By Walter Farley
While Hopeful Farm burns down, Alec’s desires for the long run move up in smoke. How can he get the money to rebuild? To make issues worse, a robust younger colt named Eclipse has taken the racing global via typhoon, threatening to exchange the Black within the hearts of racing enthusiasts. opposed to all odds, Alec units out to save lots of the farm and turn out that the Black remains to be the best race horse of all time!
“Everyone loves a champion. And whilst the champion is a gallant horse, while his tale is instructed via a champion author of horse tales, each reader is a winner.”—The long island occasions
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He rather did. Mike had acknowledged that Casey was once an exceptional horse. Mike knew nice horses from on most sensible. Mike had ridden guy o’ struggle. yet Mike had by no means ridden the Black. So Mike didn’t understand every thing. “By an identical token,” Alec stated aloud, “I’ve by no means ridden Casey, so I don’t understand every little thing, both. ” “What’s that? ” Henry requested, releasing a foot on which a guy subsequent to him were stepping. “I used to be brooding about if we’d race Casey at Aqueduct,” Alec stated. The assembly on the close by music might open in a number of weeks they usually had had time earlier than the might 15 deadline to appoint the Black for a few of its richest handicap races. “I don’t know,” Henry replied. “Could be. ” Alec watched Mike Costello get permission from the presiding pass judgement on to dismount. nobody used to be allowed close to him as he slipped off Casey’s again and unsaddled his horse. sporting 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 a similar weight at which Costello had entered the race. “One hundred thirty-two, check,” the clerk stated. The race used to be 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 adequate to be interviewed by means of the tv and radio newshounds they usually wouldn’t technique Casey. The horse’s nostrils have been flared, no longer from heavy respiring, yet from pleasure attributable to the noisiness of the small enclosure. He allow a hind leg pass and the folks in 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 allow scarcely an individual else contact Casey. He most well liked to feed and look after the pony himself. nobody else rode Casey, even within the mornings. Who is familiar with, suggestion Alec, perhaps that’s why Casey’s proven such pace. It’s occurred ahead of horse takes to 1 individual and does extra for him than for a person else. Wasn’t it so with the Black and himself? Casey used to be prepare a lot almost like the Black. He was once tall and lightweight yet very robust boned. He had an arched bow in his neck and his head used to be all thoroughbred. His shoulders have been good sloped and he had a robust set of hind muscle mass which ran right down to low-set hocks. He used to be all strength and wonder status there within the circle—and judging from today’s checklist race he was once all pace to boot. “Let’s get out of here,” Henry stated, “if we will be able to. ” He started pushing and Alec him. that they had got permission to paintings Black Minx among the 7th and 8th races at the day’s software. “When do you think that we’ll cross opposed to him? ” Alec requested. “Casey, you suggest? ” Alec nodded and Henry stated, “I dunno. much is dependent upon the package deal they load at the Black. I’m no longer 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 by way of 13 lengths in tune checklist time, he's certain to be assigned very much extra weight the following day out.