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Indiana Downs: Horse Racing for the Whole Family

In Shelbyville, Indiana, you might get confused and think you’ve been transported to Las Vegas. The small town just southwest of Indianapolis is home the largest land based gambling center in the Midwest, Indiana Live Casino. Indiana Live Casino recently opened a massive 223,000 square foot paragon of Shelbyville nightlife that includes four Shelbyville bars, over 2,000 games, live music, and tons of special events. But that’s not all; Indiana Live Casino is also home to Indiana Downs, a state of the art horse racing facility much like Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana that brings in residents and visitors alike from miles around.

Video of a race at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Indiana
Though Indiana Live Casino is flashier and more modern, Indiana Downs has been around longer and attracts its own breed of Indianapolis society. The center opened in 2002 and has been hosting intense races ever since. Indiana Downs offers live horse racing on its track a few select days throughout the year, including thoroughbred, quarter horse, and harness meets. Betting is done in pari-mutuel style, where bets are calculated in a pool; odds can fluctuate from hour to hour, creating an electric betting atmosphere.
When live horse races aren’t happening, Indiana Downs offers simulcast betting in its comfortable simulcast room. Participants can wager full bets on races around the country, broadcast on several different televisions with up to date times, odds, and wagers. The simulcast facility is open year round, so Shelbyville sports enthusiasts can get their fix of horse racing even when there’s no live race going on. Indiana Downs also operates satellite simulcast facilities in Evansville, Indiana and Clarksville, Indiana.

Video of a harness race at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Indiana
This Shelbyville attraction isn’t all about lucrative bets and thrilling photo finishes; Indiana Downs is also home to a delicious Shelbyville restaurant, Silks & Sulkies. Silks & Sulkies offers daily specials like prime rib, pork tenderloin sandwiches, and fried chicken. The restaurant features a full menu that has a comprehensive wine list, soups, salads, and sandwiches. If you don’t feel like taking the time to sit down and dine, Indiana Downs’ Family Pavilion has a concession stand called the E & J Cafe, and the track’s clubhouse offers deli sandwiches and a variety of beer on tap.
Want to take the kids to see a horse race? Indiana Downs accommodates even the most easily distracted youngster with its Family Pavilion. The pavilion features hundreds of televisions, an arcade full of flashing lights and cool games, the aforementioned E & J Cafe, and even a playground for Shelbyville children. This area is smoke free, so it’s safe for your little ones. The Family Pavilion also has The Starting Gate gift shop, which has clothes and souvenirs so you can take home a piece of Indiana Downs.

Video of a horse race at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Indiana
One of the coolest things to do in Shelbyville, Indiana Downs is the pinnacle of horse racing perfection. Come to the park to experience the thrill of a live horse race, place your bets on any number of races taking place around the country the Indiana Downs’ simulcast facility, or entertain your kids at the Family Pavilion; all of this and more is available at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville.


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