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May 4, 2012 | By John Cherwa
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rumors surrounding Creative Cause's status for in the Kentucky Derby seemed to quiet Friday when the horse wasn't scratched from Saturday's race. Trainer Mike Harrington says everything is fine with the horse and that there is no need for concern. The rumors started on Sunday when the horse arrived late for training because he threw a shoe on the flight from Hollywood Park to Churchill Downs. On Monday, he walked instead of running, and concerns seemed to grow.
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April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
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May 4, 2012 | By John Cherwa
LOUISVILLE, Ky--Trainer Todd Pletcher has a good shot to win the Kentucky Derby with his undefeated colt Gemologist but he would rather talk about other horses. "I think Union Rags is still the horse to beat," said Pletcher. "He had a legitimate excuse last time. He was very impressive in the Fountain of Youth and he's run well over this track. " Union Rags' one race at Churchill Downs was a second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Meanwhile, Pletcher's horse has won twice over the Churchill Downs surface.
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April 6, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it. Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable. It wasn't just that the gorgeous chestnut horse from trainer Art Sherman's barn ran away with the $1-million Grade I race. Based on the horse's previous outings, the victory was no surprise. Nor was the winning margin of 51/4 lengths, making his last four victories, all under rides by veteran Victor Espinoza, total 241/4 lengths of daylight.
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May 5, 2012 | By John Cherwa
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An overnight storm dumped more than an inch of rain on the Churchill Downs area, forcing officials to label the track condition as "sloppy. " However, there are still many hours to go until the Kentucky Derby and the condition is expected to be upgraded. The turf course was labeled as "good. " The optimal condition for a dirt track is "fast" and for a turf course is "firm. " The National Weather Service said Saturday's forecast is for mostly cloudy skies, with a high temperature in the mid-80s and humidity in that same range.
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May 1, 1992 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minutes before post time at Santa Anita recently, nine thoroughbreds and their owners paraded to the paddock area in an entrance only slightly less grand than that of Caesar returning to Rome. While the general public queued behind white barricades, trumpets erupted, bright silk pennants flew, camera shutters crackled. Waiting for jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to saddle up for the sixth race, Diane Garber and her 27-year-old daughter Lisa stood by their horse, Command the Fire.
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May 9, 2012
What annual televised sporting event is more popular with female viewers than males? The Kentucky Derby. NBC's coverage of last Saturday's race — won by the dark horse I'll Have Another — gathered 14.8 million viewers, up 2% from last year, according to Nielsen. It was the third-most-watched Derby in 23 years. Even more noteworthy: 51% of viewers age 18 or older were women, making the Derby the only annual sporting event that draws more female than male viewers. The most-watched Derby in recent years was the 2010 race won by Super Saver, which was watched by 16.5 million viewers.
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April 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents was put through his final workout on Thursday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Goldencents was clocked in 1 minute 16.20 seconds for the breeze under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, with trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Kevin Krigger watching from the Arcadia track's grandstand. "I thought he went great," O'Neill said. "My biggest focus was to have him finish up stronger than he started off, and he did just that.
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May 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Brady may seem to have it all -- Super Bowl rings, a supermodel wife, a house with a moat -- but he's really just a regular guy, like you and me. You know, the kind of who appreciates the little things in life ... like winning a reported $25,000 at the Kentucky Derby. OK, so 25 grand may not qualify as a "little thing" to most of us regular guys -- heck, we don't even have the spare $4,700 Brady is said to have bet on Orb to win the big race. But it's chump change for someone who has a $60-million contract to play quarterback for the New England Patriots.
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April 26, 2009 | Bill Ordine
Here are five horses to watch at the Kentucky Derby, which will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs, plus three story lines to consider and a look back at the 2008 race: Five to watch * I Want Revenge, Joe Talamo (jockey), Jeff Mullins (trainer). I Want Revenge has momentum going into the Derby with consecutive victories in the Gotham Stakes and the Wood Memorial. * Friesan Fire, Gabriel Saez, Larry Jones.
