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April 17, 2013
Todd Pletcher's approach to the Kentucky Derby is simple: keep his best 3-year-olds from facing one another, win a bunch of big races around the country, and then let them meet at the starting gate at Churchill Downs. The nation's leading trainer is set to send out at least four of the 20 Derby starters on May 4 and likely will have the favorite in undefeated Verrazano, winner of the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on March 30. His other starters will be Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary, Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze, and Blue Grass runner-up Palace Malice.
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September 18, 2005 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Angel Cordero Jr. will return to Philadelphia Park on Oct. 1 to briefly resume his Hall of Fame career for the first time in 13 years. Cordero told reporters on a conference call that he would donate 25 percent of his earnings to relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He said he would be back for just the one day. Cordero will ride Indian Vale in the Cotillion Handicap (Grade II) and Yes Yes Yes in the $100,000 Gallant Bob Handicap. Cordero is the agent for top rider John Velazquez, who will be at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 to ride several horses in the Breeders' Cup Preview day, including runners for his principal client, Todd Pletcher.
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April 9, 2011 | Associated Press
The Santa Anita Derby lost another contender when Jaycito dropped out on the eve of Saturday's $1 million race because of a bruised front foot. That leaves Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert with a single entry, 20-1 shot Midnight Interlude, for the West's biggest prep for the Kentucky Derby. On Thursday, the race lost Premier Pegasus, the initial early favorite, because of a leg injury that will sideline the colt through the Triple Crown series. Without Jaycito, the favorite's role likely will fall to Silver Medallion, who was moved up to the 7-2 second choice after Premier Pegasus' defection.
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April 15, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs by 41/4 lengths on Saturday. Overanalyze held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and '01. Prerace favorite War Academy pulled up on the back stretch but was able to walk off the Oaklawn Park track. The race's other favorite, Oxbow, never threatened. Blue Grass Stakes.
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May 3, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It's easy to figure out where Todd Pletcher got the idea to enter five horses in this year's Kentucky Derby. He used to work for D. Wayne Lukas. For the longest time, Lukas was the biggest star in the sport, the guy in the white hat with an army of thoroughbreds stashed coast-to-coast, winning every big race in sight. In 1996, Lukas won his third Derby with Grindstone, a horse he considered the weakest of his five entries. It took him decades to admit as much, but he can do that now. At 77, Lukas has 13 Triple Crown wins, including four in the Derby, and is the sport's elder statesman.
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May 7, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the least surprising development of Kentucky Derby Week, it was announced yesterday morning that 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo would be scratched from today's race. The colt, so brilliant last year when winning his three races by a combined 23 1/4 lengths, did not make his 3-year-old debut until March 12 in a glorified workout disguised as a race. Uncle Mo won easily. Then he got very tired at the end of the Wood Memorial on April 9 and faded to third. Something clearly was amiss.
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September 2, 2011
Major Stakes on Labor Day Card $300K Smarty Jones Plus Two Turf Sprints The Labor Day program at Parx features three of the track's major stakes, the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, the $350,000 Grade 3 Turf Monster Handicap, and the $200,000 Turf Amazon Handicap. The Smarty Jones Stakes features some of the nation's top three year-olds and serves as a prep for the $1 million G2 Pennsylvania Derby run here Saturday, September 24th. The Turf Monster is a Breeders Cup "Win and You're In' race with the winner getting an automatic berth into the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint run in early November at Churchill Downs.
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May 4, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
New Jersey residents can now dial in their horse-racing bets with a phone-wagering system that opened for business yesterday. The automated phone system is an addition to New Jersey Account Wagering, which started in October with the Internet-only service, www.4njbets.com. Dennis Dowd, a senior vice president for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, said that more than 3,000 accounts opened for the Internet and phone betting are expected to generate a projected handle of more than $35 million this year.
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June 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Princess of Sylmar, the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly owned by West Chester's Ed Stanco, lost by a head in a stirring stretch duel that ended with Close Hatches winning the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on Saturday. Last after a quick half-mile of 45 seconds, Princess of Sylmar moved up and halfway through the long stretch was battling furiously with archrival Beholder, Antipathy, and the eventual winner. After a side-by-side duel through the final furlong of the 11/16-mile event, the 4-year-old lost by a head bob. Antipathy was third and the favored Beholder fourth.
