April 17, 2013
Todd Pletcher's approach to the Kentucky Derby is simple: keep his best 3-year-olds from facing one another, win a bunch of big races around the country, and then let them meet at the starting gate at Churchill Downs. The nation's leading trainer is set to send out at least four of the 20 Derby starters on May 4 and likely will have the favorite in undefeated Verrazano, winner of the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on March 30. His other starters will be Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary, Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze, and Blue Grass runner-up Palace Malice.
April 6, 2005 |
Keith Jones, a former Flyer and current WIP-AM Morning Show sidekick, issued a big-money horse-racing challenge on the radio yesterday. The response was mixed. Jones, owner of a 3 percent share of a colt named Wild Desert, who is entered in the April 16 Arkansas Derby, challenged the owners of two other local colts who may run in that race to put up $50,000 to go to the top horse of the bunch, with the money going to charity. Afleet Alex's managing partner, Chuch Zacney of Phoenixville, said he was up for it, and tried to call in to the radio station yesterday but couldn't get through.
April 28, 1993 |
Somebody came up to Ben Glass the other day and told him, "I loved your horse in Arkansas, but there's no way I like him here. " Glass looked at the man like he was out of his mind. Liked him in Arkansas? The horse Glass trains, Rockamundo, was 108-1 in the Arkansas Derby. And that wasn't a fair price. He should have been much higher odds, and he was at many simulcast locations, 200-1 or more at some places. Then, Rockamundo, a winner of exactly one race in his life, a colt whose trainer tried to talk owners Gary and Mary West into running him in an easier spot, showed speed for the first time in his life, blew through an opening on the rail and won like good horses win. Why?
April 17, 2011 |
Brilliant Speed punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby with a thrilling stretch run to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. The 3-year-old colt lagged behind the rest of the 12-horse field until the turn, then exploded over the final quarter-mile to edge Twinspired by a nose. The $450,000 winner's check gives Brilliant Speed more than enough graded-stakes earnings to earn a spot in next month's Run for the Roses. Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Tom Albertrani, Brilliant Speed covered the 11/8 miles on Keeneland's Polytrack in 1 minute, 50.92 seconds and paid $40.20, $20.80, and $13. Twinspired and jockey Robby Albarado paid $21.20 and $11.80 for second, while King Congie paid $8.80 for third.
April 29, 1993 |
When you think of the Kentucky Derby, you think of greatness - of colts like War Admiral and Citation and Secretariat. You think of Ben Jones, the charismatic trainer who won the Derby a record six times. You think of Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack, each of whom rode five winners. You almost never think of the bums who come here every year, those little- known long shots who ship in with their no-name trainers, clutter up the world's most famous horse race, then go home, never to be heard from again.
March 17, 2005 |
One year ago, everything John Servis planned at Oaklawn Park worked to perfection for his star pupil, Smarty Jones. The Philadelphia Park-based colt captured the Southwest, Rebel, and Arkansas Derby before heading to Louisville to win the Kentucky Derby and going to Baltimore to take the Preakness. His Arkansas victories in the Rebel and Arkansas Derby were combined with his Kentucky Derby triumph to gain a $5 million bonus offered by Oaklawn Park in its centennial year of racing.
May 7, 1999 |
Baltimore has settled on a plan to demolish Memorial Stadium next year to make way for a 446-unit senior housing development and a recreation center. City Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III announced the decision, ending some three years of debate about the fate of the abandoned, 46-year-old stadium and its 30 acres of prime real estate. Completed in 1953, the stadium has been vacant since Dec. 14, 1997, when the Ravens played their last football game there. Memorial Stadium was once the heart of Baltimore sports.
March 18, 2005 |
Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, an hour's drive from the capital of Little Rock and hundreds of miles from the nearest "big" city, Oaklawn Park appears a peculiar choice for the location of a racetrack. But Cherokee Indians were known to hold horse racing events here 200 years ago, and the thermal waters of the hot springs attracted tourists to the numerous bathhouses when the track held its first meeting in 1904, with licensed bookmakers conducting business on the grandstand lawn.