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Mike and the Mad Dog get back together to talk about horses and show their origins

Nothing gets past them, turn them on and try them out.

“Mike and the Mad Dog” held court at a reunion on Thursday.

At the Barrett Sports Media Summit in New York, Mike Francesa and Chris Russo reminisced about their legendary run on the WFAN afternoon ride and talked about ever working together regularly again.

Francesa didn’t sound optimistic about the prospect of the iconic duo embarking on a new project. He said he’s enjoying all his family time in retirement and would hesitate to commit to five hours a day again. He added he wasn’t sure he could do it anymore because his priorities had shifted.

“I’ve set a few goals in life. I was very goal oriented,” said Francesa. “I told WFAN that if they let me ride in the afternoon I would stay for 15 years. I lied – I stayed 33.

“The other one I had was I promised everyone I would start a horse in the Kentucky Derby while I was still on this earth – with a chance of winning. He didn’t have to be the favourite, but he had a legitimate chance of winning. I have this horse.”

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Russo and Francesa in 2017
Cindy Ord

Francesa’s horse High Oak competes at the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Winning the race would mean the Thoroughbred will compete in the Kentucky Derby in May.

Russo reiterated that he believes Francesa’s focus on his horse will remain in the future.

“I know Mike better than anyone and if he sat at Churchill Downs with a horse on that first Saturday in May I promise you it would be the highlight of his life,” he said.

Francesa also reiterated the story of how “Mike and the Mad Dog” came together. As he said, he was vying for an afternoon ride at WFAN when Russo “upset the apple cart” by gaining positive attention through appearances with Don Imus and elsewhere on the station.

Former station boss Mark Mason told Francesa he got the afternoon job – but he had to do it with Russo.

“Not a damn chance,” Francesa recalled telling Mason, only to reply that he would or wouldn’t do it with Russo at all.

“I was unhappy,” said Francesa. “I didn’t want any part of it.”

Little did he know that their show would go on between 1989 and 2008 and that he and Russo would become lifelong friends.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/mike-and-the-mad-dog-reunite-to-talk-horses-and-shows-origin/ Mike and the Mad Dog get back together to talk about horses and show their origins

JACLYN DIAZ

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