January 17, 2003 |
In 1982, less than two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, Eddie Delahoussaye appeared to have lost his mount. He had finished a badly beaten second with Gato Del Sol in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and the gray colt's ownership wanted a new jockey for Churchill Downs. The late Eddie Gregson, who trained Gato Del Sol, was still in Delahoussaye's corner.
January 14, 2003
Who: Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye Born: Sept. 21, 1951, New Iberia, La. Height: 5 feet 4. Weight: 116 pounds. Family: Wife Juanita and children Loren and Mandy. Career record: 39,213 mounts, 6,384 wins, purse total, $195,907,400. Triple Crown wins: Gato Del Sol, Kentucky Derby, 1982; Sunny's Halo, Derby, 1983; Risen Star, Preakness, 1988; Risen Star, Belmont, 1988; A.P. Indy, Belmont, 1992. Breeders' Cup wins: Princess Rooney, Distaff, 1984; Prized, Turf, 1989; Pleasant Stage, Juvenile Fillies, 1991; Thirty Slews, Sprint, 1992; A.P. Indy, Classic, 1992; Cardmania, Sprint, 1993; Hollywood Wildcat, Distaff, 1993.
June 6, 2000 |
Trainer Eddie Gregson, who saddled longshot Gato Del Sol to win the Kentucky Derby in 1982, died of what police believed was a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday night at his office in South Pasadena. The South Pasadena police, who said that Gregson's body was discovered by his wife, Gail, at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, were treating the death as a suicide, pending an investigation. "There's nothing that would indicate foul play," officer Matt Peterson said.
November 21, 1999 |
More than 17 years later, Arthur Hancock III still feels the elation of his Kentucky Derby victory with Gato Del Sol. "I felt like I could walk on air when they were out there presenting the trophy," said Hancock, a fourth-generation horseman. "It was almost like having an out-of-body experience." That day--May 1, 1982--was the high point of Gato Del Sol's career. He would win only three more races; retired to the breeding shed in 1986, he was a flop, first in the United States, then in Europe.
February 15, 1992 |
No group of sports fans forgets the immediate past faster than horseplayers. Which is why In Excess, because of one race, must prove himself all over again. For different reasons, there are other horses in similar situations this holiday weekend. After In Excess runs today in the $300,000 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita, two champions from last year--Pleasant Stage and Miss Alleged--are scheduled to make their 1992 debuts.
May 25, 1989 |
In the 1960 World Series, the Pirates were outscored by the Yankees, 55-27, but Pittsburgh still won the title by taking four of the seven games. The Pirates won by 6-4, 3-2, 5-2, and 10-9, while New York was winning, 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0. However, no one suggested that the Yankees be declared the champions. But under the rules of racing's Triple Crown, a horse can win two out of the three races in the series and still not earn a $1-million bonus. That happened in 1987, the first year the $1-million bonus was offered.