Sports

IMS doubleheader

It's a first of it's kind. A double-header event with IndyCar and NASCAR sharing a venue in one weekend for the first time ever.  Couple that with the first-ever race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that will feature stock cars. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will run the Penzoil 150 on the road course on Saturday.

 

Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier, who has won on the IMS oval in the series, said it's big deal.

"To win the first one, of any event, is always a big deal. It's super important," Allgaier said. "I think a lot of the teams and a lot of the drivers put a lot of pressure on themselves to be able to do that."

"Indianapolis is Indianapolis," he added. "It just has a different atmosphere around it. The track has so much history and so much standing in world racing history. To go there and win the inaugural race would be super special."

 

Today, Xfinity car will turn laps in two practice sessions. Normally, NASCAR would not allow drivers and teams to practice because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, since this is the first time stock cars will run on the road course at IMS, NASCAR officials felt it warranted some practice time.

"If we're allowed to watch, I can't wait," said IndyCar driver Conor Daly. "I think it's going to be great. Those guys, I've been getting a lot of texts from different Xfinity guys about the track. I know it will be totally new for them. But I'm excited."

 

The weekend will be the second race of the season for the NTT IndyCar Series with he GMR Grand Prix, rescheduled from the month of May. It will be the first road course test in competition for the newly implemented aeroscreen. The series ran its first race with the aero screen at Texas almost a month ago.

 

"Texas was an eye-opener for a lot of us, I think," said Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud. "We realized after the race there was a lot of improvement to be made, but not enough time to really think about what we could do on-site. Obviously, it's the same for the road course in Indy. We don't really know yet what's going to need change."

 

The GMR Grand Prix will be the first race to go on Saturday with the green flag dropping at Noon EDT. The Xfinity Series Penzoil 150 will follow at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have the stage to itself on Sunday with the Big Machine Handsanitizer 400, more commonly known as the Brickyard 400.

 

"It is a great situation for all three series’ to be together and a huge step for racing," said Cup series driver and two-time Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick. "As you look at IndyCar and Xfinity and Cup cars all at the same venue because we are all racers. We all want to see racing be successful and I think this is definitely a great step for both series."

 

Harvick will start 11th on Sunday after NASCAR's blind draw to set the field since there will be no practice or qualifying.

 

Joey Logano of Team Penske will start on pole at his team owner Roger Penske's home track. Kurt Busch will join him in second on the front row followed by Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliot in the subsequent rows.

 

Green flag for the Brickyard 400 drops at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

Registration for reserved hunt starts July 6

Beginning July 6, hunters can apply for a reserved hunts online by visiting on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.

The online method is the only way to apply. No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a hunting license that is valid for the hunt for which they are applying.

Hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing. Applicants will be able to view drawing results online within two weeks after application deadlines. An email will be sent to all applicants when the drawing is completed.

Applications for the following hunting opportunities open July 6 and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17:

  • Dove Hunt Draw: Applicants may select the desired date and property. Due to inclement spring weather, other crops may have been planted in place of or along with sunflowers. Participating properties include Atterbury, Goose Pond, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, Pigeon River, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough and Winamac fish & wildlife areas (FWAs).
     
  • Waterfowl Hunt Draw: Participating FWAs include Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle and Willow Slough. Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area and Monroe Lake will also be participating.
     
  • Deer Hunt Draw: Participating properties include Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area, Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area, Tern Bar Slough Wildlife Diversity Conservation Area and Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve in Fayette County.
     
  • Military/Refuge Firearm, Primitive and Archery Deer Hunt Draw: Properties participating include Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and Mascatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Please note that hunts on military/refuge properties may be canceled at any time.
     
  • Youth Firearm Deer Hunt: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will host one reserved youth firearm deer hunt.
     
  • Pheasant Hunt Draws: The Nov. 7 hunt is reserved for youth (ages 17 and younger) only.

Please note that only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once the application is submitted.

The application process is now consolidated into the online services website along with licenses, CheckIN Game, and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, but a Customer ID number is needed.

In this new system, hunts without a registration fee will follow the same process as those with a fee. For hunts with no fee required in order to register, applicants will be asked to “Add to Cart,” “Proceed to Checkout,” and “Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, the applicant will not be asked to enter credit card information. Applicants must place an order to submit their application.

To view draw hunt results, applicants can log into their online services account or click “View hunt draw results” at the same site they used to apply for the hunt. From that site, they should select “Click here” under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts. The link will only show upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into an account online is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations, including previous years.


More information is available at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.

