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May 9, 2008
AFTER reading the "Triumph & Tragedy" headline in your sports section, I think that too often the media dilutes the true meaning of the word. Heartbreaking as it may be, a horse having to be humanely euthanized following a racing injury is no tragedy. An officer murdered as he stepped out of his patrol car, that's a true tragedy. A police department faced with its third funeral for a murdered officer in less then two years, that's a tragedy. A husband gone, a father murdered and a friend to many lost, that's a tragedy.
SPORTS
July 11, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Detroit's Prince Fielder became only the second player to win multiple titles in the all-star Home Run Derby, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with eight splash shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto's Jose Bautista, 12-7, in the final on Monday night. On a night when the Yankees' Robinson Cano was repeatedly booed and went homerless, Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball's big boppers. Winner at St. Louis' Busch Stadium three years ago, Fielder hit a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event on the eve of the All-Star Game, hitting the long drive of the night at 476 feet into the water.
SPORTS
July 4, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard and Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz will be the headliners in the all-star home-run derby Monday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Also from the National League will be David Wright of the New York Mets. Carlos Lee of the Milwaukee Brewers decided yesterday not to participate. Ortiz will be joined on the American League team by Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox and Troy Glaus of the Toronto Blue Jays. Three more players will be added to complete the field.
SPORTS
July 8, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chase Utley isn't a big hoopla guy, so it is a bit surprising that he will be participating in Monday's home-run derby at Yankee Stadium. But, hey, they asked. "I pondered it a little bit," Utley said. "I think it's going to be something fun. I think it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially being the last year for Yankee Stadium. I don't really consider myself a home-run hitter, but it's one day. It's basically one round of batting practice. "You adjust it a little bit. I don't think it'll affect my swing.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
July 12, 2011 | Associated Press
PHOENIX - Robinson Cano outslugged Adrian Gonzalez last night to win the All-Star Home Run Derby that turned into a Yankees-Red Sox showdown at Chase Field. Batting last and being pitched to by his father, Cano defeated Gonzalez, 12-11, in the finals after they each hit 20 home runs through two rounds. Again highlighting the dangers of trying to catch a ball at a big-league ballpark, a fan standing on a table above the pool deck, Keith Carmickle of suburban Kingman, fell over trying to catch a Prince Fielder homer.
SPORTS
September 8, 1998 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jockey Heberto Castillo Jr. knew the holiday winds and rain were a good sign for him. "I rode earlier in the day at Delaware, and when I heard it was stormy [in Philadelphia], I was happy," Castillo said yesterday. "I knew my horse loved a wet track. " By the time Castillo's mount in the $250,000 Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds, Rock And Roll, went to the post at 5:39 p.m., the track at Philadelphia Park was listed as fast, but it was still holding more moisture than normal.
SPORTS
September 7, 1998 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Derby has never been a showcase for local talent. Only two area-based horses have won Pennsylvania's richest race in its 19 runnings. But there is a decent chance for a Philadelphia Park-based runner to win the $250,000 (Grade III) event for 3-year-olds this afternoon, when Frankford native Bob Robbins saddles Black Blade against 11 opponents in one of the most wide open renewals of the Derby. Thomas Jo, Texas-bred by a sire with a $1,000 stud fee, is the favorite, with his only loss in six outings this year being a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (Grade I)
NEWS
May 20, 2007 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
First there was Northern California, where the annual three-day Kinetic Sculpture Race began in 1969, the summer of the legendary Woodstock Festival. Then there was the American Visionary Art Museum, which began its 15-mile Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race in 1999. Yesterday, Philadelphia, the city of firsts, clinked and clunked its way into history. A bit late. It was the first Kinetic Sculpture Derby, an hour-long parade of eight bicycle-based contraptions through three miles of the streets of Kensington.
SPORTS
July 5, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - If Major League Baseball comes asking Ryan Howard to participate in this year's home-run derby, the Phillies slugger will politely decline. "I'm going to shut it down," Howard said. Citing the need to relax, Howard said he will not participate in the derby. He had been in three of the last four derbies, winning in 2006. With Howard out of the picture and Chase Utley injured, it's the first time since 2003 a Phillies player will not be a contestant in the derby.
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June 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING - The two top sluggers in all of minor-league baseball took the field this week for batting practice, and Rhys Hoskins made an observation to Dylan Cozens. "Man, I just feel like a better hitter here," Hoskins said to Cozens. "I don't know what it is. " Cozens and Hoskins - the heart of double-A Reading's potent lineup - each entered Friday with 19 home runs, tied for the minor-league lead. Their 38 combined home runs were the second-most by any two teammates in professional baseball, trailing only the 39 homers from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies.
