Indiana Grand Racing & Casino stakes schedule features more than $4 million in 2014
April 18, 2014 – Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is stepping into a new light in the horse racing industry. Beginning Tuesday, May 6, the facility located in Shelbyville, Ind. will race under a new name, logo and color scheme featuring shades of gold for the 120 day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. In those 120 days, more than $4 million will be offered over 35 stakes with more than $1.5 million available for Quarter Horse stakes.
The focus of the meet always falls on the first Saturday in October with the 20th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby. The race, contested this year Saturday, Oct. 4, is Indiana’s richest and is complimented by eight other stakes on the card, including the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks. Other stakes for the day include the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Mile, the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George, and the $100,000-added Ta Wee. In all, a total of more than $1.3 million will be offered in racing that day, making it the richest day of racing in Indiana history.
“We raised two stakes purses this season,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “The Indiana Grand Stakes , set for Wednesday, July 23, was raised from $125,000 to $200,000 and the Ta Wee on Indiana Derby Night was raised from $65,000 to $100,000. With the exception of Indiana Derby Night and the final night of racing Saturday, Nov. 1, all of our stakes will be carded on Wednesday afternoons with a first post of 2:05 p.m.”
Other stakes races that will capture attention from outside influences in the racing world will include the $200,000-added Centaur Stakes and the $100,000 J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys & Girls Club Stakes set for Wednesday, June 18. Both races are scheduled for the turf and are open, which will draw entries from outside the state of Indiana with three-year-olds featured in the Centaur Stakes and four-year-olds and up heading into the other event.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer two other days throughout the season that showcase stakes in excess of $300,000, featuring the $100,000-added Girls Inc. of Shelby County open to all older females on the turf and the $200,000-added Indiana Grand open to three-year-old fillies on the turf set for Wednesday, July 23. The track will also host the $150,000-added Governor’s Stakes for Indiana bred three-year-olds and the $150,000-added Indiana First Lady for Indiana bred three-year-old fillies Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The meet will conclude Saturday, Nov. 1 with $470,000 in stakes monies for four events, the $150,000-added Too Much Coffee, the $150,000-added Frances Slocum, the $85,000-added Miss Indiana and the $85,000-added Indiana Futurity, all Indiana-bred stakes. The event will fall on the heels of the Breeders’ Cup, which will begin earlier in the day from Santa Anita Park and will flow into live racing from Indiana Grand at 5:05 p.m.
In Quarter Horse action, a total of 17 stakes will take place throughout the season with 6 days dedicated solely to the sprinters. Among those days, nine stakes will boast a purse of $100,000 or higher with the featured events including the $150,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity and the $150,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Other major stakes include the $100,000 Born Runner Classic Saturday, June 14, the $100,000 Blue River Derby and the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Stakes set for Saturday, July 26, the $100,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity set for Saturday, Sept. 13 and a trio of $100,000 events set for Saturday, Oct. 25 with the Governor’s Stakes, the QHRAI Derby and the Sterlie Bertram Memorial.
Days reserved for all Quarter Horse racing include Friday, May 30, Saturday, July 5, Saturday, July 26, Saturday, Aug. 30, Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 26. All other Quarter Horse races are held at the conclusion of the Thoroughbred races on specified days.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer four days of racing May 6 through Nov. 1, 2014, adding Thursday racing July 17. Racing begins at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a 5:05 p.m. post Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit indianagrand.com and click on the racing tab at the top of the homepage.