360° Coverage : What Is It With Chicago Blackhawks And Horse Racing?

2 Updates
What Is It With Chicago Blackhawks And Horse Racing?

What Is It With Chicago Blackhawks And Horse Racing?

Jan 10 2014, 2:00pm CST | by

Depending on the outcome of Saturday’s fifth race at Santa Anita Park, Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville might get a chance to dream about adding a Kentucky Derby trophy to his collection of...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

33 weeks ago

What Is It With Chicago Blackhawks And Horse Racing?

Jan 10 2014, 2:00pm CST | by

Depending on the outcome of Saturday’s fifth race at Santa Anita Park, Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville might get a chance to dream about adding a Kentucky Derby trophy to his collection of Stanley Cup rings.

Midnight Hawk, a three-year-old colt, will make his second start tomorrow in the Grade 3 Sham. He’s owned by Quenneville in partnership with former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice, Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc., Mike Kitchen and Mike Pegram, who also bred the horse.

A son of the two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute, Midnight Hawk made his first start at Hollywood Park last month, demolishing five rivals by more than six lengths as the near-even-money favorite.

Tomorrow’s Sham Stakes is an official Kentucky Derby prep; the horses who finish first through fourth will earn points towards entrance to the race at Churchill Downs in early May.

Quenneville is a long-time racing fan, hitting Saratoga Racecourse in upstate New York nearly every summer, and he’s owned horses in the past as a partner in Team Power Play. In 2010, the year of his first Stanley Cup as coach of the Blackhawks, he presented the trophy to the winner of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

In 1992, Quenneville hit a Pick 6 at Saratoga worth, he said, more than $120,000; in 2009 at Hollywood Park, one-time Blackhawks player and current Blackhawks broadcaster Eddie Olczyk hit one for $500,000.

Olczyk, too, has been around horseracing for a long time, going to the track near his Chicago-area home as a teenager, and later breaking into broadcasting at the Meadowlands during the 1994 lockout.

Earlier that year, as a member of the Rangers’ Stanley Cup-winning team, Olczyk brought the Cup to Belmont Park to raise money for charity, allegedly feeding Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin from it.  (Olczyk steadfastly denies that the horse ate from the Cup.)

Current Blackhawk  Jonathan Toews has at least two Thoroughbreds named for him:  Three-year-old New York-bred Captain Toews broke his maiden first out at Belmont in September, then finished third and seventh in two subsequent races. He hasn’t raced since October.

Another three-year-old New York-bred, Captain Serious, has yet to race and is spending the winter in Florida, preparing for a debut

later this year.  Captain Serious is owned and bred by Barry Schwartz, the co-founder and former CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc and the former CEO of the New York Racing Association,

Schwartz, a long-time Rangers fan, also owns and bred B Shanny, a four-year-old gelding based at Belmont Park who’s earned more than $241,000 on the track.

When Midnight Hawk goes to the post tomorrow at 2:30 pm West Coast time, Quenneville will be on the other side of the continent, preparing for a 6:00 pm ET puck-drop in Montreal. His Blackhawks are currently tied for second in the Western Conference standings, at this point securely in position for playoffs that will begin in mid-April, just a couple of weeks before the Kentucky Derby.

As a two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach, Quenneville’s used to the intensity of competition in the spring. Should Midnight Hawk live up to the promise of his first race, Quenneville might be on more than a quest for the Cup this year; he might be on the road to the Derby.

Follow on Twitter, like on Facebook, read at Brooklyn Backstretch.

Source: Forbes Business

 
Update
2

3 days ago

Khazanah throws MAS RM6b lifeline

Aug 29 2014 5:01pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 30, 2014 1:15 AMKHAZANAH Nasional will inject RM6 billion (SS$2.4 billion) over three years to resuscitate loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) under a recovery plan that includes even an Act of Parliament. Other key moves are migrating its operations, assets and liabilities to a new company (NewCo) a ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 
Update
1

4 days ago

MAS posts loss of RM307m for Q2

Aug 28 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 29, 2014 1:13 AMMALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) registered a loss of RM307 million (S$122 million) for the second quarter to end-June, but warned of worse to come in the second half when the "full financial impact of the double tragedies of MH370 and ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

India offers red carpet, not red tape, Modi hard sells India (Roundup)
Tokyo, Sep 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday hard sold India to Japanese investors saying that his country offers only a red carpet and not red tape while dubbing his five-day trip to Japan that ends Wednesday as "very successful".
 
 
Fear grips onlookers as Ebola victim walks through market
Monrovia, Sep 2 (IANS) A video footage has emerged from Liberia showing a person tagged positive for Ebola virus disease (EVD) walking through a busy market, sending hundreds of horrified onlookers fleeing in fear, a media report said Tuesday.
 
 
Half of British young women cannot locate vagina
London, Sep 2 (IANS) Half of young women are unable to properly label a vagina on a medical diagramme, while 65 percent admitted having a problem simply using the words "vagina" or "vulva", a British survey has revealed.
 
 
Nepal, India to hold energy talks
Kathmandu, Sep 2 (IANS) Officials from Nepal and India will be meeting in New Delhi Wednesday and Thursday to hold talks on the much-touted Power Trade Agreement (PTA) between the energy-starved nations.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Britain asks citizens to review travel plans to Pakistan
Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised its citizens to review their planned trips to Pakistan in view of the volatile security situation in the country. "There is a high...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jaime King: Motherhood is all that matters
Jaime King says her son is the most important thing in her life now. The 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' star welcomed her first child James - her son with husband Kyle Newman - into the world last October and since she...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault
Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assault. The 'Beautiful People' hitmaker was sentenced to time already served by a judge after accepting a plea deal at a Washington DC superior court today (02.09.14), where he was...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Piers Morgan confirms CNN departure
Piers Morgan has confirmed he is leaving CNN after turning down a new deal. The British presenter - whose show 'Piers Morgan Live' was axed by CNN earlier this year - took to his Twitter account on Tuesday (02.09.14)...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Helen Mirren is learning Italian
Dame Helen Mirren is learning Italian. The 69-year-old actress owns a villa in Salento, South-East Italy, with her husband Taylor Hackford and although the couple also have homes in London, Los Angeles and France they...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Number of displaced civilians inside Ukraine doubles: UNHCR
Geneva, Sep 2 (IANS) The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said the number of people displaced inside Ukraine has doubled in the past three weeks since the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine is driving...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
15 troops, 50 militants killed in Ukraine clashes
Kiev, Sep 2 (IANS) At least 15 troops and 50 pro-Russian militants have been killed since Monday as Ukrainian forces engaged in fierce fighting against militias in the country's eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India offers red carpet, not red tape, Modi hard sells India (Roundup)
Tokyo, Sep 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday hard sold India to Japanese investors saying that his country offers only a red carpet and not red tape while dubbing his five-day trip to Japan that ends...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian woman charged for having illegitimate child
Dubai, Sep 2 (IANS) An Indian man filed a case in a court in the UAE against his wife, who gave birth to a child in 2010 despite their not having sex for eight years, a media reported said Tuesday. The man, who is...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Captain Marvel 'will not appear' in Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Captain Marvel will not appear in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel. The movie, which has proven to be an enormous commercial and critical success, has already been lined up for a sequel - but director James Gunn has...
Read more on Movie Balla