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Bill Parcells spends $105K on one-year-old colt


On Sunday evening, Bill Parcells bought a horse, and not just any horse. No, this was an expensive horse — and one with a back story.

Parcells, with trainer Gary Sciacca acting as his agent, placed a winning bid of $105,000 for a one-year-old colt at the Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Preferring Yearlings Sale in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Yes, that’s a lot of money for a horse, but Parcells had reason to have an affinity for this young, bay-colored colt.

The yearling is a full brother to a four-year-old colt named Saratoga Snacks whom Parcells owns and Sciacca trains. Saratoga Snacks has developed into a very good sprinter, winning of 6-of-9 races and earning $314,600. Saratoga Snacks last raced on August 1, finishing third in the John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga just two days before Parcells was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Parcells turns 72 later this month. He has a really nice New York-bred colt who’s good enough to race at his beloved Saratoga, and now he owns one of his siblings.

Life is good.

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20 Responses to “Bill Parcells spends $105K on one-year-old colt”
  1. tannethrill says: Aug 12, 2013 12:33 PM

    For those of you out there that love to read stats and project outcomes there’s no better hobby than handicapping. Breaking down a race reminds me of franchise mode in Madden.

  2. kane337 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:42 PM

    Horse racing is stupid.

  3. wferg1121 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    Shouldn’t this be on a lol

  4. joeywoge1019 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Horseracing is a great sport. Handicapping the winner of a race is a great feeling!! Whoever said horseracing is stupid is a dope!!

  5. kd75 says: Aug 12, 2013 12:58 PM

    Churchill Downs in two years…

  6. spellingcops says: Aug 12, 2013 1:06 PM

    The best way to make a small fortune in horse racing is to start with a large fortune.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 1:12 PM

    The headline made me think that Parcells had bought Andrew Luck’s baby.

  8. justintuckrule says: Aug 12, 2013 1:20 PM

    The runner up to the auction is a dope. Using my ebay skills, I would have figured that the highest bid would have been just north of $100K. He should have bid $112,501.55.

  9. All-American Voltron says: Aug 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    He should form a tag team with Mike Tice as the $100,000 horse club

  10. longdrive2011 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    A one year old Colt? He should name him Andrew Luck.

  11. ken0west says: Aug 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    From a gambling perspective horse racing is stupid. The exception is, with cell phones being allowed in many tracks, you can always make your big play offshore and not have to pay the highest juice in gambling.

  12. jaxdolfan says: Aug 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    I wish I could vote more than once on the thumbs up for the post.

  13. gazinkus says: Aug 12, 2013 1:36 PM

    Three thoughts:

    Why is this our business? Can’t he spend his money however he wants without commentary from the peanut gallery? What’s next? “Bill Parcells spends $2.69 for Charmin at the grocery.” ???

    Second, if this colt is as good as he seems, he’ll easily return positive money on the investment. A few winning purses, a few stud fees, and pretty soon this is a profitable venture. Unlike, say, the investment in Bobby Carpenter.

    Lastly, if Bill Parcells wanted to use $100K as fire starter in his fireplace, there’s a lot more still where that came from. He’s not hurting for money.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 1:48 PM

    This isn’t about horses, it’s about gambling.

  15. mrplow3 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    Its called a business investment.

    Would you write this article if he just purchased a small town fishing shop for 100K?

    No, you wouldn’t

    I’m pretty sure he didn’t but this horse to ride around his backyard.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 2:33 PM

    $105k? You would be lucky to get a week’s worth of meals out of a one year old colt.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    If the beast doesn’t excel on the track, Tuna hopes to recoup his investment by rendering him to glue and selling it by the gram to addicts.

  18. mackcarrington says: Aug 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Parcells is 72 years old, and has a few million dollars in the bank. He probably doesn’t see any problem with spending his grandchildren’s inheritance on horses. They can wear T-shirts that say “My grand-dad is in the Hall of Fame and all I got was a horse”.

  19. deltaoracle says: Aug 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    And people think there’s a lot of drug use in football…

  20. greymares says: Aug 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    kd75 says:
    Aug 12, 2013 12:58 PM
    Churchill Downs in two years…

    The story said he was a bred sprinter that would be like asking Lawrence Taylor to block.

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