Sport: Torrents of Spring

It turned out to be a drenching, misty Saturday—but the British are used to soggy race tracks and that sort of jolly boating weather. Of the 40 million men, women & children in England, over two million spent the afternoon getting wet for sport's sake.

Britain's midweek sport ban, designed to eliminate the temptations that lure workers from their jobs, had forced two of the year's biggest events into a single Saturday. At Aintree (just north of Liverpool), the 4½-mile steeplechase course, toughest in the world, was a quagmire. As if there were not already enough obstacles on the Grand National Steeplechase...

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