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Celebrating the world's least predictable horse race

AINTREE, ENGLAND—Legendary steeplechase the Grand National returns this month, marking the 166th time the British public has come together to throw unfathomable amounts of money at a race in which more horses fall than finish. The National is, in fact, a bit of a lottery, as its 30 fences are so challenging that the results make a mockery of those who study racing forms. You’re as likely to pick a winner based on the fact that the horse shares a name with your great-aunt as you are because you know a thing or two about racing—and that is part of the National’s appeal. In celebration of this one-of-a-kind sporting event, then, we present a few trivia highlights. —CHRIS WRIGHT

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