The Baker’s Horse Takes On Royalty

Today’s Times has a piece by Adam Sage on Saonois, a favourite for the 2012 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It’s behind a pay wall here, for those with access. Saonois belongs to 34-year-old village baker, Pascal Treyve, who snapped him up for €8,000 when he was rejected by the industry as being “too small”. …

Playing the Game

“Ever since we put bits of steel into their mouths, and chimpanzees on their backs, there’s never been a horse fast enough,” Channon said. “All this business – ‘he doesn’t try, he’s a dog’ – it’s a man-made thing. With that high cruising speed, the way he comes into the race, you think you’ll win …