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.
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.
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.
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.
May 14, 1992 |
Poor Lil E. Tee. There was hardly a soul here to meet him when he stepped off the plane Monday. No television crews and reporters elbowing for position. No banners. No fanfare. Just another horse coming in for Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico, with his trainer, whatshisname. All Lil E. Tee did was win the Kentucky Derby. Beat Arazi, "the horse of the century," by eight lengths. Sent him back to France with his tail between his legs. Beat Casual Lies, the bargain horse of the decade.
May 2, 2013 |
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.
May 10, 2004 |
To watch Smarty Jones gallop around a racetrack, flying, his head down, staring straight at a perfect angle . . . he is a natural. If we'd only seen him 10 weeks ago, long before the Kentucky Derby victory on May 1 and Saturday's Preakness Stakes. No matter what type of rein was put on him, Smarty Jones refused to settle down. "He was galloping like - leaping up in the air - he'd want to take off," said his exercise rider, Pete Van Trump. "When you did try to slow him down, then he'd throw his head and jump around and just land wrong on his legs.
May 10, 1996 |
This time, there wasn't even a week's suspense. For the 18th consecutive year, there will be no Triple Crown winner. Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone, who won the most thrilling Derby in 35 years, has been retired to stud after a bone chip was discovered in the knee of his right front leg, the same injury that caused him to have an operation last year. The colt, a son of 1990 Derby winner Unbridled, made just the sixth start of his career last Saturday. Now, just that fast, he's gone.