Pacers 8-game restart schedule in Orlando

The NBA  announced the restart schedule for the 2019-20 season with the Indiana Pacers playing the following eight games in Orlando:

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        Date                             Opponent                                            Time                 Court

                        Aug. 1                           vs. Philadelphia                                     7:00 p.m.           Visa

                        Aug. 3                           at Washington                                       4:00 p.m.           Visa

                        Aug. 4                           vs. Orlando                                           6:00 p.m.           Visa

                        Aug. 6                           at Phoenix                                            4:00 p.m.           Visa

                        Aug. 8                           vs. L.A. Lakers                                      6:00 p.m.           HP

                        Aug. 10                         at Miami                                               8:00 p.m.           Visa

                        Aug. 12                         at Houston                                            4:00 p.m.           Arena

                        Aug. 14                         vs. Miami                                              TBD                  TBD

                                    *All game times listed are EDT (Indianapolis local time)

                                    **All three courts listed (Visa, HP and Arena) are located on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

“We’re looking forward to the resumption of play,” said Kevin Pritchard, Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “During this time we have been in constant contact with our players and coaches and are confident we will be ready to play.”

 

The Pacers game against the L.A Lakers on Aug. 8 will be nationally televised on TNT; and the game on Aug. 12 at Houston will be televised on NBATV. Pacers local television and radio coverage will be announced at a later date.

All-Quarter Horse Day features 13 races at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The first of four all-Quarter Horse days for 2020 will be featured Saturday, July 4. The program, which has an early post of 10 a.m. will offer 13 races on the card, including three sets of trials along with the $102,120 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Final.

 

WRs Apolliticalivory has been selected as the early morning line favorite in the 11th running of the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Final, slated as the sixth race on the card. The Apollitical Blood three-year-old gelding was a commanding winner in the trials, posting the quickest time in :19.936. Trained by Randy Smith, WRs Apolliticalivory will be seeking his fifth win in seven career starts as he enters the gates Saturday at odds of 6-5 with Shanley Jackson aboard from post six.

 

The entire field for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Final, in post position order with jockey and odds, includes A Ruby Corona (German Rodriguez, 30-1); Flyweight Carver (Oscar Macias, 30-1); MTs Sixty Six Cartel (Erik Esqueda, 15-1); Fast Soldier (Cesar Esqueda, 20-1); Apollitical B Beast (Sergio Ramirez, 8-1); WRs Apolliticalivory (Shanley Jackson, 6-5); Passenger Train (L.D. Martinez, 12-1); Shes Relentlesswagon (Manuel Gutierrez, 8-1); My Pillow (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, 6-1); and First Hero V (Alonso Rivera, 9-2). Estimated post time for the stakes race is 12:05 p.m.

 

Kicking off the all-Quarter Horse card will be five trials for the Gordon Mobley Futurity. Of the 44 two-year-olds entered in the event, half of them are first time starters, creating an interesting scenario for the trials. Beach Diva from the Tony Cunningham Stable, is the favorite in the first trial at odds of 2-1 from post eight. The grey freshman daughter of Escondido Beach is a homebred owned by Sheri Miller. Beach Diva won her only start to break her maiden in late June.

 

Ashwins Valentine, who finished third to Beach Diva in his racing debut, leads the second trial as the favorite at odds of 7-5. Owned and bred by Perry Davis, the Escondido Beach gelding is trained by Ron Raper and will start from post four with Cristian Reyes aboard.

 

Tim Eggleston and Natasha Fritz will team up for a pair of favorites in the third and fourth trial of the Mobley Futurity. First Down Crypto starts from post five at odds of 9-5 in the third race while Too Pretty to Catch starts from post five at odds of 5-2 in the fourth. Both two-year-olds will be seeking their first win.

 

WH Imastreakinbeach and Erik Esqueda lead the field as favorites in the final Mobley trial. They begin from post two at odds of 9-5 for trainer Erin Thompson and owner Tom Wylie.

 

The first all-Quarter Horse racing card also features four trials for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity and three trials for the Heartland Futurity to close out the card.

 

The Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final with an estimated purse of $100,000, will kick off a week of finals for sprinters later in July. The Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final is set for Monday, July 20 followed by the $150,000 est. Gordon Mobley Futurity Final on Tuesday, July 21. The $75,000 Heartland Futurity Final will take place Wednesday, June 22. All stakes will be contested at 300 yards.

 

Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18 with action held Monday through Thursday beginning at 2:20 p.m. Four Saturday programs are slated for all-Quarter Horse days set for July 4, Aug. 8, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.

 

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and diversity. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features more than 2,100 of the latest slots and table games in addition to a one-mile dirt racecourse and a seven-eighths mile turf course providing live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast and sports wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit www.IndianaGrand.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at sports books and casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC.

