Hoosier Park hikes purses 10% across the board
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Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live Standardbred racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With the continuing success of the first-ever, all harness racing meet, Hoosier Park has announced purses will reflect a 10 percent increase, effective June 18. This 10 percent increase will be felt throughout the entire purse structure.
With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 50 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 20.3% over the previous years’ figures.
"We couldn’t be more pleased with the start of our live race meet,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing Rick Moore noted. "We want to thank all of our partners that have contributed to our success thus far. The horsemen have done an outstanding job of providing us with a great racing product. The Indiana Standardbred Association and the United States Trotting Association’s strategic wagering initiatives have proved to be a tremendous success. All of these combined efforts are allowing us to proudly announce this purse increase that will be felt across the board. We are eagerly looking forward to the rest of our 2013 meet.”
Earlier in the year, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a new racing format described as one breed, one track. Hoosier Park was named Indiana’s sole harness racing track while Indiana Grand Casino and Downs plays host to all the thoroughbred action.
Originally designed as an all Standardbred track, this change to all Standardbred racing has allowed Hoosier Park to devote all of its’ energies in making the Anderson, Indiana track a world-class Standardbred racing operation.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Following a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will have a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.