The following statement was provided by Deena Pitman, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Friday, June 12:

Beginning Monday, June 15, up to two owners per horse will be allowed limited access at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and also apron access during the races to watch their specific horse. Photo by Dean Gillette

After receiving input from Indiana’s horsemen, and holding additional meetings with racetrack management, the following provisions are being provided to accommodate owner’s wishes to watch their horse race on race day. Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020 up to two owners per horse will be allowed on the racetrack backside, subject to the provision of the reopening plan including (but not limited to) daily temperature checks, displayed license requirements, wearing the color-coded wristband, and mask usage.

To gain limited access to the apron at Hoosier Park, licensed owners with horses racing that day should park near the grandstand paddock and enter the apron using the gate nearest to this location.

Upon accessing the apron, licensed owners should proceed to the area designated by the racetrack to watch only the race that their horse is in. Owners allowed on the apron are also subject to the same reopening provisions as noted in the first paragraph above.

As previously mentioned, there is a limit of two owners per horse allowed. If a owner’s horse wins a race, the owner(s) may accompany the rest of the party to the winner’s circle. Owners must leave the apron after the completion of the race their horse is in. Example: If an owner has a horse in the first and third race, the owner must leave in between races. No individuals will be allowed to congregate in the designated areas.

Live racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park gets underway Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. The meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.