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October 26, 1970
Nijinsky's defeat after 11 straight victories raised questions about his English jockey and how he ranks with the world's best race riders
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October 26, 1970

Even The Very Best Can Blunder

Nijinsky's defeat after 11 straight victories raised questions about his English jockey and how he ranks with the world's best race riders

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Even if this great jockey has yet to discover the sweet-smelling recipe for the Arc, there definitely is oneā€”and Yves Saint-Martin knows it. From his distant perch at Santa Anita, Shoemaker could recite it, too. Eddie Arcaro, retired and lounging about in embroidered slippers and a smoking jacket, would probably have put it best of all, however, something like this: "Man, when you're on the best horse, don't muck around in the back of the pack in a large field. Get up just behind the pace and turn for home in the first five or six. Never count on even a great horse to do it all for you."

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