May 4, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - I do not think this Kentucky Derby is all that complicated. With a few exceptions, there are far more knowns than unknowns with these 20 horses. It is not difficult to envision how this race will be run and which horses might be hindered or helped by the pace scenario. The running styles are self-evident. The race has all types with talent from the front to the back. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile form has held for 6 months. Three horses who did not run on Nov. 5 have forced themselves into the conversation.
May 15, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - After the Kentucky Derby, just about every trainer and jockey has an excuse - except the winner. The Preakness is about finding out which excuses were valid and whether the Derby was the true measure of the runners. This Preakness, however, is a bit different, because seven of the 12 horses did not run in the Derby, and the form of even the most obvious contenders is hardly overwhelming. Consider that Derby winner Super Saver is only 3-for-7. Paddy O'Prado, third in the Derby, is 1-for-7.
March 30, 2013 |
Flash back 24 years, and Shug McGaughey's long-term future on the first Saturday in May seemed like such a given. Though his champion Easy Goer lost what was supposed to be his coronation, finishing second to eventual horse of the year Sunday Silence in the 1989 Kentucky Derby, all signs pointed to the would-be Hall of Fame trainer getting, at the very least, several more legitimate cracks at the American classic. "Obviously there is a lot of water under the bridge from those days," McGaughey said this month.
April 11, 1998 |
Oaklawn Park, located downtown near the thermal baths, just three blocks from President Clinton's boyhood home on Clark Street, has been Arkansas' biggest tourist attraction almost from the day it was established 94 years ago. But it has never had a visitor quite like the one standing here in Stall 39 in a tin-roofed barn on the back side. Favorite Trick, a modest dark bay 3-year-old colt who has experts scratching their heads in puzzlement, is here to run in today's $500,000 Arkansas Derby on the last big weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races.
May 6, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Last May, jockey Mario Gutierrez was the leading rider at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Kentucky Derby a faraway event that he watched on television in the jockey's room. He migrated to Southern California this winter, going from horse racing's minors to the majors, hoping to get better mounts. Prominent owner J. Paul Reddam noticed the 25-year-old from Mexico and told his trainer Doug O'Neill to give the virtual unknown a chance. "He just really looked good in the irons to me," Reddam said.
May 16, 1998 |
Forget everything you've heard about today's 123d running of the Preakness Stakes. Start all over. The 2-1 favorite, Coronado's Quest, isn't coming after all. A bruised right hind foot discovered yesterday morning after a gallop sidelined the colt just hours before he was to have boarded a van for a predawn ride to Pimlico Race Track, where the $1 million second leg of the Triple Crown will be run today at 5:27 p.m. That means a new favorite,...
May 3, 2001 |
Bob Baffert is standing under a tree with one person at 7:45 yesterday morning, just a few yards from a teeming race track. This group of two is not going to last long. The "big horse" would leave for the track in an hour. The "really big horse" already had been to the track, albeit anonymously. This week, Baffert is the king of Churchill Downs. He trains the Kentucky Derby favorite. He trains what might turn out to be the Derby's second favorite. He already has won the Derby twice.
April 4, 1993 |
The road to the Kentucky Derby doesn't seem to be passing through here this year. Only two remote Derby prospects are in training here, and one of them was the beaten favorite yesterday in the Big Apple's first major Derby prep, the $200,000 Grade II Gotham Mile at Aqueduct. With a crowd of 14,758 looking on, Strolling Along, the 6-5 choice of the eight-horse field, was upset by a lightly raced colt named As Indicated, 7-2, who had never been beyond six furlongs. Strolling Along, one of two Derby contenders from the Ogden Phipps stable here, tired in the stretch on a "good" but wet track and finished third, 1 1/4 lengths in back of Itaka, a 14-1 shot who was a neck behind As Indicated.
May 10, 2005 |
Closing Argument may try to have the final word as the colt with Philadelphia-area ties will make his case again in the Preakness, after losing the Kentucky Derby by only a half length Saturday to Giacomo. Closing Argument, who was 72-1, just missed beating Giacomo, at 50-1, and although there are many doubters, a rematch is in the works at Pimlico on May 21. "We don't like to run back in two weeks, but this is not a normal situation, so we will probably be in Baltimore," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
March 31, 1995 |
Seven boys, all looking for Kentucky Derby berths, will be chasing the same girl here tomorrow in the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes, and the oddsmakers say they'll never catch her. Serena's Song, the top-rated filly in America, is the 8-5 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Grade II race at Turfway Park that has become a major prep for the Triple Crown. In the 1990s the Beam has produced two Kentucky Derby winners and winners of three other Triple Crown events. But win or lose, Serena's Song isn't going to the Derby.