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A total of 36 Thoroughbred stakes races valued at more than $4.4 million will be featured during the 2016 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The season, which gets underway Tuesday, April 19, will be highlighted by the 22nd running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby slated for Saturday, July 16.

“The move of the Indiana Derby to July last year proved to be a great spot on the summer stakes calendar for three-year-olds,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing at Indiana Grand. “We had a strong field for the race and broke attendance records due to warmer weather. In addition, 20 state stakes for Indiana bred or sired horses were raised from $85,000 to $100,000 in 2016, adding another boost to our stakes program.”

The Indiana Derby will be joined by six other stakes Saturday, July 16 to create a mega racing program beginning at 6:05 p.m. EST. Joining the Derby as one of the highlights will be the 21st running of the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks. Other stakes included on the card will be the $100,000 Mari Hulman George, the $100,000 Michael G. Memorial, the $100,000 Indiana General Assembly Distaff, and the $100,000 Warrior Veterans, all Listed stakes.