May 16, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - It was July 6, 1975, the day of the Great Match, my first trip to Belmont Park. It was the unbeaten and seemingly unbeatable filly Ruffian against the winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby, Foolish Pleasure and campaign style buttons with a head shot of each horse were handed out to 50,000 fans that came to the track to see two horses run the American classic distance of a mile and quarter for a $350,000 purse. Ruffian had never been behind at any call in her 10 races.
May 5, 2013 |
The Derby is not run for Mitt Romney's "47 percent," even if many of them jam the infield and sell all those mint juleps and corn dogs. It is run for the swells who cram the boxes high above the race track, throwing $100 bills at mutuel tellers like revelers tossing confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It is decadent and depraved and outrageous, with women decked out in hats that look like skyscrapers and men willing to part with their senses...
April 25, 2013
The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium. The BCS conference commissioners announced Wednesday that Arlington, Texas, edged Tampa in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system. The game will be held Jan. 12, 2015. COLLEGE BASEBALL: St. Joseph's Fritz Hamburg earned the 100th win of his coaching career as the Hawks rallied from a seven-run first inning deficit to stun visiting Delaware, 12-11, in 10 innings.
November 1, 2012 |
FAIR HILL, Md. - In the 2000s, Kentucky Derby winners are retired for any reason or no reason. So what was trainer Graham Motion doing in his office on Oct. 20, talking about the 2011 Derby winner, a horse who has had exactly one race since the 2011 Belmont Stakes? Turns out Barry Irwin, who runs the syndicate that owns Animal Kingdom, actually likes horse racing. He especially likes to see his horses race. So when Motion suggested to his owner that he felt confident Animal Kingdom not only could make it back to the races, but could come back in top form and compete in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, Irwin said go. Animal Kingdom was injured in that Belmont Stakes, underwent surgery at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, and did not run again until winning an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in February.
August 31, 2012 |
STARTING WITH the racing program on Monday, Parx Racing will be the scene of the biggest month in the history of Pennsylvania racing, culminating on Sept. 22 with the first non-Breeders' Cup card in American history to feature two $1 million races. That day, Parx will have the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and the $1 million Cotillion, the first Grade I race in the commonwealth. Those two races and the $300,000 Gallant Bob will anchor a card that may have $3 million in total purses.
July 30, 2012 |
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Paynter stormed into the lead entering the far turn and pulled away from the field to win the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park, giving trainer Bob Baffert his third consecutive victory in the race and sixth overall. Gemologist had taken the lead in the 11/8-mile race, with Paynter on his flank through the backstretch. In the far turn, Paynter surged ahead under Rafael Bejarano and was never threatened in winning easily by 33/4 lengths. Nonios was second and Handsome Mike third in the field of six 3-year-old colts.
July 12, 2012 |
THE THOROUGHBRED may very well be the most fragile animal on Earth. One look at the legs in relation to the body tells the story. Union Rags had no issues from the time trainer Michael Matz got him in the spring of 2011 until Tuesday. Then, it became clear there was an issue with a tendon. It is not career-ending, but it is year-ending. The Belmont Stakes winner will not run again in 2012. Whether he runs in 2013 will be up to owner Phyllis Wyeth. "I have just received notification from Michael Matz that Union Rags has sustained a minor tendon injury, which will mean that he will miss the balance of the 2012 season," Russell Jones, Wyeth's adviser, said in a statement.
July 11, 2012 |
Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out for the remainder of the year with a tendon injury, said Russell Jones, bloodstock adviser to the colt's owner, Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford. The injury was discovered Tuesday morning by trainer Michael Matz. More information will be released Wednesday by veterinarian Kathy Anderson, Jones said. "At this point, a lot is up in the air," Jones said. "Even though he's done minor damage to the leg, there's no chance he will run again this year.
June 21, 2012
Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness has been changed to reflect that the Triple Crown-winning colt's time was actually faster than the stakes record. The Maryland Racing Commission voted, 7-0, on Tuesday in a special hearing at Laurel Park to change the official time of the race from 1 minute, 542/5 seconds to 1:53. That gives Secretariat records in each of his three Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes - that still stand. The commission investigated the official timing of the Preakness at the request of Secretariat's 90-year-old owner, Penny Chenery, and Pimlico president Tom Chuckas.
June 20, 2012 |
A JUDGE HAS sentenced former Auburn wide receiver Antonio Goodwin to 15 years in prison for an armed home-invasion robbery that also resulted in charges against three teammates from the 2010 national championship team. Lee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Hughes imposed the sentence Tuesday in Opelika, Ala., while Goodwin, 21, stood silently with arms behind his back. "I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment," Goodwin said before the sentencing. "In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I've become a better person and a better decision-maker.