History was made as American Pharoah crossed the finish line in the 147th running of The Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years on Saturday, June 6. Thousands walked in to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to watch and wager on the 2015 edition of the Belmont Stakes, but it was Bill Ditto and Phil Coburn that walked out with the thousands, $1,750 to be exact.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino provided three invited guests an opportunity to place a $1,000 Belmont Stakes win bet on the horse of their choice in this year’s edition of the Belmont Stakes and two winning bets were made.
Hoosier Park drew three names from several hundred entries prior to the running of the race. The winners had to wager the entire $1,000 sum on the horse they believed would win first place honors. The names drawn were Phil Coburn, Ricky Harlow, and Bill Ditto. All three were instructed to choose a horse for their win wager and two got behind the heavily favored, American Pharoah, while Ricky Harlow was upset minded and chose Frosted.
“I knew American Pharoah was my horse,” Bill Ditto noted. “There wasn’t a doubt in my mind he was the best horse in the race and of course, I really wanted to see another Triple Crown winner.”
American Pharoah broke from post five in the gate, went right to the lead and led the entire race, pulling away in the stretch for the victory. He finished the mile and a half in 2:26.65. Frosted was second, five and a half lengths back, and Keen Ice rounded out the trifecta. The three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.50 across the board as the favorite in the race. American Pharoah is now six for seven lifetime with earnings in excess of $3.7 million as he becomes only the 12th horse to achieve the prestigious Triple Crown feat.
“That was really something to see,” Ditto continued. “It was a great day for the sport of horse racing and I think everyone had a lot of fun cheering this horse to the wire, I know I did.”
Belmont weekend at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino included property-wide dining specials, expanded beverage options, and official Belmont merchandise sales. The first 1,000 racing fans also had the opportunity to receive a free $2 commemorative win bet on American Pharoah.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, June 9 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14.
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.