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By Sports Digest | February 14, 2010
Because of the recent snowstorms, Laurel Park's events originally scheduled for the Presidents Day weekend have been merged into an 11-race card Monday. Included are four stakes races: the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the $150,000 General George Handicap, both Grade II races; the $70,000 John B. Campbell Handicap; and the $70,000 Marshua Stakes. The Fritchie (4:21 p.m. post), a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, drew 14 starters: Hour Glass (4-1), Sweet Goodbye (9-2), Weathered (5-1)
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Sports Digest | February 23, 2014
Laurel Park My Wandy's Girl wins Barbara Fritchie 'Cap After finishing second last year, My Wandy's Girl returned from New York to win this year's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares. The Fritchie was rescheduled for Saturday after the card for Feb. 15 was lost to inclement weather. My Wandy's Girl pressed, caught and repulsed post-time favorite La Verdad to win by a length in 1 minute, 23.79 seconds for the 7-furlong distance. Centrique finished a close third.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1995
Mixed Appeal won't get a second shot at winning Laurel's richest handicap for fillies and mares.Last year, the Maryland-based runner unexpectedly turned in the finest performance of her career and pulled down first prize of $120,000 in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap for owner Israel Cohen.But the 7-year-old mare, who was expected to defend her Fritchie title on Saturday, is not up to par and won't appear in the lineup, said Gene Leach, assistant to the horse's trainer, Dean Gaudet.The defection of Mixed Appeal means that the Nickel Stable's Smart 'N Noble will be the local favorite to try to upset out-of-town invaders Lottsa Talc and Triumph At Dawn.
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Sports Digest | February 20, 2014
Laurel Park Reshuffled Fritchie gains Merry Meadow The field for Saturday's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel Park is significantly different from the one originally scheduled to race last Saturday. Four of filly and mare sprinters will not be competing this weekend, while another has been added into the mix. Parx Racing-based Winning Image and Villette are not permitted to leave the Philadelphia track because of a quarantine after an equine herpes outbreak.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Sun | February 16, 2008
Mike Trombetta, the top Maryland trainer in percentage a year ago, is scheduled to visit the winner's circle before the sixth race at Laurel Park today for a special presentation acknowledging that achievement. He hopes to make a return trip later in the program. Trombetta will saddle morning-line favorite Control System for the Grade II, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, the co-feature of the track's three-stakes Presidents Day weekend, the most lucrative of the winter season in Maryland.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 2, 1998
Miss Golden Circle, winner of the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel a year ago, has been nominated for the 1998 running, set for Feb. 14 at Laurel Park.Appealing Skier, second to Why Change a year ago in the General George Stakes, is eligible for that race Feb. 16.Twenty-three fillies and mares have been nominated for the $250,000 Fritchie and 18 males for the $250,000 General George. Both SprintFest races are run over seven furlongs.The nomination deadline was Saturday. The full field will be announced this week.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
A full field of 14 fillies and mares has been entered for tomorrow's Grade II, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park, including two horses who will run as a field entry and four stakes winners from other venues.Among the nationally known trainers involved are Eclipse Award winner Bill Mott (Cigar), Neil Howard and Bill Shoemaker.One member of the field, Dancing Lassy, finished second to Cormorant's Flight, one of the probable Fritchie favorites, in the Maryland Racing Writers' Handicap three weeks ago.Cormorant's Flight, winner of two straight stakes here, has drawn the No. 8 post, two inside of Mott's Traverse City, a Grade 3 winner last time out at Aqueduct and an in-the-money finisher in 27 of 28 starts.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1995
Tim Kelly, Jimmy Toner and Dick Delp -- trainers of the top three contenders in today's Grade II $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park -- all concede one point.If any of them is going to pocket the trainer's share of $12,000 for saddling today's winner, each of their horses must catch Queen Suite.The daughter of Bates Motel, trained at Laurel by Ron Benshoff, is the target for the connections of the three highweights.Kelly jokes about slipping into Laurel under the cloak of darkness and carrying off the Fritchie spoils.
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January 15, 1992
Funeral services for Don Jamie Fritchie, a National Security Agency employee and longtime Columbia resident, will be at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery.Mr. Fritchie, a Bluffton, Ohio, native, died Monday of a heart attack at the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital after battling diabetes for 15 years. He was 61.He worked 43 years for the Defense Department, receiving numerouscivilian and military awards. He retired Oct. 31, 1990.He left Bluffton to join the U.S. Navy at age 17, shortly after World War II. After his Navy service, he went to work for the Defense Department atFort Meade.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 17, 1991
LAUREL -- After Fappaburst notched her richest victory, in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Race Course yesterday, jockey Angel Cordero took his patented leap out of the saddle, then calmly explained the hows and whys of the 1 1/2 -length triumph.With a half-mile remaining, Cordero said Fappaburst had a bit of traffic trouble, but "after I got her clear on the outside, she had no problems from there."The New York-based filly, second choice in a field of 10 fillies and mares, had moved up steadily in the seven-furlong Fritchie -- a Grade III race that led off Laurel's Winter SprintFest -- before surging past 8-5 favorite Devil's Orchid in the early stretch.
