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The Teddy Roosevelt mascot crosses the finish line Wednesday to win its first mascot race after more than 500 attempts.

Teddy Roosevelt mascot wins first ballpark race

WASHINGTON – Teddy wins! Teddy wins!

For the first time, the Teddy Roosevelt mascot has won the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning at Nationals Park – a pursuit that drew attention even from a White House spokesman and Sen. John McCain.

Teddy – Mr. Rough Rider, himself – had lost more than 500 times since 2006, when the Washington Nationals baseball team began having races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln at home games.

The crowd cheered wildly Wednesday when Teddy triumphed in the last game of the 2012 regular season, helped when a green mascot wearing a jersey of the Philadelphia Phillies – Washington’s opponent – knocked down the other three mascots.