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May 17, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Divining Rod is led from the Stakes Barn at Pimlico Race Course late Saturday afternoon and takes the traditional walkover to be saddled for the Preakness Stakes, it will be the first time the blue, green and white silks of Lael Stables, owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, will see the track for a Triple Crown race since 2006, when the same walk was taken by ill-fated Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro. The Jacksons have had some very good horses since then, including multiple stakes winners several times, but none that had the right timing, the right form and the right luck to be entered in one of the three most prestigious races in the United States.
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May 17, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes may be more glamorous, but it's the Preakness alone that can transform three distinct races into a Triple Crown. When Derby winners falter at Pimlico, the anticipation and curiosity that animate the three races disappears. Whatever happened at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier fades from memory. And June's climactic Belmont is instead anticlimactic. So, in addition to jockey Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah will carry that burden for the troubled sport late Saturday afternoon when he heads a bifurcated field of eight 3-year-olds in the 140th Preakness.
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May 15, 2015
THREE YEARS after Ahmed Zayat sold his Egyptian beverage company for $280 million in 2002, he did what any naturalized American citizen from Cairo would do with that kind of cash - he went to horse sales around the country to see how fast he could spend it. The man who got a master's in public health from Boston University and lives in Teaneck, N.J., charged headfirst into horse racing with blinkers on and a strategy that bordered on manic....
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May 13, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - His two Kentucky Derby horses had been off the track and back in their stalls for an hour Wednesday morning. The day's work was done, but Bob Baffert was not inclined to leave, so the Hall of Fame trainer held court for a good hour. Even as the listeners dissipated to just a handful, Baffert kept talking, with or without questions. He was reliving his training life generally, his Derby life specifically - Cavonnier's nose loss in 1996 when he was sure he would never get another chance, the three wins in six years from 1997 to 2002, the terrible disappointment with Point Given in 2001.
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May 4, 2015 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Everybody at the Daily News has Stan Hochman stories. Mine, naturally, involves the racetrack. I met Stan at the 1984 Preakness at Pimlico. I was covering horse racing for an eight-month-old all-sports paper in Baltimore, my hometown. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was the perfect place to learn and make mistakes because nobody noticed for a very simple reason: Nobody was buying the paper. It was right after the Preakness post-position draw. I was asking questions/making suggestions to John Parisella, who trained a longshot named Fight Over.
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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When you have a contender, the longer the Kentucky Derby post-position draw goes with your horse either not having a number or the 1 post not having been assigned, you get nervous. Bob Baffert was nervous for several long minutes late yesterday afternoon in the Aristides Room at Churchill Downs. And then he wasn't. Favored American Pharoah drew the 18 post, second choice Dortmund got the 8 and now Baffert, who trains them both, just has to wait until 6:34 p.m. Saturday.
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May 1, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHONE rang, as it does dozens of times a day, but this call was different. It was a bustling afternoon here in the office, I remember that much. This particular conversation, however, I will never forget. It was Feb. 5, a Thursday, and Stan Hochman was calling in to check with the sports editor about some bit of business or another. I just happened to answer the phone. "Eddie," Stan said with that unmistakable raspy voice, "I got our Derby winner. But hold yer ticket.
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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)
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