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Veda Eddy
March 14, 1988
As the Boeing 727 taxis on a remote runway at Ontario airport, east of Los Angeles, H.E. (Tex) Sutton, 66, whose equine air charter business flies the top racehorses around the country, is standing on the tarmac. He signals thumbs-up to the pilot peering from the cockpit, and heads back to his car.
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March 14, 1988

Horses That Really Can Fly

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Sutton doesn't believe in advertising. "I let my reputation do the talking," he says. He treats every horse as if it were a champion, pointing out, "People who pay me to fly their horses love them regardless of their worth. One day I was talking to the owner of a horse that races as a $6,500 claimer. The horse was a gutsy little guy, and I told the owner, 'If he wins, I'll get him home in style.' "

Sure enough, the next day the claimer was six miles high, standing next to a half-million-dollar winner, enjoying a free ride compliments of Sutton. "I probably have more friends than anybody," he says. "You could say I lead a pretty dull life. I don't have any hobbies. I don't dance. I don't play golf. Mostly I just like to visit the backstretch of a racetrack."

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