Date set for 2017 Indiana Derby
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 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.
The complete list of stakes races for the 2017 racing season, which begins Tuesday, April 18, will be available soon. The 120-day racing meet will offer four days of racing Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with post time each day at 2:05 p.m. except Saturdays when racing will begin at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added to the schedule July 6 through Aug. 24.
Stall applications will soon be available online at www.indianagrand.com. They are due back to Kevin Greely, director of racing, by Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The barn area and racetrack will open Monday, March 13, weather permitting, in preparation for the 2017 racing season.