Sport: The Kid Becomes a Man

At 18, Stevie Cauthen wins his first Kentucky Derby

Steve Cauthen finished the fairy tale.

Last Saturday the 18-year-old jockey sensation won the race he was, it seems, born to ride, booting home Affirmed to a 1½-length victory in the 104th running of the Kentucky Derby. It was a classic race—from the early speed burst of the front runners to the galvanic closing rush of second-place Alydar—and the savvy young rider showed textbook mastery of horse and course.

Breaking cleanly from the gate, Cauthen guided the handsome and trim chestnut colt into a comfortable gallop off the lead through the backstretch, rating Affirmed gently...

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