I believe it was my son’s grad party and we had fifty or so people out in Susie’s garage or mingling in the yard, then forty and thirty. The number kept dwindling. No one was leaving the party. Rather, they were ambling inside waiting for the opening bell when the gates would open... "And they're off!" I had brought the TV up and put it on the dining room table for Cassie and a few others, which turned out to be half the party.It's been called the fastest two minutes in sports. Don't take a...Read Full Story
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Papa Clem out dueled Old Fashioned in a stretch battle for the ages on Saturday in the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. At times it appeared that Old Fashioned was fighting back and might find a way to get back in front for the win, but Papa Clem was not to be denied. The win makes Papa Clem a fast rising contender for the 2009 Kentucky Derby 3 Saturdays from now...Read Full Story
Less than a month remains until the 2010 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but already we’ve reached the point where the final major prep races are being run. It seems like only yesterday we were first catching glimpses of the 3-year-old crop, and now they’ve grown up before our eyes.
Thanks to increased media coverage this year, much of that growing has occurred RIGHT before our eyes, with as many as 2 million tuning in to watch last weekend’s Road to the Kentucky Derby broadcast on NBC...Read Full Story
Jay Privman, Daily Racing FormHOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Patience. Simple, virtuous patience. It's the operative word for the trainers of the three top choices in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday here at Oaklawn Park. Whether it's Ken McPeek, who trains Noble's Promise, or Todd Pletcher, who sends out Super Saver, or D. Wayne Lukas, who has Dublin, all are hoping their riders time their moves a little more judiciously than last time in this critical final prep for the Kentucky...Read Full Story
By Jack ShinarWith a more favorable pace scenario than the one he got in last month's Rebel Stakes (gr. II), trainer Larry Jones is confident his colt Old Fashioned will prove he belongs among the favorites for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).The favorite for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 11 gets an opportunity to prove it following his second-place finish to 56-1 shot Win Willy as the 2-5 choice in the March 14 Rebel. It was the first...Read Full Story
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