The horse that didn't want to win

Trotting race in Turku, Finland
@JudyEv (123352)
Bunbury, Australia
April 25, 2016 7:21pm CST
I wrote a discussion about a jockey dying during a race and it reminded me of a story I heard about a trotting race held in my home town in Western Australia probably during the 1950s or 60s. One of the local lads turned 21 on the night of the trot meeting. He was driving a horse in one of the races and the other local drivers decided it would be nice if they let him win the race seeing it was his birthday. When the horses came into the straight on the last lap, the lad's horse was running second but try as he might, the driver couldn't make him pass the leading horse. The only way the horse was going to win was if the driver of the leader fell out of his spider (cart) so disqualifying himself from the place-getters. This he did. There was a protest but this was dismissed. Only now, some 60 odd years later, has the chief steward confessed to having had money on the boy's horse. Probably most of the other drivers had bet on the boy's horse too. No doubt this created a furore at the time but so far on, I find it very funny that a well-laid plan went awry because one horse wouldn't pass another. I'm sure the drivers never thought of that scenario.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr 16
What a great story Judy. It reminds me of my husband's first ride in a race. His father was riding in the same race and created such havoc amongst all the other horses, so that my husband was able to win.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
Haha. That is funny too. Aren't parents great? Was that a steeplechase too? It would be easier to upset horses in a jumps race than over the flat I would think. Was there a protest?
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr 16
@JudyEv It was a hurdle race, and in those days the rules were very sketchy to say the least. His father just said that he'd accidentally done it and there were no cameras to prove differently. It was nearly 70 years ago.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
@jaboUK There were lots of stories of a similar nature I'm sure. Australia had many outback tracks which were very primitive. There are stories of corners being cut or one jockey grabbing another's leg or the reins, all on the far side of the track where no-one could see what was going on.
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@BelleStarr (38351)
• United States
26 Apr 16
That is too funny who would have thought a horse would refuse to pass!! Lol
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@gudheart (12752)
26 Apr 16
I know right!! I think the horse wanted to protest for being used as a race horse.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
@gudheart Maybe he did! He certainly didn't want to win.
@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
It was probably the only thing they didn't think of!
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@DianneN (78467)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Money always wins out.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
It started off as a nice gesture but if it's planned that the boy is going to win, you'd all want to put money on it.
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@DianneN (78467)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@JudyEv Definitely!!!!
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@jstory07 (67167)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Apr 16
They probably never thought about it. But the end happened like it should.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
They meant well didn't they? Just that it backfired a bit. :)
@JohnRoberts (57142)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Apr 16
I know horse racing is huge down under. I have seen the movies Phar Lap and The Cup.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
We have a lot of equestrian sports. The weather is mostly very good too I guess. Phar Lap was a great film.
@TRBRocks420 (77671)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr 16
Wonder why the horse wouldn't pass him.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
Horses are herd creatures and some don't have the confidence to lead. It might have been a young horse. Probably it had never won before!
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@TRBRocks420 (77671)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr 16
@JudyEv That makes sense, the herd always follows the stud.
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@acelawrites (10961)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
So interesting. I wish I had watch a horse race when we were living near a horse race track. I always am interested to see how it was conducted then.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
I like to stand where I can hear the horses' hooves. It is very exciting.
@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
26 Apr 16
That is what they get for cheating. At first you think that they are doing it to be nice to the boy on this birthday but ultimately it was for the money. Shame, shame!
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
They were doing it to be nice but once you know the winner you'd be bound to put some money on it. But it backfired badly.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Apr 16
He should have dragged his feet like he was water skiing!
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
He took a bit of a risk bailing out. They often get hurt badly when that happens.
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@Platespinner (16505)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Apr 16
Falling out in order to be disqualified was really taking things to extremes...funny that money was ultimately at the bottom of it all.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
He was lucky he wasn't hurt. They often are when they fall out of the spider. I guess once they had decided the lad was going to win, everyone would have bet on him. :)
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
26 Apr 16
At first I thought they were just being nice, but money was at the bottom of it. Cute story.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
They were just being nice but once you know who's going to win a race of course you'd put money on it. :)
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@just4him (117212)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr 16
It would be interesting to look into the horse's mind. I bet he was surprised to win as well.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
I guess he was! He probably still followed the other horse over the line but because the driver had evacuated his seat he would have been placed first.
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@just4him (117212)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Apr 16
@JudyEv That would have been an interesting race to watch. I'm sure it left a lot of people puzzled in the stands when the person ejected himself from the buggy so the other horse could win.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr 16
@just4him He took a big risk I think. Many have been hurt badly when this happens. They get run over by the horses following etc.
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@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
28 Apr 16
wow what a story. Gambling on your own race must be against the law now. Funny story. I'm glad the kid won!
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr 16
It was a bit more of an effort than they thought!
@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Horses are definitely not dumb animals!
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
It was all very well for the drivers to have it worked out but no-one consulted the horse!
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• United States
27 Apr 16
lol, i bet they didn't :) that was mighty nice'f 'em to throw that race from one stand point. no doubt 'such didn't go o'er so well with those who bet 'gainst 'em, lol.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
The best-laid plans of mice and men...
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26 Apr 16
I Think Horse had no mercy for his jocky.....
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
And I think you are right!
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Apr 16
horse was like, nope, totally not cheating with ya'll
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 16
The guys thought they had it all worked out but they forgot to tell the horse!
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
26 Apr 16
That is a very interesting story. Thank you for sharing. Maybe the horse was smarter than the guys who did the planning.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
It backfired on them didn't it?
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@LadyDuck (157655)
• Switzerland
26 Apr 16
This is an interesting story Judy, I am sure nobody thought of that scenario.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
It probably seemed a very simple thing for them to do. But they were well and truly wrong.
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
Money money money...sometimes.not so.funny ;(
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
The driver who fell out of the cart was very lucky not to hurt himself.
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