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Montana horsemen redefine the term "stuffing the entry box" at Yellowstone Downs

Full gates for 23 out of 24 races over closing weekend

September 18, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Horsemen entered 191 horses for 192 open slots in 24 races—12 races this afternoon and 12 races tomorrow, September 19, closing day of the 10-day 2010 race meet. First post both days is 1:30 p.m.

The average number of horses-per-race comes out to an unheard-of 7.96 horses per race for an eight-horse gate.

Many of the races overdrew, resulting in the increasingly rare "also-eligibles." The only race that did not fill is today's third race—the co-featured $7,750 Yellowstone Downs Paint and Appaloosa Derby—which will go with "only" seven slots filled.

The $15,100 Yellowstone Downs Paint and Appaloosa Futurity is the feature race of the day, in which Mike Taylor's Gone Postal (#6) has been installed as the 3-to-1 favorite after posting the fastest time from three trials held on September 5. Shakin Thunder (#1) and Dash Poruno (#4), both of whom qualified for the $25,573 Harvest Cup at Arapahoe Park in August, could threaten the favorite.

The co-featured races on Sunday are the $21,350 Yellowstone Downs Derby (race 9) and the $34,700 Yellowstone Downs Futurity (race 11), both for Quarter Horses going 300 yards. The Derby could belong to South Dakota's Bobby Johnson, who qualified three for the final: Oklahoma Krash (#2), Chicks Brief Case (#5), and Eyes Agouti (#6).

In the Futurity, fastest-qualifier Effortless Time (#8) is the morning-line 3-to-1 favorite. Effortless Time will be ridden by Jeff Jones, Montana's leading rider. Guererro Rojo (#2) should also be competitive in the race after suviving a troubled 2nd-place run in the trials. Guererro Rojo boasts wins at Sam Houston Race Park and Delta Downs.