The Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Indiana Grand’s modified request for race dates in 2020. The 94-day season will beginon Monday, June 15th and finish on Wednesday, November 18th on a Monday through Thursday basis with four select Saturdays of Quarter Horse-only racing over the span of the meet.
Also approved as a part of the agenda was a request by Indiana Grand and the Indiana horsemen’s groups to offer what is believed to be the lowest takeout on any wager in North America. The request asking for the Pick 5 to be offered at a takeout of 11.99% was also approved unanimously and will take place on the last five thoroughbred races each day. The Pick 5 will be a straight carryover wager without a unique ticket provision.
“We’ve said for the last month that the 2020 calendar might need to be fluid and after consultation with our horsemen we’re happy to be approved for this 94-day meet.” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “When you consider that our business will have been shut down for nearly three months it’s very rewarding to offer overnight purses that are consistent or higher than 2019 and a quality stakes calendar for both breeds.”
Therevisedcalendarwill be published online at www.IndianaGrand.com shortly. Horsemen are encouraged to contact Kevin Greely at (317) 421-3080 for more information or with questions on anyracingoffice matters.