By Walter Farley

Hopeful Farm’s good fortune has vastly elevated Alec and Henry’s workload, and at last, Alec makes a decision to hunt support. while Pam Athena, a truly diminutive and extremely beautiful lady applies for the activity, Alec can’t think that she should be of any use. yet then he sees how good she works with the horses. Even the Black, often untrusting of strangers, is unusually calm round her . . . and it isn’t lengthy prior to Alec himself falls below her spell.

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No ask yourself there has been this type of huge crowd, with everybody scurrying to arrive his seat ahead of publish time. jogging around the decrease foyer, Alec came across himself evaluating Becky Moore with Pam. either enjoyed horses yet they have been on the contrary ends of the pole in some other manner. He’d recognized Becky for the 2 years she’d been operating round the music. She used to be shy and modest nearly to the purpose of embarrassment. not one of the males ever bought mad at Becky; actually, nobody had particularly considered her as a woman till she’d utilized for her jockey’s license and used to be racing. That was once the way in which Becky had sought after it, Alec made up our minds. Quietly, unobtrusively she had labored her approach throughout the ranks until eventually one afternoon she seemed on a race horse as a lady jockey. It have been so simple as that, yet rather well deliberate and accomplished. No friction among female and male, no difficulties, no outspokenness. She’d been there and but no longer there, all of the whereas very formidable, realizing the place she was once going and having her attractions set on big-time racing. every little thing Pam stood for used to be now not for Becky. whereas Pam hid not anything approximately herself or her reasons, Becky by way of her shyness and gentleness hid a hardness that might be fierce in open festival and seize so much male jockeys unprepared. Becky could do o.k. this present day and the other day, Alec made up our minds. Arriving at a closed door at the a long way part of the foyer, Alec confirmed his horseman’s go to a song policeman and went within. in the confines of the enormous grandstand it used to be quiet, virtually peaceable, in comparison to the commotion that used to be happening within the 4 degrees of stands overhead. Alec walked down an extended hall, passing rooms and workplaces and never preventing until eventually he reached the Jockeys’ Room. due to the fact that he wasn’t racing, he wasn’t allowed within, yet he stood within the open doorway. “Hey, Alec,” one rider known as to him. “We’ve bought a girl-driver on our arms this day. ” “So I’ve heard. ” “Becky’s no girl,” one other stated. “She’s a tomboy. Did ya ever see her in a costume? ” “No, yet she’s nonetheless a lady, and she or he rides like a girl,” the 1st jockey spoke back. “Got sturdy fingers yet no palms. All she will be able to do is take a seat there and steer. Isn’t that correct, Alec? ” “Steering a horse is beautiful important,” Alec stated. “Yeah, however it takes arm power to deal with a horse in tight quarters. ” “And let’s see her con a horse to run whilst he doesn’t are looking to run,” one other rider acknowledged. “When the day comes I can’t trip greater than a lady, I’ll quit,” the 1st jockey acknowledged. “Me too,” a veteran agreed. “I’ve been ridin’ fifteen years and that i study whatever new on a daily basis, so what do i need to fear a couple of woman for? Don’t get me wrong,” he additional. “I like Becky. every body likes Becky. ” “If everyone likes Becky,” one other rider quipped, “what’s she scared of? Why does she have the large puppy in her motor vehicle? A sign from her and he’d consume you alive. ” “She could be a tomboy, yet she’s nonetheless a girl,” anyone acknowledged. “She needs to consider more secure having him round. ” “Anyway,” the 1st jockey acknowledged, turning again to Alec, “these lady jocks aren’t for genuine. correct, Alec?

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