In one of the most exciting Derbys ever, British Champion Laster Piggott rode U.S.-owned Roberto?
In one of the most exciting Derbys ever, British Champion Laster Piggott rode U.S.-owned Roberto to victory only inches ahead of the English colt Rheingold, ridden by Ernis Johnson.
Roberto and Rheingold finished so close that a stewards' inquiry was called immediately to decide the result.
The outcome of bets estimated at between eight to ten million pounds hung in the balance for a few tense minutes before Piggott was given the decision, his sixth Derby victory in 20 years of riding in the classic, equalling an all-time record.
The Queen, prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family were among the huge Epsom crowd to watch an early and unexpected lead taken by 50 to 1 outsider Pentland Firth, ridden by Past Eddery.
Then Rheingold and Roberto overtook neck and neck for their thrilling spurt to the finishing post.
Irish-trained Roberto won an estimated GBP63,735 (165, 711 U.S. Dollars) prize for U.S. owner John W. Galbreath. Pentland Firth finished third.