Tebow cheered at Lexington's Red Mile
September 24, 2011
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Although there were several stars on the Friday card at The Red Mile the biggest cheers of the night came for the maiden 2-year-old gelding pacer Blueridge Tebow. Yes, despite a Free-For-All Trot field that included Arch Madness, Lanson, Opening Night, Whit and VC Chocoholic, and other young horses with strong pedigrees, it was Blueridge Tebow who evoked the biggest cheers from those on the apron when he came onto the track for the seventh race.
Why the cheers? It was because there were a couple of dozen of University of Florida fans at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., in town for the Saturday night football game between their school and the University of Kentucky. The horse shares a name with former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman trophy and is now a member of the Denver Broncos.
Alas, the legions of Tebow fans only rooted on the horse as they didn't have enough faith in the winless freshman at the betting windows. Sent off at odds of 136-1, Blueridge Tebow finished fifth for driver Jimmy Stiltner, who had a four-win night himself on Friday.
So despite Lanson upsetting Arch Madness in the $5,300 Free For All, and victories by the Bruce Saunders trainees Lookinforadventure and Mybrothergeorge, it was Blueridge Tebow who received the most accolades on the night, which was the final program at the track until Grand Circuit racing begins next Thursday night.