Sport: Bad Day for Max

Trigger-tempered Max Hirsch, 68, a horse trainer by trade, said he wasn't interested in the $50,000 prize money. He just wanted to beat "that horse." He felt so strongly about Armed, 1947's horse of the year, that he couldn't even mention his name. Max had been maneuvered into running his Assault against Armed one day last September when Assault had "only three legs."

After that Max and Assault retired to the peace & quiet of a training track at Columbia, S.C., to lick Max's wounds and heal Assault's gimpy leg. Two weeks ago, Max and his horse turned up at Florida's...

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