10/20/2003 11:00PM

Indiana sets 2004 racing dates


The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has given final approval for the 2004 race dates at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park.

Indiana Downs, which will have its turf course in place for the 2004 racing season, will increase its Thoroughbred schedule from 30 dates in 2003 to 48 in 2004. The meet will run April 9 through June 20. Harness racing at the facility will begin July 1 and run through Oct. 30 for an 84-day schedule.

Hoosier Park will trim its Thoroughbred schedule from 70 days this year to 60 dates in 2004, with a meet running Sept. 2 through Nov. 21. A 60-day harness meet, the same length as this year's, will run March 20 through June 12.