50% fans capacity at Indianapolis 500 in August

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the 104th Indianapolis 500 in August but will limit attendance to 50% of venue capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

“We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity, and we are also finalizing a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures. We’ll unveil the specific details of our comprehensive plan in the coming weeks.”

 

IMS is communicating with ticketholders to learn of their intent to use their race tickets. Credits will be available to ticketholders who choose to adjust their order, according to IMS.

 

Individuals in high-risk groups are encouraged to stay home and return to the track in 2021.

IMS is also working on a plan of health measures that will be shared with fans in the near future.

 

The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is set for Sunday, Aug. 23.

Indiana Sports Corp assumes leadership of statewide association formerly known as Sports Indiana

Indiana Sports Corp assumes leadership of Sports Indiana, the not-for-profit state
association for sports tourism representatives throughout the state of Indiana. All former members
of Sports Indiana are now represented through the formation of Team Indiana, with operational and
financial management run by Indiana Sports Corp. Team Indiana members represent more than 20
destinations in Indiana as well as rights holders who host events in their communities.


“Indiana Sports Corp is proud to lead the strategic direction of Team Indiana with help from all of
our statewide partners,” said Ryan Vaughn, president of Indiana Sports Corp. “The formation of
Team Indiana increases sustainability for statewide sports tourism while providing best practices,
collaborative opportunities, and funding for statewide events and initiatives.”


Team Indiana’s mission is to promote sports tourism and positive economic development statewide
through a variety of actions, programs, and efforts to attract and encourage the hosting of sporting
events in Indiana. The organization will remain statewide and will have representation on a new
standing committee of the Indiana Sports Corp Board of Directors. Additionally, members will continue to serve on the Team Indiana Grant Committee which awards funds to attract, support, and enhance sports events in Indiana.


“This transition will allow Team Indiana to grow and strengthen its role as a leader in the sports tourism industry,” said William Knox, Grand Park Director. “Under the leadership of Indiana Sports Corp, we will be able to leverage the knowledge and experience of this impactful organization to further develop the state of Indiana as a premier destination for sports tourism.”


Sports and sports tourism are an essential part of the landscape and economic vitality of Indiana.
Indiana is not only home to the largest sporting event in the world, but a destination for hundreds of
sporting events each year. With Team Indiana under Indiana Sports Corp’s leadership, the organization will continue its strategic focus to make the state a premier event destination for local, national, and international rights holders.
“Team Indiana provides important leadership and guidance for the sports tourism industry across the
state,” said Eric Marvin, president of the Evansville Sports Corporation. “The opportunity to network
with a variety of industry professionals from a diverse group of communities is extremely helpful. The
association provides important information, best practices and opportunities to work collaboratively
to benefit both our individual communities and the state as a whole. Now more than ever, Team Indiana is playing a key role in supporting DMO’s, facilities and rights holders with all aspects of planning and preparation for events and activities. As we continue to work together to overcome challenges and explore future opportunities, sports across Indiana are strengthened as a result.”

Team Indiana offers a variety of services including, but not limited to: providing professional
development and educational opportunities, activating at industry tradeshows, collecting and
disseminating best practices and news within the sports tourism industry, calculating the economic
impact of sporting events using the Sports Economic Impact Calculator developed specifically for
its members, offering collaborative participation in national publications, promoting member news
and events using social media, website, and newsletters, and administrating the Team Indiana Grant
program with funding from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

 

For more information, visit
www.Team-IND.org or follow @TeamINDSports on Twitter, and Facebook.

 


Founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission, Indiana Sports Corp is a not-for-profit
organization focused on bringing premier sporting events to Indiana to drive economic vitality, facilitate
a vibrant community with civic pride and garner positive media attention. Because of this, Indiana
Sports Corp is able to provide positive, sports-related opportunities for youth in the community. For
more information, please visit IndianaSportsCorp.org.

New IHSAA Commissioner confident HS sports to return this fall

Bobby Cox, the commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, is retiring later this summer. His final season with the IHSAA has been tough, having to cancel the boys basketball postseason tournament in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, and being forced to wipe away the entire spring season.

 

However, the man who will replace him, Paul Neidig, is already hard at work with the IHSAA's three-phase plan to return to high school sports this fall.

 

 

The IHSAA teamed up with the Indiana Department of Education to form a three-phase plan for

There are some restrictions. For example, weight rooms can only be at 50% capacity at one time. Those restrictions will be lifted on July 20. That's when Phase Two begins, and teams can officially start practices.

 

 

On August 3, girls golf, which normally starts earlier than other fall sports, can begin competition. All other sports, like football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country, will start competition on August 15.

Beach Treat makes 2020 debut in Born Runner Classic at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Beach Treat, 2019 Indiana Quarter Horse of the Year, will make his return to racing Thursday, June 18 in the 11th running of the $84,100 Born Runner Classic at Indiana Grand. The race is slated at the 10th on the card with an estimated post time of 6:30 p.m.

