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July 24, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE
Silver Charm, prepping for the $1-million Pacific Classic on Aug. 15, will face six rivals Saturday in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap. Silver Charm has run only once, finishing second at Churchill Downs, since winning the Dubai World Cup in March. He will carry high weight of 125 pounds and break from the No. 6 post.
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February 8, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In the horse-racing world, it is still a lifetime until the May 3 Kentucky Derby. The top horses get hurt. They get ill. They suddenly, for no apparent reason, start turning in the training times of a plow horse. The favorites of mid-February become the forgottens of Triple Crown season. So when Gary Stevens rode Candy Boy to an impressive victory Saturday at Santa Anita, in the $200,000 Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both Stevens and trainer John Sadler did their best to couch their enthusiasm.
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June 3, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE
Several long gallops have set up Silver Charm for a five-furlong workout today at Churchill Downs. It will be his final drill for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is trying to become the 12th Triple Crown champion and the first since Affirmed in 1978. "The batteries are charged," trainer Bob Baffert said Monday. "We're ready." Silver Charm will be flown to New York on Wednesday morning. A field of eight is expected for the 129th Belmont.
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May 24, 2008
Yes, Big Brown was impressive in winning the Preakness, but Bill Dwyre's canonization of the horse as an almost certain Triple Crown winner goes too far. Remember, the very same accolades were given to Charismatic, Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and Smarty Jones in the past decade -- all impressive Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners -- and all of those horses landed in the same place: the Belmont Stakes scrap heap. Jack Wolf Westwood
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May 31, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE
Chris Antley, who rode Charismatic to victory in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is the new rider for Silver Charm, who won the Derby and Preakness while ridden by Gary Stevens in 1997. Antley's first assignment aboard Silver Charm will be in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12. The mount on Silver Charm opened up after Stevens left Saturday for England, where he will be a contract rider for trainer Michael Stoute this season.
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January 31, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Life isn't fair. Sports shouldn't be either. Michael Jordan didn't have to play with ankle weights, did he? Terrell Davis doesn't have to carry 10 extra pounds under his shoulder pads. Tiger Woods doesn't have to play left-handed. But look what they did to Silver Charm in the Donn Handicap on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. With Skip Away in retirement, Silver Charm entered 1999 as the No. 1 contender for horse of the year. His reward?
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October 30, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Silver Charm, the winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has been sold and will continue his career as a stallion in Japan. The 10-year-old son of Silver Buck, who hasn't been a particularly successful sire at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., since his retirement from racing in 1999, was sold to the Japan Racing Assn. for an undisclosed price. Robert Clay, the syndicate manager, announced the sale.
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March 20, 1997 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Defeat in the San Felipe Stakes a year ago preceded victory in the Santa Anita Derby for trainer Bob Baffert. The same scenario could play out in 1997 for Baffert, looking to win his second training title in the last three years at Santa Anita. Cavonnier, who finished third in the 1996 San Felipe behind Odyle and Smithfield, won the Derby three weeks later. He lost by a nose to Grindstone in the Kentucky Derby the next month.
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January 23, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Best Of The Rest has suffered a knee injury, costing him a chance to run against Silver Charm in the $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Florida a week from today. Best Of The Rest's exclusion means that Silver Charm will face a probable field made up of Behrens, Frisk Me Now, Hanarsaan, Sir Bear and Unruled. There isn't a Skip Away, Awesome Again or Gentlemen in this group, so Bob Baffert, who trains Silver Charm, can be excused for being realistic about his horse's chances.
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June 14, 1998 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Silver Charm's first race at Churchill Downs concluded better than did his second Saturday. A little more than 13 months after his memorable victory in the Kentucky Derby, the gray son of Silver Buck was upset in a race that was to be a showcase for him. Ridden perfectly by jockey Pat Day, Awesome Again, a 5-1 shot, rallied in the stretch to beat the 2-5 favorite by a length in the $799,500 Stephen Foster Handicap.
