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Thursday, July 27, 2023Contact: Jamie Haydon (859) 224-2750
Grayson Grass Challenge Returns to Horseshoe Indianapolis for Fourth Installment

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Horseshoe Indianapolis announced today that they will be partnering for the fourth 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 1, whereby participants in the challenge submit selections on two specified races held each week at Horseshoe Indianapolis through Thursday, August 31. Each contestant will be given a $500 bankroll provided by Horseshoe Indianapolis from which participants can make win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagers. At the end of the five weeks, all remaining bankrolls plus winnings from the contestants will go to Grayson.

“Since its inception three years ago, the Grayson Grass Challenge has been a highlight for Horseshoe Indianapolis by attracting engagement in our races and drawing attention to the crucial work Grayson does,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of Racing for Horseshoe Indianapolis. “We are proud to sponsor this contest again and raise money for research that helps all horses.”

“The Grayson Grass Challenge continues to be a popular and entertaining competition, and the funds raised go directly to equine research,” said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. “We are appreciative of Horseshoe Indianapolis for working with us again and recognizing the importance of equine research.”

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 (@NickLuck); Rachel McLaughlin, racing analyst and production manager, Horseshoe Indianapolis (@RacingRachelM); Ellis Starr, national racing analyst for Equibase (@Ubercapper); Jenna Otten, Caesars Entertainment Racing analyst (@JennaBAOtten); 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 1940, the foundation has provided more than $40 million to fund more than 426 projects at 45 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation is available at