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If ever there was a need for a handicapping seminar, it’s for the Breeders’ Cup.

With 14 races spread over two days and with the best horses in the world going head-to-head, bettors need all the help they can get. Fortunately for Las Vegas horseplayers, there will be two excellent seminars they can attend and glean information and selections from. Best of all, both events are free.

The South Point, located at the very south end of the Las Vegas Strip, will have a star-studded trio of handicappers holding court at the property’s Exhibit Hall at 6 p.m. Friday. Radio personality Ralph Siraco of the Race Day Las Vegas show will be joined by Gaming Today’s Jon Lindo and Rich Eng of the Daily Racing Form. They’ll break down Saturday’s card and go over some of the results from Friday.

“People don’t know who to pick so the seminar is important,” said Mary Jungers, the race book manager at the South Point. “They’ll get a lot of good information.”

In Summerlin, the Rampart Casino will have its seminar at 6 p.m. Friday in its Cascade Lounge with Duane Colucci, the property’s race and sports director, joined by noted Southern California handicapper Bob Ike.

“The card is shaping up to be a monster,” Colucci said of Saturday. The Classic, especially, could be unbelievable if everyone entered runs. It’s a stacked field and it’s going to be a very difficult race to handicap.”

Colucci said paying attention to what happens Friday at Keeneland could be important in trying to find winners on Saturday.

“That’s what’s great about the two days,” he said. You get to see how the track plays out and it gives you an idea about what you might expect on Saturday. Of course, things change, rather and other things can impact how the track plays “

In addition to having Ike’s opinions, the Rampart will also have a drawing for restaurants and casino play for those who attend.

Both properties will benefit from the state of Nevada recently relaxing its limit on public gatherings. With a maximum of 250 people now permitted, socially distanced, of course, and masks mandatory, there will be plenty of seating available.

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“We’re expecting a big crowd,” Jungers said. “With the increased capacity, we can accommodate everybody who wants to attend so we invite everybody to come down on Friday.”

Colucci said: “It definitely make things easier. We don’t have to worry about limits of the number of people. It’s a lot easier to promote.”

Special Twin Q

Station Casinos opted not to do its annual Breeders’ Cup seminar at Sunset Station. However, it has beefed up its popular Twin Q wager for the weekend.

Normally, the Twin Q jackpot is $5,000. But for Breeders’ Cup, it has been bumped up to $10,000 for Friday and $15,000 for Saturday. Both Twin Q’s will be from the cards at Keeneland.

About the Author

Steve Carp

Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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