Following a successful opening event in 2020, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino announced that they will again partner for the Grayson Grass Challenge to raise funds for the foundation.
The Grayson Grass Challenge will be a five-week handicap competition beginning the week of August 2nd, with Challenge participants entering selections on two specific grass races at the Indiana Grand each week through September 2nd. Each participant will receive Indiana-provided $ 500 Grand credit that can be used on Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta bets. At the end of the five weeks, any remaining bankroll plus participants’ winnings go to Grayson.
“Our Indiana Grand handicap team had a great time competing in the Grayson Grass Challenge last year and we are proud to sponsor such an important cause again,” said Eric Halsrom, vice president and general manager of racing at Indiana Grand . “Horse racing is impossible without healthy athletes, and we are grateful for the projects Grayson is funding to promote the well-being of all horses.”
“Our first Grayson Grass Challenge was received with great enthusiasm and raised more than $ 3,900 for the foundation. We look forward to yet another successful competition with several returning participants participating, ”said Jamie Haydon, President of Grayson. “We thank Indiana Grand for working with us again and for recognizing the importance of equine research.”
The field for the Grayson Grass Challenge will consist of six teams: Nick Luck, international racing broadcaster and defending champion of the Grayson Grass Challenge (@nickluck); Bri Mott, StableDuel, and Rachel McLaughlin, Race Analyst and Production Director, Indiana Grand (@chixwithpicks); Gabe Prewitt, analyst for Scioto Downs and Pompano Park (@gabe_prewitt); Ellis Starr, national racing analyst for Equibase (@Ubercapper); and Daniel Tordjman, Americas Best Racing Handicapper and Manager, Partnerships & Sponsorships (@DanonymousMan). Indiana Grand will also attend with tips from Nancy Holthus, paddock analyst (@NancyUryHolthus) and Bill Downes, track announcer (@ billdownes1).
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has traditionally been the nation’s premier source of private funding for medical equine research, benefiting all horse breeds. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $ 30.6 million to fund 397 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Further information on the foundation can be found at Grayson-jockeyclub.org