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May 22, 2011 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Shackleford was sweating profusely, bucking and kicking until six crewmen finally shoved him into the No. 5 gate at Pimlico Race Course. One ton of horseflesh all but screamed, "Get me out of here. " Less than two minutes after the gate sprang open, the nervous colt was a cool, classic winner of the Preakness Stakes. Shackleford held off a late charge by the 2-1 favorite, Animal Kingdom, spoiling yet another Triple Crown try and beating the Kentucky Derby winner by a half-length Saturday.
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May 19, 2011
Graham Motion was hoping Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom got a post from the middle to the outside of the 14-horse Preakness field. So, Post 11 for Saturday's 1 3/16 mile-race was just about what the trainer wanted. "It's great," Motion said. "I couldn't be happier, really. I just would rather be on the outside than stuck down on the inside. I was a little worried when 1 and 14 were left. I've started from 14 before and you're almost on the outside rail. That's a tough spot. " Animal Kingdom was 20-1 when he won the Derby.
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November 1, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer
FAIR HILL, Md. - In the 2000s, Kentucky Derby winners are retired for any reason or no reason. So what was trainer Graham Motion doing in his office on Oct. 20, talking about the 2011 Derby winner, a horse who has had exactly one race since the 2011 Belmont Stakes? Turns out Barry Irwin, who runs the syndicate that owns Animal Kingdom, actually likes horse racing. He especially likes to see his horses race. So when Motion suggested to his owner that he felt confident Animal Kingdom not only could make it back to the races, but could come back in top form and compete in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, Irwin said go. Animal Kingdom was injured in that Belmont Stakes, underwent surgery at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, and did not run again until winning an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in February.
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June 9, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - The 1-2 finishers in the Kentucky Derby are 1-2 on the morning line for the Belmont Stakes. Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made the 2-1 favorite for Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown, with Derby runner-up Nehro the second choice at 4-1. Preakness winner Shackleford was next at 9-2 when a field of 12 was entered Wednesday for the first rubber match between a Derby winner and Preakness winner since 2005. Animal Kingdom, with John Velazquez riding, will leave from the No. 9 post, which has produced only four Belmont winners since 1905.
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May 6, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Art Sherman watched the 1955 Kentucky Derby from the stable area, catching just a glimpse of the field as it went by his perch. He watched the 2014 Kentucky Derby from the stands, one of 164,906 at Churchill Downs Saturday, seeing every bit of America's race. An 18-year-old stable hand then, Sherman was just happy to be on the racetrack and near the California legend, Swaps. When the horse he accompanied on a 4-day rail trip east actually won the Derby, that teenager surely could never have imagined another racing moment remotely like it again.
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June 11, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Even without a Triple Crown on the line, the 143d Belmont Stakes may indeed be the "Test of the Champion. " The final leg of the Triple Crown features not only the rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford on Saturday, but the top seven finishers from the Derby for the first time as well. "Why did everyone pick this year to come back?" wondered a smiling Graham Motion, who trains Animal Kingdom. After watching his Derby winner gallop around the 11/2-mile main track at Belmont Park on Friday morning, Motion declared his colt in "great form" and up to the challenge of taking on a slew of rivals for the third time in five weeks.
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June 9, 2011 | by Dick Jerardi
In recent years, the first thing that happened if the Kentucky Derby winner did not win the Preakness was that the connections of one or both of the first two Triple Crown race winners quickly declared they would not be running in the Belmont Stakes. So it was quite refreshing to hear minutes after a terrific finish to the May 21 Preakness that race winner Shackleford and the horse that closed from 18 lengths back early to a half-length back at the wire, Derby winner Animal Kingdom, would be going on to New York.
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June 10, 1988 | By Russ Harris, Special to The Inquirer
Which race is tougher to win, the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness? Most racing people would answer the Derby. The statistics indicate that they are right. In the last 35 years, the Derby and Preakness winners have met nine times in the Belmont Stakes. Three of the Derby winners won the Belmont and only two Preakness winners scored in the third leg of the Triple Crown. Furthermore, the Derby winner finished ahead of the Preakness winner in seven of the nine meetings. So why is Preakness winner Risen Star listed as the early favorite at 8-5 over Derby winner Winning Colors (9-5)
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May 6, 2012 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Losing the Kentucky Derby was bad enough. Letting down his son was even worse for Bob Baffert. Bodemeister, the bay colt named after the trainer's 7-year-old son, rocketed to the front on Saturday and led by as many as three lengths. But he couldn't hold on in the furiously fast pace and was overtaken by winner I'll Have Another. "He was there," Baffert said of his horse. "He just got tired. " Baffert broke down, too, when he thought about his son's disappointment, tearing up and walking away in the paddock.
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April 24, 2012
May 5 at Churchill Downs     1. Union Rags           Michael Matz    Julien Leparoux       9-2 Should be as fresh as any Derby horse following third-place finish in Florida Derby on March 31. Worked 4 furlongs in 47.40 seconds Friday at Keeneland. Will work one more time at Churchill before race. 2. Gemologist           Todd Pletcher     Javier Castellano    12-1 Wood Memorial winner is looking to become eighth unbeaten Derby winner.
