Horseracing

Hoosier Park Horseracing

Hoosier Park is one of the Midwest's premier horseracing venues. This Anderson, Indiana facility has a 7/8 mile horse track that features thoroughbred, harness and quarter horseracing.

Hoosier Park hosts high-profile Stakes events every year - a testament to its importance in the Midwest's racing scene. Among these are:

    Thoroughbred racing
    • Indiana Derby; Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks; Michael G. Schaefer Mile Stakes; Hoosier Silver Cup Stakes

    Standardbred racing
    • Dan Patch Invitational; Indiana Sires Stakes; Hoosier Cup

    Quarterhorseracing
    • QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby and Futurity, Governor's Stake, Hoosier Park Classic and Indiana Breed Development Stake

Hoosier Park Facts

  • Track length: 7/8 mile
  • Track width: 90 feet
  • Length of the homestretch: 1,255 feet
  • Degree of banking in the turns: 12°
  • Average number of races each night: 11
  • Average time between races: 20 minutes
  • Number of barns:
  • Number of horses accommodated: 1,080

Hoosier Park Records

Standardbred Records
HORSE DRIVER TRAINER OWNER DATE TIME
Oakley Bilmac Randy Tharps Randy Tharps Johnson Hill Sr. 09/01/94 1:56.2
Belmont Tuxedo Jack Sustic Jim Valiante Marlene Sustic 09/03/94 1:54.3
Belmont Tuxedo Jack Sustic Jim Valiante Marlene Sustic 09/17/94 1:54.0
Falcon's Fire Trent Stohler Trent Stohler Howard Peterson 10/15/94 1:53.4
Broadway Circle Tim Curtin Tim Curtin Kareo & Leonard Stable 10/15/94 1:53.0
Thirty G's Jack Gray Jr. Jack Gray Jr. Gray & E. Worley 04/15/95 1:53.0
Sundance Sensei Ken Holliday Doug Gosney James Taylor 04/22/95 1:52.0
Pacific Rocket Tony Kerwood Nat Varty Heffering, Lohmeyer, Stoddard & Van Kirk 07/08/95 1:50.0
Jenna's Beach Boy Bill Fahy Joe Holloway L&L DeVisser 07/06/96 1:49.4
Pacific Fella Cat Manzi Ed Lohmeyer Heffering, Stoddard & Lohmeyer 07/11/98 1:48.2

Thoroughbred Records
DISTANCE HORSE JOCKEY TRAINER DATE TIME
5 1/2 Furlongs Moro Oro Eddie Martin Jr. David Norris 09/20/96 1:02.2
5 1/2 Furlongs Chukker Creek Jon Court Robert Zahl 11/24/96 1:02.2
6 Furlongs Moro Oro Eddie Martin Jr. David Norris 11/16/96 1:07.4
One Mile Vic's Rebel Mike Morgan Vicki Riddle 10/13/98 1:33.4
1 1/16 Miles Alydar's Rib Jon Court Steve Manley 11/01/96 1:41.0
1 9/16 Miles our Forbes Sal Gonzales Jr. Steven Caldwell 11/07/97 2:39.2
1 5/8 Miles Open Space Patrick Boxie Billy Adams 11/16/96 2:41.2
1 7/8 Miles Raw New Terry Thompson William Bradley 12/01/00 3:16.2

Quarter Horse Records
DISTANCE HORSE JOCKEY TRAINER DATE TIME
300 Yards Springtimein
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Julie Fritz. Dicky Benton 09/20/03 :16.57
330 Yards Hava Cool Breeze Troy Crissup Sheri Loy 10/05/03 :17.88
350 Yards Loyd Gaels Jet Chad Benjamin Tom Byassee 10/26/97 :17.34
400 Yards Open With Love Luke Myles Tim Williams 10/26/97 :20.17
870 Yards Senor Sal Jamie Theriot Nathan Broussard 11/04/01 :46.04

Hoosier Park History

1994

  • On September 1, Hoosier Park opened to a crowd of 7,633. B K Bentley won the very first race. The evening's handle was $406,485.
  • On November 12, Hoosier Park hosted the $40,000 Dan Patch Invitational. It attracted an impressive field of top horses and was the first race held in Hoosier Park that was simulcast to other venues. The race was won by Ready to Rumble with a time of 1:53.1.

1995

  • On January 25, Hoosier Park opened its first off-track betting facility at 7610 Broadway in Merrillville.
  • On April 26, the Park opened an off-track betting facility in Fort Wayne.
  • On September 1, Hoosier Park celebrated its first anniversary with the introduction of thoroughbred racing. A crowd of 5,283 turned out to see Minnatoga win the first race.
  • On October 25, the Park opened another off-track betting facility, this time in downtown Indianapolis.
  • On November 17, Hoosier Park had its first-ever million dollar evening as $1,085,338 was wagered on its twelve-race card.

1996

  • On November 29, the largest trifecta payoff in the history of the track was recorded. The payoff brought $31,775.20 for a $2 ticket.

1997

  • On August 22, the inaugural $500,000 Hoosier Cup for three-year-old pacing colts was won by Perfect Art with a time of 1:51.0. The total amount paid for purses that evening was $676,900, establishing a new record.

1998

  • On September 12, Hoosier Park's all-time winningest jockey, Jon Court, won six races, marking a new record for most wins in one night by a jockey at the track.

1999

  • On April 9, Hoosier Park's sixth season of harness racing opened to a crowd of 3,635. It was the largest opening for standard bred racing since the 1994 season.
  • On October 2, Forty One Carats won the $300,000-added Indiana Derby with the nation's third leading rider, Jorge Chavez, aboard. A crowd of 10,063 was in attendance, the largest crowd in the track's history.

2002

  • On May 4, a record handle of $2,029,066 was accumulated for the afternoon and evening cards. This included simulcast wagers for the 128th running of the Kentucky Derby. This also marked the first time the state of Indiana saw single-day handle from all its tracks combined exceed $2 million during harness season.
  • On September 21, the richest night in quarter horseracing was held. It featured the $45,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity, the $25,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Derby, and the $15,000 Indiana Breed Development Stake.


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