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  • Belmont claims 1 more Triple Crown pretender. Here are the 11 past winners, times and jockeys

    06/08/2014 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 38 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/8/14 | Doug Book
    From about 1885 until 1915, pacers and trotters were racing royalty in America, the popularity of these standardbred horses greater than that of any baseball star or other spectator sport. When the immortal pacer Dan Patch fell ill in 1904, news of his malady traveled across the nation as racing fans and the public at large anxiously sought out the slightest scrap of information about his condition. Of course, at a time when Ty Cobb, the country’s highest paid baseball player made $12,000 per year, Dan Patch was earning $1 million! And stories of Dan’s successes on the track were...
  • California Chrome's Triple Crown quest collapses

    06/07/2014 10:14:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    yahoo ^ | BETH HARRIS
    NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to 9-1 long shot Tonalist. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome's loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.
  • Tonalist spoils California Chrome's bid for the Triple Crown

    06/07/2014 4:14:03 PM PDT · by kingattax · 163 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-7-14 | Jay Hart
    The longest wait in sports is not over. California Chrome's bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 fell short in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes by a length and a half, the mile-and-a-half Belmont proved to be too much for Chrome, who finished fourth to winner Tonalist. And with that, the longest drought in Triple Crown history continues. Since Affirmed's sweep 36 years ago, 13 horses now have gone to Belmont Park with the Derby and Preakness in hand only to falter somehow, some way....
  • The Test Of The Champion: California Chrome Makes A Run At History [LIVE]

    06/07/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 157 replies
    California Chrome is about to run in the Belmont Stakes, known as The Test Of The Champion.
  • Who is California Chrome?

    06/06/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | 6-6-14 | Johnette Howard
    ELMONT, N.Y. -- If you listen to horsemen during the Triple Crown chase year after year, they talk as if a special racehorse becomes a champion not only because of how fast he runs, but also because of who he is. So what makes California Chrome a special racehorse and a champion, instead of just a horse with a great backstory? Co-owner Steve Coburn, the Wilford Brimley lookalike in the 10-gallon hat, fingers the trait that all of Chrome's handlers cite: "It's been amazing to watch his personality develop and watch his mind develop." His mind? Really? Angel Cordero Jr.,...
  • California Steals Kentucky's Spotlight

    06/03/2014 6:37:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 6-3-14 | Pia Catton
    California is hardly known as an epicenter of thoroughbred breeding. But on Saturday, the Belmont Stakes will include the first California-bred Triple Crown contender, leaving the actual industry leader, Kentucky, to pour another bourbon and dream of next year. Kentucky produces about one-third of all the registered thoroughbred foals in the U.S. according to the Jockey Club, the breed's registry. California accounts for about 8% of the foal crop and has struggled to stabilize its breeding industry since the 2008 recession. It makes California Chrome truly an odds-beater. "The story behind this horse is great for racing," said Clifford Barry,...
  • California Chrome takes Preakness, Triple Crown dream alive

    05/17/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | May 17, 2014 | Mike Singer
    6:22 ET: The dream of a Triple Crown is still alive, after California Chrome held off Ride on Curlin to take Saturday's Preakness Stakes in an unofficial time of 1:54.84. After an excellent start, Chrome was content in third for the majority of the race until a late charge at the 3/4 mile saw him forge ahead. "It's an awesome feeling to be able to have a horse like California Chrome, he's just amazing," jockey Victor Espinoza said after the race. Espinoza improved his record to 6-0 on Chrome after holding off Social Inclusion and Ride on Curlin down the...
  • Former Asmussen employee commits suicide

    03/30/2014 7:38:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | March 29, 2014 | Mary Rampellini
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Harry Hubbard Johnson, who recently left the employ of trainer Steve Asmussen at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., committed suicide Friday in Kentucky. Johnson was Asmussen’s shed foreman, a position that ranks a level below assistant trainer. He died two days following his 27th birthday. “He was a kind soul and a pleasure to be around,” Asmussen said Saturday. “I feel horrible for the whole Johnson family.” Johnson’s death comes a little more than a week after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released controversial video and audio footage recorded undercover in the...
  • Miguel Cabrera's Ridiculous Plate Coverage

