September 25, 2011 |
To Honor and Serve, considered among the nation's top Kentucky Derby prospects earlier this year, continued his climb toward the top of the current 3-year-old crop when he dominated eight opponents in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Saturday at Parx Racing. Ruler On Ice, this year's 24-1 upset winner of the Belmont Stakes, rallied powerfully to finish second, 21/4 lengths behind the winner and 31/2 lengths before Rattlesnake Bridge. Arthur's Tale, J W Blue, Norman Asbjornson, the pacesetting Rush Now, Pender Harbour, and Isn't He Perfect followed in that order.
September 24, 2011 |
Ruler On Ice stunned millions of observers when he captured the Belmont Stakes over a sloppy track at 24-1 in June. On Saturday, Ruler On Ice will be the first winner of a Triple Crown event ever to enter the starting gate for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (Grade II) at Parx Racing. Since the stunning upset, Ruler On Ice competed well but was defeated in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, both Grade I, $1-million events. Despite his credentials, which include an impressive victory over the Parx course in February, Ruler On Ice might not be the favorite in the 11/8-mile Derby.
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.
May 19, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - The horses entered for the 136th Preakness were matched with their post positions on Wednesday evening during a wine-and-appetizers reception for the human participants involved in the race. There aren't as many owners and trainers with cases of nerves at the Preakness draw as there are at the Kentucky Derby draw. That's because the Preakness is limited to 14 starters, and there aren't the sort of luck-crunching post draws that occur to horses sentenced to the inside and outside flanks of the Derby's typical 20-horse stampede.
May 9, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will be heading back to his home turf to await a likely run in the second leg of the Triple Crown. He became the first horse in the 137-year history of the Derby to win in his debut on dirt, having run three times on synthetic surfaces and once on the turf. Animal Kingdom will return to Maryland on Tuesday to begin preparations for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness on May 21 at Pimlico, about 60 miles from his home base at Fair Hill Training Center.
May 7, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The pockmarked road to the Kentucky Derby claimed another victim Friday when Uncle Mo was scratched because of a mysterious stomach ailment, further dimming a race already short on star power and speed. Uncle Mo's defection also threw the Derby wide open. "You're never safe until you put that saddle on, because anything can happen," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. Owner Mike Repole announced the decision to scratch second favorite Uncle Mo about 40 minutes before wagering opened for the 137th Derby, set for Saturday at 6:24 p.m. The colt has been bothered by a stomach problem, but veterinarians couldn't find a reason for his decreased appetite, energy, and poor-looking coat.
May 6, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When the calendar turned to January, this 3-year-old crop had more potential than any in years. They were really fast. They were consistent. There was the brilliant Uncle Mo, the talented Boys at Tosconova and hard-trying To Honor and Serve in the East, freaky-fast The Factor in the West. Fast forward to May and it's all fallen apart. Only Uncle Mo made it to the Kentucky Derby and the 2-year-old champion has as many detractors as admirers. As soon as a horse looked like he was going forward, he would get hurt (Premier Pegasus)
May 6, 2011 |
If you love the pageantry and color of the Kentucky Derby but just wish the excitement could last a little longer, the 137th edition of the world's greatest horse race is made for you. There are several words that can describe the 20 thoroughbreds that will leave the starting gate for the 11th race at Churchill Downs late Saturday afternoon. "Beautiful" is one of them. "Expensive" is another. But the operative word as it pertains to the running of the race - using the verb generously - is "slow.
June 4, 2010
Belmont Stakes Analysis Here is a quick look at the field for Saturday's 142d Belmont Stakes at 11/2 miles. Purse: $1 million. Post time: 6:32 p.m. TV: 6ABC, 5 p.m.; ESPN, noon. Has only a maiden win, and a second in Grade II Bob Lewis at Santa Anita. Only race over dirt was a distant fifth, beaten 16 lengths in Illinois Derby. He's no Sarava. His maiden race Beyer figure of 2 might be lowest ever for a Triple Crown race for a horse that wasn't eased.