September 26, 1988 |
Favored Seeking the Gold, ridden by Pat Day, defeated longshot Happyasalark Tomas by a neck Sunday to win the $1-million Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Seeking the Gold broke quickly and then settled in second place before making a move in the stretch. He covered the 1 miles in 2:03 4/5. Lively One, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, was troubled by traffic until the stretch, then closed quickly for third. Private Terms, the second betting choice in the nine-horse field, was fourth, 10 lengths back.
August 31, 1989 |
Trainer Mike Orman didn't have the nerve to steal any prerace thunder before the much-ballyhooed rematch between D. Wayne Lukas' On The Line and Henry Moreno's Sam Who. So he kept to himself about the chances of his 4-year-year colt, Olympic Native, winning the $75,000-added Pat O'Brien Handicap Wednesday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. But after his horse had finished upsetting On The Line and setting a track record of 1:20 1/5 for the seven furlongs, Orman could no longer hold back.
October 9, 1995 |
Heavily favored Inside Information caught Jade Flush with a quarter mile left Sunday and went on to win by a head in the $319,800 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. Inside Information, a 4-year-old filly, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 to win for the 13th time in 16 career starts. Jockey Mike Smith, who rode Inside Information, said his horse was "overanxious" in the starting gate and had to overcome a bad start. "It wasn't her best race by no means, but it was a good, hard race for her," he said.
August 24, 1989 |
With Brian Mayberry's Willing Worker a late scratch, Wednesday's $75,000 Balboa Stakes figured to be a race between Neil Drysdale's Forty Niner Days and D. Wayne Lukas' filly, Patches. But while Forty Niner Days' race turned into a struggle to stay out of last place, and Patches' finished with a late drive for third, trainer Charles Marikian's colt A. Sir Dancer surprised everyone with an easy 1 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds.
January 2, 2000 |
Horse racing in the 20th century was a crazy quilt of magnificent performances, shady doings, blue-blooded horses and owners, ne'er-do-wells, high-priced yearlings and bargain-basement buys that ran to glory. The threads that tied it all together were chestnut, dark bay or brown, and gray -- that is, the thoroughbreds. From cheap claimers at bush tracks to Man o'War and Secretariat, who thrilled fans 50 years apart and were 1-2 in voting for The Associated Press' Horse of the Century.
September 11, 1990 |
A dozen juveniles are set to contest the traditional closing-day feature Wednesday at Del Mar, the Grade II Del Mar Futurity. The Futurity, which this year will gross $345,600 and reward the winner with $233,100, will be run at a flat mile and includes a pair of entries in its lineup. Additionally, five of the runners were supplemented to the 2-year-old fixture at a cost of $10,000 each. Top weights for the Futurity, at 120 pounds, are Golden Eagle Farm's Best Pal and Don Mathis' Formal Dinner.
May 3, 1990 |
Although unbeaten Mister Frisky and once-beaten Summer Squall are formidable favorites for the Kentucky Derby, there are almost as many optimistic trainers on the Churchill Downs backstretch as there will be horses in the starting gate Saturday. "When I look out there, I don't see any superstars, no Seattle Slews and no Secretariats," said D. Wayne Lukas, who has an entry of Land Rush, Real Cash and Power Lunch in the Derby field.
May 25, 1990 |
Charlie Whittingham's Warcraft, upset by a nose by Itsallgreektome in the recent Spotlight Breeders' Cup Handicap, seeks revenge when 11 3-year-olds clash in Saturday's $100,000 Will Rogers Handicap at 1 1/16th miles on Hollywood Park's turf course. Warcraft, which finished third in the Santa Anita Derby, ran on grass for the first time in the Spotlight, and the son of Ack Ack just missed as the 8-5 favorite. He will carry co-high weight of 120 pounds and jockey Robbie Davis in the Will Rogers.
September 10, 1989 |
Trainer Joe Cannon knew that if he could just get his filly, Nikishka, to relax in Saturday's $84,350 Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar, she'd have a good chance to win her first race on turf. So after Nikishka won the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, Cannon realized he couldn't have picked a more soothing influence than jockey Chris McCarron. McCarron bided his time perfectly as Nikishka settled back into fourth at the half pole.
March 20, 1990 |
Significant races are few and widely spaced at quaint and laid-back Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. It seldom stirs, particularly since George Steinbrenner ceased to be a partner in its ownership. But on a weekend when they ran for $500,000 and a Grade I bauble at Gulfstream and the Western challengers to Mister Frisky tuned up for the Santa Anita Derby in the San Felipe at Santa Anita, Champagneforashley stirred a languid Sunday afternoon at Oldsmar.