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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31712955 Star power Star+power Horseracing

Secretariat is the rare racehorse who became a celebrity in his own right. After all, there's even a movie about the 1973 Triple Crown winner. But to see a celebrity at the racetrack, you usually have to look to the owners' boxes. Take a look at celebrities who have owned racehorses, then click through to Bing to get the scoop on their award-winning thoroughbreds & more.

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713245 MC Hammer MC+Hammer Horseracing

The height of Hammer's fame was a study in excess. He spent lavishly, and that included his horse racing venture, Oaktown Stable. Hammer made a big splash in the sport in the early 1990s as he bought top stock. In 1991, he won the filly equivalent of the Kentucky Derby (what's this race?), in his first year as an owner, with Lite Light.

Bing: How much did Lite Light earn for Hammer?
Search: Check out photos of Hammer
Find: Watch Hammer performing with this Korean singer

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713191 Queen Elizabeth Queen+Elizabeth Horseracing

Her majesty (pictured talking with jockey Luke Nolen at Royal Ascot) has been a racehorse owner longer than she has been queen (how long is that?). Her stable includes some of the top equine talent in Great Britain, and her stock regularly appears in England's classic races. She's also a frequent visitor to the Royal Ascot meet, and she is said to have the Racing Post - England's equivalent of the Daily Racing Form - brought to her each morning.

Bing: How much did her horse, Aureole, earn?
Search: See photos of the queen's horse
Find: The horse race named for the queen

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713241 Drew Brees Drew+Brees Horseracing

The New Orleans Saints quarterback maintains a home near his old haunts of San Diego and is a regular at this racetrack before training camp opens. Apparently, he wasn't content to be merely a railbird. Brees jumped into ownership the past couple years with shares of several horses and made headlines last year when his partnership claimed a horse from an ownership group with famous members.

Bing: What is the name of horse Brees' claimed?
Search: Check out photos of the horse
Find: Latest on Drew Brees

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713244 Elizabeth Hurley Elizabeth+Hurley Horseracing

The British actress and model has been involved in the sport through the ownership syndicate Highclere Thoroughbred Racing. One of the horses she invested in, Memory, was resold to none other than Queen Elizabeth this year.

Bing: How much did Memory sell for?
Search: See photos of Hurley and the horse
Find: Hurley's next big project

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713242 Steven Spielberg Steven+Spielberg Horseracing

The heralded movie director/producer celebrated the equine in this recent movie, and he has had interests in several racehorses through investments with Biscuit Stable. He was a part-owner of a horse who finished fourth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

Bing: What was the unusual name of Spielberg's horse?
Search: What famous director also co-owned the horse?
Find: The two collaborated on this horse racing movie

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31709917 Rick Pitino Rick+Pitino Horseracing

The University of Louisville basketball coach is the reigning NCAA tournament champion. He hopes to follow that up with a trip to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle. Pitino is a minority owner of Goldencents, the Santa Anita Derby winner who is due to start in the Run for the Roses on May 4. He has been the majority owner of many other horses through Celtic Pride Stable and Ol Memorial Stable.

Bing: How much did Goldencents win at Santa Anita?
Search: Check out photos of Goldencents
Find: More on contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713223 Bode Miller Bode+Miller Horseracing

Trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, is apparently a big fan of Bode Miller, the champion skier: Baffert not only named his son Bode in Miller's honor, but also his 2012 Derby runner-up Bodemeister. And it was Baffert who got Miller into the world of thoroughbred ownership; Miller got his first win as part-owner of Carving last summer at Del Mar.

Bing: What's the name of Bode Miller's horse?
Search: See photos of Bode and Carving
Find: Watch Bode win Olympic gold

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31709919 Jim Rome Jim+Rome Horseracing

The sports talk show host (pictured, right, with trainer Mike Puype at Santa Anita) is a recent newcomer to the game, but he already has made an impact. He's co-owner of the filly Mizdirection, who won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in 2012 and has started this year with wins in three straight stakes races.

Bing: How much did Mizdirection win at the Breeders' cup?
Search: See photos of Rome and the horse
Find: Watch Rome's classic fight with Jim Everett

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713247 Ronnie Wood Ronnie+Wood Horseracing

The guitarist of one of rock's greatest bands unwinds from life on the road by running a breeding farm, Sandymount House, in Ireland. He was voted Small Breeder of the Year in 1999 and has had several homebred runners win at The Curragh, a famed Irish racetrack. Most of the horses he breeds, however, go through the auction ring.

Bing: Check out photos of Wood's artistic work
Search: Watch Wood perform with the Stones

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713251 Burt Bacharach Burt+Bacharach Horseracing

The music legend - pianist, composer and producer - had beginner's luck when his very first starter, Battle Royal, was a winner in 1968. He has been a mainstay in the Southern California racing scene ever since and has had several notable runners on the national stage. His Soul of the Matter and Afternoon Deelites won multiple Grade 1 races.

Bing: What were Soul of the Matter's earnings?
Search: See photos of the horse
Find: Which movie legend disapproved of his second marriage?

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713243 Bobby Flay Bobby+Flay Horseracing

The celebrity chef doesn't merely dabble in horse racing. He operates a full stable that has produced a Breeders' Cup winner in the 2010 Juvenile Fillies Turf, and he sits on the New York Racing Association board. Flay is this year's recipient of the Earle I. Mack Champion Award, given annually for "an individual for outstanding efforts and influence on thoroughbred racehorse welfare, safety and retirement."

