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Kentucky Derby: California Chrome won, but so did Johnny Weir

California Chrome, the favorite going into the 140th Kentucky Derby, won the Race for the Roses on Saturday. But he also turned in a great performance meeting NBC duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski in a pre-taped segment. Watch a highlight below in which Weir reads the ingredients of Chrome’s lucky cookies to the horse. (Chrome nipped at Weir, which is why Lipinski later picked him to win.)

Also below, a look at Weir’s hat, which did not disappoint, and another must-see moment (when Weir describes Wildcat Red’s breath).

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A colt named after Tony Danza? Kentucky Derby horses with pop culture ties

UPDATE: Danza finished in the money in third place behind 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and second-place finisher Commanding Curve.

ORIGINAL POST: There’s more pop-watching at this year’s Kentucky Derby than just spying celebrities wearing fancy, oversized hats and sipping Mint Juleps.

For instance, Danza (pictured), described as a “tough colt,” is named for Who’s the Boss actor Tony Danza. The horse’s father is named Street Boss, and a round of brainstorming led owners to the names Who’s the Boss, then Tony Micelli, Danza’s character on the show. Neither name was approved; they settled on simply Danza.

“It’s thrilling,” the human Danza told ABC News. “Wish my father was around to see this — he was a horse player and this would have been big.”

Another horse also received its name from a TV star: Uncle Sigh is a riff on Si Robertson, the wily uncle on the reality series Duck Dynasty. The colt’s owner is reportedly a fan of the A&E show. READ FULL STORY

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