Wednesday, August 24 a moment of silence was held in the winner’s circle for quarter horse jockey Richard Gilliard. Gilliard was injurned in Tuesday nights final race after his horse ran into the paddock entry rail after the race was completed. He is currently in critical condition at St. Vincents Hosipital in Indianapolis. Here at Hoosier, General Manager of Racing, Brian Elmore, held a moment of silence in his honor. Thoughts and prayers go out to Gilliard and his family.
The excitement begins as the Thoroughbreds take to the track. Opening night was August 2nd and after jsut a week of racing already underway, this meet proves to be a fresh new start. Race days are Tuesday-Friday with a post time of 5:30 PM and Saturday with a post time of 12:30 PM. Each day is packed with entertainment with live horse racing, special contests, guests, and fabulous food. So come on out and be a part of the action here at Hoosier Park for the 2011 Thoroughbred meet!
This morning at 7 AM a few select Hoosier Park team members, along with celebrity driver Ricky Macomber, attended the 2011 Prayer Breakfast at Madison Park. Several members of the community & local businesses were there, with well over 500 attendees. The breakfast was a way to bring patrons together to hear some motivational words from several speakers. There was a variety of inidividuals in the house all rangning from state representatives, pastors, citizens, and Colts center Jeff Saturday. Saturday attended the breakfast as a key speaker. Many were excited to hear the story of his success and his life that came from him and his wife Karen. The couple spoke for about 45 minutes about their life both involving the NFL and outside when they are just a “normal family”. I’m sure most of you are thinking there can’t be much normality to a NFL stars life. I was thinking the same, but after hearing all they have been through and what truly humble people they are, I can agree they are much like most people I know. Overall the breakfast was a great success. It was a wonderful experience to get to hear and see several members of the community come together to support a greater city of Anderson.
Last week approximately 20 people signed up for a Hoosier Park Barn Tour from United Methodist. The barn tour consisted of full travel through the backside of Hoosier Park, allowing track patrons to visit some of Indiana’s finest race horses. Barn tours are easily scheduled through Tammy Knox in the Race Marketing Department. Tours can be scheduled during almost any race day at any time. This is a truly unique experience to get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at Hoosier Park!
Every Friday & Saturday Hoosier Park track side hosts Toss for Tot’s in the winner’s circle. This tossing of the new 2011 Fab Five t-shirts sparks excitement for all race fans young and old. The toss is held in the middle of the racing agenda after a specified race which is referred to throughout the night. A generous amount of t-shirts are caught by many race fans, and kids are even given a special prize! Join us any weekend for a toss! Check out the footage from this Saturdays Toss!