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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
What do you call a horse who stops and sights his target - the racetrack - before a workout? Target Sighted, of course. And to exercise rider Molly Moran, who arrives early to wait with the horse for the Laurel Park track to open for training at 5:30 a.m. each day, the moniker couldn't be more fitting. "It's his trademark," said Moran, who has been working the 6-year-old for trainer Fran Campitelli for the past four years. "He likes to be the first one out, and he likes to stand and look around.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
King Leatherbury won't pretend he knew what he had in Ben's Cat. If the legendary Maryland trainer had seen the brown gelding's potential, he never would have stuck him in a $20,000 claiming race, there to be snatched by any other enterprising horseman. Ben's Cat came from an obscure stallion and a mare with a short resume. He wasn't ready to race as a 2-year-old and had to sit out his 3-year-old season with a broken pelvis. So when Leatherbury, Maryland's winningest living trainer, ran him in that first race at Pimlico, he expected little.
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Sun Staff report | February 23, 2012
Prominent Maryland horse owner and breeder Sondra Bender died Wednesday afternoon after a battle with uterine cancer. She was 78 A resident of Bethesda, Bender and her husband Howard owned Glade Valley Farm in Frederick. “I considered her the first lady of Maryland racing,” Larry Murray, who has trained for Bender since 1988 and is the farm manager at Glade Valley, said in a news release. “She enjoyed the game and was very classy. She took the bad just as well as the good.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
What do you call a horse who stops and sights his target - the racetrack - before a workout? Target Sighted, of course. And to exercise rider Molly Moran, who arrives early to wait with the horse for the Laurel Park track to open for training at 5:30 a.m. each day, the moniker couldn't be more fitting. "It's his trademark," said Moran, who has been working the 6-year-old for trainer Fran Campitelli for the past four years. "He likes to be the first one out, and he likes to stand and look around.
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By Sports Digest | May 1, 2011
Pimlico Race Course Surprising Pocket Patch pockets a win at Clark Stakes Charles McGill 's Pocket Patch was the surprise winner of Saturday's feature at Pimlico Race Course , the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes. Returning to the races after a six-month absence, the Flint Stites trainee broke alertly in the one-mile test, which was contested over the firm turf. With Jonathan Joyce at the controls, the Partner's Hero offspring tracked pace-setter Crimson Comic down the backstretch, forged to the lead heading into the turn and galloped home safely from there.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
King Leatherbury won't pretend he knew what he had in Ben's Cat. If the legendary Maryland trainer had seen the brown gelding's potential, he never would have stuck him in a $20,000 claiming race, there to be snatched by any other enterprising horseman. Ben's Cat came from an obscure stallion and a mare with a short resume. He wasn't ready to race as a 2-year-old and had to sit out his 3-year-old season with a broken pelvis. So when Leatherbury, Maryland's winningest living trainer, ran him in that first race at Pimlico, he expected little.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Ben's Cat came within a neck of setting a new Maryland Million record for victories, but fell short as Ellendale Racing's Roadhog pulled ahead in a photo finish in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf. Both horses finished the one-mile course in 1:27.06. Ben's Cat trailed early, but was second going into the turn. In the final stretch,  Ben's Cat -- trained by King Leatherbury -- pulled ahead but was then outpaced by the lunging Roadhog. nfouriezos@baltsun.com twitter.com/nick4iezos
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 31, 2013
The next in a series of tours of historic properties hosted by the Historical Society of Harford County is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hopkins family's scenic Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington. The hosts will welcome visitors to the historic Hopkins-Bayless house, grounds and outbuildings on the working horse farm at 837 Darlington Road in Darlington. This will be an exterior tour of the house. The house stands on part of the tract called Elberton or El Briton, from which several of the surrounding farms were formed.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | September 23, 1994
The number of horses entered for the Maryland Million is down from last year, but there is still plenty of quality evident among the fields for the 12-race series a week from tomorrow at Laurel Race Course.When preliminary entries were taken yesterday, 142 horses had been entered, nearly 30 fewer than a year ago. But two Grade I winners -- Taking Risks in the Maryland Million Classic and Prenup in the Maryland Million Sprint -- are in the lineups. In addition, Grade I-placed Mz. Zill Bear heads the field for the Maryland Million Ladies turf stakes, which she won last year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | October 9, 1993
Unless there is substantial rainfall, the three turf events on today's Maryland Million card at Laurel Race Course probably will remain on the grass.Track superintendent John Passero said yesterday that weather forecasts indicated "a slight chance of light showers. We don't think they're going to affect anything."Scheduled for the grass are the $25,000 Maryland Million Juvenile Turf, $100,000 Maryland Million Turf and the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies."The worst thing that can happen is rain during the races," said Passero.
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Sun Staff report | February 23, 2012
Prominent Maryland horse owner and breeder Sondra Bender died Wednesday afternoon after a battle with uterine cancer. She was 78 A resident of Bethesda, Bender and her husband Howard owned Glade Valley Farm in Frederick. “I considered her the first lady of Maryland racing,” Larry Murray, who has trained for Bender since 1988 and is the farm manager at Glade Valley, said in a news release. “She enjoyed the game and was very classy. She took the bad just as well as the good.
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By Sports Digest | May 1, 2011
Pimlico Race Course Surprising Pocket Patch pockets a win at Clark Stakes Charles McGill 's Pocket Patch was the surprise winner of Saturday's feature at Pimlico Race Course , the $75,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes. Returning to the races after a six-month absence, the Flint Stites trainee broke alertly in the one-mile test, which was contested over the firm turf. With Jonathan Joyce at the controls, the Partner's Hero offspring tracked pace-setter Crimson Comic down the backstretch, forged to the lead heading into the turn and galloped home safely from there.
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By BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF | October 15, 2005
Play Bingo, a 4-year-old colt with bad feet, lagged so far behind the field for most of the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic on Saturday that he appeared to have no chance to win the centerpiece of Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park. When the six runners in the race turned for home, however, Play Bingo, under jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, closed with a tremendous rush, racing by leaders Aggadan and Five Steps to score the biggest victory of his career. The powerful performance was a fitting climax to the 12-race Maryland Million Day, the second most important day of racing in the state after Preakness Day and a showcase for the Maryland breeding industry.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1995
Pimlico Race Course closes its 1995 live racing season this weekend, offering a grass stakes for older horses and a 3-year-old sprint as its final two features.Today's $50,000-added Bald Eagle Handicap pits the filly Nellie Custis against males at 1 3/8 miles on the turf.Donnie Miller Jr. rides the route-loving daughter of the late grass sire Val de L'orne. She and New Jersey invader Fancy Teddy are the only starters to have won stakes this year over the Pimlico turf course.But Nellie Custis picks up 13 pounds after her last victory, and favoritism might revert to Augustin Stable's Summer Ensign, winner of the Grade III Seneca Handicap at Saratoga.
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