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August 7, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Bluegrass Cat ran to a record victory in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., yesterday. A runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in his last two starts, Bluegrass Cat moved into the ranks of top 3-year-olds with his 7-length win over Praying for Cash - the largest winning margin in 39 runnings of Monmouth's biggest race of the season. Ridden by John Velazquez, Bluegrass Cat moved into contention around the turn, and then blew past pacesetting Praying for Cash for his fifth victory in 10 starts for WinStar Farm.
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June 8, 2006 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The star of the 3-year-old class is still in his stall at a veterinary hospital in Kennett Square. The Preakness Stakes winner, Bernardini, won't be at Belmont Park on Saturday, either. There won't be much of any buzz surrounding this Belmont Stakes. For just the third time in 35 years, the race will be without a Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner. Nobody in the field even ran in both of the previous Triple Crown races. There will be another horse partially owned by Flyers defenseman Chris Therien.
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August 28, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Bluegrass Cat is the latest 3-year-old colt forced into retirement by injury. The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes runner-up, who also finished second to Bernardini in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga, broke a bone in his right hind leg and was retired. The injury is not considered serious, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. It was not detected after the Travers, but Bluegrass Cat was lame in his stall yesterday morning. The fracture was found through precautionary X-rays.
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February 19, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Top-ranked Kim Clijsters defeated Russia's Elena Dementieva, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday to reach the final of the Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Clijsters will face second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo today to try to stave off the Frenchwoman's quest for the top spot. Mauresmo won five straight games in the second set to beat Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 7-5, for her 14th straight victory. Mauresmo is 43 points behind Clijsters in the WTA rankings. France's Arnaud Clement rallied to beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, to make the Open 13 final in Marseille, France.
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August 3, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense awaits the Travers later this month at Saratoga, the remaining strength of the division will clash Sunday at Monmouth Park in the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Preakness winner Curlin is the even-money favorite in an outstanding field of eight 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Curlin, who began his career at Gulfstream Park in February, finished third in the Kentucky Derby and failed by a head to the filly Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes, his last start, on June 9. "The main reason we're running is the Breeders' Cup is our main objective," trainer Steve Asmussen said of the $5 million Classic on Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
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April 29, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the return of live racing and pleasant weather, Delaware Park was crowded yesterday on the first of 137 programs scheduled this season. Although the eight thoroughbred races included only 45 starters, the featured $75,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes offered a blanket finish won by extreme long shot Travel Plans. Owned by the Liberty Stable and trained by Sandra Slivka, the 23-1 Travel Plans held off repeated challenges down the stretch to prevail by a neck under Kendrick Carmouche.
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May 22, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
With the Triple Crown not at stake in the Belmont Stakes, a slew of potential contenders have emerged for the 1 1/2-mile race June 10 in New York. A field of as many as 13 is possible. Expected to run: Hemingway's Key: Trainer Nick Zito was encouraged by his third-place finish in the Preakness, his first time hitting the board in five starts. "He had a lot of energy, that horse; he's wild," Zito said. "He rebounded nicely [Saturday]. That was exactly what I wanted to see. " Derby horses: Five horses who ran in the Kentucky Derby but skipped the Preakness will likely run in the Belmont - Bluegrass Cat (second)
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August 27, 2006 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before the 137th Travers Stakes was even over, jockey Javier Castellano was pointing down to his horse and making a pointed gesture, raising his index finger. That gesture seemed intended for more than the 40,785 appreciative fans at Saratoga Racetrack, and needed little interpreting: Bernardini is on top of the horse-racing world right now, after a powerhouse performance yesterday. "I wanted to tell the people to recognize that he is a special horse," Castellano said later.
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June 11, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was only fitting that here, in Manhattan's shadows, the 138th Belmont Stakes played out like the classic Broadway myth: When the established star broke a leg and couldn't go on, a new one emerged from the back of the chorus. Jazil, fourth behind the now-hobbled Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby, put his and his 18-year-old jockey's names in lights yesterday with a stirring last-to-first performance that won raves as well as the Triple Crown's 1 1/2-mile finale. Positioned perfectly by Fernando Jara, the Panamanian teenager who became the youngest jockey to win the Belmont since Steve Cauthen in 1978, Jazil's journey from relative obscurity to top billing transpired quickly, in the span of Belmont Park's enormous last turn.
NEWS
May 19, 2010
Firepole tops Par Four Stakes at Delaware Park INQUIRER REPORT Dogwood Stable's Firepole tops the field in the $50,000 Par Four Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The 4½-furlong event has attracted a lineup of eight 2-year-olds. In his only career start, Firepole posted a half length triumph in a 4½-furlong Keeneland maiden race on April 8. Jeremy Rose gets the call on the New York-bred son of Hook and Ladder, and 9/5 morning-line favorite, trained by George Weaver.
