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By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 27, 1994
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Exercise rider Mary Rafferty died yesterday, five days after being thrown to the track at Gulfstream Park with such violent force that her spine was crushed.Rafferty died at Memorial Hospital. She was 41.Rafferty was thrown to the Hallandale track Monday morning when Vindication, a 4-year-old filly, broke a leg and fell. The exercise rider was knocked unconscious and never awoke."I thought highly of her in every regard," said Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, who employed her. "She was extremely dedicated and made a tremendous sacrifice to work with horses.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - After another difficult morning working in the starting gate, third-place Preakness finisher Social Inclusion will not run in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. "I don't want to hurt the horse," owner Ron Sanchez said as he watched Social Inclusion take a bath Wednesday morning. "There's no good reason to put him in that gate in front of 140,000 people. " The speedy colt will instead run in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens, earlier on Saturday's race card. The key difference, Sanchez said, is that the Woody Stephens will start on the far side of the track, away from the crowd.
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By Staff Report | June 10, 1993
Raymond "Skeets" Holland, who had been a jockey an exercise rider at Maryland horse racing tracks for about 50 years, died Sunday of cancer at his home on Denmore Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.Mr. Holland, who was 83, retired as an exercise rider in 1978 after being thrown from a horse he was exercising at Pimlico Race Course.In 1966, he retired as a jockey after being hurt in a spill at Marlboro Race Track in Prince George's County days before the track was to honor him with a day named for him.That year was the first, with the exception of those spent in the Army during World War II, that he had gone through a racing season with out a winner since his first win in 1928 atCumberland.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Louis Edward "Scotty" Scott, a retired rider and thoroughbred trainer, died May 3 of heart disease at Sinai Hospital. He was 92 and lived in Pikesville. Born in Sparks, he was the son of Edward Scott, a horse trainer, and the former Cordelia Whye. He attended Sparks Elementary School. He began riding at the age of 12 and rode at Maryland race courses in the 1940s. He was an exercise rider for John Bosley Sr., who owned the Foxhall Keene Farm in Monkton in the early 1950s.
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By Tom Keyser | September 18, 1996
Articles in the Sept. 15 and 18 editions of The Sun gave incorrect information about a car accident that killed Wybiena Uden, a 28-year-old exercise rider from Holland. The Sept. 13 accident occurred at the intersection of Dorsey Run Road and Junction Drive in Annapolis Junction in Howard County.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 9/21/96A memorial service for a popular backstretch worker will be held tomorrow morning at Laurel Park.Wybiena Uden, a 28-year-old exercise rider from Holland, was killed in a car wreck midday Friday on Brock Bridge Road near Laurel.
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By Chris Lazzarino and Chris Lazzarino,Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | February 25, 1994
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- State steward Walter Blum says he will go to his bosses at the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and ask them to consider mandating safety vests for all exercise riders.This in the wake of two serious accidents Monday at Gulfstream Park, one of which left exercise rider Mary Rafferty, 41, in critical but stable conditon at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood with a broken back.According to trainer Allen Jerkens as well as another reliable source, Rafferty, who was not wearing a safety vest when she was thrown from a filly who broke a front leg, is paralyzed from the waist down.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 6, 1993
Exercise rider Kathy Driscoll is in "serious, but stable" condition and has been moved out of the intensive-care unit at Sinai Hospital.But she is "not out of the woods yet," according to her friend, horse owner Phyllis Dixon, who said yesterday that possible paralysis is still a cause for concern.Dixon said that Driscoll's sixth and seventh vertebrae were broken when she was thrown and was crushed beneath a horse at Pimlico Race Course during training hours Sunday morning.Dixon and Driscoll's fiance, George Beltone, were at Sinai yesterday and consulted with doctors.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 5, 1993
An exercise rider is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Sinai Hospital after a horse apparently flipped and fell on top of her yesterday morning during training on the track at Pimlico Race Course.Kathy Driscoll, 30, of New Freedom, Pa., was galloping For All, a 7-year-old gray gelding, for trainer Ron Cartwright when the horse apparently tripped on a loose leg bandage, somersaulted and landed on Driscoll.Contacted last night, Driscoll's fiance, George Beltone, said Driscoll broke her back and an arm and has bleeding inside her skull.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Louis Edward "Scotty" Scott, a retired rider and thoroughbred trainer, died May 3 of heart disease at Sinai Hospital. He was 92 and lived in Pikesville. Born in Sparks, he was the son of Edward Scott, a horse trainer, and the former Cordelia Whye. He attended Sparks Elementary School. He began riding at the age of 12 and rode at Maryland race courses in the 1940s. He was an exercise rider for John Bosley Sr., who owned the Foxhall Keene Farm in Monkton in the early 1950s.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 11, 1993
Kathy Driscoll refers to herself as "a strong-willed individual."A week after the 40-year-old exercise rider was crushed beneath a horse at Pimlico Race Course, she is chatting on the phone from her bed at Sinai Hospital, where she is sheathed in a plastic body cast, and has even been up walking through the halls."
