Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may be done winning basketball games for the Boston Celtics, but it appears their namesakesí are still coming through in the clutch.
The former Celtics greatsí nicknames were combined and given to a race horse that competed at Saratoga on Monday, Aug. 12. And just as Pierce and Garnett came through for the Celtics for many years, The Truth and KG came through with a photo finish victory, wearing green silks and No. 5 no less.
With 7-2 odds in Race 7 on Monday, The Truth and KG started off the race in second place, not far back from Bernie the Maestro (5-2) who got out to an early lead. Race-favorite Hello Lover, at 6-5 odds, fell back at the beginning but was able to make up ground heading into the final stretch.
Bernie the Maestro and The Truth and KG were neck and neck heading down the straightaway, with Hello Lover closing fast from the outside. It looked like Bernie the Maestro was going to take the race halfway into the final quarter mile, but The Truth and KG surged back to catch Bernie the Maestro.
Hello Lover could not make up the ground he lost at the beginning of the race, falling just short of an epic comeback. The initial finish was too close to call, and photo review showed that The Truth and KG just crossed the line about a nose before Bernie the Maestro and a head before Hello Lover.
The Truth and KG went through the quarter mile in 22.8 seconds, through the half mile in 45.07, hit the three quarters mark in 1:09.13, and finished in 1:22.26, an incredible 13.13 second last quarter mile.
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