Two of the richest and most prominent two-year-old Grand Circuit events, the Peter Haughton Memorial Trot for colts and geldings and the Jim Doherty Memorial for trotting fillies, will take place at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the first time in 2023 and received strong support from owners and trainers after the Feb. 15 nomination deadline. The Peter Haughton drew 144 initial nominations and the Jim Doherty (previously the Merrie Annabelle) drew 122.
The Hambletonian Society administers both events and Harrah's Hoosier Park, which has one of the wealthiest open stakes programs in North America, will host the freshman trots on Friday, Sept. 15.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the response we have gotten to the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Stakes races,” noted Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “These two legendary trotting affairs will only add additional luster to our already outstanding open stakes schedule and couldn’t come at a better time as we prepare to host this year’s Breeders Crown event.”
In 2022, both races were designated as "Win and You're In" events for the 2022 Breeders Crown, with the Haughton winner and Doherty winner receiving entry to their respective Breeders Crown finals with the starting fees waived. The "Win And You're In" status will also apply again for the 2023 Breeders Crown, which will be hosted by Harrah's Hoosier Park on Oct. 27 and 28.
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Final preparations for the 2023 season are well underway at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with opening day of the 160-day meet set for Friday, March 24. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the live racing season will be conducted through Dec. 9.
Live harness racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Friday, Saturday schedule the opening week, followed by a Thursday, Friday, Saturday schedule the second week and then commence a Wednesday through Saturday schedule before adding Tuesdays beginning on July 4.
The 2023 live racing season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park will feature 160 days of live racing and will be headlined the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, Aug. 11 and the return of the prestigious Breeders Crown events.
(With files from Hoosier Park)