Memory Bank: Grandstands fill for fair racing


Standardbred horse racing in Indiana dates to the mid 1800s, often taking place at county fairs and eventually the Indiana State Fair. In this photo, standardbred horses and their drivers in two-wheeled carts, called sulkies, race in front of hundreds of people at the Indiana State Fair in 1938. Standardbred racing continues at fairs in Indiana today as well as at Hoosier Park in Anderson, a racetrack that opened in 1994 after the Legislature legalized pari-mutuel wagering. Caesars Entertainment Corp. is purchasing Hoosier Park and its sister track, Indiana Grand. See page 1 to learn what Caesars has in mind for the horse tracks.

Sources: TravelIN, Indiana Historical Society

Credit: The photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and is part of the J.C. Allen and Son Collection. More images are available at   

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