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Colt partially owned by Mike Tice wins impressively in debut

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You may recall former Vikings coach Mike Tice cashing a big Pick Six score this summer at Del Mar Race Course.

Well, Tice continues to run hot at the race track.

Midnight Hawk, a two-year-old colt in which Tice reportedly owns a stake, drew off to win in fine fashion on Friday afternoon at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California.

According to Daily Racing Form, Tice and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville are among the owners of the young gray/roan horse, who made his debut on Friday for trainer Bob Baffert. Tice was an assistant with the Bears from 2010 through 2012, serving as offensive coordinator in his final season.

Star jockey Mike Smith had the call on Midnight Hawk, who broke slowly, worked his way into closer contention, drew even on the turn, then pulled away for a stylish victory of a little more than six lengths. Midnight Hawk was timed in 1:29 and two-fifths seconds.

The winner’s share of the purse is $27,000. However, that’s only part of the story. Fast two-year-old colts can be very valuable; if Midnight Hawk is judged to have run fast, he could be worth quite a bit.

Now, we wait to see where Midnight Hawk runs next. Hollywood Park will close for good in less than two weeks, and Southern California’s thoroughbred racing shifts to Santa Anita Park. Given his debut, a shot in a stakes race could be coming in 2014 for Midnight Hawk.

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30 Responses to “Colt partially owned by Mike Tice wins impressively in debut”
  1. rextraordinaire says: Dec 13, 2013 6:19 PM

    Of course its impressive. It has nothing to do with offensive playcalling and that’s why he is able to be successful.

  2. cajunaise says: Dec 13, 2013 6:20 PM

    Oh?

    *looks*

    …oh.

    – Indy fan

  3. daysend564 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:22 PM

    Same PEDs distributor that his buddy AP use(d).

  4. Smarterthanyou says: Dec 13, 2013 6:25 PM

    How did get the horse, trade some Super Bowl tickets for it?

  5. terrytateofficelb says: Dec 13, 2013 6:33 PM

    WOW!…

  6. tigersfandan says: Dec 13, 2013 6:43 PM

    Smarterthanyou says: Dec 13, 2013 6:25 PM

    How did get the horse, trade some Super Bowl tickets for it?

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    I see what you did there!

  7. pancaketaco says: Dec 13, 2013 6:59 PM

    Pie-O-My by 3 furlongs.

  8. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 13, 2013 7:15 PM

    Ok, calm down.

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 13, 2013 7:26 PM

    Too bad he didn’t name the horse Meathead Hawk.

  10. bears0492 says: Dec 13, 2013 7:30 PM

    I’m being honest here. How is pitting horses in a race against eachother any different than pitting pitbulls against eachother? Yeah, the horses don’t necesarily die when they lose, but these races most definitely take its toll on the horses. That’s why we see horses being ‘put to sleep’ (AKA killed once they lose their usefullness) all the time.

  11. anarchopurplism says: Dec 13, 2013 7:44 PM

    Speaking of a blast from the past and their ventures, can we have an update on Marvin Harrison’s car wash business?

  12. FinFan68 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:47 PM

    I don’t think I’m alone in saying the majority of us do not care about tangential stories such as this. For future reference, we won’t care about whether or not Bubby Brister did well in the stock market.

  13. f1restarter says: Dec 13, 2013 8:55 PM

    Leslie Frazier will also have plenty of time to play the ponies after this season is over. So will the next coach of the Vikings two years from now. And so on and so forth until the end of time.

  14. Ferdinand says: Dec 13, 2013 8:58 PM

    Pick Sic would be a great name for a horse.

  15. Ferdinand says: Dec 13, 2013 8:58 PM

    Pick Six would be a great name for a horse.

  16. bigkurt6 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    We should get an update on the Marvin Harrison’s carwash business

  17. kahnsbushymustache says: Dec 13, 2013 9:06 PM

    The horse should have been called Party Boat Sexcapades…

  18. briang123 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:25 PM

    So? Who cares?

  19. danpatrickisatool says: Dec 13, 2013 9:38 PM

    Mike Tice is one of the worst coaches in NFL history.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Dec 13, 2013 10:02 PM

    He actually wasn’t that bad as the head coach of the Vikings. He did more with less talent than Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier.

    But much like every other Viking coach, he never really had a franchise QB, they still don’t have one and next year isn’t looking good either.

  21. mackcarrington says: Dec 13, 2013 10:13 PM

    @bears0492:
    You really think racing horses is the same as fighting dogs? Wow!
    And they just don’t kill horses when they aren’t useful. Horses are put down when they have serious injuries that threaten their lives. Otherwise they they get used for breeding. Which isn’t a bad way to live out the rest of their lives.

  22. 4sacroc says: Dec 13, 2013 11:21 PM

    Midnight Lute was Baffert’s favorite horse. It’s also his Twitter handle …

    Another son of Midnight Lute is a beast named Wabbajack.

    Watch this guy rumble at Gulfstream in a few weeks.

    Enjoy …

  23. rajbais says: Dec 13, 2013 11:33 PM

    Congrats.

    I’m sure the tickets weren’t necessary to have scalped.

  24. stellarperformance says: Dec 14, 2013 6:27 AM

    A Viking story about an ex-coach and his horse. This is what happens when your team is irrelevant halfway through the season. The Packer haters then come up with the same, old, tired, personal insults. That’s all they have. That’s all the ammunition they have. It’s like they fight with water balloons and we fight with bazookas……every year.

  25. joebee78 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    Tice wanted to place a bet on the horse, but wasted too much time, missed the allotted time window and had to pass.

  26. DonRSD says: Dec 14, 2013 9:08 AM

    I like these stories of “other” football related things, but is there anyway for them to have their own section?

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:58 PM

    Mike Tice stories just bring back embarrassing and humiliating recollections of Viking seasons past.

    But at least it helps Viking fans escape the present.

  28. dcviking says: Dec 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    That’s all the ammunition they have. It’s like they fight with water balloons and we fight with bazookas……every year.

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    Oooh, you’re breaking my heart cupcake….

  29. dcviking says: Dec 14, 2013 8:09 PM

    Midnight Hawk > AJ Hawk

  30. FinFan68 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:09 PM

    mackcarrington says:
    Dec 13, 2013 10:13 PM
    @bears0492:
    You really think racing horses is the same as fighting dogs? Wow!
    And they just don’t kill horses when they aren’t useful. Horses are put down when they have serious injuries that threaten their lives. Otherwise they they get used for breeding. Which isn’t a bad way to live out the rest of their lives.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So, if a horse has an injury that threatens its life (maybe/not certain) the solution is not to try to treat or save the horse, but to kill it before the injury does? Really? No. The reason horses are put down so often in cases like that is a convenience issue and a money issue. They are no longer useful and therefor no longer worth the cost of keeping them alive. That’s the sad truth of today. Back in the days of the wild west it was a mercy killing. With today’s technology and medicine, not so much.

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