August 22, 1997 |
Eight 3-year-olds, none of them veterans of this year's Triple Crown series, were entered Thursday for Saturday's 128th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The field for the $750,000 race, which helped Holy Bull win horse-of-the-year honors in 1994 and contributed to Thunder Gulch's 3-year-old title in 1995, grew in numbers after Touch Gold, winner of the Belmont Stakes and the Haskell Handicap, dropped out.
September 25, 1994 |
Tabasco Cat set a slow pace on a muddy track and scored a two-length victory in the inaugural $400,000 Kentucky Cup Classic on Saturday at Turfway Park. Truth Of It All pressed the pace for six furlongs, putting a head in front of Tabasco Cat on the second turn. As Tabasco Cat regained the lead, Mighty Avanti surged by on the outside at the quarter pole, and Pat Day went to the whip on Tabasco Cat, who pulled away. Mighty Avanti was second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Best Pal.
May 31, 1998 |
If Real Quiet wins the $1-million Belmont Stakes this Saturday in New York, his take-home pay would be $5.6 million--$600,000 for the winning purse and a $5-million bonus for sweeping the Triple Crown series. That would break a record for one day at the races. The most ever earned by a horse was the $2.6 million earned in 1985 by Spend A Buck, whose $600,000 win in the Jersey Derby was sweetened by Garden State Park's four-race bonus worth $2 million.
June 13, 1995 |
Mickey Mantle's walk Sunday was more important than any of his 536 home runs. . . . How would you like to have been a baseball fan in New York during the 1950s and had the opportunity to watch center fielders Mantle of the Yankees, Willie Mays of the Giants and Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers? . . . Take 1955, for example. . . . Mantle hit .306 with 37 homers and 99 runs batted in; Mays .319 with 51 homers and 127 RBIs and Snider .309 with 42 homers and 136 RBIs. . . .
October 27, 1994 |
There may be a horse shortage, but the 11th Breeders' Cup will not reflect it. When pre-entries were announced Wednesday, a record 124 horses were made eligible for the seven races at Churchill Downs a week from Saturday. The turnout broke the Breeders' Cup record of 116 set in 1991, when the races were last run at Churchill Downs.
March 7, 1998 |
On the other end of the phone, Bob Lewis' voice lacked its usual buoyant tone. "I'm devastated," the Newport Beach beer distributor said late Friday morning. "[Trainer] Bob Baffert called not too long ago, and it was so bad for him that he handed the phone to somebody else." Accepting Baffert's recommendation, Lewis agreed to scratch Silver Charm from today's $1-million Santa Anita Handicap after their 4-year-old colt returned from a routine gallop with a bruised hoof.