 

Beach Treat was dominant last year in the older ranks, ending the season on a four-race win streak, including victories in the Bob Woodard Memorial Classic, the Hoosier Park Classic and the Indiana Championships. The five-year-old sorrel gelding, owned and trained by Ron Brown, completed the year in late October at Indiana Grand with six wins in nine starts. The son of Escondido Beach hopes to add to his already impressive bankroll that totals more than $210,000 when he enters the starting gate for the Born Runner Classic.

 

Beach Treat will be joined by Oscar Macias, who guided him to all his wins last season. The pair will start from post three selected as the heavy favorites at odds of 8-5 in the 10-horse field.

 

Joining Beach Treat as a favorite in the race is Beach Bum Eddie, who also makes his first start of 2020. Owned and trained by Tony Cunningham, the seven-year-old son of Escondido Beach was involved in several photo finishes to Beach Treat last year. The multiple stakes winner in Indiana never missed the board in six starts, earning two wins, two seconds and two thirds to increase his career bankroll to more than $234,000. He begins his journey from post seven with L.D. Martinez aboard at odds of 5-2.

 

Of the 10 horses in the field for the Born Runner Classic, seven are stakes winners at Indiana Grand, showing the depth of the competition. The field for the 400-yard dash, in post position order with jockey and odds, includes: The Ebony Hare (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, 30-1); Nacho Binez (Sergio Ramirez, 20-1); Beach Treat (Oscar Macias, 8-5); First Habits (Manuel Gutierrez, 10-1); Kitty Sixup (Erik Esqueda, 5-1); Abe (Edgar Diaz, 10-1); Beach Bum Eddie (L.D. Martinez, 5-2); Beach Cartel (Sammy Mendez, 20-1); Rubys Stone (Fernando Morin, 20-1); and Beach Mercedes (Shanley Jackson, 15-1).

 

Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18 with action held Monday through Thursday beginning at 2:20 p.m. Four Saturday programs are slated for all-Quarter Horse days with a preliminary first post set at 2:20 p.m. July 4, Aug. 8, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Continuing in line with Governor Holcomb’s plan to return to full operations for businesses in the state of Indiana, no spectators are allowed at this time.

Passenger Train on track for QHRAI Derby Final at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Passenger Train may be a new addition to the Tony Cunningham Stable, but her performed like an old pro in the trials for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby. The sophomore son of Freighttrain B scored the impressive win by three-quarters of a length in the first of four trials for the event.

 

Starting from post four, Jockey L.D. Martinez wasn’t the quickest out of the gate, but he immediately rebounded to get himself in contention during the 400-yard dash. SBM Soulja Boy and Cristian Reyes led the way early on before Passenger Train found his best stride and rallied home the winner in :20.602 seconds. SBM Soulja Boy finished second in a tight photo over Justafamilytradition and Shanley Jackson for third.

 

Owned by C.W. Mullenix, Passenger Train picked up his first win in four starts for 2020. It was his first-ever trip down Indiana Grand’s track.

 

“We got him (Passenger Train) a couple of weeks ago and he’s been training super,” said Cunningham, who is the track’s defending Leading Quarter Horse Owner. “Charlie (Mullenix) wanted to try him in the Derby. We didn’t know about the 400 yards, but it seems like that might be his spot. He was really strong at the finish.”

 

Cunningham and Martinez connected in the second trial for another win with MTs Sixty Six Cartel. The daughter of Carters Cartel had a clean break and was in contention the entire way, striding out for a comfortable win at odds of 26-1. Shes Relentlesswagon and Sergio Ramirez finished second over My Pillow and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez for third. Owned and trained by Cunningham, MTs Sixty Six Cartel completed the sprint in :20.269 seconds. The Kansas bred paid $55.60 to win in the trial.

 

In a dominant effort, WRs Apolliticalivory and Shanley Jackson cruised home winners in the quickest trial of the night, scoring the win in :19.936 seconds. The Apollitical Blood gelding had his mind on racing from the start and kept his focus to the finish, winning by two and three-quarter lengths over Apollitical B Beast and Ramirez for second followed by Flyweight Carver and Edgar Diaz for third.

 

 

WRs Apolliticalivory, born and raised from the Williams Racing Stable in Western Kentucky, won three of five starts last year at two. He is trained by Randy Smith, who holds numerous records and is the all-time leading trainer in Indiana.

 

First Hero V and Edgar Diaz scored the win in the final trial of the day, stopping the timer in :20.230 seconds. The sorrel son of One Valiant Hero won by open lengths over Corazon de Cartel and Jonathan Dominguez and Katapult and Victor Olivo, who finished second and third, respectively, following a placing.

