VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Rashard Lewis' horse wins at Gulfstream

MIAMI (AP) - Rashard Lewis got a win on Friday, six hours before the Miami Heat even started playing.

Advertisement
And it came on grass, not hardwood.

White Rose, a 3-year-old filly owned by Lewis and his longtime friend Jake Ballis, won a maiden race on the turf at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Friday afternoon.

Sent off as a heavy favorite, White Rose returned $3.40 for the win, and Lewis - who has dabbled in horse ownership for about five years - got to be in the winners' circle for the post-race celebration.

``Especially during the year, it's very tough to attend races,'' Lewis said before the Heat played host to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

``It was a great day. It's very tough to win in horse racing. White Rose being in first place, me being able to attend and me being able to be in the winner's circle, it's a very good day.''

The Heat forward said he was approached by Ballis several years ago about owning a small percentage of some horses, and before long, Lewis was hooked on the sport. He said on one trip to historic Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York, he did a double-take when seeing another man of basketball pedigree at the track - that being Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a longtime racing enthusiast.

Ballis' father, John, owned Groovy, who was voted Eclipse Award sprint champion in 1987.

``I'm a lot more high-strung and nervous than Rashard watching the races,'' Ballis said. ``Our friendship is very close. I gave a speech at his wedding. I've grown up around racing and Angel Cordero is our main adviser. We have a great team around us.''

With the Heat, Lewis is around some of basketball's biggest names: Pat Riley, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, for example.

The same applies in racing, where some Hall of Famers from that sport - such as trainer Bill Mott, jockey John Velazquez and an adviser such as Cordero, one of the best jockeys ever - are the ones Lewis relies upon.

``We've got a good team around us,'' said Lewis, who made the half-hour drive south to the arena where the Heat play after the race. ``We're not doing it blind. We've got a lot of help from a lot of people who have been in the game for a long time.''

White Rose's win could be the start of a big month for Lewis when it comes to racing. Another of his horses, Cigar Street, is expected to be in the Grade 3, $100,000 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream on March 30 - also Florida Derby day.

``It's a lot of work,'' Lewis said. ``And a lot of fun.''

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: Sunday's Essentials
Akins: Hoop Trends - Sunday
Mejia: Dinero Tracker - Feb. 25
BetOnline.ag: Adjusted Win Totals
Lawrence: 2nd Half Trends to Watch
BetOnline.ag: Golden State Future Props
BetOnline.ag: Raptors Future Outlook
Caldwell-Pope helps Lakers top Kings
Durant leads Warriors rout of Thunder
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
8-1 Sat., 14-5 G-Plays, +3,606 TY
9-2 Picks, 14-4 G-Plays, +1,907 TY
8-2 L10, 12-4 L16 NBA Picks
5-2 L7, 19-7 Run, 14-5 G-Plays
15-6 L21, 28-11 Streak, 16-5 Totals
8-3 Totals, 13-6 GPlays, 29-14 Picks
15-7 L22 Picks, 12-5 L17 G-Plays
3-0 Record Last 3 Days
6-3 Last 9 NBA Selections
3-0 L3, 8-4 L12 Guarantees
+2,658 NBA Picks TY
6-2 L8 NBA Selections
+1,483 Net Profits TY
13-4 L17 Picks/Guarantees
4-1, +350 Last 5 G-Plays
9-4 L13 Over/Under Plays
5-2 Last 7 Guarantees
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 6-3 L9 Totals
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets
2017 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3606
Alex Smart + 2658
Kevin Rogers + 1907
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 431
Kevin Rogers + 400
Vince Akins + 300
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 59 %
Kevin Rogers 56 %
Alex Smart 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 2374
Kevin Rogers + 1862
Antony Dinero + 1817
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3449
Alex Smart + 974
The Gold Sheet + 872
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1589
Bruce Marshall + 1206
Vince Akins + 470
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership