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: , , . . Favored Crepello Gains Clever Victory in 178th Epsom Derby John McShains Ballymoss Next to Sir Victor Sassoon Colt; Pipe of Peace Is Third By VERNON MORGAN . Reuters Sports Editor Special to Daily Racing Form EPSOM DOWNS, Epsom, Surrey, Eng., June 5. Sir Victor Sassoon s 6-to-4 favorite, Crepello, scored a popular victory in the 178th running of the Epsom Derby today. Ridden by the 21-year-old Lester Piggott, Crepello won cleverly by one and one-half lengths from the 33-to-l Irish outsider, Ballymoss, owned by the American John McShain and ridden by the Irishman Tommy Burns. Pipe of Peace, the 100-to-8 chance owned by the Greek millionaire, Stavros Niarchos, and ridden by the Australian Scobie Breasley, finished third a further length back in the field of 22 starters. Shortest-Priced Winner Since Bahram Crepello was the shortest-priced favorite to win the blue riband of the British turf since his ancestor, Bahram, scored at 5-to-4 in the 12 furlongs classic 22 years ago. The son of Donatello out of Crepuscule came to the front half way up the straightaway to overtake Ballymoss and win the great race. Having scored in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month, Crepello has now won the first two legs of the coveted Triple Crown which will be completed by the Don-caster St. Leger in September. The big surprise of the race was the forward running of the Philadelphian Continued on Page Seven , : Favored C repel I o Gains Clever Victory in 178th Epsom Derby , ; ; - 1 1 J 1 3 1 5 3 1 7 J 6 5 s 5 x s 1 J; s e I e John McShains Ballymoss Next to Sir Victor Sassoon Colt; Pipe of Peace Is Third Continued from Page One McShains Ballymoss whose owner did not even cross the Atlantic to watch his colt run. Ballymoss was "the first Derby runner from Cashel, County Tipperary, and was saddled by trainer Vincent OBrien, who is better known as the trainer of steeplechase winners. Pipe of Peace finished strongly to snatch third place from Mrs. Elizabeth Grahams Tempest, who put in a storming run to fill the fourth spot after being slowly away from the starting tapes. Queen Elizabeth was present in the Royal box to watch her colt, Doutelle, run; but he never was in the picture and finished tenth. Crepello earned 2,273 for his millionaire owner Sir Victor Sassoon, who won this famous race with Pinza in 1953. McShains share of the gross purse of 1,796 ,179. The victorious colt was trained by Noel Murless at Newmarket and Pipe of Peace was conditioned by Sir Gordon Richards successful pilot of Pinza at Osbourne Maisey, Wiltshire. It was also the second success for jockey Piggott who scored on the late Robert Sterling Clarks Never Say Die in 1954. French Challenge Never Comes The challenge of the French horses never materialized in spite of the great last min- ute gamble on Chippendale whose odds tumbled from 40-to-l down to 100-to-17 before the start of the Derby. Chippendale never showed to have a chance. The French-trained Royaumont, owned by Mrs. George Ohrstrom from Virginia, was best of the French candidates and finished fifth. The Aga Khans Prince Taj, who was left several lengths behind at the start, took ninth place. Crepellos time for the mile and four furlongs was 2:35 on very firm going. A crowd of about 100,000 were in the en- closures and the surrounding Epsom downs when the race was started several minutes behind schedule. Prince Taj, London Cry and Tempest were away slowly andn the first furlong the American architect Philip Kings lQ0-to-l chance, Boise de. Miel, led the way before Eudaemon, Chevastrid, with a compact group including Crepello close behind". At the eight-furlong post, Eudaemon led his stable companion, Brioche, and rounding Tattenham Corner, six furlongs from home, this pair was followed in order by Chevastrid, Mystic Prince, Crepello, Palor and Alcastus. Three furlongs out Brioche led the two Irish colts Ballymoss and Chev- astrid with Crepello tucked in behind and Tempest, Pipe of Peace were gaining rapidly. Ballymoss went to the front two fur- longs out, but was immediately challenged and mastered by Crepello, who went ahead in the last furlong to win convincingly by a length and one-half from Ballymoss with Pipe of Peace another length back. Then followed Tempest, Royaumont, Messmate, Apostol, Abergo, Prince Taj and Doutelle. Bois de Miel was last. Piggott, 75 - year - old Sassoon, Murless and Crepello were given a great ovation back in the unsaddling enclosure where Sassoon told reporters, "I did not have a penny on my colt." The Queen summoned the silver-haired millionaire to the Royal box and congratulated him. Murless de-l clared, "Crepello could not have won more nicely though I would have preferred a stronger pace in the early stages. He badly had drawn the number two post, but the colts brilliant speed enabled Piggott to take him into the center of the track withal out trouble." Piggott said, "Crepello gave me a wonderful ride. Everything went right for us. I had no worries at all and felt con- fident we would win." Tommy Burns, rider of Ballymoss, said, "I thought that I would win when I took over, the lead in the straight and even when Crepello passed me my horse came agaim" Sir Gordon Richards said jockey Breasley told him that Pipe of Peace balked twice. JOCKEY LESTER PIGGOTT Rode his second Epsom Derby winner when he brought home the favorite, Crepello, in yesterdays renewal of the famed British race.