Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday, June 7. Four Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics’ choice delivered in each of the four divisions.
The action-packed night opened with the first $75,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies and Andi’s Alana looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she overcame a tough, first-over bid to score in 1:56. Driven by LeWayne Miller, Andi’s Alana was uninvolved early in the race but used a :28.2 final quarter to score her 11th career victory and remain undefeated in 2014.
Trained by Erv Miller, Andi’s Alana has now won 11 of 15 lifetime starts and sports a career bankroll of $379,849 with three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to her credit. The daughter of Swan For All-Its Your Deal has won all three of her starts at three and is owned by Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis, and Harvey Eisman.
Following suit, Candy’s A Virgin and Trace Tetrick delivered as the 7-5 favorite after a sharp, front running effort in 1:52 in the three-year-old pacing fillies division. Tetrick sent Candy’s A Virgin away from the gate firing and she dictated fractions of :28.4, :57.0 and 1:25.1 before ever feeling a threat. As the field turned for home, Tetrick asked his mount for more and she responded with a :26.4 final panel to win by three lengths.
Owned by Emerald Highland Farms, the daughter of Always A Virgin-Candemonium notched her second win in four seasonal starts while sending her bankroll over $139,000. Trained by Brian Brown, the homebred filly has now won four of 12 lifetime outings.
Fresh off a win in the Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations, Rose Run Parker was able to overcome the outside post nine to trot home a winner in 1:54.4 in the three-year-old trotting colt division and extended his win streak to eight in the process. Guided by regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr., Rose Run Parker was unable to find a spot along the rail in the early stages of the race and pressed on for the lead. Sandy Z Tam and Brad Hanners left alertly from post two and dictated fractions of :28.1 and :57.3. Forced to go three-wide approaching the final turn, Rose Run Parker was able to reach the leader’s wheel at the third station in 1:25.4 before trotting away from the field to win by a length.
“The trip didn’t work out how I wanted it to tonight,” Macomber noted after the race. “Obviously post nine didn’t help, but he was able to overcome it. I pulled the earplugs down the lane and he took off again. He’s really sharp right now.”
Trained by Ron Burke, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy scored his third seasonal victory and remains undefeated at three. The 12-time career winner has now amassed $284,875 for his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and W. Haas Jr.
Bluehourpower did not disappoint as the 6/5 favorite in the three-year-old pacing colt division as he coasted home a winner in 1:50.3, a lifetime best performance. Driven by Sam Widger, Bluehourpower was uninvolved in the early stages of the race while Mike Peterson and Sling Shot Shooter set fractions of :27 and :54.4. As the field approached the final turn, Slingshot Shooter appeared to be up to the task, but Bluehourpower was perfectly placed second-over. Using a :26.3 last quarter, Bluehourpower powered home to win finish two lengths to the good.
Trained and owned by Wilbur Eash, Bluehourpower has now won 6 of 13 lifetime starts and remains undefeated at three. The son of Sand Shooter-Blue Hour has now amassed $282,344 and three Indiana Sires Stakes finals to his credit.
Live racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, June 10 with a 14-race card. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will highlight the 2014 harness racing season to-date on Saturday, June 7 with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m.
Hoosier Park’s leading conditioner, Ron Burke, will send out six horses in the four $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the evening. Rose Run Parker will put his seven-race win streak on the line from the Burke barn in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings from post nine with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines. Just one race later, Speed Trap will look to score his first Indiana Sires Stakes final win in the three-year-old pacing colt division for the Burke Stable at 5-1 on the morning line.
Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park.
Revamped for the 2014 season, the Indiana Sires Stakes program features five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses return to compete in a final and consolation. The 2014 stakes season will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous $75,000 finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park.
In addition to the racing program that boasts lofty purses for the Indiana stakes program, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 a.m. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:52 p.m.
