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May 2, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carl Nafzger's story invariably starts the same way, in a box at Churchill Downs, watching a horse he had trained run away from the rest. ABC captured the moment, with Nafzger describing the 1990 Kentucky Derby for an elderly lady, the 92-year-old owner of Unbridled, Frances Genter. It ends with him telling her, "You've won the Kentucky Derby, Mrs. Genter! I love you. " Then he gave her a kiss. Seventeen years later, Nafzger is back for a little more history. His 3-year-old Street Sense is trying to become the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to take the Run for the Roses.
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October 24, 2007 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Take a left turn from the clubhouse parking entrance at Monmouth Park, drive a mile and you arrive at the Atlantic Ocean. The track is one of the great settings in American sports. Anybody who has ever been there knows it. This weekend, anybody who hadn't been there before will know it. Yesterday, 11 Breeders' Cup races at old Monmouth became official. The fields (three races Friday, eight Saturday) were drawn. Post positions were assigned. When all the calculating was done, 123 horses had been entered with $23 million in purses on the line.
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October 24, 2007 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Can youth prevail Saturday in the Breeders' Cup? The top three finishers from the Kentucky Derby will be in the gate at Monmouth Park for the Breeders' Cup Classic. But only seven 3-year-olds have won the Classic, so after a sizzling 4-year-old summer, Lawyer Ron is the slight morning-line favorite in the marquee event of the 24th Breeders' Cup World Championships. Lawyer Ron, who drew the No. 1 gate in the nine-horse Classic field, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite, but that morning line indicates how difficult it is to handicap this one. Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Preakness winner Curlin, who beat Lawyer Ron last month by a neck, were both given 3-1 odds.
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July 30, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense began his second season with a first-rate performance, pulling away in the stretch to win the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes yesterday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In his first race since finishing second in the Preakness Stakes more than 2 months ago, Street Sense had more than enough in reserve to overtake C P West in the stretch for a 1 1/2-length victory. Street Sense, ridden by jockey Calvin Borel, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.
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September 30, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Queen Elizabeth II wasn't around this time, and Churchill Downs' Twin Spires are an hour down the road. The Kentucky Cup Classic will never be confused with the Kentucky Derby. But for Hard Spun's connections, here was a consolation prize worth savoring. Yesterday, Mario Pino's smile was as wide as his face as the jockey rode Hard Spun into the winner's circle at Turfway Park, after the Kentucky Derby runner-up had knocked off the Derby winner, Street Sense. "Well, you know, we owed him one," said Hard Spun's trainer Larry Jones, referring to how the rail opened up at Churchill and Street Sense rampaged past Hard Spun to win the Derby.
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June 1, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 12, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Chester-bred colt Great Hunter was made the 9-5 second choice and will start from the No. 7 post position in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Street Sense, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, was made the 4-5 favorite in the seven-horse field for the 1 1/8-mile race to be run on the Polytrack surface for the first time. Great Hunter, winner of the March 3 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in his only start this year, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani. "Not bad to draw the lucky number seven; and to be able to load last is always a positive," trainer Doug O'Neill said.
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May 6, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Hard Spun led the entire field of the 133d Kentucky Derby around the last turn at Churchill Downs - with Queen Elizabeth II watching, and 156,634 more - the colt's trainer, Larry "Cowboy" Jones, experienced the sensation of a lifetime. For an instant, the Cowboy thought he was the trainer of a Kentucky Derby winner as his horse, born on the Main Line, pushed three lengths out in front. "Your heart can't stop any better than mine did," said Jones. What he wasn't seeing was Street Sense making one of the greatest moves in Derby history, coming from 20 lengths back, going through 14 horses, in a breathtaking quarter-mile.
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May 19, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Street Sense trainer Carl Nafzger said his pre-Kentucky Derby instructions to jockey Calvin Borel were simply this: "You love to ride races. Have fun. " Nafzger could have added: Go ahead and shed tears of unbridled joy as soon as you cross the finish line, invoke the name of your dead daddy on national TV as you talk about that moment being the best of your life, realize that the invitation to visit the White House isn't some prank, trade quips...
