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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2000
Struggling to make sense of a confounding year in racing, readers of The Sun split six ways in their votes for 1999 Horse of the Year. But when the responses of 25 racing fans were finally sorted out, Artax emerged as the readers' choice for thoroughbred racing's most prestigious award. Ten of the 25 respondents to my request for input as to who should be Horse of the Year selected Artax, the speedy sprinter who overcame near-tragedy at Pimlico on Preakness day. Charismatic, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, received five votes.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | May 16, 2009
Friday marked the 10th anniversary of an incident that Lee Chang Ferrell would just as soon forget. On Preakness Day 1999, during the seventh race, a drunken spectator scaled the infield fence at Pimlico Race Course, barged onto the track, raised his fists and took a swipe at a horse as the field of eight barreled down the stretch. Ferrell was the culprit; favored Artax was his target. The punch never landed. Somehow, Ferrell escaped getting trampled. Nearly 100,000 fans watched in horror as jockeys swerved around the man poised defiantly, like a boxer, in the middle of the track.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1999
After their bizarre encounter at Pimlico on Preakness day, Artax and Lee Chang Ferrell will soon re-enter the spotlight: Artax as the possible favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 6 at Gulfstream Park, and Ferrell as the defendant at his trial 11 days later in Baltimore Circuit Court.When Ferrell walked onto the track May 15 during the finish of the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap -- three races before the Preakness -- he triggered one of the stranger episodes in racing history. As eight thoroughbreds thundered toward him, he stood his ground, clenched his fists and threw a wild punch at one of the horses: Artax.
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By John Eisenberg | May 15, 2001
WHEN THE MARYLAND Terrapins reached the men's Final Four for the first time in March, a reporter from Kentucky said to me: "Looks like it's the year for a Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby." Meaning, of course, that Baltimore and Maryland were on quite a roll with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl and the Terps reaching the Final Four, and with the Triple Crown season looming, the karma for adding to the parade of local champions was strong. Then Abingdon's Hasim Rahman fell out of the sky as the heavyweight champion of the world in April, adding to the perception that the roads to all glories suddenly were passing through here.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1999
Artax, one of the fastest horses in the world, was retired yesterday after suffering a tendon injury, said his owner, Ernie Paragallo.Speaking from his home on Long Island in New York, Paragallo said that Artax suffered a slight tear of the suspensory ligament in his left front leg. Recent winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, the 4-year-old colt was slated to race Saturday in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York.The leg front is the same leg Artax injured at Pimlico on Preakness Day. In the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap, two races before the Preakness, a man walked onto the track, impeding the horses and forcing Artax's jockey to jerk him abruptly to the left to avoid a collision.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Six months after surviving a bizarre incident at Pimlico, Artax reached the pinnacle of his career yesterday at Gulfstream Park.He won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, matching the track's 26-year-old six-furlong record of 1 minute 7 4/5 seconds by Mr. Prospector. It was the third track record Artax had matched or broken this year."Artax is a spectacular horse," said his New York-based trainer Louis Albertrani.On Preakness day at Pimlico, Artax and his jockey Jorge Chavez rounded the final turn of an early race and there, standing in the middle of track, was a man from the infield.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | May 16, 2009
Friday marked the 10th anniversary of an incident that Lee Chang Ferrell would just as soon forget. On Preakness Day 1999, during the seventh race, a drunken spectator scaled the infield fence at Pimlico Race Course, barged onto the track, raised his fists and took a swipe at a horse as the field of eight barreled down the stretch. Ferrell was the culprit; favored Artax was his target. The punch never landed. Somehow, Ferrell escaped getting trampled. Nearly 100,000 fans watched in horror as jockeys swerved around the man poised defiantly, like a boxer, in the middle of the track.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1999
A man from the infield walked onto the track at Pimlico yesterday three races before the Preakness, stood in front of eight thundering thoroughbreds but escaped injury when horses veered sharply and barely missed him.No horses or jockeys in the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap, the seventh of 12 races, were hurt.The man, identified by police as Lee Ferrell, ran onto the track about 2: 55 p.m. and was arrested minutes later. The 22-year-old suspect, from the 100 block of Walden Road in Bel Air, was taken into custody and transported to Sinai Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, police said.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The Breeders' Cup was supposed to clarify the debate over Horse of the Year. Instead, it turned the question on its head.Had Behrens won the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, he would have clinched the award. (Turf writers, racing secretaries and employees of the Daily Racing Form vote for it.) But when the 2-1 favorite ran dismally and finished seventh, the door opened for as many as 10 horses to lay claim to the award, thoroughbred racing's grandest.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When 15 horses step into the starting gate tomorrow for the 124th Kentucky Derby, the odds board is going to be a marvelous thing. It's going to light up with some of the greatest Derby bargains in years.For the moment forget Indian Charlie, Favorite Trick, Halory Hunter and Cape Town. Consider these nuggets and their morning-line odds: Real Quiet at 8-1, Artax at 12-1, Victory Gallop at 15-1, Old Trieste at 15-1, Parade Ground at 20-1, Chilito at 30-1 and Hanuman Highway at 50-1.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2000
