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April 14, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Strike The Gold derailed Fly So Free's Kentucky Derby express by capturing the Blue Grass Stakes in Lexington, Ky., yesterday. It was the first loss in more than eight months for Fly So Free, last year's 2-year-old champion, and it was a resounding loss. Strike The Gold beat Fly So Free by three lengths in a race that Fly So Free never led. "I said all week, if he waited for my horse, he'd be in trouble," Strike The Gold's trainer, Nick Zito, said. If Fly So Free had won, he would have been home free to the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
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April 10, 1993 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To the outside world, nine 3-year-olds will go to post at Keeneland this afternoon for the 69th running of the Blue Grass Stakes and when it's over, the Kentucky Derby picture will be less muddled. And that's it - a $500,000 horse race at an old, traditional race track. But the Blue Grass, whose runners have gone on to win 16 Kentucky Derbies, is far more than an important Derby prep, and Keeneland is far more than an old race track. Here in the heart of bluegrass country, where some grow misty-eyed at the thought of a great thoroughbred, where horse cemeteries dot the rolling, plank-fenced landscape, emphasis is placed equally on the beauty of the horse and the tradition of the sport.
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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 17, 1995 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You would have thought a railbird had made off with the Keeneland safe or something. Horsemen at the barns were shaking their heads in wonderment yesterday morning, joking and smirking. Wild Syn, a 30-1 speed horse who got no respect from rival jockeys, stole the Blue Grass Stakes here Saturday and its $310,000 first prize, scrambling the Kentucky Derby picture almost beyond recognition. "They'll be lined up to get in the Derby now," said trainer Ken McPeek, whose Tejano Run ran third Saturday as the second favorite.
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April 15, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs by 41/4 lengths on Saturday. Overanalyze held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and '01. Prerace favorite War Academy pulled up on the back stretch but was able to walk off the Oaklawn Park track. The race's other favorite, Oxbow, never threatened. Blue Grass Stakes.
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April 18, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Holy Bull established himself at the favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby with his 3 1/2-length victory in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. It was Holy Bull's third win in four starts this year and his seventh in eight career races. He has led all the way in five of those victories, including the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby in his previous start March 12 at Gulfstream Park. "That's pretty exciting," owner-trainer Jimmy Croll said when told that Mike Battaglia, oddsmaker for both Keeneland and Churchill Downs, said he would make Holy Bull the favorite for the 1 1/4-mile Derby.
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April 11, 1999 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Wood Memorial, a 75-year-old race that has lost favor on the Triple Crown prep trail, was won yesterday by a colt with the same problem. Adonis, a B-team player in trainer Nick Zito's stable after a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Florida Derby last month, finished first in a field of 11 in the $600,000, 1 1/8-mile race and likely earned a berth in the May 1 Kentucky Derby. Jockey Jorge Chavez, who convinced Zito to put blinkers on Adonis after he wandered wide in the Florida Derby, raced Adonis up close until the turn for home, then stormed to the front down the stretch and finished in 1 minute, 47.3 seconds, just three seconds off the track record set by Riva Ridge in 1973.
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September 9, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The road to the 2005 Kentucky Derby took an intriguing twist yesterday when Gulfstream Park revamped its racing schedule for 3-year-olds. The Florida Derby, traditionally run the second weekend in March, now will be held 3 weeks later on April 2, competing for top horses with three prominent Kentucky Derby preps on April 16 - the Arkansas Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial. The Kentucky Derby is May 7, with the major preps at Oaklawn Park, Keeneland and Aqueduct remaining in their usual slot of 3 weeks before the run for the roses at Churchill Downs.
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May 14, 2010 | by the Daily News
Tomorrow, 6:15 p.m. post time (Race 12) Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore TV: Channel 10, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wagering info: 1-888-BET-INFO or www.phonebet.com . Distance: 1 3/16 miles. Weights: 126 each. Purse: $1.1 million. First place: $710,000. Second place: $220,000. Third place: $110,000. Fourth place: $55,000. Up next: Belmont Stakes, June 5 Staff picks DICK JERARDI 7 Lookin At Lucky 9 Caracortado 8 Super Saver 5 Yawanna Twist ED BARKOWITZ 7 Lookin At Lucky 8 Super Saver 6 Jackson Bend 10 Paddy O'Prado STAN HOCHMAN 2 Schoolyard Dreams 8 Super Saver 10 Paddy O'Prado 7 Lookin At Lucky The Preakness field 1 AIKENITE Morning line: 20-1 Owner: Dogwood Stable Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Javier Castellano Career earnings: $300,806 2010: Starts: 4. 1st: 0. 2nd: 1. 3rd: 1 Career: Starts: 8. 1st: 1. 2nd: 2. 3rd: 3 Last three: Derby Trial (2nd)
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April 14, 2013 | Associated Press
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bob Baffert knows well how to train a horse to win at Oaklawn Park. The Hall of Fame trainer hopes to once again capture an important race at the park on Saturday, when he sends out favorite War Academy in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. A Baffert-trained colt, Bodemeister, won the Kentucky Derby prep race last year, and the Californian guided horses to three straight wins at Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes before D. Wayne Lukas' Will Take Charge snapped that streak last month.
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April 15, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs by 41/4 lengths on Saturday. Overanalyze held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and '01. Prerace favorite War Academy pulled up on the back stretch but was able to walk off the Oaklawn Park track. The race's other favorite, Oxbow, never threatened. Blue Grass Stakes.
