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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Sports Sunday May Kokomo Tribune C3 Another Kentucky Derby favorite falls short LOUISVILLE Ky AP Everything was right about the trip except the horse that made it Thoroughbred racing was on the lookout for a striking gray named Holy Bull to break from the gate Saturday at Churchill Downs run away from the strongest Kentucky Derby field in a decade and not slow down until he had plucked each of the Triple Crowns gems and given the game its next superstar Instead it was Go for Gin that went And went and went and went Showers that began late Friday night and continued until just about an hour before the race pounded the dirt oval until its color and complexion resembled runny mascara It was the kind of surface that Nick Zito Go For Gins trainer had spent the better part of a week praying for Sometimes the best horse dont win the big Zito said frac turing grammar as he had tradi tion by winning a second Derby in just three trips Its the best horse that day And he added was Go For Gins No one had to remind him why Tracks have a big part in rac ing A big part You cant put a dome over a racetrack and you cant tell Zito added not to let it The day before the Derby Zito stood outside Barn 42 in the early morning mist sheepishly provid ing a television interviewer with details of his second minor scrape with a rental car in only three vis its to Churchill Downs The moment the cameras quit rolling he turned to a nearby visi tor and cracked And if I ever come back Im going to ask for something to drive from the infantry division stationed near The visitor asked if the accidents had something to do with the rainslicked pavement Zito said Im like the horse Ive got no problems with an Even if thats true Zito still suf fers by comparison In five starts on off tracks Go For Gin has won three times and finished second in the two others Breaking from post position No 6 Saturday the slim bay colt veered to his right coming out of the gate and bumped into Tabasco Cat ft turned out to be his only misstep of the trip While everyone waited for Holy Bull the 21 favorite on the strength of seven wins in eight starts to assume the lead the big gray was nowhere to be found Holy Bull mysteriously stalled at the gate ceding the lead to Ulises He eventually Faded to 12th Jockey Chris McCarron aboard Go For Gin righted his mount and went after the leader in either case He was a halflength behind going into the first turn and trying to save some horse for a challenge that never materialized I tried to ease him back at the eighth pole and he would have nothing to do with McCarron said Nick told me he wanted him close My instructions were if no one else was in a position to press Holy Bull that I was to assume that But he was running so easy I thought to myself if hes galloping like this at the head of the lane McCarron added hes going to be hard to Impossible turned out to be more like it McCarron couldnt have known that at the time of course And so while he piloted Go For Gin down the middle of the final straight away the safest route on an off track he went to the whip a couple of times for good measure and even dared sneak a glance at the rail I just looked to the inside to see if anybody was making up he said I thought if anybody came inside Id pull my horse over to the rail and a kick a little mud in their That final indignity turned out to be unnecessary Strodes Creek the Charlie Whittinghamtrained colt who went unraced as a 2 yearold closed with a flourish but still finished two lengths back Similarly Blumin Affair the Jack Van Bergtrained colt lived up to his laterunning reputation by claiming third another three quarters of a length behind Mud died and badly beaten Holy Bull finished lengths back People will debate for years why Go For Gin appropriated the grays trip and his spot in the win ners circle But it was probably ordained when the skies opened up Friday night and remained that way until a few rays of sun shine pierced the clouds just about the time the Derby was history At about the same time Holy Bulls ownertrainer Jimmy Crpll caught up with his jockey Mike Smith heading for the paddock What happened Croll fairly shouted In the noise Smiths answer could not be heard But even as the two walked toward the pad dock workmen on a ladder mounted a name on the panel just under the roof where the name of the Derby champions are dis played It read simply Go For Gin There was no room for explanations about how it ended up there Litke is an Associated Press columnist who may be reached through the Kokomo Tribune sports Soxs McDowell back on track By The Associated Press Is Jack back Hes still got a ways to go but hes a lot closer than the last time Chicago White Sox manager Gene Lament said Saturday after McDowell got his first victory in nearly a month a 42 win over Kansas City That was more like Jack McDowell But it will get McDowell 24 was certainly more effective allowing seven hits in 6 13 innings to break a threegame losing streak and win for the first time since April 9 He walked two and struck out three He might not have been in his Cy Young form of last season but his outing was an improvement both mentally and physically He hadnt make it past the fifth inning in either of his two previ ous starts My stuff wasnt any better today than before but I didnt overthrow I had great command It was a matter of going back to what I used to do Thats throwing a lot of strikes instead of trying