CAME HOME RUNS FREE IN SLOW DERBY.Byline: Art Wilson Arthur Earl "Dutch" Wilson (December 11, 1885 in Macon, Illinois; died June 12, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois) was a catcher in Major League Baseball.
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ARCADIA - The little colt whom pedigree experts like to knock for lacking the breeding to go long will get a chance to prove all the critics wrong.
Came Home strengthened his Kentucky Derby Kentucky Derby
One of the classic U.S. Thoroughbred horse races. It was established in 1875 and run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Ky. With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up U.S. racing's coveted Triple Crown. chances by winning the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby The Santa Anita Derby is an American Grade 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds run each April at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and carries a purse of $750,000. by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday in front of an on-track crowd of 36,025.
Came Home now has won six of his seven starts, including all three in 2002, and increased his earnings to $871,440.
``You can't ever measure a horse's heart,'' co-owner John Toffan said.
The victory came in the slowest Derby in 39 years, but that didn't matter to jockey Chris McCarron Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (b. March 27 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame retired jockey.
He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron.
``As (former jockey) Bill Hartack William John Hartack Jr. (born December 9, 1932 in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, United States) is a Hall of Fame jockey.
Referred to by the media as both "Bill" and "Willie" during his racing career, Hartack grew up on his widowed father's farm in the Blacklick Township area of used to say, time only matters when you're looking through bars,'' a relaxed McCarron said.
Came Home finished the 1 1/8 miles on the main track in 1:50, just faster than Candy Spots' winning time of 1:50 1/5 in 1963.
Still, Came Home passed a major hurdle on his way to Churchill Downs Churchill Downs, Ky.: see Louisville. . For the first time in seven races, McCarron had to really whip the colt after Easy Grades briefly put his head in front at the top of the stretch.
Came Home was sitting second, off pacesetter Mayakovsky's early splits of :23, :46 4/5 and 1:10 4/5, before he gave chase around the turn. But Easy Grades and jockey Gary Stevens
``It looked like a struggle, but he did it very nicely,'' McCarron said after winning the Derby for the fourth time. ``I say it looked like a struggle because that's the most I've ever hit him in a race. I've never had to apply the stick as vigorously as I did today.''
If all goes well, owners Toffan and Trudy McCaffery will be making their third trip to the Derby after running third with Mane Minister in 1991 and Free House in '97. They said they will probably follow the same formula that they used with Free House and leave for Kentucky about 2 1/2 weeks before the race.
This was trainer Paco Gonzalez's second Santa Anita Derby victory. He also won with Free House. But this year was different. He said he lost a workout with Came Home in the last month when the colt injured himself when he fell in his stall and couldn't get up. Soon after, he developed a fever.
``This race was very hard for me,'' Gonzalez said. ``I tried so hard to get this horse to the race. He was not 100 percent for this race. For him to win the way he won it today, he must be a very good horse.''
McCarron said it would be a mistake to put much stock in the final time. He said the track was not as fast as normal. Besides, he knew the colt, after winning the San Rafael San Rafael (săn rəfĕl`), residential city (1990 pop. 48,404), seat of Marin co., W Calif., a suburb of San Francisco on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay; inc. 1913. States by three lengths, could go a mile and an eighth.
Following Saturday's race, McCarron said he's just as confident now that Came Home is a legitimate Kentucky Derby threat who can win at 1 1/4 miles.
``He's got talent, he's got class, determination, he's got all those good qualities that you need to go to the Derby,'' said McCarron, who has won the Kentucky Derby twice, most recently with Go For Gin Go for Gin (foaled 1991 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse most well known as the winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby. He was sired by Cormorant out of the dam Never Knock. in 1994. ``He's got speed, which will hopefully bode well to alleviate any real serious problem.''
Easy Grades finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of the fast-closing Lusty lust·y
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2. Powerful; strong: a lusty cry.
4. Merry; joyous. Latin, a 47-1 long shot who looks like he would relish the long stretch at Churchill Downs.
``I'm tickled to death,'' said Lusty Latin's trainer, Jeff Mullins Jeffrey Vincent Mullins (born March 18 1942. ``He galloped out strong. It took the kid ( ) is a retired American basketball player and coach who is best known for his playing career with the Duke Blue Devils, the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, and later as Glenn Corbett Glenn Corbett (born Glenn Rothenburg on August 17, 1930 in El Monte, California; died on January 16, 1993 in San Antonio, Texas) was an actor. Early life
Glenn's mother abandoned the family when he was 2 years old. ) a long time to get him pulled up. He ran a big race.''
Mayakovsky's chances were compromised when the son of Matty G stumbled badly at the start. Jockey Patrick Valenzuela did well to straighten the colt and gain the early lead, but the poor start was too much to overcome and he finished fourth, four lengths behind the winner.
``The start took all of the punch out of him and that's just bad luck,'' Valenzuela said. ``Maybe we'll do better next time with a clean break.''
McCarron just hopes that Came Home does not get himself into any more trouble between now and May 4.
``Knock on wood, if everything goes well between now and when they enter the starting gate the first Saturday in May, he'll be a fitter horse,'' he said.
(1) Down the stretch they come, and it's Came Home, with Chris McCarron aboard, to win the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.
(2) Jockey Chris McCarron has some lipstick removed between post-race pictures Saturday afternoon after riding Came Home to victory at the Santa anita Derby in Arcadia.
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