Pacers logo Rik Smits, Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard, Mel Daniels, and others to kick off Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

ANDERSON, Ind. – May 23, 2013 – Ten of the Pacers’ more recognizable names from the past 40 years are slated to make a joint-appearance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 24 to kick off the start of Memorial Day weekend live racing. This group of past ABA and NBA Pacers will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans starting at 7 p.m. in the Hoosier Park Terrace. The event is free and open to the public.

The Pacers’ legends scheduled to appear:

  • Rik Smits (1988 – 2000, Center)
  • Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard (1968 – 1980, Head Coach)
  • Mel Daniels (1968 – 1974, Center, NBA Hall of Fame Member)
  • Derrick McKey (1993 – 2001, Forward/Center)
  • Don Buse (1972 – 1977, Point Guard)
  • Billy Keller (1969 – 1976, Guard)
  • George McGinnis (1971 – 1975, Power Forward/Center)
  • Bob Netolicky (1967 – 1976, Forward/Center)
  • Bill Newton (1972 – 1974, Center)
  • Darnell Hillman (1971 – 1976, Forward/Center)

On Saturday, May 25, Hoosier Park’s signature race – the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational – will welcome the top rated horses in North America for its 20th running. The 2013 installment will tout some of the best horses, trainers, and drivers in the sport. Lining up behind the gate will be the likes of North American Cup Winner, Up The Credit, Meadowlands Pace champion, A Rocknroll Dance, and 2012’s Dan Patch victor, Rockin Cam.

Several activities will complement the Dan Patch Invitational pace, including Indiana sire stakes action, property-wide dining specials, and special wagering opportunities. Guests can also take part in Xtreme hot air balloon and helicopter rides over the racetrack. To close out Saturday night’s live racing card, a free fireworks display starts at approximately 10:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the free fireworks display, a Celebrity Driver charity kayak race and the Hoosier Idol All-In grand finale singing competition begins.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the third year in a row by the Indianapolis Business Journal, and holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – a fully integrated gaming and racing facility – features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games as well as a 7/8 mile oval horse track that offers live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting facilities located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind. For more information, please visit

About Centaur Gaming: Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana.  Centaur owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Ind. and off-track betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne, and Merrillville, Ind.

Category: Horse Racing