Sport: By Grit, Out of Nowhere

Noble blood is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great.

—18th century Italian aphorism

Turfmen knowingly call it class. Sportswriters fondly call it heart. Whatever it is, it is the indefinable quality that is the hallmark of a great competitor. This year it has spurred a little, long-tailed brown colt named Carry Back into outrunning the limited promise of his unimpressive pedigree. With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness behind him and capable Jockey Johnny Sellers in his saddle, Carry Back will parade to the post for the $125,000 Belmont Stakes this...

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