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The heroic exploits and mysterious journey of a champion Thoroughbred
The heroic exploits and mysterious journey of a champion Thoroughbred

Durbar II has been shocking people for more than a century. When the 3-year-old, French-bred, American-owned Thoroughbred won England’s prestigious Epsom Derby in 1914, despite going off as a 20-1 long shot, the genteel world of English horse-racing was turned upside-down. When he made it out of war-torn Paris in the early days of World War I, at a time when many horses were being pressed into military service, he again bucked the odds. And today, when people hear that this famed Thoroughbred is buried in Bel Air, on the grounds of Harford Community College — well, it’s safe to say that’s news to most Harford County residents. “It is pretty interesting to...

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