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.
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.
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.
October 4, 1997 |
Proud Run, who has won all three of her appearances at Philadelphia Park by a total of 26 lengths, is the likely favorite for this afternoon's $150,000 Cotillion Handicap for 3-year-old fillies. Owned and bred by Katharine Merryman in Maryland, Proud Run began her career at the Bensalem track last Dec. 22 with a 10-length romp over maiden claimers and followed with an 11 1/2-length score in a $20,000 claiming test. That was the last time the Richard Hendriks-trained daughter of Proud Truth raced with a price tag on her head.
August 31, 2003 |
While many of the most talented thoroughbreds are competing at Philadelphia Park tomorrow on Pennsylvania Derby day, the less-fortunate runners will also be the focus of attention from many horse lovers. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, founded in 1982, will hold a silent auction and raffle adjacent to the paddock to benefit the hundreds of retired racehorses under the care of the nonprofit organization. Scores of items will be available for bidding from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The auction items will include photographs of major events, such as Secretariat running in the Preakness and the 1977 Garden State track fire, plus clothing, posters and prints, plates and mugs.
May 7, 2013 |
Normandy Invasion, who finished fourth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and Vyjack, who was 18th, were added Monday to the list of potential candidates for the Preakness Stakes. Orb, who won the Derby over a sloppy track, will run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. "Originally, I threw the Preakness out," Normandy Invasion's trainer, Chad Brown, said Monday, "but he's come out of the race so well that I'm at least going to remain neutral on the topic until I can see the horse go back to the track and get a gauge on his energy level and his soundness.
November 5, 1994 |
Forget Derby Day. Derby Day is nice and festive and the mint juleps are good and it's fun to dress up in the plaid jackets and pastel pants and big hats, but on Derby Day there is only one race worth anything. It's Breeders' Cup Day here at Churchill Downs (Channel 3, 1 p.m.), and there is not just one horse race. There are seven races, and each one is worth at least $1 million. The entire purse is $10 million. So if there aren't mint juleps and if fancy hats are scarce, that's all right, because there are lots of fancy horses from the United States and Europe.
September 3, 2000 |
When former claimer Thelastcrusade became the first gelding and locally owned horse to win the Pennsylvania Derby in 1992, he was the pride of the Philadelphia Park backstretch, rejuvenating respect for runners at the Bensalem track. But five years later, Thelastcrusade broke down in an $18,000 claiming race at Philadelphia Park, suffering a tendon injury that ended his career, which included 16 victories from 41 starts, with $288,000 in earnings. Thelastcrusade, a handsome bay gelding with a white star on his forehead, could have endured the same fate that hundreds of racehorses suffer each year - a trip to the slaughterhouse.
May 4, 1992 |
Lil E. Tee's win in the Kentucky Derby was one for the home team. Trainer Lynn Whiting and jockey Pat Day are synonymous with Churchill Downs and its winner's circle. When Day walked back to the jockeys' room after a series of postrace interviews, the crowd screamed out his name. "The Derby with my name on it" that Day so often talked about finally was real. "Words can't begin to describe what I feel or what's going on inside my head and my body right now," Day said. "I'm ecstatic.
November 3, 1986 |
Former President Gerald Ford presented the trophy for the eighth race Saturday, the one after the Breeders' Cup races were done. The event has arrived. A Santa Anita crowd of 69,155 bet an American record $15,410,409 on the seven Breeders' Cup races and two other stakes, surpassing the old record (set at Churchill Downs on Derby day this year) by nearly $2.3 million. Simulcast betting around the country accounted for nearly $20 million more, making the total bet on the races an astounding $35 million.