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gorgeous pictures of animals, especially horses. She used to dress as a man so she could slip into the horse fairs. She even went to slaughterhouses to study animal physiology. “So I hung out at Sportsman’s Park until I found a trainer who would let me take pictures around the barn. One day a groom didn’t show up and he drafted me. I told him I didn’t know anything about horses, but he said, ‘You’ve been here every morning and haven’t been kicked or bitten. We’ll take it from there.’ I guess I did OK, because he offered me a job.” “And you took it?” “Rosa Bonheur would have. I had access to the whole backstretch. I could watch horses in the morning and in the paddock before a race. Grazing in the evening. When you’re 22, you do stuff like that. Right?” He grinned. “It was a good outfit. They were really patient. This guy coached college basketball before he trained horses. He would tell me about John Wooden and Pat Riley’s philosophies of building teamwork and inspiring people to do their best. He read to me from Phil Jackson’s book — the Bulls’ coach? — Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, I still remember. Victory as a tribal quest. Surrendering the ‘me’ to the ‘we’ … “That really built me up. He didn’t share ideas like that with the others. Then I saw how he tailored himself to each of


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