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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- After critically acclaimed stops in Kentucky, Maryland and New York, the traveling roadshow of 3-year-old thoroughbreds comes tomorrow to the Jersey shore.Touch Gold and Free House, the two surviving stars of the Triple Crown series, head the cast of the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park. The other pair of stars, Silver Charm and Captain Bodgit, are sidelined -- Captain Bodgit permanently with a strained tendon, Silver Charm for the year with a blood disorder.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1997
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The previous two Breeders' Cups belonged to Cigar, the revered thoroughbred born in Maryland.He won the Classic two years ago at Belmont Park for the 12th of his eventual 16 victories in a row. Last year at Woodbine, he concluded a career that still rings clear with a courageous, closing charge for third.Today, Singspiel could have ruled racing's championship day at Hollywood Park near Los Angeles. But on Thursday, the marvelous Irish-bred who had won major races on four continents broke a bone in his foot.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- David Hofmans, horse trainer, smiles these days.Last fall, his Alphabet Soup upset Cigar in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. In June, Awesome Again won the Queen's Plate, Canada's version of the Kentucky Derby. And today, Touch Gold, who already won the Belmont Stakes, stands on the verge of perhaps establishing himself as the dominant 3-year-old thoroughbred in the country.Touch Gold likely will be favored in the $1 million Buick Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park (5: 40 p.m. post)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 4, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Gary Stevens told a story out of school.After he hopped off his mount yesterday in the Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park, he relayed what fellow jockey Chris McCarron had told him after the horses crossed the wire.McCarron, aboard the winner Touch Gold, turned to Stevens, riding the runner-up Anet, and said: "This is the best horse I've ever ridden."And McCarron has ridden such greats as Alysheba, Sunday Silence and John Henry. All three were Horse of the Year -- John Henry twice.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
The owner of Touch Gold said he wants to try something different in his next race."We're going to try a new strategy," Frank G. Stronach said. "We're going to walk him out of the gate."Silver Charm took the Preakness in a blanket finish yesterday, but Touch Gold won the award for heart.He stumbled out of the gate and assumed a five-point stance as his nose went in the dirt. Somehow, jockey Chris McCarron stayed on board and rallied Touch Gold to fourth, a length and a quarter behind show horse Captain Bodgit.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
The start was delayed for two minutes by a fractious horse. A contender stumbled onto his nose while breaking from the gate.Favored Captain Bodgit did not get the good early position that trainer Gary Capuano wished for on a fast track that favored speed horses all day.And the 122nd Preakness was still one tremendous race, thanks a stirring stretch battle between winner Silver Charm and Free House and courageous late runs by Captain Bodgit and Touch Gold.Tactically,...
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Silver Charm's bid to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner failed by less than a length yesterday in the 129th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.Before a roaring crowd of 70,682 -- the third largest in Belmont Park's 92-year history -- Touch Gold sneaked by Silver Charm and Free House yards before the wire to deny the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner a sweep of the Triple Crown races.The tight three-horse finish after a thrilling stretch duel concluded one of the greatest Triple Crown series in history.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1997
With the Preakness a mere five days away, the field breaks squarely into two camps: those who survived the Kentucky Derby and those who skipped it.The survivors include Derby winner Silver Charm, who has been stabled at Pimlico Race Course for six days, as well as runner-up Captain Bodgit, third-place Free House and ninth-place Concerto. The Derby's top three are also the early favorites for the Preakness."I think the ones to beat are the three Derby horses," said David Donk, trainer of Ordway, a Preakness entrant until injuring a leg last week, "but not necessarily in the same order."
