Alabama football fans have found a number of different ways to celebrate the Crimson Tide’s incredible comeback in last season’s national championship game against Georgia. But two race horse owners took it a step further to specifically honor hero quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the play he made to win the championship.

Enter Tuaandtwentysix, the horse owned by Ali Goodrich and Caron Hutchinson and who was named for the second-and-26 overtime play where Tagovailoa connected with DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard championship-winning touchdown.

Once the owners had the name, they found the horse to match it, paying $40,000 for him, according to AL.com. In Tua the horse’ first two races this fall, he finished eighth and fourth, but his owners, of course, believe he’s a winner and hope to have him ready for the Kentucky Derby in the spring.

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“Real professional about his work,” (trainer Kellyn) Gorder said. “He likes to train. He’s athletic. A little bit mouthy, likes to chew on you a little bit but that’s pretty typical.”

Hutchinson, admittedly a novice in the horse racing world, saw some of the same meeting her horse before the race Saturday.

“He’s just kind of spicy, spunky,” she said. “You could just tell he has a little edge to him, kind of like his namesake.”

They’re hoping Tua the horse can stun just like the Alabama football player, who’s currently the Heisman Trophy frontrunner with 2,066 total passing yards, 25 touchdowns, a 70.4 completion percentage and zero interceptions so far.

Alabama is off this week and will return with a road game against LSU next weekend.


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