The life-sized statue sits at the front gate of Churchill Downs, a magnificent bronzed Barbaro in full stride, all four hooves off the ground and heading toward his greatest victory.
Let's begin with Union Rags, who opened on top and now finishes No. 1 on the AP's final Run to the Roses' Top 10 list of Derby contenders. Other potential Derby favorites are Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Gemologist and I'll Have Another.
Union Rags has lost two races by a total of a length and a half. They're both big, good-looking, fast and athletic. (Union Rags) still has to live up to what Barbaro did. We'll find out Saturday." "Well, I guess everybody will be satisfied now that the
I do think that he's talented enough to win on his own merit, but I had a tough time separating Union Rags and Gemologist. Union Rags' preparation is similar to the way trainer Michael Matz prepared Barbaro. His “breeze” earlier at Churchill was the
In the dining room of their 18th-century Chadds Ford farmhouse, a Jamie Wyeth painting depicts a pastoral scene but a slightly chaotic one — his wife