September 19, 2014 |
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...
September 24, 2012 |
SATURDAY'S $3 million day at Parx Racing featured a stretch duel that nobody who saw it will ever forget, an unknown winner from the barn that was the most celebrated in racing on the eve of the Belmont Stakes, and a winning run from the back in a sprint race that should have been impossible. Players bet more than $4.3 million on the 12-race card, $2 million on the three featured stakes races at the back end of it. Fans have differing reasons for coming to the track. The vast majority are there to gamble, hoping to leave with more money than they came with, but not necessarily expecting it. The purists arrive at the track yearning to see a race like the $1 million Cotillion, the first Grade I in Pennsylvania history.
June 25, 2012
General manager Sam Presti on Sunday dismissed reports that 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying an extension with Scott Brooks is a top priority. Presti termed the ESPN report "rubbish. " Brooks, a former 76er, led Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals, but his contract runs out at the end of the month. BOXING: Former world heavyweight contender Andrew Golota is facing possible deportation.
April 24, 2012 |
Havre de Grace, the 2011 horse of the year, was scheduled to race May 4 at Churchill Downs, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, the 5-year-old mare won't make that race or any others. Her owner, Wilmington's Rick Porter, announced on his Fox Hill Farm website Monday afternoon that Havre de Grace had suffered an injury to her right front ankle, apparently during a Sunday workout, and has to be retired. The ligament injury would take a year to resolve, with a strong chance it could recur and the great likelihood that she would never be able to compete at the same level again.
April 23, 2012 |
Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year, was scheduled to race next on May 4 at Churchill Downs, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, the 5-year-old mare won't make that race or any others. Her owner, Wilmington's Rick Porter, announced on his Fox Hill Farm website Monday afternoon that she suffered an injury to her right front ankle, apparently during a Sunday workout, and has to be retired. Hers was a ligament injury that would take a year to resolve, with a strong chance it could recur and the great likelihood she would never be able to compete at the same level again.
January 24, 2012
A 125-pound bay colt was born to 2009 horse of the year Rachel Alexandra by 2007 and 2008 horse of the year Curlin . Jess Jackson , owner of Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky, said that his dream breeding pair would produce a super horse and the product of their mating was born on Sunday afternoon.Later this year, Rachel Alexandra is set to be bred to Bernardini , the 2006 Preakness winner. The Breeders' Cup Classic is coming to prime time for the first time. NBC Sports Group and the Breeders' Cup have agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships beginning with the 2012 event at Santa Anita Park.
November 1, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Uncle Mo is back at Churchill Downs as the early 5-2 favorite in a field of 13 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic nearly six months after he was knocked out of the Kentucky Derby on the eve of the race with what was later diagnosed as a life-threatening liver disease. He was the second favorite for the Derby. Now all eyes are back on Uncle Mo to see if he can complete his comeback with a season-ending victory in North America's richest race. "Uncle Mo has never looked better, has never trained better," said owner Mike Repole, due to arrive in Louisville on Tuesday.
November 1, 2011 |
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to top the epic 2010 Breeders' Cup story line with Zenyatta going for her 20th straight win and consecutive Classic wins in her final race. But BC 28, with its $26 million in purses spread over 15 races set for Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs, has another brilliant filly in the Classic. If Havre de Grace, who was based at Delaware Park all summer, wins, she will be the third consecutive female Horse of the Year after Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. This Cup also has the amazing French-trained mare Goldikova going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Turf Mile.
April 22, 2011
The NFL rejected a Philadelphia law firm's request for a conflict-of-interest waiver to represent a new group of players seeking to join the antitrust fight against the league. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday the league had notified Cafferty Faucher of the denial. Aiello said it would be inappropriate to let the firm move forward with the claim because one of the partners also represents the league in music licensing for shows on the NFL Network and NFL Films. The NFL also argued in a court filing that players don't deserve millions of dollars in damages after a judge ruled against the league in a fight over $4 billion in broadcast-rights revenue.
April 22, 2011 |
Jess Jackson, the founder of the Kendall-Jackson winery in California and a prominent thoroughbred owner, has died of cancer. He was 81. A spokeswoman for Jackson's company, Jackson Family Wines, confirmed that Jackson died at his home yesterday. In recent years, Jackson was one of horse racing's leading owners. He campaigned two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, then purchased Rachel Alexandra, the sensational filly who was Horse of the Year in 2009. As a California vintner, Jackson built a multimillion-dollar empire on chardonnay with his popular Kendall-Jackson brand before moving into the racehorse business with his Stonestreet Stable.