02/15/2017 11:10AM

Indiana Grand slates 35 stakes


Indiana Grand Racecourse will host 35 Thoroughbred stakes worth about $4.3 million during its 2017 racing season, the track announced in a press release Tuesday.

Indiana Grand’s 2016 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisted of 36 stakes worth $4.4 million.

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The meeting’s most important race, the Grade 3, $500,000 Indiana Derby, is scheduled for July 15 on a card that also includes the meet’s only other graded stakes, the Grade 3, $200,000 Indiana Oaks.

The $200,000 Centaur and $200,000 Indiana Grand, turf races for 3-year-olds and 3-year-old fillies, respectively, are scheduled for Sept. 6.

The stakes program leans heavily toward restricted competition, with 24 stakes restricted to Indiana-bred or Indiana-sired horses.

The Indiana Grand meet, which combines Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races, runs from April 18 through Oct. 28.