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May 7, 2005 | Inquirer wire services
Summerly led gate to wire to win the Kentucky Oaks yesterday, ending Sis City's recent dominance of the 3-year-old filly division. Sis City, owned by a group that includes New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, finished fourth in the Grade I, $500,000-added race. The favorite had won her previous two starts for 3-year-olds this year by a total of 26 1/2 lengths. Torre planned to watch the race in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium before his team played Oakland. "You don't expect to run in the Oaks," Torre said.
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May 7, 2011 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert is back in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs. He's hoping for a return trip Saturday afternoon. The trainer's filly Plum Pretty took charge at the top of the stretch and then held off a late bid from St. John's River to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Plum Pretty stalked early leader Summer Soiree before jockey Martin Garcia sent his 3-year-old filly to the front at the turn. She opened up a sizable lead and needed all of it to beat St. John's River and jockey Rose Napravnik by a neck in the 11/8-mile race.
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May 5, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Before Tuesday, John Servis had not started a horse at Churchill Downs since May 1, 2004. Biblical rains came back then, a few hours prior to the Kentucky Derby post time of 6:12 p.m. Nothing, however, was going to stop the Servis-trained Smarty Jones from winning that Derby. This Friday, the Parx Racing-based Servis will try to pull off a career double typically reserved for Hall of Famer trainers like D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert - win the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.
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May 9, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A day later, the glow from Cathryn Sophia's overwhelming win in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks before a record Oaks Day crowd of nearly 125,000 had not come close to wearing off for her Philadelphia connections. "There is the queen," her groom, Harry Harcourt, said early Saturday morning. Friends of Cathryn Sophia owner Chuck Zacney repaired to the Galt House downtown for a fairly subdued Friday night celebration. Trainer John Servis could not get a restaurant reservation for Friday but called a friend who told him about a place on Bardstown Road that was practically empty.
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July 12, 2012
Grace Hall is the big favorite in the Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, $400,000 filly classic has attracted a field of seven. In her most recent race, the locally based daughter of Empire Maker, who broke her maiden at Delaware Park in her career debut July 11, 2011, finished third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can, and the second-place finisher, Broadway's Alibi, also broke their maidens at Delaware Park in 2011.
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May 26, 1986 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family Style, last year's 2-year-old filly champion and an easy winner of Pimlico Race Course's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, heads today's $100,000 Jersey Belle Stakes, one of two secondary features on Garden State Park's Jersey Derby program. In the other, the $150,000 Garden State Breeders' Cup, two of the fastest older females in the region - Clocks Secret and Hill Sparrow - will square off in a six-furlong sprint. Twelve 3-year-old fillies were entered in the 1 1/8-mile Jersey Belle, whose purse is put up by the track and the New Jersey division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
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June 6, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, DAILY NEWS STAFF
Writer Linny Scott is a small-time horse breeder in Chester County. She buys horses, sells horses, hoping to come out on the right end of enough deals to make more deals. She is what would be called a backyard breeder, rarely with more than three or four mares at a time. Horses are, in many ways, 1,000-pound lottery tickets. You always hope it is your turn. The odds of one person once owning the mother of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner and the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner are roughly the equivalent of hitting Powerball.
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June 6, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi and Daily News Staff Writer
LINNY SCOTT is a small-time horse breeder in Chester County. She buys horses, sells horses, hoping to come out on the right end of enough deals to make more deals. She is what would be called a backyard breeder, rarely with more than three or four mares at a time. Horses are, in many ways, 1,000-pound lottery tickets. You always hope it is your turn. The odds of one person once owning the mother of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner and the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner are roughly the equivalent of hitting Powerball.
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June 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Calvin Borel is back on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and he's thinking about another Triple Crown victory. "We're gonna win, no questions asked," Borel predicted after a workout yesterday at Churchill Downs, where the gelding did a half-mile in 50 seconds. That was his Derby-winning formula. "He worked in :50 and out in 1:02, just like before the Derby. He is doing everything the same," the jockey said. "After those two hard races [the Derby and Preakness], I think the [gelding]
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April 14, 2012 | Associated Press
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Plum Pretty shook off a poor start and cruised to a victory in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on Friday at Oaklawn Park. Twelve Twenty Two, ridden by Calvin Borel, set the early pace, covering the first quarter-mile in 23.89 and first half in 47.54, but Plum Pretty pulled even by the half-mile mark. The Bob Baffert-trained filly with Rafael Bejarano aboard brushed aside a spirited charge from Absinthe Minded to pull away for a 2 1/4-length victory in the 11/16 Grade I race.
