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Indiana Grand Reports Increase in Handle for 2014 Meet

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino recently completed its 120-program meet, which included Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Final numbers show an increase in daily simulcast handle as well as total on-track handle. Daily simulcast handle was up 20.2 percent in 2014, pulling in $4,497,951 compared to $3,741,981 in 2013. In addition, total on-track handle was […]

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Indiana: Commission Recommends Three-Year Suspension, Fine for Trainer Norris

The executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has recommended a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine for trainer Mike Norris, after the trainer was allegedly found to have administered drugs on race day at least five times last spring at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Executive Director Joe Gorajec also recommended that the horses […]

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Indiana: Gorajec Responds to Moss Commentary

The following article was submitted by Joe Gorajec, who since 1990 has served as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. On Nov. 15, 2014, the Blood-Horse published an online commentary by Maggi Moss entitled “When Regulation Runs Amok.” In her commentary, Ms. Moss attempts to paint a picture of Indiana racing being out of control, […]

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Indiana Stewards Issue Ruling on Non-Lasix Race-Day Injection

Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards have handed trainer Anthony Granitz a $2,000 fine and suspended Granitz assistant Richard Estvanko 60 days for a Sept. 19 incident in which veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell was observed by a member of Indiana Grand security staff injecting a Granitz-trained horse on race-day with a substance other than Lasix. Estvanko […]

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Indiana Commission Says Vet’s ‘Ethical Compass Is Broken,’ Urges 20-Year Ban

Saying he is a veterinarian “whose ethical compass is broken” and who “embodies the worst stereotypes of a racetrack practitioner,” the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Dr. Ross Russell, recommending a 20-year suspension and $20,000 fine for allegedly breaking numerous IHRC medication rules. Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse […]

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Stewards: ‘No Flaws’ in Handling of Saez Incident but Blinding Sun an Issue

A report released Friday by Indiana stewards said proper protocols were in place at Indiana Grand, and there were “no flaws” in the execution of those procedures regarding the spill that led to the death of 17-year-old jockey Juan Saez Tuesday. After reviewing tapes of the incident and interviewing about 25 people, the stewards concluded it […]

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Racing Industry Pays Tribute to Fallen Jockey Saez

It was a somber day at racetracks across the country and on social media Wednesday as fellow jockeys, fans, executives, and others mourned the loss of 17-year-old rider Juan Saez. Saez died late Tuesday night from injuries sustained in an accident during the eighth race at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind. Indiana Grand cancelled its card for Wednesday, […]

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Apprentice Saez Dies From Injuries Sustained in Indiana Grand Accident

Apprentice jockey Juan Saez, the talented 17-year-old younger brother of journeyman rider Luis Saez, died late Tuesday night from injuries sustained in an an accident during the eighth race earlier in the day at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., according to a statement from track announcer Bill Downes. Saez was airlifted by Life Flight Networks to Methodist […]

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Wife of Suspended Horseman in Indiana Charged With Harassing Witness

Christina Estvanko, licensed as an owner and a groom by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, was summarily suspended by stewards at Indiana Grand Oct 2 for allegedly harassing the security guard who turned in a sworn statement that led to summary suspensions of her husband, assistant trainer Richard Estvanko, and veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell. Jamie […]

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