September 24, 2013 |
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.
June 15, 2013 |
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
June 3, 2013 |
Benson loves to play with toy cars and proudly shows off his racing track, which he builds into different shapes. The 9-year-old has many other interests, including playing basketball, soccer, and dodgeball. When he is indoors, he spends many happy hours playing video games and watching television. Outdoors, he delights in running around and riding his bike and scooter. Although he is shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up. Benson does very well in school, where he receives special-education services.
May 5, 2013 |
The Derby is not run for Mitt Romney's "47 percent," even if many of them jam the infield and sell all those mint juleps and corn dogs. It is run for the swells who cram the boxes high above the race track, throwing $100 bills at mutuel tellers like revelers tossing confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It is decadent and depraved and outrageous, with women decked out in hats that look like skyscrapers and men willing to part with their senses...
August 7, 2012 |
LONG POND, Pa. — Even the best racers need luck now and then. With the frustrating Sprint Cup season Jeff Gordon has endured, he needed luck — as much as anyone. Lady Luck rained Gordon's way Sunday at Pocono Raceway. When race leader Jimmie Johnson took out Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin on a restart on lap 91, Gordon inherited the lead in the Pennsylvania 400. Then rain began to drench the mountain area for the second time. A few minutes later the scheduled 160-lap race was officially called with 98 laps completed and Gordon was a winner for the first time this season.
June 17, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The last time anyone was this fast in qualifying in NASCAR's top series, Richard Petty was still driving. He's an owner now, but when Marcos Ambrose won the Sprint Cup pole at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday for Richard Petty Motorsports, the Hall of Famer was on hand to put the accomplishment in perspective. Ambrose posted a speed of 203.241 m.p.h., the first time since 1987 the 200 m.p.h. mark was broken during Sprint Cup qualifying. "I can't hardly remember that far back," Petty said.
June 10, 2012 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Fast and furious. That's typically how NASCAR's stars leave after a weekend at Pocono Raceway. But this week is turning out to be the longest in track history, and for a change the drivers have had nothing but good things to say about the 2.5-mile speedway in advance of Sunday's Pocono 400. While a number of competitors applauded drastic improvements to pit road and the installation of the new generation of Safer barriers...
September 6, 2011 |
KING T. LEATHERBURY was born just as President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office for his first term, right in the midst of the Great Depression. King graduated from the University of Maryland and went to the race track, winning his first race as a trainer in 1959. Yesterday at Parx, King T. won Race No. 6,325, third all-time. He won the $350,000 Turf Monster with Ben's Cat, a horse that could have been claimed for $20,000 in his first start in May 2010. The horse had sustained a broken pelvis as a 2-year-old so the trainer, a master of the claiming game, took a chance.
July 19, 2011 |
ROSARIO MONTANEZ rode his first races in the hills above his native San Diego and across the border in Tijuana. He was 11. A decade later, he is the leading apprentice jockey in America, the favorite for the Eclipse Award, making a run at Kendrick Carmouche for leading rider at Parx Racing. The first time he went to an actual race track, it was Del Mar, the beautiful track on the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego. He was 9. "After seeing match races and coming into a real race track, organized and everything, it was a lot different," Montanez said.
July 11, 2011 |
JUAN CARLOS GUERRERO arrived from Mexico when he was 14, hoping to get an education. He ended up at the race track. In the next quarter-century, he got a doctorate in horse. In 2010 and 2011, the trainer has put up unprecedented numbers at Parx Racing, winning with 40 percent of his starters. This being horse racing, nobody puts up those kinds of numbers without significant skepticism. The assumption is that Guerrero must have some kind of pharmaceutical edge. The problem with assumptions, of course, is that they are not facts.