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April 7, 1991
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Dinard rallied in the stretch to win th $500,000 Santa Anita Derby by a half-length over Best Pal yesterday and establish himself as a leading contender for next month's Kentucky Derby.Ridden by Chris McCarron, who got his first Santa Anita Derby victory, Dinard covered 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1 minute, 48 seconds and, as the second betting choice of the crowd of about 46,000, paid $6.40, $3.40 and 2.60.The winning time was one second off the stakes record set by Lucky Debonair in 1965 and equaled by Sham in 1973.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. - Art Sherman looked dazed, perhaps still a bit uncertain that fate had handed him such a magnificent gift after six decades of devotion to racehorses. A few feet away, Steve Coburn's voice caught with emotion as he spoke of those who didn't believe. Perry Martin wiped tears from his eyes, hugging a relative who shouted: “Oh my God, what a ride! Just like you called it!” For these men, California Chrome had long been the horse of dreams. And against the classic backdrop of Churchill Downs, the rest of the world finally caught up to their vision.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 8, 1994
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Trainer Ron McAnally threw a shocker into the Santa Anita Derby proceedings yesterday when he failed to enter probable second choice Valiant Nature and announced he would run the horse instead a week from Saturday in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.The Santa Anita field still includes nine horses, headed by 7-5 favorite Brocco, who drew the three-post. Tabasco Cat is now picked second by track oddsmaker Jeff Tufts at 5-2, followed by Soul Of The Matter at 3-1."
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  Hoppertunity, the 6-1 second choice in the Kentucky Derby, was scratched from the race Thursday morning because of soreness in his left front foot. The injury was a blow to trainer Bob Baffert and to the quality of the Derby field. Hoppertunity had run well against Derby favorite California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, and that was without an aggressive push from jockey Mike Smith. Many observers believed he was peaking just in time for Kentucky. With the scratch, Pablo Del Monte joined the field of 20 for Saturday's race, and Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia bumped Wicked Strong to a 6-1 second choice . The odds also dropped for Candy Boy, Intense Holiday, Tapiture, Danza and Vicar's in Trouble.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1997
The spotlight illuminating the Kentucky Derby trail shines this weekend on California.That's good for Easterners, who don't often see the West Coast's top 3-year-olds until they step up, seemingly out of nowhere, and deliver a kick in the rear every now and then on the first Saturday in May.Last year, the first four finishers in the Kentucky Derby had raced in California. This year, if a West Coast runner is to win the roses May 3, he -- or she -- likely will be among the expected 10 starters today in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
When Orb got trapped along the rail and failed to make a charge in last year's Preakness, the racing world's dreams of a new Triple Crown winner faded for a 35th straight year. The drought looms larger every spring for a sport seeking a superstar to offset attendance declines and doping scandals. Hopes invariably rise anew on the first Saturday in May in Louisville. And this year will be no different as another packed field of 20 lines up to run the 140th Kentucky Derby. After a prep season during which several would-be contenders fell by the wayside because of injuries or flat performances, California Chrome emerged as a consensus favorite.
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By New York Daily News | April 21, 1994
NEW YORK -- Santa Anita Derby winner Brocco made it through a five-furlong workout yesterday at Churchill Downs, clearing the way for him to start in the Kentucky Derby.Brocco was placed on the vet's list at Santa Anita following the Santa Anita Derby when a veterinarian representing the state racing commission detected some unsoundness in his right front leg. He became ineligible to race until completing a workout to the satisfaction of a state or track vet, which he did yesterday.
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By Special to The Sun | April 3, 1993
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Post time for Santa Anita Park's Santa Anita Derby card, to be simulcast this afternoon at the Charles Town Races, is 3:15 p.m.The early post time will allow ABC to televise the Santa Anita Derby, the fifth race on Santa Anita's nine-race program, as part of its "Wide World of Sports" program.Heading the field of Triple Crown hopefuls are Personal Hope, the 9-5 favorite, and Eliza, listed as 5-2 in the morning line.Post time for Charles Town's Oaklawn Park simulcast is 2 p.m., with live racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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By New York Daily News | April 21, 1994
NEW YORK -- Santa Anita Derby winner Brocco made it through a five-furlong workout yesterday at Churchill Downs, clearing the way for him to start in the Kentucky Derby.Brocco was placed on the vet's list at Santa Anita following the Santa Anita Derby when a veterinarian representing the state racing commission detected some unsoundness in his right front leg. He became ineligible to race until completing a workout to the satisfaction of a state or track vet, which he did yesterday.The work was completed in 1:03 under exercise rider Alfredo Garcia.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | April 17, 1995
ARCADIA, Calif. -- A mountain of handicapping logic couldn't stop Larry the Legend, but a little bone chip did.The popular colt, whose upset victory in the Santa Anita Derby made him a contender for the Kentucky Derby, will miss the Triple Crown races after X-rays revealed a bone chip in his left front knee, owner-trainer Craig Lewis said yesterday."
