Hoosier Park casino to open in June

Hoosier Park is pushing ahead with construction of the pari-mutuel horse track’s casino, which is set to open in June. General manager Jim Brown told the Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday that the Anderson track’s operations are in full swing for the opening.

Brown said management staff has been hired and more than 3,000 applications are on file for employment. He added that Hoosier Park is also looking at remote betting from the casino floor, which will have 6-foot windows looking onto the track so people can watch live races while playing the slots.

Legislators passed a law last year that allows up to 2,000 slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs near Shelbyville. The tracks must pay an initial licensing fee of USD 250 million to the state for the slots. Work is also continuing on Indiana Downs’ casino, which is expected to open in July.

Joe Gorajec, executive director of the horse racing commission, said the addition of slot machines at the tracks would affect the Indiana Gaming Commission more than his commission. The gaming commission will visit Hoosier Park starting April 1 for inspections.