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Riderless Horse Wins Race At Belmont [VIDEO], Second Does Same In West Virginia

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Jun 28, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
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I'll Have Another
2012 Belmont Stakes winner I'll Have Another at Belmont Park. (Photo : Reuters)

A riderless horse took the top spot in a race at New York's Belmont Park racetrack Thursday, to the surprise of many, according to reports.

Downtown Hottie, a six-year-old horse, burst out of the gate at Belmont, tossing her jockey off almost immediately and sprinting without any human guidance. The speedy horse clearly didn't need any help, outpacing the competition and crossing the finish line first.

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Making Downtown Hottie's run even more impressive, she stumbled out of the gate and was a few lengths behind every other horse but caught up with a stunning display of blazing speed.

Unfortunately for Downtown Hottie, she needs to examine the rule book more closely. Once a jockey is no longer on the horse, that horse is disqualified from the race. So although Downtown Hottie finished ahead of the others, she doesn't get the spoils.

If that wasn't odd enough, later in the day, at Charles Town racecourse in West Virginia, another horse discarded her jockey and finished ahead of the field as well. In both cases the announcers did their best to focus on the horses with a shot at winning, but simply couldn't ignore the novelty of seeing a racehorse without a rider.

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