Wes Welker Describes His Horse Like Boston Sportswriters Described Him
Ex-Patriots receiver Wes Welker recently got into the horse racing business. In 2011, he reportedly dropped $50,000 on a yearling that he named Undrafted. (Get it? Just like Welker.) ESPN.com’s Claire Novak has the story:
But for Wes Welker, the standout receiver who recently signed with the Denver Broncos, that $50,000 yearling purchase turned out to be a steady player — now a 3-year-old runner named Undrafted who, in six starts, has never been out of the money. He is an undersized but feisty competitor — or, as trainer Wesley Ward puts it, “He’s a good-feelin’ guy.” That’s something the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Welker knows plenty about; the horse’s name refers to his early days trying to make it as a pro, when he went undrafted out of Texas Tech.
When talking about his horse, Welker seemed to borrow the tropes sportswriters often have used to describe him. It’s odd hearing little, scrappy Wes Welker describe another living thing as “hard working” and “consistent.” Here’s what he said:
“He’s just a hard-working horse. He’s consistent and it’s kind of funny to watch him run—it definitely is kind of a take on what my career has been like.”
“Obviously the underdog role is nothing new, and I think we almost enjoy him being in that spot. Hopefully he can go out there and get a solid race under his belt.”
On Saturday, Undrafted will run in the Blue Grass Stakes. Finishing first or second in the race could earn him a spot in next month’s Kentucky Derby. Good for him. As for us, we’ll save our wagers for our other favorite Patriots player-turned-racing-animal, Rob Gronkowski.