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 17, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY Day 2014 was the biggest in Parx Racing/Philadelphia Park/Keystone history when a Kentucky Derby winner ran there for the first time after winning the Derby. The 2015 Pa. Derby will be way bigger, if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah makes his final pre-Breeders' Cup start at Parx on Sept. 19. Sam Elliott, Parx's director of racing, was at Churchill Downs Saturday morning and, after training hours, spent 45 minutes huddled with American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert in his Barn 33 office.
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.
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.
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.