SI Vault
November 20, 1961
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November 20, 1961


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Perhaps this was because Adios Butler was so damn good. He usually went to the front, accelerated in the stretch and simply outpaced the others. There was seldom any sense of struggle.

Furthermore, so much publicity was given his financial affairs that it was easy to think of him as Adios Butler, Inc., the money machine. Syndicate value: $600,000. Race winnings: $509,844. Stud fee as he begins service: a reported $3,000, a record for a newcomer. Those figures inspire awe but not affection. The machine for racing now becomes a machine for reproduction.

There is a man, though, who loved the Butler with all his heart—that caretaker, Sylvanus Henry. Said Henry, Saturday, as the horse left his meticulous hands: "I will miss him greatly."

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