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Wednesday, July 27, 2022Contact: Jamie Haydon (859) 224-2750
Grayson Grass Challenge Returns to Horseshoe Indianapolis

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Horseshoe Indianapolis announced today that they will be partnering for the third consecutive year for the “Grayson Grass Challenge” to raise money for the foundation.
The Grayson Grass Challenge is a five-week handicapping contest starting Tuesday, August 2, whereby participants in the challenge submit selections on two specified races held each week at Horseshoe Indianapolis through Thursday, September 1. Each contestant will be given a $500 bankroll provided by Horseshoe Indianapolis from which participants can wager $50 per race. At the end of the five weeks, all remaining bankrolls plus winnings from the contestants will go to Grayson.

“The Grayson Grass Challenge has been a highlight for Horseshoe Indianapolis over the last two years by attracting enthusiasm for our races while drawing attention to an important cause,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of Racing for Horseshoe Indianapolis. “We are honored to sponsor this contest again and raise money for research that helps all horses.”

“The Grayson Grass Challenge has proved to be a popular and entertaining competition since its inception two years ago and has raised more than $9,000 for Grayson,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. “The Grayson Grass Challenge would not be possible without the continued support of Horseshoe Indianapolis and their commitment to equine health and wellness.”

The field for the Grayson Grass Challenge will consist of the following handicappers: Brian Arrigoni, paddock analyst, Horseshoe Indianapolis (@MrBAnalyst); Ed DeRosa, vice president, Content & Product Development, Horse Racing Nation (@EJXD2); Scott Ehlers, handicapper, Daily Racing Form; Nick Luck, international racing broadcaster and previous Grayson Grass Challenge champion (@nickluck); Rachel McLaughlin, racing analyst and production manager, Horseshoe Indianapolis (@RacingRachelM); Ellis Starr, national racing analyst for Equibase (@Ubercapper); and Daniel Tordjman, manager, Partnerships & Sponsorships, America’s Best Racing (@DanonymousMan).

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $32.1 million to fund 412 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at