For two years, French horses had crossed the Channel to win the race
dearest to English hearts: the Epsom Derby. Last week, the French came
within a whisker of winning again. It took Nimbus, a game chestnut bred
by a bookmaker and owned by the wife of a British barrister, to outlast
French-owned Amour Drake in the 170th and richest of all English
Derbies (the winner's bundle: $56,680).
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