 

 

First Hero V is owned by Arturo Lechuga Jr. and trained by Claudio Barraza. It was the first start of 2020 for the colt, who won two races over Indiana’s track last year at two.

 

The top 10 qualifiers for the Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby, with jockey and time, include: WRs Apolliticalivory (Shanley Jackson, :19.936); First Hero V (Edgar Diaz, :20.230); MTs Sixty Six Cartel (L. D. Martinez, :20.269); Shes Relentlesswagon (Sergio Ramirez, :20.347); My Pillow (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :20.357); Apollitical B Beast (Sergio Ramirez, :20.406); Flyweight Carver (Edgar Diaz, :20.455); Fast Soldier (Cesar Esqueda, :20.516); Passenger Train (L.D. Martinez, :20.602); and A Ruby Corona (German Rodriguez, :20.639). Cunningham will saddle three for the final, including MTs Sixty Six Cartel, Passenger Train and A Ruby Corona while Trainer Ricardo Martinez will saddle two, Shes Relentlesswagon and Apollitical B Beast.

 

The $75,000 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby Final will be held during the first of four all-Quarter Horse racing days in 2020. Set for Saturday, July 4, the race will be joined by trials for the Jaguar Rocket, the Gordon Mobley Futurity and the Heartland Futurity. Martha Claussen, nationally known Quarter Horse racing analyst, will be trackside to help with the day’s festivities.

 

Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18 with action held Monday through Thursday beginning at 2:20 p.m. Four Saturday programs are slated for all-Quarter Horse days with a preliminary first post set at 2:20 p.m. July 4, Aug. 8, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Continuing in line with Governor Holcomb’s plan to return to full operations for businesses in the state of Indiana, no spectators are allowed at this time.

Ball State creating official varsity esports team

Ball State University is creating an official varsity esports team, joining more than 300 colleges and universities to compete nationally in a fast-growing digital sport.

 

The University will join 12 members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during Fall semester for the 2020-21 season in the newly created independent Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC).

 

MAC leadership announced the new venture today. ESC is an independent entity and will operate separately from the MAC.

 

Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns said the new competitive program provides students with a new source for school spirit and pride in their own campus community. The move to becoming a varsity-level team is a natural one since the University has Cardinal Esports, an active club team with about 500 participants.

 

“We are excited to expand Ball State’s esports presence and to join our fellow Mid-American Conference institutions in this new competitive arena of Esports Collegiate,” President Mearns said. “Our expansion into this dynamic domain of esports is another way in which our University is providing our students innovative opportunities to learn and to make connections with their peers and within the community. This initiative will elevate the academic experiences that we offer across multiple disciplines.”

 

The new varsity-level team also will enhance academic offerings by bringing esports experiences into curricula across multiple disciplines, including digital sports production, business, computer sciences, animation, and sport administration, said Paaige Turner, dean of Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM).

 

She said the new venture will not only provide students with a sports team that mirrors their interests, but it also will support those who are interested in employment opportunities in the fast-growing field.

 

“A recent report found that esports jobs grew 184.74% during the first half of 2019 compared to the first half of 2018,” said Turner, who also noted that the esports industry is expected to expand from $120 billion in 2019 to about $125 billion this year. “This is a sport that is spreading across the globe. Our team will make Ball State even more attractive to high achieving students around the nation.”

 

She said the varsity team will be housed within CCIM and a search for a coach will be underway soon.

 

The new team should be popular among students, said Alex Kartman, a telecommunications lecturer in CCIM. He has been spearheading the University’s efforts to create a varsity-level program.

 

“Varsity esports competition is a new way we will provide students distinctive opportunities to learn and make connections with their peers and the community,” he said. “Through our esports opportunities, students will find their passion and purpose at Ball State.”

 

ESC will feature Fall and Spring seasons, competing in game titles such as Overwatch and League of Legends. An Esports Collegiate Champion will be crowned in each game title, with the champion earning an automatic bid to the national postseason tournament.

Spring season competition will be in Overwatch and League of Legends. Titles being considered for the Fall are Rocket League, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., Madden NFL, and FIFA.

Opening Day card features 11 races at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will kick off it’s 18th season of racing Monday, June 15 with 11 races on the opening day program. A total of nine Thoroughbred and two Quarter Horse races are slated for the start of the long anticipated 2020 racing season. First post is 2:20 p.m.

 

Featured on the card is a $32,500 Allowance Optional Claiming event running one mile. The race is one of three scheduled over the turf course. Heading the list of entrants in the 11-horse lineup is West Sider from the Bret Calhoun Stable. The three-year-old son of Uncle Mo made his last start at Santa Anita over the turf in March and has turned in some impressive works in Kentucky recently. West Sider will be ridden by DeShawn Parker from post one.

