The NEW Indiana Downs is set to open for the Thoroughbred ONLY meet in Indiana Tuesday night under the new ownership of Centaur Holdings.
Though you might not notice it when you walk into the
facility, change is definitely in the air.
Since Centaur finalized the purchase of Indiana Downs on February 20th, several improvements have been made to make Indiana Downs a legitimate race track and a power in the Midwest.
Indiana Downs hired Kevin Greely as Director of Racing.
Greely has served as the racing secretary at Hoosier Park for the past 3 seasons.
Greely is also the assistant racing secretary at Gulfstream Park. In the past
Greely has served on the North American Racing Committee, which assigns an
international handicap rating to all horse racing in stakes over $75,000 or
more in North America. In the past he also served as racing secretary for
Emirates Racing Association/ Dubai Racing Club in Dubai, United Emirates.
Kevin Greely brings positive change to Indiana Downs with
holding a level of accountability towards the quality of racing and management.
Say goodbye to Zooming BY and hello to Downes at the Downs.
On March 26, General Manager John Schuster announced Bill Downes as the new
Voice of Indiana Downs. Downes brings a
level of professionalism to the track announcer position. Downes has over 20 years of experience as a
track announcer, and has recently served as the voice of Ellis Park and Beulah
Park. He’s also called racing at River Downs and Presque Isle. The Marquette
grad and avid college basketball enthusiast will be providing handicapping
information as well as hosting the pre-race show. The track has lacked a strong voice and
handicapping presence in the past, Bill brings both of those attributes to Indiana
Horse Player Now takes over as the morning line odds maker
giving an expert line to the Indiana Downs racing program.
Hoosier Park track superintendent Johnnie Jamison takes over
as track superintendent at Indiana Downs. I made a trip out to Shelbyville this
past Saturday for some simulcast excitement and while I was down there I
stepped outside and was blown away with how well the turf course looked.
Jamison has definitely been working hard to insure great track conditions.
The 120 day meet will still have some of the familiar faces
when it comes to racing. Tom Amoss invades the Hoosier state once again while
trying to three-peat as champion trainer. Leandro Goncalves will be splitting
time at Indiana Downs while also riding in Kentucky at Churchill Downs. Hunt and Smith Ventures look to have a strong
hold on owner’s title at Indiana Downs and they will be back once again to their
Tuesday’s opening night card (6:00 first post) features 12
competitive races (10 thoroughbred, 2 quarter horse.) Throughout the year I
will be offering my plays of the day for several of the racing cards at Indiana
Downs, I will also be posting my record.
My opening night “play of the day” comes in the 2nd
race, a 6 furlong sprint for fillies and mares 3 years old and up who have
never won 3 races with a claiming price of $8,000. #4 Toe Tappin Teddy is 8-1
on the morning line. The Put It Back mare offers great value and comes into the
race off a bullet 47.1 workout at Churchill Downs. The Vickie Foley trainee
runs well fresh and has a lot of tactical speed. Look for this one to be on or
near the lead and draw off late. My bet
will be a 10 dollar Win, Place, Show ticket.
Let’s make some money!