Co-Hosts Surprise Regis Philbin with a Horse for His Birthday

by | 08.20.2013 | 12:13pm

Media personality Regis Philbin has been working in television in some aspect since the 1960s. On Aug. 19, after a two-year break, Philbin returned to TV as one of the co-hosts of “Crowd Goes Wild!”, on the fledgling Fox Sports 1 network.

Philbin had no idea that his co-hosts on the show were going to surprise him with a very special gift for his upcoming birthday – a 2-year-old Standardbred colt named Regis The Horse.

The cast and crew of “Crowd Goes Wild” showed footage of Regis The Horse in training and breaking his maiden in his career debut at Harrington Raceway. Philbin will actually co-own the colt with trainer George Teague Jr.

According to the USTA News, the planned surprise was months in the making. Show producer Vin Rubino contacted officials with the U.S. Trotting Association and discussed his idea of acquiring a horse for Philbin for his birthday. Rubino then met with Harrington Raceway and USTA officials, in addition to trainer Teague, in late May to put the plan in motion.


  • justaguest

    Does Reege even like horses?

    • 4Bellwether666

      EVERYBODY loves Horses!!!

  • Richard C

    There better be a short feature on each show after Regis races…..this is a neat way to introduce viewers to the game; Thoroughbred owner Jim Rome has introduced racing to a new audience through his radio show.

  • Hoops and Horses

    This is a great story for Harness Racing, especially if Regis gets good enough to make The North American Cup and Meadowlands Pace (biggest races in Harness Racing for pacers) next year. If he can get that far, he will do wonders for the sport.

  • 4Bellwether666

    George Teague Jr. (Rainbow Blue) is one of the best trainers on the planet…This is great news for all of Horse racing…Exposure…Exposure…Exposure!!!…

  • david

    i think he owned part of GROOVY ( TB) a while back

  • LongTimeEconomist

    I’m reminded of the guy I knew who, when given a horse by his boss, who had a large stable, named it Horrible Gift.

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