ANDERSON — Hoosier Park will highlight the 2013 Standardbred season today with Indiana’s finest trotters and pacers convening on the oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, an evening with purse totals topping the $1.1 million mark.
This action-packed night of racing will feature a celebrity-filled charity exhibition race, 14 regularly scheduled races featuring $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals, and the third annual Guns ‘N Hoses event. The first race will line up behind the starting gate at 5:30 p.m.
All three-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes events will go for purses of $200,000 while a duo of aged events will race for $50,000, respectively. Also, four $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stakes finals for three-year-olds will be contested. The 14-race card includes four current track record holders that will be competing for their shot at an Indiana Sire Stakes title.
Under the new racing format in 2013, Hoosier Park will offer three Hoosier Champions Nights throughout the season where purses will catapult past the $1 million mark once again on September 11 and October 19.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special wagering opportunity offered for the Hoosier Champions Night with the announcement of a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 pool. As part of the special strategic wagering program through the United States Trotting Association and Hoosier Park partnership, the Pick-4 offers a 50 cent minimum wager and will be featured on races six through nine. The estimated post time for race six, the first leg of the $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-4, is 7:32 p.m.
Making a special appearance tonight will be local media celebrity guests as they race for charity in an exhibition race. The local media celebrities will climb aboard a double-seated sulky accompanied by one of Hoosier Park’s own All-Star Drivers. Each duo will compete as a team for their share of $2,000 to be donated to each All-Star Driver’s designated charity.