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May 17, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carl Nafzger, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, got to town just ahead of his horse yesterday, and said he didn't mind the bull's-eye on his horse's back. A bull rider before he trained thoroughbreds, Nafzger scoffed at the idea that the pressure was now on him going into Saturday's Preakness Stakes. "Hey, we're king of the mountain," Nafzger said outside the Stakes Barn at Pimlico Race Course yesterday afternoon. "We've got [eight] horses trying to knock us off. " Last night, Street Sense was established as the 7-5 morning-line Preakness favorite ahead of 5-2 Hard Spun and 7-2 Curlin, the second- and third-place Derby finishers.
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BALTIMORE - I have picked every winner of the Preakness since 2004, with the exception of 2006 (we'll never know whether Barbaro would have won). This race is much less complicated than the Kentucky Derby because we always have the Derby to review. Some years, the Derby winner (Smarty Jones, 2004, and Big Brown, 2008) is so dominant, the Preakness selection is easy. Other years, Derby winners (Giacomo, 2005; Street Sense, 2007; Mine That Bird, 2009; Super Saver, 2010) got to the winner's circle because of circumstances that are not likely to be repeated.
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June 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Calvin Borel is back on Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and he's thinking about another Triple Crown victory. "We're gonna win, no questions asked," Borel predicted after a workout yesterday at Churchill Downs, where the gelding did a half-mile in 50 seconds. That was his Derby-winning formula. "He worked in :50 and out in 1:02, just like before the Derby. He is doing everything the same," the jockey said. "After those two hard races [the Derby and Preakness], I think the [gelding]
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May 3, 2009 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE - The 50-1 shot showed up at Churchill Downs in a trailer hitched to his trainer's Ford pickup, after a 21-hour drive from a little racetrack in New Mexico. In his last race at that same hardscrabble track, Mine That Bird came in fourth. That's all part of Kentucky Derby lore now, after jockey Calvin Borel, famous for his rides along the rail at Churchill, pulled it off again, winning the Run for the Roses for the second time in three years. As Mine That Bird shot through a hole and bolted to the lead before the final furlong, few in the crowd of 153,563 even knew which horse it was. The second longest shot to win in Derby history paid $103.
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February 17, 2009 | By Robert Yates FOR THE INQUIRER
There would be no letdown this time for owner Rick Porter and trainer Larry Jones. Two years after watching Hard Spun suffer his first career defeat in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, they returned with another unbeaten top-shelf Kentucky Derby prospect. Old Fashioned didn't disappoint as the 1-2 favorite, scoring a 3 1/4-length victory over Silver City in the Grade III race before a season-high crowd of 31,074 yesterday. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Old Fashioned covered the mile over a fast track in 1 minute, 37.41 seconds to run his winning streak to four.
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June 1, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The photograph of Eight Belles fits underneath the sun visor of Larry Jones' truck, and that's where he keeps it. Jones doesn't know who sent it to him. The photo was taken along the rail at Churchill Downs, developed at a Walgreens the day after the Kentucky Derby. The sky in the photo is blue, with puffy clouds floating through. The famous Twin Spires are off in the distance. When Jones looks at it, though, he sees only Eight Belles, the runner-up in this year's Kentucky Derby, and the only Kentucky Derby horse ever euthanized on the track.
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January 5, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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December 30, 2007
Here is a look back at some of the highs and lows of 2007: January 2 On the day of his first game against the 76ers, Allen Iverson told reporters: "I still feel bitter. ... I think I deserved a lot more respect than I got," regarding his trade to Denver on Dec. 19. That night, the Sixers beat the host Nuggets, and Iverson got ejected with 1 minute, 44 seconds to play.   11 The Sixers bought out the contract of veteran forward Chris Webber for about $36 million and placed him on waivers.
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December 28, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Inquirer staff columnist Bob Ford won an honorable mention for the 2007 Eclipse Award in the news-commentary category for his column on Calvin Borel, the Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, who was aboard Street Sense. The column appeared on May 7. Ford won the award in the same category two years ago for his column on jockey Mike Smith and Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner. The Eclipse Awards are presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers Association, and the Daily Racing Form.
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