Horse Racing: Crown for a King

With horses as with humans, sons of famous fathers rarely measure up to their sires. But last week at Churchill Downs, a dark bay three-year-old son of Native Dancer, one of the great horses in the history of thoroughbred racing, did something his daddy couldn't do: he won the Kentucky Derby.

Just as the Dancer was in 1953, when he lost to Dark Star by a head (the only defeat of his career), Kauai King was the post-time favorite—at odds of 2-1. Owned by Omaha businessman Mike Ford, who bought him as a yearling for $42,000, he was clearly a...

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