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by Paul on 03/12/12 at 06:15 PM ET
from Richard Rosenblatt of Sports Illustrated,
Every now and then an NHL star or a hockey team inspires a racehorse owner.
There have been several horses named for Wayne Gretzky (The Great Gretzky, Gretsky, Gretskyshattrick) and one for the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team (Believeinmiracles).
Barry Schwartz, the former chairman of the New York Racing Association and a lifelong Rangers fan, owns or has owned horses named Henrik, Sean Avery and O Shanny - for goalie Henrik Lundqvist and former Rangers Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan.
Now comes Howe Great, a 3-year-old colt on the road to the Kentucky Derby named for Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. Barry Irwin, whose Team Valor International owns the horse, came up with the name for the son of Hat Trick. It’s also a nod to the Gordie Howe hat trick - a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game.
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