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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 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 | February 16, 1997
Fans in Maryland, even those who don't like to leave the comfort of their living rooms, can glimpse racing's newest sensation Saturday in a potentially spectacular race in Florida.Pulpit, the most-talked-about horse in the East after only two races, will run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The key prep for the Triple Crown races, graced with other budding 3-year-old stars, as well, will be televised on ESPN.Frank L. Brothers, Pulpit's respected trainer, said Thursday that he and the colt's owners at Claiborne Farm had decided to enter the lightly raced colt against more experienced runners in what should be a highly competitive Grade II stakes.
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By Tom Keyser | February 6, 1997
HIALEAH, Fla. -- Captain Bodgit, a promising 3-year-old colt trained by Gary Capuano, has been sold for $500,000.Team Valor, based in Pasadena, Calif., bought Captain Bodgit from Phyllis Susini of Valrico, Fla., in a transaction that leaves the horse in Capuano's barn. Based at Bowie, Capuano is spending the winter at Hialeah Park with 18 horses.The top mount is Captain Bodgit. He won five straight races, including the Laurel Futurity, before finishing third last month in his 3-year-old debut, the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1997
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- The road to the Kentucky Derby, as it often does this time every year, yesterday became a journey through the heart of darkness.Here at Gulfstream Park, a 105-1 unknown named Frisk Me Now knocked off early Derby favorites Confide and Ordway in the $100,000, seven-furlong Danka Hutcheson Stakes.On the West Coast at Santa Anita Park, Boston Harbor, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, faded to fourth in the $100,000 1 1/16-mile Santa Catalina Stakes. No Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner has ever won the Kentucky Derby.
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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 | 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 Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1996
The road to the Triple Crown takes a detour today, and the national focus lands on Maryland-bred Awad.No major 3-year-old prep races are scheduled this weekend, but Gulfstream Park could be the site of Awad's climb above $2 million in career earnings.He is seeking a repeat victory in the Grade II, $300,000 Crown Royal Pan American Handicap, a 1 1/2 -mile event for older horses.Awad won two Grade I stakes last year, the Early Times Manhattan and the Arlington Million. In his most recent outing, he rallied to finish fourth in the Grade II Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, beaten by only two lengths.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | March 11, 1995
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Julie Krone, out of action since Jan. 13 with a broken left pinkie, returned yesterday to ride two horses at Gulfstream Park.Neither horse was expected to run well, and neither did. Aftefinishing eighth in a nine-horse field in the seventh race aboard the 11-1 shot In Her Glory, Krone dismounted and said: "I feel super. My muscles aren't sore at all."
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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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