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.