Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park’s 20th season of live Standardbred racing continues to produce encouraging gains on all fronts. With a renewed focus on fresh marketing efforts, facility enhancements, specialty wagers, and an increase in overall quality of racing, through the first 40 days of the meet at Hoosier Park, all-sources wagering has shown an increase of 21.3% over the previous years’ figures.
“While we are only a quarter of the way through our meet, we couldn’t be more pleased with the start,” Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing, Rick Moore noted. “We appreciate the efforts of our horsemen in providing full and competitive fields, which have been well received by simulcast players throughout the country.”
Hoosier Park’s commitment to improve its simulcast wagering product has led to the introduction of the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 wager. Introduced on Thursday nights, the Pick-4 continues to gain popularity and momentum. Through a partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association and The United States Trotting Association’s strategic wagering program, the $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 wager has quickly become Hoosier Park’s signature wager.
Hoosier Park’s premier Standardbred race, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational pace, saw marked success while placing the national spotlight on Hoosier Park, as the best in the sport of harness racing took to the racetrack on Saturday, May 25. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as an enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 20th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. On the wagering front, the Dan Patch card offered remarkable value to horseplayers with the introduction of an added $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 and a $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta on the Dan Patch Invitational race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering. The total handle for the night was up 44% over the previous year’s number and the handle on the Dan Patch race itself was up 39% over the previous year.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick start summer weekends with a mix of ‘family fun’ promotions, free fireworks presentations, entertainment and horse racing and continue each weekend through the end of the racing season on November 9. Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.