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ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
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November 1, 2015 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Liam's Map had just run the best losing race of the year when Terry Finley's old friend, Vincent Viola, a fellow West Point graduate, explained that Finley became a part owner of Liam's Map before the race. A nice gift between friends after Liam's Map ran a brilliant second in the Aug. 8 Whitney at Saratoga. Finley, a Truman High graduate who grew up going to the races at Liberty Bell and runs one of the most successful horse partnerships in America (West Point Thoroughbreds)
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August 3, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Pharoah's ending up at the Jersey Shore this weekend? No great surprise. His owner is from New Jersey, and his trainer has won this particular race so often they may eventually have to rename it the Baffert Invitational. For now it's still the Haskell, annually one of horse racing's most important summer stops, and Oceanport will be the center of the racing world again on Sunday. They're predicting up to 60,000 will invade Monmouth Park Racetrack to watch the Triple Crown winner in his first race after his historic Belmont Stakes triumph.
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October 30, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARCADIA, Calif. _ Bob Baffert is one trainer who never hides his feelings. When he thinks he has a special horse, he lets everybody know. It has been clear for weeks he is in love with American Pharoah, the certain favorite for Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita and the trainer's best hope for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The Derby is still possible, but Baffert announced yesterday morning that American Pharoah won't make the Juvenile. "He has a deep foot bruise in his left front," Baffert said.
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June 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Princess of Sylmar, the Kentucky Oaks-winning filly owned by West Chester's Ed Stanco, lost by a head in a stirring stretch duel that ended with Close Hatches winning the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on Saturday. Last after a quick half-mile of 45 seconds, Princess of Sylmar moved up and halfway through the long stretch was battling furiously with archrival Beholder, Antipathy, and the eventual winner. After a side-by-side duel through the final furlong of the 11/16-mile event, the 4-year-old lost by a head bob. Antipathy was third and the favored Beholder fourth.
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October 30, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN STORM Dixie's career came to an end 5 years ago, Ed Stanco and his five partners in King of Prussia Stable decided they might want to breed their mare. She had won her first race, but never won again. Their superstar trainer, Todd Pletcher, did not exactly give her a rousing endorsement, Stanco remembering him saying, "I wouldn't put a $10,000 stud fee into her. " Pletcher, one of the most intelligent and prudent people in horse racing, got Storm Dixie appraised for about $20,000.
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June 10, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ELMONT. N.Y. - In the last 15 years, as American training methods have changed dramatically and top horses never race three times in 5 weeks except during the Triple Crown, only two horses that ran in each of the events during racing's marquee series have been able to win the Belmont Stakes. In this era, to survive the series and come out the other side with a victory, it takes sensational animals like 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and Philly's own 2005 3-year-old champion Afleet Alex.
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June 9, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The horses were making the turn to the homestretch at Belmont Park, and two had separated. Oxbow had led much of the race and Palace Malice had stalked behind, and now the two horses were even. Aboard Palace Malice, Mike Smith turned to his left, to Oxbow and Gary Stevens. "It was like a movie scene," Smith said. "I could just see [Stevens'] face clear as day, and he says: 'Go on with it, little brother. You're moving better than me.' " With that, Palace Malice peeled away from Oxbow and a charging Orb to take Saturday's 145th Belmont Stakes by 31/4 lengths.
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May 31, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENN NATIONAL, the track a few miles north of Harrisburg, opened in 1972. Tomorrow night will be the biggest in the track's history, with the $500,000 Penn Mile and five other stakes on a $1 million card. The Mile for 3-year-olds on grass will be the signature race, with some really good, young horses potentially on their way to stardom. Even with a race of that quality, there is no doubt about the signature horse. It is the incredible Ben's Cat, the 7-year-old trained by Maryland legend King Leatherbury.
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May 5, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The four of them will be sitting on Millionaires Row, which only begins to hint at their real worth, and rooting for a horse named Normandy Invasion. "If he's as lucky as the rest of us," said 90-year-old Ray Woods, with a nod toward his friends, "he'll win. " Woods and the others will be rooting for Rick Porter's bay at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday because of what the horse owner has done for vets. For most of his 20 years in the business, the ex-soldier has been naming horses to honor veterans.
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