Ricky Hatton landed at Boston’s Logan airport at 1:00 P.M. today.
At 5:00 P.M. he was at Suffolk Downs, New Englands’s only thoroughbred racetrack, where a race was named in his honor on Derby Day.
The tenth and final race of the day, a six-furlong allowance race, was named the “Ricky Hitman Hatton Classic.”
Ricky personally liked the number two horse, “City Clerk,” because of the similarity of his name and Ricky’s favorite soccer team at home, Manchester City. Ricky bet $50 on City Clerk to win at 6 to 1 odds, and won.
Ricky was also in the paddock to present the trophy to the winning jockey.
Ricky said, “No sooner had I set foot in Boston and come to the races, I put a bet down and won big. If things are going that well and I’ve only been in Boston a matter of hours, hopefully, it’s a good omen for things to come.”