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2006 Triple Crown Archive


The links listed below make up the full archive of headlines that have been listed here on equidaily.com pertaining to the 2006 Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont

Please understand that as time goes on some links might become inactive. We have no control over that.

They are listed in chronological order by day/date as they appeared in their various publications with the latest being at the top of the list.

>>> Official Kentucky Derby website
>>> Official Preakness website
>>> Official Belmont Stakes website

Triple Crown history:
Near-misses... Winners of 2-legs

>>> Barbaro condition updates: From Penn Veterinary Medicine


Triple Crown trail:

>>> Official Belmont website
>>> Official Preakness website
>>> Official Kentucky Derby website
>>> List: Triple Crown winners... and near-misses [2 legs]

>>> VIDEO: Replays of Belmont and undercard stakes

Belmont undercard stakes results:

>>> Belmont Stakes day charts

>>> Cacique victorious in G1 $400K Manhattan Hcp
>>> Bushfire holds on to take G1 $250K Acorn
>>> Songster sprints to win in G2 $250K Woody Stephens BC
>>> Gorella impresses in G2 $300K Just a Game Hcp
>>> Anew scores in G2 $200K True North Hcp

Monday 6/12:

>>> Eisenberg: More money... That's the one sure way to get more top horses into Triple Crown starting gates
>>> Haskin's Belmont Recap: Classical Jazz
>>> Belmont handle, attendance numbers dip... But crowd was 60K+ and handle was fifth-highest in Belmont history
>>> National Belmont TV ratings slump
>>> Romero/Jara/McLaughlin team gets it done
>>> Teenager takes ride to remember in Belmont Stakes, "The kid rode a great race."
>>> Belmont hails the good guy... "Kiaran's just a good-hearted person, a nice person, someone you always see with a smile on his face."
>>> Jazil, Jara, joy reign supreme
>>> MS doesn't keep McLaughlin from living his dream
>>> Select day-after trainer comments from Belmont and undercard stakes
>>> This low-fanfare Belmont still means much to the Jazil crowd
>>> TTimes: Post-Belmont comments from connections
>>> Jara rode Jazil like he had the ability of Pincay, the strength of Cordero, the hands of Shoemaker, the smarts of Bailey
>>> Cronley: The Skycam worked, giving the viewer a sense of joining the chase
>>> Dubai double: Jazil's Belmont win has sheiks targeting Derby

Belmont photo galleries:
>>> Louisville Courier-Journal
>>> USA Today
>>> NY Times

Belmont photos:
>>> Jazil leads field to the wire
>>> Jazil passes Bluegrass Cat
>>> McLaughlin, Jara hoist winning trophy
>>> Field breaks from the gate
>>> Another view of the break from the gate
>>> Jara, Jazil with blanket of carnations
>>> Jazil enters the winner's circle

Sunday 6/11:

>>> Jazil dazzles in third jewel

Magic 8-Ball says:
There will be a Triple Crown...
of sorts...
Win by Jazil in the Belmont Stakes makes it a sweep for the #8 in the 2006 Triple Crown

>>> NY Newsday: If you were inclined to come at all, you should've been here
>>> Pletcher, "I'm disappointed. There's no consolation in second for me."
>>> Jazil crossed the finish line first, creating a long-shot proposition that could serve as damage control for horse racing's brutal year
>>> Kerrison: What a triumph for a teenage boy... Bravissimo, Fernando
>>> Jocks post-race comments
>>> At 18, Jara joins exclusive jockey club
>>> West: From the mythic, to the tragic, to the ironic, this has been one remarkably and memorably turbulent Triple Crown
>>> Bozich: Triple Crown needs changes to be royal again
>>> Triple Crown insiders share success recipe, "You have to have some divine intervention."
>>> LA Times: Remembering Real Quiet's near-miss, "You can look at 10 different photos of the finish, in 10 different time frames, and we'd win nine times."

Saturday Belmont Stakes news 6/10:

>>> Can't disappoint mom!... Baffert's mother in town to watch Bob and John
>>> Wesch: 'Buzzless Belmont' to some people, a buzz of anticipation for others
>>> These Belmont Stakes a bore? Wrong!
>>> Lack of stars in Belmont doesn't deter diehards
>>> Pletcher, "I'm not necessarily an advocate of changing the five-week schedule."
>>> McNair: Football, horse-racing wins 'both hard to come by'
>>> Baltimore Sun: Without Barbaro, we're talking about Much Flee TV
>>> Groups invest in racing glory... Two horses in today's Belmont Stakes are owned by syndicates
>>> No buzz? Jazil begs to differ... No. 8 post position won first two jewels
>>> Jeremy Rose ready to take another turn in NY
>>> NHL'er excited to have horse in Belmont
>>> Not a field of dreams... But today's race is full of dark horses
>>> Baffert: "It's the test of the leftovers... I mean champions."
>>> NY Post's Bettors Guide to the Belmont Stakes with comments and all pertinent stats

Belmont Stakes selections:

>>> Seth Merrow, equidaily.com: Bluegrass Cat, Bob and John, Sunriver, Steppenwolfer

>>> Harris, NY Daily News: Bluegrass Cat, Sunriver, Bob and John, Steppenwolfer
>>> Kling, Troy Record: 1) Bluegrass Cat, 2) Deputy Glitters, 3) Sunriver, 4) Steppenwolfer
>>> Kaplan, Sun Herald: My Belmont bets: $15 to win on Bob and John, and $2 exactas playing...
>>> Matthews, Democrat & Chronicle: Deputy Glitters, Steppenwolfer, Bob and John, Bluegrass Cat
>>> Donnelly, Philly Inquirer: Sunriver, Steppenwolfer, Bluegrass Cat
>>> Modesti, LA Daily News: Bob and John, Bluegrass Cat, Sunriver
>>> Gray, Boston Herald: Bob and John, Bluegrass Cat, Deputy Glitters
>>> DRF staff selections
>>> Powell, Brisnet: 1. Bob and John 2. Sunriver 3. Steppenwolfer 4. High Finance
>>> White, HRTV: Bob and John, Oh So Awesome, Sunriver
>>> Daley, Lowell Sun: Bets -- $10 to win and show on (5) High Finance... $10 exactas, (2) Sunriver and...
>>> NY Post: Staff selections
>>> Meyers, Saratogian: Bob and John, Oh So Awesome, Bluegrass Cat
>>> Jerardi, Philly Daily News: I am giving out the exacta of High Finance and Deputy Glitters with High Finance as my winner
>>> Various writers top picks
>>> Watman, NY Sun: Entering the stretch, Steppenwolfer and Bluegrass Cat will engage in an all-out duel. But this is Steppenwolfer's distance
>>> Watchmaker/Privman comments on the field
>>> Haskin, Bloodhorse: If I were asked to make a single pick, I would have to go with Steppenwolfer
>>> Scully, Brisnet: Sunriver is my top selection
>>> Finley, ESPN.com: 1. Sunriver, 2. Oh So Awesome, 3. High Finance
>>> Cronley, ESPN.com: 1. Sunriver, 2. Bob and John, 3. Steppenwolfer
>>> Telias, Sporting News: High Finance, Bluegrass Cat, Sunriver, Oh So Awesome

Friday 6/9:

>>> Bob and John up to 1Ĺ-mile challenge
>>> USA Today: Anti-climactic Belmont is here
>>> Fortus: Triple Crown's last leg appears up for grabs
>>> Jockeys paid a visit to a local Ronald McDonald House
>>> Barbaro's long shadow... Story of this Belmont Stakes isn't who's in it; it's who isn't
>>> Trainer: Sacred Light glows with maturity
>>> Kerrison: The bet: Some longshots at the right price, topped by the favorites in exactas
>>> Bisheff: This year's Belmont is to the Ky Derby and Preakness what the NIT is to the NCAA Tourney
>>> Albarado says Steppenwolfer a true threat
>>> West: If there's a horse in this Belmont field that has the potential to be a champion, it's probably Sunriver
>>> Barbaro still on Prado's mind, "I had a bond with him, I really did."
>>> Baffertís crew invades Belmont
>>> Belmont tougher this year, Jeremy Rose says
>>> Belmont Stakes notes: Thurs

Thursday 6/8::

>>> Wet weather looms on race day
>>> Haskin's Belmont Report: Baffling Belmont a bettor's bonanza
>>> Deputy Glitters could be a no-go if rain continues, "If it becomes sloppy then we will take him out."
>>> Pletcher, "It goes without saying how much I'd like to win one of these."
>>> It's not as if Todd Pletcher is the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox of the horse racing world...
>>> Oh, great... Not that we don't like Barbaro -- but if past history is an indicator, the Belmont Stakees telecast will ignore the G1 Acorn and G1 Manhattan while, according to ABC Sports coordinating producer, "We're obviously going to spend a lot more time on a horse that is not here. That's the big story right now."
>>> Ziegel: Bottom line on High Finance is nice at price
>>> Buzz? What buzz at the Belmont?
>>> Zito looking to pull off Belmont surprise
>>> Peitz [Steppenwolfer], "Ten years from now, you won't remember that Barbaro and Bernardini weren't in the race."
>>> Fortus: Top two horses out, but interest still up
>>> A very subdued Belmont is very wide open
>>> In a close call, Belmont field looks like pick 'em

Wednesday 6/7:

>>> Belmont Stakes has rich history
>>> Kerrison: What a prized bunch of cream puffs... This Triple Crown season makes you sigh for the good old days, when horses were horses and men were men
>>> Has grueling schedule eroded Triple Crown's place as premier event?
>>> Trainer ready to Glitter... Albertrani seeks 2nd jewel in row
>>> Ziegel: Born to be rooting for Steppenwolfer
>>> With starters in all three classics, McLaughlin seeks Belmont win
>>> Neumeier: Pletcher's Sunriver has pedigree aplenty to win third leg of Triple Crown
>>> Jazil's trainer hopes rest is best
>>> Oh So Awesome works half-mile in final Belmont prep

Tuesday 6/6:

>>> Haskin: Who needs a Triple Crown winner?
>>> Five work on Tues morning
>>> Monday's workout notes
>>> Steppenwolfer is ready for long, magical ride
>>> High Finance coming on fast
>>> Belmont bettor for it... Race and wallets will be wide open
>>> Lack of starpower dogs Belmont
>>> People will show up Saturday... Enough people see the Belmont Stakes as a race with prestige and appeal and something they want to see
>>> Pletcher has two big chances
>>> For all the wrong reasons, Arkansas Derby runner-up Steppenwolfer and Wood Mem runner-up Jazil will get support

Monday 6/5:

>>> Crist: Why isn't Bernardini going?
>>> West: Should Steppenwolfer win Saturday, fans and students of the game should applaud the victory. The sport needs more horses like him
>>> Bob and John, "He's the kind of horse that has to have a clear path, but he never got a chance to run in the Derby."
>>> McLaughlin wants Jazil closer to pace
>>> Team Valor returns to Belmont Stakes with Oh So Awesome


>>> Barbaro condition updates: From Penn Veterinary Medicine

>>> Letter from the Editor: Get well, Barbaro
Sunday 6/4:

>>> Veitch: Stop with this whining about the Belmont Stakes. It is a serious horse race
>>> Triple Crown in need of change?... Md Jockey Club prez, "Given what has happened this year, there seems to be a catalyst to take a hard look now."
>>> Belmont Stakes notes: Saturday
>>> Fountaine: NYRA faces an uphill battle promoting the Belmont


>>> Horse races are dangerous but also beautiful

Saturday 6/3:

>>> Steppenwolfer sizzles in work

Friday 6/2:

>>> Minus stars, Belmont official hopeful of a good race
>>> No Cause to Believe in Belmont Stakes, "[We] decided the best thing to do is keep him on the West Coast."
>>> Fields take shape for Belmont Stakes Day undercard
>>> Team Valor's Oh So Awesome breezes Thurs


