Savoring a Steeplechase at Saratoga Racecourse

Thanks to a generous referral from Maryland based thoroughbred horse trainers Larry and Connie Smith, I had the privilege of getting an up close look at the 2022 Grade 1 Jonathan Sheppard Steeplechase at Saratoga Racecourse back on Aug. 17th.  First squeezing my rental into a small parking space alongside Saratoga’s Stakes Barn, I then sought out an eight year old mare out of Alphabet Soup (1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion) who was rumored to be stabled inside of stall #5.  Subsequent to stumbling upon the snow white equine I was in search of, I then shook hands with trainer Kate Dalton and her husband (and jockey) Bernie.

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EQL Games, Michigan Lottery Sign Content Distribution Agreement

Lottery innovator EQL Games has signed an agreement with the Michigan Lottery to provide digital content through its iLottery platform. This agreement will initially feature games developed by third-party game developer Present Creative and opens the door for EQL Games to offer additional future content.It is the first lottery industry agreement for the recently announced partnership between EQL Games and Present Creative.

EQL Games will initially integrate its remote game server technology to the Michigan Lottery, allowing the Lottery to offer Present Creative’s Instant products to Michigan consumers.  Notably, this integration allows EQL Games and its content partners to develop and implement new and innovative game content for the longest running and most fruitful digital lottery in North America.

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Triple Crown Triumphs: A Lookback at Longshots

Any horseplayer who says they haven’t fantasized about cashing a win ticket on a 99-1 shot is well, akin to Pinocchio. Because hey let’s face it, even the most ignorant railbird among us can make a few bucks by betting on an enormous favorite. Yet truth be told, triumphs which are fused to futile odds typically aren’t all that memorable. Such scores simply don’t make for entertaining anecdotes on those occasions when we “chew the fat” with our fellow turf aficionados.

 

Now while hitting a long shot incites an adrenaline rush that can last long after the fact, nothing compares to “blowing up” a tote board that is attached to either the: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes or Belmont Stakes. For certain, these three races which make up Thoroughbred Horse Racing’s Triple Crown Series represent the loftiest pinnacles in our sport, and while picking a winner in any of the previously mentioned routes is surely sweet, “bringing home a bomb” on the Sport of Kings’ grandest stage will literally make you a legend. Hence, here are half a dozen horses that all of us wish we had bet on!

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Churchill Downs Unveils All-New Homestretch Club

Churchill Downs unveiled the all-new Homestretch Club just in time for the 148th Running of the Kentucky Derby. The club is located on the first and second floors of the final stretch under the famed Twin Spires and offers racing fans the chance to be right on the rail for the most exciting two minutes in sports.

“This is equivalent to sitting courtside at an NBA game,” Commented Churchill spokesperson, Darren Rogers. “We are excited to offer this new upgrade yet still paying homage to the history of Churchill Downs.”

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Celebrity Cruises Launches All-New Celebrity Beyond

Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo recently honored the thousands of engineers, architects, designers, contractors, shipyard employees and Celebrity Cruises teams as the brand took delivery of Celebrity Beyond, the third and most luxurious ship in the fleet’s new-luxury Edge Series®, and a true game changer for the travel industry.

The moment was particularly special as it marked the industry’s first physical delivery ceremony since the pandemic.

Designed to give guests endless opportunities to disconnect from the world — while simultaneously reconnecting with the world that surrounds them — Celebrity Beyond goes further than imagined possible for a cruise ship, creating a new world of wonder and approachable luxury.

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