- Sean Avery, the hockey player, is gone. He signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Stars, for just under the $4 million a year he was looking for. Sean Avery in Texas for four years? Ha. I don't think he'll make it through half of that contract, and he may very well once again wear Broadway Blue, in time for the 2009-10 playoffs.
Sean Avery, the horse, makes his debut in the 4th at Belmont on Thursday. He's a two-year old son of Cherokee Run, who stands for Darley at $40,000 a pop, out of a Forest Wildcat mare. Unlike his feisty namesake, this Sean Avery has not appreciated in value; Darley sold him for $10,000 less than the stud fee. He's 6-1 morning line for trainer Allen Iwinski.
To prevent any trouble, the State Racing and Wagering Board issued its own version of the Sean Avery Rule:
"A disqualification will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when a horse positions itself facing an opponent and engages in actions such as waving his hooves or the jockey in front of a horse's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the horse as opposed to attempting to win the race."Sean Avery, the horse, had no comment.