Created: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:00 CST
Updated: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:12:49 CST
A field of seven horses will start the 25th annual $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry Gus Fonner Stakes Saturday afternoon at Fonner Park race track in Grand Island.
No question about it, the excitement is building.
The horses will start out of the gate in the 9th of ten races the day after tomorrow with the $40,000 first place prize claimed by the winner.
It is the signature race of the meeting with some familiar names competing for the championship.
Bosselman Pump and Pantry and Nebraska Danger owner Charlie Bosselman drew the post positions for the race which will start shortly after 5:00.
Jockey Jake Olesiak will be aboard the defending champion horse Diamond Joe as he was last year for the mile and 16th race.
RIGHT, GOING A MILE AND SIXTEENTH USUALLY SORTS ITSELF OUT BY THE TIME YOU EVEN GET TO THE FIRST TURN AND THERE'S A LOT OF TIME IN THE RACE TO GET IN POSITION WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
I THINK I'VE GOT HIM IN AS GOOD A SHAPE AS I CAN AND HE LOOKS GOOD AND HE'LL GIVE IT HIS BEST SHOT I'M SURE. IT'S ALWAYS TOUGH, IT'S ALWAYS TOUGH THESE KIND OF RACES AND THE MONEY THE BOSSELMANS PUT UP THERE'S SOME PRETTY GOOD HORSES IN HERE SO WE'LL PLAY IT BY EAR AND HOPEFULLY COME OUT ON TOP
THERE IS A LOT OF STAKE RACES IN A LOT OF STATES THAT AIN'T EVEN 75 THOUSAND AND WE ALL NEED TO THANK THE BOSSELMAN FAMILY FOR THE PARTICIPATION THEY'VE DONE IN IT AND COMMITMENT THEY HAVE MADE. IT REALLY KEEPS HORSE RACING EXCITING AT FONNER PARK.
Kevin Hulse said his horse Joy Boy, who finished 3rd by a length and a half last year, has gained 100 pounds and he'll run faster, not slower.
Joy Boy is a 2–1 favorite to win the race, Diamond Joe is at 3–1 but that line can and probably will change before we get close to Saturday's $75,000 Bosselman Pump and Pantry Gus Fonner Stakes.
Tomorrow's post time is 3 PM, 1:30 Saturday and Sunday.