Sport: The Virginian

Only one Virginia-bred horse, Reigh Count in 1928, has ever won the Kentucky Derby. Jockeys are notoriously superstitious and even wise Eddie Arcaro is not a man to ride in the face of such an imposing tradition unless he has a good reason. But Eddie was curious about the 1950 form of Christopher Chenery's Virginia-bred Hill Prince, a big (16:1 hands) bay colt, which had won six of his seven 1949 starts, three under Arcaro.

At Jamaica race track last week, Eddie got his answer. The day was drab, chilly, drizzly; the track was sloppy, and only 19,834 fans had turned out...