    05/25/2013 6:26:02 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 35 replies
    Fan Graphs ^ | 5-24-13 | Drew Sheppard
    Coming off the first batting Triple Crown in 45 years, Miguel Cabrera ­is making a bid to be the first hitter to do so in consecutive seasons. He currently leads the American League in batting average (.391), RBI (55) and is one home run off the pace at 14. In a recent piece here at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan commented on Cabrera’s impressive all fields hitting and ability to cover the full strike zone with power. I have put together some imagery to highlight this ability and show a bit of why Cabrera is such a threat.
  • Baseball's Wild Finish

    10/05/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT · by thurmant · 3 replies ^ | 10/5/12 | FixMLB
    On Wednesday night, in the midst of a presidential debate, the baseball season came to a close. Although the season didn’t close with as many fireworks as last season, it did have something just as special; something that hasn’t happened in 45 years. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won baseball’s Triple Crown. For those who don’t know, the Triple Crown is only achieved when a batter leads the league in home runs, runs batted in (RBIs), and batting average. The fact that it hasn’t been done since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967 speaks to how extraordinarily difficult it...
  • Tigers' Cabrera wins 1st Triple Crown in 45 years

    10/04/2012 5:34:32 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 50 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/4/12 | DAVE SKRETTA
    Cabrera became just the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the major leagues since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.**snip**While the Triple Crown has been decided, the MVP has not. Selected members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote for that award, with the winner announced in November. On one hand, Cabrera has dominated the statistical categories favored by traditionalists, the ones that count...
  • Secretariat Awarded Preakness Record at 1:53 After Review (Ruling: '73 Preakness Time is a Record)

    06/20/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Hegarty
    Secretariat awarded Preakness record at 1:53 after review The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to change the official time of the 1973 Preakness Stakes won by Secretariat from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53, a time that will give the two-time Horse of the Year the record in all three of the Triple Crown races. The commission approved the change after two hours of testimony at a meeting at Laurel Park, the sister track of Pimlico Race Course, where the Preakness is held. Penny Chenery, the late horse’s owner, requested the hearing on the basis of analyses conducted by companies...
  • I'll Have Another scratched from Belmont Stakes, retires

    06/08/2012 2:02:46 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 8, 2012 | By ED FOUNTAINE
    I"ll Have Another, hours from his historic bid for the Triple Crown in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, was scratched from the race Friday with tendonitis and retired. Originally favored at 4-5 on the morning-line for the 144th "Test of the Champion," I'll Have Another will be the 12th horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the first two jewels of the Triple Crown and not complete the sweep in the Belmont. see more videos But the crowd at Belmont Park, which would have numbered over 100,000 before the scratch, will still get to see the Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion. In...
  • I'll Have Another Won't Run in Belmont Stakes, Erases Hopes of First Triple Crown Since 1978

    06/08/2012 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies ^ | 6/8/2012 | Mike Cole
    Horse racing was dealt a devastating blow on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed that his horse, I'll Have Another, won't run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. O'Neill confirmed that news on The Dan Patrick Show. O'Neill cited injury as the reason the horse won't run in the race. "It's his left front leg," O'Neill told the show. "This morning, he looked perfect. I took him and did a little something with him and after training, the swelling came back." O'Neill also said that the horse looked like it was suffering from tendinitis. I'll Have Another was looking...
  • I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

    06/08/2012 8:41:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.
  • I'll Have Another Scratched from Belmont

    06/08/2012 8:43:00 AM PDT · by sportutegrl · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/2012 | CNN
    CNN is reporting that I'll Have Another is scratched from racing in Belmont. No Triple Crown this year.