>>> Comment: How America became obsessed with Barbaro... Americans have historically become preoccupied with horseracing in times of national strain
>>> West: Barbaro's injury has inspired more drivel and flapdoodle than any single event since the calamitous and great fall of Humpty Dumpty from his seat atop the wall
>>> Moran: Barbaro's injury -- Still an almost irrational if ultimately futile effort to establish cause for the effect, to fix blame or at worst to expose something more sinister
>>> Barbaro surgeon concurs with bumping theory, "I did not examine the tapes. But if this helps dispel all the notions that he was lame going to the gate, that is a good thing."
>>> Barbaro in 'excellent' condition... Use of hind leg in breeding process explained
>>> AP: A rundown of what generally happens each day while Barbaro stands in his stall
>>> 'Seabiscuit' author Hillenbrand: I wake of Barbaro injury -- We must summon the best minds, create a truly comprehensive, uniform injury reporting system, and fund a slew of controlled studies
>>> Visits with Barbaro good therapy for anguished Brette

Thursday 6/1:

>>> Bob and John in sharp drill for Belmont
>>> Sweetnrothernsaint is a no-go

Wednesday 5/31:


>>> Old friends day... Like Barbaro, Prado undergoing healing process
>>> Brewer: Barbaro doesn't need any more get-well cards or apples, folks... He needs Geraldo Rivera
>>> Finley: Is the Triple Crown losing its luster
>>> AP: Barbaro is progressing well, and Prado pays a visit
>>> Video: Prado visits Barbaro
>>> Photos of Prado visit
>>> Closer look at Barbaro's special shoe

Tuesday 5/30:

>>> Prado to ride Deputy Glitters
>>> Belmont notes: Monday


>>> Comment: Barbaro proves that there's something about this animal and this story that entrances us even if nobody is quite sure what it is or what it says about us
>>> Barbaro recovery even makes the editorial cartoon page
>>> The most popular sports figure in the world at the moment who is not a female race-car driver named Danica is a thoroughbred named Barbaro
>>> Scott: The challenge for racing is to do everything it can to prevent such injuries
>>> Barbaro's stall is filled, but emptiness remains

Monday 5/29:

Pletcher has a pair looking for his first Triple Crown win, "Both horses are doing very well, and we're optimistic."


>>> Barbaro enjoying quiet holiday weekend
>>> Compassion for Barbaro... So what is it about the horse?
>>> Yeesh... The article doesn't support it -- but Washington Post titles a piece on Barbaro and aftermath "A Sport of Constant Sorrow... Barbaro's Injury Only the Latest Hit on Horse Racing".... C'mon, "A sport of constant sorrow"???
>>> Baltimore Sun article chronicles timeline of action taking Barbaro from injury through the start of surgery
>>> Time magazine: Bred for speed ... Built for trouble
>>> Yet another examination of the false-start


Sunday 5/28:

>>> Historical look at the 11 Triple Crown winners with respect to the spacing of their victories
>>> Belmont figures to be a wide-open betting contest
>>> The way the field for the final leg of the Triple Crown is shaping up this Belmont will be different, for sure
>>> Steppenwolfer and Jazil worked out on Sat


>>> Barbaro condition updates: From Penn Veterinary Medicine

>>> Wall: Barbaro's hospital, Prado deserve special recognition... Eclipse Merit awards certainly due
>>> Sat update: Barbaro on the mend a week after accident
>>> Drape: Strong, smart and beguiling, Barbaro wears a Triple Crown
>>> The man whose job is saving Barbaro
>>> Newsweek: Can Barbaro beat the odds?... Behind the scenes at the audacious operation that could save the leg, and the life, of a great racehorse who has captured America's heart
>>> Matz: 'I'm just sad for racing'
>>> Plenty of support for Polytrack... DW Lukas, "If I was CEO of a track and concerned about finance, I'd sure be for it."
>>> Joseph: What the public should realize is the extent of compassion by many in the sport
>>> Ky horse doc has fitted about 40 horses with prosthetic legs or hoofs since 1984
>>> Barbaro joins field of gifted race horses stopped by injury
Saturday 5/27:

>>> Barbaro on Friday: His condition is excellent
>>> Beyer: When do you try to save a badly injured horse? Economic considerations are part of the answer - but by no means all of it
>>> Wesch: What happened by way of response after the breakdown couldn't have been more commendable by the horse, the connections and the sport in general
>>> S Carolina paper: Owner of local horse facility, "You thought [Barbaro's injury] would turn people away. Instead, more people are interested now."
>>> There are a lot of reasons, different for each of us, that we need this horse to live

Friday 5/26:

>>> Preakness final TV ratings up
>>> Haskin: Lacking Derby, Preakness winners, Belmont shaping up as competitive race
>>> Thurs pm hospital update: Barbaro is progressing nicely, has totally normal vital signs and is in excellent condition
>>> Pricci: Triple Crown must change... Series must be extended from 5 to 9 weeks, for sake of horses and sport
>>> Thurs: Feisty Barbaro greeted with fresh carrots, St. Francis statues
>>> Comment: More races must be run on turf or on synthetic surfaces like Polytrack rather than on unforgiving dirt
>>> Fountaine: In the 70's Hoist the Flag survived hind ankle break to go on to stud
>>> O'Donnell: Conspiracy lovers see two false starts
>>> Rosenblatt: Jockey's thoughts still riding with Barbaro
>>> Powell: I have watched the starting gate incident as if it were the "Zapruder film" and I don't see any evidence of anything wrong with Barbaro physically or mentally
>>> Times Picayune: Heartbreaks are as much a part of racing as winners' circles
>>> Wilson: There has been nothing more beautiful than watching a sympathetic public's response this week to one of those tragic accidents
>>> Yeesh... ESPN.com columnist upset with media coverage of Barry Bonds... In midst of article he tosses these bombs, "...all anyone wanted to talk about was Barbaro's breaking his ankle at the Preakness. Horse racing, a sport that has been dead for two decades, overshadowed America's pastime. Concern for an animal that is souped-up on anything and everything took precedent over the athletic achievement of a human being who is allegedly souped-up on anything and everything ." [7th paragraph down]
>>> Injury sparks turf debate... Polytrack gets a closer look
>>> Albany scribe: Don't tell me Barbaro's calamity might ruin the sport
>>> Eng: Barbaro's surgeon deserving of Eclipse Award
>>> Barbaro's ordeal challenged NBC crew
>>> Comment: Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is no pity for the anonymous animals, or, for that matter, too many suffering humans, who conjure mostly apathy among those who are praying to alter the fate of a lustrous horse
>>> It was easy to think that we were going to be propelled through the Triple Crown season... It is almost impossible to imagine a bigger turn around
>>> Interesting comment from Binghamton paper's assoc editor... He notes, "I'm not a horse fancier," and then opines, "... 3-year-old legs, legs not fully developed. So why run these horses when they're 3?"

Thursday 5/25:

>>> Bernardini's connections, "He will not contest the Belmont Stakes."

>>> Eclipse-winning photog Barbara Livingston's Barbaro galleries (five pages of galleries of photos running thourgh Preakness coverage]
>>> Photo: Solis snatches up Brother Derek outside of Barbaro
>>> Understanding the threat of laminitis
>>> NBC adapted coverage after Barbaro's injury
>>> Bozich: Racing must get serious about safety
>>> Prado, "Of all the tears I have cried, if tears could heal a wound, Barbaro would be healed by now."
>>> AP/Wed: Barbaro takes nap... Deemed stable, happy
>>> Wed Update: Barbaro's condition is excellent as of 3pm ET
>>> Barbaro's false start triggered standard track protocol
>>> Protocol followed, but was it enough?... Some say Barbaro compromised in false start
>>> Barbaro conspiracy theories debunked... David Zipf, chief vet for the Md Racing Commission, knows by now that NBC's cameras never showed him taking a look at Barbaro after the horse prematurely left the gate before... "I really wasn't worried about being on the television."
>>> Closer look at past weekend's sports TV ratings... Hoops tops Preakness
>>> Barbaro's owners encouraged... But vow they won't keep him alive if he must live with pain
>>> Ocala area fans mostly undaunted by Barbaro's injury, "We'll keep watching, including the Belmont Stakes."
>>> NY Post: Prado, "If my thoughts and tears can heal a wound, Barbaro should be healed by now."
>>> Drape: Now's a time for healing, for Barbaro and for Matz
>>> Univ of Cal - Davis vets pulling for Barbaro... School's innovations may help save the Ky Derby winner
>>> Palmer: "What does a turf writer tell his 6-year-old grandson...?"
>>> AP: When they stumble and fall, hearts as well as bones get broken
>>> Barbaro's injury similar to Dancinginmydreams' years ago
>>> Jerardi: Matz can only dream of what might have been
>>> Churchill fans sign giant get-well card
>>> Calder vet praises Barbaro 'heroics'
>>> "I have covered horse racing for a quarter of a century... In a strange yet ghastly way, this may be my most memorable race."
>>> Horses run a thin line between riches and catastrophe... "When everything goes right, itís all wonderful, ga-ga goo-goo. When something bad happens, people come out of the woodwork to denigrate the sport."
>>> Baltimore Sun blog: You might have noticed that our paper has gone full blanket coverage on Barbaro, and that has annoyed a lot of people quite a bit. Personally, I think it's appropriate.
>>> Newsday scribe: Another call for Polytrack

>>> Maryland restaurant/OTB does bang-up Preakness business

Letters to the editor:
>>> Albany Times-Union: "Two-year-old horses have no business in racing. Neither, with very few exceptions, do 3-year-olds."
>>> USA Today: "Horse racing is inherently cruel."

Wednesday 5/24:

>>> Finley's look at Belmont possibles

>>> Wed Update: Barbaro's condition is excellent as of 3pm ET
>>> Transcript: Tues press conference/New Bolton
>>> Neumeier: Don't overreact to Barbaro injury... Horse racing is like any other sport -- mishaps can and do occur often
>>> Barbaro's recovery a step at a time... Pain, prognosis are primary concerns to his surgeons
>>> Horses' legs: Amazing things, but there's a failure point
>>> Cast to be changed next week, "We will try to change the cast with him partially suspended and partially sedated."
>>> Future as stallion also uncertain... Some question whether leg could support process
>>> Video: Tues press conference with surgeon, "He actually was scratching his left ear with his left hind leg..."
>>> Are horses more brittle today?... New Bolton's Dr Dean Richardson, "Categorically, no."
>>> Comment: If anything, the national outpouring of affection and sympathy for Barbaro is an indication that horse racing might be rooted deeper in the American consciousness than anyone imagined
>>> McNulty: If you're like me... You're rooting hard for a horse to live... [It has nothing to] do with saving the sport, which... has been dead for years
>>> There will be those who brand it inhumane and cruel. But it is the very nature of these equine athletes to run and compete
>>> Rosenblatt: Would all this money and time be spent on a horse's recovery if he were not the Ky Derby winner and expected to gain millions in stud fees?
>>> Barbaro playing the part... The horse showed off a bit for his surgeon. That is a positive sign - though no guarantee that he will recover
>>> Barbaro's owners had insurance... Likely worth at least $25 - $30 mil
>>> Saving an injured racehorse: Vet says, a woman will want to repair an injured horse while her man may look to cut his losses. "I've seen marriages dissolve in front of my eyes. I've seen the woman look the guy in the eye and say: 'Who am I married to?' "
>>> Prado breaks silence in wake of Barbaro's injury

>>> Triple Crown needed a return to '70s show... Instead, horse racing lost ground on day it could have won fans
>>> USA Today: Convince yourself: Saving Barbaro all about altruism
>>> LA Times: Barbaro's career-ending injury is a setback for an industry that has struggled to draw live crowds and big ratings
>>> Not every race horse afforded 2nd chance
>>> Comment: If most of us donít really care about horse racing, what gives us the right - when it comes to Barbaro - to honestly, truthfully care?
>>> Editorial: No one wants a tragedy like this to happen, but it is endemic in the sport
>>> Drape: Barbaro will be confined to his stall for months
>>> Fans show support for Barbaro with apples, flowers
>>> Relaxed Barbaro on mend... Dr, "Every day the risk diminishes."
>>> Strange that Charismatic's wounded state never aroused such compassion as Barbaro's
>>> Clay: Why do we care so much? What is it about a horse that tugs at our heart strings?
>>> Barbaro priceless to his owners
>>> Some to question the ethics of trying to save Barbaro through surgery
>>> Handleman: When great horses fall, a pall is cast over racing
>>> Rowe: Racehorses are the biggest pawns in sports. They have nothing to say about who uses or abuses them
>>> Comment: If you're uncomfortable with all this fuss being made about a horse, you've probably come to the wrong place
>>> History: Saving Nureyev
>>> Road to Recovery: Commentary by Ray Paulick
>>> Tues update: "Barbaro is doing very well. He's actually better today than he was even yesterday, and he was pretty good yesterday."

