June 5, 1999
A rags-to-riches story, Charismatic is not.Even though the chestnut colt drew little attention before his unexpected win in the Kentucky Derby, and his follow-up win in the Preakness, Charismatic's breeding heralds the makings of a champion.Shake the horse's family tree and roses, black-eyed Susans and carnations fall out. Secretariat. Bold Ruler. Northern Dancer. All winners of one or more Triple Crown races, with blue blood to boot."It's like a basketball player being descended from Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird," said Rick Waldman, a thoroughbred consultant in Lexington, Ky.Pedigreed to the hilt, Charismatic runs for the Triple Crown in today's Belmont Stakes.
May 16, 1992
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February 14, 1991
LAUREL -- Except for the same bay coat, Fappaburst doesn't look much like a daughter of the swift Fappiano."No," trainer P.G. Johnson said. "She's small, and a little crooked."That is to say the 4-year-old filly's front legs aren't exactly symmetrical. But sometimes she runs somewhat like her sire anyway, so Johnson may load her on a van early Saturday morning and ship her to Laurel for the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.That is, unless the Laurel track is wet, or even damp, in which case Johnson will leave Fappaburst in her stall at Belmont Park and wait for a nicer day."