CHAPTER SEVENBREAKDOWNS

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

—Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, in A Farewell to Arms

 

Until that day, she was perfect.

Regal and poised, with a presence people could sense, she was a stunner. Mouths dropped when she appeared. She was tall and graceful, her body sculpted, and her eyes twinkled with curiosity and mischief. Her owners, Stuart and Barbara Janney, and her trainer, the terse Frank Whiteley, loved her deeply and cared for her every need.

Ruffian had run ten races and won them all. Once out of the gate, she always led the field. She set or equaled eight records in her first ten races. She had taken the racing world by storm.1

Though many consider Secretariat ...

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