SPORTS
May 20, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - When a really good horse wins the Kentucky Derby, that horse rarely loses the Preakness. See American Pharoah, California Chrome, Big Brown and Smarty Jones, as examples this century. I wasn't ready to put Nyquist in their class before the Derby. I am now. If you think Exaggerator was eventually going to pass Nyquist, think again. If you kept watching past the wire, you noticed the final margin actually increased as the horses galloped to the first turn. Exaggerator's jockey, Kent Desormeaux, said he lost momentum on his late runner heading into the far turn.
SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Derby is a unique race, and simple analysis will not do. Every clue must be examined with a magnifying glass. But sometimes it is quite simple: Just identify the most accomplished horse, ignore all the noise, sit back, and watch the show. A strong case could have been made that Nyquist was the most accomplished horse to enter the Derby since the three Triple Crown winners of the 1970s - unbeaten in seven starts, 2-year-old champion, victorious on both coasts, Breeders' Cup winner.
SPORTS
May 5, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Post positions rarely matter except at tracks where certain styles are winning more than normal. They also matter in the Kentucky Derby because there are 20 horses in two gates and it is the Derby where everything matters. Nyquist, the unbeaten 3-1 morning-line favorite drew post 13, just one spot from the end of the main gate. The other six horses will be in the auxiliary gate. Nyquist's trainer Doug O'Neill was not unhappy with the post, but was more interested in the horses outside Nyquist, especially the likely pacesetter, the very fast Danzing Candy who drew the 20 post.
SPORTS
September 21, 2015 | By Joe DePaolo, For The Inquirer
Undoubtedly, most of those in attendance Saturday for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing were disappointed that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah wasn't in the field. Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Frosted, was not among them. Frosted, who's been defeated by American Pharoah in three of his last four starts, got a chance Saturday to show what he could do in a race without the champ. He turned back eight less-accomplished rivals to capture the million-dollar event.
SPORTS
September 20, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
It just was not meant for Bob Baffert to have a horse in the 2015 Pennsylvania Derby. After nearly luring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah with a months-long fullcourt press, Parx director of racing Sam Elliott got a nice consolation prize when Baffert entered Gimme Da Lute, a winner of four consecutive Southern California stakes. Gimme Da Lute was flown to Allentown Tuesday and arrived on the Parx backstretch with top Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes early that evening. Unfortunately, the colt will not run in today's $1 million Pa. Derby.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
TWO WEEKS AGO, Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, got a text from Bob Baffert saying "get ready. " Before he began to hyperventilate, Elliott read the rest of the message and then called Baffert. It would really help, Baffert said, if the Pennsylvania Derby could be moved to Sept. 26. In any other year, the Pa. Derby probably would have been scheduled for Sept. 26 anyway. This was not any year, not with Pope Francis coming to town that day. Imagine. The Triple Crown winner this Saturday, the pope next Saturday.
SPORTS
August 6, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tweeting about the future plans of American Pharoah, owner Ahmed Zayat couldn't have been more clear this week: "No Penn derby. " Things can change, this is horse racing, but the tweet obviously seemed to close the door on the Triple Crown winner coming to the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19 at Parx Racing. Zayat confirmed Tuesday that the Aug. 29 Travers at Saratoga is the preferred destination after American Pharoah had won Sunday's Haskell in electrifying fashion. On Saturday, the New York Racing Association had announced the purse for the Travers would be raised from $1.25 million to $1.6 million if Pharoah runs in it. "Horse always comes first," Zayat tweeted Tuesday, suggesting that there are no firm plans until trainer Bob Baffert sees how Pharoah comes out of the Haskell.
NEWS
July 28, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
DONLETTA BOLDS had heard her next-door neighbors quarreling before. It wasn't a smooth relationship. But the ruckus that awakened Bolds after midnight yesterday morning sounded different from past fights - much more serious. "It didn't sound like it usually sounds. She was telling him to stop," Bolds said from her front stoop yesterday afternoon. "One scream woke me up. " What Bolds heard was Stephen Burton allegedly rampaging through the West Oak Lane rowhouse with a knife, repeatedly slashing his wife, Danecia Berrian, a Philadelphia elementary-school teacher and a former standout Liberty Belles roller-derby skater known as "Nina Knockout.
SPORTS
June 17, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY Day 2014 was the biggest in Parx Racing/Philadelphia Park/Keystone history when a Kentucky Derby winner ran there for the first time after winning the Derby. The 2015 Pa. Derby will be way bigger, if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah makes his final pre-Breeders' Cup start at Parx on Sept. 19. Sam Elliott, Parx's director of racing, was at Churchill Downs Saturday morning and, after training hours, spent 45 minutes huddled with American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert in his Barn 33 office.
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