April 23, 2013
1. Verrazano (Todd Pletcher, trainer; John Velazquez, jockey): Worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs, third fastest of 40 at the same distance. ... Wood winner is unbeaten in all four starts and will try to become the eighth unbeaten Derby winner. ... Final Derby future wager odds: 7-1. 2. Orb (Shug McGaughey, Joel Rosario): Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby winner worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 Sunday at Payson Park. ... Gets original rider back now that Johnny V has chosen Verrazano.
April 15, 2013 |
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs by 41/4 lengths on Saturday. Overanalyze held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and '01. Prerace favorite War Academy pulled up on the back stretch but was able to walk off the Oaklawn Park track. The race's other favorite, Oxbow, never threatened. Blue Grass Stakes.
April 9, 2013 |
ARCADIA, Calif. - Flashback has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail because of a small chip in his right knee and will be sidelined at least two months. Flashback finished second to Goldencents in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. "Sorry to say Flashback off Derby trail," Trainer Bob Baffert said on his Twitter feed. "Removing small knee chip this week. Should be back in training in 60 days. " Baffert said the injury occurred during the race. The colt owned by Gary and Mary West will be sent this week to Lexington, Ky., to have the chip removed.
April 7, 2013 |
Verrazano crossed his final bridge on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a narrow victory in the $1 million Wood Memorial that likely sends the colt to Churchill Downs as the horse to beat on the first Saturday in May. Sweeping into the lead around the far turn, Verrazano held off the challenges of Vyjack and Normandy Invasion and improved his record to 4-0. The 3-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher won by three-quarters of a length over Normandy Invasion,...
April 6, 2013
Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday in Charleston, S.C., to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009. Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova , 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday's 71/2-hour rain delay. Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.
March 30, 2013 |
Flash back 24 years, and Shug McGaughey's long-term future on the first Saturday in May seemed like such a given. Though his champion Easy Goer lost what was supposed to be his coronation, finishing second to eventual horse of the year Sunday Silence in the 1989 Kentucky Derby, all signs pointed to the would-be Hall of Fame trainer getting, at the very least, several more legitimate cracks at the American classic. "Obviously there is a lot of water under the bridge from those days," McGaughey said this month.