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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
Yesterday's final workouts by horses not on the Pimlico grounds did nothing to change the makeup of the Preakness field.Trainers generally expressed satisfaction after a number of entries underwent their final serious tuneups at Churchill Downs in preparation for a flight to Baltimore today.Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic and Cat Thief, third in the Derby, went five and four furlongs, respectively, and trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Cat Thief "could suit the scenario of the Preakness a little better.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As racing aficionados have wandered around the backstretch of Churchill Downs, spotting Montjeu over here and Fusaichi Pegasus over there, some have began wondering whether this might be the greatest assemblage of thoroughbreds. The 17th Breeders' Cup abounds with magnificent horses. Its eight races feature the top sprinters, turf specialists, juveniles and dirt runners in the world. People are saying that the Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Distaff and Sprint are perhaps the strongest races of their type.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- D. Wayne Lukas reminded the racing world yesterday that he, not Bob Baffert, is king of the Breeders' Cup.Although Baffert entered the $13 million series of eight races at Gulfstream Park with the strongest group of horses in Breeders' Cup history, Lukas entered with more Breeders' Cup victories, 13, than any other trainer. Lukas added two to that total, including the Breeders' Cup Classic, while Baffert got skunked.The Lukas-trained Cat Thief, an overlooked 3-year-old seemingly ill-suited for the Classic's demanding 1 1/4 miles, ran the race of his life to claim North American racing's richest prize.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The rain began falling about an hour before the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga yesterday. Jinny Vance didn't like it one bit. "You don't want to know what I thought," Vance said later when asked about the weather. "It's not printable." But yesterday, neither rain nor the best horses in the country could stop Lemon Drop Kid from establishing what his trainer and Maryland owners have believed all along: He's the best racehorse in the country, perhaps the world. Lemon Drop Kid captured the $750,000 Whitney Handicap, one of this country's most prestigious races, by a convincing two lengths in a steady Saratoga rainfall.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As racing aficionados have wandered around the backstretch of Churchill Downs, spotting Montjeu over here and Fusaichi Pegasus over there, some have began wondering whether this might be the greatest assemblage of thoroughbreds. The 17th Breeders' Cup abounds with magnificent horses. Its eight races feature the top sprinters, turf specialists, juveniles and dirt runners in the world. People are saying that the Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Distaff and Sprint are perhaps the strongest races of their type.
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By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker and Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
D. Wayne Lukas, the modern guru of Triple Crown races, has trained 25 horses for 17 Preaknesses since 1980, but this is the first time he has arrived so early for the race. Lukas and his seven stakes horses, including High Yield, arrived Thursday at Pimlico - nine days before the Preakness. For the other Preaknesses in which Lukas participated, he flew his horses in the Wednesday before the race. He changed routine this year because of Cat Thief, who raced yesterday in the Pimlico Special.
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By Steve Davidowitz and Steve Davidowitz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 1999
After the Demolition Derby was run at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, not a whole lot was really learned about many in the 19-horse field. That said, there is no disputing that Menifee made a strong impression, gaining gobs of ground late while weaving his way between horses to just miss catching long-shot winner Charismatic, who had a good striking position and clear sailing throughout.It was equally apparent that the classy filly Excellent Meeting also had a strong late response after suffering even more dangerous traffic congestion than Menifee.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The rain began falling about an hour before the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga yesterday. Jinny Vance didn't like it one bit. "You don't want to know what I thought," Vance said later when asked about the weather. "It's not printable." But yesterday, neither rain nor the best horses in the country could stop Lemon Drop Kid from establishing what his trainer and Maryland owners have believed all along: He's the best racehorse in the country, perhaps the world. Lemon Drop Kid captured the $750,000 Whitney Handicap, one of this country's most prestigious races, by a convincing two lengths in a steady Saratoga rainfall.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
Golden Missile soared into the stratosphere of this country's top horses yesterday with an overpowering display of tactical speed and power in the $750,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. On a steamy afternoon in Baltimore, the 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy defeated a stellar group of older horses considered perhaps the best assembled so far this year. And Golden Missile won with ease."He had fire in his eyes today," said his jockey, Kent Desormeaux. "I was just a passenger. ... I encouraged him at the eighth pole, and he just exploded."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1999
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- As eight 3-year-olds battle today for $1 million and the prestige of winning the Travers, another and perhaps more intriguing race is taking place among the top contenders.Menifee and Lemon Drop Kid, and maybe even Cat Thief, will fight for recognition as the most accomplished male horse of their generation. Charismatic is the current leader, but his hold on the top spot is precarious. After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Charismatic suffered a broken leg in the Belmont and was retired.
