From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul> Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 11:33:11 EDT Fwd Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 08:40:02 -0400 Subject: Roswell Native Agrees Aliens Fixed Kentucky Derby Klaatu Plays The Ponies... Roswell Native Agrees Aliens Fixed Kentucky Derby I'd recently purchased the DVD of The Day The Earth Stood Still, the 1950's Robert Wise sci-fi classic. I recalled the scene where Klaatu, the alien visitor had to demonstrate his powers by stopping the use of electricity to selected devices. Impressive, but could you imagine if he had fixed the horse races? That would definitely have gotten the attention of the world's leaders. Gambling is afterall more important than whether the kilowatts flow. So I see this story where winning Kentucky Derby jockey Mike Smith, a native of good ol' Roswell, NM jockey joked about the wee folk from beyond and their part in his history making win on the 50-1 odds winning race horse Giacomo. Best, Greg ----- Source USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/sports/horses/triple/derby/2005-05-08-notebook-roswell_x.htm?csp=34 Roswell Native Smith Feels Force By Gary Mihoces and Tom Pedulla USA Today Now it can be told. Given the out-of-this-world finish by Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, maybe it's no surprise jockey Mike Smith is from Roswell, N.M., well known in UFO lore. Smith, who was all smiles in the barn area Sunday morning, described Roswell as "close to where the aliens live around." Might those aliens have given him a lift on his first Derby victory in 12 rides? "I felt like I was floating, so they must have," he said. Edge of tomorrow: Third-place Derby finisher Afleet Alex probably will be transported Wednesday to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to prepare for the Preakness Stakes, trainer Tim Ritchey said Sunday. "You can't dwell on the past. If you do, you'll go crazy in this game. There is always tomorrow," said Ritchey, who is based at Delaware Park in Wilmington. "We're looking forward to the Preakness. It's a little shorter race. It's in our backyard. And if he runs with the same courage, they'll have to outrun him. ... We're definitely going to try to win the Preakness. I think he has a heck of a shot." Welcome mat: Trainer Bobby Frankel figures the 1-2 finishes by Giacomo and Closing Argument guarantee long shots won't shy away from the Derby in coming years. "One thing we know for sure, a 20-horse Derby from now on," Frankel said. "You heard people say, 'This horse doesn't belong. This horse doesn't belong.' That will ensure a 20-horse Derby for the next 10 years until people forget about it." Streak ends: One of the most impressive streaks in Derby history ended as Pat Day continues to recover from March 30 hip surgery. Day, 51, had held out hope of riding in his 22nd consecutive Derby when the operation was performed. But the surgeon found more damage than expected as he repaired cartilage in the jockey's right hip. Day ranks fourth with 8,780 career victories. He has said repeatedly he intends to make a comeback. He did not want to jeopardize that by hurrying his rehabilitation for the sake of extending his record streak.
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