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ANDERSON, Ind.--December 5, 2018 -- The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2019 racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2019 racing season will be conducted Friday, March 29 through Saturday, Nov. 9. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 26th season of live harness racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off with a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. "Fresh off the heels of a successful 25th Silver Anniversary season at Harrah's Hoosier Park, we are busy preparing and anxiously awaiting the 2019 live harness racing season," Harrah's Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. "We remain committed to the highest quality of racing and look forward to welcoming the fans and horsemen back to Hoosier Park in March." Stall applications will soon be made available for the 2019 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, will be available on Hoosier Park's website. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin 

With the 2018 race meet starting to wrap up at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee, Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board and interested horsemen met on October 10 to look ahead to 2019. At the top of everyone's list for 2019 was to look at the signature Indiana Sires Stakes program and how to make improvements to this already lucrative series. Attendees discussed the current structure and agreed it was no longer meeting the needs of program participants. After much discussion, the Breed Development Advisory Committee approved a modification to the structure of the Indiana Sires Stakes program for 2019. Members of the Standardbred Advisory Board present also supported this modification. The new structure will be included in the Breed Development's annual recommendation to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and will feature: Six legs for 2-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Eight legs for 3-Year-Olds leading up to a $250,000 Super Final Super Final participants finishing 6th through 10th will receive a $4,000 purse payout each for earning their way into the Super Finals. The revamped Sire Stakes program is estimated to pay out $8.5 million in purses during 2019, in comparison to $7.8 million distributed during 2018. When combined with additional opportunities for Indiana Sired and/or Bred horses, such as Late Closers, Indiana Sired Overnights, Fair Stakes and the Mini Series, the 2019 Standardbred Breed Development Program will offer more than $13.6 million in purses and incentives for program participants. "At the end of the day, this has a lot of upside," says horseman and committee member Joe Putnam. "The board knew that something needed to change to help our breeders and horsemen participating in the Indiana Sire Stakes program," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "The discussion was very helpful, and we appreciated hearing from the horsemen in attendance. We are excited to see how these proposed changes will help the program continue to flourish in the coming years." The 2018 edition of the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Finals night commences Friday, October 12 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, with the y state's top bred Standardbreds competing for more than $2 million in purses. For more information on the Indiana Sire Stakes or harness racing in Indiana, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

It was reported back in 2017 on Harnesslink that Indiana Standardbred owner, trainer and driver Bobby Brower was given a 15-year suspension for abusing a horse, has reached a settlement with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that has reduced his suspension to four year. This was done per ruling from the Commission. The Commission approved the settlement in a document issued on July 2 and the four-year penalty also gives Brower credit for time served dating back to the original sentence of 15 years back on March 7, 2017. It was also agreed to by Brower that he would not seek a license from the Commission for seven years following the end of his suspension. Brower, and his attorney had not responded to the allegation within a timeframe set by Indiana’s rules. An Indiana circuit court ruled last year that Brower had “timely responded” to the original complaint, and it remanded the case back to the Commission. According to Brower’s attorney, Peter Sacopulos, who said that the 15-year-penalty “would have never been handed down” if Brower had been able to defend himself in a hearing.” Negotiations to reach the settlement followed the court ruling. Brower was charged with severely beating that Standardbred horse, B ABland, at a farm in Anderson in August, 2016. The 15-year suspension was among the longest ever given out by a U.S. racing commission. From Harnesslink Media

On October 6, the best Indiana-sired and -bred Standardbreds will be crowned for the Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit Series 2 Championships in Goshen, Indiana. The Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit is for Indiana-Sired and Bred Standardbred horses, meaning they were foaled (born) in Indiana and their sires stand in the state of Indiana. Races are held for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, and horses are nominated by their owners each year they race. After a challenging and very competitive first series, which crowned the Indiana State Fair Circuit Champions during the Indiana State Fair, the second series began on August 24 in Converse, Indiana, giving six additional opportunities for the racehorses to earn their way into the finals in Goshen. Eight championship races will be on display starting at 11 a.m. EDT, each awarding a purse of $10,000. Horses such as 3-year-old filly Credit Fraud (Jailhouse Jesse - Classic Credit), who set the track record for all ages trotting a 1:59.2 at Clinton County in September will be competing for the top prize. "Indiana's harness racing program began with racing at its county fairs," says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "Racing at these venues can be traced back to the early to mid-1800s, and we are excited that our Fair Circuit program continues that tradition and continues to get stronger every year." "The fair program is a vital piece of the racing program in Indiana because of the opportunity it gives trainers to develop young horses (2- and 3-years-old) into racehorses," says Dwayne Rhule, Chairman of the Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board. For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit or harness racing in Indiana, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

