Jay Hovdey

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Tue May 10
2011
Jay Hovdey
A horse winning a major race in their first try over a different surface tends to send Americans into a tizzy. We used to be a much more adventurous bunch. Look at what we've seen: In her first start on the dirt, after winning races like the Diana Handicap, the Flower Bowl Handicap and the Prix de l'Opera in her native France, Waya defeated champion filly Pearl Necklace in the 1979 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct.
Sat May 7
2011
Jay Hovdey
The dedicated traditionalist in this correspondent appreciates all the doodads draped upon the Kentucky Derby that pluck at the emotional strings. The hats, the juleps, the celebrities, the infield antics -- it's a grand fantasy writ large in which somewhere there exists a horse race, and the way it's been done for decades is just fine with me.
Thu May 5
2011
Jay Hovdey
Okay so I'm home in California pining for the damp green vistas of Ol' Kentucky, trying to imagine what it must be like to be Jon Court or Kerwin Clark this week about to ride in their first Kentucky Derby at a combined age of 102 (Jon is 23, Kerwin is 79 -- not really) when somebody brightens my day with a hashtag entitled Seinfeldderbyhorsenames. Finally, Twitter is good for something besides overthrowing Middle Eastern despots.
Sun May 1
2011

Long Hall

5:22PM
Jay Hovdey
The Hall of Fame credentials of jockeys Calvin Borel, John Velazquez and Garrett Gomez could be burnished next Saturday if one of them comes through and wins the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez rides Uncle Mo, a cryptic star whose popularity seems to ebb and flow with the tides. Gomez landed the potentially lucrative Coolmore account with Master of Hounds. And Borel's on Twice the Appeal, a horse he's never ridden before who last appeared at Sunland Park. Anyone else smell Deja Bird?
Sat Apr 9
2011
Jay Hovdey
The news that John Velazquez was "fined" $10,000 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission this week for the events surrounding the dreary performance of Life at Ten in the 2010 running of the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic was enough to set a sane man's teeth on edge. How many ways can you spell "scapegoat"?