Never mind feeling sorry for the Edmonton Eskimos -— what about the poor touchdown horse?
“He’s dog tired,” sighed rider Karyn Drake of 15-year-old Quick Six, who charges down McMahon Stadium’s east sideline to celebrate each Stamps touchdown.
“I haven’t seen him today, but he was dragging his butt off the trailer Monday night. I gave him extra grain because he ran so hard. He was a good boy — I was proud of him.”
In his eight years as the Stamps’ sideline mascot, the grey quarter-horse has never before been put to such work with six touchdowns in the Red & White’s 52-5 mauling of Edmonton Monday. Well, not since their previous meeting with Edmonton three weeks earlier, anyway.
It harkened back to the days when Drake rode ol’ Blue while Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia had her and her steed on their toes at all times.
On Monday, the Stamps found the endzone four times in the second quarter alone, prompting Drake to take a new tact on the sideline.
“I never got off because I knew if I got off I’d just have to get back on again — so we just stay on the horse now,” said Drake, the 1985 Stampede Queen who has been the Stamps’ touchdown horse rider since 1993.
“I was exhausted. At halftime we were just pooped. It took him a little while to get going on that last touchdown but he did it. We’d scored six touchdowns last game so I knew we could be busy.”