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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The second of this season's battles of the sexes was threatened yesterday when Three Ring, a leading 3-year-old filly, drew the No. 10 post for the $750,000 Florida Derby on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.After Three Ring's sensational, 14 3/4-length victory against fillies three weeks ago in the Davona Dale Stakes at this South Florida track, her trainer, Eddie Plesa Jr., said he might run her in the Florida Derby against males. This week, he said he had decided to -- as long as she drew an inside post position.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 4, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- In his first start as a 4-year-old, Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop overwhelmed four opponents in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race yesterday at Gulfstream Park.Ridden by Jerry Bailey, the 3-10 Victory Gallop circled the field entering the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1 minute, 43 4/5 seconds.His next start is to be March 28 in the $5 million Dubai World Cup.Pub Date: 3/04/99
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1999
The beauty of traveling along the Triple Crown trail is that its secrets are revealed one by one.Last weekend, most of the top 3-year-olds in Florida popped out of the shadows for the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Today, a few other Kentucky Derby contenders make cameo appearances in allowance races at the South Florida track.And tomorrow, two of the top contenders in California, including one highly touted filly, compete in the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The performance of the filly, Honest Lady, will begin answering the question: Just how good are these fillies who keep running faster than the males?
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The 10 horses in the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes today at Gulfstream Park illustrate the problem. The field is so competitive that identifying the favorite might be as difficult as selecting the winner.And this is just one race in February. How can anybody be expected to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby now -- 10 weeks before the race May 1 at Churchill Downs?The answer: Nobody can be expected to do it.That is presumably why one bettor Thursday at Lone Star Park in Texas put down $10,000 on "the field" in the inaugural Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
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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 MIAMI HERALD | March 1, 1998
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Skip Away wasn't in a lively mood after his victory yesterday. He was so hot and exhausted that his handlers didn't wait for the horse to return to the barn for a post-race shower. Assistant trainer Pete Johnson grabbed a hose in the winner's circle and sprayed him with a refreshing blast of cold water.That's what having to carry 127 pounds for 1 1/4 miles will do. That's the price for contesting a viciously hot pace, as Skip Away was asked to do by his jockey in the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1998
Displaying the talent but not the temperament of a Kentucky Derby contender, Coronado's Quest finished second yesterday in a major Derby prep after refusing repeatedly to allow his rider onto his back.Time Limit won the seven-furlong $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park in 1 minute, 22 2/5 seconds. He paid $5.20 to win. The exacta with favorite Coronado's Quest paid $9. Zippy Zeal was third, Red Wraith fourth and Voyamerican fifth.Winning his fifth race in 10 starts, Time Limit is from the same team that produced 1996 Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone: owner Overbrook Farm (William T. Young)
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
Carolyn and Sonny Hine sent Skip Away to Florida for a vacation after his explosive win in the Breeders' Cup Classic. But Skip Away wouldn't lie on the beach and rest."
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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 | 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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