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Opening Night and Downes at the Downs!

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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 Downs.


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 crown.


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!


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odds at this small venue tracks are usually better. No sheets, or thorograph players
Thanks for the clarification, zxswordxz.
Wait...I get it wrong too..lol...Now I reading TV comment where he capitalize the word "Consistent". Ignore my two previous post. I pays to read everything.
Capital Gain<<<<
He is not talking about Capital Letters as in Upper case. Capitalizing - To use as or convert into capital.
If one pressed the shift key it would come out !>!%_!>@ and the abbreviation ROI is always printed that way, well in REAL racing litreature not the {pretty horsey) stuff
Read the thread.
How does one CAPITALIZE numbers? Quite frankly would not know how to do that.
NO, I am informing many a fan that the psuedo truf courses should be evaluated far differently than the REAL turf courses like Anita, Belmont, Saratoga, Gulfstream,Arlington, etc.
NO, I am informing many a fan that the psuedo truf courses should be evaluated far differently than the REAL turf courses like Anita, Belmont, Saratoga, Gulfstream,Arlington, etc.
You are boasting here about spotting 1 real turf horse showing up against a bunch of impostors>>CAPITALIZING your consistent roi doesn't increase it's credibility.
to look for a SINGLE winning wager in ANY race screams out that the investor is missing a lot of opportunity to take advantage of wagering mismatches especailly when the evidence suggests a 4/5 shot should be 4/1
I don't bet turf races very often either
My shot, to a CONSISTENT 1.15 to 1.20 ROI waits until the last 90 seconds while the betmaker updates the last odds, then calcualtes the dutch ratios that I then bet directly...The TIMING of the situation occurs that way all day long, you know like ALL competetive money market situations: stock market, mercantile exchange etc.
Just saying you won't have to dutch 4 horses in those turf races where 1 sticks out. You can actually call your shot like you insist someone else should.
Why is it important that ANYONE else knew know ones plus or minus for a race card?
Tracks that offer better than average odds to the public are few and far between...Stay away then, no skin off my teeth.
I hope we get some Derby Wars action at night for Indiana. That would be a great way to spend the evening!
Doesn't sound like you'll have to wait until 1 minute before post to display your tremendous "easy to clean out" accumen>>or will you be the guy with the broom?.
THis is a track that is easy to clean out some evenings. Their "turf" animals, like many a psuedo-turf track, are just main track transfer and when a real turfer drops in, the crowd often misses them..USUALLY the same energy distribution from the main track is what wins on their grass just like the others ovals where grass is an after thought: Mountaineer, Penn National, Parx, Fort Erie, Evangeline and a few others.

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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.

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