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By Special to The Sun | November 4, 1991
LAUREL -- Two jockeys wre injured during a spill yesterday at Laurel Race Course.Mark Johnston and Andrea Seefeldt were taken to their saddles during the third race.Johnston, who suffered a broken nose and abrasions, was released later. Seefeldt, who has a compound fracture of the collarbone, was being kept for treatment, a hospital spokeswoman said.The collision started when two horses clipped heels, a track spokeswoman said. She said the horses were unhurt and finshed the race riderless.
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From Sun staff reports | January 19, 2014
Victor Carrasco became the 10th Maryland-based rider to earn the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice Saturday night. He received 172 first-place votes. Edgard Zayas was second with 18, followed by the third finalist, Manuel Franco, with 13. The 21-year-old ended the year as the leading apprentice in North America in both wins (215) and earnings ($4,357,715). From Nov. 13 through Dec. 31, he rode at least one winner in 24 of the 28 live racing days at Laurel Park, including 16 multiple-win afternoons.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | September 18, 2002
Mark Johnston, the third-leading rider in Maryland Million history, will miss Saturday's races after fracturing his wrist Saturday at Delaware Park. The Maryland jockey broke the radius bone in his left wrist when his mount, Mt. Moran, stumbled at the gate and tossed him. "The doctor set the bone yesterday and said it was a good place to break it," Johnston said. He expects to return to racing by Oct. 8, when Laurel Park opens. At Pimlico on Thursday, Johnston became the 102nd jockey to ride 3,000 winners.
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Sports Digest | March 31, 2013
Et cetera Ortiz, McMahon win meet titles at Laurel The Laurel Park winter meeting ended Saturday with apprentice rider Yomar Ortiz and veteran trainer Hugh McMahon winning individual titles. The 50-day stand began Jan. 1. Ortiz topped the jockey standings with 57 first-place finishes, six more than fellow apprentice Trevor McCarthy . The 21-year-old had 16 multiple-win days during the meet, including four three-win afternoons. "It was a battle until the end," Ortiz said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1998
She was sold to Oxford Stable for $250,000 as a yearling in Kentucky and yesterday she demonstrated why.Remember Ike turned the $100,000 Stormy Blues Breeders' Cup into a rout at Laurel Park, pulling away for a four-length victory over Victorica.King Leatherbury was in charge of the three-day handling of Remember Ike, who was shipped into Laurel from Churchill Downs on Wednesday and familiarized herself with the track."I was just doing [trainer Tom Amoss] a favor," said Leatherbury, who appeared in the winner's circle for the presentation.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 8, 2002
After a lackluster Laurel Park winter meet, Mark Johnston was more than ready for the shift of live racing to Pimlico for the spring. The move north worked wonders as the 31-year-old jockey started out with six winners, two on yesterday's card. He is tied for second in the standings with Jeremy Rose, just a win behind Ramon Dominguez, after the first week at Pimlico. After winning just 34 of 298 starts at Laurel, the Maryland mainstay won six of 26 and was in the money 16 times. "The horses I've ridden have taken to the track and I like the way the meet has started," said Johnston, who finished ninth in the national standings a year ago with 283 victories.
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By Kent Baker | August 3, 1992
The "Battle of the Breeds," match races involving members of the Maryland Standardbred and thoroughbred communities, was declared a draw Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway when judges couldn't decide whether jockey Andrea Seefeldt violated the rules by galloping her horse across the finish line first in the deciding event.Seefeldt cruised to victory aboard Supernova S. in a five-furlong flat race in which only Rosecroft driver Betsy Brown adhered to the qualification that the six entrants had to trot and pace under saddle.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 12, 1997
A split-second action by jockey Mark Rosenthal may have avoided a dangerous spill for jockey Mark Johnston yesterday at Laurel Park.A few strides after the field came out of the gate for the fourth race, Rosenthal, riding State of Affairs, felt a bump and looked around to see Johnston, aboard Big Flyer, virtually off his mount and sprawled out on the rump of State of Affairs. He stayed close to Johnston's mount and the rider in trouble was able to right himself.Videotape of the incident seemed to show Rosenthal pushing Johnston back aboard his mount.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | October 6, 1993
The Maryland Million spirit is everywhere these days at Laurel Race Course.Even Cellular One, the maker of a one-minute documentary-style television commercial that will air for a year in Maryland beginning Oct. 18, was in the swing of things yesterday at the track.Cellular One opted to use Timely Warning, winner of the Maryland Million Classic in 1990 and 1991, as the featured horse in the black-and-white commercial that follows a day in the life of a jockey and talks about a commitment to winning in relationship to the company's product.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 2, 1991
LAUREL -- Binnie and Ed Houghton had more important concerns in recent days than rivalries and horse races.So when Forry Cow How, carrying the Houghtons' Buckingham Farm silks, rallied to win the $60,000 Star de Naskra Stakes at Laurel Race Course yesterday, their elation was well-founded -- for more than one reason.Jen Houghton, 24-year-old daughter of the Chestertown couple, was injured seriously in a riding accident Dec. 24 at Fair Hill Race Course. "She broke three vertebrae, and we were told there was a chance she might be paralyzed," said Binnie.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2003
