Final preparations are underway on the backstretch at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in anticipation of the return of live Standardbred racing. Now in its 20th season, the Standardbred meet will begin on April 2 and offer five days of racing per week through Nov. 9, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. (EDT).
Horseman who have been granted stalls for the meet may begin moving in equipment and setting up stalls on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10. Horses will be permitted on the grounds on Monday, March 11. All horses entering the grounds must have all valid paperwork available before being allowed entry to the grounds. Dormitories will also be available for occupancy on Monday, March 11 as well.
The racetrack will open for training on Thursday, March 14, pending the weather conditions. The first round of qualifiers are slated for Saturday, March 16, and will be conducted on a Wednesday and Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the meet. The entry box closes for qualifiers one day prior at 1 p.m. Condition sheets and stakes schedules will be posted as soon as they become available. (Hoosier Park)