May 17, 2006 |
When Dynaformer retired from the racetrack to the breeding shed, the stallion didn't have Sire of Kentucky Derby Winner stamped anywhere on his body. For his first breeding season, his stud fee was a low-rent $5,000. "He was breeding pretty much to the lowest-level mares in Kentucky," said Anne Peters, pedigree specialist at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. Now 21 years old, Dynaformer stands for $100,000, the same premium price as another Three Chimneys star, Smarty Jones.
May 11, 2006 |
All the time, people see the name in the phone book, Fair Hill Condominium Association, and call the office, interested in maybe taking a look at a two-bedroom unit, until someone explains what the place is all about. Most callers have the same response: "Horses?" "We operate under Maryland condominium law," said Sandy Goswell, manager of the Fair Hill training center. "We have bylaws and declarations. Each stall is a condominium unit. It's a little bit strange. " Right now, one of the units (condo fees: $6.50 per day, per stall)
May 10, 2006 |
Barbaro's competition at the Preakness Stakes dropped a notch yesterday when the trainer for Arkansas Derby champion Lawyer Ron said the 12th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby was unlikely to make the May 20 race. The two horses expected to be Barbaro's chief competition, Brother Derek and Sweetnorthernsaint, still are in. At this point, those are the only two Kentucky Derby horses looking to join the Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course. "Looks like we probably aren't going to come," Lawyer Ron's trainer, Bob Holthus, said in a statement put out by Pimlico.
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.
May 13, 2005 |
The real Philadelphia phantom doesn't play in the American Hockey League. He cashes tickets at Philadelphia Park. Big tickets such as the winning $1 superfecta ticket from Saturday's Kentucky Derby for $864,353, and $66,567 for the winning $1 trifecta ticket. The winner, who requested anonymity, had a $240 voucher and boxed five horses, favorite Bellamy Road and the first four finishers, Giacomo, Closing Argument, Afleet Alex, and Don't Get Mad, for a $1 superfecta costing $120 and a $1 trifecta for $60. After taxes, he cleared almost $700,000, and apparently left Philadelphia Park yesterday with the check and two bodyguards.
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 5, 2004 |
Smarty Jones arrived back at Philadelphia Park, and a TV news helicopter hovered in the night sky. Three Baltimore television stations, preparing for his presumed appearance at the May 15 Preakness Stakes, filmed his van leaving Baltimore-Washington International Airport. One escorted the Kentucky Derby winner all the way to Bensalem. Just off the first plane flight of his life, a charter with a single equine passenger, Smarty Jones got back to his home racetrack last night a little before 9 o'clock.
May 16, 2002 |
War Emblem's victory in the Kentucky Derby was not enough to earn him the favorite's role for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. Instead, War Emblem, trained by Bob Baffert, was installed as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line unveiled yesterday by Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli. He made Medaglia d'Oro the 5-2 favorite in a field of 13 3-year-olds entered for the 1-and-3/16-mile Preakness. Medaglia d'Oro, who gets a new rider in Jerry Bailey, was fourth in the Derby but was bumped at the start.
November 4, 2000 |
Flame Thrower. Macho Uno. Street Cry. Get used to the names. You'll see them again next spring in headlines. You will see their photographs on sports pages and in magazines. A P Valentine, Scorpion, Point Given. There are 14 in all, the youngest, lightest-raced, least-known and, to many, the most interesting of the 105 horses scheduled to run today at Churchill Downs in the eight-race, $15.2 million Breeders' Cup. Arabian Light, Noverre, Dollar Bill. They will meet again next year on the Triple Crown Trail, many of them, and one could be wearing a blanket of roses in the winners' circle back here on the first Saturday in May, Kentucky Derby Day. They are the best of the 40,000 or so foals from the 1998 crop of North American thoroughbreds, or in the case of two, from the blue-blood breeding grounds of Europe.
May 18, 2000 |
"He's a legend in the making. " "It's going to take a freight train to stop him. " "He's a man among boys. " He is Fusaichi Pegasus, and superlatives continued to flow yesterday as the Kentucky Derby winner became the overwhelming favorite for Saturday's 125th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. The big, bay son of legendary stallion Mr. Prospector was listed as the 3-5 choice as eight colts were drawn into the 1 3/16-mile race at Pimlico Race Course.