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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 14, 1996
Goldminer's Dream, the 6-5 favorite in the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes yesterday after it was switched from the turf to the main track, rallied from fifth and won it by a neck at Laurel Park.The change from the turf to a main track labeled "good" caused six scratches in the six-furlong Mister Diz, but eight horses ran and Goldminer's Dream earned his first stakes victory in a year.Goldminer's Dream paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.10. Wise Dusty returned $5.80 and $3.20, Scrub Brush $2.40.Pub Date: 7/14/96
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From Sun staff reports | April 6, 2014
Julian Pimentel kept Ben's Cat under a snug hold until a furlong from home, then signaled for him to go and spurted away to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the first of three stakes races Saturday at Pimlico Race Course . This was the fifth year in a row that the King Leatherbury homebred has won the Mister Diz. Hall of Famer Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup five straight times (1960-64). Making his season debut, the 8-year old son of Parker's Storm Cat covered the 5-furlong distance over the good turf in 1 minute, 1.75 seconds.
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By Marty McGee | March 14, 1991
Live racing returns to Baltimore today with the opening of the spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course.The $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes highlights the 10-race opening program; Gala Spinaway and Tank are the probable favorites. The track offers free grandstand admission and programs today.Top race of the meet, as always, is the Preakness, to be run for the 116th time on May 18.On May 11, the $750,000 Pimlico Special, fourth race in the American Championship Racing Series, will be contested. Top older horses such as Unbridled, Summer Squall, Farma Way and Jolie's Halo could compete.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
Date: Sept. 28 Her story: Diz Keller, 33, grew up in Severna Park. She works for a defense contractor. Her parents, Ellen McGee and David Keller, live in Severna Park. His story: Andrew Harrison, 33, grew up in Rochester, N.Y. He moved to Maryland in 2003 and also works for a defense contractor. His parents, Rick and Vicki Harrison, live in Rochester. Their story: Andrew and Diz were introduced through Diz's friends, who are twin sisters. At the time, one of the sisters was Diz's roommate and the other was Andrew's co-worker.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | April 8, 2006
On the outside of a dusty Sun library picture file is a typed message in capital letters that users can't fail to see: "MR. ROSENFELD REQUESTS THAT HIS REAL NAME NOT BE USED. HE PREFERS MR. DIZ." The words not be used were underscored several times in red ink for added emphasis. Mr. Diz -- the amiable balloon seller, parking lot attendant, emcee, semiofficial city greeter, veteran courtroom observer, Baltimore booster and perennial railbird who never met a horse he didn't like or a racetrack he didn't enter -- was back in the news the other day, with the passing of Douglas R. Small, a noted thoroughbred breeder and trainer who died Monday at Strathmore Stud, his Monkton farm.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 27, 2003
Ghostly Numbers led from the opening gate and hung on in the homestretch to win the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes for the second straight season yesterday at Laurel Park. Jockey Rick Wilson rode the Polish Numbers offspring for Laurel Park trainer Michael Trombetta, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 5.56 seconds over turf in a race for Maryland-breds. "[Trombetta] told me to let him break and run any way he wanted to," said Wilson, referring to Ghostly Numbers. "He popped out of that gate really quickly.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Tom Keyser contributed to this article | July 13, 1998
The first time he ran on the turf, Tyaskin surprised an allowance field by rallying furiously to win at 24-1 odds.Yesterday in the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the gelding went off at a 7-1 bargain price and did it again, coming from off the pace for a 2 1/2 -length victory over nine rivals.Grass, obviously, is his game."We tried to put him in a couple of races that didn't fill and then the turf came up," trainer Donald Barr said. "We didn't have much to lose, so we decided to try him although Allen's Prospect [Tyaskin's sire]
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
The pre-race question for the $60,000 Mr. Diz Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park centered on ageless D. Guilford's ability to go an extra half-furlong in his showdown with Gilded Youth.D. Guilford, the 11-year-old gelding accustomed to running no more than 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, hung in the stretch while Gilded Youth sped by him in an effort to take his first stakes in six years.But neither reached the wire first when long shot One More Power powered between those horses in the drive and held off Gilded Youth by a head after three-quarters of a mile.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2005
Only the day before, longtime horse breeder and owner Virginia Wright was crying. Her horse, Proud Benny, a 4-year-old, had broken his leg in the ninth race and had to be put down. Twenty-four hours later, she was standing in Pimlico Race Course's winner's circle after the Mister Diz Stakes with another of her horses, Yankee Wildcat, and pondering a sport that brings such sudden lows and highs. "Last night, I was crying my eyes out," she said. "And this morning I wasn't going to come.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2001
Albert "Diz" Russell's house is a shrine to a bygone era. The walls of several rooms are covered in black-and-white photographs, posters and framed records. A rough sketch of dancers titled "The 50's" is stretched between two walls across a corner of the living room. A cappella harmonies drift in from the kitchen where a quartet is practicing as Russell waxes nostalgic from his recliner about the glory days. Here, in this modest home in Capitol Heights, is what remains of Baltimore's once-famous rhythm and blues group, The Orioles - the group that is memorialized along with Billie Holiday on a faded, billboard-size mural above the boarded-up Mayfair Theatre on Howard Street.
