Sport: 1776 & All That

King George had entered a filly named Angelola in the big race, but Queen Elizabeth didn't give the royal entry a prayer. Said she: "I think I should back My Love." So did most of the 400,000 fans lining the track at Doncaster, England, for last week's St. Leger (rhymes with quaint ledger). My Love was the 7-to-4 favorite; the Aga Khan's mahogany three-year-old had already won the Epsom Derby and the French Grand Prix.

Only one American-bred horse was competing in the historic race, first run in 1776: Black Tarquin,* owned by the chairman of New York's Jockey Club, William Woodward....

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