Red chose the 49ers and Robinson the Chiefs. Neither offered comment.
“Horses,” said Steve Stallworth, general manager of South Point Arena, “don’t complain.”
But they sure can draw a crowd.
Yes, they were two beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales strolling through South Point on Thursday to bet on Super Bowl 58.
How exactly were bets placed in the middle of a sports bet?
Both horses seemed to believe their team would win by a nose.
The last time such an event took place at South Point was in 2016, when a Clydesdale picked the Broncos – what a shock – to beat the Panthers. He turned out to be a winner.
This time, two of the gentle giants offered their wise opinions.
“We love this stuff,” Stallworth said. “We will do 46 weeks of events a year. We are by far the busiest and most prominent equestrian facility in America. Every week is different.
“The Clydesdales are so iconic. I bet they are with us 60-70 days a year. Our customers love them, our employees, Mr. Gaughan loves them.”
That would be South Point owner Michael Gaughan.
Do you want to see the most shocking look? Try steering a Clydesdale in front of a group of unsuspecting casino card players.
The horses’ favorite part of the day is obviously breakfast. Then they do some exercise. Then they have their white feathers and fur combed and braids are put on. Then they are really ready to make things work.
“When show time comes, they get excited when they know they’re about to do something big and their behavior changes,” said Chris Wiegert of Grant’s Farm in St. Louis. “They’re in the crowd, placing their bets and it doesn’t phase them at all. We travel all over the country. We are in communities and big parades with big crowds. They are big stars.
“They represent the American spirit.”
The West Coast team includes 10 horses, two Dalmatians and seven handlers. Much of their Las Vegas residency involves visiting different locations to recreate the “Old-School Delivery” Super Bowl commercial for this year’s game.
“This means the world to us,” South Point General Manager Ryan Growney said. “We have tens of thousands of horses coming in every year. But when these guys show up, the red carpet literally rolls out.
“When people see these majestic animals, it makes everyone’s day. Having two of those animals walking in the middle of the casino: I don’t know how it gets any better than that.
But who made the better bet, Red or Robinson?
“I’ll let you know on Sunday,” Growney said. “I don’t know which (side) we need yet.”
It’s just a guess, but horses probably don’t care much.
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