VIDEO: This horse is all of us in 2022

On January 12, in the second race at Charles Town, four-year-old filly Chubby Warrior spoke for all of us who sometimes don’t want to get out of bed.

When the gates opened, she simply refused to break. “I’m perfectly happy here,” she seemed to say. “Let all the other horses run around the track.”

The best part might just be the members of the gate crew sneaking over to shut the gate on her as the rest of the field runs up the backstretch.

Chubby Warrior is a four-year-old filly by Hey Chub out of the Here’s Zealous mare Joyfull Warrior. She was bred in New Jersey by Colonial Farms.

Chubby Warrior is owned by James W. Long and trained by Mark Shanley. Marshall Mendez was aboard for the abortive trip. Chubby Warrior has one win from eight career starts.