    05/19/2012 6:20:50 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 20 replies ^ | 5/19/2012 | Staff
    I'll Have Another won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. The winner of the Kentucky Derby last time out, Doug O'Neill's colt confirmed his superiority over those reopposing with an impressive display in the second leg of America's Triple Crown. Despite winning the Run For The Roses, the son of Flower Alley was sent off as second favourite with punters expecting Derby second, Bodemeister, to reverse the form with many feeling he had paid the price for setting too fast a pace at Churchill Downs. Mike Smith eased Bob Baffert's charge to the front from gate nine and...
  • Free – 2012 Preakness Stakes Past Performances (PDF file), plus (free) prior races video & charts

    05/19/2012 6:24:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies
    For major races such as this, free past performances are usually provided. It's on a PDF file.Link again here:
  • Nobody interested in THE PREAKNESS??

    05/15/2010 7:52:00 AM PDT · by supremedoctrine · 56 replies · 949+ views
    Supremedoctrine, the Handicapper | MaY 15 2010 | Self
    All our usual Triple Crown chat seems to have evaporated. Today is the Second Leg of the TC. A field of 12 goes postward at Pimlico today for the Preakness Stakes.
  • Borel anticipates ‘super race’ from Super Saver

    05/15/2010 3:18:45 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 25 replies · 434+ views ^ | 5/14/10 | David Ginsburg
    BALTIMORE (AP)—A year ago, Calvin Borel jumped from the Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird onto Rachel Alexandra and won the Preakness. This month, after winning his third Derby in four years, the standout jockey decided to stay aboard Super Saver for the Preakness and take a shot at capturing the Triple Crown. The one similarity is that Borel entered the 2009 Preakness and Saturday’s 135th edition certain his ride would end in the winner’s circle. Heck, he predicted a Triple Crown for Super Saver two weeks ago and won’t back down from that assessment.
  • (March 30, 1970) Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago

    03/30/2010 6:38:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 756+ views ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Schmitz
    Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago by David Schmitz (Secretariat, shown as a 2-year-old, was foaled March 30, 1970) March 30 marks 40 years since the birth of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat at Christopher T. Chenery’s The Meadow near Doswell, Va. It’s a date well worth remembering by any racing fan but especially by those who were around during Secretariat’s racing days and more so by those lucky enough to see the strikingly handsome chestnut colt with three white stockings in action. Secretariat’s magnetism was evident soon after the colt’s birth. Chenery’s daughter, Penny, was so overwhelmed after getting her...
  • 2009 Kentucky Derby Trail - Today's major prep races: SA Derby, Illinois Derby, Wood Memorial

    04/04/2009 7:12:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies · 822+ views
    various sources | Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Me
    TODAY'S MAJOR KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACES... SANTA ANITA PARK 6th Race , Santa Anita Derby (TELEVISED LIVE ON NBC, BEGINNING AT 2PM PDT, 5PM EDT) Post Time: 2:40 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $750,000 Grade: 1 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch) ________________________________________________ HAWTHORNE 7th Race , Illinois Derby Post Time: 4:15 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $500,000 Grade: 2 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR ILLINOIS DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch) ________________________________________________...
  • On the 2009 Kentucky Derby trail: contenders, past performances w/video, schedule of prep-races

    03/22/2009 7:51:54 AM PDT · by ETL · 3 replies · 2,403+ views
    various sources | Me
    2009 Derby Contenders: Contender PP's (Past Performances):Brisnet's weekly updated PDF past performance file of Kentucky Derby hopefuls: For more info at the site (, hover your mouse pointer/cursor over "Racing Information" and select from the drop-down menu. --------------------------------------------------------- Prep race schedule from mid-March to Derby Day, May 2ndMarch:Mar 14 2009: Louisiana Derby - Fair Grounds, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $600,000Mar 14 2009: San Felipe - Santa Anita, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $200,000Mar 14 2009: Rebel - Oaklawn, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $300,000Mar 14 2009: Tampa Bay Derby - Tampa Bay Downs, Grade III, 1 1/16 miles, $300,000Mar...
  • Tracking the 2009 Kentucky Derby contenders (4 big prep races today)

    03/14/2009 9:33:56 AM PDT · by ETL · 6 replies · 1,785+ views
    Here are a few must-have links for the upcoming Kentucky Derby... (there's even free video of prior races at the site) 2009 Derby Contenders: Contender PP's (Past Performances):Here is Brisnet's weekly updated PDF past performance file of Kentucky Derby hopefuls: Derby Prep Schedule: (major races leading to the Derby) For more info at the site (, hover your mouse pointer/cursor over "Racing Information" and select from the drop-down menu.
  • Report: Big Brown photo reveals loose shoe early in Belmont