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October 30, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Silver Charm, the winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has been sold and will continue his career as a stallion in Japan. The 10-year-old son of Silver Buck, who hasn't been a particularly successful sire at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., since his retirement from racing in 1999, was sold to the Japan Racing Assn. for an undisclosed price. Robert Clay, the syndicate manager, announced the sale.
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February 2, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
By winning Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, Kafwain continued on an imposing trail. Silver Charm won the San Vicente in 1997, and three months later won the Kentucky Derby. There's another Silver Charm-Kafwain connection. Silver Charm holds the record for the San Vicente, which has been run at seven furlongs since Swaps won it in 1955, but Kafwain came close Saturday. His time of 1 minute 21.12 seconds just missed Silver Charm's 1:21.07 clocking.
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May 14, 2002 | NEIL MILBERT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1997 and Real Quiet took the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1998. Their trainer, Bob Baffert, says his newly acquired Kentucky Derby winner, War Emblem, is "as good as a Real Quiet or a Silver Charm." "He's as good as any horse I brought there," continued Baffert, recalling all 11 of his previous starters in America's most famous race. "But I'd like to have Point Given for the last two legs."
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February 2, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This year, more than most years, the Kentucky Derby winner could come from anywhere, which might be encouragement for the seven horses running today in the San Vicente Stakes, even though some of them appear to have distance limitations. The field for the seven-furlong San Vicente can take inspiration from Silver Charm, who used a win in the Santa Anita stake in 1997 to launch his 3-year-old season, a year marked by wins in the Derby and the Preakness.
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October 19, 1999
Bob and Beverly Lewis, owners of Silver Charm and Charismatic, horses that nearly won the Triple Crown in two of the last three years, and jockey Kent Desormeaux will speak at the Sports Newsmakers Luncheon today at the Arrowhead Pond. Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before losing at the Belmont Stakes in 1997. Charismatic followed the same path this year. Silver Charm received the Eclipse Award as the top 3-year-old in 1997.
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June 14, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the most popular thoroughbreds to race, Silver Charm, who counted the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness among his dozen wins, has been retired. The decision was made by trainer Bob Baffert and owners Bob and Beverly Lewis after the 5-year-old gray son of Silver Buck finished a lackluster fourth in the Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday at Churchill Downs. After winning the San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan.
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February 25, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending weeks of speculation, Gary Stevens made the most difficult choice of his career Tuesday, picking Silver Charm over Gentlemen as his mount for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap. Richard Mandella, who trains Gentlemen, then made a surprise choice, hiring Pat Day instead of a local jockey to ride his horse in the 1 1/4-mile race March 7. Stevens had been on the spot since Feb.
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May 24, 1997 | ANDREW BEYER, WASHINGTON POST
The decline of the American thoroughbred has been the subject of endless discussion and lament for the better part of two decades. The golden era of modern racing--which produced Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, etc.--ended with the retirement of Spectacular Bid in 1980. Since that time, the sport has had few genuinely great horses and great performances. Its most-watched events, the Triple Crown races, often have been forgettable.
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May 31, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE
Chris Antley, who rode Charismatic to victory in this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is the new rider for Silver Charm, who won the Derby and Preakness while ridden by Gary Stevens in 1997. Antley's first assignment aboard Silver Charm will be in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12. The mount on Silver Charm opened up after Stevens left Saturday for England, where he will be a contract rider for trainer Michael Stoute this season.
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March 30, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert blamed himself for the stress that might have contributed to Silver Charm's bleeding as the 5-year-old gray finished a disappointing sixth Sunday in the $5-million Dubai World Cup. "I look back at his schedule and now I can tell that we tried to do too much with him," Baffert said. "We shipped him from Santa Anita to Florida for the Donn Handicap. Then we shipped him back for the Santa Anita Handicap. Then we sent him all the way to Dubai. It was too much.
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