May 16, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - Make that 33 years and counting in the wait for horse racing's next superstar, at least as defined by the Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds. When the next crop convenes in Louisville on the first Saturday in May 2011, it will have been 33 years since Affirmed outdueled Alydar through a fabulous spring in 1978 to become the 11th Triple Crown champion. The Preakness is always the turning point, the hinge race in which the Kentucky Derby champion announces himself as something special - setting up a dramatic conclusion at the Belmont Stakes - or fades into the small type of the record book.
May 16, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - Lookin At Lucky finally got, well, lucky. The two-year-old champion who kept running into hard luck in his major three-year- old stakes races took advantage of his No. 7 post position and raced to a three-quarter-length victory in the 135th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Leaving the gate as a slight second favorite to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky kept pace with the pack running in the middle of the 12-horse field for much of the race.
May 13, 2010 |
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 2 1/2-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...
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.