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2001 Annual Report

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The Honorable Frank O'Bannon
Governor of the State of Indiana
Room 206, The Statehouse
Indianapolis, IN 46204
April 1, 2002

Dear Governor O'Bannon:

The pari-mutuel horse racing industry positioned itself for rapid expansion in 2001. After years of struggle and futility, the Commission approved a permit for a second track in Indiana. This time, in contrast to failed financing efforts in 1994-95, all evidence points to the reality of another racing venue for Indiana horsemen. Indianapolis Downs is expected to open in Shelby County in December 2002.

As in the past, the Commission continues to focus its energies on diligently regulating the pari-mutuel industry. The results of our regulatory efforts, along with statistics of interest, are highlighted in this report.

As the new chairman, I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to continue to maintain our strong regulatory presence. I am confident that we will continue to grow and further strengthen this unique and important industry.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve you, the public and all the fine people in Indiana's horse racing industry.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard "Pete" Beck, Chairman
Indiana Horse Racing Commission

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Indiana Horse Racing Commission


Nicolas F. Stein, Sr. Chairman * (2004)
Tim Sams Vice-Chairman * (2002)
Janet Bozzelli Secretary * (2005)
Richard "Pete" Beck Member * (2005)
Ed Martin, Jr. Member * (2003)
* Term expires September 1st of year indicated.


Joe Gorajec Executive Director
Deena Pitman Assistant Executive Director
Robert Smith Director of Security
Wendi Samuelson-Dull Controller
Jessica Larkins Director of Standardbred Racing
Jacki Brown Thoroughbred & Quarter Horse Breed Development Director
Shirley Murphy Licensing Supervisor
Ron Adams Investigator

To further assist the Commission with its regulatory responsibilities, the following individuals provided professional or technical service at Hoosier Park during the 2001 racing season.

Standardbred Judges Thoroughbred Stewards
Timothy Schmitz, Presiding Judge Gary Wilfert, Senior State Steward
William Perkins, Associate Judge Mike Manganelo, Associate Steward
Richard Williams, Associate Judge Jim Higginbottom, Associate Steward
Commission Veterinarian Veterinary Technicians
David Younts, D.V.M. Stephanie Adams
 Claudia Shaff
 Marci Shaff
Racing Inspectors Thoroughbred Breed Development
Paul Clark Advisory Committee
Karla Vaughn Mari Hulman George
 Jake Fredrick
 Rich Richey
Standardbred Breed Development  
Advisory Committee Standardbred Advisory Board
Henry B. Blackwell, II Richard Link Michael Thompson
Ernest M. Gaskin Vic Losure David White
Nat Hill, IV Nancy Sabatini Gary Wilcox
 Jessica Larkins, ExOfficio Member

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Year In Review


  • On May 6th harness driving superstar Luc Ouellette kicks off the Luc Ouellette Challenge during the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) 25th Anniversary Jubilee at Hoosier Park. Ouellette donates a portion of his winnings during the month of May to the HHYF, which is based in Carmel, Indiana. Ouellette wins four races during the night's card before returning to his home base of The Meadowlands. More than $3,500 is raised during the night.
  • On May 30th the Commission, on a 4-0 vote, approves a permit to Indianapolis Downs to construct and conduct live pari-mutuel racing in Shelby County. The permit contemplates a harness meet at the new facility to open on or before December 6, 2002.
  • On May 7th Don Irvine, Jr. wins his 424th race at Hoosier Park making him the track's all-time leading driver.


  • Highlighted by the $500,000 Hoosier Cup, Hoosier Park presents the richest night in Indiana horse racing history with its Million Dollar Supercard Saturday, August 18. In addition to the Hoosier Cup, which is won by harness super star Real Desire, Hoosier Park cards races for $114,800, $113,500, $100,000, $80,800, and $79,500. Total purses for the night amounts to $1,018,000.
  • Don Irvine, Jr. captures the driving title with 194 wins. John Lee, who saddens the harness industry with his death at age 54 on November 12, 2001, led all trainers with 61 wins.


  • On October 6th Robby Albarado scores his second Indiana Derby victory aboard Orientate. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Orientate pays $32.60 to win in front of a crowd of 6,337.


  • The American Graded Stakes Committee announces the addition of the Indiana Derby to the list of Grade III events for 2002.
  • Fans across the country wager $2,107,487 Friday, November 9 to mark the first time the sale of Hoosier Park's live racing signal eclipses the $2 million mark. Out of 70 nights of racing, the track pulls in 47 $1 million-plus nights in handle for signal sale. Of those 47 nights, nine are in excess of $1.5 million.
  • At its November 27, 2001 meeting the Commission lifts the remaining three years of a four year sanction against Centaur, Inc. enabling them to acquire an additional 25% interest in Hoosier Park, LLP.


