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May 17, 2007 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The man currently owning the biggest mint julep in horse racing smiled and shrugged a lot Wednesday at the Preakness draw. Carl Nafzger said it was fine that the horse he trains, Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, drew the No. 8 post position in the nine-horse field for Saturday's 132nd running of the Preakness. He said he was fine with the 7-5 morning line odds that made his horse the solid betting favorite.
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May 17, 2007 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The man currently owning the biggest mint julep in horse racing smiled and shrugged a lot Wednesday at the Preakness draw. Carl Nafzger said it was fine that the horse he trains, Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, drew the No. 8 post position in the nine-horse field for Saturday's 132nd running of the Preakness. He said he was fine with the 7-5 morning line odds that made his horse the solid betting favorite.
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August 27, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Carl Nafzger picked the right time to win his first race of the meet at Saratoga. Third in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy in his previous two starts, Unshaded got the job done for Nafzger Saturday in the $1-million Travers, beating Albert The Great by a head in 2:02 2/5 for the 1 1/4 miles.
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May 7, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Carl Nafzger used to be a rodeo bull-rider. He has a mouthful of dental work and a nose that's been broken seven times to prove it. After winning the Kentucky Derby for the second time Saturday, the trainer of Street Sense is in the chute again for one of the roughest rides in sports, the road to the Triple Crown. Nafzger low-keys it, saying, "Let the horse train you.
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February 21, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What had already been a memorable week for trainer Carl Nafzger got even better Saturday. Four days after Banshee Breeze was named the top 3-year-old female of 1998 in Eclipse Award voting, Nafzger saw his Vicar win the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Vicar, on the lead virtually throughout the race under Shane Sellers, outbattled favored Cat Thief to win by a neck in 1:45 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
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May 7, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Carl Nafzger used to be a rodeo bull-rider. He has a mouthful of dental work and a nose that's been broken seven times to prove it. After winning the Kentucky Derby for the second time Saturday, the trainer of Street Sense is in the chute again for one of the roughest rides in sports, the road to the Triple Crown. Nafzger low-keys it, saying, "Let the horse train you.
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June 6, 1990 | PAUL MORAN, NEWSDAY
No matter how the page is turned, Unbridled appears on paper to be unbeatable in Saturday's 122nd Belmont Stakes and trainer Carl Nafzger is having fun. He watched Unbridled work 5 furlongs with Craig Perret in the saddle Tuesday in a shade more than a minute, a move intended to sharpen the colt for the task at hand. Perfect. "(Perret) was just sitting on him the last eighth," Nafzger said. "When things are going right, it's fun," Nafzger said. "When he's training good, I'm having fun."
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October 29, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Carl Nafzger doesn't know how many videotape cassettes he owns of the 1990 Kentucky Derby. That's the race for which he saddled Unbridled and then gave a wire-to-wire account of his victory to Frances Genter, the colt's 93-year-old owner, on national television. "I've got 25 of those tapes," Nafzger said, laughing. "No, not really. All I know is that I have more than one. When I'm depressed, I pop one into the player and watch it."
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April 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"He wrote the book on how to train horses." They've said this about many premier horsemen, from Ben and Jimmy Jones to Charlie Whittingham. They can also say this about Carl Nafzger--literally. Horses--whether they were on the Texas farm where he grew up, or on the rodeo circuit where he competed, or at the racetrack where he trains--have been linked with Nafzger for most of his 57 years. Years ago, Nafzger told himself that he'd like to write a book about what makes horses tick.
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May 14, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Thursday that Silverbulletday, the second choice on the morning line for the $1-million Preakness, will run instead in today's $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Silverbulletday drew an unfavorable outside post for the Preakness. Trainer Carl Nafzger is also expected to scratch Vicar from the Preakness because of his No. 13 post, which would leave 12 starters for Saturday's race.
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August 27, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Carl Nafzger picked the right time to win his first race of the meet at Saratoga. Third in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy in his previous two starts, Unshaded got the job done for Nafzger Saturday in the $1-million Travers, beating Albert The Great by a head in 2:02 2/5 for the 1 1/4 miles.
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April 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"He wrote the book on how to train horses." They've said this about many premier horsemen, from Ben and Jimmy Jones to Charlie Whittingham. They can also say this about Carl Nafzger--literally. Horses--whether they were on the Texas farm where he grew up, or on the rodeo circuit where he competed, or at the racetrack where he trains--have been linked with Nafzger for most of his 57 years. Years ago, Nafzger told himself that he'd like to write a book about what makes horses tick.
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February 21, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What had already been a memorable week for trainer Carl Nafzger got even better Saturday. Four days after Banshee Breeze was named the top 3-year-old female of 1998 in Eclipse Award voting, Nafzger saw his Vicar win the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Vicar, on the lead virtually throughout the race under Shane Sellers, outbattled favored Cat Thief to win by a neck in 1:45 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
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October 29, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Carl Nafzger doesn't know how many videotape cassettes he owns of the 1990 Kentucky Derby. That's the race for which he saddled Unbridled and then gave a wire-to-wire account of his victory to Frances Genter, the colt's 93-year-old owner, on national television. "I've got 25 of those tapes," Nafzger said, laughing. "No, not really. All I know is that I have more than one. When I'm depressed, I pop one into the player and watch it."
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June 6, 1990 | PAUL MORAN, NEWSDAY
No matter how the page is turned, Unbridled appears on paper to be unbeatable in Saturday's 122nd Belmont Stakes and trainer Carl Nafzger is having fun. He watched Unbridled work 5 furlongs with Craig Perret in the saddle Tuesday in a shade more than a minute, a move intended to sharpen the colt for the task at hand. Perfect. "(Perret) was just sitting on him the last eighth," Nafzger said. "When things are going right, it's fun," Nafzger said. "When he's training good, I'm having fun."
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May 1, 1993
By buying Tossofthecoin just in time to run him in the Kentucky Derby, Sid and Jenny Craig thumb their noses at the essence of why the Derby is special. The Kentucky Derby is Carl Nafzger describing Unbridled's late run to Frances Genter. It's fans at El Commandante Racetrack in Puerto Rico sending Mister Frisky off at odds of 1-20. It's Shelley Riley fainting when her low-priced Casual Lies puts Arazi away on the turn and leads the field into the stretch. The Derby is special because of the stories behind the owners and trainers.
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January 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
Criminal Type, Go for Wand and Unbridled have been named finalists for Horse of the Year in balloting for the 1990 Eclipse Awards. The awards, determined by a national vote of racing writers, will be announced Feb. 9. The finalists in other categories: 2-year-old Colt--Best Pal, Eastern Echo, Fly So Free. 2-year-old Filly--Cuddles, Meadow Star, Private Treasure. 3-year-old Colt--Housebuster, Summer Squall, Unbridled. 3-year-old Filly--Charon, Go for Wand, Valay Maid.
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