Shoemaker has sentimental Derby win in 1986
May 3, 1986 - The year 1986 was a very good one for athletes in the twilight of their sports. Just last month, Jack Nicklaus, at 46, won the Masters. Today, Bill Shoemaker, at 54, gave a superb ride to bring home long shot Ferdinand first in the Kentucky Derby.
Shoe steered 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, 2¼ lengths in front of Bold Arrangement. Running the 1¼ miles in 2:02 4/5, Ferdinand, who had won only two of his nine races, paid $37.40 for $2 to win.
The race was a sentimental triumph for Shoemaker, who became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. It was his fourth Derby victory, but the last one was 21 years ago, aboard Lucky Debonair.
"This Derby win is the best," said Shoemaker. "Like good old Kentucky bourbon, I improve with age."Odds 'n' Ends