    06/23/2008 8:00:49 AM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 97 replies · 219+ views
    A photo taken during the early stages of the Belmont Stakes has revealed Big Brown was running with a loose shoe as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner attempted to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1979, Newsday reported Monday.
  • 35 Years Ago Today......Secretariat's Immortal Run For The Ages

    06/09/2008 5:30:53 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 47 replies · 215+ views
    Secretariat is widening now.!....He is moving like a tremendous machine!........Secretariat by 12!.......Secretariat by 14 lengths on the turn!.......Video
  • Big Brown loses in Belmont Stakes, fails in bid for Triple Crown ( Comes in dead last... )

    06/07/2008 3:49:43 PM PDT · by kellynla · 116 replies · 421+ views
    ESPN ^ | June 7, 2008, 6:44 PM ET | staff
    NEW YORK -- Big Brown failed in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he finished dead last to Da' Tara in the Belmont Stakes. Da' Tara went wire to wire to beat eight other thoroughbreds over 1½ miles, the longest and toughest of the three classics. "I had no horse," said Big Brown's jockey, Kent Desormeaux. All week long, Big Brown's trainer, Rick Dutrow Jr. said the horse's victory was "a foregone conclusion." He turned out be wrong. The bay colt's disappointing performance followed convincing victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He failed on...
  • Big Brown Has 'Slight' Quarter Crack

    05/25/2008 11:04:15 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 47 replies · 107+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | Steve Haskin
    Big Brown, who will be seeking the coveted Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a "slight" quarter crack on the inside of his left front foot, trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday, May 25. Dutrow said he noticed a small spot on the colt's foot Friday afternoon and notified hoof lameness specialist Ian McKinlay, who treated it. By Saturday, it had turned into a slight quarter crack, five-eighths of an inch long. McKinlay applied iodine solution and said he’s confident it is very minor. He will “lace it up,” and if everything is good, the colt...
  • Big Brown Does It again

    05/17/2008 3:30:37 PM PDT · by skimask · 66 replies · 541+ views
    Big Brown looks like a Tripe Crown cinch. He wasn't even challenged today. This horse is a monster. Visions of Secretariat.
  • Preakness Stakes Today - FREE handicaping tools (NOT spam)

    05/17/2008 5:16:43 AM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 129+ views
    various sources | May 17, 2008 | various authors
    Please note: this is NOT spam. It's just material I've gathered on my own to prepare for Saturday's Preakness (I'm a regular poster here). All of the tools below are absolutely free, including the PPs (Past Performances) and video. They usually let you download stuff like this for free for the major stake races. Official Past Performances for 2008 Preakness Stakes (on pdf file): Official website of the 2008 Preakness Stakes: Videos of each of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's 4 prior starts, including this incredible first-time-out shocker on the grass at 14-1! (they must have somehow hid his workouts...
  • Saturday's Preakness Stakes - FREE handicaping tools (NOT spam)

    05/16/2008 12:02:44 PM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 38 replies · 539+ views
    various sources | May 16, 2008 | various authors
    Please note: this is NOT spam. It's just material I've gathered on my own to prepare for Saturday's Preakness (I'm a regular poster here). All of the tools below are absolutely free, including the PPs (Past Performances) and video. They often let you download stuff like this for free for the major stake races. Official Past Performances for 2008 Preakness Stakes (on pdf file): Official website of the 2008 Preakness Stakes: Videos of each of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's 4 prior starts, including this incredible first-time-out shocker on the grass at 14-1! (they must have somehow hid his workouts...
  • 2007 - Preakness 132 *LIVE THREAD*

