Death and the Horseman

Chris Antley was one of the most fabled jockeys in the sport. How did his life spiral out of control?

The triumphs were legendary. In one day, Oct. 31, 1987, Chris Antley rode nine different horses to first-place finishes, the only jockey in history ever to do so. And in a span of nine years, Antley would win the Kentucky Derby not once but twice, the first time in 1991 aboard Strike the Gold, the second in 1999 aboard Charismatic. Even in defeat, he could be inspiring. Racing the Belmont in 1999, Charismatic came up lame at the end. Television cameras recorded Antley leaping off his mount to brace the ailing leg of the horse, saving the Thoroughbred from a potentially...

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