Shoemaker's Derby win a race for the ages

Updated: May 1, 2001, 4:28 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 3, 1986

The year 1986 is a very good one for athletes in the twilight of their sports. Just last month, Jack Nicklaus, at 46, won the Masters. Today, Willie Shoemaker, at 54, gives a superb ride to bring home long shot Ferdinand first in the Kentucky Derby.

Shoe steers Ferdinand, a son of the English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II, through heavy traffic from last place after a half mile to first at the finish, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Bold Arrangement. Running the 1 1/4 ...

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