If there’s a sure thing in Montana horse racing, a friend of mine told me over the phone last night, it’s a quarter horse named Gifter.
The 8-year-old brown gelding ran its winning streak to seven races Sunday afternoon at MetraPark’s Yellowstone Downs.
Gifter shot out of the starting gates quickly, accelerated in the turn and breezed to victory in a 660-yard mixed-allowance race at the Billings track.
“I’ll put it this way, I’ve never been around another horse like him,” said trainer Randy Blasdel. “He’s a very special animal.”
With jockey Casey Greene in the saddle, Gifter won by 4 1/2 lengths over Hiway Hemi in the seven-horse field.
“It’s awesome,” Greene told a reporter at the Billings’ Gazette.
“There’s no way to explain it. You just hang on and enjoy the ride. He knows more about (racing) than we do.”
Gifter paid $3.20, $2.80, $2.40 to win and was still receiving cheers and applause as Blasdel led him back to the barn.
“He’s the kindest, gentlest horse,” Blasdel said. “He got a little excited yesterday (Saturday). He even kicked me, but usually he’ll never do something like that.”