Sport: Horse of the Year

The Pimlico Special, coming at the end of the season when all but the champions have raced themselves out of contention, is a far more important race than its purse value suggests. For 13 years it has played a leading role in the annual horse-of-the-year award, and it has sometimes resuited in a race of the year (such as War Admiral v. Seabiscuit in 1938).* Last week's renewal of the sporting Special—by invitation as usual, for $15,000 winner-take-all—brought together the two speed demons of 1949's two leading stables: Calumet's four-year-old Coaltown and Greentree's...

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