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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Reaction to the draw at Churchill Downs for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby was almost universally positive. None of the favorites were put in an unfavorable position. Union Rags isn't in the most perfect spot at No. 4, but if he's really going to become the horse he was projected to become he'll have to prove he can get through traffic at some point. Why not the Kentucky Derby? With all of the horses seemingly healthy -- and you know how quickly that can change -- the focus here will be on the style of the race.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown. An unrepentant Coburn said the Belmont, which pitted numerous fresh horses against a tired California Chrome, was "like me, at 6-foot-2, playing basketball with a kid in a wheelchair. " Coburn had become one of the stars of California Chrome's Triple Crown quest with his bold predictions of victory and his talk of representing the little guy in a sport full of blue bloods.
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April 30, 2010
An Awesome prediction Kevin Van Valkenburg Baltimore Sun Want to know who's going to win the Kentucky Derby? First thing you have to do is throw out the favorite, Lookin At Lucky. Lookin At Lucky has made a living fighting through traffic, but in a 20-horse field, drawing the rail post is too much to overcome. Sidney's Candy is no Big Brown, so drawing the outside post means he's not going to do it either. Put your money instead on Awesome Act, who likes a muddy track and should get a great trip.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - In the end, California Chrome could not outrun recent history. All week, veteran horsemen had pointed to the 11/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the longest in American thoroughbred racing, and predicted it would be the grueling expanse on which his Triple Crown quest withered. They had seen it too many times, brilliantly fast horses losing their juice down the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. Surely this son of a sluggish filly and an unremarkable stallion would falter, just as Big Brown and Smarty Jones and Silver Charm had in the 36 years before him. It wasn't the result most in racing wanted, but the skeptics' logic held.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 6, 2011
Although it came as no real surprise when word leaked out Friday morning that Uncle Mo, the juvenile champion, would be scratched from the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, it was yet another reminder of just how fragile thoroughbred horses truly are. The departure of Uncle Mo due to a gastrointestinal infection that has caused him to lose nearly 70 pounds in the last month marks the third consecutive year one of the top contenders was scratched during...
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | April 10, 2010
Derby watch 1. Eskendereya: After dominant victories at the Fountain of Youth and the Wood Memorial, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, with John Valasquez up, should enter Derby day as one of the strongest favorites in years. 2. Lookin At Lucky: A champion as a 2-year-old, this Bob Baffert-trained horse didn't have a good outing in its final Kentucky Derby prep race at the Santa Anita Derby, finishing third, although Baffert blamed a "horrendous" ride by jockey Garrett Gomez.
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April 29, 2003
What: 129th Kentucky Derby, first leg of thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown series When: Saturday Post time: 6:04 p.m. Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. Distance: 1 1/4 miles TV:Chs. 11, 4
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By Chris Korman | May 4, 2012
Hamilton Smith's brother, Franklin, came out to the track at Churchill Downs to see two horses he knows well Franklin, who breaks about 150 horses each year, turned both Dulluhan, trained by Dale Romans, and Done Talking, trained by Hamilton Smith, into race horses at his South Carolina training facility. “It's good to see them here,” he said. “I can remember having them back then, and even then, they were ahead of the group. It's good for them to be together like that.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two jockeys were injured and taken away from Churchill Downs by ambulance after a scary collision during the third race of the Kentucky Derby day slate. Jockey Megan Fadlovich complained of concussion symptoms, and fellow rider Marcelino Pedroza Jr. complained of lower back pain after the incident, which appeared to start when two horses clipped heels. Both jockeys were alert and moving all extremities as they were taken to nearby Audubon Hospital for further examination, a track spokesman said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | May 4, 2011
We'll get to the more serious Kentucky Derby news soon, but before we do, a brief word about patriotic fashion. Although it's only Wednesday here at Churchill Downs, you can already take a stroll of the grounds and see countless beautiful women wearing the kind of gigantic, gaudy hats that have become an important Derby stable during the last 100-plus years. And while I mostly ignored the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, I couldn't help but be struck today by how much better our ridiculous formal headware is in America than the ridiculous formal headware in England.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - There's an old saying in horse racing that all men are equal on the turf and under it. Put another way, this sport confounds sheiks and scions of American dynasties who drop millions of dollars in futile efforts to breed a Kentucky Derby winner. Meanwhile, two neophytes can spend $10,000 to breed a horse for the first time and come within a whisker of the Triple Crown. That's California Chrome's story as he prepares to chase racing's signature achievement in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
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Peter Schmuck | June 6, 2014
The case can be made that there is a lot more riding on California Chrome than a 100-pound jockey and a chance to be mentioned in the same conversation with the greatest thoroughbreds of all time. The case can be made that when Chrome bursts out of the starting gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be carrying the weight of the horse racing world on his chestnut shoulders. He won't just be chasing history. He won't just be trying to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought, though that's the main headline.
