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By Walter Farley

Whilst Hopeful Farm burns down, Alec’s desires for the long run cross up in smoke. How can he get the cash to rebuild? To make issues worse, a robust younger colt named Eclipse has taken the racing international by way of hurricane, threatening to exchange the Black within the hearts of racing enthusiasts. opposed to all odds, Alec units out to avoid wasting the farm and end up that the Black remains to be the best race horse of all time!
“Everyone loves a champion. And while the champion is a gallant horse, whilst his tale is instructed through a champion author of horse tales, each reader is a winner.”—The big apple occasions

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Henry requested, releasing a foot on which a guy subsequent to him were stepping. “I was once puzzling over if we’d race Casey at Aqueduct,” Alec acknowledged. The assembly on the within sight music may open in a number of weeks they usually had had time earlier than the could 15 time limit to appoint the Black for a few of its richest handicap races. “I don’t know,” Henry responded. “Could be. ” Alec watched Mike Costello get permission from the presiding pass judgement on to dismount. not anyone used to be allowed close to him as he slipped off Casey’s again and unsaddled his horse. wearing his tack, which incorporated the heavy lead pad, he stepped onto the scales within the enclosure, weighing in. The Clerk of the Scales nodded because the arrow swung to an identical weight at which Costello had entered the race. “One hundred thirty-two, check,” the clerk acknowledged. The race was once now formally over. Costello passed the tack to his valet and went again to Casey, taking him from the groom. He wouldn’t go away his horse lengthy sufficient to be interviewed by means of the tv and radio journalists they usually wouldn’t technique Casey. The horse’s nostrils have been flared, now not from heavy respiring, yet from pleasure brought on by the noisiness of the small enclosure. He allow a hind leg pass and the folks at the back of him scattered. His coach and proprietor laughed yet Mike remained silently grim. The veteran jockey desired to get his horse again to the barn, Alec knew. Mike may permit scarcely an individual else contact Casey. He most well liked to feed and look after the pony himself. not anyone else rode Casey, even within the mornings. Who is aware, idea Alec, might be that’s why Casey’s proven such velocity. It’s occurred prior to horse takes to 1 individual and does extra for him than for someone else. Wasn’t it so with the Black and himself? Casey used to be prepare a lot kind of like the Black. He used to be tall and light-weight yet very robust boned. He had an arched bow in his neck and his head was once all thoroughbred. His shoulders have been good sloped and he had a robust set of hind muscle groups which ran all the way down to low-set hocks. He used to be all strength and sweetness status there within the circle—and judging from today’s checklist race he used to be all velocity besides. “Let’s get out of here,” Henry stated, “if we will. ” He started pushing and Alec him. they'd got permission to paintings Black Minx among the 7th and 8th races at the day’s software. “When do you think that we’ll move opposed to him? ” Alec requested. “Casey, you suggest? ” Alec nodded and Henry acknowledged, “I dunno. much is dependent upon the package deal they load at the Black. I’m now not goin’ to have them holiday ’im down with lead, now not after Wednesday’s exhibition. Why …” Henry didn’t end. He didn’t have to, for Alec knew good what he intended. while a horse comes again because the Black had performed and wins his first race through 13 lengths in song list time, he's certain to be assigned greatly extra weight the following outing. It have been no mystery that the Black had the bit difficult opposed to his enamel whilst he broke out of that pocket. every person had visible it, together with the tune handicapper. Alec and Henry controlled to break out from the packed stands and handed the paddock.

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