May 3, 1991 |
And . . . they're off! Tomorrow is Kentucky Derby Day, and there is an outdoor betting, eating, drinking and socializing party planned at Penn Center, right behind the Turf Club, Center City's off-track betting center in the 1600 block of Market Street. It will cost $1 to get under the big striped tent, where you can hear live Dixieland music and buy mint julips, beer, hot dogs, ice cream, sandwiches, popcorn and pretzels. (Sit-down dining is available inside the club.) There will be racing all day, and you can watch and/or participate in the action through TV monitors and betting machines.
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.
May 7, 2005 |
One year ago, Stewart Elliott sat in the jockeys' room at Churchill Downs, waiting for the chance to make Kentucky Derby history aboard a colt named Smarty Jones. Elliott, who is scheduled to ride in seven races at Delaware Park today, said he was surprisingly composed before the 130th Derby. But when he entered the track and the band played "My Old Kentucky Home," it "really hit me," he recalled yesterday. "Believe it or not, I felt more pressure before the Arkansas Derby.
September 5, 2000 |
In its first life as Keystone, the track on Street Road in Bensalem was thought of as a factory where horses ran. When it was renamed Philadelphia Park in the mid-1980s, nothing really changed. It was bought and sold a few times. If it wasn't a complete dump, it was close. If there was any ambience, nobody noticed. In a few weeks when a massive renovation on the second floor of the grandstand is complete, the track will have finished a quick face-lift that is nothing short of amazing.
March 12, 1994 |
Some 40 miles north of here at an obscure thoroughbred training track along a road of tomato fields and one-pump gas stations, last year's 2-year-old male champion and one-time Kentucky Derby favorite stands in his padded stall with three steel screws in the cannon bone of his right rear leg. They were placed there Tuesday at a horse clinic in nearby Pompano Beach while the colt was suspended for two hours on a hydraulic table. A specialist who was flown in from Colorado performed the delicate operation in an attempt to save the colt's racing career.
July 10, 1998 |
After all the wiring, bolting, greasing and polishing by Camden youths, what they had all been working toward finally arrived: soapbox derby day. Yesterday's event began on Mickle Boulevard and was to have been preceded by a parade. The derby was sponsored by the city to engage youths in a productive summer activity.
May 6, 1990 |
Five weeks ago, Pat Day had his choice of mounts for the Kentucky Derby. He had a soft spot in his heart for Unbridled, but Summer Squall was improving fast. Day's phenomenal success at Churchill Downs - he is the winningest rider in history here - puts him in position to pick and choose his mounts. Day declined to follow his heart. He chose Summer Squall, Craig Perret got Unbridled. And, as a result, Day made racing history yesterday, becoming the first rider to finish second three consecutive times in the 116 years of the Kentucky Derby.
May 3, 2007
Drinking mint juleps may be the ultimate Derby day ritual. But as my waitress at funky Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville recently put it: "We only drink juleps once a year. " Lynn's decadent Bourbon Ball milkshakes, on the other hand: "All the time. " I took one frozen sip of this vanilla whip of ice cream, walnuts, bourbon and chocolate chips, and I knew exactly what she meant. It was like sipping a cold ice cream truffle through a straw, sweet but deceptively potent. It was not unlike the ubiquitous bourbon ball chocolates that Kentucky is famous for, but it was even better.
September 7, 2005 |
Philadelphia Park starter Russell "Rusty" Downes will face "internal disciplinary and economic sanctions" after leaving a filly behind the starting gate in Monday's Pennsylvania Oaks. Downes, 65, has dispatched runners from the gate for 35 years at numerous tracks but had never left one behind until Private Gift was ignored while five other runners were sent on their way in the $100,000 stakes race. "I blew it. It's my own fault," Downes said yesterday. "I just made a mistake, but it doesn't make the pain any less.
December 11, 2007 |
Breeders' Cup officials apparently liked the idea of the three new races on Friday so much that they decided to double it for the next Cup on Oct. 24-25 at Saint Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. So, there will be six races on Friday and eight on Saturday with total purses of $25.5 million. The new races are a $1 million Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up at 6 1/2 furlongs, a $1 million grass race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 mile and a $500,000 Dirt Marathon for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a half.