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By Chuck Culpepper and Chuck Culpepper,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | May 3, 1993
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The new Kentucky Derby champion was so bad in Florida in February it was a surprise they didn't turn him over to the Salvation Army.Sea Hero didn't run the Gulfstream track; he sort of toured it. They almost had to send out somebody with a map to give him directions to the wire.He did beat one horse in the Palm Beach at Gulfstream Feb. 7; unfortunately there were eight others in the race. He finished third in a turf allowance race Feb. 25; in first place was a girl.That filly, Icy Warning, was for sale soon thereafter.
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By Jay Searcy and Jay Searcy,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 17, 1994
For a few glorious weeks each spring, the Kentucky Derby horses are the most celebrated animals in the world. No horse ever reaches a higher eminence than when marching in the post parade to the strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" at Churchill Downs.Whether finishing first or 15th, whether costing $2 million or $2,000, wherever they go and whatever they do, they will forever be a "Derby horse," a horse upon whom once fell the most garish of Derby dreams.They have left Louisville, Ky., now, most of the 14 Derby horses of 1994, some to run in this weekend's Preakness, some to flaunt their magic names at smaller tracks across America, and some, perhaps, never to run or be heard from again.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 10, 1993
A fresh Sea Hero -- looking like he had never even run in the Kentucky Derby 10 days ago -- arrived yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.The Derby winner heads a prospective Preakness lineup of 11 horses. Trainer Nick Zito confirmed yesterday that he will start Too Wild in Saturday's race.Sea Hero was feeling so good that Danny Furr, assistant to trainer Mack Miller, could barely hold him on the ground. He brought the horse in from grazing for fear he would hurt himself.Miller is scheduled to arrive Wednesday.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | September 26, 1993
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Sea Hero, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Travers Stakes, will not race again this year, said Mack Miller, who trains the 3-year-old colt from the Rokeby Stable."
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By N.Y. Times News Service | September 26, 1993
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Sea Hero, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Travers Stakes, will not race again this year, said Mack Miller, who trains the 3-year-old colt from the Rokeby Stable."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 16, 1993
Stupid weather. Sea Hero runs best on a wet track, and with the warm temperature and gentle breeze at yesterday's Preakness, he never had a chance.No one could remember a Preakness afternoon as spectacular, but if you want to know why the Kentucky Derby champion won't win the Triple Crown, blame the weather.Too nice a day!It has been 15 years since the last Triple Crown winner, and judging from the deteriorating quality of excuses, it might be another 50 before the next one.Sea Hero, the hope of an entire industry, never was a factor yesterday, finishing an uninspired fifth, nine lengths behind Prairie Bayou.
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By John Steadman | May 12, 1993
Before Baltimore became a renaissance city, at a time when the harbor had more debris floating about than could be found in a junkyard and wandering men down on their luck used doorways to sleep off the results of the night before, there was a magnificent mayor named Thomas D'Alesandro Jr.He came from a prideful neighborhood, Little Italy, and never left because he didn't want anyone to think he wanted to get above his raising.The Baltimore mayor had heard much about what was going on in Pittsburgh, the largest of the smoke-stack metropolises, that was then in the throes of making itself over.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero cannot run on Lasix in the Preakness.Dr. David Zipf, head veterinarian at Pimlico Race Course, said yesterday that since Sea Hero is not a confirmed bleeder and has never been put on an official bleeders' list, he won't be able to run on the anti-bleeder medication in Maryland.Sea Hero ran twice on Lasix in Kentucky, first in the Blue Grass Stakes, where he finished fourth, and then in the Derby, which he won."The story I got is that when the horse was in South Carolina during the winter, a vet saw a teeny spec of blood after the horse worked," Zipf said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 15, 1993
Mack Miller, the Hall of Fame trainer of Sea Hero, likes to infuse his speech with folksy cliches.He'll be "lucky as the dickens" if he wins today's 118th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The Belmont Stakes could be more his horse's "cup of tea."Miller raced Sea Hero on Lasix in the Kentucky Derby only "because when you're in Rome, you do what the Romans do."Of the approximately 40,000 thoroughbred foals born in 1990, only one horse from that crop, Sea Hero, has a chance to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed 15 years ago.If ever racing needed a hero, it is now.Faced with declines in betting and attendance at many tracks and grappling with unsettling moves toward electronic innovations, the industry could benefit from a Triple Crown winner grabbing the public's attention.
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By Bill Tanton | May 11, 1993
The Big Horse. There's nothing else in sports like it.Baseball, football, basketball, hockey -- they all have their stars. They don't have one participant who suddenly overwhelms their game. They don't have a Big Horse."The Big Horse is in 40," Cocky Johnson was saying at dawn yesterday.Of course, The Big Horse was in Pimlico's stall 40. The Big Horse, in racing lingo, is the winner of the Kentucky Derby.He could be short of stature, but to racetrackers he is still The Big Horse. Traditionally, he beds down in stall 40 when he comes to the Preakness.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | June 3, 1993
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Prairie Bayou is the most consistent of the 3-year-olds.Sea Hero loves the footing at Belmont Park and suits the 1 1/2 -mile distance of the Belmont Stakes.But the "now" horse in Saturday's race is Virginia Rapids.The 3-year-old son of Riverman out of the Sir Ivor mare, Virginiana, comes into the race off of a 1 3/4 -length victory on May 23 in the Peter Pan Stakes, the same prep race that A. P. Indy used last year on his way to a Belmont Stakes victory.The horse is trained by Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens, who is running his first Belmont starter.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 30, 1993
There might not be a Triple Crown winner in 1993, but Loblolly Stable has an excellent chance on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes to pull off another unique double.When Prairie Bayou duplicated the 1992 feat of his stablemate, Pine Bluff, and won the Preakness two weeks ago, the Arkansas outfit of John Ed Anthony and his ex-wife, Mary Lynn Dudley, became the first owner-breeder in 45 years to win back-to-back runnings of the Pimlico classic.The last time a stable achieved such a feat was in 1947-48 when Calumet Farm won consecutive Preaknesses with Faultless and Citation.
