Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to celebrate 25 years of racing with Dan Patch Festival weekend, highlighted by the 25th edition of the $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, August 10. The weekend will continue on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 with the 15th annual Kammy’s Kause Music Festival benefiting 4p- Support.
Tracy previews the high stakes event with racing analysts Peter Lurie & Greg Hayes ahead tonight’s festivities.
You may remember the exciting finish at last October’s Breeders Crown: Beckhams Z Tam won in a photo-finish against Downbytheseaside. Beckhams Z Tam’s trainer Jamie Macomber will be attempting for another first-place finish at Hoosier Park tonight for the Indiana-bred horse.
The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana’s richest harness race and reputed as one of North America’s premier races for older male pacers, is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. Hoosier Park recently announced Lazarus N, who is hailed as the greatest racehorse to ever emerge from New Zealand, would be making his North American racing debut in the Dan Patch Stakes.
The race card will offer premier exotic wagering; including a $20,000 guaranteed superfecta and a $15,000 guaranteed Hoosier High Five. In addition to the special wagers, a $10,000 Indiana Sires Stakes handicapping contest will also be offered on races five through 12 with a top prize of $5,000.
Friday’s Dan Patch festivities include family-friendly activities, special giveaways in the winner’s circle, and a commemorative rocks glass set for the first 2,000 guests to visit Trackside Club Centaur, beginning at 2 p.m. Outdoor fair foods, including Dal Forno Pizza, FoxGardin, and Sweet Shack, will be available throughout the weekend. Admission is free for all racing events at Hoosier Park, including the Dan Patch Stakes.
The festival weekend continues into Saturday and Sunday with Kammy’s Kause Music Festival presented by FoxGardin. The outdoor festival features 22 bands including acts like Cliff Ritchey & Josh Kaufman, Rob Dixon Quartet and the Fighting Jamesons. Saturday’s music will kick off at 9 p.m. and Sunday’s music will kick off at Noon. Two-day pass tickets for this year’s Kammy’s Kause are on sale now for $20 via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will directly benefit the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Now in its 15th year, the Fortville-based Kammy’s Kause has raised over $370,000 for 4p-, also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. A high-end silent auction will coincide with the music festival and will include items like a gas boulder fire pit donated by Fire Boulder, a Saffire ceramic grill and smoker donated by Family Leisure, and more.
More information on the Dan Patch Stakes and Dan Patch Festival can be found at www.hoosierpark.com.