The Hungry Horse Race
Luke was an only child when he was a kid with no siblings. When
he was eight years old, his mom died of lung cancer from smoking
her whole life. His dad had died from hypothermia when Luke was
13 years old. Luke spent six years in a foster home until he was
19 years old when he was old enough to live on his own and take
care of himself.
Now here Luke
is living in an apartment at the age 24 with an average wage job
and no family. He has nothing at all in his life besides his
horse named Lexington. He loves his horse with a passion, and
rides him every single day.
His next door
neighbor Dwight, who lives eight miles down the road, also has a
horse named Bandit. Dwight and Luke hate each other and are
constantly in competitions about everything, especially horse
racing! They've raced about five times, and Dwight had won every
single time except once. Dwight claims that his horse was sick
from eating too much hay but the horse seemed perfectly
morning when Luke was driving to his job at the printing factory,
he saw a huge colorful billboard. He had never realized it before
so he assumed it was new. It said, "Got a horse? Got some skills?
Got a big belly? Want to win a huge grand prize?" in big letters.
Then in small letters below, "If you answered yes to those
questions, then you would be great for this horse race! There
will be one hundred laps, and after each lap you will have to get
off your horse and eat a PB&J. Then you'll have to get back
on. Sounds like fun? Sign up at the Springfield Park and
Recreation Center. Sign up day is July
Right when he
saw that sign, he knew this was his time to shine and get a
better house and a better life if he wins that Grand
Luke drove up to the Park and Recreation Center to find out more
about the Hungry Horse Race. When he walked in to the small
yellow building he looked to his left and saw a huge flier holder
that was labeled Hungry Horse Race. He thought it was very
popular because there were very few fliers left. Then he just
grabbed a flier to see if he would be interested in doing
Luke took out the flier from his inside coat pocket. As he
unfolded the flier he realized how excited he really was about
this race. When he read the whole thing all the information was
just mostly what it said on that billboard, but with more
description and it said the race day was August 4th.
As he got
done reading the entire flier, he noticed three things. First, he
will have to start riding his horse more to get his horse in the
best condition ever. Next, he will have to start starving himself
to be able to eat 100 PB&J's in such a short period of time,
and so that he was very hungry on the race day. Lastly, he
notices that he would have a good chance on winning this
When he woke
up the next morning, he checked his calendar and it was already
July 18th, sign up day! After he showered, got
dressed, ate breakfast and got ready for work, he realized today
was Saturday and he didn't even have work. He got out of his work
clothes and changed into some casual clothes. He drove straight
up to the Park and Recreation Center.
parked, he noticed there was a huge line outside of the doorway
and remembered that he was right about there being a lot of
people signing up. As he waited in line, he was examining each
person in the line to see if they looked good, and if they got
what it takes.
He saw that
many of them were slim girls so he thought they might be a fast
horse racer but not a fast eater. He also saw chunky cow boys
that looked like some good racers. The rest of them were all
younger boys and girls that have probably never ate 100
PB&J's in their life.
When he got
into the small building, he stepped right up to the sign-up sheet
taped onto a window. Right when he looked at it, he saw the worst
thing he has ever seen in his life. The very first name on the
sign-up sheet was Dwight Allen. His whole body shivered then
froze for a minute to believe what he just saw. As he kept
examining the name, he got a sick feeling in his stomach like
something was stabbing his gut. His heart was racing and he
thought he might not just sign up now. After deep thought of it,
he decided to put his name on the list but when he did, he
and then he realized this wasn't going to be a piece of cake for
him anymore. Dwight would make this a huge challenge considering
how good Dwight is at horse racing and has beaten him four out of
five times. Also considering the size of his belly, he knew he
could gobble 100 PB&J's down like an elephant eating a
thing he noticed there is what it said at the bottom of the
sign-up list. In small bold print below the blanks for the names
it said, "The number you sign-up is the number of the place you
will start in. He looked at Dwight's #1. Then looked at his
The next day
Luke started training. When he was riding his horse, he saw
Dwight riding his horse along his acres too. They both started
heading towards each other until they slowly started slowing down
their horses and came to a stop in front of each other. "You
think that old piece of crap is going to win you this race?"
Dwight said with a snarl.
mean this beautiful fast horse that has beaten yours once?" Luke
Dwight responded. "Anyways my horse was sick!" By the time he
got to finish what he was saying, Luke was already long gone his
horse trotting away.
next three weeks till the race, Luke got less and less strong
from practicing and working hard all day and not eating one
thing. He also got sleep deprived from waking up so early and
staying up so late at night.
before the race, Luke was going to bed earlier than usual at 8:30
to get his first good sleep in three weeks. He set his alarm very
early this time to wake up really early and be able to practice a
lot before the race. After that, Luke hopped into his bed and
zonked out cold right away.
Way later on
that night, Dwight snuck out of his house and walked to Luke's
house. When he got there, he tip toed cautiously into Luke's barn
where Luke kept his horse.
Lexington sleeping on the dirty ground covered with hay in his
den. He snuck arthritis pills in his water bucket to make all his
joints stiff so he will be soaring and can't run fast tomorrow.
