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HORSE RACING NOTES

HORSE RACING NOTES

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Horsemen's Park plans attractions for Derby

Horsemen's Park will have several attractions Saturday tied in with the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.

There will be a Derby tent party that will include mint juleps, food and other drinks. There also will be a ladies' hat contest with cash prizes and music by the band On the Fritz after the running of the Derby.

Drawings for official Kentucky Derby T-shirts and caps will be held starting at approximately 9:45 a.m. Shirts and caps will be available for purchase, along with Derby souvenir glasses.

The facility will open at 9 a.m. Friday for Kentucky Oaks Day and 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Derby day.

Simulcast wagering from Churchill Downs will begin at 9:30 a.m. both days, with advance Derby wagering available Friday. There also will be simulcast racing and wagering from 23 other tracks.

Parking and admission are free at the facility, located at 63rd & Q.

The Derby festivities will lead into the live racing meet at Horsemen's Park, which will be held May 9 to 11.

Leadem in Ken wins at Fonner

Leadem in Ken pulled away for the victory Saturday in the $75,000 Bosselman Pump & Pantry/Gus Fonner Stakes at Grand Island's Fonner Park.

Ridden by jockey Azael De Leon, Leadem in Ken widened his advantage to nine lengths down the stretch. Midnite Poppa ran second while Unsaddled Glory finished third.

Diamond Joe, the defending champion and local favorite, finished sixth.

Owned by Ken Ramsey and trained by Michael Maker, Leadem in Ken covered the lVie-mile distance in 1:45.8 and paid $8.40 to win.

Thompson is fifth at Oaklawn

Terry Thompson finished tied for fifth in the jockey standings at the recently completed meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

Thompson, a graduate of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, rode 26 winners in 202 starts to finish with earnings of $942,000. He also had 22 second-place finishes and 24 third-place finishes.

Ricardo Santana Jr. won the riding title with 59 wins, easily outdistancing runner-up David Mello's total of 35.

Steve Asmussen won the training title with 35 wins.

Prairie Meadows meet starts

The race meet recently began at Iowa's Prairie Meadows, located in suburban Des Moines.

Racing will be held Thursdays to Sundays through Aug. 9. First post Thursday through Saturday is 6:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

— Mike Patterson

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