ESPN’s Friday Night Fights has another brand new card set for tonight. And along with the new fight card, ESPN has announced that host Joe Tessitore has received a new honor. A horse bearing the FNF host’s name will race this weekend at Santa Anita race track in Southern California. The three-year old Dark Bay Colt will race this Saturday in the day’s final race at the track. When interviewed about the name, Tessitore said, “I’m giddy at the thought of it.” He added, “When George [Bolton]—one of the horse’s owners—told me he was doing it, I was in disbelief. The thought of having a high-priced thoroughbred named after me? I kept asking him, ‘Are you serious?”
Tessitore and the horse that bears his name came face to face a year ago in Ocala, FL. Tessitore said of the horse that when he first saw it, it took a “nice gallop around the track.” Bolton offered his thoughts on Tessitore, Joe Tess, and its race this weekend saying, “Joe’s a talent and I hope the horse is as good a talent as the human. If the horse can be as good at what he does as Joe is at his job, it’ll be a dream come true for me.”
Joe Tess is the offspring of Forty Moves and Macho Uno. The horse is trained by Steve Assmussen and Scott Blasi (whose sister Kristi Blasi works for ESPN). He is owned by George Bolton and Barbara Banke (Stonestreet Stables).
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