The Under-Horse

Slate's Tommy Clegg funnels his exasperation with TV coverage of last week's Breeders' Cup into a piece on the myth of the working-class racehorse. Excerpt:

Blue-collar? Like all thoroughbreds, Lost in the Fog is the product of careful breeding—horse racing's time-honored eugenics program—not to mention untold millions in breeding and training fees. If his stardom persists for another few years, he will retire to a blessed life of very lucrative humping. In other sectors of life, we call these creatures "Kennedys."


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