Videos tagged with "rivals"

1979 Belmont Stakes: CBS Broadcast [18:03]
History and the long, demanding stretch at Belmont Park had caught up with Spectacular Bid. With a short distance remaining in the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, he was leading, seemingly drawing away from his seven rivals. He was four lengths in front of 12-to-1 shot General Assembly and looking just as strong as he had while rattling off victories in 12 consecutive stakes races. Just 660 yards to go to the third Triple Crown in three years. But then Spectacular Bid began to behave like a very fat man trying to run up a very steep hill. In the stretch curve he drifted out from the rail. His lead diminished. He was having trouble getting air into his lungs, and his legs seemed to desert him. With a furlong to go, he was a beaten horse, seconds away from joining the company of Pensive, Tim Tam, Carry Back, Northern Dancer, Kauai King, Forward Pass, Majestic Prince and Canonero II—the band of Derby and Preakness winners that came a cropper at Belmont. The winner, Coastal, was one of those lightly raced colts that periodically come out of old-line barns to waste Belmont pretenders. The steady Golden Act, spear-carrier-in-chief in the classic races, was second. Bid, who had been described by his trainer, Bud Delp, as the greatest horse ever to look through a bridle, was looking at the nearly four lengths of track between his nose and Coastal's as he finished third. Did Bid's young jockey, Ron Franklin, ride the horse badly? Some of the jocks in the race and those watching from ...

1989 Breeders' Cup Classic + Pre & Post Race [34:11]
Sunday Silence grittily held off a desperate late charge by Easy Goer to win the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic by a neck today at Gulfstream Park. The tight finish of this fourth meeting between the decade's greatest racing rivals brought a crowd of more than 50000 to a roar and settled the sport's major titles. Sunday Silence, who had beaten Easy Goer in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before Easy Goer trounced him in the Belmont Stakes, is assured of being voted thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year. Emotions ran high long after the official sign was posted. For Sunday Silence's backers and handlers, this was a long-awaited day of vindication. After the Belmont, their colt had been widely dismissed as only second-best despite holding a 2-1 edge in the rivalry. For Easy Goer's many fans, who made him the 1-2 betting favorite today, the result was flabbergasting. They found some excuses for him, but were devastated to see their colt emerge from this season as merely the second-best 3-year-old instead of being acclaimed as the champion of the decade. It was small consolation for Easy Goer's connections, the Ogden Phipps family and the trainer Shug McGaughey, that they won two of the six earlier Cup races today, with Rhythm in the Juvenile and Dancing Spree in the Sprint. Sunday Silence, a 3-year-old son of Halo and the Understanding mare Wishing Well, paid $6 for $2 to win as the second choice in the Classic betting and ran the mile and a quarter in 2:00 1/5 ...

Mac the Man Breaks His Maiden at Presque Isle Downs [04:24]
MAC THE MAN was off awkwardly, dueled outside of foe, then drew off in the stretch under a mild drive. DR. HOWARD veered in at the start, stalked the pace between rivals, then had a mild late bid. SHADY RULES veered in at the start, rallied five wide at the quarter pole, but was no threat to the winner. MEDIA GROUPIE was bumped at the start, dueled inside, then gave way in the stretch. DIXIE DEPUTY raced evenly inside. NEV'S CAT was off awkwardly, pressed the pace three wide and gave way in the stretch. MORNING CIGAR was not a factor. COPYWRITER stalked the early pace inside, then gave way. RAISEDBYINDIANS was impeded at the start, then was not a factor. CLEVER MISSILE showed brief speed five wide.
Tags: horse racing, jeff greenhill, mac the man

Dominus - 2012 Bernard Baruch (G2) [01:57]
Making his first start on turf, Dominus led every step under a measured ride from Julien Leparoux and rolled to a 1 ¼-length victory over even-money favorite Data Link in Saturday's Grade 2, $250000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course. The 4-year-old Smart Strike ridgling, who got an eight-pound break in the weights from the favorite, went to the lead a few strides out of the gate and galloped through unpressured fractions of 24.29, 48.63 and 1:12.26 over the firm turf. Accelerating as he came out of the far turn, Dominus quickly opened up on his five rivals and was never seriously threatened by Data Link's late run. "He was the only speed in the race, he just galloped easy, broke easy, and it was pretty easy for him," said Leparoux. "It was very nice for me at the end. He's a nice horse. First time on the grass, he was relaxed." Dominus's winning time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:40.32.
Tags: Dominus, 2012, Bernard, Baruch, (G2), nyra, horse, racing, pletcher, leparoux, data, link, saratoga

Roman Roulette Wins at River Downs [04:01]
ROMAN ROULETTE was away alertly and set the pace while off the rail, responded when asked in the stretch and drew off while drifting out late. OUR TWO stalked the pace while never far back, could not get to and was no match for the winner, was second best. SUNSHINE BOI was unhurried early, improved position in the stretch but was no threat to the top two. ROLLINRETIREDTIRES was void of early speed, passed tiring rivals in the stretch but was no factor. ITS MR. CAT TO YOU was well placed in mid pack, ran evenly with no rally. COME SOON (URU) failed to menace. CHECKSANDBALANCES was no threat. TOKYO showed good early speed chasing the pace, was through after a half mile and dropped back. UNBRIDLED DAVID was no factor.
Tags: roman roulette, jeff greenhill, horse racing

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