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From Sun staff reports | February 17, 2013
Funny Approval went to the front and never looked back, posting an upset victory in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday. A maiden win and two allowance scores at Mountaineer Park over the off-going were the credentials Funny Approval brought to Laurel's seven-furlong Winter SprintFest fixture, leaving the daughter of Outrageouslyfunny a distinct outsider in the field of eight fillies and mares. Trainer Jose Lopez and jockey Juan Vargas were also virtual unknowns in the Mid-Atlantic region, but they won't be after Saturday.
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Sports Digest | February 23, 2014
Laurel Park My Wandy's Girl wins Barbara Fritchie 'Cap After finishing second last year, My Wandy's Girl returned from New York to win this year's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares. The Fritchie was rescheduled for Saturday after the card for Feb. 15 was lost to inclement weather. My Wandy's Girl pressed, caught and repulsed post-time favorite La Verdad to win by a length in 1 minute, 23.79 seconds for the 7-furlong distance. Centrique finished a close third.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
Not many horses have won Laurel's Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap by winning preps at Penn National Race Course.But when the big money was on the line yesterday, it was Moon Mist, a Canadian ship-in by way of Penn National, that was all alone at the wire.Instead of Moon Mist and her local jockey, Tommy Turner, getting wet and dirty, it was the big name jockeys -- Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Chris Antley -- that came back covered with mud.Ten days ago when Moon Mist won a prep for the Barbara Fritchie at Laurel, someone asked the filly's trainer, Wray Lawrence, if he was afraid of all the good horses shipping in for the race.
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Sports Digest | February 20, 2014
Laurel Park Reshuffled Fritchie gains Merry Meadow The field for Saturday's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel Park is significantly different from the one originally scheduled to race last Saturday. Four of filly and mare sprinters will not be competing this weekend, while another has been added into the mix. Parx Racing-based Winning Image and Villette are not permitted to leave the Philadelphia track because of a quarantine after an equine herpes outbreak.
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By Marty McGee | December 13, 1991
LAUREL -- Two major races at Laurel Race Course will carry added prestige next year after being granted new or improved grades by a national committee.The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash will be a Grade III when it is run next summer. In accordance to rules of the North American Graded Stakes Committee, the six-furlong race was not eligible to be graded for its first two runnings.The Barbara Fritchie has been upgraded from a Grade III to a Grade II. The filly-mare sprint is half of what has become Laurel's Winter SprintFest, which will be run Feb. 17; the General George Stakes is the other main event.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | March 1, 1994
FREDERICK -- Imagine standing at the doorstep of Civil War heroine Barbara Fritchie's red brick home here and looking across the street to see the ghostly silhouettes of marching Confederate soldiers.Thanks to three Frederick natives -- well-versed in the Barbara Fritchie myth and the city's colorful Civil War history -- such a scenario may not be unimaginable in the future.The three want to erect several life-size, metallic sculptures of Civil War soldiers in a park across from the reconstructed Fritchie home to commemorate the passing of Confederate and Union troops through Frederick in September 1862, days before the Battle of Antietam.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 15, 1991
LAUREL -- The Winter SprintFest at Laurel Race Course tomorrow begins a new chapter in Maryland racing history. You might say it gives the circuit a big race day for all seasons."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2004
Regardless of the sport, playing at home is an advantage. And the eight Maryland horses entered yesterday in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Saturday at Laurel Park will need every edge they can get when they race against Bear Fan. The 5-year-old mare from California will make her first start outside her home state in the seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie, a Grade II stakes worth $200,000 that lured 12 fillies and mares. Laurel-based Xtra Heat won the race the previous two years. This year, the little-known Bear Fan is the 7-5 morning-line favorite.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2005
The week began for Chris Grove on Sunday with "A Night for Noah," a racing community fund-raiser for Grove's 5-year-old son, who lost a leg to cancer. It could end Saturday with Grove, a horse trainer, earning the biggest win of his career in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Yesterday, the Grove-trained Silmaril drew Post 2 in the 10-horse Barbara Fritchie, a Grade II stakes of seven furlongs at Laurel Park. The Barbara Fritchie for fillies and mares is the first half of the track's Winter SprintFest.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2001
The 13-year-old girl was shy around people, so it took all her courage to knock on her neighbor's door. She took a deep breath and asked the man whether she could care for his two horses, clean their stalls and feed them, in return for perhaps riding them once in a while. The man didn't hesitate. Sure, he said, the girl could do for free what he would have to pay someone else to do. And that is how Robin Graham started on a path that could lead her into the winner's circle tomorrow at Laurel Park in the biggest race of her life.
