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Laurel Park will be the only game in town Christmas Eve.

Actually, the only game in North America.

Laurel Park will serve up a special live nine-race program on Christmas Eve. It is the only live card in North America.

First race post time is noon ET.

Highlighting the Christmas Eve card is a starter allowance featuring stakes-placed Flash McCaul, I Came to Party, Coltimus Prime and the Michael Dickinson-trained Scorch as well as a $42,000 allowance event over six furlongs with a field of 12.

There will be a Rainbow 6 carryover of $1,236.53 and a Super Hi 5 carryover of $644.55.

Closed on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25, Laurel will host a special Monday program on Dec. 26 before concluding its 52-day fall meet on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30 and 31.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-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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