In conjunction with two of Emmis Communications' FM radio stations, 1070 The Fan and B105.7, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program has launched three fun, yet educational videos, highlighting the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit and harness racing in Indiana. The three videos, which feature personalities from the two sister stations, were released as part of a marketing campaign spurred by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission's aim to promote grassroots horse racing in the Hoosier State. In the first video, 1070 The Fan's "Tony at the Track" visits a different kind of racetrack when he learns more about harness racing at the horse racetrack. Tony D interviews drivers Matt Rheinheimer and Jordan Ross to learn the intricacies of harness racing, followed by speaking with program coordinator Rachel Klotz to learn more about what goes into organizing the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit. (Video: https://youtu.be/8FgmJdE5hg0) The second video pits the boys from 1070 The Fan's "Espresso" as they get firsthand experience of harness racing. Joey Mulinaro and Ben Polizzi take a trip around the Indiana State Fairgrounds' historic one-mile dirt track in two-seater carts, then try their hand at calling a race with help from veteran race caller Rick Upell. (Video: https://youtu.be/55CJb8MbPfI) And, finally, B105.7's "Sean in the City" shows what happens when a neophyte to horses learns how to bathe a racehorse. (Blog and video: https://www.b1057.com/blogs/sean-city/sean-does-your-job-horse-grooming#//) The videos are being used to promote a VIP Fan Experience for four to watch the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit State Finals on August 9. Both radio stations will give away a four pack of tickets and parking pass to the Indiana State Fair, VIP seating in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand for the Finals, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Speed Barns and food and drink vouchers. Listeners are encouraged to register online and the winners will be chosen the first week of August. "The videos were so much fun to put together, and we really appreciate Emmis, and our drivers and owners for working with us," says Klotz. "We hope this not only encourages more fans of harness racing at the fair circuit, but of horse racing in general throughout Indiana." Indiana Sired Fair Circuit action can be followed on social media by following #ISFC18 on Twitter or Instagram and the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program Facebook page. For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) met on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, for a hearing to approve the transfer of ownership of the assets of Centaur Gaming to Caesars Entertainment. The commission approved the petition of the transfer of ownership of Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and all Winner's Circle Off-Track Betting facilities from Centaur Gaming to Caesars Entertainment, subject to the conditions set forth in the Executive Director's report, and any conditions consistent with the commission's comments made today. The transfer must also be approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission, who will be meeting on this matter tomorrow, June 28, in Indianapolis. "The commission and staff has done extensive due diligence to craft the recommendations found in the Executive Director's report that will ensure the continued great relationship in the community with the tracks, the horsemen, the public and the employees. We feel we will have a product that is as good as we've already got, and will be even better," said Phillip Borst, DVM, Chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. "We will certainly keep track of them and ensure that they live up to all of their commitments." Borst continued, "The commission would like to thank Centaur Gaming for their tireless efforts and dedication to the Indiana horse racing industry, and surrounding communities, helping to make our programs and locations first class." by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) announces a regular meeting of the Commission on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The meeting will be held at the Indiana State Library's History Reference Room 211, located at 315 W Ohio Street, Indianapolis. Some items on the meeting agenda include: · Commission consideration of proposed emergency rules and changes for the Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter       Horse programs, such as the Standardbred claiming procedures and refusal or failure to be tested for all breeds. · A review of commission rulings from March 29 - June 18, 2018 · Hearing, deliberation and issuance of a decision relating to the petition of Caesars Entertainment Company and Caesars Resorts Collection, LLC, for approval to transfer Centaur's permits and licenses. The meeting agenda can be found on the Commission's website: https://www.in.gov/hrc/2336.htm The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. Any questions can be addressed at thoroughbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission  

