06/15/2010 11:00PM

Porters Court a longshot player's dream


When owner-trainer Joe Faulkner's Porters Court arrived at Thistledown this spring, he was lugging a 13-race losing streak with him. That ended in his first start here when the Canadian-bred gelding won on June 2 at odds of 105-1, paying $213.80 for a $2 wager.

When Porters Court returned to the races here Tuesday, he again received little respect from the bettors and was sent off at 30-1. He won again, paying $63.80. A $2 parlay on the Rodney Dangerfield of Thistledown would have returned $6,820. Lyndon Hannigan rode Porters Court to both of his victories.

* Slides Choice, the 2009 Ohio horse of the year will face archrival Pay the Man in the $50,000 William Petro Memorial Handicap on Saturday.

Pay the Man has finished ahead of Slides Choice in three of their four meetings.

The 1 1/16-mile Petro has attracted a field of seven, including Gathering Dreams, winner of the May 22 Theodore Classen Memorial at Thistledown.

* Thistledown stewards fined groom Kathy Lewis $100 this week for roughing up a self-service betting machine in the track kitchen after it malfunctioned. The fine has been paid and the machine has since recovered and is once again issuing more mutuel tickets.

* There are a few spots remaining for Saturday's New Horse Ownership Seminar at Thistledown. The program, which is free, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes a barn tour; a series of speakers, including director of racing Bill Couch, veteran trainer Richard Genovese, and jockey Faith Schorr; and a light lunch. To sign up call Heather McColloch at (216) 662-8600, ext. 1450.