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2012 Olympics: Horse Racing Reaches out to Michael Phelps

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States exits the pool after the United States won the Men's 4x100m medley Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Melissa Bauer-HerzogCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2012

After becoming the most decorated Olympian in history at the London Olympics, Michael Phelps is thinking about jumping into horse ownership.

The newly retired swimmer has entertained the idea and a tweet from the athlete to high profile trainer Bob Baffert on August 4 showed that he isn’t just joking about coming into the industry.

“Now me you and @coach_bowman should find our horse and make him the next Secretariat!! [sic],” Phelps replied, when Baffert tweeted, “If Michael Phelps was a horse he would be Secretariat.”

Baffert isn’t the only one drawing Phelps into the sport. An “open letter” sent out today by America’s Best Racing’s Penelope P. Miller also reached out to the swimmer.

In her letter, Miller points out the loveliness of the tracks in the industry

“The tracks where the nation’s top horses, trainers, jockeys and owners compete are some of the most beautiful and historic sporting venues in the country,” Miller said.

Miller doesn't only use words to promote the sport, posting pictures and videos of athletes and celebrities involved in racehorse ownership, including pictures of multiple athletes at the track and a video of MC Hammer cheering during the 1991 Coaching Club American Oaks.

If Phelps does buy a racehorse, he will join other famous athletes like Drew Brees and Kobe Bryant, among others.

Last week, Michael Phelps won four gold medals and two silvers to take over the title of the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, 18 of those gold. He closed out his career with a win in the men’s 4x100 medley relay.

Phelps' most famous moment was going eight-for-eight in his events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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