Bridgejumpers Have Friends in Racing Mules

For the second time in two weeks, bridgejumpers were rewarded big time when a racing Mule won a race at a Northern California fair.

On June 30 at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, $98,603 of a $100,650 show pool was wagered on Taz, who won a Mule event. According to the Pleasanton Tri-Valley Herald, a $90,000 show wager on Taz was made at Santa Anita Park.

A few weeks ago at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton, a Mule race featuring the great Black Ruby generated a show pool of more than $150,000. Black Ruby, now 10, has won more than 40 races and never has finished worse than third.

Taz and jockey Danny Boag are the last to defeat Black Ruby. That happened last year at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif.

"You're going to get your money back 100% of the time," Boag told the Tri-Valley Herald about Black Ruby. "She runs 10 races a year, and people can roll their money over from one time to the next. She has even been left in the gate and still come back to win. There's only one other Mule who can run with her."

Last year at Pleasanton, a $200,000 show wager was made on Black Ruby. At Santa Rosa last year, a $500,000 show wager was made on the Mule.