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March 29, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Quality Road pulled away in the stretch, holding off previously unbeaten Dunkirk on Saturday to win the $750,000 Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, giving the colt his second graded stakes win in as many starts. Next up for Quality Road is the Kentucky Derby on May 2, where he surely will be one of the top choices. "It's a lot of pressure," said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who is taking a horse from his barn into racing's most famed race for the first time.
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May 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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March 17, 1990 | ANDREW BEYER, THE WASHINGTON POST
The Florida Derby is annually one of America's most colorful racing spectacles, with marching bands, a flying circus, a jousting exhibition and a falconry show as part of the day's entertainment at Gulfstream Park. Unfortunately, there may be one big anticlimax here today: the derby itself. When the racing season began here two months ago, there was every reason to believe that this $500,000 event would be the definitive prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
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May 3, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Around Clockers' Corner at Santa Anita, they will tell you never to ignore jockey Mike Smith in a big race, no matter the odds. Those who heeded that advice in the $1-million Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old females were happy Friday. Smith, riding 38-1 shot Princess Of Sylmar, dawdled near the rear of the field most of the race and then found a hole on the homestretch and guided the filly past all the bigger-name horses to victory. The Princess paid $79.60, $29.40 and $14. Smith's horse paid $727 for a $2 exacta, $3,470.80 for a $2 trifecta, and $12,445 for a $2 superfecta.
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March 12, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE
Lil's Lad, undefeated in three starts this year, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Six horses were entered Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race, one of the major preps for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. This is the field, in post-position order: Voyamerican, with Eibar Coa riding, 15-1; Halory Hunter, Pat Day, 6-1; Starship Charles, Eduardo Nunez, 30-1. Cape Town, Shane Sellers, 8-1; Lil's Lad, Jerry Bailey, 4-5; and Coronado's Quest, Mike Smith, 9-5.
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March 16, 1990 | DALE AUSTIN, THE BALTIMORE SUN
The Florida Derby will help determine the validity of some big excuses held out for four of the race's nine entrants. A good case can be made for Unbridled, Slavic and Roanoke, three survivors from the Fountain of Youth Stakes here March 3. And if you listen to trainer Ron McAnally, he seems justified in bringing Single Dawn from California. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby is the race of the year in South Florida and traditionally produces solid contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
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March 4, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Shelly Meredith has been to many a Kentucky Derby, although none of his horses have. When Meredith was an undergraduate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., he went to the Derby every year, as the guest of a girlfriend whose father, a vice president at the company that makes the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, had box seats near the finish line at Churchill Downs. In 1957, Meredith went to the Derby in an $11 cord suit and drank beer instead of mint juleps.
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March 5, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
The horse looks good, and so does the trainer. The horse is Cherokee Colony, a rangy, headstrong son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, who will try adding to his credentials today against nine opponents in the $500,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The trainer is blunt-talking Johnny Campo, no longer Mr. Five by Five, now that he has lost maybe 40 pounds off what was once a squat 250-pound frame.
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April 5, 1987 | Associated Press
Cryptoclearance took the long way home to his Florida Derby victory at Gulfstream Park Saturday and it paid off in a trip to the May 2 Kentucky Derby. With 3-5 favorite Bet Twice blocked off in the stretch run and finishing fifth in the field of nine 3-year-olds, it was left to Cryptoclearance, racing on the outside, to outlast No More Flowers and Talinum in a battle to the wire.
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April 2, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Greg Norman, the owner of Papi Chullo, who's running today in the $1-million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, is not that Greg Norman, the golfer. And Salvador Gonzalez, who trains Papi Chullo, is not that Salvador Gonzalez, the brother of trainer Paco Gonzalez and once the exercise rider for the formidable Free House. Norman, who bought Papi Chullo for $135,000 at a Florida auction last year, is, unlike his famous namesake, not even a golfer.
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May 1, 2013 | By Chris Korman
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby favorite Orb comes from one of the country's oldest racing families, with ties to the greatest horses of the era. The second choice, Verrazano, is a product of Todd Pletcher's new-school empire; he's one of five the trainer is sending to the post. The third favorite, Goldencents, comes from the trainer who, a year ago, lost the chance to run for a Triple Crown when his horse withdrew with an injury a day before the Belmont Stakes. All three drew favorable starting spots Wednesday in the post-position draw for Saturday's 139th Run for the Roses, and they were established as the horses to beat by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.
