June 6, 2009 |
Unless you were one of the few to place a bet on him, hardly anyone remembers that Da'Tara won the Belmont Stakes last year. All the focus was on Big Brown's bid for the Triple Crown, and when he completely flopped, Da'Tara's improbable wire-to-wire victory at 38-1 odds seemed like an afterthought. Trainer Nick Zito doesn't mind, however. In fact, he kind of likes keeping a low profile. He's certainly had success at the Belmont.
April 7, 2004 |
Other than jockey Kent Desormeaux, the nominations for this year's Racing Hall of Fame election have an overwhelming East Coast flavor. Desormeaux, who rides in Southern California, is on the ballot with Eddie Maple, Randy Romero and Jose Santos. Maple and Romero are retired. The trainer nominees, all New York-based active conditioners, are Shug McGaughey, Nick Zito and John Veitch. The male horses up for election are Lure, Manila and Skip Away.
April 22, 1993 |
Strike The Gold, the 1991 Kentucky Derby winner, made an impressive return to the races with a 3 1/2-length victory over Alyten in a $46,000 allowance race at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Making his first start since the Breeders' Cup Classic last October, Strike The Gold unleashed his patented late rally to cover the mile in 1:35 1/5. Having recovered from a bout of anemia this winter, the 5-year-old son of Alydar earned his sixth lifetime victory for trainer Nick Zito.
May 29, 1995 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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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.
April 2, 2005 |
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 |
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 |
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.