Riva Ridge Wins!

RIVA RIDGE quickly recovered after being bumped at the start to assume command, continued slightly wide while under patient handling, disposed of HOLD YOUR PEACE when ready while drifting out through the upper stretch and encountered little difficulty in holding NO LE HACE safe. The latter, unhurried for a mile, moved up along the outside thereafter, commenced swerving again through the closing drive and was clearly best of the others. HOLD YOUR PEACE away in good order to prompt the pace while in hand, raced slightly wide to maintain a striking position, dropped to the inside in the upper stretch when the winner drifted out but lacked a further response. INTRODUCTIVO improved his racing position steadily in the late stages but could not menace the top trio. SENSITIVE MUSIC passed tiring horses. FREETEX was without speed. BIG SPRUCE was always outrun. HEAD OF THE RIVER failed to enter contention. KENTUCKIAN lacked speed. HASSI'S IMAGE swerved sharply to the inside at the start, bumping with PACALLO, continued in a forward position while saving ground and stopped badly after going seven furlongs. MAJESTIC NEEDLE dropped back steadily. DR. NEALE could not keep pace. PACALLO failed to menace after being bumped at the start.

Trainer

Lucien Laurin

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Jockey

Ron Turcotte

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Breeder

Meadow Stud, Inc.

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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 98 Race Recap

RIVA RIDGE quickly recovered after being bumped at the start to assume command, continued slightly wide while under patient handling, disposed of HOLD YOUR PEACE when ready while drifting out through the upper stretch and encountered little difficulty in holding NO LE HACE safe. The latter, unhurried for a mile, moved up along the outside thereafter, commenced swerving again through the closing drive and was clearly best of the others. HOLD YOUR PEACE away in good order to prompt the pace while in hand, raced slightly wide to maintain a striking position, dropped to the inside in the upper stretch when the winner drifted out but lacked a further response. INTRODUCTIVO improved his racing position steadily in the late stages but could not menace the top trio. SENSITIVE MUSIC passed tiring horses. FREETEX was without speed. BIG SPRUCE was always outrun. HEAD OF THE RIVER failed to enter contention. KENTUCKIAN lacked speed. HASSI'S IMAGE swerved sharply to the inside at the start, bumping with PACALLO, continued in a forward position while saving ground and stopped badly after going seven furlongs. MAJESTIC NEEDLE dropped back steadily. DR. NEALE could not keep pace. PACALLO failed to menace after being bumped at the start.