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May 3, 2012 | By John Cherwa
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Michael Matz has had his share of life-altering moments. He was a three-time Olympian and carried the flag in the closing ceremony in Atlanta. He saved the lives of four young children after a plane crash in Iowa. And he was the trainer who watched over the life and death of Barbaro, perhaps the most beloved thoroughbred of this century. Saturday he'll send Union Rags from the No. 4 post as the second favorite in the 138th Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert's Bodemesiter is the top choice at 4-1 odds; Union Rags is 9-2. Union Rags was thought to be the clear Derby favorite before an unfortunate ride led to a third-place finish in the Florida Derby.
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April 30, 2012 | By John Cherwa
This year's running of the Kentucky Derby has more than its share of story lines with no horse clearly head and hooves above the others. There's the first horse in more than 100 years trying to win the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old, or the horse trying to become only the eighth in history to be undefeated and win the celebrated race, or how about the early favorite who was a lock until finishing third in a recent race. All this means for Saturday's self-proclaimed greatest two minutes in sports is a lot of guessing and the hope for a lot of racing luck.
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May 4, 2011 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. No one can say with any real certainty whether Uncle Mo will be in the starting gate Saturday when the Kentucky Derby is run for the 137th time at Churchill Downs. He's still battling a gastrointestinal infection that could result in a scratch right up until post time. But even if he does run, there is a good chance he won't be the favorite. For now, that honor goes to Dialed In, the horse Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia picked as the 4-1 morning line favorite Wednesday after the Nick Zito-trained colt drew the favorable eighth stall in the Derby post position draw.
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March 29, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Quality Road pulled away in the stretch, holding off previously unbeaten Dunkirk on Saturday to win the $750,000 Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, giving the colt his second graded stakes win in as many starts. Next up for Quality Road is the Kentucky Derby on May 2, where he surely will be one of the top choices. "It's a lot of pressure," said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who is taking a horse from his barn into racing's most famed race for the first time.
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May 5, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It was triumph and tragedy as horse racing gained a superstar and lost a competitor this weekend at the Kentucky Derby. The tragedy was the death of filly Eight Belles on a major stage. It was a freak accident, and longtime horse racing observers, including veterinarian Larry Bramlage, said they had never seen anything quite like it, a horse suffering two broken ankles at once.
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March 12, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last Aug. 13, Rachel Carpenter had her daily midday pool game with a member of the household staff at her palatial home on Fire Island, overlooking the sound off Long Island, N.Y., then went to her hairdresser's. By 2 a.m. on Aug. 14, the 78-year-old A&P heiress was dead, a victim of complications of lung cancer. At 11 a.m. on Aug. 14, Jimmy Croll, who had introduced Carpenter to racing and had trained her horses for 37 years, learned of her death.
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March 11, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Making his stakes debut, Monarchos made a mockery of his 12 rivals in the $1-million Florida Derby on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Less than two months removed from his maiden victory, the gray son of Maria's Mon was 11th for the first half-mile, made a powerful run while wide, then drew away in the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths over 7-2 second choice Outofthebox in 1:49 4/5 for the 1 1/8 miles.
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May 1, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Generally, post positions in a horse race don't mean much, but when you're talking about a 20-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby it helps to start somewhere in the middle. Using that rational, Colonel John got a leg up on Big Brown on Wednesday. Colonel John, the Santa Anita Derby winner, will start in post position 10, while Florida Derby winner Big Brown opens from the less desirable 20th slot. This is the 134th Kentucky Derby and the only previous winner from the No. 20 post was Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.
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March 29, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The 71st running of the Santa Anita Derby is still a week away, but there are a couple of major races taking place today. In the United Arab Emirates at the Nad al Sheba Racecourse will be the $6-million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. It caps off a seven-race card offering $21.25 million in purses. Horse of the year Curlin heads a field of 13 in the 13th running of the Dubai World Cup and starts from post position 12. Other American contenders in the race are A.P.
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