17th season opening day draws 62 horses at Emerald Downs | Horse Racing

Emerald Downs 17th season begins Friday. - Courtesy photo
Emerald Downs 17th season begins Friday.
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Director of Racing Bret Anderson put together another solid season-opening lineup Tuesday, with sixty-two horses entered for Friday’s eight-race card—7.75 per race—led by trainer Howard Belvoir with eight.

Belvoir, third all-time with 561 wins at Emerald Downs, comes off a superb 2011 campaign that produced 52 winners—just one shy of Leading Trainer Frank Lucarelli. A Martin Durkan award recipient in 2010 for his efforts to help fill races, Belvoir said he was impressed with the number of horses entered for Friday.

“The trainers have all done a good job filling up races,” Belvoir said. “Now lets just hope for good weather.”

Belvoir, who will saddle Advancement in Friday’s feature race—a conditional $12,500 claiming race for older horses—also said that he would enter up to as many as 20 horses for this weekend’s races. Entries for Saturday and Sunday will be taken Wednesday morning.

On Friday, first post time is at 6 p.m., but race fans may want to arrive early for the jockeys’ introduction, which takes place in the winner’s circle at approximately 5:40 p.m. A few of the new jockeys to be introduced include, William Antongeorgi III, Rocco Bowen and Mark Anderson. Czech Republic native and apprentice Eliska Kubinova leads all riders with a mount in each of the eight races.


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