 

Another contender in the field is Wild Union from the Brad Cox barn. The three-year-old Bayern colt comes into the race off a maiden-breaking effort at Churchill Downs in early June. Florent Geroux will ride from post four.

 

Mo Hawk, a $925,000 yearling purchase, is another horse to watch in the field. A sophomore son of Uncle Mo, the colt made his first and only start of the season at Santa Anita in late May. Trained by Rodolphe Brisset, Mo Hawk will be ridden by Albin Jimenez from post five. Post time for the event is slated for 5:08 p.m. EST.

 

Live racing at Indiana Grand will follow a slightly altered schedule for the 93-day racing meet in 2020. Racing will be held Monday through Thursday with a first post of 2:20 p.m. Four Saturdays have been set aside for all-Quarter Horse racing on July 4, August 8, October 3, and October 24 with a first post of 2:20 p.m.

 

The season will be highlighted by the Grade III $300,000 Indiana Derby, which is part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series this year. The rich day of racing will feature a total of six stakes on the card and is set for Wednesday, July 8. Another top event for the year is the $200,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed), which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12. Racing will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

 

For a complete list of racing calendars, stakes schedules and general information about Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2020, visit the Website at www.indianagrand.com.

IHSAA statement on Return-to-School guidelines

The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. (IHSAA) is pleased that the COVID-19 Health and Safety ReEntry Guidance has been provided to Indiana schools today by the Governor’s Office and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). This guidance also includes a three-phased pathway for the return of education-based athletics which coincide with the previously scheduled first practice date for girls golf (July 31) and practice for all other fall sports (August 3).

 

Girls golf contests are set to begin August 3 with all other sports contests to begin August 15.

 

Over the next several weeks, the IHSAA will continue to serve our member schools in providing clarifications and further guidance for the safe return of athletic activities in our state. 

No fans at IMS on July 4th weekend

The IndyCar and NASCAR races on Fourth of July Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be run without spectators.

 

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the announcement Thursday morning, saying they made the decision after discussions with local and state leaders.

 

"While we certainly worked diligently to run our events with spectators, we reached a point where we needed to make a final decision because the race weekend is less than a month away," said Mark Miles, Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO. "Today, it's not possible to be confident that Indianapolis will be at Stage 5 of the state's reopening plan by Fourth of July weekend."

 

Mark Jaynes, from the IndyCar Radio Network, says it is disappointing that fans will not be in attendance.

 

"Because of the passion and enthusiasm that fans have, and bring to the track," he said. "I think it will be surreal for all of us who have a part in calling it."

 

Jaynes adds that every decision, and all the changes, that Penske Entertainment and IMS have made throughout the pandemic, have been proactive.

 

"I think they've done so fully and totally with the direction and input of state, local, and federal health officials," he said. "They haven't just freelanced these decisions. They've made these decisions based on the facts that are shared with them by the experts."

 

IndyCar's GMR Grand Prix and the NASCAR XFinity Series race will both be on Saturday, July 4, on the IMS Road Course. NASCAR's Brickyard 400 -- which will be renamed the "Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Brickyard" -- is Sunday, July 5, on the oval. IMS says they are renaming the race in recognition of the vodka company's efforts to make hand sanitizer for the public.

 

IMS also announced that the BC39 dirt track race scheduled for that week, and the Florida Georgia Line country concert have been canceled.

 

In the release, the track says they are looking forward to hosting fans for the Indianapolis 500 in August.

Indiana Grand formally granted 94-day meet; Pick 5 with 11.99% takeout also approved

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Indiana Grand’s modified request for race dates in 2020.  The 94-day season will beginon Monday, June 15th and finish on Wednesday, November 18th on a Monday through Thursday basis with four select Saturdays of Quarter Horse-only racing over the span of the meet.

 

Also approved as a part of the agenda was a request by Indiana Grand and the Indiana horsemen’s groups to offer what is believed to be the lowest takeout on any wager in North America.  The request asking for the Pick 5 to be offered at a takeout of 11.99% was also approved unanimously and will take place on the last five thoroughbred races each day.  The Pick 5 will be a straight carryover wager without a unique ticket provision.

 

“We’ve said for the last month that the 2020 calendar might need to be fluid and after consultation with our horsemen we’re happy to be approved for this 94-day meet.” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing.  “When you consider that our business will have been shut down for nearly three months it’s very rewarding to offer overnight purses that are consistent or higher than 2019 and a quality stakes calendar for both breeds.”

