Indiana Grand

25th Running Of Indiana Derby, $4.3 Million In Stakes Highlight Indiana Grand Meet

The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby heads a strong list of Thoroughbred stakes races for 2019 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. A total of 35 stakes will be offered during the 120-day racing season from Tuesday, April 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 6 with total stakes purses topping the $4.3 million mark. The 2019 season […]

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Indiana Tracks Could Get Live Casino Dealers This Year, Sports Betting In 2020

A bill moving through Indiana’s legislature would allow the racinos Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park to offer table games with live dealers this year and sports betting across the state in 2020. The potential developments are part of a measure passed by a state Senate committee last week which would overhaul Indiana’s gambling industry. Another […]

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Editor’s Delight: Oxford Comma Headlines Saturday’s Nelson Menard Memorial

Sandra New’s Oxford Comma has done nothing wrong in her past four outings and will seek another trip to the winner’s circle as the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes – a 5½ furlong event for fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at the Fair Grounds. […]

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‘It Helped My Sister’s Spirit’: Miss Ximena Carrying Ortiz Family Hopes At Oaklawn

Johnny Ortiz has three horses entered for Friday’s opening-day card at Oaklawn, with one carrying the hopes of the trainer’s family. Unbeaten Miss Ximena is scheduled to make her 2019 debut in the seventh race, a first-level allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs. Ortiz’s father, Carlos, broke and owns the Kentucky-bred daughter […]

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Amoss: Lecomte Longshot Roiland ‘Going To Catch Your Eye’

Good horses are blessed with natural talent, but heart and the ability to overcome adversity is often what takes them to the next level. In just five career starts, Roiland has checked all the boxes, but Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds represents a fresh and difficult challenge. Trainer Tom Amoss […]

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$700,000 Dirt Track Renovation ‘Right On Schedule’ At Indiana Grand

At the conclusion of the 16th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Wednesday, Nov. 7, the track maintenance crew immediately began renovation on the one-mile dirt racetrack at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. The $700,000 project is expected to be completed in March 2019 when the barn area opens for training. Several consultants have […]

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Indiana Racing Dates Approved For 2019, Schedule To Mirror 2018

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) held its regular monthly meeting at Indiana Grand Wednesday, Dec. 5. Included on the agenda was the approval of racing dates for 2019 at both Indiana Grand and Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Both racetracks provided a presentation, including operational and marketing plans for 2019 as well as racing dates, and […]

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Amoss, Garcia Tie For Training Title At Indiana Grand

It was a fight to the finish between two of Indiana Grand’s most accomplished trainers. At the conclusion of the 120-day meet Wednesday, Nov. 7, they could not be separated. Tom Amoss and Genaro Garcia each ended the season with 45 wins to be named 2018 Leading Trainer at Indiana Grand. Garcia earned his second […]

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‘Nothing Can Handicap Her’: Miss Ximena Brings Renewed Outlook To Ortiz’s Biggest Fan

It was only the first start for Miss Ximena on Saturday at Indiana Grand, but she was carrying far more on her back than just jockey Alex Canchari. The two-year-old daughter of Flat Out is named in honor of Trainer John Ortiz’s sister, Karla Ximena (pronounced He-mena) Ortiz, who is afflicted with the autoimmune disease […]

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Prescott Brings Home Third Leading Rider Title At Indiana Grand

Indiana’s all-time leading jockey, Rodney Prescott, earned his third leading jockey title at Indiana Grand Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Portland, Ind. native was awarded the title after winning his 114th race of the meet in the first race aboard the Kim Hammond-trained Desert Thief. Prescott now has 947 career wins over both the dirt and […]

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