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From Sun staff reports | February 14, 2014
Because of the significant snow that hit the Baltimore and Washington markets Thursday, live racing at Laurel Park has been canceled for today. This is the track's fourth cancellation of the year and second in two days. Live racing is scheduled to resume Saturday with a 12:35 p.m. post time. The 10-race card features the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade 2) and the $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes. The Laurel Park racing office will take entries Friday for Monday's Presidents Day card, which is headlined by the $250,000 General George Handicap (Grade 3)
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Sports Digest | February 13, 2014
Et cetera Nichols resigns as coach of Bohemians Steve Nichols resigned as coach of the Baltimore Bohemians so he can devote full attention to his new job as men's coach at Loyola Maryland. In two seasons under Nichols, who last week stepped down as boys coach at McDonogh, the Bohs were 13-8-9 in regular-season play. He led the team to its first playoff berth last season, and the club's second-place finish qualified it for the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. The Bohs led the USL Premier Development League in scoring in 2013.
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Sports Digest | February 8, 2014
Baseball Ex-Orioles pitcher Ayala returns to Nationals The Washington Nationals reunited with veteran right-handed reliever Luis Ayala , a former Montreal Expo and original 2005 National, by signing him Friday to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp, according to a person familiar with the situation. The incentives of Ayala's deal are still being worked out, but he will have a base salary of at least $1 million, the person said. Ayala, 36, signed with the Orioles last spring and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in April after allowing two runs in only two appearances.
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From Sun staff reports | February 17, 2013
Funny Approval went to the front and never looked back, posting an upset victory in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday. A maiden win and two allowance scores at Mountaineer Park over the off-going were the credentials Funny Approval brought to Laurel's seven-furlong Winter SprintFest fixture, leaving the daughter of Outrageouslyfunny a distinct outsider in the field of eight fillies and mares. Trainer Jose Lopez and jockey Juan Vargas were also virtual unknowns in the Mid-Atlantic region, but they won't be after Saturday.
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By From Sun staff reports | February 20, 2011
Ramon Dominguez's Laurel Park homecoming party included time in the winner's circle, as he rode Harissa to victory in the $150,000, Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday at Laurel Park. Harissa, down from Belmont Park from the stable of Michael Hushion, sped through the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.65, finishing 21/4 lengths in front of Aspenglow, ridden by Travis Dunkelberger. Fascinatin' Rhythm finished third. "I'd never ridden her before," said Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner.
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By Sports Digest | February 18, 2011
Laurel Park Grade II Fritchie Handicap among 3 SprintFest races Laurel Park will feature a full field for Monday's $150,000 General George Handicap (Grade II) pitting an evenly matched field of 14 sprinters. Laurel's SprintFest weekend also includes the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II) and the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap on Saturday afternoon. Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli has tabbed an entry from the powerful stable of Todd Pletcher as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1996
She has rallied from reactions to too much medication, an irregular heartbeat, a chip in her ankle, a slew of different training methods and a forgettable 4-year-old campaign.Cormorant's Flight has been through a lot, but when they leave the gate in the Grade II, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap today at Laurel Park, she will be among the horses to beat.The 6-year-old mare, a study in persistence, has been made the 4-to-1 overnight favorite by track handicapper Clem Florio in a field dotted by high-quality invaders from elsewhere.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2000
So often, Marylanders have to look elsewhere for big races. Next weekend, we need look no farther than Laurel Park for what could be two of the most competitive and prestigious races in the country. On Saturday, some of America's fastest fillies and mares will compete in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap. And on Monday, Presidents Day, some of the fastest male horses will race in the General George Handicap. Both races are seven furlongs, Grade II with purses of $200,000. David Rollinson, Laurel's stakes coordinator, says the twin races could boast full fields of 14 horses -- based on which trainers come who actually say they're coming.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | February 16, 2010
Christopher Grove had been thinking about Presidents Day weekend for months. The Frederick trainer was confident that two of his horses - Greenspring and Sweet Goodbye - could win a Grade II stakes race, and so in the months before the holiday weekend, every move was made with the Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the General George Handicap in mind. Then the snow almost ruined everything. His horses couldn't train at his training center in Bowie, and he couldn't sleep. The Fritchie was postponed and rescheduled to run on the same day as the General George.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 15, 2010
Christopher Grove had been thinking about President's Day weekend for months. The Frederick trainer was confident that he had two horses -- Greenspring and Sweet Goodbye -- who could win a Grade II Stakes race, and so every move he made in the months prior to the holiday weekend was made with the Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the General George Handicap in mind. Then the snow tried to ruin everything. His horses couldn't train at his training center in Bowie, and he couldn't sleep.
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