Category: Weekend

Hoosier Park Unveils New Horsemen’s Lounge

GRAND OPENNING HOPRSEMAN LOUNGE 7-29In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen’s lounge on Tuesday, July 29.

The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park’s backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility began in the spring of 2014 and was completed just in time for Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, on Friday, August 8.

Half of the facility has been made accessible to any licensed Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) member and will provide numerous amenities including computer work stations, restrooms, flat screen televisions, a lounge area, and wi-fi access. The one-story structure also houses two offices for the Indiana Standardbred Association representatives.

The remaining half of the facility will serve as a locker room and lounge for the full-time drivers at Hoosier Park. Featuring both a men and women’s locker room, this section of the facility features individual lockers, showers, washing machines and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions.

“It’s second to none,” driver Trent Stohler noted after a tour of the building. “I don’t think we could have designed it better ourselves and I think I speak for everyone on the backside when I say we really appreciate what Hoosier Park has done with this.”

The doors of the building were officially opened at a lunch ceremony on Hoosier Park’s backside attended by both Hoosier Park team members and horsemen. Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, led the ceremony and welcomed guests to tour the new facility.

“The opening of this facility not only signifies our commitment to all the people that make Hoosier Park a great place to race but Hoosier Park’s commitment to racing in the state of Indiana,” Moore noted. “This lounge is a place for everyone racing at Hoosier Park to call their own and a place we are proud of. I’d like to thank everyone who helped make this facility possible.”

The horsemen’s lounge will be maintained by Hoosier Park employees and available to horsemen during the live racing schedule.

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 meet will offer an extended stakes schedule be conducted through November 15.

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the fourth 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 and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering 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

Natural Herbie Repeats in Gold Sire Stakes



NATURAL HERBIE ISSGL 8-30Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts Highlight Hoosier Park Card


ANDERSON, Ind.—August 30, 2013—Natural Herbie continued his winning ways in the featured event, the fourth and final round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 30. Notching his seventh win of the season and third stakes win from four preliminary legs, the reigning freshman Indiana Sire Stakes champion turned in a gutsy performance to win in 1:55.3 for trainer, driver Verlin Yoder.

Leaving from post three in the eleven horse field, Natural Herbie was handed no favors from the onset and was parked through the first quarter clocking while the battle for early position ensued.  Ray Hall and Pete Wrenn won the first battle and led the field through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. Unable to find a position along the rail, Natural Herbie pressed on for the lead and was applying pressure to outside of the top pair down the backside with Super Rock and Charlie Conrad hot on their heels second over.  Ray Hall continued to call the shots through the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.1 as the rest of the field closed in.

Natural Herbie inherited the lead after a costly break by Ray Hall mid-way through the stretch and was able to hold off a late charge from Red Hot Herbie and Brandon Bates to score the win by a head. Red Hot Herbie used a late closing kick to finish second while Super Rock battled gamely to round out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Natural Herbie returned $3.40 to his backers at the window.

 After a sensational two-year-old campaign, Natural Herbie has posted an even better sophomore season. Sired by Here Comes Herbie, the black gelding has now won seven of 11 seasonal starts while bankrolling over $150,000 for owner, trainer, driver Verlin Yoder. Sporting a career bankroll of over $290,000, Natural Herbie has hit the board in 15 of 21 lifetime outings. Natural Herbie will head the field of entrants in the $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters slated for September 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 31 with a pair of $30,000 divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Saturday, August 31, Hoosier Park will also host The Beach Boys live in concert to culminate the Summer Concert Music Series at the Anderson, IN track. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m.

About Centaur Gaming: Founded in 1993, Indianapolis-based Centaur Gaming’s mission is to bring the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to communities across Indiana. Centaur, a privately held Indiana owned and managed company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. In addition to the two racetrack and casino properties, Centaur’s operations extend to nearly every corner of the state with Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Off-Track Betting facilities in Clarksville, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind.



Photo: Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder. Photo Courtesy of Linscott Photography.


Hoosier Park Honors Veterans

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.

