Barbs Stir Things Up Before Race

AP Photo

The 143rd Belmont Stakes, which features a showdown between Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford on Saturday at Belmont Park, stands out as a jolting exception.

Barry Irwin, who forms racing partnerships on behalf of Team Valor International that includes Animal Kingdom, fired the first shot.

"I'm not worried about Shackleford," he said during a news media event Tuesday. "I'm worried about Mucho Macho Man."

Since Mucho Macho Man finished third in the Run for the Roses and sixth in the Preakness two weeks later, trainer Dale Romans did not appreciate the degree to which Shackleford was disrespected.

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

I'll Have Another Makes a Name for Himself

Jay Busbee, Yahoo! Sports - May 6, 2012

At Churchill Downs, the alcohol flows copiously and continuously. Mint juleps, champagne and high-end beer lubricate the Kentucky Derby, and for a race run this year on Cinco de Mayo, it seems utterly appropriate that a horse... more »

Derby: A Life's Work Reduced to 2 Minutes

Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports - May 5, 2012

To understand why the Kentucky Derby really is the most exciting two minutes in sports – why stomachs twist at the start and hearts pound at the finish and tension permeates every step in between – you must trace the broad... more »

Derby Winner's Trainer: Fan Favorite or Villain?

Chris Korman, Baltimore Sun - May 18, 2012

They wake up, and then they sing. Team O'Neill — as Kentucky Derby winner Doug O'Neill and his group of assistants and grooms are called — rises early, like all horsemen. In Baltimore, where the crew is preparing I'll Have... more »

Horse Owner Reddam Hits It Big

Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal - May 6, 2012

J. Paul Reddam, owner of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, arrived in the Churchill Downs winner’s circle only after leaving his job as a philosophy professor at California State University, Los Angeles, to get into... more »