May 10, 1985
Dennis Diaz, who stunned the Establishment by entering Spend A Buck in the Jersey Derby, probably would get a kick out of a 1963 column by Jim Murray on the Preakness. An excerpt: "If the Triple Crown of horse racing--the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont--were sisters, the Preakness would be the one with buck teeth and glasses. No one would notice her at a party and her dance card would contain more blank spaces than her bridgework.
April 4, 2004 |
Down on the track, where 11 minutes seemed to turn into hours, Jose Valdivia Jr. stood at the finish line, not far from where Castledale's head had made the difference in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. Ridden by Valdivia, Castledale had finished first after 1 1/8 miles, but there was a slam-bang three-horse finish, and upstairs, on the sixth floor, the three Santa Anita stewards were trying to sort out a possible disqualification. "What are they waiting for?" Valdivia said.
November 3, 1990 |
Ray Bell does not say that if he had been able to buy Nasrullah 40 years ago, California's horse breeding would be where Kentucky's is now. But Bell does say that the wide gap between California and Kentucky, the citadel of international breeding, might be a lot narrower. It is unfair comparing Kentucky breeding to any state's, because this is an industry in which Kentucky is the big leagues--and then there is everyplace else.
October 7, 1985 |
In the winner's circle, David Whelan invited everybody to have a drink after Tsunami Slew won the $125,750 Carleton F. Burke Handicap Sunday at Santa Anita. "Me, I'm going to have two drinks," Whelan said after sweating out a stewards' review of a foul claim by jockey Chris McCarron, who finished second aboard Yashgan, two lengths behind Tsunami Slew, in the 1-mile turf race. For the second straight day in a stakes race, the stewards disallowed a jockey's objection.
July 21, 1988 |
Of the two California-based horses running in the Matchmaker last week at Atlantic City, N.J., Lizzy Hare was thought to be the filly with the better chance. Trevor Denman, for one, liked Lizzy Hare's chances. Denman, the Santa Anita and Del Mar race announcer who does a two-week guest appearance at Atlantic City in the summer, remembered calling Lizzy Hare's win in last year's Del Mar Oaks.
April 17, 1993 |
If heavily favored Dalhart wins today's $500,000 Arkansas Derby, Mike Smith will have to make a quick decision that any jockey would like to have, but one that any rider would have trouble making. A victory by Dalhart at Oaklawn Park would make him and owner John Ed Anthony's other standout 3-year-old, Prairie Bayou, the co-favorites in the Kentucky Derby on May 1. Smith is a versatile rider, but he can still ride only one of them.