Love for A Loser

Takayama, Hideko
December 2003
Newsweek (Pacific Edition);12/1/2003 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 22, p8
Haruurara, a petite seven-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse in Japan, is nothing if not consistent: she's never won a race. After a slow economy in Japan for more than a decade, her countrymen share her pain. The horse that never wins now has a reputation as a lucky charm: workers bet on her and keep the tickets to ward off being sacked. Last week the Kochi horse-racing union sold out 500 of her lucky horsetail charms within three hours. Already, two books about her are expected to come out in December, and the NHK public-broadcasting system has started work on a documentary.


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