Johnny Bench is being honored on a limited edition bottle of Makers Mark at Kentucky’s Turfway Park. 3000 of these bottles have been made to commemorate their Lanes End Stakes. The booze will go on sale March 14th and proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund.
This should totally be a trend. I want more players to be on bottles of hooch for me to buy. Give me a Bret Boone bottle of Wild Turkey or the Bret Favre bottle of Sailor Jerry any day, i’ll pony up for that stuff. Boy, guys named Bret love the hooch don’t they?
In the UK a man wagered 1 dollar and won 2 million dollars. You have to love this story. This guy, who at present wishes to remain unknown, wagered the correct winner of 8 different races on the Friday horse races, he bet 1 dollar to win 2 million and hit the biggest parlay I’ve ever heard of. The first horse that won was named “Isn’t That Lucky” and the last was “A Dream Come True”. The best thing is, he didn’t even know he won the next day because he was back at it on Saturday making more crazy parlays…where he didn’t win a single won, losing $5.
I gotta start hitting the track more and trying this. Sure the odds are against you, but they have to be better than Powerball or Keno. Perhaps i’ll try this when I go to Vegas in April. Ohhh yea.
Jockey Victor Molina is hoping for the best in his disciplinary hearing to be held on Friday after getting upset at the horse he was riding and kicking it in the gut. Yes, two-year-old colt Yes Yes Ohyes was attacked by the jockey on Monday at Philadelphia Park after the horse reared up in the starting gate, its head hitting Molina right in the chest, stunning, then angering him. After that, he got off the horse, took off the saddle…and swiftly kicked Yes Yes Ohyes in the belly. The Boston Heraldhas recounted this entire story and got these quotes from the jockey:
“I’m not the kind of person that people are making me out to be,” Molina said today. “The threat of knowing the horse could hurt you, if anything, got me upset,” he said. “The idea that I could have got hurt, I just got mad at him. Maybe that’s why I kicked him.”
The article says that Molina has been a jockey at Philadelphia Park since 1988 and is normally quite kind to animals. Also, the racing director Al Sinatra ejected Molina from the park and suspended him indefinitely.
In hockey you can get 40 games to a season long ban for viciously attacking a player but in football you can step on a man’s face and get a 5 game suspension in a 16 game year. What would all those Barbaro horse fanatics think of this guy, let alone the PETA people who are up in arms with the animal cruelty going on at the VA Michael Vick compound? They might want to burn him at the freakin stake! Maybe we should just go ahead and replace these jockeys with robots or something!
We couldn’t find a video of this kick, even though it was caught by the simulcast cameras, but at least we did find this
Chad Johnson is tired of the Michael Vick, Pac Man Jones, and Randy Moss dominating the offseason headlines and is doing something about it! Chad Johnson is going to race a horse. Mediatakeout.com is reporting that Ocho Cinco himself is going to race a 4-year-old colt named Restore at Cincinnati’s River Downs on June 9th. Restore will run 1/8th of a mile and Johnson will run half that. Chad says:
‘I’m ready,’ he said. ‘He has two extra legs, so I will get a two-extra-leg lead. It’s all for fun. The important thing is raising money to help those in need.’
The good thing is that this is all for charity, with the proceeds going to his coach’s foundation and Feed The Children. The Deuce hopes that this is the beginning of many human vs animal events we have to look forward to. Next, i want to see Michael Vick vs. One of his Rottweilers or Mike Tyson vs. A Kangaroo. Anyone else have any dream Athlete vs. Animal events?