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ESPN E:60 Follows Up on Story of Heroic Nonagenarian of Santa Anita
ESPN's award-winning newsmagazine program E:60 will follow up on the story of a heroic man in his 90's who saved a young girl from a runaway horse in the episode airing Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
If anyone knows about miracles at the racetrack it is 92-year-old John Shear. For more than 50 years, Shear has worked at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles where, as the paddock manager, he has witnessed historic races and magical finishes. He has also seen the best and worst of what life has to offer, from mingling with British royalty to an encounter with an infamous assassin.
But for everything Shear has experienced at the track, he will forever be defined by something that happened there not in his youth, or in middle age, but at the age of 90. E:60's Chris Connelly has the remarkable story of Shear's selfless act of courage, a split-second decision to sacrifice himself for a young girl he had never met. And E:60 accompanies Shear as he meets the girl, now 8, for the first time since that day, and her identity is revealed.
In its seventh season, E:60 continues to innovate long-form storytelling, enterprise reporting and production technique. Highlights can be found here from E:60's first six years and current season.
For a preview clip of the Santa Anita hero feature: