More than 100 Attend Indiana Racing Summit

Hosted by the state racing commission, the meeting gave industry stakeholders a chance to share their views on the sport.

Press release

Indiana Grand Racetrack was one of two pari-mutuel tracks represented at Friday's Indiana Horse Racing Commission's racing summit in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission hosted Indiana's first Horse Racing Summit Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The open-invitation public meeting gave attendees, which numbered more than 100 and represented all three breeds (including American Quarter Horses) that race in the state, an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions with commissioners. Also present were representatives from Indiana's two pari-mutuel tracks, Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park, and IHRC staff and racing officials.

Topics of discussion included commission rules, breed development programs, marketing and ways to grow the industry.

“We are very pleased with the number of horsemen who took time out their busy schedules to share their thoughts with us,” said IHRC chairman Thomas Weatherwax in a release. “They are a vital piece of our horse racing industry and we will be looking into the many suggestions made today. The commission and staff will now begin the process of analyzing the input received to assist them in identifying ways in which Indiana's racing industry may be improved.

“Today was an important step in moving forward with the Commission's goal of creating an open dialogue between all facets of the industry,” he added. “The Commission hopes to expand upon what we've accomplished here today by considering additional Summits in the future.”

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