May 13, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has trainer Todd Pletcher answering a different set of questions as this year's Preakness Stakes approaches. Pletcher had gone 24 tries without a Derby winner before Super Saver posted a 21/2-length victory in Louisville a week and a half ago. Now, rather than having to explain the latest disappointment at Churchill Downs, he gets to chat about being horse racing's latest standard-bearer in trying to bring home a Triple Crown winner. "Any time you bring a Derby winner to Pimlico, you're the one that everyone is hoping that gets the second leg and goes on to Belmont," Pletcher said after Wednesday's Preakness post-position draw, in which Super Saver drew the No. 8 spot for racing's second jewel on Saturday and was installed as the 5-2 favorite.
May 12, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has trainer Todd Pletcher answering a whole different set of questions as this year's Preakness Stakes approaches. Rather than having to explain the latest disappointment at Churchill Downs, Pletcher - who had gone 24 tries without a Derby winner before Super Saver posted a 21/2-length victory in Louisville a week-and-a-half ago - now gets to chat about being horse racing's latest standard-bearer in trying to bring home a Triple Crown winner.
April 29, 2010 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The two favorites drew the inside and outside posts in the annual 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. The horse with the best speed figure had the best workout of the week and came out of it with a fractured ankle. The horse that looked the best on the track yesterday did not have enough graded stakes earnings to get into the race. Other than that, not much happened before and during yesterday afternoon's Derby post-position draw. Likely favorite Lookin At Lucky drew the No. 1 post, not exactly what trainer Bob Baffert would have chosen if he had an option.
April 30, 2009 |
I Want Revenge, the impressive winner of the Wood Memorial, was established yesterday as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 135th Kentucky Derby. But the morning line set by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia also made it clear that there are four standouts in the 20-horse field. I Want Revenge, leaving from the No.13 gate in the 20-horse field, is trained by Jeff Mullins, looking for his first winner with his fifth Derby horse, and co-owned by IEAH, which owned last year's Derby winner, Big Brown.
April 29, 2007 |
With the return of live racing and pleasant weather, Delaware Park was crowded yesterday on the first of 137 programs scheduled this season. Although the eight thoroughbred races included only 45 starters, the featured $75,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes offered a blanket finish won by extreme long shot Travel Plans. Owned by the Liberty Stable and trained by Sandra Slivka, the 23-1 Travel Plans held off repeated challenges down the stretch to prevail by a neck under Kendrick Carmouche.
March 22, 2007 |
Sham Stakes winner Ravel has an injured left front leg and is off the Kentucky Derby trail. Ravel, a winner in two of three career starts under trainer Todd Pletcher, injured his left front cannon bone, which lies between the knee and the fetlock joint. The highly regarded colt, a son of 2000 Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, was set to run in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 - a final prep before the Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs. Pletcher said it was "hard to tell" the extent of Ravel's injury.
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 3, 2001 |
His motorcade arrived in splendid fashion, not one usually seen on the backside at Churchill Downs. Between the parked pickup trucks, stray cats, and thoroughbred horses trotting to and from the track for a morning workout yesterday snaked a procession of two ivory Town Cars protecting a black stretch limousine. While Bob Baffert tended to the Kentucky Derby favorite, a monster colt named Point Given, its owner, Ahmed Salman, stepped out of the limo by Barn 33, completing the last leg of a 20-hour journey.
April 16, 2001 |
The field for the Kentucky Derby is coming into focus, and what's crystal clear is that trainer Bob Baffert possesses a powerful 1-2 punch in Point Given and Congaree. What remains to be seen, however, is whether usual Derby trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito can come up with 3-year-olds worthy of competing in the Derby on May 5. Lukas, with four Derby wins and at least one runner in each of the last 20 editions, might be down to his final chance in Turnberry Isle, scheduled to run in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.
April 9, 2001 |
Point Given made his point - at least in the mind of a trainer whose colt chased the chestnut home in the Santa Anita Derby. "Regarding the winner, bet your Triple Crown money," trainer Harold Zucker said after his Crafty C.T. was beaten by 5 1/2 lengths by Point Given on Saturday in Arcadia, Calif. "If this horse doesn't win the Triple Crown, there's something wrong. " His second victory in two starts as a 3-year-old solidified Point Given's role as early favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.