December 16, 2007 |
Although she has no chance to win the Eclipse Award, the best 2-year-old filly in the country was on display Saturday at Hollywood Park. Country Star, a daughter of Empire Maker who was impressive winning the Alcibiades on Oct. 5 at Keeneland, was even more dazzling in her return, winning the $425,500 Hollywood Starlet.
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November 1, 2007 |
William Condren, 74, co-owner of Kentucky Derby-winning Thoroughbred horses Strike The Gold and Go For Gin, died Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the hospital said. The cause of death was not announced. Condren, Joseph Cornacchia and B. Giles Brophy won the 1991 Derby at Churchill Downs with Strike The Gold, but the partnership was strained.
November 24, 2006 |
Roy Jackson can't say for certain when last he visited Hollywood Park, but it was awhile ago. He remembers that Mervyn LeRoy was president of the Inglewood track, a position the late LeRoy last held in 1985. Jackson and his wife, Gretchen, the couple behind Lael Stable, will be at Hollywood Park on Sunday to see Showing Up, the second-most-famous 3-year-old they own, in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby. A Grade I at 1 1/4 miles, the Derby is part of Hollywood Park's three-day Autumn Turf Festival.
November 11, 2006 |
Giacomo, the 50-1 winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby, will join two other high profile horses -- Bernardini and Henny Hughes -- in retirement. The 4-year-old son of Holy Bull, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic a week ago today at Churchill Downs, will be a stallion at Frank Stronach's Adena Spring Farms in Midway, Ky. in 2007. Besides the Derby, Giacomo, who was owned by Jerry and Anne Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, won only two other races in a career that spanned 16 starts.
November 3, 2006 |
To the uninitiated, the names alone are dizzying. There is Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and owner of Bernardini, the favorite in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs. There is Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Sheik Mohammed's brother and Dubai's deputy ruler and minister of finance, the owner of Invasor, another contender in the Classic.
July 22, 2006 |
Whenever Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, makes a public appearance, whether it be a workout or race, cameras come out en masse because he's a celebrity among the thoroughbred racing fraternity. And everyone associated with Giacomo understands that sharing him with the public comes as part of their obligation for his upset victory on May 7, 2005, at 50-1 odds at Churchill Downs. "It's really rewarding," trainer John Shirreffs said. "Even now, it's, 'Can I go see Giacomo?'
July 15, 2006 |
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was in stable condition Friday and was visited by his jockey, Edgar Prado. But the colt's situation remained "extremely serious," his veterinarian said. A day after calling Barbaro's chances of survival "a longshot," Dr. Dean Richardson said Barbaro was "acceptably comfortable" and responding well to treatment.
July 14, 2006 |
Almost eight weeks and untold thousands of dollars after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was injured at the start of the Preakness Stakes, the colt was once again given a slim chance of surviving Thursday after developing a dreaded hoof complication called laminitis. Barbaro first had surgery May 21, the day after he had broken down in the Preakness, and until last week was doing well.
June 4, 2006 |
He has a stall with a view, a night stand with fresh flowers, and plenty of apples, carrots and peppermints to share with fellow patients in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals. Barbaro is recovering quite nicely two weeks after shattering his right hind leg in a life-threatening, career-ending breakdown at the Preakness. But while the Kentucky Derby winner heals, he's got nowhere to run.
May 21, 2006 |
Barbaro, the imposing dark-bay colt many believed was the best hope for a Triple Crown in a generation, broke down Saturday with two fractures in his right hind leg shortly after the start of the Preakness Stakes and will not race again, with his survival in doubt. The Kentucky Derby winner delayed the start by breaking through the gate early, then returned for the official start only to suffer a fracture above the ankle seconds into the race.