Go for Gin Wins!

GO FOR GIN ducked out after the start forcing TABASCO CAT into BROCCO, quickly reached contention when straightened away, took over entering the backstretch, was well in hand while managing a clear lead into the upper stretch, drew off quickly when roused, then held sway while drifting out in the final sixteenth as his rider took hold nearing the wire. STRODES CREEK, allowed to settle into the backstretch, angled out while rallying leaving the far turn, then finished well to best the others while racing six wide. BLUMIN AFFAIR commenced his rally approaching the end of the backstretch, made a run from between foes nearing midstretch but failed to sustain his bid. BROCCO, squeezed back at the start, moved within easy striking distance entering the backstretch, loomed a strong factor inside the leaders entering the stretch then weakened under pressure. SOUL of the MATTER, outrun to the far turn, made a mild bid between rivals through the upper stretch and flattened out. TABASCO CAT, forced into BROCCO at the start, quickly reached a striking position outside horses, remained a factor after moving inside on the second turn, but gave way in the drive. SOUTHERN RHYTHM broke to the inside and was outrun for a mile, then failed to threaten while finishing seven wide. POWIS CASTLE came out after bobbling at the start putting HOLY BULL in tight quarters, raced forwardly until the upper stretch and tired. MAHOGANY HALL, never close, clipped the heels of MEADOW FLIGHT after entering the stretch and stumbled badly. SMILIN SINGIN SAM lacked room after the start, advanced steadily approaching the far turn to make his bid but was finished entering the stretch. MEADOW FLIGHT was finished early. HOLY BULL, in tight after failing to break alertly raced within easy striking distance to the far turn, then tired badly. VALIANT NATURE, away in good order, took up sharply along the inside racing into the first turn to avoid clipping heels, then gave way readily. ULISES showed speed until near the end of the backstretch and stopped badly. KANDALY WAS SCRATCHED AFTER THE FIFTH RACE BECAUSE OF TRACK CONDITION. ALL WAGERS IN THE STRAIGHT, PLACE, SHOW, EXACTA AND TRIFECTA POOLS WERE ORDER REFUNDED. ALL PICK-THREE AND PICK-SIX WAGERS INVOLVING KANDALY WERE SWITCHED TO THE FAVORITE, HOLY BULL.

Trainer

Nick Zito

Zito saddled Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go For Gin in 1994 and trained Bird Town, who won the 2003 running of the Kentucky Oaks. He was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2005. During that same year he saddled a record five starters for the Kentucky Derby, for five different owners. He has also won the Preakness with Louis Quatorze in 1996 and the Belmont twice with Birdstone in 2004, and Da’Tara in 2008.Zito got his start in horse racing as a teenager hot walking and grooming horses for trainer Buddy Jacobson, a leading trainer in New York during the 1960s. He later moved on to assistant trainer to Hall of Famer LeRoy Jolley and John Campo. In 1972 he saddled his first winner and in 1981 he scored his first graded stakes victory in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga with Mayanesian.Zito has won over 150 stakes races in his career and has won four runnings of the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.Born February 6, 1948 in New York City, New York. // Full Bio...

Jockey

Chris McCarron

Chris McCarron won the Kentucky Derby twice on Alysheba (1987) and Go for Gin (1994), and the Kentucky Oaks three times aboard Sweet Alliance (1977), Seaside Attration (1990) and Farda Amiga (2002). He won the Belmont and Preakness Stakes twice each, and nine Breeder's Cup races, including five Breeders' Cup Classic victories. Winner of the Eclipse Award for Oustanding Jockey, the George Woolf memorial Jockey Award and the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, McCarron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Other notable mounts include:John Henry, Danzig, Sunday Silvence, Touch Gold, and Tiznow. // Full Bio...

Owner

William J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia

William Condren, a private investor in real estate, oil, gas and aircraft leasing, and Joseph Cornacchia, manufacaturer of such board games as Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary and Balderdash, were ownership partners of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. They also co-owner 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold with third partner B. Giles Brophy. The two also owned 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze. Condren was co-founder of the National Thoroughbred Association. // Full Bio...

Breeder

Pamela duPont Darmstadt

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1975-2000

The Bicentennial to the Dawn of Simulcasting

As president, Lynn Stone headed the efforts that ended two separate takeover attempts by Brownell Combs II of Spendthrift Farm and Irwin L. Jacobs, respectively in 1984. In August 1984, Stone resigned, following huge financial losses that resulted from two years of failed summer racing. Stone was replaced by acting President Thomas H. Meeker, a former general counsel to Churchill Downs while with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. In September 1984, Meeker was named permanently to the position.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
1 Go for Gin Chris McCarron Nick Zito William J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia Pamela duPont Darmstadt
2 Strodes Creek Eddie Delahoussaye Charles Edward Whittingham Arthur B. Hancock, III, Rose Hill Stable & Charles Whittingham Arthur B. Hancock, III.
3 Blumin Affair Jerry Bailey Charles "Jack" Van Berg Leroy Bowman & Arthur Vogel Gulf States Racing Stable
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Kentucky Derby 120 Race Recap

GO FOR GIN ducked out after the start forcing TABASCO CAT into BROCCO, quickly reached contention when straightened away, took over entering the backstretch, was well in hand while managing a clear lead into the upper stretch, drew off quickly when roused, then held sway while drifting out in the final sixteenth as his rider took hold nearing the wire. STRODES CREEK, allowed to settle into the backstretch, angled out while rallying leaving the far turn, then finished well to best the others while racing six wide. BLUMIN AFFAIR commenced his rally approaching the end of the backstretch, made a run from between foes nearing midstretch but failed to sustain his bid. BROCCO, squeezed back at the start, moved within easy striking distance entering the backstretch, loomed a strong factor inside the leaders entering the stretch then weakened under pressure. SOUL of the MATTER, outrun to the far turn, made a mild bid between rivals through the upper stretch and flattened out. TABASCO CAT, forced into BROCCO at the start, quickly reached a striking position outside horses, remained a factor after moving inside on the second turn, but gave way in the drive. SOUTHERN RHYTHM broke to the inside and was outrun for a mile, then failed to threaten while finishing seven wide. POWIS CASTLE came out after bobbling at the start putting HOLY BULL in tight quarters, raced forwardly until the upper stretch and tired. MAHOGANY HALL, never close, clipped the heels of MEADOW FLIGHT after entering the stretch and stumbled badly. SMILIN SINGIN SAM lacked room after the start, advanced steadily approaching the far turn to make his bid but was finished entering the stretch. MEADOW FLIGHT was finished early. HOLY BULL, in tight after failing to break alertly raced within easy striking distance to the far turn, then tired badly. VALIANT NATURE, away in good order, took up sharply along the inside racing into the first turn to avoid clipping heels, then gave way readily. ULISES showed speed until near the end of the backstretch and stopped badly. KANDALY WAS SCRATCHED AFTER THE FIFTH RACE BECAUSE OF TRACK CONDITION. ALL WAGERS IN THE STRAIGHT, PLACE, SHOW, EXACTA AND TRIFECTA POOLS WERE ORDER REFUNDED. ALL PICK-THREE AND PICK-SIX WAGERS INVOLVING KANDALY WERE SWITCHED TO THE FAVORITE, HOLY BULL.