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Racing canceled Wednesday due to air quality at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Due to increased levels of dense smoke coverage from the Canadian wildfires, today’s racing program has been canceled at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.

Safety levels in Central Indiana have reached a dangerous level on the air quality monitor with intensity expected to peak during the afternoon hours, prompting racing officials at Horseshoe Indianapolis to take action and cancel racing.

“Safety and consideration for our equine and human athletes always comes first, no matter what the circumstances are,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “We are fortunate to have a great relationship with our racing organizations, and as a group, we decided this decision was the best for everyone involved. We even want to take into consideration the safety of our racing fans who enjoy sitting trackside to watch the horses.”

Several of the races on the program Wednesday, which included nine Thoroughbred races and one Quarter Horse event, will be offered as an option for participants Monday. An early start of 1:20 p.m. will kick off the extended racing program featuring 10 Thoroughbred events and four Quarter Horse trials expected to be completed at 8 p.m.



“Being outside during this air quality warning is not safe, and to throw physical exertion on top of that increases the level of exposure and risk to those involved in our racing program,” said Joe Davis, President of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “By rescheduling these races to next week, we are offering an alternative to our horsemen and horsewomen so they are not missing out on a racing opportunity. This is their livelihood, so we are taking that into consideration to reduce interruption to their business. This joint decision is the best for everyone involved.”

The amended racing program for Monday will lead up to the community event featuring a Drone Show beginning at 10 p.m. Racing will be complemented by numerous activities, from local entertainers to an axe throwing station, face painters, contests, and giveaways suited for the entire family. The end of the racing program will lead into a free show by the popular Endless Summer Band on the main stage beginning at 8:30 p.m., followed by the Patriotic Drone Show at approximately 10 p.m.

“We already had a full day of activities planned on Monday featuring the unique Drone Show,” added Halstrom. “Adding more racing will only enhance the experience for those making plans to kick off their Fourth of July celebration at Horseshoe Indianapolis. We feel this is a terrific opportunity to showcase our racing on a fun-filled day for our community.”

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