Breeders Crown Information FAQ
What is the Breeders Crown?
The Breeders Crown is an annual event that brings together the best of the best in the world of harness racing to compete in different age divisions based on sex and gate (trot or pace). The 2017 events at Hoosier Park will be the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown.
When is the Breeders Crown?
The 2017 Breeders Crown is Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. The Breeders Crown is typically held late Fall to culminate harness race meets across North America and bring the year’s best Standardbred racehorses to compete against one another.
What is the difference between the Breeders’ Cup and the Breeders Crown?
While they are similar in importance, they are different in that the Breeders’ Cup was created as a championship event for Thoroughbred horses and the Breeders Crown is a championship event for Standardbred horses.
What are the Breeders Crown post times?
Hoosier Park’s standard first race post time is 6:30 pm. While the actual Breeders Crown race post times are not yet determined, the races will be run in the evening on both Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28.
What is the difference between the different Breeders Crown races?
Breeders Crown races differ between the age, sex and gate (trot or pace) of the horses. Each of the races will be contested at the traditional one-mile distance.
How many Breeders Crown races are there?
There will be 12 Breeders Crown races in total, with elimination races held the prior weekend. Hoosier Park and the Hambletonian Society have not yet determined a final schedule but the 12 championships races will be offered over the two-night Breeders Crown program. Hoosier Park will also offer a full card of additional, highly competitive races each night as a compliment to the Breeders Crown races.
Has Hoosier Park ever hosted the Breeders Crown?
2017 will be the first year that Hoosier Park has the honor of hosting the Breeders Crown.
Why is the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park?
The Hambletonian Society, who is responsible for putting on the Breeders Crown races, showed interest in bringing the event back to the Midwest with the last event in the area held more than two decades ago. With Hoosier Park now being one of the top harness tracks in North America, the decision was made by the Hambletonian Society without reservation.
What horses will be racing in the Breeders Crown?
The very best horses – based on their performance in 2017 – will qualify for the event. Follow Hoosier Park’s Breeders Crown coverage throughout the year to stay up-to-date on the road to the Breeders Crown.
Will there be advanced wagering?
Yes. Advanced wagering will be available the day before each of the Breeders Crown race days.
What are my dining options?
Hoosier Park has an array of sit-down and grab-and-go options. While dining packages are still being determined, a list of restaurants are available at www.HoosierPark.com.
Will my reservation be good for both days?
Reservations will be available for both nights of the Breeders Crown and based on availability. More details on packaging and ticketing will be available soon at www.HoosierPark.com.
Can I bring my family and guests under 18?
Absolutely! Hoosier Park offers family-friendly spaces year-round. The Clubhouse and ground level are all-ages, as well as the Yard – Hoosier Park’s outdoor entertainment area.
Will there be any family activities available?
Hoosier Park offers family activities during the course of the live racing season. Please visit www.HoosierPark.com for updates.
Where do I stay for the Breeders Crown?
There are several hotels options in Anderson, IN and surrounding areas. Visit HoosierPark.com/hotels for a listing.
What airport do I fly into?
Indianapolis International Airport is conveniently located just one hour from Hoosier Park. Private planes may be arranged to fly into Anderson Municipal Airport. All questions may be directed to the Anderson Municipal Airport at (765) 648-6292.
What transportation options are there from the airport?
There is a full array of ground transportation available at the Indianapolis International Airport and more information is available at www.IndianapolisAirport.com.
Will Hoosier Park team members be able to attend the Breeders Crown?
Hoosier Park team members are more than welcome to attend the 2017 Breeders Crown events if work schedules allow.
What other entertainment options are available if I attend the Breeders Crown?
Hoosier Park boasts a single-level casino featuring 2,000 of Indiana’s Loosest Slots and e-table games. Hoosier Park also features live entertainment on a regular basis. Although details are not available yet, entertainment surrounding the Breeders Crown will be available soon at www.HoosierPark.com.
What is FastBet?
FastBet is a FREE account-based wagering platform available right on your mobile device while visiting Hoosier Park or any Centaur Gaming properties. It’s easy, fast and fun!
Why should I sign up for FastBet?
FastBet allows you to wager right from your seat, without standing in any lines. There are no tickets or cash handling involved and you can use your FastBet (and any of your winnings) at any Centaur Gaming destination. Plus, FastBet links directly to Club Centaur Rewards, so you’re rewarded for your horse play!
What is Club Centaur Rewards and why should I sign up?
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How old do you have to be to wager on horse racing?
In Indiana, you must be 18 years or older to wager on horse racing. But, Hoosier Park is a family-friendly property and all are welcome to enjoy the races. Please note, you must be 21 years or older to enter the casino.
Is there outdoor seating available?
Yes. Hoosier Park offers an expansive outdoor racetrack area. More details on packaging and ticketing will be available soon at www.HoosierPark.com.
What is the cost of admission?
More details on special event packaging and ticketing will be available soon at www.HoosierPark.com. Hoosier Park offers free admission on a daily basis, year-round.
What group packages are available?
More details on packaging and ticketing will be available soon at www.HoosierPark.com.
Where do I buy my Breeders Crown tickets?
Breeders Crown packages and ticketing will be available at Hoosier Park’s box office and Ticketmaster beginning in early March.
Will there be Breeders Crown merchandise available for purchase?
Hoosier Park will announce a Breeders Crown line of merchandise available for purchase sometime in 2017.
About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino:
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fullyintegrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8
mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HoosierPark.com.
About Centaur: Indianapolis-based Centaur Holdings, LLC, founded in 1993, focuses on bringing the entertainment and economic benefits of casino gaming and horse racing to key communities across Indiana. Centaur currently owns and operates Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis, Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ and Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, and Winner’s Circle OTB in Clarksville.