October 7, 2011 |
IT WILL BE 6 years next spring when our string of Triple Crown race winners ended in the Preakness with Barbaro's devastating injury. From the 2004 Kentucky Derby through the 2006 Derby, local horses won five of the seven Triple Crown races and lost the other two by 1 length. That was two each of Derby and Preakness and one Belmont Stakes for Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex and Barbaro. It began with no warning and ended the same way. A bit after 5:15 tomorrow afternoon on the western tip of Long Island, the next colt that could get Philly to the Derby runs in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
September 25, 2011 |
To Honor and Serve, considered among the nation's top Kentucky Derby prospects earlier this year, continued his climb toward the top of the current 3-year-old crop when he dominated eight opponents in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Saturday at Parx Racing. Ruler On Ice, this year's 24-1 upset winner of the Belmont Stakes, rallied powerfully to finish second, 21/4 lengths behind the winner and 31/2 lengths before Rattlesnake Bridge. Arthur's Tale, J W Blue, Norman Asbjornson, the pacesetting Rush Now, Pender Harbour, and Isn't He Perfect followed in that order.
June 25, 2011 |
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, was looking to return to normal as racing resumed last night following a Wednesday tornado that hit the barn area of the track in Louisville, Ky. Thursday's race card was canceled and will not be made up, but track officials said yesterday that additional races would be added to next week's programs to make up the nine lost races. Hitting just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, the tornado had estimated wind speeds of up to 105 mph as it hit the track before later strengthening to as much as 120 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
June 24, 2011 |
Former Southern California football player Lonnie White says he took $14,000 in illegal payments during his 4-year career in the 1980s, mostly by selling game tickets allotted to scholarship players. White made the admission Wednesday in a first-person story for The Daily , an online publication. He was a sports writer at the Los Angeles Times from 1987 to 2008. White was a receiver and special-teams player at USC, where he played under John Robinson and Ted Tollner from 1982-86.
April 2, 2009 |
Horse racing fans may hear the bugler's "Call to the Post" under the lights for the first time at Churchill Downs. The home of the Kentucky Derby is hoping to bring in temporary lights to experiment with 3 nights of racing for the upcoming spring meet. Churchill is seeking approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which meets next Tuesday. Track spokesman John Asher said yesterday that Churchill wants to "test the waters" with nighttime racing June 19 and June 26 - both Fridays - and Thursday, July 2. First post would be 6 p.m., and the 11 races each night would continue until about 11 p.m., he said.
March 3, 2009 |
Nearly a year after the first fatal injury at America's most famous horse race, Churchill Downs announced yesterday it is beefing up safety requirements ahead of this year's Kentucky Derby. The company is enacting more than 20 changes, ranging from enhanced drug testing to limits on whips and racing ages, in time for the start of the spring meet at its signature track in Louisville, Ky. Other Churchill-owned tracks, including Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, will follow by next year.
January 16, 2008
On Jan. 29, it will have been a year since 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after being so badly injured in the Preakness. Since Barbaro died, the colt's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have mulled where they would like to place Barbaro's ashes. Gretchen said yesterday they are getting close to a decision, but are not ready to reveal which way they might be leaning. Churchill Downs, where the colt was so dazzling in the Derby, is one logical destination, especially if the Jacksons want the public to have access to the site.
May 6, 2007
Notes LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The saddle Edgar Prado rode when he took Barbaro to victory in the Kentucky Derby now belongs to the colt's owners. "Well, it's Edgar's saddle; he just used it on Barbaro," co-owner Gretchen Jackson said after a book signing Saturday at Churchill Downs. "We just love the idea that it's going to be back with us. " The saddle was sold for $220,000 on Friday, and the money will go to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund. Gretchen Jackson and her husband, Roy, claimed the saddle after some backroom negotiations with Dwight Manley, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild.
May 2, 2007 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rick Porter, owner of Kentucky Derby contender Hard Spun, shook his head yesterday morning as he stood just outside Hard Spun's stall at Barn 41 at Churchill Downs. What did Monday's blazing workout take out of his 3-year-old colt? Not much that Porter could see. "He wants to go to the track bad," the car dealer from Wilmington said, laughing. "I mean, he ate everything last night, licked the tub. He's raising hell. This morning, he was running around back here, he didn't even want to graze.