Sport: Mahout Takes a Stand

Belmont Park was hot and humid as the three-horse field reached the post for the 54th running of the Lawrence Realization Stakes. It was not the kind of day on which a smart colt would want to run 1⅝ miles — especially when his cut of the $25,000 added purse would only amount to an extra mouthful of oats. And the favorite, Mahout, who twice recently had bested the triple crown winner, Assault, was an intelligent beast. He was also without guile.

During his training moves over the huge oval he had shown speed and stamina, but neither boot nor bat could...

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