Former Keeneland Betologist Owns Part Of G3 Bewitch Entry

When Vagas Mathiesen took a self-described breather from the insurance business in Omaha, he expected to spend time doing relaxing chores at his friend Pat Waresk’s Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm. But an online ad for a position at Keeneland as a BETologist during the 2015 Fall Meet changed his plan.

BETologists are Keeneland’s wagering experts who assist fans with questions. The position interested Mathiesen, and he landed the job after a Skype interview.

The BETologist experience renewed Mathiesen’s interest in Thoroughbred racing, which had originated at Omaha’s Ak-Sar-Ben race track, where his grandfather owned Thoroughbreds.

“I have many pictures of me in the winner’s circle at Ak-Sar-Ben,” he said.

Mathiesen returns to Keeneland Friday to watch a horse he owns in partnership compete in the closing-day feature, the $150,000 Bewitch (G3).

She is Sully’s Dream, a 4-year-old daughter of Colonel John who is coming off a win in the March 24 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds. Mathiesen owns the filly, trained by John Ortiz, with Pat Waresk, Ralph Ebert, Michael Waresk and Randy Taylor.

Mathiesen said he stopped following racing when his grandfather died 1998 but returned to the sport in the summer of 2016 when he claimed Sly Star for $5,000 at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. The filly went on to win several races, including a stakes in Nebraska.

Since then, Mathiesen has expanded his Thoroughbred portfolio to include other racehorses and broodmares in partnerships. On April 1, he acquired an interest in Sully’s Dream.

“When I was in Kentucky for the 2015 Keeneland season, I saw her every day when she was a yearling at Pat Waresk’s farm,” he said. “So I am very happy to now be a part owner.”

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