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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun reporter | May 20, 2007
The word around the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course is that Street Sense is the horse to beat in today's 132nd Preakness Stakes, and the horse's jockey, Calvin Borel, isn't shy about saying the scuttlebutt is right. "I don't think he can get beat," Borel said shortly after arriving at Pimlico yesterday morning. "Something very bad would have to happen, a fall or something. If he don't fall, no way he'll get beat." The top three finishers in the May 5 Kentucky Derby - Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin - are considered the major contenders in today's race, run over 1 3/16 miles on Pimlico's dirt track.
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NEWS
September 18, 2006
Manure conversion can create energy The article about efforts to develop a renewable energy source from horse manure probably got a few laughs from readers ("Arundel to study alternative energy," Sept. 7). However, for those concerned about the environment and dependency on fossil fuels, this plan is not only encouraging but also an exciting development. Not only has Anne Arundel County seen an influx of horse owners because of the popularity of recreational riding, it may also become the location for a world-class facility for equestrian sports: the Maryland Horse Park and Agricultural Education Center, which is proposed for the site of the Naval Academy's old dairy farm in Gambrills ("State's horse farm owners have reasons for optimism with proposals for park, facility," Aug. 6)
NEWS
August 27, 2006
The Maryland Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Howard and Carroll County soil conservation districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, will hold a pasture walk and pasture planning workshop for horse owners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16. The event will be held at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center on Folly Quarter Road.
NEWS
August 20, 2006
Apple-butter market planned in Sykesville The Sykesville Apple Butter Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Apple Warehouse Grounds on West Friendship Road. Vendor space is available for those selling vegetables, herbs, baked goods, plants and flowers, home party products, jewelry, nursery items, flea market items, crafts, antiques and winery products. The Howard County Master Gardeners will be on site with information. Spaces are $10 in advance. Information: 410-552-4849.
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By TED SHELSBY | August 6, 2006
Horse owners, who have not had much to cheer about lately with the struggles of Maryland's racing industry, can take heart in a couple of government-sponsored projects aimed at corralling more equine activity and income for the state. The latest development, which could be a boon for the racing industry as well as for farms that raise horses for recreational riding, involves the proposed construction of a $60 million animal quarantine center near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
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By JEFF BARKER AND BILL ORDINE and JEFF BARKER AND BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTERS | May 24, 2006
When Barbaro broke down during the Preakness Stakes, his owners held insurance to cover them in the event of a catastrophic injury to the horse, which was likely worth at least $25 million to $30 million - and more if he had won. Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson had purchased two types of insurance on the prized colt: one for if the Kentucky Derby winner dies, and the other to protect them if he is unable to fulfill his potential as a stud, Roy Jackson said...
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN REPORTER | January 31, 2006
Three months after a fire swept through a Cecil County horse barn, killing 24 thoroughbreds, investigators have not determined what caused it, a spokesman for the state fire marshal said yesterday. The fire marshal's office sent a letter this month to a Virginia horse owner, saying the fire was under "criminal investigation," but Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said yesterday that the description was a matter of "semantics." Taylor said fire investigators have no evidence that the Nov. 1 blaze at the state-owned Fair Hill Training Center was arson.
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By TOM PELTON and TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTER | January 22, 2006
Thousands of horse lovers packed the annual Maryland Horse World Exposition in Timonium yesterday, where they admired well-bred Appaloosas and shopped for saddles - and talked about preventing the spread of a virus that has sickened horses at Pimlico Race Course. The equine herpes virus 1 disease that is believed to have infected 11 horses at Pimlico - leading the Maryland Jockey Club to place a quarantine on the track - was not seen as a threat to the more than 100 animals being shown at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER AND SANDRA MCKEE and MICHAEL DRESSER AND SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTERS | November 3, 2005
FAIR HILL -- As heartbroken owners grieved the loss of beloved horses, state fire investigators sifted through the charred remains of a Cecil County stable to determine the cause of a fast-burning fire that killed 24 thoroughbreds valued at about $1 million. Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said officials had yet to determine where the fire began Tuesday evening at the Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton - the first step in identifying the cause. He said arson could neither be confirmed nor ruled out. firefighters were hosing down the barn yesterday as the winds stirred up ashes and the state fire marshal inspected the scene.
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