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May 29, 1995 | Associated Press
Citadeed seems to be getting the hang of American racing. Starting for the first time since making his U.S. debut with a ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Citadeed won the Peter Pan at Belmont Park on Sunday and probably earned a start in the Belmont Stakes June 10. "He didn't come home very fast," winning trainer Rick Violette Jr. said of Citadeed's 1:50 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.
April 30, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Buzzards Bay, the Santa Anita Derby winner, isn't due here until Wednesday, two days after the arrival of his co-owner. Andromeda's Hero, the most lightly regarded of trainer Nick Zito's five Kentucky Derby contenders, is at Keeneland, 70 miles from his four stablemates at Churchill Downs. Afleet Alex, the Arkansas Derby winner, sometimes goes to the track twice in a morning, with a two-hour rest in between. Are these ways to win the 131st Kentucky Derby?
May 3, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
It was the kind of call that trainers say is the most difficult to make. Phoning from California, trainer Wayne Lukas reached Bob Lewis in Newport Beach at 5 a.m. Monday, telling him that Consolidator was injured and wouldn't be running in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Not only is Consolidator out of the Derby, his career as a racehorse is over, the result of a cracked bone at the rear of his right front ankle, suffered in a 1 5/8 -mile gallop at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
November 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
April 2, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Greg Norman, the owner of Papi Chullo, who's running today in the $1-million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, is not that Greg Norman, the golfer. And Salvador Gonzalez, who trains Papi Chullo, is not that Salvador Gonzalez, the brother of trainer Paco Gonzalez and once the exercise rider for the formidable Free House. Norman, who bought Papi Chullo for $135,000 at a Florida auction last year, is, unlike his famous namesake, not even a golfer.
January 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
Marjorie Cordero, the wife of Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. and a former jockey, trainer and agent, was killed in a hit-and-run accident while jogging. She was 41. She was hit about a half-mile from her house Monday night, police said, and died at North Shore University Hospital. A police spokesman said Tuesday it is believed Cordero had been struck by a Ford but did not give more details. "There was an argument between her and her family," Det. Sgt. William Cox said.
April 18, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Bandini may have won the Blue Grass Stakes by six lengths and Afleet Alex the Arkansas Derby by eight, but seven of the horses they beat are expected to show up for a rematch in the Kentucky Derby. Trainers of those seven obviously think that the 131st Derby, to be run at Churchill Downs on May 7, is still wide open.
March 16, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski
For the second consecutive year, jockey Alex Solis is a finalist for horse racing's Hall of Fame. Solis, who is nearing 4,500 wins, including three Breeders' Cup victories and a 1986 Preakness success with Snow Chief, is one of 13 humans and horses announced as finalists Thursday. Jose Santos and Randy Romero are the others in the jockey category, and Gary Jones, John Veitch and Bob Wheeler are the candidates among trainers.
May 4, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE
A horse with a cough and fever was removed from a barn at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, raising concerns that nearby Kentucky Derby horses might get sick before the race on Saturday. Alybro, a horse nominated for Saturday's $200,000 Early Times Turf Classic, had a 102-degree fever and was taken to Lexington, Ky., for treatment early Wednesday, during morning training hours. Alybro is a stablemate of Talkin Man, one of the favorites for the Derby.
January 29, 1994
Trainer Bobby Frankel couldn't get to Santa Anita on Jan. 17 because of earthquake damage. Trainer Roger Stein couldn't get there. Thousands of fans couldn't get there. But Santa Anita ran races, anyway. I think the clowns that run that track need an aftershock to wake them up in ethics. Many were dead or injured, with billions of dollars in damages, but hurry up and saddle up. JACK TAYLOR Hollywood After reading about the recipients of the 1993 Eclipse Awards, I felt compelled to make some comments.
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