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"Y'all will be second tomorrow," Jones said. "Chas will win."
"Chas won't be on the board tomorrow," said Kee. "The speed will finish him."
Jones laughed. "Horse for horse, I bet you," she said.
"Horse against horse," Kee said. "How much?"
"Bet you three cases of soda," she said. "Jake got to learn not to mess with Chas."
They all learned not to mess with Chas. Bounding from the gate, the filly Seattle Dawn hooked up with Chas' Whim on the lead, and the two were head and head as they raced through the stretch the first time. Learned Jake fell back to sixth. As the horses disappeared into the fog on the clubhouse turn, Stubbs gripped the railing.
"Can you see anything?" he asked. "You see my horse?"
They raced unseen into the backstretch, where Chas' Whim's jockey, Allen Stacy, let him roll past the filly to the lead. "How can my horse see?" asked Stubbs. In fact, the jockeys had about 200 yards of visibility. They swept into the far turn and circled the bend for home. All at once, the field came rushing through the fog like fox hunters dashing across an English moor, and Chas was in front by three, with Stacy in red silks setting him down.
"Come on with him, Allen!" yelled Stubbs.
The chestnut raced on the lead through the stretch, finally winning by a length and three-quarters over Jet Stream and 2½ lengths over Reputed Testamony. The timer flashed a final time of 2:01[4/5], only a tick off the track's 10-furlong record. Stubbs leapt for the winner's circle. "Hey, I knew they weren't going to beat him today," he said. "I knew it!"