Sport: Bad Boy

Jockey Don Meade rode his first winner in 1930, has spent almost half the time since then serving out "lifetime" suspensions. The Florida State Racing Commission ruled him off the track in 1936 for betting against his own mounts. Three years later, when he pleaded hardship and reformation, Florida relented and lifted the ban (which had barred him from other tracks as well).

"I have only one ambition," said cocky Don Meade, "to be the top-ranking jockey in America." He slashed his way to victory on Broker's Tip in the 1933 Kentucky Derby, had more winners than any other U.S. jockey...

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