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November 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. - The three horses were racing as a team for the final 200 yards of horse racing's $5 million season-ending championship race, the Pennsylvania Derby winner in front, an English horse making his first start on dirt continuing his race-long challenge and the Kentucky Derby winner rolling on the outside, poised, it appeared, to give 2014 the perfect ending it deserved. It was the moment the 63,114 at Santa Anita had been hoping for: Their state's horse, California Chrome, ready to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, bring clarity to the racing season and give credibility to the sport's winter/spring star with an autumn moment to remember.
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May 20, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - It was 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Pimlico was being overrun by a record crowd of 123,469, the Preakness just 80 minutes away. Standing calmly just outside stall 40 that housed California Chrome, his Kentucky Derby winner, trainer Art Sherman was posing for photographs, signing programs and telling stories. There was the time he got off a flight from Miami to ride at Bowie and, in those first 10 seconds could not breathe, it was so cold. He wore a woman's leotard to stay warm when he rode.
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May 16, 2014
IT WAS the Tuesday morning before the Kentucky Derby, maybe 2 minutes after I met Art Sherman. He was telling me stories, punctuating them by hitting me lightly on the arm to emphasize his points, laughing, having a great time. I felt like I had known him forever. When we started talking about the horse he trains, I explained I had jumped on the California Chrome bandwagon 2 months before and was riding it to the finish line, telling everybody I knew the horse could not lose. When I got a one-on-one audience in the Derby Museum 2 hours after the Derby, Sherman told me: "You put yourself on the line.
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May 6, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Art Sherman watched the 1955 Kentucky Derby from the stable area, catching just a glimpse of the field as it went by his perch. He watched the 2014 Kentucky Derby from the stands, one of 164,906 at Churchill Downs Saturday, seeing every bit of America's race. An 18-year-old stable hand then, Sherman was just happy to be on the racetrack and near the California legend, Swaps. When the horse he accompanied on a 4-day rail trip east actually won the Derby, that teenager surely could never have imagined another racing moment remotely like it again.
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May 1, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nearly a half century of Aprils have passed since 18-year-old stablehand Art Sherman shared a sleeping bag with a groom on a 4-day cross-country train ride destined for Churchill Downs. They were accompanying the best race horse ever born in California to his date with Kentucky Derby glory. The legendary Swaps, who would eventually set six world records, upset the heavily favored Nashua in the 1955 Derby. A once-in-a-lifetime horse, Swaps would eventually get a statue at Hollywood Park and a permanent place in the heart of that teenager who would become his exercise rider.
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June 7, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE BELMONT Stakes is unlike any other race because of the unique distance and the track where it is run. Running a mile and half is unusual enough. That the race is run at Belmont Park, America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack makes it even more complicated. Jockey Gary Stevens calls Belmont Park his favorite track, but he said you have to respect it. "It's like the ocean," Stevens said. "You can have a lot of fun in it, but it can hurt you if you don't respect it. " Riders can get lost at Belmont Park.
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May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Orb has settled into the place reserved for royalty at Pimlico Race Course - Stall 40. The Triple Crown hopeful arrived at Pimlico on Monday afternoon, five days before the Preakness. He was immediately taken to Stall 40 at the Stakes Barn, which traditionally serves as home to the Kentucky Derby winner. Some of the greatest horses in history have been kept there, including the last three Triple Crown winners: Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978)
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May 10, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Kentucky Derby winner Orb pleased trainer Shug McGaughey on Thursday with a steady workout on a sloppy track at Belmont Park. "He jogged three-eighths to a half-mile and galloped a mile. I thought everything was good," said McGaughey, whose colt had jogged a mile Wednesday at the track in Elmont, N.Y., in his first workout since his 21/2-length victory at Churchill Downs on Saturday. "The track was still sloppy," he said. "[Exercise rider Jenn Patterson] said he was kind of bucking and playing and jumping the water puddles on the backstretch.
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May 6, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Now that Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III has won the Kentucky Derby, it's time for the 62-year-old trainer to go after another race missing from his Hall of Fame resumé. Orb will follow up his win at Churchill Downs by running in the Preakness on May 18, giving the colt a shot at the Triple Crown. Orb arrived back at his home base in New York on Sunday, as did McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario. The trainer was still absorbing what had happened a day earlier. The colt extended his winning streak to five races, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/4 lengths, giving McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins.
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May 2, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Doug O'Neill had a pretty darned good day on two courses. First he birdied the eighth hole during a Wednesday afternoon golf outing at Valhalla, then he aced the Kentucky Derby draw when Goldencents landed in the No. 8 post and was made the 5-1 third choice for Saturday's race. "It should be perfect for him," said O'Neill, who saddled last year's winner, I'll Have Another. "Perfect" was not the way last year's Triple Crown series ended for O'Neill and his colt.
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