Sport: Fresh Roses for Shoe

In his 55th year, no misjudging the finish line

The greatest athlete ounce for ounce in the history of sport rode in and out with courage and cunning last week to grasp his fourth Kentucky Derby in his 24th try and his 55th year. Churchill Downs politely applauded the long shot Ferdinand but wildly cheered his passenger, and maybe for the first time in 112 years roses seemed inadequate. Nearly 30 springs after misjudging the finish line on Gallant Man and losing by a nostril to Iron Liege, Willie Shoemaker won the Derby again.

It was a race frisky with 16 three-year-olds: 14 confessed drug users (of one kind or...

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