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April 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention. California Chrome not only runs like the wind -- he has won his last three races by a total of 19 lengths -- but he and his connections present several stories that are hard to ignore. There is much talk that he would become only the fourth-ever Cal-bred to do so if he won the Kentucky Derby.
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February 8, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In the horse-racing world, it is still a lifetime until the May 3 Kentucky Derby. The top horses get hurt. They get ill. They suddenly, for no apparent reason, start turning in the training times of a plow horse. The favorites of mid-February become the forgottens of Triple Crown season. So when Gary Stevens rode Candy Boy to an impressive victory Saturday at Santa Anita, in the $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both Stevens and trainer John Sadler did their best to couch their enthusiasm.
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January 12, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Mike Tice, hired as the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week, could have an exciting few months ahead with some distractions off the field. Tice is co-owner of the 3-year-old colt Midnight Hawk, who is two for two after taking the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes by 13/4 lengths over Kristo on Saturday at Santa Anita. It was the first stakes for 3-year-olds during the winter-spring meeting and gained Midnight Hawk, a son of Midnight Lute, 10 points toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby.
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December 14, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
Betfair Hollywood Park had its last big day of racing Saturday, and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had a big day. His 2-year-old, Shared Belief, owned in part by television personality Jim Rome, won the 33rd and final chapter of the CashCall Futurity, a $750,000 race that annually establishes at least one top prospect for the Kentucky Derby. It was the final chapter because its home, Hollywood Park, will close its doors after racing next Sunday. A real estate development is projected to replace the legendary Inglewood racing facility.
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December 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The last CashCall Futurity to be run at a soon-to-be-closing Betfair Hollywood Park will feature a 13-horse field of 2-year-olds, each trying to establish himself as a Kentucky Derby contenders. The winner Saturday will receive 10 points toward that Derby entry the first day in May. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Shared Belief has been made the morning line favorite at 7-2, followed by another Hollendorfer horse, Tamarando, at 4-1. John Sadler's Kobe's Back shares the third favored spot with Bob Baffert's Tap It Rich, both at 9-2. The $750,000 race will be run at 1 1/16 miles and will mark the 33rd and final race in the Hollywood Park series.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The Juvenile is the race that should foreshadow the Kentucky Derby favorite. The favorite, yes, the winner, almost never. Of the 29 previous Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners, only one -- Street Sense in 2006 -- has achieved that double. But that doesn't keep people from dreaming, and currently that optimism belongs to New Year's Day and trainer Bob Baffert. The horse saved ground throughout the race, coming off the rail only twice and was fourth at the start of the stretch and came charging late to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 1/4-lengths.
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December 31, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to horse breeding, the 2-year-old Take Control should be at the top of any list. His father is A.P. Indy, the 1992 horse of the year. His mother is Azeri, the 2002 horse of the year. And on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon in his racing debut, Take Control made his parents proud. Rallying from last place entering the stretch, Take Control won a mile maiden race at Santa Anita by 1 1/2 lengths to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert yet another candidate to be on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2010.
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May 4, 2013 | By Chris Korman
First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. " I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds even more context to how the story came about. A very popular question I receive from fellow Baltimoreans upon my return to our fair city by the bay is: How does the Derby compare to Preakness? The answer I ended up giving usually went something like this: The Preakness debauchery seems to be compressed into one day and in one spot, the infield, where once upon a time people ran across the portable toilets for sport.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
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November 1, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and John Cherwa
Once the Southern California hope for the Triple Crown, Goldencents emerged again spectacularly in the $1-million Dirt Mile on Friday in the opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. The Doug O'Neill -trained horse, under a strategically perfect ride by Rafael Bejarano , started in the 11th spot of 11 starters, raced to the front under Bejarano's urging and held on well down the stretch, as Joel Rosario and Golden Ticket chased. Goldencents ended up winning by a decisive 23/4 lengths, and principal owner Glenn Sorgenstein said afterward that he had never doubted the horse, even after Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby and then didn't measure up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, where the horse finished 17th and fifth.
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