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By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker and Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
D. Wayne Lukas, the modern guru of Triple Crown races, has trained 25 horses for 17 Preaknesses since 1980, but this is the first time he has arrived so early for the race. Lukas and his seven stakes horses, including High Yield, arrived Thursday at Pimlico - nine days before the Preakness. For the other Preaknesses in which Lukas participated, he flew his horses in the Wednesday before the race. He changed routine this year because of Cat Thief, who raced yesterday in the Pimlico Special.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
Golden Missile soared into the stratosphere of this country's top horses yesterday with an overpowering display of tactical speed and power in the $750,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. On a steamy afternoon in Baltimore, the 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy defeated a stellar group of older horses considered perhaps the best assembled so far this year. And Golden Missile won with ease."He had fire in his eyes today," said his jockey, Kent Desormeaux. "I was just a passenger. ... I encouraged him at the eighth pole, and he just exploded."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2000
Everybody's talking about the Preakness, but the race of the year in Maryland could be this afternoon at Pimlico. The Pimlico Special features eight horses ages 4 to 7, including Almutawakel, who won the world's richest race, and Cat Thief, who won North America's richest race. It features five horses who have earned more than $1million as well as the top three finishers in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. In addition, the Pimlico Special showcases Lemon Drop Kid, winner of last year's Belmont and Travers Stakes.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The first major confrontation leading to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness took shape yesterday when trainers entered 11 promising 3-year-olds in the Fountain of Youth Stakes tomorrow at Gulfstream Park. The stakes isn't the first of the year for 3-year-olds, but it's the first that showcases so many contenders for Triple Crown races. History will determine the Fountain of Youth's place in the defining picture of the spring classics. But history already reveals that its place is significant.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
Maryland will soon join a growing number of states in which horses can race with nasal strips. Beginning Dec. 15, thoroughbreds and standardbreds at Maryland tracks will be allowed to wear the breathing aids.The Maryland Racing Commission approved their use yesterday at its monthly meeting at the Timonium fairgrounds.In other action, the commission approved regulations clearing the way for possible construction of a horse track in Allegany County and said it would allow a Charles County off-track betting parlor to close temporarily for renovation.
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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 13, 2000
Everybody's talking about the Preakness, but the race of the year in Maryland could be this afternoon at Pimlico. The Pimlico Special features eight horses ages 4 to 7, including Almutawakel, who won the world's richest race, and Cat Thief, who won North America's richest race. It features five horses who have earned more than $1million as well as the top three finishers in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. In addition, the Pimlico Special showcases Lemon Drop Kid, winner of last year's Belmont and Travers Stakes.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1999
The Maryland Jockey Club's off-track betting network lost a member recently when The Shoals, located in Cambridge, closed for business."The owner [Charlene Burton] informed us last month that she was selling her motel and restaurant," said Jim Mango, chief operating officer. "She didn't own the land and they're going to develop that property for other purposes."Mango said the MJC is investigating other sites on the Eastern Shore, possibly in Cambridge or Salisbury. "We're certainly looking at the alternatives," said Mango.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- D. Wayne Lukas reminded the racing world yesterday that he, not Bob Baffert, is king of the Breeders' Cup.Although Baffert entered the $13 million series of eight races at Gulfstream Park with the strongest group of horses in Breeders' Cup history, Lukas entered with more Breeders' Cup victories, 13, than any other trainer. Lukas added two to that total, including the Breeders' Cup Classic, while Baffert got skunked.The Lukas-trained Cat Thief, an overlooked 3-year-old seemingly ill-suited for the Classic's demanding 1 1/4 miles, ran the race of his life to claim North American racing's richest prize.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1999
The scene was a blur: Lemon Drop Kid prancing into the packed winner's circle, state troopers whisking his owners through the boisterous crowd, the questions, the emotions, the reaction."
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