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8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

Centaur is a privately held, Indiana-based business focused on bringing the entertainment and economic development benefits of gaming and horse racing to key communities across North America.

The company owns and manages Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind., and Fortune Valley Hotel & Casino in Central City, Colo. The company is also seeking final approval to develop Valley View Downs in western Pennsylvania.

All these accomplishments started with just a dream. The genesis of Roderick Ratcliff’s venture came while he was working for the Chicago Board of Trade. During his commute on the train, he noticed an off-track betting parlor, and he knew he could strike gold with this concept. In those days, he was long on ideas, but short on cash. He turned to his Hoosier roots to raise the resources needed to fuel his dream, reaching out to farmers and agricultural leaders he met in Tippecanoe County during his days in the seed business.

He has deep respect for the horse industry and is proud of his efforts to support horsemen and their breeding and racing business. He understood that with the addition of Hoosier Park, the entire horse-racing industry would benefit. In an industry as highly regulated as the gaming industry, Ratcliff understands better than most the expectations and work ethic required to be successful.

HOW TO REACH: Centaur, www.centaurgaming.net