Tuesday 5/23:

>>> Tues update: "Barbaro is doing very well. He's actually better today than he was even yesterday, and he was pretty good yesterday."

>>> AUDIO: NPR interview with Gretchen Jackson... "As far as his [post-op] demeanor, he was not dull at all. He was sort of 'with it,' looking around and eating, eating a lot of hay and interested in eating."
>>> AUDIO: NPR interview with Andy Beyer, "...as sad a day at the racetrack as I've spent in my life."
>>> AUDIO: NPR interview with Steve Haskin, "There was a foreboding feeling when Barbaro broke through the gate before the race."
>>> VIDEO: ABC NEWS interview with Laura Hillenbrand... Talks about Barbaro and the romance of racing t-breds
>>> Video: ABC News coverage from Monday

>>> Barbaro 'nickering at mares' a day after surgery but still has 50-50 chance of survival... Post surgery concerns
>>> Industry still needs Barbaro
>>> AP: Barbaro was "bright and appropriately frisky" Monday
>>> NY Times: Gary Stevens criticized NBC for showing too many replays of Barbaro's breakdown
>>> Philly Daily News: Racing brings up the rear in safety
>>> Barbaro horsing around... Shows interest in oats, mares
>>> Have breeding practices weakened thoroughbreds?
>>> Eisenberg: In the wake of Barbaro's breakdown and the intense media coverage that has followed, some people remain crestfallen and others don't quite get it
>>> NY Times: Prado, on looking back before the race, "I do it with all my horses. I check that the girth is on right and then to see if their shoes are on firmly."
>>> Gate-crashing, injury unlinked... Vet, jockeys, trainers all agree nothing was detected after Barbaro's false start
>>> NY Times: Injured horses benefit from medical advancements
>>> Baltimore Sun: Even if Barbaro doesn't die from his injuries, racing might
>>> DRF: Breakdown's visibility called business setback
>>> Jerardi: The Triple Crown series is an anachronism that has to be changed
>>> Horse's surgeon in limelight
>>> DRF: After surgery, focus turns to stabilizing leg
>>> Comment: A once great race horse endures as an uneasy reminder of how much of this sport is about little more than hope
>>> Gergen: "It's those - young and old - who invest their hearts in a Barbaro who may never return."
>>> Barbaro breaks down and racing suffers
>>> Size of horses is detrimental for recovery
>>> Fan support amazes Barbaro's owners
>>> Trainer Motion -- lost Funfair in a race last year -- sympathizes with Barbaro's trainer
>>> Drape: Hurdles remain in Barbaro's recovery
>>> ABC's Nightline: Witnessing Horse's Injury Jolts All at Preakness
>>> TTimes: Barbaro's breakdown provides a stunning reminder of the fragility of the sport's stars

>>> Preakness: Record crowd, handle dips
>>> Trainer Romans appealing Black-Eyed Susan DQ

Op-Ed pages pay tribute:
>>> St Petersburg Times: An athlete we can root for
>>> Herald-Tribune [FL]: A champion fights on
>>> Dallas Morning News: Our hopes remain with a horse fighting for life
>>> Baltimore Sun: Be well, Barbaro
>>> Philly Daily News: The entire city was like a parent pacing inside a hospital waiting room
>>> Boston Globe: Barbaro's last race
>>> Boston Herald: A tribute to a champion

And the wackos use the opportunity to dash off letters to the editor and fill up 'blog' space:
>>> I have decided that horse racing is one of the biggest forms of cruelty
>>> I despise horse racing
>>> The money, fashion and glamour in the horse-racing industry are sickening

Barbaro/Surgery... Photos/Video [from Monday]:
>>> Video: Closer look at the recovery pool used at New Bolton [video is an example, it is NOT Barbaro]
>>> X-ray of repaired area showing pins and screws
>>> Barbaro in stall, post-surgery
>>> Barbaro at the recovery pool
>>> Michael Matz and Univ of Penn School of Vet Medicine Dir of Surgery Dr Dean Richardson address the press Sun night
>>> Interest runs high: Press attend update briefing

Before and after X-ray photos [from Monday]:
>>> Before 1
>>> After 1
>>> Before 2
>>> After 2

Monday 5/22 news:

>>> Barbaro not out of woods yet... Completes surgery in good order but "he's still a coin toss."
>>> Statement on the Barbaro surgical procedure from Penn Veterinary Medicine
>>> Lead surgeon gives Barbaro 50-50 chance for survival
>>> USA Today: Surgery complete, Barbaro and his sport wait [includes reasons 'Why broken legs are life-threatening for horses']
>>> Ziegel: Patient, sport face recovery
>>> Brief look at the surgical and post-op procedures
>>> Prado goes on with life with a heavy heart
>>> Surgeon: "I could see no evidence of pre-existing injury. It was just a bad step."
>>> Audio: Surgeon Dean Richardson talks about Barbaro's surgery and recovery
>>> Following Barbaro off the track and to the clinic on Saturday
>>> NBC let images communicate Barbaro's misfortune
>>> Medical advances kept champ alive... Penn animal hospital called one of finest
>>> NBC's Neumeier: "Professionally, we've been there before, and unfortunately, it's not a pleasant experience. But we're trained to handle it"
>>> ...and, if he recovers? "When he covers [a] mare, he has to go up on his hind legs, but it shouldn't cause a problem."
>>> Clay reacts [over-reacts?]: Appoint a commission. Launch an investigation. Allocate dollars toward research and development
>>> ...And Forde concurs
>>> Breakdowns are sad part of horse racing
>>> Fortus: Breakdowns can become emotional
>>> Injury to Barbaro bringing millions of fans together
>>> Calm, concern at Fair Hill... With Barbaro in its thoughts, staff carries on at home base
>>> Much more than a broken leg, this broke our hearts
>>> Racing community is saddened by Barbaro's injury
>>> Ford: Long odds of recovery for Barbaro
>>> Hendricks [Brother Derek]: "The horse getting hurt made it anticlimactic how we ran."
>>> Good attitude called key to recovery
>>> NY Times: We care. But why do we care so much?
>>> West: If not for racing, none of them ever would have been born
>>> Eisenberg: Love, not money, is factor in bid to save horse's life ["This is the worst kind of injury as far as being able to have a future of mounting mares."]

>>> Bizarre -- to say the least... NY Daily News' racing recap says Edgar Prado was booed at Belmont on Sunday in his first post-Preakness appearance
>>> State vet says inspection took place after Barbaro's premature breakthrough the gate, "I could see nothing that would insult his performance; saw no problems with his head or legs."
>>> Beyer: Time to change the Triple Crown schedule?
>>> Kerrison: Was Barbaro's tragic breakdown a sad random incident or new proof of the sharp physical deterioration of the modern American thoroughbred?
>>> Bernardini no Belmont lock
>>> Preakness overnight TV ratings decline 3.4%
>>> Belmont loses some gusto
>>> Bernardini's late introduction comes as he is crowned champ

Sunday 5/21, post-Preakness:

>>> Baltimore Sun Preakness coverage

>>> Charts: Complete results from Pimlico's Saturday card

>>> Post-Preakness quotes from connections -- plus post-race news conference transcript with Dr Bramlage and winning connections
>>> Audio: Javier Castellano on Bernardini's win

Undercard stakes coverage -- with trainer/jock quotes:
>>> Master Command wins G3 $100K Schaefer... Funny Cide 3rd
>>> Better Talk Now gets nod in tight photo in G2 $250K Dixie
>>> Friendly Island victorious in G3 Md BC Sprint
>>> High Cotton tops $100K Sir Barton
>>> Euro-invader Ozone Bere is best in G3 $100K Gallorette
>>> Songster impressive taking G3 $100K Hirsch Jacobs
>>> My Lord closes to take $50K Baltimore BC Turf Sprint

Sunday news 5/21:

>>> Latest: Barbaro standing after surgery
>>> Univ of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center renowned for its specialized care, especially on animals needing complicated surgery on bone injuries
>>> Official website: Univ of Penn's New Bolton Center

>>> Bernardini wins... Captures second jewel in just fourth career start: It's like winning the Tour de France right after ditching the Big Wheels
>>> Barbaro injured... Surgery scheduled Sunday afternoon
>>> NY Daily News: Worst break for Barbaro... Injury leaves future fractured
>>> Habib commentary: Derby champ's misfortune a reminder
>>> NY Times: From the booth, NBC's reaction was swift and sensitive
>>> Barbaro's injury brings NBC's broadcast back to reality
>>> Barbaro's misfortune is the sound of collective heartbreak
>>> Commentary: Barbaro's shocking injury, sadly, is part of the sport
>>> Triple Crown connections -- Chenery, Cauthen, Wolfson -- comment on Sat's unfortunate outcome
>>> Brunker: Barbaro's injury at Preakness again illustrates fragility of racehorses
>>> Cronley: It might be a decent idea to make it a rule to scratch any horse busting through a gate
>>> Alex Solis [Brother Derek]: All the jockeys are very sad... At the eighth pole, I was right behind [Barbaro], and I heard the crack (of the bone breaking). I had to wheel out
>>> Kerrison: He had gone less than a furlong when it seemed as if the world fell apart
>>> Ziegel: It hurts more, somehow, when a superstar, like Barbaro, is the horse in danger
>>> Habib: Of all the sounds at a racetrack, silence is the worst
>>> O'Donnell: The Black-Eyed Susans gently camouflaging Pimlico Race Course were flecked with tears late Saturday
>>> Beyer: For a sport that struggles to attract new fans and retain its old ones, the events at Pimlico could not have been more devastating
>>> Q&A on the injury with Dr Bramlage
>>> Audio: Dr Larry Bramlage on Barbaro's condition
>>> Litke: Losing would have been cruel enough. Fate had something worse in store
>>> Finley: The most wonderful, graceful exciting sport there is and the most gruesome
>>> Barbaro's poise is what might ultimately save his life, medical experts say
>>> Clay: It's the dark side of the sport of the kings
>>> Eisenberg: Life was so good. And then, suddenly, it was awful. Absolutely awful
>>> Jock and trainers who competed in the Preakness were united in expressing support of Barbaro as he begins his battle to recover
>>> In shock: Gretchen Jackson seemed too stunned to cry
>>> Rees: Barbaro's prognosis... Won't race again, faces guarded outlook for two months
>>> Izenberg: Yesterday the ghosts of the past and the unforgiving risks of equine anatomy stood outlined in bold and tragic relief once again

>>> Record crowd, big handle
>>> Ten horses under consideration for Belmont Stakes
>>> West: Analyzing the race
>>> Wash Post: Preakness notebook... Plenty of heartbreak over Barbaro for fans... Also, Napravnik impresses
>>> Pimlico scene more than just a college party
>>> At Pimlico, horses are the star attraction. But behind the scenes on Preakness Day, people provide the show. Here's a 12-hour look
>>> Beer rules day in Preakness infield

