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Wild race at Pimlico!

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  • Wild race at Pimlico!

    This one is one for the history books.

    No having to wince here at least, but sadly horse lost the photo.

    That was some riding!

    But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

  • #2
    Wow. That was pretty crazy!!!

    Props to the jockey for even staying on, let alone getting the horse back into contention enough for a photo finish. And with no stirrups to boot! How much extra ground do you suppose the horse covered with those detours?!?


    • Original Poster

      Almost don't think he lost that right stirrup, but dropped it to put him back towards the rail!
      But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


      • #4
        I watched that race, couldn't believe my eyes. In the replay looks like he may have gone around the outside of the starting gate!!! Xavier Perez is my new hero.
        My mom didn't raise no jellybean salesman!


        • #5
          I just came here to post that link. I've never seen anything like that!! Talented horse but needs some discipline . Impressed by the jock!
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          • #6
            That's a brilliant ride, Xavier Perez, super hero.


            • #7
              Love the announcer - "do you believe in miracles?"

              Originally posted by dani0303 View Post
              I just came here to post that link. I've never seen anything like that!! Talented horse but needs some discipline . Impressed by the jock!
              The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
              H. Cate


              • #8
                Wow! Crazy stuff.

                Brisnet: Spicer Cub's wild run at Pimlico goes viral

                It did not make SportsCenter's Top 10 plays, but Spicer Cub's eventful trip in Saturday's 11TH race at Pimlico has gone viral and is generating interest outside of horse racing circles.

                "It was wild. He didn't give me any warning, especially the second time and went straight for the gate," Perez said. "My life went before my eyes for a few seconds. I was thinking about bailing but saw there was enough space between the gate and the rail to get through, so I grabbed his mane and hoped for the best. Once we cleared the gate he re-broke again and almost won the race. It was really close. In fact, Forest Boyce (who was aboard Turbin) congratulated me after the wire."
                When you see the head-on video in the stretch - thanks CVPeg for the posting! - you have appreciate how freaking scary it was. They went outside of the starting gate parked on the track! Outside of it!


                • #9
                  "I grabbed his mane and hoped for the best."

                  A sentence everyone has used once or twice around horses of every type!


                  • #10
                    Wow, Xavier, Wow.
                    "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


                    • #11
                      Even the DRF picked up the story:

                      “I have watched the replay many times with my fiancé and I still cannot believe what happened. I am grateful to be here,” added Perez, who has been a regular rider in Maryland since September 2011. “The guys in the room were impressed. When I came back to the jocks room it was funny because nothing bad happened but Mary Eppler was apologizing to me, but this is part of the business. I had ridden him three times before and he never did anything like that before. He is a nice, kind horse.”

                      Eppler reported Sunday afternoon that Spicer Cub “is fine” with no nicks or cuts from his adventure.

                      Track announcer Dave Rodman, who has been calling races in Maryland since March 1991, said the wild ride involving “X Man” Perez and Spicer Cub was even more bizarre than the 2005 Preakness [with Afleet Alex] ....

                      “It was probably the wildest race I have ever called,” said Rodman, who managed to keep his composure and describe to his audience how Spicer Cub got back in contention despite his wacky detour."

                      “It beats the Afleet Alex incident in the 2005 Preakness and tops the guy running on the track. All I could do was keep my eyes on the X-Man and Spicer Cub. I can’t believe he went through that hole between the outer rail and the gate. It was really something else. I really thought he was going to win the race. Xavier did an amazing job. It was certainly a gutsy ride.”


                      • #12
                        Veeeeery impressive!


                        • #13
                          I would dust off the old cage bit and put a run out blinker on the left along with a shadow roll. Then close my eyes until it was over!
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                          • #14
                            So will Spicer Cub go on the stewards list for that trip? Wonder what set him off? My first thought the first one was that he got far enough in front that his mind started worrying over God knows what. But the second one happened when he had horses right there with him. Also, he was fine around the first turn, but not the second one. I was thinking maybe something looked different to him on that turn, maybe from the angle of the sun, or something physical was starting to kick in. Pretty erratic behavior.


                            • #15
                              "Once we cleared the gate he re-broke again"

                              Two races in one, LOL.
                              I am glad no-one was hurt.
                              And that was an amazing sidepass at the gallop.
                              \"Horses lend us the wings we lack\"


                              • #16
                                Shying at Shadows?

                                Maybe the second time he bolted, was he shying from the shadow across the track? (Did it look like a big hole to him?)


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Maythehorsebewithme View Post
                                  Maybe the second time he bolted, was he shying from the shadow across the track? (Did it look like a big hole to him?)
                                  Yes, definitely looked like shying at the huge shadow from the gate and possibly the first time at a puddle since that was a wet track.
                                  "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


                                  • #18
                                    Shadows were my thought as well. I was surprised to learn that he was not a first time starter


                                    • #19
                                      Almost 40,000 views on youtube as of Monday morning ...


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Maythehorsebewithme View Post
                                        Maybe the second time he bolted, was he shying from the shadow across the track? (Did it look like a big hole to him?)
                                        Another one of those horse-eating shadows! Watch Xavier's legs on the straight on shot at the point where he is out of the second gate.
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