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1. one of a pair of long straps, usually connected together and made of leather, used to control a horse, running from the side of the bit or the headstall to the hand of the rider, driver, or trainer
2. the direction in which a rider turns (in phrases such as on a left (or right) rein, change the rein)
3. on a long rein with the reins held loosely so that the horse is relatively unconstrained
4. shorten the reins to take up the reins so that the distance between hand and bit is lessened, in order that the horse may be more collected
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Although Lord Georg Bon-tinck unearthed the plot and warned the Epsom stewards the race went ahead, and Running Rein duly won.
The cast of villains was headed by Abraham Levi Goodman, a thoroughly corrupt London gambling-club owner whose idea was to substitute Maccabeus, a colt foaled in 1840, for the year-younger Running Rein, enter him for the 1844 Derby and bring off a huge betting coup.
Lawrie Kelsey Lively tale of 'most crooked race ever run' Gentlemen and Blackguards Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844 Nicholas Foulkes pounds 18.99, W&N racingpost.com/bookshop THE 1844 Derby, in which the four-year-old Running Rein finished first, was perhaps the most crooked race ever run.
In the race, 'Running Rein' broke the leg of a rival, Leander, in an accidental collision before beating Orlando by three-quarters of a length, with the favourites, The Ugly Buck and Ratan, victims of malpractice.
Go figure 1844 The year in which Epsom Derby 'winner' Running Rein was disqualified after it emerged he was a four-year-old named Maccabeus Wit and wisdom 'I ride the horse out and he either gallops by himself or with my dog.
A horse of that age, Maccabeus, racing under the alias of Running Rein, won the race.