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  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 21 Jun 21, 2014 3:32 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 21

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Never a shortage of Bears news Jun 19, 2014 10:52 PM
    If you want random, well, you’ve come to the right place - Spellman's Scorecard. Some musings on Bears OTA's, Cubs pitchers and why Mike is still mad at Steve Coburn.

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 20 Jun 19, 2014 5:00 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 20

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 19 Jun 19, 2014 10:59 AM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 19

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 15 Jun 15, 2014 12:22 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 15

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 14 Jun 13, 2014 5:00 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 13 Jun 12, 2014 6:22 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 13.

     
  • California Chrome owner apologizes ‘to the world’ Jun 9, 2014 10:13 PM
    California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized Monday for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. Coburn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn.” She tried to intervene as Saturday’s interview got out of control, explaining that her husband was “very emotional and I was trying to calm him down.” Coburn also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: “I did not mean to take anything away from them.” On Saturday, he said Tonalist took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Sunday, he doubled down by pointing out that “it wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage.” By Monday, though, he tried to make amends. Coburn’s lower lip quivered at times during the interview in which he apologized to co-owner Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman, among others. “I need to apologize to the world and America, our fans that have written us, given us so much support. I apologize, I sincerely apologize,” Coburn said. “This is America’s horse. I wanted this so much, for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America.” If the Belmont had been open only to horses that ran in the Derby and Preakness, there would have been just three horses in Saturday’s race, making it unlikely the third-largest crowd of 102,199 would have shown up or that a record $19,105,877 would have been wagered on-track. California Chrome, General a Rod and Ride On Curlin were the only horses to run in all three. General a Rod finished seventh in the Belmont, and Ride On Curlin did not finish. California Chrome beat them both but finished tied for fourth, possibly as a result of a cut foot that he apparently sustained after bumping another horse leaving the starting gate. “He’ll be able to race again,” Coburn said.

     
  • Ill-timed comments tarnish Chrome’s run at history Jun 8, 2014 11:37 PM
    Horse racing is capable of turning horse radish into horse manure. That appears to be what happened over the weekend when California Chrome's co-owner went on nationally televised rants.

     
  • No Triple Crown for California Chrome Jun 7, 2014 7:41 PM
    California Chrome lost the Belmont Stakes to Tonalist, an 11-1 bet. California Chrome became the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes then fail to take the Belmont title since 1978, when Affirmed won the most recent Triple Crown.

     
  • Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 12 Jun 12, 2014 6:37 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

     
  • At retooled Belmont, stars align for Triple Crown Jun 6, 2014 12:55 PM
    Martin Panza celebrated California Chrome’s Preakness Stakes victory three weeks ago like most fans — bumping fists, slapping hands and thinking ahead to the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. And then Belmont Park’s director of racing operations thought about everything else: the tens of thousands of additional people; the millions more in expected wagers; and the need for more of everything, from seating, concessions to bathrooms, security and about 1,000 additional workers.

     
  • Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 5 Jun 5, 2014 1:00 AM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

     
  • Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value Jun 5, 2014 8:42 AM
    California Chrome’s bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday is likely to boost TV ratings and, if he wins, create a star for a sport that could badly use one. It will be a bonanza for the horse’s owners, although their payoff will be limited by Chrome’s humble parents and the racing industry’s delicate health.

     
  • Duchossois in Europe: D-Day's 70th brings memories Jun 5, 2014 7:46 PM
    "You don't come back the way you went in," says Richard Duchossois. The 92-year-old chairman of Arlington International Racecourse, in France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is speaking of world war. Duchossois landed on Utah Beach a month after the invasion and commanded a tank battalion through five major battles and his own near-death wound.

     
  • Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 6 Jun 5, 2014 3:00 PM
    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

     
  • Arlington jockey's death in Long Grove garage fire remains a mystery Jun 5, 2014 5:14 AM
    Longtime Arlington International Racecourse jockey Eusebio “Eddie” Razo Jr.'s death in a garage fire at his Long Grove home two years ago may remain a mystery unless investigators receive fresh leads, according to authorities. Reports obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests show the Lake County sheriff's office closed the Razo case in March. “There are a lot of unanswered questions, but, really, the only person that could answer those questions is deceased, Mr. Razo,” detective Keith Kaiser said.

     
  • Will racing gods smile upon California Chrome? Jun 4, 2014 8:53 PM
    Will racing history smile upon California Chrome at Saturday's Belmont Stakes or will the 3-year-old's quest for the Triple Crown fall short?

     
  • California Chrome’s story may never repeat Jun 2, 2014 6:29 PM
    For all the buzz California Chrome’s feel-good run at the Triple Crown is generating for horse racing, his too-good-to-be-true story has virtually no chance of repeating itself, according to the numbers. The horse that will line up at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday is the product of an unspectacular mare and an equally unheralded stallion, bred in a state not known for producing winners and owned by a couple of racing outsiders who were labeled “dumb asses” for even pondering such a thing.

     
  • Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections May 31, 2014 10:48 PM
    Handicapper Joe Kristufek makes his picks for Sunday's races at Arlington International.

     
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