November 15, 1990 |
Alydar, second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races in 1978 but a winner ever since he went to stud, has suffered a broken leg in a stall accident in Lexington, Ky., and is in a life-threatening situation at Calumet Farm. The 15-year-old stallion kicked the door of his stall Tuesday night and broke the cannon bone, just above the ankle, on his right hind leg.
November 19, 1992 |
Two veterinarians who operated on the leg fracture that led to Alydar's death in 1990 denounced recent insinuations that the injury was anything but accidental. "It is a ridiculous charge--the idea that someone might have broken this horse's leg intentionally," Dr. William Baker said, responding to a Nov. 16 Sports Illustrated article. "Medically, it's the wrong kind of fracture for a high energy blow such as from a crowbar, like was described in the Sports Illustrated article," Dr.
November 16, 1990 |
"Hey, champ!" There was a slight rustling in Alydar's stall. Again, "Hey, champ!" The colt stirred some more. "Hey, champ!" Jorge Velasquez shouted for the third time and by now, he had Alydar bucking and kicking. Velasquez came out from behind the tree, where he had been hiding, near Alydar's barn at Belmont Park. When Alydar saw Velasquez, he quieted down. His regular jockey was simply having some fun. "Alydar knew Jorge," Charlie Rose said.
August 10, 1989 |
Jockey Chris McCarron, the late trainer Jim W. Maloney and three horses--including Alydar, horse racing's most famous also-ran--were inducted today into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. The mare Affectionately and the colt Black Gold were also inducted. McCarron, 34, rode Horse of the Year Alysheba to seven victories last year, including the Breeders' Cup Classic. He was the regular rider for both Alysheba and John Henry, who rank first and second, respectively, in all-time earnings.
August 11, 1996 |
Richard Mandella's bench continues to come up big. The second- and third-stringers in one of the country's deepest stables are getting the job done in some rather significant races. When Soul Of The Matter couldn't make the Hollywood Gold Cup because of a foot bruise, Siphon stepped up for the trainer and went gate-to-wire, scoring a 9-1 upset over Geri.
July 23, 1989 |
Jorge Velasquez has been a jockey for 27 years and is just a half-dozen victories shy of winning his 6,000th horse race, but he says he's nowhere near ready to hang up his saddle. "I feel young, I've got lots of business, I've got my weight under control and there's lots of money to be made," the 5-foot-3, 107-pound jockey said. "I really don't know when I'd quit." Velasquez won seven races at Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights this week, but none on Saturday.