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"What's the matter?"
The interpreter leaned close. "That tune is taken from an old Russian song, God Save the Czar."
In the paddock at Roosevelt an hour before the race, Mosienkov, the Russian driver, paced nervously back and forth near his horse. Spotting Lou Miller, Mosienkov rushed over and began spouting Russian while making sign language.
Miller nodded impassively. "Twenty meters," he said.
Mosienkov smiled and walked away.
Karl-Gustav Holgersson, who drove Sweden's Emter W., looked at Miller. "What was he asking you?"
"How the hell would I know?" Miller said. "I can't speak Russian. He's been doing that all day. I always answer 20 meters and it seems to make him happy."
How good Othello is no one found out. Used to the cinder tracks of Russia, he was confused by the strangeness of the rubber surface at Roosevelt, broke at the gate and never recovered. The Italian driver, Giancarlo Baldi, discovered he had similar woes. Carosio broke and crashed into Emter W., taking both horses out of the race. Up front Haughton moved Spartan Hanover into the lead and waited for Une de Mai. She never came.
Quickly, it was a three-horse contest: Spartan Hanover, Une de Mai and Delmonica Hanover. As they swept into the stretch of the 1�-mile race, Del Miller watched in disbelief. "We're still in it," he said, and then Chapman, who drove a brilliant race, made his move.