  • Terry Thompson earns the riding title while setting Hoosier Park's single season record with 122 wins. Trainer Stanley Roberts also sets a single season record by saddling 42 winners.

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Live Racing At Hoosier Park


Number of Dates 123
Total Handle $5,113,260
Average Daily Handle $41,571
Total Attendance * 94,719
Average Daily Attendance 770


Number of Dates 70
Total Handle $4,610,807
Average Daily Handle $ 65,869
Total Attendance 66,812
Average Daily Attendance 954

Combined Standardbred and Thoroughbred

Number of Dates 193
Total Handle $9,724,067
Average Daily Handle $50,384
Total Attendance * 161,531
Average Daily Attendance 836

* Corrected May 2002 from printed version

The statistics above represent attendance and handle at Hoosier Park on live racing only. Thoroughbred handle includes $154,461 wagered on Quarter Horse races. Additional wagering on Hoosier Park's live racing at Indiana OTB's is as follows - Standardbred ($2,246,531), Thoroughbred ($2,126,398) totaling ($4,372,929).

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Distribution of the Wagering Dollar

The following is a breakdown of the distribution of all monies wagered at Hoosier Park and its satellite facilities:

Returned to Bettors $118,083,159.00
Track Share 18,573,774.00
Purses Earned 7,757,490.00
Pari-Mutuel Tax 4,116,927.00
Breakage 786,085.00
Total Handle $149,317,405.00

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State Revenues

The following are the direct state revenues collected in accordance with the pari-mutuel statute IC 4-31:

Pari-Mutuel Tax $4,116,927.00
Track Reimbursement for Officials 325,362.00
Admission Tax 16,484.00
Fines and Civil Penalties Paid 23,650.00
Track Permit and License Fees 13,000.00
Total Revenue $4,495,423.00

The direct revenue received by the State of Indiana exceeded the cost of regulation. Indiana Horse Racing Commission expenditures for calendar year 2001 were $1,256,865.84.

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Total In-State Handle

Total In-State Handle

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Breakdown of Handle by Breed and Type

Breakdown of Handle by Breed and Type
Breed Live Handle * % Simulcast handle% Total Handle %
Standardbred $7,359,881 4.9$25,598,27217.2 $32,958,15322.1
Thoroughbred $6,737,205 4.5 $109,622,047 73.4 $116,359,252 77.9
Combined Breeds$14,097,086 9.4 $135,220,319 90.6 $149,317,405 100.0

* Corrected May 2002 from printed version.

The handle above represents all money wagered at all Indiana locations.

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Breakdown of Handle by Location

Breakdown of Handle by Location - Hoosier Park
Breakdown of Handle by Location - Satallite

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Simulcast Handle - Hoosier Park as Host Track

Simulcast Handle - Hoosier Park as Host Track

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Simulcast Handle - Hoosier Park as Receiving Track

Simulcast Handle - Hoosier Park as Host Track

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Purses Earned by Type

Purses Earned by Type
Type Amount %
Riverboats (*) $15,411,720 59.9%
Simulcast - Receiving 6,761,016 26.3%
Simulcast - Host (Interstate) 1,734,9336.7%
Breakage & Outs (*)1,046,306 4.1%
Live Racing (Intrastate) 777,9253.0%
$25,731,900 100%

(*) Assumes 70% of breed development funds are allocated to purses (SB 90% &TB 53%.) Some amounts are approximates.

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Purses Paid

Purses Paid - Standardbred

Purses Paid - Thoroughbred

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Occupational Licensing

Pursuant to IC 4-31-6 and 71 IAC 5-1-1, all persons participating in pari-mutuel racing under the jurisdiction of the Commission are required to be licensed. The licensing process is the backbone of the Commission's regulatory efforts. Each prospective licensee is fingerprinted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Indiana State Police provide the Commission with criminal histories of all applicants. The Commission may refuse or deny the application for licensure of any person who's criminal or racing violation record is contrary to the public's best interest.

