May 4, 2013 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced. Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection. Other choices might have been Full, Half or Neil Armstrong. But the owners, cousins Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney, got it right, just as their wonderful horse did, in front of 151,616 at Churchill Downs. Joel Rosario got it right too. The super jockey from the Dominican Republic left the Southern California jockey colony last year to head east in search of new adventures.
April 6, 2013 |
Apparently, trainer Doug O'Neill has taken the name of his most famous horse literally. Saturday, he decided, I'll Have Another. So, here we go again. If race fans have that feeling of "Groundhog Day," nobody could blame them. The O'Neill Show, a smash hit a year ago, will be a repeat headliner on horse racing's most prestigious stage, the Kentucky Derby. That was achieved in front of 33,005, when O'Neill's Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, one of the prestigious prep races for the sport's most prestigious race.
October 30, 2012 |
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said. They will run six Breeders' Cup races Friday and nine more Saturday, with a total purse of $25.5 million. Like the money, story lines will be in abundance. Smith is best positioned to be a main character. It isn't just that he will ride in eight races, or that any of several rides could produce a treasured jockey record.
May 7, 2012 |
A track worker's death at Churchill Downs is being investigated as a homicide, a spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department said Monday. Adan Fabian Perez, 48, was found dead early Sunday morning in the back portion of barn No. 8. That's several barns away from the one used by the horse I'll Have Another, which won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. “We're treating this as an open homicide investigation,” Dwight Mitchell, a police spokesman, said in a telephone interview.
May 7, 2012 |
Seldom has a horse been better named for taking the second step in pursuit of racing's Triple Crown than I'll Have Another. Doug O'Neill's Kentucky Derby champion has already moved in at Pimlico in Baltimore, site of the May 19 Preakness, and O'Neill applies simple logic to the unusually early arrival. "We really didn't have any opinion on the surfaces at either Churchill Downs or Pimlico," he said, "so we just decided to get him settled in at Pimlico. " O'Neill was back at Hollywood Park on Monday morning.
May 5, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It didn't take long, two races in fact, for the main track at Churchill Downs to be upgraded to "fast. " So, barring any rain, the Kentucky Derby will be run on an optimal surface. After the first race, the track was upgraded from "muddy" to "sloppy" and then it was called "fast" after the second race. There were still some puddles on the outside of the track where horses rarely run. Photos: Hats of the 138th Kentucky Derby Meanwhile, it appears that Union Rags will be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby.