May 9, 1932

On May 9, 1932, the three year-old colt, Burgoo King, won the 57th Preakness in a time of 1:59.8. To get the most out of this horse, jockey Eugene James is thought to have whispered into its ear just before the race started. “If you don’t win this time, you’re hamburger meat for sure.” There’s something to be said for incentive and the ability of a mutant horse to understand the English language.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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