06/08/2010 11:00PM

Redriteeightyeight honors Browns' past


Trainer Richard Genovese debuted a horse in Tuesday's fourth race at Thistledown named for a very depressing day in Cleveland Browns football history. Redriteeightyeight, a colt that brought a bid of $6,000 at auction two years ago as a yearling, finished third in his career debut, a $10,000 maiden claiming dash.

The Browns trailed the Oakland Raiders 14-12 with less than a minute to play in a 1981 playoff game. Red Right 88 was football speak for the pass play the Browns called instead of kicking a field goal. The pass, intended for Ozzie Newsome, was intercepted.

"I named this guy Redriteeightyeight," Genovese said. "We're allowed 18 letters and spaces and I used them all. Around the barn, we call him Ozzie."

Genovese, a long-suffering Browns fan, said he has names picked out for future Thoroughbred purchases. "Next, I'm going to use 'The Fumble,' then I'm going to use 'The Drive,' " he said.