June 6, 2015 |
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Luke Petela's final race was so dramatically correct there was no need for an encore. Shortly after running a remarkable final lap to win the 3,200 meters at the Meet of Champions on Wednesday night, Petela announced that his high school career was finished. "I was thinking about going to nationals," Petela said. "But not after this. This is it. I want to do some other things before college. " Petela was unofficially clocked at 62.5 seconds in the final 400 meters - a furious pace for the eighth lap of a grueling race - and surged across the finish line to win in 8 minutes, 58.32 seconds during the competition at Frank Jost Field.
April 26, 2015 |
Last year at the Penn Relays, Jake Brophy set a personal record but still finished last in the 3,000 Meter Championship. So as the Central Bucks East junior crossed Friday's finish line in third place, a fist pump came with him. "It was definitely redemption," he said. "I was pretty upset about last year. I came back with the idea that I was going to do better. " Hatboro-Horsham's Casey Comber (8:34.68) finished fourth, and Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James (8:39.04) came in seventh.
November 12, 2014 |
EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The final whistle had already been blown, but the race was on - a race to see who could get to the Great Valley boys' soccer fans first. They were lined up in droves by the fence at Exeter Township High School, loudly cheering. Aidan Claffey got there first. Austin Wilk, Jack Hajnik, and others soon followed, as team members ran down the line enthusiastically giving high fives. It has become a tradition of sorts, senior Kyle Hoops said, a way to celebrate with a group so dedicated and energetic that many road games feel like home contests.
May 5, 2014 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A decade ago, Churchill Downs was in the midst of a major renovation. A few hours before the 2004 Kentucky Derby, it really looked as if the world might end - lightning, thunder, a deluge. The area was quickly becoming a construction zone/flood zone. John Servis was waiting out the final hours in the barn, not far from the stall that housed the unbeaten Pennsylvania-bred Smarty Jones owned by Roy and Pat Chapman. The Philadelphia Park-based trainer had guided the Arkansas Derby to this moment flawlessly.
November 1, 2013 |
AS YOU SIFT through my picks in the 14 Breeders' Cup races today and tomorrow, know that a few picks should be leveraged in multirace wagers. Read on and you will know which horses I like and which horses I really like. Building bets around your best opinions is the key to winning money over the next 2 days. And that is the best thing about horse racing. There is nothing subtle about the results - you either have more money than you started with or you don't. Today MARATHON 1. Indian Jones.
June 4, 2013 |
As the riders approached the finish line of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic at the always grueling Manayunk Wall, little separated Evelyn Stevens of California and Joelle Numainville of Montreal. In the final moments, the outcome of Sunday's race was still in doubt. "I closed my eyes and just dug deeper at the end," Stevens said. Her digging paid off. Both were clocked in the 60-mile race in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds, but Stevens, a Massachusetts native competing for the Specialized-Lululemon team, crossed the finish line first to capture the $5,000 first prize in the women's race.
May 25, 2013 |
Owner Howard Taylor hopes Economy Terror can return to be a feared force among female pacers this season. The 4-year-old Economy Terror is among eight horses in Sunday's $250,000 Betsy Ross Mares Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. The field includes Anndrovette, who was voted harness racing's best older female pacer in 2012 and 2011, as well as defending champion Royal Cee Cee N. Sunday's 14-race card, which begins at 12:40 p.m., also includes the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters.
May 19, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Rosie Napravnik's motivation for winning the Preakness has little to do with making history. With a victory aboard Mylute on Saturday, Napravnik would become the first female jockey to capture the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. More important to her, though, it would serve as a triumphant return to Pimlico Race Course, where she launched her outstanding career. "You know what? It would be a great accomplishment, but that's not the reason I want to win it, because no other woman has won it before," she said.
March 8, 2013
TWO WHITE MEN talked about race recently and, not surprisingly, got into trouble. One was a Supreme Court justice, which goes to show that even the mighty must be careful when treading the racial divide. No matter how good your intentions might be (or perhaps, how bad), you risk being misunderstood by people who make a very good living out of misunderstanding. Antonin Scalia was the first one to dip his toe into the roiling waters by observing that the Voting Rights Act might have run its course.