The Racehorse that inspired the New England Patriots

A long time writer in the horse racing industry, Steve Haskin has penned a great piece about coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. An avid horse racing fan, Belichick used the great racehorse Tiznow as inspiration for his team that had a struggling 3-4 record at the time.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, like his former boss Bill Parcells, was a fan of Thoroughbred racing and decided to try something different to motivate his players. He showed them a tape of Tiznow winning the Classic to instill in them that same kind of courage and fighting spirit, and a never-say-die attitude.

Belichick informed his players as to the importance of the Breeders’ Cup, in which the greatest equine athletes in the world gather to do battle. There before them was an athlete facing defeat square in the face, as the pride of Europe, Sakhee, appeared on his way to victory.

Check out the video of Tiznow’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win and read the full story from Haskin on the Blood-Horse.

The Post-September 11th Breeders’ Cup Classic:


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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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