The 2018 Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit is hitting the Central Indiana radio waves, bringing Hoosier homegrown horsepower to the ears of sports fans young and old, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and Emmis Communications. Throughout the Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit, Emmis Communications' sports radio station, 1070 The Fan, will air the week's "Homestretch Call" during the "Grady and Big Joe Show". The show, featuring former Indianapolis Colt "Big Joe" Staysniak, airs weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm. One race from that week's county fair races will be aired on Friday, highlighting Hoosier Harness Racing Heroes. Later in the show, one of the show's most popular daily features, the "Pop Quiz" will feature a question related to the Homestretch Call, or Indiana harness racing in general. The winner that day will receive a prize pack sponsored by the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit is a series of races held at ten different county fairs throughout the summer, starting in early June in Converse. The series is for Indiana-Sired and Bred Standardbred horses, meaning they were foaled (born) in Indiana and their sires stand in the state of Indiana. Races are held for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, and horses are nominated by their owners each year they race. Eligible horses will compete to earn not only daily race purses, but points from each stop. The top eight in each division are invited to compete for the Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit State Championships, held during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis August 9, where the winners take home $20,000 in purse money. The horses ranked ninth through sixteenth will compete earlier in the day in consolation races with purse money totaling $8,000. "We really wanted to draw attention to our grassroots program here in Indiana," says Megan Arszman, Communications Coordinator for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and its breed development programs. "We are excited to work with Emmis Communications to shine a light on our Indiana-Sired and -Bred horses, as well as supporting our county fairs to draw more attention to their race cards." Listeners will be able to follow along throughout the summer, with an updated points page located not only on the IHRC website, but on the website of 1070 The Fan and social media. Starting in July, easy-listening station B105.7 will join its sister station in hosting two separate VIP Experience contests, urging the general public to sign up for their chance to win an exclusive VIP experience to the Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit State Championships. The experience includes four tickets to the Indiana State Fair, VIP seating, food and drink vouchers and a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Speed Barns with Staysniak and the opportunity to meet drivers, see the horses up close, and more. "We generally have good attendance for our State Fair races, but we really wanted to focus our efforts this year to introducing the general public to the excitement of harness racing," says Rachel Klotz, Standardbred Breed Development Program Coordinator. "We're still finalizing all of the activities we're going to do at the State Fair, but I'm so excited to watch anticipation grow for everyone." Other items included in the promotion are three separate videos to be recorded with station talent to help educate and excite listeners and viewers about harness racing. From family friendly behind-the-scenes views, to slapstick neophytes trying to call a race and everywhere in between, the videos will be shared on both station web sites as well as social media for the breed development program. Point standings will be updated after each set of races and posted on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission's website: https://www.in.gov/hrc/2524.htm (A list of all eligible horses can also be found here.) For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. by Megan Arszman, for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Celebrating the grassroots of harness racing in Indiana, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission are proud to announce the dates for the 2018 Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit. The Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit is for Indiana-Sired and Bred Standardbred horses, meaning they were foaled (born) in Indiana and their sires stand in the state of Indiana. Races are held for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, and horses are nominated by their owners each year they race. Throughout the summer, the racehorses compete to earn points from each stop. The top eight in each division are invited to compete for the Indiana State Fair Championships, held during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis August 9, where the winners take home $20,000 in purse money. The horses ranked ninth through sixteenth will compete earlier in the day in the consolations for purse money totaling $8,000. The first set of county fair races will commence June 6-7 (4 p.m. post time) and June 13-14 (11 a.m. post time) at the Converse Fairgrounds in Converse, Indiana. All races are open to the public. “Indiana’s harness racing program began with racing at its county fairs,” says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “Racing at these venues can be traced back to the early to mid-1800s, and we are excited that our Fair Circuit program continues that tradition and continues to get stronger every year.” The remaining Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit racing schedule is as follows: June 18 – Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis (11 a.m. post time) June 21-22 – Harrison County Fair, Corydon (1 p.m. post time) June 27-28 – Shelby County Fair, Shelbyville (4 p.m. post time) July 2-3 – Clinton County Fairgrounds, Frankfort (1 p.m. post time) July 7 – Jayland Trotting Association, Portland (10 a.m. post time) July 9-10 – Clinton County Fairgrounds, Frankfort (6 p.m. post time) July 14 – Noble County Community Fair, Kendallville (10 a.m. post time) July 14 – Newton County Fair, Kentland (12 p.m. CDT post time) July 17-18 – Shelby County Fairgrounds, Shelbyville (11 a.m. post time) July 21, 23, 24 – Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Goshen (11 a.m. post time) July 30-31 – Fayette County Free Fair, Connersville (11 a.m. post time) August 4 – Jayland Trotting Association, Portland (10 a.m. post time) August 8-9 – Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis (Grand Circuit on 8/8 with 6 p.m. post time, ISFC Consolations on 8/9 with 11 a.m. post time, ISFC Championships on 8/9 with 6 p.m. post time) Point standings will be updated after each set of races and posted on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s website: https://www.in.gov/hrc/2524.htm (A list of all eligible horses can also be found here.) “The fair program is a vital piece of the racing program in Indiana because of the opportunity it gives trainers to develop young horses (2- and 3-years-old) into racehorses,” says Dwayne Rhule, Chairman of the Indiana Standardbred Advisory Board. For more information on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2897 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov. From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

