“Sometimes a horse has got to do what a horse has got to do.” —Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Yeah, you all better remember that heart wrenching animated movie about the free-willed horse named Spirit, unless you’re over the age of 25, then you probably have no clue what that movie is. However, in the recent case of a horse throwing her rider off her back, the quote most certainly applies.
Yesterday, at the sixth race of the Belmont, a horse named Downtown Hottie—which strikes a peculiar thought of a horse wearing makeup and tight, flashy clothing working the streets in a sketchy downtown city trying to make ends meet—threw her jockey off of her back as soon as the race began and outstandingly went on to complete and win the entire mile race.
Well, technically she didn’t “win” the race. As in, she did not get the paper credits for winning since the jockey has to remain on the horse for the entirety of the race in order to actually win. But she did beat out all of the other horses that were competing. Yeah yeah, you may be thinking she only won because of the absence of weight on her back, but you’ve got to credit the horse for staying the course…and yes, pun intended…plus it rhymed.
Anyways, it’s pretty incredible the horse didn’t freak out and go “hay” wire (sorry, I had too) once the jockey fell off and end up hurting herself or other people. We should all be thankful the horse remained “stable”. Okay, really, I’m done with the puns…I have a fourth…but I won’t say it.
Though, what would’ve been really remarkable is if Downtown Hottie stopped in her tracks, turned around, went back to pick up her jockey, then go on to win the race. That moment would’ve gone down in history, but what happened will be remembered for a good day or so, which is probably good enough for the vigorous Downtown Hottie. You go girl.
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