Not a bad debut for the horse with a known name. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Horse named after Dr. Fauci posts second-place finish in debut race

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci had a pretty good Wednesday at the track.

Sort of.

As Justin Tasch wrote for a piece published by the New York Post earlier in the day, Philip Antonacci purchased a two-year-old horse last year, and Antonacci registered to name the racer after Dr. Fauci several months ago when Fauci rose in prominence and fame amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci was a neighbor of Antonacci's family in Brooklyn.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), this Dr. Fauci finished second in his debut race at New York's Belmont Park on Wednesday. The AP added that names such as Social Distancing and Flatten the Curve have also been registered during the pandemic.

Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com noted that Fauci finished 4 1/2 lengths behind race-winner Prisoner, and that Wednesday was the first day that racing returned to Belmont Park since the uncontrolled virus outbreak.

The AP also reported that Antonacci wants to name a filly after Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy who has been seen in public service announcements and at press conferences alongside President Donald Trump.

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1868
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1869
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1870
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1871
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1872
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1873
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1874
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1875
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1876
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1877
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1878
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1879
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1880
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1881
Saunterer
1882
Forester
1883
George Kinney
1884
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1885
Tyrant
1886
Inspector B
1887
Hanover
1888
Sir Dixon
1889
Eric
1890
Burlington
1891
Foxford
1892
Patron
1893
Comanche
1894
Henry of Navarre
1895
Belmar
1896
Hastings
1897
Scottish Chieftain
1898
Bowling Brook
1899
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1900
Ildrim
1901
Commando
1902
Masterman
1903
Africander
1904
Delhi
1905
Tanya
1906
Burgomaster
1907
Peter Pan
1908
Colin
1909
Joe Madden
1910
Sweep
1913
Prince Eugene
1914
Luke McLuke
1915
The Finn
1916
Friar Rock
1917
Hourless
1918
Johren
1919
Sir Barton
1920
Man o' War
1921
Grey Lag
1922
Pillory
1923
Zev
1924
Mad Play
1925
American Flag
1926
Crusader
1927
Chance Shot
1928
Vito
1929
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1930
Gallant Fox
1931
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1932
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1933
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1934
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1935
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1936
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1937
War Admiral
1938
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1939
Johnstown
1940
Bimelech
1941
Whirlaway
1942
Shut Out
1943
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1944
Bounding Home
1945
Pavot
1946
Assault
1947
Phalanx
1948
Citation
1949
Capot
1950
Middleground
1951
Counterpoint
1952
One Count
1953
Native Dancer
1954
High Gun
1955
Nashua
1956
Needles
1957
Gallant Man
1958
Cavan
1959
Sword Dancer
1960
Celtic Ash
1961
Sherluck
1962
Jaipur
1963
Chateaugay
1964
Quadrangle
1965
Hail To All
1966
Amberoid
1967
Damascus
1968
Stage Door Johnny
1969
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1970
High Echelon
1971
Pass Catcher
1972
Riva Ridge
1973
Secretariat
1974
Little Current
1975
Avatar
1976
Bold Forbes
1977
Seattle Slew
1978
Affirmed
1979
Coastal
1980
Temperence Hill
1981
Summing
1982
Conquistador Cielo
1983
Caveat
1984
Swale
1985
Creme Fraiche
1986
Danzig Connection
1987
Bet Twice
1988
Risen Star
1989
Easy Goer
1990
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1991
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1992
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1993
Colonial Affair
1994
Tabasco Cat
1995
Thunder Gulch
1996
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Touch Gold
1998
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1999
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2000
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2001
Point Given
2002
Sarava
2003
Empire Maker
2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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