Sport: A Gunner Makes History

If ever a horse race was up for grabs, it was the 1971 Kentucky Derby. Hoist The Flag, the heavy winter book favorite, shattered a leg a month before the big race. At least five other top contenders—His Majesty, Droll Role, Executioner, Run The Gantlet. Salem—dropped out because they were injured or were being saved for other races. With no clear-cut favorite in sight, trainers trotted out a string of long shots on the wild chance that one of them might have a good day. And wild it was, as an overcrowded field of 20, only two shy of the...

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