Hoosier Park Racing & Casino held a special day at the races on Saturday, Sept. 22 as they honored former chair of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Sarah McNaught, and former outside counsel to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Robin Babbitt, for their many years of service and leadership to the Indiana horse racing industry.
McNaught was appointed chair of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005. During her time with the commission, McNaught brought strong and principled leadership, helping make the state of Indiana a leader in the horse racing industry. The recipient of the prestigious Joan Pew Award from the Association of Racing Commissioners International, McNaught’s dedication to Indiana horse racing has made her a steward of the industry and her efforts will continue to be seen for years to come.
Babbitt served as outside counsel to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission since 1993 and was recognized for his many years of service to the Indiana horse racing industry. Babbitt’s expertise in the field of law benefited Indiana horse racing by helping it navigate from inception, nearly 20 years ago, to a $1 billion a year industry, employing thousands throughout the state.
"Both Robin and Sarah have helped guide the sport of horse racing in Indiana to where it stands today, a leader on a national level. Their commitment to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and the entire horse racing industry has been exceptional,” said Rod Ratcliff, Centaur’s CEO and chairman, during the winner’s circle presentation. "From the entire Indiana horse racing industry, we thank you both for your many years of commendable service and leadership.”
Race 4 on the afternoon’s card was dedicated to Robin Babbitt while race 5 was dedicated to Sarah McNaught. The honorees were joined in the winner’s circle by Indiana horse racing industry officials and management representatives from Centaur, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. Both Babbitt and McNaught received a special gift for their years of service from the entire Indiana horse racing industry. (Hoosier Park)