Bing: What's the name of Bobby's Breeders' Cup winner?
Search: Check out photos of Flay and his horse
Find: More on Bobby's newest cooking show

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713248 Alex Ferguson Alex+Ferguson Horseracing

He's the manager of Manchester United, a soccer powerhouse that won the Premier League title this year. But Ferguson's success isn't limited to his primary sport, as he's also a fixture on the English Flat and Steeplechase racing scenes.

Bing: One of his horses was named European Horse of the Year
Search: See photos of the award-winner
Find: A legal dispute over breeding rights

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713186 Toby Keith Toby+Keith Horseracing

The country singer has been heavily involved in horse racing for more than a decade, and it's not just a sideline gig for him. He owns a 330-acre ranch (where?) that houses more than 100 mares. He's also hands-on in selecting breeding matches and active at auctions when buying both breeding and racing stock.

Bing: One of his more famous racehorses?
Search: See pics
Find: What's the name of Keith's farm?

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713185 Alex Trebek Alex+Trebek Horseracing

Who is a game show host who once owned the Creston Farm in California? Trebek, of course, who bought the breeding and racing operation in the 1990s.

Bing: Did he score an award winner from the deal?
Search: See pics
Find: Does he still own the farm?

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713222 Joe Torre Joe+Torre Horseracing

The longtime major league manager, who returned to the dugout this spring to direct the US squad in the World Baseball Classic, has long enjoyed thoroughbred ownership as a hobby.

Bing: Which award-winner does he partly own?
Search: See pics of the runner
Find: He recently raked in the big bucks

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713246 Rob Dyrdek Rob+Dyrdek Horseracing

The pro skateboarder and reality TV show gadfly got into horse racing as a stunt for one of his shows in 2009, when he trained as a jockey and hopped aboard Mega Heat for a race at Hollywood Park. Soon, he was riding only in spirit as an owner. He might have come into horse racing as a lark, but he says he's in to stay. "I knew the moment I got into it that it was going to be something I did until the day that I die," he told turf writer Claire Novak in 2011. "There are so many aspects of it that I absolutely love."

Bing: One of his more famous racers?
Search: See her mid-competition
Find: Dyrdek recently announced another new hobby

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713190 Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Herb+Alpert+and+Jerry+Moss Horseracing

The A&M behind this famous record label have had almost as much success on the racetrack as in the music industry, having owned horses both together and separately.

Bing: Who was Alpert's best runner?
Search: Who did Moss strike gold with?
Find: See the famous owners together throughout the years

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713189 Bing Crosby Bing+Crosby Horseracing

The legendary crooner and movie star (when did he die?) was quite the sports enthusiast, from his golf "clambake" at Pebble Beach to his part-ownership of the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years. He owned racehorses for decades, though his stable's inability to win big races became a running gag in his radio and TV appearances.

Bing: What was one of Crosby's lasting impressions on the sport?
Search: One of his songs is played before each race at this famous track
Find: Pics of the iconic singer at the races

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713228 Wes Welker Wes+Welker Horseracing

The wide receiver, who jumped from the New England Patriots to the Denver Broncos as a free agent this offseason, has owned racehorses for about five years. In partnership with bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell, he has a piece of seven horses in training this year.

Bing: Which of his horses took a stab at the Kentucky Derby this year?
Search: The thoroughbred's namesake?
Find: Details on the other horses Welker owns

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31712953 Jack Klugman Jack+Klugman Horseracing

The actor (best known for this classic show) was a $2 railbird at heart. But his success allowed him to enjoy the high end of the sport, too. Klugman, who died in 2012 (how old was he?), was the toast of Churchill Downs in 1980 when he brought a future award-winner to run in the race.

Bing: The infamous name of his winning thoroughbred?
Search: What were some of his first wins?
Find: Photos of Klugman's former multimillion-dollar horse ranch

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713249 Wayne Rooney Wayne+Rooney Horseracing

In the Premier League, thoroughbred ownership is somewhat of a status checkpoint. Professional soccer player Rooney (his teams?) followed his then-teammate (who?) into the racing world in 2012.

Bing: What did he name his first purchase?
Search: Pics of Rooney with the racehorse
Find: "Follow" the thoroughbred on Twitter

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31712954 Telly Savalas Telly+Savalas Horseracing

The actor (pictured in character as Kojak) was a mainstay on the race scene during the height of his career in the 1970s. He co-owned Telly's Pop with this famous producer, and the colt won the California Derby in 1976 before going favored in the Santa Anita Derby. A fifth-place finish there ended any Kentucky Derby hopes.

Bing: Whom did Savalas name his horse after?
Search: Clips of Savalas in his infamous role
Find: How did the actor die?

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713212 Paul Lo Duca Paul+Lo+Duca Horseracing

The former major league catcher got into racehorse ownership during his playing career. (When did he retire?)

Bing: What's Lo Duca's horse-related gig?
Search: Watch him in action
Find: Details on his past thoroughbreds

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Horseracing 241 43 Celebrities who own racehorses 31713240 Rex Chapman Rex+Chapman Horseracing

The former NBA guard (his teams?) was Kentucky born and bred before he made a name for himself starring at the University of Kentucky, so it's no great surprise he gravitated to the "sport of kings." He not only has had ownership interests, but he had a race named in his honor at Santa Anita.

Bing: He's been given this special honor at the track
Search: His recent NCAA tournament gig
Find: Follow him on Twitter for race track updates

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