September 20, 2013 |
MIKE E. SMITH turned 48 last month. When he is in town to ride the last four races at Parx on Saturday, the Hall of Fame jockey ought to get together with Bernard Hopkins and compare notes. If Hopkins isn't the best conditioned late-40s athlete in America, then Smith is. Like Hopkins, Smith seldom performs anymore. He waits for the big moments. And he wins. Smith began riding 30 years ago. If he wasn't an instant success, it did not take long. By 1993, he was winning 342 races in a single year.
October 1, 2012
At the Under-17 Women's World Cup on Saturday, the United States got a goal from Darian Jenkins to earn a 1-1 tie with North Korea in Baku, Azerbaijan, and finish undefeated in group play - but the Americans were still eliminated from the tournament on goal difference. The U.S., France, and North Korea all finished with five points, after the teams tied each other in their matches. The decider turned out to be who scored more goals against Gambia. France defeated the Gambians, 10-2, and finished with an eight-goal difference.
March 10, 2012
Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden, Friday to clinch her fourth overall title. Vonn was tied with Phil Mahre of the United States with three overall titles. "I don't know what to say," an emotional Vonn said. "I just wanted to have two aggressive runs today. I felt like I had nothing to lose and I was having fun. I'm just really excited, I'm thrilled. It's crazy. " Olympic champion Hannah Kearney won the individual moguls event in Are for her 10th freestyle World Cup victory over the season.
March 9, 2012 |
VERSAILLES, Ky. - Zenyatta is a mom. The former Horse of the Year who won 19 of 20 races during her stellar career gave birth Thursday night for the first time. A post on her website says Zenyatta had a dark bay colt shortly after 7 p.m. EST at Lane End's Farm in Versailles, Ky., where she lives. The yet unnamed colt weighed 130 pounds and has a white star on his forehead and some white on his feet, the website says. A photo posted on the site shows Zenyatta and her offspring lying on bedding in her stall.
January 17, 2012
LAST YEAR was not 2009 or 2010 in any way - no superstars, no races for the ages, no controversy over Horse of the Year. The voters did not have to choose between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta (2009) or Blame and Zenyatta (2010). There was just a really nice filly based much of the year at Delaware Park who was consistently brilliant all of 2011. So, the voters chose Havre de Grace as Horse of the Year, the third consecutive year a filly has won racing's highest award. The results for all the categories were announced last night at the annual Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif.
November 7, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Zenyatta took the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic but lost the horse of the year vote to Rachel Alexandra. Last fall, Zenyatta narrowly lost the Classic but got the trophy. Sometimes when you lose the big one, you still can win it all. If the 4-year-old filly Havre de Grace had won the Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs, she would have been a lock to be the third consecutive female to earn thoroughbred racing's most coveted honor. She finished a nonthreatening fourth, but considering how things shook out, she may continue the Girl Power dynasty.
November 1, 2011 |
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to top the epic 2010 Breeders' Cup story line with Zenyatta going for her 20th straight win and consecutive Classic wins in her final race. But BC 28, with its $26 million in purses spread over 15 races set for Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs, has another brilliant filly in the Classic. If Havre de Grace, who was based at Delaware Park all summer, wins, she will be the third consecutive female Horse of the Year after Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. This Cup also has the amazing French-trained mare Goldikova going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Turf Mile.
October 28, 2011
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a 1-stroke lead in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn't sanctioned by any of the major tours. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland had eight birdies in his bogey-free round on Lake Malaren's Masters course. American Hunter Mahan was second with a 65. England's Paul Casey and Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington were 3 shots back at 67. Thirty players are vying for the $2 million first prize, the richest in golf.
August 19, 2011 |
UNBEATEN has even more cachet than champion. There is always a champion at the end of every season. Unbeaten never happens anymore in sports where sanctioned money is involved. (So we are not counting college football.) In horse racing, unbeaten has become a synonym for impossible. Which was why Zenyatta was such a fascination last year when she nearly finished her career 20-for-20. Standardbred racing also involves horses, but is quite different from thoroughbred racing.
May 13, 2011
GOT A BOATHOUSE ROW tour yesterday afternoon. After years of seeing them from across the rivers, made visits to the Undine Barge Club, Penn AC and Malta. You could see and smell the history - wood everywhere, boats of all sizes, spectacular views of the city's skyline. Got a smooth trip on the Schuylkill, heading to the 2,000-meter course where the Dad Vail will be held today and tomorrow. Listened very closely to boatmates Jim Barker and Joe McFadden. In 1950, they won the double sculls Gold Cup on the river.