Where American Pharoah ranks among Triple Crown winners

With American Pharoah finally becoming horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, where does he rank amongst racing’s immortals? 1. Secretariat (1973) – Big Red won 16 of 21 races in his career and holds the world-record of 2:24 when winning the Belmont Stakes in 1973, a full two seconds faster than any other Belmont run. 2. Citation (1948) – Won 19 of 20 starts in 1948 when he swept the Triple Crown and became racing’s first millionaire in 1951. RELATED: AFFIRMED JOCKEY WATCHES AMERICAN PHAROAH FROM STANDS 3. Count Fleet (1943) – Won the Belmont Stakes by a record 25 lengths, until Secretariat broke the mark winning by 31 lengths. 4. Seattle Slew (1977) – Is the only horse to win the Triple Crown with an undefeated record. 5. American Pharoah (2015) – Beat the most horses, 17, in the Derby before going on to capture the Triple Crown. 6. War Admiral (1937) – Won 21 of 26 career starts but is best known for losing to Seabiscuit in the 1938 match race. 7. Whirlaway (1941) – Raced 60 times in his, the most of any Triple Crown winner, winning 32 times. Is the only Triple Crown winner to also win the Travers. 8. Affirmed (1978) – Won 22 of 29 career starts but finished behind Seattle Slew the two times they met. 9. Assault (1946) – Defeated 31 other horses when he swept the Crown, the most until American Pharoah tied him this year. 10. Gallant Fox (1930) – Won the Preakness Stakes first when it was run eight days before the Derby, winning the first official “Triple Crown." 11. Omaha (1935) – Only won 9 of 22 career starts but was the first son of a Triple Crown winner, Gallant Fox. 12. Sir Barton (1919) – Won the Triple Crown before it was even called that. MOBILE USER? WATCH AMERICAN PHAROAH WIN THE TRIPLE Continue Reading

Strip tease! Las Vegas strip club offers Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight winner free lap dances for life, strippers to get boxer’s tattoo

What do you give the multi-millionaire boxing hero who has everything? In Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's case, it is free lap dances for life plus four strippers prepared to tattoo the name of the winner of the eagerly anticipated fight between the two on their bodies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The Deja Vu Showgirls has come up with the stunt ahead of "the biggest fight in history" on May 2 in Las Vegas. The club has even written an open letter to "Dear Mr Mayweather & Mr Pacquiao." "That's right," the letter continues. "FREE COUCH DANCES FOR LIFE! That's definitely better than your $250 million pay-day!!" The club will also throw in a $500,000 bottle of gold-plated Dom Perignon for the winner "for free," a "topless foxy boxing match" — and just in case it isn't tacky enough — "a life-sized portrait of you with strippers at your feet displayed in the club lobby forever!" The loser gets nothing. The bout will pit undefeated five-division world champion Mayweather against the first and only eight-division champ Pacquiao. Continue Reading

Philadelphia police catch robbers who took casino winner’s $13,000 using victim’s stolen phone

They gambled on a robbery and lost it all at the casino. Two 26-year-old men allegedly followed a big winner from the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia to his home and robbed him of $13,000 at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, police said in a statement to the Daily News. They are idemntified as Justin Knecht and Carlos Rodriguez. They are charged with robberyand other offenses, police said.  But the criminals pushed their luck by also taking the victim's phone, which police used to trace the suspects who headed back to the casino and were arrested. The 43-year-old victim had a great night playing blackjack from 11 p.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Saturday, but his lucky streak was snapped as soon as he got to his house. The two men had followed his cab and when he exited the vehicle they pointed a gun at him and demanded the money. "(The armed thief said) 'get on the ground or I'll kill you.' I put my hands up and I actually laid in my neighbor's (yard) — she's got a little bed of rocks next door and there was a flower pot there," the unidentified victim told TV Station WPVI. "He said, 'put the pot over your head. Don't look at me or I'll put a bullet in your head.'" The two men emptied his pockets leaving their victim with only 50 cents, the station reported. But he called police and identified their blue Nissan Murano getaway car. Police also traced his iPhone 5c and discovered the thieves had taken the winnings back to the casino. Police spotted one suspect in the car and when he saw police he started fleeing towards the casino and emptying his pockets. Officers found him hiding in a bathroom and arrested him. He said, 'put the pot over your head. Don't look at me or I'll put a bullet in your head.' Police recovered the victim’s cell phone, $5,565 in cash, keys and casino chips. Officers also arrested the second suspect. They did not identify the alleged gunman. The victim Continue Reading

