Fonner Park's marquee race, the $75,000 Bosselman Pump & Pantry-Gus Fonner
Stakes headlines a full weekend of live thoroughbred horse racing, which kicks off
Friday, April 25th, with a 3:00pm post for a ten-race card. Saturday and Sunday racing
commences at 1:30pm.
Racing officials are anticipating a full field of ten for the 25th rendition of the Bosselman,
which will be contested over a distance of a mile and a 1/16th.
The defending champion, five-year-old gelding Diamond Joe, the only Nebraska-
bred to ever win this event, is expected to go postward. "Joe" is trained by Omaha native
Chuck Turco, and will get the riding services of Jake Olesiak, who has dominated the
jockey standings during the current Fonner campaign.
Local owner Kevin Hulse has confirmed that 6-year-old gelding, Joy Boy, is enroute
from Churchill Downs, with hopes of improving on his third place finish in last year's
signature race at Fonner. Joy Boy is fresh off a wire-to-wire winning performance in a
$62,000 allowance test at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, under the hands of
Hulse, who calls Grand Island home, also confirms that Hill will be on hand to ride
Joy Boy on Saturday. Channing Hill is the son of Alan Hill, a longtime rider on the
Nebraska racing circuit during the 70's and 80's.
Canadian trainer Jim Meyaard nominated three head from his 26-horse stable and
indicates that Midnite Poppa is the most likely candidate to make the starting lineup.
Midnite Poppa was claimed for $30,000 in his most recent start, resulting in a second
place finish, also at Oaklawn. Meyaard ran one-two in the 2011 Bosselman with Andiotis
and Paseo Allegre.
Leadem In Ken is also expected to make the entry box, representing the interests of
owner's Ken and Sarah Ramsey along with trainer Michael Maker. The Ramsey's have
acquired world acclaim in the last couple of year's with the breeding talents of Kitten's Joy,
who has sired numerous champions running on the grass.
Local favorites Unsaddled Glory, winner of the Dowd mile two weeks ago, along with
Bach's Homebrew are expected to make repeat appearances in the Bosselman. Colorado
trainer Temple Rushton say's Ninety Schillings and Sinaan could both surface when the
deadline for entries comes up Thursday morning (11:00am). The same could be said for
Royal Dream, who's also on the Fonner grounds. Royal Dream is trained by Kelli
Martinez, and most recently finished third in a lower-claiming race at Golden Gate Fields,
located just outside of Oakland, California.
In addition to racing, professional indoor football will be showcased at the Heartland
Events Center on Friday night, April 25th. The Nebraska Danger will tee it up at 7:00pm
against the Wyoming Cavalry.
Saturday night, a free dance for all racegoers, featuring BD and the Boys, will be staged
on the main concourse from 7-11:00pm.
Sunday action at the track focuses on another handicapping contest, this time dealing
with Fonner races only. Entry fee prior to the day's activities is $25 or $35 on the day
of the event. A live bankroll of $150 is required. Registration is being handled at the Fonner Keno