Horse Racing: What Price Victory

France's Prix de 1'Arc de Triomphe always seems to bring out the patriot in horsemen — just possibly because of its $270,000 purse. The field of 20 thoroughbreds that paraded to the post at Longchamp last week carried the silks of six nations, but the horses' nationalities were a little confused.

Sea Bird, the French champion and 6-to-5 favorite, was also 1) the winner of the English Derby and 2) a grandson of the U.S.'s Native Dancer. Russia's Anilin had British ancestors. Ireland's Meadow Court, the 1965 Sweeps winner, boasted a British sire, an American dam, and a trio of...

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