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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1999
In recent years, the General George Handicap's post-time favorite has arrived on a van or plane from Kentucky or New York or Florida, primed to cart away the majority portion of the $250,000 purse and return to home base. Royal Haven stormed in from the north last year for a two-length victory and returned to New York -- soon to reach retirement. But in honor of the first president of the United States, it would not be telling a lie to believe that, yes, a locally stabled runner will be the bettors' choice in today's Grade II, seven-furlong test for older horses at Laurel Park.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1999
In recent years, the General George Handicap's post-time favorite has arrived on a van or plane from Kentucky or New York or Florida, primed to cart away the majority portion of the $250,000 purse and return to home base. Royal Haven stormed in from the north last year for a two-length victory and returned to New York -- soon to reach retirement. But in honor of the first president of the United States, it would not be telling a lie to believe that, yes, a locally stabled runner will be the bettors' choice in today's Grade II, seven-furlong test for older horses at Laurel Park.
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By Kent Baker | January 16, 1999
TodaySeven older fillies and mares are set for the post in the $75,000-added Maryland Racing Writers Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Off two consecutive victories, the favorite figures to be Merengue, the Broad Brush filly trained by Donald Barr. She scored by a nose in the Nellie Morse last time out after an impressive two-length victory in the mud in the graded Anne Arundel Handicap. Chief opposition could come from Mo Hotta Mo Betta with Edgar Prado up.TomorrowA wide-open affair looms in the $40,000-added Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds.
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By Kent Baker | December 14, 1997
The roll swelled to four straight wins for Purple Passion yesterday at Laurel Park.In a strong field of older sprinters, Stella Kavazis' 3-year-old colt blazed away in the stretch and scored a 2 1/4 -length victory in the $54,725 Bowie Stakes.Purple Passion's six-furlong time of 1 minute, 8 2/5 seconds was two-fifths of a second off Fighting Notion's 1992 track record."This is a real horse, probably as fast as I've ever had. These were all tough horses, and that is major-league time," said trainer Donald Barr, who took charge of the colt early last month.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 22, 1999
Milton P. Higgins' Merengue sped away from three opponents and easily won the 12th running of the $50,000 Snow Goose Handicap for older fillies and mares yesterday at Laurel Park.A winner of four straight stakes at Laurel, Merengue completed the nine-furlong race in 1 minute, 52 seconds over a muddy race strip under jockey Rick Wilson. Wilson captured all three stakes races carded this weekend at Laurel, winning the Goss L. Stryker with Goodtobeking and the Sagamore Stakes with Fred Bear Claw on Saturday before guiding this winner for trainer Donald Barr.
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February 22, 1997
Today: The $75,000, 1 3/16-mile Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap features another showdown between top older horses Richie The Coach and Western Echo. But Donald H. Barr, trainer of Richie The Coach, says he'll likely scratch the 6-year-old gelding if the track is muddy. Stabled at Fair Hill Training Center, trainer Gene Weymouth starts Colonial Secretary. Weymouth has saddled a phenomenal 12 winners out of 27 starters at the Laurel meet.Tomorrow: The $30,000, seven-furlong Notches Trace Stakes is for older fillies and mares who have never won a stakes.
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December 26, 2004
On Thursday, December 23, 2004, DAVID C. CANNON of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. Beloved husband of Mary Louise Donahoe Cannon; father of Denise Griffith (Dr. Bartley Griffith) of Gibson Island, MD, David C. Cannon, Jr. (Louise Gillespie Cannon) of Fox Chapel, PA, Michael G. Cannon (Susan Murray Cannon) of Haverford, PA and Louise Cannon Murtagh (Martin Murtagh) of Trumansburg, NY; brother of J. Francis Cannon of Gibsonia, PA and the late Jane Stoecklein, Vincent, Donald and Barr Cannon and his twin brother Arthur Cannon; son of the late John Vincent Cannon and Sara Barr Cannon.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1995
Trainer Donald Barr broke new ground for himself at Laurel Park yesterday."I've never won three in one day before," said Barr, who scored with Warrenpeace in the first, The Ruler's Sister in the third and Leahra in the fifth."
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 24, 1991
LAUREL -- Trainer Carlos Garcia had little success at the 37-day meeting that ended yesterday at Laurel Race Course, but Devilish Touch tempered his frustration with a resounding five-length triumph in the $43,375 My Juliet Handicap.Garcia, whose 19 stakes winners in 1990 tied him for fourth nationally, had the 3-year-old filly ready to complete the six-furlong race in 1 minute, 9 3/5 seconds, third-fastest time of the meet for the commonly-used distance.Marco Castaneda rode Devilish Touch for Burning Tree Farm and Garcia, who had won with only two of 43 starters before the My Juliet.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1995
Donald Barr must not have thought his horse, Richie The Coach, had a great chance of winning yesterday's Cedar Key Stakes at Laurel Park.JTC Instead of coming to the race, the trainer attended a Civil War re-enactment.But the 4-year-old gelding led wire-to-wire, turning back last weekend's Maryland Million Classic runner-up, Mary's Buckaroo, by a half-length and winning the race in near-track-record time."Once we found out that Mary's Buckaroo was in the race, we were worried to death," said Milton Higgins III, owner of Richie The Coach.
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By Kent Baker | November 24, 1996
If Richie the Coach gets loose on the lead early in a race, he is one tough horse to catch.For the second straight outing, the gelding owned by Milton Higgins III had the pace to himself yesterday, and Algar -- try as he might -- couldn't challenge him.So, Richie the Coach broke the Laurel Park track record for 1 1/4 miles by 1 3/5 seconds and beat second choice Algar by 6 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 Congressional Handicap.The time was 1: 59 4/5 seconds after a sizzling 1: 10 3/5 effort at the six-furlong mark.
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