Hill Gail Wins!

start good from stall gate. Won ridden out; second and third driving. HILL GAIL swerved to the outside, after the break, crowding SWOOP and BROWN RAMBLER, raced nearest HANNIBAL for five-eighths of a mile, then assumed command and entered the stretch with a clear lead, but was ridden out to withstand SUB FLEET. The latter, on the outside until settled along the backstretch, steadily worked his way forward hereafter, finished willingly under punishment, but could not reach the winner. BLUE MAN, away slowly and on the outside throughout, made up ground steadily, but could not reach the leaders, giving a game effort. MASTER FIDDLE lacked early speed and was in tight quarters approaching the three-quarters mile marker, raced well when clear, but was unable to seriously threaten the top ones. COUNT FLAME lacked early foot, but closed determinedly. ARROZ had a rough trip. HAPPY GO LUCKY was through after the mile. HANNIBAL gave way after racing prominently to the stretch. COLD COMMAND, roughed soon after the start, failed to recover. GUSHING OIL, forced back during the run to the first turn, was unable to reach serious contention. PINTOR tired during the stretch run. SHAG TAILS and ETERNAL MOON had no mishaps. BROWN RAMBLER and SWOOP, crowded immediately after the break, were far back thereafter. Scratched - Top Blend.

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Trainer

Ben A. Jones

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Jockey

Eddie Arcaro

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Breeder

1950-1974

Dominance of Calumet Farm to the 100th Derby

Under the direction of Bill Corum, a former New York Times and New York Journal-American sports columnist, Churchill Downs and the famed Kentucky Derby continued to grow and modernize:

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Kentucky Derby 78 Race Recap

start good from stall gate. Won ridden out; second and third driving. HILL GAIL swerved to the outside, after the break, crowding SWOOP and BROWN RAMBLER, raced nearest HANNIBAL for five-eighths of a mile, then assumed command and entered the stretch with a clear lead, but was ridden out to withstand SUB FLEET. The latter, on the outside until settled along the backstretch, steadily worked his way forward hereafter, finished willingly under punishment, but could not reach the winner. BLUE MAN, away slowly and on the outside throughout, made up ground steadily, but could not reach the leaders, giving a game effort. MASTER FIDDLE lacked early speed and was in tight quarters approaching the three-quarters mile marker, raced well when clear, but was unable to seriously threaten the top ones. COUNT FLAME lacked early foot, but closed determinedly. ARROZ had a rough trip. HAPPY GO LUCKY was through after the mile. HANNIBAL gave way after racing prominently to the stretch. COLD COMMAND, roughed soon after the start, failed to recover. GUSHING OIL, forced back during the run to the first turn, was unable to reach serious contention. PINTOR tired during the stretch run. SHAG TAILS and ETERNAL MOON had no mishaps. BROWN RAMBLER and SWOOP, crowded immediately after the break, were far back thereafter. Scratched - Top Blend.