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.
April 27, 2015 |
Sitting at a reserved table at Parx Racing in Bensalem, waiting for the beef brisket lunch special and a couple of races in which he had horses running, Chuck Zacney swiped his phone a few times, and the 2005 Preakness Stakes appeared, horses in the gate. "I probably still watch five or six times a year," Zacney said as the race unfolded on his phone. It began as an idea among friends, Eagles fans, at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville in February 2005. They liked to bet horses, Zacney said, so why not throw some money together and buy a couple?
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.
April 30, 2015 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaleem Shah's father cautioned him against getting involved in horse racing. Majeed, a legendary trainer in India who won that country's Triple Crown and the same Indian stakes race 11 straight years, understood the 24/7 grind that is the game on the ground. So the father, who was orphaned at 10, told the son to get an education and a profession and then, later in life, when he was a bit more comfortable, maybe buy a few horses, turn them over to a really good trainer and see what might happen.
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 1, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the favorites kept winning all the prep races, the winners kept running faster and five of the major contenders ran 13 times this year without losing, I began to think this Kentucky Derby field might be one of the best in the last 30 years. I do not think that anymore. I know it. This is not like last year, when it was California Chrome and all the others. American Pharoah, the 2-year-old champion, will be a deserving favorite. If he beats this field as he has won his other four races (a combined 22 lengths)
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.