Photo galleries:
>>> Baltimore Sun: Preakness
>>> Baltimore Sun: People at the Preakness
>>> USA Today
>>> NY Times [picture #2 shows the ankle clearly at an unnatural angle -- just moments after the injury must have occured]

>>> Turning for home
>>> Bernardini passes Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Bernardini and Castellano roll to victory
>>> Bernardini reaches the finish
>>> Castellano triumphant
>>> Weathervane gets new colors
>>> Barbaro breaks through the starting gate
>>> Prado calms Barbaro
>>> Trying to calm Barbaro
>>> Jock Edgar Prado, spent
>>> Dejected Prado
>>> Concerned Prado
>>> Jacksons, Prado concerned
>>> Prado hugs Gretchen Jackson
>>> Matz checks Barbaro
>>> Into the horse ambulance
>>> Barbaro team concerned
>>> Prado, asst trainer Brette console one another
>>> Michael Matz talks to reporters Sat night

Saturday 5/20:

>>> Haskin's Preakness Analysis: Can Barbaro Get 'Berned?'
>>> Being in the middle puts race out front... As Triple Crown midpoint, Preakness has a leg up
>>> AUDIO: Seth Merrow of equidaily.com joins Derek Simon on 'SimonSays' for a pre-Preakness discussion
>>> Drape: Looking for a weakness in the Derby winner
>>> Rest of the field is pinning its hopes of defeating Barbaro on a notion that the Derby winner will regress after short rest
>>> "If I trained Brother Derek or Sweetnorthernsaint, I'd tell the jock to break the race open at the half-mile pole, steal off three or four lengths and make Barbaro come after me."
>>> Solis [Brother Derek]: I was very glad to see it looked like he put on some weight
>>> Jerry Bailey: "Something strange has to happen [for Barbaro to lose]."
>>> Ziegel: A longshot can win, can't he? Sure, he can. A second tip: not today, he can't
>>> West: Brother Derek will turn the tables
>>> Pimlico primer... 10 things you need to about the Preakness
>>> Trainer has Barbaro ready to run his way... Matz envisioned Triple Crown from the first day
>>> Mel Stute remembers Preakness redemption with Snow Chief, "I wouldn't have took him (to Pimlico) if it wasn't for Charlie Whittingham."
>>> Eisenberg: If he handles Preakness, Barbaro can go the distance
>>> Preakness Notes: Solis hoping to lead early
>>> Former Triple Crown connections -- Chenery, Cauthen, Turner -- comment on Barbaro
>>> History: The 'lost' Preaknesses... Pimlico's biggest race has an out-of-state history, too. Few are aware it was run 16 times in NY
>>> Strategy for eight challengers in the second leg of the Triple Crown is clear -- just beat Barbaro
>>> Barbaro running for glory and making fans
>>> Brewer: Preakness has the feeling of a one-horse race
>>> Gary Stevens sold on Barbaro
>>> Triple Crown faces host of worries... No bonus sponsor, split TV coverage, aging Pimlico
>>> AP: Barbaro leaves home ready to win the Preakness
>>> Matz, "Itís always in the back of your mind to think his name could be with Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and those horses."
>>> Barbaro's following grows
>>> Beyer: Triple Crown tracks pay peanuts to the winners


>>> Merrow, equidaily.com: Barbaro, Bernardini, Brother Derek, Sweetnorthernsaint

>>> DRF staff
>>> Harris, NY Daily News: Barbaro, Sweetnorthernsaint, Brother Derek, Bernardini
>>> West, Star Telegram, 1. Brother Derek 2. Barbaro 3. Sweetnorthernsaint 4. Like Now
>>> Barron/Faour, Houston Chronicle
>>> Daley: Brother Derek, Bernardini, Barbaro
>>> Kling, Troy Record: 1. Barbaro, 2. Brother Derek, 3. Bernardini, 4. Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Fortus, Times-Picayune: 1. Barbaro. 2. Brother Derek. 3. Greeley's Legacy. 4. Like Now
>>> Kaplan, Sun Herald: . My Preakness play: $10 exactas of Barbaro (No. 6) on top of Bernardini (No. 8) and Sweetnorthensaint (No.7)
>>> Donnelly, Philly Inquirer: Barbaro, Sweetnorthernsaint, Brother Derek
>>> Beyer, Wash Post [see sidebar box]: A Barbaro-Brother Derek exacta appears inevitable
>>> Powell, Brisnet.com: 1. Bernardini, 2. Barbaro, 3. Brother Derek, 4. Like Now
>>> Eng, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Barbaro, Brother Derek, Bernardini
>>> NY Daily News: Staff picks [bottom of page]
>>> NY Post: Staff picks [right side of page]
>>> Meyers, Saratogian: Barbaro, Brother Derek, Like Now
>>> Top picks of various racing writers
>>> Drape, NY Times: Barbaro, Brother Derek, Like Now
>>> Computer picks
>>> Finley, USA Today: There is no value in a win play on Barbaro... Look for a new face for second
>>> Brunker, MSNBC.com: Iíll play a $20 exacta box with Barbaro and Brother Derek... I'll also play a $1 trifecta using a couple long shots
>>> Fountaine, NY Post: Betting the Preakness, "A $1 trifecta wheel using..."
>>> Scully, Brisnet.com: I'll use Barbaro and Brother Derek in Pick 3s and Pick 4s, and I hope to enjoy a great race
>>> NY Daily News trio face-off with Preakness wagers
>>> Handleman, Ashbury Park Press: I'll play Barbaro over Bernardini in the exacta, and key him over Brother Derek and Bernardini in the tri
>>> O'Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times: Sweetnorthensaint, Bernardini, Barbaro, Greeley's Legacy
>>> NJ Star-Ledger staff picks
>>> Finley, ESPN.com: 1. Brother Derek 2. Barbaro 3. Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Cronley, ESPN.com: 1. Brother Derek 2. Barbaro 3. Sweetnorthernsaint

>>> Fri results: Regal Engagement takes G2 $250K Black-Eyed Susan on DQ
>>> Fri results: Invasor captures G1 $500K Pimlico Special
>>> Charts: Fri card at Pimlico

Friday 5/19:

>>> Pricci: Recent statistical history indicates Barbaro will falter at Preakness
>>> Brunker: 'Bounce' this! Barbaro will win Preakness
>>> Comment on Preakness field: "This year the horse racing circuit is dominated by chickens, not thoroughbreds."
>>> Kerrison: The case for Barbaro is more compelling than the case against
>>> Modesti: An especially good year for Triple Crown rookie trainers
>>> Barbaro expected at Pimlico on Fri
>>> Oh no! Re-inventing the wheel -- yet again... For the Belmont, ABC hopes to hang a camera on a 50-foot crane over the track on one turn. And on the backstretch, it will mount a camera on a sport-utility vehicle driving in front of the horses
>>> Matz out of the taciturn Barclay Tagg mold?... Snaps at reporter, "That is the stupid kind of question that drives someone crazy. God, I am getting tired of questions like that!"
>>> Desormeaux [Sweetnorthernsaint], "Barbaro may be the best horse that ever looked through a bridle, but I would at least like to challenge him with an unaltered trip."
>>> Kling: Don't conclude Barbaro will succeed or fail in either of the next two legs of the Triple Crown just because "that's the way it usually happens."
>>> Like Now is 12-1, but 'a threat'... McLaughlin says horse is rested and ready
>>> Pedulla: Derailing Barbaro no easy task
>>> Preakness to check Barbaro's superhorse credentials
>>> Barbaro could help attract younger fans
>>> Does the horse know this?... Zito on Hemingway's Key, "If he doesn't show something Saturday, then he might have to be gelded."
>>> Platinum Couple: A happy long shot
>>> Barbaro's British influence -- Peter Brette
>>> Solis [Brother Derek]: I cannot describe my plan... It's top secret. If I told you, I would have to kill you!
>>> Ziegel: Brother, keep your shoe on
>>> Layden: Why the Preakness might be the best of the Crown
>>> Clean trips... And trainers say upset hopes rise for Derby losers
>>> Solis is hoping to revisit the past... Jockey rebounded from a Derby disappointment to win the Preakness in '86, and says he can do it again
>>> Jerardi: Barbaro the choice, but he's not automatic
>>> Big field at Derby vanishes... Reasons vary as Preakness lures only 3 of 20 horses from Ky
>>> Klesaris is ready to unleash Diabolical
>>> Preakness notes: Hendricks weighs chances
>>> Barbaro works Thurs in final Preakness prep
>>> Churchill Downs consolidates departments, reduces staff
>>> Alibi Breakfast celebrates Md racing

Thursday 5/18:

>>> Preakness notes: Nine set, Ah Day will run in Sir Barton
>>> Does Zito hold the 'Key' to the Preakness?
>>> Transcript: DRF on-line Preakness chat with Brad Free, "I will be trying to get Greeley's Legacy (20-1) into the trifecta, at the expense of at least one of the three favorites."
>>> White: Barbaro will not become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978
>>> Hendricks happy with Brother Derek's 5 slot
>>> Klesaris [Diabolical]: "I've been in thousands of races before. But it's a thrill and very exciting to have a horse good enough to compete in a race like this."
>>> Smaller field could work against Barbaro in Preakness
>>> Ross: Barbaro is riding high... Eases into role of Triple threat
>>> McLaughlin, "Hopefully, [Barbaro]'ll bounce."
>>> Bernardini immature but special
>>> Hendricks [Bro Derek], "If I outrun [Barbaro], we'll be top 3YO again... bring on the Belmont."
>>> Solis [Bor Derek]: I feel like, if I would have sent him from the gate and dropped over, maybe it would have been different
>>> Pre-Preakness peace, quiet suits Barbaro... Derby winner enjoying old digs while preparing for Sat
>>> Neumeier: Barbaro -- he might have run too fast
>>> If all nine start, it would be the smallest field since Red Bullet upset Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in an 8-horse field
>>> West: The [Triple Crown] coronation may be premature
>>> Delaware columnist declares Barbaro, "more of a Delaware horse than a horse from any other state."
>>> Barbaro's exercise rider takes worldly approach
>>> "He was right in there under the wire by a second or two."
>>> Matz, "I'm not concerned about Brother Derek or Sweetnorthernsaint."
>>> Jock Patrick Husbands has fond memories of 2006 Derby ride, "The tears started to come to my eyes, seeing that my father was always telling everybody that one of these days I... would get a chance to ride in the Derby."

Post position draw snafu:

>>> 4... 6... Whatever... Matz has false-start during post position selection
>>> Michael Hopkins, exec dir of Md Racing Commission, was overseeing the selections and didn't intervene. He said later the pick was made in time, and he was keeping the clock
>>> DRF: Hopkins said Matz made his revised selection before time had elapsed. But a review of the tape by Daily Racing Form showed otherwise
>>> Wash Post: Commission Exec Dir Mike Hopkins, who timed Matz with a stopwatch, said the rules don't address someone making a mistake in the selection and going over the time limit
>>> Ross: Here's a solution: Pull a horse's name out of one box. Shake a numbered ball out of a bottle. Problem solved

Wednesday 5/17:

>>> Greeley's Legacy and Platinum Couple confirmed to start in Preakness
>>> Haskin: Barbaro happy to be back home
>>> Brunker: Barbaroís got the faraway gaze of a champion
>>> Sporting News: Bouncing back in the Preakness, after a poor Derby effort, is not all that uncommon
>>> Lesser known trainers getting the job done in recent Triple Crown races
>>> An unorthodox trainer sticks to the routine... Matz is keeping Barbaro on a light schedule
>>> Barbaro set to arrive for Preakness on Friday
>>> Sweetnorthernsaint's crew has high hopes
>>> Barbaro's owner honed his business sense in baseball
>>> Wash Post's Preakness notebook: Wed
>>> Ask Barbaro a question: Perhaps the wackiest Derby-related internet item to come down the pike [We were impressed when we asked him, "Define pi?"]

