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By Chris Korman | June 9, 2012
Belmont Park interrupts a string of seemingly endless stores, most of them tiny and old, a lot of them vacant. There are Taco Bells and Wendy's, of course, but little sub shops and ethnic joints, too, run by people who care about the quality of their meatballs or lo mein. Even as the Hampstead Turnpike delivers you to the gates of the facility, it is impossible to fathom the enormity of the place. There's literally a park guarding the grandstand, a place with trees and fountains where maybe you'd rather sip your beer if, say, the next race doesn't interest you, or maybe the horse you bet scratched at the last minute.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
As California Chrome prepares to depart Baltimore early Tuesday, he'll do so with a clear path to run in the Belmont Stakes after New York officials ruled the Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion can wear a nasal strip to keep his airways clear in the third leg of the Triple Crown. California Chrome's chase for thoroughbred racing's signature achievement seemed briefly imperiled Sunday when trainer Art Sherman said a previous New York practice barring the strips might cause his colt to skip the Belmont Stakes on June 7. But New York officials acted quickly Monday to approve Sherman's request to use the adhesive, which California Chrome has worn throughout a six-race winning streak.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
On Wednesday at Churchill Downs, a crowd clad mainly in Louisville basketball shirts gathered at Barn 45 to watch Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino as he visited a horse of which he owns five percent. Pitino, a month removed from becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win Division I basketball national championship tournaments with two different schools, appeared at trainer Doug O'Neill 's barn shortly after 8 a.m. and joined an entourage following Goldencents.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 16, 2013
The one-liners never stop when you're around Team O'Neill. Sometimes all that's missing is a brick wall, a stool and a microphone stand. Take the other day, for instance. Jockey Kevin Krigger has Goldencents out for his regular morning gallop in preparation for Saturday's Preakness. Trainer Doug O'Neill and his crew are watching it from the press box high atop Pimlico Race Course . As Krigger walks the Santa Anita Derby winner onto the track, the jockey looks up and waves.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Veterinarians who examined Preakness winner I'll Have Another before and after the race at Pimlico Race Course said this week that he was healthy and that his medication regimen was not unusual. The New York Times reported that the colt, who also won the Kentucky Derby but scratched with a tendon injury a day before the Belmont Stakes, had suffered from osteoarthritis and was given "powerful painkillers and a synthetic joint fluid" in the days leading up to the final leg of the Triple Crown.
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July 16, 2012
Your coverage of Doug O'Neill, trainer of Preakness winner I'll Have Another, was truthful but not very careful ("I'll Have Another's treatment 'routine,'" July 13). Mr. O'Neill said he had not drugged his horses, and that was the end of the story. Except that Mr. O'Neill apparently lied to your reporter, and it wasn't the end of the story. The New York Times reported that, in fact, Mr. O'Neill and others had repeatedly drugged that horse. We are lucky we didn't have to watch as yet another horse break down before our eyes at the Preakness.
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By Chris Korman | June 9, 2012
You heard some derivative of the phrase over and over yesterday: "I've been around horse racing a long time, and I've never seen something like this . " Or: "In all my years covering sports, I haven't had many days like this . " And, so, here are some of the best words used to describe the shocking scratch of I'll Have Anotherfrom the 144th Belmont Stakes, robbing him of a chance to become the 12th Triple Crown winner....
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
Union Rags ate contentedly in his stall Sunday morning, 15 hours after finally fulfilling his promise - and some would say destiny - with a thrilling win at the Belmont Stakes. The once-beleaguered colt had arrived at 1 in the morning. After getting some rest, he was turned out in his paddock and spent the morning rolling around and watching the workers and other horses at Michael Matz's Victory Farm stables on the northern grounds of the Fair Hill Training Center. "He couldn't be doing any better," Matz said.