Saturdays are Family Fun Days at Hoosier Park

Throughout the rest of the Thoroughbred meet Family Fun Saturdays are being offered at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Each Saturday post time is 12:30 and the activities began as soon as the races. These activities include a bounce house, cornhole, face painting and much more! We continue to have out track pack giveaways after races 3,5,7,9 which are $25 Hoosier Park gift cards. There is also a dice game that we host on Saturdays and a Tee Shirt Toss for racing fans. All games can be signed up for by swiping your Club Centaur Rewards card. Make sure to listen closely to the race commentators to catch who these lucky winners are, it could be you! Come on out and be a part of the great live racing and Family Fun Days here at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino!

Hoosier Buddy & Friends attend Kids Day Festival

Sunday, May 15 the Indianapolis 500 Festival was held downtown in Monument Circle. I, along with fellow Hoosier Park members Rachel McLaughlin and Hoosier Buddy were fortunate enough to be apart of the festivities! The entertainment began at 12 and lasted until 4 PM and although the rain kept some indoors many came to participate in some community fun. Several characters were there along with Hoosier Buddy who enjoyed dancing around and posing for photos with friends. There were bounce houses, games, rock climbing, face painting,  and music provided by Radio Disney. Hoosier Buddy had a great experience meeting all his new friends and acquiring new race fans for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino!

Hoosier Buddy helps out track employees

Every weekend a special someone visits Hoosier Park and his name is Hoosier Buddy. He can usually be found dancing with patrons, snapping photos, or zooming around on his scooter. This week he helped out the track employees. One of his horse friends left a little something in the winner’s circle, but luckily Hoosier Buddy came to the rescue. Check out this crazy horse here and get a kick out of his effort to spruce up Hoosier Park.

Habitat for Humanity

This morning Hoosier Park horsemen lended a helping hand to the Anderson community by volunteering their time for Habitat for Humanity. It was a combined effort by the Indiana Standardbred Assosciation (ISA) and Hoosier Park’s Fab Five Celebrity Drivers. In attendance was : Dave Magee, Peter Wrenn, Jamie Rucker, Kerry Peterson, Ricky Macomber, Sam Widger, Jason Dillander, Brandon Bates, and Juile Rideout. The crew assisted with hanging dry wall in one hourse and hangin siding on the other. The houses are set to be complete this fall. They sit side by side on Lincoln Street. Special thanks to all our drivers and horsemen for volunteering their time to the community!

Hoosier Park Kentucky Derby Picks

The 2011 Kentucky Derby will be simulcasted tomorrow right here at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino! If you’re wondering who some of our picks are…..let me tell you what I know.

Brian Elmore (General Manager of Racing) picked No. 15 Midnight Interlude. He picked this horse because of its trainer, Baffert Bob who has been the winning trainer of the last 2 Indiana Derbys.

Kevin Mack picked No. 8 Dialed in. He chose this horse becuase it finishes well and is always coming at the end.

Steve Cross picked No. 19 Nehro. He picked this horse because he hasn’t seen a horse win from this post in over 30 years.

Stoagie Stan picked No. 8 Dialed In. He chose this horse because its very consistent and it likes to win.

Cliff’s pick is No. 17 Soldat because he had a rough trip in the Florida Derby and looked prior to be the best 3 year old.

Rachel McLaughlin picked No. 1 Archarcharch. She picked this horse because its driver, Jon Court was her very first interview and he’s a great guy.

Hoosier Buddy picked horse No. 13 MuchoMachoMan, because he’s a MuchoMacho Horse.

Tammy Knox picked No. 1 Archarcharch. She chose this horse because there is nothing would make her happier than to see Jon Court win the Derby.

Marcus Miller picked horse No. 7 Pants on Fire because he thinks it has a very funny name.

and Ricky Macomber chose No. 8 Dialed In because he likes the name of the horse.

So if you’re looking for some help when it comes to your Kentucky Derby pick, hopefully some of these tips will help you out!

Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis at Hoosier Park

Hoosier Park’s first concert of the season started off with a bang! Both shows were filled with enthusiastic fans who were hyped to get a chance to see the two country stars. The night began with the 2011 promotional drivers meeting with 30 lucky fans to sign autographs on t-shirts and media guides. Afterwards the drivers were able to meet with Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan to take some photographs and welcome them to Hoosier Park. Before the concert began, Hoosier Parks new TV host Rachel McLaughlin was on stage with Dash, the local radio host of WMBH in New Castle, to announce all the promotional drivers and perform a T-shirt toss for the fans. The night ended with Lorrie and Pam and a  flawless performance with several of their classic hits! What a great night for both artists and Hoosier Park!

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