Top Horsemen supporting wounded U.S. Soldier

It’s only a starter allowance with a $27,000 purse, but a race for 2-year-old fillies a week from Sunday, October 9, might as well be the Kentucky Derby for a young Marine named Josh Hotaling, who earlier this year returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan severely wounded by a roadside bomb that destroyed both of his legs.

Thanks to some generous Thoroughbred owners who embraced Hotaling’s love of horse racing, the Marine is now part-owner of Under Protest, a daughter of Friends Lake, and if the filly wins, there is going to be one very happy and emotional group of people in the winner’s circle.

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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