June Indiana Horse Racing Commission Newsletter


News & Updates from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission

A Letter from the Executive Director: 

As we head into July, I’d like to thank all the owners, trainers, drivers, jockeys and track management for their efforts in making Indiana a great place to race, breed and train. I’m happy to report that racing has been very good this season, with the exception of a handful of positive tests that have primarily been overages of therapeutic medications. Speaking of medication and illegal substances, our primary laboratory is constantly on the lookout for the latest new and creative substances being used and is always acquiring new materials to test for different drugs and compounds.

As most of you know, it’s not unusual for me to be on the backside. While I’ve been accused of disguising myself and sneaking around, I assure you that’s not the case. I’m there because I want to be available to hear your thoughts and concerns (and I obviously like the races too!). So, if you see me don’t hesitate to bend my ear!


Mike Smith
Executive Director
Indiana Horse Racing Commission


FREE Marketing Seminars

We have been working very hard to provide the knowledge you need as a racehorse owner, breeder and trainer and to help increase the visibility of our Indiana breed development programs. One such instance are two FREE seminars we are hosting on marketing and advertising your business. Both will be held in the third floor suites at Indiana Grand Race Course & Casino with free refreshments provided. Come hear from industry professionals on how to set an advertising budget, learn where to aim your ad to get the best bang for your buck, setting up and managing social media pages, and more. 

Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners
When: July 15, 8 a.m.
RSVP: must RSVP by July 7 by emailing Thoroughbred@hrc.in.gov

Quarter Horse Breeders & Owners:
When: August 12, 1 p.m.
RSVP: must RSVP by August 4 by emailing QuarterHorse@hrc.in.gov

We are working on more seminars for the near future, including a Broodmare Health one in September for our Standardbred breeders. If you have any suggestions, feel free to email Megan at marszmanweisbrodt@hrc.in.gov

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