Category Count  Category Count
Owner, Standardbred 1,816  Asst. Trainer, Standardbred 38
Owner, Thoroughbred 1,687  Authorized Agent 35
Groom 1,096  Vendor/Contractor 35
Track Employee 467  Farrier 30
Stable Name 407  Owner/Trainer, Quarter Horse 30
Owner/Trainer, 359  Racing Official 26
Trainer, Thoroughbred 327  Trainer, Quarter Horse 23
Owner/Trainer/Driver 309  Pony Rider 22
Owner/Trainer, Standardbred 182  Jockey Agent 21
Pari-Mutuel Clerk 179  Apprentice Jockey 18
Driver/Trainer 163  Gate Crew 15
Trainer, Standardbred 123  Veterinarian 12
Jockey 118  Valet 11
Driver 118  Vet. Assistant 9
Vendor Employee 117  Track Management 8
Asst. Trainer, Thoroughbred101  Other 8
Owner, Quarter Horse 95  Farrier's Assistant 4
Track Security 80  Asst. Trainer, Quarter Horse 1
Exercise Rider 51  Outrider 1
Commission Staff 48  Stable Employee - Stbrd1
Total Licenses Issued8,191
 1994 1995 19961997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Licenses Issued 1,922 5,269 6,292 7,152 7,806 7,8777,8088,191
Probationary Licenses Issued 21 54 53 68 80 70 89 113
Licenses Refused 16 10 29 26 21 21 9 16

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Equine Drug Testing

Pari-mutuel horse racing can succeed as a legitimate major league sport only if its races are perceived by the wagering public to be honest, competitive contests, free from manipulation by man or drugs. With the exception of furosemide (salix) and phenylbutazone (bute), under regulatory restrictions, state law and Commission rules prohibit the presence of any drug in horses racing at a pari-mutuel track. The Commission's drug detection program is one of the nation's most comprehensive and its laboratory, one of the most respected in the racing industry.

Truesdail Laboratory in Tustin, California, serves as the primary testing laboratory for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Truesdail Lab has been a leader in racing chemistry and drug-related research for over 50 years. The following table indicates, by breed, the number of samples analyzed and the number of positive tests reported. In each instance, the offending horse was disqualified and placed last. In accordance with the pari-mutuel statute, all purse money earned is ordered returned and redistributed.

Breed Race Dates Urine Blood Positive Tests
Standardbred 123 2143 2515 2
Thoroughbred 70 1479 1559 13
Totals 193 3622 4074 15

The table below represents a further breakdown, by breed, of the name and types of drugs reported by the laboratory.

Number of Violations
Standardbred Thoroughbred Drug Classification Type
 4 Banamine (Class 4) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
 1 Prednisolone (Class 4) corticosteroid
2 7 Bute (Overage) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
 1 Salix (Overage) diuretic

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Human Drug Testing

Commission regulations provide that a licensee or an applicant for licensure may be required, if reasonable suspicion exists, to submit to a drug test. Commission rules require a minimum suspension of thirty (30) days for a positive test for an illegal drug.

Human Drug Testing 199419951996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Number of Samples Tested 1 14 15 33 24 32 16 18
Number of Positive Tests 0 3 8 14 12 19 6 9

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Breed Development Programs - Standardbred

Pursuant to IC 4-31-11, breed development funds have been established to promote the breeding of horses while stimulating the agri-business sector of the state's economy. All breakage and unclaimed winning tickets are statutorily earmarked for breed development. In addition, twenty percent (20%) of the riverboat admission tax allocated to the racing industry is distributed to breed development funds. Standardbred and thoroughbred breed development advisory committees make recommendations to the Commission regarding the distribution of these monies.

The Standardbred Breed Development Program continued with a lucrative program at Hoosier Park in 2001that included a series of Late Closing events, the GENESIS Series and the Indiana Sires Stakes. Indiana Sired Late Closing events, Indiana Sires Stakes, Indiana sired overnights, GENESIS Series, and the Indiana Sired Mini Series awarded $4,273,577 in purse money. The Breed Development program has provided an opportunity for the Indiana Sires Stakes to become one of the industry's premier programs. The Indiana Sires Stakes program reached record levels for 2001, with finals for three year olds growing above $100,000, and the program awarding $1,852,220 in purses to Indiana Sired horses. The success of the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program during 2001 has resulted in over 5.4 million dollars paid in purses at Hoosier Park to Indiana Sired horses and premium prices received for Indiana sired yearlings at the Indiana sales. More than 1,907 broodmares were bred to registered Indiana stallions in 2001, assuring continuous growth of our state's Standardbred industry.

The successful Indiana Sired Fair Circuit Program was continued for the county and state fair. During 2001, a two-tier racing system was successfully implemented into this program, giving horses more racing option at the county fair level. This two-tier racing system was also continued into the "Fall Classic Racing Program" which in its third year, gave Indiana sired horses an opportunity to race after the completion of the Indiana State Fair and Hoosier Park. Owners of Indiana sired horses winning in open company at Hoosier Park received a bonus award. Breeder awards were made to the breeders of the winning Indiana sired horses of the finals and legs of the Sires Stakes, the finals of the Indiana sired Late Closing Events, and the winners of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit Championship race. Through these continued efforts, the Standardbred Breed Development Program is developing and promoting a fast growing and high quality Standardbred industry in the state of Indiana.

