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June 4, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Ronnie Franklin recently rode a horse named Proud Conscience to victory at Pimlico in Baltimore. The 28-year-old Franklin is proud of what he accomplished on the back of Spectacular Bid nine years ago, and these days, despite a long-time drug habit that has threatened three times to end his riding career, his conscience is clear. Franklin says he is clean now and has been for almost two years.
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June 3, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp said he has never watched a tape of the 1979 Belmont Stakes. For Delp, watching the race the first time was enough. The 1979 Belmont was supposed to be a Triple Crown coronation for Delp's Spectacular Bid, who had obliterated the opposition in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, the Belmont produced one of racing's biggest upsets, and now, 20 years later, Delp still sputters when he talks about it.
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June 3, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp said he has never watched a tape of the 1979 Belmont Stakes. For Delp, watching the race the first time was enough. The 1979 Belmont was supposed to be a Triple Crown coronation for Delp's Spectacular Bid, who had obliterated the opposition in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, the Belmont produced one of racing's biggest upsets, and now, 20 years later, Delp still sputters when he talks about it.
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June 4, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Ronnie Franklin recently rode a horse named Proud Conscience to victory at Pimlico in Baltimore. The 28-year-old Franklin is proud of what he accomplished on the back of Spectacular Bid nine years ago, and these days, despite a long-time drug habit that has threatened three times to end his riding career, his conscience is clear. Franklin says he is clean now and has been for almost two years.
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September 28, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp was asked the other day if any horse in the last 20 years could have beaten Spectacular Bid. "Last 20 years?" said Delp, thinking for a few moments. You could almost hear him clicking off several names in his head. "I don't see any. Not when the Bid was at the top of his game." When wasn't he? Spectacular Bid, who raced for Delp from 1978 through 1980, won 26 of 30 starts. In three of those losses--two as a 2-year-old--he was ridden by the erratic Ronnie Franklin.
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October 15, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp was asked the other day if any horse in the last 20 years could have beaten Spectacular Bid. "Last 20 years?" said Delp, thinking for a few moments. You could almost hear him clicking off several names in his head. "I don't see any. Not when the Bid was at the top of his game." When wasn't he? Spectacular Bid, who raced for Delp from 1978 through 1980, won 26 of 30 starts. In three of those losses--two as a 2-year-old--he was ridden by the erratic Ronnie Franklin.
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April 26, 2009 | Bill Ordine
Here are five horses to watch at the Kentucky Derby, which will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs, plus three story lines to consider and a look back at the 2008 race: Five to watch * I Want Revenge, Joe Talamo (jockey), Jeff Mullins (trainer). I Want Revenge has momentum going into the Derby with consecutive victories in the Gotham Stakes and the Wood Memorial. * Friesan Fire, Gabriel Saez, Larry Jones.
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May 2, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Before Saturday, Stewart Elliott's only ride at Churchill Downs came Friday, when he rode a 3-year-old colt to a seventh-place finish in a $47,900 allowance race. A day later, Elliott, in his second ride here, was aboard another 3-year-old colt -- Smarty Jones -- who won the Kentucky Derby and earned $5,854,800, 10% of which will be headed the 39-year-old jockey's way.
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May 6, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Stewards have taken a harsh view of sight-impaired jockeys in the interest of the safety, but that hasn't stopped at least one from competing in the Kentucky Derby. And it won't hinder Jo Jo Ladner today at Churchill Downs. But Ladner, 24, knows that his mount, Northern Wolf, has little chance. The horse from Maryland has won two of his last three starts, the only times Ladner has ridden him, but he is a 50-1 shot in the Derby and must break from the outside post in the 16-horse field.
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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.
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May 21, 2004 | BILL CHRISTINE
Those of us fortunate enough to cover the Triple Crown sweeps by Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed in the 1970s didn't know how sweet it was. But after Affirmed gave us three exhilarating wins over the star-crossed Alydar in 1978, the gates slammed shut on Triple Crown heaven. The death of the 28-year-old Seattle Slew, three days after the running of the 2002 Derby, also meant that there wasn't even a Triple Crown champ left alive. The 1970s spoiled us, all right.
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May 3, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a long way from Central Pharmacy, at 4th and Wilshire in Santa Monica, to Churchill Downs. It's even farther from Rio de Janeiro. Those were the starting points, though, for two of the little big men in Saturday's 121st Kentucky Derby. Gary Lewis, short enough to be the jockey that he never was, trains Jumron, the British-bred colt whose strong, late run in the Santa Anita Derby makes him dangerous. Goncalino Almeida, at 5 feet 4 a couple of inches taller than Lewis, rides the horse.
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