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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1997
When Ops Smile wins at the racetrack, his backers at the betting windows aren't the only ones who profit. Needy children around the world benefit, as well.Named after Operation Smile, an international organization that performs surgery on young people with cleft palates, Ops Smile can guarantee the organization a hefty contribution by winning today's $400,000 Caesars International Handicap at Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey.The 1 3/16-mile race on turf will be televised on ESPN about 4: 40 p.m.A handsome 5-year-old gray bred, owned and trained by Marylanders, Ops Smile has blossomed into one of the top turf runners in the country.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2000
The small fields racing at Pimlico are the result of "the usual problem in April" filling races as well as trainers' lack of success finding backstretch workers, said Lenny Hale, vice president of racing for the Maryland Jockey Club. This is the month when trainers who wintered here transfer their horses back home to such places as Delaware or Canada. Also, Hale said, 2-year-olds are filling stall space but not yet filling races, and turf racing is just commencing. On top of that, Hale said, a perplexing situation exists.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
When Maryland owner-breeder Phil Capuano bought the mare Marchpane at the Timonium sales a couple of years ago, the auctioneer pointed to a newborn bay colt the mare had foaled only a few days earlier in Virginia and told Capuano: "This little fellow goes with her."Now that "little fellow," named Secreto de Estado, is one of 13 colts who will run for a $1 million purse Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park.Capuano no longer owns the colt, who has taken a circuitous route in a short time to get into big-league racing.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1995
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Cigar wrapped up the Horse of the Year title in yesterday's Breeders' Cup -- and will become the first Maryland-bred in 50 years to win the postseason award.But other horses with Maryland connections fared less well on yesterday's program.Concern, last year's Classic winner, trailed the field as he did a year ago, but couldn't get untracked in the mud. He finished eighth, 14 3/4 lengths behind Cigar."I got him back where he wanted to be," said jockey Mike Smith. "But he just couldn't make up any ground."
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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.
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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.
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