Indiana

Trainer Walter Abner Dies of Heart Attack

Indiana trainer Walter Abner died on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 68, according to a report by the Daily Racing Form. Abner ran horses at River Downs, Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland through his 46-year career, but had recently settled at Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs, and Tampa Bay Downs. He […]

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Indiana State Representative wants ‘holistic look’ at all casino laws

Indiana state Representative Ed Clere is calling for the legislature to ‘reassess its gambling policies’ as more casinos are getting ready to open in surrounding states. In an article in the Indianapolis Star, Clere stated that because the state has become “very dependent” upon casino revenues, lawmakers must find ways to ‘shore up’ such income, […]

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Finley: Say Goodbye to Slots Gravy Train?

Taking a look and several states that have seen racing flourish after tracks were converted to racinos, Bill Finley thinks he may see the writing on the wall as it pertains to future success. With budget shortfalls, states like Indiana are starting to redirect the slots money to what they see as more pressing needs.

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Eaton’s Gift retired, will stand in Indiana

Eaton’s Gift, a five-year-old son of Johannesburg, has been retired from racing and will stand at Swifty Farms in Indiana for $3,000.  Eaton’s Gift won several graded stakes race, including the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream and Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, in which he beat Benny the Bull.

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Hoosier Park exceeds quality of racing targets

Press Release Hoosier Park exceeded the newly established quality of racing guidelines at its recently concluded autumn race meet. The quality targets had been approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission earlier this year. In an effort to ensure the revenue from slot machines translates into a substantially higher quality racing product, the Indiana Horse […]

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INDIANA BRED PURSES TO RECEIVE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE

Beginning with the opening of Hoosier Park on July 30, 2010, purses for most Indiana bred restricted races will rise substantially.   At its July 13, 2010 public meeting, the racing commission approved a quality of racing initiative which will result in Indiana bred thoroughbred purses being equal to their open race counterpart.  For example, […]

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COULD THE KY LEGISLATURE DRIVE CHURCHILL TO INDIANA?

William Shanklin, who has recently been brought on by the Blood-Horse to improve their opinion writing, comes out of the box with a real doozy of a viewpoint by posing the question, “Could Churchill Downs move to Indiana?” My first instinct was to laugh at the idea but his rational is strong and the precedent […]

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INDIANA RACINOS PICKING UP STEAM?

In an editorial about the state of the Indiana economy, writer Ed Clere discusses all different economic indicators for the Hoosier state. Among the success stories were Indiana’s racinos, the same racinos many said were becoming a failure. “Ahead of the forecast by several lengths was the racino wagering tax. Indiana has two horseracing […]

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KEEP URGES COLLABORATION ON VLTS

The following op-ed, written by KEEP Executive Director Patrick Neely, is a well thought out plea for a reconsideration of expanded gaming in Kentucky. Refreshing in its details, it is clear that not only does KEEP want to continue to push for expanded gaming through collaboration but is also open to other ideas to help […]

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THAYER: IT’S MY BILL OR THE HIGHWAY

By Ray Paulick Every Kentuckian’s favorite piñata, Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer, was Mike Penna’s guest last Saturday on the Horse Racing Radio Network’s “Equine Forum,” discussing, naturally, the issue of slot machines at Kentucky racetracks. (To listen to a rebroadcast of the interview, click here.) Thayer is feeling his oats these days, […]

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