Fans will have one final weekend to catch live racing at Horsemen’s Park.

The facility will wrap up its nine-day live meet with a five-race card Friday at 6:15 p.m. and a seven-race card Saturday at 2 p.m. That will conclude the track’s 22nd season.

“The forecast sounds pretty good,’’ General Manager Mike Newlin said. “It’s been one heck of a meet, so we’re hoping to finish strong.’’

The simulcast of the Belmont Stakes will highlight Saturday’s program, though Newlin knows there won’t be the same buzz as last year. Justify won the Belmont in 2018 to become the 13th horse to capture the Triple Crown.

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“It’s obviously not going to be the same,’’ he said. “But we’ve got a good live card, and the races from Belmont will make for a strong simulcasting day.’’

Friday’s feature will be the $20,000 Dazzling Falls Stakes, named after the only Nebraska-bred to compete in the Kentucky Derby. The 6-5 favorite in the 1-mile race is Alex To, who has one win and two second-place finishes in three career starts.

Saturday’s feature is the $20,000 Who Doctor Who Stakes, named for one of the most popular horses ever to compete in Nebraska. Be My Shadow is the early 2-1 favorite in the 6-furlong event that will cap the meet.

Newlin said he had hoped to see a few more horses racing, but the jockey colony is getting thin. Both Prairie Meadows in Iowa and Canterbury Downs in Minnesota also will be racing this weekend.

A season-ending injury to veteran Armando Martinez took another jockey out of circulation. Martinez had eight wins in 24 mounts at Horsemen’s Park but broke his ankle at Prairie Meadows two weeks ago.

“He was having a great meet,’’ Newlin said. “That was an unfortunate accident.’’

Entering the final weekend, Alberto Pusac leads the jockey standings with 14 wins. Pusac, riding for the first time in Omaha, also has finished second seven times and third seven times.

Chris Fackler is second with 10 wins while Martinez is third.

Marissa Black continues to lead the trainer standings. She has six wins in 15 starts, two more victories than three others — David Anderson, Mark Hibdon and Salvador Arceo.

Disc jockey DJ Jab will be playing music Friday night after the races and the band Sinners N Saints will perform Saturday following the final race.

“It’s the fans’ last chance this weekend,’’ Newlin said. “Hopefully they come on out.’’


Hibdon and the Landis Stables are tied for most wins by an owner with four. No other owners have more than two victories. ... The No. 3 post position has produced the most winners with 11. The No. 1 post is right behind with 10. ... Pusac and Jake Olesiak both have ridden in 45 of the 46 races. ... Four horses — Classy and Fast, Magic Miracle, Irish Contessa and Joy Forever — all have won two races. ... A total of 39 horses will go to the post Friday and 54 Saturday.