After a long and frustrating summer, King Leatherbury raced into the record books yesterday on the opening program at Timonium Race Course. The venerable Maryland thoroughbred trainer finally broke the 6,000-win barrier when Cherokee Sunrise pulled away for a 4 1/4 -length victory in the seventh race, a maiden special event for 2-year-olds. Third on the all-time list, the Baltimore native and Mitchellville resident joined Dale Baird and Jack Van Berg as the only trainers with as many wins.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | September 18, 2002
Mark Johnston, the third-leading rider in Maryland Million history, will miss Saturday's races after fracturing his wrist Saturday at Delaware Park. The Maryland jockey broke the radius bone in his left wrist when his mount, Mt. Moran, stumbled at the gate and tossed him. "The doctor set the bone yesterday and said it was a good place to break it," Johnston said. He expects to return to racing by Oct. 8, when Laurel Park opens. At Pimlico on Thursday, Johnston became the 102nd jockey to ride 3,000 winners.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2002
Three days after being honored as the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for 2001, Include returned to the racetrack yesterday and signaled that he just might be everybody's Horse of the Year for 2002. On a muggy afternoon at Pimlico before a crowd of 7,818, Include waltzed home a nine-length winner of the $100,000 Jennings Handicap. It was the first start of 2002 for the Laurel-based 5-year-old, the launch of a campaign designed to culminate in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In the winner's circle after the Jennings, Include's trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp, talked confidently about his horse.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 8, 2002
After a lackluster Laurel Park winter meet, Mark Johnston was more than ready for the shift of live racing to Pimlico for the spring. The move north worked wonders as the 31-year-old jockey started out with six winners, two on yesterday's card. He is tied for second in the standings with Jeremy Rose, just a win behind Ramon Dominguez, after the first week at Pimlico. After winning just 34 of 298 starts at Laurel, the Maryland mainstay won six of 26 and was in the money 16 times. "The horses I've ridden have taken to the track and I like the way the meet has started," said Johnston, who finished ninth in the national standings a year ago with 283 victories.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2001
When Edgar Prado, Maryland's top jockey, rode off to New York last year, area racing fans wondered: Who would inherit the wins? For three years, Prado led the nation in victories, dominated local tracks, corralled the best mounts. His departure for racier climes left a vacancy atop the jockey standings - and a giddy-up call for a successor. Who thought there would be three? In a finish called unprecedented by Maryland horsemen, a trio of area riders ended the year among the country's top five winners.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1998
She was sold to Oxford Stable for $250,000 as a yearling in Kentucky and yesterday she demonstrated why.Remember Ike turned the $100,000 Stormy Blues Breeders' Cup into a rout at Laurel Park, pulling away for a four-length victory over Victorica.King Leatherbury was in charge of the three-day handling of Remember Ike, who was shipped into Laurel from Churchill Downs on Wednesday and familiarized herself with the track."I was just doing [trainer Tom Amoss] a favor," said Leatherbury, who appeared in the winner's circle for the presentation.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 27, 1990
LAUREL -- When a Maryland apprentice rider flourishes, it's hardly news. But when the best ranking for a bug boy is 10th in the Laurel Race Course standings, that's a different story.Shawn Payton, one of six bug boys to campaign regularly at Laurel this meeting, is the only one in the top 10. He's 10th with 24 winners; the leader, Mike Luzzi, has 82.can't remember the last time it was like this," said longtime jockeys' agent Pat Flynn, who books mounts for apprentice Calixto Juarez.With Mark Johnston, now a journeyman, poised to become the 1990 Eclipse Award winner for top apprentice -- and latest of seven Maryland-based bug champions -- racing people are wondering this about apprentices in Maryland: What have they done for us lately?"
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2002
Three days after being honored as the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for 2001, Include returned to the racetrack yesterday and signaled that he just might be everybody's Horse of the Year for 2002. On a muggy afternoon at Pimlico before a crowd of 7,818, Include waltzed home a nine-length winner of the $100,000 Jennings Handicap. It was the first start of 2002 for the Laurel-based 5-year-old, the launch of a campaign designed to culminate in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In the winner's circle after the Jennings, Include's trainer, Grover G. "Bud" Delp, talked confidently about his horse.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1998
Cigar Charlie doesn't like to be whipped, had an unfamiliar jockey and was running on a new track yesterday.But none of that mattered when the gray filly stalked the pace, then out-dueled Leave No Prints to win the $53,800 Wide Country Stakes, the closing-day feature at Laurel Park.It was the Maryland debut for Cigar Charlie, who was backed as a 2-to-5 favorite in a field of six 3-year-old females going 1 1/8 miles."The trainer [Michael Dickinson] told me this filly really resented the whip in her last race, " said Edgar Prado, who was aboard the horse for the first time.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 12, 1997
A split-second action by jockey Mark Rosenthal may have avoided a dangerous spill for jockey Mark Johnston yesterday at Laurel Park.A few strides after the field came out of the gate for the fourth race, Rosenthal, riding State of Affairs, felt a bump and looked around to see Johnston, aboard Big Flyer, virtually off his mount and sprawled out on the rump of State of Affairs. He stayed close to Johnston's mount and the rider in trouble was able to right himself.Videotape of the incident seemed to show Rosenthal pushing Johnston back aboard his mount.
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