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The One To Beat
Tim Layden
April 17, 2006
By romping at Santa Anita, Brother Derek became the Kentucky Derby favorite--and continued to inspire his paraplegic trainer
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April 17, 2006

The One To Beat

By romping at Santa Anita, Brother Derek became the Kentucky Derby favorite--and continued to inspire his paraplegic trainer

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As Solis, 42, a three-time runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, talked about Brother Derek following Saturday's race, tears welled in his eyes. "This horse is so amazing," he said, "sometimes you get emotional." Peacock, meanwhile, who turned 79 on Sunday, is having his first Derby dream. "I used to joke about running in the Kentucky Derby," he says. Then there is Hendricks, who now works relentlessly on six wheels instead of two legs, remaking his life while tethered to a gifted colt. One morning at Santa Anita he fed Brother Derek carrots and then whisked his chair up a small ramp into his office.

"The only scary part," he said, flashing a crooked smile, "is that eventually this ride is going to end." Not before May 6, it won't. And maybe not after.

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