Thoroughbred horse racing is a popular sport in Indiana, with two major tracks offering live racing year-round:
- Horseshoe Indianapolis: Located in Shelbyville, Horseshoe Indianapolis is the only track in the state that offers live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The track hosts a variety of stakes races, including the Indiana Derby, the Indiana Oaks, and the Indiana Sire Stakes.
- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Located in Anderson, Harrah's Hoosier Park is a Quarter Horse track that also offers live Thoroughbred racing on select dates. The track hosts the Indiana Standardbred Breeders' Cup and the Indiana State Fair Championship.
In addition to live racing, both tracks offer simulcast wagering on races from around the country.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (HRC) is the governing body for horse racing in the state. The HRC is responsible for licensing horsemen, tracks, and other industry participants, as well as enforcing racing rules and regulations.
The HRC also provides funding for the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program, which supports the breeding and racing of Thoroughbreds in the state.
Thoroughbred horse racing is a significant economic driver in Indiana. In 2020, the industry generated over $2 billion in economic activity and supported over 10,000 jobs.
If you are interested in learning more about Thoroughbred horse racing in Indiana, you can visit the following websites:
- Indiana Horse Racing Commission: https://www.in.gov/hrc/
- Horseshoe Indianapolis: https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-indianapolis/racing
- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-hoosier-park/racing
- Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program: https://www.in.gov/hrc/tb/