Willie Shoemaker Pulls Big Blunder Aboard Gallant Man

One of the biggest blunders in the history of horse racing took place during the Kentucky Derby in 1957.  Gallant Man, ridden by the heralded jockey Willie Shoemaker, had a nice lead coming to the top of the stretch.  Shoemaker, however, thought the sixteenth pole was the finish line, and he stood up in his saddle.  It allowed jockey  Willie Hartack, aboard Iron Liege to overtake Gallant Man.  From that point, Shoemaker was unable to catch Iron Leige and lost the race by a nose.

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