'Notion' among six horses killed in fire


January 28, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Six horses were killed when a fire swept through the barn of trainer Nancy Heil in Potomac on Thursday night.

Among the casualties was Fighting Notion, one of Maryland's top sprinters in recent years and at one time the six-furlong record holder at both Pimlico and Laurel Park.

Fighting Notion still holds the Laurel record of 1:08 for the distance, set in July 1992.

In the 1992 Preakness, he led until the field approached the

TC eighth pole and wound up fifth behind Summer Squall.

0 No other details were immediately available.

Injunction issued

A preliminary injunction issued by the Kanawha County Circuit Court has restrained the West Virginia Racing Commission from holding an election to determine the representative of Charles Town horsemen, according to the Daily Racing Form.

The election was to have been held this weekend, but the court scheduled a Friday hearing on the matter instead.

Two organizations are seeking to represent the horsemen and ** the commission wanted to resolve the situation so that one of them could have the opportunity to approve the resumption of full-card simulcasting and the track's application for racing dates.

L Live racing at Charles Town has been suspended indefinitely.

Laurel change

Laurel Park yesterday announced a change in its racing schedule, effective Feb. 6.

On that date, the track will begin conducting live racing Wednesday through Sunday, with Monday switching to simulcast only. Tuesdays will remain dark.

The schedule will continue until an unspecified date in March.

The only exception will be President's Day -- Monday, Feb. 20 -- when a live card will be scheduled.

NOTES: Cojak, fourth in the 1976 Preakness, is standing stud for a 20-mare limit at Hickory Plains Farm in Monrovia, Md. A former Maryland-bred 2-year-old champion, Cojak is a grandson of Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star. . . . Today's Laurel feature is the $50,000-added Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Top-weighted White Cliffs and Noble Nannie enter the event with two-race winning streaks. . . . Dr. Robert Vallance, one of Maryland's leading veterinarians, has been named chairman of the race committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. . . . Jockey William Moorefield will be out for an indefinite period after suffering a broken arm during a training accident.

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