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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2000
Acres was miles the best yesterday. The New York invader swept to the front immediately and never yielded ground while racing to an easy nine-length victory over previously unbeaten Inner Harbour in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Laurel Park. Jockey Tommy Turner, a former competitor on the Maryland circuit, flew in from Gulfstream Park for the joy ride on Acres in the 1 1/8-mile race restricted to Maryland-bred 3-year-olds. "I heard he was a nice horse," Turner said. "But I didn't know he was going to run like that.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 10, 1999
The big question mark in the race, Big Rut, was a late scratch, giving Waited the inside post and the distinction of being the fastest horse in the field.And the even-money favorite didn't disappoint in the $78,675 Native Dancer Handicap yesterday, leading every step of the way to score an easy, 7 3/4-length victory over Algar, the Maryland Million Classic winner, at Laurel Park.Big Rut, the defending champion in this stake, had beaten many of his would-be rivals and had been working well coming up to the race.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- After the Europeans failed to win a single race last year in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, no one expected many to make the return trip this year to Gulfstream Park.After all, Churchill Downs was where the Europeans were supposed to thrive -- cool weather and a turf course to their liking. Conversely, the normally firm turf course at hot and humid Gulfstream Park had put off the Europeans twice before. In the two previous Breeders' Cups here, 1989 and 1992, European-based horses were 0-for-28.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1996
HALLANDALE, Fla. - Shortly before 7: 30 a.m. yesterday, Cigar passed his final test before leaving for the Middle East and the $4 million Dubai World Cup on March 27 in the United Arab Emirates.The Maryland-bred 1995 Horse of the Year worked seven-eighths of a mile in 1 minute, 23 3/5 seconds at Gulfstream Park under jockey Jerry Bailey and prompted the clocker, Bruce Jakubek, to say: "It was one of the five best works I've ever witnessed."A clocker since 1971, Jakubek compared Cigar's workout to those of Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid. He said it wasn't the time over a fast track that was so impressive, but the ease with which Cigar covered the ground.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1997
Appealing Skier defeated Unbridled's Song. He raced in the Grade I Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup Sprint and NYRA Mile.Today, the flashy 4-year-old trained by the wily Ben W. Perkins Sr. turns up at Laurel Park for the $200,000 General George Handicap. The seven-furlong sprint with its Grade II rating and hefty purse caught Perkins' eye all the way down in south Florida."That's why we're coming," Perkins said from his barn at Gulfstream Park. "That's not to say there aren't some good horses in there.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 19, 1993
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The Florida Derby gained a surprise entry yesterday when Maryland trainer Barclay Tagg, who stables his first string at Gulfstream Park in the winter, entered Ambush Alley.The 3-year-old son of Gulch is owned by Sam and Carolyn Rogers of Leesburg, Va."We had been toying with the idea of running the horse for some time, but then didn't really decide to put him in until about 15 minutes before they closed entries," Tagg said. "There are no real stars in the race except Storm Tower, so we decided to give it a try."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | February 19, 1993
Pimlico Special purse decreasedBonus as part of ACRS may offset cut of $100,000The purse for this year's Pimlico Special has been decreased by $100,000 to $600,000 guaranteed, but connections of the winning horse still could come out ahead.As the fourth race in the $5.85 million American Championship Racing Series, the Special -- to be held on Preakness Day for the first time -- will be a major stop in the series."In context, there is a purse reduction [for the Special]," said Joe De Francis, president of Laurel and Pimlico.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2001
For Include, the race presents an entree into the highest level of American racing. For Albert the Great, the race presents a chance to stay there. The Pimlico Special offers a showdown between these two as well as a challenge by four other horses running for $750,000 today at Pimlico Race Course. Albert the Great is the 4-5 morning-line favorite, Include the 3-1 second choice. Grover G. "Bud" Delp, trainer of Include, and Robert E. Meyerhoff, the colt's breeder and owner, have been pointing to this race since last fall.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 20, 1993
Even though Storm Tower and Living Vicariously are the Florida Derby favorites, Silver of Silver is gaining respect among a number of horsemen.Howie Tesher, trainer of long shot Bull Inthe Heather, probably put it best yesterday when he said, "The one horse I am concerned about is Skippy's [referring to Skip Shapoff, trainer of Silver of Silver]. He is the only horse who has been carrying this kind of weight [122 pounds]. He was coming on strong the other day and we were getting nine pounds from him [when Bull Inthe Heather beat him for second place in a division of the Fountain of Youth Stakes]
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 22, 1993
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Orchids, bagels and indecision.These components made up the post-race Florida Derby scene yesterday morning at Howie Tesher's barn at Gulfstream Park.The center of attention was the big roan colt, Bull Inthe Heather, surprise winner of the race and one of two legitimate Kentucky Derby contenders to emerge from the stakes on Saturday. The other is the fast-closing Wallenda, who finished third.The owners and trainers of runner-up Storm Tower are re-considering their plans and might opt to bypass the Derby and aim for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 15.Bull Inthe Heather surveyed the scene outside Tesher's barn yesterday with one slightly swollen eye, received no doubt from the impact of a lot of mud being kicked into his face after his come-from-behind victory the previous afternoon.
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