The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby heads a strong list of Thoroughbred stakes races for 2019 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. A total of 35 stakes will be offered during the 120-day racing season from Tuesday, April 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 6 with total stakes purses topping the $4.3 million mark.
The 2019 season will mark the 25th running of the Indiana Derby, Indiana’s richest horse race. The event is slated for Saturday, July 13 and will be accompanied by five other stakes races, including the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks, which is in its 24th running. In all, purses for Derby evening will top $1.1 million.
Indiana’s richest turf race, the 14th running of the $200,000 Caesars Stakes, a Listed event, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4. It will be joined by the $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes on the turf, also a Listed event, boosting purses over the $500,000 mark for the day. In all, more than $1.1 million in turf stakes will be offered in 2019 with nine of the races set for the seven-eighths mile Rod Ratcliff Turf Course at Indiana Grand.
“We are anticipating another great season of racing at Indiana Grand,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “Our track maintenance crew has been working all winter long on a $700,000-plus track renovation project for our one-mile dirt course. Having this type of investment in our racing program by our new owners, Caesars, is a great way to kick off our 17th year of racing at Indiana Grand.”
A majority of stakes races will be held on Wednesday afternoons. Two Thursday racing programs have also been added to the schedule with Thursday, July 18 playing host to the $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes, an open three-year-old filly stakes race on the turf. Racing will also be held Thursday, Sept. 5.
A full list of the 2019 stakes can be found at www.indianagrand.com.
The 17th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will resume Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The meet will extend to Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing will be conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:15 p.m. with Saturday’s first post set for 6:15 p.m.