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War Emblem

War Emblem at Shadai
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Photo courtesy Shadai Stallion Station
  Update on War Emblem at Old Friends (2/24)
  Dual-Classic winner War Emblem arrives in the US (10/14)
  Dual-Classic winner War Emblem to Old Friends (7/21)
  Another Derby winner retiring to Old Friends (7/21)
  War Emblem pensioned, headed to Old Friends (7/21)
  War Emblem to join Old Friends in September (7/21)
  Catching up with War Emblem (4/16)
  History denied: War Emblem (6/5)
  Triple Crown near-misses: War Emblem, 2002 (5/31)
  War Emblem making progress (7/13)
  War Emblem now breeding to mares daily (6/6)
  A pampered Derby Championís finicky taste (4/28)
  War Emblem showing promise (2/14)
  First stakes winner for War Emblem (2/12)
  War Emblem has another fruitless season at stud (7/8)
  Champion War Emblem's first winner (11/29)
  War Emblem gains first winner from small initial crop (11/28)
  War Emblem's struggles in breeding shed continue in Japan (7/10)
  War Emblem picking his own mates (5/14)
  Switcheroo seems to be working with War Emblem (4/6)
  Stallion stalls at mating game
  Shadai prepares to give War Emblem second shot
  Shadai Stallion Station suffers no major damage in earthquake
  Shadai could try to repurchase War Emblem
  War Emblem's fate in limbo
  Ownership of War Emblem transferred to insurance companies
  War Emblem taken over by insurance firms
  Stallion has been a breeding bust in Japan - NY Times
  War Emblem honored in Kentucky - DRF
  War Emblem named Kentucky's Horse of the Year - BH
  All hope not lost for War Emblem - DRF
  War Emblem off to slow start in breeding shed - TTimes
  For War Emblem, breeding just a bore - DRF
  War Emblem having problems in breeding shed - BH

more stories below

War Emblem - Dkbbr. c. 1999, Our Emblem - Sweetest Lady (KY)
Owner: Shadai Stallion Station
Breeder: Charles Nuckols Jr & Sons


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Photo courtesy Shadai Stallion Station

War Emblem winning the Illinois Derby
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Photo courtesy Thomas Allen Pauly

Illinois Derby winner War Emblem wins Kentucky Derby

War Emblem went wire-to-wire to win the 2002 Kentucky Derby. The Illinois Derby winner took the lead early and led at every call, running the mile and a quarter in fractions of 23.25, 47.04, 1:11.75, 1:36.70, 2:01.13.

Previously owned by Russell Reineman and trained by Bobby Springer, the son of Our Emblem was sold to The Thoroughbred Corp. after his Illinois Derby win. He was ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Bob Baffert.

Proud Citizen, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Mike Smith was second for the entire race. He won the G2 Lexington at Keeneland two weeks ago. Perfect Drift was third and Medaglio d'Oro completed the superfecta.

Larry Sterling, prior rider of War Emblem, also wrapped up the Sportman's jockey title today. "After he went the half mile in 47, I knew it was all over," said Sterling. "I knew (the other riders) wouldn't have any confidence in this horse, but he could definitely run. I gave this horse a big chance. I'm sure the other riders thought this horse would stop. The day he won here, when he pulled up he didn't even take a deep breath. He could have gone around three more times like that."

Charles W. Bidwill, III, President of the National Jockey Club, had this to say: "This is one of the greatest days in the history of the National Jockey Club. I am so proud for my father (Charles W. Bidwill, Jr., Chairman of the National Jockey Club and President emeritus) and the entire Sportsman's Park family. In our 70-year history we have celebrated many historic events, but to have the 2002 Illinois Derby winner go on to win the Kentucky Derby has to go down as one of the most significant. War Emblem is a proud symbol not only for the National Jockey Club and Sportsman's Park but for all of Chicago Thoroughbred racing.

"I not only want to extend my sincere congratulations to trainer Bob Baffert and The Thoroughbred Corp, but also the colt's previous owner, Russell L. Reineman, under whose colors War Emblem won the Illinois Derby, and to local trainer Bobby Springer, who trained the colt for the Illinois Derby.

"War Emblem's victory in the Illinois Derby validates our race track in no uncertain terms and it certainly confirms that the one million dollar bonus we offered to the owner of the Illinois Derby winner who could go on to win any one of the three Triple Crown races was a tremendous incentive.

"I am also happy for the thousands of fans who joined us on-track at Sportsman's Park for the closing day of our live 2002 season and not only saw Illinois Derby winner War Emblem win the Kentucky Derby but who also were able to celebrate the victory by receiving 1,000 bonus points on their On-Track Rerwards Player's Club card just for making a bet on-site on Derby Day.

"This is a proud, proud day for the National Jockey Club, for Sportsman's Park, and most of all for Chicago Thoroughbred racing and our fans."


