Sixty-five years ago this week was the first and last start by Air Lift, full brother of Assault, in the sixth at Jamaica, a race made immortal in W.C. Heinz's Death of a Racehorse. Joey Kulkin headed out to the site of the track to retrace Air Lift's steps—and the ones he didn't get to take.
W.C. Heinz’s “Death of a Racehorse” owes none of its fame to nostalgia. Written in one hour, in one draft, on a manual typewriter, on deadline, the 1949 classic is hailed by many in the industry as quite possibly the perfect story. Jeff MacGregor called it “the Gettysburg Address sportswriting. A run of words so…
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