More than $1.5 million offered for Quarter Horse Stakes in 2017
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has announced that more than $1.5 million will be offered in Quarter Horse stakes for 2017. A total of 19 stakes will be offered for the sprinters during the 120-day racing season that spans April 18 through Oct. 28, 2017. Most racing programs offer at least one Quarter Horse race at the conclusion of the Thoroughbred lineup, and six days have been reserved during the season for all Quarter Horse racing.
The eighth running of the $150,000-added Gordon Mobley Futurity and the ninth running of the $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity share the distinction of offering the highest purse money for the year. Both races are for Indiana sired and Indiana bred Quarter Horses, respectively, with the Mobley Futurity set for Saturday, June 17 and the Little Futurity included on the Saturday, Oct. 21 racing program. In all, eight stakes will offer purses in excess of $100,000 during the 2017 racing season.
“We are coming off a year where our Quarter Horse program set all types of records in handle,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing. “We are encouraged to see so much added interest from racing fans across the country and we are beginning to see some new horsemen come in to participate in our events, which I believe will strengthen our program in 2017.”
Dates for all-Quarter Horse racing include June 3, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. All dates are Saturday evening cards beginning at 6:05 p.m. EST.
Indiana Grand completed a new 101-stall Quarter Horse barn last year. In 2017, a new track maintenance facility is being added as well as a new “safety rail” showing the commitment of the track to boost its safety measures for both human and equine athletes.
The full list of Quarter Horse stakes for 2017 is available at www.indianagrand.com.
The 15th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will begin Tuesday, April 18 and conclude Saturday, Oct. 28. Racing will be conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:05 p.m. EST with Saturday racing beginning at 6:05 p.m. EST. Thursday racing will be held July 6 – Aug. 24 at 2:05 p.m. EST.