When he opened the door to the den, Lexington woke up and started
"Neighing" as loud as he could to alert Luke. It was hopeless,
Luke was out cold sleeping.
tried biting him but he was tied up onto a rope that didn't
stretch far enough to reach him. Dwight snuck the pills into the
bucket and ran out.
was ready to go back to his house walking down the driveway, he
had an evil thought. He thought to himself, well I've already
taken the horse out; why not take out the rider?
back up the driveway and snuck into Luke's open back window. When
he got into the empty dark house, he could still hear Luke's
horse "Neighing" to try and wake up Luke. Dwight gradually got to
the staircase, tip toed up the stairs, and found Luke's room. He
opened the door very slowly until he heard it squeak and stopped
into the room and set Luke's alarm eight hours ahead so when he
got up the race would already be finished and he would be the one
holding the huge grand prize in the end.
morning, Luke woke up without his alarm clock waking him up. He
hopped out of his bed and screamed jumping up and down,
"Wewwwwwww! Race day!!!" He opened his curtains and his joyful
face turned into an angry yet confused face.
It was light
outside. That means it couldn't have been 4:30. His head sharply
turned to his alarm clock. 7:45. Luke screamed and cursed until
he almost lost his voice. Then he thought, the race doesn't start
till 9. It will take me an hour to get there if I hustle getting
dressed and speed there. I can manage to get there just on time
but without practicing.
got dressed faster than a cheetah. He skipped showering,
breakfast, and brushing his teeth. Then he sprinted out the door,
got his horse, hooked his trailer up to the back of his truck,
and started speeding away.
He got there
around 8:55 with moments to spare and when he arrived, you should
have seen the look on Dwight's face. "But…but…how did you… when
did you… what did you do to get here?" Dwight said stuttering,
shocked, and sad.
shrugged his shoulders and walked away. Dwight turned him around
and said angrily, "How did you get up in time and how is that
stupid horse okay from what I put in his water?"
"I just woke
up; I was used to getting up early."
"How is that
horse even standing? I put arthritis pills in his
have time to drink water this morning because we were running
late because you set my alarm so late. So, basically, you set
yourself up for this, Dwight."
dropped to his knees and screamed,
quickly told Luke, "By the way, you smell like crap."
race began they were calling the racers up to their positions.
"Number 58 please take your place," the announcer said. Then Luke
and his horse trotted up to their slot on the race track. When
they got done calling all the numbers, the man in black and white
that shot the gun to start the race, stepped out onto the race
track. When Luke was waiting for the race to start, he noticed
the huge table where they were to stop and eat their PB&J's.
He estimated there were around 10,000 sandwiches because there
were 100 contestants and 100 for each one.
The man with
the gun stepped off to the side of the track, stood up firm,
raised the hand with the gun slowly, and pulled the trigger.
BOOM! Lexington's hoofs dug into the ground, then took off, and
started galloping aggressively.
first four minutes two sandwiches had gone down and Luke was
already in 11th place. He could see everyone in front
of him besides Dwight. He figured he was long gone in first
because he never recalled passing him.
fallen back behind when his horse fell over from going off track
and almost hitting a tree. 50 sandwiches later, Luke was in
second, Dwight was in third. A couple laps after, the slim girl
Luke remembered being behind in the line, was once behind him
again. She was still in first until she couldn't eat as fast
anymore and almost threw up.
Now Luke was
in first with Dwight following right behind him. On lap 78 Luke
began to choke on the peanut butter when he was eating his
sandwich. When he first started to choke, he didn't think it
would be bad but now he's super red and Dwight had already
started on his next lap. He needed to think of something quick.
He sprinted over to a water bucket and chugged it all down. That
cleared out the peanut butter in this throat. When he got back
on, he had already fallen back into third place.
A few laps
later, it was the last lap. Luke was still in third place. When
Luke finished his last sandwich, he hopped back on to his horse
and didn't go but told him, "Alright, Lexington, we've trained
really hard for this and I didn't want to do that all for
nothing. I know you and me can win this with one last burst of
energy. No matter what it is, I'll share the grand prize with you
and no matter what happens, either way I'll love you."
could even finish what he was saying, Lexington was already
trotting faster than he ever had before. They sped right past the
slim girl into second place. When he turned a corner, he could
now see Dwight not much ahead on the dusty trail. Lexington sped
up so much Luke almost fell off the back of him. One minute later
Lexington and Bandit were neck to neck seconds away from the
finish line. Both horses leaped into the finish line and the
crowd stopped cheering with their mouths wide open.
who won. The announcer said with excitement, "And the winner is…
Luke and his horse Lexington!" Luke's face lit up and the crowd
stood up and started roaring. He knew this was the happiest he's
ever been. He also knew that both of his parents were watching
and encouraging him this whole time, and now they're smiling down
on him from heaven with two thumbs up. He held in his tears of
joy and just screamed, "Yeah!" while pumping his fist.
On the huge
lit up stage there was three connected blocks in the middle of
the stage. One higher than the other two. The higher one said
first and the other lower ones said second and third.
said, "Coming in third place is Cindy Walters!"(The girl from the
line.) "Coming in second place is Dwight Allen." Coming in first
place, Luke Washington!" Luke stepped up to the highest step.
"And this young mans grand prize is 10,000 more
and almost threw up but then his horse was joyful and really
happy. PB&J's are Lexington's favorite food ever. He knew he
would get a share of those because of what Luke said to
grand ceremony Luke told his horse to have all the PB&J's he
wanted. That's because he said that he will never have a PB&J
in his life ever again!