Alabama couple to give away goat cheese farm, $20K to essay contest winner

An Alabama couple will give away their beloved goat cheese farm to the lucky winner of an essay contest who can properly pen why they're the right person to run the creamery. Paul and Leslie Spell's 20-acre debt-free family farm in Elkmont is up for grabs — along with their house, 85 goats, and $20,000 to keep the cheese churning, ABC News affiliate WAAY-TV reported. "We've had a pretty successful run here, and I thought it was time for us to go help someone else," Paul told Al.com. The couple owns Humble Heart Farms, which produces natural goat cheese and low-fat frozen desserts dubbed "Udder Escapes" and "Bama Cools." But the retiring lovebirds are looking to leave to help their missionary friends start a goat farm in Costa Rica, they said on a website they created to host the contest. It costs $150 to enter the competition, which the Spells hope will draw at least 2,500 contestants. The winner will be announced on Oct. 15. "Take a moment and jot down why you or your organization is the perfect fit to continue the farmstead goat cheese tradition," the couple wrote. ON A MOBILE DEVICE?  WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Monsignor Farrell beats Salesian, 12-7 in 12 innings, to force winner-take-all CHSAA baseball title game

Monsignor Farrell’s Vin Vitacco wanted redemption in the first game of the CHSAA championship against Salesian. After failing to get a hit in his first five attempts, including twice when the Lions had the bases loaded, he hurt the Eagles most when it counted by driving in the game-winning run in the 12th inning of Farrell’s 12-7 win in a crazy game to set up a winner-take-all game Friday night at St. John’s. “I tried to forget about that stuff as much as I could,” Vitacco said. “I just wanted to make contact, and just give my team a chance. “It’s a great feeling looking at my team in the dugout going crazy.” After Vitacco’s RBI, the Lions’ offense completely steamrolled Salesian, as they were able to score six more runs to empty out the mostly-Salesian crowd at Fordham University, leading to the lopsided score after a nearly four-hour marathon. Had fourth-seeded Salesian (19-6) won, the Eagles would have won the championship and Friday night’s game at St. John’s would not be necessary.  But Farrell (18-9) refuses to go down, as they have now fought off elimination six times through the CHSAA playoffs. But none of those games compare to the Lions’ comeback on Thursday. With Salesian holding a 5-3 lead, the Lions were down to their final out with no one on base in the seventh inning. But Farrell’s Gary Otten, Rob Regina and Michael Matarazzo loaded the bases, leaving Tom Medina at the plate. And once Medina had two strikes against him, the Salesian crowd began chants of “one more strike.” But that just motivated Medina, who responded with a line drive down the middle to bring in Otten and Regina and tie the game.  “I heard that chant of one more strike, one more strike, but I just told the team ‘refuse to be the last out,’” Medina said. “It fired up the whole team, added the fire and we glad we Continue Reading

