Sport: Big Red

An ancient Negro in a battered porkpie hat used to lead visitors to a special stall at Faraway Farm, Ky. and say proudly: "An' heah, ladies an' gen'men, is Man o' War hisself. . . . He weigh 13 hunnert an' seventy-fi' pounds. I say, come heah, you old Red."

As a Kentucky tourist attraction, Big Red outdrew Mammoth Cave. Two million people visited Faraway Farm just to see him. He was made an honorary citizen of the city of Lexington. On his birthdays, he was given elaborate cakes with carrot candles. Stablehands reportedly did...

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