Kentucky Derby winner Mike Smith, 52, shows career wins can come after 50

The fact that it is noteworthy is, perhaps, itself significant.

Mike Smith won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, becoming the second-oldest jockey to win in the tournament’s history. Only William “Bill” Shoemaker, who won the race at age 54 in 1986, was older. “I just kept a leg on each side of him and my mind in the middle,” Smith said after winning. “Mike Smith’s victory at the Kentucky Derby reminds us all of an important point: Experience is a winner,” the advocacy group AARP said in a statement.

He made it sound easy, of course. And while age discrimination persists in many companies that value youth, baby boomers are holding their own in the workplace.

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