Ferdinand Wins Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Ferdinand, ridden by 54-year-old Bill Shoemaker, won the $784,400 Kentucky Derby on Saturday as favorites Snow Chief and Badger Land finished out of the money.
It was the fourth Kentucky Derby victory for Shoemaker and the first for Ferdinand’s 73-year-old trainer, Charlie Whittingham.
At the end of the four-horse charge through the stretch, Ferdinand held off English-bred Bold Arrangement by 2 1/4 lengths for the victory at Churchill Downs. Broad Brush was another 3 1/4 lengths back and a neck ahead of Rampage.
The winner, owned by Mrs. Howard B. Keck and bred by her husband, completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02 4-5.
Shoemaker, who won with Swaps in 1955, Tomy Lee in 1959 and Lucky Debonair in 1965, became the oldest winning jockey in Derby history, 10 years older than Angel Cordero was when he won with Spend a Buck last year.
Badger Land was fifth, followed by Wheatley Hall, Fobby Forbes, Icy Groom, Wise Times, Mogambo, Snow Chief, Zabaleta, Southern Appeal, Bachelor Beau, Vernon Castle and Groovy.
Snow Chief, bidding to become the fourth California bred to win the Kentucky Derby and the first since 1962, made a serious challenge on the final turn, then faded. Badger Land also challenged on the turn but was out of it by midstretch.
The Kentucky-bred son of Nijinsky II earned $609,400 and paid $37.40, $16.20 and 8.60, the eighth highest mutuel payoff in Derby history. Bold Arrangement paid $9.40 and $6.80 while Broad Brush was $9.20.
Ferdinand went into the race with one victory, two seconds and one third in four starts this year. He had finished third, seven lengths behind winning Snow Chief in the Santa Anita Derby April 19.
Whittingham last came to the Kentucky Derby in 1960, when he finished ninth with Divine Comedy. His only other Derby starter was Gone Fishin’, eighth in 1958.