Road to Kentucky Derby has hockey flavor

RICHARD ROSENBLATT AP Sports Writer Published:

Every now and then an NHL star or a hockey team inspires a racehorse owner.

The latest is Howe Great, a 3-year-old colt on the road to the Kentucky Derby named for Hall of Famer Gordie Howe.

Barry Irwin, whose Team Valor International owns the horse, came up with the name for the son of Hat Trick. The name also is a nod to the Gordie Howe hat trick -- a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game.

Howe Great moves into the latest AP Run to the Roses Top 10 at No. 10 after winning the Palm Beach Stakes. Union Rags and Hansen remained 1-2, while Creative Cause moves in at No. 4 after winning the San Felipe Stakes.