neck in neck/neck and neck
When a race is very tight, it’s described not as “neck in neck” but “neck and neck.”
Love it or hate it, Pachelbel's Canon in D is a cultural phenomenon—one of the most identifiable pieces of music ever. In his latest blog entry, Paul Brians uses his reference to it in the "canon/cannon" entry of the book as a springboard to discussing the piece more thoroughly.
You can follow the page references in the book.