Keyword: Dick Mandella

  • Mine That Bird left his Derby foes far behind. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS719439%2Fphoto%2F8065012%2F%3Fo%3D8">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Wrapup: Bird to Take Wing

    Calvin Borel would have made a great captain of the starship Enterprise, because time and again he boldly goes where no man has gone before. What he is able to do at Churchill Downs is mind-boggling.

  • Robert Lewis Stakes winner Crown of Thorns cruises to the front of the 3YO class. <br> <a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3474641%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ky. Derby Trail: Of Thorns & Roses

    Be careful how you handle Crown of Thorns. As we're well aware, the impressive winner of the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) has never run on a real dirt track. But with that said, let's pretend it will make no difference, and that he will be as good on dirt as he looked in the Bob Lewis.

  • Action This Day, finishing workout in front of Halfbridled.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Juvenile Champ Back in Action

    Trainer Dick Mandella was looking for a big work from Action This Day Thursday morning to convince him last year's champion 2-year-old could rebound from two poor efforts. After the colt's six-furlong work in company with 2-year-old filly champ Halfbridled, Mandella had his answer.

  • Imperialism, shown winning the San Vicente, exercised over the main track at Churchill Downs Tuesday.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

    All eyes were on Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Master David, who was the only Kentucky Derby (gr. I) worker at Churchill Downs this morning, and the pocket-sized chestnut brought a smile to trainer Bobby Frankel's face when he worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, which was exactly what Frankel was looking for.

  • Champion Halfbridled, scratched out of Ashland Stakes.

    Halfbridled Out of Ashland After Tying Up

    The stumbling blocks continued for 2-year-old filly champ Halfbridled Friday morning when she tied up (cramped up) after a routine gallop for Saturday's $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I), in which she was to face Madcap Escapade and Ashado for leadership in the 3-year-old filly division.

  • Death of mentor and friend dims the World Cup victory celebration for trainer Richard Mandella.

    Dubai World Cup Victory Bittersweet for Mandella

    As happy as trainer Dick Mandella was after winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), that's how crushed he was moments after the race when he was told on the phone by his son, Gary, in California, that his longtime friend and mentor, V.J. "Lefty" Nickerson, had died in his sleep just hours earlier.

  • Halfbridled Works For 2004 Debut in Las Virgenes

    Halfbridled, undefeated winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01 at Santa Anita Thursday morning for her scheduled 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) on Feb. 15.