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By Tom Keyser | June 29, 1996
Meadow Monster, the beaten favorite in last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap, heads the field in today's $75,000 Housebuster Handicap at Laurel Park.The Ben Perkins-trained late-charging speedster was assigned the high weight of 122 pounds for the six-furlong sprint. The race is a major prep for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on July 20 at Laurel.Ridden by Edgar Prado, the 5-year-old Meadow Monster will break from the seven post. His competition, from the rail out, is Aberfoyle, Say It With Spirit, Star Trace, Creative Tension, Punch Line and Jolly Punch.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1997
With the talented Meadow Monster scratched, the $72,875 Housebuster Handicap became a wide-open affair yesterday at Laurel Park.It was Wise Dusty who closed the door.On a lightning-fast track, the chestnut gelding dominated five rivals and scored a three-length victory, perhaps gaining himself a shot at the big boys in the $300,000 De Francis Dash July 19.Wise Dusty finished the six furlongs in 1: 08 4/5, only three-fifths of a second off Fighting Notion's track record."We were looking at it [the De Francis]
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | July 19, 1991
Safely Kept is the sentimental favorite to win the second running of the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash.But here's thinking she will be upset by her nemesis, Housebuster.The $300,000 sprint stakes is set as the ninth race at Laurel tomorrow with an estimated post time of 4:42 p.m.Safely Kept should be the popular choice. The 5-year-old mare is a two-time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, the only Maryland-bred ever to win a Breeders' Cup race and a daughter of the state's leading stallion, Horatius, whose hard-knocking progeny see constant action at state tracks.
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By Tom Keyser | June 29, 1996
Meadow Monster, the beaten favorite in last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap, heads the field in today's $75,000 Housebuster Handicap at Laurel Park.The Ben Perkins-trained late-charging speedster was assigned the high weight of 122 pounds for the six-furlong sprint. The race is a major prep for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on July 20 at Laurel.Ridden by Edgar Prado, the 5-year-old Meadow Monster will break from the seven post. His competition, from the rail out, is Aberfoyle, Say It With Spirit, Star Trace, Creative Tension, Punch Line and Jolly Punch.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | July 17, 1991
It's the type of stuff racetrack promoters dream about, sort of a match race between the Flo-Jo and Carl Lewis of horses.In one lane, there's Safely Kept, the country's fastest sprinting filly or mare, the best of her sex.In lane two, there's Housebuster, the quickest male horse.Both meet for the first time at Laurel on Saturday in the $300,000 Frank De Francis Dash, Maryland's best race of the summer.It was a championship bout that was supposed to take place a year ago, but didn't quite come off.Housebuster, a glamour 3-year-old at the time, opted to strut his stuff at Saratoga.
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By New York Daily News | August 26, 1991
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Housebuster, an Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, took yesterday's $115,800 Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course by a nose over 32-1 shot Senor Speedy.The second-place finisher broke a step slowly and still managed to get his head in front a jump before the wire. He lost the bob of the head at the finish but may have been the best horse."It was a tough race," said winning trainer Jimmy Croll. "I thought we got beat; I thought he got us in the last jump."Housebuster, who had been rated in his last start, a win in the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course, was urged from the gate by rider Craig Perret.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 21, 1991
LAUREL -- At its start, yesterday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was visited by misfortune. At its finish, tragedy struck. And in between, Housebuster put on a surge that carried him to a five-length victory.At the break of the $300,000, six-furlong event at Laurel Race Course, Safely Kept was off to a slow start, costing the speedy mare perhaps five lengths and whatever chance she may have had.Approximately 20 yards from the finish line, Bravely Bold was closest to Housebuster, poised to finish an easy second in what probably had been the best race of his life.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For Housebuster and his connections, it was a terrible way to end a superb career. And for the thousands of fans who backed him, it was a terrible way to begin the national Pick-7.Housebuster, the 2-5 favorite, grabbed a short lead into the stretch in yesterday's Breeders' Cup Sprint, but it was another ,, grab that would lead to a ninth-place finish. Jockey Craig Perret said the star sprinter "grabbed his right quarter" when breaking from the gate. "He tore his whole hoof off," said a distraught Perret.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 20, 1991
