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By John Eisenberg | May 15, 1998
Standing in the sun at Pimlico yesterday morning, Mary Eppler was asked how it felt to have Victory Gallop back in her barn."He's not my horse," she said with a shrug.Her simple answer disguised a set of circumstances more suited to the opera than the racetrack, a story of fate, temptation and gratification.Eppler, a Maryland-based trainer who operates out of a quiet barn across the track from Pimlico's grandstand, was in charge of the bay, Canadian-bred colt named Victory Gallop for seven months in 1997.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1999
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, one of the most influential men in 20th-century horse racing, died yesterday at his home in Mill Neck, N.Y., after returning from his daily morning visit to Belmont Park. He was 87.A member of one of America's legendary families, Mr. Vanderbilt was a driving force in nearly every aspect of thoroughbred racing. His mother gave him Sagamore Farm, the rolling horse farm near Glyndon in Baltimore County, when he was 21.When Mr. Vanderbilt was 25, he became president of Pimlico, where he orchestrated the famed 1938 match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1997
It was a long time coming, but yesterday Traitor joined the herd stampeding toward the Kentucky Derby. He won a non-betting race at a Florida training center by "a desperate head."Those were the words of Jay Friedman, an official of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., which sponsored the $100,000 race for horses that had passed through the sale. Trained by the Pimlico-based Mary Eppler, Traitor was making his belated 3-year-old debut after recovering from a training accident last month at Hialeah Park.
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By John Eisenberg | May 15, 1998
Standing in the sun at Pimlico yesterday morning, Mary Eppler was asked how it felt to have Victory Gallop back in her barn."He's not my horse," she said with a shrug.Her simple answer disguised a set of circumstances more suited to the opera than the racetrack, a story of fate, temptation and gratification.Eppler, a Maryland-based trainer who operates out of a quiet barn across the track from Pimlico's grandstand, was in charge of the bay, Canadian-bred colt named Victory Gallop for seven months in 1997.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF NEW KENT COUNTY, Va | October 12, 1997
NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- This time last year, Mary Eppler trained one of the top 2-year-olds in the country.Traitor had won the Grade I Futurity Stakes and finished second in the Grade I Moet Champagne Stakes -- both at Belmont Park. He was an early favorite for the Kentucky Derby.But this year wasn't kind to Traitor. A freak accident in Florida and a torn suspensory ligament forced him to the sideline shortly before the Preakness Stakes. (Traitor is back in light training; see the "On Horse Racing" column on this page.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1997
Starting late but hoping for the best, Mary Eppler will saddle Traitor today for his 3-year-old debut in a non-betting race in Ocala, Fla.The race is the $100,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Championship Stakes at the Ocala Training Center. At 1 1/16 miles for horses that passed through the sale, it is not the preferred path to the Kentucky Derby.But an accident Feb. 1 at Hialeah Park in Florida, when Traitor lunged into a railing after being spooked by another horse, set back the colt's training.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1997
Traitor, a top contender for the Kentucky Derby, has resumed training after a freak accident Feb. 1 at Hialeah Park in Florida. But the week and a half of lost conditioning could jeopardize his chances of racing in the spring classics.Traitor is trained by Mary Eppler, based at Pimlico but spending the winter at Hialeah. He is owned by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, former owner of Sagamore Farm in Baltimore County.The accident occurred as Traitor walked off the Hialeah track after galloping. A horse behind him became unruly, upsetting Traitor and causing him to lunge into a railing.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1995
Long shot Word O'Ransom had everything her way in the $37,625 Stefanita Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park.The 15-to-1 choice sped into the lead at the start and went on to a front-running victory under Omar Klinger, her third in the past four starts.With Klinger aboard, Word O'Ransom is 5-for-5, prompting the jockey to say: "I guess she likes me."The score was the first of two straight for trainer Mary Eppler, who completed the last of the day's running daily doubles with P. J. Higgins ($10 straight)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1999
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, one of the most influential men in 20th-century horse racing, died yesterday at his home in Mill Neck, N.Y., after returning from his daily morning visit to Belmont Park. He was 87.A member of one of America's legendary families, Mr. Vanderbilt was a driving force in nearly every aspect of thoroughbred racing. His mother gave him Sagamore Farm, the rolling horse farm near Glyndon in Baltimore County, when he was 21.When Mr. Vanderbilt was 25, he became president of Pimlico, where he orchestrated the famed 1938 match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Traitor, one of Maryland's hopes for glory in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness, was removed from the Triple Crown trail yesterday after showing signs of wear and tear from his demanding schedule.Mary Eppler, the colt's Pimlico-based trainer, said that, after discussions with the horse's owner, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, they have decided to give Traitor time off instead of pushing him toward the spring classics. He was to have raced Saturday in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct."He will not run in the Wood or any of the Triple Crown races," Eppler said.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF NEW KENT COUNTY, Va | October 12, 1997
NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- This time last year, Mary Eppler trained one of the top 2-year-olds in the country.Traitor had won the Grade I Futurity Stakes and finished second in the Grade I Moet Champagne Stakes -- both at Belmont Park. He was an early favorite for the Kentucky Derby.But this year wasn't kind to Traitor. A freak accident in Florida and a torn suspensory ligament forced him to the sideline shortly before the Preakness Stakes. (Traitor is back in light training; see the "On Horse Racing" column on this page.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 6, 1997
Traitor, one of Maryland's hopes for glory in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness, was removed from the Triple Crown trail yesterday after showing signs of wear and tear from his demanding schedule.Mary Eppler, the colt's Pimlico-based trainer, said that, after discussions with the horse's owner, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, they have decided to give Traitor time off instead of pushing him toward the spring classics. He was to have raced Saturday in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct."He will not run in the Wood or any of the Triple Crown races," Eppler said.
