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April 21, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Shug McGaughey was in a surprisingly good mood at his Belmont Park barn Thursday morning. Oh, sure, McGaughey should be chipper, since he trains Easy Goer, the heavy favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the odds-on favorite for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs May 6. But a trainer is never devoid of worries, and even a trainer with a horse as fast as Easy Goer can frown some. Cases in point, as far as McGaughey is concerned: --Mary Jane McGaughey, the trainer's wife and Easy Goer's exercise rider until she became too great with child, is scheduled to deliver their second baby in late May. --Seeking the Gold, a top 3-year-old last year and a horse expected to be one of the country's best handicap runners this year, jammed his ankle in Florida last month, just about the time he was going to make his 1989 debut.
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May 15, 2013 | By Chris Korman
A few low, indecipherable noises escaped from the table where Shug McGaughey, trainer of even-money Preakness favorite Orb, sat during the post-position draw Wednesday. The horse had drawn the dreaded No. 1 gate, meaning eight horses will be closing him in as they race toward the shortest path to the first turn. McGaughey, though, was not among those who thought this meant anything significant. "Some people groaned," he said. "I didn't groan. " McGaughey acknowledged a preference to start on the outside of the field - where the jockey and horse can watch the field open up - but said he thought drawing the rail simply didn't matter in a nine-horse field running over a mile and three-sixteenths.
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June 7, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Ogden Phipps, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Easy Goer, won three awards today in voting by the New York Turf Writers Assn. He was named outstanding owner and breeder and was cited as owner of the association's horse of the year for 1988, Personal Ensign. Shug McGaughey, who trains for Phipps, was named trainer of the year, and Jose Santos was named outstanding jockey.
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May 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
BALTIMORE - Wednesday morning at Pimlico race track was similar to most mornings for Claude McGaughey III. Except there were lots of reporters around, which made it different. McGaughey is a thoroughbred horse trainer, currently the one in the catbird's seat in his sport. His long-striding Orb won the Kentucky Derby, making him racing's next Great Brown Hope. It also makes McGaughey the present voice of the sport's future. He has little choice. Horses, except for Mr. Ed, are lousy quotes.
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June 9, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE
Sunday Silence, who will be trying to win the Triple Crown, and Easy Goer, the colt who finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, will start side by side in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, in the Nos. 6 and 7 spots, respectively. That came as good news Thursday for Shug McGaughey, Easy Goer's trainer, who had been concerned about drawing the No. 1 post for the 10-horse, 1 1/2-mile race. McGaughey wants to avoid close quarters racing on the rail, as occurred in the Preakness, and if Easy Goer can still be outside Sunday Silence heading into the stretch Saturday, he figures to have a better chance.
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June 9, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Sunday Silence will try to end a 10-year drought of Triple Crown winners on a track at Belmont Saturday that might be wet from several days of rain. The forecast was for rain and thunderstorms to taper off by midnight tonight. A chance of a shower and temperatures between 75 and 80 were predicted for Saturday. "If it stops by early morning, it would be a fast track by race time," Shug McGaughey, who trains Easy Goer, said. Post time for the 121st Belmont Stakes is about 2:30 p.m. PDT. Easy Goer didn't like the mud at Churchill Downs when he finished second in the Kentucky Derby, beaten by 2 1/2 lengths.
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May 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
Easy Goer, whom some compare to Secretariat, drew the No. 14 post position today--the far outside spot in the main gate--for his first major test of greatness Saturday against 15 other colts in the Kentucky Derby. Easy Goer, who will be ridden by Pat Day, was made a 3-5 early favorite, coupled in the betting with stablemate Awe Inspiring. An auxiliary gate will be used for the 15th and 16th post positions, occupied by 50-1 outsiders Wind Splitter and Northern Wolf. Easy Goer's trainer, Shug McGaughey, said he could live with the draw.
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June 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Super Derby, which doubled its purse from $500,000 to $1 million two years ago, will offer $2 million if Sunday Silence and Easy Goer enter the Sept. 24 race, Louisiana Downs owner Edward J. DeBartolo said Friday. Sunday Silence won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but was deprived of the Triple Crown when Easy Goer won the Belmont Stakes. "For this Super Derby, we're adding a million dollars to the pot, and it will be a $2-million race . . . because we are reasonably certain that we're going to get Easy Goer and Sunday Silence," DeBartolo said.
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May 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
Having done it once already this week, trainer Shug McGaughey and Easy Goer will be trying to dodge the rain the rest of the way to the Preakness. "We've got our fingers crossed," McGaughey said Tuesday after arriving at Pimlico. "We've been told the weather is supposed to clear. We're looking for a good, fast track. This track has always been a fast-drying track. With all things being equal, we're looking to turn the tables." Sunday Silence beat heavily favored Easy Goer by 2 1/2 lengths in the Kentucky Derby, but a muddy race track is thought to have compromised Easy Goer's chances.
