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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 15, 1993
Several of Maryland's top jockeys and trainers are leaving Laurel Race Course to compete elsewhere, at least for the winter months.The exodus is sending shock waves through the state's racing community, particularly the departure of jockeys Edgar Prado and Mike Luzzi and the possible defection of trainer Dale Capuano, who is contemplating sending 32 horses to Oaklawn Park, which starts its three-month live racing meet in Hot Springs, Ark., on Jan. 21."It...
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July 17, 2001
College football Assistant coach fired for using his players to put band on the run The players tried to take the field, but the marching band refused to yield. As a result, a college football assistant coach is now out of a job. Northern Illinois strength and conditioning coach John Binkowski, who ordered members of his team to run through a drum corps that was practicing at Huskie Stadium on Thursday, was fired yesterday. School officials said Binkowski, who came to Northern Illinois from Nevada-Las Vegas in 1999, was angry over a stadium scheduling conflict with the practicing Capitol Regiment drum corps.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 11, 1992
LAUREL -- Mike Luzzi booted in five winners at Laurel Race Course yesterday, matching a career high and giving him the subtle boost of confidence he said he needed."
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By Sloane Brown and Tamara Ikenberg | May 16, 1999
The view from the Pimlico clubhouse window yesterday, overlooking the elite corporate village, resembled a swarm of fashionable bees. Many of those Preakness-goers buzzed about in the classic race-day colors of yellow and black.Perhaps the queen and king were Emily Paterakis and her husband JR, vice president of H&S Bakery. In coordinating yellow shirts, black jackets and shoes, they married fashion with fandom."We're always in a Preakness state of mind," said Emily Paterakis. "Everywhere we go."
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | August 10, 1992
LAUREL -- Sentimental Tango, with jockey Mike Luzzi in the saddle, won a stirring stretch duel from Carnirainbow by a half-length to capture the $40,000 Smart Angle Stakes yesterday at Laurel Race Course.Carnirainbow and Prosperous Lady burst out of the starting gate and set the early pace down the backstretch with Sentimental Tango running easily in third.Luzzi made his move at the top of the lane, caught Carnirainbow late in the stretch and pulled away to cover the six furlongs in one minute, 12 1/5 seconds.
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By James H. Jackson | August 5, 1992
LAUREL -- Encaustic, ridden by Mike Luzzi, overtook Appritiontofollow approaching the wire to score a half-length victory in the featured Helioscope Purse yesterday at Laurel Race Course.Encaustic covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 16 4/5 seconds to record his fourth victory in his past five races and his fifth in 14 tries this season.Trained by Lou Bernier, the 4-year-old gelded son of Tank's Prospect out of the Stop The Music mare Carrie's Dream, has now won $135,152 in a 39-race career.
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By From Staff Reports | August 8, 1993
The classy My Frenchman edged the stubborn Tonkas Mean Streak in the final strides yesterday to capture the $51,628 Basil Hall Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.Trapped along the rail, jockey Mike Luzzi angled My Frenchman to the outside of Tonkas Mean Streak and prevailed by a neck in a thrilling finish. Soar on Wings, who recently shipped in from Churchill Downs, was third."My horse was a little intimidated on the rail," Luzzi said. "Once he got clear, he found his stride. He really didn't take to the track well but we got the job done."
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By Marty McGee | September 12, 1990
Mike Luzzi was back riding at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, and he wasted little time resuming what has been one of the best streaks of his life.Luzzi, aboard favored Diangle in the third race, returned to the winner's circle smiling and waving his whip after the gelding defeated 11 other maidens. It was Luzzi's second mount since he took two weeks off -- one for his honeymoon and the other for a seven-day suspension.Before leaving, Luzzi, 20, won the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Aug. 18 at Pimlico on Northern Wolf.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer | June 1, 1993
Although he is the second-leading jockey at Pimlico, Michael Luzzi yesterday showed his ability to sneak up on the competition.In the 21st running of the $54,950 Hilltop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Luzzi rode Open Toe to a late surge in the stretch for the win. It was Open Toe's first start on turf."
