Why you should quit being stubborn and learn her name
She's the Secretariat of mule racing, or would be if she were a boy. The 10-year-old chestnut mollie dominates mule racing in Northern California, the only area in the U.S. where you can bet on the muscular, infertile animals. Counting a win on Sunday, Black Ruby has won 22 of her last 23 starts and 57 of 72 overall, earning some $175,000, the most ever for an animal with long, funny ears who kicks up at everything she hears.
Her mother was half quarterhorse, half thoroughbred; father was a jackass. At age three she fell out of a moving trailer and was dragged many feet, severely injuring her hind legs. Now, in mid-career, she has a male stalker named Taz, who's finished second to Black Ruby II times in the last two years, often by less than a head. "She ignores Taz," says Ruby's owner Mary McPherson. "She knows she's the queen bee."
"If you didn't see the ears," says McPherson, "you'd swear it was a horse standing there."