Miss Woodford, the Dwyers, and the 1883 Alabama

“The weather was bright and warm, the track fast, and the betting lively.” So the New York Times described Alabama day, 1883. So far, we’re running neck and neck with that day 129 years ago: it’s a glorious, perfect Spa morning, and the track is indeed fast. The betting will, we can assume, be lively—indeed…