April 25, 1999 |
Kentucky Derby heavyweights Bob Baffert, Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito had horses in the field, but the Saturday before the Derby belonged to trainer Alex Hassinger Jr., an emotional winner after his lightly raced colt, Patience Game, beat Prime Directive by 2 1/4 lengths in the $114,800 Derby Trial on opening day at Churchill Downs. Patience Game, ridden by Corey Nakatani, gave Hassinger his first stakes win for Prince Ahmed Salman's Thoroughbred Corp.
May 6, 1990 |
They ordinarily would have been grumbling and throwing towels, kicking trash cans and making excuses. For the "other" 14 jockeys in the 116th Kentucky Derby, the big one had just gotten away. A chance of a lifetime gone--at least for another year. But the scene in the Churchill Downs jockeys' room after Saturday's Derby had a kind of "aw shucks" feel, as the riders gathered around the television replay of the race and were reduced to misty-eyed Boy Scouts.
February 1, 1990 |
When John Nerud was training horses, he used to say: "A bad day at the race track is better than a good day anywheres else." There couldn't have been a worse day for Nerud and Texans Bill Shoemaker and Ralph Lowe than May 4, 1957, when Shoemaker thought the sixteenth pole was the finish line at Churchill Downs.
April 10, 1994 |
Randy Winick is a man with Ran and Win built into his name. So you could say he was born to race. He trains thoroughbred horses for a living, just as his father did. He is currently the trainer of Brocco, who ran to win in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby with such authority and beauty, it is not inconceivable that his horse will be the favorite to do likewise in the Kentucky Derby next month. Talking about the Kentucky Derby recently, Winick said it wasn't that big a deal.
May 2, 2006 |
A painted jockey wearing the green-and-yellow racing colors of Bob and Beverly Lewis stands in the courtyard of the bayfront Newport Beach home the couple shared. Inside, a portrait of their first Kentucky Derby winner, Silver Charm, hangs over a fireplace, the mantle below it lined with elegantly sculptured Eclipse Awards. Beverly Lewis will return to Churchill Downs with a horse in the Derby for the ninth time Saturday.
May 4, 2002 |
This is the 128th Kentucky Derby in a nutshell: Eighteen pundits for the Daily Racing Form have rapped in, and none of them likes Harlan's Holiday, the Blue Grass and Florida Derby winner and the 9-2 morning-line favorite. In other words, today's Derby is a harum-scarum affair. Talk to 10 clockers and you get 11 opinions. One of them wanted to have it both ways. In many Derbies, there might be half a dozen horses that figure, but this one has few throw-outs.
April 2, 1999 |
It's a universal story. Jockey meets horse. Horse jilts jockey. Jockey meets another horse and wins the Kentucky Derby. If that's the way the script reads this year on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, I hope you have your money down on Chris McCarron and Straight Man.
April 30, 1999 |
The decision about Excellent Meeting running in Saturday's Kentucky Derby has been put off until 8 a.m. today, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday. "We have to make up our minds, because if she's going in the Derby, we would train her accordingly [this morning]," Baffert said. The other option for Baffert and Excellent Meeting's owners, John and Betty Mabee, is to run her today in the Kentucky Oaks, the filly version of the Derby.
April 27, 1999 |
For 18 years, from the time he took out his first trainer's license, Nick Zito thirsted to run a horse in the Kentucky Derby. Then he won one, on his second try, with Strike The Gold in 1991. Then he didn't have horses in the next two, and it drove him crazy. "I remember the year  that [trainer] Mack Miller won," Zito said Monday morning at Churchill Downs, safe in his shedrow from the steady rain. "I watched at home on TV. I thought Sea Hero had a good chance.
May 3, 1999 |
Charismatic's upset win in Saturday's Kentucky Derby was hard to believe. It was just as unbelievable the morning after the Derby at Churchill Downs, where trainers with defeated horses were lining up to go against Charismatic in the Preakness. The second leg of the Triple Crown will be run at Pimlico on May 15. Besides Charismatic, 11 other Derby horses may go on to Pimlico. Standing by are at least five horses that didn't run in the Derby.