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Emily Gaskin's Fantasy Stable

Published: May 11, 2018 9:37 am ET

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Who would harness racing's sharpest minds select in the 2018 Trot Magazine Fantasy Stable? Trot Insider will feature 'expert picks' in advance of the contest entry deadline.

Race Marketing Manager and Commentator for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Emily Gaskin has offered her picks for the 2018 Fantasy Stable. Gaskin has 'gone local' with Beckhams Z Tam as her choice from the solid selection of Standardbreds in Group C.

"He’s an Indiana Guy and I’m an Indiana Girl! I thoroughly enjoyed watching Beckhams Z Tam throughout his sophomore campaign, highlighted by a Breeders Crown win at Hoosier Park," noted Gaskin. "He’s a very versatile horse that I think will make the transition from three to four exceptionally well -- he’s been well managed, has a high turn of speed and the grittiness to have a great campaign this year!"

After a winless rookie season, Beckhams Z Tam blossomed as a three-year-old for trainer Jamie Macomber. In 20 seasonal starts, the son of Always A Virgin - Sarah Lucky Charm posted a summary of 11-3-4 with earnings exceeding $512,000. His biggest victory of the season came on his home turf when the Indiana-bred bested North America's best sophomore pacers in the 2017 Breeders Crown.

Now with three qualifiers under his belt as a four-year-old -- the most recent of which a sizzling 1:51.4 mile on May 5, Beckhams Z Tam makes his aged debut in a $21,000 Invitational Pace on Friday night (May 11) at Hoosier Park.

Group A:

Group B:
Filibuster Hanover

Group C:
Beckhams Z Tam

Group D:
Rainbow Room

Group E:
Top Flight Angel

Group F:

Group G:

Group H:
Blue Moon Stride

Group I: Two-Year-Old Colt Pacers:
U S Captain

Group J: Two-Year-Old Filly Pacers:
Caviart Darlin
Izzy Hanover

Group K: Two-Year-Old Colt Trotters:
Sheer Muscle
Mission Hill

Group L: Two-Year-Old Filly Trotters:
Personal Paradise

Group M: Trainers 1:
Brian Brown

Group N: Trainers 2:
Casie Coleman

Group O: Drivers 1:
Yannick Gingras

Group P: Drivers 2:
Aaron Merriman

Group Q: Drivers 3:
Doug McNair

Group R: Drivers 4:
James MacDonald

Entries for the 2018 Fantasy Stable Contest can be made up until 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, May 18. Stables cannot be altered once submitted. Click here to enter!

The contest is based on total earnings of selected horses and five percent of the earnings of selected trainers and drivers between May 18 and December 31, 2018..

For the purposes of the fantasy bankroll, the winners (horses only) of the 2018 Breeders Crown Finals will each receive a $200,000 contest bankroll bonus. Also, in the two-year-old categories, contestants are once again asked to select TWO horses.

At the end of the year, the winner of the contest will receive entry into and travel to the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship, a prize valued at (approx) $1,300.

Previous Expert Selections:

Greg Blanchard - The Raceway at The Western Fair District

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