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While Van Halen fans appear to be in for another indefinite wait between band projects, there’s another Van Halen that’s keeping busy — albeit on the horse track, halfway around the world.

The Sporting News reports that Van Halen — the racing horse, not the band — will be in pursuit of a second career win today when jockey Blake Spriggs climbs on the saddle for the Coorparoo Park Class 3 Showcase Handicap at Wagga Wagga, taking place in Australia.

Van Halen, unlike his hard-rocking namesakes, is off to a slow career start. Sporting News reporter Greg Polson notes he “hasn’t lived up to the promise he showed early in his career,” but predicts the track conditions will work strongly in the horse’s favor. “Van Halen will be fitter on Friday and the soft five track rating looks perfect with the Canterbury win coming on a soft 6,” writes Polson. “Van Halen won’t get a better chance to return to the winner’s list.”

Racing fans who catch the action at Wagga Wagga will be among the few who see any sort of Van Halen-related activity in 2016. Since wrapping up their most recent tour in October 2015, they’ve been fairly quiet — which is par for the course for the publicity-shy band, but lends itself to all manner of rumors. Singer David Lee Roth predicted he’d still be in the fold for another tour and album earlier this year, telling fans, “I don’t know when we’re going to tour but I have a sense that we will. I don’t know that we’re going to record again — when that’ll happen — but I get the sense that it’s gonna happen.”

Here’s hoping we hear more out of Van Halen (the band) in 2017. In the meantime, here’s Eddie Van Halen making animal noises with his guitar.

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