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Jockey Ralph Neves' strange tale

Updated: May 5, 2011, 3:27 PM ET
By Ryan Whirty | Special to Page 2

Horse racing cost Ralph Neves his life -- at least temporarily.

And he must be one of only a few people to have both "death" and "resurrection" sections under his name on Wikipedia.

Seventy-five years ago on May 8, Neves, who went on to be a Hall of Fame jockey, died and came back to life.

The headline in the May 9, 1936, San Francisco Examiner summed up the story succinctly: "Neves, Called Dead in Fall, Denies It."

Just a teenager at the time, ...

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