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- His mother cost a mere $8,000 and his father performed for a modest stud fee of $2,000. That $10,000 investment - minuscule by elite racing standards - produced California Chrome, who had won $1.135 million even before he became the official favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Wednesday. His charmed run continued in the afternoon post-position draw, where California Chrome drew the No. 5 spot. Earlier in the day, co-owner Steve Coburn had said he was hoping for a starting spot between No. 6 and No. 10, but a near miss wasn't bad. "I think it's a perfect spot," said trainer Art Sherman.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
When Orb got trapped along the rail and failed to make a charge in last year's Preakness, the racing world's dreams of a new Triple Crown winner faded for a 35th straight year. The drought looms larger every spring for a sport seeking a superstar to offset attendance declines and doping scandals. Hopes invariably rise anew on the first Saturday in May in Louisville. And this year will be no different as another packed field of 20 lines up to run the 140th Kentucky Derby. After a prep season during which several would-be contenders fell by the wayside because of injuries or flat performances, California Chrome emerged as a consensus favorite.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
With two weekends of key prep races to go, the Kentucky Derby field is still taking shape. At this time last week, Cairo Prince was a popular choice for Derby favorite. Now? He's a horse who finished fourth in the Florida Derby and might not accumulate enough points to qualify for the big race on May 3. That said, here are a few horses to keep an eye on as we draw near Triple Crown season: California Chrome - As his name suggests, this is a West Coast 3-year-old who has badly outshone the competition this year, winning his last three races, all stakes, by a combined 19 lengths.
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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 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 Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
As Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another vanned out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with a police escort Monday afternoon, he was greeted by local horse fans trying to make him feel instantly at home. "People were lined up and chanting, 'I'd love another,'" said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson, who accompanied the horse on a flight from Louisville, Ky. "His ears are pricked and he's bobbing his head, 'Yeah, that's me!'" At Pimlico Race Course , cameras from local television stations were lined up along print media to record the arrival of the gorgeous, Doug O'Neill-trained chestnut as he came off the trailer and pranced to his stall.
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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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By Paul Moran and Paul Moran,Newsday | April 11, 1995
The list of stakes races for 3-year-olds run before the Kentucky Derby has grown to an arm's length in recent years and several are important, but only the three run over 9 furlongs during April are pivotal.The first of these was run this past Saturday and Larry The Legend's victory over Afternoon Deelites, Jumron and Timber Country in the Santa Anita Derby leaves the connections of the first four with well-grounded reasons for optimism. The Wood Memorial and Blue Grass will be run this coming Saturday.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
About 7 p.m. Saturday, 25-year-old Mario Gutierrez was escorted by a group of handlers and police officers into the paddock at Churchill Downs. The sign over his head, the one touting the 138 years of Kentucky Derby history by listing the first and last winners, had already been changed to read: I'll Have Another. Gutierrez became the 42nd jockey to win in his first try at the Derby, guiding the long-striding colt past 4-1 morning line favorite Bodemeister in the final furlong, winning by 11/2 lengths.
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From Sun staff and news services | April 7, 2012
Maryland's Done Talking, ridden by Sheldon Russell, burst through in a crowded field to win the $500,000 Grade III Illinois Derby on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Entering the far turn, 5-2 favorite Currency Swap began to move up taking over fifth behind the leader, 55-1 long shot Frankie Is Rock. Our Entourage (4-1) moved into second and took the lead coming off the final turn. At the top of the stretch, Our Entourage had the lead with 9-2 third choice Morgan's Guerrilla in second and the favorite racing third.
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