Family Fun Weekends Entertaining Racing Fans
Anderson, Ind. – May 24, 2012– Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 19th season of horse racing, will kick start summer weekends with a mix of ‘family fun’ promotions, free fireworks presentations, entertainment and horse racing beginning Friday, May 25 and continuing each weekend through the end of the racing season.
Fridays at Hoosier Park, dubbed ‘Fan-tastic Fridays’, feature $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs starting at 5 p.m. In addition, guests will be welcomed to enter the ‘Beat the Big Guy’ promotion for a chance to win up to $750. To enter, guests must submit their designated win selections for races 3 through 8. The participant who earns the most in winnings and beats Rod ‘The Big Guy’ Ratcliff, Hoosier Park’s chief executive officer, will win $250 in race wagering. All participants earning more winnings than
‘The Big Guy’ will have a chance at another $500 in a next day drawing. The popular ‘I Win, You Win’ promotion is also back featuring all of Hoosier Park’s celebrity standardbred drivers. Guests can enter nightly during live racing at Club Centaur for a chance to win a $25 gift card each race.
One of the season’s most anticipated match-ups is set for Friday, May 25 as 10 of the area’s most talented pacing mares are set to go head-to-head in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. Indiana’s first ever millionaire mare, Go On BB, will look to make amends for last week’s fifth place finish. She has already posted two wins racing the best of the best in 2012. Don Eash’s tough race mare, Hoponit, enters Friday’s race fresh off a win in this class and will look to make it two-in-a-row as she starts from post nine. The Rainmaker, Forever Showin Off and Gran Gabriel, all with one victory to their credit, join the cast of Hoosier Park’s magnificent mares and will look to take the starring role just as soon as the gate folds. Hoosier Park will continue to play host to the lucrative Fillies and Mares Open Pace throughout the season.
Hoosier Park’s ‘Family Fun Days’ return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, jugglers, live entertainment, games and winner’s circle giveaways. The official Hoosier Park mascot, Hoosier Buddy, will be on hand to entertain.
When the doors open at 4 p.m. each Saturday, racing fans will be greeted by Hoosier Park’s celebrity standardbred drivers passing out racing tip sheets and signing autographs. This Saturday Ed ‘The Hurricane’ Hensley, Peter ‘The Wolf’ Wrenn and Joe ‘True Blue’ Putnam will be on hand to pass out free $2 Quick Pick wagers for guests 18 years of age or older. A free fireworks presentation will culminate each Saturday night of horse racing starting at approximately 9:45 p.m. beginning May 25. This Saturday, live racing will be followed by a special performance from the band Foreigner in the first concert of the Coors Light Summer Music Track II outdoor concert series.
“I’m very excited for the upcoming events we have planned,” said Brian Elmore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “Here at Hoosier Park, we pride ourselves in the fact that we bring guests the best products we can offer. With all the excitement and entertainment, there is something for everyone in our action packed family fun weekends.”
Perhaps, one of the most exciting races found at Hoosier Park doesn’t include horses at all, but rather the standardbred drivers. Since the close of our 2011 Standardbred meet, the battle for supremacy atop Hoosier Park’s leading driver ranks has been brewing. Peter Wrenn walked away with the title in 2011, but driver Sam Widger is not going down without a fight this year.
Known as ‘The Wolf’ in the popular celebrity standardbred driver series, Wrenn is the three-time defending champion. During the opening weeks of the live meet, Wrenn vaulted to the front and looked like he was well on his way to securing another title. Now, approaching the 9th week of live racing, Widger has reached the top. Widger currently leads all drivers with 67 trips to the winner’s circle. Widger and Wrenn have gone back and forth in the top spot in recent weeks and are on pace for one of the closest finishes in Hoosier Park history.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the second 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 and simulcast Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting properties located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Indiana.