One race Mrs Thatcher never ran in is the English Derby at Epsom Downs, the Kentucky Derby of British racing. Dr Devious won this year's English Derby on June 3, and afterward his trainer, Ron McAnally, did what British commoners are forbidden to do—he put his arm around Queen Elizabeth II. "We started talking a lot about John Henry," says McAnally, "and, of course, I put my arm around her. She actually liked it."
McAnally says he realized he was breaching protocol, and his wife, Debbie, acknowledged she was shocked to see her husband becoming familiar with the queen. Debbie says, "No one stopped it though, and she was smiling. It was probably a nice change for her, and they were speaking the same language. And that is the language of thoroughbred horses."
Two weeks after the Derby, Arazi, the latest so-called superhorse to turn out to be not so super, finished fifth in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. His disappointing performance caused his jockey, Steve Cauthen, to say, "Clearly, the horse has a problem. I don't know whether it's mental or it's physical."
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, whose marriage is reportedly a loveless sham, were observed chatting amiably in the royal box during the race. The winner was Brief Truce.
The Warroad to Glory
Every time the U.S. has received an Olympic hockey medal, someone with a connection to Warroad, Minn., has been associated with the effort. The 1956 team, which got the silver medal, featured Gordon Christian, who is from Warroad, and Dan McKinnon, who played for the Warroad Lakers, an amateur team. Warroad's Billy and Roger Christian were on the American squad that won the gold in '60. Henry Boucha, another Warroad native, was on the team that got the silver medal in '72. David Christian, who is Billy's son and Roger's nephew, played for the team that won the '80 gold medal. So the selection of Yale coach Tim Taylor to coach the '94 U.S. Olympic hockey team bodes well for American medal chances in Lillehammer. Taylor played for the Warroad Lakers in '65.