Indiana Grand: ‘Bettor Appreciation,’ Veteran’s Day Challenge Close Out Season

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind., will wrap up its record-setting racing season Thursday, Nov. 11. Several promotions are included on the Veteran’s Day program featuring “Bettor Appreciation” as a way to say “Thank You” to all the racing fans that have supported the program this season.

To help usher out the 19th season, the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) will sponsor a special $2,500 Veteran’s Day Challenge handicapping contest open to players both online and on-track.

The Veteran’s Day Challenge will be held on six races with players submitting their top selection for races five through 10. The event will end on the inaugural running of the $75,000 Salute the Heroes Stakes race with all veterans in attendance invited to come to the winner’s circle to help present the trophy and blanket to the winner. The top 10 handicappers at the end of the contest will be awarded prizes with first place taking home the grand prize of $1,000 courtesy of Indiana HBPA.

The Veteran’s Day Challenge is open to all players 18 years of age and older. All entries must be submitted by 4:25 p.m. to play with online individuals sending in selections to Racing fans on track will submit entries to the first floor OTB counter by the deadline. All winners are subject to verification of identity and must adhere to contest rules to be eligible to play and win.

Joining Indiana HBPA’s Veteran’s Day Challenge will be a seeded $50,000 Pick 5. Indiana Grand will add $50,000 into the pool to kick off the wager, rewarding the fleet of loyal racing fans who have watched and wagered on Indiana’s program this season. The Pick 5 begins in Race 6 on the program with an estimated post time of 5 p.m. EST.

To help boost the Pick 5, 20 handicappers from across the nation will submit Pick 5 tickets worth up to $250 each, courtesy of Indiana Grand. All proceeds from the wagers will be earmarked to Homeless Veterans and Families (HVAF) of Indiana.

Handicappers included in the lineup for the charitable wagers are Steve Byk, “At the Races;” Dan Dakich, 1070 The Fan ESPN Radio; Jeremiah Johnson, Indiana Pacers; Aaron Vercruysse, Southern California handicapper; Ellis Starr, Equibase; Gene McLean, The Pressbox; John Dooley, Fair Grounds Track Announcer, Jimmy McNerney, Ellis Park Track Announcer; Anthony Stabile, NYRA; Mike Penna, Horse Racing Radio Network; Sak, Social Media Influencer and Handicapper; Sarge, TVG; Dan Tordjman, America’s Best Racing; Ed DeRosa, Horse Racing Nation; Louis Rabaut, Horse Racing Happy Hour; Briana Mott, Stable Duel; Big Mike, Horse Racing Happy Hour, Megan Devine, On-Air Host and Television Personality; Producer Kyle, WRTV Channel 6 and Dan Dakich Show; and Scott Ehlers, Daily Racing Form.

The 20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is set to resume Tuesday, April 19 and run through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Racing will be held Monday through Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with Thursday racing beginning at 3:30 p.m. A total of 12 Saturday racing programs will be held in 2022. For more information on events and racing, go to

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