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By New York Times News Service | March 12, 1992
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The feud among the owners of Strike the Gold, who won last year's Kentucky Derby, escalated yesterday when B. Giles Brophy moved to dissolve the partnership and to prevent the colt from entering races until the group's financial matters had been resolved.Brophy was ousted last August as managing partner by the other owners, William Condren and Joe Cornacchia, then filed suit against them last fall.In his new action, he noted that the horse had not won in 11 straight races and said: "Strike the Gold is obviously mentally and physically tired."
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | April 8, 2006
Hallandale, Fla. -- Strong Contender has just come in from his morning work and is gracefully walking down the shedrow at Gulfstream Park. Trainer John Ward watches as the horse approaches the far end of the stalls. "There goes a happy horse," Ward said. "You see his tail swishing. He's talking to us. He's telling us he's feeling good, biding time until after his bath and another walk when he'll be able to go out to that patch of green and eat some grass." Strong Contender doesn't know it, but his Kentucky Derby future will be on the line next Saturday in the Blue Grass Stakes in Lexington, Ky. The 3-year-old, considered by many to be a top contender for the Derby, is in danger of not even getting into the race unless he can make enough money next Saturday to assure his entry.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 27, 1991
LAUREL -- Seven weeks after their dramatic finish in the Belmont Stakes, Hansel and Strike the Gold get their first and last tuneups this weekend for a rematch in the Travers Stakes.Hansel is the solid favorite in today's $500,000 Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, and Strike the Gold is favored in the $150,000-added Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course tomorrow. The colts are being pointed to the $1 million Travers on Aug. 17 at Saratoga.The Haskell and Jim Dandy, both 1 1/8 -mile races, will be simulcast to Laurel Race Course and the Pimlico intertrack facility.
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By New York Daily News | October 6, 1993
NEW YORK -- Only a few years removed from being the winningest rider in New York, Chris Antley's business is sluggish, but his sense of adventure is not. Ready to try something else, Antley will shift permanently to the California circuit shortly before the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
Strike the Gold will defend his title in the Pimlico Special.After a winter break, during which he had a mild case of anemia, the horse is back to work and is up to breezing five-eighths of a mile."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 5, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Yesterday was an unforgettable day for everyone connected with Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold.Earlier on the Derby card, the colt's owner and trainer captured the $50,000-added Churchill Downs Handicap with Thirty Six Red, who ran seven furlongs in a fast 1 minute, 22 seconds.And in the race after the Derby, Greydar, a 4-year-old full brother to Strike the Gold, won a $24,00 allowance race. Both colts are by Alydar out of the mare Majestic Gold, by Hatchet Man.Strike the Gold was bought by B. Giles Brophy and his partners in a seven-horse package from Calumet Farm, his breeder, when the colt was a 2-year-old, then turned over to trainer Nick Zito.
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By Bill Finley and Bill Finley,New York Daily News | July 30, 1991
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Trainer Nick Zito named Angel Cordero Jr. as the new rider of Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold yesterday, a day after his colt finished a disappointing third in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga.Cordero will be aboard the Alydar colt in his next scheduled race, the Aug. 17 Travers. Chris Antley, who rode Strike the Gold to victory in the Kentucky Derby, has been fired."It's Saratoga -- and Cordero always seems to do well here," Zito said. "We think he fits this horse.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 7, 1991
ELMONT, N.Y. -- When Strike the Gold drew the far outside post position yesterday for tomorrow's 123rd Belmont Stakes, Nick Zito saw it as a test for a champion.Strike the Gold drew No. 11 in the 1 1/2 -mile "Test of Champions," prompting Zito, the colt's trainer, to say, "Now maybe we'll see what a special horse he is."The draw was a letdown for Zito -- but then the whole spring has been an emotional roller coaster for him and others involved in the Triple Crown. Strike the Gold's Kentucky Derby victory was followed by a sixth-place finish in the Preakness.
