Gussie Mae, on the verge of becoming the biggest loser in the history of racing, finally won one. In his 86th career start, Gussie Mae won for the first time, capturing a maiden claiming race Wednesday night at Atlantic City Race Course by 2 1/2 lengths.
Had he lost, he would have surpassed what is believed to be the record for most consecutive losses, which was set by Really a Tenor.
"I'm very relieved that we did it," said trainer Robert "Rocky" Marchiano. "This takes a lot of pressure off. Everyone was saying that we were going to make the record and then there were
people saying we ought to retire him because he'll never win. It was a point that I had to prove, because I've been saying that he has the ability and the heart to win."