August 7, 2006 |
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.
June 8, 2006 |
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.
August 28, 2006 |
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.
February 19, 2006 |
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.
August 3, 2007 |
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.
April 29, 2007 |
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.
May 22, 2006 |
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)
August 27, 2006 |
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.
June 11, 2006 |
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.
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.