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May 3, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 28, 2004 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 1, 1997 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 25, 2007 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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May 6, 2000 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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!"
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September 6, 1990 | By David McClendon, Special to The Inquirer
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?"
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May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 5, 1990 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.)
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November 3, 1988 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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May 6, 1988 | By Russ Harris, Special to The Inquirer
It has been raining in Louisville this week, and every trainer with a horse in tomorrow's 114th Kentucky Derby will be asked two dozen times whether his horse can handle a muddy track. But mud is unlikely for the Derby unless there is a heavy rain on Derby Day. The racing strip at Churchill Downs dries out so quickly that the track has been fast for the last 17 runnings of the Derby. There hasn't been a muddy track in the Derby since 1958, when Tim Tam won for Calumet Farm.
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May 5, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
The Derby is not run for Mitt Romney's "47 percent," even if many of them jam the infield and sell all those mint juleps and corn dogs. It is run for the swells who cram the boxes high above the race track, throwing $100 bills at mutuel tellers like revelers tossing confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It is decadent and depraved and outrageous, with women decked out in hats that look like skyscrapers and men willing to part with their senses...
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May 3, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 2, 2013 | By Mike Farrell, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Normandy Invasion, runner-up in the Wood Memorial, is named for the pivotal Allied assault in World War II. Rick Porter, the colt's owner, decided he could do more to honor that effort than simply naming a horse. He has arranged for four veterans of that campaign to join him at the Derby. "Three of them were on the beaches for the D-Day invasion," said Porter, a Wilmington native who has two-second place finishes in the Derby with Hard Spun (2007) and Eight Belles (2008)
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May 5, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the sun first popped over the trees at Churchill Downs on Friday, Union Rags galloped for the last time before Saturday's 138th Kentucky Derby. "I think he's in good form right now," trainer Michael Matz said a little later in the morning outside Barn 42, the same spot where Matz once stabled the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro. Of his latest Derby horse, the 9-2 second choice in the morning line, owned by Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Matz said, "I think he's ready to run. . . . We've been a little bit harder on him since the Florida Derby, getting him peaked a little bit more.
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May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 4, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 14, 2010
BALTIMORE - Turning opinions into money at the track is definitely an art. There is some science, but one better have an imagination, a really good memory and the courage to back up any conclusions with cold, hard cash. What worked yesterday often does not work tomorrow. Which brings us to tomorrow's Preakness. If you just looked at the cold, hard results, you would have to pick Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver again. After all, he won the race by 2 1/2 lengths. The horses that finished second, fourth and fifth are not at Pimlico.
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May 13, 2009 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not easy to top a gigantic, rolling, orange octopus made out of bicycles that will still fit under the El in Kensington, but Erik Silverson and wife Hedy Sirico are determined. And in this eccentrically gritty neighborhood, where new hipster greets old rowhouse, this is a serious task undertaken in deep secrecy, where on Saturday, in a cobblestone-jarring ride through the streets, they plan to outdo Octavishnu, the celebrated entry from 2008's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby - the ultimate imprint of the newcomers on the old neighborhood.
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April 28, 2009 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In recent years, Larry Jones has had such a string of fine racehorses, and his share of days when fate wasn't so kind to him at the track . . . he's not about to start boasting now. After finishing second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby with Hard Spun and second again in last year's Kentucky Derby with the ill-fated Eight Belles, the Delaware Park-based trainer feels - make that, knows - he has another top contender in Saturday's 135th Run for the...
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April 25, 2007 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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