April 10, 2012 |
Derby fever is springing up all over. Owner Kendall Hansen has it now, saying he "can hardly work" as he counts down the week before his horse named Hansen runs in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. First, Hansen has one more prep race, and that's the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, about a 90-minute drive from Louisville. The near-white colt will be facing about a dozen rivals on the synthetic Polytrack, including fellow Derby hopefuls Dullahan and Howe Great. While Hansen remains No. 1 in the Associated Press' latest Run to the Roses' Top 10, Gemologist affirmed his No. 2 status ahead of No. 3 Union Rags with a hard-fought win in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday.
May 6, 2011 |
ABOUT THE RACE When: Tomorrow, 6:24 p.m. post time (Race 11) Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. TV: NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. (Versus has undercard starting at 11 a.m.) Wagering Info: 1-888-BET-2-WIN or www.phonebet.com Distance: 1 1/4 miles. Weights: 126 pounds. Weather: Temperatures in the 60s with a 50 percent chance of rain during the day. Purse: $2,196,800 (if 20 start). First place: $1,436,800. Second place: $400,000. Third place: $200,000.
May 6, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Losing the Kentucky Derby was bad enough. Letting down his son was even worse for Bob Baffert. Bodemeister, the bay colt named after the trainer's 7-year-old son, rocketed to the front on Saturday and led by as many as three lengths. But he couldn't hold on in the furiously fast pace and was overtaken by winner I'll Have Another. "He was there," Baffert said of his horse. "He just got tired. " Baffert broke down, too, when he thought about his son's disappointment, tearing up and walking away in the paddock.
May 5, 2014 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A decade ago, Churchill Downs was in the midst of a major renovation. A few hours before the 2004 Kentucky Derby, it really looked as if the world might end - lightning, thunder, a deluge. The area was quickly becoming a construction zone/flood zone. John Servis was waiting out the final hours in the barn, not far from the stall that housed the unbeaten Pennsylvania-bred Smarty Jones owned by Roy and Pat Chapman. The Philadelphia Park-based trainer had guided the Arkansas Derby to this moment flawlessly.
May 5, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the sun first popped over the trees at Churchill Downs on Friday, Union Rags galloped for the last time before Saturday's 138th Kentucky Derby. "I think he's in good form right now," trainer Michael Matz said a little later in the morning outside Barn 42, the same spot where Matz once stabled the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro. Of his latest Derby horse, the 9-2 second choice in the morning line, owned by Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Matz said, "I think he's ready to run. . . . We've been a little bit harder on him since the Florida Derby, getting him peaked a little bit more.
May 5, 1990 |
Mister Frisky, the hero of Puerto Rico, will attempt to add America's greatest racing prize to his string of victories here today in the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Florida-bred colt, whose parents never won a stakes race, will be the first undefeated Derby champion since Seattle Slew if he can beat a competitive field of 14 rivals led by the 7-5 early-line favorite, Summer Squall. Partly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of rain have been forecast for Derby Day. The temperature is expected to hit a high of 65. Post time is 5:32 (Channels 6, 7, 4:30 p.m.)
November 5, 1993 |
It is 5:30 a.m. and sunlight is beginning to illuminate the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking Santa Anita Park. Grooms move slowly from stall to stall in backstretch barns that house the 82 Breeders' Cup horses here to compete for tomorrow's $10 million in prize money. There are rows upon rows of the forest-green horse barns, each one like the other, except for Barn 68. Barn 68, with a picturesque view of the main track and grandstand 200 yards away, has been renovated on the north side to accommodate its famous occupant, Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker.
April 29, 1993 |
Somehow, it all seems so wrong when it should be so right. Bill Shoemaker, the winningest jockey ever, a four-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, is returning to Churchill Downs in an attempt to become only the second man to ride and train a Derby winner. Nothing ever could be the same after the one-car accident on April 8, 1991, in San Dimas, Calif., that left Shoemaker a quadriplegic. His quality of life was gone, but his life wasn't. Somehow, if he just could get back to Louisville with a Derby horse, Shoemaker, even in a wheelchair, would be what he always was, a smallish man with an uncommon affinity with the race horse.
April 29, 1992 |
The scene was haunting, yet somehow perfect. Trainer Phil Hauswald, the local kid from across the Ohio River, trainer of the Derby favorite, was crying. Just across the path, trainer Jack Van Berg, bigger than life, a Hall of Famer, was toasting the biggest victory of his career. Nothing could have summed up the 1987 Kentucky Derby better. Demons Begone had bled badly before the horses went a quarter of a mile and was pulled up. Alysheba came around the field and pulled away at the finish.