April 30, 2013
Parx Racing will resume live racing Friday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. There also will be early wagering on Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
May 2, 2013 |
Looking at unraced horses, hundreds of them, plucking out a thoroughbred with a future, maybe even in the Kentucky Derby - it takes a certain confidence. Tom McGreevy had it even before he began picking horses out. On his first day on Penn State's campus as a transfer student in 1972, McGreevy knocked on the head football coach's door. He wanted a tryout as a placekicker. "I think we have enough kickers," Joe Paterno told him. McGreevy, who believed Penn State's kickers had been lousy, persisted, explaining he'd been practicing for a couple of years before transferring over from York College.
May 4, 2013 |
Trying to predict the winner of a horse race is a fool's game, and doing so for the Kentucky Derby - a jostling, 20-horse charge over a distance none of them has previously mastered - is a game for only the bravest of fools or the most foolish of the brave. Bill Handleman was my professor as I learned those hard lessons. He was a devoted addict of the calculus required for balancing the limits of a horse's pedigree, its will to run, the savvy of its trainer and jockey, the bias of a particular racetrack, the conditions of the day, the fickle nature of racing luck, and all of those factors as they were measured against the other horses in the race.
May 13, 1986
The fact that the horses that came in first and second in the Kentucky Derby were the only ones not on medication should make owners and trainers stop and think. Edith C. McKay Bryn Mawr.
May 4, 2005 |
New Jersey residents can now dial in their horse-racing bets with a phone-wagering system that opened for business yesterday. The automated phone system is an addition to New Jersey Account Wagering, which started in October with the Internet-only service, www.4njbets.com. Dennis Dowd, a senior vice president for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, said that more than 3,000 accounts opened for the Internet and phone betting are expected to generate a projected handle of more than $35 million this year.
May 7, 2013 |
Normandy Invasion, who finished fourth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, and Vyjack, who was 18th, were added Monday to the list of potential candidates for the Preakness Stakes. Orb, who won the Derby over a sloppy track, will run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. "Originally, I threw the Preakness out," Normandy Invasion's trainer, Chad Brown, said Monday, "but he's come out of the race so well that I'm at least going to remain neutral on the topic until I can see the horse go back to the track and get a gauge on his energy level and his soundness.
November 4, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Roy Jackson, co-owner of the great and ill-fated racehorse Barbaro with his wife, Gretchen, said their connection with Barbaro's trainer, Michael Matz, will never fade. "We'll be tied until we're off this earth," Jackson said Thursday. "It still keeps going on. " It just won't continue with more horses. This summer, the Jacksons told Matz they were moving the horses they had with him to another trainer. "I don't know what to say," Matz said Thursday outside his barn at Churchill Downs as he prepares two undefeated 2-year-olds for the Breeders' Cup, with Somali Lemonade racing Friday in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Union Rags racing Saturday in the Juvenile.
March 7, 2005 |
Finally, some Kentucky Derby buzz. From Florida to Arkansas to California, 3-year-olds were out in force Saturday trying to show whether they truly are contenders for the Derby just 2 months away. Afleet Alex and Declan's Moon won in their long-awaited seasonal debuts, while High Fly soared to victory in the 1 1/8-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes at Florida's Gulfstream Park. The results solidified Afleet Alex and Declan's Moon's rankings as 1-2 in the latest Run to the Roses' Top 10, while High Fly moves in for the first time at No. 4. Alex Afleet won the Mountain Valley Stakes at Hot Springs, Ark., while Declan's Moon won the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes in Arcadia, Calif.
March 29, 2012 |
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Union Rags has been made the 6-5 morning-line favorite in a field of nine horses entered for the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday. The 11/8-mile race is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby on May 5. Considered a leading contender for the Run for the Roses, Union Rags drew the No. 6 post at Wednesday's post-position draw. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Michael Matz, who won the 2006 Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby with Barbaro. Union Rags will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.