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WISHING FOR LUCK ON DERBY DAY? TAKE A TIP FROM THE EXPERTS

 WISHING FOR LUCK ON DERBY DAY? TAKE A TIP FROM THE EXPERTS
 DETROIT, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're crossing your fingers for good luck on Derby Day, you're in good company: horsemen are some of the most superstitious people around. Almost all jockeys, horse trainers and groomers have superstitious rituals sure to bring them luck. Just listen to what horsemen at Ladbroke Racing Corporation's tracks do to keep their horses winning (Ladbroke Racing Corporation is the largest owner of racetracks in the United States):
 "If my horse wins one day, I'll wake up at the same time the next day, eat the same food, feed the horses in the same order, wear the same clothes, and make the same stops on my way home -- until one of my horses has a bad day. Then I'll start over." (Trainer)
 "It's bad luck if a horse's mane is braided an even number of times. It's bad luck to wear red on a day when your horse is racing. And it's bad luck to tell people your last name." (Groom)
 "It's bad luck to eat peanuts in the grandstand if your horse is running that day." (Groom)
 "I never bet on one of my own horses, no matter how much I like his chances." (Trainer)
 "If one of my horses wins, I'll use the exact same equipment when he runs next and take the horse to the track on the exact same path." (Groom)
 "If I go to a new track and they give me barn 13, I won't take it. Thirteen is unlucky -- they can put me anywhere but not there." (Trainer)
 "If I see a single piece of straw in my shed row, I'll stop and pick it up. I've been told that bad things happen if you don't." (Trainer)
 "If my barn has a stall numbered 13, I'll paint over the number so that it doesn't show." (Trainer)
 "Never fill a horse's water bucket before you take it to the race. It's terrible luck to do that -- do it only afterwards." (Trainer)
 Ladbroke Racing Corporation (LRC) owns five U.S. tracks: Ladbroke DRC in Detroit; Ladbroke at Golden Gate Fields, San Francisco; Ladbroke at The Meadows, Pittsburgh; Ladbroke at Canterbury Downs, Shakopee, Minn.; and Valley Greyhound Park, a greyhound stadium in Harlingen, Texas. LRC also operates four off-track betting facilities in Pennsylvania.
 LRC is a division of Ladbroke Group PLC, a publicly held company headquartered in London with worldwide holdings of nearly $5 billion and a staff of more than 65,000 in 50 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Sagripanti of Anthony M. Franco, Inc., 313-567-5212, for Ladbroke Racing Corporation/ CO: Ladbroke Racing Corporation ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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