Sport: Death in a Tent

The best horses in the East were running at fashionable, old-fashioned Saratoga and at streamlined Garden State, but turfmen's thoughts strayed elsewhere. At Rockingham Park at Salem, N.H., under two circus tents, 43 emaciated thoroughbreds stood listlessly cooling their fevered noses in buckets of water. Their hind legs twitched; some fell. By last weekend, seven of them had died, or been destroyed, because of a swamp fever epizootic (animal equivalent of epidemic). The New Hampshire veterinary ordered every one of the 930 horses at Rockingham quarantined there indefinitely.

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