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Preakness Stakes: Under ordinary circumstances, Ill Have Another would be riding a wave of support as the Kentucky Derby winner approaches Saturday's Preakness.Kentucky Derby A week for dreams
The Kentucky Derby is about time and place and the accumulation of memories. The things he had seen and shared with now absent friends at the racetrack in Louisville spilled into the present each spring, the attention focused upon horses, which are pure of heart, incapable of stealth or dishonesty, and an unforgiving mile-and-a-quarter race that defines the breed, the sport and the men and women so devoted.Kentucky Derby - Consider the possibilities
Twenty horses, many believe, is too many for one starting gate, or in the case of the Kentucky Derby, two starting gates.Who will cut down Wood Memorial foes?
Pletcher and Win-star Farm, collaborators in Super Saver's 2010 Kentucky Derby victory, have chosen the $1-million Wood Memorial, now officially the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial, to test the undefeated Gemologist, a race that will make or break the colt's Derby aspirations. Horse Racing - A sign of the Times
Anything went in quarter horse racing in those days. Apparently nothing has changed according to a recent loosely reported 6,000-plus-word initial report that launched a New York Times series.Horse Racing - Seeking understanding and tolerance
The cancellation of "Luck" by HBO in the aftermath of what amounts to a freak accident is but a small if significant defeat for racing at the hands of animal-rights activists, who would happily serve as witnesses to the sport's death. The entertainment industry exists heads-bowed in the shadow of craven political correctness while at the same time unabashedly serving blindly the cause of vulgarity. "Jersey Shore," for instance, remains. There is a disconnect here, and though many viewed "Luck" as something less than positive for the image of the sport, its cancellation is more damaging if only for the perception it fosters.Kentucky Derby Favorites
The process begins and ends with a horse, a bonding that occurs along the road to the Kentucky Derby and can leave a human forever changed. As winter dissolves into sprint, two dynamics are simultaneously at work, one involving the initiated, the other those about to join their ranks.Animal Kingdom eyes road to Dubai World Cup
Animal Kingdom, winner at age three of the Kentucky Derby but absent from the public eye since early last June, appears poised and ready for the Dubai World Cup. Champion Hansen deserves better
Hansen, the defending divisional champion, Union Rags and the unbeaten Algorithms are most prominent among the contenders. Alpha threw his saddle in the ring on Saturday with an impressive score in the Withers Stakes in New York. There is much more to see. Future bright for New York racing
These are not yet the best of times in the realm of racing in New York. They are yet to come. But the worst of times are but a grim memory. The future from here appears to be without boundary. When will they pave the parking lots with gold?Discreet Dancer breaking out
Travers Stakes - Not much to see here
Eight months into the process, the search for the best 3-year-old of 2011 continues, which explains the longish list of 21 nominees to Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes, the last in the East of the season's major races restricted to foals of 2008. But there is a better chance of finding D.B. Cooper at Saratoga on Saturday than a legitimate champion-caliber 3-year-old.The time is now for Tizway
2011 has seen the rise of Tizway, a 6-year-old runaway train whose explosive victory in the Metropolitan Handicap in May came with a course record for a mile at Belmont Park, ground over which the best milers in history have run, and whose dominance of the best field of older horses assembled in the current season in the Whitney Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course established him as the frontrunner for both a divisional title and Horse of the Year.Saratoga Spinners
The "spinner" is a creature indigenous to Upstate New York and though the specific term is no longer entirely accurate the species is in no way endangered. Spinners appear in large numbers on Sundays during the racing season to gather whatever may be at hand and after a voracious frenzy retreat to their nests, laden with booty bearing the track's logo. Should medication be eliminated?
But even Saratoga is not immune the sort of rash decision that will be both crippling and irreversible if the reactionary fringe has its way. A snowball of rash decision imperils all involved.Open season on the middle class
Owners of racehorses unlike many of their elected officials, active contributors to the American economy and culture create jobs on several levels even asSign of things to come? - Racetracks
Alternative gaming, widely seen as a necessary evil by operators of racetracks, is fast becoming the tail that wags the dog, the primary source of revenue at racetracks in casino-compliant states.A Belmont wager? You bet!
Neither Animal Kingdom nor Shackleford will attempt the unprecedented in the 143rd Belmont Stakes. Eleven Derby winners denied in the Preakness have succeeded at Belmont Park.The unattainable Triple Crown
With the Triple Crown now having eluded every Kentucky Derby winner since 1978, the post-Preakness conversation turned immediately to the obvious, now perennial question: Will the most rarely won title in American sport ever again fall to a dominant animal? And, if not, why? The pivotal Preakness
The Preakness may be run at a track that is a living preview of racing in the post-nuclear era in a history-rich state where the sport has for years been down at the heels and running on fumes, but Pimlico is the narrow gateway to the Triple Crown.Drug war of the clueless
Drugs and medications are two distinctly different things and as badly as the sport is in need of medication reform, violations involving out-and-out performance enhancing drugs are relatively rare and already illegal.Calvin Borel the safest Derby bet
"Easy," he answered, "the horse Calvin Borel rides." Borel has amassed a good deal of impressive past-performance data in recent runnings of the Derby having ridden three winners of the last four. The collective past performance of the 3-year-old class of 2011 in far less convincingWood changes Derby picture
The chase toward Churchill Downs was, on a sunny morning in Queens, a day on which the undefeated Kentucky Derby favorite pro-tem was due to make his second start of the year in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, beginning to unravel at the edges.Triple Crown winner is long overdue
Thirty-two years ago, Affirmed fought off Alydar in the Belmont Stakes and won the Triple Crown, the cherry on the '70s sundae, a decade of plenty -- first the incomparable Secretariat, then the fierce, unbowed Seattle Slew and finally the determined and courageous Affirmed. Read More...Repole on top of the world
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