    05/19/2007 1:33:11 PM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 55 replies · 3,248+ views
    1 - Mint Slewlep Jockey: Alan Garcia Trainer: Robbie Bailes Owner: Marshall E. Dowell 2 - Xchanger Jockey: Ramon Dominguez Trainer: Mark Shuman Owner: Domenico Zannino, Joseph Masone and Mark Shuman. 3 - Circular Quay Jockey: John Velazquez Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher Owner: Michael Tabor 4 - Curlin Jockey: Robby Albarado Trainer: Steve Asmussen Owner: Stonestreet Stables, Padua Stables, George Bolton and Midnight Cry Stable 5 - King of the Roxy Jockey: Garrett Gomez Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher Owner: Team Valor 6 - Flying First Class Jockey: Mark Guidry Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Owner: Old English Rancho 7 -...
  • Smarty Jones Now a Father (with wife Shoppingwithbetty - It's a girl!)

    01/12/2006 1:34:19 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 30 replies · 864+ views
    WKYT 25 ^ | January 10th, 2006 | WKYT 25
    Smarty Jones Now a Father Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones now has another title: father. Three Chimneys Farm, Smarty's home, announced Tuesday that Smarty's first foal was born shortly after midnight. The bay filly, whose mother is Shoppingwithbetty, was born at Stone Farm, just outside Paris . "She's popped around, jumped around," said Arthur Hancock, owner of Stone Farm. "She's a very nice foal, and the mother's crazy about her. She just looks like a little athlete." Shoppingwithbetty, owned by Hancock and Tom Tatham of Oak Cliff Stables, was due to foal Jan. 19. Her father was Danzig, who...
  • Will we have a Triple Crown? - Preakness Stakes 2005 - *LIVE THREAD*

    05/21/2005 8:24:10 AM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 112 replies · 2,230+ views
    Preakness Stakes 2005 (Approximate Odds as of May 21th at 9:53 AM) Post Position Silks Horse Name Trainer Jockey PP's Morning Line 1 MALIBU MOONSHINE King Leatherbury Steve Hamilton PP 10:1 2 HIGH FLY Nick Zito   Jerry Bailey  PP 5:1 3 NOBLE CAUSEWAY Nick Zito  Gary Stevens PP 13:1 4 GREELEY'S GALAXY Warren Stute  David Flores PP 10:1 5 SCRAPPY T Robbie Bailes  Ramon Dominguez PP 10:1 6 HAL'S IMAGE Barry Rose  Jose Santos PP 21:1 7 CLOSING ARGUMENT Kiaran McLaughlin Cornelio Velasquez PP 8:1 8 GALLOPING GROCER Dominick Schettino Joe Bravo PP 25:1 9 WILKO Craig Dollase  Corey Kakatani ...
  • Giacomo Draws Post 13 For Preakness; Afleex Alex Goes From Post 12 As Favorite

    05/19/2005 9:05:51 AM PDT · by Tanniker Smith · 38 replies · 561+ views
    Giacomo Draws Post 13 For Preakness; Afleex Alex Goes From Post 12 As Favorite Baltimore, MD. 05-18-05 --- John Shirreffs, trainer of Jerome and Ann Moss’ Giacomo, had little left to pick when he selected 13th in the Preakness draw Wednesday evening and chose Post 13 for his Kentucky Derby winner. Afleet Alex, who was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite, will go from Post 12 in the full field of 14. The field in post position order for the 130th running of the $1 million, mile and three-sixteenths second jewel of the Triple Crown, with jockeys and morning line...
  • Kentucky Derby, Preakness Champ Smarty Jones Retired

    08/02/2004 6:14:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 695+ views
    My Way News ^ | 8/2/04 | HAL BOCK/AP
    The constant pounding Smarty Jones put on his hoofs in a brilliant racing career that brought him within one length of the Triple Crown, forced his retirement from the sport on Monday. Diagnosed with bone bruises in all four hoofs, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will stand stud at Three Chimneys Farm, occupying the stall of Seattle Slew, the only undefeated Triple Crown winner in history. It's an appropriate spot for the red chestnut colt who recovered from a life-threatening accident early in his career and won every race until his last one when he was caught...
  • Belmont Stakes (Smarty Jones) -- LIVE THREAD

    06/05/2004 6:28:23 AM PDT · by Types_with_Fist · 708 replies · 3,097+ views
    Glory, or heartbreak. I looked but did not see a thread. My apologies if someone else did one. I will post as many good racing links as I can find. The lineup: BirdstoneCaimanEddingtonMaster DavidPurgeRock Hard TenRoyal AssaultSmarty JonesTap Dancer
  • The Triple Crown, and Smarty Jones, can he do it?

