Sport: Heading for the Lonely Derby

It may be a horse race after all.

That might seem to be an odd thing to say about a Kentucky Derby. But until a few days ago, it was the strong consensus among both those who know the turf and those who merely know the betting windows that a splendid colt named Honest Pleasure was as sure a thing at Churchill Downs this Saturday as the weak mint julep.

Coming into last Thursday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the compact, brown three-year-old with the white star in the middle of his forehead had won eight races in a row. He had blasted...

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