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Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will honor those who have dealt with breast cancer either directly or indirectly by honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, guests in the casino can stop by Club Centaur and give a $10 donation and receive $10 in casino cash during the entire month of October. Guests may donate up to once per day during the promotion.
To help kick off the October Breast Cancer Awareness activities, a special Pink Out Night will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. The event registration begins at 2:30 p.m. leading into a special “Survivor’s Walk” beginning at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in participating in the event may contact Jamie Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
All guests attending the afternoon kickoff of Pink Out Night can take advantage of several activities going on to complement the event. Prior to the walk, Theresa Hopper, local Zumba instructor at the Shelby Parks and Recreation, will provide a “warm-up” for walkers on the apron area. Garry Lauziere, Indiana Grand’s bugler, will provide the “Call to Post” to start the walk.
The walk will begin at the winner’s circle and proceed north toward the barn area, walking parallel to the track. Once walkers have reached the barn area, they will make a short turn near the receiving barn and then walk back to the winner’s circle on the racetrack. For those who find the racing surface too taxing, they can walk back along the outside of the racetrack on the path.
The tasks are the same as any other Saturday night at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino for Garry Lauziere, but the level of excitement is taken up a notch for Indiana Derby Night Saturday, July 16. Lauziere is currently in his third year as the track’s official bugler and once again, he’s excited to be part of Indiana’s biggest night of horse racing. He is also primed and ready to participate in pre-Derby events, including “A Knight in Arms” which honors those who serve and protect.
“Indiana Derby Night is awesome,” said Lauziere. “The Derby is becoming a Family Night too and we are seeing more families coming out to the event. Word is getting around that it’s something you shouldn’t miss and the crowds continue to get bigger.”
Affectionately known as “G Note” at Indiana Grand, Lauziere brings four decades of experience to his position at the track. He plays the familiar “Call to Post” prior to each race on Saturday nights and also adds a short tune between every other race to the delight of fans at the track. He’s most noted for his jazz rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana” that is played at the beginning of the night after his first “Call to Post” from the winner’s circle.
Lauziere has always had an interest in music. The native of Manchaug, Massachusetts is retired from the United States Marine Corps and served his country for 20 years in several capacities. He was the drum major for one of 12 Marine Bands and performed for numerous high profile events that included kings, presidents and astronauts. His job was very diverse while serving in Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Japan.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino was the sponsor of “Movie in the Park” Friday, June 24 at Morrison Park in Shelbyville. The featured movie was “Secretariat,” the Disney movie on the career of the famous racehorse from the 1970s. Local retired jockey Otto Thorwarth, who played Ron Turcotte in the movie, made a guest appearance before the movie to sign autographs and later talked about the experience with movie goers prior to the start of “Secretariat.”
“I was fortunate to ride for over 20 years and then capped off my career by riding ‘Secretariat,’” said Thorwarth about his experience in being in the movie. “They had cast everyone for the movie except for the jockey part. The director wanted the racing scenes in the movie to be authentic, so he said ‘if you can’t find an actor to play a jockey, then find me a jockey that can act.’ They did a casting call in Lexington and I went down. There were over 750 jockeys that tried out for the part and I got it. I’d never done any acting before, but it was a fantastic experience.”
Thorwarth, who is a native of Arkansas, retired when he began working on the movie. He explained the movie was shot over four months and at three locations, including Keeneland, Churchill Downs and the majority of the movie was filmed in Lafayette, Louisiana because the state of Louisiana gives big tax breaks to movie companies. He explained that is why so many movies are filmed there.