Sport: Back in the Swim

At the end of the harness racing season two years ago, Dunbar W. Bostwick sadly contemplated Chris Spencer, his eight-year-old trotter. Soon after setting a track record of 3 min. 10½ sec. in the 1½-mile Gotham trot, the aging gelding had gone lame and looked finished. But Optimist Bostwick had observed that trotters swim at a trotting gait. He reasoned that Chris might get back his bounce if he could exercise his legs without jarring them on a hard track.

At his Vermont farm on Lake Champlain, Bostwick began giving Chris regular dips, towing...

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