Racehorses, it has been said, are the perfect sports franchise. They always try their best, they don’t shoot their mouth off and they never renegotiate their contracts. Maybe that’s why the Maloofs dipped a toe into horse-racing, with a 5-year-old colt named King Palm.
The horse is something special: He can’t win, and he has nine straight second-place finishes. From the Bloodhorse online:
The streak is believed to be a Thoroughbred record, but no one seems to know for sure.
“I don’t know anyone who keeps track of seconds,” said trainer Vladimir Cerin, who has never seen anything like it in his 27 years of conditioning.
“It’s actually easier to win nine in a row Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if you have a really good horse Ã¢â‚¬â€œ than finish second nine times like that,” he added. “You have to beat everybody else except one horse each race. We’re trying to win every time, but something always seems to happen.”
The Maloof brothers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ George Jr., Joe, Gavin and Phil Ã¢â‚¬â€œ see the irony that King Palm has the same bridesmaid tendencies as their NBA franchise. The Kings are perennial playoff contenders without a crown.
“It’s hilarious,” Gavin Maloof said. “It’s the only time I’ve ever been happy about finishing second in my life. Everybody into racing knows our horse.”