PHA-bulous! It’s hats off to Triple Crown winner

American Pharoah is the king of horse racing. The 3-year-old colt bolted to victory in the 147th Belmont Stakes Saturday — completing the Triple Crown. The sellout crowd of 90,000 went berserk as American Pharoah pulled away from the field after leading from start to finish — and galloped into immortality. Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. “Wow! Wow! Wow!” jockey Victor Espinoza said after the race. “It’s just an amazing thing.” A deafening roar erupted inside the Long Island raceway as American Pharoah crossed the finish line. Fans immediately started crying, high-fiving and hugging each other. “I’m shaking,” said Californian Brigid Jarrat, 52, her eyes streaked with tears. “I flew in for this. Last time I was here was with my mom and she just passed away last month, so I feel like she was a little angel on my shoulder.” Pharoah’s victory prompted Long Islander Alex Crump to throw his arms in the air and start pumping his fists. “Oh Lord have mercy! We finally got a Triple Crown,” said Crump, 58. “It was marvelous. I’m ecstatic. Oh hell yeah!”Riding a six-race win streak, American Pharoah came into the race a heavy favorite. Only 12 horses have ever won horse racing’s ultimate trifecta. This is the first since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah’s bid came a year after California Chrome failed to claim the coveted crown after finishing the Belmont in a dead heat for fourth. Herds of horse racing fans trotted to the track earlier in the day hoping to witness history. “The anticipation of a horse being able to win the Triple Crown — it’s electric,” said Andy Wiley, 29, of Schenectady, who has made it to the race every year since 2001. Friends Dickie Lochran, 49, and Adam Continue Reading

Masters winner Jordan Spieth wants to be best in world, currently No. 2

AUGUSTA — We saw it coming at last year’s Masters and again at the Ryder Cup. What Jordan Spieth accomplished Sunday was simply an emphatic validation of that promise. He’s five months older than Tiger Woods was when he won his first major and four months younger than Rory McIlroy was when he won his. He is neither of those players, of course. He does it his way, not quite as spectacularly, almost matter-of-factly. RELATED: 18 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MASTERS WINNER JORDAN SPIETH But Spieth, now the No. 2 player in the world, does have goals just as lofty. He wants to be No. 1. And after what everyone saw this past week, no one can say that’s not within his reach. Of course, being Spieth, he threw down the gauntlet in the nicest way possible. “Rory has got four majors and numerous wins,” he said of the current number-one. “That’s something I can still only dream about. I’ll never hit it as far as he does and I have to make up for that somewhere else.” That something else is his rock solid putter. After all, the object of the game is to put the ball in the hole. As Ben Crenshaw said, “God, can he score.” McIlroy has seen this before. At the Australian Open in November, Spieth ran away to a six-shot win by shooting a final round 63 in ridiculously windy conditions. Afterwards, McIlroy tweeted, “You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn’t sniff 63. . . . Well done Jordan Spieth, impressive.” He used that word to describe Spieth again Sunday. “It’s awfully impressive,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a similar position, winning my first major, and having a nice comfortable walk up the 18th. It’s nice to get your major tally up and running at quite an early stage of your career. Jordan is ... 21. And it’s great to see. Great for the game. And I’m sure Continue Reading

Heidi Klum has a first-class pal in Melanie Griffith; Matt Lauer says Ellen DeGeneres is prank war’s likely winner

A [email protected] spy witnessed a heartwarming act of celebrity solidarity on a flight from L.A. to New York. As the plane was boarding, we’re told, Melanie Griffith caught a passenger trying to film fellow flier Heidi Klum on a cell phone. “Melanie tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘That’s not nice,’ ” according to our source. The chastened photographer then continued on his way to coach. LAUERED EXPECTATIONS Matt Lauer knows he’s the underdog in his prank war with Ellen DeGeneres, which began when she Photoshopped the “Today” star into “Fifty Shades of Grey” pics. In the latest volley, Lauer put up three billboards in L.A. for a plumbing company supposedly owned by DeGeneres, complete with a shot of the talk-show host with her butt crack showing. “Ellen is the master of the whole prank thing,” Lauer told [email protected] “In the end, I’ll probably lose the war, but I’ll go down in a blaze of glory.” A MODEL IN THE BORSCHT BELT Supermodel Irina Shayk isn’t stick-thin (at least by model standards), and she’s happy with it. “I don’t fit a size-zero dress and I’m proud of it, because I’ve got some curves,” she says. “I’m a model, but I’m a human being. I love to eat, I love to enjoy my life. I love to eat fast food, and sometimes you have to push yourself to go exercise.” The Russian stunner, just back from St. Petersburg, raved about the pelmeni (dumplings) and borscht there. A HEADY OCCASION The eldest Kardashian sibling celebrated her birthday in — where else? — Vegas. Kourtney and baby daddy Scott Disick blew out the candles for her 36th birthday at the 1 Oak nightclub in the Mirage Hotel & Casino while giant cutouts of their heads were held aloft. Klassy. Khloe and Kendall , meanwhile, were spotted watching their Continue Reading

