Sport: Winning Half-Pint

Jockey Willie Shoemaker is usually a highly relaxed performer; he hunches up over his mount's neck and almost seems to let matters take their course. But, riding a colt named The Hoop last week, Willie was in a notable hurry. At the break from the barrier he got his horse off to a quick lead; when two other horses threatened to overtake him, Willie quickly went to the whip, drove hard all the way to the finish. The Hoop won by a neck, and the crowd at California's Golden Gate Fields sent up a roar. The roar was not for The...

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