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August 30, 1997 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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September 24, 2011 | By Craig Donnelly, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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August 30, 1997 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 29, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 7, 1993 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 2, 1991 | By Craig Donnelly, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this article
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1992 | By Jack E. Ewing, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
SPORTS
September 4, 1992 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 26, 1986 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 31, 1991 | By Craig Donnelly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
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September 22, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They packed the apron in front of the glass-encased grandstand and surrounded the paddock, filling the steps up to the jocks room, straining to get a look at reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. He was about to contest the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, the first reigning Derby winner to appear in the race. Once the race began, Bayern's jockey said he couldn't see California Chrome. As Martin Garcia pointed out, he wasn't turning around to look back. The crowd at Parx Racing, estimated at 16,000, got a thrill early Saturday evening, but it was from Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert, who led from the gate to the wire and set a track record over the 11/8-mile distance.
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September 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, ready to race Saturday for the first time since his ill-fated bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, is the even-money favorite in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Is facing Chrome right off a layoff the best shot for his opponents? That would make sense. "It does leave him a little vulnerable in my book," said Ron Winchell, owner of Tapiture, also running in the Pennsylvania Derby, and Untapable, the favorite in the $1 million Cotillion.
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September 24, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN PARX management moved the Pennsylvania Derby off Labor Day a few years ago and, then last year raised the purse of its second biggest race, the Cotillion Stakes, and put them both on the same day, they were trying to create an "event. " They officially have an event. Attendance is an irrelevant horse racing statistic in 2013 as 90 percent off all the money is bet away from the race track - online with an account, at an OTB or over the phone. But when you offer something special, you would like to see a big crowd and lots of wagering.
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September 23, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Handsome Mike, the longest shot in the seven-horse field at 19-1, traded the lead with Alpha throughout before winning the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by two lengths Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem. Earlier, My Miss Aurelia won the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes, another $1 million race, holding off Questing by a nose. Coming into the Pennsylvania Derby with nothing more than a maiden win on his resumé, Handsome Mike, the Scat Daddy colt with Irad Ortiz Jr. up, took advantage of a slow pace and a troubled trip from the favored Alpha.
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September 18, 2012
Alpha will face off with Golden Ticket in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday at Parx Racing in a rematch of the Travers winners, who finished in a historic dead heat. It will also be the track's biggest day of racing and a Breeders' Cup preview as the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for fillies and mares will also be contested. The races will be televised on CW57, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., including the $300,000 Gallant Bob Handicap.             $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, 11/8 miles   1. Stephanoatsee       G.Motion       S.
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September 26, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
THE 4 WEEKS of racing at Parx, commencing with three stakes on Labor Day and ending with the Cotillion for the country's top 3-year-olds fillies, are designed as a way to showcase how far the sport has come in the 5 years since slot machines came on line and as a bridge to the Breeders' Cup. With purses going from $120,000 per day to $300,000, there is no doubt the game has changed since 2006. Last year's September results at Parx provided some serious clues to three Cup races.
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September 24, 2011 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
HOW TODAY'S $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing will be run is not hard to imagine. How it will be won is more difficult to ascertain. The pace in the mile-and-an-eighth should be realistic, but something short of enervating. The contenders are represented by every style. There really should be no excuses. Rush Now is going to the front. The very talented To Honor and Serve should be right behind the frontrunner. Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, who should relish what is almost certain to be a sloppy track, should be sitting on a nice trip somewhere near the rail.
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September 24, 2011 | By Craig Donnelly, For The Inquirer
Ruler On Ice stunned millions of observers when he captured the Belmont Stakes over a sloppy track at 24-1 in June. On Saturday, Ruler On Ice will be the first winner of a Triple Crown event ever to enter the starting gate for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (Grade II) at Parx Racing. Since the stunning upset, Ruler On Ice competed well but was defeated in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, both Grade I, $1-million events. Despite his credentials, which include an impressive victory over the Parx course in February, Ruler On Ice might not be the favorite in the 11/8-mile Derby.
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