ANDERSON, Ind.; - Dec. 7, 2017 - The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2018 harness racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Live harness racing will be conducted Friday, March 30 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The 160-day season will offer live racing every Tuesday through Saturday, with exception of Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 in which there will be no live racing. Additionally, Hoosier Park's signature $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes will take place on Friday, Aug. 10 and will highlight a full stakes schedule in 2018. The official first post time of the 2018 racing season is still to be announced. Racing updates and more information about Hoosier Park can be found by visiting www.hoosierpark.com. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information on upcoming entertainment and promotions at Hoosier Park visit www.hoosierpark.com. Kiersten Flint

ANDERSON, IN – The Indiana Horse Racing Commission handed down a career-ending sentence to a local harness racing trainer accused of severely beating a horse at a local training facility.  Muncie trainer Bobby Brower was issued a default judgment after he failed to request a trial by a 20-day deadline, the Commission ruled Tuesday, March 7 at its meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He has received a 15-year suspension from racing and $40,000 in fines reported Christian Stephens of The Herald Bulletin.. “As I read the history of this person, I am not upset this will be a career-ending decision,” Commissioner Susie Lightle said ahead of the vote. A default judgment was issued without a trial because Brower’s attorney, Pete Sacopulos, failed to request a hearing, as per IHRC rules. Sacopulos argued Brower should have a chance to defend himself in court because of the seriousness of the allegations. He also said he was under the impression that entering a plea of not-guilty acted as the request for a trial, and the case shouldn’t be decided on a “technicality.” “(Brower) is facing a career-ending penalty,” Sacopulos said at the hearing. “This is a fellow who has spent his whole life in horse racing.” Vice Chairman Greg Schenkel argued the seriousness of the charges should have prompted Sacopulos to be more careful in acting as attorney. “Obviously this is a very serious matter and I would think both parties would make certain their I's were dotted and their T's were crossed,” he said. The sentence stems from an incident in August 2016 in which Brower is accused of beating a horse, B ABland, to the point the horse suffered injury and soon collapsed from exhaustion, according to the complaint filed by the commission. The complaint alleges that Brower continued to whip, kick and beat the horse after it collapsed. The incident allegedly occurred at Pace Setter Farm, 3682 E. 150S, Anderson, where Brower rents a stall.  After the incident in August, Brower said the charges were overblown. "The incident has really been blown out of proportion," Brower said. "We trained him that day, and he slipped and fell on the wet pavement." Brower said the horse was whipped once in the rear and got up but fell down again. At that point, Brower said, he and others assisting him began to jump and stomp around the horse in an effort to prompt it to get up. "A horse will just lay there and hurt itself," Brower said. In his more than 20 years of horse racing, Brower has at least 44 rulings by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, including six for "indiscriminate use of whip," with at least one for whipping a horse after a race. He was cited in 2013 for failure to properly control a horse by "whipping the horse’s head from side to side," according to the complaint. Brower did not attend Tuesday’s meeting and did not return multiple calls for comment. Sacopulos said he wasn’t surprised by Tuesday’s verdict. “I think it is a disappointing decision, but not unexpected,” he said. Reprinted with permission from the heraldbulletin.com

ANDERSON, Ind.--February 6, 2017--Racing dates for the upcoming 24th season of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino were recently approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer the most lucrative stakes program in the track's history highlighted by hosting the Breeders Crown events. The 163-day season is set to begin on Saturday, April 1 and will conclude on Friday, November 17. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off on a Saturday the opening week and return on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening the second week before resuming a Tuesday through Saturday schedule throughout the remainder of the season. "We believe the stakes schedule for the 2017 meet is the most attractive and diverse schedule we have ever offered," Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore said. "Because of the on-going commitment to racing by Centaur Gaming, we are continually striving to improve our racing product. The new post time, which includes tightening the intervals between races, is just one of those changes that will help bring more action and energy to our racing program as we kick off one of the most exciting seasons yet." One of the most highly anticipated weekends on the 2017 harness racing calendar will take place in October as Hoosier Park will play host to the coveted Breeders Crown events on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. For the first time ever, Hoosier Park will host all 12 year-end championship races, worth a combined $5 