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Sports Digest | February 13, 2014
Et cetera Nichols resigns as coach of Bohemians Steve Nichols resigned as coach of the Baltimore Bohemians so he can devote full attention to his new job as men's coach at Loyola Maryland. In two seasons under Nichols, who last week stepped down as boys coach at McDonogh, the Bohs were 13-8-9 in regular-season play. He led the team to its first playoff berth last season, and the club's second-place finish qualified it for the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. The Bohs led the USL Premier Development League in scoring in 2013.
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Sports Digest | February 8, 2014
Baseball Ex-Orioles pitcher Ayala returns to Nationals The Washington Nationals reunited with veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala , a former Montreal Expo and original 2005 National, by signing him Friday to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp, according to a person familiar with the situation. The incentives of Ayala's deal are still being worked out, but he will have a base salary of at least $1 million, the person said. Ayala, 36, signed with the Orioles last spring and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in April after allowing two runs in only two appearances.
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From Sun staff reports | February 17, 2013
Funny Approval went to the front and never looked back, posting an upset victory in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday. A maiden win and two allowance scores at Mountaineer Park over the off-going were the credentials Funny Approval brought to Laurel's seven-furlong Winter SprintFest fixture, leaving the daughter of Outrageouslyfunny a distinct outsider in the field of eight fillies and mares. Trainer Jose Lopez and jockey Juan Vargas were also virtual unknowns in the Mid-Atlantic region, but they won't be after Saturday.
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Sports Digest | February 9, 2013
Laurel Park Winter SprintFest nominations announced Nominations for the three races that highlight the Presidents Day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club's racing office Friday. Winter SprintFest features two graded, seven-furlong contests - the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares next Saturday and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up on Feb. 18. The card next Saturday also includes the $125,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at nine furlongs.
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By From Sun staff reports | February 20, 2011
Ramon Dominguez's Laurel Park homecoming party included time in the winner's circle, as he rode Harissa to victory in the $150,000, Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Laurel Park. Harissa, down from Belmont Park from the stable of Michael Hushion, sped through the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.65, finishing 21/4 lengths in front of Aspenglow, ridden by Travis Dunkelberger. Fascinatin' Rhythm finished third. "I'd never ridden her before," said Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner.
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By Sports Digest | January 30, 2011
Laurel Park Wicked Thunder strikes to win Dancing Count Stakes by nose Gary Capuano and Paul L. Fowler Jr. 's Wicked Thunder broke sharply, then stalked the favorite before edging to the lead and narrowly winning the $75,000 Dancing Count Stakes for 3-year-olds at muddy Laurel Park on Saturday. Wicked Thunder is trained by Capuano and ridden by Josean Ramirez . He covered the six-furlong distance in 1 minute, 11.76 seconds, winning by a nose and paying $7. Betting favorite Diski Dancer finished second.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | February 5, 1993
Lenny Hale, Laurel's new vice president of racing, spent part of yesterday worrying about airplanes.Specifically, how to arrange air transportation for four or five California horses to fly to Laurel for next weekend's Sprintfest."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1998
Trainers from the eastern half of the country are shipping their sprinters to Laurel Park this weekend for one of the marquee events on the Maryland racing calendar: Winter SprintFest.The $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Saturday and the $250,000 General George Handicap on Monday rank among the richest races in Maryland -- and among the richest sprints in the nation.They are both seven-eighths of a mile. The Barbara Fritchie is for females, the General George for males. And both are Grade II, top-quality competitions.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | February 16, 2010
Christopher Grove had been thinking about Presidents Day weekend for months. The Frederick trainer was confident that two of his horses - Greenspring and Sweet Goodbye - could win a Grade II stakes race, and so in the months before the holiday weekend, every move was made with the Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the General George Handicap in mind. Then the snow almost ruined everything. His horses couldn't train at his training center in Bowie, and he couldn't sleep. The Fritchie was postponed and rescheduled to run on the same day as the General George.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | February 18, 2007
This Oprah wasn't pushing a diet or asking personal questions yesterday at Laurel Park, but she was all about showing off. In the $300,000 Grade II Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap Oprah Winney, a 4-year-old New York bred who was facing her toughest test in the seven-furlong sprint for 3-years-old-and-up fillies and mares, showed her star is on the rise. She scored a 1 3/4 -length victory over local favorite Silmaril on the track and then survived an objection by Silmaril's jockey, Ryan Fogelsonger, who claimed interference.
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