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Horse co-owned by Mike Tice could be on Kentucky Derby trail

Sham Stakes Horse Race AP

On the second Sunday on January, new Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice is part owner of a colt who’s taken his first steps toward racing on the first Saturday in May.

Midnight Hawk, a three-year gray colt, won Saturday’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park by 1 3/4 lengths. In victory, Midnight Hawk earned 10 points toward qualifying for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, which will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

“It’s pretty exciting; it’s nice to be a part of a winner,”┬áTice said after the race, according to Claire Novak of the Blood-Horse. “Any time you win it’s exciting, in anything: tiddlywinks, horse racing, or football.”

Tice was named the Falcons’ offensive line coach last week.

Midnight Hawk set or chased the pace throughout, took the lead near the quarter pole and plugged away for the win, his first in stakes company and his second in as many starts.

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is also a co-owner of the horse, who is trained by Bob Baffert.

Other stakes races seem likely for Midnight Hawk as Baffert further tests his readiness for the rigors of the Triple Crown trail. While Midnight Hawk is no sure thing to run in the Kentucky Derby, his career is off to a good start.

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8 Responses to “Horse co-owned by Mike Tice could be on Kentucky Derby trail”
  1. ihateravens says: Jan 12, 2014 3:31 PM

    Wonder if Mike will sell me the free ticket he gets to the derby?

  2. siggtacular says: Jan 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    Senseless article

  3. deltaoracle says: Jan 12, 2014 3:38 PM

    Can’t tell from the picture but I imagine it runs with a pencil tucked behind one ear.

  4. torqueolo says: Jan 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    Early favourite for most uninteresting story of 2014. We want more articles about Romeo Crennel’s cats

  5. i10east says: Jan 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    Discount Daaa-ble check! *I just wanted to say that on a Chicago thread*

  6. kd75 says: Jan 12, 2014 4:16 PM

    Tice’s horse vs Parcells’ horse vs Francesa’s horse in a box trifecta in the Run for the Roses…

  7. stellarperformance says: Jan 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    The horse just finished his second interview to be the next head coach of the Vikings.

  8. gb4mn0 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:57 AM

    “Its pretty exciting; its nice to be part of a winner,” Tice said after the race. Those are the exact words Tice uttered when he signed on with the Jags in 2006 after having just wasted 10 years of his life in Minnysoda.

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