Minnesota Vikings and Paul Allen partner in a racehorse


Some members of the Minnesota Vikings as well as announcer Paul Allen have grouped together to purchase a racehorse at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

Football is a team game. It takes a strong structure, good coaching, talent and execution to succeed in the National Football League. But now some of those close to the Minnesota Vikings are grouping together to invest in the future of a different sport.

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According to an article on the WCCO CBS 3 website, several individuals have come together to purchase a racehorse at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Among those investing in the $16,000 horse is “The Voice of the Minnesota Vikings” Paul Allen who chipped in $6,000 and  others who contributed $2000 a piece on the horse named Tiger D.

From the Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator Norv Turner, quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman got in on the investment. Outside the Vikings, Toronto Marlies goalie Alex Stalock of the American Hockey League got in on the deal as well.

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"“There had been a fair amount (of Vikings personnel) that had voiced interest in getting in on a horse partnership,” Allen said.I guess I run the risk, of bringing people into a partnership where if things don’t work out the way we hope it works out, then I’ll go through an entire 2016 season getting teased by people with whom I work.”"

Hopefully, Allen and the rest of the investors in Tiger D will find some success in the high-strung and aggressive horse. The horse’s trainer Bernell Rhone is very excited about this horse, and loves the bloodline Tiger D comes from.

"“The experience of owning a horse, being able to come back here to the backside, feed the horses, bring your family members, hopefully get some winners circle photos out of it,” Allen said, “the experience is really more so what you pay for, than investing trying to quadruple your money…And we’re sure it’s going to look great on jockey Dean Butler. But it’ll look even better, if Friday night at about 8:10, it ends up in the winner’s circle.”"

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Finding the winners circle would be a great thing for Tiger D. Not only would that help make the investments of Allen, Fusco, Sugarman, Stalock and the Turners worthwhile, but it would also help surround the Minnesota Vikings with more victories. And winning is always a good thing.