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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 7, 2012; historical news, birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is the second Monday of the month, Monday, May 7, the 128th day of 2012. There are 238 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

* In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.

* In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford formally declared an end to the “Vietnam era.” In Ho Chi Minh City — formerly Saigon — the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.

* In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his triple-crown victories.

* In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who said they had suffered injury from exposure to the chemical.

* In 2011, The U.S. released a handful of videos seized from Osama bin Laden’s hideout showing the terrorist leader watching newscasts of himself amid shabby surroundings.

Singer Thelma Houston is 66 years old today (2009 photo by Jyothis via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

73 JIMMY RUFFIN, soul singer who is known for (What becomes of the Broken-hearted)

66 THELMA HOUSTON, singer who sung the 1977 #1 hit song, (Don’t Leave Me This Way). It won a Grammy Award in 1978

66 BILL KREUTZMANN, rock drummer from the group the Grateful Dead

38 BRECKLIN MEYER, actor

Longshot Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby

 

(courtesy of Kentucky Derby via wikipedia commons)

The 137th Kentucky Derby has been won by Animal Kingdom, a longshot with a replacement jockey.

An injury to the horse’s regular rider, Robby Albarado, put John Velazquez in the saddle on the 20-1 shot.

Animal Kingdom, who had never raced on a dirt track before, responded to his new jockey and charged down the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths in front of a Derby-record crowd of 164,858.

Animal Kingdom ran 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 2.04 seconds.

Finishing second was Nehro, rode by jockey Corey Nakatini and Mucho Mucho Man was third with Rajiv Maragh as his jockey.

 

compiled from staff, TV & Kentucky Derby news

Super Saver loses to Lookin At Lucky in the Preakness

compiled from staff and wire reports

The horse racing drought continues for the Triple Crown. For the 32nd year in a row, we all have to wait another year in the continuing record of Triple Crown failures; there will be no sweep of racing’s most coveted prize for winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes.

The only horse who could’ve headed to Belmont Stakes on June 5 with a chance at the Triple Crown was Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby winner who was a 19-10 favorite when a field of 12 3-year-olds went postward Saturday at the 135th Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore. It became clear to all in attendance as the horses neared the quarter pole that Super Saver was not going to win on Saturday May 15, 2010.

Bob Baffert (file photo)

Super Saver broke from the start very well and was in a comfortable position to giving the closest chase to front-running First Dude down the stretch the first time and into the turn of the 1 3/16-mile race. From that point on, Super Saver was flat, and his rivals swarmed right past him and he finished eighth, beaten by 11 1/2 lengths by the victorious Lookin At Lucky, allowing Affirmed in 1978 to remain the most recent Triple Crown winner.

The 32-year drought is the longest since the Triple Crown became recognized as a series in the 1930′s, with the previous longest drought being the 25-year gap between Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973). There have been 11 Triple Crown winners since Sir Barton in 1919.

Owner Bob Baffert says his horse, Lookin At Lucky, will not be entered in the Belmont Stakes.

With Calvin Borel aboard, Super Saver wins Kentucky Derby

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jockey Calvin Borel (Kevin Ponil photo)

Calvin Borel as a horse jockey always does well at the Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday, guiding Super Saver through the muck, mire and mud at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky brought on by downpouring rain, settled along the rail and for the third time in four years, led a horse to the winner’s circle in one of horse racing’s biggest events.

The only horse in Super Saver’s way was Conveyance, but that ended up being no problem at all. Then Ice Box was passed up for the win of 2 1/2 length victory.

The jockey’s magic touch on his home track gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby victory after 24 losses.

Borel’s ride at his home track looked very similar to the one he produced in 2009 aboard Mine That Bird.

Now it’s off to Baltimore for the Preakness on May 15. Can a Triple Crown run be in the offing?

The Triple Crown was last won 32 years ago by Affirmed. The last Derby winner to break from Super Saver’s number 4 post was 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

Calvin Borel is the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbys in four years; Bill Hartack won three from 1960-1964.