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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun reporter | May 16, 2007
The owners of Circular Quay informed Pimlico Race Course officials yesterday that their horse will run in Saturday's Preakness, bringing the field to nine. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Circular Quay joins King of the Roxy as entrants to be saddled by trainer Todd Pletcher, who has started only one horse in a Preakness, Impeachment, the third-place finisher in 2000. Bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne and owners Michael and Doreen Tabor made arrangements for Circular Quay, the Louisiana Derby winner and runner-up to Street Sense in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
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By Kent Baker and Hanah Cho and Kent Baker and Hanah Cho,Sun reporters | May 20, 2007
Panty Raid, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Edgar Prado, split horses coming through the stretch and captured the 83rd running of the Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. It was the second straight victory at a distance - and first in a graded event - for the filly, whose sire, Include, won the 2001 Pimlico Special for the late Maryland trainer Buddy Delp. She staved off the rallying Winning Point by a length in a time of 1 minute, 50.07 seconds for 1 1/8 miles.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Reporter | May 19, 2007
ANALYSIS The popular choice will be Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (8), and it's difficult to argue with that choice. But this race is full of notable speed, and it could set up for a stalker who hangs just behind the pace. If Curlin (4) learned his lesson in his first defeat, he could redeem himself. The rail doesn't figure to open wide again for Street Sense, who saved so much ground in Kentucky he could rally to prevail rather easily from 19th. Don't ignore Hard Spun (7), who has been off the board only once in seven starts and has Mario Pino on his home track, and Circular Quay (3)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Reporter | May 19, 2007
ANALYSIS The popular choice will be Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (8), and it's difficult to argue with that choice. But this race is full of notable speed, and it could set up for a stalker who hangs just behind the pace. If Curlin (4) learned his lesson in his first defeat, he could redeem himself. The rail doesn't figure to open wide again for Street Sense, who saved so much ground in Kentucky he could rally to prevail rather easily from 19th. Don't ignore Hard Spun (7), who has been off the board only once in seven starts and has Mario Pino on his home track, and Circular Quay (3)
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By Dave Joseph and Dave Joseph,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | April 2, 2007
Trainer Todd Pletcher spent Saturday evening in the United Arab Emirates watching the simulcast of the $1 million Florida Derby cutting in and out on his computer screen. While Pletcher's view of the race was blurred, the result couldn't have been clearer. Scat Daddy's 1 1/4 -length victory not only established himself as one of the top 3-year-olds in the country, but also provides Pletcher with a strong hand come the May 5 Kentucky Derby. Pletcher, who has unsuccessfully saddled 14 starters in the Kentucky Derby the past six years, could wind up at Churchill Downs in five weeks with three of the favorites in Scat Daddy, Louisiana Derby winner Circular Quay and Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Any Given Saturday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 5, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With 100,075 fans jamming into Churchill Downs yesterday, Rags to Riches sat off the pace in the Grade I, $500,000 Kentucky Oaks, waiting to make her point. Rags to Riches, the California filly who has been criticized for building her resume against less than the strongest contenders, shut everyone up with her charge down the stretch to victory. With mud flying, the A.P. Indy 3-year-old drew away from the field and beat Octave to the finish by 4 1/4 lengths. "She hadn't been in these conditions before and to be between horses was a concern, but we know she's a very good filly and we were hopeful," said owner Michael Tabor, who won the Kentucky Derby with Thunder Gulch in 1995.
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April 30, 2007
Today starts the one week of the year when horse racing is back on top, muscling out the NBA playoffs, major league baseball and the NFL offseason. And for the past couple of months, the Tribune newspapers' Triple Crown panel has tried to bring clarity to the situation. The panel did reach consensus on one thing: This year's Derby is as wide-open as any in recent memory. Here's a sampling of their analyses, from Sandra McKee of The Sun; John Cherwa of the Orlando Sentinel; and Dave Joseph of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN REPORTER | May 18, 2007
Baroness Thatcher has been installed as the 3-2 overnight favorite in the field of eight for today's feature, the Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The 83rd running of the 1 1/8 -mile test for 3-year-old fillies headlines a card with five stakes races, including two others that are graded, the $125,000 Miss Preakness and the $200,000 Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff. Second to Kentucky Oaks winner Rags to Riches in the Grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita Park in February, Baroness Thatcher is the leading money winner in the Susan with $140,420.
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By John Cherwa and John Cherwa,Orlando Sentinel | March 5, 2007
The annual guessing game known as "Who's going to win the Derby?" hit full stride over the weekend with no clear favorite emerging after a couple of Kentucky Derby preps in Florida and California. Over the next two months, some clear favorites likely will emerge. But there's one thing to remember: The favorite rarely wins on the first Saturday in May. Scat Daddy rallied late and beat Stormello by the smallest of margins to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in South Florida.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | May 15, 2007
Rob Bailes has been around horses all his life. His father, Mert, saddled J.R.'s Horizon (ninth) in the 1990 Preakness, and his grandfather Bob was the farm manager and a trainer at Meadow Farm in Virginia and the first rider to get on Secretariat's back. Rob Bailes, who has unsung Mint Slewlep in Saturday's Preakness field, is already familiar with the Triple Crown series, having saddled Scrappy T in the 2005 Preakness and come away with a surprising second place behind Afleet Alex. "My dad pretty much taught me everything I know," said Bailes, 42. "I try not to give him credit for the bad things I do. He was a very good conditioner of racehorses, and probably the most important thing he taught me was you don't train every horse the same.
