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.
May 26, 2015 |
This Memorial Day story from 30 years ago was so surreal that it still seems too fantastic to be true. You can also find a lot of people who will tell you the financing involved makes it a sad story rather than a happy one. Regardless, it was an amazing sequence of events that culminated with a horse's run for the money after winning the Run for the Roses. A horseman and Wall Street investor from Newark, N.J. had this vision of a glamorous racetrack in the middle of South Jersey where all the great thoroughbreds would come to run. It would be built on the same ground in Cherry Hill that had housed Garden State Park from 1942 until April 14, 1977, the date a massive fire killed three people and turned the grandstand into ashes.
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.
May 2, 2012 |
JAMIE WYETH left school in sixth grade, so, in his formative years, he interacted far more with animals than people. "I spent a lot of time alone; I left school to be tutored," the 65-year-old artist said last week. "So most of my companions were animals. It's as simple as that. I knew more animals than I did people. " He was talking about his life on the porch outside the throwback home he shares with his wife Phyllis at the glorious Point Lookout in Chadds Ford, the land spreading out below almost as far as the eye can see, the rolling Brandywine Creek and a railroad track sharing the foreground, a perfect frame for the deer lounging near the faraway tree line.
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.