By Walter Farley
The Black Stallion is the quickest horse in the United States and he and his jockey, Alec Ramsay, are education for a massive race. without notice there comes a brand new challenger: Flame! An unproven racer, the Island Stallion can run just like the wind and his jockey, Steve Duncan, is familiar with that Flame will supply the Black the race of his existence. yet what neither Steve nor Alec be aware of, is that those stallions have met sooner than, they usually hate every one other.
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Because the needle climbed to 136 kilos Alec stated, “I’ll by no means get used to wearing this a lot lead, Bob. ” “Don’t you mind,” the clerk acknowledged, “just so long as your horse doesn’t item to it. ” “He’d greater not,” Alec acknowledged, smiling. “Not today,” the clerk agreed. “Okay, Alec, hop off. Ramsay,” he known as. “Number 5. At 100 and thirty-six kilos. fee. ” He watched Alec visit the quantity rack. right here was once one other rider who made racing invaluable for him. Alec was once very likely one of many nice riders of all time, however the clerk doubted he’d be round the jockeys’ room very lengthy. as an alternative, Alec may develop into a winning coach. He wasn’t simply in his personal horse yet in all horses. He appeared to have studied each horse at Hialeah and knew extra approximately them than the other rider on the tune. lots of the different jocks have been too busy targeting their very own mounts to trouble approximately an individual else’s. And but this data of horseflesh should have helped Alec turn into the winning rider he used to be. while the opposite riders desired to be aware of something a couple of box, they requested Alec. He continuously informed them, too, by no means retaining something to himself. That used to be one more reason he was once so good liked—that, and his having kept the hides of a superb many jocks as he’d performed for Willy Walsh a number of weeks in the past. the men acknowledged Alec rode a race with the precision and stability of a well-oiled computer. The clerk notion there has been extra to it than that. Alec used to be no computing device; as an alternative, he a part of his horse whilst he used to be driving. Steve Duncan, donning red silks, used to be the final to step at the scale. while the valet passed him his saddle and pad of lead, the needle went as much as one hundred thirty kilos. The clerk smiled on the apprentice rider. “I’m definite you’re no longer used to selecting up rather a lot lead, younger fellow,” he stated. Duncan didn’t go back the clerk’s smile. He appeared offended and extremely reason, however the clerk attributed it to pre-race nervousness. that will disappear the instant Duncan fastened his horse. “Duncan. quantity Six. At 100 and thirty kilos. Check,” the clerk concluded. He was hoping this child will be very well within the massive one. He’d have his palms complete using opposed to the others. It took greater than a sensational mount to win the Widener. If Duncan wasn’t cautious he may well lose not just the race yet a limb in addition. It used to be that sort of a race. It couldn’t be differently with a handbag of $90,000 placing at the cord. The authentic weighing-out for the Widener Handicap have been accomplished. The riders wear their protecting helmets and left the room. “Lots of good fortune, fellows,” the clerk known as. “Hurry again now. ” THE WIDENER HANDICAP 17 The looking cameras of the tv networks have been fastened excessive on a platform open air the paddock. They stuck the sector of six horses leaving their saddling stalls and strolling round the ring, their our bodies, glistening within the sunlight, as colourful as their riders’ silks. The CBS telecaster spoke to his mammoth national viewers. “The Widener Handicap has drawn a record-breaking attendance of over 45,000 enthusiasts to Hialeah Park in this sunny yet cool day in February,” he stated.