Once again, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational will be the highlight of the 2013 harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25. Now in its’ 20th edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace is the one time of the year that the top rated horses in North America convene on Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval seeking a lucrative $200,000 purse and a spot in Hoosier Park’s history.
Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch, an invitational race, not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil.
Hoosier Park’s event is named after the early 1900s racehorse phenomenon, Dan Patch. Originally from Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch raced the clock rather than his inferior competitors. Drawing crowds of over 90,000 people at a single race, the free-legged equine hero was the unparalleled sports icon of his time.
The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 20 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella.
Kevin Mack, Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, inherits the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. Mack begins making his list of potential contenders for one of the ten coveted invitations to the Dan Patch many weeks in advance. After much consideration, ten horses, including a signature “Hometown Hero” chosen from the local area, will receive the official invitation to compete in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing attraction.
The 2013 installment will tout some of the best horses, trainers and drivers in the sport. Patrons can potentially expect to see talents like Levy Memorial Pacing Series champion, Razzle Dazzle, Meadowlands Pace champion A Rocknroll Dance and perhaps 2012’s victor, Rockin Cam lined up behind the gate for the 2013 edition.
“We are looking at what may be the most competitive field to date in the 2013 edition of this great race,” Mack noted. “We haven’t officially decided, but the horses we are looking to invite are evenly matched and that makes for great racing. We are constantly striving to improve our harness racing product in Indiana and the Dan Patch is a race that does that by shining the spotlight on Indiana Standardbred racing on to the national scene.”
Several activities will be held trackside to complement the Dan Patch Invitational pace, including Indiana sire stakes action, property-wide dining specials, special wagering opportunities and exciting entertainment throughout the entire evening.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagering opportunities offered for the Dan Patch Invitational race. A $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool for the Dan Patch race will once again be available as part of the special Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association and Hoosier Park partnership. Hoosier Park will also offer a $10,000-guaranteed pick-4 pool that will include the Dan Patch race as a leg of the wager.
Derby Fashion, Dining and Entertainment on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
A once-in-a-lifetime $10,000 Kentucky Derby mega-bet will culminate two of the biggest days in the sport of horse racing on Saturday, May 4 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will welcome guests with extended hours, wagering promotions, and dining specials to take in the excitement of the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Thousands are expected to be in attendance to wager on and watch, via simulcast, the Kentucky Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille and OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and at two additional off-track betting locations in Fort Wayne and Merrillville.
Racing fans can enjoy convenient wagering for all races held at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day, a full simulcast race schedule, official Derby merchandise, live Standardbred racing and entertainment throughout the day at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Derby fashion, dining and entertainment that will be on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will culminate the biggest weekend in the sport of horse racing.
“Our goal is to bring the pomp and ceremony of Derby weekend to our fans at Hoosier Park,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s general manager of racing. “Whether it is mint juleps or beautiful women’s hats, one will feel the excitement of racing’s greatest weekend just as though they were in the stands at Churchill Downs.”
One lucky Hoosier Park guest will win the chance to place a $10,000 bet on the horse he or she believes will win the Kentucky Derby. The $10,000 mega-bet promotion, for invited guests only, will be televised throughout the Hoosier Park facility and on more than 500 simulcast feeds throughout the nation. The winner must wager the entire $10,000 sum on the horse they believe will place first in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. The exclusive mega-bet drawing will take place at approximately 5:15 p.m., with the bet being placed prior to the 6:24 p.m. Kentucky Derby post time. Previous Hoosier Park mega-bet promotions have produced large payouts for guests.
The precursor to the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, will begin the weekend of horse racing festivities on Friday, May 3, with the Kentucky Derby running the night of Saturday, May 4. Derby weekend will include property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Kentucky Derby merchandise sales. Patrons will also have the opportunity to receive a free Kentucky Derby wager if they wear a Derby hat.
