On the cusp of greatness, Mighty Heart didn’t check off many boxes for racing success

Wager on WoodbineMighty Heart has been a mighty good story.

Not just for his connections, but for the entire Canadian thoroughbred industry.

Like every other segment of society during the COVID-19 pandemic, horse racing struggled to gain traction in 2020. The start of the season was delayed, strict health protocols were put in place and, for the most part, racing has been contested without anyone in the stands.

But the exploits of the one-eyed wonder horse Mighty Heart has given racing fans, and sports fans in general, something to cheer for, a feel-good story to rally behind. The Josie Carroll-trained bay colt won the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales Stakes this year and will attempt to become the first horse since Wando in 2003 to win the OLG Canadian Triple Crown on Saturday in the 129th Running of the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

All of which is pretty incredible, considering

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Rich Nilsen is a 17-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the 2018 NHC Tour with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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