June 17, 1990 |
Private School, a 16-1 longshot, charged past favorites Restless Con and Real Cash in the stretch to win the 56th running of the $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistle Downs in a photo finish Saturday. Restless Con led at the top of the stretch, with Real Cash a close second. But just as Real Cash moved inside to avoid a tie-up with the leader, Private School sprinted past them both, beating Restless Con by a head with Real Cash third.
June 16, 1989 |
"I got to where I didn't know if I wanted to go on," Woody Stephens said. He was not talking about whether he wanted to go on training horses, which he has been doing for 50 years, or living, which he has been doing for about 76 years. That's "about" 76 years because Woodford Cefis Stephens has been known to approximate as well as exaggerate when talking about himself. "For a good many years," says Keene Daingerfield, the wondrous wise racing judge of Lexington, Ky., "Woody and I were the same age. And now I find he's two years younger."
May 22, 1988 |
One of the biggest surprises of the May 7 Kentucky Derby was the post-race decision by trainer Bob Holthus to skip the Preakness Stakes with fourth-place finisher Proper Reality in favor of a string of midwest races, including the the $250,000 Ohio Derby June 18. Though horses who finished further behind Derby winner Winning Colors were going on to Baltimore, Holthus said he was tired of "knocking heads" with the top 3-year-olds.
June 14, 1987 |
Lost Code, winner of his previous four races, broke in front at the start and led all the way to win Saturday's $250,000 Ohio Derby by 3 1/2 lengths over Proudest Duke. The 53rd running of the race marked an inauspicious comeback attempt by Demons Begone, who was racing for the first time since he failed to finish the Kentucky Derby because he bled from the nostrils.
July 28, 1985 |
Skip Trial, a 35-1 longshot, passed a tiring Spend a Buck in the stretch Saturday and scored a 3 3/4-length victory in the $350,000 Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Belmont Stakes and American Derby winner Creme Fraiche was third, a length behind Spend a Buck, the Kentucky Derby and Jersey Derby champion, in the 1 1/8-mile race. Encolure was fourth.