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By Marty McGee | March 10, 1991
Some sports stars weren't always stars. Some of the biggest names -- John Unitas, Bart Starr, Larry Bird -- took time to develop.It's the same in horse racing: Some jockeys and trainers who learn and improve can become standouts.It's what has happened with Mike Luzzi. He won the Eclipse Award in 1989 as the nation's top apprentice, but there was little evidence to suggest that he would become Maryland's leading rider after losing the bug.Yet, with just two days remaining in the marathon Laurel Race Course fall/winter meet, Luzzi is the clear winner in the jockeys' race.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
Michael Luzzi saw Edgar Prado struggling on Millions. Luzzi knew what to do next.The jockey from New York steered Talk's Cheap to the inside. When Millions drifted wide, a disturbing habit he can't seem to break, Luzzi and Talk's Cheap barreled through the opening on the far turn and drove down the Pimlico homestretch to victory yesterday in the $200,000 Federico Tesio Stakes.The triumph by Talk's Cheap, who broke his maiden by 20 lengths at Aqueduct, capped the Maryland Spring Challenge, a lively afternoon of racing featuring five stakes, four of them for Maryland-breds, as well as the oldies band Stevie and the Satellites and the final appearance in Maryland of jockey Julie Krone.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
The out-of-town domination of the $250,000 General George Handicap continued with a flourish yesterday at Laurel Park.With former Maryland riding star Mike Luzzi in the saddle, the highly consistent Esteemed Friend surged past local favorite Purple Passion in mid-stretch and scored a length victory over the rallying Star of Valor before 6,450 fans at Laurel Park.Purple Passion finished third by a head in the seven-furlong test for older males over a fast track. The winner's time was 1 minute, 22 2/5 seconds.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1998
Tho Nguyen's first victory as a jockey in Maryland was a routine ride of little more than one minute. The journey preceding that triumph 13 days ago at Laurel Park began 14 years earlier with a boy, a dream and a backdrop of fear.Nguyen was 11 when his mother bribed his way onto a boat escaping his homeland of Vietnam. The boy carried no money, knew no one on the dangerously overcrowded vessel. But he possessed the knowledge that his father lived in America and the hope that they might soon be reunited.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
Don't expect to see Mike Luzzi returning to ride in Maryland on a full-time basis any time soon.The 24-year-old jockey, who began his career five years ago on the local circuit, has caught on in New York and is in a heated three-way battle for the leading rider's title at Aqueduct.At the end of last week, Luzzi was tied for second with John Velasquez at 21 wins each, one victory behind the leader, Richard Migliore.Meanwhile, Edgar Prado, Maryland's leading jockey for the past couple of years who also began riding in New York this winter, has not fared as well.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 15, 1993
Several of Maryland's top jockeys and trainers are leaving Laurel Race Course to compete elsewhere, at least for the winter months.The exodus is sending shock waves through the state's racing community, particularly the departure of jockeys Edgar Prado and Mike Luzzi and the possible defection of trainer Dale Capuano, who is contemplating sending 32 horses to Oaklawn Park, which starts its three-month live racing meet in Hot Springs, Ark., on Jan. 21."It...
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | November 14, 1993
The only question was whether Jest Punching could go the distance.A sprinter who had not gone farther than seven furlongs, the 3-year-old gelding answered with an exclamation point yesterday, galloping off to a 5 1/2 -length victory over Wa Bert in the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes at Laurel Race Course.In what was likely his final start of a 6-for-11 year, Jest Punching had no trouble with the two turns and 1 1/8 miles, running a crisp 1 minute, 49 2/5 seconds over a track that had produced rather sluggish times all day."
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By Marty McGee j | November 25, 1991
LAUREL -- Absolutely Great gave a hint of greatness when winning yesterday's allowance feature at Laurel Race Course by 12 1/2 lengths.Ridden by Mike Luzzi, the filly led all the way when making her first start for trainer Eddie Gaudet after a six-race career in New York. The filly received the bleeder medication Lasix yesterday for the first time; the diuretic is banned in New York.The victory was the first for Luzzi since he won the $350,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday aboard Timely Warning.
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By Marty McGee b | October 7, 1991
Mike Luzzi won the $56,500 Sir Ivor Stakes for his grandfather yesterday and gave himself a chance at a more prestigious prize in the process.The triumph enabled Luzzi, riding Tribal Crown to the colt's first stakes victory, to settle into a tie with Edgar Prado atop the Pimlico Race Course jockeys standings. Tribal Crown is trained by Luzzi's grandfather, Virgil "Buddy" Raines."I liked this horse today," said Luzzi. "I took off Woodsy [the 2-1 favorite] to ride him."With today dark, Pimlico plays host to its final live racing card of 1991 tomorrow.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | September 22, 1993
Kent Desormeaux is returning to ride in the Maryland Million.The California-based jockey, who won three Maryland Million races last year, is set to ride at least four of trainer Charlie Hadry's horses on the 12-race Oct. 9 card at Laurel Race Course, Hadry said yesterday."
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By From Staff Reports | August 8, 1993
The classy My Frenchman edged the stubborn Tonkas Mean Streak in the final strides yesterday to capture the $51,628 Basil Hall Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.Trapped along the rail, jockey Mike Luzzi angled My Frenchman to the outside of Tonkas Mean Streak and prevailed by a neck in a thrilling finish. Soar on Wings, who recently shipped in from Churchill Downs, was third."My horse was a little intimidated on the rail," Luzzi said. "Once he got clear, he found his stride. He really didn't take to the track well but we got the job done."
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