Sport: Horse v. Doctor

Summerville is a winter resort in South Carolina. At its paint-thirsty town hall last week, under a blazing sun that sent the temperature to 110°, two of its residents — a Finnish-born, 40-year-old doctor named Arne Suominen and an eleven-year-old race horse named Duke—began a 40-mile race.* The course: to Charleston (27 miles), then 13 miles around The Citadel's foot-racing track.

Along the steaming highway man and beast jogged, followed by a caravan of 100 cars. Duke—ridden by a no-lb. jockey the first 14 miles, a lighter boy the next 14, and finally a little girl — was trotted for eight minutes,...

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