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The Road to the Triple Crown goes through Portland Meadows!

The Road to the Triple Crown goes through Portland Meadows!

While Portland Meadows doesn’t host any Triple Crown prep races, our handicappers and fans are definitely Triple Crown worthy.

Leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Portland Meadows will discuss one Derby prep race - our feature simulcast race of the week – in an online Google+ Hangout.

The Google+ Hangouts are limited to ten participants including five spots for the pros and insiders and five spots for fans of racing. All skills levels are welcome to participate.

The Hangout operates like an online round table with the pros and insiders discussing the qualifications of the horses and how they see the race playing out while interacting with and answering questions from the five lucky fans that get to participate. At the end of the Hangout, the pros will give their picks and proposed wagers.

The Hangouts will last thirty minutes and they will be held the day before each 'Feature Race.

“We are really excited to be using this technology,” said Portland Meadows General Manager Will Alempijevic. “Jason and Matty J are great young talents who are very good handicappers. We get emails and calls asking to speak with them all the time and the Hangout is a great way to connect to our customers and fans. We will be calling on our friends at the tracks of the prep races to get an insiders local view of the race which will have great value to our customers and fans of racing whether they make their bets at Portland Meadows or elsewhere.”

On Friday February 15, 2013 the first Hangout was held and Portland Meadows’ Matt Jukich (aka Matty J) and Jason Beem were joined by HRTV’s Peter Lurie and Golden Gate Fields Fields’ Dan Cirimele to discuss the G3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby from Golden Gate Fields.

Each hangout will be archived and can be found on the Portland Meadows YouTube page by clicking HERE

The next Hangout will cover the $400,000 G2 Fountain of Youth from Gulfstream Park and will be held online from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM (PST) on Friday February 22, 2013.

Please visit the Portland Meadows Facebook page to sign up to participate or to get the link to watch the Hangout live. Participants are required to have a Gmail account and have a webcam with video and sound.

Portland Meadows Road to the Triple Crown - Google+ Hangout Race Schedule:

Note: Hangouts will take place the day before the race listed below

Saturday February 16, 2013
$200,000 G3 El Camino Real Derby, 3yo, 9f
Golden Gate Fields

Saturday February 23, 2013
$400,000 G2 Fountain of Youth, 3yo, 8.5f
Gulfstream Park

Saturday March 2, 2013
$400,000 G3 Gotham, 3yo, 8.5f
Aqueduct Park

Saturday March 9, 2013
$300,000 G2 San Felipe, 3yo, 8.5f
Santa Anita Park

Saturday March 16, 2013
$600,000 G2 Rebel, 3yo, 8.5f
Oaklawn Park

Saturday March 23, 2013
$500,000 Spiral, 3yo, 9f
Turfway Park

Saturday March 30, 2013
$1,000,000 G1 Florida Derby, 3yo, 9f
Gulfstream Park

Saturday April 6, 2013
$750,000 G1 Santa Anita Derby, 3yo, 9f
Santa Anita Park

Saturday April 13, 2013
$1,000,000 G1 Arkansas Derby, 3yo, 9f
Oaklawn Park

Saturday April 20, 2013
$200,000 G3 Lexington, 3yo, 8.5f
Keeneland