Sad news from Anaconda's AOH St. Patricks Day run on 3/12/11.
Thomas Jodoin, aka Big Bird, of Helena pulled off the repeat win in the 3-mile event. For a guy who's run this event in the low 14's, he got away early and looked well on his way to a quick, easy win.
But, in the latter part of the race, Thomas had to pull up a couple of times with some hamstring troubles. He held on for a close win over master's stud Pat Judge; but, the win came at a price.
Having fought hamstring issues over the years, it appears as though they've come back and reared their ugly head once again. Post race comments by Jodoin suggest that the injury may be serious and may curtail his racing this season.
Let's hope it's not as bad as feared. Big Bird is one of the good guys on the Montana racing scene and the Buzzard would hate to see him out of action in 2011.
Heal Thy Wing Big Bird
The Muddy Buzzard.