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.
June 10, 2016 |
THE BELMONT STAKES is a unique race, 440 yards longer than the Kentucky Derby, 550 yards longer than the Preakness and run over America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park. It is also very counterintuitive. One would think a mile-and-a-half race would favor horses coming from far back with the last run. One would be wrong. The winning trip in the Belmont Stakes typically comes from a horse that is in the vicinity of what is almost always a very slow pace. That pace inhibits the closers, who generally don't have the same late rallies they had at Churchill Downs or Pimlico anyway, because they are starting their runs about the time the first two legs of the Triple Crown finish.
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 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 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.