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Hoosier Park Set to Open for It's 18th Thoroughbred Season!

Hoosier Park is set to open for their 18th season of thoroughbred racing Wednesday Night.


The “Anderson Oval” is looking to ride the successful wave that blew through the Indiana Downs spring meet. Indiana Downs does offer turf racing, which Hoosier Park doesn’t, but Hoosier Park has several marquee races that  Indiana Downs lacks. 


The grade II, $500,000 Indiana Derby is the gem of all gems in Indiana racing. In the past few years alone the race has had star studded horses such as 2010 Preakness winner and Champion, Looking at Lucky. Last year the Indiana Derby was loaded with grade I winners. Preakness winner, Shackleford finished second in the Indiana Derby behind the winner, Wilburn. Multiple grade I winner, Caleb’s Posse finished third. Caleb’s Posse would turn the tables against Wilburn and Shackleford in the grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.  Caleb’s Posse’s win in the Breeders’ Cup, and Shackleford’s second place finish should boost Hoosier Park’s chances of getting the Indiana Derby a much deserving grade I status in the future. 


The grade II, $200,000 Indiana Oaks has always attracted top class fillies, last year’s running was no different. Daisy Devine, A.Z. Warrior, and Juanita all competed for the Oaks crown. The Michael Maker charge, Juanita was victorious in the Oaks at odds of 5-1.  The 2012 edition of the Indiana Oaks will undoubtedly have the star power of previous years.

The $100,000 Michael Schaefer Mile is a race that is always filled with excitement and talent.  Glenwood Canyon, under jockey Robby Albarado drove past grade III winner Hurricane Ike to take the Michael Schaefar Mile by a neck. The Schaefar Mile gives trainers who are shipping in for the Indiana Derby another option for horses in their barn to run for a nice purse.  


Hoosier Park has several Indiana bred and Indiana sired stakes. The Indiana Futurity and the Miss Indiana Stakes will be run at the 1 mile distance for the first time this year. The move from 6 furlongs to a mile gives 2 year old Indiana Bred horses that are bred for distance an opportunity to compete for an $84,000 purse. 


The $200,000 Too Much Coffee Stakes is the crown jewel for older Indiana Breds. The 8.5 furlong stake is an Indiana Classic and with the purse boost to $200,000 owners and trainers will be licking their chops to get a chance at this juicy purse. Old Timers such as Unreachable Star will be hoping to cash in on the purse hike. 


Jockey Leandro Goncalves looks to keep his strong-hold on the jockey colony in Indiana.  Goncalves won the riding title at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park the past two years. He dominated Hoosier Park last year with 104 wins. Fernando De La Cruz is coming off a very strong meet at Indiana Downs. De La Cruz finished second in the riders standings at Indiana Downs with 64 wins, only 8 behind the champion rider Goncalves.  


Trainer R. Gary Patrick has been a stable at Hoosier Park since it’s inception.  Patrick dominated the Hoosier Park trainer’s title last season with 36 wins, shocking nationally known trainer, Tom Amoss who tied for second with 19 wins. Richard Kornhorst had a strong finish at Indiana Downs. He finished 2nd behind Amoss, only losing by two races. 


Hoosier Park has great betting opportunity’s including .50 cent pick 3’s and pick 4’s. Twinspires.com is now offering a 10% bonus on all winning pick 4 tickets wagered on the early pick 4 at Hoosier Park through twinspires.com. This gives an added plus to any punters looking to score a big pay-off.


Whether you’re betting online from the comfort of your living room or from the grandstands in Anderson, Indiana, Hoosier Park offers top class horses along with a professional mind-set that leaves their patrons satisfied but always coming back for more!  Hopefully I will see some of you at Hoosier this year for a little Indiana racing action!


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Yes they do, at the racinos
True, but slots help keep the purses high to attract top horses for the wagering
They also survive on the racing!! DOnt forget last years IN derby. Shack, Caleb's Posse, Decisive Moment.
Nice to have these little venues but how do they survive? What is the trick?
Any ideas on who is pointing to the IN derby this early?
I love to hear stuff like this, about racing in my state. Its actually making its mark on racing. Hoosier Park is my favorite Indiana track, definatly. The racing there is top notch.
I had a great time at Hoosier Park when I was there last fall & have started following racing in Indiana closer ever since. Hoosier Park is an old-school track where inside, early speed rules the day. Love it!
I have been trying and trying to find out if Applauding and Ismene, great two year old fillies are retired or back in training? I haven't heard or read anything. Does anyone out there know what is going on with them? Thanks.
I'm looking forward to the Indiana Derby and I hope I can attend this year!!
Great preview, Scott, producing a BC champ is a great feather in the cap for the Indiana Derby.

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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.

My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.

I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.

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