Del Unser, traded to Mets for Tug McGraw, working for Phillies, where he was member of ‘80 World Series winners

Del Unser has a wry take on the famous 1974 trade that made him a Met: “The good news on getting me was getting John Stearns, too,” Unser says. “The bad news was losing a really good player.” That player, as Met fans of a certain age doubtless remember, was Tug McGraw. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BRENT STROM NOW PITCHING TO ASTROS ACES The Mets thought Unser was the answer to their problems in center field, but the cost was dear – McGraw was shipped to Philadelphia with Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for Unser, Stearns and Mac Scarce. Unser, now 70, probably would’ve hit .300 in 1975, his first year as a Met, if not for a rib injury late in the season that hampered his swing. He finished at .294 with 10 homers and 53 RBI and had perhaps his finest year defensively roaming Shea’s outfield, too. But Unser got hurt early in ’76 when he was hit by a Lynn McGlothen pitch and “couldn’t straighten out my right arm,” he says. Later that season, Unser was dealt to the Expos in another well-known trade, going to Montreal with Wayne Garrett for Pepe Mangual and Jim Dwyer. Mangual and Dwyer played only a combined 60 games for the Mets, so the deal was a Met bust, something Unser basically put an early exclamation point on when he hit a walk-off homer against his old club in his third game as an Expo. Unser’s rewarding career went on to include a stint as McGraw’s teammate on the World Series champion 1980 Phillies. He would develop into a dynamite pinch-hitter who hurt Dan Quisenberry and the Royals in the ’80 Fall Classic and also set a pinch-hitting record by homering in three consecutive plate appearances. Nowadays, Unser is a pro scout for the Phillies when he’s not at home in Arizona doting on his family, which includes his wife, Dale, two daughters and seven grandchildren. He recently spoke to a reporter from a minor-league ballpark where he was Continue Reading

‘Heisenberg’ review: Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker and  Denis Arndt an unlikely couple in play by Simon Stephens

The title name-drops a physicist known for his complex uncertainty principle, but “Heisenberg” comes down to something pretty simple: It takes two to tango. Human connections, natural, mysterious and elusive things, are what this modestly intriguing story is all about. The new play, premiering Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club, marks the latest work by Tony nominee Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”). Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt play two lost souls. The play, under the direction of Mark Brokaw, unfolds on a stage with a few sticks of furniture and starts with a staccato, back-and-forth burst between Georgie Burns (Parker), who’s in her 40s, and Alex Priest (Arndt), a stranger 30 years her senior. Uninvited, she planted a kiss on him in a London train station. The aftermath of the stealth smooch unfolds, and we get to know them at the same time they do. Which isn’t easy, since Georgie lies. A lot. Who are the people in our lives, and what do they want? Uncertainty principle, indeed. Parker, an Emmy and Tony winner, employs her signature quirks in a character who’s charming, slippery and annoying. Parker is a natural at Georgie-speak, which is filled with switchbacks. “Yes. No. Yes. Really yes,” is how she responds to a question. It’s a tricky part, and Parker hasn’t quite found the key to make it appear as if she’s not working hard at playing a character. Arndt, who has appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Supernatural,” brings a warm, laid-back humanity. Alex is a butcher who thinks like a philosopher. Over a series of relatively short scenes separated by blackouts and a bell sounding, the actors share a sturdy rapport. They frequently move furniture, but seldom us. “Is this the strangest thing that two people have ever done in the history of the world?” asks Georgie. Continue Reading