June 9, 2012
The final scheduled public appearance for I'll Have Another, whose attempt to win horse racing's Triple Crown was short-circuited at nearly the last moment by tendinitis, will come Saturday evening when the chestnut colt, with jockey Mario Gutierrez up, leads out the post parade for the Belmont Stakes. Acting as little more than a figurehead saddle pony is a sad, almost maudlin ending for a racehorse that was approaching greatness, but others have endured worse fates in the Triple Crown races.
June 8, 2012 |
Wednesday was the deadline for the 11 horses entered in Saturday's Belmont Stakes to report to the track's detention barn so they could be watched like sixth-graders who might start a spitball fight at any moment. It was a break from tradition when the New York Racing Association decided to sequester the entrants this year, although this is no ordinary year and these are not ordinary circumstances. One person's action is another's overreaction, but, nevertheless, the colts that will try to beat each other over the 11/2-mile course in the final leg of the Triple Crown races are barnmates until the big show.
December 22, 2009 |
The New York Racing Association said Monday it's facing a cash crunch that could threaten the Belmont Stakes and thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown because the state government still hasn't approved video slot machines at the Aqueduct race track. NYRA president Charlie Hayward said that unless state lawmakers agree to get video slots up and running soon at Aqueduct, the NYRA may need another $30 million bailout from the state to save the racing season at Belmont, which includes the storied final leg of the Triple Crown.
September 13, 2008 |
With Hurricane Ike surging toward Texas, three more college football games were rescheduled. Louisiana-Monroe played its nonconference home game against Alabama A & M last night instead of tonight, and Grambling State's game at Northwestern State was moved back a day to tomorrow. In all, about 20 sports events have been affected, including the first two baseball games of a weekend series between the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs and tomorrow's NFL game between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.
December 14, 2006 |
Three-time major champion Lindsay Davenport is pregnant and will miss at least the start of the 2007 tennis season. Davenport and her husband, Jonathan Leach, are expecting their first child in early summer, according to a news release issued yesterday by her agent, Tony Godsick. She won the U.S. Open singles title in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000, along with an Olympic gold medal in 1996. The American has won a total of 51 titles in singles, 36 in doubles, and finished four seasons ranked No. 1: 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005.
November 24, 2006 |
Pat Dobson, 64, one of four pitchers to win 20 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1971, died Wednesday night in the San Diego area. The San Francisco Giants, who employed Dobson as a special assistant to general manager Brian Sabean, said the cause of death was not yet known. Dobson, 122-129 in 11 big-league seasons, was 20-8 with a 2.90 ERA for the 1971 American League champion Orioles, rounding out a famous rotation that included Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (20-9), Dave McNally (21-5)
January 7, 2005 |
The NHL yesterday canceled a meeting with its board of governors scheduled for next week because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process. The board of governors, representing the 30 clubs, hasn't met since September when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed the lockout that reached its 113th day yesterday and has already forced the cancellation of 571 regular-season games and the 2005 All-Star Game. "There's been no progress in talks, no new offer from the union, nothing to report," Bill Daly, the league's lead counsel, told The Inquirer.
June 6, 2004 |
Police Officer Morales' Remington rifle lay beside his booted left foot as, through a pair of dark lenses, he peered down from his rooftop perch at the thousands of fans milling innocently throughout Belmont Park's paddock yesterday. At least, he hoped they were innocent. "This," said Morales, a Nassau County SWAT team member who didn't want to give his first name, "is a perfect venue for terrorism. " The persistent threat of terrorism, plus a Belmont Stakes-record crowd lured here by Smarty Jones' run at the Triple Crown, prompted a record security response.
June 3, 2004 |
When Smarty Jones runs for the Triple Crown before a record-breaking crowd at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be doing so in the state where American racing began more than three centuries ago. He'll be running at a track named for one of the high-hatted New York blue bloods who once dominated the sport. He'll be saddled in a leafy paddock area and paraded past a beautifully landscaped infield and a luxuriously appointed clubhouse jammed with high-rollers and Manhattan's new elite.
September 30, 2003 |
The president of the New York Racing Association resigned yesterday amid investigations into mismanagement and tax fraud by the nonprofit association that operates Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks. The resignation of NYRA president and COO Terry Meyocks was part of a major reorganization, NYRA chairman and CEO Barry Schwartz said. Among other changes were the appointment of C. Steven Duncker and Peter Karches, both NYRA Board of Trustee members, as co-chief operating officers and the hiring of J. William Byrne to fill the vacancy as chief financial officer.