June 5, 2015 |
IF I LOOKED at these Belmont Stakes past performances in a vacuum, I would note that there is only one horse that has ever gone wire-to-wire in any race and that horse has done it four times. I would also note that none of the other horses has ever been in front at the first call of any race. The best horse with a tactical advantage is the closest thing to a sure thing as there is in horse racing. American Pharoah is obviously the best horse in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah also has the best early speed.
June 4, 2015 |
SECRETARIAT, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, three of the greatest horses in the history of the sport, won the Triple Crown in 1973, 1977 and 1978. Since then 14 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness without winning the Belmont Stakes. There is no common theme other than the result. Every one of them lost, even when losing really did not seem possible. Here is a year-by-year look at the Almost Crowns. Spectacular Bid (1979) The 1979 2-year-old champion had won 12 consecutive stakes before the Belmont.
October 31, 2014 |
ARCADIA, Calif. - The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, America's richest race, is typically run almost exactly 6 months after America's most important race, the Kentucky Derby. In the early days of the Breeders' Cup, which began in 1984, Derby winners were prominent among Classic winners. Who can forget Tom Durkin's wonderful 1987 Classic call, "the Derby winners hit the wire together" when 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand held off 1987 Derby winner Alysheba. The great Alysheba won the 1988 Classic.
May 4, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a Monday morning in Dubai, a few hours before dawn. In New Mexico, it was still Sunday afternoon and one of Bob Baffert's horses had just won the Sunland Oaks. Congratulatory texts woke him so he decided to check out one of his horses in the Sunland Derby. He fired up a laptop to watch online. Baffert, 59, was feeling something in his chest he knew he was not supposed to be feeling. If he was alone, he feels certain he would have been in denial and just ignored the chest pain.
May 3, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was a Monday morning in Dubai, a few hours before dawn. In New Mexico, it was still Sunday afternoon, and one of Bob Baffert's horses had just won the Sunland Oaks. Congratulatory texts woke him, so he decided to check out one of his horses in the Sunland Derby. He fired up a laptop to watch online. Baffert, 59, was feeling something in his chest he knew he was not supposed to be feeling. Had he been alone, he feels certain he would have been in denial and just ignored the chest pain.
June 3, 1999 |
The owner is the nicest man in the world. The trainer holds all the records in his sport. The jockey is an absolute natural. For the past month, the trainer seemed to be taking lessons on humanity from the owner. And the jockey told and retold his story - a star, out of his sport without much hope of returning, a chance at the Triple Crown. They are the three Charismatic men. They are the human voices to an equine miracle. Bob Lewis. Wayne Lukas. Chris Antley. Lewis and Lukas will only be able to watch from the Belmont Park stands Saturday as Charismatic tries to beat 11 other horses and complete the first Triple Crown in 21 years.
January 31, 1999 |
Puerto Madero, a Chilean horse that has been in the United States for less than a year, charged to the front entering the homestretch to upset hard-charging Silver Charm yesterday in the $500,000 Donn Handicap in Hallandale, Fla. Puerto Madero, the 7-2 second choice, overtook dueling leaders Sir Bear and Littlebitlively on the final turn and pulled away down the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Behrens. Silver Charm, whose odds fell to 4-5 by post time, could not overcome the outside post position in the 12-horse field and needed a fast charge to finish third by a nose in front of Hanarsaan.
November 5, 1998 |
Hubert "Sonny" Hine got it just right. "If he's going to go out a champion, this is the place to do it," the veteran horse trainer said yesterday. "He'll be remembered forever. " The horse in question is Skip Away, purchased by Hine for $22,500 more than three years ago. Carolyn, Hine's wife of 32 years, is the owner. The place will be Churchill Downs late Saturday afternoon. The race will be the Breeders' Cup Classic, its purse swelled to a record $5,120,000, the winner's prize a record $2,662,400.
June 14, 1998 |
Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set his 14th world record last night, clocking 12 minutes, 39.36 seconds for 5,000 meters after two sizzling final laps in Helsinki, Finland. Daniel Komen of Kenya set the previous record of 12:39.74 last year. Only 10 days earlier, Gebrselassie established the 10,000-meter world record of 26:22.75 at Hengelo, Netherlands. In other events, Colin Jackson of Britain clocked 13.12 seconds in the 110 hurdles, equaling the year's best time by Olympic champion Allen Johnson.
February 20, 1998 |
College and high school wrestlers should work individually with health professionals when losing weight and need to learn more about diet and nutrition, the government said yesterday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta made the recommendations after the deaths of three college wrestlers in November and December. The wrestlers, from the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Campbell University in North Carolina, wore rubber suits during strenuous exercise in hot weight rooms to lose as many as nine pounds hours before competition.