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.
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.
May 26, 2015 |
This Memorial Day story from 30 years ago was so surreal that it still seems too fantastic to be true. You can also find a lot of people who will tell you the financing involved makes it a sad story rather than a happy one. Regardless, it was an amazing sequence of events that culminated with a horse's run for the money after winning the Run for the Roses. A horseman and Wall Street investor from Newark, N.J. had this vision of a glamorous racetrack in the middle of South Jersey where all the great thoroughbreds would come to run. It would be built on the same ground in Cherry Hill that had housed Garden State Park from 1942 until April 14, 1977, the date a massive fire killed three people and turned the grandstand into ashes.
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, 2015 |
They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby. The Jacksons can remember where they were, who they talked to, their jockey walking over and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" . . . even the policemen who helped Barbaro get out of Pimlico Race Course, on the road to the New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse had surgery for his catastrophic leg fractures the next day, just down the road from their own home in West Grove.