Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Hardest Core pulls upset in Arlington Million ]]> Lead story image

After everything Hardest Core has been through, winning the ­Arlington Million as an 11-1 long shot on Saturday isn’t the biggest upset the gelding has pulled off. The horse was bought in November at the Keeneland Sales for $210,000 and was sent to be castrated. Following the procedure, Hardest Core was sent out into the field. A day later he was found lying on the ground and with his intestines coming out after having a problem with the surgery. Trainer Edward Graham was able to get the horse into a trailer and eventually got him treatment. In another procedure, he … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:47:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Finnegans Wake: A horse for the course in the Arlington Million ]]> Lead story image

Saturday’s Arlington Million has two horses with the biggest names and well-earned recognition. Magician, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, and Real Solution, the 2013 Million champion, have the most acclaim. They are the most successful in the seven-horse field and the ones that will be watched the closest during the 1 1/4-mile turf race. But that doesn’t mean they’re the only two with a chance. “They are probably a little more accomplished on paper than we are but we’re a horse that’s definitely going in the right direction,” said Dale Romans, the trainer for Finnegans Wake. “I’m not saying they’re … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:14:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Two turf juggernauts top short field of 7 in Arlington Million ]]> Lead story image

The 32nd running of the Arlington Million has the race’s defending champion and the 2013 winner of one of the world’s most important turf competitions. What it lacks is a big field. Magician, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf, will start from the No. 3 post Saturday and was listed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite Wednesday when post positions were revealed. Real Solution, last year’s Million winner when The Apache was disqualified after the race, is the second choice at 5-2 and will break from the sixth spot. Beyond that, this year’s field of seven ties for the smallest … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:38:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ History isn’t in California Chrome’s corner as he seeks final jewel of Triple Crown ]]> Lead story image

ELMONT, N.Y. — California Chrome already is a giant, in reputation and in stature. One Belmont Stakes victory Saturday from capturing the first Triple Crown since 1978, the horse has gained 30 pounds of muscle — having “not missed an oat,” assistant trainer Alan Sherman said — during his magical five-week run. On North America’s longest dirt track, though, he seems so small. “Your horse looks like an ant on the other end of the track,” Sherman said. California Chrome “acclimated better than I did” this week, Sherman said, to the 1 ½-mile track ­locals call “The Big Sandy:” Still, there’s … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 06:15:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ California Chrome co-owner apologizes for outburst ]]>

NEW YORK — California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn has apologized for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Coburn says he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.” She tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control. He also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: “I did not mean to take anything away from them.” On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ California Chrome comes up short in Triple Crown bid ]]> Lead story image

The Triple Crown will go another year unclaimed. California Chrome, the 4-5 favorite at post time to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, finished tied for fourth in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, leaving a crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder standing in stunned silence. “I noticed something,” California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza said. “As soon as he come out of the gate, he was not the same.” ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:35:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicagoan California Chrome co-owners fine in background ]]> Lead story image

ELMONT, N.Y. — The smell — of hay and horse and the byproduct of both — grew stronger as they inched closer to Maywood Park. As first dates went, watching harness racing was a strange one. But on a summer evening in 1985, there might have been nothing Perry Martin loved more than horses. He got hooked at Arlington Park as a boy, disappearing to the track more once he got his driver’s license. At 29, Martin was teaching physics and working part-time loading trucks at UPS when he met Denise. It would have seemed preposterous, had you told them … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:22:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ California Chrome draws No. 2 post for Belmont Stakes ]]>

California Chrome drew the No. 2 post in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as he seeks to become the first horse since 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown. ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:33:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip in Belmont ]]> Lead story image

California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, keeping alive his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. ]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Triple Chrome? Preakness winner gets shot at crown in three weeks ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — California Chrome repelled one challenger and then put away another in the stretch to win the Preakness on Saturday, setting up a Triple Crown try in three weeks. The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have won the first two legs and failed to complete the sweep. The last was I’ll Have Another, who was scratched on the eve of the ­Belmont two years ago. Maybe the horse with the modest pedigree and average … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:01:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ Quick turnaround a challenge for Derby winner California Chrome ]]> Lead story image

After California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, the California colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back. Trainer Art Sherman hopes that California Chrome can replicate his victory at Pimlico next weekend with a chance to capture the Triple Crown three weeks later in the ­Belmont Stakes. About nine horses are expected for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, less than the maximum of 14. The race last drew a full field in 2005. The purse has been boosted to $1.5 million, the first increase since 1998. California Chrome takes a five-race winning streak … ]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:33 -0600 <![CDATA[ California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five, and Art Sherman became the oldest winning Derby trainer at 77. ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:34:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Not so dumb after all ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby. After all, he’s the only horse they own. California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, is the early 5-2 favorite for Saturday’s 140th Derby with good reason. He has won four straight races by a combined 24¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza, who won the Derby in 2002 with War Emblem. ‘‘He’s so light on his feet,’’ Espinoza said. ‘‘He just does things so easy and makes my job easy.’’ California Chrome’s owners, Steve … ]]> Sat, 03 May 2014 17:02:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Missed Hoppertunity: Kentucky Derby’s 2nd favorite scratched ]]> Lead story image

Hoppertunity, the second favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is out of the race. ]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:14:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Joel Quenneville’s colt, Midnight Hawk, nosed out in Illinois Derby ]]> Lead story image

Odds-on favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in a sizzling stretch duel by Dynamic Impact, who won the Grade III $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Ridden by Miguel Mena and sent off at 9-1 odds, Dynamic Impact covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.07 on a fast track from Post 1. Irish You Well, a maiden, finished third. The 57th running of the Illinois Derby featured a field of eight 3-year-olds. “Nobody chased the favorite, so I had to go and put some pressure on him,” Mena said. Midnight Hawk, the 2-5 … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:45:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Joel Quenneville’s Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby ]]>

Joel Quenneville will step off the Blackhawks’ team charter Saturday night and meet his fellow Midnight Hawk owners for dinner. The coach hopes to celebrate two victories — a road triumph by his Blackhawks over the Blues in Game 2 of their playoff series, and a win by Midnight Hawk in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday afternoon. “Like Joel said, ‘There’d be nothing like that Daily Double,’ ” co-owner Mike Tice said. The 3-year-old is the morning-line favorite among eight horses in the Grade III, $500,000 Derby, which spans 1 1/8 miles. Tice, who befriended Quenne­ville as … ]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 06:14:05 -0600