In 1936, Ralph Neves, a famous jockey, was riding his mount in a race at Bay Meadows. The horse tripped as he entered the stretch and threw Ralph headfirst into the rail. The track doctor rushed to his side, but he was too late. He could find no pulse; Ralph was dead.
The ambulance came anyway and rushed Ralph Neves to the hospital. After several attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead and covered with a sheet. The people at the racetrack were in shock. Ralph’s wife had been called to meet with the president of the racetrack. The jockeys were taking a collection for the widow.
Then Ralph Neves came walking into the clubhouse. The jockeys screamed, his wife fainted, and Ralph told his story. He said, “I knew I didn’t feel dead, even if I was sore all over.” He spoke out to the doctor through the drape sheet, so they rushed him on a gurney into a room. Ralph thought that was a waste, so he put on his clothes, rode to the track in a cab, and rode the horse, Instigator, in the seventh race that same day.
Life is full of stories of unexpected results and the triumph of life over death. May today bring a rebirth of hope in our lives. Someone might have already pronounced you “dead”, or at least your ability to succeed, but it’s up to you today to not just prove them wrong, but to continue to stay on course until you see the final victory.
It ain’t over until it’s over.
– Yogi Berra