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By Walter Farley

Greater than whatever, Steve Duncan desires of racing his large, wild stallion, Flame. the pony is untrained, yet quite quick and Steve simply desires to convey him off. whilst strangers appear and supply to make Steve’s dream a truth, Steve can't think his good fortune. yet quickly he realizes expert racetrack is not any position for an unbroken stallion.

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Steve took Flame round the flip, his eyes sweeping over the sphere relocating down the backstretch. now not may possibly he pay attention the roar of the group or the rest yet Flame’s hoofs evenly beating out a rhythm at the delicate music. unexpectedly the quiet was once shattered via the decision of the race announcer. “Bismarck has elevated his lead over gradual Burn, yet at the a ways open air Kingfisher is relocating up! ” Steve leaned extra to the left, swaying with Flame into the graded flip. He took his horse over to the interior rail to avoid wasting floor. He had by no means ridden Flame so speedy but they weren't overtaking the sector! Had he overvalued his horse’s velocity? might a wild stallion compete with horses which have been bred via generations for racing velocity on my own? “Run, Flame! Run! ” Steve listened to the stallion’s snorts according to his demands extra velocity. He all started pumping Flame along with his legs, which he had by no means performed earlier than, and the snorts turned louder. basically once they have been at the straightaway did Flame quicken his strides. Steve felt the switch that swept over the good crimson physique while Flame observed the opposite horses a ways down the backstretch. He learned then what he needed to do to make his horse run as he by no means had ahead of. “Go, Flame! ” he screamed, kindling the hearth of Flame’s usual hatred for these of his type, encouraging him to run the others down! in simple terms by way of profiting from the generations of breeding in the back of Flame may possibly he desire to make a race of it. He felt the growing to be warmth of the reins whereas his personal blood surged crazily, making him unmindful of the prospective results of his act. His physique and palms have been by no means nonetheless, his voice by no means quiet. He had yet one objective and that used to be to deliver out each piece of pace the stallion possessed. Flame listened to the endless calls urging him to meet up with these forward. He felt the quickening beat of the palms upon his neck and the burning strains that saved his head instantly. He lengthened his strides to maintain time with the maddening rhythm on his again. His eyes by no means left the horses which have been now shedding again as he ran swifter and quicker. He chosen an opponent. simply as he made his circulation to run him down there has been a unexpected twisting on his again. Then the traces seared his neck and he grew to become his head to alleviate the strain. instantly his reddened eyes observed one other horse nonetheless farther past. back got here the calls in his ear and the rhythmical beat of the fingers opposed to his physique. He leveled out nonetheless extra, desiring better pace to arrive his newly chosen opponent. Steve waited till Flame neared the subsequent horse, then once again he twisted at the stallion’s again, throwing his weight seriously to the surface. The reins in his arms have been like throbbing arteries by which coursed his blood in addition to Flame’s. Steve straightened Flame’s head so his horse may well see the brown stallion operating in the course of the tune. each flow was once deliberate. He used to be encouraging Flame to assault and assault back whereas they went ever toward front. The announcer stated, “Going into the a ways flip it’s nonetheless Bismarck by means of 3 lengths.

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