Brian Elmore honored during Indiana Derby

Brian Elmore, longtime member of the Indiana horse racing program through various jobs, was honored for his years of service during a special winner’s circle ceremony during Indiana Derby Night. Elmore, who retired in early 2016 from his latest assignment as vice president of racing for Centaur Gaming, was presented with an award from both Centaur Gaming as well as the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

“Brian (Elmore) has been in the racing industry for over 40 years,” said Jim Brown, president and COO of Centaur Gaming. “He was instrumental with our team, horsemen and legislators through the phases of implementing our current racing program and helped move Indiana racing into national prominence. It is an honor and a privilege to work with him for almost 20 years.”

Elmore has been involved with Indiana racing since the arrival of Hoosier Park in 1994. He initially oversaw operations at the downtown Indianapolis OTB before moving up and handling business for all three off-track betting facilities in the state. The Sullivan, Ind. native left for a few years to serve as general manager at Ellis Park and was reconnected with Centaur Gaming as Hoosier Park began the early stages of receiving the addition of casino gaming in the form of slots and e-table games. From that point forward, Elmore served as a catalyst between race track management and horsemen and supervised many major racing renovations and projects, including the acquisition of Indiana Grand by Centaur Gaming in 2013.

“The kind of leadership that Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park have is unmatched,” said Elmore. “Nobody else has done what you’ve done for racing. And, Jon (Schuster) and his team have done a great job in the transition to all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.”

An avid horse racing fan all of his life, Elmore stays connected with many horsemen and with watching racing as often as he can since his retirement. He had some inspirational words to share with those just getting involved in the sport.

“I want to encourage kids to dream,” said Elmore. “This was my dream (to work in racing) and they (dreams) do come true. I also want to encourage everyone to support our equine and human athletes through charitable contributions. It’s a major transition from a catastrophic injury for a jockey to the next step in their life, and remember PDJF (Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund) when you are making your yearly donations. Anything you can do is greatly needed and appreciated.”

Elmore was the recipient of the 2016 Eddie Arcaro Award given annually by the Jockey’s Guild at their annual assembly held Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Hollywood, Fla. His work on bringing “Jockeys and Jeans” to Indiana Grand and rallying support behind the event that garnered more than $200,000 in donations, the most of any PDJF fundraiser at the time, spurred his nomination for the Arcaro award.

Joining Elmore in the winner’s circle was Rod Ratcliff, Chairman and CEO of Centaur Gaming, Jim Brown, President and COO of Centaur Gaming, Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand, Kevin Greely, director of racing at Indiana Grand and Joe Davis, president of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA).