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By ASSSOCIATED PRESS | March 18, 1991
HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Strike the Gold trainer Nick Zito says his colt is gaining on Florida Derby winner Fly So Free."Sooner or later, we'll catch up to him," Zito promised.Strike the Gold was a surprise runner-up in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. He rallied from last through the final turn and closed within a length of Fly So Free early in the stretch, but the horses ran even the final 70 yards."I wasn't worried," said Fly So Free trainer Scotty Schulhofer, whose colt is the Kentucky Derby favorite.
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By Kent Baker | December 9, 1997
A Fly So Free filly out of How About Becky brought the top price of $69,000 yesterday as Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic Inc. closed its December mixed sale at Timonium.On sale for the final day of the session were weanlings, yearlings and horses of racing age.Danny Lopez, who is based in New Jersey, purchased the Fly So Free filly for $22,000 more than the leading Maryland buy, which ranked second yesterday.That was a Mountain Cat filly out of Flower Vase bought by Buckingham Farm, the Houghton family base recently named the state's owner of the year.
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | February 1, 1991
LAUREL -- Scotty Schulhofer has the short-priced favorite in the Hutcheson Stakes in Florida tomorrow, and a 3-year-old on the West Coast who might be even better."
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February 18, 1995
Thomas ValandoMusic publisherThomas Valando, 72, a music publisher, backer of Broadway musicals and owner of the racehorse Fly So Free, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla. Musicals he backed include "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret," "Godspell" and "Sunday in the Park With George." In 1989, he paid $80,000 for Fly So Free, who went on to win $2.5 million.Frederick Fuller, 86, a singer, writer and teacher, died Feb. 3 at his home in Eastbourne, England. A baritone, he was known for his sensitive interpretations of lesser-known vocal works.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 22, 1991
LAUREL -- Fly So Free is beginning to draw the respect from rival trainers that a champion should."He was very impressive in the Hutcheson," said Frank Brothers. went by those horses like a champion."Last year's top 2-year-old and early Kentucky Derby favorite will be making his second start of the year in the $100,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., tomorrow. He won the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes in his 1991 debut.The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth will be simulcast as the final event on a 12-race card at Laurel Race Course and inter-track partner Pimlico.
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | February 26, 1991
"Oh, I don't mean I'm afraid of him," Scotty Schulhofer said. "But you've got to pay attention to any horse that's won nine in a row."Fly So Free's fooling-around victory in the Fountain of Youth over the weekend raised a question: Who may be bold enough to send a 3-year-old to challenge him in the Florida Derby on March 16?Schulhofer, Fly So Free's trainer and fan, had a ready answer: Jackie Wackie, whose success in the Cryptoclearance at Gulfstream Park on Valentine's Day was his ninth straight.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 2, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It was only practice.But when the two colts, like fighters going through their final sparring sessions, took to the track yesterday morning, it became perfectly clear.Or, as clear as anything can be, when you're dealing with non-talking mammals.The challenger, Strike The Gold, had knocked off the champion, Fly So Free, one race too soon.Strike The Gold had won the preliminary, but Fly So Free is now going to take the main event.Both colts engaged in their last important drills for Saturday's 117th Kentucky Derby, and the difference in their workouts was night-and-day.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 2, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Stopwatch in hand, Scotty Schulhofer makes the long trek from the clockers' stand to his temporary headquarters in the Churchill Downs barn area. The barn is located at the top of the mile chute in the farthest reach on the backstretch.A golf cart rolls past, and the driver tells Schulhofer, "You need one of these.""No, no," said Schulhofer, 64. "Got to get my exercise. When you get my age, you've got to do something."For Schulhofer, the Kentucky Derby trail has been perhaps the most grueling exercise of his distinguished career.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Fly So Free and Best Pal became Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside when post positions for tomorrow's 117th Kentucky Derby were drawn yesterday.A field of 16 was drawn for the race, with the most noteworthy assignments -- and potentially most problematic -- going to Fly So Free, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, and Best Pal, the 7-2 third ,, choice.Fly So Free drew the No. 1 post, and Best Pal drew No. 15. In alarge field, a horse can lack room along the rail in the critical run to the first turn after breaking from the inside post.
