May 14, 2013 |
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)
June 8, 1990 |
Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled, the 4-5 overnight favorite, yesterday drew the No. 5 post for the Belmont Stakes - a gate custom-made for his attempt to win a second jewel of the Triple Crown. The No. 5 spot puts the colt smack in the middle of the nine-horse field entered for the 122d running of the 1 1/2-mile Triple Crown finale. More important, it puts Unbridled where jockey Craig Perret can keep an eye on the three horses best equipped to determine the early pace. Chief among those three is Gotham-Wood winner Thirty Six Red, the fastest in the field and probably the biggest threat to steal the race wire to wire.
May 5, 2006 |
Lawyer Ron announced yesterday that Lawyer Ron had been sold. A strange and tragic Kentucky Derby story added another chapter with the announcement that a partial interest in the Arkansas Derby champion, reportedly a majority interest, was sold less than 48 hours before tomorrow's race. Lawyer Ron had been owned by James Hines, who drowned in an accident in his indoor pool in February. The horse was named for Hines' attorney, Ron Bamberger, who became executor of his estate.
September 8, 1992 |
This spring, Thelastcrusade was a horse with a past . . . and no apparent future. He had been beaten, often soundly, in eight maiden claiming races, the lowest level of the sport. The only time the gelding finished first, he was disqualified because he tested positive for an illegal medication. Then, trainer Pam Shavelson suggested that her parents purchase the horse. She had done well with the horse's half-sister, Sparkling Psycho, and saw something in Thelastcrusdade that nobody else saw. So Bob and Sonia "Sonny" Shavelson forked over $7,500 for a horse that never had won and looked for all the world like a career maiden.
May 6, 2013 |
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.
October 16, 1989 |
Horse racing is a series of snapshots: The preparation is endless, the moments are brief. In Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby, Western Playboy had one of the moments. Just like his father, Play Fellow (who won six stakes, including the 1983 Travers Stakes), and his grandfather, On The Sly (who won seven stakes, including the 1977 Jockey Club Gold Cup), Western Playboy is a classic, wait- and-see, hope-and-pray closer. Saturday at Philadelphia Park, there was not too much waiting and absolutely no reason for praying.
May 19, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - Things are falling nicely into place for Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. He's training in the Maryland countryside, he's been made the early 2-1 favorite for the Preakness Stakes and he drew a decent post for Saturday's race. "It's great. I couldn't be happier," trainer Graham Motion said after his colt landed in the No. 11 post on Wednesday. A full field of 14 is set for the 1 3/16th-mile Preakness at Pimlico, located about 60 miles from Fair Hill Training Center, where Animal Kingdom will be until the morning of the race.
July 5, 1988 |
For Kelly Monacella, Independence Day in Conshohocken meant the revival of a grudge match. Monacella won the borough's annual soap box derby senior division competition last July 4 over William "Bo" Donovan, the home-town favorite. With the win, she advanced to the grandaddy of soap box races in Akron, Ohio. This year, Monacella, 16, was too old to compete. But her cousin, Leah Racich, all of 11 years old and 4 1/2 feet tall, was attempting to pull off an upset against Donovan, a 15-year-old opponent - a veteran by soap box derby standards.
October 24, 2007 |
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Can youth prevail Saturday in the Breeders' Cup? The top three finishers from the Kentucky Derby will be in the gate at Monmouth Park for the Breeders' Cup Classic. But only seven 3-year-olds have won the Classic, so after a sizzling 4-year-old summer, Lawyer Ron is the slight morning-line favorite in the marquee event of the 24th Breeders' Cup World Championships. Lawyer Ron, who drew the No. 1 gate in the nine-horse Classic field, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite, but that morning line indicates how difficult it is to handicap this one. Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Preakness winner Curlin, who beat Lawyer Ron last month by a neck, were both given 3-1 odds.
May 10, 2009 |
Back when he was riding on Louisiana's bush tracks, Calvin Borel wouldn't have believed this tale: One day he would win the Kentucky Derby - gaining his second Derby triumph - by running a no-hope gelding up the rail from 30 lengths back. A photograph of Borel exulting would grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Then he'd get off the 50-1 Derby winner, Mine That Bird, to ride a filly in the Preakness Stakes. The filly is the special one. The day before the Derby, Rachel Alexandra, with Borel riding, won the Kentucky Oaks by a breathtaking 20 1/4 lengths.