million. "All of us are hopeful that this season will be our most memorable yet," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer. "We share a full commitment to the success of the racing program and presenting a magnificent Breeders Crown, the first ever hosted in the state of Indiana. This is an exciting time for fans, horsemen, and our entire community." In addition to the Breeders Crown events and activities, Hoosier Park will host an extended stakes schedule throughout the 2017 racing season worth nearly a combined $4 million. Hoosier Park's signature pacing event, the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes, is slated for Friday, August 11. Returning to the stakes schedule at Hoosier Park in 2017 is the $175,000 Nadia Lobell stakes for three-year-old filly pacers as well as the $175,000 Moni Maker stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. For more information on the complete 2017 stakes schedule, please click here. Stall applications are now available for the 2017 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park. The downloadable form, which includes all pertinent information, can be found on Hoosier Park's website or by clicking here. Stall applications must be received by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's race office by no later than February 12, 2016. Applications for stall space are required for both stalls in the barn area, as well as horsemen wishing to ship in to race at Hoosier Park. Horsemen receiving stalls will be notified of their allotment by mid-February. For additional information, or to have a stall application sent to you, please contact Scott Peine, Hoosier Park's racing secretary, at 765-609-4870 or Scott.Peine@hoosierpark.com . For more information on the upcoming harness racing meet and promotions at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com  

At its September 4, 2014 public meeting, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted 3-0 to approve rules to regulate cobalt levels in race horses. Cobalt is a naturally occurring trace mineral. The excessive administration of cobalt may enhance the performance of, and potentially become hazardous to, the horse. The Commission’s action is based on recommendations in a staff report prepared by its Executive Director, Joe Gorajec. The report, which can be accessed at www.in.gov/hrc, indicates that results of blood tests from horses racing this season at Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand indicate that excessive levels of cobalt in horses is jeopardizing the integrity of Indiana’s racing product and endangering the health and welfare of its horses. “The integrity of our racing product and welfare of our horses are of paramount importance to us. The Commission has now taken appropriate action to address this issue,” said Joe Gorajec, Executive Director. The threshold level will be 25 parts per billion (ppb) and enforcement of the new regulation will begin with races conducted on September 30, 2014. Any trainer whose horse’s blood tests high for cobalt will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include up to a one-year suspension, as well as a fine and forfeiture of the purse. The samples will be tested at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Lexington, Kentucky. The Commission would like to thank RMTC’s Executive Director Dr. Dionne Benson; LGC Science, Inc. Laboratory Director, Dr. Richard Sams; and the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for their invaluable assistance. In addition, the Commission is grateful to the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and the RMTC for providing the funding of the study which has lead to the threshold level. For further information contact Joe Gorajec at jgorajec@hrc.in.gov or at (317) 233-3119. New York calls for ten year ban for cobalt use The New York State Gaming Commission today announced that it will issue a standard 10-year suspension to anyone who violates the harness rule prohibiting the use of substances that abnormally oxygenate a horse’s blood, including supra-dietary administration of cobalt salts. Cobalt salts have a number of industrial and agricultural uses, but are not intended for administration to horses. “The Commission will not allow those seeking to cheat to undercut New York’s world-class racing program,” said Commission Executive Director Robert Williams. “We take seriously any practices that compromise the health and safety of race horses. Equine Medical Director Scott Palmer and the New York Drug Testing and Research Laboratory have instituted a comprehensive program to identify violations and will continue to vigilantly advocate for the horse and the public.” Cobalt, a naturally-occurring element with properties similar to those of iron and nickel, is found in low levels in many horse feeds and vitamin supplements such as Vitamin B12 formulations. Low levels of cobalt are present in all horses and are not considered to be harmful. Large doses can cause cobalt toxicity associated with myocardial and other organ pathology in humans and other animals. The detection of abnormally high levels of cobalt in the blood of racehorses results from cobalt being administered to impermissibly enhance aerobic performance through illicit blood doping, similar to the prohibited administration of erythropoietin (EPO). Administration of cobalt salts by oral or intravenous treatment will cause an abnormal increase in serum cobalt levels that the New York Drug Testing and Research Laboratory can detect and is actively monitoring. To enhance the efficacy of this new program, the Commission is not currently publishing the laboratory threshold for cobalt. The Commission’s rule prohibits only the supra-dietary administration of cobalt. The administration of feed supplements and vitamins containing cobalt will increase the serum level of cobalt to a degree consistent with oral supplementation, but will not create the abnormally high levels that result from the administration of cobalt salts. Oral administration of commercially available Vitamin B feed supplements cannot elevate serum cobalt to a level that will create a positive regulatory finding. Water-soluble cobalt salts, however, deliver a supra-dietary dose of cobalt. Such administrations induce a marked and stable polycythemic response (increase in the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood) through a more efficient transcription of the erythropoietin gene. The Commission is considering a similar rule for Thoroughbred racing. The harness rule went into effect last month. From the Indiana and New York Racing/Gaming Commissions

