May 31, 2013 |
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.
May 26, 2013 |
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.
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.
September 24, 2010 |
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.
April 12, 2009
Pennsylvania 1220 Friendship St. , $350,000. 258 S. 46th St. , $350,000. 766 S. 18th St. , $337,000. 3159 Halsey Pl. , $335,000. 8122 Winthrop St. , $334,400. 223 1/2 S. Umac St. , $334,000. 1826 S. Broad St. , $325,000. 1707 Green St. , $325,000. 1006 S. Cleveland St. , $321,240. 2001 Hamilton St. unit 301 , $310,000. 3135 Winchester Ave. , $306,900. 145 Fitzwater St. , $305,000. 1600 Arch St. unit 804 , $304,900.
May 24, 2008 |
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.
May 2, 2007 |
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.
April 13, 2007 |
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.
April 12, 2007 |
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.