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By Kent Baker and Hanah Cho and Kent Baker and Hanah Cho,Sun reporters | May 19, 2007
Panty Raid, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Edgar Prado, split horses coming through the stretch and captured the 83rd running of the Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday. It was the second straight victory at a distance -- and first in a graded event -- for the filly, whose sire, Include, won the 2001 Pimlico Special for the late Maryland trainer Buddy Delp. She staved off the rallying Winning Point by a length in a time of 1 minute, 50.07 seconds for 1 1/8 miles.
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By RAY FRAGER | May 18, 2007
When it comes to horse racing's Triple Crown, you can have your colorful moments or your colorful people. Sometimes, television gets lucky and has both. That was the case in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Street Sense's stirring rally from the back of the pack would have been plenty to stamp the race as one to remember. But combine the run with jockey Calvin Borel's emotional reaction to victory and you had something truly memorable. NBC can't count on a repeat during tomorrow's Preakness telecast (5 p.m., WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN REPORTER | May 18, 2007
Baroness Thatcher has been installed as the 3-2 overnight favorite in the field of eight for today's feature, the Grade II, $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The 83rd running of the 1 1/8 -mile test for 3-year-old fillies headlines a card with five stakes races, including two others that are graded, the $125,000 Miss Preakness and the $200,000 Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff. Second to Kentucky Oaks winner Rags to Riches in the Grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita Park in February, Baroness Thatcher is the leading money winner in the Susan with $140,420.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun reporter | May 16, 2007
The owners of Circular Quay informed Pimlico Race Course officials yesterday that their horse will run in Saturday's Preakness, bringing the field to nine. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Circular Quay joins King of the Roxy as entrants to be saddled by trainer Todd Pletcher, who has started only one horse in a Preakness, Impeachment, the third-place finisher in 2000. Bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne and owners Michael and Doreen Tabor made arrangements for Circular Quay, the Louisiana Derby winner and runner-up to Street Sense in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | May 15, 2007
Rob Bailes has been around horses all his life. His father, Mert, saddled J.R.'s Horizon (ninth) in the 1990 Preakness, and his grandfather Bob was the farm manager and a trainer at Meadow Farm in Virginia and the first rider to get on Secretariat's back. Rob Bailes, who has unsung Mint Slewlep in Saturday's Preakness field, is already familiar with the Triple Crown series, having saddled Scrappy T in the 2005 Preakness and come away with a surprising second place behind Afleet Alex. "My dad pretty much taught me everything I know," said Bailes, 42. "I try not to give him credit for the bad things I do. He was a very good conditioner of racehorses, and probably the most important thing he taught me was you don't train every horse the same.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 5, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With 100,075 fans jamming into Churchill Downs yesterday, Rags to Riches sat off the pace in the Grade I, $500,000 Kentucky Oaks, waiting to make her point. Rags to Riches, the California filly who has been criticized for building her resume against less than the strongest contenders, shut everyone up with her charge down the stretch to victory. With mud flying, the A.P. Indy 3-year-old drew away from the field and beat Octave to the finish by 4 1/4 lengths. "She hadn't been in these conditions before and to be between horses was a concern, but we know she's a very good filly and we were hopeful," said owner Michael Tabor, who won the Kentucky Derby with Thunder Gulch in 1995.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 3, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Doug O'Neill could have complained after yesterday's draw for the 133rd Kentucky Derby. His entry, Great Hunter, will start from the far outside in the No. 20 position. Not an auspicious place to begin, given that only one horse has won from out there. But O'Neill, who will also start Liquidity from Post 9, didn't complain. In fact, every trainer seemed to find a positive for his horse's starting position - if not for the morning line odds.
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By RAY FRAGER | May 18, 2007
When it comes to horse racing's Triple Crown, you can have your colorful moments or your colorful people. Sometimes, television gets lucky and has both. That was the case in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Street Sense's stirring rally from the back of the pack would have been plenty to stamp the race as one to remember. But combine the run with jockey Calvin Borel's emotional reaction to victory and you had something truly memorable. NBC can't count on a repeat during tomorrow's Preakness telecast (5 p.m., WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4)
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By RAY FRAGER | May 4, 2007
For this year's Kentucky Derby, NBC has added a half-hour to its telecast. Tomorrow's Derby programming begins at 4:30 p.m. (WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4) with the Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Special. Yes, that's red carpet as in the celebrity- and fashion-filled coverage you've come to know and love from any number of entertainment awards shows. NBC has imported Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson to patrol the carpet. Just a hint for her: Horses are notoriously bad interviews. And now we have Tiago's mother, Set Them Free, who's here to see her son run in the Derby.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 3, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Doug O'Neill could have complained after yesterday's draw for the 133rd Kentucky Derby. His entry, Great Hunter, will start from the far outside in the No. 20 position. Not an auspicious place to begin, given that only one horse has won from out there. But O'Neill, who will also start Liquidity from Post 9, didn't complain. In fact, every trainer seemed to find a positive for his horse's starting position - if not for the morning line odds.
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