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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 19, 1993
STAUNTON, Del.--If 1992 was the year of the Bassfords, then 1993 is the year of the Benders.So far, Howard and Sondra Bender of Bethesda have quite a way to go to match the 14 stakes that Maryland owners Nick and Elaine Bassford won last year with Brilliant Brass, Ameri Valay, Wait For The Lady and Festive Feathers.But when their 4-year-old filly, Green Darlin, won the Grade II Delaware Handicap yesterday at Delaware Park, leaving even-money favorite Quilma about 4 1/2 lengths behind in sixth place, it was the fifth 1993 stakes won by a Bender-bred and the fourth stakes won in the black and gold Bender colors.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1999
Even more remarkable than Mario Pino's five consecutive victories recently at Laurel Park was that this wasn't the first time the jockey had won five races in a row.In the early 1980s Pino won five straight at Delaware Park. That may surprise bettors who have every right to wonder: How long has Pino been riding, anyway?"When I tell people how long, they say, `What?' " Pino said. "They think I've been around maybe 10 years or so."Pino has entered his third decade as a jockey. He rode his first race in 1978 when he was 17. Now 37, he has ridden long enough to have won more races in Maryland than any other jockey.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1996
The thoroughbred and standardbred industries have moved closer to agreement on the distribution of proposed slot machines and the revenue they would produce in Maryland.Under legislation introduced in the House of Delegates yesterday, some 9,500 such gaming devices would be installed at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, Rosecroft Raceway and three facilities to be determined.Rosecroft objected to the original proposal, which called for an 80-20 percentage split in favor of the thoroughbred tracks and 3,000 fewer machines for the harness track (Laurel was to get 3,000, Pimlico 1,000 and Rosecroft 1,000)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2002
Another opening day will take place today in Baltimore. Two days after the Orioles launched their 2002 season at Camden Yards, racing returns to Pimlico and begins its buildup to the 127th Preakness Stakes. "There's always a great deal of excitement going back to Pimlico," said Lou Raffetto Jr., Maryland Jockey Club chief operating officer. "It's like a rite of spring." The 11-week meet at the venerable track in Northwest Baltimore will feature 28 stakes races. Thirteen will take place in a three-day period around the $1 million Preakness, set for May 18 in its traditional spot two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1998
Following an inaugural season that boiled down to the last race on the last day, the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) are back this year with 35 races at seven tracks in five states.Last year, the innovative series made history when, for the first time, track managements and horsemen's groups from different states banded together to create a regional racing competition.Released yesterday, this year's schedule will be nearly identical to last year's arrangement: seven races in five divisions that will begin April 18 at Pimlico and will end Oct. 3 with finales in each division.
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By Bob Pickering | July 31, 1999
TodayA lightly raced daughter of Polish Numbers is the likely choice in the 18th running of the Pearl Necklace Stakes.The $60,000 event, for 3-year-old registered Maryland-bred fillies, will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the grass course.Polish Polka has had only two starts, both over the turf course at Canada's Woodbine Racecourse. After winning her debut, the Stronach Stable horse took on allowance company but was overtaken at the wire after being on the lead throughout.Her chief opposition is likely to come from either Jazz, owned by William Backer, or Hal Claggett's Silent Valay.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1998
America's leading rider passed another milestone this week.Edgar Prado scored his 400th victory of 1998, leading his agent, Steve Rushing, to establish 1,000 over two years as the next career challenge."
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May 18, 2009
In the arms race of legalized gambling, Delaware last week pushed its chips "all in" as Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill legalizing sports betting and table games. If all goes as planned (and professional sports leagues are unsuccessful in their legal attempts to ensure it doesn't), the state's three racinos could be taking sports bets by fall and running table games before the end of the year. This makes Maryland the proverbial Pakistan of the gambling cold war. We may have recently gotten the big one - slots - but our arsenal-in-progress is a pittance compared to the major players.
NEWS
May 19, 1997
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL Preakness day has assured track owners of a profitable year. But the threat from slot machines at Delaware tracks (and soon at the Charles Town, W.Va., oval) undercuts efforts to keep first-rate thoroughbred racing at Pimlico. It also raises the disturbing possibility of the Preakness leaving town.Pimlico is not alone in its troubles. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, has been hurt by riverboat casinos. In response, the track slashed admissions and other charges to boost attendance, with some positive results.
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July 8, 2010
After reading yet another article regarding the delay in putting slots in Anne Arundel County ("Maryland high court to hear slots case," July 8) it is increasingly clear how far behind the curve Maryland is with regard to gaming. Maryland needs to either embrace or forbid gambling. This would also include getting rid of the lottery. We all know this will never happen. The legislature needs to start from scratch and work to approve full casino style gaming. I am preparing for my second trip to Delaware Park to enjoy an afternoon of poker in a beautiful, well managed establishment surrounded by lush grounds and plenty of free parking.
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