It’s now clear why. Apparently something happened to Teddy’s glasses between those races.
The next day, Roosevelt raced without the blindfold, revealing that his glasses were missing and leading some on Twitter to speculate whether the Hero of San Juan Hill had received laser eye surgery to help him take victory at Nationals Park.
Judging by the subsequent race results, he did not.
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, still sans glasses, Teddy faded and finished last, losing to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, respectively.
Requests to the Nationals for an explanation have gone without comment, but we’ll keep trying to get to the bottom of this.