April 7, 2013 |
Verrazano crossed his final bridge on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a narrow victory in the $1 million Wood Memorial that likely sends the colt to Churchill Downs as the horse to beat on the first Saturday in May. Sweeping into the lead around the far turn, Verrazano held off the challenges of Vyjack and Normandy Invasion and improved his record to 4-0. The 3-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher won by three-quarters of a length over Normandy Invasion,...
March 22, 2007
Hard Spun drew Post 10 and was made the 5-2 favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. "I'm not really concerned about the outside post as long as the track isn't showing a bias," trainer Larry Jones said yesterday. "At Turfway, with the synthetic track, it appears that post position is not that important. " Chelokee, trained by Michael Matz, will not run in the Lane's End and is expected to run in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 31. Ravel has been declared off the Derby trail because of an injury to his left front cannon bone.
May 1, 2015 |
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.
May 5, 1990 |
Mister Frisky, the hero of Puerto Rico, will attempt to add America's greatest racing prize to his string of victories here today in the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Florida-bred colt, whose parents never won a stakes race, will be the first undefeated Derby champion since Seattle Slew if he can beat a competitive field of 14 rivals led by the 7-5 early-line favorite, Summer Squall. Partly cloudy skies and a 40 percent chance of rain have been forecast for Derby Day. The temperature is expected to hit a high of 65. Post time is 5:32 (Channels 6, 7, 4:30 p.m.)
April 8, 1986 |
Garden State Park officials tried, but they will not get Snow Chief for the $200,000 Garden State Stakes on April 19. The colt, unbeaten this year, will make his next start in the 112th Kentucky Derby, in which he almost certainly will be favored. Snow Chief, already the winner of the Florida Derby, did nothing to lengthen his Derby odds Sunday when he waltzed away with a barely contested, six-length victory in the $500,000 Santa Anita Derby. Mel Stute, who trains Snow Chief for breeder Carl Grinstead and co-owner Ben Rochelle, said yesterday that he would hold to his schedule of giving the colt one race each month until the Derby.
April 28, 1991 |
The list of horses that will not run in Saturday's 117th Kentucky Derby reads like a racetrack Who's Who. Dinard, winner of the Santa Anita Derby and the Derby co-favorite, is lame and out. Cahill Road, the Wood Memorial winner, lame and out. Meadow Star, the 2-year-old filly champion, defected to Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Richman, winner of the Louisiana Derby, out. Tank, the Garden State Stakes winner, out. Queen's Gray Bee, the Remington Park champion, out. Wall Street Dancer, out. Shotgun Harry J., out. Shoot To Kill, Link, Vouch For Me, all out. By Wednesday, the prospects for America's favorite horse race were down to 14, for one reason or another, and it appeared the field might shrink to the smallest in recent years.
April 1, 1987 |
Hay Halo, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Broad Brush, will head a probable field of at least 10 3-year-olds for Garden State Park's Cherry Hill Mile on Saturday. The Cherry Hill is the first step on the Garden State's road to the Kentucky Derby, a path that Spend a Buck successfully traveled two years ago. The second race of the pre-Derby series is the 1 1/8-mile Garden State Stakes on April 18. The Cherry Hill also will be one of the components of the first "Super Saturday" for 3-year-olds gunning toward the 113th run for the roses on May 2. In addition to the Cherry Hill, the Gotham Stakes will be run at Aqueduct Racetrack, the Florida Derby will be at Gulfstream Park, and the Santa Anita Derby will be staged at Santa Anita Park.
April 11, 1994 |
When motion picture producer Albert Broccoli paid $215,000 for a 2-year-old colt named Anytime Chris last March, he decided he didn't like the name. He sent the horse to trainer Randy Winick at Santa Anita and began thinking of new ones. "When Randy asked me what I was going to name the horse, I told him Brocco, and he said to me, 'What kind of a name is that?' " Broccoli said, smiling, with Winick sitting at his side. Brocco, Broccoli. Get it, Randy? Winick winced and turned beet red. "Whatever he says I said, I guess I said.
May 1, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - According to trainer Bob Baffert, Bodemeister is not the kind of horse who flashes his ability gratuitously. If you want to see the best the son of Empire Maker has to offer, you better be prepared to ask for it. "When he's just galloping, he's sort of lazy," Baffert said. "That's what took me so long to get him to the races is we thought maybe he needs more time. But finally we said, 'We're going to run him,' and then, boom. " The Arkansas Derby winner answered the bell when called upon Sunday, working five furlongs in 59.60 with Kentucky Oaks hopeful Jemima's Pearl at Churchill Downs in his last major move before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.