Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 20th 2013 Contents BALTIMORE---Another year, another Triple
Crown hopeful unable to come through.
After Oxbow upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb
in Saturday s Preakness to extend racing s Triple
Crown drought to 36 years, the next best alternative
for the Belmont Stakes is a rematch.
And, it appears one is in the making. Both trainers
are giving every indication their classic-winning
colts will run in the Belmont on June 8.
"You know me," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne
Lukas said after Oxbow s 1 3/4-length victory over
Itsmyluckyday, with 3-5 favorite Orb finishing
fourth. "I like to rack them up in the big events.
So, I ll probably go."
Trainer Shug McGaughey says he d like to run
Orb in the Belmont as long as the colt is doing
"The Belmont Stakes is on our radar screen,"
McGaughey said yesterday after arriving back at
Belmont Park and checking on his Derby winner,
who was vanned back earlier in the day.
After a talk with Orb s owners Ogden Mills
"Dinny" Phipps and Stuart Janney III, McGaughey
said, "We just all came to the conclusion that we
should just watch Orb and see. I think everything
is in good shape. We d like to run.
"But yesterday took a little bit out of him and
he s already run five times this year and it s only
the middle of May. I d sure like to have him fresh
for Saratoga and a Jim Dandy/Travers kind of a go."
A year ago, there was great anticipation for a
Triple try after I ll Have Another won the Derby
and Preakness, but the colt was scratched the day
before the Belmont because of a tendon injury.
The most recent of 20 rematches between classic
winners in the Belmont was two years ago, with
Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness win-
ner Shackleford hooking up --- but 24-1 long shot
Ruler On Ice pulled the upset.
Hours after Oxbow s win at 15-1 odds gave Lukas
his record 14th Triple Crown race win --- and sixth
Preakness --- the trainer and his colt where on the
road back to Churchill Downs.
If both show up for the 1 1/2 -mile Belmont, a
formidable lineup of challengers could be waiting.
Todd Pletcher has five possible starters: Derby run-
ners Revolutionary (third), Overanalyze (11th) and
Palace Malice (12th), as well as a pair of fillies in
Dreaming of Julia and Unlimited Budget.
Other possibles include Derby runner-up Golden
Soul, Mylute (fifth in the Derby, third in the Preak-
ness), Freedom Child, Power Broker and Code West.
McGaughey was disappointed he couldn t follow
up his first Derby win with his first Preakness win,
but said, "Winning the Derby was my lifetime
dream and we won it. I would have loved to have
won yesterday and taken it to the next level."
Lukas, meanwhile, won his first Triple Crown
race since 2000, when Commendable won the Bel-
mont. Since that win, Lukas was 0-for-31 in 22
Triple Crown races before Saturday.
"I still enjoy doing this so much," he said. "I
don t wake up every day anymore trying to prove
I can train a racehorse. When you re younger, you
keep trying to prove yourself. I m very comfortable
with where I m at."
Oxbow, ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens,
took the lead just after the start and led every step
of the way. Orb never seemed to get into his long-
striding running style after leaving from the inside
No 1 post and didn t make a serious run for the
The winning time of 1:57.54 was the slowest since
1961, when Carry Back won in 1:57.60. No matter,
it gave Stevens his third Preakness win to go along
with his three Derby and three Belmonts wins. Not
bad for a guy coming back after a seven-year retire-
"I can t say that we thought we were going to
win," the 50-year Hall of Fame rider said, "but we
knew we had a chance to win." (AP)
Correggio is napped to retrieve recent
unlucky losses in the Maiden Stakes over
the straight mile of Redcar today; very
unusual to come across a winner under
Mick Hammond s charge was disqualified
after beating Tom s Anna by a head over
seven furlongs at Catterick 13 days ago,
didn t see the head on filming but the rest
finished four lengths and upwards in arrears
which suggest it was a strongly-run race.
After working out the time it s quite obvi-
ous that was the case and Correggio is in
the form of his life; last season he failed to
win from three attempts, when trained by
Corregio raced with gusto at the North
Yorkshire track, taking up the running three
furlongs out; this Bertolini gelding then
edged left as Tom s Anna made headway
on his inside and that obviously was the
reason for demotion even though the run-
ner-up had nigh on two furlongs to get back
Doubtless Hammond was somewhat
angered but this looks an easier opportunity
and Catterick form is always worth noting;
that s the case with most sharp tracks
because races are seldom run at false pace,
thus giving a true readiing.
From my own perspective this is a reprieve
because Correggio was threatening to win
and we missed him.
Ryan Moore has been seriously backed
to win the jockeys championship and will
be Leicester where Ian s Dream is a penalty
kick without a goalie and Town Mouse
comes out best-in for the 3-y-o handicap
over twelve furlongs.
This is the meeting at which Frankie Det-
tori was scheduled to make his come-back
following a sentence of six months for taking
cocaine last year but French Galop has been
accused of being awkward with red tape
As a veteran journalist I m cycinical, a
sentence is a fixed term incarceration where
criminality is concerned; if this case has
been reported correctly, and I doubt it has,
Dettori should be able to insist on his license
The next few days should be interesting
and if it remains unsatisfactory the one-
time popular Italian will have to approach
the human rights organisation.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 20, 2013
Redcar, 5.10 - (7) Corregio (nap)
Leicester, 8.20 - (5) Ian's Dream
Leicester, 8.50 - (5) Town Mouse (e.w)
Dream bet in Correggio
28-22--- 10.30 am
5-30--- 1 pm
16-8--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 3
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 2
05PARSONMAN 0 1 1 2
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18WATERBOAT 2 5 2 9
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 4 5 11
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 4 4 3 11
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to May 18
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
22 (Rat) 1 pm
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 10 .30 am
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
31 (Parson Wife)
24 (Queen) 1 pm
TORONTO---Barbadian Patrick Hus-
bands rode his third added money winner
of the new Woodbine season when he pro-
duced a patient ride to carry favourite
Bear s Gem to victory in the CAN$126 200
Ballade Stakes in Canada Saturday.
The veteran reinsman navigated his way
through traffic on the backstretch before
getting free in the stretch to overhaul the
leaders and reach the wire 1-3/4 lengths
clear, in a time of one minute, 11.08 sec-
In the final furlong, he was forced to
shake off fellow Barbadian Slade Callaghan
aboard Dance to the Moon, who finished
"The horse to beat was Slade s horse. I
knew all I had to do was follow Slade and
Slade would take me to the wire," Husbands
was quoted as saying.
"About two and a half [furlongs] out,
Slade was not going anywhere and I thought
oh my God, I better go to plan two . But
I waited until Slade got a break and then
I followed him and waited for my time to
strike when I got to the outside."
Going six furlongs for the three-year-old
and upward fillies and mares, Proud of My
Roots and Niigon s Honour posted energetic
fractions of 22:99 seconds for the quarter
and 46:52 for the half.
Grace Phil sat back in third with Dance
to the Moon stalking, and Husbands and
Bear s Gem struggling for racing room in
At the top of the stretch, Husbands found
an opening between Dance to the Moon
down on the inside and Proud of My Roots,
and slipped through to challenge.
Dance to the Moon held firm but Hus-
bands got late acceleration from the four-
year-old filly and she reached the wire com-
The victory was the second of two on
the day s ten race card for Husbands who
also captured the $67 100 race four over a
mile and 16th with favourite Kaigun. (CMC)
Patient Husbands wins Ballade with Bear's Gem
Patrick Husbands...third winner of Woodbine season.
Belmont Stakes: Oxbow
vs Orb in the cards
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