LOLOL!!! Actually, i have NEVER played the ponies! (Not kidding!) I didn't even think of it as a horse racing term till you brought it up! Then it was like "Oh YEAH! That IS a racing term!"
When they announced that Woodson wasn't playing, they made it sound like a big deal. It had me concerned. Then they said Harris was out too, so then it just sounded like the coach didn't want them hurt. Made me feel a little better.