Headlines for Saturday, May 4, 2002

  • Adoration Wires Senorita Field

    Amerman Racing's Adoration set moderate fractions while alone on the lead, then held 3-5 favorite High Society in the stretch to win Saturday's $107,300 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Victor Espinoza celebrates as War Emblem wires the field in the 2002 Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Story: Emblematic

    H. L. Mencken once wrote, "The theory seems to be that as long as man is a failure, he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the devil." On May 4, the "devils" got their due...again. Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas, the same two masters of the racing universe who captured five consecutive Kentucky Derbys (gr. I) from 1995 to 1999, were allowed to team up with 20-1 War Emblem and 23-1 Proud Citizen for the largest exacta payoff in Derby history.

  • Fifth Largest Derby Crowd On Hand

    The attendance at Kentucky Derby 128 is the fifth largest in history. At Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, 145,033 patrons were on hand to witness a race in which seven betting interests are under 10-1.

  • Beat Hollow Takes Woodford Reserve

    Beat Hollow, a winner of four of six entering the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), added another win to his tally Saturday at Churchill Downs. Under Alex Solis, he sat in second through most of the race, then eased to the lead down the lane in the nine-furlong turf race.

  • Celtic Melody Put Up In Humana Distaff

    The Churchill Downs stewards took down a winner for the second time on the Kentucky Derby Day card, moving Celtic Melody ahead of Gold Mover in the Humana Distaff (gr. I).

  • Jerry Bailey wins his second consecutive stakes race, this time aboard Stylish in the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile.

    Stylish Takes Citgo Distaff Turf Mile

    Jerry Bailey won his second consecutive stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, winning the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) aboard Stylish. In the previous race, he won the Three Chimneys Juvenile aboard Holiday Runner.

  • Saarland Early Derby Favorite at 6-1

    With 90 minutes until post time of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Saarland is the 6-1 favorite. Saarland was 15-1 in the morning line.

  • Holiday Runner (right) takes the Three Chimneys Juvenile on Derby Day at Churchill Downs.

    Filly Wins Three Chimneys Juvenile

    Always one of the highlights on the Kentucky Derby Day card, the Three Chimneys Juvenile went to Holiday Runner, a Meadowlake filly trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

  • Rock of Gibraltar Wins 2,000 Guineas; O'Brien Trainees 1-2

    Rock of Gibraltar made up for the disappointment his owner, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, felt earlier this week when his soccer team was defeated in the Champions League semifinals with a neck-length victory in Saturday's Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket.

  • Chalk Wins First Three on Derby Card

    Chalk players were happy with the results of the first three races at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, the parade of stakes races now ready to start.

  • Danthebluegrassman, scratched from the Kentucky Derby.

    Danthebluegrassman Scratched from Derby

    Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman was scratched from the Kentucky Derby early Saturday morning after he "tied up" following a routine gallop at Churchill Downs.

  • Beautiful Weather At Churchill Downs

    At 10 a.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs, the sun is shining and the clouds are moving out. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 70 under partly cloudy skies when the Kentucky Derby is run at approximately 6:04 p.m.

  • Steve Haskin's Derby Report (5/3): Crunch Time

    After five months of scrutinizing over this year's crop of 3-year-olds, and two weeks of studying the Derby horses at Churchill Downs, it is finally time to break down all the logic and observations, and attempt to make some sense out of one of the most wide-open and perplexing Derbys ever.

  • Saarland Derby Favorite in Early Wagering

    With $34,186 wagered on him to win, Saarland emerged as the 5-1 Kentucky Derby favorite at the conclusion of advance wagering on Friday. A total of $251,953 was bet in advance wagering Friday.