Sport: Out of the Saddle

Tiny Ted Atkinson was 20 years old and making little progress as a $35-a-week shipping clerk in a Brooklyn chemical plant when a truck driver friend suggested that his build (5 ft. 2 in., 100 Ibs.) was ideal for a jockey. Ted got a job with the Whitneys' Greentree Stable as a stableboy, watered horses and broke yearlings while he learned about racing. On May 18, 1938, at Beulah Park in Ohio, he rode his first winner, Musical Jack. Said Ted afterward: "Musical Jack did all his own winning. I was just along for...

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