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SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
The countdown begins.Breeders' Cup officials announced yesterday that 117 horses had been pre-entered in the seven Breeders' Cup races Nov. at Churchill Downs. But the focus clearly was on the 11 in the Breeders' Cup Classic."This may be the best race ever put into a starting gate," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of the Breeders' Cup.Tom Meeker, president and CEO of Churchill Downs, was even more emphatic."Without a doubt," Meeker said, "the Classic is the best race that's ever been run -- at least at this juncture."
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SPORTS
By John Eisenberg | October 29, 1999
Opinion: Who says the Orioles weren't involved in the World Series this year? If they hadn't rushed in to keep Albert Belle from signing with the Yankees, Belle would have landed in the Bronx and wrecked the chemistry there, Bernie Williams would have gone to the Red Sox and Atlanta would have won the Series. So there.Fact: The Yankees' 22-3 postseason record over the past two years is a .880 winning percentage, which would result in a 143-19 record over a 162-game regular season.Opinion: Tony Banks might be Brian Billick's Plan C at quarterback, but Banks' blend of experience, mobility and talent makes him the best of the three options.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Agriculture is big business in Cecil County and it's changing every day.Nobody questions that.The big dispute in this rural, northeastern corner of the state has to do with efforts to safeguard the region's farms.Michael Dickinson represents the changing face of Cecil's agriculture industry. The 48-year-old native of England and trainer of horses has built a 40-stall thoroughbred training center a few miles southeast of North East."It's the only one in the country," Dickinson said of the 200-acre Tapeta Farm that is home to Da Hoss, winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup race in 1996, and a number of other horses that run at area tracks, including Laurel, Pimlico and Delaware Park.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1995
Does the New York Racing Association deserve to hold the Breeders' Cup?That was the question many writers who covered the event were asking last week. Even though the facilities for the animals are excellent, the atmosphere for at least some humans is depressing.Low attendance at the Belmont track and lack of attention paid to racing's fall championship series by the New York media were among reasons cited by racing reporters for low morale.Many of them feel Churchill Downs in Kentucky and the Southern California and Florida tracks, where the Breeders' Cup is more of an event and there is an atmosphere of excitement, are far better locations.
SPORTS
By Paul Moran and Paul Moran,NEWSDAY | April 12, 2004
NEW YORK - The gray colt in the hands of Michael Dickinson, "Mad Genius" of Tapeta Farm, has come full circle. Tapit has gone from neophyte brimming with promise, to afterthought to contender, with an explosive late run on Saturday that carried him to a narrow victory in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. It's a large and compelling piece of a Kentucky Derby puzzle still hopelessly scattered after the last three 1 1/8 -mile prep races that are intended to finally separate the wheat from chaff.
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | March 13, 1995
The horse that has come closest to defeating 3-year-old sensation Afternoon Deelites unexpectedly appeared in Maryland yesterday and created quite a stir among bettors from Las Vegas to Laurel.Tyson's Revenge, a rangy bay colt that was sent to Laurel Park TC from his winter training headquarters in Columbia, S.C., was sent off the 2-5 favorite against a field of maidens in the fifth race.Normally maiden races don't create a lot of excitement, but advance word from the Carolinas was that trainer Michael Dickinson has classic aspirations for the horse that his owners, Texas oilmen, Art and Jack Preston, had purchased in California last fall and had nominated to the Triple Crown.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2004
HALLANDALE, Fla. - Joe Namath and Muhammad Ali guaranteed victory. Yesterday, trainer Michael Dickinson predicted ... third place. After his Tapit joined nine others in the field for the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the Maryland-based Dickinson said: "If he finished third, I'd be delighted." Tapit has raced only twice, winning each time. But he hasn't raced since Nov. 15, when he gained national attention with a sensational victory in the Laurel Futurity. Trapped inside horses most of the race, Tapit barged to the outside down the stretch and stormed to a 4 3/4 -length victory.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2000
The telephone rang at 10: 30 p.m. Monday at John Passero's house in Carroll County. Passero awoke to hear the ominous news: Huge snowstorm heading Maryland's way. He promptly called his crews at the racetracks and waited for the first flakes to fall. Despite more than a foot of snow Tuesday and Wednesday at Laurel Park, the track conducted its full complement of nine races Wednesday and then maintained its regular schedule the rest of the week. Although Passero carries the bulky title of Maryland Jockey Club senior vice president of racing surfaces and backstretch operations, he is known simply as track guru.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1999
The five-month racing series known as MATCH (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) will conclude its third year as it concluded its first two: The outcome won't be decided until the final day.And that day is Saturday, when the last race in each of the five divisions will take place at Delaware Park, Philadelphia Park, Penn National and the Meadowlands.Three horses can still win the overall championship, worth $50,000 to the trainer and $100,000 to the owner. Trained by Maryland-based Barclay Tagg, Crab Grass can clinch the title by finishing third or better in the $100,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2002
In a case that offers a glimpse into the competitive world of horse racing, a nationally known trainer is expected to accuse a competitor in Baltimore County Circuit Court today of stealing the recipe for his artificial track. Michael W. Dickinson has filed a $4 million suit against Thomas H. Voss, alleging that Voss "misappropriated or stole" the patented formula of sand, rubber and mix of secret ingredients horses run on when Voss built his track in Monkton. Jurors also may have to visit the tracks, one a typical American oval and the other a European-style track that goes through woods, before they decide the case.
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