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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2003
Michael Gill, the nation's leading thoroughbred owner who was recently barred from several racetracks, has filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire against Delaware Park, Gulfstream Park, officials at the tracks and two trainers. Gill, a resident of New Hampshire, filed the suits Wednesday. He stables about 100 horses at Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center, but has been prohibited from stabling horses at several other tracks. Gill has been criticized for aggressive claiming tactics and suspected of administering performance-enhancing drugs to his horses.
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By Laura Vozzella and Tom Pelton and Laura Vozzella and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2002
Though a Canadian company's plan to demolish Pimlico Race Course and rebuild it from the ground up is still sketchy, city and state officials are already betting the project will give Baltimore a boost and - for better or worse - help bring slot machines to the state. "We are still at the kindergarten stage of planning," Joseph A. De Francis, president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said yesterday. "We still need to figure out the details." De Francis offered no blueprints and few specifics to about 80 residents and state officials who attended a public meeting last night at the race course to learn more about the project proposed by Magna Entertainment Corp.
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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 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 Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2000
Twenty-two horse tracks, including Pimlico and Laurel Park, announced their intention yesterday to withdraw from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the sport's so-called league office. The 12 mid-Atlantic tracks and the seven owned by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp., including Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, joined the mass defection. Formed nearly three years ago to unify the sport and increase its popularity, the NTRA has a membership that extends beyond racetracks and includes owners, breeders, sales companies and others.
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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 | March 18, 2000
Lemon Drop Kid, owned by part-time Marylanders Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance and one of last year's leading 3-year-olds, will make his first start of 2000 today in the Widener Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. -- if the track is dry. His trainer, Scotty Schulhofer, said he would scratch the Belmont and Travers winner if rain turns the track into mud.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The first major confrontation leading to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness took shape yesterday when trainers entered 11 promising 3-year-olds in the Fountain of Youth Stakes tomorrow at Gulfstream Park. The stakes isn't the first of the year for 3-year-olds, but it's the first that showcases so many contenders for Triple Crown races. History will determine the Fountain of Youth's place in the defining picture of the spring classics. But history already reveals that its place is significant.
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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 Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2000
Struggling to make sense of a confounding year in racing, readers of The Sun split six ways in their votes for 1999 Horse of the Year. But when the responses of 25 racing fans were finally sorted out, Artax emerged as the readers' choice for thoroughbred racing's most prestigious award. Ten of the 25 respondents to my request for input as to who should be Horse of the Year selected Artax, the speedy sprinter who overcame near-tragedy at Pimlico on Preakness day. Charismatic, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, received five votes.
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