Sport: Swale on the Rail for the Roses

The "other horse " in Woody Stephens' barn takes the Derby

By Woody Stephens out of the hospital, a second-string horse, Swale, won the Kentucky Derby last week for Claiborne Farm and Trainer Stephens, for Mrs. A.B. Hancock Jr. and her son Seth, for the late Bull Hancock in a manner and for the lost Devil's Bag in a way. Throughout 109 prior Derbys, no healthy favorite had ever been scratched, but the Bag literally could not afford to lose. Syndicated for $36 million as a two-year-old of monstrous breeding promise, he was dropped from destiny's consideration on the basis of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!