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By John Eisenberg | June 8, 1997
ElMONT, N.Y. -- With 75 yards to go, Gary Stevens thought it was over."I started thinking, 'It's really going to happen, incredible,' " he said.Then he saw a shadow out of the corner of his eye.Just a flicker, seemingly harmless, but the beginning of the end of a dream.Within seconds, the shadow grew into a fast-finishing horse named Touch Gold, who sprinted past Stevens and Silver Charm in the final yards of a classic Belmont Stakes yesterday and denied them the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 4, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Gary Stevens told a story out of school.After he hopped off his mount yesterday in the Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park, he relayed what fellow jockey Chris McCarron had told him after the horses crossed the wire.McCarron, aboard the winner Touch Gold, turned to Stevens, riding the runner-up Anet, and said: "This is the best horse I've ever ridden."And McCarron has ridden such greats as Alysheba, Sunday Silence and John Henry. All three were Horse of the Year -- John Henry twice.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- David Hofmans, horse trainer, smiles these days.Last fall, his Alphabet Soup upset Cigar in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. In June, Awesome Again won the Queen's Plate, Canada's version of the Kentucky Derby. And today, Touch Gold, who already won the Belmont Stakes, stands on the verge of perhaps establishing himself as the dominant 3-year-old thoroughbred in the country.Touch Gold likely will be favored in the $1 million Buick Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park (5: 40 p.m. post)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- After critically acclaimed stops in Kentucky, Maryland and New York, the traveling roadshow of 3-year-old thoroughbreds comes tomorrow to the Jersey shore.Touch Gold and Free House, the two surviving stars of the Triple Crown series, head the cast of the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap here at Monmouth Park. The other pair of stars, Silver Charm and Captain Bodgit, are sidelined -- Captain Bodgit permanently with a strained tendon, Silver Charm for the year with a blood disorder.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Silver Charm's bid to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner failed by less than a length yesterday in the 129th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.Before a roaring crowd of 70,682 -- the third largest in Belmont Park's 92-year history -- Touch Gold sneaked by Silver Charm and Free House yards before the wire to deny the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner a sweep of the Triple Crown races.The tight three-horse finish after a thrilling stretch duel concluded one of the greatest Triple Crown series in history.
SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | June 8, 1997
ElMONT, N.Y. -- With 75 yards to go, Gary Stevens thought it was over."I started thinking, 'It's really going to happen, incredible,' " he said.Then he saw a shadow out of the corner of his eye.Just a flicker, seemingly harmless, but the beginning of the end of a dream.Within seconds, the shadow grew into a fast-finishing horse named Touch Gold, who sprinted past Stevens and Silver Charm in the final yards of a classic Belmont Stakes yesterday and denied them the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The 129th Belmont Stakes turned into a battle of jockeys.Although only seven horses contested the 1 1/2 -mile course, their jockeys had journeys in mind. For starters, none wanted to be near the rail, described unanimously as "dead."So the jockeys of the first three finishers -- Chris McCarron on Touch Gold, Gary Stevens on Silver Charm and Kent Desormeaux on Free House -- kept their mounts far off the rail toward the middle of the track.Also, McCarron didn't want Touch Gold in the lead.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
The start was delayed for two minutes by a fractious horse. A contender stumbled onto his nose while breaking from the gate.Favored Captain Bodgit did not get the good early position that trainer Gary Capuano wished for on a fast track that favored speed horses all day.And the 122nd Preakness was still one tremendous race, thanks a stirring stretch battle between winner Silver Charm and Free House and courageous late runs by Captain Bodgit and Touch Gold.Tactically,...
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
ELMONT, N.Y. -- The 129th Belmont Stakes turned into a battle of jockeys.Although only seven horses contested the 1 1/2 -mile course, their jockeys had journeys in mind. For starters, none wanted to be near the rail, described unanimously as "dead."So the jockeys of the first three finishers -- Chris McCarron on Touch Gold, Gary Stevens on Silver Charm and Kent Desormeaux on Free House -- kept their mounts far off the rail toward the middle of the track.Also, McCarron didn't want Touch Gold in the lead.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 16, 1997
Preakness predictions presented prematurely by a part-time yet passionate pony-picker in the press box. As Henry V put it: "Once more to the post, you guys, once more." Mark my words:At the first turn, Cryp Too has set the pace and is in the lead followed by Frisk Me Now and Free House. Silver Charm runs along the rail next to Touch Gold in fifth place. Concerto and Captain Bodgit are near the rear. Along the backstretch, Captain Bodgit moves up, settling in with Silver Charm and Touch Gold.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1997
The owner of Touch Gold said he wants to try something different in his next race."We're going to try a new strategy," Frank G. Stronach said. "We're going to walk him out of the gate."Silver Charm took the Preakness in a blanket finish yesterday, but Touch Gold won the award for heart.He stumbled out of the gate and assumed a five-point stance as his nose went in the dirt. Somehow, jockey Chris McCarron stayed on board and rallied Touch Gold to fourth, a length and a quarter behind show horse Captain Bodgit.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | May 16, 1997
Preakness predictions presented prematurely by a part-time yet passionate pony-picker in the press box. As Henry V put it: "Once more to the post, you guys, once more." Mark my words:At the first turn, Cryp Too has set the pace and is in the lead followed by Frisk Me Now and Free House. Silver Charm runs along the rail next to Touch Gold in fifth place. Concerto and Captain Bodgit are near the rear. Along the backstretch, Captain Bodgit moves up, settling in with Silver Charm and Touch Gold.
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