Flat Out in Front

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UNBEATABLE: High Chaparral won both the English and Irish Derbies

Just as Venus and Serena Williams have aced women's tennis and Michael Schumacher is way out in front of the Formula One championship, a quiet 32-year-old Irishman is riding roughshod over British Isles flat racing. Aidan O'Brien's horses have such a record of winning big races that other trainers are now almost reluctant to put their charges up against them. When O'Brien entered his colt Hawk Wing in the prestigious Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, England, a week ago, with stablemate Sholokhov as his pacemaker, they faced only three other horses. Hawk Wing and Sholokhov duly romped home. That success came only...

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