Kentucky Derby contender receives backing from ... the Village People?
The Minnesota Vikings once received a surprise anthem from Prince. Fans of the San Francisco Giants joined voices with former Journey singer Steve Perry during last season's World Series run. And now a Kentucky Derby contender also is getting love from some music legends.
The Village People, of course.
The members of the famous disco group from the late 1970s have become big fans of Mucho Macho Man, a 3-year-old colt that is No. 3 on the Associated Press' list of Derby contenders and was apparently named after a line in the Village People hit, "Macho Man."
It's great that they can take time from their day jobs as a cop, construction worker, cowboy, biker, soldier and Indian chief to enjoy some horse racing.
Mucho Macho Man co-owner Patti Reeves says she has received "Macho Man" T-shirts and an autographed photo from the group. Her horse is favored to win the $1-million Louisiana Derby on Saturday, his final prep race before the May 7 Derby.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: The Village People in 2009. Credit: Marco Garcia / Associated Press