September 23, 2012 |
Handsome Mike, the longest shot in the seven-horse field at 19-1, traded the lead with Alpha throughout before winning the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by two lengths Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem. Earlier, My Miss Aurelia won the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes, another $1 million race, holding off Questing by a nose. Coming into the Pennsylvania Derby with nothing more than a maiden win on his resumé, Handsome Mike, the Scat Daddy colt with Irad Ortiz Jr. up, took advantage of a slow pace and a troubled trip from the favored Alpha.
May 8, 2009 |
Watch out boys, here she comes. Maybe. Fabulous filly Rachel Alexandra could be headed for the Preakness next weekend or the Belmont Stakes in June after the Kentucky Oaks winner was sold to Stonestreet Stables on Wednesday - less than a week since her recordsetting victory in the female version of the Kentucky Derby. If she enters the Preakness, jockey Calvin Borel likely will be right with her. Borel, who rode her to victory in last Friday's Oaks, then won the Derby the next day aboard 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird, called her the most talented he's ever been on during his lengthy career.
December 16, 2010 |
Scott Lake won No. 5,000 as he won so many of the races that got him to a milestone that had been reached only five times in horse racing history. Communicator went right to the front in the first race at Laurel Park yesterday and never looked back, winning by 4 lengths. With that Lake, the all-time leading trainer at Parx Racing and a force at tracks all over the East for the last decade, became the sixth trainer to win 5,000 races. And just to make sure nobody missed the point, the Lake-trained Flight to Eden went wire to wire to win the second race for No. 5,001.
January 23, 2006 |
A year ago, when the owners and trainer of Afleet Alex showed up at the Eclipse Awards, their presence in Beverly Hills, Calif., was barely acknowledged. Horse racing's annual awards now include a red carpet and a live telecast on the horse-racing channel TVG. The Afleet Alex contingent made it down the carpet and into the ceremony without being stopped at all. The owners were just another group in tuxedos and long gowns who had bought a table. Their horse was a finalist for 2-year-old of the year, but Afleet Alex didn't win, so his human connections immediately headed to the hotel bar after the ceremony.
November 3, 2007 |
Scott Lake, who led the nation's trainers with 528 victories last season, captured his 4,000th win on Wednesday night when Hickory Trick won at Penn National. Lake, 42, of Bensalem, became just the seventh trainer in history to condition 4,000 or more winners. He reached the plateau at a rapid pace after gaining his trainer's license in 1987. Lake also leads all trainers in the country this season, followed by Curlin's tutor, Steve Asmussen. With his runners earning more than $70 million, Lake is 16th on the all-time money list.
August 6, 2007 |
Todd Pletcher has been the most dominating trainer in horse racing for years, and he probably offered a Breeders' Cup Classic preview yesterday at Monmouth Park when Any Given Saturday crushed six opponents in the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Just two months after saddling the first filly to capture the Belmont Stakes in 102 years - Rags to Riches - Pletcher again gave Preakness winner Curlin a setback with the rapidly developing Any Given Saturday, who cruised home by 4 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez.
February 29, 2008 |
A bogey-free 64 yesterday gave Luke Donald a 1-shot lead over Brian Davis and a 2-shot edge on Matt Jones after the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Donald posted the lowest round in the event since Padraig Harrington shot a final-round 63 to win in 2005 at Mirasol, and the 64 was the best in 704 tournament rounds since the event moved to PGA National - where Mark Wilson's winning score a year ago...
August 2, 2009 |
Steve Asmussen is working on a sweep of 3-year-old stakes races. The nation's leading trainer was a powerhouse of 3-year-olds yesterday, sending out long shot Soul Warrior to upset Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the West Virginia Derby. At Saratoga Race Course in New York, he won the Jim Dandy Stakes with Kensei. Today, Asmussen's Preakness-winning filly, Rachel Alexandra, is the favorite in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. "It's been a good day," the trainer said from Saratoga Springs.
August 3, 2007 |
While Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense awaits the Travers later this month at Saratoga, the remaining strength of the division will clash Sunday at Monmouth Park in the $1 million Haskell Invitational. Preakness winner Curlin is the even-money favorite in an outstanding field of eight 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles. Curlin, who began his career at Gulfstream Park in February, finished third in the Kentucky Derby and failed by a head to the filly Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes, his last start, on June 9. "The main reason we're running is the Breeders' Cup is our main objective," trainer Steve Asmussen said of the $5 million Classic on Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
June 1, 2007 |
The June 9 Belmont Stakes will not feature a rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Preakness Stakes winner Curlin. Carl Nafzger, trainer of Street Sense, said yesterday that his horse would pass on the Belmont and take aim for some of the big races later in the year, such as the Travers Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic. "The competitive side said go," Nafzger said. "The logical side said no, no, no. " Curlin's trainer, Steve Asmussen, said yesterday that he could live without the rematch for now. "My position might be, be careful what I wish for," said Asmussen, touting the competition with Hard Spun, the Pennsylvania-bred colt who finished second in the Derby and third in the Preakness.