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.
May 16, 1998 |
Forget everything you've heard about today's 123d running of the Preakness Stakes. Start all over. The 2-1 favorite, Coronado's Quest, isn't coming after all. A bruised right hind foot discovered yesterday morning after a gallop sidelined the colt just hours before he was to have boarded a van for a predawn ride to Pimlico Race Track, where the $1 million second leg of the Triple Crown will be run today at 5:27 p.m. That means a new favorite,...
May 4, 1998 |
If you have children, you know how Eduardo Gaviria feels this morning. His baby won the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert may have trained him. Kent Desormeaux may have ridden him. Mike Pegram, who owns a chain of McDonald's in Washington state, may have bought him. But Real Quiet, winner of Saturday's 124th Kentucky Derby, was Gaviria's idea. It was Gaviria, a seventysomething manufacturer of industrial chemicals from Bogota, Colombia, and part-time breeder, who was responsible for bringing the bay colt into the world.
May 17, 1997 |
The day of a big horse race is one of the longest in all of sports. It starts with a predawn breakfast and ends with a rack of hay well after dark. All that time for a contest that lasts about two minutes. Except for a bath, a stroll around the shed row and a walk to the paddock, the colts spend the day looking out of their stalls, some seeking attention, some shifting restlessly, some preoccupied in a far-away space that is off-limits to humans. It is such a day here at Pimlico, where 10 3-year-old thoroughbreds are scheduled to run precisely at 5:31 p.m. (Channel 6)
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.
May 3, 1996 |
In case you've lost count, the dosage score for the Kentucky Derby is now 65 to 1. That's 65 winners since 1929 who were dosage qualifiers, one who wasn't. You remember dosage. It's that controversial method of quantifying a horse's pedigree to predict its characteristics as a performer. Such as: Does a 3-year-old horse have the right gene balance for speed and stamina to win at 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May? The dosage system was devised by Steve Roman, 53, a vibrant Columbia University Ph.D.
June 11, 1995 |
Tear up the script! Somebody call rewrite! Hold the curtain! The Belmont Stakes, suffering from crowd-appeal anemia and with its leading man at the barn recovering from a fever, was rescued yesterday by a faithful understudy who has a flair for the dramatic. Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch won the 127th Belmont Stakes with one of his trademark, showstopping performances, turning a stirring homestretch duel with Star Standard into a two-length victory worth $415,440 before a crowd of 37,171, the smallest ever for the third leg of the Triple Crown.