A Sens-ational sporting day for Melnyk

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

ELMONT, N.Y. -- After Eugene Melnyk had watched his horse finish second in the Breeders' Cup Classic, little did he know it was just the start of a big sporting day.

The Ottawa Senators owner made a bee-line from Belmont Park, where Flower Alley was runner-up in the $4.2 million US race, to his favourite Manhattan sports bar.

When he arrived, Melnyk saw that his Senators were handing it to the Maple Leafs, already up 5-0.

"This day just keeps on getting better," said Melnyk, whose horse earned more than $900,000 US for finishing second to Saint Liam.

"I live for days like this. To have a horse finish second in the biggest race of the year is just an incredible, incredible feeling."

And having his hockey team beat the rival Leafs was icing on the cake.


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