“I didn’t think this would ever happen to me.” Kerwin Clark & Lovely Maria Win the Oaks

A year ago, trainer Larry Jones had just recently been released from the hospital. Known for exercising his own horses, he’d been thrown by a rambunctious 2-year-old, landing on his face and suffering serious internal injuries.

A month ago, 56-year-old jockey Kerwin Clark had never won a Grade I race.

On Friday afternoon, they were united in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs, celebrating Lovely Maria’s victory in the 141st Kentucky Oaks.

Continue reading at Forbes.com

Photo of Lovely Maria and Kerwin Clark courtesy of Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs

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