In addition to the horse racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event pits local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit the Fire Rescue House of Madison County. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers to a dunk tank. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
At the culmination of the challenges, Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore, will present representatives from the Fire Rescue House of Madison County with a special $5,000 donation. As a token of Hoosier Park’s appreciation for their continued work to help local families in need, Hoosier Park will make the donation to help further their goals and maintain their high level of community service.
As a special thank you to Madison County local heroes, all firefighters and police officers will receive $10 in casino cash. Guests showing fire department or police department credentials to the Trackside Club Centaur Rewards desk will receive the $10 complimentary gift.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
On Saturday, June 7 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer racing fans a unique opportunity to watch, wager, and witness horse racing history with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes. When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the 2014 Belmont Stakes, a 1 ½ mile event, he could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.
Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, advanced wagering, live harness racing, and dining specials to take in the excitement of California Chrome’s run for racing history. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the first race from Belmont Park getting underway at 11:35 p.m. The Belmont program will feature the second richest day of racing in North America with 10 stakes races and more than $8 million in purse money leading up to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown.
In conjunction with the Belmont festivities, Hoosier Park will host Hoosier Champions Night, the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals, on the 14-race card. The first four harness races from Hoosier Park will lead into the main event from Belmont, which has an estimated post time of 6:40 p.m.
The first 1,000 Guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur will receive a souvenir button saying “Go! Chrome, Go!”, and in the event of a Triple Crown win, commemorative souvenir cards will be distributed throughout the property. Additionally, qualified Club Centaur members will receive a $5 win Bet on California Chrome.
The Belmont Jewel, the official drink of the Belmont Stakes, will be available in a collector’s glass and a wide variety of food stations will be available both indoors and outside with free seating available in both locations. Advanced wagering will be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the entire Belmont card and Friday, June 6.
“In the 70’s it seemed almost ordinary to have a Triple Crown winner,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “Well, it’s been 36 years since that has happened and I think everyone is hoping for an end to the drought. God speed, California Chrome!”
Eleven horses have completed the monumental feat, but there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed took all three jewels of the Triple Crown in 1978. California Chrome has won eight of his 12 career races, including his past six, and will start from post two as the 3/5 favorite.
In addition to the horse racing action, Hoosier Park will play host to the fourth annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The event will pit local police officers and firefighters against one another in a series of challenges to benefit a local charity, Madison County Fire Rescue House. The challenges will begin after the start of live harness racing and range from a foot race carrying Hoosier Park drivers and a jelly donut speed eating contest to a dunk tank and the crowd favorite tug of war competition.
Hoosier Park will also offer various children’s activities in the Kid’s Zone along with a classic fire truck on display. Guns & Hoses, open to all ages, is free to the public and will start at approximately 5 p.m. in the Yard.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15.
Addition of Shelbyville Racetrack and Casino Grows Centaur Workforce to More Than 2,000 Hoosiers
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 20, 2013 Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC announced today the completion of the acquisition of Indiana Grand Casino and Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. The acquisition brings together two of the leading racetrack casinos in the Midwest, with the addition of Indiana Grand Casino and Downs to Centaur’ s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. The $500 million transaction increases Centaur’s total workforce to more than 2,000 Indiana residents.
Today represents the culmination of considerable time and effort made on behalf of Centaur by our team members, community partners, Indiana regulators and legislators, horsemen, and our sponsors, whose efforts were key to this successful acquisition, said Rod Ratcliff, Centaur Holdings, LLC chairman and chief executive officer. Centaur is looking forward to continuing to offer guests in Indiana and from throughout the Midwest the best in gaming, racing, and entertainment through the combination of these facilities.
Centaur, founded in 1993, is a company built on the precept of furthering the entertainment and economic development benefits of Indiana gaming and horse racing. Centaur embraces the role and understands the importance of being a dedicated and thoughtful community partner, said Jim Brown, Centaur’s president and chief operating officer. As a company, we will place significant support behind efforts to give back in our host communities through both service and support.