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By Bill Tanton | May 14, 1991
When Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 at Pimlico yesterday, the trainer's eyes lit up."There's your Preakness winner," he said.Oh, this was not Nick Zito, trainer of the Derby winner. This was Leon Blusiewicz, the longtime Maryland-based trainer.Blusiewicz is a good friend of Zito's. He also knows this year's top 3-year-olds. He saddled Tong Po, who won the $175,000 Tesio Stakes in March but then was sidelined by a shin injury."Strike the Gold had a great work," Blusiewicz said.
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By Ross Peddicord | June 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- Strike the Gold came out of his third-place finish in Saturday's Nassau County Handicap "so stiff and sore," said trainer Nick Zito that owners Bill Condren and Joe Cornacchia have decided to retire him."It's just too risky to go on with him," Zito said. "He's showing the wear and tear of racing."The horse will stay with Zito for a month while the owners negotiate where he will stand at stud.In addition to winning the 1991 Kentucky Derby, Strike the Gold won the Pimlico Special and Nassau County Handicap last year.
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By Bill Finley and Bill Finley,New York Daily News | June 7, 1993
NEW YORK -- He forever will be appreciated for his sturdiness and his tenacity, for being an iron horse. But even Strike the Gold finally just wore down.The 1991 Kentucky Derby winner has been retired, trainer Nick Zito announced yesterday, a day after the 5-year-old son of Alydar finished third in Belmont's Nassau County Handicap. There were no serious injuries, just signs that Strike the Gold was starting to feel the effects of four hard seasons and 31 races."Over the years, he accumulated a lot of wear and tear," Zito said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker and Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker,Staff Writers | May 14, 1993
Strike the Gold, the 1992 winner, yesterday drew the No. 5 post in the six-horse field for tomorrow's $600,000 Pimlico Special.Trainer Nick Zito said he likes "to be inside when you go long. I'd have preferred one or two, but it's no big deal. He'll be last anyway."With such a short field because of the defections of Lil E. Tee, Jovial and Waki Warrior, placement at the start is not considered crucial.George Gianos, the trainer of Pistols and Roses, said: "With this size field, it should be no problem for anybody.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | May 13, 1993
Anyone within sound of Nick Zito's voice knows what he thinks about Strike the Gold."He's America's horse," the trainer said.Zito is quite serious and insistent about this. Never mind that Strike Pimlico Specialthe Gold had a 12-race losing streak after winning the 1991 Kentucky Derby.Strike the Gold is still America's horse. Zito ticked off the reasons:"He has charisma. He's been talked about a lot. He won a race called the Kentucky Derby. OK, then he went 0-for-12. But he won the American Championship Racing Series last year.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 8, 1993
Despite losing a couple of its big names, seven horses, including last year's winner, Strike the Gold, will run next Saturday in the $600,000 Pimlico Special.First, 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee defected when he came down with a lung infection.Then yesterday trainer Bruce Jackson said that Jovial, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap, had rapped (struck) his tendon and will miss the race.In addition to Strike the Gold, the other preliminary entries are Devil His Due, Pistols and Roses, Conte di Savoya, Ibex, Valley Crossing and expected pacesetter Waki Warrior.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 1, 1993
Two Kentucky Derby winners will clash in the Pimlico Special on May 15.Lynn Whiting, trainer of 1992 Derby victor Lil E. Tee, said yesterday his horse is ready to take on Strike the Gold in the $600,000 race on Preakness day.Strike the Gold won the Derby in 1991 and recovered from a 12-race losing streak last year and won the Pimlico Special. The horse recently returned to the races at Aqueduct and was an impressive winner in allowance company.The appearance of the two past Derby winners, plus the expected arrival of today's first-place Derby finisher for the Preakness, means that three Kentucky Derby winners will compete on one Pimlico card.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
Strike the Gold will defend his title in the Pimlico Special.After a winter break, during which he had a mild case of anemia, the horse is back to work and is up to breezing five-eighths of a mile."
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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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