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July 14, 2013
It could be the start of something exciting when Tell a Great Story and Ile St. Molly meet in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park in Saturday's eighth race (4:45 p.m. post). Tell a Great Story defeated Ile St. Molly by only a nose in the mile-and-70-yard $75,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park on June 15, Tell a Great Story almost did not survive her birth on April 5, 2010. The home-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat was born tiny and unable to breath. She was termed a "dummy foal" because of her inability to feed from her mother after birth and was nursed to health by her handlers.
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May 19, 2010
Firepole tops Par Four Stakes at Delaware Park INQUIRER REPORT Dogwood Stable's Firepole tops the field in the $50,000 Par Four Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The 4½-furlong event has attracted a lineup of eight 2-year-olds. In his only career start, Firepole posted a half length triumph in a 4½-furlong Keeneland maiden race on April 8. Jeremy Rose gets the call on the New York-bred son of Hook and Ladder, and 9/5 morning-line favorite, trained by George Weaver.
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May 13, 2010 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - In 2007, 37,337 foals were born in North America. When 2010 began, several hundred were being pointed for the Kentucky Derby. On May 1, 20 were in the starting gate. And Super Saver was first to the wire. If you go back to when Maria's Mon was bred to Supercharger, that Derby moment was 4 years in the making. On Saturday, 2 weeks after the moment of a lifetime for a thoroughbred owner/breeder, the same colt, if he is to continue in play for the elusive Triple Crown, must run in the Preakness at Pimlico.
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August 1, 2008 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once again it looks too easy. Big Brown, who appeared certain to become the 12th Triple Crown winner June 7, will seek to rebound from his abysmal last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes when he faces six ordinary rivals in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park (ESPN Classic, TVG, ESPNews, post 6:14 p.m.). Trained by the ultra-confident Rick Dutrow, Big Brown was perfect in five starts heading into the Belmont Stakes but was exhausted by the far turn before being pulled up in the stretch by Kent Desormeaux, who will be aboard him again Sunday.
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August 6, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Todd Pletcher has been the most dominating trainer in horse racing for years, and he probably offered a Breeders' Cup Classic preview yesterday at Monmouth Park when Any Given Saturday crushed six opponents in the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Just two months after saddling the first filly to capture the Belmont Stakes in 102 years - Rags to Riches - Pletcher again gave Preakness winner Curlin a setback with the rapidly developing Any Given Saturday, who cruised home by 4 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez.
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August 3, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense awaits the Travers later this month at Saratoga, the remaining strength of the division will clash Sunday at Monmouth Park in the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Preakness winner Curlin is the even-money favorite in an outstanding field of eight 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Curlin, who began his career at Gulfstream Park in February, finished third in the Kentucky Derby and failed by a head to the filly Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes, his last start, on June 9. "The main reason we're running is the Breeders' Cup is our main objective," trainer Steve Asmussen said of the $5 million Classic on Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
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April 29, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the return of live racing and pleasant weather, Delaware Park was crowded yesterday on the first of 137 programs scheduled this season. Although the eight thoroughbred races included only 45 starters, the featured $75,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes offered a blanket finish won by extreme long shot Travel Plans. Owned by the Liberty Stable and trained by Sandra Slivka, the 23-1 Travel Plans held off repeated challenges down the stretch to prevail by a neck under Kendrick Carmouche.
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August 28, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Bluegrass Cat is the latest 3-year-old colt forced into retirement by injury. The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes runner-up, who also finished second to Bernardini in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga, broke a bone in his right hind leg and was retired. The injury is not considered serious, according to trainer Todd Pletcher. It was not detected after the Travers, but Bluegrass Cat was lame in his stall yesterday morning. The fracture was found through precautionary X-rays.
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August 27, 2006 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before the 137th Travers Stakes was even over, jockey Javier Castellano was pointing down to his horse and making a pointed gesture, raising his index finger. That gesture seemed intended for more than the 40,785 appreciative fans at Saratoga Racetrack, and needed little interpreting: Bernardini is on top of the horse-racing world right now, after a powerhouse performance yesterday. "I wanted to tell the people to recognize that he is a special horse," Castellano said later.
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August 15, 2006 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two summers ago, Gary Birzer was aboard Lil Bit of Rouge in an otherwise forgettable race at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va., when the filly broke down and fell, sending the 27-year-old jockey crashing to the ground. Birzer was paralyzed from the waist down because of injuries to his neck, back and spinal cord. What he did not know was that he was not covered by a catastrophic-injury insurance policy and that his debacle would be the catalyst that has spurred hundreds of other jockeys to seek adequate protection.
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