The acquisition will expand Centaur’s Indiana footprint to nearly every corner of the state with racetrack casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville Ind. and off-track betting properties in Merrillville, Fort Wayne and Clarksville, Ind. Additionally, its recently renovated Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille and OTB, located in downtown Indianapolis, represents a $3 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art off-track betting concept.
Swing on in to Hoosier Park to experience the latest in gaming technology. Tarzan™ is a breakthrough game from Aristocrat that brings the legendary Lord of the Jungle™ to the slot floor. Housed in the award-winning VERVE HD cabinet, it’s the very first title to appear in a gigantic 31.5″ potrait monitor and fully integrates with the ambient lighting, topper effects, 3D panoramic digital audio and Nteractiv LCD buttons.
This game is full of features and contains 5 high-frequency bonus rounds and 4 progressive jackpots. The Stampede Bonus features a herd of elephants randomly throwing a number of bonus scatter symbols above the reels that pay in any direction. The Kerchak Free Game feature multiples all wins by 2, 3, 5 or 10. The Monkey Bonus features a jumping monkey that grabs a symbol on the reel, which turns into a Wild. The Tarzan Bonus features Tarzan swinging through the screen and replaces all random symbols with a Special Wild. The Progressive Wheel Feature allows players to win big progressive jackpots, bonuses, credits or free games. Plus, a chance to win all 4 progressives and up to 7 different wheels. Players are able to spin the wheel on the touchscreen and each spin increases the value of their winnings.
Tarzan has been incredibly popular since its recent release date, and for good reason. It’s Lord of the Jungle top jackpot has been hit an astounding 19 times and has paid out more than $6.4 million! The game has swung into full steam within the gaming community and has already begun racking up the accolades. It has been voted Best Video Slot, Best Penny Slot, Luckiest Slot, Best Slot Graphics and was listed as a top Progressive Slot in the Southern California Gaming Guide “Best Slots Awards”. Additionally, readers of Strictly Slots named Tarzan Lord of the Jungle as a “Favorite Progressive Slot Machine” in the Best of Slots article.
This is one game you won’t want to miss and can easily be found on the main aisle of the casino floor. From state of the art technology to huge payouts, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to present Tarzan – Lord of the Jungle.
Complete with a compelling mix of fresh design and deep levels of gameplay, Bally’s introduces their newest hit game Sun God. This hot new game boasts a wheel bonus feature which awards players with free spins, free games or a progressive jackpot! Plus, winning never looked better with the hip new Curve platform that puts a hot new face on gaming. The new curved design and digital readouts make this machine a stand out. If style is your thing, this is one game you won’t want to miss!
The first of three exciting features of the game is the wheel bonus feature. In this side game players will spin for three or more scattered sun symbols to be awarded up to 15 free games, credits, or even a jackpot! Thats not all, Sun God employs two Free games to keep players warmed up. Plus, free games award players 2 times their total bet! And, that’s not all. On the top screen, free-game players will work to unlock up to 12 sun symbols that will turn into wilds on the last free game spin. Players will get a second chance for wilds as well with a second free game that randomly disperses wilds. That’s two free games and two chances to win!
Come out to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino to experience a new generation of gaming technology and the thrill of heating up with Sun God. Also, be sure to check back here weekly for more hot game profiles and our new “Meet the Team” series.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is all about providing guests with unforgettable thrills, and no one knows a “thriller” better than the legendary Michael Jackson. The game’s designer, Bally’s, has left no stone unturned delivering one of the most epic electronic games to hit the casino industry, The King of Pop. This game that has it all – including many unique features. Bally’s is a perennial powerhouse of game design that has brought you these great new titles: The Sun God, The Moon Goddess and Money Wheel.
The only thing better than the thrill of winning, is the thrill of winning while listening timeless soundtrack! The King of Pop brings all the excitement of live slot machine action plus Michael Jackson hits to keep you grooving into your next jackpot. With comfortable seating and a built in sound system enjoy the best sights and sounds electronic games have to offer.
