Twenty Stakes Featured for Upcoming Quarter Horse Racing Season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino
More than $1.6 million in purses expected for Quarter Horse Stakes in 2015!
SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; – Feb. 17, 2015 – Fresh off a season that featured the largest purse ever as well as the richest card in the 18-year history of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana, 20 stakes races are slated on the 2015 schedule for sprinters. In all, more than $1.6 million in stakes purses is expected to be dispersed during the 120-day combined Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
“We will offer six all-Quarter Horse racing dates again in 2015,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing at Indiana Grand. “A new stakes race, the Harley Greene, will be implemented, bringing the total of Quarter Horse stakes to 20. Quarter Horse purses will see an increase with money to run 20 additional Quarter Horse races. Also, construction on the new 100-stall Quarter Horse barn will begin in 2015.”
A new record was set for the largest purse in 2014 when the Gordon Mobley Futurity ran for a purse of $199,200 in July 2014. The race was won by Cant Catcha Corona and jockey Harold Collins for Trainer Randy Smith, who also finished second in the race with Stone Toasted. The Miss Roxie Little Futurity nearly matched the Mobley Futurity with a purse of $198,900 won by Stinkin Rich and Ben Creed for trainer Ron Raper.
The Miss Roxie Little Futurity was part of the richest program ever offered for Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana. A total of six stakes races were featured on the final all-Quarter Horse racing program, bringing purses in at more than $700,000. Both the Gordon Mobley Futurity and the Miss Roxie Little Futurity are slated with base purses of $150,000 again for 2015.
Racing programs dedicated solely to Quarter Horse racing in 2015 includes June 13, July 4, Aug. 1, Aug. 29, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. All dates are Saturday evenings and will have a post time of 6:05 p.m. EST. The Gordon Mobley Futurity Final is slated for July 4 while the Miss Roxie Little Futurity will once again be part of the final all-Quarter Horse Stakes Night set for Oct. 24.
“We have offered Quarter Horse racing from the very start in 2003 at our facility, and it has been fun to watch the program grow over the past 12 years,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager at Indiana Grand.
“We are excited to partner with QHRAI (Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana) on several special events again this year and look forward to another great season of Quarter Horse racing.”
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing returns to Indiana Grand Tuesday, April 21. The 120-day race meet will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 p.m. with first post for Saturdays set at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added Sept. 17.