Racing fans can avoid long lines by taking advantage of the FastBet Mobile Wagering system. The FastBet Mobile system offers guests the ability to wager directly from a smart phone or tablet device. Guests can access the FastBet Mobile system by connecting to the FastBet wireless network. Once connected, guests log in to the FastBet application site to access their account and start wagering. Once finished, guests can choose to keep their account balance or cash out at any teller window. Each account is unique to each guest and protected through encryption technology. Guests who sign up for a new FastBet Mobile account will receive $10 in race wagering and be entered to win an iPhone 5. One lucky FastBet user will win a new iPhone 5 on May 24 at Hoosier Park.
Advanced wagering will also be available at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Kentucky Oaks advanced wagering began on Thursday, May 2 and Kentucky Derby advanced wagering on Friday, May 3.
Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun’ Saturday, May 4 will also offer bounce house activities, face painting, and various other entertainment geared toward the younger racing fans. Live Standardbred racing will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:30 p.m. Additionally, Churchill Downs’ full racing card will be shown throughout the Hoosier Park property. Admission is free and open to the public.
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 company, employs more than 2,000 Indiana residents through the award-winning entertainment destinations of Indiana Grand Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind. and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, 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.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to welcome you to the 18th edition of the grade II $500,000 Indiana Derby. We hope you’ll enjoy convenient advanced wagering, a full simulcast race schedule, official Indiana Derby merchandise, 12 heart pounding races and various entertainment acts throughout the day.
In case our in-house handicappers haven’t provided you with enough information to pick your pony for the 18th installment of Hoosier Park’s signature Thoroughbred event, we have comprised a list of Indiana Derby picks throughout the various departments at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Good Luck!
Brian Elmore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, #11 Neck ‘Neck—This horse has had six starts at this distance and won three of them impressively. Brian Hernandez, Jr. has ridden here before and is sitting in a great seat to pilot this Flower Alley colt to the winner’s circle.
Becky Young, Director of Marketing, #2 Morgan’s Guerrilla— I’m going to have to go with my favorite jockey on this one. Now, go baby go!
Cliff Fraser, Race Marketing Manager, #9 Stealcase— This horse is finally starting to come into his own and I think he is set up perfectly to get the win in this field.
Rachel McLaughlin, Race Commentator, #6 Tritap—This horse hasn’t raced in any stakes races, so he isn’t as experienced as some, but has never been worse than 2nd. He’s not the obvious pick but I’ve learned over the years that when it comes to the Indiana Derby- you never know what to expect!
Kristy Burk, Receiving Supervisor, #3 Junebugred—He has a great name!
Kim Stalhiem, Horse Identifier and Stall Superintendent, #10 Second City—I like this horse because of my special connections with his team!
Gavin Asbury, Marketing Coordinator, #8 Bourbon Courage—Both Fed Biz and Bourbon Courage will be heavy favorites but I believe Bourbon Courage will take it. Bourbon Courage has more track time at 1 mile+ distances. My prediction is that Fed Biz will lead into the final stretch where Bourbon Courage will overtake in the last 1/16th. He is a late closer with unrivaled final quarter times.
Dustin Bland, Human Resources Coordinator, #11 Neck’N’Neck—I think that shortening back up will help this horse out quite a bit. Also, with the layoff, he should be ready to run a big race.
Jason Patton, Johnny Rockets Supervisor, #5 O’Prado Again—This is a strong Dale Romans horse. He sat for a while with an injury and has a strong background and potential to be a big winner. Dale Romans has produced many great horses and I think he should be included in any pick for our Derby.
Eric Isaacson, Hoosier Park Handicapper, #11 Neck ‘N Neck—He has good tactical speed that should allow him to sit just off the pace and I think he’ll enjoy the cutback to 8.5 furlongs where he shined at CD this spring. If he can run back to either of those efforts he’ll be tough to beat.
Karol Ford, Big Deli Supervisor, #11 NECK ‘N NECK— I picked this horse because I have a really bad pain in my neck right now (not job related!).