Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Announces Official Breeders Crown Charity Beneficiaries

Hoosier Park Launches Campaign Aimed to Assist Charities, Raise Awareness

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced the names of four charitable organizations who will serve as official beneficiaries for the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown held on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, and The Animal Protection League have been selected to benefit as Hoosier Park launches a special campaign in support of these organizations during the 2017 Breeders Crown.

The Breeders Crown is harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events valued at $6 million. The series is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades, and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park.

In conjunction with all Breeders Crown activities in October, Hoosier Park will work to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission of these four charities through promotions, donations and a very special equestrian-themed silent art auction. Racing fans attending the Breeders Crown will have the opportunity to make contributions and learn about each of the organizations.

While Hoosier Park continues to raise funds and awareness for many important causes throughout the year, the focus on the Breeders Crown event is to elevate equestrian and animal-related charities. Included is the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, selected for their dedication to the saving, rehabilitation, care, and focus on lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses.

Also designated as a recipient, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is devoted to providing educational opportunities to the next generation of harness horse participants and fans. Another vital foundation that will share in the funds raised is New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, an organization ascribed to providing retired racehorses a safety-net through rehabilitation, education, and placement in caring homes.

Additionally, the Animal Protection League (APL) is committed to making second chances possible through the human and animal connection with a compassionate and humane treatment for all types of animals. APL is central to the rescue and care of homeless domestic animals in the Madison County area.

“Since being selected as host for the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, our entire team at Hoosier Park and Centaur Gaming has worked diligently to prepare for this historic event as we welcome thousands of racing fans and members of the horse racing industry to our facility,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing.

Moore also noted “A big part of this event is recognizing the charitable organizations who dedicate their time and effort to the admirable cause of caring for retired and often forgotten animals in need of compassionate and loving homes. These wonderful organizations deserve our support and acknowledgment, and we are proud to recognize them during the 2017 Breeders Crown. We appreciate each of these caring organizations for all that they do on a daily basis.”

About The Standardbred Retirement Foundation: SRF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation was created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses, to ensure their proper care with follow-up, and to combine the needs of youth at risk and these horses in therapeutic equine programs to benefit both. https://www.adoptahorse.org/

About HHYF: The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and the creation and distribution of educational materials. https://www.hhyf.org/

About New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program: Founded in 1992, New Vocations has become the largest racehorse adoption program in the country and has facilities in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The program’s mission is to rehab, retrain, and home retired racehorses. Working directly with owners and trainers who need aftercare for horses leaving the track, the program currently receives horses from more than 30 racetracks. www.horseadoption.com 

About The APL: The Animal Protection League is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. ​Their mission is to make second chances possible through the human/animal connection and provide a compassionate, humane community for animals, and to celebrate the connection from a place of spirituality. The Animal Protection League plays a vital role in our community, and on April 1, 2011 entered into a partnership with the City of Anderson to manage the operations of its animal shelter. http://www.inapl.org/

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information on upcoming entertainment and promotions at Hoosier Park visit www.hoosierpark.com.