Roderick J. Ratcliff
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rod Ratcliff has been an advocate for and investor in horse racing for more than two decades. He has been Chairman and CEO of Centaur Gaming since 2001.
Under his leadership, the company acquired complete control of Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana. His efforts were key in bringing slot machines to Indiana’s horse racing facilities – approved by legislation in 2007.
His Pegasus Group, Inc. was an original partner with Churchill Downs in Hoosier Park to establish the first pari-mutuel racetrack in Indiana in 1994. As President of Centaur in the 1990s, Rod formed a partnership that won an Indiana riverboat gaming license for the Argosy Casino and Hotel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana from the Indiana Gaming Commission. Centaur sold its interest in the riverboat in 2001.
From the mid-1970s, when he took over a small Indiana trucking company, Rod has followed his instincts and experiences to build business success. After a stint at the Chicago Board of Trade, he moved to Lafayette, Ind., where he became enthusiastic about the potential of Indiana’s horse racing industry.
In 2008, Rod was selected as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was also named the “Columbian of the Year by the Columbia Club for his volunteer efforts. Recognized as an industry leader, Rod served as a panel expert during a racino presentation in the 2008 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. In 2004, he was named the “Man of the Year” by Gilpin County in Colorado for his economic development initiatives. He is a past director of the Columbia Club in Indianapolis and the American Civil Liberties Union (Indianapolis Chapter). He is a former member of the board of the West Lafayette First United Methodist Church.