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By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker and Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2004
BENSALEM, Pa. - Charles J. Cella, the flashy owner of Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, strolled into Philadelphia Park yesterday with a $5 million check for the owners of Smarty Jones. Wearing an outfit featuring a green and black stripe sports coat, Cella presented the check to Patricia and Roy Chapman, whose popular 3-year-old Smarty Jones earned Oaklawn Park's $5 million bonus for sweeping two stakes at Oaklawn and then winning the Kentucky Derby. Cella compared what Smarty Jones is doing for the country to what Secretariat did three decades ago during the Watergate scandal.
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By Tom Keyser and Kent Baker and Tom Keyser and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2004
BENSALEM, Pa. - Charles J. Cella, the flashy owner of Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, strolled into Philadelphia Park yesterday with a $5 million check for the owners of Smarty Jones. Wearing an outfit featuring a green and black stripe sports coat, Cella presented the check to Patricia and Roy Chapman, whose popular 3-year-old Smarty Jones earned Oaklawn Park's $5 million bonus for sweeping two stakes at Oaklawn and then winning the Kentucky Derby. Cella compared what Smarty Jones is doing for the country to what Secretariat did three decades ago during the Watergate scandal.
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March 1, 1992
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Allijeba caught the leaders in the closing yards for a one-length victory in the $57,500 Essex Handicap yesterday at Oaklawn Park.Allijeba, the favorite of the field of 10 older runners, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43 4/5 seconds. Allijeba, with Pat Day aboard, paid $6.40, $4.60 and $3.20.On the Edge, ridden by Robbie Davis, was second and returned $8.40 and $4.60. Bedeviled, last year's Razorback Handicap winner, led for all but the final strides under Larry Snyder and paid $3.
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By Special to The Sun | April 3, 1993
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Post time for Santa Anita Park's Santa Anita Derby card, to be simulcast this afternoon at the Charles Town Races, is 3:15 p.m.The early post time will allow ABC to televise the Santa Anita Derby, the fifth race on Santa Anita's nine-race program, as part of its "Wide World of Sports" program.Heading the field of Triple Crown hopefuls are Personal Hope, the 9-5 favorite, and Eliza, listed as 5-2 in the morning line.Post time for Charles Town's Oaklawn Park simulcast is 2 p.m., with live racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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April 16, 1992
Best Pal, who finished a dismal fifth in the Preakness last year but is unbeaten in 1992, will run in the Pimlico Special May 9.He will be ridden by his regular jockey, Kent Desormeaux, who was a sensation at Maryland tracks in the late 1980s before he transferred to the rich California circuit.Best Pal was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course today. He was flown from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to Louisville, Ky., yesterday. He then was transferred to a van for a 12-hour trip to Baltimore.
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By Ross Peddicord | December 27, 1993
LAUREL -- Starting Jan. 10, the first of three van loads of horses trained by Dale Capuano will leave Laurel headed for Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.The 31-year-old trainer said yesterday that he has decided to give Oaklawn a try. He is shipping 30 horses there for the coming three-month meet, and is leaving eight to 10 horses in Maryland, split between brother Gary Capuano and sister Gina Capuano."
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By Ross Peddicord | April 18, 1994
Andrea Seefeldt had a chance to ride a filly named Worth Every Penny in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes yesterday at Oaklawn Park.Instead, she flew home to Maryland and won the $35,000-added Smart Halo Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Platinum Punch, a 3-year-old filly trained by her brother, Paul, and owned by partners Larry Wolf and Randy Brooks.Seefeldt, who has won six stakes this year, is back in Maryland for the rest of 1994 after spending the winter at Oaklawn.Even though it was tempting to ride in the Fantasy, Seefeldt made the right choice.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 16, 1992
Best Pal, who finished a dismal fifth in the Preakness last year but is unbeaten in 1992, will run in the Pimlico Special May 9.He will be ridden by his regular jockey, Kent Desormeaux, who was a sensation at Maryland tracks in the late 1980s before he transferred to the rich California circuit.Best Pal was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course today. He was flown from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to Louisville, Ky., yesterday. He then was transferred to a van for a 12-hour trip to Baltimore.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
Laurel Race Course officials received a call from the White House yesterday alerting them that Virginia Clinton Kelley, President Clinton's mother, plans to visit the track today.It would be Kelley's second trip to the Laurel track. She attended the Laurel notebookJaces earlier this year, during presidential inauguration week.Kelley, who is visiting the first family, is an avid horse racing fan and frequents Oaklawn Park, which is located in her hometown of Hot Springs, Ark.Track operator Joe De Francis said the visit is a private one and that no unusual arrangements are being made.
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By SANDRA MCKEE | April 11, 2007
Trainer Larry Jones said yesterday that he hopes to work Fox Hill Farm's Kentucky Derby contender Hard Spun at Churchill Downs tomorrow morning to determine how much the 3-year-old likes the racetrack. If Hard Spun works well on the dirt surface, Jones said the colt will train up to the Kentucky Derby on May 5 instead of running Saturday in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. If he handles the track poorly, the plan would be to run in the Grade II Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland on April 21, and then go directly to the Preakness, the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown, May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
When the connections of Smarty Jones were plotting their potential path to the Kentucky Derby, the prospect of ultimately receiving a $5 million bonus check wasn't even an afterthought. "That was no factor whatsoever," trainer John Servis said yesterday after returning to Pennsylvania following Smarty's rousing victory Saturday in the Churchill Downs mud. "Arkansas was the path of least resistance, and we really liked the way the distances progressed [from 1 1/16th miles in the Rebel Stakes to 1 1/8 in the Arkansas Derby to 1 1/4 in Kentucky]
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