It was Ruby Begonia bouncing Paycheck in Saturday’s Great Gobbler Gallop in Worthington, as the Cuero, Texas bird came away with a narrow win over Paycheck in a race that celebrated 50 years of turkey racing between the two communities.
Paycheck took a brief detour during the race, as Worthington’s turkey appeared to be more interested in 10th Street shopping at one point. He also stopped for a short time to sit in a chair along the parade route.
Ruby Begonia, meanwhile, kept up a consistent pace along the Nobles County Courthouse side of the street and was able to just hold off a fast-charging Paycheck at the end. Ruby’s final time was 1 minute, 23.15 seconds with no penalties. Paycheck was less than a second behind, but one five-second penalty was accrued. The second and final leg of the 2022 Great Gobbler Gallop will be Oct. 8 in Cuero.