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May 16, 2014
I'm a firm believer that no government body should engage in public prayer ( "Carroll commissioners resume practice of sectarian prayer," May 13). A moment of silence for personal reflection is appropriate; invoking a deity is not. If city, county, state or federal officials feel the overwhelming need to publicly pray, there is a better way to do it, and that is to follow the example set by Richard Monterrey, jockey and youth minister. "Lord, take care of all those here who are risking their lives today - jockeys and gallop boys, the gate crews and trainers...
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Sports Digest | September 27, 2014
Et cetera Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash victory Ben's Cat will run today in the $100,000 Laurel Dash with a chance to move ahead of Hall of Famer Safely Kept in earnings among Maryland-breds. The Dash is one of six stakes races on the 12-race card. The card will feature five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or sired runners. All the races drew double-digit fields. The Laurel Dash drew 11 entries, including one on the also-eligible list.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
John R. Regalbuto Sr., a retired contractor who had been a jockey at Maryland racetracks, died of Alzheimer's disease April 11 at Stella Maris Hospice. The former Essex resident was 80. Born in Vineland, N.J., he was raised on his family's small farm. Friends and family encouraged him to become a jockey, and he practiced at local farms. News articles often noted that his brother, Joseph Anthony Regalbuto, also rode horses. In 1948, he made his debut at Monmouth Park in New Jersey aboard Hasty Mabel.
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
With City Councilman William H. Cole IV leaving to run Baltimore's economic development corporation, candidates began lining up Friday to take over his seat representing the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Bolton Hill. Bill Romani, president of the nonprofit One House at a Time, and Betty Bland-Thomas, former president of the Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee, said they planned to apply for the job. Two other potential candidates — state Del. Keiffer Mitchell and Locust Point community leader Greg Sileo — were undecided.
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Sports Digest | February 27, 2014
Horse racing McCarthy suspended; Do Somethin wins again The Maryland Racing Commission stewards suspended apprentice Trevor McCarthy three live racing days for an infraction aboard Kid Terrapin in the 10th race Feb. 17 at Laurel Park. The 19-year-old missed Wednesday's card and will also not be allowed to ride today or Friday. He will return Saturday afternoon and was named on seven mounts. McCarthy leads the jockey standings with 32 victories, six more than Victor Carrasco . He had 11 multiple-win days during the first 22 live racing days of the year.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
- Now, he's the burgeoning star with a sly smile on his face and steady answer to every question, even as the weight of racing history should be pressing upon him. But when Glen Todd first met Mario Gutierrez six years ago, the owner and jockey communicated through "a sort of sign language and pointing. " "He was shy, in a totally new place, and very embarrassed about not speaking English," said Todd, the top owner of thoroughbred horses in Western Canada. "And he was very tough on himself.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The day after riding in the Kentucky Derby, Kevin Krigger packed his family and gear and headed for Pimlico Race Course - by way of Cincinnati. A woman there had captured his heart. She was Liliane Casey, 88, whose father, Jimmy Winkfield, was the last black jockey to win the Derby, or any Triple Crown race, in 1902. "I had to meet her," said Krigger, 29, who chatted with Casey in the living room of her apartment for nearly 2 1/2 hours. "We had a great time. She educated me as to what her father had gone through in racing.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Joel Rosario rode anyway. Upon returning to the jockey's room last May 20, he learned that his brother Marino , a police officer in his native Dominican Republic, had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Creative Cause -- and a chance to ride in his first Preakness -- awaited. Rosario went out to the track. "I just think it was really sad for me," he said Friday morning at Pimlico Race Course. "It was something that really hurt me. " Rosario took Creative Cause out with Bodemeister on the lead, but sagged to third as I'll Have Another won a duel down the stretch.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 11, 1994
Jockey James Thornton of Edgewood remained unconscious in a Fairfax, Va., hospital last night after suffering a massive head injury in a spill at the Charles Town, W.Va., racetrack Friday night.Thornton's former wife Rosalyn, whom he is engaged to remarry, said she and other family members told doctors not to continue with additional surgery last night after an immediate operation .. Friday.A hospital administrator said Thornton was in extremely critical condition."The first operation relieved some of the pressure on his brain," Mrs. Thornton said.
