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Monday, October 15, 2007


Here's how this goes...You get a racehorse and you want to name it after one of your buddies or somebody famous. The registry -- The Jockey Club -- will let you name it Alvin Contradine, but they won't let you name him Bradd Pitt or George Clooney or Tom Brady. They most certainly will NOT let you name it Oprah Winfrey.

In order to give a Thoroughbred racehorse a famous persons name, you have to get permission from said famous person. In less of course, you hedge your bet just a bit...

Enter Oprah Winney. We don't know if her owners got permission from media mogul Oprah Winfrey or not, but Winfrey will pay tribute to her (almost) equine namesake next Tuesday, October 23, when The Oprah Winfrey Show runs a segment on the top filly sprinter Oprah Winney.

The segment is expected to include footage from Oprah Winney's victory earlier this year in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park over in Maryland as well as scenes from last year's Breeders' Cup World Championships. The fleet Rick Dutrow trainee is scheduled to make her next start in the inaugural running of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on October 26 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. (ESPN2, 4:00-6:00 p.m., ET)
All this is great, and contratry to how this usually goes. Typically, if you name a horse after one of your friends or a celeb, they can't outrun a fat man uphill.

Way to go, Oprah!

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