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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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May 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - If you do not have a betting interest in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, root for International Star. With 20 horses come 20 stories about the people who are around the horse. None is better than the story of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the husband and wife team for 57 years who decided late in life to chase a horse racing dream and have beaten the odds in every way but one. The Ramseys grew up in Artemus, Ky. (pop. 500), down in the southeastern part of the state. Ken was a truck driver, which he parlayed into owning a trucking company followed by a real estate business and a bunch of cell towers.
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April 30, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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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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