Sport: Plenty of Horse

The rhythmic clip-clop of hoofs tapping down Roosevelt Raceway's brown half-mile oval was smothered by a swelling roar from the stands as the six-horse field came into the final turn. With less than a quarter-mile to go, a fast-stepping brown mare named Proximity, unbeaten in her five starts this year, had not made a move out of her third-place rut along the rail.

But big, savvy Canadian Clint Hodgins, one of the top drivers in the U.S. last year, knew he had plenty of horse left as he hit the top of the stretch. He gave the mare her head. That was...

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