Count Turf Wins!

Start good from stall gate. Won driving; second and third the same. COUNT TURF, away well and kept in a forward position from the beginning, raced by REPETOIRE entering the stretch, responded to brisk urging and won going away. ROYAL MUSTANG, never far back, saved ground until the stretch, was forced a bit wide on the turn, then came again under strong handling, but could not get to the winner. RUHE lacked early speed, but steadily improved position after the opening half, was sent around horses entering the stretch and could not overtake ROYAL MUSTANG. Phil D., hustled to the front early, weakened. FANFARE, in hand until reaching the last three-eighths, was moving strongly in the stretch when crowded, came again, but could not threaten the leaders. BATTLE MORN, reserved to the half, was hustled along thereafter, but could not reach serious contention and had no excuse. ANYOLDTIME, on outside throughout, raced evenly. PUR SANG was never dangerous. HALL OF FAME gave way after racing well to the stretch. TIMELY REWARD began slowly and could not secure a good position. COUNTERPOINT tired badly after racing prominently to the upper turn. REPETOIRE tired badly after racing well for a mile. KIN CLOVER had no mishap. SONIC was through after a half mile. FIGHTING BACK showed nothing. BIG STRETCH was far back throughout. MAMELUKE quit badly after showing brief speed and pulled up sore. Scratched - The Gink, King Hope, Bernwood.

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Trainer

Sol Rutchick

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Jockey

Conn McCreary

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Breeder

Dr. & Mrs. Frank P. Miller

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1950-1974

Dominance of Calumet Farm to the 100th Derby

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Kentucky Derby 77 Race Recap

Start good from stall gate. Won driving; second and third the same. COUNT TURF, away well and kept in a forward position from the beginning, raced by REPETOIRE entering the stretch, responded to brisk urging and won going away. ROYAL MUSTANG, never far back, saved ground until the stretch, was forced a bit wide on the turn, then came again under strong handling, but could not get to the winner. RUHE lacked early speed, but steadily improved position after the opening half, was sent around horses entering the stretch and could not overtake ROYAL MUSTANG. Phil D., hustled to the front early, weakened. FANFARE, in hand until reaching the last three-eighths, was moving strongly in the stretch when crowded, came again, but could not threaten the leaders. BATTLE MORN, reserved to the half, was hustled along thereafter, but could not reach serious contention and had no excuse. ANYOLDTIME, on outside throughout, raced evenly. PUR SANG was never dangerous. HALL OF FAME gave way after racing well to the stretch. TIMELY REWARD began slowly and could not secure a good position. COUNTERPOINT tired badly after racing prominently to the upper turn. REPETOIRE tired badly after racing well for a mile. KIN CLOVER had no mishap. SONIC was through after a half mile. FIGHTING BACK showed nothing. BIG STRETCH was far back throughout. MAMELUKE quit badly after showing brief speed and pulled up sore. Scratched - The Gink, King Hope, Bernwood.