 

Therevisedcalendarwill be published online at www.IndianaGrand.com shortly.  Horsemen are encouraged to contact Kevin Greely at (317) 421-3080 for more information or with questions on anyracingoffice matters.

 

Indiana Grand releases revised Quarter Horse Condition Book and Stakes Schedule

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has released its revised Quarter Horse Condition Book and Stakes Schedule for the 2020 season.  Both are contingent upon the approval of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission on the recently proposed racing dates of a 94-day season beginning on Monday, June 15 and finishing on Wednesday, November 18.

 

The interruption of business at Indiana Grand has caused numerous changes for the racetrack and horsemen but the 2020 Quarter Horse meet at the Shelbyville, IN facility will see increases over 2019 levels in the overnights and stakes program.  Purses have been raised by more than 15% on most overnight races and the stakes schedule will see a substantial increase as well.

 

“It’s truly remarkable that through a very difficult time our purses for the Quarter Horses at Indiana Grand will see an increase in 2020”, said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing.  “Continuing the upward trend in awards for our horsemen is very satisfying and well deserved.”

 

The revised Quarter Horse stakes calendar consists of 31 stakes worth $1.625 million in purses.  Included are four stakes races on October 24 that will make up the richest day of Quarter Horse racing during the season.  Those four stakes, including the $150,00 added Miss Roxie Little Futurity Final, for two year-old Indiana breds going 250 yards, will be contested on the final all-Quarter Horse Saturday racing program of the meet.

 

“We are very proud of the way our Quarter Horse racing has grown at Indiana Grand,” said Kevin Greely, Director of Racing.  “The quality of both the open horses and Indiana breds is improving every year and the stakes purses are indicative of that.  I expect that we’ll see the most competitive Quarter Horse racing in our history this summer and fall.”

 

The revised Quarter Horse condition bookand stakes schedule is published online at www.IndianaGrand.com.  Horsemen are encouraged to contact Kevin Greely at (317) 421-3080 for more information or with questions on any racing office matters.

NASCAR AND IndyCar to share track time on July 4th wknd

The Brickyard 400 is going to happen, says Mark Miles President and Chief Executive Officer of Penske Entertainment.

 

Miles told JMV on 107.5 The Fan he and new Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske have been working diligently to make sure there is racing at IMS come July. With the shakeup in scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR and IndyCar will be sharing track time at IMS Fourth of July weekend.

 

“The plans we’re looking at giving us a lot of confidence that the state could be, the city could be in Stage Five by that weekend,” Miles said. “By the middle of June, we’re going to have to have to say ‘we’re going with fans, and here’s how we’re going to do it.’

 

Miles said they have not made a decision yet on whether or not fans will be allowed to attend both the Big Machine Vodka 400 and GMR Grand Prix the weekend of July 4.

 

“But we’re going that race either way,” Miles said confidently. “The Xfinity cars, the Cup cars, and the IndyCars are going to be on this track one way or another.”

 

Even though live racing returned this week with NASCAR completing two races at Darlington Raceway, it’s a piece of good news the racing community certainly needs. Especially with the news that IndyCar has had to cancel two races this week.

 

IndyCar confirmed Thursday both races scheduled for Richmond, June 27, and Toronto, July 12 have been canceled.

 

“It doesn’t look like there’s going to be another opportunity this year for Toronto,” said Miles. “It’s so hard to set up a street race in a city like Toronto. To guess there is another time in the future you could do it is probably a bridge too far.”

 

Miles is still confident the IndyCar season will be a success with fourteen races still on the docket. He said in light of the canceled race at Richmond they will not be doing a double-header on the road course at Road America in Wisconsin.

 

IndyCar’s Road America race was rescheduled to the weekend of July 11 and will no have a second race on July 12. It will also be IndyCar’s third double-header event of the season with double-headers already planned for Iowa Speedway in the weekend after Road America and at Laguna Seca in September.

 

Indiana Grand releases revised Thoroughbred Stakes schedule – Indiana Derby and Oaks moved to July 8

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has released its revised Condition Book and Stakes Schedule for the 2020 season.  Both are contingent upon the approval of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission on the recently proposed racing dates of a 94-day season beginning on Monday, June 15 and finishing on Wednesday, November 18.

 

The thoroughbred stakes calendar as always is highlighted by the Grade 3 Indiana Derby and Grade 3 Indiana Oaks that will move to July 8 as a part of a six-stakes program.  The Indiana Derby purse has been changed to $300,000, and the distance changed to 1 1/8th miles, while the Oaks will remain the same at $200,000 and 1 1/16th miles.

