JC / Railbird


When Birdstone passed Smarty Jones in the 2004 Belmont Stakes:

“There were 120,000 people there that day, and I bet 119,000 of them were rooting for Smarty Jones,” [jockey Edgar] Prado said. “It was very loud, a lot of noise going down the stretch. I could hear everything, people screaming, but as I got closer and closer, and then when I went by Smarty Jones, it was totally silent. It was this strange feeling, this weird feeling, and I could tell the difference that one horse was making in people’s lives.”

What a lovely way to express how it feels to be a spoiler.