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June 10, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE AFLEET Alex entourage had swelled to a small city by the 2005 Belmont Stakes. A large tent was rented that Saturday at Belmont Park to congregate, entertain and simply revel in the moment. There will be a Cathryn Sophia tent right by the Belmont Park paddock this Saturday. The Kentucky Oaks winner is running in the Acorn Stakes on the Belmont undercard and owner Chuck Zacney is bringing 120 people with him. "I had a chance to see her work out last Wednesday," Zacney said.
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May 9, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A day later, the glow from Cathryn Sophia's overwhelming win in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks before a record Oaks Day crowd of nearly 125,000 had not come close to wearing off for her Philadelphia connections. "There is the queen," her groom, Harry Harcourt, said early Saturday morning. Friends of Cathryn Sophia owner Chuck Zacney repaired to the Galt House downtown for a fairly subdued Friday night celebration. Trainer John Servis could not get a restaurant reservation for Friday but called a friend who told him about a place on Bardstown Road that was practically empty.
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May 5, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Before Tuesday, John Servis had not started a horse at Churchill Downs since May 1, 2004. Biblical rains came back then, a few hours prior to the Kentucky Derby post time of 6:12 p.m. Nothing, however, was going to stop the Servis-trained Smarty Jones from winning that Derby. This Friday, the Parx Racing-based Servis will try to pull off a career double typically reserved for Hall of Famer trainers like D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert - win the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.
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November 2, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARCADIA, Calif. - The biggest day in Pennsylvania racing history resonated across the country yesterday when the brilliant 3-year-old filly Untapable, winner of the Cotillion Stakes at Parx 6 weeks ago, circled the field to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, capping off a brilliant season. Ninety minutes before the Distaff, Tapiture, second in the Pennsylvania Derby which was run right after the Cotillion on Sept. 20, ran a race that probably would have beaten any miler in the country except for defending Dirt Mile champion Goldencents.
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September 19, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN UNTAPABLE won four consecutive stakes by a combined 31 lengths in three states from February to June, there were Rachel Alexandra whispers. The great Rachel, destined for the Hall of Fame, put together perhaps the best year ever by a 3-year-old filly in 2009 - going unbeaten, winning the Kentucky Oaks by the length of the stretch, winning the Preakness, the Haskell and the Woodward against males, showing tremendous speed in every race and...
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July 15, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
STANTON, Del. - How races are run often is more determinant in results than what horses are running in those races. How horses undergo subtle changes over time also matters every bit as much as the history of those horses. When 2014 began, the idea of Belle Gallantey beating Princess of Sylmar in any race, much less Saturday's Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap would have been laughable. In 2013, Belle Gallantey was 1-for-14 and was claimed for $35,000 from her final race of the year.
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November 2, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ed Stanco is an actuary. If anyone's going to calculate the odds of a first-time breeder's producing North America's best female horse, it should be him. "There are no odds," said Stanco. "It doesn't happen. Period. We're in uncharted territory. " An East Goshen, Chester County, resident who has dabbled for barely a decade in the sport he discovered as a boy, Stanco was talking about his 3-year-old filly, Princess of Sylmar, the Pennsylvania-bred who won four Grade I stakes races between May and September.
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October 30, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN STORM Dixie's career came to an end 5 years ago, Ed Stanco and his five partners in King of Prussia Stable decided they might want to breed their mare. She had won her first race, but never won again. Their superstar trainer, Todd Pletcher, did not exactly give her a rousing endorsement, Stanco remembering him saying, "I wouldn't put a $10,000 stud fee into her. " Pletcher, one of the most intelligent and prudent people in horse racing, got Storm Dixie appraised for about $20,000.
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July 12, 2012
Grace Hall is the big favorite in the Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, $400,000 filly classic has attracted a field of seven. In her most recent race, the locally based daughter of Empire Maker, who broke her maiden at Delaware Park in her career debut July 11, 2011, finished third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can, and the second-place finisher, Broadway's Alibi, also broke their maidens at Delaware Park in 2011.
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June 6, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, DAILY NEWS STAFF
Writer Linny Scott is a small-time horse breeder in Chester County. She buys horses, sells horses, hoping to come out on the right end of enough deals to make more deals. She is what would be called a backyard breeder, rarely with more than three or four mares at a time. Horses are, in many ways, 1,000-pound lottery tickets. You always hope it is your turn. The odds of one person once owning the mother of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner and the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner are roughly the equivalent of hitting Powerball.
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