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1996: Horse Racing

The Triple Crown

Grindstone Puts Nose to the Wire, Wins Derby
Saturday, May 4
By the margin of a nose, Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby today, giving trainer Wayne Lukas an unprecedented sixth straight triumph in a Triple Crown event. But it was jockey Jerry Bailey who executed the crucial moves and saved the inches that made the difference between victory and defeat. Full story.

What a Day: Louis Quatorze Ends Lukas's Run
Saturday, May 18
Trainer Wayne Lukas's incomparable Triple Crown winning streak was trampled in the Preakness Stakes today by a horse named Louis Quatorze and the jockey Lukas abandoned. Full story.

Lucas Wins at Belmont Again
June 8, 1996
For 10 years, Woody Stephens's five straight Belmont Stakes victories has been considered an unreachable record for thoroughbred trainers. But Wayne Lukas took a giant step closer today on a long stride of Editor's Note. Full story.

Cigar's Legacy

Cigar Catches a Legend
Saturday, July 13
Sixteen in a row!

Cigar today equaled Citation's historic winning streak by capturing a special race created for him by Arlington International Racecourse. An event that originally looked like an easy set-up for the champion turned into a test that showed why he is indisputably the best American racehorse since 1980. Even comparisons with such legends as Citation, who went unbeaten from 1948 to 1950, seem warranted after this performance. Full story.

Cigar Loses to Dare and Go
Saturday, August 10
Cigar was denied a 17th straight victory on Saturday by Dare and Go, who passed the super horse in the stretch and won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Full story.

Analysis: Cigar 'Burned Out'
Saturday, August 10
Virtually every sportscast in America showed the stretch run of the Pacific Classic, with Dare and Go pulling away from an exhausted Cigar and ending his 16-race winning streak emphatically. The vaunted favorite didn't look like much of a champion in the highlights tape. Full story.

Cigar's Final Run Is Into His Retirement
Friday, November 1
Cigar, one of the world's most dominant racing thoroughbreds the past half-century, officially was retired yesterday by owners Allen and Madeleine Paulson. The exquisite 6-year-old will get the chance to convey his speed, grace and tenacity when he goes to stud next year at the Paulsons' Brookside Farm in Versailles, Ky. Full story.

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