Owners need deep pockets to field winning horse

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

It's glamourous. It's thrilling, but it ain't cheap.

If you want to own a race horse and win, be prepared to lose a lot of money.

"You're seeing it more and more where an owner will spend $25,000 to $30,000 on a horse and then put him in races for less," trainer Martin Drexler said.

"People will lose money to win."

That's the price of having a champion stallion.

"It's more of an ego thing," Drexler said. "People like the pictures on the wall and to beat their friends at it.

"Some people shouldn't be owners, though. I get my horses whatever they need. If the bill at the end of the month is $5,000, you better be able to play for it."

MARQUEZ REPORT: Jockey Carlos Marquez, who was pinned under a horse during a parade to the post last Saturday, has a confirmed crack pelvis and will miss the remainder of the season here in Winnipeg and a chunk of his winter season in Houston.

NEXT STAKES: Tomorrow night the Manitoba Maturity Stakes for four-year-olds will take centre stage at the Downs. At 2-1, Lorna Gray's Canadian Idol is the favourite in the race that will feature Manitoba-bred horses.

Other horses that could contend are 3-1 Hurri Coin and 5-1's Spectacular Humor and Simply Marvis.

TUESDAY RACING: Starting this week, Assiniboia Downs will expand its racing schedule to four days a week for the month of July. In addition to Friday, Saturday and Sunday, live racing will also take place on Tuesday nights.

DOWNS TO VEGAS: Free poker is available every Friday and Saturday at the Downs. The top two players each night win a cash prize and trip back for the final game of the season in September, where the winner will get a trip for two to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker.


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