The King of Pop did not become one of the latest and greatest with good music alone. With a collection of mini-games and added features this machine has plenty to keep you intrigued. Alongside a turntable multiplier bonus spin feature, King of Pop breaks the mold with two themed free game awards: Beat It and Smooth Criminal. With these game specific features, players can cash in on up to ten free games. Throw in the chance of either Moonwalk or Stackable Wilds and the best just got better.
Come out to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino to experience a new generation of gaming technology and the thrill of winning big with The King of Pop. Also, be sure to check back here weekly for more hot game profiles and our new “Meet the Team” series.
Rudy McMillan is Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s resident food guru and is responsible for orchestrating as many as eight restaurants at any given time. He is not your average office professional and can often be found bumping elbows with Hoosier Park’s front-line employees. A lot of the leg work within the organization falls on him and his two hundred and fifty plus staff. The food and beverage department is the “meat & potatoes” of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and when there is work to be done, the entire department is on the scene to take it up a notch. Rudy is a strong advocate for team work and his department shares those values. “We work as a team,” he said, “and no one’s ego gets in the way.”
The culture of Hoosier Park’s food & beverage department can be traced back to Rudy’s foray into the business. His first full-time job was as a cook at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California. His time there would shape his professional agenda as well as create some lasting memories. One of those memories was not so pleasant at the time and could have easily led him down a different path.
While working at the Claremont Hotel, Rudy and his team were preparing for a wedding that included a five-tier cake. The pastry chef had forgotten to install two of the cake’s support pillars and when Rudy went to transfer the cake to a table, it immediately collapsed onto the floor. With no time to spare, the guests were forced to wait outside of the venue until a remedy was found. Much like the Rudy of today, he quickly came up with a solution consisting of free champagne for the guests and a reconstructed wedding cake. Looking back, he laughs at this story, but if it wasn’t for his quick reaction it may not have been quite so funny. Regardless of the outcome, it was scenarios like this that taught Rudy the skills to run an entire department of his own. With real life experiences he can relate to his team members all the way up the command chain, give empathy and earns their respect. Rudy’s motto, “Treat team members with dignity and respect, the same as you want to be treated,” is a testament to his experiences.
Rudy continued to learn and grow in the food industry and soon found himself in a director position for a Holiday Inn hotel in California’s Bay Area. Not long after climbing his way up through the hotel food business, his career took an unexpected change. Harrah’s Casino was buying up hotels in California and Rudy was included in the acquisition. He found himself in the casino food industry and on his way to Reno, Nevada. He spent the next years learning the industry and further honing his skills to meet the needs expected of him. He spent some time in Las Vegas where he experienced one of his most memorable professional experiences working the Jerry Lewis Telethon. The telethon exposed Rudy to a nationally broadcasted event as well as hosting celebrity guests. Rudy’s early years out West built a strong foundation for his profession, but the big city atmosphere and concrete corporate structure were less than perfect in his eyes.
Hoosier Park eventually had the opportunity to bring Rudy in as the director of food and beverage and create the perfect match he had been waiting for. The culture at Hoosier Park’s is more a family than an employer and Rudy is the epitome of that. He is outspoken in support of Hoosier Park’s values and asserts that team members should realize that they are working for a company that truly cares about them and their well being. With a wealth of knowledge from his crash course in Nevada, his humble attitude and a foundation built on painstakingly climbing the career ladder, Rudy McMillan is a cornerstone of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Todd Berendji is Hoosier Park’s director of casino operations and unofficially titled “back-office entertainer”. When he’s not hard at work managing the latest in gaming technology he serves up consistent comic relief for those of us behind the scenes.
