FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 25, 2013
The 24th running of the Bosselman-Gus Fonner Stakes attracted a stellar eight horse field for Fonner Parkís major race of the year. The one mile & one/sixteenth event attracted the 1-2 finishers from 2012, a huge local favorite and a variety of invaders trying to take home the winnersí share of the $75,000 purse.
Last seasonís winner Ransom Roberto is back in town for trainer Wilson Brown as is second place finisher Wild Jacob from the stable of Stanley C. Makin. Less than one length separated the two of them at the finish line in 2012. It is interesting to note that only one time has there been a back-to-back winner in the 24 year history of the Bosselman.
Local racing fans will be cheering loudly for Diamond Joe as he attempts to become the first Nebraska-bred horse to win the prestigious race. Chuck Turco has saddled Diamond Joe for all 20 of his career starts and has won a dozen races and finished 2nd five times. He suffered his first Nebraska defeat in the Dowd Mile Stakes as he was nipped at the wire by Unsaddled Glory. The win by the Larry Donlin trained horse was enough to enter this Kentucky-bred 5-year-old.
A last minute entry into the race was made by Randy Morse as he dropped Kateís Main Man into the Bosselman. His decision will surely provide the six competing trainers a couple of sleepless nights. Kateís Main Main has won $628,677 in his career and ships to Fonner after an impressive victory at Oaklawn Park fourteen days ago.
Another invader is Kellyn Gorderís Joy Boy, a recent pace-setter at Santa Anita for new owner Kevin & Tammie Hulse. Gorder is very familiar with the Fonner Park oval as he brought Budge Man to Grand Island to win the 2009 Bosselman.
Completing the extremely talented field is Larry Staroscikís Bachís Homebrew and Corporate Chapel, a second entry from Stanley Mankin.
The afternoon starts at 1:30 with a special promotion from Five Points Bank. $10,000 in Visa debit gift cards will be given away in race by race drawings. Following the races, the popular rock and roll band B.D. and The Boys will take the stage for a dance until 11:00 PM.