Stellar season reflective of partnership with Indiana HBPA
Horsemen are the backbone of the horse racing industry, and through a commitment by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), a strong partnership is evident in the success of the racing program at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. With handle up for the second straight year, the 2016 racing season will go down as the best ever recorded in the state of Indiana.
Indiana Grand and Centaur Gaming are very aware of the value organizations such as the HBPA provide. They want to acknowledge and thank HBPA for their exceptional partnership, cooperation, and participation in producing another fantastic year for Indiana racing. The HBPA is the official representative of Thoroughbred owners and trainers in Indiana.
Indiana Grand concluded the 120-day race meet Saturday, Oct. 29. The 13th season of racing in 2016 boasted an increase of 16 percent in all-sources handle versus 2015, a year which saw a 22 percent increase in that metric over the 2014 season.
“The HBPA has been an outstanding and willing partner in trying to better Indiana racing” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand. “Their efforts have been second to none in partnering with us financially, physically, and every way imaginable. These kinds of trend-bucking handle numbers would not be possible without the unbelievable support and partnership we get from our horsemen—they participate strongly, they’re flexible, they’re forward thinking, and eager to try and promote our industry at every turn.”
In addition to their regular incentives each season, HBPA ramped up their involvement in various promotions throughout the season, hosting a monthly breakfast that featured tours to the backstretch and a Friday evening event to increase fan awareness and education about racing and handicapping. Also, HBPA assisted in several other activities to promote racing with their involvement in several community events, including providing a horse for the May “First Friday” event in downtown Shelbyville, Ind. They also continued their annual fan education and i-Pad giveaway events during racing on two separate occasions, offering fans the opportunity to win prizes and take home a book associated with horse racing. They also remain very involved in equine welfare and physical improvements associated with racing.
“Centaur’s relationship with the horsemen is one of the main reasons we continue to grow our state’s racing industry, against the national trend,” added Schuster. “This kind of working partnership is quite unique and it continues to bear fruit. Not only is everyone anxious to grab an oar, everyone is also keen to making sure we are all rowing the same way. It’s amazing, successful teamwork, and I’m really proud to be pulling an oar right alongside the folks that put on the show here.”