>>> Hard to justify Triple Crown horse running as a 4YO: "You can run this horse next year and put, maybe, $2 million in your pocket and run the risk that your horse gets hurt, or you can retire him to breeding and make up to $10 million."
>>> 'Saint' primed for better run in Preakness
>>> Ex-Tucson Toros owner Roy Jackson a mystery man... Barbaro's owner was 'The Phantom' in town
>>> Kerrison: Saint's alive... Don't dismiss the Derby fave
>>> New shooter's logic: "My son said, 'If George Mason can do it (referring to the Cinderella team in this year's NCAA Final Four), why can't we?' "
>>> Jerardi on the Triple Crown Philly connection: How can this be happening for a third consecutive year? My answer is simple: I can't explain it
>>> Brother Derek regroups for a smaller Preakness
>>> Focus is an hour's drive north of Pimlico -- where Barbaro is

Tuesday 5/16:

>>> Preakness field swells to as many as ten starters... Diabolical is a go, 'couple' others are possible
>>> Zito on Hemingway's Key: "It's called racing and, if you don't play, you'll never be able to do anything. If you don't run, you can't even lose."
>>> Fair Hill home is Barbaro oasis... Busy Pimlico can wait for Derby winner
>>> Prado's stock is on the rise
>>> Beyer: Take the inside post, please!
>>> Horse-racing: "...some of us will pretend to care."... Virginia sportswriter laments obscurity of recent human 100-meter record-setter... Feels the sporting landscape has changed and takes shot at horse-racing, "Rumor has it that the Preakness... is being run Saturday. Out of courtesy, some of us will pretend to care."
>>> Rose and Dominguez look to overtake Barbaro
>>> Finley: Here are four reasons why Barbaro isn't a lock to win anything...
>>> Ouch!... Winner of Ky Derby Super Challenge contest set to collect $10K for correctly picking Derby superfecta -- but actual super paid $59K, "Unfortunately, I only placed the bet in the contest. Next time, I'll place it at the track, too."
>>> Bernardini tops 'new shooters'
>>> Kerrison: For Barbaro, it's good to be king
>>> On home turf, Sweetnothernsaint could have the advantage
>>> Barbaro's run echoes the faded glory of Maryland stables
>>> If Barbaro is depending on fate, trainer, owner offer good omen
>>> Zast: Brother Derek could be rival for Barbaro
>>> Pedulla: Prado's perseverance pays off as he guides Barbaro's potential
>>> Wash Post's Preakness notebook - Tues
>>> Trombetta confident in Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Barbaro gallops 1 1/2 miles in workout... Trainer Matz says he doesn't know why Derby winner good on dirt, turf

Monday 5/15:

>>> Barbaro jogs in calm surroundings... Diabolical enters Preakness picture, Lewis Michael is out
>>> High knee action might give leg up... Barbaro's run kicks aside turf theory
>>> Sweet return to a familiar course... Prado won friends and purses as Md's top rider
>>> Barbaro's dominance could curb Preakness field
>>> A shift in power?... Forget ol' Kentucky home, look for a winner in Philly or Delaware
>>> Fountaine: When it comes to how favorites fared over the past quarter-century, the Derby and Preakness are yin and yang...
>>> Austin: Who's going to beat Barbaro? Probably no one. But...
>>> Guest House: Barbaro vs Secretariat
>>> Preakness Notes: Sunday
>>> Preakness Notes: Sat
>>> Preakness negative?... Simon: In the past 15 years, six horses improved their Beyer figure by five points or more while winning the Ky Derby. Of those, only one-- Silver Charm in 1997-- was able to annex the Preakness [left-hand column of page]

Sunday 5/14:

>>> Preakness negative?... Simon: In the past 15 years, six horses improved their Beyer figure by five points or more while winning the Ky Derby. Of those, only one-- Silver Charm in 1997-- was able to annex the Preakness [left-hand column of page]
>>> Barbaro: Questions range from whether he merely benefited from a trouble-free trip in the Derby, to whether the stragglers behind him were such losers that they need to find other work
>>> King Leatherbury ponders supplementing Tesio winner Ah Day to Preakness
>>> Q&A with Edgar Prado... "I try to adjust to the horse's style instead of the horse adjusting to me."
>>> Drape: Thinking Triple Crown before colt's first race was run
>>> Moms of last two Ky Derby winners reside at same famr
>>> Prado in no hurry to find spotlight... Humble jockey poised for racing history
>>> Gary Stevens, "I'd say [Barbaro]'s the best horse I've seen in the past 25 years - on the dirt, turf, any age group."
>>> Exercise rider Brette on journey of a lifetime with Barbaro
>>> Other than beauty, Barbaro's sire has all the right genes

Saturday 5/13:

>>> Transcript: NTRA's 'Road to the Triple Crown' teleconference... Matz [Barbaro], Trombetta [Sweetnorthersaint], Hendricks [Brother Derek]
>>> Triple Crown?... Itís rare that an impressive Derby winner falters in the Preakness, but it does happen
>>> St Louis, you rock!!!... Ky Derby TV ratings remarkable in a market in which there isn't a major track and where horse racing gets little coverage in the local media throughout the year
>>> Derby telecast also impressive vs other sports in San Diego
>>> Interesting... Jockey Jeremy Rose might bypass ride on Zito horse in $1 mil Preakness -- in favor of a mount in $75K stake at Delaware!... Preakness option, "at best a 50/50 possibility."
>>> Clancy: Barbaro on Friday... Good Morning from Fair Hill
>>> Haskin's Preakness Report: Now or never for Barbaro's foes
>>> Bob and John heads back to SoCal to prep for Belmont, "Bob (Baffert) lost two Triple Crowns in a row (in 1997-98) by a total of less than four feet, so I know he'd like to be on the other side of that this time."
>>> Preakness Notes: Fri, May 12

Friday 5/12:

>>> White recaps Derby... Sticks with Brother Derek in interesting Preakness rankings: (1) Brother Derek, (2) Sweetnorthernsaint, (3) Barbaro
>>> Haskin: Barbaro, Brother Derek, Sweetnorthernsaint to take it easy between Derby and Preakness
>>> Lawyer Ron to miss Preakness... Will have chip removed
>>> Triple Crown history and some Triple Crown facts
>>> Powell: Derby recap
>>> Pricci: Barbaro's dominating victory at the Ky Derby was one for the time capsule
>>> Neumeier: Barbaro's trainer relished in spectacle and hoopla leading up to Derby
>>> Matz almost landed in Smarty's stable... Chapmans considered Barbaro trainer
>>> TC/stock jinx?: Bloomberg columnist warns that each of the five times a horse won the Triple Crown since WWII the stock market has dipped that year
>>> NY Post: [Radio talker] Chris Russo's grasp of genuine sports is so weak and simplistic... Monday, Russo declared that Saturday's Kentucky Derby had been, "a boring race."
>>> But if something beats Barbaro, it's not going to happen next week... The Belmont? Well, that's another story
>>> A little more than a year ago, Michael Matz didn't even know former English jock Peter Brette... What a difference a year makes
>>> Modesti: Brother Derek the leading hope to prevent Barbaro from a Triple sweep
>>> Can't say we disagree with this suggestion: Trainer Hendricks says Derby post positions draw should be tied to earnings, "...make the horse that earned the most and did the best draw first."
>>> Photo: Derby winning jock Edgar Prado tosses out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Thurs

>>> Zito says Hemingway's Key will run in Preakness
>>> Eng: Barbaro fresh for Triple Crown run
>>> NBC Ky Derby national numbers dip slightly

Thursday 5/11:

>>> Barbaro enjoying home before next start... "Who wouldn't like Fair Hill?"
>>> Photo gallery: Barbaro at Fair Hill on Wed
>>> Lawyer Ron still possible for Preakness
>>> Haskin's Derby Analysis: The Crown awaits
>>> Lukas on Barbaro: "I think he should scare a few horses away - me included."
>>> Compact field: Preakness has six confirmed starters
>>> Dosage maven contemplates re-thinking 'dual qualifier' methodology... And takes a shot at critics [ie, 'superficial thinkers' like Beyer, Crist, and others], "Apparently they can't think in abstract terms due either to undereducation or to a profound lack of academic motivation."
>>> Moran: Barbaro -- This is a good, old-fashioned racing story about rich people spending money to breed high-class horses
>>> Ocala area couple thrilled that Derby winner Barbaro trained at their farm
>>> Surgery for Sharp Humor

Kentucky Derby

>>> Video replay: 2006 Ky Derby

Wednesday 5/10:

>>> DRF: Nobody's riding higher than Prado
>>> Lawyer Ron unlikey for Preakness
>>> Barbaro arrvies, challengers await... Hendricks, "If we run our race and get a better trip, I think we are good enough to win the Preakness."
>>> Derby national TV rating flat for race segment
>>> In perspective: Derby's TV rating ranks at top of weekend's TV sports offerings... Outpaces hoops, golf, and hockey
>>> Fun overhead animated graphic of Sat's Derby run -- Prado comments attached
>>> Rees: Final thoughts on Kentucky Derby 132... Saturday's Derby was the best, most satisfying in years
>>> Post-Derby analysis: Winners and losers... Up: First-time trainers. Down: Bob Baffert
>>> Farm owners remember the young Barbaro, "He was very aggressive... and he was the biggest yearling on the farm, out of maybe 26 or 27 we had at the time."
>>> After the Derby, owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson said they'd love to see their homebred run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Europe's most prestigious race
>>> Bloodhorse: "If Barbaro can safely pass his next test... I think we all might get shivers watching him run [in the Belmont]."
>>> Research says Yum! Brands got $2.7M in 'exposure value'
>>> TTimes: One undefeated Derby winner has won the Triple Crown... Barbaro tries to make it two

Tuesday 5/9:

>>> Derby handle a record
>>> Finley: Barbaro on same path as Seattle Slew?
>>> AP: Barbaro ignites Triple Crown talk
>>> Derby winner kicks back... Barbaro will relax and prepare for Preakness at Fair Hill training facility in rural Md
>>> Barbaro is a winner at home everywhere... His owners and trainer are from Pa, but Md and others could call the champ their own
>>> Unique: NoCal sportswriter recommends Barbaro skip the Preakness... "Here's hoping Mr. Matz has the guts to do it."
>>> West: A convention of Preakness challengers could be held in a pup tent
>>> Derby winning pedigree: Barbaro
>>> Barbaro at home relaxing, preparing for Preakness
>>> Trainer Matz and kids he pulled from plane crash appeared on CBS's 'Early Show' [video link on page]
>>> Winning rider Edgar Prado... Wife, "He doesn't say much. He says, 'Well, tomorrow is another day. I have another horse. Forget about this and keep going.' "
>>> Moran: Barbaro's tank near 'F'
>>> List: Preakness 'possibles' and 'probables'

Monday 5/8:

