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Put 'em up at the Hard Rock

Correspondent

On Saturday, March 17, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) hosted Alliance MMA’s Shogun Fights.

The fight night had 11 mixed-martial arts bouts watched by 2,300 fans. In the main event, Sean Brady defeated Colton Smith in a unanimous decision to remain undefeated as a professional at 8-0. Also on the main card, Matt McCook won after Caleb Williams knocked himself out when his head hit the mat in a take-down.

Many of the fighters train in South Florida. Olivier Murad made his pro debut with a TKO of fellow Miamian Asim Zaidi 37 seconds into round 1.

Rumble at the Rock, professional boxing, will take place this Friday, March 23, with 12 bouts. The undercard starts at 7 p.m. and features 6-foot-9 southpaw Ivan Dychko — a two-time Olympic super heavyweight medalist who recently turned pro — as well as former world champ Juan Carlos Payano, a 5-foot-5 super bantamweight.

The undercard also marks the pro debut of Roberto Duran Jr., son of the boxing legend.

In the main event, No. 4-ranked WBA bantamweight Stephon Young (17-0-3) will square off for 12 rounds with No. 5 Reymart Gaballo (18-0).

Former heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield are expected to attend. Tickets range from $55 to $255.

GO TO THE DOGS

The Florida Wiener Dog Derby will take place for the first time at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) on Saturday. There’ll be nine races for dachshunds — as well as “wiener wannabes” —t o sprint their little legs 70 feet to the finish line.

Sorry, no betting. The derby raises money for dachshund rescues.

The first four heats are on the track between 11 a.m. and noon, which is post time for the first Thoroughbred race. The next four heats are after Thoroughbred races 1 and 2, and the championship is after Thoroughbred race 3.

You can make it a family day by eating the buffet breakfast ($10) trackside between 8 and 10:30 a.m. while watching horses train.

MORE BETTING IN DANIA BEACH

Beginning April 1, the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com) will offer new jai alai wagers.

“These bets include an early and late daily double, an early and late pick-3 and the addition of a superfecta game,” players manager Benny Bueno says.

The bets are back by popular demand, Bueno says. The fronton offered them before it reopened in 2016 after massive renovations.

The spring jai alai season runs until April 27. Evening performances are from Wednesdays to Saturdays, starting at 7 p.m. Afternoon performances are on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.

ODDS AND ENDS

The Battles at the Beach poker tournament is running until March 29 at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). Shlomo Maman, of North Miami Beach, won the opening no-limit hold ’em event, pocketing $15,615 after defeating 957 entries. Buy-ins cost $175, and the purse reached $122,610.

This weekend’s action includes the main event, a NLH with $500,000 guaranteed to be paid out. Buy-ins cost $1,500.

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot at Gulfstream Park jumped to $3.8 million for Wednesday, March 21. No one has won since Jan. 28.

Tip Top, a 7/5 favorite, won Saturday’s $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com). He sprinted around the 545-yard course in 29.01 seconds to set a PBKC stake race record. It was the second-fastest time in the track’s history.

Rare Earth (“I Just Want To Celebrate,” “Get Ready”) will perform ($20-$50) on April 21 at the Casino at Dania Beach. The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic,” “Summer in the City”) will play there ($25-$75) on May 5.

david@davidraterman.com

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