Indiana Downs Gets New Name
Indiana Downs set to open in May.
March 12, 2014
Indiana Downs will open 13th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing on May 6 with a new name. Located in Shelbyville, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis, the track will now be known as Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.
"The name change is part of a re-branding initiative to combine the racetrack and casino into one property,” said Indiana Grand Racing and Casino director of communications Grant Scharton. “This aligns with parent company Centaur Gaming's goal of providing guests a fully integrated and entertaining racing and gaming experience.”
Centaur Gaming officials stated that the new name will be phased in and the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino name and logo will replace all current Indiana Downs mentions and signage. Also, Centaur plans to redesign the color scheme in its simulcast presentation from shades of red and white to the new Indiana Grand Racing and Casino design display of black and gold.
Racing publications will refer to the track as Indiana Grand Race Course.
To celebrate the start of live racing, the racino will have a festival-themed grand opening weekend on Friday, May 9, with family-friendly activities, live music, multiple specialty dining outlets, and a community fireworks presentation.
Both Indiana Grand Racing and Casino and Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, which conducts harness racing, saw significant all-sources handle gains during the 2013 season. Indiana Grand realized a 5.7-percent increase and Hoosier Park saw a 25.5-percent increase. Indiana Grand Racing and Casino’s 2014 meet will run through November 1.
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