Celebrities Who Go Horse Racing in Their Free Time

Horse racing is a very popular activity in the world not only for professional jockeys but also for amateur riders who practice it as a hobby. It is also one of the most ancient sports that has continuously been practiced by the people for centuries.

Apart from the joy of participating in and spectating a horse race, there are many people who are visiting sports betting sites with the purpose of placing a bet on their favorite horse races. In this article, we will reveal some of the celebrities who are practicing horse racing in their free time.

MC Hammer

The famous rapper and dancer is a major horse racing fan that has spent a lot of money on opening his very own horse stables, which is named Oaktown Stables. At one point in his stables, he had nineteen Thoroughbred race horses.

In the first year of opening, MC Hammer’s horse Lite Light managed to win several Grade I stakes races, including the famous Kentucky Oaks. Unfortunately, MC Hammer got himself into certain financial difficulties and was forced to sell the Oaktown Stables.

Gene Simmons

Apart from his passion for music, the Kiss member also enjoys watching and betting on horse races. In one episode of his reality show, he went on a trip to the Kentucky Derby, which is the most attended horse racing event in North America.

In 2007, Simmons and his girlfriend Shannon Tweed had placed a $100,000 bet on a racehorse that Tweed picked based on the jockey’s silks. This wasn’t the best strategy as the horse didn’t win the race in the end. But Simmons is still finding ways to make money.

Steven Spielberg

The Oscar-winning director is yet another celebrity that is interested in horses. He used to co-own a horse named Atswhatimtalkingabout, which managed to come fourth in the Kentucky Derby that was taking place in 2003.

Spielberg is also a proud investor in horses and horse stables, having invested in the Biscuit Stables, which is a Delaware-based stable for training race horses.

steven spielberg horse racing
steven spielberg horse racing


While Madonna is nowadays known for her bizarre stage performances and TikTok videos, she is also known for her love of horses, as well as horse betting. In 2005, she suffered three broken ribs and a fractured collarbone after falling from a horse.

But, that incident didn’t affect her interest in horses as she went on horseback riding 15 years after her incident and pretty much enjoyed the whole experience just like before the incident.

Kevin Costner

The famous actor and director Kevin Costner is also known to the public for his interest in horses and horse racing. He is the co-owner of several racehorses, which are mainly running in the Hollywood Park area in California.

He has also made a documentary, which follows the life and history of one of the most decorated jockeys named Loffit Pincay. Costner also owns a ten-acre ranch where he and his family gets to enjoy their love for horses by buying, raising, and riding them regularly.

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench is a famous Oscar-winning actress that doesn’t hide her love for horses and horse racing events. She has enjoyed many horse racing events, including spectating and cheering for her horse Smokey Oakey, which won the Lincoln Stakes back in 2008.

De Mee was another racehorse co-owned by Dench and the Steward family. During its career in horse racing, it has managed to win 5th place in the Topham Handicap Chase at Aintree back in 2017, as well as the 1st stop finish in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase in 2016. In 2013 the actress decided to gift her horse to the owners of Littlebrook Equestrian Centre in Surrey.

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench

William Shatner

Besides being known as the man behind Captain Kirk in the Star Trek Series, William Shatner is also known to the public for his massive interest in horses. In his spare time, he enjoys breading and showing off Quarter Horses and American Saddlebreds.

Despite being focused more on breeding show horses rather than racehorses, Shatner is also a fan of horse racing. In 2019, he managed to win the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show with his horse Track Star, which is a Standardbred road horse. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily

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