As the colts began their campaigns soon after the first of the year, our color cameras followed them, to record the significant races of those who later became Derby favorites. At the top of the opposite page Hill Rise (7) moves up to overtake Wil Rad (4) and Real Good Deal and win at Santa Anita on February 12. Below, Quadrangle (center) loses his first start by a head to Ky. Pioneer on February 19 at Hialeah. For other key races, turn page.
With Willie Shoemaker up, Northern Dancer (top, opposite page) won his first race of 1964 at Hialeah by seven lengths. Then, with an old quarter crack healed, he won the Flamingo.
Roman Brother (above left) came from way off the pace to nail Mr. Brick (alongside) by a head in the Everglades, but this Florida-bred was disappointing in his next two races.
Hill Rise ran away with the Santa Anita Derby by six lengths (left). Trailing him at the wire were Knightly Manner (6), Wil Rad (2), Real Good Deal (8), The Scoundrel (3).
Pressed hard for the only time in four successive races, Northern Dancer still beat The Scoundrel by a length in the Florida Derby (opposite). Ridden by Willie Shoemaker here, he will have another jockey in Kentucky. His training has been a model for the preparation of a classic colt, and the man responsible is the colorful Argentine at right