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Real Gentleman dances beneath rider Bethany Larsen. Photo by Lynda McCann

From the dregs of racing to Dressage star

Like royalty wearing rags, Real Gentleman spent his early life cloaked in the dust and sweat of working class racetracks. Bouncing between Suffolk Downs in East Boston and Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, N.Y., the refined and upright gelding, who possessed hidden talents that could make him great, tried to plug himself into the gritty life, where he floundered. In 41 starts, he had just a single victory in the battle for small purse money, before he finished out his career as the ugly winter of 2012 closed in. With a mere $16,000 in lifetime earnings, his real talents […]