LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Yesterday was an unforgettable day for everyone connected with Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold.
Earlier on the Derby card, the colt's owner and trainer captured the $50,000-added Churchill Downs Handicap with Thirty Six Red, who ran seven furlongs in a fast 1 minute, 22 seconds.
And in the race after the Derby, Greydar, a 4-year-old full brother to Strike the Gold, won a $24,00 allowance race. Both colts are by Alydar out of the mare Majestic Gold, by Hatchet Man.
Strike the Gold was bought by B. Giles Brophy and his partners in a seven-horse package from Calumet Farm, his breeder, when the colt was a 2-year-old, then turned over to trainer Nick Zito.
The package price was an undisclosed, seven-figure sum. The other six horses are 2-year-olds.
* Now that the Dosage theory has been disproven, watch for it to become less of a controversy when Derby time rolls around next year.
Strike the Gold's 9.00 Dosage was above the 4.00 threshold that no Derby winner had crossed since 1929. Dosage is a complicated formula of Steve Roman's that takes into account a horse's speed/stamina ratio through its pedigree.
Of this Derby's Big Four, only Strike the Gold did not qualify on Dosage.
Ironically, as media scrutiny of Dosage intensified this year, Roman insisted it was not infallible and that a Derby winner would inevitably not qualify.
* Strike the Gold's winning time of 2:03 over a fast track was 3 3/5 seconds off Secretariat's record, but Alysheba ran even slower when he won in 2:03 2/5 in 1987.
Through Derby week, Zito often compared Strike the Gold to Alysheba, who eventually became racing's all-time leading money earner in 1988 with earnings of over $6.8 million.
* Ian Jory, 33-year-old trainer of Best Pal, was delighted with the way his horse performed. The gelding got through an opening on the rail in the early stretch, then just couldn't match Strike the Gold's surge.
"I kind of thought he would be closer to the lead the first time around," said Jory. "But Gary did the right thing sitting on him. I'm pretty young. I'll be back here again."
* Maryland resident Andrea Seefeldt, who became the third woman to ride in the Derby, had a serene look as "My Old Kentucky Home" was played during the post parade.
Forty Something, her mount, pressed the pace for six furlongs before tiring to finish 16th and last, beaten more than 37 lengths.
* Pat Day remained winless in the Derby when Corporate Report, his ninth Derby mount, finished ninth.
But his fans had some Derby day consolation. Day won five races on the 10-race card, the second time in three years he has won five on Derby day. In 1989, Day won five straight races leading to the Derby before losing on Easy Goer.
* A crowd of 135,554 bet more than $15.2 million at Churchill Downs yesterday, with $6,744,979 handled on the Derby. The attendance is the fifth-highest in Derby history and the most in three years.