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May 6, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Stewards have taken a harsh view of sight-impaired jockeys in the interest of the safety, but that hasn't stopped at least one from competing in the Kentucky Derby. And it won't hinder Jo Jo Ladner today at Churchill Downs. But Ladner, 24, knows that his mount, Northern Wolf, has little chance. The horse from Maryland has won two of his last three starts, the only times Ladner has ridden him, but he is a 50-1 shot in the Derby and must break from the outside post in the 16-horse field.
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May 6, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Stewards have taken a harsh view of sight-impaired jockeys in the interest of the safety, but that hasn't stopped at least one from competing in the Kentucky Derby. And it won't hinder Jo Jo Ladner today at Churchill Downs. But Ladner, 24, knows that his mount, Northern Wolf, has little chance. The horse from Maryland has won two of his last three starts, the only times Ladner has ridden him, but he is a 50-1 shot in the Derby and must break from the outside post in the 16-horse field.
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May 12, 1989
Churchill Downs stewards announced a five-day suspension for jockey Clarence (Jo Jo) Ladner III for careless riding in the Kentucky Derby. They did not elaborate. Ladner was aboard Northern Wolf, which finished sixth in the race won by Sunday Silence.
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May 11, 1989 | From Times wire services
Churchill Downs stewards announced a five-day suspension today for jockey Clarence (Jo Jo) Ladner III for careless riding in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. The suspension begins Friday and continues through Wednesday but excludes Monday, the stewards said. They did not elaborate on the careless riding. Ladner was aboard Northern Wolf, which finished sixth in the race won by Sunday Silence.
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May 1, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
If Houston and Laffit Pincay don't win the Kentucky Derby next Saturday at Churchill Downs, the first-place horse will be ridden by a jockey who has never won the Triple Crown race before. While the 115th Derby will have its biggest favorite since Spectacular Bid in 1979--Easy Goer and his lesser-regarded entrymate, Awe Inspiring, will be the odds-on choice--it is also a race virtually devoid of jockeys with winning Derby experience. Pincay rode in the Derby 10 times before Swale gave him his first victory in 1984 and his overall record in the race is one for 15. Not counting the undecided riding assignments on four of the 16 horses--Majesty's Imp, Flying Continental, Notation and Wind Splitter--the announced jockeys have an aggregate record of one victory in 41 Derby tries.
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May 5, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Easy Goer, the favorite for the 115th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs, drew the No. 14 post in a 16-horse field when entries were taken Thursday, but trainer Shug McGaughey was not dissatisfied. "I would have been happy with anything but No. 1 or being in the second starting gate," McGaughey said. "One of my main concerns was being on the inside, because on that first turn, everybody will be trying to pack you in." Sunday Silence, who is given the best chance for an upset, will start from the No. 10 post.
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May 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
Easy Goer, whom some compare to Secretariat, drew the No. 14 post position today--the far outside spot in the main gate--for his first major test of greatness Saturday against 15 other colts in the Kentucky Derby. Easy Goer, who will be ridden by Pat Day, was made a 3-5 early favorite, coupled in the betting with stablemate Awe Inspiring. An auxiliary gate will be used for the 15th and 16th post positions, occupied by 50-1 outsiders Wind Splitter and Northern Wolf. Easy Goer's trainer, Shug McGaughey, said he could live with the draw.
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May 7, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
The last time Pat Day rode the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, there was a ready explanation. Demons Begone, sent off at 2-1 at Churchill Downs in 1987, ran slightly more than a half-mile before he bled heavily from the nostrils, forcing Day to take him out of the race. This time Day didn't have a definitive answer. He won five straight races going into the Derby Saturday, but finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind Sunday Silence, in the race he wanted the most. Day's Derby mount was Easy Goer, who at 4-5 was the strongest favorite since Spectacular Bid won the race at 3-5 in 1979.
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May 31, 1991 | ANDREW BEYER, WASHINGTON POST
Lifelong horseplayers are so accustomed to wild swings of fortune that they learn to take in stride almost anything that happens to them. So Bobby Vaughan was surprised to find tears welling in his eyes and his voice choking with emotion after Saturday's events at Laurel Race Course in Maryland. But even the most stoic gambler would find Vaughan's reactions understandable.
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May 14, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
In his last race, the Oaklawn Handicap in Arkansas a month ago, Blushing John lost a shoe leaving the gate and still finished fourth, beaten by only two lengths. Saturday at Pimlico, Blushing John took better care of his footwear and through the stretch he was a study in footwork. He shook off a familiar rival, Proper Reality, near the sixteenth pole and rolled to a two-length victory in track-record time in the $700,000 Pimlico Special before 16,211 fans in cool, overcast weather.
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May 6, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Here, in post-position order, are thumbnail profiles of the 16 3-year-olds running today in the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs: 1. CLEVER TREVOR--If the Derby were being run over Equitrack, the synthetic surface that made its U.S. debut at newly built Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., this Oklahoma-bred might have a better chance. Clever Trevor has won four of six there, including the Remington Derby, but since leaving home this year he has been fourth in the Jim Beam at Turfway Park and second in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
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