Struggling to make sense of a confounding year in racing, readers of The Sun split six ways in their votes for 1999 Horse of the Year. But when the responses of 25 racing fans were finally sorted out, Artax emerged as the readers' choice for thoroughbred racing's most prestigious award. Ten of the 25 respondents to my request for input as to who should be Horse of the Year selected Artax, the speedy sprinter who overcame near-tragedy at Pimlico on Preakness day. Charismatic, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, received five votes.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1999
Artax, one of the fastest horses in the world, was retired yesterday after suffering a tendon injury, said his owner, Ernie Paragallo.Speaking from his home on Long Island in New York, Paragallo said that Artax suffered a slight tear of the suspensory ligament in his left front leg. Recent winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, the 4-year-old colt was slated to race Saturday in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York.The leg front is the same leg Artax injured at Pimlico on Preakness Day. In the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap, two races before the Preakness, a man walked onto the track, impeding the horses and forcing Artax's jockey to jerk him abruptly to the left to avoid a collision.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The Breeders' Cup was supposed to clarify the debate over Horse of the Year. Instead, it turned the question on its head.Had Behrens won the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, he would have clinched the award. (Turf writers, racing secretaries and employees of the Daily Racing Form vote for it.) But when the 2-1 favorite ran dismally and finished seventh, the door opened for as many as 10 horses to lay claim to the award, thoroughbred racing's grandest.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Six months after surviving a bizarre incident at Pimlico, Artax reached the pinnacle of his career yesterday at Gulfstream Park.He won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, matching the track's 26-year-old six-furlong record of 1 minute 7 4/5 seconds by Mr. Prospector. It was the third track record Artax had matched or broken this year."Artax is a spectacular horse," said his New York-based trainer Louis Albertrani.On Preakness day at Pimlico, Artax and his jockey Jorge Chavez rounded the final turn of an early race and there, standing in the middle of track, was a man from the infield.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1999
After their bizarre encounter at Pimlico on Preakness day, Artax and Lee Chang Ferrell will soon re-enter the spotlight: Artax as the possible favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 6 at Gulfstream Park, and Ferrell as the defendant at his trial 11 days later in Baltimore Circuit Court.When Ferrell walked onto the track May 15 during the finish of the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap -- three races before the Preakness -- he triggered one of the stranger episodes in racing history. As eight thoroughbreds thundered toward him, he stood his ground, clenched his fists and threw a wild punch at one of the horses: Artax.
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By Peter Hermann and Dan Fesperman and Peter Hermann and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
The man who ran onto the Pimlico race track Saturday and confronted thundering thoroughbreds does not remember facing down the horses or taking a swing at a passing jockey, his lawyer said yesterday.Lee Chang Ferrell "has no recollection of being on the race track or being apprehended," said his attorney, Frederic C. Heyman. "The first thing he remembers is being in the holding cell at Pimlico."Heyman would not say whether his 22-year-old client was drunk before he jumped onto the track near the final turn, as police allege, but he said Ferrell suffers from "severe psychological issues" and has been diagnosed with a manic depressive illness.
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By Peter Hermann and Dan Fesperman and Peter Hermann and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
The man who ran onto the Pimlico race track Saturday and confronted thundering thoroughbreds does not remember facing down the horses or taking a swing at a passing jockey, his lawyer said yesterday.Lee Chang Ferrell "has no recollection of being on the race track or being apprehended," said his attorney, Frederic C. Heyman. "The first thing he remembers is being in the holding cell at Pimlico."Heyman would not say whether his 22-year-old client was drunk before he jumped onto the track near the final turn, as police allege, but he said Ferrell suffers from "severe psychological issues" and has been diagnosed with a manic depressive illness.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1998
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It was the stumble heard 'round the world.As Favorite Trick slowed after his six-furlong training work yesterday for the Kentucky Derby, he stumbled and nearly fell. Onlookers held their breath as the reigning Horse of the Year quickly regained his footing and trotted along the backstretch.His trainer, Bill Mott, was on his pony on the track but didn't see the misstep. He followed Favorite Trick back to his barn and watched intently as the horse walked around the shedrow.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1999
A man from the infield walked onto the track at Pimlico yesterday three races before the Preakness, stood in front of eight thundering thoroughbreds but escaped injury when horses veered sharply and barely missed him.No horses or jockeys in the Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap, the seventh of 12 races, were hurt.The man, identified by police as Lee Ferrell, ran onto the track about 2: 55 p.m. and was arrested minutes later. The 22-year-old suspect, from the 100 block of Walden Road in Bel Air, was taken into custody and transported to Sinai Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, police said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1999
A highly competitive race looms in the Grade II, $200,000 Dixie, the turf showdown over 1 1/8 miles that will headline today's Preakness undercard.Included in the field are Sky Colony, second to Yagli in this event last year, Sharp Appeal, who has Edgar Prado in the saddle, and Elliott Walden-trained Merlin's Ring.Sharp Appeal has the highest lifetime earnings in the field -- more than $500,000 -- and was third in the 1997 Dixie behind Ops Smile. He finished second to Federal Trial in the Hialeah Turf Cup in his most recent outing.
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