Bengals' Johnson to race horse at River Downs

Bengals' Johnson to race horse at River Downs

Bengals' Johnson to race horse at River Downs

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson will race a Thoroughbred in a charity race billed as “Man vs. Beast” on June 9 at River Downs.

Johnson will run 1/16 of a mile on the turf course and his opponent, the four-year-old Musical Dreamer colt Restore the Roar named after a popular Bengals-themed cheer, will race 1/8 of a mile from the starting gate. The race will be billed as the feature race of the day and will be simulcast to more than 400 outlets across the country and in South America.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Feed The Children, a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.

River Downs will accept wagering on the race, with winners receiving cash prizes from the track and all addition proceeds going to Feed The Children. River Downs will also host a silent auction featuring some autographed Johnson items and other sports related items such as Bengals tickets, concert tickets, and racing memorabilia and artwork.

Chris Collinsworth was the first Cincinnati Bengals player to race a horse in 1993 at River Downs, coming up short at the wire.

Retired jockey Patti Cooksey rode against Collinsworth that day and will ride in the race against Johnson.

“Hey, I’m undefeated against the Bengals and I plan on keeping it that way,” said Cooksey, the deputy executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

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River Downs will accept wagering on the race

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Who will win the June 9th "Man vs. Beast" match-up between Cincinnati Bengal Chad Johnson and the horse Restore The Roar?

Chad Johnson -110
Restore the Roar -130

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Johnson beats horse in run for charity
June 9, 2007

CINCINNATI (AP) -Chad Johnson got a head start without having to jump offside, and beat his coverage to the goal line again.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was waiting at the finish line when Restore the Roar arrived at the end of his one-eighth-mile gallop. That's right: Johnson raced a horse Saturday and easily won.

Johnson was spotted a 100-meter lead - roughly about half the distance the horse had to cover in the race for charity. And when it was over, Johnson, as usual, was anything but humble. He sounded ready to take on boxing, basketball and NASCAR.

``Floyd Mayweather, you're next,'' Johnson said. ``I want to fight you. I'd like to take Kobe and LeBron one-on-one. Jeff Gordon, we can take a couple laps. ... Now it's my time to take over the race world.''

The 4-year-old colt's jockey, P.J. Cooksey, rode a horse that beat former Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth in 1993. She sounded more impressed with Johnson's speed.

``He's quick,'' Cooksey said. ``He's a fast man. That was phenomenal. When I looked over at him, all I could see were his legs; they looked like a windmill. He was a blur. I was beat bad.''

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