Sport: Harness King

From a vast, air-conditioned restaurant with sweeping glass windows, thin, tanned women and fat, pale men peered over thick steaks and cool drinks at the dirt track below. Roosevelt Raceway, the orange-and-magenta pleasure dome at Westbury, N.Y. was having its biggest harness-racing season in history. A record $144 million had been bet in the first 82 days of the meeting. For the highlight Messenger Stake* prize money had reached $108,565, making it the richest pacing race of all time.

Set Down. Early elimination trials narrowed the field to ten of the nation's best three-year-olds, driven by the nation's top drivers. But the...

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