The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local News

March 28, 2014

Hoosier Park boasts track, viewing renovations at season opener

ANDERSON, Ind. — After a particularly harsh winter, Hoosier Park embraced spring and opened its track for horse racing again on Friday.

According to Vice President of Racing Rick Moore, the work to prepare for the 2014 season has hardly taken a break since the last race in November. Major renovations took place on the racing side over the winter, from the track itself to viewer accommodations. Moore said it’s all a part of trying to make the casino a leader in the harness racing industry.

“It’s been one thing after another,” Moore said.

The track surface was completely rebuilt over the winter, with agricultural lime and brown limestone now resting on the surface, and a uniform banking grade in every turn, which is designed to be more forgiving for the horses. Also done for the horses: The paddock area was upgraded and changed from single-stall gates to double-stall gates. The improvement provides twice the room for the animals.

Additionally, the viewing area has been enhanced with a new terrace grandstand, which contains mini-suites, and new betting terminals. A new driver lounge is expected to be finished on July 31.

Moore praised his staff, which worked in less-than-ideal conditions on many of the outside improvements.

Moore said there was also an emphasis added to improving social media at the track during the offseason. The casino invested in new Twitter software to encourage real-time feedback, and new tracking technology was added to make horse tracking easier for fans, particularly new fans.

“This is how people communicate now, and we want to be more accessible, especially to younger people,” Moore said.

Fans at the track on Friday night said they like the changes. Keith Ross of Belfast, Ohio, said the track is a vast improvement from past years. He said he visits Hoosier Park regularly during the racing season, and said the new look is beautiful.

“This is as nice as it gets for this size of track,” Ross said. “You can tell they did a really good job.”

Lindsey Clark, who came from Greentown with Zach Stevens to watch her brother Chad Clark race, also praised the new track, saying the banking will help the horses.

Watching from the fence outside, Natalie Bunnell of Evansville said she’s been coming to watch races for years and the park looks better than it ever has. Bunnell brought her children, Matthew and Anna, to watch relative Don Eash race.

Ed Dobrowolski of Indianapolis said he’s been coming to the track for about seven years. He said he loves the atmosphere and it reminds him of trips to horse tracks with his parents as a child. He said he was impressed with the improvements all around.

“Actually, the only thing I wish they’d change is have the racing year-round,” Dobrowolski said.

Like Jack Molitor on Facebook and follow him @aggiejack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • NWS - HB0820 - Mounds Reservoir - JC 1 Reservoir proposal garnering support Of the approximately 400 people who visited the “Imagine Mounds Lake” display at the Mounds Mall on Tuesday, the vast majority were supportive of the project.

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Manufacturing company opens in Elwood

    More than 200 people turned out to welcome Warner Bodies to the city Wednesday morning.

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS - HB0815 - heroin bust - JM - james dixon New York suspect denies involvement in large heroin network A New York man suspected of involvement in the large heroin ring dismantled last week said he has never sold drugs in his life, though he suspected that's exactly what his brother was doing.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Election board looking into voter fraud allegation The Madison County Election Board delayed a decision into allegations of voter fraud in the May primary until it can gather additional information. Brian Bell, who lost the Democratic Party’s nomination for sheriff by 48 votes to Scott Mellinger, raised allegations to the election board during a hearing Friday.

    August 19, 2014

  • Mother who brought gun to school pleads guilty

    A mother who admitted to bringing a gun to a meeting at her son's school in April pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

    August 19, 2014

  • Anderson woman facing 90-year sentence An Anderson woman faces up to 90 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to abduct an infant in Muncie in 2013.

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS - HB0821 - Warner Bodies - JC 1 Manufacturing company opens doors in Elwood The relocation of a manufacturing plant to Madison County brings both revitalization and new jobs to the area.

    August 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0821 - Lapel Fire Station Lapel turns dirt for new fire station After working on the details on financing for years, the Lapel Stony Creek Township Fire Territory is much closer to opening a new station after a ceremonial ground breaking Tuesday night.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arrest Log: Aug. 21 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    August 20, 2014

  • What's Where: Aug. 20 Local meeting and events as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 20, 2014

August Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook