Since 1875, the first Saturday in May has been reserved for one of horse racing's biggest contests: The Kentucky Derby. Also called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" and "The Run for the Roses", this race is the first leg of the legendary Triple Crown.
Did you know that one of the Kentucky Derby's most famous jockeys spent the last 12 years of his life living with a spinal cord injury?
Bill Shoemaker was a Hall of Fame icon who rode the winners of 11 Triple Crown races. His career spanned 40 years and over 40,000 races. He competed in the Kentucky Derby 24 times and won it 4 times.
In April of 1991, he was alone, driving home from a golf game, when he reached for his cellphone, lost control of the car and crashed down a steep embankment. His spinal cord was severed and horse racing's most famous son spent the last 12 years of his life as a quadriplegic.