Standing at track side at Hoosier Park, listening to the pounding of hooves as the horses enter the homestretch, and cheering for your pick as they thunder towards the finish line highlight the horse racing side of the racino at Anderson, IN.
On the track level there is a large entertainment area where nationally known entertainers perform under the stars during the summer months. The large seating area extends in front of the casino to the north of the grandstand, leaving the race track area open to racing aficionados.
The grandstand rises up from the ground level viewing area and is air conditioned and enclosed. A modernistic glass and steel structures provides a viewing opportunity that is unparalleled. At the top of the grandstand are restaurants. Tables and chairs make up a relaxed seating area. This seating area surrounds a center bar and there are many television sets for the viewing of simulcast races and the races that occur at Hoosier Park. To one side are two restaurants – Johnny Rockets and Naked Tchopstix – with their own seating areas.
Also on this upper level is the Prime Harvest Buffet where lunch and dinner are served 7 days a week with the exception of Sunday when a brunch is served. Next to the buffet are the Homestretch Steakhouse and the Homestretch Clubhouse Dining areas. Both restaurants offer menu service and overlook the homestretch of the racing oval. The Steakhouse is open daily at 4:30 during the racing season and the Clubhouse Dining is open Tuesday through Saturday a 4:30. Both restaurants offer track views as well as individual television sets.
Both the racing facility and the casino facility have exterior doors but there is an escalator that transports patrons up and down from the grandstand to the casino. The casino is a hustling, bustling area that teems with people and machines. Bright lights are flashing and the machines make noises to attract attention. They range in levels from one cent to dollar machines. There is a high limit area that caters to the more venturesome gambler.
Near the center of the casino is an area devoted to games that are traditionally run by individual dealers such as blackjack, craps, and roulette. At Hoosier Park these games are automated. Attendants are at the games but they can operate without physical intervention. There are six blackjack tables, one craps table, and two roulette tables. Other machines with these games but without human attendants operate at other locations throughout the casino. There are also many different varieties of video poker and traditional slot machines.
Along the far northern wall of the casino is the Big Deli. Light fare such as sandwiches for lunch or dinner and waffles for breakfast are served. A special price exists from midnight to noon each day for a group of breakfast items. Most regular items are prices below $10. The specials are $3 and $5.
There is a player’s club entitled Club Centaur which issues player’s cards that should be inserted when playing any of the machines or presented to a teller when making a bet on horse races. This enables the casino to offer gifts and specials to the patron dependent upon their level of play.
Although there is no hotel directly associated with Hoosier Park, the racino is located near an active area and there are hotels and motels readily available. Extensive information about area accommodations is available online at hotels near Hoosier Park.