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Johnson's 'good looking' horse Landeskog runs at Belmont Park

Avalanche defenseman co-owns 3-year-old, named it for captain

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Landeskog was back in action on Saturday.

Not the Colorado Avalanche captain, but rather the 3-year-old gelding named for him, a horse co-owned by defenseman Erik Johnson.

Wearing No. 5, Landeskog finished in ninth place of the eighth race ahead of the 151st Belmont Stakes.

Tweet from @TheNYRA: Hog Creek Hustle hits the wire first with Corey Lanerie in the G1 Woody Stephens presented by @MoheganSun pic.twitter.com/vUSR6R1BB2

When "NHL on NBC" analyst Eddie Olczyk asked Johnson about the horse's name, he was straightforward about it.

"Gabe was kind of laughing about why we would name a fast horse after him," Johnson joked. "But he's a good looking horse. Gabe is praised by a lot of the ladies for his good looks, so we thought we would name this one after Gabe and he's been doing awesome."

Tweet from @NBCSports: Colorado @Avalanche defenseman @6ErikJohnson is co-owner of a horse racing at Belmont Park today that he named after teammate @GabeLandeskog92. Why?"Well he's a good looking horse." 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/zEzZcePFx3

Landeskog, the horse, trained by Doug O'Neil, won his debut race on March 31 and finished second in the Bachelor Stakes back in April.

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