SHELBYVILLE, TN – In a stunning turn of events, WGC contender “Honors”, the Horse of the Century, was turned down in inspection by a USDA VMO for unilateral sore and inconsistent sore on the other foot, and scar rule on both feet tonight.
Being displayed on an equipment trailer across from Calsonic is the closest HONORS got to being exhibited tonight. To the severe disappointment of thousands of “Big Lick” fans, Honors never made it off the equipment trailer.
HORSE OF THE CENTURY – “HONORS” – WORLD GRAND CHAMPION CONTENDER
Honors was to compete in Division B of the Aged Stallions which is a qualifier for the WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP next Saturday night.
The crowd audibly reacted when Honors did not come through the gate, and then the gate was closed. People started pouring toward the exits.
BILLY GO BOY AUDIO OF CROWD REACTION – All Rights Reserved – Theta Syndicate
Ole timers said the only thing which came close to this was 2006 when a WGC was not crowned for the ONLY time in the 75 year history of the Celebration.
Along with Honors ridden by Larry Edwards, who served a long Federal Suspension, Div B Contenders A Bruce Pearl trained by Jimmy McConnell and Jose’s Crystal Lite trained by Charlie Green didn’t get through inspection.
In Div A, three horses made the show ring, and the winner was Lampshade ridden by Bill Cantrell.
Nephew Eugene says the Trainers are threatening to STRIKE.
There will be updates on that.