05/13/2015 12:30PM

Hovdey: Whipping’s gray area


Nearing the end of the 1979 Grand Prix de Deauville, while giving chase to First Prayer aboard African Hope, Lester Piggott blew his stick. It happens, even to the best of them, but Piggott wasn’t about to give up. With exquisite timing, he reached out with his right hand and snatched the whip from the left hand of Alain Lequeux, on Jean Loup. First Prayer won comfortably, while African Hope edged Jean Loup for second, after which Piggott returned the whip.