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John Murrell with Norco Pal, who he saved

John Murrell: Slaughter is a ‘weakness’ in racing

The rain was heavy and the fog thick as John R. Murrell tried to catch sight of John’s Treasure, his three-year-old gelding, barrel through the muddy track at the 1986 Belmont Stakes. For several nerve-racking moments, Murrell waited.  “I was struggling to see through the blowing wind and rain, and I had an uneasy feeling,” he recalls. Then suddenly, his beloved racehorse came roaring through the billows of fog, his fine form streaking toward the finish line near the front of the pack.  He was fighting off the great Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand, and Danzig Connection. It was an exciting […]