Unbelievable but True Horse Racing Oddities

On July 19, 2016, jockey Chris Meehan was pretty excited, as he felt he had a very decent mount in a hurdle race at Mercano Racecourse in Italy, and thought he had a great chance of winning the steeplechase event. But his dream of a winning day (and his face) was shattered when his horse went down while trying to clear a jump. He took a hoof to the old kisser and laid in the dirt unconscious, with a very busted-up nose and a huge gash on his chin. When track personnel got to him, it didn’t look good.

“The starter came over to help me because I was on my back and choking on my own blood,” Meehan told the racing Post in a 2016 interview.”

There was no doubt Meehan was severely messed up and the track ambulance was called for immediately.

But poor Mr. Meehan’s day was about to get even worse…

Jockey starts the race on one horse but finishes on another?

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-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 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, 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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