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
In his recurring dream, Jose Villegas still gets up in the predawn darkness at his Carroll County farmhouse, loads his riding helmet and boots into the trunk of his Toyota Corolla and drives 75 minutes to Laurel Park. His favorite part of the dream comes next. As the sun rises over the track, the former jockey and longtime exercise rider is in the saddle, feeling the rush of wind on his face. He grew up around horses in Mexico, and riding made him feel he was home. But when he awakens in the morning, Villegas, 43, faces his stark new reality.
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By Aaron Dodson, Childs Walker and Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Before California Chrome could even reach his nose across the finish line in the Kentucky Derby, the chestnut colt's exercise rider, Willie Delgado , received a text from his biggest fan back home. “Daddy, I can't believe you just won the Kentucky Derby,” wrote Delgado's 6-year-old daughter, Savannah. Two weeks later, the 46-year-old former jockey is still soaking in the victory. But his emotions don't revolve solely around the thrill of California Chrome's chase for the Triple Crown, which will continue Saturday in the 139th Preakness Stakes.
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Sports Digest | December 15, 2013
  Laurel Park Apprentice Juarez wins with his first career mount Apprentice Nik Juarez won with his first lifetime mount when odds-on favorite Love Heart beat six other $5,000 claimers in the fifth race Saturday at Laurel Park. Juarez, 20, who is the son of former rider Calixto Juarez and the grandson of exercise rider Charlie Linton , broke just a little tardily aboard Love Heart as the field left the starting gate in the six furlong test. Juarez was unfazed as he carefully steered the daughter of Lion Heart to the outside and slowly gained on the leaders, finally reaching the front a furlong from home.
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By Allan Vought and Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 14, 2013
For a sudden media phenomenon, Orb was remarkably relaxed on the morning of his first full day at Pimlico Tuesday as he gets ready to tackle the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown in Saturday's 138 th running of the Preakness Stakes. “He's got plenty of energy,” Shug McGaughey, Orb's trainer, told a small group of reporters and photographers outside the stakes barn at Pimlico, shortly after Orb had walked in the shed row and received his morning bath. “He's settled in well.” The bay muscular colt's chief attention Tuesday appeared to be focused on the long grassy area that sits just across the path from his stall and runs along the perimeter fence.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Kevin Krigger walked the shed row this morning at Pimlico, wearing sunglasses and leading Goldencents, the 17th finisher at the Kentucky Derby, around Barn D. The colt had arrived at 1:30 in the morning, a few hours later than planned, on a van from New York, where he had flown earlier in the day from Louisville. Two of trainer Doug O'Neill's assistants -- Jack Sisterson and Tyler Cerin -- drove from Kentucky and were here to meet the horse. That was all planned. Krigger's presence came as a surprise.
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | October 5, 2012
The 1904 vintage National Bank building will be transformed Oct. 13 into the Graw Days' History @ the Bank. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Bank will have an array of horse racing artifacts, prints, racing silks and artwork. In addition, the Graw Days Speaker Series will feature authors, historians and ghost stories. Following a 10 a.m. opening ceremony, the Speaker Series begins at 10:30 a.m. with Grand Marshall Martha Hopkins and J. William Boniface, who will be sharing the podium.
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By Ed Waldman and Ed Waldman,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2005
OXON HILL -- Ron Franklin is returning to Maryland racing. Five years after barring him from setting foot in any racetrack in the state because of continued substance abuse, the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday granted Franklin a one-year license as an exercise rider. And though that's a long way from being the toast of Baltimore -- and the country -- after riding Spectacular Bid to victories in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, it's an equally long way from being out of racing.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2002
Sheri Garcia, a 37-year-old exercise rider who was just days away from realizing a dream of becoming a professional jockey, was killed yesterday while galloping her horse at Pimlico Race Course. Garcia, of Lancaster, Pa., suffered head injuries at about 7:30 a.m. when she struck a pole near the half-mile mark on the backstretch of the Northwest Baltimore track, said Charles Frock, a thoroughbred horse trainer who sometimes employed Garcia. Garcia was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2012
Jazz Napravnik didn't even wait for her sister, Rosie, to get across the finish line. She saw the way the jockey was riding Believe You Can in the Kentucky Oaks, saw the horse stretch its legs down the final hundred yards under guidance from a nearly motionless rider, and she knew. "I just left my box, ran toward the winner's circle," Jazz Napravnik said. With her win in Kentucky, Rosie Napravnik, 24, pushed her name even further into the discussion of the country's top jockeys.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 9, 2012
Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another is one regal-looking horse, a real show-stopper with a distinctive white, diamond-shaped patch on his forehead. As he moved around a back barn at Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday, the chestnut colt trained by Doug O'Neill made the other horses look like fly-ridden plow nags. Now the question is: is he just another attractive Derby winner that will wilt in the pressurized environment of the Preakness a week from Saturday? Or can he duplicate the amazing run he had at Churchill Downs five days ago and make the Preakness special by giving us a legitimate Triple Crown hope?
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