Saturday, June 9, 2007
Bengals' Johnson given lead, easily outruns horse at charity race
CINCINNATI -- Chad Johnson got a head start without having
to jump offside, and beat his coverage to the goal line again.
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was waiting at the finish
line when Restore the Roar arrived at the end of his
one-eighth-mile gallop. That's right: Johnson raced a horse
Saturday and easily won.
Johnson was spotted a 100-meter lead -- roughly about half the
distance the horse had to cover in the race for charity. And when
it was over, Johnson, as usual, was anything but humble. He sounded
ready to take on boxing, basketball and NASCAR.
"Floyd Mayweather, you're next," Johnson said. "I want to
fight you. I'd like to take Kobe and LeBron one-on-one. Jeff
Gordon, we can take a couple laps. ... Now it's my time to take
over the race world."
The 4-year-old colt's jockey, P.J. Cooksey, rode a horse that
beat former Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth in 1993. She sounded
more impressed with Johnson's speed.
"He's quick," Cooksey said. "He's a fast man. That was
phenomenal. When I looked over at him, all I could see were his
legs; they looked like a windmill. He was a blur. I was beat bad."