Grand Funk Railroad and Multiple Celebrity Appearances Highlight Two-Day Indiana Derby Festival

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino announced Wednesday that basketball head coaches Tom Crean of Indiana and Rick Pitino of Louisville will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 20th running of the Indiana Derby, presented by the Indy Star. The 1 1/16th mile, Grade II stakes race is scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. post time on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will feature the best three-year-old Thoroughbreds in the country racing for a purse of $500,000, the largest in Indiana.
Indiana’s Crean began his coaching career on the Division 1 level in 1989 with Michigan State University and has gone on to earn 291 wins as head coach at Marquette and Indiana. Recently named the National Coach of the Year by ESPN and Big Ten Coach of the Year by The Sporting News, Coach Crean guided his Indiana team to the sixth winningest season in school history with a 27-5 record in the 2012-2013 season.
Louisville’s Pitino has tallied more than 695 wins in 29 seasons as a college basketball coach, ranking him the 11th all-time winningest among active coaches. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Pitino has coached two National Championship teams and was the first coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the NCAA Final Four.
New this year, the Indiana Derby will feature a two-day festival that begins on Friday, Oct. 3 and includes two full race cards, multiple family-friendly events, and a performance by the multi-Gold-and-Platinum selling group Grand Funk Railroad. Live racing begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 leading into the outdoor concert set for 8:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand.
NBA Hall of Fame head coach and Hoosier Legend Bobby “Slick” Leonard will serve as the special Indiana Derby Honoree on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will appear alongside a roster of former Indiana Pacers and members from Milan High School’s 1954 basketball team – the group that inspired the classic movie “Hoosiers.” Indiana Derby day festivities will kickoff at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 and include a series of community-wide, family-friendly activities in the run up to live racing.
The Indiana Derby Festival schedule of events is as follows:
Day 1: Friday, Oct. 3:
• BBQ Rib Competition
o Begins at 3 p.m.
o Located on the south end of the apron
• Live Racing and Family-Friendly Activities
o Begins at 3:30 p.m.
• Grand Funk Railroad Free Concert
o Begins at 8:30 p.m.
o Located in front of the Race Course grandstands
Day 2: Saturday, Oct. 4:
• 5K Walking for Derby with the Community Health Network Foundation
o Begins at 9 a.m.
• Murat Shriners Car Show
o Begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
o Cars may be entered for a fee of $20
• Indiana Derby Day Race Card and Family-Friendly Activities
o Begins at 5:05 p.m.
• 20th Running of the Indiana Derby
o Post Time of 9:30 p.m.
The $200,000-added Grade II Oaks will be the ninth race and will be followed by the Indiana Derby, which will be the 10th on an 11-race card. Nine stakes races will be offered with purses in excess of $1.4 million.
Indiana Derby tickets and reservations are available and can be made by calling 317-421-0000. Three seating options are available with Clubhouse Dining priced at $99 per person with table, Elite Seating priced at $90 per person, and Tent seating available for $75 per person.
Indiana Derby sponsors include presenting sponsor Indy Star and associate sponsors Miller Lite, Neoti LED Signs, and Bally Technologies.
For complete Indiana Derby Festival details, please visit .
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About Indiana Grand Racing & Casino: Indiana Grand Racing & Casino holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, racing, and dining. Indiana Grand, located in Shelbyville, Ind., features more than 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games as well as a 1-mile oval horse track offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino as well at an off-track betting property located in Clarksville Indiana. For more information, please visit .