(information from Harrah’s Hoosier Park press release)
The prestigious Breeders Crown series is returning to the Midwest. For the second time in four years, the $6 million event which includes 12 races for different gaits, age divisions, and males and females, will be part of the lineup at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in October 2020.
“On behalf of all the members of the Indiana Standardbred Association I want to express how delighted we are to again partner in bringing the Breeders Crown back to Indiana,” Indiana Standardbred Association president, Joe Putnam said in a Harrah’s Hoosier Park press release. “This showcase of the best talent in harness racing saw Indiana shine on the national stage and we are hopeful to equal or surpass that fete in 2020.”
Hoosier Park set a record for single night wagering during the 2017 Breeders Crown with more than $2.1 million wagered on the Saturday program, the second of two consecutive nights of racing. Also, three of the 12 races in the series were won by Indiana sired horses, adding to the excitement of the event for local racing fans.
“Record wagering handles, a sold-out grandstand, entrants and winners from all over North America, a first class staff and tremendous economic impact for the Anderson community all made the decision to return to Hoosier an easy one,” said Hall of Fame Driver John Campbell, who now serves as president of the Hambletonian Society. “The Society is grateful and acknowledges the efforts of everyone involved in the Standardbred industry in Indiana who worked hard to make their state synonymous with world class racing.”
The Breeders Crown will head to Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario this fall for the 2019 event.