A day at the races: Jakob Schütte and his horse, Favo, beat their rival—Sauerland, Germany’s sluggish Internet—by hours.

The last time the horse seriously rivalled man-made transport for speed was 1830, when a stagecoach won a race against America’s first domestically manufactured steam locomotive. Now, however, horsekind has had a final hurrah with a victory over what is in theory a far more formidable opponent — the broadband Internet connection.

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