CRAZY LEGS HIRSCH STARTING TO RUN AS WELL AS FOOTBALL STAR NAMESAKE, WINS THIRD IN ROW AT REMINGTON PARK
Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch was a running back/receiver who made the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, getting his nickname for his crazy running style.
The horse, Crazy Legs Hirsch, is starting to gain some fame of his own with three wins in a row at Remington Park, including Wednesday night’s feature allowance race. This 3-year-old gelding also has a crazy running style, coming from a county block behind to fly past everyone at the finish line.
The football player won the National Football League championship in 1951 with the Los Angeles Rams after finishing No. 3 in the polls with the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan during his collegiate career. If the horse keeps up his winning ways, he is going to push for as many awards as the human athlete.
Crazy Legs Hirsch, a son Mucho Macho Man, out of the Peace Rules mare Western Peace, did not win a race until his seventh career start when he had reached the bottom of the claiming ranks at Remington Park, taking a seven-furlong sprint by 7-1/4 lengths after breaking dead last in a 12-horse field. He stepped up in class with winners for the first time the next race and didn’t blink an eye, despite breaking poorly in seventh among seven horses before he came roaring down the stretch with $15,000-level claiming horses that had not won two races lifetime.
In Wednesday night’s race, he was trying allowance horses for the first time in his career, and the betting public didn’t mind a bit, making him the second wagering favorite, at 4-1 odds, in the field of 10 horses. He made the step up in class again, and once again broke last and was just relaxing, biding his time as the leaders went out in a speed duel, covering the first two fractions in :22.39 for the quarter-mile and :45.63 for the half-mile. By the time the field had reached the top of the stretch, Crazy Legs Hirsch had moved up to eighth and began making his move seven horses wide, flying down the middle of the fast track. As they hit the wire, he had won again, this time by a mere head over Troy Ounce (11-1), who had led the entire stretch until the final stride. Crazy Legs Hirsch covered six furlongs in 1:10.49.
Jockey Danny Sorenson’s perfect timing with the winner prevented leading rider David Cabrera from winning his fourth race of the night. Cabrera came off a suspension-vacation with a three-bagger as he appeared hungry to get back in the game. Sorenson won with Crazy Legs Hirsch in all three of his victories for owner GFB Racing of Argyle, Texas, and trainer Danny Pish. Crazy Legs Hirsch paid $10 to win, $6.80 to place, and $4.80 to show. Sedaris (7-1) finished third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind. The 9-5 betting favorite, Please the Court, could do no better than fourth.
The Hall of Fame football player scored 60 touchdowns in his pro career. Not many horses win that many races, but the way Crazy Legs Hirsch is going, it appears he has success written all over him.
Remington Park racing continues Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 3-5, with the first event nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $252 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The $200,000 Springboard Mile, the top stakes event for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, is featured on Friday, Dec. 18. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.