As Todd always says, “Your happiness is my happiness.” A proponent of enjoying life to the fullest, he keeps the atmosphere positive in even the most stressful situations. Todd is not your typical executive and he prefers it that way. You won’t find him in a stuffy office filled with accolades, but rather one with a Ben & Jerry’s bumper sticker that reads, “If it’s not fun, why do it?” In fact, you generally will not find Todd in his office at all. He is much more comfortable out with his team making decisions from eye level and spreading good energy. Whether it’s a practical joke, prank or just a good conversation, Todd strives to uplift those around him. Todd says, “Watching team members laugh, have fun and entertain guests is my greatest reward.” He brings out the extrovert in others as well and now receives his fair share of office pranks in return.
However, a director position at Hoosier Park isn’t all fun and games. With more than 2,000 slot machines and e-table games, there is always work to be done. Todd has brought in many new cutting-edge technologies as well, making Hoosier Park on par with the best casinos in the world.
While he thoroughly enjoys his work here at Hoosier Park, he had to earn his right to be crowned back office entertainer. Before Todd was even born, his career path was set in motion. His father was a prominent hotel and casino designer in Las Vegas and had a lot of influence on Todd as he grew up. His father did not plan for him to follow in his footsteps and had actually put down a deposit for him to attend law school. As Todd came of age, he decided that the gaming industry was a better fit for him and joined a management training program for casino resorts. Todd quickly caught on and soon found himself in the heart of Las Vegas.
Some of his biggest career achievements came at that time when he assisted in the openings of The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau. While Todd thrived within the large corporations, he enjoyed the humbler culture he found with Wynn.
His experience opening casinos and his preference for a more grassroots company is what ultimately landed him in Indiana at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. “The culture that has been cultivated and the closeness of the executive team reminded me a lot of Wynn Resorts when they were still relatively small and still growing: very family like and close,” Todd recollected.
Todd’s experience proved beneficial with the successful opening of the casino and its management to date. While he has had a lot of great experiences and met many good friends along the way, Todd Berendji is happy to call Hoosier Park Racing & Casino his home.
This Veteran’s Day Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be doing more than ever to pay tribute to our U.S. armed forces. With many employees and friends of the company having served in the military, Hoosier Park plans to give back throughout the holiday weekend. A proud supporter of Indiana veterans and national soldiers alike, Hoosier Park will be offering discounts, free food opportunities and a very special all-day trip to the Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Parade in Downtown Indianapolis.
With a military ID, our esteemed veterans can enjoy $5 in free slot play deposited on their Club Centaur account as well as 25% off at the Big Deli and Prime Harvest Buffet all holiday weekend. Then on Sunday, November 11th, a complimentary breakfast will be offered in the Big Deli from 7 to 10 am. Hoosier Park will then host a special Veterans Day Tribute on the casino floor at 11 am following breakfast.
The annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service and Parade in Downtown Indianapolis is on Saturday, November 10th. The event begins at 10:30 am on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial with a Musical Prelude by the 38th Division Band of the Indiana National Guard. This display of patriotism will include music from World War I, II, and the Korean War eras. To conclude the Memorial Service, the Indiana Air National Guard will perform a fly-over display just above the Indiana War Memorial. At 11:45 am, the Veteran’s Day Memorial Parade will commence. More than 80 military units will parade through Downtown Indianapolis from Michigan and Pennsylvania Streets to Meridian and North Streets. This Veteran’s Day event is sure to be one to remember and Hoosier Park aims to make sure no soldier misses the day’s great events.
At 8:30 am Saturday, a bus will be stationed outside of the casino to provide roundtrip transportation for those wishing to enjoy the service. With a military ID, Hoosier Park will provide the transportation and a free box lunch for each veteran and their guest. After the conclusion of the parade, the bus will be waiting to return the group back to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson. There is no purchase necessary and there are no costs associated with this half-day event. Pay respects to our fallen soldiers and give thanks to our enlisted with this all-inclusive trip to the Veteran’s Day memorial Service and Parade this November.