Spicer Cub's wild run at Pimlico goes viral
"I have watched the replay many times with my fiancÚ and I still cannot believe what happened. I am grateful to be here," added Perez, who has been a regular rider in Maryland since September 2011. "The guys in the room were impressed.
"When I came back to the jocks' room it was funny because nothing bad happened, but Mary Eppler was apologizing to me, but this is part of the business. I had ridden him three times before and he never did anything like that before. He is a nice, kind horse."
Eppler reported Sunday afternoon that Spicer Cub "is fine" with no nicks or cuts from his adventure.
Perez's remarkable ride and track announcer Dave Rodman's outstanding call of the race have received plenty of positive attention.
"It was probably the wildest race I have ever called," said Rodman, who has called races at the major Maryland tracks since March 1991.
"It beats the Afleet Alex incident in the 2005 Preakness and tops the guy running on the track (1999 Preakness day). All I could do was keep my eyes on the X-Man (Perez's nickname) and Spicer Cub. I can't believe he went through that hole between the outer rail and the gate. It was really something else. I really thought he was going to win the race. Xavier did an amazing job. It was certainly a gutsy ride."
The 25-year-old Perez has 480 winners in a career that began in 2007, including a victory aboard Haitian Nation in Sunday's 2ND race. He finished seventh in the recently completed Laurel Park winter meet standings.
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