    06/05/2004 12:46:12 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 28 replies · 424+ views ^ | June 5 2005 | Carlo3b
    The Triple Crown, and Smarty Jones, can he do it?Move over Seabiscuit, we have Smarty Jones to keep us on the edge of our seats..Saturday June 5, Smarty Jones could become only the second horse in history to have a shot at being an undefeated Triple Crown winner behind the fabulous Seattle Slew. Even the threat of rain can't dampen the excitement of the Belmont Stakes, as Smarty Jones goes for the whole enchilada, the coveted Triple Crown. The Triple Crown is comprised of three annual horse races: the Kentucky Derby (held on the first Saturday in May), the Preakness...
  • The Preakness -- 129 [LIVE THREAD]

    05/14/2004 10:12:40 AM PDT · by Types_with_Fist · 266 replies · 337+ views
    I checked but didn't see another thread on this. And, no. It's not "too soon." Us horse racing fans are... well... fanatical. I'm excited, as it looks like my Kentucky Derby pick (the winnah), Smarty Jones, is headed in with a good chance. Here is the main link to the Maryland Jockey Club. Lots of good info can be found there. They also have a special Preakness Page. That's where you can find an archive of the daily stories, on the horses, up through today. Here's today's news: BALTIMORE, 5-14-04 --- SIR SHACKLETON/THE CLIFF’S EDGE – Trainer Nick Zito made...
  • KY Derby in prime time?

    05/03/2004 6:55:56 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 5 replies · 455+ views ^ | 5/3/2004 | Joseph_Gallant
    [snip]Given that the TV ratings for the Derby also were much higher than last year, I wonder if NBC will pressure Churchill Downs to install lights and run the Derby at night, in prime-time. The Derby may be ready for prime-time TV coverage.[snip]
  • Racing Legend 'Spectacular Bid' dead at 27

    06/10/2003 10:41:18 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 48 replies · 376+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/10/03 | John Kekis
    Thoroughbred Spectacular Bid Dies at 27 40 minutes ago Add Sports - AP to My Yahoo! By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer UNADILLA, N.Y. - Spectacular Bid, a steel gray colt whose drive to win the Triple Crown in 1979 was derailed by a safety pin on the day of the Belmont Stakes, died at 27. AP Photo<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>   He died of a heart attack Monday at Milfer Farm in upstate New York. The thoroughbred will be buried at the farm in Unadilla, 65 miles southeast of Syracuse, according to the owner of the farm where he still...
  • Belmont Stakes Live thread - A Funny thing happened on the way to the Triple Crown? Empire Maker!

    06/07/2003 1:39:00 PM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 306 replies · 856+ views
    Race Time: 5:38 p.m. Central time. NBC will televise. Pre-race show on ESPN now Funny Cide Runs For History Despite Rainy Belmont Stakes By Bruno Zalubil| June 7, 2003 2003 Belmont Stakes   photo by Rick Schmitt       D espite rains that have drenched thousands of faithful fans, Funny Cide will run for Visa Triple Crown immortality when he goes to post today for the 135th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (Gr. 1) at 6:38 p.m. EDT at Belmont Park. Track conditions for Belmont Stakes Day have slowly deteriorated throughout the day. The main track was...
  • A mile and a half to the honor roll

    06/06/2003 2:16:20 PM PDT · by fly_so_free · 6 replies · 186+ views
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 6/5/03 | JAY PRIVMAN
    ELMONT, N.Y.- Secretariat set track records in his Triple Crown races. Seattle Slew was the first, and only, winner of the Triple Crown while still undefeated. Affirmed beat an archrival who might have won the Triple Crown most any other year...
  • Cloning Could Make Champion Gelding a Dad

