Sport: Openest Derby

The last wartime Kentucky Derby (1918) launched the career of a great U.S. race horse: Willis Sharpe Kilmer's Exterminator (Old Bones), who went on to win 50 out of 100 races, earn more than a quarter of a million dollars. Among the 15 three-year-olds who went to the post at Churchill Downs last week, none could hold a hoof to Exterminator. But this year's Derby drew nearly three times as many spectators (80,000), was worth four times as much ($64,000) to the winner.

Missing were the private carfuls of big spenders, the planeloads of Hollywood merry-go-rounders and the toney tipplers who have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!