June 9, 2014 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - The day demanded history. They ran the Belmont Stakes on a blue-sky Saturday with Manhattan shimmering like Oz on the clear horizon. The crowd was enormous, and so was its desire to witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But the history that horse racing so badly needed died just as it always seems to, in the long Belmont stretch with a fresh horse crossing the finish line first. California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, finished tied for fourth, a length behind winner Tonalist, as yet another effort to coronate a 12th Triple Crown winner crashed on a New York evening.
May 7, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Twenty-four years ago, it was brutally cold and incredibly wet on the first Saturday in May when a 38-year-old Shug McGaughey, just 10 years into a training career that would land him in the Hall of Fame, brought Easy Goer over from the barn to the paddock at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. There was little doubt Easy Goer, a horse that also would wind up in the Hall of Fame, was going to win the Derby. Fast forward to Saturday, a day that dawned cool, but not that cool, with overcast skies that turned to a drizzle and eventual soaking rain, a track surface that went from fast to sloppy, a Derby where Shug once again had the favorite, but not a horse that had the résumé of Easy Goer.
May 5, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses. "I was really far back," Joel Rosario said. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy. " The bay colt made it look that way Saturday, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/2 lengths and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the classic for 3-year-olds.
March 24, 2013
The Pan American Gulfstream Park, Race 10 - Post 5:35 $150,000 (Grade II), 4 y.o. & up, 1 1/2 miles (turf) 1. Total Reward. . . Mario Argueta. . . 50-1 2. Teaks North. . . Edgar Prado. . . 3-1 3. Ioya Bigtime. . . Jeffrey Sanchez. . . 6-1 4. Mucho Mas Macho. . . Juan Leyva. . . 5-1 5. Belo Acteon. . . Paco Lopez. . . 10-1 6. Ducduc. . . Jose Alvarez. . . 15-1 7. Gossip Column. . . Manoel Cruz. . . 20-1 8. Empire Builder. . . Jesus Castanon. . . 15-1 9. Twilight Eclipse.