Horse Racing: The Education of a Jockey

Earlier this month in the Kentucky Derby, Jockey Ron Turcotte tried to drive his mount, Tom Rolfe, through a hole on the rail. Suddenly there was no hole. Another jockey abruptly cut over in front of him, and Turcotte had to rein in to keep from bumping into the horse ahead. Shut off with no place to go, he finished third behind Lucky Debonair. Ordinarily, he might have screamed foul. But in the Derby, by tradition, there is no such thing as a foul. Turcotte, 23, stalked into the Jockeys' room and snarled:...