Month: January 2017

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino hosted its first qualifying tournament for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. The qualifier attracted 94 entries and the top three players will represent the track in the $2.5 million NHC 18 final set for Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

From left, Gary Russell, winner of the qualifier at Indiana Grand, Rachel McLaughlin, on-air racing commentator, Jim Bohnhoff, second place finisher and Robert Ferguson, third place finisher. Russell, Bohnhoff and Ferguson will represent Indiana Grand at the $2.5 Million final of the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas beginning Friday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Tammy Knox)

Gary Russell of Gahanna, Ohio, Jim Bohnhoff of Versailles, Ky. and Robert Ferguson of Columbus, Ohio were the top three qualifiers, respectively, from Indiana Grand. They will join more than 500 individuals from across the United States for the first round of the three-day handicapping tournament Friday. More than 650 entries will be included in NHC 18 as some players qualified more than once for the final.

“We are very excited,” said Jim Bohnhoff, second place finisher at Indiana Grand. “My wife and I are going to Vegas for the contest. I will wear my Indiana Grand shirt proudly for my photo.”

Russell, who won the Indiana Grand qualifier, is new to handicapping and will be making his first trip to the NHC final.

“I’ve played in some small on-line contests before, but the contest at Indiana Grand is only the second big contest I have ever played in,” said Russell, who is a financial analyst.


The date for the 23rd running of the Grade III $500,000-added Indiana Derby has been set. Indiana’s richest horse race will be held Saturday, July 15 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.


The 23rd running of the Grade III $500,000-added Indiana Derby will take place Saturday, July 15. The event will highlight a 2017 stakes schedule that includes more than $4 million in purses.

The Indiana Derby began during the inaugural season of pari-mutuel Thoroughbred racing in 1995 at Hoosier Park and was moved to Indiana Grand in 2013 when the state established the Shelbyville track as the location for all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Over the years, the race has grown in status, displaying some of the best three-year-olds in the country. Last year’s event was won by Cupid for Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert, who scored his fourth win in the race in the past eight years.

 The Grade III $200,000-added Indiana Oaks will join the Derby on the July 15 racing program that boasts more than one million in purse money each year. Indiana Derby Night will once again be complemented by other activities in the days surrounding the event along with other stakes races, bringing the attention of the horse racing world to Indiana during that time.


Racing dates for the upcoming 2017 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino were recently approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. The 120-day meet begins Tuesday, April 18 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 28.   Racing will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:05 p.m. EST while Saturday night racing […]