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ITOBA (Indiana Thoroughbred Owner's and Breeder's Association) is a non-profit membership organization that was founded in 1992 as the official authorized representative of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders in the state of Indiana. It is ITOBA’s objective to promote and encourage the growth of the Thoroughbred Industry in Indiana.
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Racing season underway at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
The 12th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is underway at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The 120-day meet kicked off Tuesday, May 6 and has been going strong ever since, drawing large weekend crowds that are enjoying many new changes and upgrades to the facility. One of the most notable additions at Indiana Grand is the new state of the art 10mm LED Video Display board which is the centerpiece of the new tote board. The “Jumbotron” provides a perfect seat in the house for all racing fans and brings all the racing action to life. Along with the “Jumbotron,” all new flat screen televisions have been upgraded throughout the interior of the grandstand facility.
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Photos L to R:
Shelby Co. Stakes - Aint She a Saint - Jockey: Malcolm Franklin; Snack Stakes - Huntstown - Jockey: Malcolm Franklin; Ellen’s Lucky Star Stakes - Cactus Joe - Jockey: Oriana Rossi
Other Stakes Winners:
Sagamore Stakes - Union Express - Jockey: James Graham; Swifty Stakes - Shes Dangerous - Jockey: Alejandro Contreras; William Henry Harrison - Success is Racing - Jockey: Ben Creed; Annie Steele Memorial - Little Face - Jockey: Jeremy Rose; Centaur Stakes - General Jack; Jockey: Robby Albarado - J. Kenneth Self Shelby Co. Boys & Girls Club Stakes - Quiet Force - Jockey: Robby Albarado. Photos by Linscott Photography
Congratulations to the Following Stakes Winners!!
First Lady Stakes
Jockey: Paco Lopez
Florence Henderson Stakes
Jockey: Francisco Torres
Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.
AJ Foyt Stakes
Jockey: Francisco Torres
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Indiana Grand Racing & Casino stakes schedule features more than
$4 million in 2014
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is stepping into a new light in the horse racing industry. Beginning Tuesday, May 6, the facility located in Shelbyville, Ind. will race under a new name, logo and color scheme featuring shades of gold for the 120 day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. In those 120 days, more than $4 million will be offered over 35 stakes with more than $1.5 million available for Quarter Horse stakes. Read more on the News page
New Phone number
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Congratulations to the 2014 Stallion Stakes Winners!
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Sept. 23, 2014 – Nominations for the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby closed this past weekend, drawing a total of 38 nominations. The race will be complemented by eight other stakes for the Saturday, Oct. 4 racing program at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, including the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks, which drew a total of 41 nominations.
Included on the list of horses nominated to the Indiana Derby is Vicar’s In Trouble from the Mike Maker Stable. The three-year-old son of Into Mischief comes into Indiana off a stellar performance in the $400,000 Grade II Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Vicar’s in Trouble won the race by seven and one-quarter lengths with regular rider Rosie Napravnik aboard. Napravnik, who won two races on the Indiana Grand racing card Tuesday, Sept. 23, is expected to be aboard Vicar’s in Trouble for the Indiana Derby.
Another hopeful for the Indiana Derby is the undefeated Atreides from the Marty Wolfson Stable. The son of Medaglia d’Oro won all three of his starts at Gulfstream Park this summer, including the $90,000 Monarchos Stakes by 17 and one-half lengths in his last outing. Atreides will make his first start outside of the state of Florida for Stonestreet Stables in the Indiana Derby.
Trainer Bob Baffert will seek his fourth title in the Indiana Derby when he sends Can the Man to Indiana for the 20th running of the event. Baffert’s Power Broker won the 2013 Indiana Derby, the 2010 event with Lookin at Lucky and the 2009 race with Misremembered, who holds the stakes record for the Indiana Derby in a time of 1:40.4.
Can the Man, a lightly raced son of Into Mischief, has not raced since finishing fifth in the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos in early July. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Can the Man was a winner two starts back in the Grade III $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. The Indiana Derby will be the first start for Can the Man out of the state of California.
Other horses whose connections have expressed interest for the 2014 Indiana Derby include Jessica’s Star, winner of the Grade III Iowa Derby, CJ’s Awesome, who ran fourth in this past weekend’s $1 million Grade II Pennsylvania Derby, East Hall, winner of the $300,000 Ohio Derby, Just Call Kenny, winner of the $100,000 Spectacular Bid at Laurel Racecourse, Class Leader, winner of the $100,000 Sir Barton at Pimlico and Quiet Ruler from the Nick Zito Stable. A full nomination list for all stakes on Indiana Derby Night is available at indianagrand.com under the racing tab on the homepage.
