Sport: California Router

To the skeptical eye of the Eastern racing fan, California breeds speed horses —not routers. The Californias tend to set a glowing pace through the early furlongs of the mile-and-a-quarter Kentucky Derby, only to fade in the homestretch.* At Long Island's Jamaica race track last week Easterners watched the latest pride of California, a leggy three-year-old bay named Correlation, and came away convinced there must be something wrong about their impression of California horses.

Though he was already the Derby favorite in the winter betting books run from Tijuana, Mexico, Correlation went to the post in the mile-and-an-eighth Wood Memorial at odds...

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