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By Liam Durbin, For The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The California Chrome doubters who were talking about his slow Kentucky Derby time had to find something else to nitpick when California Chrome posted the fastest Preakness time since Curlin in 2007. And some who still remain doubters today have suggested that California Chrome's successes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown have had an element of luck in them. Every clean trip is fortunate, of course, but California Chrome has a way of making his own luck. In the Derby, he stayed close to an honest pace and avoided traffic problems that doomed some others.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Robert Evans laughed when asked if Tonalist, his Belmont Stakes contender, has been a pleasant surprise. "Anytime you have a horse good enough to run in one of these races, it's a pleasant surprise," said Evans, who owns a 500-acre farm in Easton. He would know. This is his first Triple Crown entrant in almost 50 years as a thoroughbred owner and breeder. On the other hand, his father, Thomas Mellon Evans , owned Pleasant Colony, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Billy Gowan has a vision in his mind's eye of how Saturday's Belmont Stakes might unfold. He pictures his horse, Ride On Curlin, pulling alongside Triple Crown aspirant California Chrome with a quarter mile left in the race. "I'd like to be eyeing California Chrome and see who has the best horse," says the folksy Louisiana native. "I'd like to see me and him come down the stretch, because we've made it to all three dances. " Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only challengers who've chased California Chrome through each leg of his quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
Stewart Elliott chuckled when he was asked the question. Why is winning the Triple Crown so difficult? Elliott, Smarty Jones' jockey in 2004, rattled off a laundry list of reasons why no horse has captured the sport's most prestigious honor since 1978. You need an adaptable horse - one who can adjust to the longer distance at the Belmont Stakes. A horse that can handle running three races in five weeks. One that can handle the hubbub and not get flustered. And a little bit of luck.
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By Liam Durbin and For The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The new points system for qualifying horses for the Kentucky Derby appears to have served its purpose. The race is full of horses with the preferred pedigree and running style to handle the distance. While this has served to restore some purity to the race, it has also made the race tougher to handicap because many of the horses now excluded by the points system were easy toss-outs for handicappers. This field of 20 is very even. A case could be made for every one of them to win. Orb was made the morning-line favorite, in a bit of a surprise, over Verrazano, who many thought would be made the favorite after remaining perfect in the Wood Memorial.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Lookin At Lucky wasn't particularly charmed Wednesday during the post-position draw for the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. The pre-race favorite drew the rail in the post position in the blind draw, meaning he'll either have to get out early in the 1 1/4 mile race or fight his way through traffic if he's going to win Saturday's Run for the Roses. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said the inauspicious No. 1 position didn't significantly affect Lookin At Lucky's odds and that he'll still go off at 3-1, in part because Sidney's Candy, the second choice at 5-1, drew the No. 20 position.
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From Sun staff reports | May 25, 2014
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine Saturday in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, a sizable field was shaping up to challenge the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the 11/2-mile race. As many as 11 could line up against California Chrome, who galloped 13/4 miles over a sloppy track at 6 a.m., picking up the pace as he went through the Belmont Park stretch a second time. “That's the way he gallops all the time,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman.
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May 23, 2014
The timing of the three races in the Triple Crown needs to be tweaked to help the Preakness attract a better field ( "The greatness and failings of racing," May 20). Too often trainers skip the Preakness and prepare for the Belmont Stakes if they didn't place in the Kentucky Derby. The reason is there are only two weeks between the Derby and the Preakness but there are three weeks between the Preakness and the Belmont. The Preakness suffers as out-of-the-money Derby finishers decide to rest their horse for the third leg of the Triple Crown.
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