2001 Distribution of Awards
Purse supplements - Hoosier Park $1,896,600
Purse supplements - County Fairs 373,750
Purse supplements - State Fair 340,000
Purse supplements - Fall Classic 165,440
Indiana Sired & Breeder Awards 340,506
Total $3,116,296

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Breed Development Programs - Thoroughbred

The mission of the Thoroughbred Development Advisory Committee is to register thoroughbred horses for the Indiana bred program and provide incentives and awards to three important elements of the Indiana thoroughbred industry: the owner, the breeder and the stallion owner. The intent of these incentives and awards is to promote investment of capital into the Indiana economy (via thoroughbred breeding, racing and related agri-business) and maximize the positive impact to the state's economy. The incentives reward risk, and the awards reward success on the racetrack…through winning!

The Indiana bred program is funded by the Breed Development Fund established in the Indiana pari-mutuel statute. The Breed Development Fund consists of breakage (the difference in the rounding off of pari-mutuel payoffs), outs (all uncashed tickets), and the riverboat admissions tax allocation. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission receives 65 cents for every admission on an Indiana riverboat. Twenty (20) percent of the 65 cents goes into the Breed Development Fund. The Breed Development Fund is divided equally, fifty (50) percent to the Indiana Thoroughbred Development Fund and fifty (50) percent to the Standardbred Breed Development Fund.

2001 Distribution of Awards
Purse Supplements $ 1,348,000
Owners Awards 1,254,100
Breeders Awards 1,037,625
Stallion Owner Awards 77,200
Out-of-State Awards 45,560
Total $3,762,485

2001 Breed Development Fund Revenue

Breed Breakage Outstanding Tickets * Riverboat Revenue Total
Standardbred 393,042.42 354,319.88 3,153,906.95 3,901,269.25
Thoroughbred 393,042.42 354,319.87 3,153,906.95 3,901,269.24
Quarter Horse N/A N/A 100,000.00 100,000.00
Total 786,084.84 708,639.75 6,407,813.90 7,902,538.49

* Outstanding ticket revenue is based on tickets purchased in 2000 which expired in 2001

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Blood Gas Analysis Program

The purpose of the Blood Gas Analysis (BGA) program is to deter and detect the practice of "bicarbonate loading" or what is known in the racing business as "milkshaking." This practice generally entails giving a horse a large quantity of an alkaline substance, usually baking soda, prior to a race. The alkaline substance neutralizes the lactic acid that is produced during exercise and, as a consequence, delays the onset of fatigue. Research has demonstrated that this practice induces some horses to race faster times. Bicarbonate loading can give a horse an unfair competitive edge and thus compromise the integrity of the sport. This practice is strictly prohibited by the rules of the Commission.

The BGA Program is operated by the Commission in a small laboratory located in the paddock at Hoosier Park. Blood samples of selected horses are analyzed prior to the race on a state-of-the-art blood gas analysis machine. Each sample is analyzed by a certified lab technician under contract through St. John's Hospital in Anderson.

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Riverboat Revenue

The statute permitting riverboat gaming in Indiana earmarks sixty-five (65) cents of the three dollar admission tax to the pari-mutuel horse racing industry. These funds are distributed to various segments of the racing industry in accordance with Commission rule 71 IAC 12-2-15.

2001 Riverboat Revenue Allocation to Racing
From Admission Tax (65 cents)
Purses  $10,926,251.12
Quarter Horse
Track  6,800,000.00
Breed Development  6,407,813.90
Quarter Horse
Promotion Fund  2,681,562.77
Total  $26,815,627.79

Distribution Formula: Pursuant to 71 IAC 12-2-15, riverboat revenue is allotted 40% to purses, 30% to the track, 20% to breed development and 10% to a track promotional fund. A cap of $6.8 million is placed on a permit holder. The overage from the $6.8 million dollar cap imposed upon Hoosier Park in 2001 amounted to $1,244,688.32. This amount has been allocated pursuant to 71 IAC 12-2-15 as follows (1) $200,000 to Quarter Horse purses; (2) $100,000 to Quarter Horse Breed Development; (3) $472,344.16 to Standardbred Breed Development and (4) $472,344.16 to Thoroughbred Breed Development.

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