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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 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 Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2001
ANNAPOLIS - Folks at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College have taken no extra measures to ensure quiet for the current exhibit. They have posted no "Quiet, please" signs at the entrance nor printed a special notice in the brochures for this show of American landscapes, most made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Something of the sort might have been in order, given the fact that the work on view until Feb. 23 speaks softly and carries no noisy American metaphors. The colors are mostly muted, the human figure is largely absent, the scenes themselves not especially dramatic, the effect less expansive than introspective.
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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 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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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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The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
After a weekend of calling fellow horse owners "cowards" and "cheaters" for running fresh entrants in the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn said Monday that he needed to apologize "to the world," including the connections of winner Tonalist. Appearing on "Good Morning America" with his wife, Carolyn, Coburn told host Robin Roberts that "I'm very ashamed of myself. " California Chrome was trying to become the 12 th Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont, but he finished tied for fourth . Tonalist, a horse who skipped the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes because he spiked a fever before the Derby, won a close race over Commissioner, another horse who didn't run in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
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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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Peter Schmuck | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn spent the past five weeks captivating America with his folksy charm and a shoot-from-the-hip style that seemed refreshing until he shot himself in the foot on Saturday. Instead of expressing his great pride in a low-budget horse that captured the imagination of the nation and nearly became the first horse in 36 years to win horse racing's Triple Crown, Coburn blasted the format that forced his horse to face several Kentucky Derby rivals who rested through the Preakness and crowned a new Belmont Stakes champion who had not run since May 10. He called the strategy "a coward's way out" during a nationally televised interview that wasn't folksy or charming.
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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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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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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2001
ANNAPOLIS - Folks at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College have taken no extra measures to ensure quiet for the current exhibit. They have posted no "Quiet, please" signs at the entrance nor printed a special notice in the brochures for this show of American landscapes, most made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Something of the sort might have been in order, given the fact that the work on view until Feb. 23 speaks softly and carries no noisy American metaphors. The colors are mostly muted, the human figure is largely absent, the scenes themselves not especially dramatic, the effect less expansive than introspective.
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By Childs Walker and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Commissioner nearly became the latest long shot to win the Belmont Stakes, losing to Tonalist in a photo finish as a 28-1 shot Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher said all along his horse had the perfect pedigree to run 1 ½ miles at Belmont Park. He had dreamed of saddling him in the Belmont from the first days he worked with the colt. “He ran super,” Pletcher said. “I didn't anticipate that we would be on the lead, but we weren't going to take away anything they gave us. He was almost good enough today.” Like Tonalist, Commissioner did not run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
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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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