Indianapolis, IN --- The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has contracted with Industrial Laboratories, Inc., of Denver, Colo., on an emergency basis to assist with its equine drug testing program. Industrial Laboratories will be testing Indiana samples beginning in late August and lasting a minimum of five weeks. Indiana is currently racing at Indiana Grand Race Course (Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse) and Hoosier Park (Standardbred). The emergency contract is necessitated by a backlog of screening and confirmatory testing pending at the Commission’s primary laboratory -- LGC Science, Inc., in Lexington, Ky. During this five-week day period, LGC will focus on Indiana’s backlog of confirmatory testing. LGC will continue to perform out of competition testing for Indiana, as well as Indiana’s Standardbred Fair Racing Program. Commission staff will reevaluate the status of their testing program during the next 30 days in order to apportion its testing needs for the remainder of the 2014 race meets. Industrial Laboratories, Inc. is accredited by the International Organization for Standardization and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, Inc. All of Industrial Laboratories' tests on paired samples will meet or exceed current Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association guidelines. From the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 29, 2014 - In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday, July 29. The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park's backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility began in the spring of 2014 and was completed just in time for Hoosier Park's signature event, the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational, on Friday, August 8. Half of the facility has been made accessible to any licensed Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) member and will provide numerous amenities including computer work stations, restrooms, flat screen televisions, a lounge area, and wi-fi access. The one-story structure also houses two offices for the Indiana Standardbred Association representatives. The remaining half of the facility will serve as a locker room and lounge for the full-time drivers at Hoosier Park. Featuring both a men and women's locker room, this section of the facility features individual lockers, showers, washing machines and a lounge area equipped with flat screen televisions. "It's second to none," driver Trent Stohler noted after a tour of the building. "I don't think we could have designed it better ourselves and I think I speak for everyone on the backside when I say we really appreciate what Hoosier Park has done with this." The doors of the building were officially opened at a lunch ceremony on Hoosier Park's backside attended by both Hoosier Park team members and horsemen. Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager of Racing, led the ceremony and welcomed guests to tour the new facility. "The opening of this facility not only signifies our commitment to all the people that make Hoosier Park a great place to race but Hoosier Park's commitment to racing in the state of Indiana," Moore noted. "This lounge is a place for everyone racing at Hoosier Park to call their own and a place we are proud of. I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this facility possible." The horsemen's lounge will be maintained by Hoosier Park employees and available to horsemen during the live racing schedule. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the 160-day meet will offer an extended stakes schedule be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 27, 2014 - The 2014 stakes season is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, May 28 as four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcase the top three-year-old trotting fillies in the state. Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park will debut a new and improved Indiana Sires Stakes format approved by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission last year. The 2014 Indiana Sires Stakes program will feature five legs throughout the season, and from each leg, the top 20 horses will return to compete in a final and consolation. The stakes program will culminate with the top ten horses from each of the previous finals returning to compete in a $200,000 Super Final on October 18 at Hoosier Park. "The new Indiana Sires Stakes format is a very positive change for our program," Hoosier Park's Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, Scott Peine noted. "It provides flexibility in the scheduling and having multiple eliminations for the $75,000 finals will produce very competitive races." "The Indiana Sired program continues to get better each and every year," he continued. "This new format will allow Hoosier Park to showcase the best of the best in the $200,000 Super Finals. I am very much looking forward to this season of stakes action." The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday, May 28 with the three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card schedule for Thursday, May 29. The three-year-old pacing fillies will take to the track on Friday, May 30 and the three-year-old pacing colts will follow suit on Saturday, May 31. The first of five $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals, tagged as Hoosier Champions Night, is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park will once again partner with HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, to offer racing fans a great weekend of harness racing action through exclusive coverage of Hoosier Champions night at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will offer an extended stakes schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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