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January 1, 2008
Isiah Thomas said yesterday he would remain the New York Knicks' coach, nearly two weeks after saying it would be fair to evaluate his performance in a "couple of weeks." "We'll keep moving in this direction," Thomas said yesterday when reminded of those comments after practice. Asked what direction that was, Thomas responded: "Me as the coach." The Knicks haven't shown any signs of life. Though Thomas -- who is also the team president -- has made lineup changes before the past two games, New York (8-21)
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By Bill Christine and Bill Christine,Los Angeles Times | July 12, 1991
Last February, J.T. Lundy, the president of Calumet Farm, was in San Francisco, receiving 1990 Eclipse Awards for being the best breeder and for Criminal Type, the Horse of the Year.Two months later, Lundy resigned as president, and yesterday, after a succession of stories in the racing trade press about clients suing Calumet, the historic farm filed two Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Lexington, Ky., listing debts of about $135 million.John Ward, who replaced Lundy as president of Calumet, said the 869-acre farm is for sale and added: "We needed protection from the courts so that we could go on and do business."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | November 27, 1994
For the first time in the 23-year history of the Eclipse Awards, the 1994 Horse of the Year honor will be announced in Washington.Members of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which represents the bulk of North American racetracks, are breaking from tradition this year.Normally, the TRA's annual convention, and accompanying Eclipse Awards dinner, is held at some cushy warm-weather location such as Palm Springs, Calif., or Miami.This year it means Jimmy Croll, owner-trainer of likely winner Holy Bull, will have to leave his winter headquarters in South Florida and head north to accept racing's biggest prize.
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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 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 Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | March 26, 1992
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Calumet Farm sits in the lap of bluegrass luxury here, a sprawling monument to what thoroughbred racing once was and to what it has become.Once the most celebrated farm of its kind in America, it is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, having amassed $127 million in debt in a nine-year spending spree. Creditors are lined up at the door, IOUs in hand.Today and tomorrow, to satisfy those creditors, Calumet, all 843 acres, is being auctioned off, piece by piece.The horses are already gone, most in a dispersal sale last November at the Keeneland Auction.
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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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