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Of Jocks and Jockeys

Many athletes have dabbled in the sport of kings, including current owners Wes Welker (horse: Undrafted), Michael Phelps and Wayne Rooney. No sports figure has a starter in this year's Derby, but a few have had success inside and outside of Churchill Downs

George Steinbrenner

Six Derby horses

Best Derby finish:

5th

1977

Steve's Friend

Rick Pitino

Three Derby horses

Best Derby finish:

4th

1998

Halory Hunter

Joe Torre

One Derby horse

Best Derby finish:

16th

2010

Homeboykris

Paul Hornung

No Derby horses

Best Preakness finish:

9th

2013

Titletown Five

Mike Tice, Joel Quenneville

One Derby horse (qualified but did not enter)

Best finish:

2nd

2014

Illinois Derby

Midnight Hawk

Bode Miller

No Derby horses

Best finish:

4th

2012

FrontRunner Stakes

Carving

Drew Brees

No Derby horses

Best finish:

4th

2012

Bluegrass Stakes

Holy Candy

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

DENIED

A disgruntled 49ers fan is suing the NFL for $50 million because the Seahawks restricted ticket sales for the NFC championship to credit cards issued in certain areas.

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V.J. LOVERO/SI (STEINBRENNER)

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SI (PITINO)

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CHUCK SOLOMON FOR SI (TORRE)

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ART SHAY FOR SI (HORNUNG)

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MIKE ROEMER/AP (TICE)

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MARK BUCKNER/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (QUENNEVILLE)

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AL TIELEMANS/SI (MILLER)

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GREG NELSON FOR SI (BREES)

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