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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1997
The odds of becoming rich playing the lottery are somewhere between getting hit by lightning and stumbling upon an unknown claim to Jack Kent Cooke's estate.Winning money at the racetrack, though not as lucrative, is a far better bet. In fact, with a little luck and the application of some basic principles, you may very well bring home a little extra cash today."It's not simply a roulette wheel on horseback," said Steve Davidowitz, editor of the Internet-based National Racing Report and author of "Betting Thoroughbreds: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayer," a respected handicapping guide updated and reissued in paperback this year.
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By Knight-Ridder | April 5, 1995
The Daily Racing Form, the bible of the thoroughbred racing industry, is preparing to shut down its printing operation in Hightstown, N.J., and has notified its unions and independent contractors of plans for a "mass layoff" on May 31.Steve Adams, general manager of the Hightstown operation, said any announcement would be premature at this time because final plans had not been made. He said an announcement probably would come within the next three weeks.The layoff, he said, would affect about 50 employees, "and five or six others probably will be reassigned."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 22, 1993
King Leatherbury has his own particular brand of genius.He admits that he manages rather than trains his stable of 58 racehorses, leaving the mundane details to assistants.His hands-off style and unconventional methods provoke criticism from some of his colleagues.But no one can argue with his success.Yesterday, after a week of carping between Pimlico management and record keepers at the Daily Racing Form whether Leatherbury was about to send out winner No. 4,999, 5,000 or 5,001, Leatherbury saddled what is expected to go into the official record books as his 5,000th career winner.
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By Ross Peddicord | April 11, 1993
Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner barely cracks the top 10 among the state's winningest jockeys.But his cadre of live stakes mounts -- Chip's Dancer, Broad Gains and the stable of well-bred horses owned by Israel Cohen and trained by Dean Gaudet -- have made him a power this year in added-money races.Yesterday he scored his fourth stakes win of 1993 when he won the Primonetta Handicap at Pimlico Race Course on the Cohen-owned Mixed Appeal.The hard-knocking mare has been stakes-placed on numerous occasions, but had never actually won an added-money race until she collared Singing Ring near the eighth pole yesterday and drew off to 1 3/4 -length victory.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
Fans at Pimlico and Laurel, who long have relied on the Daily Racing Form for complete track information, soon will have a choice between two full-fledged turf dailies.Starting next Saturday, April 13, The Racing Times, billed as the first serious alternative to the Form, will hit the stands at Maryland tracks."This is not some cheapo, down-market, underfinanced competitor," editor Steve Crist said yesterday from New York, where the new publication is based. "It is a complete past performance paper that will cover racing like a real newspaper."
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By Marty McGee | February 17, 1991
It's a small price to pay for all he has accomplished, but Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham is already under scrutiny at Santa Anita Park with Excavate, his top prospect for the Triple Crown.The colt finished a sharp-closing second in his 3-year-old debut Thursday at Santa Anita. He had started only once -- to much fanfare -- at 2, when he romped in a maiden race.Excavate was beaten by three-quarters of a length as the 2-5 favorite in the 6 1/2 -furlong allowance race, which was run in a fast minute, 15 1/5 seconds.
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By Marty McGee | January 13, 1991
The North American Graded Stakes Committee has released its annual revisions of graded races -- and not only is the controversy of 1990 a distant memory, but also not a single race was downgraded.Only 15 races, including two previously ungraded Maryland races, were upgraded. Last year, 28 races lost Grade I status, leading to an outcry from officials at many tracks. Oaklawn Park, which was especially hard hit, took out a full-page advertisement in the Daily Racing Form and other publications, condemning the actions of the 12-person committee.
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By Ross Peddicord | December 28, 1990
The Home Team Sports cable television network will revive a Maryland thoroughbred racing show that was dropped about two years ago.The first show, called "Post Time at Laurel," will start Jan. 2. Kim Goodwin, a member of Laurel's marketing team, will be host.The half-hour show will air at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 9 a.m. on the weekends. The entire card of races from the previous day will be shown and will be replayed occasionally at night.Previously, the races were shown in a late-night format during the same day the races were run. But because HTS has commitments to air many night games of the Capitals, Bullets and Orioles, it would have cut into the racing program.
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By Dale Austin and Dale Austin,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 5, 1990
LAUREL -- Two retired brothers took the Double Triple pool of $232,238.10, involving the third and fifth races at Laurel Race Course yesterday.Stew Stinchcomb, 57, of Randallstown, and his brother, Roger, 63, of Owings Mills, selected the numbers by unexplained inspiration, and the payoffs came because they got lucky in both races.The brothers invested $24 at the Pimlico Race Course intertrack facility while the horses were running here. The betting pools at the two tracks are combined for payoff purposes.
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