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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - The tension is palpable as post positions are drawn for the Kentucky Derby. Trainers entertain nightmare visions of their wonderfully quick animals becoming trapped behind a wall of 19 other horses. For the Belmont Stakes? Horsemen spoke as if Wednesday's draw barely mattered. With its 1 ½-mile length, wide turns and smaller fields, the race presents a different set of problems that overshadow fears of early traffic. Which might be a good thing for California Chrome, who will start from the No. 2 post as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - The tension is palpable as post positions are drawn for the Kentucky Derby. Trainers entertain nightmare visions of their wonderfully quick animals becoming trapped behind a wall of 19 other horses. For the Belmont Stakes? Horsemen spoke as if Wednesday's draw barely mattered. With its 1 ½-mile length, wide turns and smaller fields, the race presents a different set of problems that overshadow fears of early traffic. Which might be a good thing for California Chrome, who will start from the No. 2 post as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Dynamic Impact's connections weren't sure what they had entering the April 19 Illinois Derby. The colt had flashed plenty of talent, but his performance in the afternoon never seemed to match his workouts in the morning. Facing the best competition of his life and starting from the No. 1 post, Dynamic Impact changed the narrative with a victory that surprised even his trainers. Four weeks later, he's a 12-1 fifth choice in the morning line at the Preakness. Is he simply a late bloomer?
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Dynamic Impact's connections weren't sure what they had entering the April 19 Illinois Derby. The colt had flashed plenty of talent, but his performance in the afternoon never seemed to match his workouts in the morning. Facing the best competition of his life and starting from the No. 1 post, Dynamic Impact changed the narrative with a victory that surprised even his trainers. Four weeks later, he's a 12-1 fifth choice in the morning line at the Preakness. Is he simply a late bloomer?
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By Ross Peddicord and Jon Morgan and Ross Peddicord and Jon Morgan,Staff Writers | May 15, 1992
The father of Dance Floor owner Hammer today said his sons had been "a little hot" in implying racism was at work in the selection of the horse's poor post position."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1998
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After an embarrassing mistake that forced a redraw, Indian Charlie, Halory Hunter and Favorite Trick -- the three early favorites -- ended up with coveted post positions for the 124th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs.Yesterday's draw was billed as a revolutionary change in the tradition-bound sport of horse racing. Instead of horses merely being assigned a post position, the connections of each horse were going to be able to select their starting spots.The idea was to add drama and suspense to a normally boring event.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | May 1, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Rick Dutrow talks such a big game that even oddsmaker Mike Battaglia couldn't resist his enthusiasm. "I've never heard a trainer talk about his horse with so much confidence in my life," Battaglia said yesterday after making the undefeated Big Brown the 3-1 Kentucky Derby favorite. "I decided to keep him at 3-1 and lower the odds on Colonel John and Pyro." Battaglia made his choice even after Dutrow had drawn the No. 20 post position. Clyde Van Dusen was the last horse to win the Derby from the far outside.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | May 12, 2010
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver arrived at Pimlico Race Course this afternoon and was made the 5-2 favorite for Saturday's 135th Preakness Stakes. Super Saver will start from the 8th post position in the 12-horse field -- two short of the maximum -- in his bid to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. "I don't think the post position matters in this race," Super Saver trainer Todd Pletcher said today. Lookin At Lucky, sixth in the Derby but a pre-race favorite, was the 3-1 second choice and Paddy O'Prado, third in the Derby, was the 9-2 third choice.
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By The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
— Bob Baffert tried to say all the right things during the week. He tried to put on a good face, and pretend that his horse, Lookin At Lucky, had a legitimate chance to win the Kentucky Derby despite drawing the No. 1 post position. But after the race, he admitted he never really believed it. Lookin At Lucky, the co-favorite at the start of the race, never really had much of a chance. He had to fall off the pace early, then try to mount a charge late, and there was simply too much traffic.
