Sahara Sky passes Cross Traffic to win Met Handicap

By USA Today
05/27/2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Sahara Sky came barreling down the middle of the track and caught Cross Traffic at the end to win the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Monday. The finish was a thriller. Cross Traffic took the lead in the stretch and seemed headed to victory before Sahara Sky unleashed his run from near the back of the nine-horse…

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A groom’s life: The work behind the Preakness

By Fred Hiers
May 17, 2013

BALTIMORE — Maurice Sanchez wouldn’t be recognized by most of the racing fans who will gather Saturday at Pimlico Race Course or watch the Preakness on TV. But those people certainly will see the product of his work: sleek, muscled thoroughbreds schooled to athletic perfection. The hard work of…

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Orb comes from behind to win Kentucky Derby

By Beth Harris
May 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn’t sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses. “I was really far back,” Joel Rosario said. “I said hopefully he can go faster than that.”

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Napravnik finishes fifth with Mylute

By Gary Mihoces USA TODAY
May 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY. — After showering in the jockey’s room for women at Churchill Downs, Rosie Napravnik traded her mud-caked riding garb for a rose red dress and a big-brimmed, black Kentucky Derby hat. She wasn’t dressed for a victory party, but she had distinguished herself.

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