King of the Wind Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What advice does Big Red's trainer give the horse's jockey, and why?

Big Red's trainer tells the horse's jockey to let the stallion "run his own race. Don't hold him in." The trainer knows that Big Red has a natural gift for speed and understands how to race better than any human. A descendant of the great Godolphin Arabian, Big Red runs best when allowed to make his own decisions.

2. How does Big Red win the race in Kenilworth Park against Sir Barton?

Big Red wins the race in Kenilworth Park by using his natural ability for speed. Sir Barton, a natural sprinter, races past Big Red at the beginning of the race. Although Big Red's jockey originally wants to hold Big Red back and preserve his mount's speed for the end of the race, he notices that Big Red wants to move faster. Remembering the trainer's advice, the jockey allows Big Red to run as fast as he wants. Big Red surprises the audience by darting past Sir Barton and maintaining his speed to win the race.

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