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By Bill Finley and Bill Finley,New York Daily News | May 17, 1993
They both returned home yesterday to New York, north o I-95, up the Jersey Turnpike, across the George Washington Bridge, through the gates of Belmont Park. One came back a hero. Another came back an enigma.Prairie Bayou's sturdiness and steadiness paid off in victory in Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico, while Sea Hero's erratic nature cost him. For each of these two New York-based horses, there will be one more chance in this 1993 Triple Crown series, the June 5 Belmont Stakes. Prairie Bayou will be after the $1 million bonus for best overall performance in the Triple Crown; Sea Hero will be after revenge.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | May 16, 1993
Triumph mixed with tragedy at the 118th Preakness Stake yesterday.Prairie Bayou, a chestnut gelding with a heart of steel, won the 1 3/16-mile race in 1 minute, 56 3/5 seconds before 85,495 at Pimlico Race Course.But the bright, beautiful day ended with the announcement that Union City, a bay colt who pulled up after breaking the sesamoid bones in his right front ankle, was humanely destroyed."There was no decision to be made as far as trying to save him," said Union City trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who was near tears.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 16, 1993
Stupid weather. Sea Hero runs best on a wet track, and with the warm temperature and gentle breeze at yesterday's Preakness, he never had a chance.No one could remember a Preakness afternoon as spectacular, but if you want to know why the Kentucky Derby champion won't win the Triple Crown, blame the weather.Too nice a day!It has been 15 years since the last Triple Crown winner, and judging from the deteriorating quality of excuses, it might be another 50 before the next one.Sea Hero, the hope of an entire industry, never was a factor yesterday, finishing an uninspired fifth, nine lengths behind Prairie Bayou.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 15, 1993
Mack Miller, the Hall of Fame trainer of Sea Hero, likes to infuse his speech with folksy cliches.He'll be "lucky as the dickens" if he wins today's 118th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The Belmont Stakes could be more his horse's "cup of tea."Miller raced Sea Hero on Lasix in the Kentucky Derby only "because when you're in Rome, you do what the Romans do."Of the approximately 40,000 thoroughbred foals born in 1990, only one horse from that crop, Sea Hero, has a chance to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed 15 years ago.If ever racing needed a hero, it is now.Faced with declines in betting and attendance at many tracks and grappling with unsettling moves toward electronic innovations, the industry could benefit from a Triple Crown winner grabbing the public's attention.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 13, 1993
If horses could speak their minds, the general tenor of Sea Hero's conversation this week at Pimlico would run along these lines: "&%#$! And ya mutha's too."We're talking about one angry, complaining Kentucky Derby winner.It's just that there is this weather thing with the horse. You can look it up. He doesn't just dislike a hot day. He hates. Despises it.So, he goes and wins the Derby and shows up in Baltimore as the big shoulders in the barn, and what greets him?Ninety-five degrees.A summer-in-the-city spring.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 13, 1993
Mack Miller is confident he'll win the Belmont Stakes with Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero.But he's not so sure about the Preakness."It is going to take an awful lot of luck to win this one," Miller said. "With this horse's enormous stride and the large sweeping turns [at the New York track], it's the Belmont that is our cup of tea."The 71-year-old trainer, and his wife, Martha, arrived at Pimlico Race Course for the first time yesterday afternoon and immediately checked in on Sea Hero.Miller added that he is "cautiously optimistic" about the horse's chances Saturday, mainly because Sea Hero has recovered so well from his winning race in the Kentucky Derby.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 14, 1993
Mack Miller stood in the Pimlico Race Course winner's circle yesterday after the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap and proclaimed the race "a nice way to start the week. Hopefully, this will be continued on Saturday."The trainer of Kentucky Derby champion Sea Hero struck first at the track with You'd Be Surprised, who rallied from seventh and scored a three-quarter-length victory over Captive Miss in the Grade III Gallorette, the first major stakes of Preakness Week.While the other supposed contenders foundered, failed to fire or simply didn't take to the track, favored You'd Be Surprised was confidently rated by jockey Jerry Bailey and ran down the leaders in the stretch.
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By RAY FRAGER | May 14, 1993
During Preaknesses past, you might have heard about the race within the race. Tomorrow from Pimlico, we get the race before the race.No, not the search for a parking spot near the track.ABC's coverage (4:30 p.m., channels 13, 7) kicks off . . . delete that, gotta use a racing metaphor. Let's try again: ABC's coverage gets out of the gate with the Pimlico Special, which has been moved to Preakness Day this year.This will speed the program considerably, making the pace -- another racing term; you keeping count?
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