At 6:35pm EST, I was on the local elementary school playground pushing Rowdietta on the swing. Pop-Pop put his phone in front of the TV set and I heard the call over my cell phone.
Great race, great finish. These guys liked it too. These guys didn't like it too much. Here's a shot of the guy who bought 6,000 souvenir $2 tickets for resale on eBay. No doubt horse racing provides the greatest few minutes in all professional sports.
In the end it sure looked like a 50-50 chance for Smarty Jones. He was there at the end but it wasn't him.
The way to play that, I realize now, would have been to bet every other horse in the field to win. Any one of the horses would have paid $16 and some - like Birdstone - much more.
Great race. It's sad to see Smarty Jones go the way of Real Quiet but it's great that next year this could all happen again. We'll probably never see this again in our lives but it's fun to hope and wait and see.