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Derby Magic

By Steve Haskin
The dark bay colt lay sprawled out in his stall following his brilliant victory in the previous day's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). A few minutes later, Vindication was up on his feet, greeting his visitor by sticking out his tongue, hoping the visitor would understand the request.

Juvenile Jinx

By Ray Paulick
Has it really been 18 years since Chief's Crown came storming down the Hollywood Park stretch to defeat Tank's Prospect and Spend a Buck in the first Breeders' Cup race ever run?

Texas Owner Calls It Quits

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James Jackson stood at the summit of Thoroughbred racing during the first Saturday in May in 1999 when his 3-year-old gelding Valhol started in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. However, his memory of the Run for the Roses and what occurred a few weeks before have finally spurred the 49-year-old Texan to retire from racing.

Kane, Rees Among Red Smith Writing Award Winners

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Four sports writers, including two honorees who established records with their latest awards, have been honored by Churchill Downs as winners in the 20th annual Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest.

Record Second Quarter for Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Inc. hit several financial records during its second quarter due to record wagering on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days, additional racing days, and growth in its simulcast network.

Seattle Slew Honored at Graveside Remembrance

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About 200 fans turned out to honor Seattle Slew as his final resting place was unveiled at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington July 19. The great racehorse and stallion died May 7, 25 years to the day of his Kentucky Derby triumph in 1977.

Misplaced Bonus

By Dan Liebman -- There is a controversy over the $1-million bonus Sportsman's Park offered to a horse sweeping the track's Illinois Derby (gr. II) and one of the Triple Crown races. But no matter into whose account that million bucks goes, there is one place it should not have already gone--into the purse of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

War Emblem Comes from 'School of Hard Nucks'

This Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner doesn't come from the school of hard knocks; he comes from the school of hard nucks. War Emblem was bred and raised at Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., an operation headed by one of the last true Kentucky hardboots, Charlie Nuckols.

Derby Was Memorable 'Blind Date' For Espinoza

On the morning of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the phone rang in Victor Espinoza's hotel room--it was a wake-up call he won't soon forget. On the line was trainer Bob Baffert, reminding Espinoza he wanted to see him regarding his mount aboard War Emblem that afternoon.

Derby Potpourri

By Ray Paulick -- Giving credit to assistant trainers; changing the entry and graded stakes money rules; and a call to increase the Kentucky Derby purse.

TVG Enjoying Triple Digit Growth

The TV Games Network is enjoying record growth due to the opening of Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and an increasing popularity in Quarter Horse racing at Los Alamitos.

Saarland Surgery a Success

Cynthia Phipp's Saarland, who finished 10th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), had surgery May 6 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington to remove a chip fracture from the front of his left fetlock joint.

Frankel Pointing Medaglia d'Oro to Preakness

Trainer Robert Frankel made it perfectly clear the morning after the Kentucky Derby what his plans are for Medaglia d'Oro, who finished fourth with a troubled trip, eight lengths behind the victorious War Emblem. "I'm going to win the Preakness with him," Frankel said.

Derby Wagering Establishes North American Record

Although totals are not complete, wagering on the 2002 Kentucky Derby will establish betting records for both the race and the overall Derby Day card. A total of $79,094,806 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby, with overall betting on the entire 11-race card at
$123,315,302.

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.

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.

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