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April 13, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
After watching Strong Contender work in the starting gate and gallop around Keeneland, John Ward walked back to his car a satisfied trainer. "You don't have to tinker with talent," Ward said yesterday. The talent may be there, but Strong Contender still needs a near-flawless performance in Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes for a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby 3 weeks later. "We have a finite target," Ward said. "We have to be there. " The lightly raced Strong Contender is 2-for-2 and is running in his first stakes race.
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April 24, 1986 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bolshoi Boy, a distant second to Badger Land in the Flamingo Stakes, heads a field of 12 today for Keeneland Race Course's Blue Grass Stakes, the next- to-last prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Bolshoi Boy, who will be ridden by Richard Migliore, drew the outside gate for the 1 1/8-mile $200,000 Blue Grass at the Lexington, Ky., track. He was listed at 3-1. Just inside him will be Bold Arrangement, the British invader for the American classic races. Bold Arrangement, who will be making his first start on a dirt track, is 12-1 in the Keeneland betting line.
SPORTS
April 3, 2007
The Grade I $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct takes center stage Saturday as two big hitters make their final prep for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. Todd Pletcher's Circular Quay and Barclay Tagg's Nobiz Like Shobiz head the field for the 11/8-mile race (live on ESPN, same-day replays on ntra.com). "I can't do much more now except get out there and ride him myself," said Tagg. "He's done everything I've asked. " Pletcher also has Cowtown Cat in Saturday's Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.
SPORTS
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.
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May 26, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE FBI is asking the public to help investigators identify two bandits who are responsible for separate bank robberies in the city. One of the crooks tried to rob a Bank of America on Welsh Road near Blue Grass in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday morning - a day after his photo was featured in the People Paper's "Catch Me If You Can" item. (Clearly, he's not a devoted reader.) The robber, who was clad in jeans, white sneakers, a gray baseball cap and a navy Nike hooded sweatshirt, passed a demand note to a Bank of America teller, but then took off without grabbing any loot.
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May 31, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENN NATIONAL, the track a few miles north of Harrisburg, opened in 1972. Tomorrow night will be the biggest in the track's history, with the $500,000 Penn Mile and five other stakes on a $1 million card. The Mile for 3-year-olds on grass will be the signature race, with some really good, young horses potentially on their way to stardom. Even with a race of that quality, there is no doubt about the signature horse. It is the incredible Ben's Cat, the 7-year-old trained by Maryland legend King Leatherbury.
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May 2, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carl Nafzger's story invariably starts the same way, in a box at Churchill Downs, watching a horse he had trained run away from the rest. ABC captured the moment, with Nafzger describing the 1990 Kentucky Derby for an elderly lady, the 92-year-old owner of Unbridled, Frances Genter. It ends with him telling her, "You've won the Kentucky Derby, Mrs. Genter! I love you. " Then he gave her a kiss. Seventeen years later, Nafzger is back for a little more history. His 3-year-old Street Sense is trying to become the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to take the Run for the Roses.
SPORTS
April 4, 1986 | By DICK JERARDI, Daily News Sports Writer
It was formally announced yesterday that Atlantic City's United Nations Handicap (Aug. 9) will be part of ESPN's "Racing Across America" series. The series presently consists of 22 races and more might be added. Representatives of Thoroughbred Sports, which produces the series, and track management spoke at a press conference at the Atlantic City Country Club. The United Nations, which was started as an invitational race in 1953, is a 1 3/16-mile grass race with a purse of $150,000.
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May 31, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENN NATIONAL, the track a few miles north of Harrisburg, opened in 1972. Tomorrow night will be the biggest in the track's history, with the $500,000 Penn Mile and five other stakes on a $1 million card. The Mile for 3-year-olds on grass will be the signature race, with some really good, young horses potentially on their way to stardom. Even with a race of that quality, there is no doubt about the signature horse. It is the incredible Ben's Cat, the 7-year-old trained by Maryland legend King Leatherbury.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE FBI is asking the public to help investigators identify two bandits who are responsible for separate bank robberies in the city. One of the crooks tried to rob a Bank of America on Welsh Road near Blue Grass in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday morning - a day after his photo was featured in the People Paper's "Catch Me If You Can" item. (Clearly, he's not a devoted reader.) The robber, who was clad in jeans, white sneakers, a gray baseball cap and a navy Nike hooded sweatshirt, passed a demand note to a Bank of America teller, but then took off without grabbing any loot.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013
  1. Verrazano (Todd Pletcher, trainer; John Velazquez, jockey): Worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs, third fastest of 40 at the same distance. ... Wood winner is unbeaten in all four starts and will try to become the eighth unbeaten Derby winner. ... Final Derby future wager odds: 7-1. 2. Orb (Shug McGaughey, Joel Rosario): Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby winner worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 Sunday at Payson Park. ... Gets original rider back now that Johnny V has chosen Verrazano.
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September 24, 2010 | by Dick Jerardi
I LOVED A Little Warm in the Travers. The colt had not run a poor race in a year. Each race was a step forward, culminating with a dominant win in the Jim Dandy Stakes. The colt's trainer, Tony Dutrow, an honest man in a sport filled with spin, loved the colt more than I did. He was convinced A Little Warm was sitting on the race of his life. A Little Warm was 9-2 in the Aug. 28 Travers. Seemed like more than a fair price. I got involved. A Little Warm ran fifth, beaten by 8 3/4 lengths.
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April 12, 2009
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May 24, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sam Bowie was 18 when he arrived at the University of Kentucky in 1979. It didn't take long for him to smell the Blue Grass. "I found I really liked horses," the retired NBA player and Lebanon, Pa., native said in a telephone interview Friday. "Since I was 7-foot-1 and 250 pounds, nobody was going to put me on top of a thoroughbred. But I went over to the Red Mile [harness track in Lexington] and got into one of those carts, and away we went. I was hooked. " Since then, Bowie has owned hundreds of standardbreds, purchasing his first in 1984, his rookie season in the NBA. But it wasn't until another visit to the Red Mile, 23 years later, that he finally scored a slam dunk.
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May 2, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carl Nafzger's story invariably starts the same way, in a box at Churchill Downs, watching a horse he had trained run away from the rest. ABC captured the moment, with Nafzger describing the 1990 Kentucky Derby for an elderly lady, the 92-year-old owner of Unbridled, Frances Genter. It ends with him telling her, "You've won the Kentucky Derby, Mrs. Genter! I love you. " Then he gave her a kiss. Seventeen years later, Nafzger is back for a little more history. His 3-year-old Street Sense is trying to become the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to take the Run for the Roses.
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April 13, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Great Hunter enters the starting gate for tomorrow's Blue Grass Stakes, don't blame Phil Fanning if he ducks out of a wedding that afternoon to view the race. "It's like waiting to see what one of my children is doing," said Fanning, the Chester County breeder of the Kentucky Derby hopeful. Fanning, 83, was born in Philadelphia and raised in West Orange, N.J., where his lifelong love of horses began. He lives now in Unionville. "They'd deliver milk on wagons drawn by horses, and I'd go out to see them all the time as a child," he said.
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April 12, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Chester-bred colt Great Hunter was made the 9-5 second choice and will start from the No. 7 post position in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Street Sense, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, was made the 4-5 favorite in the seven-horse field for the 1 1/8-mile race to be run on the Polytrack surface for the first time. Great Hunter, winner of the March 3 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in his only start this year, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani. "Not bad to draw the lucky number seven; and to be able to load last is always a positive," trainer Doug O'Neill said.
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