>>> Beyer: Superlatives are fully justified... Barring some unlucky development, Barbaro is going to win the Triple Crown
>>> Trainer Matz says it's Barbaro a go-go... Derby winner appears ready to run at Pimlico
>>> Some possible new-shooter upsetters in the Preakness
>>> Transcript: Post-Derby press conference with Barbaro connections
>>> Some likely entrants for the Preakess
>>> Barbaro has Secretariat's versatility
>>> Barbaro is unbeaten but seeks crowning glory
>>> Veitch on Matz: There is an extraordinary trainer at work here with a horse that looks more and more like a superstar
>>> Colt's impressive showing in Derby ratchets up talk of Triple Crown
>>> Barbaro's best trait: He wins all of his races
>>> Derby Day attracts crowd to Del Mar
>>> Trainers think Babaro will be tough to beat... But willing to give it a try
>>> Kerrison: Post-Derby notes
>>> Matthews: Barbaro will win thoroughbred horse racing's first Triple Crown since '78
>>> Jerardi: Barbaro goes on ride for the ages
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta -- Mon: "I don't know if we can beat Matz's horse in the Preakness, but we're going to try. Maryland is our home."
>>> Long, rough haul for Brother Derek... Trainer shrugs at how post and lost shoe hurt
>>> Dan Hendricks [Brother Derek] on Barbaro: "In one sense I hope he is (beatable) and in another I hope he isn't. I hope he wins the Triple Crown."
>>> Ziegel: The Secretariat comparison, it's still a little early, but close enough
>>> Barbaro ready after Derby romp
>>> Bozich: Crown could fit Barbaro
>>> Wall: Wouldn't you know -- in a year when there is no longer a $5 million Triple Crown bonus, we might finally get a Triple Crown winner
>>> Opinion: The Triple Crown is a mortal lock
>>> The idea was to save his energy for the five-week Triple Crown grind... Matz, "It's very difficult...That's why we made a plan that covered not just one race but the rest of his season."
>>> Pimlico lists early probable for Preakness
>>> List: Preakness 'possibles' and 'probables'
>>> Preakness for Brother Derek... Trainer, "I think Pimlico fits my horse well."
>>> The team: Matz's right-hand man Peter Brette... "He gives you a lot of confidence to have a guy like that you can depend on."
>>> Prado: "On the flight to LaGuardia from Louisville, the plane was about 80% race-trackers and I signed autographs and posed for pictures during the whole flight home."
>>> Photos: Sunday morning with the winners
>>> Owner Peacock on Brother Derek, "I'm proud of him for the way he ran. He proved he's one hell of a horse."
>>> Sunday Report: Matz savors win... Others plan ahead
>>> Philly: City of (horse) Champions
>>> Derby notes - Sun

Derby TV coverage comments:
>>> NBC's coverage was a runaway hit
>>> NY Post: The odds - ever changing - should be in constant view. But throughout its Derby coverage, NBC, again, chose to hide them
>>> TV: Overnight rating for Ky Derby is NBC's lowest ever
>>> NY Times: NBC's Derby coverage fell short
>>> USA Today: NBC's emphasis on trainer Michael Matz, an ex-Olympic equestrian rider who also rescued three kids in a 1989 jet crash, made good TV

Sunday 5/7:

Saturday's Churchill results:

>>> Ky Derby chart
>>> Results: English Channel tops grassy G1 $400K Turf Classic
>>> Results: Trickey Trevor sprints to win in G2 $200K CD Hcp
>>> Results: Mirabilis is best in G3 $100K CD Distaff Turf Mile
>>> Results: Pussycat Doll over Behaving Badly in G1 $250K Humana Distaff
>>> Results: Joint Effort wins G3 $100K la Troienne

>>> Barbaro remains undefeated with easy Kentucky Derby win!
>>> Derby wagering records shattered
>>> West: Analyzing the race
>>> Kerrison: At last, a superhorse in the making, the new Seattle Slew, unbeaten and maybe, just maybe, unbeatable
>>> Celeb sightings
>>> Photos: Celebs at the Derby
>>> Photo montage of horse positions throughout the race
>>> Running of Derby is the culmination of a detailed effort in the 24 hours or so before post time
>>> Photos: 24 hours at Churchill
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta - Sun: "When I saw that Sweetnorthernsaint was the favorite, I thought, 'Oh boy, I'm in trouble.' That's not the thing you want to be in Derby. I don't know how that happened."
>>> Ziegel: Matz's patience pays off big time
>>> Just hours before the big event, Barbaro takes a 'power nap'
>>> Barbaro's bloodlines are thick with Kentucky ties
>>> Courier-Journal Derby commemorative Sunday front page
>>> Eisenberg: After ending Derby drought, Prado finishes in happy state
>>> 2006 Derby: By the numbers... Pools, food, wagering, etc
>>> Cronley: Highlights from Derby 132
>>> No-race regimen paid off for Matz in first Derby win
>>> Worst seats in the house?... Bleacher bums lament from Section 128 at Churchill [$75 per seat], "I didn't even hear them announcing the first race."
>>> Brunker: Barbaro has serious Triple Crown shot
>>> Finley: Is Barbaro a 'Triple' threat?
>>> Forde: Barbaro's unflappable trainer is in for one wild ride
>>> Bozich: Matz is just out to do his best
>>> Moment transforms quiet Prado... Only mom's absence makes it bittersweet
>>> Clay: Matz the story among greats this Derby
>>> Barbaro's Seattle Slew parallel harbinger of Triple Crown
>>> Who knew?... Official 2006 Ky Derby artwork features #8 -- which wound up to be the winning number!
>>> Winning owners gets win after 30 years without a Derby starter
>>> Youth groups clean-up Churchill after the races

Photo galleries:

>>> kentuckyderby.com
>>> NY Times
>>> Lexington Herald-Leader
>>> Around the infield
>>> From the infield and beyond
>>> That zany infield
>>> Playboy party
>>> Stuff party at Jillian's
>>> Barbaro at the finish
>>> The winning team
>>> View from press row
>>> Palm Beach Post
>>> Video: Infield party
>>> Washington Post

Post-race comments:

>>> Trombetta [Sweetnorthernsaint]: "We unfortunately got caught on a dead rail."
>>> Albarado [Steppenwolfer]: "I had a good ground-saving trip, and around the three-eighths pole he started striding like he was going to keep going and going."
>>> Various jockey comments
>>> Desormeaux [Sweetnorthernsaint]: "I think all the new things that happened to him today caused him to get a little tired."
>>> Pletcher: "One of these days we're going to come (to the Derby) with the right horse... When we show up with the right horse, we can get it done."
>>> Various trainer comments
>>> Solis: 18-post doomed Brother Derek
>>> Jocks comments
>>> Gomez [Bob and John]: "Just when I got to a spot where I could be comfortable, something would come along and bang me again."

Other Derby venues:

>>> Wash State locals head to bar for simulcast Derby action, "We donít really know much about horse racing. We looked up online where the satellite betting sites were and decided to come here."
>>> Conn OTBs enjoy brisk business... "A lot of people walk up who never wagered before... For many, the Derby is the only time they'll bet all year."
>>> Fun had at upstate NY OTB... "I'm really not much of a bettor at all. But there's something about the Derby. It's almost like watching Times Square on New Year's Eve."
>>> Illinois OTB patron, "My name is Barb," she bet $10 on the 6-1 shot. "Barbaro - there you go."

Oaks Day recap:

>>> Oaks results: 47-1 Lemons Forever upsets G1 $500K Ky Oaks
>>> Results: Stream Cat victorious in G3 $100K American Turf
>>> Results: Magnificent Song wins $100K Edgewood
>>> Results: Oonagh Maccool proves best in G2 $300K Louisville BC Hcp
>>> Results: Man of Illusion takes G3 $100K Turf Sprint
>>> Results: Gouldings Green tops $100K Alysheba
>>> Oaks photo gallery
>>> Barnstable Brown party glitters
>>> Photos: Barnstable Brown party
>>> Beauties, jockeys and jocks rock at Mint Jubilee
>>> Photos: Mint Jubilee
>>> Oaks attendance of 108,065 2nd largest


>>> Seth Merrow, equidaily.com: Lawyer Ron, AP Warrior, Bob and John, Bluegrass Cat

>>> DRF staff
>>> Beyer: 1. AP Warrior, 2. Barbaro, 3. Point Determined
>>> Daley, Lowell Sun: My two longshot picks are Bluegrass Cat and AP Warrior
>>> Fortus, Tmies-Picayune: 1. Bob and John. 2. A.P. Warrior. 3. Barbaro. 4. Lawyer Ron
>>> Modesti, LA Daily News: 1. Brother Derek 2. Barbaro 3. Bob and John 4. A.P. Warrior 5. Sweetnorthernsaint Long shot: Bluegrass Cat
>>> Dougherty: 1. Point Determined, 2. Sweetnorthernsaint, 3. AP Warrior, 4. Barbaro
>>> NY Post staff
>>> Houston Chronicle staff
>>> Harris, NY Daily News: Sweetnorthernsaint, Brother Derek, Barbaro, Sinister Minister, Longshot: Bob and John
>>> Lexington Herald-Leader staff and others
>>> Cronley, ESPN.com: 1. Barbaro, 2. Point Determined, 3. Keyed Entry
>>> Finley, ESPN.com: 1. Point Determined 2. Sweetnorthernsaint 3. Steppenwolfer
>>> McNamara, ESPN.com: 1. Point Determined 2. Barbaro 3. Sweetnorthernsaint 4. AP Warrior
>>> Matthews, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: 1. Barbaro, 2. Lawyer Ron,, 3. Brother Derek
>>> Haskin, Bloodhorse: AP Warrior, Barbaro, Sweetnorthernsaint, and Lawyer Ron would be the top choices and a solid 4-horse box in the exotics
>>>>>> From Louisville Courier-Journal:
>>>>>> Gary West, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
>>>>>> Jill Byrne, TVG
>>>>>> John Asher, Chuchill VP
>>>>>> CJ staff and other assorted racing writers
>>> Rees, Courier-Journal: It's not with a lot of conviction that I pick AP Warrior
>>> NY Daily News trio square off with Derby wagers
>>> Modesti, LA Daily News: 1. Brother Derek, 2. Barbaro, 3. Bob and John, 4. A.P. Warrior. 5. Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Powell, Brisnet.com: 1. Bob and John, 2. Sweetnorthernsaint, 3. Barbaro, 4. Steppenwolfer
>>> Moran, NY Newsday: 1. Sweetnorthernsaint, 2. Barbaro, 3. Showing Up, 4. Cause to Believe
>>> Brunker, msnbc.com: At the wire, itís Bob and John by a length, followed by Brother Derek, Point Determined, Barbaro, Jazil and Lawyer Ron
>>> Pricci, msnbc.com: Sweetnorthernsaint, a bargain at 10-1
>>> USA Today: Top picks of various racing wirters from around the country
>>> USA Today: Computer handicapper picks Barbaro
>>> Finney, Times-Picayune: Steppenwolfer, Sweetnorthernsaint, Jazil, Point Determined
>>> Jerardi, Philly Inquirer: For the record, I will select Barbaro to win
>>> Donna Brothers, NBC: Lawyer Ron, Steppenwolfer, Sweetnorthernsaint, Barbaro and Brother Derek will be coming. My top five would be those along with Point Determined
>>> O'Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times: 1. Point Determined, 2. Sweetnorthernsaint, 3. Bob and John, 4. Flashy Bull, 5. Keyed Entry
>>> Finley, USA Today: Play Barbaro to win and place and then key this one in exactas and trifectas with Point Determined, Bob And John, Steppenwolfer and Lawyer Ron
>>> Guy who hit last year's $800K Derby super gives his pick for this edition, "My first pick is going to be Brother Derek."

