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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
Tim's Crossing thrilled the bettors early and fellow Maryland horse Grundlefoot thrilled them late. But when the rain began yesterday after the $200,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico, New Jersey colt Runspastum stood proudly in the winner's circle. The Tesio is Maryland's major stakes for 3-year-olds still sniffing for roses in the Kentucky Derby or black-eyed Susans in the Preakness. But the connections of Runspastum have another idea: the Illinois Derby. `The Triple Crown, that's a brutal deal," said Alan E. Goldberg, the trainer of Runspastum, stabled at a private center near Monmouth Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1997
The second half of Laurel Park's Winter SprintFest went much like the first. An out-of-state horse galloped home the winner while the trainer stayed in Florida saddling a horse that lost.Yesterday, it was Joseph H. Pierce Jr. who missed the celebration in the winner's circle. Why Change, a 4-year-old colt from Pierce's barn at Hialeah Park, powered down the homestretch and captured the $200,000 General George Handicap.Saturday, trainer John Kimmel missed the backslaps after his Miss Golden Circle won the Barbara Fritchie Handicap.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | October 25, 1992
Long shot Best Endorsement came from last place in an 11-horse field at Laurel Race Course yesterday to win the $50,000-added Japan Racing Association Handicap.The Virginia-based 3-year-old, who went off at 27-1 odds, defeated Land Grant and Smart Jaune, who finished in a dead-heat for second place, by a neck.Red Ice, the lone filly in the field, opened up by as much as six lengths going down the backstretch and was still two lengths in front at the top of the stretch. But she tired and finished fifth.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1999
INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- Behrens, the likely favorite in North America's richest horse race, hasn't won in four months. That doesn't bother Behrens' trainer, James Bond."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1997
Although the new year is already a month old, the 1997 racing season kicks into high gear today with top races on both coasts for Kentucky Derby aspirants and older horses -- as well as with a tribute to a beloved champion.At Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., a life-sized statue of Cigar will be unveiled about 4: 35 p.m. -- and televised live on ESPN. The broadcast also includes the first live races of the year, the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream and the Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1997
For a $200,000 race, it was the quietest winner's circle in memory. The winning trainer and owners hadn't even seen the race; they had listened to the call by telephone.So the victorious mare, Miss Golden Circle, gained all the attention yesterday after her sparkling performance in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade II seven-furlong sprint at Laurel Park. And she made the most of it, kicking back her rear feet and shaking her sweaty head.She deserved the spotlight. Under a wise ride by jockey Richard Migliore, who flew in from New York, Miss Golden Circle overcame a difficult post position, avoided traffic and then surged ahead in the stretch for a length victory over last year's Fritchie winner, Lottsa Talc.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
Audrey and Allen Murray plunked down $800 for a pregnant broodmare in late 1954 -- before they were even married. The mare, Rip Fleet, gave birth to a foal the Murrays sold as a yearling for $4,500.Nice return. Easy business.In business now for 43 years -- their Murmur Farm near Darlington in Harford County comprises 133 acres -- the Murrays quickly learned what nearly every horse breeder knows:Not always nice return. No easy business.But the Murrays persevered. And now in their early 60s, still working as hard as ever, they are enjoying the fruits of their labor.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2001
HALLANDALE, Fla. - Ever since finishing a fast-closing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Point Given has topped most handicappers' lists of Kentucky Derby contenders. He has company now. Monarchos, a striking gray colt with explosive speed, demolished a 13-horse field yesterday in the $1 million Florida Derby, winning by 4 1/2 lengths and challenging Point Given's rank of early Kentucky Derby favorite. Trained by Bob Baffert in California, Point Given will make his 3-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes next weekend at Santa Anita Park.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 1, 1992
The Breeders' Cup has a National Pick-7.Belmont Park had its own National Pick-6 on Super Saturday II.The Thoroughbred Racing Associations experimented with three National Pic-6s.Now, Pimlico Race Course might market its own National Pick-6 this spring when the Preakness and Pimlico Special are presented on the same card.The American Championship Racing Series announced changes in its 1993 schedule, putting the Pimlico Special, an ACRS race, back-to-back with the Preakness for the first time.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Thirteen million dollars and the prestige of winning on racing's greatest day are powerful lures. Yesterday, owners of thoroughbreds from around the world proved that by entering 102 horses in the eight Breeders' Cup races tomorrow at Gulfstream Park.In a midday ceremony inside a large white tent outside Gulfstream Park, post positions were drawn for the 16th running of what promoters call the championships of thoroughbred racing. That's not accurate, because a thoroughbred champion is one who wins an Eclipse Award, not a Breeders' Cup race.
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