 

“These unprecedented times have given us many challenges yet some opportunities as well.” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing.  “We’re grateful to Churchill Downs for including our signature stakes’ in the Kentucky Derby qualifying points system in this unique year.  And while it will be a different on-track experience when holding the race on a Wednesday afternoon we think it’s the best spot to avoid conflict with other important 3-year old races and maximize handle opportunities on the national racing scene.”

 

The revised thoroughbred stakes calendar consists of 34 stakes worth $3.2 million in purses.  Included on the stakes schedule is the newly named Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial Stakes.  The race, named in honor of the longtime and very popular General Manager of Indiana Grand, will be a turf event on the stakes rich July 8 card.  In addition the Indiana Bred and Sired horses will have plenty of chances to run for stakes quality purses as 28 of the stakes will be designated for their program.

 

“We had to make some tweaks to the previously released stakes calendar in order to account for the condensed meet and interruption in our business,” said Kevin Greely, Director of Racing.  “But we’re happy to bring back our overnight races at 2019 levels and only needed slight modifications to the stakes program to do so.  We’ll see how some of these changes fare in 2020 and use that as a basis for our overnight and stakes program in 2021.”  

 

Therevised condition bookand stakes schedule will be published online at www.IndianaGrand.com and www.equibase.com.  Horsemen are encouraged to contact Kevin Greely at (317) 421-3080 for more information or with questions on anyracingoffice matters.

Shooting ranges reopening

Starting the week of May 18, most DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife-owned shooting ranges will begin to reopen.

All facilities will be following COVID-19 social distancing and cleaning requirements. Restrictions will reduce the number of recreational shooters on the shooting ranges at a given time.

Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area’s shooting range will open by appointment only May 15-17 and resume normal operating hours the week of May 18. Shooters wishing to schedule an appointment should call 812-526-6552.

All other FWA shooting ranges, except the one at Willow Slough FWA, will reopen starting the week of May 18. Shooting range hours differ between ranges. Check open days and hours before visiting. Willow Slough FWA’s range will remain closed until further notice. Shooting range hours and information can be found at wildlife.IN.gov/3648.htm.   

For the most up-to-date information on DNR’s response to COVID-19, including what is open and closed, visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19

Indiana Grand sets date for opening of barn area

After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will begin to reopen its barn area in full on Monday, May 11.  The utilization of the entire racetrack property is a precursor to the kick off of its 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.  Revised racing dates with an opening day during the week of June 14 will be announced in the next week.

 

Horsemen will be assigned days and times for arrivalto ensure an orderly entrance into Indiana Grand beginning on Monday, May 11.  Horses located in Indiana will be preferred for a move in to the barn area that will house more than 1,000 horses when at capacity.  Full training operations on the one-mile dirt surface will commence on Wednesday, May 13.

 

“We are pleased to be able to accommodate our loyal horsemen by fully opening our barn area,” said Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager. “The suspension of our 2020 meet has been difficult for everyone and we appreciate the Governor, Eric Holcomb, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission staff for their guidance.  We look forward to racing in the near future in a manner whereby we willtake every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our employees and horsemen.”

 

The 2020 racing program was scheduled to be 120-days of racing beginning on April 14 with the highest total of purse money available in the history of Indiana Grand.  With the closure of the OTB, Casino and Sports Book on Monday, March 16 the racing season was suspended indefinitely. 

 

“This is a significant step towards starting our 2020 racing season,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing.  “Our racing department has beenworking on new plans for the meet including a new calendar and revised stakes schedule.  We will announce those changes in the next week.”

 

Alterations to the previously released condition bookand stakes schedule will be published online at www.IndianaGrand.com shortly.  Horsemen are encouraged to contact Indiana Grand Director of Racing, Kevin Greely, at (317) 421-3080 for information on all arrival and racing matters.

 

Indiana's first Free Fishing Day is Sunday, May 3

May 3 is the first of Indiana’s four Free Fishing Days. On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp.

Fishing is an excellent way to get outside and connect as a family. It is also a great opportunity to relax and connect with the outdoors while practicing social distancing. If fishing is a new activity for your family, keep things simple – this often makes fishing more fun and safe. The best thing to do is get out there and wet a line. May is an especially good time to fish because the water is warming and the fish are biting.

Visit a local park, state forest, fish & wildlife area or state recreation area for fishing opportunities. For public places to fish, see the Where to Fish map at on.IN.gov/where2fish. You can also find nearby urban water with catchable-size channel catfish or rainbow trout at wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm.

This year’s remaining Free Fishing Days are June 6-7 and Sept. 26. To learn more about Free Fishing Days, see dnr.IN.gov/fishfree.

When fishing or doing any other activity, Hoosiers should follow posted restrictions and practice social distancing. Your fishing rod is a measure of appropriate social distance. For the most up-to-date information regarding DNR and COVID-19, visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19.