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May 5, 2007
GOOD MORNING -- STREET SENSE -- 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini also started as post position No. 8
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Throughout the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome's co-owner predicted victory to anyone who'd listen, saying he felt it from his gut and his heart. Coburn, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, sang the same confident tune Wednesday after his champion drew the No. 3 post position for Saturday's Preakness Stakes . His strong belief was echoed in the morning line set by Pimlico handicapper Keith Feustle, which has California Chrome as a massive 3-5 favorite. “I'm great with No. 3,” Coburn said after the evening draw, held on the infield at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
What could have been a chance at the first Triple Crown in 35 years will instead come down to this for Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III: a shot at redemption. Always measured, Janney avoids soaring rhetoric when discussing racing. He's been around too long to get caught up in that. Publicly, he will say that having Orb - named today a 3-1 favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes - run again against Preakness winner Oxbow is "gratifying because it should help spruce up the Belmont and bring some excitement.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
In his bid to win horse racing's elusive Triple Crown, I'll Have Another today was named a 4-5 favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Immediately after the No. 11 post position and odds were announced, I'll Have Another's connections tweeted, "We drew post # 11 -- Brilliant. " Trainer Doug O'Neill said after the draw, "Unbelievable ride. Whole journey is just because of the great I'll Have Another. " O'Neill left minutes later to oversee his horse's acclimation to the new Belmont Stakes Barn.
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By Chris Korman | May 16, 2012
Doug O'Neill took a seat under a small awning, in front of cameras and reporters Wednesday morning. After a week and a half of passing time chatting with the few stragglers who came by his barn, it was time for the Kentucky Derby winning trainer to face the horde in town for Saturday's Preakness. He took questions on his record - he's had a history of horses breaking down, and has been charged four times with “milkshaking” a horse - and was asked again about how his colt, I'll Have Another, will do this time around against Bodemeister, the runner-up at Derby.
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By Chris Korman | May 5, 2012
It's hot - but not too hot - and humid - but not too humid - here as 150,000 people make their way toward Churchill Downs, where the 138 th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at about 6:30 tonight. Hard rain fell overnight, leaving the track sloppy in the morning and preventing any of the Derby's 20 contestants from going to the track (it has since been upgraded all the way up to fast). Graham Motion, the Fair Hill trainer who won the Derby last year with Animal Kingdom, had told me he hoped to take Went the Day Well out there.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - All along, Bob Baffert has said that he fought the urge. He didn't allow even an idle moment to be filled with the blurry, soaring dreams that can be ignited by training a horse as promising as Bodemeister. He insisted on waiting until the post position draw and the announcement of the morning line. When, on Wednesday, Bodemeister drew the No. 6 spot and was named the initial 4-1 favorite, Baffert relented only partially. “I'm just relieved I didn't draw the one hole,” he said.
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November 28, 1991
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Shady Daisy, installed as the 9-5 favorite, will try to become the first filly to win the $200,000 William Haughton Memorial Pace Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.A field of six was entered for the mile race, the final major stakes event of the year at the track.Shady Daisy, a 3-year-old, will be driven by Ron Pierce and start from post position two. She qualified for the Haughton by winning the $50,000 Clare Pace on Saturday, also at Yonkers, in 1 minute, 55 3/5 seconds.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2011
Kentucky Derby winnerAnimal Kingdom was made a 2-1 morning-line favorite Wednesday for the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes after he drew the No. 9 stall in the post position draw. Animal Kingdom, who is conditioned by Maryland trainer Graham Motion, will have his work cut out for him as he tries to become just the 12th horse to win the Derby and the Belmont. Only four winners have come from that position since 1905. But Motion said he doesn't think it will matter much. When horses are running a mile and a half, post position is less important.
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May 18, 2011
Post positions and morning line odds for 2011 Preakness Stakes 1. Astrology 15-1 2. Norman Asbjornson 30-1 3. King Congie 20-1 4. Flashpoint 20-1 5. Shackleford 12-1 6. Sway Away 15-1 7. Midnight Interlude 15-1 8. Dance City 12-1 9. Mucho Macho Man 6-1 10. Dialed In 9-2 11. Animal Kingdom 2-1 12. Isn't He Perfect 30-1...
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