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 5, 2013 |
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...
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.
May 2, 2013 |
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)
May 5, 2012 |
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.
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 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.
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.
May 13, 2009 |
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.
April 28, 2009 |
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...