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April 27, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
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November 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. - The three horses were racing as a team for the final 200 yards of horse racing's $5 million season-ending championship race, the Pennsylvania Derby winner in front, an English horse making his first start on dirt continuing his race-long challenge and the Kentucky Derby winner rolling on the outside, poised, it appeared, to give 2014 the perfect ending it deserved. It was the moment the 63,114 at Santa Anita had been hoping for: Their state's horse, California Chrome, ready to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, bring clarity to the racing season and give credibility to the sport's winter/spring star with an autumn moment to remember.
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October 31, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. - The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, America's richest race, is typically run almost exactly 6 months after America's most important race, the Kentucky Derby. In the early days of the Breeders' Cup, which began in 1984, Derby winners were prominent among Classic winners. Who can forget Tom Durkin's wonderful 1987 Classic call, "the Derby winners hit the wire together" when 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand held off 1987 Derby winner Alysheba. The great Alysheba won the 1988 Classic.
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October 30, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARCADIA, Calif. _ Bob Baffert is one trainer who never hides his feelings. When he thinks he has a special horse, he lets everybody know. It has been clear for weeks he is in love with American Pharoah, the certain favorite for Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita and the trainer's best hope for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The Derby is still possible, but Baffert announced yesterday morning that American Pharoah won't make the Juvenile. "He has a deep foot bruise in his left front," Baffert said.
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September 23, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN PARX RACING management made the decisions to move the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby to later in September, institute a bonus system and couple the track's signature race with the Cotillion Stakes to make it an "event," even the most optimistic never could have envisioned a day like Saturday. A glorious final Saturday of summer, parking lots overflowing, the grounds definitely more crowded than they have been in years. (There is no admission so there is no way to know how many people were there.)
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September 22, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PARX CASINO is always open. The racetrack across the parking lot will open early today - 10 a.m., probably even earlier if there is a long line. There might be lines outside then, and definitely inside all day. The Kentucky Derby winner is running at Parx. California Chrome, making his first start since finishing fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, will be in post position No. 1 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, scheduled for 5:40 as the finale of a broadcast on The Comcast Network (4:30 to 6 p.m.)
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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
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September 22, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They packed the apron in front of the glass-encased grandstand and surrounded the paddock, filling the steps up to the jocks room, straining to get a look at reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. He was about to contest the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the first reigning Derby winner to appear in the race. Once the race began, Bayern's jockey said he couldn't see California Chrome. As Martin Garcia pointed out, he wasn't turning around to look back. The crowd at Parx Racing, estimated at 16,000, got a thrill early Saturday evening, but it was from Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, who led from the gate to the wire and set a track record over the 11/8-mile distance.
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September 21, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A red alert for slots players heading to Parx Casino in Bensalem: Saturday afternoon, you may not get your favorite parking spot. Just up Smarty Jones Way from the main casino building, 20,000 people are expected to pack the racetrack to watch reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome compete in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Extra tellers were being hired, a press room was added to the ground floor, and the parking lots are expected to fill up, although attendance isn't expected to near the record 28,692 set in 1983.
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September 19, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IN THE END, it is still a horse race. It just happens to be the most important race in the history of Pennsylvania racing and the first time a Kentucky Derby winner has run in the state after winning the Derby. The stakes are high for tomorrow's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, with many questions. Is California Chrome the same horse that so dominated his peers all winter and spring? Is he better? If he wins and looks good doing it, how cool will the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita be, with Chrome against unbeaten Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old champion, who is scheduled to run in the Sept.
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