changes

Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.


All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 


Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.


A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms. 


Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.


A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.


Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.


The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.  


In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.


“It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”


The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle. 


“This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”


According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.

BIG3 announces select 2019 cities and dates

BIG3 – the professional 3-on-3 basketball league founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz – announced select cites and dates on the 2019 schedule ahead of the highly anticipated 3rd season of summer basketball.


The league’s opening weekend includes three games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Sunday, June 23, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse go on sale Monday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Additional cities and on sale dates will be announced soon.


Former Pacers players Jermaine O’Neal, Stephen Jackson, Al Jefferson, C.J. Watson, Brandon Rush and Andre Owens are scheduled to participate in the June 23 games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana natives Greg Oden, Bonzi Wells and Robert Vaden are also scheduled to play in Indianapolis. Other notable players expected to participate June 23 include former NBA stars Mike Bibby, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, Jason Richardson, Nate Robinson and Amar’e Stoudemire, among others. 


The season tips off at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, June 22, live in primetime on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.


During the upcoming 11-week BIG3 season, games will air live on CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network on both Saturdays and Sundays, with a champion crowned live on CBS on Sunday, September 1. CBS Television Network will broadcast more than 20 hours throughout the season, with CBS Sports Network set to televise more than 25 hours of additional live game coverage.


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June 22 — Detroit (Little Caesars Arena) *Tickets on sale May 17

June 23 — Indianapolis (Bankers Life Fieldhouse), 1:00 p.m. *Tickets on sale May 20 at 10:00 a.m.

June 29 — Charlotte (Spectrum Center) *Tickets on sale May 22

June 30 — Philadelphia (Liacouras Center) *Tickets on sale May 17

July 6 — Birmingham (Legacy Arena at the BJCC) *Tickets on sale May 24

July 7 — Atlanta (State Farm Arena) *Tickets on sale May 17

July 13 — Providence (Dunkin Donuts Center) *Tickets on sale May 31

July 14 — New York (Barclays Center)

July 20 — Kansas City (Sprint Center)

July 21 — Oklahoma City (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

August 3 — Chicago (Allstate Arena)

August 17 — Dallas (American Airlines Center)

August 18 — San Antonio (AT&T Center)

September 1 — Los Angeles (STAPLES Center) *Championship


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Indiana Fever announce 20 Towns for 20 Seasons statewide tour; includes stop in Morristown

Celebrating their 20th season in the WNBA this summer, the Indiana Fever is scheduled for a three-month tour encompassing festivals and carnivals, basketball tournaments, community concerts, an Easter egg hunt, a farmer’s market and a parade.


 The Fever’s 20 Towns for 20 Seasons tour of statewide communities launches Saturday, April 13 with an appearance at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown and concludes on the evening of Tuesday, June 18 when Freddy Fever marches in the Fireman’s Festival Parade in Bremen.


“This is who we are, and basketball is what we do,” said Fever President and COO Dr. Allison Barber. “Our 20th season is a terrific opportunity to highlight our great game and professional athletes.”


She continued, “We might not reach every town and county over the next three months, but we will take very seriously our commitment to Indiana communities statewide.”


Counting Indianapolis and a visit to nearby Cincinnati for a visit with hometown Fever star Kelsey Mitchell, kids, families and fans in 21 communities will engage with a variety of players, alumni players, coaches or Freddy Fever; social media opportunities, interactive games and a prize wheel. The first 20 guests at each location will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a pair of complimentary tickets to a home game during the Fever’s Anniversary Week, (or another upcoming game).


Indiana’s 2019 home schedule begins with Anniversary Week, bookended by home games on historic dates. The Fever’s home opener is June 1, the same date on which Indiana played its very first game in 2000. Indiana’s second home game is June 7, exactly 20 years after the franchise was founded.


The opening day of the tour features photo and autograph sessions with a Fever player or coach at three girls basketball events – the Hoosiers Reunion Classic all-star doubleheader (10:30 a.m.) in Knightstown; the IndyBall Shootout girls basketball tournament at Finch Creek Fieldhouse in Noblesville (2:00 p.m.); and the Gym Rats Spring Kickoff girls tournament in Ft. Wayne (11:00 a.m.).


Another photo and autograph session takes place at the Best of the Midwest girls basketball tournament at Franklin Community High School on Sunday, April 14 (11:00 a.m.). The opening week of the tour includes a visit to Bloomington on April 16 and ends at the Eggnormous Egg Hunt in Zionsville on April 20.



Date         Time                Event                                                                           Town                 

April 13      10:30 a.m.        Hoosiers Reunion Classic All-Star DH                Knightstown


April 14      11:00 a.m.        Best of the Midwest Tournament                          Franklin


May 17      6:00 p.m.          Morristown Boys & Girls Club Carnival                 Morristown


May 18      12:00 p.m.        Smoke on the Square – Bartholomew Co. BBQ    Columbus



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