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April 7, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Dinard rallied in the stretch to win the $500,000 Santa Anita Derby by a half-length over Best Pal in Arcadia, Calif., yesterday and establish himself as a leading contender for next month's Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Chris McCarron, who earned his first Santa Anita Derby victory, Dinard covered 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1 minute, 48 seconds, and, as the second betting choice of the crowd of 46,000, paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.60. The victory was the fourth in five career starts for Dinard, a son of Strawberry Road, and was worth $275,000, raising the gelding's career earnings to $452,750.
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April 8, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Mister Frisky took the lead in the middle of the turn for home and won the Santa Anita Derby going away yesterday, tying the fabled Citation for the longest modern winning streak in North America. The victory was the 16th for the unbeaten Mister Frisky, trained by Laz Barrera and campaigned in Puerto Rico during his 2-year-old season. Mister Frisky went off the 3-5 favorite and became the first unbeaten 3-year-old since Majestic Prince in 1969 to win the Santa Anita Derby. "He's a little machine," Barrera had said of the horse, which will probably take Barrera to his first Kentucky Derby since 1983 with a real chance to win. Video Ranger, who went off a 35-1 shot, rallied for second, 4 1/2 lengths behind Mister Frisky.
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April 25, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Dinard, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby and one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby, will miss the May 4 race because of a ligament injury. "He has a torn suspensory in back of the left front knee," Alex Hassinger, an assistant to Dinard's trainer Dick Lundy, said yesterday. Hassinger was unsure when the gelding suffered the injury and did not know how long the 3-year-old would be sidelined. "It's hard to determine when he might have sustained the injury," Hassinger said.
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April 5, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services Compiled from wire reports
Personal Hope, ridden by Gary Stevens, won the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday by less than a length over the filly champion, Eliza. The win makes Personal Hope one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby May 1. Eliza, with Patrick Valenzuela on board, led going into the home stretch, but faded and place third. Union City, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Chris McCarron, finished second. In other Derby preps Saturday, Marked Tree took the lead in the late stretch and held off Brother Brown to win the $300,000 Remington Park Derby by a head and As Indicated kept his Derby hopes alive by winning the $200,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
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April 4, 1993 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Personal Hope lost the lead to the filly Eliza going into the final turn, took it back coming out of the turn and ran to victory in the Santa Anita Derby yesterday. The victory sends Personal Hope, ridden by Gary Stevens, to Louisville as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on May 1. It also sends him to Kentucky under a cloud. The last two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, Dinard and A.P. Indy, arrived at Churchill Downs only to sustain injuries that kept them out of the Run for the Roses.
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April 9, 1994 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This year's Kentucky Derby winner will come out of today's Santa Anita Derby. At least that's all one hears on the backside at Santa Anita Park. This is the race. The talent in the $500,000, 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds is so rich that some of California's top colts have skipped town looking for softer spots. Irgun flew to Aqueduct, where he won the Gotham Stakes and will run next week in New York's biggest Derby prep, the Wood Memorial. Powis Castle went to Turfway Park in Kentucky, where he was second by a neck in the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes, the richest prep of them all. Argolid traveled to New Orleans and placed third in the Louisiana Derby.
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April 23, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Bob Baffert says Jaycito and The Factor are still being considered for the Kentucky Derby. Baffert wrote in a text message on Wednesday to the Associated Press that The Factor will train right up until the Run for the Roses. A final decision won't be made until the horse breezes over the dirt under the twin spires at Churchill Downs. The Rebel Stakes winner is coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Arkansas Derby. Baffert added that Jaycito, currently 20th on the graded stakes earnings list, will not run in Saturday's Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.
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March 20, 2012
Bob Baffert's Arkansas Shuttle keeps rolling, likely carrying a couple of his 3-year-old colts to the Kentucky Derby in less than seven weeks. The Hall of Fame trainer had another successful weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with Secret Circle winning the $500,000 Rebel Stakes by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Optimizer on Saturday. The bay colt will return to California this week but is scheduled to be shuttled back for the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 7 and shoot for an Oaklawn sweep.
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April 6, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first "Super Saturday" of races leading up to the 113th Kentucky Derby was supposed to clear up many of the questions about this year's crop of 3-year-olds. Today, less than four weeks before the May 2 Run for the Roses, the situation is as clear as the slop that splattered the face of juvenile champion Capote as he struggled through Aqueduct Racetrack's stretch. Four favorites went down to defeat in Saturday's races - Masterful Advocate in the Santa Anita Derby, Bet Twice in the Florida Derby, Capote in the Gotham Stakes and High Brite in Garden State Park's Cherry Hill Mile.
