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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Sports May Kokomo Tribune C3 Another Kentucky Derby favorite falls short AP Everything was right about the trip except the horse that made Thoroughbred racing was on the lookout for a striking gray named Holy Bull to break from the gate Saturday at Churchill 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 it was Go for Gin that And went and went and 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 It was the kind of surface that Nick Go For Gins had spent the better part of a week praying Sometimes the best horse dont win the big Zito frac turing grammar as he had tradi tion by winning a second Derby in just three Its the best horse that And he was Go For Gins No one had to remind him Tracks have a big part in rac A big You cant put a dome over a racetrack and you cant tell Zito not to let it The day before the Zito stood outside Barn 42 in the early morning mist sheepishly provid ing a television interviewer with details of his second scrape with a rental car in only three vis its to Churchill The moment the cameras quit he turned to a nearby visi tor and And if I ever come 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 Zito Im like the Ive got no problems with an Even if thats Zito still suf fers by In five starts on off Go For Gin has won three times and finished second in the two Breaking from post position 6 the slim bay colt veered to his right coming out of the gate and bumped into Tabasco ft turned out to be his only misstep of the While everyone waited for Holy the 21 favorite on the strength of seven wins in eight to assume the the big gray was nowhere to be Holy Bull mysteriously stalled at the ceding the lead to He eventually faded to Jockey Chris aboard Go For righted his mount and went after the leader in either He was a halflength behind going into the first turn and trying to save some horse for a challenge that never I tried to ease him back at the eighth pole and he would have nothing to do with McCarron Nick told me he wanted him 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 McCarron hes going to be hard to Impossible turned out to be more like McCarron couldnt have known that at the of 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 I just looked to the inside to see if anybody was making up he I thought if anybody came Id pull my horse over to the rail and a kick a little mud in their That final indignity turned out to be Strodes the Charlie Whittinghamtrained colt who went unraced as a 2 closed with a but still finished two lengths Blumin the Jack Van Bergtrained lived up to his laterunning reputation by claiming another three quarters of a length Mud died and badly Holy Bull finished lengths People will debate for years why Go For Gin appropriated the grays trip and his spot in the win ners But it was probably ordained when the skies opened up Friday night and remained that way until a rays of sun shine pierced the clouds just about the time the Derby was At about the same Holy Bulls Jimmy caught up with his Mike heading for the What happened Croll fairly In the Smiths answer could not be But even as the two walked toward the pad workmen on a ladder mounted a name on the panel just under the where the name of the Derby champions are dis It read simply Go For Gin There was no room for explanations about how it ended up 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 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 a 42 win over Kansas That was more like Jack But it will get McDowell 24 was certainly more allowing seven hits in 6 13 innings to break a threegame losing streak and win for the first time since April He walked two and struck out He might not have been in his Cy Young form of last season but his outing was an improvement both mentally and He hadnt make it past the fifth inning in either of his two previ ous My stuff wasnt any better than before but I didnt I had great It was a matter of going back to what I used to Thats throwing a lot of strikes instead of trying to make everything a perfect said Frank Thomas 10th homer gave Chicago an early 10 and the White Sox scored twice in the to go up 32 with the help of Mark Gubiczas second balk of the Warren Newson doubled and held third after a single by Lance Gubicza was called for a balk his second of the game by third base umpire John Shu lock and Newson who took second on the came in when Ozzie Guillen lined a twoout Gubicza 13 allowed seven hits in six AL roundup Tigers 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 The game was stopped after the bottom of the and called after a rain delay of 91 who had not homered in 158 career homered to left center field in the third then went the opposite way to right in the Yankees Red Sox 5 Randy Velarde hit a sacrifice capping a tworun rally in the ninth inning Saturday that sent the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox Jeff Russell 02 blew a save for the third time in 11 chances this With New York trailing 5 4 following Mo Vaughns two upperdeck homer off Paul Gibson in the Luis Polonia walked opening the ninth and stole Singles by Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly tied the and Danny Tartabulls fly to right advanced pinch runner Gerald Williams to third with the win ning Blue Jays Brewers 2 Pat Borders jarred the ball loose from catcher Dave Nilsson to score the tying run with two outs in the ninth and Paul Moli tor followed with an RBI single Saturday as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past theMilwaukee Brew ers 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 IndiansOrioles rain The Cleveland at Baltimore game scheduled for Saturday was postponed by The game never started and was called after a wait of 2 25 No makeup date was 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 Smiley 42 and Astros starter Brian Williams 02 pitched and fielded turning it into a backandfortn game from the first Each starter blew a pair of leads and committed a costly Cincinnati went ahead to stay 75 with a threerun Smiley started it with the first of his two and Mor ris drove in the goahead run with the second of his three Morris had another RBI double as part of a threerun seventh The Reds piled up a sea sonhigh 18 hits against five Houston Smiley gave his worst perfor mance in seven allowing six seven hits and three walks in 5 23 He had a field ing error that set up two unearned runs anda wild pitch that scored Williams got rocked for the third consecutive giving up 10 three walks and seven runs in 3 13 His throw ing error let in two runs in the first Williams has given up 15 runs and 26 hits and 10 walks in his last three covering 10 13 He hasnt made it to the fourth inning in any of the three Jeff Bagwell hit a threerun homer in the his but Williams throwing error fueled a fourrun rally in the bottom of the NL roundup James Mouton and Mike Felder had RBI singles in the second to put the Astros ahead The Reds took control with the three run fourth that included an RBI single by Barry Morris runscoring double and a sacrifice fly by Roberto The Astros cut it to 87 on Kevin Bass RBI single in the seventh off Johnny but the Reds scored three times in the bottom of the inning off three Astros relievers to put it Mets Cardinals 0 Bobby Jones scattered eight hits for his first career and the New York Mets beat the Louis Cardinals 10 Saturday Jones 42 struck out five and walked two for his fourth win in five It was his first complete game in the majors in 16 Jones ended the game by retir ing pinchhitter Brian Jordan on a grounder runners on first and Jordan is Ofor20 with runners in scoring position this The held to two hits for five innings by Tom Urbani broke through with two outs in the John Cangelosi moved to third on an infield hit by Jose Vizcaino and scored on Keven McReynolds second dou Braves Expos 1 Mark Lemke hit a two run homer in the ninth inning off Jeff rallying Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 21 Saturday The Expos gave Fassero a 10 lead in the ninth on Lenny Web sters twoout infield single with the bases Fassero 22 was one out away from his first career shutout when he issued his first to David Ofor13 in his career against hit the left handers 10 pitch over the left field fence for his second homer and Atlantas third straight Fassero tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and gave up eight rain The game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates scheduled for Saturday night was rained The game never start ed because of the bad The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday starting at Dodgers 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