Needles Wins!

Start good. Won driving; second and third the same. NEEDLES, well handled, saved ground when outrun to the last three-eighths mile, was sent to the middle of the track for the stretch run and, responding readily to urging, wore down FABIUS and won going away. FABIUS, well placed from the start, took command approaching the stretch, held on gamely when set down in the drive but was unable to withstand NEEDLES. COME ON RED, far back early, moved up boldly entering the stretch, finished willingly under punishment but was not good enough for the top pair. COUNT CHIC, unable to keep up early, made a good bid in the early stretch, then failed to rally when hard urged in the drive. PINTOR LEA gradually worked his way forward to the stretch, remained next to the inner rail for the drive but could not threaten the leaders, pulling up sore. CAREER BOY finished fairly well. NO REGRETS tired after showing early speed. HEAD MAN raced forwardly placed for a mile but had nothing left for the stretch run. KING O' SWORDS bumped with INVALIDATE at the start and never recovered. TERRANG had early speed but failed to stay. BESOMER was through early. INVALIDATE and BEN A JONES had brief speed. Scratched - Reaping Right.

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Trainer

Hugh Fontaine

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Jockey

David Erb

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Breeder

William E. Leach

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1950-1974

Dominance of Calumet Farm to the 100th Derby

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Kentucky Derby 82 Race Recap

Start good. Won driving; second and third the same. NEEDLES, well handled, saved ground when outrun to the last three-eighths mile, was sent to the middle of the track for the stretch run and, responding readily to urging, wore down FABIUS and won going away. FABIUS, well placed from the start, took command approaching the stretch, held on gamely when set down in the drive but was unable to withstand NEEDLES. COME ON RED, far back early, moved up boldly entering the stretch, finished willingly under punishment but was not good enough for the top pair. COUNT CHIC, unable to keep up early, made a good bid in the early stretch, then failed to rally when hard urged in the drive. PINTOR LEA gradually worked his way forward to the stretch, remained next to the inner rail for the drive but could not threaten the leaders, pulling up sore. CAREER BOY finished fairly well. NO REGRETS tired after showing early speed. HEAD MAN raced forwardly placed for a mile but had nothing left for the stretch run. KING O' SWORDS bumped with INVALIDATE at the start and never recovered. TERRANG had early speed but failed to stay. BESOMER was through early. INVALIDATE and BEN A JONES had brief speed. Scratched - Reaping Right.