By Jane Smiley
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It didn’t appear like the proprietors have been there, yet that didn’t subject; every body else made a gigantic deal of Justa Bob, and he knew it. Roberto dismounted and took his tack over to the scales. after which, as they got here out of the winner’s circle and became to head less than the grandstand, the fellow got here out and hung that purple tag on Justa Bob’s bridle that confirmed he have been claimed by way of one other coach. “Huh,” acknowledged Farley Jones. That used to be all he acknowledged, yet Roberto might inform that he was once disenchanted. The assistant coach used to be indignant. He acknowledged, “I realize it was once blood brother. It needs to be blood brother. Fucking blood brother Crawford. He’s claimed each horse we’ve positioned available in the market. He doesn’t care, you recognize he drove Ernie Jenkins into chapter 11 through taking all his horses, and Boris—” “He did,” acknowledged Farley. Roberto observed the groom’s face fall. there has been anything approximately it, notion Roberto. so much races have been claiming races, and horses have been claimed on the racetrack each day: they entered the beginning gate belonging to at least one proprietor and left it belonging to whoever positioned down the necessary amount of money within the racing secretary’s place of work. It used to be completely regimen, and everybody performed the game—daring one other coach to take a horse that will be on its final legs, or hoping you may break out with a win with no wasting the animal. you may positioned a horse in a claiming race a dozen occasions and not have him claimed, otherwise you may possibly danger it as soon as and bid the pony farewell. You by no means knew. every person was once used to it, yet by some means all of them 4 of them slowed their gait and drooped as they went lower than the grandstand, inspite of the win. “He used to be by no means going to stick an allowance horse perpetually. He’ll be six,” stated Farley. Allowance races, Roberto knew, have been just like the center class—a realm of hardworking balance that stakes horses rose out of on their solution to wealth and greatness and claimers fell out of on their approach to oblivion. Farley went on, “You’ve received to run them in races they may win or you’ve obtained to retire them. yet I hate to determine him pass. He may possibly prove wherever. you recognize, horses start in France and prove in North Dakota or Hong Kong. That’s continually given me a humorous feeling, to inform the reality. ” the teacher sounded calm, yet Roberto notion he appeared depressed. Roberto sighed with him, although for him the one problem used to be getting blood brother Crawford to enable him journey the animal. The assistant acknowledged, “Better to finish up in North Dakota than Hong Kong. ” “Why? ” acknowledged Roberto, whose concept of North Dakota used to be similar to his concept of the moon. “Because horses can’t be re-exported from Hong Kong after they’ve been uncovered to a few sickness there, so while they’re comprehensive racing they’re positioned down,” acknowledged the assistant coach. He nonetheless sounded offended. “I doubt,” stated Farley, “that Justa Bob will prove in Hong Kong. ” “Buddy Crawford is undesirable enough,” stated the assistant, and Roberto didn’t get the sensation that Farley Jones disagreed with him. It wasn’t until eventually he used to be virtually to the jocks’ room that Roberto discovered how soiled he was once. And he learned anything else, too. the best way time handed in a race was once in contrast to anything on this planet.