Horse race, fireworks show planned for Friday night

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. (WISH Photo/Marcus Collins)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — Friday is a big night at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, as the annual Dan Patch & Thrillyard 200 get underway.

The race, named after the horse that broke a world record in 1906, carries a $300,000 purse. In addition to the racing, there will be BBQ food, drinks and a fireworks show. A zip line and helicopter rides will also be available for entertainment.

Dan Patch lived from 1896 to 1916. At the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, where he set the world record, efforts are underway to install a bronze sculpture in his honor. It should be in place by next year.

Click here for more details on the race. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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