Of course, so would have a bay stallion named Riva Ridge the year before, and Disney hasn't signed on for a major motion picture about his life. As a 2-year-old, Riva Ridge won five stakes races and an Eclipse Award. In 1972 came a wire-to-wire, 11-length victory in the Derby as the favorite. Two weeks later, heavy rains fell overnight in Baltimore, and Riva Ridge didn't much like the mud. He finished fourth in a seven-horse Preakness field. An easy win in the Belmont Stakes only added to his what-could've-been mystique.