The Fortus Files

The Fortus Files

By: Bob Fortus
May
13
2014
"Settle down. Settle down. Settle down. Settle down. Settle down.'' Exercise rider William Delgado was talking to California Chrome and stroking his neck as the Kentucky Derby winner was...
May
12
2014
The Kentucky Derby winner's arrival at Pimlico is like the arrival of royalty. From 60 to 75 people, many with cameras, waited near the stakes barn to see Derby winner California Chrome, who had...
May
12
2014
Manny Azpurua laughed Monday at the suggestion that a young trainer won the Kentucky Derby this year. California Chrome made Art Sherman, 77, the oldest trainer to win the Derby. He's eight years...
May
09
2014
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome should feel at home when he arrives Monday at Pimlico, where he'll be the center of attention throughout Preakness week. Much has been made of how the...
May
19
2013
“There’s the king,’’ trainer D. Wayne Lukas said early Sunday morning as Preakness winner Oxbow was led into the van that would take him back to Churchill Downs. Oxbow, who...
May
18
2013
This was a Preakness that put the spotlight on horsemanship, knowledge and skill developed over many years in the barn and in the saddle. The old guys won – and did it with style. Oxbow,...
May
18
2013
Zee Bros’ victory in the Chick Lang was impressive because he led all the way on a track that clearly hasn’t been favorable lately to speed. The early fractions – 22.65 seconds for...
May
18
2013
This Preakness will be the 23rd called by Pimlico track announcer Dave Rodman. His first call was of Hansel’s runaway in 1991. Coincidentally, Hansel was trained by New Orleans native Frank...
May
18
2013
  The Pimlico dirt track appeared favorable to late-running horses Friday, and in the early races Saturday, the situation continued. Three of the first five races Saturday were run on the main...
May
18
2013
  Jockey Joel Rosario started the Preakness card with a victory on Aussi Austin in an allowance/optional claiming race around at a mile and a sixteenth. Aussi Austin was the favorite in a nine-...