Free PPs [pdf format]:
>>> Ky Oaks
>>> Ky Derby

Saturday results:

>>> Ky Derby chart
>>> Results: English Channel tops grassy G1 $400K Turf Classic
>>> Results: Trickey Trevor sprints to win in G2 $200K CD Hcp
>>> Results: Mirabilis is best in G3 $100K CD Distaff Turf Mile
>>> Results: Pussycat Doll over Behaving Badly in G1 $250K Humana Distaff
>>> Results: Joint Effort wins G3 $100K la Troienne

>>> Fri's early bird betting Derby odds -- and rundown of all Future Pool odds on Derby entrants
>>> Oaks/Derby double 'will pays'
>>> Oaks Future Pools payouts

>>> Lyrics: My Old Kentucky Home
>>> Graphic: Spectators guide to the Ky Oaks
>>> Graphic: Spectators guide to the Ky Derby

>>> Official Kentucky Derby website
>>> Past Derby charts... Includes video replay when available
>>> Churchill weather forecast
>>> Graphic: Silks of 2006 Derby entrants
>>> Quick list of past Ky Derby winners
>>> Fastest winning Derby times
>>> Free PPs: Derby contenders... From DRF
>>> Free PPs: Derby contenders... From BRIS
>>> Free PPs Derby winners going back to '93... Plus list of final preps for Ky Derby winners
>>> Video replays: Derby trail preps [click on race name to get to video link for each]
>>> ESPN.com offers up video of ten past Derby's... Asks fans to vote for best

>>> NY Post's 'Bettor's Guide' with comments and all pertinent stats
>>> Herald-Leader's horse-by-horse guide... 'Why he'll win, why he won't'
>>> Courier-Journal's DataTrack handicapping tool

Saturday 5/6:

>>> Colts' pedigrees can tell you a lot... Key is if they're bred for distance
>>> Derby breeding and dosage numbers
>>> Handicapping: Look at the times for those final 3/8s in the preps
>>> Chart of finishing times for this year's contenders
>>> Ziegel: My glasses can see Brother winning it
>>> Speed demons: Many may try for early lead, raising specter of traffic snarl
>>> Kent Desormeaux needs a career boost and hopes to get it Saturday
>>> Could this finally be Solis' year?
>>> Owner of Lane's End winner, the deceased With A City, plans to attend Derby, "It won't be easy. I'll always remember With A City and the way we almost did it."
>>> Handling pressure isn't new to Hendricks, Matz
>>> Pa. horse owners get double shot at Derby glory... With two undefeated horses running, Jacksons say their dreams have come true
>>> Jock Garrett Gomez -- career on the upswing after a tough time
>>> NY-bred son of Distorted Humor... Could lightning possibly strike twice? 'Absolutely,' said Sharp Humor's trainer, Dale Romans
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta - Sat: "Let's get it on."
>>> Barclay Tagg tries history again, "We're bucking a lot of traditions."
>>> Injured horse sunshine of life for owner Merv Griffin
>>> Opinion: Far from Churchill, Derby Fever still is contagious
>>> Courier-Journal's Derby Buzz
>>> Who will Derby gods favor this time around?
>>> Origins of the names of this year's Derby starters
>>> Wall: Fast field leaves race outcome wide open
>>> Testing regime at Derby... "We don't want any Barry Bonds."
>>> Derby tradition: The Walk, as it is called, can get overlooked by the public, even if it isn't overlooked by the horsemen doing it
>>> Long-shot Oaks win might forecast more craziness at Churchill
>>> Derby notes - Fri

Derby on-line chats:

>>> Transcript: DRF on-line Derby chat with Steve Crist... "I picked the race Sweetnorthernsaint, Showing Up, Bluegrass Cat, Jazil."
>>> Transcript: Wash Post on-line chat with Andy Beyer, "I am handicapping the race by looking for horses who can come from off the pace."
>>> Transcript: Bloodhorse on-line chat with Steve Haskin
>>> Transcript: DRF on-line Derby chat with Dan Illman... "Let's toss Seaside Retreat, Flashy Bull, Deputy Glitters, Jazil, and Storm Treasure."
>>> Transcript: DRF on-line Derby chat with Andy Beyer... "I'm going to put my emphasis on AP Warrior, Point Determined and Barbaro."
>>> Transcript: ESPN.com Q&A with Jerry Bailey

Friday 5/5:

>>> Kerrison: This Derby is a blockbuster. A classic to savor
>>> Moran: Pace will make race... Steppenwolfer is longshot closer that will relish speed duel
>>> Waxman: I can't remember a better race, a more qualified field, a bigger Derby than the one shaping up to go off Saturday afternoon
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta: "Some of the critics didn't like the way Sweetnorthernsaint galloped the other morning, so we had to negotiate our way through that."
>>> Herald-Leader Derby week photos
>>> Fountaine: Quick course in Handicapping 101 says AP Warrior will win the roses, at a price of 10-1 or more
>>> Dosage was just a case of bad medicine
>>> Lawyer Ron sold, but will wear old silks
>>> Drape: Wise guys have the horse right here
>>> Baffert: Birth of son, named for skier, got trainer back gunning for No. 2 on win list
>>> Scribe plays the name game to make his Derby pick
>>> Jacksons [Barbaro, Showing Up] will enjoy rare double feat at Derby, "A lot of people have never had an opportunity to get one here, so we just feel blessed."
>>> OJ Simpson at the Derby, "I love lawyers. I know all about lawyers. Give me Lawyer Ron. If there was a Lawyer Johnnie, I would bet my house."
>>> Romans playing it cool and confident
>>> Track announcer at Ev Downs remarks on Lawyer Ron's 12/31 race, "I'd say that it was the most impressive race run at Evangeline Downs in a decade or so."
>>> Retired teacher, now a breeder, and rooting for Sinister Minister, a son of one of the farm's dams, "I feel like a very proud grandmother."
>>> Asmussen/Bridgmohan: Trainer/jockey form unlikely Derby team
>>> Sweetnorthernsaint was a wild child, but his breeder marvels at a beautiful stride
>>> Brother's keeper: How a Utah-trained colt became the Derby fave
>>> Bob Baffert has 'come full circle'
>>> You don't have to be a race fan... Ky Derby among rare breed of sporting events that have mass appeal
>>> Courier-Journal's Backside Chatter
>>> Most experts say winner won't be a Giacomo-like late closer... But many say he won't lead wire to wire either
>>> Touching subplots will color Derby
>>> Comment: in 1996 Baffert was a breath of fresh air in a world that can become stale without trying... Since then, heís become somewhat insufferable
>>> Bay Area horse pays rare visit to Louisville, Cause to Believe a 50-to-1 shot
>>> In the court of opinion, 'Lawyer' is throwback
>>> Trombetta jittery over fast Derby pace
>>> Ted Theos moves from ice cream to co-owning Sweetnorthernsaint
>>> Privman: Storybook ending, but which one?
>>> Clocker report - Thurs
>>> Izenberg: For 27 years, public choice has been a flop in the race
>>> Looking for sire power in the Derby
>>> Lukas hopes former assistants can pull off Derby win

Thursday 5/4:

>>> White's selections and analysis
>>> DRF's Derby Watch field with odds and comments
>>> Fortus: Draw could make interesting matchups
>>> Post position draw quotes
>>> McKee earns ticket to ride... Trainer, "I think you've got to dance with the one that brought you."
>>> Baffert on Sinister Minister, "He's not rate-able. He's a green horse. He's super one-dimensional."
>>> Kerrison: Baffert likes his chances
>>> History to think about: Statistical analysis to our imaginary race scenarios
>>> Shirreffs: "The thing about AP Warrior is he's good at settling."
>>> Hendricks unworried about No. 18 post
>>> Brother Derek owner Cecil Peacock plans to bet on his investment
>>> Baffert: "I do not feel comfortable with Keyed Entry next to Sinister Minister and P Val on his back."
>>> Clocker report: Wed
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Invasion of the Killer B's
>>> Derby notes - Wed
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta, "Sweetnorthernsaint trained well again yesterday."
>>> Flashy Bull travels rocky road to join Derby field
>>> Baffert stable a triple threat
>>> Matz: Trainer takes risky road to Derby
>>> Ross: Odds better for Shirreffs
>>> Calif scribe, 'The Dawg', takes Barbaro
>>> Ziegel: Baffert coming from behind with his front-runner
>>> Barbaro has plenty of doubters... But he'll enter with perfect 5-for-5 mark
>>> A legacy rides on Lawyer Ron
>>> Courier-Journal's Backside Chatter
>>> Win one for the Pletcher... Trainer hopes Bluegrass Cat, or Keyed Entry, can end Derby skid
>>> Top trainer chooses Dominguez for Derby... Pletcher picks Delaware Park-based jockey to ride Bluegrass Cat
>>> Closer look at Ky Derby trophy
>>> Barbaro's 5-week plan focus of scrutiny
>>> Trivia: Who is the only jockey in this year's Ky Derby to have ridden a Triple Crown winner?
>>> Churchill's efforts on scalping draw fire... Some fans call track inconsistent
>>> Comment: Scalping uproar is heady hypocrisy for Derby week
>>> After the racetrack: Derby winner not always a super stud
>>> The Oaks stands tall as Derby's lil' sister
>>> At 63, Cordero still has ties to Derby
>>> Pletcher forges ahead in Derby without stable's 'go-to' jock

Wednesday 5/3:

>>> Derby Notes: Tues
>>> Clocker report - Tues
>>> Lawyer Ron may be sold before Derby
>>> Scheinman: Lawyer Ron is veteran trainer's best shot
>>> Baffert again has the horses
>>> Fortus: Hendricks laying it on the line with Brother Derek
>>> Matz and Prado make-up after spat going back to 2004 Arlington Million... Matz, "I was very upset about it."
>>> Wesch: Lawyer building solid case for Derby
>>> Layden: Winning the Derby takes two things: money and luck
>>> Kerrison: Jazil counting on powerful late kick
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta - Wed
>>> 'The Bob Baffert Showí is back, big time
>>> Fountaine: Trainer thinks Steppenwolfer can finally afford to sit chilly and wait, wait, wait before unleashing his closing punch
>>> Ziegel: Here's the dirt on Lawyer Ron
>>> Christine: Jockeys often have options for big races. Sometimes things can spin out of control
>>> Holthus, his wife can't argue with fate... Lawyer Ron's rise seems destined after trainer's health scare
>>> Zito's out of Derby, but not out of fans
>>> Christmas gift creates an owner... McCarty treated to 2000 sale, now has two Derby entries
>>> Herald-Leader Derby Watch: Flores to ride Storm Treasure... Tagg pleased with Showing Up so far
>>> Finley: Trainers, whether by choice or necessity continue to believe they have a horse capable of bucking Derby history
>>> Wall: Legendary riders are gone, and the next generation steps up
>>> ...Brief looks at some of the 'changing of the guard' jocks
>>> ESPN.com offers up video of ten past Derby's... Asks fans to vote for best
>>> St Louis dentist parlays 2005 Ky Derby triple wager win into Derby owners box in 2006, "It just happened to work out."
>>> Crist looks back at 1906 Derby and remarks it was "the first for which printed past performances appeared in Daily Racing Form." [plus graphic of those early PPs]
>>> Foaling dates of Derby contenders

Tuesday 5/2:

>>> Beyer: Barclay Tagg's instincts are telling him that Showing Up belongs in the Derby
>>> To the front... Romans [Sharp Humor] on Sinister Minister, "If he goes and opens up 10 lengths, we're not going with him."
>>> Ross: If you want your tears jerked, Louisville is the place to be, with stories that could just as easily show up on the Lifetime network as in the Daily Racing Form
>>> Neumeier: What you must know about the top 20... Great storylines for Brother Derek, Steppenwolfer could be next Giacomo
>>> Bozich: Next great jockey has a chance to step forward
>>> Derek drills Monday in spite of mud
>>> Clocker Report - Monday
>>> Derby Notes: Monday
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Brother, Where Art Thou?
>>> Pedigree:There are essentially four sire lines remaining in this country... Turn-to line could get it done in 2006 Derby
>>> Brother Derek gets final tuneup... and other notes
>>> West Point Thoroughbreds syndicate prez on Flashy Bull making the Derby, "This is what we needed to kind of take the next step."
>>> Q&A with owner Bob McNair [Bob and John]
>>> Despite success, Pletcher still a Derby afterthought
>>> Profile: Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson [Barbaro, Showing Up]... "It's a real dream if we get a horse to run in the Kentucky Derby."
>>> Gamble paying off... Calgary oilman bet big when he bought Ky Derby fave Brother Derek
>>> Steppenwolfer will take his time at Derby... Peitz expects his colt to stay off the pace, then turn on the speed
>>> Lawyer Ron eager to state his case
>>> Fortus: Contender Brother Derek 'happy'... Desormeaux not penalized after he misses a workout
>>> Kerrison: If the record is not enough, consider Lawyer Ron's looks. He's a muscled knockout
>>> Asmussen [Private Vow, Storm Treasure], "I'm trying to be low key, but I thought they both worked great. I was really excited."
>>> NY Post's Derby Diary with Trombetta/Tues: Sweetnorthernsaint's handled himself real well so far. His mental attitude is good
>>> McLaughlin used to role as trainer of underdogs... Flashy Bull, Jazil are both long shots
>>> A dream that didn't die... Horseman won't see his horse in the Derby, but Lawyer Ron is a fave
>>> For the first time since 1998 and just the second since 1995, Saturday's Derby field of 20 will not include a son of a former winner
>>> Courier-Journal's Derby Buzz
>>> Daley: Please, Kentucky Derby committee... limit the size of fields to 14 starters and one gate
>>> Video: Flashback to some true Triple Crown greatness
>>> Photo: Brother Derek works on Mon [By Bill Luster, The Courier-Journal]
>>> Plonk: Derby contenders analysis
>>> Solis stopping to smell the roses... He also hopes to win them in his 15th try
>>> Ride sweeter by the day for 'Saint' owner... Theos, who came to US by boat, high in the saddle for trip to Louisville
>>> So far, so good for Showing Up
>>> For Hendricks, dealing with media hardest part of Derby experience
>>> Hollendorfer still has plenty Cause to Believe