    06/06/2003 2:15:43 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 4 replies · 171+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri, Jun 06, 2003 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    There's a not so funny side to the thoroughbred who could win The Triple Crown. AP Photo Unlike Secretariat and other superstar sires, Funny Cide is a gelding. That means he can't reproduce, costing his owners millions of dollars in stud fees and ending a champion's lineage. But a scientist who recent helped clone a racing mule believes Funny Cide could probably buck the odds right now. "I feel quite confident that technically it can be done. It will be a natural extension now that we've cloned the mule," said Dirk Vanderwall, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and...
  • Six to take on Funny Cide

    06/03/2003 2:23:18 PM PDT · by fly_so_free · 18 replies · 330+ views
    Dialy Racing Form ^ | 6/2/03 | JAY PRIVMAN
    ELMONT, N.Y.-No horse has won the Triple Crown in 25 years, a streak Funny Cide will try to end in Saturday's 135th Blemont Stakes. He is the eith horse since Affirmed to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness stakes, the fifth in the last eight years. None- not Pleasent Colony, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, nor War Emblem -could complete the sweep. The Herculean task awaiting Funny Cide, is something his trainer Barclay Tagg, has been reminded of repeatedly...
  • Lukas rips grueling spring rite - The trainer thinks the Triple Crown races are too taxing.

    05/22/2003 6:48:17 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/16/03 | Joe Logan
    Lukas rips grueling spring rite The trainer thinks the Triple Crown races are too taxing. By Joe Logan Inquirer Staff Writer BALTIMORE - OK, Triple Crown fans, how about a quick test: Other than Funny Cide, upset winner in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, name the nine other horses in tomorrow's 128th Preakness. Can't do it? Can't name even four or five? You're not alone. "Call the best guy you know in racing and ask him to name the 10 horses running here," D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Scrimshaw (5-1) and Ten Cents a Shine (15-1), said yesterday, throwing...
  • Preakness 128: Getting the last laugh

    05/21/2003 12:29:31 AM PDT · by fly_so_free · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Thoroughbred Times ^ | 5/20/03 | Michele MacDonald
    Jose Santos earns personal redemption riding Funny Cide to smashing Preakness win EVEN THOUGH it was rumbling deep within his belly Jose Santos did not let it out. He had work to do first.Reaching back, he popped Funny Cide with his whip in his right hand and then deftly shifted the stick to his left hand for another crack. Although he could not detect the hoofbeats of the other horses in the Preakness Stakes (G1) May 17 because they were too far behind him, a chant that rose from the Pimlico Race course infield chimmed in his ears. "Ole, ole,...
  • 134th Belmont Stakes-Saudi Owner May Donate $5 Million check to Twin Towers Fund

    06/08/2002 2:38:40 PM PDT · by codebreaker · 22 replies · 217+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 8, 2002 | Bob Costas
    Do we want his money after Rudy already said he didn't want the other 10 million before.Not sure if Rudy or Hillary will be on the podium for the presentation.
  • Espinoza in for ride of his life on War Emblem

    06/07/2002 2:44:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 177+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 7, 2002 | EDDIE SEFKO
    BELMONT, N.Y. -- Victor Espinoza turned 30 a few days after the Preakness Stakes last month. But to many he still is the young kid who has burst upon the jockey scene in the last couple of years. If that is the case, the whole world might see him grow up Saturday afternoon. Espinoza, whose career started humbly as the driver of a bus in his native Mexico City before he found steering horses more to his liking, will sit atop War Emblem in the 134th Belmont Stakes with history, more so than the 10 other horses, in his sights....
  • Seattle Slew dies on 25th anniversary of Derby win

    05/07/2002 3:00:36 PM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 11 replies · 509+ views
    AP ^ | May 7, 2002 | Associated Press
    Seattle Slew dies on 25th anniversary of Derby win Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Seattle Slew, who won the 1977 Triple Crown and became one of racing's greatest sires, died in his stall Tuesday at the relatively advanced age of 28. The big, black stallion's death came on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby victory. He followed by winning the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes to sweep the sport's most prestigious series. Seattle Slew was the only living Triple Crown winner. Affirmed, who became the 11th and last Triple Crown winner in 1978, died in January 2001 at...