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The Notebook March 27, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Rashard Lewis

Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis is currently riding the wave of his team’s 27-game winning streak. But the two-time NBA All-Star is also making his mark in horse racing. In 2009, Lewis’s Join in the Dance ran in the Kentucky Derby. This Saturday, his horse Cigar Street is scheduled to run in the Skip Away Stakes as part of the Florida Derby day card at Gulfstream Park.

Name: Rashard Lewis 
 
What I do for a living: Forward for the Miami Heat
 
How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: Through my friend and partner Jake Ballis.He always talked about horses when we played together, and he asked me to be a small partner in Join in the Dance. That was the first horse we purchased together.
 
My favorite racetrack: Saratoga and Gulfstream 
 
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup
 
Other sports/teams I follow: I follow all sports. The Houston Texans are my team.
 
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Have the younger generation involved. Have more national TV broadcasts. And TVG and HRTV need to shoot in HD.
 
What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Less horses breaking down because that is always a tragedy.
 
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: exhilarating, competitive, unpredictable
 
First Thoroughbred track I ever attended: Saratoga
 
Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Zenyatta. I would love to meet her one day and get a worn Zenyatta halter for my game room.
 
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Breaking our maiden at Saratoga in the first race we ever ran in.
 
Best racetrack food can be found at: Gulfstream
 
My favorite jockey: Johnny V. [Velazquez] and Angel Cordero
 
My favorite trainer: Bill Mott and Todd Pletcher
 
My heroes: My mom
 
Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog
 
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Any big boxing fight.
 
Twitter handle: I do not have a twitter account.
 
No. 1 Bucket List item: Winning an NBA championship, then winning the Derby!
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