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"Lightning:" A Real 'Sleeper'
12 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's the day of the big steeplechase race and a jockey sounds like the trainer of Big Brown - cocky as all get-out. "We can't lose," he claims, like Rick Dutrow just did last weekend in the 2008 running of the Belmont Stakes. Unlike Dutrow, though, the jockey wakes up quickly to the fact his great horse may not be sharp for the race....and it may not be "a sure thing." The horse in this cartoon is "Lightning," and the first time we see him it's before the race and he's snoring loudly. That's the main gag of the cartoon - the horse doesn't want to do anything but sleep.

What the jockey goes through to try to wake this horse up, before and DURING the race, is very funny. Like a lot of sports cartoons, this is totally outrageous humor. Ya gotta love this horse "Lightning." Animal rights activists beware: the jockey is brutal to the horse on several occasions, doing everything he can think of to get the horse out of his slumber party, but the horse is never hurt and just snores away no matter what.

The ending is clever and leaves you with a smile, happy for the good 'ole Lightning. Man, I wish I could sleep like that!


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