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The summer racing season is finally upon us!

Five weeks ago, the racing world was captivated by the underdog story of Rich Strike. He rallied from last place to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in an 80.80-1 upset.

Welcome to another racing season. Whether you’re a hard-core handicapper, a casual fan, or simply looking to make the most of a sun-drenched Saturday, a day at the racetrack is the great equalizer of sports. A summer lineup of horse races at a host of amazing venues across the country is an enticing prospect, no matter your experience with the sport.

Leading up to race day, a guy has a lot on his mind. What horse am I going to bet on? Should I take an Uber so I can partake in the track’s signature drink? And of course, what am I going to wear?

Rich Strike catapulted himself to the forefront of the American racing scene on the first Saturday in May this year. With a dramatic come-from-behind rally, he won the 2022 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in a shocking 80.80-1 upset, making him the second-biggest longshot to win the race in history. His underdog status has made him a fan favorite.

Six semifinalists for the 16th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been selected by a panel of judges and were split evenly this year between fiction and non-fiction. These semifinalists were chosen from nearly two dozen submissions, a healthy indicator that interest in horse racing remains very much alive despite the crippling effects of a two-year global pandemic.

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