April 22, 2005 |
Eight 3-year-olds with Kentucky Derby aspirations were entered yesterday for the 24th running of the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor will be the likely post-time favorite for tomorrow's 1 1/16-mile race. Undefeated in 2004, the gray son of Unbridled's Song was narrowly beaten by Greater Good in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park in his lone start this year. Trainer John Servis said victory alone will not determine whether Rockport Harbor goes to the Kentucky Derby.
April 21, 2006 |
Top jockey John Velazquez was injured yesterday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., when his horse collapsed and rolled onto him after winning the Forerunner Stakes. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey was taken by ambulance to University of Kentucky Hospital for testing and X-rays, where he was stable last night. Velazquez was injured when Up an Octave broke down and fell about 1/16th of a mile past the finish line. Barry Schumer, a Keeneland doctor, said Velazquez was "awake and alert" following the race.
July 20, 1987 |
A historic event took place two years ago in the Keeneland sales pavilion. A year-old colt was auctioned for $13.1 million, the highest price ever paid for a thoroughbred sold at public auction. This was not, of course, any common animal. This was the first choice among the rarefied bidders at the 45th annual Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale. Subsequently named Seattle Dancer, the colt was a half-brother to American Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. But, on that warm day in the center of the American horse industry, some deep-seated problems within the thoroughbred-breeding business became apparent.
July 1, 2011 |
Lael Stable's Check the Label is the favorite for Monday's $200,000 Doc Penny Handicap, a mile and one-sixteenth grass race for female turf runners at Parx Racing. Check the Label won four graded stakes in succession between April and September last year, culminating with a victory in the Grade I Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park. Her run started in mid-April when she rallied to win the Grace III Appalachian at Keeneland. She came right back with an off-the-pace victory in the Grade II Sands Point at Belmont before heading off to Colonial and a convincing win in the Grade III Virginia Oaks.
May 5, 2016 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Before Tuesday, John Servis had not started a horse at Churchill Downs since May 1, 2004. Biblical rains came back then, a few hours prior to the Kentucky Derby post time of 6:12 p.m. Nothing, however, was going to stop the Servis-trained Smarty Jones from winning that Derby. This Friday, the Parx Racing-based Servis will try to pull off a career double typically reserved for Hall of Famer trainers like D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert - win the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.
April 14, 2013 |
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bob Baffert knows well how to train a horse to win at Oaklawn Park. The Hall of Fame trainer hopes to once again capture an important race at the park on Saturday, when he sends out favorite War Academy in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. A Baffert-trained colt, Bodemeister, won the Kentucky Derby prep race last year, and the Californian guided horses to three straight wins at Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes before D. Wayne Lukas' Will Take Charge snapped that streak last month.
July 21, 1987 |
The recession in the throughbred-breeding market continued yesterday when the anticipated top-selling colt went for a modest $1.4 million - $900,000 less than the day's sale leader - at the Keeneland summer sale of selected yearlings. The colt was bred impeccably, a son of leading stallion Northern Dancer and a full brother to 1984 Epsom Derby winner Secreto. With no visible flaws, the yearling owned by Windfields Farm was expected to at least exceed last year's leading price at Keeneland - $3.6 million for another Northern Dancer colt.
October 29, 2015
LEXINGTON, KY. - Owner Paul Conaway and trainer Lupe Preciado considered putting their prized 3-year-old Favorite Tale on a plane for California last October to run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. But it would have been a last-minute decision without any planning. The horse stayed home on the backstretch at Parx Racing while owner and trainer pondered the future. They put together a plan when 2015 began to get their horse to Saturday's Sprint at Keeneland.
September 28, 2004 |
Former All-Star forward Jamal Mashburn will miss the entire 2004-05 NBA season because of a knee injury that could end his career. Mashburn and the New Orleans Hornets announced the news yesterday, a week before the start of training camp. The injury kept Mashburn, a 10-year veteran, out of all but 19 games last season after he had surgery to remove loose particles from his right knee. Mashburn said strenuous activity causes the knee to swell as badly as it did last March when his season ended.
July 25, 1999 |
Trainer Josie Carroll noticed last year when she shipped Brushed Halory from Canada to Louisiana that the horse was unfazed by the heat. Yesterday, on a hot, muggy afternoon at Delaware Park, Brushed Halory exploded in the stretch to capture the $250,000 Delaware Oaks despite making her first start in three months. Gold From The West, who appeared to be a certain winner in midstretch, finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner and two lengths ahead of Queen's Word.