Horse Racing: A Big Day for Optimists

"I've never seen a crowd so big," said Eddie Arcaro, wondering at the 120,000 people who packed Churchill Downs' creaking grandstand. "I can't remember a Derby creating so much excitement."

There were nine thoroughbreds in last week's 89th Kentucky Derby, but as far as the crowd was concerned there were only three. And what a trio. Rex Ellsworth's California colt, Candy Spots, drew most of the attention, partly because of his huge size (16.2 hands) and partly because in six starts, he had never been beaten. "I've got the right horse," said his...

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