May 6, 2007

According to The Associated Press, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons had money down on a horse at yesterday's Kentucky Derby, but it was his girlfriend, former Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed, who placed the bet.

"I'm what's called a sucker," Simmons bellowed. "This one (Tweed) bet $100,000 of my money on a horse."

Neither Simmons nor Tweed would say which horse they were backing, but Tweed said she picked the horse based on how the jockey's silks looked.

According to, Gene Simmons made a grand entrance into Churchill Downs’ paddock on Derby Day with a beautiful blonde on each arm. One was his longtime girlfriend, actress Shannon Tweed, a former Playboy Playmate who was romantically linked to Hugh Hefner. The other lovely lady was her sister, Tracy Tweed.

Simmons wore a black shirt that matched his long, bushy hair and a dark suit with a rose in the pocket. The snake-tongued lead singer of KISS made his first trip to America's Race yesterday to tape an episode of his A&E series, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", and the crowd loved him. Simmons caused a major stir in the cramped enclosure, especially for Ah Day, the even-money favorite in the fifth race.

The horse seemed annoyed by the mob near his saddling stall, and Ah Day finished second after Simmons sent the field to the track by yelling "Riders up!"

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