Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will kick off its 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Tuesday, April 14 and the action just got a little sweeter for the participants. The first condition book is now available and reflects a significant purse increase.
Thoroughbred purses have received an eight percent increase for all open races and Indiana state bred races. An additional 12 percent has been added to Indiana sired races for the 120-day racing season.
“We are very pleased to kick off our racing season with a significant increase in purses,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing. “This increase is a direct reflection of table games revenues that feed into our purse accounts and really sets the tone for our season. We continue to see growth in our breeding programs for Indiana and look forward to seeing our racing product continue to flourish.”
The 2020 racing program includes the addition of two $150,000 stakes races for Indiana sired contenders. The Lady Fog Horn Stakes and the Unreachable Star Stakes will join the $100,000 Crown Ambassador and the $100,000 Indiana Stallion Fillies Saturday, Oct. 17. As a result, a new Indiana Championship Night has been created and will include purses in excess of $500,000 for the evening. The addition of the two stakes also brings the stakes money for Indiana Grand to an all-time high with 37 stakes offering purses in excess of $4.65 million, a new track record.
The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby heads the stakes schedule for 2020. The 26th running of the event is slated for Saturday, July 11 and will be joined by six other stakes on the program, including the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks.
The 18th season of Quarter Horse racing will also see a boost in 2020. The complete Quarter Horse stakes schedule and purses will be released in the near future.
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.