The Tarrell Overland Horse Race, also known as the Tarrell Circuit, is the most famous horse race on the frontier. Miradero hosted a race on the circuit in Lucky's first year back in the town. Only men were permitted to race in the Tarrell Circuit. The race had a prize of $500 and a cup trophy. The entry fee was at least $5.[1]

As the town's largest purveyor of horses, Mr. Granger was entrusted by the Tarrell Racing Commission to design the course and oversee registration.[1]

Disguised as a man and without having registered or paid the entry free, Lucky entered the race with Spirit, whom she disguised with colorful war paint. Lucky and Spirit crossed the finish line before Grayson and his horse Xerxes, but Grayson was declared the winner when it was discovered Lucky was not a man, disqualifying her.[1]

Betting on the outcome of the races is permitted. When Aunt Cora realized that Lucky was in the race, she bet $100 on her.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Lucky and the Price of Freedom"
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