September 23, 2014 |
WHEN PARX RACING management made the decisions to move the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby to later in September, institute a bonus system and couple the track's signature race with the Cotillion Stakes to make it an "event," even the most optimistic never could have envisioned a day like Saturday. A glorious final Saturday of summer, parking lots overflowing, the grounds definitely more crowded than they have been in years. (There is no admission so there is no way to know how many people were there.)
May 3, 2013 |
LONGTIME Daily News sports writer Stan Hochman has a stable full of great stories about the Kentucky Derby, including a dandy from the first one he covered. We'll get to that in a minute. For the second year in a row, Hochman will headline a charity benefit on Derby Day at the Paramour restaurant in the Wayne Hotel in Wayne, Pa. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. and guests are encouraged to dress as if they were attending the Derby at Churchill Downs - plenty of ostentatious hats, hold the manure.
April 28, 2004 |
Early yesterday morning, John Servis was in a hurry to get to Churchill Downs. But the Philadelphia Park-based trainer of Derby darling Smarty Jones couldn't leave his rented Kentucky home until he found the only set of house keys. After an exhaustive search, his wife, Sherry, finally unearthed them . . . stuck in the front door, left there overnight. "The pressure must be building," Servis said. That would be the only sign so far. Even longtimers here are commenting on how one of the coolest guys on the grounds going into Saturday's race seems to be a first-time Derby trainer and Bensalem resident who yesterday wore a blue cap with the words Pennsylvania's Smarty Jones, The Real Philadelphia Flyer.
September 1, 1997 |
The Phillies and the New York Yankees have a historic encounter today at Veterans Stadium, but Yankees owner George Steinbrenner will be at Philadelphia Park late this afternoon to see his Universe compete in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Derby. Frisk Me Now, winner of the Flamingo and the Ohio Derby this season, is likely to be a solid favorite in the 19th running of the Grade 3 Derby. None of his seven opponents has ever won a graded stake. Bob Durso trains Frisk Me Now for his wife, Carol Dender, and they have seen their $18,000 purchase earn $517,695 with four victories in 16 career starts.
April 25, 2007 |
It just happened this way, but it is hard not to see providence at work when Kentucky Derby Week will start off Sunday at Delaware Park with a celebration by hundreds of Barbaro fans on the occasion of what would have been the 2006 Derby winner's fourth birthday. The FOB (Fans of Barbaro) will gather in the Grove at DelPark at around noon. Barbaro's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, said they plan to be there during the day. A number of events are planned, culminating with NBC's showing of its Barbaro documentary late in the afternoon.
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," Jamie said. "It sure is a distance from my studio and my world. " The Wyeths had just been trackside at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning watching Union Rags take one of his final morning gallops before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
May 6, 2000 |
Derby Day. This town - pronounced correctly, it's LOO-ah-vul - has practically shut down. The city has become one big rotating party. An empty hotel room cannot be found. There is hardly a vacant restaurant table. It is time to bet, drink and act silly. No legitimate nonessential business would admit being open for the last two days. Everyone - everyone - is acting like a child. A man rolling a cooler down a sidewalk yesterday suddenly jumped, kicked his heels in the air and shouted "YEEEOOOWEE!"
September 6, 1990 |
Ernie and Rene McAlphin stood by the railing along the race track at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem on Labor Day in eager anticipation of the day's big race. Summer Squall, the Preakness winner, was the featured attraction at the track's Pennsylvania Derby, but the McAlphin's 4-year-old daughter, Jennifer, had other things on her mind. Perched atop her father's broad shoulders, Jennifer, dressed in a pink-and- white sun dress, appeared very bored even during the big race. After all the screaming was over, Jennifer gently slapped her father's face and asked, "Daddy, can I go back to feeding the goats?"
May 5, 1990 |
Mister Frisky, the hero of Puerto Rico, will attempt to add America's greatest racing prize to his string of victories here today in the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Florida-bred colt, whose parents never won a stakes race, will be the first undefeated Derby champion since Seattle Slew if he can beat a competitive field of 14 rivals led by the 7-5 early-line favorite, Summer Squall. Partly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of rain have been forecast for Derby Day. The temperature is expected to hit a high of 65. Post time is 5:32 (Channels 6, 7, 4:30 p.m.)
November 3, 1988 |
This Ohio River town is full. Everybody who is anybody in thoroughbred racing is here, and just about every racehorse who was any horse at all in 1988 is in a stable somewhere at Churchill Downs - Winning Colors, Personal Ensign, Easy Goer, Sunshine Forever, Alysheba, Forty Niner . . . 83 in all. This is the Breeders' Cup, coming to you wherever you are on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. It's the richest day in racing, $10 million in purses, and it...