The 33rd running of the $20,000 Dowd Mile headlines this weekends thoroughbred horse racing
activity at Fonner Park in Grand Island. First race post-time on Friday commences at 3:00pm. Saturday
and Sunday action kicks off at 1:30pm.
Seventeen nominations were received for the Dowd, slated for Saturday's card; including last year's
top three finishers-Unsaddled Glory, Diamond Joe and Bach's Homebrew. For Diamond Joe, the 2013
Dowd Mile was the last time he's tasted defeat in Nebraska, losing to Unsaddled Glory, by a neck, in a classic
Diamond Joe, a five-year-old Nebraska-bred son of Dazzling Falls, is well on the way to defending
his title in the $75,000 Bosselman-Gus Fonner Stakes, which is scheduled for the final Saturday in April.
Earlier in the Fonner meet, "Joe" dominated the competition by winning both the Ogataul Stakes and the
Budweiser-Tondi Handicap, upping his career earnings to $291,000.
Speaking of domination, Marv Johnson and Jake Olesiak continued their winning ways in the trainer
and jockey standings. Johnson has 19 victories for the meet compared to Joe Hawley's total of twelve,
while Olesiak has opened up a 23-win cushion over Mike Ziegler in the rider stats. Olesiak is one of the
hottest jockey's in North America. His 47-win total is only one short of what he earned a year ago at
Fonner, and is sailing along at a 33% clip.
Fonner doins' away from the oval this weekend includes women's flat-track roller derby and a country
music-fest, featuring Charlie Pride in the Heartland Events Center. Both events follow live racing on
The Platte Valley Roller Vixens host the Central Kansas Roller Girls in the Swine Arena for a 7:30pm
contest. The Charlie Pride concert begins at 8:00pm.