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September 21, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
UNBEATEN FILLY Songbird arrived at the Parx Racing stable area late Monday afternoon. On the way to Barn 4, where she will reside this week, the horse van passed Barn 8 where local star Cathryn Sophia is with John Servis' stable. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator are scheduled to arrive Wednesday as anticipation builds for Saturday, the biggest day in Pennsylvania horse racing history, with the $1 million Cotillion and $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby the 10th and 11th races on a 12-race card with $3.227 million in purses.
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May 1, 2015 | Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHONE rang, as it does dozens of times a day, but this call was different. It was a bustling afternoon here in the office, I remember that much. This particular conversation, however, I will never forget. It was Feb. 5, a Thursday, and Stan Hochman was calling in to check with the sports editor about some bit of business or another. I just happened to answer the phone. "Eddie," Stan said with that unmistakable raspy voice, "I got our Derby winner. But hold yer ticket.
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May 1, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the favorites kept winning all the prep races, the winners kept running faster and five of the major contenders ran 13 times this year without losing, I began to think this Kentucky Derby field might be one of the best in the last 30 years. I do not think that anymore. I know it. This is not like last year, when it was California Chrome and all the others. American Pharoah, the 2-year-old champion, will be a deserving favorite. If he beats this field as he has won his other four races (a combined 22 lengths)
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April 30, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kaleem Shah's father cautioned him against getting involved in horse racing. Majeed, a legendary trainer in India who won that country's Triple Crown and the same Indian stakes race 11 straight years, understood the 24/7 grind that is the game on the ground. So the father, who was orphaned at 10, told the son to get an education and a profession and then, later in life, when he was a bit more comfortable, maybe buy a few horses, turn them over to a really good trainer and see what might happen.
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May 16, 2014
IT WAS the Tuesday morning before the Kentucky Derby, maybe 2 minutes after I met Art Sherman. He was telling me stories, punctuating them by hitting me lightly on the arm to emphasize his points, laughing, having a great time. I felt like I had known him forever. When we started talking about the horse he trains, I explained I had jumped on the California Chrome bandwagon 2 months before and was riding it to the finish line, telling everybody I knew the horse could not lose. When I got a one-on-one audience in the Derby Museum 2 hours after the Derby, Sherman told me: "You put yourself on the line.
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May 2, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - I always try to separate the Kentucky Derby story from the horse, but admittedly, it is not easy. California Chrome certainly brings the best story to this Derby. Even before I knew the story, I was pretty much convinced he was the best horse. The college hoops regular season was wearing down, the conference tournaments about to begin when I sat down to watch the San Felipe Stakes on March 8 at Santa Anita. I thought Midnight Hawk, trained by Bob Baffert, would be favored.
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May 1, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nearly a half century of Aprils have passed since 18-year-old stablehand Art Sherman shared a sleeping bag with a groom on a 4-day cross-country train ride destined for Churchill Downs. They were accompanying the best race horse ever born in California to his date with Kentucky Derby glory. The legendary Swaps, who would eventually set six world records, upset the heavily favored Nashua in the 1955 Derby. A once-in-a-lifetime horse, Swaps would eventually get a statue at Hollywood Park and a permanent place in the heart of that teenager who would become his exercise rider.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
Download our bettors' guide and in-depth look at the Kentucky Derby here : LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The best way to understand a race is to envision how it will be run. I have decided that Goldencents is fast enough to clear Saturday's Kentucky Derby field in the first few hundred yards, set moderate fractions and be in front from start to finish. Whenever you can find a quality horse that possesses an attribute that is different from the other logical contenders, you have a live play.
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May 1, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When the Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875, black jockeys were dominating the sport, as they had done since horses first started racing in fields all over America before and after the Revolution. In that first Derby, 13 of the 15 horses were ridden by African-American jockeys. Exactly 15 of the first 28 Derbies were won by black jockeys, former slaves and sons of former slaves. Isaac Murphy was the first rider to win the Derby three times. Judging by his statistics, he may have been the greatest jockey who ever lived.
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April 30, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert won't be saddling a horse in the Kentucky Derby, for the first time since 2008. The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run in Saturday's Run for the Roses. His other possibility, Code West, also won't compete in the Derby at Churchill Downs. Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 11/4-mile race. Code West was ranked 21st. Baffert hasn't been on the Derby sidelines since 2007 and 2008.
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