Sport: Days Of Wine and Bloody Noses

A worthy jockey, trainer and (maybe) horse win the Derby

The "most exciting two minutes in sports" ran over this year by more than three seconds. But Alysheba and Bet Twice bumped and bobbled enough in the homestretch to make last week's garden-variety Kentucky Derby richly exciting. And every party to Alysheba's three-quarter-length victory had estimable charm.

Both Jockey Chris McCarron, 32, and Trainer Jack Van Berg, 50, are accomplished men who lacked only racing's crowning credit. McCarron felt blessed to be on any horse in any race. Last October he broke his leg four ways in a fearsome crack-up at Santa Anita, and when Alysheba commenced clipping Bet Twice's heels...

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