Tony Richards, who ran his English colt Bold Arrangement in the 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died Jan. 1, according to the Racing Post. He was 80.
France's champion 2-year-old male, Bold Arrangement arrived in the U.S. in the spring of his 3-year-old season to prepare for the Run for the Roses. Racing for Richards and his brother, Ray, he gave his owners plenty of hope by running a close third in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland under English rider Pat Eddery.
Bold Arrangement had a new rider in the Derby. Under Chris McCarron, Bold Arrangement raced in the back of the pack early on before being hustled around the far turn into a contending position in the stretch. He poked a nose in front at the eighth pole, but was no match for Ferdinand at the end and was beaten 2 1/4 lengths.
Bold Arrangement was returned to England, but made several trips back to the U.S. His best showing came when he ran third in the 1986 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). Bold Arrangement ran in two Breeders' Cup Classics (gr. I), but was unplaced both times.
Richards, who founded Ewar Stud Farm in England in 1964, won the 1988 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) with homebred Village Star. He also raced several other group winners.
His survivors include his wife, Emily, and four children.