August 30, 1997 |
The Pennsylvania Derby has a deserved reputation as a race where anything is likely to happen. Anybody who saw Broad Brush's broken-field run to victory in 1986 or Western Playboy winning by an incredible 17 lengths in 1989 or Valley Crossing winning at 78-1 in 1991 knows that. They'll run the Pa. Derby for the 19th time Monday at Philadelphia Park. And lunacy could carry the day again. But, when you look hard at the field, there is only one scenario that is logical. Frisk Me Now, who will be favored, should win. If he runs his normal race, he wins.
August 30, 1997 |
For much of the season, Frisk Me Now has battled the top 3-year-olds in the country, rarely garnering much attention and often going to the post at long odds. But as the only graded stakes winner in the field, Frisk Me Now likely will be a heavy favorite in Monday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Derby (Grade 3) at Philadelphia Park. Frisk Me Now, owned by Carol Dender and trained by her husband, Bob Durso, recently trailed Belmont winner Touch Gold in the rich Haskell at Monmouth after dueling wide for the lead in the early going.
September 24, 2011 |
To Honor and Serve, considered among the nation's top Kentucky Derby prospects earlier this year, continued his climb toward the top of the current 3-year-old crop when he dominated eight opponents in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Saturday at Parx Racing. Ruler On Ice, this year's 24-1 upset winner of the Belmont Stakes, rallied powerfully to finish second, 21/4 lengths behind the winner and 31/2 lengths before Rattlesnake Bridge. Arthur's Tale, J W Blue, Norman Asbjornson, the pacesetting Rush Now, Pender Harbour, and Isn't He Perfect followed in that order.
September 29, 1987 |
Arlington Classic winner Lost Code and Jerome Handicap victor Afleet are expected to head a strong, competitive field for Sunday's $300,000 Pennsylvania Derby, Philadelphia Park's premier race. Track officials said yesterday that they had commitments from the trainers of nine 3-year-olds to run in the Grade II, 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby, with some others likely to enter on Friday. In addition Lost Code and Afleet - both Grade I winners - major stakes winners Templar Hill, War and Phantom Jet are expected for the ninth running of the state's richest horse race.
September 7, 1993 |
Herb McCauley arrived at Philadelphia Park for his mount in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Derby a little early yesterday, and he made a crucial observation. "I saw that the winners were coming from far behind. And it was my design, my definite strategy, to take my horse way back (off the pace). " The result was a stirring victory by a neck for McCauley and Wallenda, who outraced rival stretch-runner Press Card to the wire. Saintly Prospector was third in the field of nine. Storm Tower's front-running style was ill-suited to a track that greatly favored closers.
September 2, 1991 |
Key Contender has never even competed in a stakes race, but he will go to the post in today's $150,000 Pennsylvania Derby as the favorite. Philadelphia Park's biggest event will include a somewhat average if not well-balanced field of 13 3-year-olds racing 1 1/8 miles. Key Contender has shown rapid development recently for Rokeby Stables and Hall of Fame trainer Mack Miller. After capturing one race last season, the son of Fit to Fight blossomed in his last two appearances in New York.
September 4, 1992 |
Labor Day weekend's sports calendar gives you quite a choice: Temple and Eagles football. The Phillies. And the Pennsylvania Derby, one of the richest thoroughbred races in Pennsylvania. First, the new football season: The Temple Owls open their NCAA campaign Saturday at 7 p.m. against Boston University in a non-conference game at HersheyPark Stadium, HersheyPark Drive in Hershey. The Owls, under fourth-year coach Jerry Berndt, will have sophomore Chris Paliscak at quarterback and an all-America candidate at offensive tackle, junior Tre Johnson.
September 4, 1992 |
Nines Wild, an extremely fast colt who appears to improve with each start, heads what likely will be a full field in Monday's $150,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. A son of Wild Again - the winner of the first Classic, the top race of Breeders' Cup day - Nines Wild finished second to Technology in the $500,000 Haskell Invitational Handicap on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park after winning three consecutive races. His effort in the Haskell was outstanding considering that he broke poorly but still managed to lead until the final yards, failing by 1 3/4 lengths and easily handling the remainder of the quality field.
September 26, 1986 |
Broad Brush, beaten by Danzig Connection in the Pegasus Handicap two weeks ago, drew the eighth post position for tomorrow's $300,000-guaranteed Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. Eleven 3-year-olds, including an entry of Sumptious and Pirate's Skiff, were entered yesterday for the eighth running of the 1 1/8-mile, Grade II race at the Bucks County track. Broad Brush, bred and owned by Maryland developer Robert Meyerhoff, again will be ridden by Angel Cordero Jr. Broad Brush will carry 122 pounds under the Pennsylvania Derby's allowance conditions.
August 31, 1991 |
A year ago, Preakness winner Summer Squall, lured by a $300,000 purse, arrived at Philadelphia Park as the huge favorite in the Pennsylvania Derby and promptly crushed eight opponents. This year, though, with Philadelphia Park having fallen on hard financial times and with the purse slashed to $150,000, few quality shippers from other tracks are evident for Monday's 13th renewal of the state's richest race. That is bad news for followers of top-notch racing, but good news for area owners and trainers.