Since a horse without a rider technically doesn’t finish the race, runner up Wholelottashakin took the top spot for the sixth race at Belmont on Wednesday.
The race commentator updated the riderless horse’s progress as she moved steadily from the back of the pack to the front. Free to navigate the crowded track however she pleased, she powered into the lead.
She finished almost a full length in front of Wholelottashakin, whose official time was 1:35:58. Though Downtown Hottie didn’t win, she quickly became a crowd favorite for throwing off The Man and running free.
Experts noted, however, that Hottie’s jockey — who is fine — may have trouble finding future work after falling off his horse immediately out of the gate.