Sport: Horses of Different Colors

Concerning John Henry and Tom and—dead last—Mary

The champion Thoroughbred race horse of this year will be chosen next week by racing writers. It is almost certain to be John Henry, a six-year-old bay who won eight of his ten races in 1981 and $1,798,030, to extend his record winnings to $3,022,810. John Henry is not a steel-driving man exactly; he is a gelding, a tragic condition referred to around the backstretch as the unkindest cut of all.

Young race horses are gelded for being too excitable or too unexcitable: they won't train or...

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