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Look, you’re going to hear a lot of rhetoric from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and other politicians this fall. But good politicians turn rhetoric into action. When it comes to making a difference in folks’ everyday lives, words mean very little. It’s about doing.
At Centaur, we don’t play games when it comes to doing what’s right for Indiana and the people who live here.
We own both of Indiana’s racetrack casinos, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, as well as three off track betting locations in Indiana including the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in downtown Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne. In total, we employ more than 2,000 hardworking Hoosiers.
The horse racing industry we support tallies an annual state economic impact of more than $1 billion and generates more than $69 million in state and local tax revenues, according to a study performed by Purdue University. Think about a horse living on a farm in Plainfield; his owner is buying feed, straw, hay, tack, and going to the local stores – “that’s real economic development,” explains Chairman and CEO Rod Ratcliff.
Since 2008, we have made $370 million in purchases from local and regional suppliers ($107 million of these procurements coming from minority and women owned businesses), invested more than $375 million in Indiana’s horse racing industry, with monies allocated to breed development for horses who will someday race on our tracks, infused more than $854 million into our host communities’ economies through local payroll, purchases, and payments to city and county government, and paid $500 million in state license fees that were used help Hoosiers who were struggling to pay their property taxes.
With the implementation of the “One Breed, One Track” program, our facilities now cater to specific types of racing. Hoosier Park solely features Standardbred horses (harness racing), while Indiana Grand caters to Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. To implement this program, Centaur stripped-down and rebuilt both tracks, which are now widely considered two of the highest quality racing surfaces in the country. Of course, this construction also relied on Hoosier suppliers and laborers.
So, when you hear politicians talk about all the things they will do if you elect them, just remember that Centaur Gaming has already done it – and we will continue doing our part to make Indiana the best place in the country to live, work, raise a family and of course… race horses!