Sport: The Crocodile

Jockey Rae Johnstone is a sunken-cheeked little man of 43 with cold grey eyes. French horseplayers call him "the Crocodile" ("he comes from behind and eats them up"). He never looked more carnivorous than he did last week at Longchamps, as he trailed the leaders around the turn, and then crocodiled ahead to win France's racing classic—the Grand Prix de Paris—by a length and a half.

Like Eddie Arcaro, the best of U.S. jockeys, the Crocodile has a way with horses and a knack of infuriating the fans.

In his first year (1921), he rode...

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