Willie Shoemaker had been brooding for two weeks about his loss aboard the large California chestnut, Candy Spots. “The Shoe” and owner Rex Ellsworth’s irregularly marked three-year-old had come into the Kentucky Derby with an unbeaten record. There had been six races and six wins in Candy Spots’ past. And the colt and Shoemaker were made the 7-5 favorite in the 1963 Kentucky Derby.
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