Archive for April, 2009

posted by Kalina on Apr 30

Win Willy, seen here on April 27th, will not be running in the Kentucky Derby. (picture by Anne M. Eberhardt)

 

Win Willy, the winner of the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was declared not entering the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on the morning of April 29th by trainer Mac Robertson. The declaration was made hours before entries were to be taken for the race taking place at Churchill Downs on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 29

Pioneerof the Nile wins the Santa Anita Derby

Pioneerof the Nile wins the Santa Anita Derby

He gallops effortlessly over the track, working five furlongs in 1:01. It is hard to believe that this Zayat Stables homebred was a sickly foal, who almost didn’t make it. Sobhy Sonbol explains the story of this Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender.

“He got colic, and he had surgery a few weeks after he was born,” says Sonbol, who serves as the vice president of Zayat Stables. “He almost died, and then he had to have another operation a few months later. He had some adhesions in there from the first surgery, so they had to go back in there again.” Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Geberal Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

General Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

Tom McCarthy is the 75 year old owner/trainer of the former claimer, General Quarters. He claimed the colt for $20,000 in a maiden claimer last May in Kentucky. General Quarters broke his maiden in that race, then went without winning in his next 5 races in Kentucky. He was moved to Tampa Bay Downs at the end of his 2-year old racing season. He placed a good second Dec. 27, in the Inaugural Stakes (gr. III), then came back three weeks later to finish in second to Musket Man in the Pasco Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race. The colt finally had a breakthrough when her pulled away to win by 3 ½ lengths in the Sam F. Davis (gr. III). After General Quarter’s disappointing fifth place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, McCarthy took his horse to Keeneland. The colt needed graded stakes earnings to make it to the Derby. Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Papa Clem (number 2) rallies to beat Old Fashioned in the Arkansas Derby

Papa Clem’s name has a story behind it, of course. Owner Bo Hirsch named him for his father, who’s grandchildren called him ‘Papa Clem’. Hirsch said he considered the name ‘Cement’ for the fast colt, because in the 1950’s and 60’s Clement, his father, had shared a rented beach house with Jimmy Durante, comic legend. Durante called Clement ‘Cement’, instead of pronouncing it correctly. “I thought it (Papa Clement) was better than Cement,” Hirsch says. “That doesn’t seem very fast.” Read the rest of this entry »

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