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May 5, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Doug O'Neill came up short in his bid to defend his Kentucky Derby title. O'Neill, who won in 2012 with I'll Have Another, ended up with Goldencents finishing 17th in a 19-horse field Saturday. The run by Goldencents also ended Kevin Krigger's hope of becoming the first African American jockey to win the race in more than a century. Krigger said Goldencents didn't have the kick to keep up with a quick field on a sloppy track. "It just wasn't our race," Krigger said.
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May 5, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn't sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses. "I was really far back," Joel Rosario said. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy. " The bay colt made it look that way Saturday, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/2 lengths and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the classic for 3-year-olds.
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May 5, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A trainer flooding the field with five horses. An African American jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double - champions in racing and basketball. He's sure in the right place. The 19-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite. Orb is the prerace choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed is his trainer, Shug McGaughey, who really, really wants this race. Doug O'Neill trying to win back-to-back.
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May 4, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Trying to predict the winner of a horse race is a fool's game, and doing so for the Kentucky Derby - a jostling, 20-horse charge over a distance none of them has previously mastered - is a game for only the bravest of fools or the most foolish of the brave. Bill Handleman was my professor as I learned those hard lessons. He was a devoted addict of the calculus required for balancing the limits of a horse's pedigree, its will to run, the savvy of its trainer and jockey, the bias of a particular racetrack, the conditions of the day, the fickle nature of racing luck, and all of those factors as they were measured against the other horses in the race.
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May 3, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rick Pitino takes two vacations every summer and, like any rational individual, takes them at Saratoga, the upstate New York site of America's most historic racetrack, and Del Mar, the country's most scenic track, just north of San Diego, with the Pacific Ocean in view from the grandstand. A native New Yorker, Pitino knew a little about horse racing, but it was not until he came to coach at Kentucky a quarter century ago that he really got into it. Now the Louisville basketball coach, fresh off that national championship, is all the way in. When word of his imminent arrival at Churchill Downs spread through the backstretch Wednesday morning, you would have thought a head of state was coming to Barn 45 to see Goldencents.
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May 3, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rick Pitino became a Hall of Famer and an NCAA champion on the same day. Now the Louisville basketball coach is positioned to become a Kentucky Derby-winning owner if Goldencents wins on Saturday. Talk about the greatest four weeks ever. Despite attempts to downplay Pitino's hot streak, his appearance for Wednesday's workout at Churchill Downs showed how much people like being around a winner. He looked every bit the rock star wearing sunglasses as he walked through a throng of Cardinals and race fans who had waited patiently outside the barn.
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May 3, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
LONGTIME Daily News sports writer Stan Hochman has a stable full of great stories about the Kentucky Derby, including a dandy from the first one he covered. We'll get to that in a minute. For the second year in a row, Hochman will headline a charity benefit on Derby Day at the Paramour restaurant in the Wayne Hotel in Wayne, Pa. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. and guests are encouraged to dress as if they were attending the Derby at Churchill Downs - plenty of ostentatious hats, hold the manure.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
Download our bettors' guide and in-depth look at the Kentucky Derby here : LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The best way to understand a race is to envision how it will be run. I have decided that Goldencents is fast enough to clear Saturday's Kentucky Derby field in the first few hundred yards, set moderate fractions and be in front from start to finish. Whenever you can find a quality horse that possesses an attribute that is different from the other logical contenders, you have a live play.
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May 3, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It's easy to figure out where Todd Pletcher got the idea to enter five horses in this year's Kentucky Derby. He used to work for D. Wayne Lukas. For the longest time, Lukas was the biggest star in the sport, the guy in the white hat with an army of thoroughbreds stashed coast-to-coast, winning every big race in sight. In 1996, Lukas won his third Derby with Grindstone, a horse he considered the weakest of his five entries. It took him decades to admit as much, but he can do that now. At 77, Lukas has 13 Triple Crown wins, including four in the Derby, and is the sport's elder statesman.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
By Terry Conway H.P. McGrath was a barroom brawler who worked his way up from crooked dice games in his native Kentucky to owning posh gambling parlors in New Orleans and New York City. Cashing in his enormous profits, McGrath returned to Lexington, Ky. as a member of the landed gentry in 1867. He built his lordly estate McGrathiana on the crest of a hill a few miles outside town. There, horse-breeding, racing, and wagering on topflight thoroughbreds would dominate the rest of his life.
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