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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.
SPORTS
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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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
On a recent, rainy evening, a honey-colored horse named Gandolf stood in his outdoor stall - a wooden ring at the Fort Meade Equestrian Center near Odenton - contentedly gnawing on a large bale of hay. "He's one of those horses that is not bothered by anything," said his owner, veteran Matt McKnight. "When I'm here with him, I just zen." McKnight, 26, spends every afternoon at the equestrian center, a place he and many other horse owners - all of them military or Department of the Interior personnel or retirees - call a second home.
NEWS
August 5, 2004
Charles William Whims Sr., a retired thoroughbred horse trainer and owner, died of complications from cancer July 29 at his daughter's North Baltimore home. He was 81. A resident of the Phoenix area of Baltimore County, he was born in nearby Sweet Air and was a graduate of the former George Washington Carver School in Towson. He served in the Army as a mail transportation clerk in the Pacific during World War II. According to a 1981 profile in Maryland Horse magazine, Mr. Whims worked for many years as an assistant to Billy Myers and Babe Saportas, well-known Maryland trainers.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2004
It didn't take long for two things to become clear within moments of NBC coming on the air for yesterday's Preakness telecast. The first was that it was going to be a Smarty Jones-dominated show. Secondly, the network quickly established its credentials to broadcast the race, with a stable full of knowledgeable announcers and analysts, led by the underrated Tom Hammond. Focusing on Smarty Jones made sense. After all, the Kentucky Derby winner came to Pimlico Race Course as the only horse with a chance to win the Triple Crown and had become something of a people's favorite.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2004
DAMASCUS - By lunchtime yesterday, Victor Gilson was too anxious to sit still anymore. The Bridgeton, N.J., school superintendent took the rest of the day off and drove 135 miles to rural Montgomery County to see the place where his 5-year-old horse died in a fire early Sunday morning. "The longer I sat there, the more I felt that I needed to be here," said Gilson, whose reddish-colored paint horse, along with 24 other show horses, perished in the blaze that devastated Summerwind Farm, a well-known training facility for competition quarter horses.
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