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 |
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.
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)
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.
May 13, 2010
Preakness Analysis Here's a look at the field for Saturday's $1-million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The second leg of the Triple Crown will be run at 1 3/16 miles. Post time is 6:12 p.m. and will be televised on NBC10. 1. Aikenite Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 20-1 Despite having only a maiden win first time out last summer at Saratoga, he has run in four Grade I stakes, facing many of these along the way. Will be stalking and no doubt be a big price.
April 28, 2009 |
In recent years, Larry Jones has had such a string of fine racehorses, and his share of days when fate wasn't so kind to him at the track . . . he's not about to start boasting now. After finishing second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby with Hard Spun and second again in last year's Kentucky Derby with the ill-fated Eight Belles, the Delaware Park-based trainer feels - make that, knows - he has another top contender in Saturday's 135th Run for the...
April 27, 2009 |
Quality Road's troubled feet could keep him out of the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens found a spot of blood on a newly patched quarter crack in the Florida Derby winner's right hind foot during a gallop on Belmont Park's training track yesterday morning. Jerkens says the 3-year-old colt will have to come out of a 5-furlong breeze "perfectly" today to get a trip to Churchill Downs for Saturday's Derby. "If he takes one bad step anywhere, forget it," Jerkens said.