Everyone loves a loser. Or at least Japanese horseracing fans do.
Japan’s worst racehorse, Haruurara, attempted to break a 105 race losing streak on Monday. And with top jockey Yutaka Take on board, anticipation of a potential win sent race goers into a frenzy.
Despite the race not starting until 4:35 p.m., 3,000 people were already lined up 30 minutes before the track opened at 9 o’clock. And by 2 p.m. the gates had to be locked as the racecourse reached its capacity. A first for the venue.
And if all this wasn’t silly enough, people were queuing for up to 90 minutes to buy Haruurara souvenirs.
Needless to say, hapless Haruurara didn’t win.