A show of hands, please. Who remembers Jack Klugman? He was the actor who starred in the TV series, Quincy M.E. and if you’re as old as me, the TV version of the Odd Couple (and I’m not talking the ‘re-runs’!).
Anyway, old Jack (below) stepped off the stage the other day at age 90, but what people might not know is that he was an avid owner and breeder, racing a number of handy types including Jacklin Klugman who ran third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby.
The same day I saw a news piece on Hugh Bonneville from the hit series Downton Abbey who has just bought into a Fastnet Rock filly in training with Richard Hannon, and a Danehill Dancer colt with Michael Stoute.
It got me thinking (which is never a good thing!), but while champion racehorses have a tendency to elevate owners from relative obscurity, there must be a lot of famous people out there with interests in racehorses … football legend, Sir Alex Ferguson (who part owned Rock of Gibraltar), being just one example.
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