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By JOHN EISENBERG | May 18, 1991
How could it be? How could a single moment be so splendid and awful? Sum up all that is grand and tragic about a place? Can there be a moment of such profound irony anywhere other than in a Hollywood script?The answer is yes. It happened when Strike the Gold crossed the finish line ahead of 15 horses at Churchill Downs on May 4, winning the Kentucky Derby. Splendid, awful, grand, tragic -- the victory was all that to Calumet Farm, the horse fame to which all aspired for so long.It sent a message to everyone in racing that Calumet, which bred Strike the Gold and owned him for two years, still had a knack for producing champions.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | April 30, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Nick Zito wants to compare Strike the Gold to Alysheba. Let him indulge. There are enough similarities for a pre-Derby mix of a little realism, a little dreaming and a lot of hope.Alysheba, racing's all-time leader in money earnings, won the Kentucky Derby four years ago. It was, officially, his second career victory. He had won the Blue Grass Stakes in his final start before the Derby but was disqualified for a bumping incident.Now, Strike the Gold, trained by Zito, enters off a win in the Blue Grass, his second career victory.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 5, 1992
She loved tennis.And is still considered a wicked bridge player.But the most fun Adelaide Riggs gets out of life is from her horses.The 84-year-old sportswoman has accumulated quite a group of thoroughbreds in the past few years. Today one of her homebred colts, Woods of Windsor -- named after the European fragrance that her sister, who lives in Paris, lavishes on her -- could start as the favorite in the $125,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Race Course.Another one of her precocious 2-year-olds, Wild Zone, who is now resting on the farm, won or placed in four stakes this year and is regarded as one of the quickest members of the juvenile crop of 1992.
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By Marty McGee | April 26, 1991
Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera, who saddled Affirmed, the most recent Triple Crown winner, died early yesterday after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He was 66.A native of Cuba who had a 40-year training career in Cuba, Mexico and the United States, Barrera died at Rio Hondo Hospital in Downey, Calif., at about 1:30 a.m.Barrera entered the hospital Wednesday night. Barrera's son, Larry, said his father had been ill for about two days.Affirmed, the 1978 and 1979 Horse of the Year, was the winner of a series of famed stretch duels with Alydar in the 1978 Triple Crown.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Staff Writer | January 28, 1994
If you think about it, whatever horrible curse has befallen actress Susan Lucci now seems to have enshrouded the Super Bowl-bound Buffalo Bills.Fourteen times, Susan Lucci has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work on the popular soap "All My Children."And 14 times, the poor woman has watched as some other actress yelps with joy, rushes to the podium and cradles a gleaming gold trophy while dabbing her eyes with a Kleenex.Could you blame Ms. Lucci if she came home every day and threw a shoe at the dog?
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | July 26, 1991
LAUREL -- Peter Pugh pulls on his red baseball cap with the blue lettering that spells "Calumet Farm," and hops into his pickup truck."You wanna know what really makes me mad? People that dump this farm," the 39-year-old trainer said."I hear it all the time -- 'hey, have you got paid yet?' -- stuff like that. They would be so lucky to have even one son of Alydar standing in their shedrow."The litany goes on, ever since the world-renowned farm, the farm that is synonymous in this country with horse racing and Kentucky bluegrass, filed for bankruptcy on July 11.A week earlier Pugh shipped into Laurel with the bulk of what is left of the Calumet Farm racing string -- 10 horses, including two sons of Alydar, named Joy Maker and Aly Fresco; Beautiful Gold, a daughter of champion sire Mr. Prospector out of Calumet's champion filly, Before Dawn, and seven other royally-bred, though heavily leveraged, horses.
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By ASSSOCIATED PRESS | March 18, 1991
HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Strike the Gold trainer Nick Zito says his colt is gaining on Florida Derby winner Fly So Free."Sooner or later, we'll catch up to him," Zito promised.Strike the Gold was a surprise runner-up in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. He rallied from last through the final turn and closed within a length of Fly So Free early in the stretch, but the horses ran even the final 70 yards."I wasn't worried," said Fly So Free trainer Scotty Schulhofer, whose colt is the Kentucky Derby favorite.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1995
Tim Kelly, Jimmy Toner and Dick Delp -- trainers of the top three contenders in today's Grade II $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park -- all concede one point.If any of them is going to pocket the trainer's share of $12,000 for saddling today's winner, each of their horses must catch Queen Suite.The daughter of Bates Motel, trained at Laurel by Ron Benshoff, is the target for the connections of the three highweights.Kelly jokes about slipping into Laurel under the cloak of darkness and carrying off the Fritchie spoils.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1995
Arcadia Stable's Buck Jakes, trainer Charlie Fenwick Jr.'s best hope for a Maryland Hunt Cup winner since Sugar Bee won in 1987, goes for his second straight victory today in the $20,000 Grand National Point-to-Point at Butler.A good effort will vault the 7-year-old grandson of Alydar into the starting lineup for next Saturday's $30,000 Hunt Cup at Glyndon.His opposition today includes Tarsky and Sortov, the Irvin Naylor-owned and Jack Fisher-trained pair of geldings that finished third and fourth, respectively, last weekend at My Lady's Manor, as well as Armata Stable's Welter Weight, who was second at the Manor.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1994
Jump-racing fans at the Grand National Steeplechase Races at Butler today will see a familiar sight.After a two-year absence, Charles Fenwick Jr. returns to ride in the featured Grand National Point-to-Point, attempting to win the three-mile timber race for an unprecedented 10th time.It will be Fenwick's 15th trip around the 18-jump course, spanning a 21-year period.If he has a good trip today aboard the 6-year-old gelding Buck Jakes, Fenwick could attempt his sixth Maryland Hunt Cup win next Saturday, which would tie him with Mike Smithwick's record.
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