Indiana HBPA to host two events during 2016 racing season

Friday, May 20 will kick off the first of seven “Friday Night Warm Up” events sponsored by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). The event will take place from 6-8PM in the Always Turned On tent and includes free pizza, free wagers and special events and contests. In addition, the first “Grand Morning at the Track” will take place the following morning from 9-11AM trackside.

The “Friday Night Warm Up” event is geared toward providing information and assistance to fans wanting to learn more about horse racing. The session will begin during the last part of the Friday afternoon racing program, which begins at 2:05 PM, and provide racing fans the opportunity to stop in and talk with members of HBPA as well as participate in special handicapping contests and learn the basics of wagering on horse racing.

Rachel McLaughlin, Indiana Grand’s on-air racing personality, will host the event along with members of HBPA. Free pizza will be provided in the tent and mix-master DJ Niko Flores will provide music to get the party started on select Fridays from May through September. Also, Bill Downes, Indiana Grand’s track announcer, will also assist guests with questions about handicapping.

Free wagers will be offered to guests who stop in for each of the “Friday Night Warm Up” events. Each event will have a different contest or promotion linked to it, from handicapping contests for racing wagers to corn hole and karaoke contests. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the participants of the sport, including trainers, owners and jockeys.

Additional dates for “Friday Night Warm Up” events are June 3, June 17, July 1, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2.

In addition to “Friday Night Warmup,” the HBPA is also hosting a special “Grand Morning at the Track” from May through August. Guests of all ages are welcome to come out to the track on select Saturdays from 9-11AM during morning training hours for free continental breakfast and a look behind the scenes at racing. Each morning event will feature a guest speaker along with “backstage access” to areas normally not available to the general public.

The first “Grand Morning at the Track” is set for Saturday, May 21. Breakfast will be served from the first floor Family Pavilion and guest speakers will be trackside while horses are training on the track. The first session is geared toward “The Life of a Jockey” and will include a tour inside the jockey’s quarters with information on the jockey’s equipment. Also, a horse will be in the paddock and a saddling demonstration will take place.

Additional dates for the “Grand Morning at the Track” in 2016 are June 18, July 23 and Aug. 20. The June 18 event will include a backstretch tour to one of the barns at Indiana Grand.