Sport: Six-Figure Hunch

The heady smell of horses, leather, manure and stable antiseptics has fortified many a gypsy horse owner and trainer against the stress of staying half a jump ahead of the sheriff. Often as not there is no rainbow at the end of the trail. For little Jean Charles ("Frenchy") Pinon there was—after 13 threadbare years.

With just one horse, a four-year-old chestnut filly, Frenchy Pinon built a hunch into a six-figure bank account in 1944. He won the $15,000 Hawthorne Handicap, the $25,000 Vanity Handicap, topped off the season with a $61,425 check from the Hollywood Gold Cup, last big race of...

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