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By Jack Mann | February 21, 1991
The winter books on the Kentucky Derby do not offer father-son exactas. If they did, it would be time to box trainer Scotty Schulhofer and his son, Randy.Quickly, before Scotty runs Fly So Free in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and the odds drop.The race is the simulcast feature at Laurel and Pimlico Saturday.A communique from one Las Vegas "resort" says Fly So Free, the 2-year-old champion of 1990, is the shortest price, 7-1, of all the 3-year-olds eligible for the Derby.Fifth choice, at 12-1, is Scan, being trained at Santa Anita by Schulhofer's son, Randy.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 10, 1992
Strike the Gold, the Kentucky Derby winner who became the laughingstock of the industry, ended a 12-race losing streak yesterday and won the $700,000 Pimlico Special.The 4-year-old son of Alydar, who was sold at a public auction just five days ago to solve a disgruntled partnership, circled the seven-horse field and caught pacesetter Fly So Free about four strides from the wire.Best Pal, the 3-5 favorite and 126-pound highweight, finished fourth.Strike the Gold was ridden by Craig Perret, who was winning his second Pimlico Special since the race was revived at Pimlico Race Course five years ago."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 16, 1991
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Saratoga Race Course and the Travers Stakes really don't need anyone or anything. Just open the place, and lots of fans are there to watch a field with lots of quality.And six days ago, because of an occurrence some 3,000 miles away, the historic track and its premier race got even more help.Best Pal, a 3-year-old, beat the nation's best older horses in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar Race Course in California. With the upset, tomorrow's 122nd Travers suddenly took on added meaning: It could well be the most important horse race so far this year.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 5, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Strike the Gold swept to a historic victory in the 117th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs yesterday, leaving 15 rivals and a racing myth in his wake.With Chris Antley aboard, the colt finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Best Pal, with Mane Minister third, Green Alligator fourth and Fly So Free fifth. Hansel, the 5-2 favorite, faded to 10th.The son of Alydar became the first Derby winner since 1929 not to qualify on the Dosage system. Many experts had used the complicated formula -- which assigns a number to a horse's pedigree -- to determine which horses could or could not win the race.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Fly So Free and Best Pal became Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside when post positions for tomorrow's 117th Kentucky Derby were drawn yesterday.A field of 16 was drawn for the race, with the most noteworthy assignments -- and potentially most problematic -- going to Fly So Free, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, and Best Pal, the 7-2 third ,, choice.Fly So Free drew the No. 1 post, and Best Pal drew No. 15. In alarge field, a horse can lack room along the rail in the critical run to the first turn after breaking from the inside post.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There were groans in the amphitheater of the Kentucky Derby Museum yesterday when post positions were announced for Fly So Free and Best Pal, two of the Derby favorites.Fly So Free drew the No. 1 post and Best Pal drew No. 15, both extremely disadvantageous.The ideal posts in this large, usually unwieldy field are probably from between 4 and 12. It's a brutal run to the first turn, where the horses all sweep into the turn like a funnel, trying to get closest to the rail.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The long, white limousine turns through the gate at Churchill Downs and stops in front of the barn on the backside. Out steps a small, elderly man wearing a Florida tan, a brown windbreaker and an easy smile. He starts singing. Yes! His voice cuts through the clear, cool morning: "Fly meeeee to the mooooooon. . . ."And then, look, the grooms and hotwalkers are shuffling their feet in time and chiming in with the chorus, and the horse, yes, the horse right here is singing along too, showing all those big, beautiful teeth on this sunny blue morning, all of it building to a terrific crescendo, the horses in a kick line now. . . .Whew.
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By Marty McGee | March 12, 1991
It was so easy then.In the 1970s, when racing was graced with stars such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, there was a well-defined order to things: The 2-year-old champion became a 3-year-old monster. Six 2-year-old champions in the '70s won the Kentucky Derby the next year.But that was then. It's been 12 years since a juvenile champion has won the Kentucky Derby. Except for Chief's Crown (third in 1985) and Easy Goer (second in 1989), no 2-year-old champ even has been close since Spectacular Bid won the 1979 Derby.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 2, 1991
There may be 16 starters in the 117th Kentucky Derby, but it is essentially a four-horse race.That's how Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia assessed the field when he issued the odds at the post draw today."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 2, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Stopwatch in hand, Scotty Schulhofer makes the long trek from the clockers' stand to his temporary headquarters in the Churchill Downs barn area. The barn is located at the top of the mile chute in the farthest reach on the backstretch.A golf cart rolls past, and the driver tells Schulhofer, "You need one of these.""No, no," said Schulhofer, 64. "Got to get my exercise. When you get my age, you've got to do something."For Schulhofer, the Kentucky Derby trail has been perhaps the most grueling exercise of his distinguished career.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | May 2, 1991
There may be 16 starters in the 117th Kentucky Derby, but it is essentially a four-horse race.That's how Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia assessed the field when he issued the odds at the post draw today."
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