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Peter Schmuck | May 19, 2012
Start spreading the news if you want, but it won't be necessary. Doug O'Neill is about to take New York. If you thought the trainer of Triple Crown candidateI'll Have Another had fun in Louisville and Baltimore, imagine what it's going to be like when he waltzes into the Big Apple with a chance to make horse racing history. That was just a warmup ceremonial pitch he threw at Oriole Park last week. Wait until you see him at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. Wait until he does a little sit-down standup on Late Night with David Letterman.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Kevin Krigger walked the shed row this morning at Pimlico, wearing sunglasses and leading Goldencents, the 17th finisher at the Kentucky Derby, around Barn D. The colt had arrived at 1:30 in the morning, a few hours later than planned, on a van from New York, where he had flown earlier in the day from Louisville. Two of trainer Doug O'Neill's assistants -- Jack Sisterson and Tyler Cerin -- drove from Kentucky and were here to meet the horse. That was all planned. Krigger's presence came as a surprise.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
Doug O'Neill is back in Baltimore, this year to spoil a Triple Crown instead of take the next step toward winning one. A year after bringing I'll Have Another to Baltimore just two days after winning the Kentucky Derby, then frantically absorbing as much of Baltimore as he and his crew could before winning the race, the Southern California trainer arrived Sunday to join this year's entry, Goldencents. The mood around the same Barn D stalls he occupied last year was more workmanlike Monday, even after O'Neill watched the disappointing 17th-place Derby finisher roar down the Pimlico stretch under jockey Kevin Krigger.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Kevin Krigger walked the shed row this morning at Pimlico, wearing sunglasses and leading Goldencents, the 17th finisher at the Kentucky Derby, around Barn D. The colt had arrived at 1:30 in the morning, a few hours later than planned, on a van from New York, where he had flown earlier in the day from Louisville. Two of trainer Doug O'Neill's assistants -- Jack Sisterson and Tyler Cerin -- drove from Kentucky and were here to meet the horse. That was all planned. Krigger's presence came as a surprise.
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By Chris Korman | May 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY. - This year, Doug O'Neill and his assistants sat in the office at a barn in the far corner of the Churchill Downs backside. Few reporters dropped by, and O'Neill was not asked repeatedly to relive the running of the Kentucky Derby a day before. Last year's winning trainer, with I'll Have Another, O'Neill instead convened with his robust team to discuss plans for the 138th Preakness Stakes, scheduled for May 18 at Pimlico. Their Derby horse, Goldencents, finished 17th.
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By Chris Korman | May 4, 2013
First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. " I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds even more context to how the story came about. A very popular question I receive from fellow Baltimoreans upon my return to our fair city by the bay is: How does the Derby compare to Preakness? The answer I ended up giving usually went something like this: The Preakness debauchery seems to be compressed into one day and in one spot, the infield, where once upon a time people ran across the portable toilets for sport.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
On Wednesday at Churchill Downs, a crowd clad mainly in Louisville basketball shirts gathered at Barn 45 to watch Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino as he visited a horse of which he owns five percent. Pitino, a month removed from becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win Division I basketball national championship tournaments with two different schools, appeared at trainer Doug O'Neill 's barn shortly after 8 a.m. and joined an entourage following Goldencents.
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Your coverage of Doug O'Neill, trainer of Preakness winner I'll Have Another, was truthful but not very careful ("I'll Have Another's treatment 'routine,'" July 13). Mr. O'Neill said he had not drugged his horses, and that was the end of the story. Except that Mr. O'Neill apparently lied to your reporter, and it wasn't the end of the story. The New York Times reported that, in fact, Mr. O'Neill and others had repeatedly drugged that horse. We are lucky we didn't have to watch as yet another horse break down before our eyes at the Preakness.
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By Chris Korman | May 4, 2013
First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. " I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds even more context to how the story came about. A very popular question I receive from fellow Baltimoreans upon my return to our fair city by the bay is: How does the Derby compare to Preakness? The answer I ended up giving usually went something like this: The Preakness debauchery seems to be compressed into one day and in one spot, the infield, where once upon a time people ran across the portable toilets for sport.
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By Chris Korman | May 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY. - This year, Doug O'Neill and his assistants sat in the office at a barn in the far corner of the Churchill Downs backside. Few reporters dropped by, and O'Neill was not asked repeatedly to relive the running of the Kentucky Derby a day before. Last year's winning trainer, with I'll Have Another, O'Neill instead convened with his robust team to discuss plans for the 138th Preakness Stakes, scheduled for May 18 at Pimlico. Their Derby horse, Goldencents, finished 17th.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Veterinarians who examined Preakness winner I'll Have Another before and after the race at Pimlico Race Course said this week that he was healthy and that his medication regimen was not unusual. The New York Times reported that the colt, who also won the Kentucky Derby but scratched with a tendon injury a day before the Belmont Stakes, had suffered from osteoarthritis and was given "powerful painkillers and a synthetic joint fluid" in the days leading up to the final leg of the Triple Crown.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
Union Rags ate contentedly in his stall Sunday morning, 15 hours after finally fulfilling his promise - and some would say destiny - with a thrilling win at the Belmont Stakes. The once-beleaguered colt had arrived at 1 in the morning. After getting some rest, he was turned out in his paddock and spent the morning rolling around and watching the workers and other horses at Michael Matz's Victory Farm stables on the northern grounds of the Fair Hill Training Center. "He couldn't be doing any better," Matz said.
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