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Sports Digest | April 7, 2013
Pimlico Race Course Ben's Cat wins Mister Diz for 4th year in row Make that four years in a row for Ben's Cat in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes. The Jim Stable star from the King Leatherbury barn carried Julian Pimentel to an easy 13/4-length victory over the firm turf at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. "Four years in a row, that's quite rare," said Leatherbury, who owns, trains and bred Ben's Cat. "He is amazing. " Sent to post at odds of 2-5, Ben's Cat broke with the leaders, patiently sat off a two-horse duel, moved up and swept by without urging and spurted away.
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From Sun staff and news services | April 7, 2012
Reigning Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Ben's Cat captured his 10th stakes victory Saturday in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course . Ben's Cat, with Horacio Karamanos aboard, beat Steady Warrior by a neck in 57.26 seconds, winning the Mister Diz for the third straight year (on Pimlico's main track last year and on grass at Laurel Park in 2010). "To a lot of people, he is the best horse on the turf," said Karamanos, who filled in for regular jockey Jeremy Rose (dislocated shoulder)
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By Sports Digest | April 10, 2011
Pimlico Race Course Ben's Cat races to repeat in $75K Mister Diz Stakes The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat carried Jeremy Rose to a repeat score in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, Saturday's feature offering at Pimlico Race Course . Bred, owned and trained by the legendary King Leatherbury , Ben's Cat won for the ninth time in 12 lifetime starts. The son of Parker's Storm Cat has won four stakes since his debut as a 4-year-old last year, but this was his first added-money victory racing on the main track.
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By Sports Digest | April 9, 2011
Women's college lacrosse No. 3 Loyola women rally for 14-12 win over Louisville Mary Heneberry (Dulaney) scored her fifth goal of the game to tie the score at 10 with 10:45 left in regulation, and the No. 3 Loyola women's lacrosse team scored the next three goals on the way to a 14-12 victory over visiting Louisville. Marlee Paton had four goals for the Greyhounds, and Kerry Stoothoff made eight saves in net. More women's college lacrosse: Towson took a 3-0 lead in the opening 18 minutes of the game, but visiting Drexel responded with four unanswered goals of its own to take a 4-3 lead at the half on its way to a 7-5 victory.
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September 9, 2007
Pro basketball Taurasi, Mercury even WNBA Finals Diana Taurasi rebounded from her Game 1 flop with 30 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 98-70 victory over the Detroit Shock in Auburn Hills, Mich., yesterday, evening the best-of-five series at a game apiece. She added eight rebounds and three assists. The guard's inspired play helped offset the return of forward Cheryl Ford to Detroit's lineup. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Phoenix. WNBA awards -- Chicago Sky guard Armintie Price was named Rookie of the Year, and Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars was honored as the top coach.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Reporter | September 7, 2006
When Anna (Rosie) Napravnik brought Sioux for Awad home to victory in the first race on her first ride as a journeyman on opening day of the fall meet at Laurel Park yesterday, she felt the weight lift from her slim shoulders. "Getting the first one gave me confidence for the rest of the day," said Napravnik, who followed up the Sioux for Awad ($7.80) victory with wins on Family Ghost ($3.40) and Partners Due ($3.40). "My agent had me on good horses." By the time she brought Procreate ($5.40)
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | July 8, 1995
Vinnie Blengs and the Capuano brothers, Dale and Gary, will occupy center stage at Laurel Park today when their horses shoot for the prize in the $50,000-added Davona Dale Handicap.Originally, seven horses were entered in the 1 1/8 -mile stakes for fillies and mares, but trainer Billy Turner said last night that he will scratch Hold On My Heart.That leaves a six-horse field, with the Blengs-trained Hadee Mae carrying highweight of 115 pounds."I never dreamed this filly would be top weight in a $50,000 stakes," Blengs said.
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July 12, 1997
Today: Gilded Youth heads a field of 10 entered for the 14th running of the Mister Diz Stakes, a six-furlong dash over the turf course. The event carries a $60,000 purse and will go as the 10th of 11 races on the card. The 9-year-old son of Gilded Age shook off nine months of inactivity to score a mild upset over the Pimlico turf last month. D. Guilford, still a master of the turf sprint at age 11, has banked a win and place purse in his only two appearances of the season.Tomorrow: Weather Vane, trained by Richard Delp, puts a four-race winning streak on the line for the $40,000-added Office Queen Stakes.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | April 8, 2006
On the outside of a dusty Sun library picture file is a typed message in capital letters that users can't fail to see: "MR. ROSENFELD REQUESTS THAT HIS REAL NAME NOT BE USED. HE PREFERS MR. DIZ." The words not be used were underscored several times in red ink for added emphasis. Mr. Diz -- the amiable balloon seller, parking lot attendant, emcee, semiofficial city greeter, veteran courtroom observer, Baltimore booster and perennial railbird who never met a horse he didn't like or a racetrack he didn't enter -- was back in the news the other day, with the passing of Douglas R. Small, a noted thoroughbred breeder and trainer who died Monday at Strathmore Stud, his Monkton farm.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2005
Only the day before, longtime horse breeder and owner Virginia Wright was crying. Her horse, Proud Benny, a 4-year-old, had broken his leg in the ninth race and had to be put down. Twenty-four hours later, she was standing in Pimlico Race Course's winner's circle after the Mister Diz Stakes with another of her horses, Yankee Wildcat, and pondering a sport that brings such sudden lows and highs. "Last night, I was crying my eyes out," she said. "And this morning I wasn't going to come.
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