April 19, 1992 |
Pine Bluff defeated Lil E. Tee by a neck to win the $500,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. The heavily favored son of Danzig covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 2/5 in scoring his second consecutive victory. Owned by the Loblolly Stable and trained by Thomas Bohannan, Pine Bluff was fourth early and racing along a slow rail. Jerry Bailey moved the colt off of the rail before the leaders went into the far turn. Lil E.
April 16, 1992 |
Vying Victor will be entered in the $500,000 Arkansas Derby on Saturday even though he stepped on a nail earlier in the week and may not run, his trainer, Ian Jory, said Wednesday. One day earlier, it appeared certain that Vying Victor, who won the Remington Park Derby and was second in the Jim Beam Stakes, would be unable to compete in the 1 1/8-mile event at Oaklawn Park. "He was lame Tuesday, but he's going in the right direction right now and we still may be able to run," Jory said.
April 15, 1992 |
The Arkansas Derby may have lost a contender when Vying Victor stepped on a nail. "Right now, my horse is dead lame," trainer Ian Jory said Tuesday. Vying Victor had been scheduled to have a workout Tuesday, but that was canceled. Vying Victor worked six furlongs in a slow 1:16 2/5 last week. Jory said he would try to work the colt today "but if we can't it doesn't look good as far as Saturday goes."
April 25, 1991 |
Dinard, the Santa Anita Derby winner and probable favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4, was declared out of the race Wednesday after suffering a leg injury that has jeopardized his racing career. Dinard had an extremely slow workout Sunday at Churchill Downs, going six furlongs in 1:18 3/5, but both his trainer, Dick Lundy, and his owner-breeder, Allen Paulson, said there was nothing wrong with him. By Tuesday, however, there was a slight swelling in his left foreleg.
April 21, 1991 |
Olympio surrendered the lead to favored Richman going down the backstretch and then rallied Saturday to win the $500,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Olympio, trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, finished the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 3/5, including an excellent 12 1/5 seconds for the final quarter. The time was a second off the track record set by Snow Chief in 1987. Olympio was a late nominee for the Triple Crown.
May 4, 1990 |
From horseman to analyst to grandstand fan, the handicapping theme for the 116th Kentucky Derby, featuring co-favorites Summer Squall and Mister Frisky, seems to be: very impressed, not totally convinced. The road that led here has been fraught with confusion from the outset of the 1990 season. Twenty-three horses won the 32 significant prep races run this winter and spring; 10 of them will answer the starter's call Saturday. Some are peaking. Some have peaked.
April 26, 1990 |
Nuits St. Georges, who would have been a longshot to win the Kentucky Derby, will miss the race because of a shin injury that will require surgery. Nuits St. Georges, who hadn't won a race until he beat maidens at Santa Anita on March 4, won the Rebel Stakes at 30-1 at Oaklawn Park on March 31, then finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday. In the Arkansas Derby, Nuits St. Georges was making a move with a half-mile to run when he apparently broke the cannon bone of his left foreleg.
April 22, 1990 |
Southland-based Silver Ending, a bargain basement purchase, survived a foul claim to win the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn and earn a trip to the Kentucky Derby. Silver Ending was eighth in the early going, but he made his move along the rail and passed several horses in the far turn. Jockey Gary Stevens then squeezed the colt inside of Southland-based Real Cash and went on to win by 3 1/4 lengths.
April 20, 1990 |
Trainer Jack Van Berg has heard it all before, that this is a no-talent group of 3-year-olds. Hold on, says the man who has trained more than 5,000 winners. For starters, there's Mister Frisky, unbeaten in 16 starts. "I don't know how long you guys have been around the race track. . . . In my whole life I've never seen a form on a horse like that," he said while sipping half a cup of cola.
April 16, 1990 |
The Arkansas Derby should offer something for everybody. There are front-runners, one-run thoroughbreds, even a couple of trouble horses. And big-time jockeys galore. Saturday's race at 1 1/8 miles is one of the final prep races for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. By 4:50 p.m., some owners and trainers of 3-year-olds will be making plans for Louisville; others will be looking elsewhere. At this point, it looks as if the Arkansas Derby will have a field of about 10.