Indiana Horse Racing Commission

TOBA Hosting Ownership Seminar At Indiana Grand July 15

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is hosting an Ownership Seminar on Saturday, July 15 at the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville, Ind. The day-long event is being held on the same day as the Indiana Derby and will offer those in town for the state’s top day of racing an up close […]

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Thoroughbred Owners And Breeders Invited To Free Marketing And Advertising Seminar

On July 15, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) is hosting a free marketing and advertising seminar for all Thoroughbred owners and breeders to help them understand the basics of advertising. From learning how important it is to have a professional conformation photo to how to know where to aim your advertising dollars, experts in the […]

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ARCI’s Martin: Cheating Not ‘Ubiquitous’ In Racing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Those articles, dealing with what Gorajec referred to as a “culture of cheating,” can be read here as part […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Former Casino Lobbyist, Politician Hired As Indiana Racing Commission Executive Director

Michael Smith of Rensselaer, Ind., has been named executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, effectively immediately, commission chairman Thomas Weatherwax announced on Monday. Smith stepped down in December after 13 years as chief executive officer of the Casino Association of Indiana, a lobbying organization representing casinos. Smith previously served as a member of […]

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2016 Indiana Breed Development Fund Approved

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the 2016 Thoroughbred Breed Development Program at their meeting Wednesday. An additional $1.4 million will be available for the program due to a legislative change passed during the 2015 session. The approved program includes increasing purses for twenty stake races from $85,000 to $100,000. In addition, the state’s four […]

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Settlement Agreement To Include Nine-Year Ban For Indiana Racetrack Veterinarian

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Dr. Ross Russell, the racetrack veterinarian who was ruled off last October by then-IHRC executive director Joe Gorajec for a spate of alleged medication violations in an administrative complaint that said Russell’s “ethical compass is broken” and that he “embodies the worst stereotypes of […]

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Over 100 Horsemen Attend Indiana Horse Racing Summit

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission hosted Indiana’s first Horse Racing Summit today at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. The open-invitation public meeting provided participants an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions with members of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. There were over one-hundred individuals in attendance representing all three breeds racing […]

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Indiana Horse Racing Industry Summit To Be Held Nov. 20

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission is excited to announce details regarding the upcoming Indiana Horse Racing Industry Summit. The Summit will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. This open-invitation public meeting will give all Indiana horse […]

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