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Racehorse ‘Yogi Berra’ wins debut as legendary baseball namesake watches on

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As someone famous once said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

Of course, that someone famous was New York Yankees legend and baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, and just like his many years on the baseball diamond, his name is once again attached to a winner.

On Friday, a three-year-old colt owned by Jessica Steinbrenner, the daughter of longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and named after Yogi, made his debut at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida. And wouldn’t you know, the rookie racehorse turned the corner strong and pulled away from the 10-horse field to win the race and send his bettors to the pay window.

Here's complete video of the race.

It ain’t over till it’s over?

Forget that. It’s over when racing Yogi Berra says it’s over, and not a moment later.

But that's just one side of the story. For it to be complete, the original Yogi Berra would have to be somewhere following along and cheering his namesake on. Thanks to Lindsay Berra, Yogi's granddaughter and a writer for, he was doing just that as she allowed grandpa to borrow her laptop and watch from the comfort of his home.

Granted, it would have been the best if Yogi actually showed up at the track, but those days are over for him. In fact, Berra has sworn in the past that he'll never again visit the track, stating “I don't like horses. They take too long."

Perhaps true. Unless the name is Yogi Berra. In that case, they'll run their tails off and make an instant impact.

Like ballplayer, like racehorse.

BLS H/N: Cut 4

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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