Why We Love Harness Racing

Why do we love Harness Racing? Its a simple question with a lot of loaded phrases like, “Its exciting!” or “Horses are awesome!” But let’s break that down even further, why do you love Harness Racing?

Sitting with my family this afternoon eating lunch in the bright yellow kitchen of our farm house in the heart of Indiana’s rolling corn fields I thought to myself, why can’t I start every Saturday like this? Driving to Hoosier Park for work a few hours later, I soon realized how I took those Saturday mornings with my parents for granted. I’m an adult now, I’ve moved out and like a classic college student, I survive off of Cheetos and Ramen. I can’t help but to think about the little things in my life that make me happy. There are big things that I love, but really there are small reasons why I love them.


I love Harness Racing because of the smalls things. Sure big nights are extravagant and exciting like Breeders Crown or Dan Patch, but what about Tuesday nights where you have crazy longshots that always destroy your pick-4 ticket and you can’t help but to just laugh and think, that’s horse racing. Or when the sun is shining and it’s 80 degrees outside with a slight breeze like today. The sound of happy horses munching on their morning feed or the smell of fresh shavings in a stall. It’s these little moments and antidotal stories of that one crazy baby that took forever to break. It’s the one time you hit the Hoosier High Five and the pay out was just enough to buy yourself a top shelf margarita.

It’s the little things that make Harness Racing or any horse racing worth doing. You don’t buy horses because they are just pretty, but you love the way they look at you when you’ve had a bad day or when you turn them out and they buck and play for 20 minutes. Sure, winning big races is exciting and those large payouts are just so sweet, but it’s the small victories too. Whether or not you are in the game because you want to just win, you have your moments that make you fall in love with the sport all over again. At the end of the day we are just people who got hooked on the game and we never turned back. 

So, maybe we should start appreciating the smalls things more. Because maybe one day money gets tight or time slips away and horses can’t be a huge part of your life anymore. Some day you’ll have to turn your back and say goodbye whether if it’s by choice or not. You’ll miss the way a horses mane feels in between your fingers or having to scrub your hands a little longer because your can’t get the dirt out from under nails. All these little things eventually add up to big things—like winning. Right now they are small things, but when you look back you might realize they were big things after all. 

by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Race Marketing Intern, Grace Hollars