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April 14, 2013 | Associated Press
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bob Baffert knows well how to train a horse to win at Oaklawn Park. The Hall of Fame trainer hopes to once again capture an important race at the park on Saturday, when he sends out favorite War Academy in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. A Baffert-trained colt, Bodemeister, won the Kentucky Derby prep race last year, and the Californian guided horses to three straight wins at Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes before D. Wayne Lukas' Will Take Charge snapped that streak last month.
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May 6, 2012 | By Marshall S. Berdan FOR THE INQUIRER
LEXINGTON, Ky. — If you're a horse enthusiast, sooner or later you're going to have to make the pilgrimage to Kentucky. And if — like me — it's your daughters who are the enthusiasts, then the odds are 2-1 it's going to be sooner. So when spring break arrived last year and my wife couldn't take any time off, I loaded my twin daughters into the car for the nine-hour drive west from Philadelphia to Lexington, the self-proclaimed (not that anyone disputes it) "Horse Capital of the World.
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April 17, 2012
Hansen blew his chance to be a Kentucky Derby favorite, finishing second in the Blue Grass Stakes after a daylong art project in which the near-white colt's tail was dyed blue, only to be rinsed off before the race. After being beaten by Dullahan on the final weekend of major Derby preps, Hansen has been replaced by Union Rags at No. 1 on the AP's latest Run to the Roses' Top 10 list of contenders. Union Rags regained the top spot he held for most of the prep season before his third-place finish after a tough trip in the Florida Derby on March 31. Hansen, sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the 13-horse field, took the lead as expected but faded in the stretch as Dullahan rallied for a 11/4-length win over the synthetic Polytrack at Keeneland.
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June 5, 2010 | by the Daily News
When: Today, 6:32 p.m. (11th race) Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y. TV: 6ABC, beginning at 5 p.m. Wagering info: 1-888-BET-INFO or www.phonebet.com Distance: 1 1/2 miles Weights: 126 pounds Purse: $1 million. First place: $600,000 Second place: $200,000 Third place: $110,000 Fourth place: $60,000 Fifth place: $30,000   Staff picks   DICK JERARDI 11 First Dude 5 Fly Down 6 Ice Box 9 Stately Victor ED BARKOWITZ 6 Ice Box 3 Uptowncharlybrown 11 First Dude 5 Fly Down STAN HOCHMAN 3 Uptowncharlybrown 6 Ice Box 4 Make Music for Me 2 Spangled Star   Dick Jerardi's breakdown of the field   1 DAVE IN DIXIE Morning line: 20-1 Owner: Ike and Dawn Thrash Trainer: John Sadler Jockey: Calvin Borel Earnings: $75,150 2010: Starts: 3. 1st: 0. 2nd: 1. 3rd: 0. Career: Starts: 5. 1st: 1. 2nd: 1. 3rd: 0. Last three: Illinois Derby (5th)
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May 14, 2010 | by the Daily News
Tomorrow, 6:15 p.m. post time (Race 12) Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore TV: Channel 10, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wagering info: 1-888-BET-INFO or www.phonebet.com . Distance: 1 3/16 miles. Weights: 126 each. Purse: $1.1 million. First place: $710,000. Second place: $220,000. Third place: $110,000. Fourth place: $55,000. Up next: Belmont Stakes, June 5 Staff picks DICK JERARDI 7 Lookin At Lucky 9 Caracortado 8 Super Saver 5 Yawanna Twist ED BARKOWITZ 7 Lookin At Lucky 8 Super Saver 6 Jackson Bend 10 Paddy O'Prado STAN HOCHMAN 2 Schoolyard Dreams 8 Super Saver 10 Paddy O'Prado 7 Lookin At Lucky The Preakness field 1 AIKENITE Morning line: 20-1 Owner: Dogwood Stable Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Javier Castellano Career earnings: $300,806 2010: Starts: 4. 1st: 0. 2nd: 1. 3rd: 1 Career: Starts: 8. 1st: 1. 2nd: 2. 3rd: 3 Last three: Derby Trial (2nd)
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May 1, 2009 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By the end of yesterday morning's bath, the big gray horse was gleaming and the gray-haired groom had soapsuds on his chin and the right side of his nose. The old groom also trains the big horse, and owns it - the only horse he owns, his first Kentucky Derby horse. Was Seabiscuit's story this good? At age 75, Tom McCarthy, a retired biology teacher and high school principal, on the fringes of horse racing for five decades, has his Derby horse. McCarthy claimed General Quarters last year for $20,000, and the colt has already won the prestigious Blue Grass Stakes, which earned McCarthy $460,000.
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May 6, 2007 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Several things that have not happened before, and a few that happen only rarely, came to pass in the 133d running of the Kentucky Derby yesterday, but in the end the most logical outcome of all carried the day - the best horse won. Street Sense, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a steady performer that had never finished out of the money in his seven previous races, bored a hole along the rail and came from far...
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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 3, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Larry Jones, trainer of Hard Spun, said that in a lot of ways, the pressure is off after the Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old impressively won the Lane's End Stakes 10 days ago. Hard Spun has the graded-stakes earnings he needs to take his place in the Kentucky Derby without running another race. So he may not. "We feel that his next race could be a big, big race," Jones said yesterday. "We're debating whether to make the Derby his next race. I'm not saying we're not running in the Blue Grass.
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