Swaps Wins!

Start good from stall gate. Won driving; second and third the same. SWAPS, alertly ridden took command soon after the start, raced TRIM DESTINY into defeat before reaching the upper turn, responded readily when challenged by NASHUA during the stretch run and drew clear in the last sixteenth mile. NASHUA, well placed from the outset, was kept in hand to the last three-eighths mile, moved up boldly on the outside of SWAPS for the stretch run but was not good enough for the latter, although much the best of the others. SUMMER TAN, never far back and reserved to the last half-mile, made a mild bid approaching the stretch, then faltered. RACING FOOL, in hand to the stretch, was unable to threaten the leaders when set down for the drive. JEAN'S JOE lacked early foot and was never dangerous. FLYING FURY was sluggish and was never prominent. HONEYS ALIBI was outrun and had not mishaps. BLUE LEM raced far back the entire trip. NABESNA was through early. TRIM DESTINY raced nearest SWAPS for three-quarters mile, then gave way.

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Trainer

M. A. Tenney

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Jockey

William Shoemaker

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Breeder

Rex C. Ellsworth

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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 81 Race Recap

Start good from stall gate. Won driving; second and third the same. SWAPS, alertly ridden took command soon after the start, raced TRIM DESTINY into defeat before reaching the upper turn, responded readily when challenged by NASHUA during the stretch run and drew clear in the last sixteenth mile. NASHUA, well placed from the outset, was kept in hand to the last three-eighths mile, moved up boldly on the outside of SWAPS for the stretch run but was not good enough for the latter, although much the best of the others. SUMMER TAN, never far back and reserved to the last half-mile, made a mild bid approaching the stretch, then faltered. RACING FOOL, in hand to the stretch, was unable to threaten the leaders when set down for the drive. JEAN'S JOE lacked early foot and was never dangerous. FLYING FURY was sluggish and was never prominent. HONEYS ALIBI was outrun and had not mishaps. BLUE LEM raced far back the entire trip. NABESNA was through early. TRIM DESTINY raced nearest SWAPS for three-quarters mile, then gave way.