LAUREL -- The late Frank De Francis had a knack for knowing what turned racing fans on. Although he was a self-styled king of promotion, De Francis knew that no amount of promotion could top the legitimacy of a race among top-class horses.So when Safely Kept and Housebuster meet for the first time in today's second Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course, the ideals of De Francis, who died nearly two years ago, will be uppermost in the mind of his son, Joe De Francis."The thing my dad never forgot," said De Francis, who has assumed the legacy of his father as controlling owner and president of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, "was that he was selling horse racing.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 3, 1992
Fighting Notion always has impressed observers with his abundance of raw speed.Now, whenever someone picks up a program at Laurel Race Course, evidence of his natural ability will be printed in black and white.The 5-year-old gelding broke Northern Wolf's track record for six furlongs yesterday by a fifth of a second, winning the opening-day Housebuster Handicap in 1 minute, 8 seconds.It was the horse's third career stakes victory for his owners, Herbert and Arlene Kushner, who purchased him as a 2-year-old for $25,000 at the Timonium sales.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 3, 1991
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For Housebuster and his connections, it was a terrible way to end a superb career. And for the thousands of fans who backed him, it was a terrible way to begin the national Pick-7.Housebuster, the 2-5 favorite, grabbed a short lead into the stretch in yesterday's Breeders' Cup Sprint, but it was another ,, grab that would lead to a ninth-place finish. Jockey Craig Perret said the star sprinter "grabbed his right quarter" when breaking from the gate. "He tore his whole hoof off," said a distraught Perret.
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By MARTY McGEE | October 27, 1991
What if they'd hooked up? What if Safely Kept had had a two-length lead turning for home, with Housebuster in hot pursuit? What if . . .The Sprint is the traditional jump-start to the Breeders' Cup championships, but it became an anticlimax Thursday when Safely Kept was retired with an injury. With her defection goes one of racing's most anticipated clashes of recent memory.Although there were few down moments to the Maryland-bred mare's brilliant 24-for-31 career, the biggest disappointment is that she never got a real chance to defeat Housebuster, the other big-name sprinter of the past two seasons.
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By Marty McGee ` | September 28, 1991
Double Booked and Housebuster figure as heavy favorites on today's 12-race Pimlico Race Course program.Double Booked, in the $50,000-added Damascus Handicap, and Housebuster, in the $200,000 Vosburgh Stakes simulcast from Belmont Park, likely will be making their final starts before the Breeders' Cup championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.Double Booked, one of the top turf horses in the nation this year, has won all three of his starts at Maryland tracks...
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By New York Daily News | August 26, 1991
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Housebuster, an Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, took yesterday's $115,800 Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course by a nose over 32-1 shot Senor Speedy.The second-place finisher broke a step slowly and still managed to get his head in front a jump before the wire. He lost the bob of the head at the finish but may have been the best horse."It was a tough race," said winning trainer Jimmy Croll. "I thought we got beat; I thought he got us in the last jump."Housebuster, who had been rated in his last start, a win in the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course, was urged from the gate by rider Craig Perret.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 21, 1991
LAUREL -- At its start, yesterday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was visited by misfortune. At its finish, tragedy struck. And in between, Housebuster put on a surge that carried him to a five-length victory.At the break of the $300,000, six-furlong event at Laurel Race Course, Safely Kept was off to a slow start, costing the speedy mare perhaps five lengths and whatever chance she may have had.Approximately 20 yards from the finish line, Bravely Bold was closest to Housebuster, poised to finish an easy second in what probably had been the best race of his life.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 20, 1991
LAUREL -- The late Frank De Francis had a knack for knowing what turned racing fans on. Although he was a self-styled king of promotion, De Francis knew that no amount of promotion could top the legitimacy of a race among top-class horses.So when Safely Kept and Housebuster meet for the first time in today's second Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course, the ideals of De Francis, who died nearly two years ago, will be uppermost in the mind of his son, Joe De Francis."The thing my dad never forgot," said De Francis, who has assumed the legacy of his father as controlling owner and president of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, "was that he was selling horse racing.
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