April 30, 2013
Parx Racing will resume live racing Friday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. There also will be early wagering on Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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.
June 15, 2012 |
WHEN UNION RAGS finished his 2-year-old season, the colt did not need to earn any more money to get a spot in the Kentucky Derby. Under a new points system announced Thursday by Churchill Downs to determine the now-normal 20-horse Derby field, 2-year-old form will be much less relevant. The system does not include races at less than a mile or races restricted to fillies. Instead of the old graded stakes earnings that could be won in 185 races worldwide, points can be earned in only 36 stakes races, only one on grass.
June 10, 2012
The True North Handicap Belmont Park, Race 7 - Post 3:15 $400,000 (G II), 3 y.o. & up, 6 furlongs 1. Pacific Ocean. . . Joel Rosario. . . 5-1 2. Crossbow. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 12-1 3. Smiling Tiger. . . Mike Smith. . . 5-2 4. Hamazing Destiny. . . Corey Nakatani. . . 8-1 5. Royal Currier. . . Rajiv Maragh. . . 12-1 6. Giant Ryan. . . Willie Martinez. . . 3-1 7. Caixa Eletronica. . . Javier Castellano. . . 4-1 8. Justin Phillip.
May 8, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, barely 12 hours after a Kentucky Derby that had been six months in the planning went very wrong in less than a second. Michael Matz was walking a horse named Welcome Dance around the Barn 42 shedrow, passing a sedate Union Rags, peering out from his stall. As he rounded the corner, Matz called back over his shoulder: "We did everything we wanted except the last two minutes, and that was the part we couldn't help. " In horse racing, you can be prepared, organized, and make rational decisions.
May 8, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, barely 12 hours after a Kentucky Derby that had been 6 months in the planning went very wrong in less than a second. Michael Matz was walking a horse named Welcome Dance around the Barn 42 shedrow, passing a sedate Union Rags, peering out from his stall. As he rounded the corner, Matz called back over his shoulder: "We did everything we wanted except the last 2 minutes and that was the part we couldn't help. " In horse racing, you can be prepared, organized and make rational decisions.
May 7, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - From a sixth-floor balcony above the finish line at Churchill Downs, Chadds Ford's Phyllis Wyeth strained to find her horse through her binoculars as the field of the 138th Kentucky Derby passed by the first time. Wyeth's view was partially obstructed, and maybe that was for the best. She asked her husband, where is he? "Way back there," Jamie Wyeth said when he finally spotted Union Rags. " Way back there. " His odds of winning had evaporated before Union Rags even got running.
May 5, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They've been running the Kentucky Oaks, the most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies, as long as they have run the Kentucky Derby, so history was made Friday in the race's 138th edition at Churchill Downs as Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Oaks. Believe You Can, a 13-1 shot, won for Delaware Park-based trainer Larry Jones, defeating Broadway's Alibi by three-quarters of a length. Parx-based Grace Hall continued her streak of always hitting the board, finishing third for trainer Tony Dutrow, 21/2 lengths back.
May 4, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jamie Wyeth stood off to the side of the grassy plot outside Barn 42, hard by Longfield Avenue, silently sketching the crowd watching the colt his wife owns taking a bath. If one scene could describe the Kentucky Derby experience, that would be it. "It's amazing interest," Wyeth said. "It sure is a distance from my studio and my world. " The Wyeths had just been trackside at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning watching Union Rags take one of his final morning gallops before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.