Erik Kabik / ErikKabik.com
Monday, June 13, 2016 | 8:04 p.m.
A win is a win — even if only by a nose. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who has outposts at Caesars Palace and Mandarin Oriental, bought a minority share of Creator, the horse that won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Bobby invested only 72 hours before the race — and only because he was hosting 20 guests to watch the race and wanted them to have a horse to cheer. He retired his horse America one month ago.
“I had nothing to run and because I wanted to make sure my guests had an enjoyable experience, I needed to purchase a horse to run,” said Bobby. One of his other horses, Juvenile Fillies, won the Breeders Cup in 2010.
Bobby bet Creator to win the Kentucky Derby, but it placed 13th and “I lost miserably.” “But the opportunity to co-own it, it was a no-brainer because I liked the look of the horse, the people who were involved with it and Win Star farm.
Bobby, a board member of the New York Racing Association and Breeders Cup, says he will probably mate his fillies with Creator’s sire, Tapit, to make the investment more tantalizing.
An ecstatic Bobby sat through a downpour that fell after Creator crossed the finish line: “I was certainly cheering the loudest of anyone in the entire racetrack. It was especially exciting.”
HORSE & RIDER: Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Horse and Rider” on display at Art Encounter since owner Rod Maly discovered it begins a world tour in November in Milan.
A new book on the original bronze sculpture and 500-year-old beeswax mold valued at more than $34 million will be published in September. Before departing here for Europe, a one-time offering limited to 20 sets is available.
The set consists of a Leonardo Classic and Silver each with matching numbers. The first 10 will sell for $100,000 and the second 10 at $110,000. It also gives the buyer a .5 percent (1/2) ownership in the original bronze.
The finds will be on display at Palazzo Delle Stelline in Milan two minutes from the home of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” and a six-minute stroll from Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Gates are Da Vinci original owners.
POKER PRIZES: Two poker players will walk away millionaires from the World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker no-limit hold’em that began Friday as part of the WSOP at the Rio. The first-place and second-place finishers are guaranteed a $1 million purse.
More than 7,000 players began play for the total prize pool of nearly $10 million. Nearly 250 women are taking part. The youngest player is Brandon Shells of England, who turned 21 just 19 days before the cards went in the air. The oldest player is Norman Spivock, 92, of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Russia has 47 players competing against entrants from Britain and as far away as Australia and Brazil. More than 3,100 decks of cards will be used by 798 dealers. With this 15th event of the WSOP, more than $34 million has been awarded to 38,993 players compared to $27 million to 31,412 players last year.
RESTAURANT WEEK: Our 12-day, 10th annual Restaurant Week benefiting our Three Square food bank continues through Friday, and star chefs at MGM Resorts properties have created incredible dining options with menus at $20 to $80.
At Aria, celebrity chefs Michael Mina, Julian Serrano and Shawn McLain are taking part, and at Bellagio it’s Michael Mina, Todd English, Roy Ellamar and Akira Back. Alain Ducasse presents his menu at Rivea in Delano Las Vegas, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken at Border Grill in Mandalay Bay, Tom Colicchio in the Mirage and Emeril Lagasse at MGM Grand.
For a list of Restaurant Week participants and menus, go to HelpOutDineOutLV.org and ThreeSquare.org.
GUEST MAGICIAN: Canadian magician Murray Sawchuck is welcoming a countryman, Chris Funk, as a guest star to his Sin City Theater shows at Planet Hollywood all week.
Chris, recently on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” on the CW and SyFy’s “Wizard Wars,” is currently on “America’s Got Talent.” Murray told me: “He’s talented and he’s Canadian, so that wins for me. I love giving people a cool opportunity, and this will be a fun week of magic.”
EDC HI-JINX: It’s an only in Vegas titillating tale — well, 60 miles away in Pahrump. To welcome Electric Daisy Carnival partygoers to town, courtesans at Sheri’s Ranch have come up with a sexclusive vacation for the sexually adventurous crowd.
“Before or after a long night at the festival, our guests can relax in our pool, dine at our restaurant and unwind in our role-play rooms and brothel bungalows with the girls of their choice at our 20-acre playground,” said Aaron Shah, marketing director. “There’s nothing like pancakes and fun in bed to prepare for EDC.”
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.