Ricks Natural Star, who earned notoriety when he finished last against the best grass horses in the world in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, faced a field that featured five quarter horses and one thoroughbred.
Ridden by Adolfo Rodriguez and trained by Bobby Wayne Grayson, Ricks Natural Star raced 6-1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Maybeintyme on the backstretch and by the time the field made the final turn he was 12 lengths back.
Ricks rightly notes that the fault lies foremost with President Bush, but he declares that "it takes more than one person to make a mess as big as Iraq.
Ricks notes that in that long, desolate post-Vietnam period when the Army was rebuilding itself, it had deliberately thrown away all the lessons in counter-insurgency warfare learned at so high a price in that bitter decade-long war.
Livingston claims he has cured the condition in Ricks Natural Star since purchasing the horse from his former owners for $3,000 during the summer.
Photo: Ricks Natural Star is the pet project - some say folly - of Dr.
And it is a wake-up call: That cultural alienation, Ricks suggests, has the potential to become not just a matter of sociological interest, but a danger to society.
People may be enticed into the Army or Air Force by the prospect of vocational training and GI educational benefits," Ricks writes, "but they enlist in the Marines to measure, better, or change themselves -- and to have an adventure.
A 7-year-old, New Mexico-bred claiming gelding who hadn't raced in 14 months, Ricks Natural Star was cheered when he trotted onto the track, cheered when he passed the grandstand and cheered when he was pushed into the gate.
by owner, trainer and veterinarian William Livingston, Ricks Natural Star went off at 50-1 in the 1-1/2-mile Turf.
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But thanks to Tony and a few sedatives, most of the crew was on its way to Philadelphia on time, except for Eric and Rick
, who had already committed to some contest the weekend that started off the trip.