to make everything a perfect said McDowell Frank Thomas 10th homer gave Chicago an early 10 lead and the White Sox scored twice in the fourth to go up 32 with the help of Mark Gubiczas second balk of the game Warren Newson doubled and held third after a single by Lance Johnson Gubicza was called for a balk his second of the game by third base umpire John Shu lock and Newson scored Johnson who took second on the balk came in when Ozzie Guillen lined a twoout single Gubicza 13 allowed seven nits in six innings AL roundup Tigers 10 Mariners 4 Chris Gomez hit the first two homers of his career and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 104 Saturday in a game shortened to six innings by rain The game was stopped after the bottom of the sixth and called after a rain delay of 91 minutes Gomez who had not homered in 158 career atbats homered to left center field in the third inning then went the opposite way to right in the sixth Yankees 6 Red Sox 5 Randy Velarde hit a sacrifice fly capping a tworun rally in the ninth inning Saturday that sent the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 65 Jeff Russell 02 blew a save for the third time in 11 chances this season With New York trailing 5 4 following Mo Vaughns two run upperdeck homer off Paul Gibson in the eighth Luis Polonia walked opening the ninth and stole second Singles by Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly tied the score and Danny Tartabulls fly to right advanced pinch runner Gerald Williams to third with the win ning run Blue Jays 3 Brewers 2 Pat Borders jarred the ball loose from catcher Dave Nilsson to score the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning and Paul Moli tor followed with an RBI single Saturday as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past theMilwaukee Brew ers 32 Kansas Citys Brian McRae steals second base while Chicagos Ozzie Guillen waits for the throw in the Soxs 42 win AP photo The Blue Jays took advantage of a risky intentional walk in the ninth inning to rally for two runs and end their threegame losing streak IndiansOrioles postponed rain The Cleveland at Baltimore game scheduled for Saturday was postponed by rain The game never started and was called after a wait of 2 hours 25 minutes No makeup date was announced Morris blasts out of slump Reds send Astros to defeat By The Associated Press Hal Morris broke an Ofor16 slump with four hits and John Smiley made up for poor pitching by going 3for3 and scoring twice as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 117 Saturday night Smiley 42 and Astros starter Brian Williams 02 pitched and fielded poorly turning it into a backandforth game from the first inning Each starter blew a pair of leads and committed a costly error Cincinnati went ahead to stay 75 with a threerun fourth Smiley started it with the first of his two doubles and Mor ris drove in the goahead run with the second of his three doubles Morris had another RBI double as part of a threerun seventh inning The Reds piled up a sea sonhigh 18 hits against five Houston pitchers Smiley gave his worst perfor mance in seven starts allowing six runs seven hits and three walks in 5 23 innings He also had a field ing error that set up two unearned runs anda wild pitch that scored another Williams got rocked for the third consecutive start giving up 10 hits three walks and seven runs in 3 13 innings His throw ing error let in two runs in the first inning Williams has given up 15 runs and 26 hits and 10 walks in his last three starts covering 10 13 innings He hasnt made it to the fourth inning in any of the three appearances Jeff Bagwell hit a threerun homer in the first his seventh but Williams throwing error fueled a fourrun rally in the bottom of the NL roundup inning James Mouton and Mike Felder had RBI singles in the second to put the Astros ahead 54 The Reds took control with the three run fourth that included an RBI single by Barry Larkin Morris runscoring double and a sacrifice fly by Roberto Kelly The Astros cut it to 87 on Kevin Bass RBI single in the seventh off Johnny Rufiin but the Reds scored three times in the bottom of the inning off three Astros relievers to put it away Mets 1 Cardinals 0 Bobby Jones scattered eight hits for his first career shutout and the New York Mets beat the St Louis Cardinals 10 Saturday night Jones 42 struck out five and walked two for his fourth win in five starts It was his first complete game in the majors in 16 starts Jones ended the game by retir ing pinchhitter Brian Jordan on a grounder runners on first and second Jordan is Ofor20 with runners in scoring position this year The Mets held to two hits for five innings by Tom Urbani broke through with two outs in the sixth John Cangelosi doubled moved to third on an infield hit by Jose Vizcaino and scored on Keven McReynolds second dou ble Braves 2 Expos 1 Mark Lemke hit a twoout two run homer in the ninth inning off Jeff Fassero rallying Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 21 Saturday night The Expos gave Fassero a 10 lead in the ninth on Lenny Web sters twoout infield single with the bases loaded Fassero 22 was one out away from his first career shutout when he issued his first walk to David Justice Lemke Ofor13 in his career against Fassero hit the left handers 10 pitch over the left field fence for his second homer and Atlantas third straight win Fassero tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and gave up eight hits CubsPirates rain The game 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