While the snaffle holds

While the snaffle holds or the long-neck stings, 
While the big beam tilts or the last bell rings, 
While horses are horses to train and to race, 
Then women and wine take a second place
            For me—for me—	
            While a short 'ten-three '
Has a field to squander or fence to face.
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                                             The Broken-Link Handicap