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By TOM KEYSER and TOM KEYSER,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
Shine the searchlight across America for serious Kentucky Derby contenders, and the light stops here.Five and a half weeks before the nation's greatest horse race, three of the leading Derby hopefuls -- including the co-favorite, Captain Bodgit -- reside in the stalls of Maryland trainers. Until 11 days ago, when the Maryland-bred Smoke Glacken withdrew from Derby contention, four horses with Maryland connections ranked among some observers' Derby top 10."I don't think that has ever happened -- not in my time, anyway; not even close," said Maryland trainer Grover G. "Bud" Delp, who trained the last favorite that won the Kentucky Derby, Spectacular Bid in 1979.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1997
It was a long time coming, but yesterday Traitor joined the herd stampeding toward the Kentucky Derby. He won a non-betting race at a Florida training center by "a desperate head."Those were the words of Jay Friedman, an official of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., which sponsored the $100,000 race for horses that had passed through the sale. Trained by the Pimlico-based Mary Eppler, Traitor was making his belated 3-year-old debut after recovering from a training accident last month at Hialeah Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1997
Starting late but hoping for the best, Mary Eppler will saddle Traitor today for his 3-year-old debut in a non-betting race in Ocala, Fla.The race is the $100,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Championship Stakes at the Ocala Training Center. At 1 1/16 miles for horses that passed through the sale, it is not the preferred path to the Kentucky Derby.But an accident Feb. 1 at Hialeah Park in Florida, when Traitor lunged into a railing after being spooked by another horse, set back the colt's training.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1997
Traitor, a top contender for the Kentucky Derby, has resumed training after a freak accident Feb. 1 at Hialeah Park in Florida. But the week and a half of lost conditioning could jeopardize his chances of racing in the spring classics.Traitor is trained by Mary Eppler, based at Pimlico but spending the winter at Hialeah. He is owned by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, former owner of Sagamore Farm in Baltimore County.The accident occurred as Traitor walked off the Hialeah track after galloping. A horse behind him became unruly, upsetting Traitor and causing him to lunge into a railing.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1996
For a horse who has shown a liking for racing on the grass, Reach the Top is taking to dirt surfaces with gusto.The big filly showed yesterday that she is versatile, coming from just off the pace to out-duel a game Assault John to win the Grade III, $100,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel Park."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | March 6, 1994
Local Problem might be called the Charles Barkley of racehorses.He's a troublemaker, a bully, an in-your-face kind of animal that loves to be manhandled, his trainer Mary Eppler said yesterday.But the equine bad boy unleashed a strong late bid in the stretch at Laurel Race Course yesterday and won the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap by five lengths over 7-5 favorite Gala Spinaway.He was ridden by Allen Stacy, who won his second stakes in two weeks after recently moving back to the Maryland circuit from Kentucky.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1996
The dream was, is and forever will be to win the Kentucky Derby. For owners and trainers of talented 2-year-olds, who, along with all horses, officially become one year older Jan. 1, this is the time for taking those first cautious steps toward realizing that elusive dream.One Maryland-bred and two Maryland-trained colts are striding down that perilous road to the Derby.Smoke Glacken, a gray son of Two Punch, who stands at Northview Stallion Station in Cecil County, is training at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1996
For a horse who has shown a liking for racing on the grass, Reach the Top is taking to dirt surfaces with gusto.The big filly showed yesterday that she is versatile, coming from just off the pace to out-duel a game Assault John to win the Grade III, $100,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel Park."
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