06/14/2012 11:01PM

Indiana Downs: Racing commission closes track until it can address horsemen's safety concerns


The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has ordered Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind., to suspend its meet until the commission can inspect the racing surface and verify that it is safe. The commission's order is the result of a request by the Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

Races at Indiana Downs have been canceled for Friday and Saturday. The soonest the track could reopen is Monday, June 18.

Indiana Downs held the $200,000 Oliver Stakes on its turf course Tuesday evening, which was won by the Dale Romans-trained Silver Max, one of the leading 3-year-old grass horses in the country. Indiana Downs is scheduled to hold the $100,000 Shelby County Boys and Girls Club Stakes over its main track next Wednesday.

The Indiana Downs meet is scheduled to run through July 11. The track's casino has close to 2,000 slots and electronic gaming positions.


jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
oh yea astrodirt is he answer!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The Horsemen who forced this get all the credit for improving safety. Track honchos were not gonna do a thing otherwise...
Big Brown More than 1 year ago
Change it to synthetic surface to be safer!!
HILLBILLY More than 1 year ago
Not to worry IN racing fans... Logan and Shew are flying in today to take care of this racing surface !
HILLBILLY More than 1 year ago
Two of the finest track supers to inspect this track in the next few days, shew an logan. Men please make sure it is safe, Shew and Logan will shew and logan will get the job done !
RickMarciniak More than 1 year ago
Churchill has their fingers crossed hoping this continues.