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Thread #86906 Message #1634035
Posted By: GUEST
23-Dec-05 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Jingle Bells: What means 240 as his speed
Subject: RE: Jingle Bells: What means240 as his speed
From, "American Horses" by Ralph Moody, chapter "The Trotters," pages 91-92:
"What Dutchman (a horse) lacked in beauty and good manners he made up in determination, speed at the trot, and endurance. He reached the peak of his career in 1839, by which time trotting horses were often being raced in harness, sometimes hitched to high-wheeled carts, but more often to racing wagons. Dutchman won his fame by trotting a mile in two minutes and twenty-eight seconds, making him the first horse in the world to break the two-and-a-half-minute barrier."
It seems to me, therefore, that the two-forty DOES refer to two minutes, forty seconds, trotting a mile, which is certainly an excellent time.