September 2, 2012
The Bernard Baruch Handicap Saratoga, Race 8 - Post 4:39 $250,000 (G II), 11/16 miles (turf) 1. Data Link. . . John Velazquez. . . 7-5 2. Crimson China. . . Alan Garcia. . . 20-1 3. Queen'splatekitten. . . Javier Castellano. . . 8-1 4. Dominus. . . Julien Leparoux. . . 3-1 5. Guys Reward. . . Joel Rosario. . . 5-1 6. Sky Blazer. . . Rosie Napravnik. . . 6-1 7. Prince Will I Am. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 10-1 8. Alma d'Oro. . . No rider. . . 8-5 Dominus is a faith/style pick.
May 29, 2012
Shackleford held off a furious charge by Caleb's Posse and won the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap by a nose on a steamy Monday at Belmont Park. The 2011 Preakness winner ran the mile in 1:33.30, and returned $8.80 for a $2 win bet as the 3-1 second choice in perhaps the strongest field of older horses this year. To Honor and Serve was third, SOCCER: Former English soccer star Sol Campbell is urging fans not to go to Poland and Ukraine for the European Championship next month, contending racism and violence there make it too dangerous.
March 30, 2012 |
THE APPOINTMENT of a new chief executive at IBM has revived the debate over Augusta National's all-male membership just 1 week before the Masters. IBM hired Virginia Rometty as its CEO this year, which could mean a break in recent tradition for either side. The last four CEOs of IBM have been members of Augusta, but the club has never had a female member since it was founded in 1933. Martha Burk led an unsuccessful campaign 10 years ago for Augusta to admit a female member.
July 31, 2011 |
After a brief vacation at a Kentucky farm, Preakness winner Shackleford is ready to run in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Shackleford is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 11/8-mile race. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is injured, but Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice is among Shackleford's challengers. Also entered are Coil, the second betting choice at 3-1; Joe Vann; Pants On Fire; Concealed Identity; JJ's Lucky Train; and Astrology.
June 12, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom nearly fell at the start. Preakness winner Shackleford faded in the stretch. The Belmont Stakes was up for grabs. And it was 24-1 long shot Ruler on Ice who delivered a huge upset Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown, splashing his way to a three-quarter-length victory over Stay Thirsty. As expected, Shackleford led from the start - but when the field of 12 turned for home in the 11/2-mile Belmont, he tired in the muck as long shots Ruler On Ice and Stay Thirsty passed him by. "Ruler wasn't slowing down," winning jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. said.
June 11, 2011 |
WHEN THE Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners are in the starting gate, the Belmont Stakes is always a terrific standalone race. The 1 1/2-mile distance may be an anachronism. You may need a high-powered telescope to see the horses on the backstretch. And, in the end, it may not really tell you that much because none of these horses will ever run the distance on dirt again. Still, it is hard to resist this Belmont with Animal Kingdom against Shackleford, alongside 10 others in the starting gate, all with their own stories.
June 10, 2011 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - Talk about a tough crowd. Dissed by the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom one day, dismissed as the third betting choice for the Belmont Stakes on another, Preakness winner Shackleford is still considered an underdog for Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown. What does trainer Dale Romans think about his long, lanky 3-year-old colt? "He's not getting the respect he deserves," Romans said Thursday at Belmont Park, where racing was canceled for the day because of temperatures approaching 100 degrees.
June 9, 2011 |
In recent years, the first thing that happened if the Kentucky Derby winner did not win the Preakness was that the connections of one or both of the first two Triple Crown race winners quickly declared they would not be running in the Belmont Stakes. So it was quite refreshing to hear minutes after a terrific finish to the May 21 Preakness that race winner Shackleford and the horse that closed from 18 lengths back early to a half-length back at the wire, Derby winner Animal Kingdom, would be going on to New York.
June 6, 2011
The Detroit Pistons fired coach John Kuester on Sunday, four days after Tom Gores completed an agreement to buy the team from Karen Davidson . Kuester was 57-107 over two seasons with Detroit. He was an assistant coach with the 76ers from 1997-2003 under Larry Brown and returned once more in 2005-06. His daughter, Katie , played high school ball at the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova and will be a senior guard at St. Joseph's next season. The Pistons went 27-55 in 2009-10 and 30-52 last season.
May 28, 2011
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is a go for the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Preakness winner Shackleford is not yet a definite for the final leg of the Triple Crown. At Penn National, Ann's Smart Dancer , owned by Craig Donnelly and his father, Russ Harris , finished second behind Quantum Miss . Donnelly worked as a writer and handicapper for The Inquirer for 37 years. BASKETBALL: Four true freshmen Rateska Brown , Shaniqua Reese , Tyonna Williams and Monaye Merritt (Friends' Central)