At Gulfstream Park in South Florida,  the winner of the fifth race Thursday was a first-time starter whose name is “Hartford.”  But the thoroughbred appears to have no direct connection to Connecticut.  A spokesman at Gulfstream says the horse is named for the Hartford Family Winery in California.

The track announcer told the fans on hand that Hartford ran “a Whale of a race,”  and we’re told he was humming the celebratory march associated with the Hartford Whalers “Brass Bonanza” in the press box.

Hartford paid $3 for the win. And, while his odds for the Kentucky Derby were 100-to-1 in Las Vegas before the race, after the race his odds for the Derby had dropped to 40-to-1.


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