May 4, 2013 |
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.
December 16, 2012 |
The final day of the 24-day Betfair Hollywood Park autumn meeting Sunday produced a 60-1 shocker in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes. Weewinnin, under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., pulled off the upset in the seven-furlong race for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Weewinnin, trained by Brian Koriner, returned $122.00, $54.20 and $20.40. Fighting Hussar finished second and Monument third. The riding title was won for the first time by 30-year-old jockey Edwin Maldonado, who finished one victory ahead of Rafael Bejarano.
October 18, 2012 |
There could be a changing of the guard taking place at Santa Anita, where 22-year-old jockey Joe Talamo is making a strong bid to win the autumn riding championship. Talamo won four races Thursday at Santa Anita, giving him 20 for the meeting while moving out to a four-win lead over Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Talamo has never won a riding title in Southern California. Bejarano and Joel Rosario have dominated in recent years. But Talamo has been making steady progress and seems in ideal position to challenge Bejarano.
October 29, 2011 |
Horse racing's world championships take place next weekend in Kentucky, and trainer Donald Warren and owner Buddy Johnston wish their top handicap horse, Acclamation, could be running, but a foot issue has sent Acclamation to the sideline, so Saturday's $175,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita let them have some fun with their "B" team. Norvsky, a late-developing 5-year-old gelding who has been making steady improvement since being treated for ulcers, rallied for a neck victory over Lucky Primo under hot jockey Rafael Bejarano.
March 11, 2012 |
There were expressions of relief instead of elation in the Santa Anita winner's circle Saturday by 70-year-old trainer Mike Harrington even though his talented 3-year-old, Creative Cause, emerged victorious in the Grade II $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, beating Bodemeister by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile race. That's because Harrington has much bigger prizes in his sights - the April 7 Santa Anita Derby and the May 5 Kentucky Derby. And Creative Cause, a son of Giant's Causeway, is very much in the upper echelon of Derby contenders.
July 17, 2010 |
With the finishing line rapidly approaching in Saturday's Grade II, $196,000 Swaps Stakes, jockey Joel Rosario, aboard Skipshot, began to wonder whether his horse would have to settle for second place behind heavily favored Sidney's Candy in the 1 1/8-mile race. Sidney's Candy had opened a 1½-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. But Rosario and Skipshot never gave up. A tiring Sidney's Candy, trying to go wire to wire, couldn't hold on. Skipshot, sent off at odds of 4-1, won by a head in the championship race for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.