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Hoosier Set For 2017 Breeders Crown

Published: October 27, 2017 9:50 am ET

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In light of Friday’s forecast for rain and cooler temperatures all weekend long, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is still fully prepared to welcome thousands of guests for the 2017 Breeders Crown, harness racing’s $6 million championship series, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28.

While some of Hoosier Park’s indoor spaces are dedicated to ticketed and invite-only Breeders Crown parties, Hoosier Park will feature plenty of temperature-controlled indoor and outdoor spaces for guests visiting for the 2017 Breeders Crown.

Hoosier Park’s terrace area, which includes the Dan Patch Brewhouse, VooDoo BBQ and Grill, The Pegasus Lounge, and Caballo Loco will be available for all guests of the 2017 Breeders Crown.

In addition to the spaces on the main level of The Terrace, the lower level grandstands will also be available for guests joining Hoosier Park for the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown. The lower level of the grandstands will feature grab-n-go food options including Fazoli’s, Dog n’ Suds, and The Shoe bar. The entire racing building at Hoosier Park will also be non-smoking on Breeders Crown nights, in hopes fans of all ages will be able to participate.

Live coverage of the Breeders Crown will also be broadcasted throughout Hoosier Park’s 54,000 square-foot casino, including full audio.

Outside in The Yard, 20 industrial-sized heating stations will be available for guests wanting a front row seat to the Breeders Crown action. The heating stations are the same units that Indianapolis provided when the Super Bowl came to town in February of 2012.

Also outside in The Yard will be a large, climate-controlled tent featuring food by Fortville’s FoxGardin Kitchen and Ale. Ziffles Zip n Go and GiGi’s Cupcakes will also be available for guests wishing to dine outside in The Yard.

“This is undoubtedly the biggest horse racing event to ever happen in the state of Indiana, and we’re prepared to wow our Breeders Crown guests, regardless of the weather forecast,” said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming’s president and COO. “We’re setting the biggest stage in harness racing, and it’s going to be a monumental weekend for Hoosier Park and for Indiana.”

Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Breeders Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America. Not only will the Breeders Crown take place in the Midwest for the first time in three decades, it will take place for the very first time on Indiana soil. The Breeders Crown is the richest series in harness racing, disbursing purses of $183 million over 33 years and is a conclusive factor in Horse of the Year voting.

The first race on both Breeders Crown evenings will take place at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

Live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues through Friday, Nov. 17 with a regular first post time of 6:30 p.m.

(with files from Hoosier; photos courtesy Hoosier Park, Breeders Crown)

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