Wrangler Q-Racing Ace Denis Blake to Appear at Indiana Grand
The veteran racing journalist and handicapper will be on track for Indiana Grand's all-Quarter Horse program on Saturday.
October 21, 2015
The final night of all-Quarter Horse action at Indiana Grand is set for Saturday, Oct. 24 and to assist with the evening will be a special guest appearance by Denis Blake, Wrangler Q-Racing Ace.
Blake, who will be making his second trip to Indiana Grand, will join Rachel McLaughlin, Indiana Grand’s on-air racing personality, on the “Wire to Wire” show beginning at 5:30 p.m. Blake will also work a special booth for the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) outside the winner’s circle during the races that will feature free $2 race wagers.
Blake, a native of New Jersey, was first introduced to Quarter Horse racing will working at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. It was there he developed a special interest in the sprinters, and his interest has carried him into a full time job in the sport.
“I realized with a few adjustments to my Thoroughbred handicapping, I could wager profitably on Quarter Horses,” said Blake. “I also really enjoyed the excitement level of the shorter races and the power of the Quarter Horses. While I am at Indiana Grand, I hope to help people better understand how to handicap and wager on Quarter Horse racing and answer any questions they have might have, especially about the differences between Quarter Horse racing and Thoroughbred racing. I will also have a variety of handouts with useful handicapping information.”
Blake now resides just outside of Austin, Texas in the heart of Quarter Horse racing. He is the editor of “American Racehorse” and “The Horsemen’s Journal” magazines. He is one of the original members of the Wrangler Q Racing Aces team, joining the program in 2010 when the American Quarter Horse Association started the program. Since that time he has visited many different racetracks and enjoys meeting with people that share his interest in the sport.
“I was at Indiana Grand a few years ago for one of the all American Quarter Horse days and thought it was a great facility with some very competitive racing,” said Blake. “I’m looking forward to coming back and seeing the new video board and some of the other enhancements that have been made since the last time I was there.
Blake will be stationed at the QHRAI table outside the winner’s circle during the races. Guests are encouraged to stop by and talk with Blake about different aspects of the sport as well as pick up some information provided by the Wrangler Q Racing Ace program. QHRAI has also supplied Blake with free $2 race wagers to disperse to guests 18 years of age and older during the evening.
QHRAI will also provide several long-sleeved t-shirt giveaways during the evening to help promote the sport of Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana. The eight race card, which begins at 6:05 p.m. will feature five stakes races with purses nearing the $700,000 mark for the night.
In addition to the t-shirt giveaways, the popular promotion “Quarter Four” will be available to all Club Centaur Rewards Members who sign up at the Club upon arrival. A drawing will be held for a $20 race wager each time a top four Quarter Horse jockey wins a race Saturday. The top four Quarter Horse jockeys heading into the event are Jose Beltran, Cesar Esqueda, Cristian Esqueda and Rodney Prescott.
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