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August 9, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Before trainer Shug McGaughey tries to win the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap today at Saratoga, he has a ceremony to attend. McGaughey, who has trained such greats as Personal Ensign and Easy Goer, is among three people and three horses who will be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame this morning in Saratoga Springs. Joining McGaughey as inductees are jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Jimmy Winkfield and thoroughbreds Skip Away, Flawlessly and Bowl Of Flowers.
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May 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced. Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection. Other choices might have been Full, Half or Neil Armstrong. But the owners, cousins Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney, got it right, just as their wonderful horse did, in front of 151,616 at Churchill Downs. Joel Rosario got it right too. The super jockey from the Dominican Republic left the Southern California jockey colony last year to head east in search of new adventures.
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August 9, 2004 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Before trainer Shug McGaughey tries to win the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap today at Saratoga, he has a ceremony to attend. McGaughey, who has trained such greats as Personal Ensign and Easy Goer, is among three people and three horses who will be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame this morning in Saratoga Springs. Joining McGaughey as inductees are jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Jimmy Winkfield and thoroughbreds Skip Away, Flawlessly and Bowl Of Flowers.
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November 8, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Running a dismal eighth in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, heavily favored Dehere probably had an excuse because he suffered pulmonary bleeding in the race. Birdonthewire, the favorite in the Sprint earlier in the day, arrived in California with a shipping fever and experienced a high blood count throughout last week. He was doubtful right up to the day of the race and finished 11th.
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November 4, 1993 | ANDREW BEYER, WASHINGTON POST
On a recent racing program that Belmont Park had billed as Breeders' Cup Preview Day, trainer Shug McGaughey won five major stakes races -- an unprecedented feat that earned him a lasting place in the sport's record books. Yet those who understand the nature of McGaughey's operation know that the achievement was even more amazing than it looked.
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November 1, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While trainer Shug McGaughey saddled six winners, five of them in stakes, on his record-breaking day at Belmont Park on Oct. 16, his No. 1 assistant, Buzzy Tenney, worked back at Barn 20, supervising the help and sending the horses to the paddock. "We had so much to do that I didn't appreciate what we'd done until I came to work the next morning," Tenney said.
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March 17, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There has been a high attrition rate among Kentucky Derby candidates training in Florida this winter, and the trainer pummeled the most has been Shug McGaughey. He has gone from holding aces to possibly holding the bag. Gulfstream Park is running two Kentucky Derby prep races today--the $500,000 Florida Derby and the $50,000 Swale Stakes--and McGaughey, who has gone from an embarrassment of riches to plain embarrassment, won't have a starter in either.
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May 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Nine horses were entered today for a Preakness that looks "pretty much like a two-horse race" to trainer Charlie Whittingham. Whittingham's Kentucky Derby winner, Sunday Silence, is fully recovered from a sore right forefoot that cost him two days of training earlier this week, and is ready to renew his duel with 2-year-old champion and Derby runner-up Easy Goer. "We've got pretty much the same horses that were in the Derby, only about half as many," Whittingham said. "I think the smaller field will help us. "Of course, there are a few horses you can't rule out entirely, and racing luck has a lot to do with it, too."
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March 17, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There has been a high attrition rate among Kentucky Derby candidates training in Florida this winter, and the trainer pummeled the most has been Shug McGaughey. He has gone from holding aces to possibly holding the bag. Gulfstream Park is running two Kentucky Derby prep races today--the $500,000 Florida Derby and the $50,000 Swale Stakes--and McGaughey, who has gone from an embarrassment of riches to plain embarrassment, won't have a starter in either.
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June 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Super Derby, which doubled its purse from $500,000 to $1 million two years ago, will offer $2 million if Sunday Silence and Easy Goer enter the Sept. 24 race, Louisiana Downs owner Edward J. DeBartolo said Friday. Sunday Silence won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but was deprived of the Triple Crown when Easy Goer won the Belmont Stakes. "For this Super Derby, we're adding a million dollars to the pot, and it will be a $2-million race . . . because we are reasonably certain that we're going to get Easy Goer and Sunday Silence," DeBartolo said.
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June 11, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Even though Sunday Silence has won two of their three meetings, the net winning margins favor Easy Goer by about 5 1/2 lengths, which will prompt heated discussion about which colt is the best 3-year-old in the country. Sunday Silence won the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths and the Preakness by a nose, then Easy Goer won Saturday's Belmont Stakes by eight lengths. Not matter how persuasive the arguments for either side, the issue will be settled on the track, but probably not soon.
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