June 12, 1994 |
With an eighth of a mile to go in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, Go For Gin and his jockey, Chris McCarron, appeared on their way to a repeat of their victory in the Kentucky Derby five weeks before. McCarron, who had Go For Gin far off the fence, looked to his left to see who might be challenging from the inside. But the trouble wasn't to McCarron's left, it was on the outside where Tabasco Cat was getting a patient ride from Pat Day.
May 22, 1994 |
The horse that almost killed his son in December lifted trainer Wayne Lukas from his lowest on-track moment to his highest Saturday. Tabasco Cat, who kicked like a bronco when Lukas tried to saddle him, saved his biggest kick of all for the stretch run of the 119th Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin in the final eighth of a mile for a three-quarter-length victory before a Pimlico crowd of 86,343.
June 13, 1994 |
"Want a little salad, big boy?" With that, trainer Wayne Lukas and one of his grooms, holding a lead shank on each side, took a freshly groomed Tabasco Cat from the barn to a large, nearby grazing area at Belmont Park. If there's anything that Tabasco Cat does better than out-kick Go For Gin in the stretch of Triple Crown races, it's eat grass.
August 20, 1994 |
Today's confrontation between Holy Bull and Tabasco Cat has most of the elements of great drama. They will face each other in a historic race, the Travers Stakes, before a crowd of more than 40,000 at Saratoga. The 3-year-old championship will be at stake and the horse-of-the-year title might be on the line too. Only one ingredient is missing: suspense. There is no doubt which of the two is the better horse. Holy Bull is--by many lengths.
March 6, 2005 |
Outside Gulfstream Park, Host hasn't exactly been a win machine for John Kimmel, who trains the 5-year-old Tabasco Cat horse for a partnership. The chestnut has two victories in 16 starts. On the Gulfstream Park turf course, Host has been a powerhouse. He has won all three there, including an 11-1 upset in the Mac Diarmida Handicap on Jan. 30. Host will try to remain perfect when he takes on 10 others in today's $250,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade I at 1 3/8 miles.
January 31, 2005 |
Pine Tree Lane, Past Forgetting and Chop House remain the only female horses to win the Santa Monica Handicap two years in a row. With a chance to join the select group, Island Fashion, who beat Buffythecenterfold and four others in the Grade I a year ago, had to settle for second as the 3-2 favorite Sunday at Santa Anita Park. Salt Champ, a 5-1 shot making her U.S.