Day At The Track

$3m spectacular OTB downtown Indianapolis

09:32 PM 22 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Winner's Circle - OTB Indiana

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's Winner's Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB opened this week in downtown Indianapolis to an enthusiastic response. The multi-faceted dining, drinking and race wagering facility was designed so guests can enjoy a high-quality and comprehensive entertainment destination in the heart of Indiana's capital.

With a total of 8,000 square feet dedicated to service and seating for 350 guests, the Winner's Circle is a $3 million endeavor that broadens the traditional OTB experience to deliver a wider appeal. "The Winner's Circle is a redefinition of an off-track wagering facility. With expanded and upgraded pub and dining opportunities, we are hoping to attract a broader range of customers and downtown business people while enhancing the experience of our existing, loyal customers," said Jim Brown, Hoosier Park's president and chief operating officer.

The dining options offer guests a full array of lunch and dinner select menu choices from seared ahi tuna and house-smoked salmon to hand-cut New York strip steaks and house-made shrimp and grits. The depth of the menu is only magnified by the fact that everything is made from scratch and never frozen. Although the menu is served throughout the facility, guests will enjoy the grille that is decorated with elements displaying both the richness and history of the sport of horse racing. In addition, a private dining area seats up to 16 with personalized menus and service. Outdoor seating for the grille will also be available during warmer months of the year.

The LED lit bar stands as the focal point of the pub and is programmed to gradually change colors adding to the experiences of Winner's Circle guests. With space for approximately 50 and surrounded by more than 26 HDTVs, guests can enjoy both nationally and locally brewed beers on tap and freshly squeezed juice drinks and signature cocktails, all while watching and wagering on racetracks from around the U.S. An early favorite is the Angel martini which mixes Stoli vanilla vodka with amaretto and is topped off with a generous portion of whipped cream.

The race wagering lounge is a boutique state-of-the-art Las Vegas-style race book with both self- serve and manned mutuel stations and provides space for up to 160 bettors. Winner's Circle customers are provided with individual carrels that include private televisions, food and beverage service. A special room tagged the "Triple Crown Room" can be reserved for special meetings and receptions. It will be used for expanded race wagering on weekends and during peak business hours. More than 25 racetracks are broadcasted each day for wagering seven days a week. The facility opens daily at 11 a.m. and provides both valet and covered self parking

"18 million people visit Indianapolis every year and that doesn't include downtown workers and residents," said Brown. "The Winner's Circle creates a beautiful front door for first exposure to Hoosier Park and to the sport of horse racing. By presenting a beautiful facility with great food, a state-of-the-art pub and a great race wagering lounge, it will make a visit to Hoosier Park even more appealing to those potential customers. And, it gives our existing customers another Hoosier Park facility to visit when they are in downtown Indy."

Located at 20 N. Pennsylvania Street, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille, & OTB will be used as a model for other potential OTB locations owned by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the state of Indiana. The company currently owns OTB facilities in Fort Wayne and Merrillville in addition to the new location in downtown Indianapolis.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., is central Indiana's premier entertainment destination, featuring 2,000 electronic gaming devices; Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing; and whole card simulcasting. Hoosier Park also provides simulcast-wagering facilities in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Ind. For more information, visit www.hoosierpark.com.

Tammy Knox

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