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By Sandra McKee and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 19, 2011
A year ago, when Barbara Jo Rubin agreed to compete in the first Lady's Legends race at Pimlico Race Course, she discovered how uncomfortable it can be to ride a horse when you haven't done it in 40 years. Afterward, not knowing if there would be another Legends race, which raised $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen cancer fund, she decided to keep training horses and stay in shape. If there was going to be a race, she'd be ready. But the best laid plans, as they say . . . "I was galloping eight or nine horses every morning and I felt wonderful," she said of her post-Preakness week routine.
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By Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
On Monday, the Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for next year's Preakness, the 140th running of the middle jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown. For the 16th straight year, the Leffler Agency designed the logo, according to a news release. "Creating the 140th Preakness logo was its usual challenge in terms of building flexibility for everything from embroidered merchandise and painting on grass to use on HD television," Leffler Agency chief executive officer Heather Connellee said in the release.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
Stewart Elliott chuckled when he was asked the question. Why is winning the Triple Crown so difficult? Elliott, Smarty Jones' jockey in 2004, rattled off a laundry list of reasons why no horse has captured the sport's most prestigious honor since 1978. You need an adaptable horse - one who can adjust to the longer distance at the Belmont Stakes. A horse that can handle running three races in five weeks. One that can handle the hubbub and not get flustered. And a little bit of luck.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
In between wide smiles, Victor Espinoza kept dabbing his eyes with an orange towel featuring the logo of the Anaheim Ducks, his favorite hockey team. It wasn't certain if the Preakness-winning jockey from Arcadia, Calif., had dust in his eyes, or if he was wiping away tears. California Chrome's rider says he rarely cries, but he had plenty about which to be emotional Saturday as he was interviewed near the winner's circle. Twelve years after missing out on the Triple Crown in the final leg, Espinoza is getting an improbable second chance.
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By Don Markus, Aaron Dodson and Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Tom Chuckas , president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three hours before post time for the 139th Preakness, Chuckas reiterated his position that a longer recovery period for horses would better benefit them and business in general. "Look, I'm not anti-tradition. I have great respect for tradition.
NEWS
May 16, 2014
I'm a firm believer that no government body should engage in public prayer ( "Carroll commissioners resume practice of sectarian prayer," May 13). A moment of silence for personal reflection is appropriate; invoking a deity is not. If city, county, state or federal officials feel the overwhelming need to publicly pray, there is a better way to do it, and that is to follow the example set by Richard Monterrey, jockey and youth minister. "Lord, take care of all those here who are risking their lives today - jockeys and gallop boys, the gate crews and trainers...
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
He's a West Coast prodigy, but California Chrome's roots reach deep into Maryland. Both the dam and one grand-dam of the Preakness favorite were foaled and raised on a 70-acre farm in Chestertown. The owners, Tom and Chris Bowman, couldn't have imagined the outcome of their breeding before California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. "This is a storybook thing that we're watching right now," said Tom Bowman, 72, a horse reproduction veterinarian who owns Dance Forth Farm.
ENTERTAINMENT
The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
When Sasscer Hill was growing up, she rode stick horses and plow horses and read "The Black Stallion" novels, a series of books about the friendship between a young boy and a beautiful black Arabian stallion. In the process, she fell in love — with horses and books and, eventually, writing. On April 15, her novel "Racing from Death" is being released by Wildside Press. It is the second in a series about jockey/ assistant trainer Nikki Latrelle, a Laurel Park-based rider, who finds herself caught up in murder.
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By Special to The Sun | September 4, 1991
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- William "Willie" Clark, who at age 69 is the nation's oldest active thoroughbred jockey, has announced plans to retire after 44 years of riding.Clark said that his final ride could come as soon as Friday, aboard Gama Force.A member of the Charles Town Races Jockey Hall of Fame, Clark began his riding career at Laurel Race Course in 1947 and has amassed a lifetime record of 1,143 wins, 1,171 seconds and 1,207 thirds from 10,629 mounts for earnings of more than $1.8 million.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Heads bowed, hands clasped, they stood in the jockeys' room at Pimlico Race Course , one hour to first post, as one of their own led the riders in prayer. "Lord, take care of all those here who are risking their lives today - the jockeys and gallop boys, the gate crews and trainers," Richard Monterrey implored. "As for those who've come to bet on the horses, we pray that you protect them, too. " Then the group dispersed to don their silks. Those who face danger each time they ride a 1,000-pound horse at speeds reaching 40 mph say that a prayer beforehand calms their nerves and anchors their lives.
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