The Indiana Derby will be carded as the 10th race on the 11-race Indiana Derby Night program. Approximate post time is 9:30 p.m. EST with the Grade II Indiana Oaks set for the ninth race with an estimated post time of 8:40 p.m. EST. The first race goes to post at 5:05 p.m. The 2014 event marks the second year the race will be contested at Indiana Grand. Previous Indiana Derby races were held at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
Derby Night at Indiana Grand will feature several special guests, including event co-chairs Rick Pitino, head basketball coach at University of Louisville, and Tom Crean, head basketball coach at Indiana University. In addition, several former Pacers players will be in attendance for a special ceremony to honor Bobby “Slick” Leonard, who is a recent inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Other special guests during the night include members of the 1954 Milan High School State Champion team, the group that inspired the movie “Hoosiers,” Raquel Pomplun, 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year and Rupert Bonham of the television series “Survivor.”
A total of nine stakes will be on the racing program Indiana Derby Night totaling more than $1.3 million in purses. Other stakes on the card include the $100,000-added Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile, the $100,000-added Mari Hulman George, the $100,000-added Ta Wee Stakes, the $85,000-added City of Anderson, the $85,000-added Crown Ambassador, the $85,000-added Indiana Stallion Stakes Filly Division and the $85,000-added Hillsdale Stakes.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, Nov. 1 offering racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. For more information, visit the Website at indianagrand.com.
About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com.
Vicar's In Trouble heads list of 38 nominations for the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby
Indiana to Regulate Cobalt
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.
Indiana Grand and Jockey Colony to Remember Juan Saez
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Oct. 15, 2014 – Jockey Juan Saez passed away due to injuries sustained from an incident Tuesday night during the eighth race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Saez, a 17-year-old apprentice rider from Panama, was airlifted from the scene by Life Flight and transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
“The entire Centaur Gaming team is deeply saddened by the loss of Jockey Juan Saez,” said Rod Ratcliff Centaur Gaming’s chairman and CEO. “In Juan, we lost a courageous athlete, dedicated friend, and a member of the racing community that will be missed for years to come.”
Although Indiana Horse Racing Commission officials are still reviewing details of the incident, it is believed that Montezuma Express, ridden by Juan Saez, clipped heels with the horse in front of him, Paddy’s Notes, ridden by Oriana Rossi. As a result of the contact in the turn of the six furlong race, Montezuma Express, a four-year-old son of Henny Hughes, fell, causing Saez to be unseated.
“A moment such as this gives us great pause, and reminds us all that our racing athletes bravely risk their lives each and every day,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president, COO and Indiana Grand general manger. “We ask that our local racing fans as well as those watching via simulcast join us on Thursday as we remember Juan and pay our respects to our fallen friend.”
Saez is a graduate of the Presidente Remon Racetrack in his native Panama. He won his first race in Panama in December 2013 and followed in his brother’s footsteps and arrived in the United States this past spring to ride in Kentucky and surrounding racetracks.
Saez split his time between riding at the Kentucky racetracks and Indiana Grand, earning the Leading Jockey and Leading Apprentice titles at Ellis Park in early September. He is positioned to be named the 2014 Leading Apprentice Jockey at Indiana Grand at the conclusion of the meet with 21 wins in 95 starts with purse earnings in excess of $558,000.
His brother, Luis, recently made his first trip to Indiana Grand for the $500,000-added Indiana Derby Oct. 4, 2014, winning that race aboard East Hall. The younger Saez also won a stakes race that night, earning the win aboard Mister Pollard in the $85,000 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes, which was his final win at Indiana Grand.
“Our hearts and prayers are with Juan’s family and friends today,” said Jon Schuster, Indiana Grand’s vice president and general manager of racing. “To have an up-and-coming star in the sport of horse racing taken from us so young is a tragedy. His passion for horse racing was immense and only surpassed by his good-natured outlook on life.”
In agreement with Indiana Grand’s Jockey Colony, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will cancel live racing for Wednesday, Oct. 15 in remembrance of Juan Saez and out of respect for his family. A public memorial honoring the life and career of Juan Saez will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile oval race course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well as an off-track betting facility located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com.
Nomination Dates have been
extended until January1, 2015