I had just learned the expression “rode hard and put away wet” and it tickled my funny bone. I had to use it and managed to work it in. A tad dark, but I assure you, the horse was fine after a nap.
Another theme from the movie “Seabiscuit” was how it would wait until in last place, remember all the times it failed and was held back, and then would leap ahead. I tended to think along the lines to Blake when watching it.
So… um… if you HAVEN’T seen the movie “Seabiscuit,” (or it’s been too long to remember), that was one of the key lines, “though he be but small, he is fierce” (which, btw, i think came from Shakespeare).