Monday May 1:

>>> Beyer: 2005 Derby was fluky as Giacomo plodded past the field... "Such a scenario could develop again this year because almost every contender is a speed horse."
>>> Clay: Don't be shocked if a late zoomer follows Giacomo's example
>>> Utah pinhookers that broke and sold Brother Derek remember their time with the promising youngster, "We still watch all of his races, just like we still own him."
>>> Yum's derby logo-nomics... Company hopes race sponsorship will attract investors
>>> Asmussen runners get Derby work week off to good start
>>> Final 2006 Courier-Journal Derby Media Poll... Bro Derek, Lawyer Ron, Barbaro, 1-2-3
>>> Wall's final Derby Ten... Ron on top
>>> San Diego Trib panels comments on their top picks
>>> ...And the final Trib 2006 Derby Ten
>>> Habib reflects on the day Michael Matz stepped forward to help kids from a plane crash
>>> ...Video: July 19, 1989 plane crach that Matz and kids were lucky to walk away from
>>> Pletcher has big numbers on his side... But 0-for-12 mark in Derby isn't one
>>> ...Todd Pletcher' Derby record
>>> Profile: Jockey Kent Desormeaux... All the natural talent, riding titles and triumphs can't offset the reputation Desormeaux has developed over the years...
>>> Beverly Lewis makes a Point... Runs Determined to honor husband
>>> Kerrison: Brother Derek will get tested in Derby
>>> Tribune Company's Triple Crown panel: Barbaro, AP Warrior on top
>>> Breeder, "I will say Milton, my partner, said from the day Point Determined was a weanling that he'd be the best colt we'd ever bred."
>>> Scheinman: Handicapping the field
>>> Familiar trainers and jockeys missing from Derby
>>> NY Post's Derby diary of trainer Trombetta: "We are living a dream with [Sweetnorthernsaint]."
>>> Matz on Barbaro: "The thing about this horse is, once he gets going, he'll go (each furlong) in :12, :12, :12. He'll do that all day long."
>>> Izenberg: To ride in and win an allowance race at Aqueduct or Calder is to ride for groceries. But to ride in and win the Kentucky Derby is to ride to glory
>>> Herald-Leader Derby notes
>>> Hometowner Dale Romans gets his first shot at Derby
>>> Courier-Journal's Derby Buzz

Sunday 4/30:

>>> Derby contenders: Pro's and con's for each
>>> AP: Speedy start likely for a Derby filled with favorites who love the lead
>>> 'Great Derby coming up'... Trainers see a lot to like in a lot of colts
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Eyes on Derek
>>> AP Warrior works at HOL on Sun
>>> Dominguez to ride Bluegrass Cat
>>> Bozich: Giacomo is proof Ky Derby is any horse's race
>>> Saturday: "I've never seen a day with this many (Derby-related) works."
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: A work festival on Saturday
>>> Clocker report - Sat
>>> Courier-Journal photo gallery: Derby works
>>> Sat results: Record wins $100 Derby Trial but not headed for Derby
>>> Closer look at running styles of field -- LOTS of 'early speed/presser' types
>>> Prep races -- and choosing the most advantageous ones to enter -- increasingly have become a crucial part of plotting the path of a Derby contender
>>> Sweetnorthernsaint: Sport of Kings has been dominated by paupers in the US recently and a dark bay gelding with modest bloodlines could be next in line to continue the trend
>>> Rees: Recounts day trainer Matz helped kids out of plane crash [plus, photo of the three kids as adults today]
>>> Missouri rooting for Steppenwolfer
>>> Backside chatter
>>> Desormeaux misses workout on 'Saint'
>>> Desormeaux, "My cell phone is broken and I never got the wake up call. It's very embarrassing and is something I don't want associated with my name."
>>> Austin: There are good arguments for maybe half the field. And you can't bet them all
>>> Like Cigar, Lawyer Ron prefers dirt to grass
>>> Moran: Michael Matz knows a thing or two about pressure
>>> California colts turn in sharp final workouts
>>> McLaughlin returns with late-running Jazil
>>> Pletcher optimistic despite lukewarm results in Derby preps
>>> Derby notes - Sat
>>> Ky Derby days... Louisville puts its best hoofs forward during annual racing season
>>> Courier-Journal lists readers' response to query of how they put together a 'Derby Party'

Saturday 4/29:

>>> DRF's latest Derby Watch list
>>> DRF: Who's hot, who's not
>>> Courier-Journal staff's Derby blog
>>> Derby winners to receive rings, along with trophy
>>> Clocker report - Fri
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Stars filling up Derby dream barn
>>> Derby trainers gearing up for big weekend of workouts
>>> Derby Notes: Fri
>>> Profile: Jockey John McKee delivered pizzas in high school. Seven years later he's busy delivering victories


>>> Powell: Handicapping thoughts in lead-up week to Derby
>>> Clocker report - Thurs
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Hello, Brother
>>> Kling: Wheat from the chaff
>>> Derby Notes: Thurs
>>> Scully: Profiles and info on Derby contenders
>>> Owner Peacock [Brother Derek] using NBC's logo on silks, "It was their symbol that my daughter sort of copied to make the silks and we've enjoyed using them and everyone's enjoyed watching them."
>>> Lawyer Ron runs for estate of deceased owner... Son, "I cry every time Lawyer Ron runs. I can't imagine how it's going to be on Derby Day."
>>> Cronley: Derby Q&A
>>> Lead up is a week of tales and hopes and expectations and emerging heroes, both human and equine... Where to begin?
>>> Brother Derek arrives
>>> Seaside Retreat works fast, is bound for Derby
>>> WinStar acquires part of Sharp Humor
>>> Modesti on Derby handicapping: Many sharp handicappers now hold the attitude that... pedigree analysis is an anachronism
>>> Brother Derek expected to be early favorite in Derby line... Battaglia looking at 3-1 as probable
>>> Flashback to 2005: Moss -- Derby selection criteria needs updating


>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Sweet new faces and more on the way
>>> Wed Clocker's Report
>>> Derby Notes: Wed
>>> Jerardi: Matz has taken a very unconventional route to the Derby with Barbaro... He thought racing was less important than training
>>> Sacred Light works 7 furlongs
>>> Deputy Glitters works at Belmont
>>> Wood's latest Derby Dozen
>>> Woodbine trainer Casse [Seaside Retreat] ready for Ky Derby
>>> Churchill workout could determine Seaside Retreat's Derby plans
>>> Have the days of Derby horses arriving early at Churchill gone the way of the iron horse?
>>> Writer remembers actions of trainer Michael Matz -- who guided her and her siblings, as youngsters, out of the wreckage of a plane crash... "When I was 12 years old, something extraordinary happened to me... I met Michael Matz."
>>> White's updated Derby Ten: "Showing Up isn't on the list because, if he wins the Kentucky Derby, he will have to be, in my opinion, one of the greatest horses of all time."
>>> Moran: That many Derby jockeys simultaneously will confront a tactical multiple-choice problem at 40 MPH, surrounded by horses, 150,000 people screaming, $2 mil and racing's most coveted title at stake is a scary proposition
>>> Transcript: NTRA's 'Road to the Triple Crown' teleconference 4/25... Hendricks [Brother Derek], Holthus [Lawyer Ron], Matz [Barbaro], Trombetta [Sweetnorthernsaint]
>>> '$1,000,000 Derby Super Challenge'... Ok, it looks like a fun contest -- but with the caveat they throw into the mix, calling it a $1 million contest seems a little disingenuous
>>> Bold prediction???... "If there is an odds-on favorite in the 2006 edition of the Run for the Roses, they are a solid bet to win or hit the board."


>>> Haskin's updated Derby Dozen
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Romans issues warning
>>> Bad math: 22 want in 20-horse Derby
>>> Current graded earnings list for contenders
>>> DRF: 2006 could mark changing of the guard in Derby jockey ranks
>>> Neumeier: I have one word that comes to mind to describe the run-up to this year's Derby -- fascinating
>>> Derby Notes, Tues
>>> For Derby trainers wait is almost over
>>> Stars will shine at exclusive Barnstable Brown Derby Gala
>>> Star gazing: List of celebs and which Derby events they'll be attending


>>> Hubba-hubba: Crown Royal & Playboy to throw Louisville's hottest Derby eve party... Celebrities, athletes and VIPs will "giddy up" and join Playboy's 2006 Playmate of the Year and nine Playboy Bunnies at this exclusive soiree
>>> Showing Up comes out of Lexington with puncture wound to leg
>>> Top contenders work on west coast... Hendricks changes shipping plans
>>> Eng hypothesizes Derby odds [done Fri -- prior to Lexington]

Monday 4/24:

>>> Haskin's Derby Report: All's quiet at the Downs as the invasion nears
>>> Workouts by Private Vow, Storm Treasure please Asmussen
>>> Workouts for Barbaro, Flashy Bull, Pletcher duo

Sunday 4/23:

>>> Louisville Courier-Journal's latest Derby Media Poll... Showing Up shows up
>>> Updated [thru weekend races] graded stakes earnings for 2006 Ky Derby contenders
>>> With a City euthanized
>>> Trainer Dan Hendricks: Tragedy could have storybook ending
>>> Handicapper: Handicapping horse racing is like having a wife. The constant second-guessing, stuttering, stammering, tripping over yourself... This is the place I find myself now with just 15 days before the Derby
>>> Embarrassment of riches: Owners now head to Derby with TWO unbeaten contenders
>>> Profile: Trainer Michael Matz... Olympian disproves skeptics -- His Barbaro's a favorite to win Ky Derby
>>> Hollendorfer points Cause to Believe to Derby
>>> Bozich: Tagg might have a good reason for showing up again

Saturday 4/22:

>>> Pricci: Derby 132 will be more contentious than the usual wild west rodeo
>>> Wesch: The early Derby fractions will be swift and the pressure will be on the jockeys aboard the more favored horses
>>> Modesti's Derby List... Brother Derek, Barbaro, Lawyer Ron 1-2-3
>>> Baffert sorts out riders for his three Derby starters
>>> Wall's updated Derby Ten
>>> Sweetnorthernsaint works bullet at Laurel
>>> Zito's Derby hopes fall on one horse

>>> Kentucky Derby website
>>> Kentucky Oaks website

Graded earnings list of Ky Derby contenders as of 4/18

DERBY/OAKS Future Pool 3:
>>> Derby: Final odds... Brother Derek favord at 5-1
>>> Oaks: Final odds

Final odds: Future Pool 2
>>> DERBY: Others 3-1, Brother Derek 10-1
>>> OAKS: Others 9-2, Wild Fit 7-1

>>> Ky Derby Future Pool 1... Final odds
>>> Ky Oaks Future Pool 1... Final odds

Kentucky Derby futures from Vegas [pdf format]

2006 Triple Crown Trail results


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