What does exciting, sweating and winning, all have in common? If you guessed Eureka Downs, you would be correct. The races were exciting, the horses and trainers were sweating, and the spectators were winning prizes. Not only would you have been able to watch the horse races, a representative from Kansas Lottery was in the Turf Club giving instructions on how to play KENO. Those playing KENO, were able to win an array of prizes provided by the Kansas Lottery.
The first race was won by Lucky Oz, boy was he Lucky, ridden by David Hunt, trained by local Jose Ibarra and owned by JK Running Horses. Lucky Oz actually ran second, by Grand On Affair inferred with him in the stretch and was disqualified. The second race brought excitement from the horses. Extreme Lad was frisky in the saddling paddock, and jockey David Hunt decided not to ride him. After a jockey change, all three horses headed to the track. These were 2 year-old first time starters going 300 yards. Crossing the finish line in front was El Chapulin, ridden by Manual Vasquez, owned and trained by Agustin Aguilera from Wichita. Running second was Saint Lewis, ridden by Chris Melson, owned and trained by Tom Long of Virgil. The winning time on that race was 16.30. Manuel Vasquez also made his way to the winners circle in the third race, riding Royal I Con, owned and trained by Dev Beeson of Parson, KS. Streakin Mr. Red with Gary Wade in the irons race second. Streakin Mr. Red is owned by Tom Blasi and trained by Donald Davidson. Royal I Con race 300 yards in 16.05 seconds. Race four was a field of 3 year-olds running 250 yards. Bid O Win, owned and trained by Debra Boller and ridden to victory by Gary Wade, was greeted in the winners circle. This was Bid O Win's first race of the year. Racing fans should expect to see more of this gray race horse. Bid O Win completed the course in a time of 14.55. Go Mr Smooth Dude with Manuel Vasquez controlling the reins finished second. The last race on the card was going 6 furlongs. Owner/trainer Zack Ashlock, with jockey David Hunt aboard Smashingly Ashley, was able to get their picture taken. Smashingly Ashley completed the course in 1:17.4.
There will be no races on June 26th. The next race day is July 4th. The doors open at 11:30 and the first race will run at 1:00.