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Rashard Lewis' horse wins at Gulfstream

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Rashard Lewis got a win on Friday, six hours before the Miami Heat even started playing.

And it came on grass, not hardwood.

White Rose, a 3-year-old filly owned by Lewis and his longtime friend Jake Ballis, won a maiden race on the turf at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Friday afternoon.

Sent off as a heavy favorite, White Rose returned $3.40 for the win, and Lewis — who has dabbled in horse ownership for about five years — got to be in the winners' circle for the post-race celebration.

"Especially during the year, it's very tough to attend races," Lewis said before the Heat played host to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

"It was a great day. It's very tough to win in horse racing. White Rose being in first place, me being able to attend and me being able to be in the winner's circle, it's a very good day."

The Heat forward said he was approached by Ballis several years ago about owning a small percentage of some horses, and before long, Lewis was hooked on the sport. He said on one trip to historic Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York, he did a double-take when seeing another man of basketball pedigree at the track — that being Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a longtime racing enthusiast.

Ballis' father, John, owned Groovy, who was voted Eclipse Award sprint champion in 1987.

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