May 13, 1998 |
The 123rd Preakness Stakes lost two of its top contenders Tuesday when Halory Hunter suffered a probable career-ending injury during a workout at Pimlico and trainer Bob Baffert withdrew Indian Charlie, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby. Halory Hunter, fourth in the Derby, broke his left foreleg and underwent surgery late Tuesday at the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
April 5, 1998 |
What's in a name? Shakespeare wanted to know. Well, plenty--unless you're so talented you can turn Evander Holyfield into a household one. If your name is Jack Dempsey, you don't have to be good--even though by any other name Dempsey would have hit as hard. Sugar Ray was a ticket to greatness for two gladiators. But could Rocky Marciano have been as tough if his name were Clarence? Has a fighter named Ralph ever won? Certain names strike fear in the territory.
August 5, 1998 |
Indian Charlie, who won the Santa Anita Derby before his undefeated streak ended a month later in this year's Kentucky Derby, has been retired after suffering a training injury. Indian Charlie hadn't run since the May 2 race at Churchill Downs. Pulled from the Preakness by Baffert, who said the colt was drained by the Derby, Indian Charlie surfaced on the workout tab at Santa Anita on July 19, working a half-mile in a solid 46 3/5 seconds.
June 8, 2005 |
Since leaving California for Kentucky, jockey Mark Guidry has been on a roll. Guidry, who rode Buzzards Bay to an upset win in the Santa Anita Derby before he left, begins the new week at Churchill Downs fourth in the standings with 19 victories. However, he is tops in winning percentage at 26%. Especially effective on horses trained by Dale Romans, who leads the standings in Louisville with 16 wins from 52 starters, Guidry is named on four horses on today's card.
December 3, 2005 |
Four of the five horses scheduled to run in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood today at Hollywood Park are fans of the local main track. The race, the third on the card, precedes a pick six with a carry-over of $66,245. Indian Country, Captain Squire, Bordonaro and Turnbolt have combined to win eight of 17 starts at Hollywood Park entering the Underwood, a Grade III at six furlongs. Only Lifestyle has failed to enjoy himself in Inglewood.
May 15, 1999 |
Good omens, bad omens, Arthur B. Hancock III has a million of them. Sunday Silence, according to Hancock, might not have swept the 1989 Triple Crown because the colt's owner saw only two moths, not three, on a top-floor window at the World Trade Center in New York the night before the Belmont Stakes. Sunday Silence, Hancock suggests, might have won the Kentucky Derby that year because he found a penny--minted in 1982--on the backstretch at Churchill Downs a couple of days before the race.