War Emblem winning the Preakness
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  For War Emblem, a Hollywood ending
  War Emblem suit settled - DRF
  War Emblem bonus settled by Thoroughbred Corp., Reineman - BH
  Settlement reached in payment of War Emblem bonus - TTimes
  Japanese hope new stallions improve outlook
  NBC wins media Eclipse Award for War Emblem feature
  Dispute over War Emblem's bonus may reach resolution
  War Emblem Derby bonus case heads for new year hearing

  War Emblem visiting Three Chimneys before leaving for Japan
  Springer and War Emblem together again...sort of
  War Emblem ends where he began
  War Emblem has come full circle
  War Emblem nominated to Japanese race
  War Emblem works for fans at Santa Anita
  War Emblem works for Breeders' Cup Classic
  War Emblem begins serious preparation for Breeders' Cup Classic
  War Emblem headed to Japan to stand at stud in 2003
  War Emblem will train up to B.C. Classic


War Emblem winning the Kentucky Derby
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  Pressure is on War Emblem
  War Emblem aims for Classic performance
  Classic coming-of-age ritual
  War Emblem blazes five furlongs in :57.60
  War Emblem breezes in 48.80
  The fastest gun alive
  War Emblem romps on Jersey Shore
  War Emblem among nine entered for Haskell
  A change in plans
  War Emblem won't contest Haskell Invitational
  The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Ahmed Salman dead at 43
  Crown denied, but road goes on
  Honeymoon in Jersey: War Emblem to Haskell

  Baffert: War Emblem Is 'Crying Out for a Race'
  War Emblem returns to track for first time since Belmont
  War Emblem headed to California
  War Emblem, Habibti being sent to Mulhall's farm
  War Emblem nearly unanimous selection atop NTRA poll
  War Emblem heading to California Sunday
  It takes a special horse to win a Triple Crown
  War Emblem fine after Belmont stumble
  'Doomed' Crown bid apparent from start


War Emblem winning the Kentucky Derby
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  War party begins
  War Emblem still going strong
  War Emblem works impressively at Churchill Downs
  War Emblem breezes at Churchill in first post-Preakness work
  Baffert keeping Espinoza low-key
  Longshot joins War Emblem's foes
  War Emblem: Super or Subpar?
  'Emblem' might be at least Slew Lite
  Belmont preview: All about War Emblem
  Baffert expects couple of breezes for War Emblem
  War Emblem returning to track Thursday
  War Emblem settles back in at Churchill Downs
  War Emblem doing well the morning after

  Triple Crown threat: War Emblem wins Preakness - BH
  War Emblem wins Preakness - DRF
  War Emblem captures 127th Preakness Stakes - TTimes
  War Emblem has first spin over Pimlico main track (5/16)
  War Emblem puts in Preakness work (5/14)
  War Emblem slated to breeze on Tuesday at Churchill Downs (5/13)
  Baffert thinks War Emblem looks ready for pace battle (5/11)
  Springer: Selling War Emblem 'right thing' (5/8)
  War Emblem gets first exercise on track since Derby win (5/8)
  War Emblem vaults to top of three-year-old poll
  Baffert: War Emblem can win Triple Crown (5/5)
  War Emblem doing well day after Derby win, bound for Preakness (5/5)
  Illinois Derby winner War Emblem wins Kentucky Derby
  War Emblem goes wire-to-wire in Derby - BH
  War Emblem wires Kentucky Derby - DRF
  Last-minute shopping gets Baffert, Salman their winner - DRF
  War Emblem wires Kentucky Derby - TTimes

  War Emblem blooms for Baffert (4/30)
  War Emblem to get final Derby work on Tuesday (4/27)
  War Emblem turns in first work for Baffert at Churchill Downs (4/18)
  War Emblem headed to Kentucky Derby after sale (4/11)
  Illinois Derby results (4/6)
  War Emblem shoots for Illinois Derby
  Illinois Derby may be next
  Illinois Derby Prep results
  Risen Star results
  Risen Star preview
  Lecomte results


  Derby bonus dispute heads to court ... but which one? (6/14)
  Thoroughbred Corp. sues over Illinois Derby-Ky. Derby bonus (6/11)
  Illinois Derby bonus distribution still up in the air (5/28)
  War Emblem bonus still up in the air (5/24)
  War Emblem one answer; now comes bonus question (5/9)
  Reineman plans to file suit this week on Derby bonus (5/9)
  War Emblem's bonus belongs to Thoroughbred Corp, attorney says (5/8)
  War Emblem bonus is sticky issue (5/7)
  Controversy swirls around $1 million War Emblem bonus (5/7)
  Reineman wants half of War Emblem's bonus (5/6)
  Dispute looms over who should get Derby bonus (5/6)

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