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SPORTS
July 31, 2015
A WEEK AFTER the Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert joked about his "celebrity" status following a few days back home in California. "I went back to anonymity," he said. "Walked up to Chipotle the other day and nobody knew who I was. My time is just about up. " Two weeks ago, the trainer of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 said he missed the attention. "I'm going through Triple Crown blues now," he said. "I want a fourth leg. " Well, the quiet time is over. Baffert can go back to being a celebrity.
SPORTS
June 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Racetrack lifers, those who knew Bob Baffert well enough to wander inside Barn 1 at Belmont Park, congregated in a corner as American Pharoah walked around the shed row. One guy held Baffert's coffee while the trainer signed a Belmont Stakes program for him. Out on Hempstead Turnpike, just over a fence, traffic spilled by, past a Wendy's and a Subway across the street, which seemed a world away. Inside the fence, there was an air of contentment. Why would the glow wear off?
SPORTS
June 9, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - It was 6:16 p.m. Saturday evening when the star of a show that had been running for 37 years and was in desperate need of a proper ending emerged from Barn 4 at the intersection of Secretariat Ave. and Count Fleet Rd. in the stable area of old Belmont Park. American Pharoah, hinting at what was about to go down in the 147th Belmont Stakes, led the other seven horses from the assembly barn before making a U-turn into the tunnel that would lead to the teeming paddock where the only calm soul was the colt that was 30 minutes from horse-racing legend.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - The Triple Crown winner that horse racing had been awaiting for 37 years turned out to be worth the wait. American Pharoah, a big bay colt with a faultless, fluid stride, didn't destroy the field at the Belmont Stakes like Secretariat, the most dominant Triple Crown winner, or earn the crown in a stretch duel like Affirmed, the most recent previous winner. But Pharoah might have done something more impressive late Saturday afternoon. He turned in what amounted to a casual victory in the grueling 11/2-mile race despite being marked by a field of horses, all of which had a significant rest advantage.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
People want lasting memories and they want to be present for the making of history or the long anticipated renewal of an interrupted tradition. The more than 100,000 who showed up at Belmont Park a year ago for the Belmont Stakes were not necessarily all fans of horse racing, but they came out because they didn't want to miss the promise of something very different. Well, they all got a memory, and they were all there for history, and it was definitely a different day. Those fans were on hand for the day the Long Island Rail Road melted down and the roadways along the border of Queens and Nassau County became solid pipelines clogged by steel and chrome.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - All eyes at Belmont Park on Friday morning were on the lookout. A man and a woman together at the rail, each with their own set of binoculars, spotted him first. "He's by himself . . . There he goes. " Eventually, here he came, American Pharoah, taking his last gallop, his final preparation for a bout with history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the colt tries to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought. Trainer Bob Baffert has been right here before, with three horses that had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fall short – "I think I'm responsible for the drought," Baffert said Friday after American Pharoah returned to the barn.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
WINNING A single Triple Crown race for a horse trainer is just like winning any golf major or any championship in any team sport. No matter what else happens in a career, only one trophy in horse racing's marquee series is a forever moment. Bob Baffert has won 11 Triple Crown races since 1997 - the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes once. To put in perspective how dominant Baffert's stable has been since Silver Charm won the '97 Derby, consider that he has won nearly 20 percent of all Triple Crown races since then (11 of 56)
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF I LOOKED at these Belmont Stakes past performances in a vacuum, I would note that there is only one horse that has ever gone wire-to-wire in any race and that horse has done it four times. I would also note that none of the other horses has ever been in front at the first call of any race. The best horse with a tactical advantage is the closest thing to a sure thing as there is in horse racing. American Pharoah is obviously the best horse in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah also has the best early speed.
SPORTS
June 4, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
SECRETARIAT, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, three of the greatest horses in the history of the sport, won the Triple Crown in 1973, 1977 and 1978. Since then 14 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness without winning the Belmont Stakes. There is no common theme other than the result. Every one of them lost, even when losing really did not seem possible. Here is a year-by-year look at the Almost Crowns. Spectacular Bid (1979) The 1979 2-year-old champion had won 12 consecutive stakes before the Belmont.
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