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Deanna Manfredi Becomes Grand Prize Winner of GSN's 'AMERICAN DREAM DERBY,' Taking Home $250,000 and a Stable Of Thoroughbreds With Winning Horse Avenueofknowledge

Series Culminated With Live Race Today at Rain-Soaked Santa Anita Park

SANTA ANITA, Calif., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Deanna Manfredi's horse, Avenueofknowledge, crossed the finish line first with a commanding four length lead at today's AMERICAN DREAM DERBY live race, to make her the grand prize winner of $250,000 and a stable of eight thoroughbred horses. Manfredi, a resident of Philadelphia, was eliminated during the series portion of the reality show and voted back in as a long shot in today's live finale.

Manfredi, 36, had the fourth pick of the show's stable of horses and was represented by Avenueofknowledge, a 6-year-old California bred gelding by AVENUE of FLAGS. Avenueofknowledge has one win from nine starts with earnings of $25, 380, including $21,000 earned today. His best previous finish was a third in a maiden-claiming race at Santa Anita last September.

The race was the ninth and final event on Monday's card, and Avenueofknowledge was the fourth choice in the wagering at 6-1 odds. Ridden by Omar Figueroa, Avenueofknowledge kicked clear on the last turn of the one-mile race and cruised home four lengths in front of runner-up Regal Cruiser. The winning time was 1:35.90.

"I was shocked at that performance," said a stunned Manfredi of Avenueofknowledge. "He pretty much slaughtered that field out there and I wasn't expecting that. My first thought when he crossed the finish line was 'Oh my God ... I have this barn with no horses in it and now I am so excited to bringing these horses home."

Howard Zucker trains Avenueofknowledge, and the horse will remain under his at care at Santa Anita. The other seven horses Manfredi chooses will be sent to Philadelphia Park and Delaware Park, she said. Manfredi, a Comcast subscriber, will get the horses right back into training.

LeAnn Rimes performed the show's theme song, "You Take Me Home" as part of the 60-minute program, hosted by Steve Santagati.

"I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome," said GSN President Rich Cronin. "We set out to make a reality show with a true sense of competition and AMERICAN DREAM DERBY delivered."

One of the most ambitious reality shows ever produced, AMERICAN DREAM DERBY captured the essence of the thoroughbred horse racing industry from every perspective. Twelve contestants from around the United States learned everything from being an owner to being a stable hand, from the daily physical care of a race horse to learning how to prepare for, run and bet on a race.

AMERICAN DREAM DERBY, filmed in its entirety at the famed and beautiful Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, was executive produced by Scott A. Stone, Sharon Levy, Kathy Sutula, Anthony Ross and Jonas Larsen.

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via gsn.com. Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.

 

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