Indiana Grand Opens April 13

Indiana Grand Opens April 13

Indiana racetrack opens its 2021 season with reduced takeout rates.

WRS Apolliticalivory 2020 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. Coady Photography

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The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing gets underway Tuesday, April 13, at Indiana Grand. Tagged with the theme, “Run for the Money,” an added bonus will be offered on three exotic wagers with reduced takeout rates in 2021.

Returning this season is the Pick 5 featuring one of the lowest takeout rates in the industry at 11.99 percent. The wager is offered on the final five Thoroughbred races daily with a 50-cent minimum wager. For days when the Pick 5 goes without being hit, a carryover will ensue moving to the next Thoroughbred racing program. The Pick 5, which has had carryovers top the $100,000 mark in the past, is not offered on all-Quarter Horse racing days.

“Our Pick 5 really gained momentum last year,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “We captured a lot of attention from racing fans across the nation with the 11.99 percent takeout, one of the lowest rates out there. It is very appealing to those seeking value on wagering options.”

Joining the Pick 5 with reduced takeouts is the Pick 4 and the Straight Fire 6 (Jackpot Pick 6), which will offer a rate of 15 percent each beginning in 2021. The Pick 4 is provided twice per racing program on the first race and then on the last four Thoroughbred races daily. The minimum wager for the Pick 4 is 50 cents.

The Straight Fire 6 (Jackpot Pick 6) moves into its second year of operation in 2021. With a 20-cent minimum, the wager begins on the third race daily. If one unique ticket is not submitted on the Straight Fire 6, then a carryover moves to the next Thoroughbred racing program and continues until one unique ticket is recorded as a winner. The carryover got up to more than $140,000 last year during its first season.

The 2021 Thoroughbred racing season will be highlighted by the 27th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby set for Wednesday, July 8. The afternoon card will feature six stakes with purses for the day nearing the $1 million mark. 

The 2021 Quarter Horse season will feature six all-Quarter Horse racing programs set for special Saturday cards. Action will be held June 5, July 3, July 24, August 14, September 4, and October 9 at 10 a.m. Both the top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses in the State of Indiana will be featured during a special Indiana Champions Day Saturday, October 30 with a first post of 12 p.m. Between the two breeds, eight stakes will be on the card with purses nearing the $1 million mark. 

Live racing returns to Indiana Grand Tuesday, April 13 and extends through Monday, November 8, 2021. Racing will be conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with first post on Thursday set at 3:25 p.m. In addition, six all-Quarter Horse racing dates are set on select Saturdays starting June 5 at 10 a.m. A special Indiana Champions Day highlighting the state’s top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses will be held Saturday, Oct. 30 beginning at 12 p.m. More information about the 2021 racing season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

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